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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,615 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,015
Gots: 529 | 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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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and poured the drink into a wine flute. It gives a pink head that is about a 1/4 inch but then quickly disappears. When held to the light, it is a clear deep ruby appearance. If sitting in the glass on the table, it actually looks as if you're drinking a merlot.
The scent is very good, especially if you like raspberries. There is also a hint of champagne and tartness to the aroma.
The initial taste is again, strongly raspberry. The fruitness is quite potent, but the tartness balances very nicely. This is also a moderate level of carbonation, which almost makes it drink like a champagne that had raspberries soaking in it.
I was very surprised by this beer, as I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. My only argument against it is that I do not feel you could drink a lot of it and it does lack some of the standard beer flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:58:24 | More by SykDoc
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New York

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

22oz bomber poured into wine glasses.

Fizzy deep magenta grew, beautiful, very little head.

The aroma is as perfect a fresh raspberry aroma as one can imagine. Hint of wood underneath.

Just a magnificent use for delicious fresh raspberries. This beer/fruit wine is perfectly tart and sweet, layers of wonderful clear fruit flavor, the hops and wheat in the brew providing a complementary backbone that lets the raspberries shine. I can't think of a more perfect beverage for Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 00:25:59 | More by kenito799
Photo of morimech


4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crimson color with a thin red head that quickly fades to a few bubbles sitting on top. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like concentrated raspberries. A bit juice like. Does not smell fermented at all.

Raspberry Tart. That is exactly what you get in the flavor. Big splash of raspberry sweetness with a mouth puckering finish. Lingering raspberry aftertaste. Tastes nothing of beer or any alcoholic beverage. Maybe a little alcohol flavor would improve this beer by cleansing the palate.

Very sweet without leaving a syrupy consistancy. Has a light body actually. Carbonation is abundant but not harsh.

If a person loves raspberries they will love this even if they don't like beer. No beer or alcoholic flavor at all. Probably best served as a dessert beverage. Too sweet for continous consumption.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 18:20:36 | More by morimech
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep red, with head that fades to nothing.

Smells very strongly of berry --- raspberry and a little cranberry.

Taste is all raspberry. Sneaks up on you and then BAM. Aftertaste of raspberry as well. A bit of a mild grainy taste somewhere in there keeps it slightly beery. Could not taste more like a raspberry.

Mouthfeel creamy, very carbonated.

There is a limit to how much of this I could drink at once, due to sheer sweetness. But it's really an amazing dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 04:31:31 | More by Strix
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4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time I had this I had to share the bottle with like 6 other people and we drank it out of paper cups. This time I'm doin' it right.

Ohh, the smell of sweet raspberries. Very strong and sweet, yet the tartness comes through to the nose as well.

Pours a brilliant, beautiful red color. Not amber, not brownish red, RED. Its beautiful. The head is a good 2 fingers and the color of a strawberry shake.

Taste is absolutely sublime. If you are a fruit lover, as I am, this will blow your doors off. Tart and sweet, tangy, sugary without being syrupy. Oh man this stuff is good. This is beer? Raspberries!!! Oh how good they are. They actually took these tasty little things and made BEER out of them? Genius.

If you have relatives or friends who are wary of the crazy craft brews that you drink, give them one of these to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 03:32:13 | More by travloh
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby red with pink head. Amazingly full, juicy, jammy, sweet raspberry wine-like drink. Not beer-like at all. Lots of sweetness and (yes) quite a bit of tartness, too. Drinkable enough to split a 750 with another person, but I don't think that I could drink more than one of these. A sipper.

One wonders how they get all of that sweetness in there without it fermenting out --- pasteurization?

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 05:52:05 | More by goethean
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vivid red that explodes with blinding cranberry-juice radiance in the light. The head is pink and foamy, thin and then thinner in another minute.

Smells like pure raspberry juice. What else can be said? Simple but very pleasant.

Flavor is an orgy of sweet and tart. Absolutely huge raspberry flavor, totally natural tasting. Even though it hits you over the head with enormous fruit flavor, it's never cloying or out of balance. Finish gives a hint of cookie dough and yeast, but you can't shake the raspberry here, and you wouldn't want to. Crosses over into cranberry with its tartness, including the mouth-pucker that comes with.

A wonderful treat unless you happen to hate raspberry or something. There's no reason to waste time and money on wimpy fruit beers when something like this is around. Comparable to Dogfish Head's Fort in flavor, and equally well-crafted.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 04:17:40 | More by Metalmonk
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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Muddled dark red/pruple in color. Thin fizzy reddish head that fades into nothing and leaves little lacing.

S - Raspberries...wow. Very strong aroma of a balance between sweetness and tartness.

T - Tastes like a carbonated raspberry juice drink. Just the right amount of tartness and sweetness to provide excellent balance. Not beer tasting at all.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly fruity. SMothers the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 03:03:52 | More by ckeegan04
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a murky deep red with a pink head that recedes quickly leaving some slight lacing.

S- Raspberries.. duh. As well as a bit of tartness.

T- Right up front Raspberries but takes a very quick and sharp turn to a very tart, sour, component then finishes with a very dry mineral, earthy component.

M- Just slightly spritzy carbonation. A bit more would have been nice, but the complex finish made up for it.

D- 4% makes it very drinkable and it's decently unique. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 03:51:39 | More by Greggy
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 finger, frothy pink head in a La Chouffe tulip. Body is a (gasp) raspberry purpley/red. No lacing, and the head quickly dissapates.

S - From the second I cracked this, the aroma has wafted around the room. It smells like (gasp) raspberries. It's an absolutely mouth-watering smell. It's 99% raspberries and a touch of beer/alcohol.

T - It could honestly be mistaken for (gasp) raspberry juice. It's wonderful, if not SLIGHTLY one dimensional. For what it is, and that's a fruit beer, it's great. It's mostly sweet with a hint, and I mean a small hint, of sour. If someone gave this to me and told me it was a beer, let alone alcoholic, I don't think I'd believe them.

M - A little soft on the palate, and slightly undercarbonated, but the body is there.

D - I love raspberries, and I love beer, so this is a pretty perfect blend of the two. I could see this getting cloying to those that aren't in the mood, or into fruit beers, but for me it's just fine.

Notes: I didn't really know what to expect with this one, but I'm definitely enjoying every ounce of it. Damn you Wisconsinites for your access to New Glarus. DAMN YOU!!

Mad thanks to Richard for this wicked extra.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 03:30:36 | More by SaucyA
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4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer is one of the most appealing fruit beers I've ever seen. It pours so thick, I feel like I should be straining seeds out of it, like raspberry puree. The pink, foamy head quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S- Not much beyond raspberries, but in such a good way. It's so fresh-smelling!

T- The raspberry certainly comes through without much competition, yet balancing sweet and tart very well. A sweet, cookie-like flavor comes through. The combination of these flavors reminds me of the Lindser Tarts I used to buy at the bakery around the block when I was little...Perhaps that's how the beer got its name.

M- Thick and rich, however the carbonation manages to be so lively.

D- It goes down like a shake, without being to filling.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 22:34:57 | More by JoeMayo
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Hazy cranberry-colored body with thin pink head that receded into a ring of retention and left sparse lacing.

S - Raspberry, of course. Not much else there except for the sweet, tart and sour qualities of fresh raspberries with some vanilla mixed in for good measure.

T - Tart, sour raspberry with some hints of vanilla and an underlying berry sweetness. Very nice!

M - Medium body with a syrupy base and prickly effervescence. Finishes with a tart sourness on the palate.

D - Amazing fruit beer from New Glarus that's easily as good as the Wisconsin Red. Beautiful!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 19:06:33 | More by ffejherb
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark crimson red/brown color with a fluffy pink head and nice lacing, into a chalice. Big wafts of fresh raspberry and not much else, but it smells fresh, fruity and interesting. Wonderful on the nose. Sweet, tart, fresh raspberry flavor, sweetness somewhat cloying, but wouldn't expect less from this style. Goes down very smooth, light on the carbonation. So sweet, I couldn't see drinking more than a glass at a time. Excellent Lambic style brew that goes great with a nice big salad on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 01:19:54 | More by KeefD
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nubrewm for this delight!

Poured from a wax sealed bottle into a flute glass

A: Hazy burgundy which leads to an opaque brew. Small ring of white head that does not last. Tons of active carbonation

S: Raspberries galore! But that's about it, not much malt or hops.

T: Very similar as the smell...tons of raspberry taste that is very tart but also has a sweet pie like taste. Very champagne like

M,D: The mouthfeel is so light and highly carbonated just as expected. The low ABV and high carbonation leaves this feeling like champagne

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 01:15:53 | More by treyrab
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mad props to my buddy Shaun for surprising me with a big bottle of this after his trip home to Wis-CAN-sin.

Pours a beautiful crimson color with a thin but prominent and remaining head. The nose is of dark fruit and so much raspberry. Really impressive, it is obvious this is the real thing. Any doubt of the real fruit will be cured by the collection of pulp at bottom of your glass.

Each sip is bursting with tart raspberry flavor. It reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise Lambic, but better. It tastes has a sharper edge and a tang to it, with the lack of cloying sweetness.

The low ABV makes it very quickly drinkable and refresing. I could never drink more than one of these at a sitting as it feels like a dessert; sorbet in a glass, but the one is plenty to taste its tremendous quality.

I have made fruit beer before, to much disappointment. I know firsthand what a terrific achievement this is for fruit beer. if you like a fruit beer, you can nary do better.

Now, if I ever get my spotted squirrel to taste...

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 03:21:15 | More by supermanjace
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4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Jw347 for this one!

Pours burgundy/purple with 2+ fingers of noisy pink head. Great lacing & fairly good head retention

s: Super raspberry nose, fades as this warms

T: Juicy & tart raspberries. plus a little puckery sourness up front. Tartness & dryness dominate along a sweet raspberry vinaigrette as this warms. Finishes with a nice puckery sweet/tart flourish

MF: Light & sparkling, plus some acidity & just a touch of stickyness

Drinks really well, I believe the acidity & tartness would preclude me from sessioning on this. Easily one of the best beers at 4.0% abv, below, above or whatever! Also, easily the best fruit beer I've ever drank!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 02:33:12 | More by russpowell
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4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful murky raspberry red with a bubbly pink head that lingers for a little while and leaves some sporadic lacing. I imagine this would be what unfiltered raspberry or cranberry juice looks like.

S: Wow! wonderful smell on this one as sweet raspberries are the dominant aroma with a hint of tartness as well, possibly from some cherries.

T: Taste follows the aroma with the obvious raspberry dominance and hint more tartness than in the aroma up front. There are hints of "beer" flavors in there with some wheat if you really look hard, but it's really all about the raspberries here.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with big carbonation that tickles your tongue with the raspberry tartness and then sticks the sweetness on the palate in the finish.

D: Much like the Belgian Red, the sweetness is such that drinking this whole bottle is a pretty good feat. It's a wonderful beer and New Glarus has shown the ability to nail this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 23:00:18 | More by gford217
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a ruddy red with very little head or lacing. Tons of raspberry in the nose; its just bursting from the glass.

There is some tartness in the taste that nicely balances the sweetness of the fruit. I couldn't have too much of this but splitting the bottle with a friend works nicely. If you're up for a fruit beer, this is one to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:41:21 | More by Larrytown
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North Carolina

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

Pours deep rust with red hues. Interesting colored head rises and falls to a ring that remains for the rest of the glass.

Smell is pure raspberry goodness. Sweet, juicy, fresh squeezed. Just delicious. It reminds me of a raspberry popsicle with the actual chunks in them, or a raspberry smoothie with fresh raspberries blended in.

Taste is much of the same. While it has a great sweetness of the raspberry there is a tartness added to the flavor that I can't quite pick up in the nose...at least not on the same level. Very well-rounded and nearly perfect, though the tartness is a little much at times.

Sweet and silky with a tart, sharp finish. It's almost like eating a juicy and fresh picked raspberry then accidently having one that was just a bit too ripe and sour. But I like it!

Overall, drinkability is very solid. A bottle to myself was definitely finished with ease, though I wouldn't have minded sharing it with someone either. Goes down like fruit juice but it's beer. The cider-like flavors of the Belgian Red seem to be its downfall for me, as this was much more approachable.

A big thanks to scoobydank for the Great BIF Race treat...go SINISTER!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 21:20:11 | More by ncvbc
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New York

4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Basically a perfect beer experience -- exceptional in almost every way from appearance to drinkability. I'll break this one down just for fun:

A: Dark red and cloudy. Poured into a champagne flute like the bottle recommends. Looks a beautiful dark blood red and when you hold it up to the light it passes some intense red light. Beautiful.

S: Pure raspberries. On every level, in every way. The purest fruit smell I've ever smelled in a beer. Amazing.

T: See smell, basically. I'll add refreshing to the list.

M/D: Who couldn't love enjoying a huge amount of this beer? I saw on their site that you can get a 1/4 barrel of this. I might move to wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 12:57:42 | More by brewdogmrb
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3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy in color. Nice, good looking inch of head at the pour. Smell is juicy, tart raspberry.
Taste is tart, sweet, dark, wonderful raspberries. A little acidic on the taste as well. Very good beer. As tough as it is to say, I think I personally prefer the Belgian Red to this. Both are incredible.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 03:07:43 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the New Glarus Raspberry Tart bottle suggests that you serve
this beer in a flute, which I did. The pour got me a finger of foam over an
opaque reddish brew. The nose is very bright fresh raspberry and just a
bit of funkiness. The label further states that the brew is made of raspberries
spontaneously fermented on oak to which is added wheat malt and year-old
Hallertau hops. Unlike their excellent Belgian Red, this is intended to be a
genuine wild ale- a lambic with an American twist. The flavor does indeed
bear this out. The flavor is raspberry, of course- there's a fresh berry taste up
front with woody notes and a long, tart finish. The aftertaste is a bit of that sour
fruit lingering on the palate. The mouthfeel is full, yet very very dry. Outstanding,
and I hate raspberry.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 08:09:50 | More by shadow1961
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The "other half" of the famous New Glarus fruit duo.
Pours a very deep red with a rocky pinkish head. Now quite as much fruit puree as the Founder's Rubaeus, there's still some. I'd guess it's just been filtered and strained differently. Looks great.
The smell is of raspberry jam on toast. The fruit's the star, but you can get a little yeasty kick.
The taste is initially sweet and then a peppery yeasty zest comes through followed by sourness. The finish is fruity and clean. There's a tiny hint of hops in there keeping this from being too sweet, but not adding a ton to the flavor profile...which is good. I can't imagine bitterness and raspberries working well.
Goes down scarily easy due to the low ABV and silky texture.
I want more already.
If you're ever in the midwest, do yourself a favor and bring back as much of this and the Wisconsin Red as you can.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 14:25:55 | More by Domingo


2.73/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled in Champagne flute(s) from a sticky wax dipped 25 oz. bottle.
A gentle pour created a distracting,frothy pink 1 finger head. Similar to a cappuccino foam. Color is a cloudy, ruby red. Towers of tiny bubbles ride up the glass.
Leaves a thin, cloud like lace on the flute.

Smells of ripe, mashed raspberry. Like fresh raspberry sorbet or home made jam.
Mouth is crisp & fizzy sweet ~ not too heavy.
Waaaay too sweet for me. Sharp effervescence get's in the way & it's more like carbonated soda or fruit juice.
Everything screams RASPBERRY up front. Pours with a Wheat consistency but the hops & grain are completely masked & virtually non-existent.

The low ABV is disguised with the fruits overpowering presence. The finish was kinda like the end of a hard raspberry cough drop. Drinkability suffers & I had to keep reminding myself it was BEER.

While I'm certainly not a purist, this was not a preferred or familiar style. I'm really not sure what all the hype is about??? While I found it very different & unique, I was ultimately disappointed based on what I'd heard & read.
New Glarus has a variety of other quality offerings that I find much more enjoyable & appealing.

This would be a good beer to share at a stylish brunch or special celebration. It's a novelty & not a staple. Shared...one was hard to finish.

Don't spill it...it's gonna stain!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 04:06:17 | More by TATTORSO
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy burgundy-purple with a pink head that dissipates to a ring leaving some nice lace. The smell is sweet raspberries, along with a touch of barnyard funk. The taste is once again full of very sweet raspberries but is balanced a bit by some pleasant tartness and again brings a touch of barnyard at the end. The beer is full bodied with lively carbonation. Very sweet is the biggest detraction to drinkability, but still one heck of a fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 02:25:57 | More by MSchae1017
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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