Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 890
Hads: 3,392
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 1,157
Gots: 755 | FT: 94
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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 trevorwideman
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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! (1,198 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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! (641 characters)

Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The 750 is capped wax sealed. The label seems to be coming off on it's own though, maybe due to moisture.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a fizzy pink head.

Smell: Wow. Big in the nose. Sweet and fruit juicy but loaded with a raspberry tart punch.

Taste: This is the most raspberry of raspberry beers. It is like eating the liquefied berries but better. Sweet yet tart. Acidic but not cloyingly so. Beautiful. It has that sour feel I love. The aftertaste levees sweet residual flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Tart, crisp, acidic. Syrupy thick but the carbonation is quite fizzy.

Drinkability: I love it. Quite possibly the best fruit beer I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (755 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 mL capped and waxed-sealed bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH (ethanol for the chemically-challenged).

A: The ale pours a color that resembles Lindeman's framboise, a deep purple-red color. The head measures near 1.5 fingers and dissapates to a rose-tinted, off-white ring.

S: The aroma is sweet raspberry, sugary sweet in its intensity. A slightly tart, sour aroma emerges but it is decently hidden within the sweetness.

T: The ale is a syrupy sweet ale, definitely in line with a Lindemans. The raspberry sweetness hits the tongue immediately and overloads the tastebuds, which is where the tartness comes in. It is a result of intense concentrations of raspberries, not a funkier gamy sour berry.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet syrupy raspberries with a tart underone.

D: The ale is quite tasty, if not overwhelmingly sweet. Don't look for a lambic edge here, as it doesn't exist. Enjoy the sweetness for what it is, a pleasant berry fruit beer. (953 characters)

Photo of Luchman
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A deep, dark red and pink color. Basically, what I think raspberries in a liquid form would be. Forms a lovely pink and white head that dissipates after a minute or two, but mingles on the top.

S: Very strong smell. I could smell this beer from feet away. Nothing but sweet, sweet raspberries. A couple more whiffs in and some tart raspberries start to emerge. Nice balance between sweet and tart in the smell.

T: Nothing unusual here; Raspberries! The sweet berries come in at first and makes me think this is one different kind of beer. On the swallow, the tart comes out and damn is it sour. Maybe its just me, but this beer made me pucker a few times. A few sips into this and I feared I was not going to enjoy... Nevertheless, I carried on and the more I drank, the more I enjoyed. I still believe it was a little over balance on the tart side (hence the name maybe?) but it was satisfying.

M: Good.Medium body with medium carbonation that fits this beer well.

D: You can drink this stuff in a hurry and enjoy it all the way. This being my first fruit beer, I didn't quite know what to think, but I do believe this is exactly what the brewery intended. If you like raspberries and beer, you should have no problem loving this. (1,292 characters)

Photo of oakbluff
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a bomber on New Year's Eve into a champagne flute. Pours out a beautiful rich red with a pink head. Smell - WOW. What a nose of raspberry! That nose continues into a kick ass blast of raspberry in the taste. Tart, and sour and sweet at the same time. Medium level of carbonation. I don't think they could have nailed it any better for the style. I poured a flute for the wife as well to celebrate the night. It was wasted on her as she just couldn't handle the taste. Very surprising and disapointing, but what are you going to do? For a woman that's been fed Surly Furious, Hop Slam and Stone Ruination, you'd think she would appreciate the tartness for what it is. No matter, more for me. I wish there was someone else in the house I could share this with. I won't chance corking and trying tomorrow- I will just have to bite the bullet and finish myself. I am enjoying this much more than the belgian red, but I think that's just because I like raspberries over cherries. (988 characters)

Photo of ryantupy
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A nice 750ml bottle with the top half dipped in wax. Served in a standard flute glass.

A - Cloudy bood red color reminiscent of champagne with a nice inch and a half fizzy head that quickly dissolves into a nice lace.

S - Raspberrys are naturally the first thing that overwhelm your senses. The beer is very sweet and has a nice tartness to it. There was a subtle floral hint to it.

T - Raspberries hit you at first and they hit you strong. However its not really sour at all. Its definatly a sweet beer with a nice tart finish to it. But it wakes up all of your taste buds especially in the back of your mouth.

M - Fizzy like champagne that starts sweet and finishes nice and tart. The alcohol is almost un-noticable until the very end.

Goes great with cheesecake in my opinion and definatly one of my favorite raspberry beers. (845 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I served it in my Lindemans Flute. I dark red to purple with a very fizzy pink head. Enormous raspberry nose. Sweetart. A rush of raspberry sweetness with a tongue clinching tart finish. Reminiscent of Jolly Ranchers. Medium body. Bubbly. Can a man get a piece of friggin’ cheesecake. (285 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy beer, reddish, with multiple pink highlights. It has a thick light yellow head that dissipates quickly.
Strong smell of raspberries is balanced by a funky, sour smell.
Taste is complex for such a sweet beer; tart and acidic with obvious raspberries and warming hints of roasted malt.
Highly carbonated, medium body, very nice dessert beer but has to be shared - I divided this bottle in three people.
Another great NG. (423 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25oz bottle thanks to the amazing nflmvp

Pours a beautifully clear reddish-purple raspberry color with a small pink head that thins. Thick lacing on the glass.

Fresh picked raspberry bouquet that's both sweet and tart - and oh, so inviting.

Rich raspberry flavor that lures you in with a slight sweetness upfront and then makes you pucker with an intense tartness. It's so incredibly tangy that your mouth starts watering the second you swallow it down. You are left wanting another sip, as the sensation of fresh picked raspberries lingers in the aftertaste.

Full body, mild carbonation.

This is a truly special brew. It's no session beer, as one glass contains enough pleasure and torment for your palate during the course of an evening. I wish that this were more accessible to me, as this one would always be in my stock and ready to go at a moment's notice. (878 characters)

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.47/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. green bottle, no date information.

Murky maroon. Short, frothy pink-washed medium and large bubbles rest on top and slowly pop, leaving a pile around the edge. Drapes of clingy lace adhere to the glass. A handful of fine bubbled carbonation streams are visible. Bright, fresh raspberry aromas as well as some sweet raspberry syrup. Sweet, syrupy raspberry flavors lead off. A bit of tartness comes through in the finish, but this remains predominantly sugary sweet throughout. Medium-light body, with a fairly effervescent mouthfeel. The raspberry juice trails long into the finish. This is sticky and a tacky feeling gains traction on the tongue. There is a bit of wet wood beneath the sweetness, but the raspberries simply dominate the wheat and Hallertau hops. This was significantly sweeter than I expected and the “Tart” aspect was virtually non-existent.

Thanks to Stonecrusher for including this in one of his metric assloads of beer. (957 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a murky reddish-brown body with a thick off-white head with a hint of red. The head fades pretty quickly to a thin film. The carbonation is a bit hidden by the dense body but a few big bubbles roll up the side of the glass.

S- This beer has a strong raspberry jam smell with a slight earthy note. There is a light green herbal note in the finish.

T- This beer starts with a tart bite that moves into a mellow big raspberry flavor. The finish is a slight sweet carbonic acid flavor. As it warms a faint brown malt flavor in the background and a fruit punch flavor comes through in the fruit flavors.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a faint astringency from the fruit. There is a light fizz in the finish that dries the flavor nicely.

D- This beer has a big juicy fruit flavor and it is all fruit. There are not a lot of other flavors but there is good depth to the fruit. It would be nice to have some other flavors to balance the sweetness of the fruit. (1,029 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark burgandy topped with a half finger of rose colored bubbles that melts to a rose ring of lacing.
Aroma is raspberry...plain and simple...tons of fresh raspberries.
Taste is a balance between sweet and tart fresh raspberries. Mouth ifull of tiny, tingly carbonation and left very dry and puckering on the aftertaste.
I would have called this a alcopop if it weren't so very fresh tasting.
Perfect to accompany a Sunday Brunch. (446 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Faro

A: Pours a rich red hue with a modest head that quickly subsides. Specks of lacing on the flute.

S: Jammy and fruity. Quite nice.

T: Fitting for its name, very tart with raspberry flavors. No surprises here.

M: Medium-bodied with champagne-like carbonation.

D: Everything about this beer is pretty much as expected. Very good all-round, but also one-dimensional. Recommended. (420 characters)

Photo of bigbelcher
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More like drinking a fruit juice than like drinking any other fruit beer, other than their own cherry beer. Huge raspberry flavor and aroma. Nice deep rich red color. Very, very drinkable. The perfect beer to give to a girl who says that they don't like beer, but why bother wasting such a good beer on a girl that you shouldn't be going out with in the first place. (366 characters)

Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Much thanks to Faro for trading this to me. I've wanted to try this since I first heard about it.

As I poured I coudn't help but think of red wine or crimson paint diluted with water. The tiny head atop the body looks a lot like red slush. It clings to the edge of the glass all the way down.

As for the nose .... ever been around someone sucking on a raspberry lollypop? That's kind of what this is like only far more robust. Juicy.

Damn does this taste great. A little tartness and a little sweetness. Neither fighting for dominance ... both uniting to please the taster. This beer to me seems to be something that anyone could enjoy. As long as you like raspberries that is. (689 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.53/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 9 oz. bottle into a thin pilsner.

deep reddish purple with a foamy pink head that leaves nice rings of lace.

sweet raspberries and sugar in the aroma. no hint of malt, hops, or alcohol; absolutely no hint that this is a beer. it is wonderfully sweet, however, and fragrantly pleasant.

light to medium body and a ticklish light carbonation prevent it from being cloying, but the flavor is all sugary sweet raspberries. a touch of tartness and tanginess, but mainly it's just the berries.

very similar to the belgian red, with raspberries sitting in for the cherries. as i said about the belgian red, this one's very good, and a nice dessert, but i prefer my beers to be a little more beer-like. (711 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at a BA Gathering in Portland 23 Sept, 2006; acquired from BA murrayswine in WI. Poured from a 75cl bottle with a wax seal.

A: Bright ruby red, with a short and slightly fizzy pinkish head. Exactly the same color as the ripest of raspberries.
S: Gigantic dose of raspberries, slightly tart. Intoxicating smell, but has nothing to do with the alcohol content, which is only 4%. Wow.
T: OK, did I mention the raspberries yet? True to the smell and appearance, this is like drinking the best carbonated and fermented juice. Truly delicious tartness, reminds me of a summer day at the farmer's market, popping fresh berries from the pint. Tartness mellows to an enjoyable sweetness then a drier finish.
M: Some prickly carbonation, a little acidic wih a medium mouthfeel. Despite the fizz and tartness, this beer still retains an evenly balanced smoothness.
D: Great flavor - a wonderfully refreshing sipper. Next time I get some of this, it's getting paired with dessert (I'm think chocolate) without a doubt. A very special beer - highly recommended. (1,071 characters)

Photo of beersabound
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shared a bottle of this with some friends last night and everyone loved it. We had it with two types of cheesecake. We also mixed some Razz Tart with Young's Double Chocolate Stout to create a fabulous beer dessert. This beer has an enchnating red color with a pinkish head that fizzles away rather quickly. Sourness and raspberry sweetness dominate the aroma. A burst of raspberry flavor comes first, followed quickly by the tart and sour mouth sensations. The sourness is what makes this beer so drinkable and gives it some balance. Without the tartness this beer would not get the high marks it receives around the world. At GABF this is one of the first beers to run out. The body is medium light with the fruit providing something for the tongue to latch on to. The CO2 level is medium high; perfect for the style. The finish is sour and not overly fruity; not cloying at all. Basically, if you want a great fruit beer to go with anything chocolate or as dessert, do yourself a favor and get a bottle of this. (1,014 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite things of the Tart and Red.. the bottle. Wax dipped and really cool labels. Anywho, into a pint glass, pours red, can it be that red? With pinkish head that kind of fizzles out, just lookin at it you know its going to be tasty. Aroma is a giant heap of rasberry goodness, the kind that you wouldn't mind smelling for the next half hour, very nice sweet/tart balance. Rasberries are by far my favorite fruit, and I'm just overjoyed so far. And then, you taste... perfection. I'll state is simply: there is no way to improve this beer. None. Falling under the category 'party in the mouth,' captures the very essence of the sweet yet tart rasberry, rivaling anything coming out of Belgium, and a real treat for that special occasion. The mouth is great, silky smooth but with a fizzy carbonation, full body, very nice. All in all, I wish I had some fudge or Belgian chocolates to eat with this, but even on its own an exceptional beer, worth all its praises. (975 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a - pours deep dark red, hazy, small purple head with little retention and lacing, lots of large bubble initially

s - big aroma of sweet raspberries, like Wisconsin Belgian Red, about as far from a "beer" smell as you can imagine

t - lots and lots of sweet raspberries up front with a huge tartness quickly evolving, finish is very tart, sweet, and pretty dry

m - not much carbonation evident, medium-bodied, moderately dry finish, tart raspberry coats the entire mouth

d - because of the style and the intense sweetness and tartness, this is not the most drinkable beer, much more of a dessert beer that you can split a bottle of with someone, not at all a knock against quality, just not a beer you want to drink a ton of

After having the Wisconsin Belgian Red, I had high hopes for the Raspberry Tart, and it did not disappoint. New Glarus definitely has this style pegged, and nobody does it better. A wonderful change-of-pace or dessert beer. (962 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lucent magenta with brilliant raspberry red highlights when backlit. The rosy pink head is more dense than expected and looks for all the world like a piece of shortcake saturated with berry juice. I doubt that much lace with be forthcoming, but that doesn't bother me in the least. This is a great looking fruit beer.

I have to hand it to the good folks at New Glarus. With Wisconsin Belgian Red and now Raspberry Tart, they've created the two finest fruit beer noses in all the world. I don't know how long it took to come up with the final recipe, but they've achieved raspberry beer perfection with regards to the aroma. It's both sweet and tart with nothing on display except the essence of the berries themselves. Wow! seems inadequate.

Raspberry Tart is as amazing as I thought it would be once I tasted Belgian Red. Check that, actually it's better. As in... better than I thought it would be and better than Belgian Red. It's probably too close to call, they're both the finest examples of their style in existence, but I can't imagine a better, more dizzyingly delicious concoction than that which sits before me at this moment. The fact that I like raspberries more than cherries is probably a factor.

As in the nose, there's very little present other than the berries themselves. What puts this beer into orbit is the complex combination of sweet and tart. I'm not enough of a zymurgist to know what aging in oak vats contributes or why the Hallertau hops need to be a year old. My guess is that at least the first of those is absolutely critical to the tangy fermented flavor that gives Razz Tart its soul and elevates it above mere fruit juice.

Even though I'm not big on pairing beer with sweets, I can't imagine a better accompaniment to a gooey fudge brownie or a dish of vanilla bean ice cream. I don't believe that it's at all unwarranted to call this the best fruit beer in the world. The sweetness limits drinkability somewhat, although if I use the question 'would I have another?' as my sole criterion, a bump in score would be a no-brainer.

My first thought was that the mouthfeel wasn't quite as thick and as syrupy as my memory of Belgian Red. Now, I'm not so sure. As the beer sits, it comes together beautifully and is now the very definition of heavily silky. This beer is a mouth party of the highest order! Since I have no idea how it could be improved... another perfect.

I don't know what else to say. I've used just about every adjective for 'great' that I can think of and I still feel that my ramblings have been inadequate to describe the... uh... greatness of Raspberry Tart. I hope this beer keeps as well as I think it does because I'll be clearing out Madison the next time I make the trip. Simply stunning. (2,766 characters)

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 890 ratings.