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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,876 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,876
Reviews: 846
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,036
Gots: 585 | FT: 54
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of Avryle
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LittleBreeze & MrEd137 who cracked open a bottle over dessert.

A- Murky ruby-red color with a very minimal red-tan head that disappears almost immediately. Absolutely no lacing.

S- Ripe raspberries. Ripe raspberries. and Ripe raspberries.

T- Tart, over-ripe raspberries with a lambic bitterness in the finish. First sip starts off sweet and subsequent sips become increasingly tart.

M- Thin -> Med body with minimal carbonation.

D- This is by all means a dessert beer & one to split with a few folks. The raspberry & tart are so intense as to prevent quick consumption. This one lives up to the hype.

Avryle, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my first trade with nflmvp. Thanks Steve.

This beer pours a dark ruby/purple like color and is fairly opaque with one finger of pink head sitting on top that receeds with no real lacing. The aroma is delicious, reminds me of raspberry jam. Strong ripe raspberry notes. The taste is pretty good. Ripe raspberry, slightly sweet too. I thought it would start to be a little cloying but did not seem to be that way. Some nice tart notes as well. Mouthfeel is full, creamy, slightly syrupy, and gently carbonated. Drinkability is high due to great flavors and low alcohol. It makes for a good dessert type beer. I will however recommend that this beer be shared with at least one other person, preferably more. I openned it to share with my girlfriend and she didn't want any. So I had to take out the 750 and found myself tired of it and slightly annoyed by the end. It was good, but by the end I was craving a more substantial beer. Had to have a weizenbock.

Goliath, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of shuajw
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to objectivemonkey for this one

Great fruity tart raspberry smell right out of the bottle. Very little if any head when poured into a glass, mostly the kind of bubbles that you would see when pouring a fruit juice.

Very nice smooth and fruity flavor, barely tastes like a beer though it doesn't taste like a cider. Has a great drinkability and it took very little effort to make it through a 750ml bottle with the low ABV.

Looking forward to tasting the Wisconsin Belgian Red next.

shuajw, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of grandq
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy red ruby with a pink, quickly dissapearing head. It looks like a weiss head got stained on its way being poured through all the raspberries that my nose is telling me this is chock full of. Raspberry first, with a sour note among strawberries. Bit o' yeast. Remarkable flavor - thick on the raspberries as one might expect, but in no way one-note. The inital cranberry taste threw me off a touch but blends into cooked raspberries, as if baked into a pie (or tart, duh), followed by fresh picked berries surrounded by a tart flemish red quality and cherries. The sourness practically curls back up the tongue with the help of light carbonation after working its way to my throat, leaving the taste of raspberry seeds to linger. The mouthfeel is full bodied and syrupy intially but fades of the tongue quite quickly. I'd describe it as dry if the sweetness weren't keeping my tongue feeling pleasantly coated. As to drinkability, its not something i could drink every day but would be thrilled to have this available to me locally. A fantastic dessert beer and something I'd love to serve to friends who aren't into beer. Huge thanks to mully for the bottle, wish I hadn't gotten ahead of myself and downed the Belgian Red already, want to review it in light of this one. Both phenomenal.

grandq, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A salesman of mine came in today with a bottle for us to drink. Gotta love it when a salesman brings in a bottle of something we can't even purchase in this state.
L:A dirty(good dirty) brown felmish sours look. Off white reddish head that disappears quickly.
S:sour/tart raspberry almost cranberry like. Smelled like you had just picked off a ton of fresh raspberry right off the plant and smelled them. A brownish type smell as well.
T: A mild raspberry jam sweetness peeks out right away being knocked right out by tart. Deliscious sour tart squeezes out the back of your tounge. Almost giving you cotton mouth with how tart it is.
M:Light sharp fizz on the bottom of my tounge.
D:Great!!! Could sit down and have with before dinner, with dinner or after dinner. With a meal or without, this is a great beer.

Scoobydank, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This brew pours a murky brownish purple like prune juice. Head is tannish pink and not too big. Lacing sticks around for quite some time.

S- Nothing more to say here about the nose but RASPBERRIES and tons of them. Very clean, sweet smell.

T- There is a nice lemon zest and zing with the same raspberries carrying over from the nose. It is very tart and makes you pucker with each drink.

M- Mouthfeel is medium thickness and mid to high carbonation.

D- Sweet and tart but a fantastic brew. A good sipper to share with your woman.

Overall- I am quite impressed. Reminds me a lot of Lindeman's Framboise but just a little bit more tart than it is. Lindeman's is a bit more sweet to me. This is a great beer; I cannot wait to try the Red!

Thank you to my friend, Unclejedi, for including this in a trade of ours while in Asheville NC after the Winter Warmer Festival 2008.

MMAJYK, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of DrJay
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a recent trade with EliteDigger. Thanks Scott!
Poured a murky, dark red with a thick, dark pinkish red cap. The foam settled to a thin skim and solid collar of soapy bubbles, leaving lots of spotty lacing on the glass. Smelled of fresh raspberries - when I closed my eyes that's all I could think of. Even the aroma of earthy seeds was captured. The flavour was heavy on fresh raspberry character too, but with added complexity. It started on the sweet side with balanced tartness slowly taking over. There seemed to be a bit of grainy malt just at the edge of perception along with a mild, mellow spicy character. Earthy raspberry seeds and tartness lingered in the finish. Full bodied with a little stickiness, carbonation was lively yet contributed a smoothness to the texture. Finished on the dry side. Great stuff and super drinkable. Definitely world class.

DrJay, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to badbeer for this trade a DLD last year.

A ton of carbonation sticking to the edges of the glass at first creates an inch of tan head that fades to a skim in just a couple of minutes. Body is a very deep brown with a bit of a murky hue. A fragrent nose brings about thoughts of raspberry chewy candy and a bit of candied malt. Enters the mouth with a long creamy tart feel. Notes of crisp apples, fresh raspberries, and even end a nice mellow malty sweetness is faint on the end of the palate. A very lengthy fresh sour feel is prominate on the finish and creates a pleasant mouthfeel. I speak a lot of the sour and tartness of this beer but it is not to harsh but well balanced with a touch of woodsy malt sweetness. Enjoyable for the style but drinkability says I still need to share the bottle with a friend. Another beer for the sour, tart brew fans.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of hellcatsjg
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep dark red with a ton of carbonation present. Looks like a cola with a reddish hue.

Smell: Big raspberry aroma here. Not much else, but a ton of raspberries.

Taste: Huge raspberry taste dominates here. The flavor is fresh and slightly tart, not at all artificial. Slight wheat flavor at the back of the sip add a bit of complexity.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, which takes away from the smoothness. Definitely a sipper. Nice fruit flavor along with a nice bit of warming as you go, which is surprising with the low ABV.

Drinkabiltiy: Very tasty and very accessible. The wife really enjoyed this one as well. Not the kind of thing you would drink several of, but a very tasty treat on a special occasion. Very tasty and sweet.

hellcatsjg, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and murky raspberry color with a pink head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of sweet and tart raspberries, delicous bouquet.

Again a huge bouquet of freshly picked berries. A perfect balance between sweet and sour.

Crisp and delicate carbonation with a medium body. So welcoming as it silks over the palate.

Like any good lambic, this can be enjoyed all day long. Pair well with fine cheese. Best lambic outside Belgian and one of the best anywhere.

rye726, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of Phocion
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

150th Review. Part of a New Glarus gift pack along with a Belgian Red and two New Glarus-labeled champagne flutes. Poured into one of the flutes from a wax-topped 750ml. bottle. Dark thick crimson with a small and non-resilient dark reddish foamy head. Thin but fairly sticky lacing. Truly an impressive looking display sitting in my flute.

Aroma is of, you guessed it, raspberries. But despite only one scent it is a surprisingly pleasant balance between sweet and tart.

As the name of this beer implies, the flavor is full of tarty raspberries. Very subtle background of spicy hops and grainy malts. But mostly the flavor is taken over by the raspberries with a beautiful balance between the sweetness and the tanginess as in the aroma. Unlike some other framboise or flavored beers, you can tell that this one uses the real deal and not some fruit-flavored syrup.

Heavy but smooth mouthfeel and definitely full-bodied. Decent levels of carbonation. Once again, the balance here is awesome and keeps the sweetness from hindering the drinkability. The thick and what eventually becomes somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, however, does.

Phocion, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of athensbeermaster
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one is very cloudy with a burnt red color.
The nose has a dark musty yeasty aroma.
The taste of tart rasberry fades into a yeasty,slightly salty dry finish. The mouthfeel is milky borderline silky.This one cotes the tongue for a least five min. This would go great with some sweet cheese cake.Very,very tart!!
I really like the melted wax on the top of the btl. Warning this is not Lindemans in any way!

athensbeermaster, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained via trade with mymrnngjckt. Poured into a wine tulip. Color is an extremely dark shade of burgundy. The opaque body rests beneath a 2 finger head of pinkish tan hue. It leaves some spotty lacing.

Aroma is starkly raspberryish. Literally smells exactly like raspberry preserves.

Taste is also dominated by succulent raspberry. It carries a sharp raspberry seed tanginess that serves to balance the sweetness. This tart note is cheek puckering and quite enjoyable. There's a fleeting tootsie pop note in the finish as well.

Body is quite full, making this an epic dessert beer. The carbonation helps carry the balancing tartness through the palate. A delightful beer that's really easy to drink.

illidurit, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Duvel snifter. Thanks to HopDerek for the split on this one.

Pours a clear dark amber (almost bloody) with a finger of off-white hued pink head that retained very nicely into a smooth, creamy covering that left little speckles of lace on the glass. The aroma is deep with BIG raspberry sweetness that is then complimented very nicely by a subtle sourness.

The taste is a full frontal blast of sweet raspberry puree, that much like the aroma, is balanced very nicely by a biting tartness. To top it off, there's even a fairly dose of prickly hop presence in the finish that keeps you on your toes. Quite the unique taste and one that I enjoyed immensely! The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a prickly carbonation and mouth coating feel.

Wow, what an insanely good fruit beer! The sweet fruit tones are very in your face but are kept in line perfectly by its tart and hoppy character. This was my first beer from New Glarus but by God, it won't be my last. Fantastic!

Kegatron, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of papat444
3.2/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to oakbluff for this one.

Poured from a 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle into 2 champagne flutes (me & my wife) as per label on bottle.

Appearance: Crimson red body looking almost liked pureed raspberries with a thin head.

Smell: All rapsberries here, aroma of freshly picked berries, looking good.

Taste: A rush of raspberries hits you, tart & bitter but no apparent sweetness maybe masked by the tartness.

Mouthfeel: Fizziness in the mouthfeel, bold & heavy taste, a little too heavy maybe. Dominant flavor is raspberries (of course!) which have a over-ripened feel to them.

Drinkablity: For me, drinkability suffers for this one. Very overwhelming, would have been satisfied with one flute but after getting halfway through the bottle, had trouble finishing it.

Overall: I came expecting raspberries, but i think it was too much. I wanted to like it but in the end, not so. It's a very well-crafted brew no doubt. Not sure if tartness was too much but there was no sweetness which made it difficult to finish. Smell & initial taste were the best features. I think this would be better served as a small 8 oz. bottle (maybe available?) but i don't think i would seek it out again.

papat444, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - dark crimson, bloody red, rocky pinkis smooth head, plenty of sediment, probably raspberry puree

S - what an aroma! a sweet raspberry puree of fresh, high quality fruitiness, not cough syrup or candy-ish, supported by a hoppy backbone

T - HOLY RASPBERRY! really tastes like a...well...raspberry tart, a slight breadiness lends to that flavor, but it tastes like fresh raspberries, no point in picking out other flavors - just enjoy the heavenly perfect fruitiness

M&D - all other brewers who attempt a fruit beer should bow at the altar and New Glarus. between this and the Belgian Red they must have sold their souls for fruit beer perfection, dont worry about critiqueing this beer just enjoy it, its so easy too

sinstaineddemon, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with an off-white head with some pink hues, short retention, but good lacing. Smells just like raspberry jam, with a hint of wheat. Taste (surprisingly) is loaded with raspberries, with a good fizzy carbonation. There's a light hop presence followed by a nice sour and tart finish. Medium in body with great carbonation that is pleasing on the tongue. Definitely a dessert beer that I could enjoy quite often.

HopDerek, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of udubdawg
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into the little flute I picked up at the brewery.
Color is very much like the raspberries, a little murky, and the head thin and fizzy against my nose like a Sprite when I first inhale. The nose is an intoxicating combination of sweet and tart fruit. It seems so fresh, like I'm sniffing a bowl of crushed berries. Great.

There's, uh, a few raspberries in here. They are everywhere in the flavor. Carbonation is very spritzy but for once it isn't annoying. No alcohol noted. Body is full, crisp, not sticky sweet, and the beer has enough balancing tartness to keep well away from cloying. A joy to absorb all the berry flavors as the brew fizzes across my palate.

I tend to cork these bottles and drink them slowly over a day or two. Better yet, I share them. As drinkable as a small glass is, I don't think I'd even want to drain a bottle in one sitting. Great stuff.

udubdawg, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of mnstorm99
2.55/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml into a white wine glass.

Appearance is red, with a short white head and no lacing to be seen. Aroma is good, nice tart raspberry, not malty at all. Taste is tart raspberry and that really is it, too tart. Over carbonated, almost like a soda very thin . I may have had my first and last of this beer(?) although I am sure I will try it again as my wife really enjoyed it.

mnstorm99, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of LittleBreeze
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1/11/2008

Served in Champagne flutes. Pours a nice red with pink head.

All raspberries...with maybe a little hint of vanilla.

Taste is sweet and tart and near perfect. Real raspberries and not an artificial flavoring syrup.

Great dessert beer alone or compliments so many other desserts and salads.

Poured some leftover around French Vanilla Ice Cream. Used a splash in salad dressing.

LittleBreeze, Jan 14, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, wax-capped, 750ml bottle.

Poured a hazy, dark red color. Modest, very light pink/tan head. No legs, some lacing.

Aromas of raspberries (duh!). Touch of caramel.

Taste was more sweet than bitter at first, then a huge pucker sour. Vitamin C taste (acidic). Raspberry. Tartness, almost vinegar-like, but stops short.

Medium in body. Low carbonation. Not dry.

A fantastic beer for people who like fruit flavored and/or sour beers. Excellent raspberry flavor, quite sour as sip rolls across the tounge. Not my taste, but a well made beer.

, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of SMark
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from a 1 pint 9 fluid ounce bottle at 40° into a Champagne flute. The beer was dark red with a nice 1 finger pink head. I did not notice any lacing but there was a lot of carbonation.

There was of course a beautiful aroma of raspberries with just a tinge of wheat in the background. Not really sure I was inhaling the wheat and may have to chalk it up to an anticipated aroma.

Carbonated liquid raspberries jump out quickly and the beer is tart. Imagine that. I have either had this or the Belgian Red before and was not as pleased with it then as now. Hopefully my palate is becoming more receptive to various beers.

There are prickly sensations on the tip of the tongue and at the back of the mouth. This somewhat coats the mouth with the raspberry flavor and gives you a little pucker like tannin in wine which I like.

You could sit down with this one in the spring, summer and fall for a refreshing treat on a warm day. I would also haul this one out to have in the winter to make me think that there are berry days ahead. In other words, this is a good brew for all year round and at 4% ABV you can drink the whole bottle.

SMark, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of drumrboy22
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dhchatfield for this one! Poured from 750mL bottle into Lindemans tulip glass. Beer was a cloudy, ruby red color with a small, diminishing head.

Aroma was all raspberry.

Taste was sweet and tart raspberry. Very crisp beer and very tasty.

Had a long finish. Good dessert beer. Well worth tracking down a bottle.

drumrboy22, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Thanks Bernie for the hook-up!

A: Pours a bright, opaque, red with a small, light-pink head that leaves little bits and pieces of lace on the glass.

S: Huge aroma of fresh raspberry. Incredible. Faint, earthy, "dirt" smell lurking in the background.

T: Spicy, just picked raspberry flavor-at the same time sweet and tart and prickly. Not even a trace of alcohol.

M: Prickly and spicy to the tongue but this is kept in check by a very large sweetness that tickles the mouth as well.

D: Damn! This is so good! Tastes very natural and drinks perfectly.

GbVDave, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Atricapilla
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours from a champagne bottle into a wide mouth glass. A pinkish red color with a medium pinkish white head. A tiny bit frothy in the head; good carbonation in this beer! The smell is clearly raspberry; the flavour as well. This taste slightly sweet and goes down well.

Atricapilla, Jan 04, 2008
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,876 ratings.