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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

2,259 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 2259
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.78%


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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hero27

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl. oz green bottle with blood red wax coating the neck.

Made from Oregon raspberries that have been fermented in oak vats..sounds intriguing...

Deep, opaque garnet color with a pink sherbet head.
The raspberry aroma is just incredible..hard to explain, really. If you blindfolded someone, there'd be no way they'd think of beer upon smelling this creation. It's a fresh raspberry punch to the nose as soon as you open the bottle.
The name certainly nails it..the tartness is unrelenting. The bold sweetness of the raspberry adds another dimension of flavor that creates a bittersweet, sour finish..it takes a few sips to get used to (or shock your tastebuds into submission), but it pays off with a simply mouthwatering result. Very crisp mouthfeel with exceptionally lively carbonation. The full-on, sugary sweet raspberry flavor may make it hard for someone to drink an entire bottle by themselves, but other than that, this brew has few flaws.

Damn, these guys at New Glarus know their fruit beers.. Thanks again to badbeer for picking this one up for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 05:32:31 | More by hero27
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar in nature to the Belgian Red, except with raspberries instead of cherries. I'd hate to know how much fruit is in each bottle. The beer just explodes with raspberry color, aroma, flavor, and tartness. Sweet, tart, and thickness to the point that it's hard to drink. Sip maybe, but not drink. Belly-aching sweet. Still the flavors and aromas are flawless. Juicy, ripe, rich and full. The beer has a lingering raspberry sweetness that goes on for days. Though I like the beer, it's a little over-bearing and could stand more beer-like qualities. I'm looking for a bit more vineous, woodsy, barley, hop, and drinkability--just a little more dimension.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 16:23:29 | More by BEERchitect
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The raspberry aromas waft up almost as soon as I open this. Smells of sweet raspberry jam, and like some kind of raspberry-lemonade. Pours blood colored with pink lacing. The tartness comes thru more in the taste and quickly follows the sweet raspberry flavor. An effervescent like carbonation, like a sparkling wine, tingles on the tongue and hits in the back of the throat. Not an everyday drinker, this bottle is definitely one I would share, but well balanced flavors and a great experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 22:34:40 | More by hoppymeal
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite an odd one. Pours a hazy pinkish reddish color with only a smaller pink head that reduces quite quickly. Aroma is all raspberry. Really freshly picked raspberry. It's very aromatic too. Taste begins with a bit of raspberry skin tartness but soon the juices flow out. Really sweet, fruit gusher like, juice. The tartness is there but is overmatched by the juicy sweetness this raspberry drink offers. More carbonation, alcohol, anything please. Only the slighest hints of wheat and hops make there way in and really that's only when the beer warmed up on my second glass. A sticky acidic twinge finishes off this beer. Unusual, fruity, high quality in certain aspects but not so high quality in others.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 03:31:38 | More by granger10
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Sephiroth

Indiana

4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sprinkle for the bottle. Pours a murky, brownish maroon. Head quickly recedes. Smells of fresh, sweet, buttery raspberries, and there is a faint barnyard scent.

Taste is of sweet, only slightly tart raspberries, and some pale, maybe crystal malt. Lively, effervescent mouthfeel, thick, like they pureed the hell out of some raspberries and put them in this beer. Along with New Glarus' Wisconsin Belgian Red, this is the best fruit beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 09:56:57 | More by Sephiroth
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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Redish-brown in color, this superb beer features strong raspberry on the nose. There's also the suggestion of cough medicine, a hint of malt lies underneath. The flavor of partly spicy fresh fruit bursts forth onto the palate. There's a medium tartness mid-palate. Tastes kind of like raspberry cider. This beer finishes with a mild acidity that makes its way down the throat. I must say this is one of the better fruit beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:45:16 | More by VoodooBrew
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mynie

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark raspberry puree red. Yummy red. Mouth watering. If I was some sort of monkey and I saw this color in nature I would know that whatever it was would be good to eat. Opaque.

Deep raspberry odor. Very sour, very tart, and a definite kick of lambic yeast. Good, but not as insane-o good as the Belgian Red.

Oh that's tasty. Like a raspberry fruit roll up. Or actually, more like a handful of raspberries along with some Belgian yeast in the back.

This is like perfectly alcoholic fruitjuice. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 04:38:03 | More by mynie
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BadBadger

New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truely amazing accomplishment. This fanatastic beverage pours a wonderful dark raspberry color. The head is off-white with raspberry tints. The smell leaves absolutely no doubt to the contents of this extremely delightful brew. The taste is complex, yet at the same time simple-it is RASPBERRY! This is a beer to be searched out and savored. There is no room for improvement (except perhaps larger bottles). This is the standard to which all others will strive. A wonderful drink for any occasion (but be sure to save a bottle or two for the holidays). Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 14:23:55 | More by BadBadger
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blood red, cloudy, dark, with a hint of violet. No head, barely any carbonation. Smell is a strong, sweet raspberry flavor, fresh and inviting. Tastes like semi-sweet raspberries at first, the tartness is not what I expected, but the finish does carry a nice tang. Slightly acidic, it becomes more drinkable as you go along. Mouthfeel is slightly thick, carbnonation is low. It is very comparable to a lightly carbonated fruit juice on the palate. Drinkablity is nice. The alcohol is low, and it keeps improving over time giving it staying power...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 01:39:03 | More by bennetj17
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Jredner

Florida

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured like something from my smoothie maker. Gloppy fruit juice thick with a rich red/raspberry color and even had a diminishing, thumb thick, tan head. Fore is a blast of sweet raspberry and as that fades a kind of grainy oatmeal/wheat maltiness appears that tastes a bit of oatmeal cakes and malt powder. The overall effect is like a fruitfilled cake with malt powder sprinkled on it. This is so fantastic tasting that it is a little hard to believe. While the raspberry flavors are amazing what turly endears me toward the beer is the far aftertaste which is so malty and oat/wheat cake wholesome that it make me feels like a little kid trying a sweet treat for the first time. Truly and amazing creation.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 21:27:12 | More by Jredner
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Zorro

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF Thanks a million!

Large green champagne style bottle sealed with wax.

Beer pours a clouded reddish violet colored beer with a red pink head.

Smell is intense deep fresh raspberries! Nicely sweet and tart in scent this beer just screams RASPBERRIES at you. Lesser scents of wood and fruit pulp, needless to say if you don't like raspberries you have no reason to want this beer.

Taste is intense sweet and tart raspberries and we are not talking about a flavor on top of an ale flavor either! Super INTENSE raspberry flavor to the exclusion of all other tastes. There is a flavor of salt to this one too something like a Gose that just accentuates the basic flavor something like the way it works in ice cream or sherbets. Very tart beer that lives up to its name and it could give some sweeter Framboise Lambics a run for their money in the tartness department. I don't like most Lambics because of the vinegar taste they have from acetic acid but this is different, more like a Berliner Weiss. Additional flavors of wood or bitter seed pulp are in this too but it is all about the fruit.

Mouthfeel is quite thick it seems like there is a great deal of fruit pulp and pectin left in this as if it would only take a little heat and sugar to turn this into raspberry marmalade.

Really tasty beer that would go great with sweet desserts or sour salads or fruit glassed meats or drink this as a dessert all by itself! A great choice of beer for a brunch menu.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 03:27:21 | More by Zorro
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Brewfan

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cooperrip for sharing this bottle with me.
Poured into non-descript brandy snifter.
Poured a hazy, bloodied-raspberry purple. Minimal pinkish head with some slight lacing .
Aroma of fresh raspberry puree. Quite sweet on the nose. Reminded me of a Flintstone raspberry sherbet push-up from when I was a kid. Man I love those things.
Taste of fresh raspberry puree. Quite sweet on the tongue with some tartness for a decent balance.
Really, it's a medium carbonated raspberry puree in a bottle.
No hops, no malt. Just raspberries. Medium mouthfeel, and a bit cloying. Quite tasty, but I don't think I'd be able to drink an entire bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 19:36:43 | More by Brewfan
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DeaconBluez

Alabama

3.13/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a deep rapsberry color. it almost looks a a raspberry smoothie. it is very thick looking. head disapates rather quickly. leaves some lacing.

smell is of very tart raspberries.

taste is of chocolate and coffee...wait no...i am just kidding. it is very tart and very rapsberry-ish

i don't think i need to go on much further.i think you get the idea here. RAPSBERRIES!!! this is not a beer for people that don't like fruit type beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 22:19:40 | More by DeaconBluez
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slyke

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another winner from New Glarus. Being a fan of their Spotted Cow and Wisconsin Belgian Red, I had to give this one a try. It is another tasty beer from this brewery.

Appearance: This beer pours a purple-red raspberry color with a similarly colored head.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is heavily laden with raspberries as you might expect.

Taste: The flavor is also heavy with raspberries. The flavor is not a traditional "beer" taste, but that is not a downfall. The raspberry sweetness and tartness are natural, not syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light in mouthfeel, it is appropriate for the flavoring of the beer.

Drinkability: While I like the Wisconsin Belgian Red better, this is a very tasty beverage. It is one to break out for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 03:57:10 | More by slyke
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DrZarkov

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that will catch your attention with this beer is the amazing smell. It smells like raspberry jam, but with a wheaty hint to it. It's quite sweet, but not in the same way as fruit flavored malt beers. Its a much more natural kind of sweetness and so it not over powering even for those who are not too keen on sweeter beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 05:26:00 | More by DrZarkov
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bashiba

Iowa

1.7/5  rDev -61%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Absolutely the most disgusting looking beer I have ever poured into a glass. A strange combination that looks like some sort of off purple mudd. A very light amount of carbonation to let you know that it is beer, but just barely.

Smells exactly like a bowl of raspberry Ice Cream, probably the highest quality of this beer.

Taste is a very sour raspberry flavor, no real beer flavors in a normal sense to speak of, no hop prescence no malts detectable at all.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly thin for a beer that looks so thick.

Drinkability is terrible, taste more like a bad can of sour raspberry soda than beer. I don't think I would even call it beer. Couldn't even finish it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 01:51:53 | More by bashiba
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jamesdergen

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky, very opaque beet red with no head. Looks like vegetable juice of some sort...

Smell: 100% fresh, tart raspberries. Nice.

Taste: The name says it all. Big time fresh raspberry flavor that is more tart than it is sweet, which I like. It really doesn't taste like beer at all. I don't think there is anything else to pick up in the way of flavor... It's like getting punched in the mouth by a bunch of fresh raspberries!

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and the sweetness/tartness is a bit much at times. Very sour aftertaste that leaves the mouth very dry and kinda sticky.

Drinkability: Hard to drink more than a sip at a time. Too thick, sweet and tart to drink more quickly, but I don't think this beer was intended to be more than a sipper.

Nice dessert beer. You might want to find someone to share a bottle with, it is a bit too sweet and tart for me to take down a whole bottle. If you live in the area, it's worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 02:05:41 | More by jamesdergen
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another nice beer supplied by DirtyLou.

Poured a blood red in color with a pretty pink head that receded to around the edges of the glass. Actually poured kind of like syrup.

Nose is all raspberries. Very sweet.

Flavor is an even bigger whallop of what I got from the nose. V ery sweet raspberries that quickly becomes tart. Very cloying flavor that never really recedes.

Feels like my tastebuds are standing up. A bit puckering but too sweet for it to be over the top. Bit syrupy.

Great beer, but the whole bottle was awfully tart for one person alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 00:49:24 | More by MuddyFeet
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The not as famous cousin to the New Glarus Belgian Red, Raspberry Tart lives up to its name. Pouring a dark ruby red, opaque, the color looks like dark cherry jello with whipped topping almost completely stirred in. The smell is fruity, but more than raspberry--sour note reaches up and grabs your nose. Even, smooth lambic taste, but it stays in the front of the mouth. The complexity of the beer is narrow compared to a good lambic, but far superior to the average fruit beer that dumps a fruity taste that floats on top of a beer , like drinking an unstirred long island ice tea. Compared this to a locally made raspberry wine, and hold to my contention that beer is more complex and satisfying than wine. Great beer to bring to friends--everyone from neophyte to beer geek will love it.

Go out of your way for this beer. We generally get four bottles of New Glarus at a time when in Wisconsin: Three Belgian Reds and one Raspberry Tart.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2005 03:08:25 | More by FightingEntropy
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has been in my cellar for over a year, so I am hoping that there has been a bit of an increase in the tart. Let's see...

Appearance: Poured aggressively to give about a quarter inch of dense pink bubbles. The beer looks pretty cloudy with only a few bubbles rising. The head was almost all gone in less than a minute.

Aroma: Rich aroma of apples. Just kidding...the raspberries rule the aroma. It smells rich and syrupy like a Lindeman's Framboise does.

Taste: The raspberries almost rule the flavor before the beer passes your lips. It is really rich, and has a massive raspberry presence. After you get past the raspberries, and their characteristic cheek puckering, you do get a bit of sourness in this beer. I don't notice the Hallertau hops anywhere in here. As it warms a bit, the flavor takes on a bit more of an earthy note...but still ruled by the berries.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and one that has no trouble competing with the raspberry offering from Lindeman's. You have to respect the brewer that can get this much berry flavor in a beer. The tart component is as much a part of the natural astringency of the berries, as a soured fermentation. The sourness is reserved and plays a supporting role. These over-the-top fruit beers are nice, but not necessarily my favorite because it is almost like having a fruity drink with vodka or something. That is just my opinion, and that said, I would absolutely still recommend this beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2005 23:22:09 | More by SkeeterHawk
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battlekow

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this simultaneously with the Lindemans Fram-bwaz, raspberry vs. raspberry.

Raspberry Tart is a turbid, raspberry puree-looking liquid. Not a whole lot of head or lacing. Think tomato juice, only with raspberries instead of tomatoes. It smells like candied raspberries, as opposed to the Lindemans' fresh raspberries. Still good, just not quite as good, and I don't think it smells nearly as strong as its cousin, the Wisconsin Belgian Red.

Taste isn't even all that sweet, and has an uncomfortable vegetable character lurking underneath. You can actually tasted some toasted maltiness in the finish.

Heavy, full mouthfeel is a little off-putting, though I guess this supposed to be more "beery" than a lambic.

Maybe I just don't like raspberries as much as cherries, because I liked the Belgian Red much more than this. Then again, I liked the Lindemans Fram-bwaz more than either, so perhaps Raspberry Tart is the weak link in New Glarus' fruit beer chain.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2005 02:07:45 | More by battlekow
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petercmartin1

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was at the New Glarus brewery a few weeks ago and picked this up. I've had the Wisconsin Red before (their cherry beer) but hadn't had this one yet, and being a raspberry lover I just had to try this one.
I'm glad I did! This is one of the best fruit beers I have ever drank! No taste of raspberry "syrup" here. It is all real raspberries. Color is a cloudy deep redish magenta. Kind of strange at first, but I really liked the color. Minimal head, but beautiful lacing as it quickly fell. Aroma is all about raspberries, with just a hint of grain in the background and just the lightest essence of wood, from the large 3000 gallon barrel it is aged in. The flavor is the best I have ever had from a fruit beer. Sweet, but with a powerful tartness to balance it. Just enough of the malt comes through to let you know you are still drinking beer, but this is definately all about the raspberries.
Again, I have to repeat, this is one of the best fruit beers I have ever drank! It's a great beer, and one that goes down quickly any time, but especially on a nice warm day just after mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 13:43:54 | More by petercmartin1
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Sixpoint

New York

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bring on the raspberries and brown sugar! That's what I get in the nose. Fresh hot bowl of oatmeal delivered fresh to your nose with dallop of caramelized brown sugar and a heaping of fresh raspberries.

A deep burgundy/purple color, it almost looks like a Shiraz.

Very low hop flavor; this beer is dominated by sweetness. It lends a cloying and viscous mouthfeel, one that does not sit very well with me.

I love the complexity and uniquness of this beer, but it tastes too much like a wine cooler for me to love. I just can't handle all of the fruit. I'd love to see a hopped up version of this beer. But hey, I'm jaded!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 14:04:03 | More by Sixpoint
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. I've wanted to check this one out for a while.
Appears a dark crimson colored cranberry with a small white head. Little spots of white lacing are left behind.
Smell is of big ripe ripe raspberries. Not that I was expecting otherwise, of course.
Taste is of tart raspberries, along with a touch of cranberries. Similar to a lambic but much more refined and sweet.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, and tart, making for an interesting brew.
Drinkability is good. I think I would still take the Belgian Red over this one but it definitely gets the job done.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 19:41:31 | More by weeare138
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks go out to cmaruschak for the chance to sample this rare Wisconsin gem.

Appearance: Pours out a deep crimson colored raspberry (go figure!) color. It kind of looks like old tomato juice. Not the color but the consistency. It kind of leaves some pithy residue along the side of the glass. No visible head noted but a nice ivory lacing rings the glass.

Smell: Pure rapsberries. Pretty much everything you would expect. Definitely on the tart side of things. I'm sorry but I have no other words to describe this. Pretty much like sticking your head in a big pile of raspberries.

Taste: Follows smell directly. Lip puckering goodness. All raspberries with that pucker effect that kind of makes the roof of your mouth feel like it's going to cave in. Really enjoyable but I get no other taste/flavors other than raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Just a brush of carbonation. Again, that pithy tart residue kind of clings to your palate. Pretty interesting.

Drinkability: I can't imagine throwing down a whole bottle of this by myself. Definitely one to share or one to savor. Would have been outstanding with some dark chocolate. Wouldn't scratch the beer itch for me on a regular basis but definitely a great brew and a welcome change of pace. Outstanding indeed!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 23:16:53 | More by mattcrill
Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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