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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,986 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2,986
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,047
Gots: 596 | FT: 56
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 roadhouse
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml shared with family by spointon. Mine was poured into a 4-6 oz.tasting glass.

The appearance was ruby red in color with a half inch pink head that dissipated very quickly. No lacing left behind.

The aroma was straight up raspberries, nice and fresh. They were struggling to be sweet and struggling to be tart, and the ensuing fight was quite delectable.

The taste is of course straight up fresh raspberries again. It began sweet and during the swallow it became increasingly tart, nearing a pucker at one point but stopping short. In a word, delicious.

Mouthfeel was very nice, it was fairly light but the carbonation level was perfect. Very drinkable, I could have a whole bottle of this in one sitting with no problems.

This has to be the best fruit beer that I've ever tried. Having had this the Wisconsin Belgian Red is next on my list. All I can say is New Glarus is the shit.

roadhouse, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of WJVII
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a champagne flute (as recommended) and it has a deep red color with a pink bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is, well quite fankly, raspberry. But not just raspberry, but fresh raspberry, sticky and juicy. The taste is BAM, raspberry! And the finish is just the perfect amount of tart leaving a tingling of flavor in your mouth. The carbonation is similar to champagne and there is a candy essence to it. This is just such an unusual brew. So similar to the Belgian Red.

My wife made a comment on the rating of this and the Belgian Red and how I can rate them so high. She asked if I would rather this and that over a coffee stout or a pale ale. Fact of the matter is, these are a different breed, and bottom line is these are unique and extremely well crafted brews. Hats off!

WJVII, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at Discount Liquors last time I was in Milwaukee - served it with my mom's apple crisp at Xmas dinner.

A - Beautiful ruby red color with a thin pinkish head that dissipates quickly. Bubbles lazily rise from the bottom - it looks kind of like soda, except for the small amount of lacing. It's hard to compare as I don't have a real frame of reference for fruit beer - it doesn't even really look like a kriek.

S - Fresh raspberries, and all that entails. Some sweetness, some tartness - it's obviously sweetened with sugar or malt, as pure raspberry juice doesn't have this potency of scent.

T - Initial taste is pure raspberry, but you get some hop bitterness at the back of the palate. As someone who loves raspberries this is as good as it gets - it actually tastes like the fruit (or jam), and not like the phony raspberry flavor found in gum, etc. The taste is tarter than the smell, which keeps it from getting sickeningly sweet after a while.

M - Medium body, sticky, with a nice amount of carbonation. It's also got the dry crispness that I get from lambics - reminds me a little of La Folie. It leaves that too much candy mouthfeel after a while, for which I don't totally care.

D - At 4%, and with such incredible flavor, this is the perfect beer for dessert spreads. I could drink a bottle by myself and be totally fine with that - although I'd probably want to brush my teeth afterward!

This stuff is awesome - seek it out via trade if you can't hit up Wisconsin yourself.

MasterSki, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/16/08. Bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye (thanks Joey!). Pours a murky dark red with a small pink head. Aroma is wow! Quite powerful. Lots of raspberry, also raspberry pie and butteriness. Flavor is very similar, lots of raspberry, fairly tart, raspberry seed, maybe some plum. Very similar to Lindemann's Framboise but it's better and more complex. Such a tasty beer!
9/4/9/4/18 (4.4/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Mauerhan for opening this in my presence. How will I ever repay him?

Pours deep ruby red slippers. Thin head. Creamy pinkish. Looks like a glass of wine.

Smells like cranberry juice concentrate. I can detect the raspberries. Very nice, like cough syrup.

Taste like raspberry soda. The tart part is at the end and quite tart.

Easy drinking chick beer. Your girlfriend would drink a whole bottle. Biggest problem with this beer is the complete lack of balls in the ABV department. This stuff is like candy. Tastes so damn good, like Hawiian Punch, that I could drink it all day, but to be honest, I kinda feel like a pussy for drinking it. Wine cooler-ish.

The individual scores give this beer its high average, but collectively I'm not that impressed. This is one case where the whole is lesser than the sum of its parts. I wouldn't chase this down again and I would take soooo many other beers ahead of it.

Overall: weak

PatronWizard, Dec 18, 2008
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby color with a nice pink head. The aroma is of raspberry, and hints of nuts. The taste is a bit more lively than the aroma. Tons of raspberry, and a stronger nutty character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I prefer the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

KarlHungus, Dec 16, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks much!! Been looking forward to trying this one for a while after the joyous "pie in a bottle" that was the Belgian Red. Split with a friend, with my portion poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, robust red - ruby is an apt descriptor here if it ever was for any beer. The head is a fuzzy, foamy pink, crisp and bubbly, almost like a soda head, which is to be expected - also expected is the relative lack of retention (similar to the Belgian red). It fades in about 30 seconds from its initial finger-and-a-half glory into naught but a sheen of light pink foam. Tons of fine bubbles roll up the sides of the tulip at a lackadaisical pace.

Aroma: Pure, unadulterated raspberry puree, one part sweet, one part tart. It's startlingly authentic and pungent, sweet and thick, all-encompassing. Sweet malted wheat is detectable only if one assumes that there's no earthly way that raspberries could produce this much residual sweetness in the nose of a beer ...

Taste: Wow. This is truly an unbelievable-tasting beer, perfectly marrying sweet and tart, saccharine and bitter, and being a raspberry fan, I'm pretty much in heaven right now. The sheer volume of raspberry flavor here would be impressive in a raspberry sorbet, or a raspberry soda, but in a beer it's amazing. The tartness/sourness is cleansing, slightly acidic, but smooth and crisp throughout, and the sweetness equally smooth and well-balanced with all the other elements of this masterpiece. I have to assume a lot of the sweetness is due to the malted wheat, as it's a soft, powdery sweetness, though it is hard to pick out from the general overwhelming fructose sweetness of this one. I can only detect the faintest hint of what I could call hop bitterness, and I have no clue what the oak vats contributed to this one, but who cares? This one's about the raspberries, and they're glorious.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp and effervescent, but somehow still remarkably smooth and even. The hint of fruity acidity present leaves the slightest crisp, tooth-cleaning feel.

Drinkability: This beer - which does not taste like beer - instead tastes like pie. And I really like pie. New Glarus continues to impress - nay, blow me out of the water - with their handling of fruit and beer, a marriage that, based upon how often others screw it up, seems easy to screw up. I'm going to go out on a limb and say this is the best fruit beer I've ever had (the Belgian Red a reasonably close runner up). And at 4.0% abv, how can you afford NOT to down a whole bottle with ... or even AS ... dessert?

CrellMoset, Dec 15, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to maximum12 for sending this along in a trade. Wanted to compare this to the La Folie in general to see which I would like better- this is the winner. Deliciously delicious.

750ml wax covered cap easily removed from the big heavy bottle. Poured into large goblet.
Bottle graphics: 4/10. Bland.

A: Dark cherry red body with a fluffy pink head upon the vigorous pour. Sporadic lace if that.

S: Sweet and tarty raspberry marmalade. Almost cloyingly sweet which honestly scared me off a little bit.

T: Awesome. The fear that this would be a little overbearingly tart from the nose was completely knocked out in the taste. This has the fantastic taste of real raspberries, not the fake crap.

Perfectly light on the mouth and I could swear there is also cherries here, maybe just from the color.

M: Tight sweetness on the side of my cheeks. Went down like juice. Surprise surprise, literally not sensitivity of alcohol.

D: This was as tasty a fruit beer as I have come across. It tasted genuine and smooth. New Glarus is known for these and this is surely evidence of why they are.

marcpal, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Lordsloth for giving me this one.

Poured a 25oz bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a magnificent deep maroon but barely produces any head whatsoever and what head it does produce quickly disappeared into a completely still beer. The aroma is amazing. It encapsulates the essence of a raspberry. Up front the aroma is a like raspberry jam, sweet and sugary but at the end the nose, the aroma becomes quite tart and it makes your nose hair tingle. The taste follows suit to a tee. Sweet raspberry hits your lips and tongue but the more you hold it in your mouth the more the sour/tartness comes through. It coalesces every aspect of biting into a fresh raspberry. The mouthfeel is light and crisp but leaves a sour twinge in your jaw and a dryness on your tongue. I wish I had a case of this on hand at all times. This beer is simply amazing.

hwwty4, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a flute glass.

Apperance: red bodied beer with white head.

Smell: Raspberries lots of Raspberries!

Taste: Nice tart raspberries.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderately high carbonation. Aggressive and eppervescent carbonation.

Overall: Its raspberry champaign, but no its still beer. My favorite fruit beer of the fruit twins from New Glarus. Elegant beer that is a simple and delicous. Share it with your lady, she will love it.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

cracked this with my buddies patronwizard and olieipa. a big thank you to unclejedi for this brew.

poured into my sam adams tulip. a whisp of pinkish head shows up to the party just long enough to tickle olie's mommy daddy button. as olie finishes off his load we return to the beer. no lacing. deep red.

smell is sweet. framboise. raspberry juice. VERY fruity. i mean victor fruity.

taste is pure raspberry. no booze. just fruit. wow. this beer is, well how would you say it...light on its feet. tasty.

mouth is thin. very sweet to the point of having a pinch of sour.

a tasty beer. not for me i would say. im sure that my girlfriend will be pissed that i didnt save this for her. meh. good beer. but as vic said. no balls. and we all know how he likes his balls...onto the isabelle!!!

Mauerhan, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of OlieIPA
4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mauerhan for sharing this beer with me and that one guy...oh yeah....PatronWizard.

A: Appeared thin with a dull pink head that didn't last very long, but settled in my glass with a cherry-purple hue.

S: Similar to a Framboise (like my good buddy Mauerhan indicated); The aroma has a little bit of cherry along with the raspberry character.

T: Not as much berry flavor as I expected, which I actually pleased about, along with a perfect amount of sourness. It reminds me of that sour-type sugar they place on the licorice candy (can't think of the name of it, LOL).

M: Light-body, which I think is perfect for this style, along with a smooth and subtle carbonated feel.

D: Easy...no alcohol...something everyone could enjoy.

Overall: I usually avoid beers that are similar to this, but I was pleasantly surprised after sipping on this great gift from Mauerhan. A try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Dec 04, 2008
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4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fruit beers by New Glarus are very powerful. Heavy in the mouth as well as heavy on the use of fruit. The healthy use of fruit always overpowers the flavor of the beer. But this is meant to be sipped by a fire and enjoyed for it's richness and developing complexity. This is great stuff. But it is prettyy sweet, one glass is plenty, gimme a pale ale.

kickapoodude, Dec 03, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL wax-dipped bottle shared by jerz.

A: Elegant pink rose head rises impresses but dissipates quickly, leaving behind nothing and a complete absence of lacing. Deep burgundy color, dark red wine.

S: Raspberries, floral aroma with chrysanthemums. Hints of tartness.

T: A flood of raspberry bursts into my mouth, then a sour, tart, tingling essence surfaces and multiplies. By the swallow the acidity and tart flavors are tingling all over my mouth. Raspberry-centric, but the lambic qualities here shine through. With this beer New Glarus reveals why they are not just a leader for America, but for the rest of the world as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with a low carbonation that allows the tart qualities of the brew to shine through and frolic on my tongue.

D: Big fruit flavors, floral qualities, and intense tartness/acidity creates a beer that is complex on a level that can only be sipped. To be treasured and shared. This is a beer to share for sure, drinking a 750 solo would be a challenge, but this is a beer I would buy frequently if I lived in Wisconsin. This beer can only be described as incredible.

vacax, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of marksto
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish-amber with thin head and medium retention. Has a big, sourish, fruity-berry nose with some malt sweetness mixed in as well. Flavor-wise, the name fits very well. A berry explosion followed by a sharp, tart-sour tang. Very wine-like, leaves a pleasant tang on the back of the tongue as I drink.

Another awesome fruit beer from New Glarus, this one is world class and right behind the cherry. A must try.

marksto, Nov 27, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Raspberry Tart (bottle)
A: pours a nice deep and intense red almost hard to see any light through it. Nice dark pink head. Great retention and very good lacing.

S: solid tart raspberry aromas. Huge fruity nose.

T: great tartness, with a huge overpowering raspberry flavor. A little too sweet but totally expected from the style.

M: very thick and warming. Mild carbonation level. Solid flavors and a great palate.

D: very drinkable....a 750mL is made for sharing, especially with this one. Outstanding.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 25, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the Super Terrific Stout Tasting on 02/16/08. This beer pours a deep ruby color with a medium and craggy white head that dissipates slowly. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Nice bouquet of raspberries in the nose with a touch of sweet malt in the background. Medium-bodied with a juicy mouthfeel and tart raspberry (go figure) character. Touches of malt and dark cherry flavor as well. The finish is lively and fruity with an underlying sweetness. New Glarus has found the secret to making Fruit Beers that I enjoy, which is no easy feat. Very good overall.

Dogbrick, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of cubsfan2004
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a 750ml. A deep crimson with good lacing.

S - Smell of tart raspberries.

T - A wonderful blend of sweet and tart. Raspberry flavor dominates.

M - Smooth and medium bodied. Well carbonated.

D - A very easy drinker, however, the sweetness would probably be too much after a couple of pints.

Overall, a very fine brew but more of a dessert beer.

cubsfan2004, Nov 16, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - The color of this beer is a cross between purple an amber. The head tops out at just over half inch and had a nice lavender hue to it. Retention is average and lacing is minimal. Some active carbonation keeps going for a while after the pour giving the beer a continuous ring of tiny bubbles around the top.

S - Raspberries explode out of the aroma. Notes of black cherry and possibly other dark fruits are present. There is a hint of dark malt at the very end. The aroma follows the beers namesake very well.

T - Surprise...more rasperries. Cherry and blackberry seem to meander in and out of the flavor as well. I know there is some darker malt in here but it is quite removed from the primary flavors and nearly impossible to pick out. No alcohol in this one at all. Flavor is simple but still good.

M - Lighter bodied with alot of carbonation. The abundant carbonation really works wonders for this beer. Finish starts out very sweet and ends with a nice tartness that makes the mouth pucker for a while.

D - Drinkability is good. I must admit that I was impressed with this one. It is pure unadulterated raspberry. It actually tastes more like fruit soda than beer. Alcohol is just not present or is completely covered by other flavors. Would have been nice to get some kind of "beer" flavors but that just doesn't seem like the way New Glarus is wanting to go with this one. Given how sweet this beer is, I'd say split the bottle with a friend if you can. Maybe as a dessert. 750ml could be a bit much for one person.

csmiley, Nov 09, 2008
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4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark ruby color with a small head and lots of carbonation, very little lacing.

Scent of raspberries, sugars and some yeast. I like it, but there is something about it that doesn't quite sit right with me.

Taste is very tart with raspberries and sugars initially, some orange peel and spices come in after. Finishes somewhat dry with a subtle wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and biting, matches the beer well.

paco1029384756, Oct 29, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red, off-pink white head, dissipates fairly quickly and leaves somme nice lacing. Aroma of Raspberries and more raspberries.

Flavor of raspberries and the tart finish of the natural sourness associated with the fruit.

Awesome stuff! I want more.

bloberglawp, Oct 20, 2008
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4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Went to the brewery this weekend with EmperorStan and picked up a case (well, he did, at least).

A: Excellent color. Deep, rich garnet, with excellent depth of color. Pours with a small, white head which disappears rather quickly - lack of head retention is the only reason this score isn't a perfect 5.

S: Mmm, raspberries. There's just lots of fresh, delicious fruit - sweet, yet not too sweet. Alluring.

T: Again, raspberries. Also, beer. Harmony. Most fruit beers are clearly beer with fruit or fruit with beer... this is more of just fruitbeer. Fantastic.

M: Good body. Goes down smoothly, but I'd like to see a bit more carbonation (just a little). Sticky, but not in a bad way.

D: Let's be honest, I could drink the entire case right now with nooo problem.

jenitivecase, Oct 20, 2008
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4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and poured the drink into a wine flute. It gives a pink head that is about a 1/4 inch but then quickly disappears. When held to the light, it is a clear deep ruby appearance. If sitting in the glass on the table, it actually looks as if you're drinking a merlot.
The scent is very good, especially if you like raspberries. There is also a hint of champagne and tartness to the aroma.
The initial taste is again, strongly raspberry. The fruitness is quite potent, but the tartness balances very nicely. This is also a moderate level of carbonation, which almost makes it drink like a champagne that had raspberries soaking in it.
I was very surprised by this beer, as I was not expecting it to be as good as it is. My only argument against it is that I do not feel you could drink a lot of it and it does lack some of the standard beer flavors.

SykDoc, Oct 14, 2008
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4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into wine glasses.

Fizzy deep magenta grew, beautiful, very little head.

The aroma is as perfect a fresh raspberry aroma as one can imagine. Hint of wood underneath.

Just a magnificent use for delicious fresh raspberries. This beer/fruit wine is perfectly tart and sweet, layers of wonderful clear fruit flavor, the hops and wheat in the brew providing a complementary backbone that lets the raspberries shine. I can't think of a more perfect beverage for Thanksgiving dinner.

kenito799, Oct 08, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crimson color with a thin red head that quickly fades to a few bubbles sitting on top. Very little lacing is left on the glass.

Smells like concentrated raspberries. A bit juice like. Does not smell fermented at all.

Raspberry Tart. That is exactly what you get in the flavor. Big splash of raspberry sweetness with a mouth puckering finish. Lingering raspberry aftertaste. Tastes nothing of beer or any alcoholic beverage. Maybe a little alcohol flavor would improve this beer by cleansing the palate.

Very sweet without leaving a syrupy consistancy. Has a light body actually. Carbonation is abundant but not harsh.

If a person loves raspberries they will love this even if they don't like beer. No beer or alcoholic flavor at all. Probably best served as a dessert beverage. Too sweet for continous consumption.

morimech, Oct 05, 2008
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,986 ratings.