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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,787 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,787
Reviews: 842
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,034
Gots: 567 | 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 TastyTaste
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky raspberry red/brown colored body. Head is very creamy and has good retention until eventually settling to a smal pink layer on top of the beer. Smell is pure raspberry, with a little bready wheat to smooth it out. Very sweet smelling and tasting. Very tart tasting, a swirl of sweet, ripe raspberries, followed by a little hoppiness to finish the experience. Magnificent dessert beer, I can not think of a better Fruit/Vegetable beer. Perfection in a bottle.

TastyTaste, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness dating available, though there is some quick discussion on the front label itself touting its desert beer status.
Poured a deep dark red. Almost opaque. The head died quickly with no lacing.

This one is a nosefull. Humongous aroma of fresh to overly ripe raspberries. Fermented and acidic. Aroma is fresh and natural.

WHAM!!--Acidic and tart, cheek-clenching raspberry flavor. Perhaps the wheat base is in there somewhere, but I was enjoying the raspberry goodness too much. It must be though, as the sugary malt seems to have leveled out what you could imagine to be a very sour beer.

Mouthfeel was medium, but buoyed by a hefty carbonation. The raspberries linger in your mouth afterward. Nice and drinkable, though I would prefer to have it either with a nice fruit tart or hefty chocolate cake.

Dithyramb, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blood-red ruby into my glass. No light is escaping here. A quick, fizzy head fades quickly.

Aroma is fresh, FRESH raspberries. So fresh, in fact, it snapped me right back to picking raspberries with my family in our backyard, a summer tradition. There is a very clean undertone of acid, which just balances the sweet fruit. Very nice.

Taste is an explosion of fresh fruit, a torrent of flavor and sensation. The natural acid of the raspberry, combined with the spontaneously fermented wheat beer base, puckers the cheeks in just a bit. Soon afterwards, a grainy sugared note waves as it goes by, before the sourness of the fruit takes over the finish.

Mouthfeel was actually slightly more carbonated than I liked, as the prickly bubbles kept the beer from ever completely relaxing on my tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, but not out of the park -- one bottle is enough for me.

All in all, perhaps the perfect dessert beer, not to mention a world-class conversion beer. Pair this with a chocolate dessert, and your objet d' amour may just wonder how they ever lived without you...and without this brew.

ithacabaron, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep reddish/plumb color. Looks very interesting and inviting. The nose is obviously of raspberries, and not just a little. The taste is all in the name of this beer...Raspberry & Tart. There is also a little bit of yeast flavor in there. Good mouthfeel, high carbonation and full body. Coat your mouth, go ahead. I knocked the drinkability down on this a little because it is so tart that you can't hand to much of this at a time. I recommend opening a bottle and sharing it with a few friends serving it up in some wine glasses. Great beer.

Brian700, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. This beer pours out a thickish looking deep purple. The bubbly head fades quickly. Big raspberry aroma. Syrupy raspberry flavor. The raspberries coat the mouth and becomes cloying. Still, the flavor is not artificial, so although it's a bit much, it's still tasty. I do not find this beer to be very drinkable. One glass is plenty. As far as fruit beers go, this is pretty good, but it does not seem much like beer. I prefer the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

beveragecaptain, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a bloodied mess. Looks good to me. Murky, purplish. Little head/lacing.

Smells like raspberries.

Taste a little funkiness, probably from the spontaneous fermentation, comes through. Too much sweetness, but there is still a good fruit taste. A lot like Lindeman's in that way.

If this had some more spontaneous funkiness this would be a wonderful fruit beer, but it is very solid and worth getting. Great for summer.

GeoffFromSJ, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and sealed in red wax.

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed 1" of Strawberry Quik pink head over the translucent raspberry red brew. Head lasts well, and lacing was good. Aroma is deeply of sour raspberries, as advertised. Taste starts with a mouthful of raspberries, some maltiness in the middle, then switches over to the tartness, which is somewhat subdued, we're not talking Cantillon sour here. Seems like it could just meld the flavors together a tad better, somehow. Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability is quashed a bit by what seems to turn almost cloyingly sweet raspberry at the beginning of each mouthful. A nice brew, but maybe not quite so hype-worthy.

ppoitras, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of dwvarner77
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a deep, deep ruby red, would even say crimson, with a slight, sporadic, rose-colored head.
aroma is a wonderfully strong crushed raspberry, no questions asked. what a wonderful smell!
flavor is intermittently sweet and tart, a beautiful union of the characteristics. the raspberry starts sweet, then gives a little sour flavor. the sweet and sour play back and forth for a minute like a spirited game of pepper, then it finishes kindly on a sour note at the back of the tongue. pure pleasure.
the mouthfeel is nice, maybe leaving a little to be desired in so far as a sensation of the carbonation on the tongue, but with a flavor like this, it's tough to argue.
most highly drinkable, sweet satisfaction. will be going back to this one anytime i possibly can.

dwvarner77, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times. Time to re-review. It pours a brilliant deep ruby, almost oxygenated blood red, with a finger of head that falls to a sparse coat and a small ring over top. The nose is awesome. Fresh picked raspberrys, raspberry jam, just intense fruit. I really...REALLY like it. It has grown on me since the first time I tried it. The flavor is full on sweet and tart raspberry. Not a lot of the beer behind it, but it comes through on the aftertaste as a creamy, wheaty flavor. The feel is thick and slightly syrupy, but not offensive. Drinkability is very nice. The flavors and aroma are intense, but they don't interfere with the ease of drinking this brew. A damn fine beer. I am a huge fan.

kmpitz2, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of UncleFlip
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a long drive from central Alabama to southern Wisconsin, but this is one reason why I make it once a year. As you cruise into New Glarus from the south, your car automatically turns right and takes you to the brewery. Later, you get back to your hotel room- and just have to go ahead and fish a bottle of Raspberry Tart out of the rest of the haul from this great little brewery.

Getting your opener through the murky red wax on the bottle, you pop off the cap...it's not so much a smell of raspberries that hits you right away, as it's a cloud that envelops your very being.

When you pour, you're struck by the crimson colour, and the frothy red-tinged head...and that smell of raspberries just keeps coming. You could sit there all night, just smelling this beer. But no....time to press forward...

As it passes your lips, the sweetness explodes with a wave of raspberry goodness. It's followed by a pleasant tartness....and more raspberries. With every sip, the flavour profile changes just a touch....but you can't help being drawn in by this sweet wonder from Wisconsin.

It's definitely a beer on the sweeter side...and some would say there's too much raspberry and not enough beer. That's what gives this beer part of its charm, to me- it's VERY different from most fruit beers. Most will love it or hate it. I've found little in the way of in-between opinions on this one. I've been won over by this one- and apparently my friends have been, as well....they keep asking me to bring them a bottle or two. I brought three cases back last time!

-UF

UncleFlip, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep ruby/garnet with a pink head which rose slightly and then fell quickly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong raspberry, so fresh you can taste the seeds just by smell. Coupled with that was some sweet candy aromas of raspberry preserves. Also present was a complexity of acidity that lends a Belgian lambic note, but not overly so to the beer. I cannot imagine a raspberry beer smelling more like raspberry.

The flavor was very nicely achieved with a balance of sweet fruits and acidity. The raspberry flavors were strong and sweet when first contacting the palate, but those flavors quickly begin to dry when the acidity from the fermentation takes over. The beer was quite tart and refreshing in the flavor as a result of the acidic tarness and balance.

The finish was dry with lasting raspberry, very long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was medium and very well done, the carbonation was lower than on other occasions, but still led to a creaminess that was very nice.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at the brewery. Some may find the fruit to be overwhelming (of should that be underwhelming), but the acidity and fruit balance are skillfully achieved and this has always been a favorite fruit beer.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I appreciate raspberries. This was very natural in every way, colour, odour, freshness, and a meal in itself. Mondial 2005. Sweet to start, with tartness in middle, and finishes with refreshing slightly sweet aftertaste.
A bottle two years later courtesy of Derek. Just as good. What taste for low ABV.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
3.08/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a nice light red color with pink head and some decent lacing. Very inviting looking. Smell is tons and tons of sweet raspberries and a little bit of mustiness. A little overpowering. Not that I don't like my beer overpowering, but I prefer some complexity, even in a fruit beer. Taste is pure mashed raspberry syrup on the tip of the tongue. It does have some faint mustiness and a lingering tart aspect to keep the sweetness in check, which makes me able to finish almost half the 750, but it's still a struggle. Mouthfeel is very nice and velvety though.

PatYoda, Jun 01, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful reddish body with a purpleish cast is capped by a short head of pink foam that quickly receeds to a thin collar and leaves little lacing about the glass. Fresh raspberries greet you in the nose and beckon you to take a sip! It's delicately effervescent carbonation tickles the tongue; and its medium body gives some girth to its sweet and tart flavors. The raspberry is quite authentic, and it's so juicy and puckeringly tart-sweet that you'd think you were drinking delicately carbonated raspberry juice! It finishes dry with a wash of acidity and some residual, lingering raspberry flavor. This is quite amazing, and it easily matches the intensity of some of the sweeter versions of raspberry lambic from Belgium. Brilliant!

NeroFiddled, May 15, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small pink head on top. Just a vibrant, lovely color here. As I swirl my glass I get some good stringy lacing on the sides. Whoa! My first sniff brings huge fresh, ripe raspberries...like a fresh made jam from fruit just picked from the garden. A hint of wheaty maltiness is hiding in the background along with a touch of spiciness.

First sip is a wash of sweet/sour raspberry goodness. The pale/wheaty malt background gives it a bit more of a beer feel to it. However..this is all about the huge raspberry flavor..fruit beer on steroids. A slight mellow spiciness on the back of the palate rounds it out. Quite acidic overall and slightly puckering. Raspberry beer is quite yummy.

There is a good medium body that has a syrupy consistency to it. Goes down smoothly. An interesting beer for sure. Not one I could see myself drinking much of...but a good change of pace. I can see how this could be a love it or hate it affair. I'd say it's definetly worth seeking out...especially if you're a fan of fruit beers. Cheers to New Glarus and I'm glad I have another 750.

orbitalr0x, May 08, 2005
Photo of clvand0
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright red color with almost no head and doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is just like raspberry jam - smells really good. The flavor is all about the raspberry. It's not nearly as tart as I expected. Tart, yes, but in a mild and enjoyable way. Very tasty and much better than I expected. Mouthfeel is just medium, but right where it should be. Very drinkable.

clvand0, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kevin (kmpitz2) for waiting until I was around for this beer! 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep purple-red color with one finger of light pink head. There's a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet raspberry aromas. There's just a hint of sourness, but it's mostly sweet overall. The taste is very very sweet. Lots of raspberry flavor coming through. There's some tart flavors in there as well. A very fresh flavor. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy. The drinkability is damn good, especially since it's only 4%. A nice fruit beer.

SheepNutz, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of mschofield
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark red raspberry color, topped with a thin red-tan film, leaves webs of lacing.
Like the name says, it smells like raspberries with a tart bite, light wheat.
Raspberry taste, nice tartness to offset the sweet malt and fruit, somewhat wine like. Not much hop presence.
Medium to full bodied, I tried it really cold like they suggested, but it's good when warmer it becomes more like a fruit wine than a beer at that point however.

mschofield, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.68/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I am going to be with venom here and be the minority on this top 100 beer, but I couldn't stomach this stuff. I popped this open to celebrate my 1-year anniversary with my wife the night before we left for Maui with our wedding cake (raspberry swirl). I poured this into champagne flutes and it came out a deep purple(good band) color with a pink head of bubbles. The aroma was like a kick to the face with fresh raspberries just picked. At this point I was excited to take my first sip. There was an extreme amount of sugar cloyness that left me reaching for a glass of water. The heaviness of the sugar was not pleasant and there was no resemblence to beer coming from this. I love raspberries more than about any fruit and this was too much for me. It felt like I was drinking a can of oregon raspberries in heavy syrup. I know my opinion doesn't count, but this one is way overrated and doesn't even compare to the Belgian Red.

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of walleye
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to bieristgut for bringing this home. from the bottle. poured what else but raspberry red with a pink head. aroma raspberries juice with carbination, caramel, hints of wood. flavor rasperries with a nice tartness, some sourness this was more like a wine cooler than a beer for me. but still liked this one.

walleye, Feb 26, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

looks great, fruity. red, red, redder than red with that girly pink foam. shared the bottle with two other people, as rumour had it this beer would not hold up to multiple glasses

aroma is raspberry. nothing else. the fruit, not the pasteurized, processed, syrupy raspberry flavoring you'd find in a jolly rancher.. real fruit.

taste is amazing on this beer. first thing that comes to mind is raspberry jam. mouthfeel with substance (not thin and soda-like how i had anticipated) mixed with extreme raspberry combines for that jam sense-memory. the perfect amount of tartness, but nowhere near cantillon.. and significantly more sour than a lindeman's. the perfect middle ground for me.

i was able to go 2 glasses (flutes) when all was said and done.

goodbyeohio, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of trancefishy
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an effervescent pink ruby colour, with a pretty nice and surprisingly long lasting pink head.

Aroma is knock your socks off raspberries. It’s like sticking your face in the berry bucket when you are picking. Even more so, I would say. I can’t stop smelling this, even though I really want to take a sip.

Taste follows the aroma perfectly. While the aroma is sweet smelling, the upfront taste is neither sweet nor tart, just flavourful raspberrries. Once mid-swig though, it start to kindly drop down to a tart finish. Not pucker your lips tart, just enough to remind you this isn’t pressed raspberries you are drinking. There is nothing else in the taste, it’s just raspberries, albeit, delicious raspberries. There is no real indication this is even beer, just carbonated tart raspberry juice.

Mouthfeel is nice, carbonated, and this stuff is surprisingly drinkable. I split this with one other person, but, I think I could have drank the entire 750 by myself if need be. Very good, highly recommended.

trancefishy, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-assed champagne bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter.

Appearance: Impressive appearance, with the brew looking very much like freshly-blended raspberries. Very active and fizzy pinkish-hued head is boisterous at first and quickly settles down to a thin layer. Slight sheeting action from the head. Not opaque, really...more of a "filled with chunks" appearance.

Smell: Aromas are simply amazing. A beer you can smell from across the room. Fresh, fresh raspberries occupy your olfactories. It's hard to imagine just how the brewers managed to achieve such a wonderful aroma to this beer.

Taste: One taste and it's hard to imagine that you are actually drinking beer. So much raspberry in the flavor. Waterfall of sweetness that is quickly followed by a pucker-inducing tartness. Only as it warmed did any other beer-like qualities begin to peek through. Still, these are token in nature and merely attenuate the avalanche of raspberries assaulting your palate. Certainly one of the more different beers I've had in a long, long time.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Lots of fizziness here, but I think that really helps with the gargantuan sweetness. Drinkable , but tough for one person and this big bottle.

Notes: I'm not sure why...but towards the end of this beer I kept wondering what it would taste like if I mixed it with some imperial stout. A raspberry-impy stout sounded really good at the time. Must seek out other offerings from this brewer. And thanks again to AKSmokedPorter for this gem.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maroon or purple with a tan head that has a red tint to it. Little bit of spotty lace on the glass.
Aroma is wow ! Pure, fresh, tart raspberries with some can sugar and just a hint of citrusy hops.
Flavor is beautiful, sugary raspberries that is just cut by a short burst of spicy yeast and hops.
Mouthfeel is very champagne-like, although more on the syrupy/sweet side than champagne but similar palate characteristics.
Drinkability is very high. Fruit beers are always hard to assess. Generally due to sweet or tart flavors. This beer is an absolute treasure. Well done, NG. Thanks to trbeer for this rare treat.

CRJMellor, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep red bordering on purple.

A simply gorgeous bouquet lets loose through the top of the glass. Hints of raspberries, pie crust and cherries.

This beer is a huge success, as in they accomplished everything that they were hoping to do. Raspberries were really the only thing cohesive in this brew. The malt character? Ha! None. The hop character? Ha, once again! Obviously with the use of aged Hallertau, they didn't want any hop flavor to come through. The raspberries though were just simply utterly delicious and consumed my entire mouth. The tartness balanced the sweetness of the raspberries perfectly. I didn't find this beer cloying at all. What a delight!

Crosling, Aug 30, 2004
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,787 ratings.