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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,884 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,884
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,039
Gots: 589 | 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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Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened by Torry on 11/22/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is ruddy dark red with a fizzy light pink head. The nose is ripe, sweet, sugary, and authentic raspberries. The fruit is amazing in the nose. It reminds me of a raspberry desert. The taste is delicious sugary sweet raspberries. The fruit is ripe and authentic. There's nothing more to say about this. It's a delicious raspberry desert beer. It's quite sweet so 4oz is plenty of this delicious concoction.

HopHead84, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of auroracrisis
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml to a Duvel tulip, got this in a trade. Thanks Brad!

Pours a deep purpleish ruby red color with a one inch head that dissipates into a ring around the outside of the glass. Spotty, unaggressive lacing as the beer goes down. A pretty beer for sure. The color is much different than anything I have seen brewed in the U.S. The only thing I can compare it to is Cantillon St. Lamvinus which poured an almost as deep as this purpleish red.

Smells like tart, crisp, fresh raspberries.

Taste is dominated by raspberries. A tart, almost puckering flavor. Not overly tart, just right for this kind of beer. It's pretty sweet too but not like candy sweet. More of a natural fruity sweetness. Like a tart raspberry pie. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel is a finely carbonated light bodied beer with some sugary stickiness that is left on the side of your lips.

Drinkability is pretty high. I could see myself pounding these all night and not worrying about intoxication or getting too tired of the flavors found in this beer.

auroracrisis, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear reddish purple color with a short 1" head. SOme spotty lace develops.

Smell: huge raspberry aroma here that is wonderful. No fake syrupy aroma here.

Taste: there is a light graininess to this beer. Big raspberry flavor with a bit of tartness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp and lightly dry from start to finish. Very long lasting raspberry flavors coat the tongue.

Drinkability: this is one of the best fruit styled beers I have had the pleasure to drink. Easy to quaff and very enjoyable.

Gavage, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lucky enough to taste this a few times, and each time I've been blown away. I finally have a 750 ml bottle in my hands. On to the beer:

This looks like pure sqeezed juice! It's lovely purple in color, cloudy, unfiltered, with a fizzy head tinted towards a lighter purple color. No head retention. The aroma is mouthwatering. Massive raspberries in the nose....nuff said. It is certainly the most authentic fruit beer I've had the pleasure of smelling.

Tastes as great as I remember. It's all about the raspberries, but unlike a Lindeman's Framboise which gets too sweet, Raspberry Tart is more controlled in that aspect. It's sweet, tart, and somewhat acidic....and awesomely tasty! The only drawback I can think of is its fizzy in the mouth when super cold. As it warms, the fizziness in the mouth levels off. There's plenty of body in this beer...it feels like it coats the inside of your mouth. And one other thing I'm learning, don't drink it too fast or you're chest will burn.

Raspberry Tart is an outstanding beverage. It sure doesn't seem like beer, but it sure is tasty! A magnum is plenty for one person, surprising given its low ABV. A beverage that's worth seeking out, and one that performs better with a portion of Irish Cheddar.

DoubleJ, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red into my champagne flute with papaya on the edges and a small slightly rosy rotten raspberry colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

The smell is very candy-like. It is mostly sugar and raspberries with a hint of oak, I'm not a huge fan of the oak barrels New Glarus uses, there is just something a bit off with it that affects the scent.

The taste is phenomenal though, pure sweet and tart raspberry goodness. Not very sour, it is more of a tart flavor, hence the name. I definitely prefer the more balanced tartness over the acid bombs that some of these beers can be.

This is a great beer with just about any dessert, highly drinkable, drink it cold.

Had another bottle recently, had to dock it, doesn't have enough raspberry essence.

crossovert, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle received in trade with kooopa. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a tannish red, thick but mostly clear. A half finger of tan head, fairly thin, but fades quickly to an uneven layer of bubbles and a thin collar.

S - This beer just smells amazing. Fresh raspberries totally dominate the aroma - sweet, tart, raspberry goodness. Not much complexity to the aroma - no malt, no hops, but a touch of cheese(?)...but mainly just fresh fruit. But, this beer justs smells so good.

T - Taste is pure raspberry too. Tart fruit with an underlying sweetness. A little bit of wheat and overall breadiness, but this is sitting way below the fruit. No hop bitterness, but figuring the year old hops are causing the cheesiness in the aroma. Dessert in a glass.

M - Has a very soda-like mouthfeel. Body is thin and carbonation is ample. Prickly bubbles on the tongue. Very good.

D - Amazing drinkability...this is so easy drinking. Sweet and smooth...should go amazing with chocolate desserts. I keep thinking this everytime I have this beer, but don't think I've ever paired them together. This beer just tastes so good on its own. Someday I'll get around to trying it with the cake. Great fruit beer - sets the standard which all others should be judged against.

portia99, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this was a year old bottle that sat in my fridge... what a fantastic turn for such a low alcohol beer. the raspberries were realistic. not candy... not dirty... or too sour. some mild earth. some pucker. really something incredible for something this low in abv. not exactly the most complex but still something worth trying absolutely.

rtepiak, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml waxed-top bottle. No freshness dating found, and it's been in my fridge for a bit. Received a while back in a trade, perhaps from Jeffboo or Tavernjef; unsure who, but thanks!

Color visible is a clear, deep, deep ruby. The head is very thin and wispy, with a light pink tinge to it. Most of the bubbles cling to the edge of the glass, and the lacework is quite attractive. Aroma brings me back to breakfast, with a solid serving of raspberry jam sitting on the plate. Suggests lots of sweetness, with a hint of tartness. Mouthfeel is a pleasant surprise. Was expecting it to be a bit thin, but this bier has a solid medium body, and it is fairly smooth, even with some airy bubbliness present.

Wow! This is quite tasty! The fruitiness is off the charts, but oh-so-nice! While never getting cloying or puckery, it strikes a great balance between those two poles. The raspberry flavor sits on the palate and lingers for some time. I'm not much into fruit biers, but this one is a nice change of pace. I do think it is best enjoyed in small doses, too. And even though this is likely 3 or 4 years old, it seems as fresh as this morns breakfast. Thnx again to one of those Minnesotan jeffs...


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Bierman9, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to BDLbrewster for hooking me up with this legend of beers!

Poured into my flute glass. Pours a tawny-tinted ruby with a thick light-pink head on top. Great retention. Leaves some lace spots on the glass. Scent is of cherries, raspberries, fresh bread, and a very light grassy tone.

Crisp body due to a moderate amount of carbonation. Semi-spritzy, but in a good way. Complements the style superbly. Flavor is unsurprisingly of tart red fruits. Tastes like a cherry cobbler in a glass. Bitterness is absent. Nice sweet finish. Though it is tart, it is not puckering in any way. Just a well-made beer here. I want this on my table for every Thanksgiving and Christmas from here on out. Highly recommend.

Onenote81, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of dukedevil0
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a 750mL bottle maybe six months ago from the Mars Cheese Castle in Kenosha, WI.

A: Pours a nice shade of cranberry red color with 3 fingers of an off-white with a VERY subtle tint of red colored head that settles down to a rim of foamy bubbles and not much lacing.

S: Smells like raspberry soda! A combination of fresh and tart/slightly sour raspberries. A very sweet scent. Not super complex but smells delightful, like someone took a handful of raspberries and crushed them in their hands and sniffed.

T: Very similar to the smell. Fresh and tart/sour raspberries that again are like carbonated juices from crushing up a bundle of raspberries in your hand.

M: Just a little less carbonation than what raspberry soda would be like to me. I think it's great. The carbonation is a little lower, but very smooth rolling bubbles and very little carbonation bite, which I'm glad because I wouldn't want that in this beer anyway.

D: Amazingly drinkable and possibly the most drinkable fruit beer I've had to date. It's sweet yet tart, but not overly so in either case, therefore the palate isn't fatigued and there is no alcohol flavor. This really tastes just like a perfect raspberry soda and not anything like what I would have imagined a beer could be back before my foray into craft beers.

dukedevil0, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of ricke
3.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rayjay for this one.

A: Dark ruby red with a small pinkish head that leaves a small ring of lacings.

S: Dominated by genuine raspberry aromas with nicely complementing notes of grass, earth and fruit pits. This brewery really knows how to make fruit beers that smell like fruit.

T: Lots of fruity sweetness and raspberries all around. A fruity tartness counterweights the sweetness together and develops together with notes of earth and seeds. I might pick up a hint of chocolate as well, but I might be fooling myself. The finish is dry with sweet and tart raspberry notes. The finish is really great, very well done.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation and a slick dry finish.

D: Good. A raspberry bomb. Very intensive, and I'm very impressed that a beer with such low ABV can showcase such strong flavors. This one would probably work well as a dessert or coupled with dessert. But I wouldn't want to drink too much of it, one glass is enough.

Since it is hard not comparing this one the Wisconsin Belgian Red, I must say that I preferred this one.

ricke, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled as often as possible at the 2009 GABF.

This is a beer that will leave you speechless, stunned, and maybe a little embarrassed. I lead a group of 7 on Thursday and at the end of the night this was the beer that the group enjoyed the most. As much as we loved the IPAs, the barrel-aged stout, the wild ales, this raspberry fruit beer had them all beat. For me, it was this and Cuvee de Tomme alone at the top.

You wouldn't think tart raspberries could be that amazing, but you would be wrong. An outstanding beer.

The fact that this doesn't take Gold home from the GABF every year is an indictment of their judging system. I mean...WTF?

BradLikesBrew, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep, almost blood red, with faint brown on the edges. Very impressive looking. Small head that disappears quickly.

S - I know it says raspberry, but it smells like candied strawberries/cherries/blackberries. Very deep fruity smell.

T - So good, sweet fruit, finishes clean and perfect and just gets deeper as you go.

M - Light, a little syrupy. Minimal carbonation, clean finish.

D - Can drink it all day, bottle after bottle. Normally don't go for the sweet stuff but this is just amazing.

AgentZero, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade, poured into tulip glass.

A - Pours a brilliant ruby color with a lasting off-white head and good lacing.

S - Aroma is intense raspberries. That's just about all there is to it, but it's great.

T - Flavor is loads of fresh raspberry, oak, and vanilla, with maybe even a hint of chocolate. Both sweet and mildly tart. This is just as good as the Wisconsin Belgian Red (i.e. it's f&%@ing awesome).

M - Body is medium and palate is incredibly smooth and creamy, with an amazing long finish.

D - Amazingly high. Just keeps you wanting more, and never gets cloying.

nickd717, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 1/2 finger of pinkish tan head with okay retention. Clear deep crimson/scarlet liquid is gorgeous.
S: Raspberries waft over from a couple feet away. Strong on red raspberry, some toffee or caramel. Only negative is that it is kind of one dimensional.
T: Sweet and a little puckering. Not very wild for being spontaneously fermented. Good lactic bitterness to balance the sweet. Not cloying. Delicious. I may like it better than the Belgian Red. Actually similar to cider, not very strong on berry at all. Wow!
M: Tart, expectorant, prickly
D: Great. I'd buy again. Best as a palate cleanser or dessert. But it is really nice before dinner on a hot day. A bomber is a bit much by myself.

dfillius, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a deep violet with very light pink head, but there is no head or retention at all. Lacing is very light as well.

The aroma is phenominal. It is candy sweet, just sweetness all over. It smells more like blackberries than raspberries.

The taste is dead with the smell, just total wonderful sweetness. The best part is that its not so sweeet you can't drink it. Just the perfect amount.

The mouthfeel is a little light, not a long lasting flavor. Drinkability is great, can drink this all day.

jrallen34, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of mwagner1018
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is great to have a friend in the Madison area who comes to visit in MN with gifts like this...

A- Dark amber, slight but noticeable red hue, small cap of light head, visible carbonation.

S- Effervescent bubbles that work their way up to the nose, sweet crisp fresh raspberry, slight malty, caramel balance, light tart aroma.

T- Incredible, different and unique, very light and airy, fresh and sweet, but with a great carbonation balance. The tart and sweet balance, with the nice malty backbone, really creates an interesting beer.

M- Very clean and smooth, nice crispness, rolling flavors through the palate.

D- A fantastic beer, shared one 750ml bottle with buddy, probably all I could have at one sitting, but the tart fresh raspberry taste is great, unique and inviting, will be a great beer to replace champagne as an instrument to a toast.

mwagner1018, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of bosco7
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's an advantage to living in a college town: friends go back home and bring you beers like this.

Brownish red appearence nice little head.

Smells amazing. Fresh raspberry and a little bit of caramel.

Taste is so bright and fresh. Not the most complex beer but the taste is magnificent. A little sweet upfront then you get this flash of tart fresh raspberry.

The mouthfeel is sparkling and puckering. Beautiful. Really a phenomenal beer, I don't know how they managed to pack in these kinds of fresh fruit flavors in a beer. Highly recommended.

bosco7, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a strawberry red with plenty of visible carbonation and a pink-tinted white head. The smell is one of slight sourness accompanied by overpowering fresh raspberries. The taste is much the same with an added tartness that complements the fruity sweetness of the raspberries perfectly. The mouthfeel is one of a good dose of carbonation on a fairly light-bodied beer; not too different from champagne, but perhaps a bit less carbonation. Drinkability is about as high as can be--with 4.0% abv, I'd have no problem going all night with this one.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this handsome, red wax-dipped bottle, poured into a tall champagne flute.

Bright see-thru ruby red with a lightly pink smallish head. Surprises me with its retention and leaves some decent lacing, too. Plentiful visual carbonation.

I wish they sold air freshener that smelled like this. Smells like a fresh-baked raspberry pie, the whole thing, including the browned crust, caramelized filling on top of the crust, raspberry fruit and seeds. Absolutely tantalizing.

Explosive raspberry flavor, both fresh and something along the lines of a freezer jam. The sweetness almost overpowers you for a few seconds, but then a nice bit of tartness comes into play to balance it out a bit. Lively carbonation combines with that tartness to keep the sweetness from becoming too sticky. The raspberry flavors linger and linger and linger, like eating a handful of berries on a hot summer day without washing them down with anything.

Overall impression: Incredibly tasty brew, one of my favorite fruit beers. Great on its own, but also a delicious mixer for home bartending. Try it with an imperial stout or a dry champagne.

PDXHops, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a ruby red. A white foam lines around the glass and I smell a huge aroma of raspberries. I expected a taste similar to raspberry jelly but then I was surprised when there was a slight tartness to it and the flavor of an ale in the background. I was happy that the raspberries didn't totally steal the show in this beer. It's definitely the main event here but the other acts still make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is a little thin with a mild carbonation. This is a great beer to top off a big meal. I do get a weird bland finish at the end that sort of lingers. Overall, it's very good.

BearsOnAcid, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally try the famed Raspberry Tart!

Pours red, as you expect. It does, however, look a bit more beer-like than a Lindemans Framboise, for example. Some brown tinge and not quite such a pink head.

Aroma? Raspberry preserves....what else? I don't think I was looking for much else.

Taste is of sweet raspberry. Some tart, but I don't think this has quite the level of tart I was looking for. Still very tasty, fresh raspberries will always be something I'll never turn down. More sweet than tart, though not quite Lindemans Framboise-sweet.

Good feel, manages to be crisp and refreshing while being a sweet beer.

I like it - it's pretty irrestible. Yet, I was expecting to give a bunch of 4.5s and 5s. It's ultimately a little too sweet for me to elevate it to those heights. Still very good, though. I'll drink it anytime.

Patrick999, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint sized wine bottle style dipped in wax to preserve the contents within. Poured into a stemmed glass. No bottled date. Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for letting me try this one!

(A)- Pours a fairly dark violet with ruby red highlights. It produced a decent pink colored head that dissipated rather quick. Tiny bits of lacing present.

(S)- Tons upon tons of tart raspberries with tiny bits of biscuit within.

(T)- Very tart, almost puckered heaps of raspberries up front that follows into a rather sweet and smooth creamy raspberry finish. Evident hints of yeast and an almost bittering/dry middle.

(M)- Great carbonation level that is actually rather fizzy. The sweet, yet potent tart to sour fruits really coat the mouth. Yet, despite its straightforwardness, is luciously complex in how the fruit changes from sweet to sour and back again in just one sip.

(D)- What a fun and interesting beer! Never been a huge fan of fruit beers, but this one is a sure winner in my book. The sweet and sour combination create a dynamic mouthfeel and taste. Giant raspberry flavors fit the profile well. A great dessert or apertif beverage; a great crowd pleaser even for those non beer drinkers you know! I could drink this all day!

sweemzander, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a New Glarus flute.

A-Pours a dark ruby red that is barely transparent when held of to the light. Little head that was white with a pinkish tint.
S- Fresh raspberries pretty much sums it up. There is a little sweetness in the smell. You can tell that these raspberries are the real thing and not an artificial syrup.
T- This is just heaven in a bottle. The balance of the sweet and the sour of the raspberry is spot on. Nothing artificial about this one.
M- One word, exceptional. The tart bite on the tongue mixed with the smooth sweetness is outstanding.
D- Although this is a "dessert" beer, I could drink this everyday. There is probably a reason why I make sure I always have a bottle of this on hand at any given time. Thank goodness I live in Wisconsin.

Wisconsinality, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of boatshoes
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a relative driving through Wisconsin pick up four each of the Raspberry Tart and Wisconsin Belgian Red for me. My final bottle of each, and I finally am getting up the reviews.

Appearance- Pours a very nice dark ruby/crimson with about a finger of pinkish head. Pretty solid levels of carbonation, with some lacing down the side of the glass as I drink. Head settles down to some thin wisps on top of the beer.

Smell- What can I say more than freshh raspberries really? The raspberries are sharp and fresh smelling and there appears to be nothing artificial about them. Smells just like the name, a raspberry tart!

Taste- Again, an explosion of fresh raspberries initially. Also some earthy woodiness as well from the raspberries. Overall, very sweet but rounded out nicely with a tart aftertaste as the beer goes down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very appropriate, somewhat lively level of carbonation that is sharp on the tongue and makes for a good mouthfeel. Drinkability is high despite that it is a dessert beer, but in the end it is too sweet to have a whole lot by yourself.

Overall, a superb dessert beer by New Glarus that manages to uphold a delicate balance between sweet and tart. Doesn't taste artificial in the least and blows Lindeman's Framboise out of the water. Recommend it for a special occasion.

boatshoes, Sep 09, 2009
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,884 ratings.