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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,910 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,910
Reviews: 848
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,040
Gots: 591 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presenatation: Large waxed and capped bottle poured into a tulip glass over multiple pours. Served only slightly chilled.

Appearance: Deep crimson red in color (almost the exact hue of red wine) with a little white lacing around.

Aroma: Fresh raspberries and a noticable tart acetic note. Very nice balance of fruit and tart notes.

Taste: The raspberries are obviously the highlight here. They are a lot sweeter than I thought they would be originally be. Really tart berry and lemon notes on the back end too. Clean finish. Beautiful balance of the sweet and tart here again.

Mouthfeel: A nice light body with plenty of carbonation like a fine champagne. Matches the feel of this beer perfectly.

Drinkability: I finished a bottle no problem and I could probably have more at this ABV. A remarkable amount of flavor punched into this ABV, but also so much balance. I could sip this all night.

Overall, a great fruit beer from New Glarus. Nothing like anything I've had before, but still delicious. Great balance and the effervescence really make this beer feel like something special. Highly recommended.

Gosox8787, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

bluckbeyes, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Docrock
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Docrock, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of ari32
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

ari32, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of lunarbrew
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

lunarbrew, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of samie85
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 6/18/10.

A-Pours a deep, reddish grape juice color with a crisp, white, tightly bubbled head.

S-Tart, raspberry with some grain and light malt notes.

T-Tart, ripe and delicious acidic raspberry and finishes with slightly acidic, almost sour, dry character.

M-Really well carbonated, slightly slick, and on the light side of medium bodied.

D-Another wonderful fruit beer from New Glarus. As always, not cloying, just the balance of sweet and tart. Way too easy to polish off a bottle of this.

samie85, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Ncpogs
3/5  rDev -31.2%

Ncpogs, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of BUNZILLA
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

BUNZILLA, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of jakea
4/5  rDev -8.3%

jakea, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Winter
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle. Red wax dripped over its cap and neck. I grabbed a champagne flute and began pouring. The color is a dark purple-maroon with a bubbly pink head. Plenty of effervescent bubbles are noticable in the body. The sweet nose is all raspberry with the slightest hint of wood. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with pleasant carbonation. Sweet honest jammy raspberry flavor is noticed initially. A tartness arrives about midway through to add some balance to the overall sweetness. The oak aging is detected a bit in the flavor and adds a nice subtle touch of complexity to it. Hopping in minimal. Lightly dry and crisp finish.

I'm a big fan of raspberry flavor and this is a great dessert beer. I didn't enjoy this quite as much as the Belgian Red, but it is still a very good ale. Worthy of its 2003 Silver Medal placing at the GABF.

Winter, Oct 17, 2003
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a deep ruby red, slight haze, with two fingers of mauve head that soon dissipates to a scant fog.

Smell -- Red raspberries, pure and simple.

Taste -- the flavor of raspberries is even bolder than in the nose. Sweet and tart matched very well. Finish is tart, with a lingering fresh raspberry flavor.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, slick, a bit syrupy with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- I knew this was going to be good, but not this good! Rich, deep raspberry flavor on every inch of the tongue. It's so intense and flavorful that it may be daunting to finish a bottle, but it's hard to hold that against it. For those who don't think they care for 'fruit beers,' this will change your mind.

yeahnatenelson, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of marburg
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fruit beer: These guys do it right.

The beer itself is over-the-top and its flavors remarkably potent. But that's a good thing. Dessert in a bottle. If you're expecting anything less than raspberry syrup, don't bother. But if you ARE expecting pure raspberry, sugary goodness, this is your beer.

Deeep red. Burgandy, even. Glints of crimson show through when held to the light. The aroma of raspberries simply eminates from this beer. Obviously sweet but mouth wateringly tart -- hardly uber-sour in the vein of a true lambic, but certainly acidic enough for any drinker to take notice.

And the flavor? I'll let you know when I'm done picking the bits of raspberry out of my teeth and scraping the sugar off my tongue. Big carbonation. Spritzy and delightful.

Something this intense is bound to be somewhat controversial and subject to very subjective judgements. Just walk away if you don't like the fruit equivalent of an "extreme beer." But coming running full steam ahead if you dig raspberries or "dessert" beers. Because this is IT.

marburg, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of korguy123
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip. Special thanks to biglobo8971 for this.

A- Dark red pour with a little brown in the mix, half finger tight bubble off white head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Raspberries and strawberries right up front, with some rhubarb and cinnamon in the back. There is a touch of dough in there making it smell like a fresh baked pie.

T- Tart raspberries, sweet strawberries and cherries with a touch of rhubarb. There is a slight spice in the finish. Makes your cheeks tingle.

M- Light side of medium body, a touch syrupy, carbonation is low.

O- This is very good, should probably have split it but I'm selfish like that lol. The syrupy feeling makes it feel a little heavier than it is but you get past it really quickly.

korguy123, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of cyrushire
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

cyrushire, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of carrollmel7
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

carrollmel7, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of kkipple
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few of these in trades at Dark Lord Day 08. Have been jonesing for Raspberry T since I had a tiny sip months before - it blew my mind then and I knew I had to acquire some! It's good to finally crack one with friends....

Pours an absurdly thick, dense blood-orange red with a deep pink head that foams up and subsides to ring the edge of my glass. Leaves some spotty uneven lacing. Looks like liquid jam. Really.

Ok. This smells absolutely unreal. Fresh picked sour raspberries and rich, lush fruit sugar explode into my nose... I feel like I'm smelling raspberry concentrate. There's a hint of noble hop and a slight sour yeast note, but 90% of this is just variations on fruity sour raspberries and sugar. I cannot believe how succulent this smells. You really just have to experience it for yourself. Exceptional is the word here.

The raspberry assault continues on into my mouth; even the slightest sip knocks your senses for a loop with distilled berry flavor, all tarted up and sexy in a deep red dress... ugh, this is stupendous -- if you like raspberries. It's intense, and shockingly only 4%. There's an upfront sugar sweetness but it soon gives way into a lovely tart sourness that finishes with a lingering fresh berry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty darn perfect for this, a little thick and sticky with a spritzy carbonation level that reminds one of fizzy cider. Goes down easy and leaves a wonderful dry berry calling card. You can drink this one cool or let it warm, it's great either way.

New Glarus has an amazing fruit beer here - one of the best I've had and I've had a few. Raspberry Tart is simply world-class and you should try it. You'll cry when the bottle is empty, but it must be done!

kkipple, May 01, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Milwaukee last weekend for $9.99

The red wax dipped bottle was poured into a snifter, semi rigorous pour produces about a half inch light pink fizzy head.
Quickly dissipating to leaves a small collar that slowly goes away.
Color on the beer is a glowing transparent ruby red.
Aroma is stunning, a tart bursting of juicy raspberries.
Juicy sweet delicious fresh picked berries, very distant grassy hops mixing with a touch of grains, but mostly overcome by berries.
Taste is pretty much the sa,e with more tartness from the fruit, a kiss of wood. finishing with mild bittering tart berries and drying out. Feel is crisp and clean and just a small amount of slick feel through the swallow. I'm guessing this is saliva as my mouth is watering as I drink this.

The Gummy Bears cartoon, meets beer on this one.

Buebie, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

theminutemen, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

cnbrown313, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Hophead717
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Hophead717, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite things of the Tart and Red.. the bottle. Wax dipped and really cool labels. Anywho, into a pint glass, pours red, can it be that red? With pinkish head that kind of fizzles out, just lookin at it you know its going to be tasty. Aroma is a giant heap of rasberry goodness, the kind that you wouldn't mind smelling for the next half hour, very nice sweet/tart balance. Rasberries are by far my favorite fruit, and I'm just overjoyed so far. And then, you taste... perfection. I'll state is simply: there is no way to improve this beer. None. Falling under the category 'party in the mouth,' captures the very essence of the sweet yet tart rasberry, rivaling anything coming out of Belgium, and a real treat for that special occasion. The mouth is great, silky smooth but with a fizzy carbonation, full body, very nice. All in all, I wish I had some fudge or Belgian chocolates to eat with this, but even on its own an exceptional beer, worth all its praises.

objectivemonkey, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%

Cloaked_Phantom, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of drseamus
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant red body with a full rose head. Great visible carbonation.

S: Good raspberry aroma although it isn't quite as strong as out of the bottle. I did accidentally snort some head up my nose when smelling it and it wasn't nearly as unpleasant as it usually is when I do that.

T: Great tart raspberry flavor. Nothing surprising there. The flavors are super clear. Most other raspberry beers (like Southern Tier) taste completely artificial. New Glarus doesn't have that problem. It is sweet but the tartness seems to cut it.

M: Nice and light bodied with great carbonation. It tickles the tongue.

D: Fantastic. This is one of the best damn summer drinkers there is. Generally I don't like to drink a lot of the sweeter beers but this one seems to buck that trend for a while at least by balancing the tartness nicely. Truly world class.

drseamus, May 18, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Really pretty, minimalistic, green waxed pop top with nice label

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark pink rose color with just a hint of orange; the light pink/cream cap soon fades to a half-finger dense collar.

Smell: Wonderful aromas of freshly picked, sugared rasberries, with just the slightest hint of sour funk in the background. Quite simple and nice.

Taste: A combination of sweet and tart natural raspberries. There's absolutely nothing fake here. Sweet and tart battle it out across the tongue; I think sweet just barely wins out. There's really no funk here, just a slight slight sourness and a hint of old oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, like a light-bodied Champagne

Drinkability: Pretty high, though the sweetness keeps it from being super drinkable.

Conclusion: Really nice fruit beer. One of the best I've had, period. I actually think I may be in the minority of people who like Wisconsin Belgian Red a bit more than this, but I'll have to try that one again to be sure. I'll definitely pick up a few more bottles of this next time I'm up in Wisconsin. This paired wonderfully with a Parmesan/Cheddar mix soaked in Raspberry Tart and some jam-filled cookies.

BedetheVenerable, Feb 15, 2010
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 2,910 ratings.