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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,978 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,978
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,045
Gots: 596 | FT: 55
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

(Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002)
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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle on 8/23/08. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Hazy cranberry-colored body with thin pink head that receded into a ring of retention and left sparse lacing.

S - Raspberry, of course. Not much else there except for the sweet, tart and sour qualities of fresh raspberries with some vanilla mixed in for good measure.

T - Tart, sour raspberry with some hints of vanilla and an underlying berry sweetness. Very nice!

M - Medium body with a syrupy base and prickly effervescence. Finishes with a tart sourness on the palate.

D - Amazing fruit beer from New Glarus that's easily as good as the Wisconsin Red. Beautiful!

ffejherb, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark crimson red/brown color with a fluffy pink head and nice lacing, into a chalice. Big wafts of fresh raspberry and not much else, but it smells fresh, fruity and interesting. Wonderful on the nose. Sweet, tart, fresh raspberry flavor, sweetness somewhat cloying, but wouldn't expect less from this style. Goes down very smooth, light on the carbonation. So sweet, I couldn't see drinking more than a glass at a time. Excellent Lambic style brew that goes great with a nice big salad on a warm summer day.

KeefD, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Nubrewm for this delight!

Poured from a wax sealed bottle into a flute glass

A: Hazy burgundy which leads to an opaque brew. Small ring of white head that does not last. Tons of active carbonation

S: Raspberries galore! But that's about it, not much malt or hops.

T: Very similar as the smell...tons of raspberry taste that is very tart but also has a sweet pie like taste. Very champagne like

M,D: The mouthfeel is so light and highly carbonated just as expected. The low ABV and high carbonation leaves this feeling like champagne

treyrab, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of supermanjace
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mad props to my buddy Shaun for surprising me with a big bottle of this after his trip home to Wis-CAN-sin.

Pours a beautiful crimson color with a thin but prominent and remaining head. The nose is of dark fruit and so much raspberry. Really impressive, it is obvious this is the real thing. Any doubt of the real fruit will be cured by the collection of pulp at bottom of your glass.

Each sip is bursting with tart raspberry flavor. It reminds me of Lindeman's Framboise Lambic, but better. It tastes has a sharper edge and a tang to it, with the lack of cloying sweetness.

The low ABV makes it very quickly drinkable and refresing. I could never drink more than one of these at a sitting as it feels like a dessert; sorbet in a glass, but the one is plenty to taste its tremendous quality.

I have made fruit beer before, to much disappointment. I know firsthand what a terrific achievement this is for fruit beer. if you like a fruit beer, you can nary do better.

Now, if I ever get my spotted squirrel to taste...

supermanjace, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Jw347 for this one!

Pours burgundy/purple with 2+ fingers of noisy pink head. Great lacing & fairly good head retention

s: Super raspberry nose, fades as this warms

T: Juicy & tart raspberries. plus a little puckery sourness up front. Tartness & dryness dominate along a sweet raspberry vinaigrette as this warms. Finishes with a nice puckery sweet/tart flourish

MF: Light & sparkling, plus some acidity & just a touch of stickyness

Drinks really well, I believe the acidity & tartness would preclude me from sessioning on this. Easily one of the best beers at 4.0% abv, below, above or whatever! Also, easily the best fruit beer I've ever drank!

russpowell, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Homerbag poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a beautiful murky raspberry red with a bubbly pink head that lingers for a little while and leaves some sporadic lacing. I imagine this would be what unfiltered raspberry or cranberry juice looks like.

S: Wow! wonderful smell on this one as sweet raspberries are the dominant aroma with a hint of tartness as well, possibly from some cherries.

T: Taste follows the aroma with the obvious raspberry dominance and hint more tartness than in the aroma up front. There are hints of "beer" flavors in there with some wheat if you really look hard, but it's really all about the raspberries here.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with big carbonation that tickles your tongue with the raspberry tartness and then sticks the sweetness on the palate in the finish.

D: Much like the Belgian Red, the sweetness is such that drinking this whole bottle is a pretty good feat. It's a wonderful beer and New Glarus has shown the ability to nail this style.

gford217, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a ruddy red with very little head or lacing. Tons of raspberry in the nose; its just bursting from the glass.

There is some tartness in the taste that nicely balances the sweetness of the fruit. I couldn't have too much of this but splitting the bottle with a friend works nicely. If you're up for a fruit beer, this is one to try.

Larrytown, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep rust with red hues. Interesting colored head rises and falls to a ring that remains for the rest of the glass.

Smell is pure raspberry goodness. Sweet, juicy, fresh squeezed. Just delicious. It reminds me of a raspberry popsicle with the actual chunks in them, or a raspberry smoothie with fresh raspberries blended in.

Taste is much of the same. While it has a great sweetness of the raspberry there is a tartness added to the flavor that I can't quite pick up in the nose...at least not on the same level. Very well-rounded and nearly perfect, though the tartness is a little much at times.

Sweet and silky with a tart, sharp finish. It's almost like eating a juicy and fresh picked raspberry then accidently having one that was just a bit too ripe and sour. But I like it!

Overall, drinkability is very solid. A bottle to myself was definitely finished with ease, though I wouldn't have minded sharing it with someone either. Goes down like fruit juice but it's beer. The cider-like flavors of the Belgian Red seem to be its downfall for me, as this was much more approachable.

A big thanks to scoobydank for the Great BIF Race treat...go SINISTER!

ncvbc, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of brewdogmrb
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Basically a perfect beer experience -- exceptional in almost every way from appearance to drinkability. I'll break this one down just for fun:

A: Dark red and cloudy. Poured into a champagne flute like the bottle recommends. Looks a beautiful dark blood red and when you hold it up to the light it passes some intense red light. Beautiful.

S: Pure raspberries. On every level, in every way. The purest fruit smell I've ever smelled in a beer. Amazing.

T: See smell, basically. I'll add refreshing to the list.

M/D: Who couldn't love enjoying a huge amount of this beer? I saw on their site that you can get a 1/4 barrel of this. I might move to wisconsin.

brewdogmrb, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy in color. Nice, good looking inch of head at the pour. Smell is juicy, tart raspberry.
Taste is tart, sweet, dark, wonderful raspberries. A little acidic on the taste as well. Very good beer. As tough as it is to say, I think I personally prefer the Belgian Red to this. Both are incredible.

FtownThrowDown, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the New Glarus Raspberry Tart bottle suggests that you serve
this beer in a flute, which I did. The pour got me a finger of foam over an
opaque reddish brew. The nose is very bright fresh raspberry and just a
bit of funkiness. The label further states that the brew is made of raspberries
spontaneously fermented on oak to which is added wheat malt and year-old
Hallertau hops. Unlike their excellent Belgian Red, this is intended to be a
genuine wild ale- a lambic with an American twist. The flavor does indeed
bear this out. The flavor is raspberry, of course- there's a fresh berry taste up
front with woody notes and a long, tart finish. The aftertaste is a bit of that sour
fruit lingering on the palate. The mouthfeel is full, yet very very dry. Outstanding,
and I hate raspberry.

shadow1961, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The "other half" of the famous New Glarus fruit duo.
Pours a very deep red with a rocky pinkish head. Now quite as much fruit puree as the Founder's Rubaeus, there's still some. I'd guess it's just been filtered and strained differently. Looks great.
The smell is of raspberry jam on toast. The fruit's the star, but you can get a little yeasty kick.
The taste is initially sweet and then a peppery yeasty zest comes through followed by sourness. The finish is fruity and clean. There's a tiny hint of hops in there keeping this from being too sweet, but not adding a ton to the flavor profile...which is good. I can't imagine bitterness and raspberries working well.
Goes down scarily easy due to the low ABV and silky texture.
I want more already.
If you're ever in the midwest, do yourself a favor and bring back as much of this and the Wisconsin Red as you can.

Domingo, Jul 07, 2008
2.73/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled in Champagne flute(s) from a sticky wax dipped 25 oz. bottle.
A gentle pour created a distracting,frothy pink 1 finger head. Similar to a cappuccino foam. Color is a cloudy, ruby red. Towers of tiny bubbles ride up the glass.
Leaves a thin, cloud like lace on the flute.

Smells of ripe, mashed raspberry. Like fresh raspberry sorbet or home made jam.
Mouth is crisp & fizzy sweet ~ not too heavy.
Waaaay too sweet for me. Sharp effervescence get's in the way & it's more like carbonated soda or fruit juice.
Everything screams RASPBERRY up front. Pours with a Wheat consistency but the hops & grain are completely masked & virtually non-existent.

The low ABV is disguised with the fruits overpowering presence. The finish was kinda like the end of a hard raspberry cough drop. Drinkability suffers & I had to keep reminding myself it was BEER.

While I'm certainly not a purist, this was not a preferred or familiar style. I'm really not sure what all the hype is about??? While I found it very different & unique, I was ultimately disappointed based on what I'd heard & read.
New Glarus has a variety of other quality offerings that I find much more enjoyable & appealing.

This would be a good beer to share at a stylish brunch or special celebration. It's a novelty & not a staple. Shared...one was hard to finish.

Don't spill it...it's gonna stain!

TATTORSO, Jul 06, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy burgundy-purple with a pink head that dissipates to a ring leaving some nice lace. The smell is sweet raspberries, along with a touch of barnyard funk. The taste is once again full of very sweet raspberries but is balanced a bit by some pleasant tartness and again brings a touch of barnyard at the end. The beer is full bodied with lively carbonation. Very sweet is the biggest detraction to drinkability, but still one heck of a fruit beer.

MSchae1017, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Damian
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 1 Pint 9 Fl. Oz. bottle
2007 vintage
Acquired in a trade with Beertracker
Served in a champagne flute

Poured a deep burgundy color with a one-finger, light mauve head that faded to a thick ring of lace. Spider webbing blankets of lacing coated the glass. Spectacular.

The aroma was simple yet beautiful (I do not often use the word "beautiful" when describing beer, but in this case it is most appropriate). The bottle eloquently states, "the voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch the glass." I can attest to this claim. Raspberries, raspberries and more raspberries. Fresh, pureed raspberries, with a hint of sweetness. Pure and simple. A freshly baked raspberry pie or a quality raspberry jam may be a good descriptor as well.

The taste was as good, if not better than the aroma. Raspberries really do take center stage in this beer and boy, do they ever do it well. Once again, it is pure raspberry from start to finish. Semi-sweet up front and through the center. Slightly sour on the back end with a sweet-tart finish, and a long-lasting, candy-like (yet not at all cloying) aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was simply astounding. The initial fine, prickly carbonation soon settled on my palate, becoming ultra creamy and smooth. Ridiculously frothy and supple, like a cloud on my tongue.

Drinkability was off the charts. If there ever was a more refreshing beer, I have yet to taste it. While some may knock this beer on its sweetness (even though it is spontaneously fermented, it definitely is not a lambic) as well as its perceived "chick appeal," it would be difficult for me to believe that the naysayers do not secretly love this stuff.

Even though this is listed as a "fruit/vegetable beer," it really defines categorization. The raspberries are so prevalent in this beer that it indeed does not taste like beer it all.

Is this my favorite beer in the world? No. Can I find any fault with it? No. In my eyes, a fruit beer simply cannot get any better than this.

Damian, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of NuBrewm
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this at the brewery in New Glarus. Of course I got some cheese curds with the bottle! As soon as I tasted this it was no cheese just sip and enjoy this fine Lambic.

A- Looked thick with minimal carbonation. The purplish red threw me off for a second, but I quickly got over it.

S- The smell, the smell can we say Raspberries and a ton of them. The lady at the brewery said about a pound of raspberries per bottle.

T- very sweet, who needs dessert when you have this beer. no alcohol taste at all.

M- feels as thick as it looks, but cool and smooth

D- Perfect for after dinner but I could not drink more than one bottle. its a very sweet Lambic.

NuBrewm, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of nflmvp, thanks again!

Beer pours a bright red color, kind of cloudy, with a decent pink head on top. Looks pretty cool.

Great aroma on this one. Raspberries, raspberries, and more raspberries. Smells like juice.

Taste is very fruity. Is this really beer? Is this juice? Where is the alcohol? Name of the beer is fitting. This is raspberry flavored, and quite tart. I don't taste much else though. Not many traditional beer flavors though, a touch of creamy sweetness from the malts though. It's still nice and flavorful though.

Mouthfeel is nice, very crisp and full feeling.

Drinkability is ok. I've never been a fan of a lot of fruit beers because well... like this one, they often don't taste like beer. And I definitely wouldn't want to drink a lot of this. But it is very interesting, and very tasty. Well worth a try.

flexabull, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogBeer for this brew:

A - Pours an opaque red with a small pink cola like head that disipated quickly into nothingness leaving no lace.

S - Smells of intense raspberries and tart sours that dominates letting nothing else through.

T - Raspberries, murky sours, hints of other tart sours, and sugery syrups.

M - Unexpectadly milky with a good carbonation.

D - One of the better labics I have tried. Not really a big fan of the style, but this one did not disappoint.

turbine2475, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of Sticket
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- wax tops a 25oz bottle.

A- pours a cloudy reddish-purple color with a fizzy blush pink head that dissipates into thin lacing.

S- simply raspberry upfront, kind-of reminds me of grandmas raspberry jam... on a calm day, one can find some hops drifting away deep within.

T- raspberry tartness balances the sweetness from the fruit and similar to the aroma, the raspberry flavors pretty much overshadow everything else in there... although some very faint hops can be noted.

M- medium bodied and refreshing.

D- a great choice served chilled on a warm summer night.

Sticket, Jun 15, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a purple tinged raspberry colour, with a fast receding pinkish head. no lace. smells like a well made raspberry jam. utterly delicious and stupendous nose. tart and sweet flavour of raspberries, with a substantial malt base that has a wheatish component to it. very earthy finish...i'm suspecting the german hopping contributes to this nuance. the sweet and sour play beautifully off each other, making for a sort of decadent taste profile. there must be a belgian inspired yeast uses becasue it makes itself apparent also. there is a nice juicy mouthfeel...lively from the spritzy carbonation. the body comes off as medium, appropriate for this low ABV treat. drinkability is superb. although some may be overwhelmed with the overall flavour profile, as i drink this, i am well aware of the greatness of this framboise.

definitely recommended! BTW my wife loved the sample i shared with her.

budgood1, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh man am I excited for this brew. Pours a deep maroon color with hints of brown, a three finger head of big bubbles that quickly dissolves to nothing...no lacing, no film, nothing...as a standard beer goes, not too great, but for what it is, it's appetizing as hell. Start with the smell: slightly sour raspberries, with some breadiness and wheat in there as well. Flavor is similar, and it's huge. Tons of raspberries, and tartness coming out as well. Starts off quite sweet on the front of the tongue, and then slowly shifts a more sour flavor. I'm going to echo what a few others said: the flavor isn't super complex, but if you're a fan of fruit beers (or raspberries in general), it's delicious. Body is fairly thin, and the carbonation is incredibly subtle, appearing only as a slight biting in the feel. It helps to round out the tartness, which flavor-wise, is also very subtle. This is really unique, and I am definitely a big fan, although I'm not sure how many I could have.

750 ml/$12.99/Wine Specialist

soupyman10, Jun 08, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note sure what was wrong with the bottle of this I reviewed in 6/08 but it was not like this at all. I am doing a whole new review on 11/21/09. Thanks to ffejherb for giving us a chance to try it again!

A-Clear raspberry color with a frothy pinkish tan head. No real lacing and the head does not retain well.

S-A full blast of raspberry juiciness. Sweet and tart, just like the fruit.

T-Tangy raspberry juice with a good balancing sweetness. The name says it all. Nice lingering pucker in the finish.

M-Crisp and dry with bright carbonation.

D-For a fruit beer, this is nicely drinkable. Quenching, crisp and flavorful but not cloying at all. Not the best fruit beer I have had (those are made by Selin's Grove Brewery in PA) but darn tasty.


sholland119, Jun 07, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a beautiful beer! Pours dark ed with a really nice head. Massive raspberry in the nose with the fruit coming through loud and clear and some seediness giving some more tannic notes to the aroma. The taste is sweet/tart with laser-like raspberry fruit flavor and some sweet malt. Really amazing. Super creamy and smooth in the mouth, this is a joy to the drink. Although it is somewhat of a one-note wonder, that note is clean, pure, sustained, and brilliant.

Georgiabeer, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A buddy sent me a bottle of this a couple months back when I was still in Boise. I unfortunately didn't get the opportunity to try it until now. This is my first offering from New Glarus but will be making a run to Wisconsin soon to stock up. Drank from my Stone India pale Ale tulip.

Appearance- Pours a thick and viscous reddish purple with a small and bubbly pink head that recedes fairly quickly. A splotchy purplish cap sits atop the beer with a fairly thick collar and quite a bit of random lacing.
Smell- Extremely potent raspberry puree like nose that overtakes the entire brew. At no point does this smell like a beer, just pure raspberry delight. Very very inviting.
Taste- Raspberries, raspberries, some raspberries and hints of raspberries to start. Not as tart and puckering as I was expecting from nose. I would assume the oak barrels are what keeps this thing so remarkably smooth and drinkable without being cloying or uncomfortably sour/tart. There is a gentle sweetness that shows more as the beer warms and allows the year old Hallertau to really shine (Kidding! No idea what Hallertau hops taste like, yet alone year old ones...).
Mouthfeel- Very rich and viscous with a ultra smooth almost velvety feel. Low carbonation but what is there is sharp and aggressive. Almost my favorite part of the beer.
Drinkability- As this beer warms it becomes quite a bit different. The girlfriend loved it cold and I preferred it a bit more as it warms. I honestly didn't know what to expect with this beer and what I got blew me away. For the most part it's really easy drinking and goes down smooth as silk. It can get a bit raspberry-e after a while but that is about the only negative.

younger35, May 27, 2008
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very rich, deep, murky burgandy red. No head at all, just some nice fizz.

S: Soured raspberries. A little funky.

T: Not as sour as I thought, but very nice. Actually very balanced between sweet and sour. Lots of raspberries! The flavor stays on the tongue for a really long time too; and it's all raspberries.

M: Fizzy and yummy. Very crisp. Another sipper - drink to enjoy.

D: As usual for a sour, one and done.

I dig it!!!

gkatsoris, May 26, 2008
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,978 ratings.