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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,889 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,889
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,038
Gots: 591 | FT: 55
Brewed by:
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 WilliamD
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a flute glass. Reddish amber, with a thin head.
Strong aroma of sweet raspberries overpowers. Slightly sour aroma as well.
Deliciously sweet and puckering. I can only taste sweet raspberries, but that is definitely good enough.
Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Drinks like a champagne.
Despite it being quite sweet, I find the drinkability quite good. Like lemonade on a hot summer afternoon.

WilliamD, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of CoalCellar
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Chimay Goblet.

a: Pours a gorgeous purple with little to no head to speak of.

s: Rich, sour, raspberries. A trace of wheat, slight musty funk and fruit seeds.

t: sour raspberry candy. This is one sweet brew, but it finishes with a delicious tartness that makes your mouth pucker. This is truly like drinking your desert.

m: standard mouthfeel for a low alcohol ale.

d: This one is a sipper. I couldn't finish a bomber by myself, and had a hard time finishing a goblet as it is. This is such a sweet/tart elixer, a few sips and your tastebuds are exhausted.

-A rare treat worth seeking out, but don't plan on drinking it alone.

CoalCellar, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Onslow
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are not many breweries in the entire world that make constantly amazing and well constructed brews, i mean, with New Glarus, it will always be something highly enjoyable..

Raspberry Tart goes over this rule, an amazing brew!

Pours a vibrant red with a man pink head, great lacing of course and exceptional strength of the foam ..

Smell is of light berry and fruit juice, subtle...

Pure wonderment in a bottle, bliss in glass, enjoyment at its core, just simply a joy to drink..
The sweetness and mouthfeel are so polite and refined, while still holding there ground, full and respectable, a beer! a good beer!!

sitting here on such a nice day with a beer of this caliber i now know what lottery winners do on their private islands..

Raspberry Tart!

thanks to John for getting me a bottle, i will need more..
at the very least to inject into my veins!!

Onslow, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of raoulduke37
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade from Luke, my Wisconsin pipeline. Thanks Luke! This was definitely a great "dessert beer," much more worthy than the Subway sandwich that preceded it. Let's get down to brass tacks, though...

This beer pours a dark reddish color, low turbidity - it looks like a very very concentrated glass of cranberry juice - the pink head rises to one finger, but quickly dissipates to low surface dwelling foam.

Smell is faint, but definitely noticeable - raspberries, obviously, but also some mild hops and a touch of something grassy, like a saison maybe.

Like I said, this beer is just plain dessert - think playing croquet on a hot day with some respectable company who would rather drink Bartles and James than Pliny the Elder. This beer is a great introduction to quality craft brew for the non-adventurous, hops paranoid, buttoned-down crowd. Initially very tame, but then the raspberry taste hits you - much more complex than I would have thought.

Mouthfeel is very very tart, and this beer definitely coats the tongue. This would be a great one for a summer day when there's not too much going on.

raoulduke37, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of drizzam
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a huge fan of the beer style and do love a good Framboise. I can't believe this is my first foray into this particular brew...let's give it a go.

A - An aggressive pour yielded a foamy one finger thick pink head that dissipated quickly leaving little wisps of lacing. Clear ruby red color...very beautiful.

S - This isn't a real volatile brew...I have to strain more than I would have expected to get the scent of fresh raspberries. Definitely not an overpowering smell like I'm used to with a Framboise like Lindemans. It does smell fresh though.

T - Wow. Tart taste of freshly squeezed raspberries...like they squeezed it straight into my pint glass. This is almost mouth puckering...I like it!

M - Very tart. Crisp and smooth with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Finishes dry and clean.

D - This is a dessert beer that I could probably drink before, during and after the meal. It's a bit tart to make it a session brew but I could see giving it a try. If you like this beer style, you'll LOVE this beer.

drizzam, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle trade from shigadeyo.

Poured raspbeery color with a small head that diminished quickly with minimal lacing. Heavy raspberry fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Strong tart raspberry flavor with a sweet finish of long duration.

My expectations where met.

tmoneyba, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of drgonzo3705
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cranberry juice red with a small whiteish head and some decent lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries fill the nose. Very sweet like a raspberry spumante. I wouldn't say over the top though.

T: Very sweet and tart. Nice flavor overall not too overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D: Pretty good but I could only drink so much in a session but it makes a nice sweet treat for after dinner.

drgonzo3705, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark almost blood red that is pretty viscous looking. A thin head formed but dissipated. No lacing.

Smell is amazing. So much raspberry with a little tartness. It smells so tasty.

Taste is awesome. Like I am drinking desert and beer at the same time. So much raspberry flavor I dont know how they packed it in and did not ferment all the sugars out. Its like I am drinking whole raspberries. Better than drinking raspberry juice and it has beer in it. LOL

Mouthfeel could use a little more carbonation in my opinion.

So drinkable. I'm about to finish this bottle all by myself. I will trade for this one several times just because you got to keep something interesting around for the ladies that is different from the framboise that seems to be the craze among the ladies who know nothing about beer.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of gmcfarre
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750mL poured into Stemmed Pilsner glass
Purchased in June of 07, so let's hope its held up...

A - Pours a dark, deep ruby color with a decent 1/2 inch light pink head that fades in good time. Laces at high points when glass is tipped, but the lace falls quickly. Opaque.

S - As you might have guessed, strong tart raspberry dominates here. Its a delicious scent that seems "natural" as opposed to something like Lindemans Framboise. Just a hint of orangey citrus accompanies, perhaps from the use of wheat. Entices without overpowering.

T - Again, strong tart raspberry dominates, but never overpowers. Some citrus flavor adds a level of complexity to the tart raspberries. The Hallertau hops don't add much noticeable flavor. Tart at the finish.

M - High carbonation with a medium body that gets a bit syrupy near the finish. Very tart throughout.

D - Very low alcohol content means you can sip this one for a while and not regret it. Flavor stays true throughout the life of a glass. A great beer that whets my desire for the summer months.

Despite its low alcohol content, I'd say this beer can hold up with a year or two of cellaring. Whether the flavor gets any better is another question, but it does remain delicious.

gmcfarre, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

P: Presented in a 750 ml. bottle that's capped and sealed in burgundy wax. Label credits Oregon for sharing their harvest of mouth-watering berries. Appreciate it, Oregon!

A: Pours a dark raspberry red in color (almost beet-like), with active carbonation that produces a rimming of bubbly pink lace.

S: Nothing but raspberries, and lots of them.

T: Raspberry champagne with a mouth-puckeringly tart intensity that pulls your eyeballs back into their sockets. Yeah-Boy-EEE!!! Behind the walls of tart berry lie sweet suggestions of black cherry, cranberry, vanilla, and Belgian yeast -- with subtle traces of salt. Finishes exceptionally dry. As the label decrees: "Life's too short to wait for dessert." So wait no longer.

M: Tartness makes it super chewy as hell, yet bracingly crisp and velvety smooth. Gorgeous mouthfeel with sparkling effervescence.

D: Delicious. Refreshing. World class. Everything a Wisconsin framboise could hope to be. Enjoy.

CaptainIPA, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

-Thank you very much to Emperor Stan for this one.

The wax is a nice touch on the bottle. Pours a very violet red almost winish. There is also very little dark carbonation.

True to its name smells deeply of raspberries with a tart sweetness coming through too.

Very tart and raspberry sweetness the finish reminds me of drinking prosecco in Italy. The carbonation and tartness are very pleasing to the tongue.

Might be good for a desert beer. Not something I would drink on the regular, but a pleasant surprise.

bfields4, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting.

Pours a very fizzy deep red with a quickly disappearing head. There is still a small ring of foam around the edge.

Smell is of fresh raspberries and nothing else.

Tastes just like a raspberry soda. Very sweet raspberry flavor. Not as tart as I thought it would be. Hard to believe this a beer.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel.

This is pretty drinkable. This would be great as a dessert drink or on hot summer day.

Quite refreshing and fresh. Glad I had the chance to sample this unique beer.

jera1350, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to 20oz snifter.

A: Pours a very deep red with a small pink head with good retention and a bit of lacing.

S: Very strong raspberries and some malt. Very strong scented.

T: Sweet fruit turning into sour raspberries accompanied by a nice hop/malt balance. Perfect.

Overall: Easily the best fruit beer I've had, NG has fruits down perfect. Can't wait to try the Wisconsin Red. Well carbonated and not too strongly flavored to drink an entire bottle of IMO.

AdmiralDiaz, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice Pink silky head, moderate head retention and good lacing. Dark crimson read color almost looks like juice.

S- RASPBERRIES! Sweet table sugar and nice tartness. This beer smells wonderful.

T- Very Sweet and tart, almost like a sour candy... Lots of fruity raspberry flavors that have waves of sweet but dry out and become very tart.

M- Medium bodied nice oiliness. Near perfect carbonation and lost of dry sour bite.

Overall- Great drinkablility for how sour this beer is. Delicious, all the flavors work great together. I will be getting this beer again!

br3wmeister, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
2.9/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep and dark ruby red color with a pink head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma is well... full of raspberries of course. It's very different from framboise if you were expecting that however. I got a very distinct preserves type of flavor. Very Smuckers-like I thought.

Taste was very tart and a touch sweet. Malt was not an afterthought either. Very malty. Caramel and toffee.

Body was very full and puckeringly sour at times.

Drinkability was so/so. I liked their Belgian Red cherry beer better but this was a nice dessert beer. Thanks to Kraft for allowing me to try this!

gonzo46and2, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of BarleyAndMe
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On recommnedation from a friend at an IMperial Stout tasting, saying "it's better than I thought it was going to be," I decided to pick onne up since there's nothing much else available in town.

Appearance - A nice dark ruby red. Once finger head of a more pinkish color which quickly reduced to a little ring around the edge of glass. Some spotty lacing.

Smell - No surprise here, raspberries. Mostly sweet, but a nice balance of sour/tartness. I don't get much else, but my sense of smell isn't my strength.

Taste - Bold raspberries attacking your taste buds. A nice balance of tart with the sweetness. I was worried about a sickly sweet fruit beer - I was pleasantly surprised. Myabe some other faint tastes trying come through, but it wasn't much.

Mouthfeel - Good, but not great. Pretty well carbonated, more than I really care for, although maybe not so bad for this style of beer. Much of the sweetness disappears in the after taste leaving a more tart ending. Finshed dry, but the raspberries linger.

Drinkability - Quite quaffable. low abv. nicely balanced.

BarleyAndMe, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Todd over on RB. I've had this before, just haven't had the chance to review it, so here goes...

750 ml dark red waxed bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a deep dark red with a thin half finger light pink colored head that disappears to just a ring around the the glass. Some spots cling on the sides here and there, but not much. Smell is, well...raspberries, some sour, some sweet, some overripe. Rhubarb, green apples, and cherries in there as well, great smelling bouquet of aromas. Taste is well, can you believe it...raspberries!!! A bit less sour than the aroma, but still some tartness. Gooey raspberry pie filling, great stuff. A bit dry in the finish as well. Medium body with a very crisp feel in the mouth. This is quite the treat and one that can be enjoyed by all. Very drinkable, very flavorful, and very refreshing. I have a 2007 bottle of ST Choklat I plan on blending with, hopefully it turns out as delicious as it sounds!

BeerTruth, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of merlin48
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been wanting to try this for ages. A huge thank you to dancinwillie for the hookup.

Pours a clear burgundy hue with copper tones. Absolutely a radiant ruby when held to light. Small pinkish head quickly fades to a cap but leaves some wispy lace on the goblet.

Aroma is pureed fresh raspberries. A hint of yeasty and earthy mushrooms underneath but the bouquet of raspberries is overwhelming to the senses.

Mouthfeel reveals a light to light medium body with an airy and sparkly carbonation.

Taste is raspberries, front and center. Just a hint of wheat malt on the tip of the tongue. Exceedingly tasty with a natural fruitiness. Fresh berry sweetness is balanced by a very satisfying tartness.

Wow! New Glarus has really set the bar high for American fruit beers. Unbelievable drinkability for this one. It's really incredible how tasty a fruit beer can.

merlin48, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of corey0212
4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Homerbag for this one!

Pours a sexy deep ruby-red color with remarkable clarity, two-finger pink head fades into a fine foamy layer atop the beer, a few stray dots of lacing on the glass. Smell is rich, decadent raspberry madness. Tastes like a raspberry sorbet, extreme tartness creeps up on you after the swallow, and zings the back and sides of the tongue like something you'd find in your Halloween candy bag. Tartness and raspberry flavors linger on and on, very finely carbonated and refreshing...you could pair this with all kinds of desserts. Based on this, the Wisconsin Belgian Red, and the Apple Ale, I can't imagine a brewery producing better fruit beers. Just fantastic stuff.

corey0212, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of deliriumfest
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 1/19/09

750ml bottle

Poured a dark red/burgudy color with a small pink epervesant head. Aroma was sweet and raspberry was definitely the star of the show. The flavor was quite different: tartness was the king here with sweet raspberries coming in second place. Mouthfeel was smooth and light with carbonation which equals stellar drinkability. Great choice if you like raspberry jam because it's almost the same thing minus the seeds and plus a minimal amount of alcohol.

deliriumfest, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle.

Tried Jul 2008.

Small rosy head quickly dissipates. Very cloudy deep burgundy color. Aroma is tart and sweet. Taste of pureed fresh raspberries and raspberry juice. Body is fairly thick. Start to finish is tangy and full of raspberry sweet/tartness. Slight bite of unripe berries at the very end. Very good fruit beer, would drink this and the Belgian Red all the time if I lived in Wisconsin.

htomsirveaux, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We had some company over and realized we were out of wine...so a quick run into cellar and a came back up with a bottle of this and a Belgian Red. I figured they should work and I was right.

Pours a cloudy pinkish-purple color with a nice pink head. Lots of bubbles racing to the surface. Looks good in the New Glarus flutes.

The aroma was filled with raspberries. Nice tartness in the smell has you preparing for it in the taste. I didn't get much else in the aroma besides the berries, but that was ok with me!

The flavor was a smack in the teeth from tart raspberries. Sweet berries also appear. Just how I was hoping it would taste. If raspberries aren't you're thing you'll want to avoid this one.

Mouthfeel was light a crisp...almost champagne like. Carbonation gave it a nice edge. Low abv, nice and fruity, perfect choice to show the ladies that not all beers taste like the crap they hate. Heck, show some of the guys as well.

Imstillthegman, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the many great brews I got from Hwwty4 in the Secret Santa 08 BIF. Thanks Bill, this is a beer I have long anticipated getting to try and by chance it has turned out to be my 400th review.

At first glance the body of this beer looks very red, almost exactly like a red wine. However, pink notes become noticeable when held up to the light. A pinkish head rises up a little bit but dies down even faster. No retention, head, or lacing sticks around on this one.

The smell is a little sweet, a little tart, but all raspberry. Smells a lot like fresh raspberries, and I can't think of what else I could ask for. A nice smell for sure.

A nice tartness leads off here, pairing puckering sourness with lots of natural tasting raspberry flavor. Next comes more raspberry flavors, but with lots of sweetness. Reminds me a little bit of a juice box actually. If HI-C made a beer, I think it would be this single aspect of Raspberry Tart. This is definitely all raspberry, which I definitely like, being a raspberry fan. The finish however, brings some oak notes into the flavor, which surprises me. The aftertaste is, unsurprisingly, tart raspberry. Tasty beer.

The mouthfeel of the body is light to medium at best. Despite the beer's appearance, it also is pretty well carbonated.

If you like raspberries, this beer is definitely drinkable. The tartness and sweetness come together to balance the beer out, making it rather drinkable. Glad to finally try this one, it was a pleasure.

Hojaminbag, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a murky, pinkish-brown body with a pink-hued, bubbly head.

Smell: Rich, fresh raspberry fruit aroma with a touch of tartness. Maybe a lil' bit of heaven added, too.

Taste: It's delish! Raspberry compote with just the perfect balance of pleasing sweetness and tartness. Small tinge of bitter and oak character serve as a reminder that you're not simply feasting on fresh juice. Finishes with a long, lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Unrivaled drinkability. I can say, quite categorically, that New Glarus Raspberry Tart is a phenomenal, incredibly delicious beer. It's a damn shame all fruit beers can't be this good.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of sablephish
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank this one near the new year, cold winter storm, inches of snow and a wood stove burning the background, yepper, It's alaska, and friggin cold...
Paired with a very special last bottle of 2006 AbYSS. Not blended, just sparate at the same time.

This pairing isnt totally true to the beer, but holy smokes . . . this is up there with oral sex! Liquid raspbeery love. Everything is so nice and clean, but walks the line between domesticated and crazy brett character. Perfect abuse of dumping raspberrys (fermented?) into the finished product. Poured deep opaque red, no sseing through this one. Pinky pink lace everlasting throuh the glass but weirdly random. . . super duper protein action (ver cool). Anyhow, as for the flavor, It's like drinking a fresh raspberry pir. Fresh being the operatinve word here.
Thanks you new glarus, you made Juneau Alaska just a little more tolerable tonight.

sablephish, Jan 04, 2009
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,889 ratings.