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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,520 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,520
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 992
Gots: 516 | FT: 54
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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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TVolt1

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: BEAUTIFUL! Was the first thing that came out of my mouth. It's a bright cherry red, extremely clear and refreshingly bright.

S: Does not have an extremely strong smell. I can smell hints of a fruity smell as well as a small amount of floral.

T: Very unique beer. HAs a great sweet, raspberry taste along with a small beer taste with it. Not like any other "Fruity" beer I've had. Normally it has a strong taste of beer with a minor taste of fruit. This was sweet, clear, and tasty all the way through the entire drink.

M: Great mouthfeel. It's light, crisp, and clean and feels great the entire time.

O: OVerall, this is a delicious beer. It is a great beer to have as a dessert beer or during a hot summer's day. Good beer for people who claim not to be beer drinkers and prefer fruity drinks.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 00:50:27 | More by TVolt1
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dgilks

Australia

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as part of a trade with dsgolovin in San Francisco. Many thanks for this and your hospitality.

Hazy red colour with a small, off-white head. Fair head retention given that there is some tartness here.

Somewhat sweet and slightly jammy raspberry note with a micro-hint of tartness. Lightly floral with a hint of sweet herb as well.

Silky and very fruity. The raspberry is clearly identifiable and the flavour is a bit like jam cut by a touch of lemon and fresh raspberry. The tartness is good and helps to cut the very clearly sweet beer.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. It works reasonably well with the beer.

This is a pretty damn good beer that I'm very happy to have tried. The raspberry flavour comes through really well and while I don't normally find fruit beers this sweet to be attractive it is still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 09:27:12 | More by dgilks
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StLThrash

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle which was brought back to me by UHRHAN on his Wisco / Minnesota brewery tour.

A - Very dark red with little to no head.

S - Lots of raspberries. You get nothing else, but in your face raspberries. Great smell.

T & M - Carbonated similar to a champagne. Light bodied. Full of raspberry flavor. Wouldn't even describe this as a beer - definitely a framboise.

Overall - You know, it is what it is. If you are looking for a raspberry type wheat beer, this isn't it. It's definitely similar to a framboise with lots of carbonation. This is a great beer to share, similar to a bottle of champagne - great dessert treat or one to drink with others while enjoying some cheese and crackers - hell, it is from Wisconsin after all. I probably wouldn't buy it again, but it's not because I disliked it, just not my favorite style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 19:03:00 | More by StLThrash
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seeswo

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split 4 ways at a BBQ with some grilled chicken and sides and friends. Pint glass.

Pours a dark red with a nice pink head. Looks really inviting. The nose is huge raspberry, like a puree. Drinks a balanced sweet and tart raspberry puree set to bubbles and not as heavy. One note, but one fabulous, balanced note. Yum. Heavy body for the ABV, but still refreshing. Overall, split this beer 4+ ways. I've never wanted more than ~6 ozs of this beer, but that is a really enjoyable number. Fits really well with grilled chicken as listed above.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 12:05:09 | More by seeswo
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jcartamdg

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pinkish red hue with great carbonation but no head. The aroma is mind blowing. So much raspberries, that's really all I can smell its so powerful and amazing. Taste follows the nose, sweet but not too much, not an everyday beer but a great dessert or special treat beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:04:28 | More by jcartamdg
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: murky dark red / brown with minimal pinkish head

smell: raspberry, oh wait more raspberries, sour

taste: more of the same sour, tart, raspberry

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very nice dessert beer. should probably get a few more of these to keep on the shelf.

cheers,
The CPJ

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 16:35:47 | More by THECPJ
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litheum94

California

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. No dates.

P: Ruby red in color, deep and alluring. Pink tinged foam bubbles up modestly, and then recedes back to a faint cover.

A: Lives up to the 'tart' in the name. Sour raspberries and musty barnyard. Lacto-like sourness. Subsequent sniffs showcase a sweeter raspberry jam aroma.

T: Loads and loads of raspberries. Like drinking a puree, with both sweet and tart flavors. The essence of the oak barrel is just barley detectable, and the year old hops mentioned on the bottle are not evident. A very light carbonation keeps this from being syrupy.

Definitely not the type of beer I'd usually drink, but this was highly enjoyable. Just enough tartness and carbonation to keep this from being a sugar bomb. Great dessert beer. I actually wouldn't mind trying this mixed with a stout with lots of chocolate tones, and I never mix beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 15:54:15 | More by litheum94
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear ruby red, looks like cranberry juice.

S-the nose is quite strong, very sweet with lots of raspberries and notes of cranberry juice.

T-the taste follows the nose, lots of raspberries and cranberries in taste. there is a light tartness in the back but not overly so.

M-very prickly on the palate, soft feel to it with a good carbonation level, strong creating a crisp finish.

D-this is quite easy to drink, very sweet and a little singular but tasty and could enjoy many.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 00:55:21 | More by cpetrone84
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Treebs

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Founders snifter. Split with my buddy for his birthday day.

A: Pours a dark purple with nice cherried hues woven throughout, but mainly on the edges. Light pink 1 finger head that lingered for a little while, then instantly dissipated.

S: Very light berries up front and then it sort of morphs into a nice sweetness, almost like a fruit roll-up or fruit by the foot. I pick up a slight bread-like malt on the back end. These smells were all very light and it took some effort to find them.

T: Very nice semi-tart mixed berries up front with a nice dry malt bill. This gives way to a nice sweetness that lingers throughout the middle and back end, just like the nose. Slightly less medicinal than the Belgian Red.

M: Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Coats the palate with a semi-bitter berry. Medium carbonation.

O: While I don't like fruit or vegetable beers, New Glarus has definitely upped the ante and made me at least enjoy them. While I probably wont try this one again, I'm glad I did because I'm always trying to expand my horizons and if there is a beer that can sway me I'm all for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 14:10:24 | More by Treebs
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky dark red with a dark pink head that actually holds for a bit and leaves pretty lace. nose is just straight up raspberry essence with a tiny tiny graininess hiding in there. way more sweet than tart, taste is perfectly balanced. although it is a massive wallop of sweet fruit, it somehow seems far from one-dimensional. so sweet, you feel like it is going to be cloying, but comes off clean. awesome if you are in the mood for full-on fruit attack with no trace of artificial.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:59:37 | More by timtim
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MightyCasey

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep ruby color, with a fairly frothy light pink head.
S: The nose shows notes of strawberry. Background notes of bready malt come through.
T: Unabashedly sweet, expected tartness, and coming dangerously close to being cloying. The strawberry flavor comes through and is pleasant.
M: Carbonation is moderate, mouthfeel is appropriate.
Overall, a very pleasant drinking experience, especially as a dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 21:04:10 | More by MightyCasey
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traillme

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Glarus - why do you torture us so? You create something so wonderful but then limit it only to Wisconsin.

The appearance, smell, and depth all are secondary to the exceptional flavor of this beer. The strong aroma and flavor of rasberry's is delightfully overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:13:18 | More by traillme
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SkitzIrish3

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first fruit beer and shared with family members who aren't big beer lovers.

General consensus: pretty dang good.

Pours a glowing dark red with lacing of head around the edge of the glass. Smells like wine (and obviously raspberries).

The tartness is evident from the onset and balanced quickly with the sweetness, ending in a sour finish. This beer has a very powerful yet balanced flavor, not allowing any one aspect become too dominant. Mouthfeel reminds me of a cider.

Really good beer, worth the price as long as the purchase doesn't become a habit. I think I'll try the Wisconsin Belgian Red soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 15:25:19 | More by SkitzIrish3
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Janderson91

Alabama

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for sending me this one in a trade! Not sure of the bottling date. Enjoyed on 07/21/11.

A - Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark ruby red, perfectly clear with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Tart and sweet at the same time. Big raspberry aroma with some vanilla and some candy sugar in the background. Smells like raspberry jam, great stuff.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Very sweet raspberry and vanilla flavor through the middle. Then toward the end is a nice tartness and some woody flavors. Finish is very balanced and leaves a lingering raspberry compote flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy. Might use just a hint more carbonation for a 5.

O - Overall, this is by far the best fruit/vegetable beer I've had. The perfect dessert beer. Go buy it or trade for it!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:39:10 | More by Janderson91
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Adrianized

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Dark ruby in color, 2 finger off white head which settles robs film.  Decent lacing.

The nose is pretty light; mostly raspberries and cherries.  Some winey and yeasty character.

Wow this is just what I was hoping for based off reviews!  Tastes of raspberry compote.  It actually reminds me exactly of this Polish raspberry concentrate which parents would mix with water.  There's alcohol in here??  Tastes like juice.  It finishes slightly tart.

Thick and syrupy.  Low carbonation, but there seems to be a bit of effervescence to it.  Drinks very easily.

This stuff is delicious and I recommend you get some. Best framboise I've had so far. I'll have to try the Belgian Red next.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:12:31 | More by Adrianized
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harrymel

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: unk

A: pours a cheery brown with 2 fingers of the lightest pink head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lace. near excellent clarity.

S: Raspberries, slightly tart. Not much else. As advertised.

T: Sweet with hints of tart raspberries. A little too sweet for my preferences....EDIT: I threw a cork in this and returned to it several days later to find the beer much more enjoyable. A bit of oxidation and flattening out brought the flavors into a more balanced profile.

M: Medium body (light syrup) with spritely carbonation. Dry finish makes my mouth water.

O: Very fruity and very tasty. I much prefer this to the WI Belgian Red, which has too much cherry on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 21:34:57 | More by harrymel
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OakedCanuck

Washington

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into cervoise. Not sure on the vintage but I think it is a year or two old.

A - Pours a brownish red, hazy with a whitish pink head, large and bubbly. Very good lacing.

S - Lots of raspberries! I pick up some candied Belgian sugars, brown sugar and a bit of oak.

T/M - A rainbow flavour experience. Initially it hits very tart to sour on the front of the palate, woody and sour. Mid palate the raspberries turn it on and you get that nice berry flavour with residing tartness. At the back it gets tacky and brings into play the very sweet candied sugars and caramel. Awesome experience.

O - A very good beer that was very enjoyable for someone who is leery of fruit beers. Really enjoyed this one and I'd love to get one super fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 20:18:22 | More by OakedCanuck
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Cavery

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Chambic and Klym in a great bottle share.

Review from notes 7-11-11

Lost Abbey tulip was the weapon of choice.

A: Red hard candies with hues of Popsicle reds and yellows. Reminds me a lot of those "Big Stick" Popsicle I would eat a lot of as a kid. A thin skin of filmy bubbles hugs the walls of the glass..

S: A really strong sweet raspberry flavored grenadine almost stings the nose. Mixes of berry syrups, melted popsicles, and jolly ranchers. The sugars don't come off as cheap and artificial, a bit of molasses or maple syrup with fluffy raspberry flavors. You can almost smell the texture of the raspberries that went into this bottle.

T: Deep raspberry sting of sweetness goes straight to the back of the throat. Maple sugar infusion of strong snow cone red berry syrups. This has a raw strong sweetness like I've never encountered in any beer. This is intensely sweet, but not in a sloppy cheap way. It's an incredibly clean organic concentration of raspberries.

M: This is a really syrupy mouth experience with the faintest if any carbonation. A slick silky watery syrup in the mouth, with very little stickiness. It really does almost come off as flat, but there's so much lively character from the sweetness of the flavor that the light carbonation is lost behind intense sweetness.

O: All in all this is a super sweet raspberry syrup bomb. The thing that really stands out about it is that the quality of the sugars remains high. There is almost no stickiness to speak of, and there's never any question in the integrity of the berries used. This beer does walk a fine line with such low ABV for me, it really could have been a disaster, but it really wasn't. There's no chaos in the crafting of this brew, it's a refined recipe of extreme raspberry sweetness. That said, it's not quite tart in nature. All things considered, quite good, and I would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 17:27:49 | More by Cavery
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Klym

California

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chambic for sharing this with Cavery and me!

Pretty minimal head that dies off quickly on this one. Has a golden body with a sort of purple glare to it. I honestly got a ton of honey in the nose with it being the dominate note, and some berry-ness tucked in behind it. The taste was to me like raspberry infused honey. It was very sweet, but never hit a super-sugar level thanks to its honey like character, and the raspberry was very natural seeming as present, though perhaps the sweetness of raspberries was played up quite a bit in the flavor. The mouthfeel was superb, with again a honey like slick and smooth quality, but juice like viscosity. It would be very hard to not call this beer delicious and hard for me to say I did not enjoy it thoroughly. I had to knock it down a little though because I thought it lacked complexity and also, at 4% abv, you have a lot of room to make a beer delicious. I think they probably could've tucked more alcohol into this, or at least should've invited the challenge to the flavor. Anyway, for an extremely delicious, sweet low-abv treat, I don't see it getting much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 02:43:43 | More by Klym
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schmoopsbeer

California

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wethorseblanket for this fine beer
poured into tulip

Color: A deep crimson color. Hints of brown and violet around the edges.A white finger head form after the pour, but this beer leaves behind minimal lacing.

Nose: What else raspberries. A mellow oakiness lingers and with are hints of other read fruits and barnyard smells.

Palate: Excellent carbonation and mouth feel. This beer is very drinkable and tasty. The tongue gets hit with wave after wave of ripe raspberry. This beer has a nice tartness to it as well adding some lite complexity to the beer.

Finish: Crisp and light. The gentle sourness/tartness makes this beer very interesting and the raspberry textures are just wonderful.

Rating: 93 out of 100

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:34:57 | More by schmoopsbeer
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool pink and purple appearance, lighter pink for the head which was right where it should be. Aroma was of good raspberry, not much tartness.

Taste, wait, why do they call this tart? Wasn't really tart or sour, you had to search for it. Didn't think the mild tart was at all balanced with the sweetness. Wheat base evident. All this didn't make for a bad beer by any means, just one very different than my expectations. I was hoping more Bottleworks XII raspberry flavor and sourness. This is just a straight fruit beer.

Nice stuff on a hot day. Crisp, clean in the mouthfeel. Really just plays the raspberry card. No real hop character to speak of.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 18:04:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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clarkm04

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep ruby red color with decent carbonation. A nice whitish/pink head retention that dissipates quickly.

S - Dominant smell is raspberry. A nice sweet/tart/fresh smell of raspberries. I really didn't smell any other notes. A very unique smell profile and I love how fresh and 'real' the raspberries smell in the nose.

T - The taste is like nothing else, completely unique and the raspberries completely shine through. It's a great beer to sip as the sweetness is balanced by the tartness of the raspberries. The closest I can compare would be raspberry champagne. It's a nice blend between a beer and a champagne.

M - Nice carbonation, clean, crisp, very refreshing, but also surprisingly thick

O - Excellent beer, very interesting, very unique. I like Belgian Red slightly more but this beer is always outstanding. I love to drink this beer and find it a very outstanding fruit and dessert beer and I appreciate the complexity and craftsmanship of it every time I drink it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 17:36:30 | More by clarkm04
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cracked a bottle of this at 2011 DLD! Three year old bottle aged correctly.

It pours a very nice red color with a light head. The smell was sour and smelled of fruits. Very sweet smelling.

The taste was almost like a lambic. Felt acidic, sweet, and fruity. This was a great first beer of the day to wake up our taste buds!

The mouth was tart and sour.

I really really enjoyed this beer. Perhaps it was the setting or the company but it was a great start to, what would be, a fantastic day!

Overall, try it if you have access to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 12:58:56 | More by iconoklaztor
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to bauermj thanks Matt.
Poured very red much like a wine but with a nice white head that hung around nicely
smell is pure raspberry and wonderful
taste is wonderfull as well, tastes like ripe off the vine raspberries I loved eating from my grandfathers plants man this stuff is good, would never know it was a beer though just 4% wine
mouthfeel is a light medium but very fitting
just an outstanding brew and glad we have a second bottle in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 00:13:22 | More by sliverX
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks duffman929 for two of these - I'd certainly welcome a few more in the near future...

Like Wisconsin Belgian Red, this isn't a looker. Lighter than its cherry counterpart but similarly cloudy, this pours a reddish brown, bordering on copper. Small tan head with nice lacing, but nothing remarkable here.

The smell is restrained: the sourness comes through in the nose, but it's not overpowering. There's a unique vinous quality, not exactly a funk but it's close. Not terribly sweet, almost earthy.

A similar restraint defines the taste. Far from the fruit cavalcade of Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart seems almost muted in comparison. True to its name, there's a pleasant sourness here that adds a layer of complexity to the beer. That said, I wish the raspberries came through a little stronger - I know this was a pretty fresh bottle, but this almost seemed like an older beer.

Mouthfeel is spot on: wonderful carbonation combined with a luscious consistency. Really a treat.

Raspberry Tart is a great fruit beer, pleasant and refreshing to a fault. That said, it falls short of Belgian Red in a number of respects, and I ultimately believe it's the lesser of the two.

EDIT: I enjoyed a second bottle of this shortly after writing my review - it seemed far fresher, and both the taste and smell were vastly improved. While the appearance didn't change much, I've increased my scores in the Smell and Taste categories accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 23:49:43 | More by amphion1065
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,520 ratings.