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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

3,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,168
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,105
Gots: 662 | FT: 66
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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 wcudwight
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ruby red with a pale pink head. Think spotty lacing. Intense fresh raspberry aroma. This is the real thing here. Not extract. But how do they get the raspberries to smell so fresh? This is the best balanced beer between sweet and tart that I've ever had. The flavor isn't overly complex; it's really quite simple. Raspberries. What makes it amazing though is how it goes from sweet to tart, tart to sweet. It just plays with your tongue. The mouthfeel is wonderful. Silky smooth with lot's of lively carbonation. At only 4% and can finish the bottle easy and long for another.
Thanks Brewcrew!!

Photo of fiver29
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap pours red with a thin white head. The aroma on this beer was amazing. Exploding raspberries was what I got every time I smelled it. And I took a smell each time I drank. It was wonderful. Had a medium mouthfeel with a lot of tiny carbonation bubbles. The taste of this is very subtle, yet complex. High raspberry flavor throughout and is very sweet. I could enjoy this with a nice flourless chocolate cake for dessert and be the happiest person on the planet. This is a great brew.

Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Metro Detroit October 09 tasting. Ruby copper pour with a short lived white head. The aroma is sweet raspberries and brown sugar. More of the same in the flavor with a long, juicy, berry finish, a little chocolate, some tartness on the finish with lingering nutmeg and cinnamon. Awesome balance and complexity! Sticky, medium full body.

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

Presentation: Really pretty, minimalistic, green waxed pop top with nice label

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark pink rose color with just a hint of orange; the light pink/cream cap soon fades to a half-finger dense collar.

Smell: Wonderful aromas of freshly picked, sugared rasberries, with just the slightest hint of sour funk in the background. Quite simple and nice.

Taste: A combination of sweet and tart natural raspberries. There's absolutely nothing fake here. Sweet and tart battle it out across the tongue; I think sweet just barely wins out. There's really no funk here, just a slight slight sourness and a hint of old oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, like a light-bodied Champagne

Drinkability: Pretty high, though the sweetness keeps it from being super drinkable.

Conclusion: Really nice fruit beer. One of the best I've had, period. I actually think I may be in the minority of people who like Wisconsin Belgian Red a bit more than this, but I'll have to try that one again to be sure. I'll definitely pick up a few more bottles of this next time I'm up in Wisconsin. This paired wonderfully with a Parmesan/Cheddar mix soaked in Raspberry Tart and some jam-filled cookies.

Photo of yourefragile
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL wax dipped green bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a clear, deep raspberry red with a surprisingly large, light rosy head that has very nice retention and not surprisingly little lacing. If you like raspberries then the aroma and flavor are amazing and probably the best use of that fruit I've tasted in a beer. If you don't, well I guess I can understand you disinterest. Aroma is fresh raspberry puree, balance of tart and sweet with nothing else. Flavor is more of the same, medium thick body, mild carbonation, very dry finish and epic blend of raspberry sweetness and tart. Doesn't exactly fit the "normal" perception of what a beer should be, but what fruit beer does? Easily my favorite raspberry beer.

Photo of nrbw23
2.15/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a reddish purple color with a nice reddish colored head. Head had fairly good retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Shockingly enough it smells of raspberries.

T- This tasted more like a wine cooler to me than a beer. Raspberries all over the place and pretty much nothing else.

M- Light in body and light to medium in carbonation.

D- Wow I will pass on this one.

Photo of scaliasux
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy. Red with a hint of brown. Medium pinkish head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Sweet-tart raspberry.

Taste - Leads with a mild malt infused with genuine sweet-tart raspberry flavor. Not the candy flavor labeled raspberry, but honest to goodness raspberry fruits. Finishes a lip smacking sour. A real treat.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full.

Drinkability - New Glarus makes several fruit beers of uncommon quality. This one is on par with both the cherry and the cranberry - and that's saying something.

Photo of Stigs
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

acquired this 750ml bottle via a trade with BA user BigDank...served in champaigne flutes alongside some Raspberry Bella Vitano cheese (aged in this very beer!) from Sartori

A - the quarter inch of loose bright white foam on top very quickly fizzled to just a tiny ring around the glass, sitting on top of a beautiful, cloudy purple-ish/red liquid with lots of active bubbles

S - fresh raspberries with an added sweet tart kick, some underlying oakyness or vanilla subtley beneath it all

T - loads of tart, sweet, and tangy raspberries attack every corner of the mouth...walks that fine line between tart and sour and does so quite gracefully. nice oak, wood, vanilla sweetness underneath carries the fruit.

M - bold and prickly carbonation, thinly bodied (as expected). flavors come through with a great crispness and character.

D - hand down one of the best fruit beers out there, the only thing that possibly topped this was the cheese we were eating with it. wish i had a third or fourth person to split this with as it was a bit wearing after awhile. nicely done!

Photo of Cresant
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL dark green bottle into a Lindemans flute. No date on the bottle but I have had this one since 6/07. The body was deep garnet/brown and a little hazy. The mild head was pink and faded quickly.

Smell was raspberry jam! Cobbler spices. Fruit and grain.

Taste was tangy, tart, and sweet fresh raspberries. Malt sweetness. Raspberry cobbler pretty much sums it up. Strong tart after-bite with lots of fruity flavor. A delicious treat.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth.

Photo of garymuchow
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I sat on this for over a year and it's still fantastic. Used to celebrate 27th anniversary.
Beautiful red hue that's slightly cloudy. Pink and red smallish fizzy head. Poured into flute, as directed on bottle. That worked well.
Sweet fruity aroma and a little prickly from the bubbles.
Raspberry flavor with a kool-aid quality but not extract. Tangy tartness to the sourness which keeps it from being cloy.
Early in the bottle very effervescent bubbles. After they settle down a fairly heavy drink closing in on a syrupy quality.
What makes this so good is the boldness without excess. So flavorful. So good. Taken slowly a lot can be enjoyed.

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

A: deep, transparent red. lacing holds well.

S: incredible fruit aroma

T: this beer somehow crams intense berry taste (good balance of sour and sweet) into the beer, without tasting like sugar syrup.

M: crisp, light. nice.

D: drinkability is held back by the accumulated sweetness sip after sip.

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a becher. Beer is about what you expect as far as color, looks red and hazy, forms a white head made up of medium to small bubbles. Head falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Beer looks good.

Aroma is full of raspberries and sweetness.

Beer is sweet and full of tartness from the raspberries. Medium to low body, lots of carbonation on the palate. Sweetness is up front and the tart is in the back of the mouth. Beer finishes rather cleanly and there is no aftertaste. Its a very pleasant experience and I love drinking this beer. If raspberries are your thing, I would check this out totally. Drinkability high, good mouthfeel.

Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for the opportunity to try this one

Raspberry Tart (RT) pours a lovely rose color with amber hilights. Head retention is pretty decent and there is some nice lacing. On the nose, however, is where things really start to to take off with this beer. On the nose I get an attractive, complex nose of raspberry sweet-tarts, white chocolate and light funk. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and the combination of sweet raspberry flavors and intense sweet-tarts is delightful. There is also an underlying lemon-lime flavor, but otherwise this beer could have been made from crushed sweet-tarts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but I'm really impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers, and the long finish. Drinkability is really hard to rate with this beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable, but the tartness makes it difficult to take more then very small sips.

Very interesting beer. Impressive.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jon for sharing this.

A: Pretty ruby hue. Mild lacing.

S: Wow! Fresh raspberries. There's not much else to report. Summertime. Picking them right off the bush. Incredible aroma.

T: This is a masterfully crafted raspberry beer. The aromas hit you as you get the glass close to your mouth, then it's raspberry pie in the form of a beer. It is, however, pretty sweet. As good as this is, and I wouldn't want it to change, I prefer sour fruit beers.

M: Smooth, crisp, fresh, light.

D: The sweetness is formidable. A couple of ounces is the perfect amount for me. If you haven't had this before, I recommend sharing the bottle with a few other folks.

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

Poured from a 1pint 9oz bottle into a snifter:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a nice bubbly crimson red(fairly blood like). A slight brown deep inside it. Left a 1/4" off white head which has a definite pink hue. The head had great retention and left small spots down the glass. Smelled of roasty cherry syrup, and you got it tart rasberries with a bit of bready aroma forming the backbone so it seems.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of tangy rasberry and sweet dark grapes. A bit of cherry syrup like flaor in here along with very soft pleasant wheat in the body. This had a nice frothiness to the feel which keeps it from being to much like straight mixed berry juice. This brew really stuck around the mouth and finished just right. Not alot of hop presence in this due to the prior brewing hop aging most likely as stated on the bottle.

Drinkability:This was alot more enjoyable than expected. I really worried due to the low abv and appearance of the brew in the bottle it was going to be some thin tart overly sweetened juice like beverage. It took pouring this to see it was going to be a suprise. Really sat nicely in the glass and wasn't extremly complex, but none the less was ALOT more than I expected. This is the first brew I can safely say my girlfriend would enjoy and I'll have to make another trip to Wisconsin just to do so with her. I'd much rather share a bottle of this next go around due to the size and sweetness.

Photo of almychristopher
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice clear reddish brown color nice off white head that recedes to lacing with a bit of reddish color as well. the aroma speaks of some sort of bready malt and raspberry, it's a nice clean fruit smell. the taste is where it really hits you this is a worldclass beer. the raspberry compliments the malt bill very nicely and the tart finish really makes this a standout beer. the full body and adequate co2 make this a really good beer.

Photo of WesWes
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tim and Mary Anderson for their help in getting this.

The beer pours a beautiful dark red color with a thick frothy pink head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! Just like the label suggests: Tart raspberries. It's extremely fruity with a killer raspberry character. The taste is perfect. It's everything a fruit beer should be. It's way over the top with raspberry character. It hits you in the face with a commanding sourness and doesn't back down. What a great beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a treat. It's highly drinkable and soo soo delicious!

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly clear reddish brown in color with minimal head
Huge raspberry nose of sour fruit, raspberry jam.
Taste is a nice raspberry, sour cherry flavors too. quite sweet but not cloying.
Active carbonation and light body.
Really tasty stuff - highly drinkable and delicious fresh and fruity.

Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
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
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,168 ratings.