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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,790 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,790
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 566 | FT: 53
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 IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark burgandy topped with a half finger of rose colored bubbles that melts to a rose ring of lacing.
Aroma is raspberry...plain and simple...tons of fresh raspberries.
Taste is a balance between sweet and tart fresh raspberries. Mouth ifull of tiny, tingly carbonation and left very dry and puckering on the aftertaste.
I would have called this a alcopop if it weren't so very fresh tasting.
Perfect to accompany a Sunday Brunch.

IntriqKen, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Faro

A: Pours a rich red hue with a modest head that quickly subsides. Specks of lacing on the flute.

S: Jammy and fruity. Quite nice.

T: Fitting for its name, very tart with raspberry flavors. No surprises here.

M: Medium-bodied with champagne-like carbonation.

D: Everything about this beer is pretty much as expected. Very good all-round, but also one-dimensional. Recommended.

klewis, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More like drinking a fruit juice than like drinking any other fruit beer, other than their own cherry beer. Huge raspberry flavor and aroma. Nice deep rich red color. Very, very drinkable. The perfect beer to give to a girl who says that they don't like beer, but why bother wasting such a good beer on a girl that you shouldn't be going out with in the first place.

bigbelcher, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much thanks to Faro for trading this to me. I've wanted to try this since I first heard about it.

As I poured I coudn't help but think of red wine or crimson paint diluted with water. The tiny head atop the body looks a lot like red slush. It clings to the edge of the glass all the way down.

As for the nose .... ever been around someone sucking on a raspberry lollypop? That's kind of what this is like only far more robust. Juicy.

Damn does this taste great. A little tartness and a little sweetness. Neither fighting for dominance ... both uniting to please the taster. This beer to me seems to be something that anyone could enjoy. As long as you like raspberries that is.

TheBungyo, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.53/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 9 oz. bottle into a thin pilsner.

deep reddish purple with a foamy pink head that leaves nice rings of lace.

sweet raspberries and sugar in the aroma. no hint of malt, hops, or alcohol; absolutely no hint that this is a beer. it is wonderfully sweet, however, and fragrantly pleasant.

light to medium body and a ticklish light carbonation prevent it from being cloying, but the flavor is all sugary sweet raspberries. a touch of tartness and tanginess, but mainly it's just the berries.

very similar to the belgian red, with raspberries sitting in for the cherries. as i said about the belgian red, this one's very good, and a nice dessert, but i prefer my beers to be a little more beer-like.

Prufrock, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006; acquired from BA murrayswine in WI. Poured from a 75cl bottle with a wax seal.

A: Bright ruby red, with a short and slightly fizzy pinkish head. Exactly the same color as the ripest of raspberries.
S: Gigantic dose of raspberries, slightly tart. Intoxicating smell, but has nothing to do with the alcohol content, which is only 4%. Wow.
T: OK, did I mention the raspberries yet? True to the smell and appearance, this is like drinking the best carbonated and fermented juice. Truly delicious tartness, reminds me of a summer day at the farmer's market, popping fresh berries from the pint. Tartness mellows to an enjoyable sweetness then a drier finish.
M: Some prickly carbonation, a little acidic wih a medium mouthfeel. Despite the fizz and tartness, this beer still retains an evenly balanced smoothness.
D: Great flavor - a wonderfully refreshing sipper. Next time I get some of this, it's getting paired with dessert (I'm think chocolate) without a doubt. A very special beer - highly recommended.

msubulldog25, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of beersabound
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle of this with some friends last night and everyone loved it. We had it with two types of cheesecake. We also mixed some Razz Tart with Young's Double Chocolate Stout to create a fabulous beer dessert. This beer has an enchnating red color with a pinkish head that fizzles away rather quickly. Sourness and raspberry sweetness dominate the aroma. A burst of raspberry flavor comes first, followed quickly by the tart and sour mouth sensations. The sourness is what makes this beer so drinkable and gives it some balance. Without the tartness this beer would not get the high marks it receives around the world. At GABF this is one of the first beers to run out. The body is medium light with the fruit providing something for the tongue to latch on to. The CO2 level is medium high; perfect for the style. The finish is sour and not overly fruity; not cloying at all. Basically, if you want a great fruit beer to go with anything chocolate or as dessert, do yourself a favor and get a bottle of this.

beersabound, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite things of the Tart and Red.. the bottle. Wax dipped and really cool labels. Anywho, into a pint glass, pours red, can it be that red? With pinkish head that kind of fizzles out, just lookin at it you know its going to be tasty. Aroma is a giant heap of rasberry goodness, the kind that you wouldn't mind smelling for the next half hour, very nice sweet/tart balance. Rasberries are by far my favorite fruit, and I'm just overjoyed so far. And then, you taste... perfection. I'll state is simply: there is no way to improve this beer. None. Falling under the category 'party in the mouth,' captures the very essence of the sweet yet tart rasberry, rivaling anything coming out of Belgium, and a real treat for that special occasion. The mouth is great, silky smooth but with a fizzy carbonation, full body, very nice. All in all, I wish I had some fudge or Belgian chocolates to eat with this, but even on its own an exceptional beer, worth all its praises.

objectivemonkey, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours deep dark red, hazy, small purple head with little retention and lacing, lots of large bubble initially

s - big aroma of sweet raspberries, like Wisconsin Belgian Red, about as far from a "beer" smell as you can imagine

t - lots and lots of sweet raspberries up front with a huge tartness quickly evolving, finish is very tart, sweet, and pretty dry

m - not much carbonation evident, medium-bodied, moderately dry finish, tart raspberry coats the entire mouth

d - because of the style and the intense sweetness and tartness, this is not the most drinkable beer, much more of a dessert beer that you can split a bottle of with someone, not at all a knock against quality, just not a beer you want to drink a ton of

After having the Wisconsin Belgian Red, I had high hopes for the Raspberry Tart, and it did not disappoint. New Glarus definitely has this style pegged, and nobody does it better. A wonderful change-of-pace or dessert beer.

WeisGuy, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucent magenta with brilliant raspberry red highlights when backlit. The rosy pink head is more dense than expected and looks for all the world like a piece of shortcake saturated with berry juice. I doubt that much lace with be forthcoming, but that doesn't bother me in the least. This is a great looking fruit beer.

I have to hand it to the good folks at New Glarus. With Wisconsin Belgian Red and now Raspberry Tart, they've created the two finest fruit beer noses in all the world. I don't know how long it took to come up with the final recipe, but they've achieved raspberry beer perfection with regards to the aroma. It's both sweet and tart with nothing on display except the essence of the berries themselves. Wow! seems inadequate.

Raspberry Tart is as amazing as I thought it would be once I tasted Belgian Red. Check that, actually it's better. As in... better than I thought it would be and better than Belgian Red. It's probably too close to call, they're both the finest examples of their style in existence, but I can't imagine a better, more dizzyingly delicious concoction than that which sits before me at this moment. The fact that I like raspberries more than cherries is probably a factor.

As in the nose, there's very little present other than the berries themselves. What puts this beer into orbit is the complex combination of sweet and tart. I'm not enough of a zymurgist to know what aging in oak vats contributes or why the Hallertau hops need to be a year old. My guess is that at least the first of those is absolutely critical to the tangy fermented flavor that gives Razz Tart its soul and elevates it above mere fruit juice.

Even though I'm not big on pairing beer with sweets, I can't imagine a better accompaniment to a gooey fudge brownie or a dish of vanilla bean ice cream. I don't believe that it's at all unwarranted to call this the best fruit beer in the world. The sweetness limits drinkability somewhat, although if I use the question 'would I have another?' as my sole criterion, a bump in score would be a no-brainer.

My first thought was that the mouthfeel wasn't quite as thick and as syrupy as my memory of Belgian Red. Now, I'm not so sure. As the beer sits, it comes together beautifully and is now the very definition of heavily silky. This beer is a mouth party of the highest order! Since I have no idea how it could be improved... another perfect.

I don't know what else to say. I've used just about every adjective for 'great' that I can think of and I still feel that my ramblings have been inadequate to describe the... uh... greatness of Raspberry Tart. I hope this beer keeps as well as I think it does because I'll be clearing out Madison the next time I make the trip. Simply stunning.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of baiser
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rush of raspberry aroma gushes out the moment you open the bottle. Pours a lovely, almost blood-like, dark red. The aroma is almost intoxicating in a good way. Taste is wonderful. SO much raspberry and just the right bit of tartness. It's balanced by a nice sweetness as well. Finishes dry and sweet. Carbonation is just right. Isn't as tart as say, a lindemanns framboise and that's a good thing. Very drinkable. Great as a dessert beer.

baiser, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of dancinwillie
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, from the only bottle in which it can be purchased. Bought from Copps at Monona and Broadway, Madison, Wisconsin. Shared with my roomate, who's slowly getting into better beer!

A: Dark, dark red. A lovely appearance, a joy to behold! Not much of a head, but what head there is, is white, and drops to the brew quickly.

S: You guessed it... raspberry. Detectable from arms length. And very inviting.

T: Raspberry tart doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Well, maybe it does. Raspberry dominates the initial taste, while it finishes tart and dry. The taste swells in the middle, and by swells, I mean shoots towards heaven in an undescribable ascent. You feel this one on every inch of your tongue.

M: Thick and rich. This is a fine after dinner beer. Definately a sipper, despite it's low ABV. A full beer in every sense of the word.

D: Drinkability would ultimately be average, as you couldn't drink more than 2 pints, or roughly 1 bottle by yourself in a single session. While its a fantastic beer, it's inherently a single glass or two beer. Enjoy the fruits of New Glarus, as this is one of the best fruit beers available anywhere today!

dancinwillie, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a magenta color with a fluffy pink head that hangs around for a while and then descends to a ringlet but leaves delicate wisps of lace around the flute

Smell: Just about the most incredible whiff of raspberries you could imagine; fresh raspberry soda aroma

Taste: As soon as the liquid touches the tongue the sweet-tart interplay begins and intensifies after the swallow; the finish is long-lasting

Mouthfeel : Light bodied with a mouth-puckering prickly tartness

Drinkability: This beer is a joy to drink; keeping the alcohol low makes this so much more enjoyable

Thanks, murrayswine, for the opportunity and to FlandersNed, for the chance to taste a 4 year old version

brentk56, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The bottle is great with the wax cap and great description of the contents. Appearance is purplish/red with some transparency at the edges. Smell is 100% rasberry and nothing wrong with that. Taste is rasberry with some bitterness and very little carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth with a dry finish. Drinkability would probably be limited to one bottle not due to the alcohol but the sweetness. This would be great for a sunday morning brunch .

WeymouthMike, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured into a flute glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very deep burgundy coloration. The head was one finger high with a creamy purple coloration. The head resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: This beer is bursting with raspberry sweetness / tartness. This perfectly captures the fruity essence of raspberries.

Taste: This beer is a good pairing of sweet and tart raspberries. I would have liked a bit more tartness but this is still dam good.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. The beer has a bit of acidity that breaks up the sweetness. This was a joy to drink from the moment I opened it until it was gone.

Thanks dhchatfield for the bottle.

nlmartin, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured an utterly opaque crimson and plumb that had the murkiness of tomato juice. The head consisted of just a few neat looking wisps.

Smells of tart and juicy raspberries with a slight pinch of salt, saltine crackers with a delicate sugary sweetness in the background.

Tastes of big tart raspberries with a solid orange juice fruitiness. There’s also an earthy honey sweetness coupled with a milky creaminess that adds incredible depth to this one.

The mouth feel is creamy and smooth with a crisp, tingly micro-carbonation. Sip on!

I could drink this all night. I must say, this one sat in my cellar for nine months and that too a bit of the tart edge off. I highly recommend sitting on this one for a little bit as it drastically improves in just a short period of time.

DarkerTheBetter, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of westweasel
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle, purchased at the Woodmans in Kenosha.

The color is a deep, ruby red, with a 1/2 in. pink head of foam that
dissapated quickly. The aroma is very strong, the wonderful smell
of tart rasberries.

The taste is delicious. The main flavor is strong tart rasberries, just like
the aroma. There is some sweetness too, and just a little bit of hops to
give a snap of bitterness at the end of the swallow. The mouthfeel is not
what I expected. With this scent, I was almost expecting a rasberry puree -
chunky with little rasberry seeds. This was not the case at all. The mouthfeel is
full but smooth.

This beer is very drinkable. The bottle suggests drinking from a champaign
flute. I recommed a shaker glass and drinking deeply. (This would probably
go really well with a chocolate dessert.)

westweasel, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A raspberry smoothie. Pinked blood body. Bubbly pink head.

Aroma: Big tart raspberries. Pungent and aromatic.

Taste: Raspberries. It is what it is. More importantly, it is what it tries to be.

Mouthfeel: Tart, this batch more than some in the past. Middle has a sugary sweetness but overall tartness dominates. Body is very full.

Drinkability: Ok. The tartness and high sugar content gets to me after a few glasses.

I rarely drink the Raspberry Tart out of a strong preference for its big sister Belgian Red but it’s still a nearly perfectly crafted beer.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is kind of a dark cherry color, looks very heavy. Not a lot of head or lacing. Smell is very good, very tart fruit smell (raspberry, imagine that), with maybe a bit of grape. Taste is quite good as well, very fruity and heavy, just not quite as good as the Belgian Red, so I couldn't give the 5 here. Drinkability is exceptional, its heavy but goes down easy.

supercolter, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a phenomenal beer! I just tried it along with the Wisconsin Belgian Red and I have to say they are the two best fruit beers I've ever had. But This is about the Raspberry Tart.

Beautiful ruby red/purple color.

The most pleasant aroma of raspberry.

Flavor is fruity raspberry with a nice tart tingly mouthfeel, light bodied, crisp and incredibly refreshing.

I gave it a 3.5 for drinkability only because (like a lot of fruit beers) the sweetness or tartness is too much for more than one or two. Especially in a 750 ml!

BillyB, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a champagne flute

A: Ruby pomegranite color with a tint of baked raspberry. Crystal clean. Nice tight light pink head.

S: Rose hip perfume, raspberry pie and grape skin

T: Tart raspberry flavor. Not as sweet as I was scared it would be. Various ranges of raspberry including the seed and skin of the fruit. Extremely balanced and drinkable. Aftertaste has hints of sour green apple.

M: Dry yet silky. Medium full bodied with lots of tannins

D: Another good beer from New Glarus. A very nice balance for a fruit beer.

Westsidethreat, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was on my list of beers to try on our WI trip and it was the first one i found. Pours cloudy and pinkish-red with a pink head. Smells like freshly squeezed raspberry juice. tastes like raspberry wine but not really any flavor of alcohol. tartness is not overwhelming and the beer (if i can call it that) is quite pleasant as a dessert. not eminently drinkable because its too fruity and sweet, but prety delicious and one of the better fruit beers i've had.

aforbes10, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of hero27
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl. oz green bottle with blood red wax coating the neck.

Made from Oregon raspberries that have been fermented in oak vats..sounds intriguing...

Deep, opaque garnet color with a pink sherbet head.
The raspberry aroma is just incredible..hard to explain, really. If you blindfolded someone, there'd be no way they'd think of beer upon smelling this creation. It's a fresh raspberry punch to the nose as soon as you open the bottle.
The name certainly nails it..the tartness is unrelenting. The bold sweetness of the raspberry adds another dimension of flavor that creates a bittersweet, sour finish..it takes a few sips to get used to (or shock your tastebuds into submission), but it pays off with a simply mouthwatering result. Very crisp mouthfeel with exceptionally lively carbonation. The full-on, sugary sweet raspberry flavor may make it hard for someone to drink an entire bottle by themselves, but other than that, this brew has few flaws.

Damn, these guys at New Glarus know their fruit beers.. Thanks again to badbeer for picking this one up for me.

hero27, May 16, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar in nature to the Belgian Red, except with raspberries instead of cherries. I'd hate to know how much fruit is in each bottle. The beer just explodes with raspberry color, aroma, flavor, and tartness. Sweet, tart, and thickness to the point that it's hard to drink. Sip maybe, but not drink. Belly-aching sweet. Still the flavors and aromas are flawless. Juicy, ripe, rich and full. The beer has a lingering raspberry sweetness that goes on for days. Though I like the beer, it's a little over-bearing and could stand more beer-like qualities. I'm looking for a bit more vineous, woodsy, barley, hop, and drinkability--just a little more dimension.

BEERchitect, May 15, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The raspberry aromas waft up almost as soon as I open this. Smells of sweet raspberry jam, and like some kind of raspberry-lemonade. Pours blood colored with pink lacing. The tartness comes thru more in the taste and quickly follows the sweet raspberry flavor. An effervescent like carbonation, like a sparkling wine, tingles on the tongue and hits in the back of the throat. Not an everyday drinker, this bottle is definitely one I would share, but well balanced flavors and a great experience.

hoppymeal, May 11, 2006
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,790 ratings.