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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,885 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,885
Reviews: 847
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 1,039
Gots: 590 | FT: 54
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 badbeer
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

badbeer, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Erdinger2003, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of tboom29
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

tboom29, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of dherling
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UWMelson for this. Fuckembucky!

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

dherling, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

dfried, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

trevorwideman, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

alexgash, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

blitz134, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

scruffwhor, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

mcallister, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.28/5  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!

Phatz, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  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.

akorsak, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of Luchman
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Luchman, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

oakbluff, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of ryantupy
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

ryantupy, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

tjthresh, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of brdc
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

brdc, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

MaltyGoodness, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.45/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

hopsaplenty, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

IntriqKen, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of klewis
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

klewis, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of bigbelcher
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

bigbelcher, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.97/5  rDev +14%
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.

TheBungyo, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.53/5  rDev -19%
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.

Prufrock, Sep 30, 2006
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 2,885 ratings.