Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 3,351
Reviews: 900
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
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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 TexIndy
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re-review on 10/11/09
Poured from a 750ml bottle with a wax sealed crown into a tulip to enhance the aroma. Label had a story about the beer. No dating info. Was a dark ruby red color. It had a large fizzy head that dissipated into a barely there collar and central wisps. Good central carb streams from the laser etching. No lacing.

The aroma was obviously heavy on raspberries but also got got oak and vanilla from the barrels. Really enjoyed sniffing this one over and over. Raspberries was strong but not enough to be off-putting. The taste followed the aroma and again was amazing. Great tartness but not overpowering. Starts out sweet and then halfway thru you get a big smack of tart for the finish. I've had many sour and tart beers since this one so the finish wasn't as puckering as the last time I had it. Mouthfeel was tart, duh, with a heavily carbonated tinge to it (the heavy carb works here so a good aspect on this one).

Overall, a classic fruit beer. Before, I had Belgian Red a little higher in my mind but this one may now be neck and neck. Can't recommend highly enough if you like fruit beers. Worthy of the hype and praise. Rotation: Wisconsin only. If here, it would be a regular player. As-is it has a permanent spot on my wants.

****Original 7/18/07 review below***
4.0 4.5 4.5 4.5 4.5
Got in a trade with jeffkrenner - thanks! Poured from a 750ml bottle with a wax seal and story about the beer on the label. No dating info. The color was a dark ruby red. It had almost no head and that was gone in a blink of an eye. No lacing. The aroma was obviously heavy on raspberries but you could also smell the oak from the barrels. Also had a bit of a "wine" smell to it. The taste was really good and not too raspberry as I feared it might. I like raspberries but find that too much is not a good thing. The only downside to the taste and mouthfeel was that it was so tart that each drink made me pucker up a bit. Not enough to be annoying but close. For that reason, I've got the Belgian Red rated a little bit higher. Overall, an incredible beer that you've got to try. Gonna have to find a regular source for this especially since the wife claims half of each bottle. (4.5, HR, T, Y)

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got her in the mail in a trade with umustdrink. Shared this with family after a nice BBQ on a surprisingly coolish Hotlanta evening. Pours a lovely, ruby red with a nice fizzy head. Of course she had an aroma of raspberry, with a full sour mouthfeel. I still cannot get over how balanced this beer was...and I don't even like raspberries! The wheat must balance out the tartness, because the tartness really does not blow you away. One truly exceptional beer.

Photo of beveritt
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a green wine bottle into a champagne flute. The top is sealed with a crown cap and red wax. The label describes this interestingly. It sounds like the raspberries are spontaneously fermented, then mixed with wheat and aged Hallertau hops. Not sure of the age, but I only picked this bottle up a few months ago.

Appearance: Pours with 3/8 inch of light pink head. This settles slowly to a ring around the glass and some islands of foam. The beer itself is a brilliant red.

Smell: Strong, pungant raspberries. An amazingly deep aroma that is wonderful.

Taste: Raspberry flavors explode on your tongue when you take your first sip. Lingering sweetness in the finish. Not as acidic as many true lambics, so maybe a little easier to drink a bottle.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, really unexpected from such a fruit intensive beer. Just the right level of carbonation to keep the fruitiness from being cloying.

Drinkability: Great, great, great. I wish I didn't wait so long to crack open this bottle and I wish I picked up more than one. For those who complain this doesn't taste like beer, just take this for what it is and realize that not all beer tasted like just malt and hops.

Photo of mixylplik3
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of 12oz bottles when I visited New Glarus back in May. Shipped them back to NH along with a number of other beers. This is the first one I've cracked since returning.

A short time after eating a great meal on this lazy Sunday night I decided to relax and have a Raspberry Tart for dessert. It all started when I poured the heavy, cloudy, deep-hued red brew into my Goose Island tulip glass. I was presented with what looked like a glass of puree topped with small islands of quickly-dissipating head scattered around the surface.

The smell is of pure, fresh molten raspberries. Definitely a great dessert beer.

The taste is as though someone smashed you in the mouth with a baseball bat made of raspberries. The carbonation is very even with a moderate syrupy feel over the tongue- yes, this tastes like a glass of fruit. Awesome!

There is a tart kick to this brew which is gently evened out by the sweetness. The finish is a crisp, malty raspberry finish that doesn't linger too long.

Raspberry Tart is as enjoyable as it is hard to get. If you live in WI and are near New Glarus, I'm definitely jealous! I'm glad to have been able to experience this beer.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ILhophead

750ml Waxed Bottle

Pours a nice cloudy deep red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, leaves some small islands and some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice touch of raspberry, spices, and some caramel. The taste is tangy, slightly bitter, raspberry a plenty, malty, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew from New Glarus, highly recommended.

Photo of Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a champaign style bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured dark, red and with a tanissh head that quickly dissolved.

It smelled like raspberry freezer jam that has been allowed to thaw out (very sweet and sugary).

It tasted very sweet at first and then a kick of sour raspberry kicked in with a touch of tang! It was like eating a handful of fresh raspberries. It had a nice body to it, smooth but then ripply into a medium body near the back of the tongue.

It was very drinkable when I only sipped it slowly. If I drank large mouthfuls or sipped back to back it became too sweet to my palate to enjoy.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The raspberry flavor dominates, tastes delicious, and has a perfect tart balancing kick, but this beer is just too hard to drink. Really, I suggest splitting a bottle with at least 3 people. It was fantastic paired with some good vanilla bean ice cream for dessert, but I still had a lot left after and naturally I can't let it go to waste, but it's a bit of a chore to drink. Damn tasty, but bring friends.

Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this bottle from presario as part of CanBIF3. i've been trying to get my hands on this one for a while, so thanks trevor for hooking me up.

750ml bottle with burgundy wax.

pours deep pinkish red, somewhat cloudy, with a small fairly dense pink head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. huge raspberry blast. just a small hint of sweetness. touch of alcohol. faint cracker and bread malt.

taste is excellent. lots of raspberry again. nice light tartness. hint of alcohol. nice light bready malt. feels like there might be a little sour cherry in there too. light sweetness, but not syrupy at all.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth well-integrated medium carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. the alcohol is almost completely hidden, and the light sweetness is balanced well against the bit of tart/sour character. very enjoyable.

Photo of Viggo
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to bax72 for sending this my way via BC2! Made the lady real happy.

Pours a ruddy red/brown, big thick pinkish brown head forms, settles down to a thin layer quickly, leave some nice spotty lacing on the glass, good retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is fantastic, fresh raspberry juice, caramel, bit of floral bouquet, brown sugar, more raspberry, tons of fruity goodness. Taste is sour raspberries, sugar, caramel, very earthy, sweet/sour raspberries, raisiny toffee, some bread, wicked good. Mouthfeel is light bodied, low carbonation, silky silky smooth, very refreshing, goes way too fast. Just an amazing beer. Thanks a ton Chris! This made my evening.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - disdaining the label advice to use a champagne flute, I opt for a tall, thin lambic glass instead. Good choice. The beer pours a flat, dirty purple, two fingers of pale purple head sit like snow on top. Fine beads of bubbles slowly rise up the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma - all raspberry all the time. An off-shoot of something grain-based but that's it.

Taste - sweet, sweet raspberries with tartness on the sides and back of the tongue. Citric acidity dries out the mouth on the swallow, leaving behind a tart but very fruity raspberry finish. Beer elements are at a minimum, some basic grain flavor at the start that quickly concedes to the immense fruit. The aged hops I imagine provide some balance without even showing up because I can't detect them. A delicious dessert beer.

Mouthfeel - it has a heaviness and chewiness that really enhance the boldness of the fruit. Very resilient residue gives a long aftertaste. The high carbonation makes its serving in a champagne or lambic glass most appropriate.

Drinkability - too sweet for any session, but a special treat anytime. Sure to be a hit for sweet/fruit beer fans (A definite hit with the missus). Thanks to Erdinger2003 for this great beer!

Photo of ejquin
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red hue with little to no head. Extremely fragrant and smells of..well..Raspberries. Heavily. Mayb e a touch of yeastiness. Great taste for a fruit beer. My favorite yet. Great pure raspberry taste with some sourness as well. Overall this was my favorite fruit beer yet. I'm more into stouts and heavier beers, but this was a great change of pace.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Ruby color, with some purple hues. Foamy pink head holds briefly, then fades. As the head fades, it leaves some great patches of lace.

Huge raspberry aroma, slightly sour smelling. Great berry aroma in general.

Tart up front, but stops short of being puckering. A bit acidic. Great pure raspberry flavor.

Light body, not as bubbly as I would think. Pretty simple, and it is exactly as advertised, raspberry. Very enjoyable. This would be a super dessert beer.

Photo of kajerm
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich, dark, and maroon with a tiny head. The natural raspberry color is pretty cool.

Smells like raspberries, pounds and pounds of them-- like sticking your nose in a bottle of jam.

The flavor is raspberries and sugary sweetness, balanced by a snap of tart acidity at the end. No malt. No hops. No yeast. This is only technically a beer, but whatever it is, it's fucking awesome.

The sweetness and sourness might wear on me after a lot of these, but right now I can think of worse things than drowning in this beer (or whatever the hell it is.)

I want more.

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

thanks to demcorhip for this via trade!

A - Unbelievable. What a great looking beer. Pour a pint of fresh rasberries into a blender. Puree and magically have the seeds removed. Wash it across a top notch weizen and keep the red intact. I have no idea how else to describe it.

S - Solid sweet raspberries with an underlying hint of tart

T - Similar to the smell. Not cloying sweet but definitely a desert beer. It's like drinking amazingly tasty raspberries.

M - medium bodied, amazingly balanced and dry in the finish.

D - a great desert styled beer. A full bottle as a bit overwhelming for me in one sitting. It's great but that was a bit more raspberry than I'm used to at one time. I would split one with a friend next time around.

Definitely one you have to try!

Photo of malcontent
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good looking head falls back into spotty lacing, deep burgundy liquid with vibrant red edges.

Raspberry sorbet and...that's it. Does it need anything else? It smells so good.

OK, yeah, that's really good. What makes this so delicious is that there's no sense of articficial raspberries here. It's fresh and sweet at first and then earthy and bitter on the finish as if getting the fruit and then seeds in succession. A superlative tasting brew.

Crisp at first and then finishes clean. It IS a raspberry beer, so it's not the kind of beer you can easily pair with a variety of foods or can drink all night. Still, it's exceptional in just about every way.

Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby red color with a light pinkish head leaving excellent lacing. Rich smell of tart raspberries; reminds me a lot of the raspberry Jell-o my grandma used to make. Raspberries lightly pucker in your mouth, it's really like eating raspberries fresh, only in liquid form. The amount of tartness is perfect, not overly acidic like how some raspberry framboise's can be; sour, without the harsh. Carbonation dances on the tongue, enhancing each flavor. Medium bodied, finishes a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable, if this was in a nonic pint glass, I'd probably end up polishing off the bottle in no time.

Photo of Erdinger2003
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice big head (fills the flute and almost goes flows over) that doesn't go away and leaves a rock solid lacing. The color is a beautiful clear dark red/purplish color. The smell is just like a fresh raspberry bush-only better! Really good smell of sweet/tart raspberries that balance perfectly! The taste is a burst of great flavor and it doesn't have the base feel that is malty, I can sense it's still there, but I have to look. The mouthfeel is smooth, smooth and there's nothing offensive about it. Overall I wish every single bottle of Raspberry Tart was this good, I just had to re-review it it was sooo good.

Photo of tboom29
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first that I've been able to try from New Glarus. Thanks to Lucy S. for this one.

I was surprised when I first poured this into a champagne flute, as recommended on the bottle. It poured a nice dark red color and looked very thick and viscous, almost like a homemade fruit juice or V8. Not much head.

The smell was full of fresh raspberries. None of the fake raspeberries here but almost like raspberry preserves.

The raspberries really hit you up front with the first sip. Not cloyingly sweet at all though. It really is the right amount of sweetness. Nice spritzy and leads to a rather full mouthfeel. Fairly tart, but not overly so. Although it has some characteristics of a flemish sour, it definitely is not a sour beer. Overall a very good beer. I'm not a big fruit beer person, but I could drink this regularly. It would pair well with a slice of chocolate cheesecake.

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

Thanks to UWMelson for this. Fuckembucky!

Poured out a dark purple, with a thin white film. The nose is explosive fresh raspberry, some sourness, a tiny bit of yeast. The taste is amazing! Wow, big fresh raspberries that hit you with a sour bite. I would love to have this with some chocolate cheese cake. Has a tight prickly mouthfeel and is insanely drinkable.

Photo of dfried
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany ruby/crimson in color, thin light pink head. The aroma is as the name implies, tart raspberries, a good sour tartness with ripe juicy berries. The taste has a good biting sourness at first sip which fades in intensity quickly to the sweet fruity berry flavors, however some of the sour tingle does last. Crisp, refreshing, and delicious.

The low down: there is not much to say about this beer, except it is my favorite fruit beer I have ever tried. The only thing that comes close is New Glarus's Belgian Red. This beer is like you went out and picked a bucket full of raspberries, and squashed the juice into a bottle. It really does taste like you just picked them, I wanted to pick the little raspberry hairs out of my teeth. The sourness keeps it from being too cloying, but it's not some something you would want to drink all day. Outstanding, to be searched out.

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

750ml bottle shared with my girlfriend. Poured into wine glasses.

Pours a murky deep purplish red colour with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a little lace quickly enough. Carbonation is medium. Smell is straight-up raspberries, and if I know Dan Carey's work, those are real raspberries and lots of em. A little bit of yeastiness and funk in the aroma as well, but it's not too sweet which is nice. It smells like I could spread it on toast....

Taste is exactly as advertised. Tart on the tongue and full of real raspberry goodness. The yeast is the only flavour distracting from the berries, in fact the best way to describe the flavour of this beer is raspberry jam on toast. Very pleasant. Sweet but never cloying, as a fruit beer should be. The mouthfeel is very much like sparkling wine, and the finish is puckering and dry. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, but I'd hesitate to have more than a glass after dinner. Drinkability for me personally suffers because I find it's giving me heartburn, but that's my stomach for ya. All in all an exceptionally well done fruit beer and will not disappoint those looking for an after dinner treat that's not cloyingly sweet. Hey, that rhymed!

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

Medium-dark ruby red edges around a black cherry body. Lacy, tight, dirty pink head. Nose is tart raspberries, raspberry candy, vinegar, and a little barnyard. Mostly tart and sweet raspberries though. Tart edges around the palate with sugary ripe raspberry sweetness bursting through. Crescendoes and quickly turns sour. Slightly puckering. Fresh raspberry juice taste stays through the acidic, tart, wild finish. Very nice balance of sweet and sour, with a notable flash of funk. Moderate body with a zippy, refreshing carbonation that goes well with the sparkling, appetizing acidity of this beer. Dan sure knows how to make a fruit beer!

Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the urge to pull this one after having some berry filled dessert. Chilled and split between a couple of my roommates.

Brilliant garnet red color. Perfectly clear. One inch fizzy, red tinged head that reduced to a thin layer. A sheet of lace grabs the glass.

Aroma is straight up raspberries with lots of tart hints. Sweet smelling but doesn't seem overly done. When it hits the tongue a wave of effervescense comes and brings out the tart flavors and then a rush of raspberries pummels every corner of the mouth. The finish is slightly dry, but has a strange juiciness, and finishes slightly tart again.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin but pushes medium bodied. I'm used to the thin mouthfeel associated with lambic when I have fruit beers, but this one is just a bit thicker. Nice carbonation levels.

Really nice drinkability, but I'm glad I split this up. Its a good beer, but I couldn't have handled the full 750. I can only handle so much sweetness, and while this one isn't over the top with sweetness its still a lot to handle for me.

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

Pours a red grape juice maron with a lot of opaque ruby. The aroma is a sweet yet slightly dry tart rasberry jam. The taste is overloaded with rasberry. The real deal. No rasberry concentrate. The milder tartness of teh rasberry takes over the overwhelming sourness of a real lambic beer. Great to sip. Almost consumed with rasberry flavor. Great sipping beer and make sure you drink this stuff cold.

Thank You bschmid3 for this and all other New Glarus beers you GAVE to me.

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

Pours a brick red nearly opaque with a pink head that retains satisfactorily. Little lace.

Smells delectable. Spritzy with a huge amount of fresh red raspberry (obviously). Almost smells like raspberry puree freshly made in the food processor at home.

Sweet raspberry with a tart ending. Very full and up front flavors. Nothing is holding back on this beer. Large amounts of raspberry puree. RS is perfect at around 3.5% (just guessing). Finishes fruity with good length. Nicely carbonated. Not a big fruit beer fan, however this one is drinkable all day and then some.

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 3,351 ratings.