Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,061
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
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Gots: 619 | FT: 62
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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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Norm and Cam

A. Pours ruby red with golden edges.

S. Lots of raspberry sweetness - although it smells like real raspberries, not raspberry syrup.

T. Tart with lots of raspberry sweetness.

M. Medium body with medium level of carbonation.

D. I didn't enjoy this nearly as much as the two I split the bottle with. I was glad to try it, but I wouldn't be seeking it out again. My wife informed me that I will be seeking it out again for her, which is cool; I'm glad when she enjoys beers enough to have me seek them out.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Picked this guy up randomly while shopping fer brews at the outset of the Man's Weekend. It pours a deep garnet/ruby/other miscellaneous red-colored gemstones topped by well over a finger of slightly pink-tinted light ecru foam. The nose is an explosion of sweetened raspberries, as though a bowl o' them berries had been sprinkled liberally with confectioner's sugar. Some blueberries may or not be in the bowl as well, and some cinnamon seems to have been added to the sweetening party, though in much less abundance. The taste follows pretty dern closely, but a nice tartness replaces the seemingly sugariness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sticky, syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice bit o' fruity goodness, excessively drinkable and increasingly tart/complex (so to speak) as the tasting goes on.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for sharing this with me after getting it on our jaunt up to Wisconsin.

This beer as expected pours a nice ruby red color with the slightest of pink head on the surface that fades away rather swiftly. The smell is of tart raspberries (surprised? I know!). It may actually be my imagination, but I believe in the tail end i smell a buttery character. The combined smell is of a nice raspberry pie. The taste, well, I'm fairly certain I'm not drinking beer, but the label says that I am. The flavor obviously consists of raspberries, now the good thing about it is that it doesn't taste of the raspberry extract that many brewers use. It tastes of real raspberries and that is to its credit, you can definitely taste the difference. The mouthfeel is a little too syrupy for my liking, but it does carbonate well. The drinkability for me faded rather quickly. What started as something easy to drink got progressively harder, for it seemed the beer grew more sour on the palate. The caveat is that I'm not a fruit beer guy. If you are, go for it, this is a pretty good creation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a sampling glass at the fall BA meetup.

It's a nice reddish runt color with a small but ruby hinted head that's very thick and creamy. Nose is raspberry and nice tart bitterness.

Taste is all raspberry and nice tart sweet fresh fruit, it's very delicious and sweet. One of the most drinkable and tasty fruit beers i've had. Mouthfeel is light and sharp and very drinkable.

Photo of KAP1356
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as suggested. Poured from a chilled 750 ml. bottle into a Lindeman's flute glass...

A - Pours a nice raspberry red, dark ruby color with a slightly redish tinged 2 finger head that slowly recedes to a nice reddish lace. Carbonation is visible as well.

S - Raspberry blast!! Nice fresh raspberry notes. There is a nice sweetness from the fruits as well. There is the slightest malt background to this one as well.

T - Very fruity taste. Fresh raspberries and a nice malt bakbone that brings a fresh fruity flavor to the palate. Tart and sweet, this one keeps its flavor warmer as it does cold.

M - Nicely carbonated. Not syrupy at all. A nice smoothness to it really makes it feel nice on the palate.

D - Quite a drinkable beer. Not a surprise after having their Wisconsin Belgian Red. This is one that would be great with dessert or if you are looking for a nice refreshing beer.

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

On tap (Vintage, west side) & served in a tulip

A - Raspberry red with decent head & residual hazing on top. The carbonation is visible, as well.

S - Tart raspberries & sugar

T - Raspberries - extremely tart yet simultaneously sweet. This is a one-note beer, but it's one note is amazing. Just a bit of malt is evident, which complements the fresh fruit, but the raspberries dominate throughout.

M - Lively & fruity. No syrup here.

D - For what it is, drinkability is excellent.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks norm for this one!

Appearance- mahogany hues with a bit of head hanging around

Smell- very raspberry-y and sweet

Taste- smooth and sweet. The tartness of the raspberries hits hard as you drink more. A bit too sweet for my taste buds but still very very good

Mouthfeel- very well carbonated... Sweet and tasty

Drinkability- very Drinkable. Definitely something I could sit down and drink this all day!

Photo of PSUDREW
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

And the last of my brews from LeviFunk, thanks!
A: a deep reddish brown, little bit of head up front, good amount of carbonation with hints of purple
S: fruit esters and malt
T: wonderful fruit flavor. slight, dry funk at the end. a tart and jacked up (flavor wise) cousin to belgian red. he fruitiness sings in this brew, and god is this a nice brew
M: light and solid
D: pretty high

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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