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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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3,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,163
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,104
Gots: 663 | FT: 64
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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:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

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.
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Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a clear ruby red, looks like cranberry juice.

S-the nose is quite strong, very sweet with lots of raspberries and notes of cranberry juice.

T-the taste follows the nose, lots of raspberries and cranberries in taste. there is a light tartness in the back but not overly so.

M-very prickly on the palate, soft feel to it with a good carbonation level, strong creating a crisp finish.

D-this is quite easy to drink, very sweet and a little singular but tasty and could enjoy many.

Photo of Treebs
3.46/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Founders snifter. Split with my buddy for his birthday day.

A: Pours a dark purple with nice cherried hues woven throughout, but mainly on the edges. Light pink 1 finger head that lingered for a little while, then instantly dissipated.

S: Very light berries up front and then it sort of morphs into a nice sweetness, almost like a fruit roll-up or fruit by the foot. I pick up a slight bread-like malt on the back end. These smells were all very light and it took some effort to find them.

T: Very nice semi-tart mixed berries up front with a nice dry malt bill. This gives way to a nice sweetness that lingers throughout the middle and back end, just like the nose. Slightly less medicinal than the Belgian Red.

M: Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel. Coats the palate with a semi-bitter berry. Medium carbonation.

O: While I don't like fruit or vegetable beers, New Glarus has definitely upped the ante and made me at least enjoy them. While I probably wont try this one again, I'm glad I did because I'm always trying to expand my horizons and if there is a beer that can sway me I'm all for it.

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

murky dark red with a dark pink head that actually holds for a bit and leaves pretty lace. nose is just straight up raspberry essence with a tiny tiny graininess hiding in there. way more sweet than tart, taste is perfectly balanced. although it is a massive wallop of sweet fruit, it somehow seems far from one-dimensional. so sweet, you feel like it is going to be cloying, but comes off clean. awesome if you are in the mood for full-on fruit attack with no trace of artificial.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a pint glass.
A: Pours a deep ruby color, with a fairly frothy light pink head.
S: The nose shows notes of strawberry. Background notes of bready malt come through.
T: Unabashedly sweet, expected tartness, and coming dangerously close to being cloying. The strawberry flavor comes through and is pleasant.
M: Carbonation is moderate, mouthfeel is appropriate.
Overall, a very pleasant drinking experience, especially as a dessert beer.

Photo of traillme
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Glarus - why do you torture us so? You create something so wonderful but then limit it only to Wisconsin.

The appearance, smell, and depth all are secondary to the exceptional flavor of this beer. The strong aroma and flavor of rasberry's is delightfully overwhelming.

Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first fruit beer and shared with family members who aren't big beer lovers.

General consensus: pretty dang good.

Pours a glowing dark red with lacing of head around the edge of the glass. Smells like wine (and obviously raspberries).

The tartness is evident from the onset and balanced quickly with the sweetness, ending in a sour finish. This beer has a very powerful yet balanced flavor, not allowing any one aspect become too dominant. Mouthfeel reminds me of a cider.

Really good beer, worth the price as long as the purchase doesn't become a habit. I think I'll try the Wisconsin Belgian Red soon.

Photo of Janderson91
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for sending me this one in a trade! Not sure of the bottling date. Enjoyed on 07/21/11.

A - Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark ruby red, perfectly clear with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Tart and sweet at the same time. Big raspberry aroma with some vanilla and some candy sugar in the background. Smells like raspberry jam, great stuff.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Very sweet raspberry and vanilla flavor through the middle. Then toward the end is a nice tartness and some woody flavors. Finish is very balanced and leaves a lingering raspberry compote flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy. Might use just a hint more carbonation for a 5.

O - Overall, this is by far the best fruit/vegetable beer I've had. The perfect dessert beer. Go buy it or trade for it!

Photo of Adrianized
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Dark ruby in color, 2 finger off white head which settles robs film.  Decent lacing.

The nose is pretty light; mostly raspberries and cherries.  Some winey and yeasty character.

Wow this is just what I was hoping for based off reviews!  Tastes of raspberry compote.  It actually reminds me exactly of this Polish raspberry concentrate which parents would mix with water.  There's alcohol in here??  Tastes like juice.  It finishes slightly tart.

Thick and syrupy.  Low carbonation, but there seems to be a bit of effervescence to it.  Drinks very easily.

This stuff is delicious and I recommend you get some. Best framboise I've had so far. I'll have to try the Belgian Red next.

Photo of harrymel
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle date: unk

A: pours a cheery brown with 2 fingers of the lightest pink head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lace. near excellent clarity.

S: Raspberries, slightly tart. Not much else. As advertised.

T: Sweet with hints of tart raspberries. A little too sweet for my preferences....EDIT: I threw a cork in this and returned to it several days later to find the beer much more enjoyable. A bit of oxidation and flattening out brought the flavors into a more balanced profile.

M: Medium body (light syrup) with spritely carbonation. Dry finish makes my mouth water.

O: Very fruity and very tasty. I much prefer this to the WI Belgian Red, which has too much cherry on it.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into cervoise. Not sure on the vintage but I think it is a year or two old.

A - Pours a brownish red, hazy with a whitish pink head, large and bubbly. Very good lacing.

S - Lots of raspberries! I pick up some candied Belgian sugars, brown sugar and a bit of oak.

T/M - A rainbow flavour experience. Initially it hits very tart to sour on the front of the palate, woody and sour. Mid palate the raspberries turn it on and you get that nice berry flavour with residing tartness. At the back it gets tacky and brings into play the very sweet candied sugars and caramel. Awesome experience.

O - A very good beer that was very enjoyable for someone who is leery of fruit beers. Really enjoyed this one and I'd love to get one super fresh.

Photo of Cavery
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared with Chambic and Klym in a great bottle share.

Review from notes 7-11-11

Lost Abbey tulip was the weapon of choice.

A: Red hard candies with hues of Popsicle reds and yellows. Reminds me a lot of those "Big Stick" Popsicle I would eat a lot of as a kid. A thin skin of filmy bubbles hugs the walls of the glass..

S: A really strong sweet raspberry flavored grenadine almost stings the nose. Mixes of berry syrups, melted popsicles, and jolly ranchers. The sugars don't come off as cheap and artificial, a bit of molasses or maple syrup with fluffy raspberry flavors. You can almost smell the texture of the raspberries that went into this bottle.

T: Deep raspberry sting of sweetness goes straight to the back of the throat. Maple sugar infusion of strong snow cone red berry syrups. This has a raw strong sweetness like I've never encountered in any beer. This is intensely sweet, but not in a sloppy cheap way. It's an incredibly clean organic concentration of raspberries.

M: This is a really syrupy mouth experience with the faintest if any carbonation. A slick silky watery syrup in the mouth, with very little stickiness. It really does almost come off as flat, but there's so much lively character from the sweetness of the flavor that the light carbonation is lost behind intense sweetness.

O: All in all this is a super sweet raspberry syrup bomb. The thing that really stands out about it is that the quality of the sugars remains high. There is almost no stickiness to speak of, and there's never any question in the integrity of the berries used. This beer does walk a fine line with such low ABV for me, it really could have been a disaster, but it really wasn't. There's no chaos in the crafting of this brew, it's a refined recipe of extreme raspberry sweetness. That said, it's not quite tart in nature. All things considered, quite good, and I would have it again.

Photo of Klym
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chambic for sharing this with Cavery and me!

Pretty minimal head that dies off quickly on this one. Has a golden body with a sort of purple glare to it. I honestly got a ton of honey in the nose with it being the dominate note, and some berry-ness tucked in behind it. The taste was to me like raspberry infused honey. It was very sweet, but never hit a super-sugar level thanks to its honey like character, and the raspberry was very natural seeming as present, though perhaps the sweetness of raspberries was played up quite a bit in the flavor. The mouthfeel was superb, with again a honey like slick and smooth quality, but juice like viscosity. It would be very hard to not call this beer delicious and hard for me to say I did not enjoy it thoroughly. I had to knock it down a little though because I thought it lacked complexity and also, at 4% abv, you have a lot of room to make a beer delicious. I think they probably could've tucked more alcohol into this, or at least should've invited the challenge to the flavor. Anyway, for an extremely delicious, sweet low-abv treat, I don't see it getting much better than this.

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to wethorseblanket for this fine beer
poured into tulip

Color: A deep crimson color. Hints of brown and violet around the edges.A white finger head form after the pour, but this beer leaves behind minimal lacing.

Nose: What else raspberries. A mellow oakiness lingers and with are hints of other read fruits and barnyard smells.

Palate: Excellent carbonation and mouth feel. This beer is very drinkable and tasty. The tongue gets hit with wave after wave of ripe raspberry. This beer has a nice tartness to it as well adding some lite complexity to the beer.

Finish: Crisp and light. The gentle sourness/tartness makes this beer very interesting and the raspberry textures are just wonderful.

Rating: 93 out of 100

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool pink and purple appearance, lighter pink for the head which was right where it should be. Aroma was of good raspberry, not much tartness.

Taste, wait, why do they call this tart? Wasn't really tart or sour, you had to search for it. Didn't think the mild tart was at all balanced with the sweetness. Wheat base evident. All this didn't make for a bad beer by any means, just one very different than my expectations. I was hoping more Bottleworks XII raspberry flavor and sourness. This is just a straight fruit beer.

Nice stuff on a hot day. Crisp, clean in the mouthfeel. Really just plays the raspberry card. No real hop character to speak of.

Photo of clarkm04
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep ruby red color with decent carbonation. A nice whitish/pink head retention that dissipates quickly.

S - Dominant smell is raspberry. A nice sweet/tart/fresh smell of raspberries. I really didn't smell any other notes. A very unique smell profile and I love how fresh and 'real' the raspberries smell in the nose.

T - The taste is like nothing else, completely unique and the raspberries completely shine through. It's a great beer to sip as the sweetness is balanced by the tartness of the raspberries. The closest I can compare would be raspberry champagne. It's a nice blend between a beer and a champagne.

M - Nice carbonation, clean, crisp, very refreshing, but also surprisingly thick

O - Excellent beer, very interesting, very unique. I like Belgian Red slightly more but this beer is always outstanding. I love to drink this beer and find it a very outstanding fruit and dessert beer and I appreciate the complexity and craftsmanship of it every time I drink it.

Photo of iconoklaztor
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I cracked a bottle of this at 2011 DLD! Three year old bottle aged correctly.

It pours a very nice red color with a light head. The smell was sour and smelled of fruits. Very sweet smelling.

The taste was almost like a lambic. Felt acidic, sweet, and fruity. This was a great first beer of the day to wake up our taste buds!

The mouth was tart and sour.

I really really enjoyed this beer. Perhaps it was the setting or the company but it was a great start to, what would be, a fantastic day!

Overall, try it if you have access to it.

Photo of sliverX
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to bauermj thanks Matt.
Poured very red much like a wine but with a nice white head that hung around nicely
smell is pure raspberry and wonderful
taste is wonderfull as well, tastes like ripe off the vine raspberries I loved eating from my grandfathers plants man this stuff is good, would never know it was a beer though just 4% wine
mouthfeel is a light medium but very fitting
just an outstanding brew and glad we have a second bottle in the cellar.

Photo of amphion1065
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks duffman929 for two of these - I'd certainly welcome a few more in the near future...

Like Wisconsin Belgian Red, this isn't a looker. Lighter than its cherry counterpart but similarly cloudy, this pours a reddish brown, bordering on copper. Small tan head with nice lacing, but nothing remarkable here.

The smell is restrained: the sourness comes through in the nose, but it's not overpowering. There's a unique vinous quality, not exactly a funk but it's close. Not terribly sweet, almost earthy.

A similar restraint defines the taste. Far from the fruit cavalcade of Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart seems almost muted in comparison. True to its name, there's a pleasant sourness here that adds a layer of complexity to the beer. That said, I wish the raspberries came through a little stronger - I know this was a pretty fresh bottle, but this almost seemed like an older beer.

Mouthfeel is spot on: wonderful carbonation combined with a luscious consistency. Really a treat.

Raspberry Tart is a great fruit beer, pleasant and refreshing to a fault. That said, it falls short of Belgian Red in a number of respects, and I ultimately believe it's the lesser of the two.

EDIT: I enjoyed a second bottle of this shortly after writing my review - it seemed far fresher, and both the taste and smell were vastly improved. While the appearance didn't change much, I've increased my scores in the Smell and Taste categories accordingly.

Photo of hoptualBrew
2.77/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

750mL bottle shared with girlfriend & poured into a few oversized wine glasses. Deep reddish brown color with a little frothy off white head, retention is nearly absent. No lacing to speak of as consumed, none.

Smells exactly what the name says with addition of a super sweet molasses maple syrup. I am very hesitant to drink with such a powerful smell. I was hoping the taste wasnt as thick as the smell.

Yup, it was. Damn. Cloying sweet & way too thick for my taste. Even my girlfriend was saying how thick it was and definitely a "sipper". More syrup than anything else - ehhh. I was hoping for a much lighter bodied brew from this. A big let down in my opinion for such a celebrated beer. It tasted more like a thick tart wine than a beer - carbonation, where are you?!?!

I am hoping that it was maybe my bottle that was just too old and therefore syrupy. I recieved it in a trade two weeks back and was saving it for an occasion with my girl. I kept it refrigerated at 36 degrees. Idk, I may give it another try in a while. For the moment, very dissapointed in my bottle of Raspberry Tart.

Photo of oline73
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red with a layer of off white head that fades and leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet raspberry, smells like real fruit, not imitation. A bit sour.

Taste: Quite sweet with lots of raspberry flavor. A bit spicy in the finish. Raspberries really dominate.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body with mild, smooth carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a really nice fruit beer. I would definitely have it again.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Pint glass

A - Clear, dark red with orange tones on the edges.

S - Raspberries, and very strong.

T - Raspberry, citrus, sprite-like in flavor.

D - Tons of carbonation. Tartness only up front. Sweet.

O - Ahh... The raspberries made it back to Oregon.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Great Dane Brewpub in Madison, WI. Pours a deep red and shows a small slightly rosy raspberry colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing throughout. The smell gives off a boquet of tarts. It is mostly sugar and raspberries with a hint of oak. The taste is pure sweet and tart raspberry goodness. Not very sour, it is more of a tart flavor, hence the name. Medium bodied with nice sticky mouthfeel. This is a great beer with just about any dessert, highly drinkable, drink it cold. I am never a fan of vegetable/fruit beers, but this one is an exception! Your lady will love this one.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Raspberry Tart 4.0% fruit beer

A: There is a deep ruby hue that almost appears like a muted amber, huge deep red foamy carbonation that leaves very little lacing.

S: The bouquet smells overwhelmingly like raspberries, fruit preserves, sweet flowers, and a slight wine/cabernet finish

T: The sweetness from the raspberries is present and accounted for, almost overwhelmingly. The sweetness has a cider character to it and subsides into an intense dryness with an incredible crisp finish like biting into a granny smith apple, only, raspberry.

M: The mouthfeel has zero coating, zero stickiness, and washes away crisp and clean.

D: If not for the sugary-juice overload, this would be a incredibly drinkable beer. It presents great utility to those “black sheep” or the XX chromosomal order who “don’t like beer” or “beer makes them feel bloated.” This is an undercover beer that emotes like a crisp cider and presents the ambrosial delight of a champagne. Strictly speaking, I wouldn’t buy this again or seek it out, but that’s largely due to the style. If I was on a boat with some dour faced sad girls, I would provide it like a benevolent Spuds Mckenzie.

Narrative: ::TOOOT!!!:: the olde timey steam whistle hissed signaling the end of another shift. The stern overseer, Rose Juiceworthington, kept a watchful eye over the employees of the Smuckers’ canning line and made sure that her will was enacted to the T. “Williams! My office, NOW!” the loudspeaker boomed. Williams, soaked in mashed raspberries had a sweet winsome disposition, but a sordid past. “I have seen you down there, slowing on the mashing. . .what’s so funny?” Williams raised raised her glance slowly, then swiftly smashed a can of raspberry preserves over Ms. Juiceworthington’s head, sending her cascading backwards into a molten pit of bubbling preserves. The gasps for breath made sweet gurgles and Williams nodded a sticky sweet approving nod, not to be confronted again.

Photo of chugalug06
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice fluffy off-white head. Brew is mildly foggy red with lots of purple and yellow.

S - Barnyard funk, with slight musk... Great raspberry scent. Awesome scent! one of the best fruit brew.

T - By far the best fruit brew I've ever had. Slightly acidic. Not quite as sour as I would like, but still quite great.

M - Super low carbonation. Awesome light body and great flavor retention. Slight bitterness.

O - A great brew! Must try if you can find one... Worth going over $4$. I could drink one every month.

Photo of Franz4
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a flute

A- pours a very sexy dark ruby red. Head is slightly tinted but doesn't hang around long.

S- smells like fresh tart raspberries, very nice, excellent balance between tart and sweet.

T- Straight raspberries here, in my opinion this is a more "natural" raspberry taste than some of the super-sweet versions out there. This again strikes a nice balance and I'm really able to enjoy it.

M- I was expecting a little more carbonation, and that would have helped everything stand out just a bit more. It wasn't flat, but carbonation was minimal.

O- A very nice brew I will be sure to get whenever I can (not often, but thanks to the beer mule network that brought me this one!) Not sure if the carbonation is consistent between bottles, it's still good enough that I'd search out another bottle to see if it has more carb to it.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,163 ratings.