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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,869 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,869
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,036
Gots: 585 | 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 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
Photo of beerhan
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Finally had the chance to try this and upon pour I had no idea what to think. It pours a very very red color with a thin head. Mild carbonation and smells like nothing but raspberries. Believe it or not it also tastes like raspberries with a slight oakiness to it. It does however leave a little prickling on the tongue and mouth which is a tad uncomfortable but it is called raspberry tart. To anyone that likes raspberry soda, you will love this.

beerhan, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Gfunk720
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Extra in a recent trade, been wanting to try this one. Thanks fellow Thorpe!

A- Ambery reddish, lots of bubbly white foamy head.

S- Smells like sweet raspberry juice. Slight hints of wine/alcohol but not too noticeble.

T- Amazingly good. I normally don't like fruit beers, but this one is a huge hit. It's like a delicious alcoholic raspberry soda.

M- Pretty excellent. It's fizzy, but I can basically chug it. Not too over powering, but has a nice full flavor.

D- Had a whole bottle to myself. If I could get a keg of this stuff, I'd probably drink it as a replacement for juice. Nice low ABV beer.

Gfunk720, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a murky red color. A small white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace.
S: Just an amazing nose. Fresh Raspberries with a light tartness. Some sweetness and vanilla as well. Not overly complex, but excellent.
T: Again , big fresh Raspberries that is like nothing else I have had in a fruit beer. This is not a lambic, so do not expect big funk, but there is a light tartness and vanilla sweetness. Awesome.
M/D: A light to medium body that is incredibly crisp, clean, and smooth. Light tannins from the fruit. Very textured, and almost champagne like. So easy and smooth to drink. I can have a hole bottle to myself.

An excellent example of a fruit beer. This in not a funky, sour lambic with fruit (which I love as well). If that is what you are thinking, that is a mistake. This is a great beer with fresh fruits. Highly recommended.

champ103, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of burns1066
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of this ale is extraordinary. The closest thing I can compare it to is a light fruit wine, but its mouthfeel and taste are much more substantive than that. It pours a beautiful garnet color and will become my annual New Year's drink. It's close to perfect for its style. That said, its style is one I only occasionally indulge in, so it will be a treat to have only now and again.

burns1066, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed ruby brown color with nice cap of slightly tinted pink head, good retention and some sticky lacing. Scent is dominated by the raspberry... good balance between sweet and tart, faint hints of dried grain, wood and earth. First sip astounds... equal parts sweet and tart raspberry with neither overpowering each other or the overall tastes. Modest hints of dried grain, wood and earth in the background as the tongue gets used to the intense fruit. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish, lighter carbonation. Phenomenal beer... the raspberry, while intense does not become to sweet or tart... the perfect fruit beer.

rfgetz, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of CMW
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a deep red color with little trace of head or lacing.

S - Raspberry aroma was very strong and overpowered everything else. did pick up some sugary notes and a tad of malt.

T - Excellent. I feel that the raspberries were much more sweet than tart, but excellent all the same.

M - Light and sweet but not sugary.

D - Even with the intense sweetness I found myself longing for another bottle right away.

CMW, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery, probably as fresh as it gets.

A- Pours a deep mahogany red. One inch head that recedes to a ring with ample lacing left behind.

S- Amazing raspberry fruit smell. One could get "drunk" just from smelling this one.

T- Upfront with the raspberries. Slighty sweet but not cloyingly.

M- "Dances on your tongue" is the way I always describe this and the Wisconsin Belgian Red. The carbonation tingles and tickles your tongue. LOVE the way this feels in the mouth.

D/O- More of a celebration beer than something you want to make a night of. Absolutely adore this and it's brother, the New Glarus WBR. World class beer from a world class Brewery.

Duff27, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with alcstradamus and enjoyed long ago. Review input from long lost notes.

Murky ruby red body capped by a raspberry stained pinkish head. Retention is decent, lacing fails to cling to the glass for long.

Intense raspberry aroma. Sweet fruit with a tartness that grows with warmth. Very one dimensional but the one dimension is frickin' awesome

The flavor is even more intense than the aroma. The taste is the perfect combination of sweet and tart raspberry. The fruit overwhelms nearly every other characteristic. Faint malt and oak flavors very subtle underneath.

Medium bodied with an exquisitely smooth texture. Carbonation is lively and the finish is long.

Raspberry Tart is quite possible the best fruit beer. New Glarus knows what they are doing. Intense flavors but easy to drink. This is a beer to serve those who think they don't like beer.

kzoobrew, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blackhawks87 for this one. 10/16/10 notes.

A: Almost clear dark red color with bubbly champagne like head. Little lacing. About right I'd say.

S: Raspberry to a T. Seriously smells as the name implies: a Raspberry themed baked good. Very sweet, wish maybe it had a bit more going on in terms of complexity but overall good.

T: Wow, tart raspberry with a sugary crust implied in there, sweet and bitter raspberry seeds. Cream and a bit of oak. Excellent tasting fruit beer, right on.

M: Champagne like, which is intended, yet still smooth.

D: Awesome fruit beer. couldn't drink a whole lot, but certainly would love to have this again.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of domtronzero
3.63/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A -Deep dark reddish brown color with an average lasting pinkish whitish head. Lots of lacing.

S - Raspberry, oak, light sweet malt aroma.

F/M - Raspberry, sweet candy like fruit flavors. Sweet malts. Light tart and light funky flavors. Little oak and vanilla too. Low bitterness with a clean dry finish. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.

D - Very good. Sweet, tart, refreshing and full flavored. This is a well brewed beer.

domtronzero, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of wschmit
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into pint glass.

A: Voluminous, fine head with a pink tint. Settles quickly into almost nothing. Body is clear, and a distinctly brownish red.

S: Tart raspberry scent, just a bit of maltiness to it. Not much else on the nose, sadly. No bitterness at all--wouldn't be much point here.

T: Fantastic. The raspberry flavor dominates, but does not overwhelm. I wouldn't touch this if you hate fruit beers, or raspberries, but it's not overly sweet at all. The raspberry flavor rounds out into a distinctly beer-like taste in the end--a bit of caramel malt. No hops at all.

M: Not as fizzy as expected. Slightly sticky, syrupy mouthfeel.

D: Eminently high. This stuff is like candy for adults.

wschmit, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BarrytheBear for this. Poured from 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby red with a half finger of head.

Smell: Probably the best nose I've ever experienced on a fruit beer. Total raspberry bomb. Sweet raspberries, that;s pretty much it, but wow.

Taste: Tart, sweet raspberries. With name like Raspberry Tart, I'd be disappointed if it didn't taste like this. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and tart.

Drinkability: While I'm not a huge fan of overly sweet fruit beers, this one is a pure joy to drink. If I ever needed to convince a wine lover to drink beer, this would be the gateway beer. Need to trade for more.

Axic10, Oct 18, 2010
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,869 ratings.