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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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3,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,125
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,085
Gots: 637 | FT: 63
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.
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Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to cvaypai for this bottle. Craig keeps on hooking it up with the Wisconsin goods.

A: The pour is a clear, dark, ruby/garnet color with little to no head.

S: Great raspberry aroma. There's a wonderful mix of tartness and sweetness. Maybe a bit of cranberry as well.

T: Like the nose, there is a great balance of tart and sweet raspberry. The flavor is not candy-like such as other fruit beers.

M: The body is medium and the level of carbonation is fairly low. Somehow, it works though.

T: Much, much more drinkable than the Wisconsin Belgian Red. The lack of cloying sweetness is quite a nice surprise and makes this beer very enjoyable.

Photo of homebrew311
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a New Glarus flute glass from the gift set. Very nice glass!

A: Appears a striking dark red, nearly amber with a nice thin foamy head that retains nicely. Leaves lots of lacing in glass.

S: huge fresh raspberry on the nose with lots of tartness evident

T: just as big with the raspberry flavor as the nose would suggest. The fruit is so perfectly balanced with the grains that there is no overwhelming sweetness, rather a flavor that keeps you coming back for more. Simply delicious.

MF: thin body and high carbonation which works well with the tartness

D: All of New Glarus' fruit beers are extremely drinkable, and this is no exception. There is no evidence of alcohol, and if I didn't know any better, I wouldn't think there was any alcohol at all in it. Great beer!

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

A red wax dipped 750ml split with my wife. Poured into a pair of wine glasses. The ale appears a slightly murky muted crimson color with about two fingers of light pink foam. Nose and flavor consist of boat loads of raspberry jam, juice, and puree, ever so sour and tart, nice sweetness. That's about it here - real berry flavor and aroma. Decent body with ample carbonation and a dry sweet finish. Time to trade for a few more once the weather warms up.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was simply fantastic. Poured cloudy ruby red with a pinkish head. How cute, my gf would love it.

Wow, the aromas are quite in your face. So much raspberryness cutting through the tart lambic qualities. A hint of yeast too. I feel inadequate trying to describe it but it's a raspberry lover's dream.

And yes, much raspberryness carries over to the taste and makes you a happier person. Not too sweet, not too tart... mmm this is just right. 'Tis love.

Very smooth and gives a mild prickle. Not cloying, not coating, but kind of rubs silk and velvet over your body. Oh goodness... my first erotic beer...

Drinkability... what do you think?! Deliciousness in every drop!

Photo of mrandypandy
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle brought back to me by a co-worker from his trip to Wisconsin. Many thanks, Steven! I've had this beer a handful of times, but this is the first time I've gotten around to reviewing it.

A- Pours a deep ruby red with good clarity. I've had some bottles that were more cloudy than others, but no haze in this one. A small fizzy head on first pour quickly becomes non existent.
S- Raspberries. Miles and miles of raspberries.
T- Everything you could ever want in a fruit beer. Tons of fresh raspberries, with a touch of sweetness. You can tell they use fresh berries and not any syrups/other sweeteners.
M - Very effervescent, prickly on the tongue. Light to medium body.
D- The only thing that gets in the way from me drinking more is the higher level of sweetness as you work through the bottle, and the fact that it's only sold in Wisconsin.

Overall - If you love raspberries, than this is for you. Some might complain that this isn't a beer, but I find it a fantastic example of a fruit beer/lambic. The raspberries hit you immediately upon opening the bottle, and live on through the last drop. A great beer to split several ways, or with dessert. Highly recommended.

Photo of craytonic
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Raspberry pour (almost blood red) with a pink frothy head, looks like desert!

Smell: Raspberries, but a bit sweet and with a bit of twang. Not much else (this beer is a one trick pony, but intended to be thus).

Taste: Once again, raspberries with a sour twang. Perhaps just a hair sweeter than I would like. I prefer a good lambic, but this is a good beer for what it is. I wish I could put this on some ice cream. I feel like "sweet" should be in the title over "tart" however.

Mouthfeel: Not quite as thick or syrupy as Belgian Red. Sweet, but not sticky. It is velvety smooth though.

Drinkability: This one disappeared a bit faster than the Belgian Red did. A bit too sweet and fruity to want it very often or in quantity, but still a good and highly drinkable beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Shared with schen9303. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Lindemans flute.

A: A standard pour yeilds a 1 finger creamy fine head with moderate retention. Brew is a clear reddish-plum hue. Lacing is quite awesome. Thick, ample, and sticky.

S: Nose is tart raspberries with a touch of spiciness. Very simple and clean. Its so powerful it hits me right when the bottle is opened.

T: Starts out an intense raspberry sweetness that turns just a bit tart towards the end. Very consistent and simple throughout. I get nothing else here. No alcohol, no hops, it tastes just as it smells.

M: Light to medium bodied, not too coarse, not too smooth but heavily carbonated. No real finish here either. The flavor gradually dissipates until there is none.

D: Highly drinkable though I don't know how this could be called beer. It might be the best juice or flavored soda I've ever had but I'd never think its beer.

Photo of hrking
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Like this one better than the Belgian Red both are exceptional brews but this one is less sweet and a little more pleasing for my personal preference. The nose is incredible raspberry and drink ability to match. This is another great beer to share with family at holiday dinners. Most can't believe it's a beer.. This is for those that say they don't like beer! Worth seeking out your efforts will be rewarded with a pleasant drinking experience!

Photo of MysterySwirl
3.5/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened this up along with the Belgian Red with my wife for Christmas Eve. She likes fruity beers so we agreed to have both.

There's a reddish pink and brown body when I poured this beer into two glasses for both of us.

This beer definitely emphasizes raspberries and smells so sweet. There's a sour presence and dare I say, some funk in this? It's not too sour - there's some sweetness too, like a pureed respberries were mixed into the beer. It's a little bit too tart, but the sweetness keeps it from making you grimace!

While this is good, we both preferred the Belgian Red.

Photo of Sean9689
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up while visiting the brewery right before Darkness Day 2009. Opened this one up while some family visited for the Christmas holiday. Split several ways in wine glasses.

A - Pours a pink/red/brown color with a very small amount of head. There's no lacing to speak of and no head retention as well, just a reddish-brown colored liquid.

S - Sweet berries, burnt sugars, and some tart notes as well.

T - Similar to the nose. Berries and sugars with a nice punch-in-the-mouth tart finish. It was too tart for some of my family members, but I could appreciate it.

M - Light, kinda syrupy, good carbonation, tart finish.

D - Great during the holidays and should be split several ways, IMO. I'm almost 100% sure there's no way I could finish an entire bottle by myself. Truthfully, I prefer the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks a bit like cider when poured - a pleasant reddish brown color with little head. What head there is had just a slightly pink tinge to it.

S: Raspberries! Awesome aroma if you like the smell of sweet berries. A little sourness and funk also detectable.

T: Just like the nose, but with a great balance between the sour and sweet. Puckers you up just a little, but it's very enjoyable. Raspberry sweetness is great. This is how a fruit beer should be.

M: Light to medium body with nice crisp carbonation. Just a little dry on the finish, like wine.

D: This is beer? I honestly think that if someone handed me a glass of this I would think it's fruit juice. I could sip on this for a while. It would probably get too sweet eventually, so I'll say 4.5.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I spent the evening sharing bottles of this with family and thought I would give it an actual review. Seeing as I've drank a few dozen bottle of this beer over the years.

Poured into my oversized wine glass the beer is a cloudy pinkish red. With a gentle pour about a half inch of light baby girl pink head is formed. No lace left behind at all.

The aroma is pure raspberry. Which in my world is a great thing. Super sweet and yet tart at the same time. Not much else going on here. If you love raspberries like I do this is not a bad thing.

The flavor is a perfect balance of sweet then sour. A light crisp dryness sort of breaks things up in the middle.Everyone who tasted this for the first time at my party was floored at how this can be so delicious.

Medium bodied with a nice amount of bubbles to tickle the tongue. Fairly dry.

Overall an outstanding beer. I'm very proud to know this is produced in my state. It's a great feeling to know anytime you're in the mood for it. It's never more then a few minute drive to the nearest grocery store to pick it up.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Thirstybird for sharing. 750ml bottle served in my Old Stock snifter. Poured the color of unpasteurized cider with a light swirl of foam - no lacing. Nose is raspberries (duh), with a hint of acidity. Taste reveals sweet raspberries, but not Lindeman's sweet. Mouthfeel is light with an active background effervescence. Very interesting brew - a little too much on the sweet side of the spectrum. Could definitely benefit from a little sour and/or dryness to break up the flavor profile.

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

a: pours a nice dark red color with deffinate hues of pink. The head like that of champagne big bubbles that disappear fast, only difference is this one leaves a slim ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: sweet raspberries hints of sourness crisp sweet
t: sweet sour crisp raspberries hints of other fruit, cant really identify
m: light bodied beer with ample carbonation

overall, this is a sweet beer reminds me more of a champagne

Photo of botham
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a wine glass. pours a deep garnet/rouge with a touch of orange mixed in. a single finger of light off white head tops it off, which has poor retention and leaves no lacings.

aroma is of fresh, ripe raspberries with a very light funked note and undertones of vinous fruit.

taste is of the same raspberry note from the aroma with a distinct tartness and a light effervescence that blends into a light acidity. well put together on the palate with a finish that gives way to a more pronounced note of funk after the tartness subsides.

mouthfeel is light bodied, tart and effervescent. a touch acidic as well. wonderful on the palate.

drinkability is great. soft and pleasant, this brew will convert many sceptics to the world of better fruit beers. cheers!

Photo of drowland
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Delicious! Everything you could want in a sour fruit lambic style beer. This is probably the best lambic I've ever had, and it's not even from Belgium! Another great feature is that it's very likable by non-beer-drinkers. Will probably serve some of this at my wedding.

Photo of HopHead84
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened by Torry on 11/22/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is ruddy dark red with a fizzy light pink head. The nose is ripe, sweet, sugary, and authentic raspberries. The fruit is amazing in the nose. It reminds me of a raspberry desert. The taste is delicious sugary sweet raspberries. The fruit is ripe and authentic. There's nothing more to say about this. It's a delicious raspberry desert beer. It's quite sweet so 4oz is plenty of this delicious concoction.

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

Poured from a 750ml to a Duvel tulip, got this in a trade. Thanks Brad!

Pours a deep purpleish ruby red color with a one inch head that dissipates into a ring around the outside of the glass. Spotty, unaggressive lacing as the beer goes down. A pretty beer for sure. The color is much different than anything I have seen brewed in the U.S. The only thing I can compare it to is Cantillon St. Lamvinus which poured an almost as deep as this purpleish red.

Smells like tart, crisp, fresh raspberries.

Taste is dominated by raspberries. A tart, almost puckering flavor. Not overly tart, just right for this kind of beer. It's pretty sweet too but not like candy sweet. More of a natural fruity sweetness. Like a tart raspberry pie. Pretty delicious.

Mouthfeel is a finely carbonated light bodied beer with some sugary stickiness that is left on the side of your lips.

Drinkability is pretty high. I could see myself pounding these all night and not worrying about intoxication or getting too tired of the flavors found in this beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: clear reddish purple color with a short 1" head. SOme spotty lace develops.

Smell: huge raspberry aroma here that is wonderful. No fake syrupy aroma here.

Taste: there is a light graininess to this beer. Big raspberry flavor with a bit of tartness. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp and lightly dry from start to finish. Very long lasting raspberry flavors coat the tongue.

Drinkability: this is one of the best fruit styled beers I have had the pleasure to drink. Easy to quaff and very enjoyable.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lucky enough to taste this a few times, and each time I've been blown away. I finally have a 750 ml bottle in my hands. On to the beer:

This looks like pure sqeezed juice! It's lovely purple in color, cloudy, unfiltered, with a fizzy head tinted towards a lighter purple color. No head retention. The aroma is mouthwatering. Massive raspberries in the nose....nuff said. It is certainly the most authentic fruit beer I've had the pleasure of smelling.

Tastes as great as I remember. It's all about the raspberries, but unlike a Lindeman's Framboise which gets too sweet, Raspberry Tart is more controlled in that aspect. It's sweet, tart, and somewhat acidic....and awesomely tasty! The only drawback I can think of is its fizzy in the mouth when super cold. As it warms, the fizziness in the mouth levels off. There's plenty of body in this beer...it feels like it coats the inside of your mouth. And one other thing I'm learning, don't drink it too fast or you're chest will burn.

Raspberry Tart is an outstanding beverage. It sure doesn't seem like beer, but it sure is tasty! A magnum is plenty for one person, surprising given its low ABV. A beverage that's worth seeking out, and one that performs better with a portion of Irish Cheddar.

Photo of crossovert
3.75/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red into my champagne flute with papaya on the edges and a small slightly rosy rotten raspberry colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

The smell is very candy-like. It is mostly sugar and raspberries with a hint of oak, I'm not a huge fan of the oak barrels New Glarus uses, there is just something a bit off with it that affects the scent.

The taste is phenomenal though, pure sweet and tart raspberry goodness. Not very sour, it is more of a tart flavor, hence the name. I definitely prefer the more balanced tartness over the acid bombs that some of these beers can be.

This is a great beer with just about any dessert, highly drinkable, drink it cold.

Had another bottle recently, had to dock it, doesn't have enough raspberry essence.

Photo of portia99
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml bottle received in trade with kooopa. Thanks! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a tannish red, thick but mostly clear. A half finger of tan head, fairly thin, but fades quickly to an uneven layer of bubbles and a thin collar.

S - This beer just smells amazing. Fresh raspberries totally dominate the aroma - sweet, tart, raspberry goodness. Not much complexity to the aroma - no malt, no hops, but a touch of cheese(?)...but mainly just fresh fruit. But, this beer justs smells so good.

T - Taste is pure raspberry too. Tart fruit with an underlying sweetness. A little bit of wheat and overall breadiness, but this is sitting way below the fruit. No hop bitterness, but figuring the year old hops are causing the cheesiness in the aroma. Dessert in a glass.

M - Has a very soda-like mouthfeel. Body is thin and carbonation is ample. Prickly bubbles on the tongue. Very good.

D - Amazing drinkability...this is so easy drinking. Sweet and smooth...should go amazing with chocolate desserts. I keep thinking this everytime I have this beer, but don't think I've ever paired them together. This beer just tastes so good on its own. Someday I'll get around to trying it with the cake. Great fruit beer - sets the standard which all others should be judged against.

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

this was a year old bottle that sat in my fridge... what a fantastic turn for such a low alcohol beer. the raspberries were realistic. not candy... not dirty... or too sour. some mild earth. some pucker. really something incredible for something this low in abv. not exactly the most complex but still something worth trying absolutely.

Photo of Bierman9
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 750ml waxed-top bottle. No freshness dating found, and it's been in my fridge for a bit. Received a while back in a trade, perhaps from Jeffboo or Tavernjef; unsure who, but thanks!

Color visible is a clear, deep, deep ruby. The head is very thin and wispy, with a light pink tinge to it. Most of the bubbles cling to the edge of the glass, and the lacework is quite attractive. Aroma brings me back to breakfast, with a solid serving of raspberry jam sitting on the plate. Suggests lots of sweetness, with a hint of tartness. Mouthfeel is a pleasant surprise. Was expecting it to be a bit thin, but this bier has a solid medium body, and it is fairly smooth, even with some airy bubbliness present.

Wow! This is quite tasty! The fruitiness is off the charts, but oh-so-nice! While never getting cloying or puckery, it strikes a great balance between those two poles. The raspberry flavor sits on the palate and lingers for some time. I'm not much into fruit biers, but this one is a nice change of pace. I do think it is best enjoyed in small doses, too. And even though this is likely 3 or 4 years old, it seems as fresh as this morns breakfast. Thnx again to one of those Minnesotan jeffs...


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Photo of Onenote81
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to BDLbrewster for hooking me up with this legend of beers!

Poured into my flute glass. Pours a tawny-tinted ruby with a thick light-pink head on top. Great retention. Leaves some lace spots on the glass. Scent is of cherries, raspberries, fresh bread, and a very light grassy tone.

Crisp body due to a moderate amount of carbonation. Semi-spritzy, but in a good way. Complements the style superbly. Flavor is unsurprisingly of tart red fruits. Tastes like a cherry cobbler in a glass. Bitterness is absent. Nice sweet finish. Though it is tart, it is not puckering in any way. Just a well-made beer here. I want this on my table for every Thanksgiving and Christmas from here on out. Highly recommend.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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