Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
750ml bottle courtesy of smokepot23 thanks joe
A: poured a brownish burgundy with a thin head and left good lacing on the glass.
S: lovely bouquet of raspberries salute the nose first with slight vinegar and strawberries and other berries as well. After a couple whiffs I also get a little oakiness.
T: nice raspberry tartness like the label indicates with srawberry jam characteristics oak notes hints of vinegar but has great puckering power.
M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that has a sweet tart flavor and finish.
D: this has to be one of the best fruit beers I've ever had that is not too sweet, and sourness that balances it out beautifully. Will definitely seek out more of this raspberry bomb.
06-09-2010 06:11:30 | More by Gobzilla
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
750mL bottle served into a tulip glass. Thanks, GbVDave!
Pours a cranberry-looking shade of red. It looks dark in the center of the body but you can see all the way through it. The head jumps out with size - a two fingers of tiny bubbles comprising a mass of light tan/beige foam. The head doesn't retain for any longer than a minute and leaves precious little lacing.
Man, does this smell like raspberries. This beer is not kidding around. Fruit juice everywhere. Past the sweet, slightly tart, berry juice smells you get some very mild spice, more akin to potpourri than anything else. There is some trace wood/syrup thing going on. Like syrup barrels? It is hard to describe accurately; it isn't as sweet as "syrup" would denote but the woodsy quality hints at it.
This is nearly a perfectly balanced beer. You want fruit sweetness? You got it - the sweetness of berry flesh is combined with the sweetness of, like, a syrup that sits between maple and molasses. But this isn't all sweet. The raspberry flavor also has a mild tartness at the front end of the drink; nowhere near lambic-strength but substantial enough to matter. There are some spices used in this beer and they provide a lingering astringency on the swallow and on the aftertaste, providing balance and a rustic feeling.
I am pretty 'meh' on the mouthfeel. At first it is too prickly with carbonation for me to savor the interplay between sweet and spice. As it warms and dies down the feel turns to something too slick to get a handle on. I make it sound terrible and it isn't, just wanting of better characteristics. The low ABV of 4%, along with the general deliciousness make for a very drinkable beer.
This feels very American to me. This beer tastes like November, like Thanksgiving, like an old tradition kept alive.
06-06-2010 01:12:43 | More by Reaper16
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
bottle to a tulip
Pours a clear red body, and by red I mean excellent vibrant red. Has a fizzy white head that doesnt stay for the party. A slightly brown meniscus.
Smells like a berry wine with some plum character. Has a tartness even in the nose, and definitely smells of raspberries.
Tastes slightly tart with plenty of raspberries. Not a fake raspberry presence either. The mouthfeel is like the sparkling grape juice you get as a kid during Christmas time. Very light on the tongue. A great beer, however unbeer like it may seem.
06-04-2010 18:49:01 | More by spoons
4.35/5 rDev -0.2%
Well, I've bought a lot of these bombers over the past few years, & always ended up trading them, dropping them into a box as extras, or sharing them with non-beer friends. Picked this up a few hours ago & not going to risk it again - pop!
Pours an anything-but-routine red, gem-clear ruby dark. Smell is as promised. Tart & raspberry. Gotta love the truth in advertising.
This is beer? Don't get me wrong, it's delicious. One might be able to come close to duplicating this experience by pureeing some raspberries & mixing them in with sparkling water, & adding just a touch of 100% white grape juice. Deee-lightful.
Very dry, slightly acidic, bubbles a bit in the mouth like a good champagne (or sparkling grape juice we always had for my teenage birthday parties). If I had to search for an almost-nearly-flaw, it would be the sweetness, which after a bomber or two would pucker me up good.
That's the best I can do, though. Always wondered how this stays in the 100 while so many barrel-aged barleywines mixed with goat coffee & the tears of Hank Aaron came & went. I have seen the light. Great beer.
05-31-2010 01:49:59 | More by maximum12
4.47/5 rDev +2.5%
GLASS: New Glarus Flute
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
This pours a deep garnet color with light ruby tinting. It has a head of light pink tinted foam which is two-fingers thick and recedes to a nice surface covering of foam. Lacing is decent, but fairly slick.
The nose is all raspberry, as the name would suggest. A lot of sweet notes are here, but they are matched by a tart side, as well. A very slight hint of cranberries seems to be here, but that could just be the tartness of the raspberries also.
This almost total raspberry flavor. There is definitely a good tartness to it, yet it is not sour, like a lambic. It retains enough raspberry sweetness to give it a nice amount of balance. There is a very slight undertone of wheat/grain flavor.
The body of this is medium, almost verging on full. The carbonation level is effervescent, not unlike champagne. Very refreshing and lively. Nicely crisp.
At 4.00%abv, this one just begs to be drank in mass quantities. It is deliciously easy-to-drink also. The sweetness may be a touch too high for a lot of people though, so I can't quite give it perfect.
05-27-2010 20:32:32 | More by coldmeat23
4/5 rDev -8.3%
Had this on friday (thanks brian) and saturday (thanks chris).
A- Body is a vibrant fuchsia-with a bit more red than purple/pink. Bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Head is slightly off-white and retains at a thin collar with minimal lacing left behind in the glass.
S-Smell is dominated by both tart and sweet raspberry but a hint of cranberry is also noticeable in the nose as well as a hint of bready yeast.
T- Taste is pretty much raspberries across the board-the first bottle I had, for some reason, was more tart than the 2nd-The first bottle was left opened before consumption a lot longer than the second which may have something to do with it. The second bottle was on the sweet side but still balanced. A lot of raspberry, a hint of cranberry, and a hint of yeast.
M-Moderate tingly carbonation and medium weight, full body.
D- This is a very good, well put together raspberry fruit beer. Much better, IMO, than the Belgian Red. Very enjoyable and a top notch fruit beer-but somewhat lacking in complexity.
05-24-2010 19:35:09 | More by PittBeerGirl
4.6/5 rDev +5.5%
Big wax top bottle into a New Glarus pint glass.
A - Tiny head that dissipates quickly and leaves the dark redish purple color alone.
S - Sweet raspberry fruity and a hint of booze.
T & M- Truly another delight from NG. The tart raspberry taste makes the tastebuds water.
D - I could drink this when I wake up every morning.
If you are looking for an intense sweet tasting brew, this is for you.
05-21-2010 23:52:56 | More by copyguyadam
4.5/5 rDev +3.2%
A 750ml bottle from a generous trader as an extra. Split with some friends at Arp's place. Reddish brown, small white head dissipates to a ring. A nice looking fruit beer.
Smell is raspberries, touch of sour tartness, maybe a hint of lemon. Perfect fruit beer nose, nothing fake going on here. This is the real deal.
Taste is raspberries, some German malt. Awesome mixture of sweet and tart. Finish has a light acidity that's really pleasant. Light bitterness but it's there. The closest thing to juice I've had in the beer world
Mouthfeel is sparkling and effervescent. The champagne of bottled beers ;)
Drinkability is good as well, just a touch cloying after a while. Couldn't do a second bottle under any circumstances but love this in small doses. A world class offering from New Glarus.
05-19-2010 18:30:34 | More by jampics2
4.15/5 rDev -4.8%
Thanks to fear025 for this one. I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into 2 snifters. It pours a deep purple with red highlights. The 2 finger head is fizzy and white and leaves a bit of lacing. The nose is all rasberries. The flavor is a rasberry puree, sweet and tart. It finishes with lingering tart fruit. This one is light in body and highly carbonated and effervescent. It would make a wonderful dessert beer. It is pretty sweet, I don't think I could do a bomber solo.
05-10-2010 01:06:32 | More by bonkers
4.28/5 rDev -1.8%
This barely resembles a beer. Great pink color, nose is pure raspberry, a the taste is 100% raspberry tart, as described. Very easy drinking at 4%, nice sweetness to balance the tart punch on the tongue. I would love to have this with some angelfood cake or vanilla ice cream. Wonderful dessert beer.
05-09-2010 01:09:48 | More by squaremile
4.05/5 rDev -7.1%
Stuck in Wisconsin for work for the week, I stopped in a local gas station for a snack - unlike gas stations in KC, this is the beer and cheese state, and has a variety of New Glarus beers in a special stand alongside the BMC. Sweet! I am though in a hotel, drinking from the small water glasses - I'm going to have eight glasses of beer tonight!
Pours clear red, with just a hint of rosy purple - a thing ring of pink head, but it even leaves at least some lace on this tiny glass. A bit of an odd color for a beer, but nonetheless looks attractive.
Smells like raspberries - tart, sweet, berry-like.
Tasty in a non-beer sort of way - more like the cran-rasp cocktail you might find at your local mega-mart. Tart, with raspberries being the most obvious component.
Sparkling, and with a lasting tart sweetness. Gets sticky on the tongue, which allows the little bit of hoppiness to stay in the mouth and eminate.
Really enjoyable, but as I am with the entire bottle this eveing, it might be overwhelmingly sweet, but I'm still looking forward to finishing it.
05-06-2010 03:52:41 | More by mdcrouser
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
25oz green bottle dipped in a color of wax that matches the fluid within...interesting.
Poured into a wine glass, it appears a somewhat hazy maroon, ruby, reddish-brown color with less than a finger of creamy slightly reddish stained head. Not much for retension outside the penline of white bubbles that has collected around the inside perimeter of the glass. Aroma of this beer is all raspberry sweetness with a faint touch of vinegar and some sourness in the backend. As it warms there is another layer of sweetness outside of the fruit, it is somewhat reminescent of caramel. Taste is about as close as one could ever imagine to drinking a modestly carbonated fresh raspberry juice. It is quite sweet upfront tasting obviously of raspberries and has a much more full mouthfeel than I have experienced with other fruit beers. The somewhat higher than expected carbonation really lets the flavors of the fruit come out in your mouth. The tartness of the raspberries is a bit exaggerated in the finish but it is to be expected considering the name of this beer...and it is quite enjoyable nontheless. There is a lingering sweetness left in the mouth tasting just like fresh raspberries.
Thanks to jojomdma for the trade at DLD for this one.
05-02-2010 23:35:23 | More by stakem
4.78/5 rDev +9.6%
Poured into a tulip. Thanks to alcstradamus for this one.
4.5 A: Clear somewhere between ruby red and burgundy color. Two fingers of ever so slightly pink frothy head. Pretty good retention and moderate lacing.
4.0 S: Wow, the raspberries! Tart raspberries totally dominate the nose and don't allow for any other aromas to be perceived other than a general vinousness. Of course, I have no problem with this since raspberries smell great.
5.0 T: Wow again. Totally wasn't expecting it to be so full bodied and flavorful. Most fruit beers are scant on the fruit and make what tastes like a watered down beer mixed with a watered down fruit juice. Not this one! Whether justified or not, I really like Lindemans Framboise and this is in several ways a bigger, bolder version of that. Raspberries are pretty much the sole flavor and give only a mild tartness. Loads of residual sweetness, which could contribute to a low level of perceived tartness.
5.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation is spritzy and dances on the tongue. Somewhat sticky, but super smooth.
5.0 D: I really like it. I have another bottle in the cellar that I'm tempted to open up, but I must resist. Gotta share. The people of Pittsburgh need to know about this one.
04-30-2010 00:19:17 | More by DavoleBomb
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
Pretty awesome beer, It's great to know that an american brewery is making world class fruit beers like this. The Tart qualities that is part of the name is there but not totally sour, so it comepliments the sweetness that is so upfront. Raspberries are without a doubt overloading most other flavors, but in a good way, in such a way that this has about the best flavor of raspberries ive yet tasted, beer, or dessert, or produce. Slightly sticky mouthfeel and fine, tight, champaign like carbination, giving this an exquisite feeling texture.
04-27-2010 01:12:25 | More by ChadQuest
4.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Thanks to beerwolf77 for the bomber! I think I will give a slight edge to the Belgian Red, even though I generally like raspberry more.
A: Pours a pale reddish pink color with an off white head. Retention is poor and lots of carbonation bubbles are visible indicating that there will be solid carbonation.
S: Fresh (I emphasize fresh) raspberries- completely ripe and not artificial. Definitely more twangy and tart than I was expecting. Hops and malts play virtually no role in the nose.
T: Hops and malts are hardly noticeable, although the malts provide a little flavor to compliment the intense attack of fresh raspberry. Tart, almost a little sour. Not quite as sweet as the Belgian Red, so the tartness is pretty much unchecked.
MF/D: Fizzly carbonation, tart, puckering finish.
I prefer the Belgian Red
04-22-2010 16:32:36 | More by scottyshades
3.65/5 rDev -16.3%
I like this beer. But I also like Lindeman's, St. Louis and Floris from time to time, as alluded to within this review, despite the tremendous confectionery sweetness presented by these brews. I know this is considered a 'fruit beer', and not Lambic, but it has more in common with the aforementioned brews than it does with 99% of the 'fruit beers'.
A - Red? Crimson, pink? I don't know. Amazing. Big two-fingers of pink foam, recedes to scant islands of froth.
S - It smells fruity, for sure. Sweet and tart, it smells generally of berries and cherry; I don't get specific raspberry.
T - It tastes powerful, yet simple; the flavor is sweet-tart fruit and that's about all. There just doesn't seem to be a tremendous amount of character, instead it is like unbelievably delicious fruit juice. There does not seem to be any alcohol whatsoever in this brew.
M - Lighter-bodied with a slight effervescence.
D - Although delicious, it is underwhelming due to its similarity to a Lindeman's/Floris-type Lambic, especially considering the general fanfare surrounding this beer and the frequent disdain for the Lindeman's/Floris-type of candy-ish Lambic.
04-19-2010 02:56:27 | More by ktrillionaire
4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
Split this with the wife-- me in my Duvel tulip and her in a lindeman's flute. Mine looks better.
Pours deep red with purple hues like dark grape juice. 3 fingers of grapefruit tinted whitish colored head settled quickly into wisps and a ring of fine bubbles.
Smells of really ripe raspberries... Actually smells too much like ripe raspberries... To the point where you start to wonder if the flavor is going to be synthetic. This is how it would
smell if Jolly Ranchers had a raspberry flavor!
Tastes just like it smells... Only even sweeter. This is really one that lives up to it's name! The slightest hint of acidity on the finish, but nothing like a gueuze... There is a whole lot of sugar in this one!
Lots and lots of fine carbonation make this more like champagne than beer... The wife loves it-- I'll at least say that feel and drinkabilty are very high. The only problem against this brews drinkabilty is that it is a tad too sweet for most of us to drink all night-- but this makes a great after dinner brew to split with your
wife after a hard day of driving around a different state looking for good beer!
04-18-2010 03:39:43 | More by AleWatcher
4.38/5 rDev +0.5%
Big tnx to dmunroe for throwing this one in as an extra (one of many)
A- ruby red with a pink foamy head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top. Head fades and there is minimal lacing left.
S- ummmm raspberries maybe. Yup that's it...raspberries followed by some more raspberries.
T- starts off with more raspberries. very sweet at first and then very tart. Almost like a raspberry sour warhead. Ok maybe not that tart but u get the idea. Really good stuff. My wife is loving it. She wants more. I'm enjoying it to although its not my fav style.
M- very light and crisp. Has a bit of a bubbly character.
D- pretty good I suppose. Like I said b4 not my fav style, however, I could drink a lot of this even though its so sweet.
04-02-2010 04:58:46 | More by urwithdave
4.33/5 rDev -0.7%
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this wax-dipped 750 ml bottle of Wisconsin goodness. I had beer looking forward to trying this beer for quite some time and I was not disappointed.
The beer pours a medium-dark red color with a large white head. The aroma is strong raspberry. The flavor is sweet raspberries with a nice strong tart finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium, crisp carbonation. This has a more soda-like mouthfeel than the Belgian Red which seems to be more juice like. Overall, an outstanding fruit beer.
04-01-2010 22:22:52 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev -8.3%
Received in a recent trade with justn. Split with my wife during some NCAA games...
Poured into a wine glass. Pours a deep pinkish orange color...A thin white head (with a tinge of pink) sits on top and quickly turns to merely a ring of foam. No lacing is left behind. Minus the head, this could easily be mistaken for a glass of wine.
Smells like raspberries - profound, I know. Actually, it might more closely be described by comparing it to raspberry jam. The nose is filled with a sweetness that could be found by sniffing a jar of Smucker's. There is a tiny bit of tartness to the smell as well...but really, it's all raspberries.
Zero surprise when tasting this one! It is so smashed with raspberries I can't even tell I'm drinking a beer. As sweet raspberry first hits the tongue, it mixes with just a slight amount of tart. As I swallow, the tart is once again replaced by the sweetness, which lingers around for a while on its return visit. My wife absolutely loves this - It is a bit too sweet for me, however. I much prefer beers that tend toward the tart side, as opposed to the sweet. Perhaps a bit unfair to downgrade based on that, but then again, I'm reviewing based on what I like. I do love the fullness of this beer - the mouthfeel is outstanding. A bit of tangy left over after the finish.
With the borderline sweetness levels, this beer is notched down just a tad on drinkability At a measly 4%, one could drink this all night...my wife may just test that hypothesis.
Overall, a very well crafted beer. I can certainly tell why New Glarus has hit a home run with this one. I know dozens of people that would absolutely love this brew. Well done!
04-01-2010 07:32:58 | More by hayesez
3.7/5 rDev -15.1%
had this beer for a few months and just sat on it, really excited to try it for the first time. i received this in one of my first trades, not even sure from who... sorry and thanks!!
a- cherry red to mahogany. basically no head, little carbonation and no lacing. hmmm.
s- well raspberries are there for sure, sour funk, and some vanilla yogurt.
t&m- a little let down but not bad at all, lots and lots of pureed raspberries, a tad bit funky, theres a sort of cold metal taste that is present and lingers. finishes like the name states, tart. very much like a raspberry liquid jolly rancher.
d- as its getting warmer i find i like it better, the more it was cold the more of that metal taste i was getting. it seems the taste gets overly redundant and that sour/tart taste at the end gets harder and harder to put down at the back end of this brew.
03-29-2010 05:56:26 | More by caresville
4.75/5 rDev +8.9%
A - Poured a dark red that seems to be different levels of clearity in the purple color depending on the angle. There was a slightly tan and was plenty spread across the glass.
S - Very natural smelling sharp raspberry
T - Strong raspberry flavor that reminds me of biting into a fresh raspberry. The fresh flavor is especially impressive because I know this bottle is at least six months old. Fantastic flavor overall, by far one of the best fruit beers I have ever had.
M/D - Mouthfeel is tart and biting but the flavor is so good, I just don't care. The sweetness of this beer makes me glad I'm sharing it with a couple friends because the sweetness wouldn't make me want to drink the entire 750.
03-27-2010 04:02:06 | More by mwa423
4.35/5 rDev -0.2%
Enjoyed in a flute as bottle suggests. Not as cold as bottle recommends though. Couldn't find a date on the bottle.
Poured a dark purple with a 3 finger lavander head. Nice sticky lacing.
All I can get out of the aroma is rasberry. If there are other scents dancing around in there the rasberry is so overpowering my nose isn't picking em up.
The taste is dominated by rasberry. Both sweet and sour at times. Reminds me of rasberry jam or even a rasberry fig newton/nutri-grain bar.
Don't usually talk much about mouthfeel, but this one is so silky smooth I have to mention it. Almost a creamlike state. Very drinkable.
Loved this beer. I'd have to say it's my favorite fruit beer to date. It's tough to get New Glarus around my parts. Hopefully my Navy buddy can come through again.
03-16-2010 12:09:34 | More by pwoody11
3.88/5 rDev -11%
Pours a reddish mahogany that is barely translucent, and has a minimal head, which may be an artifact of how it was poured. Raspberry dominates the rich and sweet aroma. Flavor is mainly raspberry, fairly sweet and slightly sour, more like a raspberry liqueur than a beer but still tasty. Texture is tingly, fizzy and edgy so it fairly dances on the tongue.
03-07-2010 16:03:23 | More by Cyberkedi
4.18/5 rDev -4.1%
joe1510 sent me this a while back in the LNBA BIF.
Deep raspberry red in color with a pink head with great retention and lacing. The nose is dominated by bright, ripe, fruity raspberries with the classic New Glarus base of brown sugar, vanill and oak. A fruity sourness is apparent, this smells tart and refreshing. The palate doesn't disappoint, opening with a big fruity, acidic bite with lots of ripe raspberries, sugar, jaggery and vanilla. Drying on the finish with a fruity tartness and a clean but mildly solvent-like acidity, this is very enjoyable stuff.
03-01-2010 05:10:41 | More by DefenCorps
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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