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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,780 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,780
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,032
Gots: 565 | 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 ChadQuest
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.

Awesome.

ChadQuest, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
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

scottyshades, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
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.

ktrillionaire, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
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!

AleWatcher, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
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.

urwithdave, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of hayesez
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!

Consumed: 3/25/2010

hayesez, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of caresville
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.

caresville, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of mwa423
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.

mwa423, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of pwoody11
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.

pwoody11, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of wcudwight
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%

Ruby red with a pale pink head. Think spotty lacing. Intense fresh raspberry aroma. This is the real thing here. Not extract. But how do they get the raspberries to smell so fresh? This is the best balanced beer between sweet and tart that I've ever had. The flavor isn't overly complex; it's really quite simple. Raspberries. What makes it amazing though is how it goes from sweet to tart, tart to sweet. It just plays with your tongue. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Silky smooth with lot's of lively carbonation. At only 4% and can finish the bottle easy and long for another.
Thanks Brewcrew!!

wcudwight, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of fiver29
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

On tap pours red with a thin white head. The aroma on this beer was amazing. Exploding raspberries was what I got every time I smelled it. And I took a smell each time I drank. It was wonderful. Had a medium mouthfeel with a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles. The taste of this is very subtle, yet complex. High raspberry flavor throughout and is very sweet. I could enjoy this with a nice flourless chocolate cake for dessert and be the happiest person on the planet. This is a great brew.

fiver29, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%

Sampled at the Metro Detroit October 09 tasting. Ruby copper pour with a short lived white head. The aroma is sweet raspberries and brown sugar. More of the same in the flavor with a long, juicy, berry finish, a little chocolate, some tartness on the finish with lingering nutmeg and cinnamon. Awesome balance and complexity! Sticky, medium full body.

punkrkr27, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%

Presentation: Really pretty, minimalistic, green waxed pop top with nice label

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark pink rose color with just a hint of orange; the light pink/cream cap soon fades to a half-finger dense collar.

Smell: Wonderful aromas of freshly picked, sugared rasberries, with just the slightest hint of sour funk in the background. Quite simple and nice.

Taste: A combination of sweet and tart natural raspberries. There's absolutely nothing fake here. Sweet and tart battle it out across the tongue; I think sweet just barely wins out. There's really no funk here, just a slight slight sourness and a hint of old oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, like a light-bodied Champagne

Drinkability: Pretty high, though the sweetness keeps it from being super drinkable.

Conclusion: Really nice fruit beer. One of the best I've had, period. I actually think I may be in the minority of people who like Wisconsin Belgian Red a bit more than this, but I'll have to try that one again to be sure. I'll definitely pick up a few more bottles of this next time I'm up in Wisconsin. This paired wonderfully with a Parmesan/Cheddar mix soaked in Raspberry Tart and some jam-filled cookies.

BedetheVenerable, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%

750 mL wax dipped green bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a clear, deep raspberry red with a surprisingly large, light rosy head that has very nice retention and not surprisingly little lacing. If you like raspberries then the aroma and flavor are amazing and probably the best use of that fruit I've tasted in a beer. If you don't, well I guess I can understand you disinterest. Aroma is fresh raspberry puree, balance of tart and sweet with nothing else. Flavor is more of the same, medium thick body, mild carbonation, very dry finish and epic blend of raspberry sweetness and tart. Doesn't exactly fit the "normal" perception of what a beer should be, but what fruit beer does? Easily my favorite raspberry beer.

yourefragile, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
2.13/5  rDev -51.1%

A- Pours a reddish purple color with a nice reddish colored head. Head had fairly good retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Shockingly enough it smells of raspberries.

T- This tasted more like a wine cooler to me than a beer. Raspberries all over the place and pretty much nothing else.

M- Light in body and light to medium in carbonation.

D- Wow I will pass on this one.

nrbw23, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of scaliasux
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance - Hazy. Red with a hint of brown. Medium pinkish head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Sweet-tart raspberry.

Taste - Leads with a mild malt infused with genuine sweet-tart raspberry flavor. Not the candy flavor labeled raspberry, but honest to goodness raspberry fruits. Finishes a lip smacking sour. A real treat.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full.

Drinkability - New Glarus makes several fruit beers of uncommon quality. This one is on par with both the cherry and the cranberry - and that's saying something.

scaliasux, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

acquired this 750ml bottle via a trade with BA user BigDank...served in champaigne flutes alongside some Raspberry Bella Vitano cheese (aged in this very beer!) from Sartori

A - the quarter inch of loose bright white foam on top very quickly fizzled to just a tiny ring around the glass, sitting on top of a beautiful, cloudy purple-ish/red liquid with lots of active bubbles

S - fresh raspberries with an added sweet tart kick, some underlying oakyness or vanilla subtley beneath it all

T - loads of tart, sweet, and tangy raspberries attack every corner of the mouth...walks that fine line between tart and sour and does so quite gracefully. nice oak, wood, vanilla sweetness underneath carries the fruit.

M - bold and prickly carbonation, thinly bodied (as expected). flavors come through with a great crispness and character.

D - hand down one of the best fruit beers out there, the only thing that possibly topped this was the cheese we were eating with it. wish i had a third or fourth person to split this with as it was a bit wearing after awhile. nicely done!

Stigs, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Cresant
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured this 750 mL dark green bottle into a Lindemans flute. No date on the bottle but I have had this one since 6/07. The body was deep garnet/brown and a little hazy. The mild head was pink and faded quickly.

Smell was raspberry jam! Cobbler spices. Fruit and grain.

Taste was tangy, tart, and sweet fresh raspberries. Malt sweetness. Raspberry cobbler pretty much sums it up. Strong tart after-bite with lots of fruity flavor. A delicious treat.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Cresant, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%

Man, I sat on this for over a year and it's still fantastic. Used to celebrate 27th anniversary.
Beautiful red hue that's slightly cloudy. Pink and red smallish fizzy head. Poured into flute, as directed on bottle. That worked well.
Sweet fruity aroma and a little prickly from the bubbles.
Raspberry flavor with a kool-aid quality but not extract. Tangy tartness to the sourness which keeps it from being cloy.
Early in the bottle very effervescent bubbles. After they settle down a fairly heavy drink closing in on a syrupy quality.
What makes this so good is the boldness without excess. So flavorful. So good. Taken slowly a lot can be enjoyed.

garymuchow, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of ATGHomebrewer
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

A: deep, transparent red. lacing holds well.

S: incredible fruit aroma

T: this beer somehow crams intense berry taste (good balance of sour and sweet) into the beer, without tasting like sugar syrup.

M: crisp, light. nice.

D: drinkability is held back by the accumulated sweetness sip after sip.

ATGHomebrewer, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is about what you expect as far as color, looks red and hazy, forms a white head made up of medium to small bubbles. Head falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Aroma is full of raspberries and sweetness.

Beer is sweet and full of tartness from the raspberries. Medium to low body, lots of carbonation on the palate. Sweetness is up front and the tart is in the back of the mouth. Beer finishes rather cleanly and there is no aftertaste. Its a very pleasant experience and I love drinking this beer. If raspberries are your thing, I would check this out totally. Drinkability high, good mouthfeel.

drabmuh, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for the opportunity to try this one

Raspberry Tart (RT) pours a lovely rose color with amber hilights. Head retention is pretty decent and there is some nice lacing. On the nose, however, is where things really start to to take off with this beer. On the nose I get an attractive, complex nose of raspberry sweet-tarts, white chocolate and light funk. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and the combination of sweet raspberry flavors and intense sweet-tarts is delightful. There is also an underlying lemon-lime flavor, but otherwise this beer could have been made from crushed sweet-tarts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but I'm really impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers, and the long finish. Drinkability is really hard to rate with this beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable, but the tartness makes it difficult to take more then very small sips.

Very interesting beer. Impressive.

John_M, Jan 24, 2010
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