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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,881 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,881
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,037
Gots: 587 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of billshmeinke
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: very pretty golden amber color with a half finger head

S: Smells like lindemans but with real fruit

T: tastes of sweet raspberry juice like lindemans but tastes of real fruit

M: light and fruity medium carbonation

D: super easy to drink like lindens rspberry frambrois with real raspberries

billshmeinke, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of davod23
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a New Glarus flute. Thanks, Brady.

The pour isn't as red as one might expect - it's more the color of iced tea. Slightly off-white head billows up, but doesn't hang around for very long. I would like this to be more striking in color and to have better head retention.

Smell: Raspberries. Sweet, sour, ripe and unripe raspberries.

Taste: Raspberries. It's sweet on the front end, with just a hint of a tartness through the midpalate. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, adequate amount of carbonation, quite slick, long fruity finish. Light-medium body.

Drinkability is quite good. At just 4% abv, and without being super sweet, this one goes down pretty easy and quickly.

Good beer, perhaps only bested (in terms of American fruit beers) by Belgian red. Recommended.

davod23, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Brez07
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Florida9. Poured into a wine glass

A: Dark red color, similar to iced tea. Left a 1/2 finger white head. Barely any retention or lacing

S: Nose is mostly juicy fruit. Lots of raspberry, strawberry and cherry. That's kinda it though

T: Mostly fruit here. Like Juicy Juice with a very small hint of booze. Raspberry and strawberry are dominant fruit flavors

M: Medium bodied. More carbonation than I expected, leaving a brief tingle on the tongue. Fruit finish

D: A light fruit beer. First glass was ok, but was too sweet after that. Glad I split this was someone. As a side note, I added campagne to make a delicious beverage

Brez07, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of kbnooshay
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a glorious deep red color with virtually no head. Aroma is of super fresh raspberries.

Raspberry is main component here, and its delicious but its quite complex overall. There is a delicious acidic quality to this. Vanilla and oak flavors create for one tasty brew.

This is less sweet than I had expected, and thats fine. The Belgian red is way more about the cherry than the raspberry tart is about raspberries. The red is delicious, but a little more one dimensional. Feel is moderate to light with a pleasant but light carbonation.

I could sip this ALL NIGHT. Its great to share, but who would want to. Insanely drinkable.

kbnooshay, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A= Deep crimson red in color very nice looking looks like a red wine. It's head kind of had a reddish tint to it didn't last that long.

S= Smells like fresh Raspberries you can tell that it's a little tart from the nose smells really good. It seems like Thanksgiving or Christmas in a bottle lol.

T= Taste is like the nose full of Raspberry flavor nice tart aftertaste very nice.

M= Light in body plenty of carbonation for this one.

D= Very Drinkable will be seeking it out again very refreshing I'm going to enjoy finishing this bottle.

LiquidBread219, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Massive thanks to shuajw (extra in past in-person trade) and sproser (Secret Santa '10) for bottles of this one! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep dark red with a one and a half finger off-white head with a slight pink hue that subsided to a minimal amount fairly quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and raspberries (duh!). The flavor was of sweet malt, raspberries, slight spices, and a nice tart note. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall I opted to drink this one on Christmas Day to de-stress after spending time with the family. Had a very nice aroma and flavor going on with this one. Glad I have another bottle of this laying around so I can share this one some other BAs in my area. This is a must try of any fan of the style or those who are feeling a little adventureous. You won't regret it!

thagr81us, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Praise the queen! Its a session ale!

A- This session ale is a deep red with fair clarity. It shines like a ruby when held to the light. I got a slight cascading effect from the pinkish head. Not too much in the way of retention.

S- Obviously this session ale smells very strongly of raspberries. The aroma is very sweet. It is truly an inviting aroma, like a raspberry topping on an angel food cake.

T- Session ales CAN, and DO have big flavors, complexity and subtle nuances. This session ale is a perfect example. The tip of the tongue is greeted by a sweet raspberry puree. As the session ale fills the mouth a perfectly biting tartness grips the sides of the tongue. More sweetness follows and helps give this session ale its signature session ale balance. The finish is very clean and orderly.

M- About medium bodied just like a session ale should be. Carbonation is sprightly enough to keep up with the biting tartness. It really pairs well with this type of session ale.

D- I will have no problem sessioning the whole bottle of this session ale in one session.
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MbpBugeye, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep crimson red color with a somewhat thick fizzy white head and a good amount of lacing. Smells of tart raspberries and malty sweetness. Tastes of both sweet and sour raspberries and plenty of sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium and has a small carbonation. Drinkability is somewhat high.

TheKingofWichita, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presenatation: Large waxed and capped bottle poured into a tulip glass over multiple pours. Served only slightly chilled.

Appearance: Deep crimson red in color (almost the exact hue of red wine) with a little white lacing around.

Aroma: Fresh raspberries and a noticable tart acetic note. Very nice balance of fruit and tart notes.

Taste: The raspberries are obviously the highlight here. They are a lot sweeter than I thought they would be originally be. Really tart berry and lemon notes on the back end too. Clean finish. Beautiful balance of the sweet and tart here again.

Mouthfeel: A nice light body with plenty of carbonation like a fine champagne. Matches the feel of this beer perfectly.

Drinkability: I finished a bottle no problem and I could probably have more at this ABV. A remarkable amount of flavor punched into this ABV, but also so much balance. I could sip this all night.

Overall, a great fruit beer from New Glarus. Nothing like anything I've had before, but still delicious. Great balance and the effervescence really make this beer feel like something special. Highly recommended.

Gosox8787, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of calir1
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you to zizzybalubba for this beer in an in person trade here in the miserable city of Elizabeth City. A day after having the belgian red, this was quite a bit easier to drink. The smell was tame, but the flavor was awesome. It was sweet, but not overly and a very well done fruit beer. I breezed through the whole bottle and loved drinking it. I had hoped to drink this beer for a celebration I was waiting for, but the news never came and the beer stared at me everyday, so I drank it. Well done.

calir1, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to BeerFMAndy, the "Wisconsin Wonder", who sent this to me in an awesome monster box trade. Thanks Andy!

I brought this to a tasting.

A: Crystal clear, Willy Wonka purple color, with a slight vanilla-like hue. Heck, even the small head had some purple in it!

S: Tart raspberries and a tinge of vanilla to give it a dessert-like flair.

T: Man, I can't think of any other brewery in the business that is better at packing a total fruit experience into every ounce of liquid. Also, this one in particular had a tinge of the same jaw-locking sourness that I commonly associate with sour beers. The fruit content was ver organic and remarkably fresh in nature.

M: Not syrupy in the least bit and still managed to maintain a certain amount of creaminess to let us know we are not drinking a fruit juice, but in fact, a beer. Consistent from top to bottom!

D: To hell with raspberry cobbler... just give me some of this stuff!

Chaney, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired this from stonequarrywest via SS '10 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!!
750 mL
Poured in to my Brooklyn snifter

A: This beer pours a murky garnet, ruby color with an almost three finger of sudsy head that recedes rather quickly. Wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is tart raspberry, perhaps a hint of vanilla. Very one sided but very well done.

T: Taste is a crazy burst of sugary sweet raspberry goodness. Raspberry notes continue but become a bit more tart throughout the middle with a slightly oakiness and a hint of creamy vanilla in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, somewhat light upfront with a very slick, creamy finish.

D: Goes down dangerously easy, very tasty, not too filling, not much of a kick, and an exceptional example of the style. This is a fantastic beer! I wish that I could get my hands on more!

Jayli, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours clear bright ruby brown with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing down the glass

smells of tangy raspberries what else should it smell like

taste is juicy tart yet sweet berries - i do not get any malt until the aftertaste - leaves me with the taste of frosted flakes cereal

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation that works oh so well

drinkability is perfect - i would drink this every day if i could - low abv and great flavor

jsh420, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky deep ruby cherry color with a fluffy pink head.

Smell: Just a ton of raspberries wafting up into the nose. Sweet and tart, just how a bowl of mashed raspberries smells. Pretty awesome.

Taste: As the beer rolls over a new spot on the tongue, sweet, then tart raspberries. Very robust and accurate portrayal of raspberries. Slightly tangy toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Crisply carbonated so the bubbles dance on my tongue. Smooth, medium feel, which complements the taste really well. Sticky and just a touch syrupy -- really the only negative thing I can say about this beer.

Drinkability: This gets a strong score from me because of the great raspberry taste. I am extremely tough on fruit beers, raspberry in particular, and this is a great one. This is a situation beer though, perfect to pair with a dessert or brunch

KickInTheChalice, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tim and Mary Anderson for their help in getting this.

This beer pours a dark red cranberry color with amazing clarity and a pink foamy head.
Smells a bold waft of natural raspberry just as the label suggests.
Tasets as it smells with mild raspberry tartness, very impressive "natrual" raspberry fruit character. More tart than sweet, but far from sour. This beer was an awesome surprise, thanks to Don Lowman "digita7693" for sharing.

On a side note, my wife and I make pretty killer homebrew *similiar* to this which previous to this we thought was amazing. My wife tasted one sip of Raspberry Tart and said... this blows the homebrew version away (and the homebrew is pretty killer). I only wish I could get more Raspberry Tart, and on a regular basis.

This brew is as drinkable as it can get for this style. Reminds me of a very clear, semi tart, not overly pseudo lambic spin off. cherish this one if you get to sample it.

unclejimbay, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of sugit
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A muddy looking red with a nice two-finger withish head that disappears to nada quickly. No lacing.

S: Raspberries. Not sure what it is, but smelled a bit like raspberry cough syrup to me.

T: Juicy raspberries and more raspberries. Maybe some other fruit as well that I can't pin point. A bit of tartness is a nice touch, def due to it being real fruit. Not very complex, but it's not meant to be.

M: Med mouthfeel, sticky, great carbonation level. Very smooth.

D: Very easy drinking. Maybe a bit too sweet to drink glass after glass. Would make a great start or end to the night.

sugit, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bomber poured into a Balloon

zimmerbloke very generously sent this bottle my way, and I am very grateful, very very grateful indeed.

L: Brilliant, like a diamond held to light. Red, but bordering on brown. 3 or 4 fingers ridiculous head. This looks just wonderful.

S: Perfectly sweet, yet tart, amazing length and depth in the nose. Starts out nondescript sweet, then the raspberries kick in big-time. Finish is a wheaty-raspberry sweetness.

T: Slow starting sweetness into a big, tart framboise middle. Lingers and lingers and lingers.

F: Effervescent but mouth-coatingly thick. An amazing feat.

D: Near perfection. Very near.

codewarrior, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First of all, thanks to crossovert for this beer. Cheers! Shared with my parents (who had a few others and didn't like...but they did like this one!)

Appearance - Pours into the lackluster glasswear available at the hotel my parents and I were staying in, in Santa Barbara. A beautiful cloudy red hue appears after a moderate pour, which achieved a slight white head that dissipates relatively fast.

Smell - Heavy raspberry to the aroma. Honestly, not much else, but damn, it just smells so damn god. My mouth is watering to try this.

Taste - Raspberries, raspberries, and raspberries? The flavor is just in your face. It makes you pucker, not as an AWA or sour would, but just because of tartness from the actual raspberries. My parents favorite fruits (as mine) is raspberry. Hence...we are all digging this like no other. Slight malt, oak, and honestly, just more fruit. Such a damn great after Thanksgiving dinner beer! I have been waiting to drink this for months just to wait for Thanksgiving :)

Mouthfeel - Medium to light, decent carbonation. Perfect for this beer.

Drinkability - We finished the bottle relatively fast, however, it is still a sipper beer despite the low ABV. Because of the sweet/tartness, not huge drinkability, but damn good. A damn good beer.

SpdKilz, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of david131
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fellow BA warnerry for sharing.

A- A clear ruby red liquid with a thin and splotchy off-white head.

S- Pure raspberries. Maybe a bit of vanilla on the finish. Simple and enjoyable.

T- Sweet and tart raspberries. There is a touch of malty finish. Simple and clean.

M- A lighter body that I attributed to the smooth and bubble carbonation. The tartness on the finish is tight and restrained.

D- A sweet and slightly tart treat that is a bit of a sipper even at the low ABV. Makes for a good desert beer. Find a friend or two to share the bottle with.

david131, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friend picked this one up while on a trip from Wisconsin for me, have wanted this for a long time.

A- A deep red/purple color that can be seen through, but is certainly murky. Thin white bubbly head that begins to disappear leaving patches of a thin head. A ring around the glass leaving a slight lacing.

S- Tons of raspberry sweetness with sugar making its peak towards the middle of the beer. Moderate amount of tart smells start towards the middle and finish the beer. No noticeable hop or alcohol presence.

T- Sweetness creeps up from the beginning and launches into full force at the middle of the beer. A long sweet sensation builds and holds on for the duration of the taste picking up a nice tart and lip puckering taste towards the end, but not overwhelming and very fitting for the beer. Wow, great fruit beer.

M- A smooth, almost mouth tickling sensation. Wish this had a bit more carbonation, but all in all a nice feel.

D- Sweetness takes away from this, but this is a fruit beer and that should be taken into account. I wish I had another one of these for Thanksgiving dinner, feel like it would fit perfectly and the alcohol level is low enough so you wouldn't make a scene at the dinner table.

Lolli1315, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

Appearance- Pours a clear crimson with a two finger sandy/very light pink colored head. Fades to a thin layer, good lacing is left behind.

Smell- Sweet raspberrys, slightly acidic.

Taste- Very tart, borderlineing sour. Raspberrys are clearly dominating the palate. A hint of vanilla as well (from the oak vats).

Mouthfeel- Medium light and incredibly smooth. Medium carbonation, quite creamy.

Overall- This is probably the best american made "framboise". A bit one note, but the one note is delicious. Finding this to be much more drinkable than the Belgian Red. Highly recomended!

JLeege, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So glad to find this during a trip to Georgia. Heard a lot of good things about this one. Let's give it a go. 22oz bottle...

A: A nice deep burgundy color that is perfectly clean. A large 1+ inch pinkish / purple head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: I get some raspberry, rye, and some wheat upfront. I get some vanilla in the middle with some mild tart scents on the backend. Good.

T: I get a sweet intense raspberry upfront with a very well blended tartness on the palate. I then quickly get some cake-like breadiness that almost makes this taste like a raspberry white cake. I get some great strawberries, raspberries, and even some white grape on the backend. Very, very sweet! Good.

M: Full bodied with a great carbonation feel. A nice thick dessert like finish. Very good.

D: Once you get past the very sweet flavors, this goes down very good.

All in all, this is a great beer. Best of the style I have ever had. It truly does taste like a raspberry white cake dessert. This would be great blended with cheesecake or a nice thick dessert. Definitely good to try at least once if you're interested in the style.

steve8robin, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Deep, rich red that fades to a brighter hue at the corners of the glass. Thin white cap fades to just a rim in the glass.

S - The most fruit-forward smelling beer I've ever had(along with it's twin). Rich, sweet raspberry glory. Obviously not like the soured fruit you get in a lambic. It's all backed by an amazing wheat/malted barley combo that creates a pie crust smell. If any review needed a scratch and sniff, this is it. Incredible.

T - Follows the nose to a tee, but with much greater complexity. Tons of juicy raspberry upfront, then the sweet malts come into play, followed by tart and acidic flavors on the back of the tongue and throat. I think it's a combination from the fermented fruit itself and from the oak. From the sheer richness, it's amazing that this isn't the least bit cloying.

MF - Lighter-bodied, but it's surprisingly full. Carbonation comes in more towards the end, but it still coats the mouth.

D - Very easy to drink, but it's also incredibly rich for a 4% beer. I realize a lot of people would prefer a beer like this on a special occasion, but I would drink this on a very regular basis if I could. The balance between sweet and tart is spot on. My favorite fruit beer.

HitokiriNate85, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2010-11-16 in Wisconsin Dells from a 25 oz bomber, which has a regular bottle cap but is sealed with wax. Had this again on 2014-09-26 in Columbia, PA

A - Murky dark red (like raspberries) with a generous off-white head.

S - On the pour, the smell of raspberries enshrouds the immediate area. There's also a trace of musty yeast.

T - Well, if you like the taste of raspberries, as I do, you should like this. It's pretty sweet but less than a Lindemann's Framboise and minus the Lindemann funk Fortunately the sweetness doesn't cover up the tartness of the very-fresh, ripe raspberries and there's a mild malt body to add some complexity. Glad it isn't a one-dimensional flavor. The very moderate alcohol informs you you're not drinking a fruit juice.

M - Medium with low carbonation yields a mildly creamy feel.

D - A very nice aperitif or desert beer, on the other hand, at 4%; it's sessionable.. Well made and packed with flavor.

Tucquan, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. bottle into glass tulip.
55°F

$8.99 / ea.

A: Bright deep red body topped with a big loose light peach head that quickly dissipates leaving light lacing, sugar residue, and a thin bubbly cover.

S: Sweet ripe raspberry aroma dominates with hints of alcohol and acidic bite. Juicy.

T: Oh so fruity. The raspberry flavor is amazing and manages not to become cloying. Just a slight sour character balances the flavors and the flavor finishes with a moderate fruity aftertaste. Desert.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Light acidic bite with a sugar smoothness.

D: For such a sweet drink it doesn't overwhelm, a testament to the skill of the brewers. Fantastic flavors and remarkably well balanced.

O: Absolutely fantastic. Has the ability to completely change the way people think about beer.

dpnelson1978, Nov 15, 2010
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,881 ratings.