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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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2,820 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,820
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 1,033
Gots: 573 | FT: 51
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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 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
Photo of MSchae1017
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
Photo of budgood1
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
Photo of sholland119
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
Photo of Georgiabeer
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
Photo of gkatsoris
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
Photo of Stoneman78
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired in trade from pepsican. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance is a cloudy and dense raspberry red hue, moderate amount of rose colored head dissipates to a ring, very little lacing left on the glass

Aroma is sweet and tart raspberries along with a range of other berries and sweet fruits, definitely reminiscent of thick fruit jams or purees

Taste is unsurprisingly full of big sweet raspberries with any accompanying sugar tartness, tones of strawberries, fruit sorbet, and yeast peek through very slightly, this is just hands down an amazingly crafted fruit beer

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, texture is slick and smooth, carbonation is prickly and lively

Drinkability is moderate, very high on the sweet and tart factor that is hard to handle in large quantities, best enjoyed with friends in smaller sipping glasses or after dinner

Stoneman78, May 24, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (25 oz.): This poured bright red to purple in color with a bubbly head. The raspberry is strong in both the nose and palate with nice sweetness but is also quite fresh and tart. This is very refreshing and a great summertime brew if not the most complex.

SQNfan, May 17, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my 500th review (Woo Hoo!), I figured I would do something special. Thanks go out to nflmvp for this one.

Comes in a 1pint 9oz bottle with the cap dipped in red wax and oozing down the side of the bottle. The bottle literature proclaims this a "rare delight". We shall see.

Pours into a pint glass a murky cranberry color with a nice, fizzy, soda like head that is more of a strawberry color.

The bouquet on this is unbelievable. Tons and tons of raspberries. Possibly even some strawberry and sour cherry tossed into the mix. Basically, any red fruit, with the full emphasis on raspberry. I have never smelled something so pungent and tart and delicious.

The flavor is unbelievable as well. Perfrect amount of tartness from the raspberries with just the right amount of sweetness to balance things out.

I honestly could drink this all day every day and I would find it impossible for anyone not to like this. ABV is nonexistent. This is truly a beer to behold. Thanks again nflmvp and glad this was number 500!

SaCkErZ9, May 14, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for the in-person swap at DLD.

From notes to self. Been curious to try this offering for some time.

Murky dark reddish brown. Fantastic aroma of what else? Raspberries, also some faint sour notes. Taste of sweet, but not overly sweet raspberry puree. Slightly tart finish. Boardering syrupy mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation. Very refreshing brew. Paired sublimely with homemade cheesecake after Mother's day dinner. Really glad I got to try this.

drunkmonk, May 14, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tangfoot for sending me this beer in the Top 100 BIF. I think this must be the 4th bottle or so I've received and I'll finally have one all to myself. The other times I shared them with friends, family member, and people who say they "don't like beer" and everyone loved it, although they also seemed to prefer the Belgian Red a bit more. Every once in a while you get a beer that's just so tasty you want to share it, and this is one of those beers.

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass. The beer is a few shades darker than vermillion with an inch of blush colored head. The head quickly settles to a ring and a few scattered bubbles in the center.

The aroma is pure tart and sweet raspberry juice. There's also a bit of tangy wheat aromas. Wow, it's just like a raspberry fruit-roll up or raspberry jam.

Tastes is just like the aroma, raspberry tartness upfront and quickly followed by some sweetness. The wheat malt is also there but the raspberry flavors just overwhelm anything else this beer might include. The finish is pretty clean with just a bit of tanginess.

The mouth-feel is very soft and well carbonated, neither thin by the amount of carbonation nor syrupy from the amount of sweetness. Extremely easy to drink but it could get too sweet for some people. One of the best dessert beers out there.

seaoflament, May 05, 2008
Photo of cookin420
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you VERY much bdrc.
Bottle into a flute.

Woah. Pours a very murky purplish color. Bottle conditioned leaving a thick yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle but it has flocced well and none makes it into the glass. Cloudiness from the fruit Good head with a more aggressive pour but none at all with a moderate pour. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a quality jam. These raspberries are top notch. Not much comes through the raspberry aroma but for some slightly sour, bready yeast.

Mother of God this shit is great. A tangy zing and a very, very faint earthy hop flavor balanced the sick amount of raspberry we're dealing with here. Woah.

Medium-high carbonation with a dry finish. This is exactly as thick as it should be.

Well, at 4% alc. and such a wonderful combination of taste and mouthfeel without being at all cloying or oversweet I think this is one of the most drinkable flavored brews I have ever had.

I have never been a fan of fruit beers but I had a feeling I would like this. The BA that I got this from said he has a case of it.
I wish I had a case of it.

cookin420, May 05, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick cloudy unfiltered cranberry juice color with pink foam that quickly settles to some small bubbles.

Intense raspberry, cranberry, cherry aroma thats sweet and tangy smelling.

This beer looks and smells like a raspberry vinaigrette, but it tastes more like cranberry juice and cherry wine. Very intense and concentrated fruit. This is pretty tart, but for how sweet it is I'm surprised it's rated so highly.

Mildly carbonated, tart acidity feels very juicy. Pretty drinkable if you don't mind the sweetness.

BeerZack, May 04, 2008
Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured form the wax sealed bottle into a Sam imperial glass. Intense magenta cloudy color. Definitely not a color I can say I have had in a beer ever. Smell- Rasberry!!! Rasberry mixed with chambord and more rasberry. Flavor is of a Rasberry slush puppy, just better! Completely different than anything I have had (and I have had the belgian red and loved it). great flavor, but I am glad I shared this one!

DrDogbeer, May 04, 2008
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,820 ratings.