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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,781 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,781
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,033
Gots: 566 | FT: 53
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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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Photo of ottovon
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

shared by whiterascal.

A: pours out a clear, ruby red, with a light brown head that has a reddish hue.

S: wow. huge fruit nose. raspberry jam and fresh raspberries are about the only thing I can smell. it has a tart cranberry smell as well. definitely has a sweet nose, with just a bit of earthy funk.

T: fresh raspberries, raspberry jam, cranberries. basically the nose comes through full throttle here. starts out with fresh tart raspberry, and then turns into a sweeter raspberry jam. Just a touch of earthiness and tartness, and a bit of oak in there as well. i get hints of vanilla as well.

M: Medium-thin with a good amount of carb. the beer is smooth, with just enough carb to tingle the tongue.

O: a great beer. just enough sweetness, and tartness. finishes a touch dry. the fruit in this beer is amazing.

ottovon, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Pours a reddish-mahogany with a white head about two fingers thick that fades into a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Tart raspberries and pretty much nothing else. Normally I would prefer complexity, but with this beer, raspberries is what you are looking for and nothing else.

Taste: Just like the aroma, raspberries, similar to shoving your mouth into a hand full of raspberries and biting down.

Mouthfeel: Very effervescent and champagne like, light body, easy to drink and refreshing.

Overall: Personally I prefer this one to the Wisconsin Red, but either way I don't think I could ever drink an entire bottle of either. There is a point to where they become too much.

jamescain, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Pencible
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

A: This poured a clear ruby red with moderate light pink head.
S: It smelled like sweet raspberry and funky oak, with tart cranberry and copper.
T: It tasted like super sweet raspberry jam with tart cranberry juice and funky oak. It had a clean and lasting aftertaste that was sweet and tart.
M: It was slightly thick and oily with subtle carbonation. Very nice body.
D: This was a delicious raspberry drink. I guess it's beer? I would have preferred a little more tart/sour character, to help balance the sweet and acidic character. But this still had a great scent and taste and body, and it was very easy to drink. Highly recommended.

Pencible, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mattboyer182
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Deep red in color with a foamy white head

S - A great raspberry smell with some yeasty notes.

T - Taste blew me away initially. I mean just sensational raspberry and more raspberry. Sweet up front with a tartness later on.

M - Light and pretty high in carbonation.

O - Very good. Can't wait to get more.

mattboyer182, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
3.13/5  rDev -28.2%

Thanks to CenCalMario for sharing this one with me! Pours a brownish red color with a small, white head. Scent is strong raspberry puree smelling...not much else. Taste is TONS of sweet raspberries and cane sugar...not much else. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and leaves a sticky feeling inside of the mouth due to intense sweetness. Drinkability is fair. Overall, I was kinda disappointed by this beer. I thought it would be a bit tart...since the word "tart" is in its name. This beer is a bit overly sweet for my liking, but not nearly as bad as Lindeman's Framboise. I guess if I were a fan of fruit beers, this one may be more appealing to me. Glad I got the opportunity to try it though!

DovaliHops, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.1/5  rDev -6%

Green bottle waxed with what looks like sticky raspberry sauce. I opened this one to share with my girlfriend and family, after receiving this from Derek. 750 ml, poured into multiple tulips.

A: Murky brown, mahogany body with a fluffy and creamy off-white head. It settled out very quickly into a thin ring around the walls. Minor splotchy lacing accompanied, but overall this is rather ugly looking beer. It's hard to be to harsh considering this is essentially what pureed raspberries look like.

S: Sweet and sugary raspberry puree, cherry candy drops, a slight sweet brown sugar and caramel malt base come through in a sensory overload. Rounding out are some slick, oily cherry skins. This smells absolutely wonderful, really nothing like beer instead a raspberry and red fruit-infused champagne.

T: Raspberry juice and creamy puree, cherry and strawberry candies coat the palate in every corner imaginable. It's sweet, it's somewhat puckering and delicious. Subsequent sips reveal the caramel malts and brown sugar at the base of this beer. The finish has a touch of lime in it, but really leaves nothing except sweet fruity esters from before.

M: Lower carbonation, smooth, bubbly and slick on the palate. Lingering sweet red fruits coat the mouth and give this a really wonderful feel to everything. Really exceptional for a fruit beer.

This beer was certainly a treat to try however for me a single glass was enough. It's very sweet, as one would expect but the flavors are very well done and not overbearing to the point where it's off-putting. If you like red fruits, namely raspberries, this is certainly one beer you absolutely must try.

ShanePB, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Garnet / burgundy color. Almost transparent apart from the color itself. No sediment or haze. 1/4 of the glass filled with off-white / cream colored head.

S: Pale raspberry, dirty / dusty plants, dry cherry, wild / Belgian yeast, champagne, and cranberry.

T: Tastes infinitely better than it smells. Almost like a raspberry / cranberry juice cocktail, but not as syrupy or quite as sweet. Very pleasant fruit flavors, some tartness, but not sour at all and only slightly dry. Raspberry is by far the dominant flavor - somewhat jammy. Excellent taste.

M: Moderate to minor carbonation in the mouthfeel, which is odd given how much carbonation existed in the pour and in the head. Medium amount of small bubbles. Good density and viscosity, especially for the low ABV.

O: Very good overall - one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Very different from Blushing Monk in that this is clearly filtered and very clean, but still has all of the excellent flavor, whereas Blushing Monk is more of a fermented pureed raspberry look and feel to it. Both are very good, but the clean flavors and mouthfeel of this make it more drinkable in quantity - if you're so fortunate as to have a large quantity of it.

jnn4v, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%

A – Burgundy black cherry Jell-O with ruby highlights. Finely bubbled white head has great retention and lace.

S – Soft raspberry with a dry earthy note. Has a hint of Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda.

T – Tart black cherry opening into a huge sugar note. As the sweetness subsides, raspberry coats your mouth with a whip-crack acidity. The backend mellows out into raspberry jelly, lemon and back pepper.

M – Great carbonation on a full body. The texture is soft and sweet, and not overly syrupy.

O – Delicious, but a shade too sweet.

vfgccp, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of popery
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%

Note from 8/7/11. Thanks to cmillward. A definite step up from the Belgian Red, but I still don’t quite understand all of the praise. Pours a transparent brownish ruby with no head, just a light smattering of bubbles on the surface, at first. Aroma is a nice mix of band-aid, juicy raspberry and earthy almost-funk. There’s less sweetness than the Red, which I appreciate, but still a bit too much, and a similar cough syrup note pops up in the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, probably a shade less than the Red. It’s a beer that I sorta enjoy but couldn’t handle, much less want, anything more than a small glass. It’s probably a good choice for blending with stouts, if you want to explore that.

popery, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of confer
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%

A- Pours a deep purple with a tan cotton-like head that fades into a bit of froth.
S- Smell is tart/funky raspberry.
T- Taste is the same. Don't know why this considered isn't considered a lambic. Nice tart, sweet and funkiness all make an appearance at different times in the taste. There is a really fresh raspberry taste that lingers long after the taste.
MO- A quality beer that I would have regularly if it was available. Thanks to Nick M for schlepping this bottle along back to PA.

confer, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of vobr0002
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

A- very nice red color with some rose colored head.

S- small floral and fruity smell.

T- light sweet flavor. The raspberries come though and settle right on your tongue. You almost wouldn't know this was a beer by just tasting this, seem more like a champagne or wine combination.

M- light body that has a moderately high carbonation.

O- this beer is a very delicious dessert beer. Its refreshing and satisfying your sweet tooth. A great beer by new glarus

vobr0002, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of TVolt1
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

TVolt1, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

dgilks, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
3.75/5  rDev -14%

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.

StLThrash, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of seeswo
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

seeswo, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%

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!

jcartamdg, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

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.


THECPJ, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

litheum94, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -6%

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.

cpetrone84, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

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.

Treebs, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

timtim, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of MightyCasey
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

MightyCasey, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of traillme
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

traillme, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

SkitzIrish3, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Janderson91
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%

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!

Janderson91, Jul 22, 2011
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