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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,868 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,868
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,036
Gots: 585 | 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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4/5  rDev -8.3%

FreshZ, Nov 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

kodt, Jan 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

BrownAleMale, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Rastacouere
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous.. wow.. gorgeous. An easy scored 5 for the appearance. Fully lasting full pink head over a fully opaque superbly dark body. I'm truly impressed, seduced, intrigued. Mostly sweet aroma, tempting, you can't tire of it, you can't get your nose of that glass. I love raspberries and I'm all set for the cruise. This starts with a pure raspberries attack, will your defenses hold? You bet, keep them coming, hell yeah, I want more. After a few sniffs, you start to graps the necessary subtlety for a perfect 10 in the aroma department. Vanilla accompanies these stellar fresh fruits and who says vanilla often says woody touch which is also true here. First beer that makes me say: "I know what I'm smelling for breakfast tomorrow". People are not kidding when they say you taste the seeds, you almost feel them between your teeths. Marvellously crafted fruit beer, perhaps even better than a personal favorite: Quelque Chose. I can't believe a beer to be so full-flavoured at 4% ABV. Unique creation which can only be rivalled by New Glarus Belgian Red and as MartinT points out, once you're there, it's really only a matter of preferring cherries over raspberries or vice-versa. On parallel, I personally prefered the raspberry tart which seems to have more acidity (although it still could have used a bit more imo). This is the best single focus on one flavor I've encountered in my young life, this extreme sweetness never appears cloying, nor syrupy nor fake. Lots of stuff going on, eminently complex, crisp and contemplative. Superb mouth-filling body with enough carbonation to detract from the never cloying sweetness. A thousand thanks Nexxus for this fine pie! Hunt this out before I do!

Rastacouere, Apr 05, 2004
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl. oz green bottle with blood red wax coating the neck.

Made from Oregon raspberries that have been fermented in oak vats..sounds intriguing...

Deep, opaque garnet color with a pink sherbet head.
The raspberry aroma is just incredible..hard to explain, really. If you blindfolded someone, there'd be no way they'd think of beer upon smelling this creation. It's a fresh raspberry punch to the nose as soon as you open the bottle.
The name certainly nails it..the tartness is unrelenting. The bold sweetness of the raspberry adds another dimension of flavor that creates a bittersweet, sour finish..it takes a few sips to get used to (or shock your tastebuds into submission), but it pays off with a simply mouthwatering result. Very crisp mouthfeel with exceptionally lively carbonation. The full-on, sugary sweet raspberry flavor may make it hard for someone to drink an entire bottle by themselves, but other than that, this brew has few flaws.

Damn, these guys at New Glarus know their fruit beers.. Thanks again to badbeer for picking this one up for me.

hero27, May 16, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -36.9%

IMSPEAKNOENGLISH, Feb 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Knoxrb12, Jul 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

PappyVans, May 19, 2014
Photo of udubdawg
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into the little flute I picked up at the brewery.
Color is very much like the raspberries, a little murky, and the head thin and fizzy against my nose like a Sprite when I first inhale. The nose is an intoxicating combination of sweet and tart fruit. It seems so fresh, like I'm sniffing a bowl of crushed berries. Great.

There's, uh, a few raspberries in here. They are everywhere in the flavor. Carbonation is very spritzy but for once it isn't annoying. No alcohol noted. Body is full, crisp, not sticky sweet, and the beer has enough balancing tartness to keep well away from cloying. A joy to absorb all the berry flavors as the brew fizzes across my palate.

I tend to cork these bottles and drink them slowly over a day or two. Better yet, I share them. As drinkable as a small glass is, I don't think I'd even want to drain a bottle in one sitting. Great stuff.

udubdawg, Jan 21, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Dirtinabottle, Jun 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Jul 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

scottwurst, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

marine1975, Oct 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Rempo, Nov 20, 2011
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4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. The beer has low carbonation, yet a rough pour produces a nice fluffy white head. Retention is not bad given the acidity. The beer is gorgeous - crystal clear and deep red in color. The nose gives fresh raspberries, a dry, cracker-like aroma, and white wine notes.

The beer has a light body and a nice firm feel. The flavor up front is fruity and sweet, with a wheat-cracker-like undertone. The fruitiness quickly gives way to a balancing acidity as wine-like tannins kick in to tickle your tongue and pinch your cheeks. The beer is extremely refreshing and very easy to drink.

Overall, an extraordinarily well-balanced beer. It's tart, but not sour. Fruity, but not sweet. I wish this were available where I live. I would definitely keep one or two bottles on hand.

deadonhisfeet, Mar 23, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a very dark scarlet red, that looks more rusty brown when held up to a light. Slightly hazy with half a finger of off white soapy head that quickly dissipates to a thin film and collar. A few bubbles here and there, but not too carbonated.

Very fruity aroma, big red berries as expected from a raspberry beer. Sweet raspberry and cherry with a bit of astringency. More floral aromas come out as the beer warms a bit as well.

Taking a sip, ripe sweet raspberry explode on your tongue. A bit of grape and apple skin astringency balances out the sweetness very nicely. A bit of biscuit flavor mid tongue and light floral flavors. Finish is somewhat dry, with just a bit of astringent and sweet raspberry lingering lightly on the back of the tongue.

Light body with crisp refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink, and very enjoyable. An excellent beer.

nataku00, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

tkdchampxi, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

EB1, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-assed champagne bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Appearance: Impressive appearance, with the brew looking very much like freshly-blended raspberries. Very active and fizzy pinkish-hued head is boisterous at first and quickly settles down to a thin layer. Slight sheeting action from the head. Not opaque, really...more of a "filled with chunks" appearance.

Smell: Aromas are simply amazing. A beer you can smell from across the room. Fresh, fresh raspberries occupy your olfactories. It's hard to imagine just how the brewers managed to achieve such a wonderful aroma to this beer.

Taste: One taste and it's hard to imagine that you are actually drinking beer. So much raspberry in the flavor. Waterfall of sweetness that is quickly followed by a pucker-inducing tartness. Only as it warmed did any other beer-like qualities begin to peek through. Still, these are token in nature and merely attenuate the avalanche of raspberries assaulting your palate. Certainly one of the more different beers I've had in a long, long time.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Lots of fizziness here, but I think that really helps with the gargantuan sweetness. Drinkable , but tough for one person and this big bottle.

Notes: I'm not sure why...but towards the end of this beer I kept wondering what it would taste like if I mixed it with some imperial stout. A raspberry-impy stout sounded really good at the time. Must seek out other offerings from this brewer. And thanks again to AKSmokedPorter for this gem.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 06, 2004
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

TastyIsBeer, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of projectflam86
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this from a trade with funhog. Thanks Jim!

750ml bottle.

A- Pours a deep auburn red color with a nice white foam that leaves good lacing.

S- Fresh picked raspberries and a touch of tart funk in the nose.

T- Very rich and bright with fruit sweetness and loads of tart raspberries in the flavor. One dimensional almost sounds like a knock against it but in this case you get what is advertised: Raspberries...and lots of them! No alcohol presence to speak of. Definitely something to pair with dessert.

M- Surprisingly full bodied (at least as far as 4% fruit beers go) and well carbonated.

O- I'm wondering how something like this does with age. The bottle says it is spontaneously fermented and I'm curious as to whether it would sour up with age or if some of that sharp tart raspberry flavor would fade away. Oh well, I just have one bottle and I'm drinking it now!

projectflam86, Nov 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

patm1986, Oct 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

weonfire, Jan 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

blabaer, Oct 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

wiltznucs, Dec 09, 2013
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,868 ratings.