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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 892
Hads: 3,428
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 1,160
Gots: 769 | FT: 94
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New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 04-21-2002

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.
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Photo of AltBock
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a big recycled paper label on the front and a thin coat of purple wax over the cap. No vintage year on the bottle unless the color of the wax is suppose to tell me that. The big label has a drawing of three plump raspberries on a thin stem. Flanking the sides of the raspberries is the US Govt. Warning and 3 small paragraphs describing the beer.

When poured into a Rapp Brewing Tulip, this raspberry beer was a murky burgundy that had a faint tint of apple cider brown along the sides. On top of this brew was a long lasting reddish white 3/4 of an inch head of foam. Some of the burgundy from the color of the beer blended into the white of the foam. Excellent retention that left behind an everlasting soft skim of foam and a ton of sticky streaks and spots of lace. Everything about this appearance was top notch. There was nothing lacking in the appearance.

Don't expect a wide range of aromas in this beer. This beer had a straight up fresh raspberry aroma. I found raspberry jelly, raspberry wine, and a touch of wild raspberry. Raspberry!! There was a little tartness in the aroma, but it's extremely soft. It won't make you turn your head. Hope you like the rich the raspberry because that's the only thing you'll find in the nose.

The taste was extremely malty with a little hoppyness to back it up. Yeah right! This is the point of the New Glarus experience where you get to taste all of those raspberries that you smelled. The tartness in the taste was a little higher than the aroma, but it was still pretty mild. Unlike the aroma, there were other flavors in the taste. My tastebuds found a hint of apple, a few grapes, and a speck of cranberry. All of these flavors bowed down to the mighty raspberry.

This was a creamy light bodied beer that certainly wasn't light in flavor. The mouthfeel had a good amount of carbonation and a lightly tart aftertaste of raspberry and a hint of grapes and cranberries.

New Glarus nailed it with the raspberries. The beer was one dimensional, but it's an extremely well made and delicious one dimensional beer. If you don't like the taste the raspberries, better stay clear of this beer. If you like well made lightly tart fruit beers, you better make a run for the Wisconsin border and pick yourself up a bottle. This beer kind of makes me wish that I lived in Wisconsin. Big thanks to mnbuffalo for hooking me up! (2,393 characters)

Photo of krustster
4.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Incredible deep, ruby red color, almost brown, so maybe that means it's closer to garnet? Two finger pinkish head that stayed for a long long time, lots of lacing, I keep holding it up to the light and looking in amazement at that incredible red color. Lots of fine, champagne-like bubbles rising to the top.

The smell is like pure fresh raspberries and hearty pie crust. The fruit smell is so incredible. It really smells like a delicious pastry with raspberry jam on it. And the aroma is so strong, you can smell it standing feet away from the open bottle.

Taste,,, yuueeaahhh god man. Just look at me man. Sweet, yet tart (but not quite sour) fresh raspberries, just enough bready yeast to make it taste like a cobbler or pie. It seriously tastes like some pastry or crust/crumbs along side the fresh, natural fruit. There has to be something like 5,000 lbs of raspberry in each bottle, it's that strong. The first time I tried this, I thought "okay it's going to be fruity but probably sour" and "okay it'll be REALLY fruity" but the sheer, well, fruitiness of it pretty much shot my face off. I would never have believed it possible to make a beer that tastes this much like a fruit. And in such a balanced, yet powerful way! The crust/cobbler sweetness balances the perfect level of tartness in a way that, again, doesn't even seem like it should be possible.

Mouth feel, nearly perfect. Creamy texture, light to medium body, with fine champagne bubbles, somewhat thin and fruity but still thick enough to coat your mouth with the unbelievable taste. It's dry, but not too dry.

Overall: remarkable,,, (1,613 characters)

Photo of shadetree67
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pour yielded 1 finger of cotton candy pink head. A thin layer of foam remained in the glass and nice lacing. Cloudy red / brown in color

Smell - Tart raspberry Jam.

Taste - Tart raspberries invoking a slight pucker. A hint of malt and oak as well. The taste is pretty 1 dimensional but it is still very good.

Mouth feel - Medium carbonation and a sticky mouth-feel. Dry finish.

Overall - This is a well executed fruit beer but I prefer NG's strawberry rhubarb to this as the raspberry tart doesn't go down as easy. (532 characters)

Photo of SeanBond
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this one years back, when I visited the New Glarus Brewery. Unfortunately, back then I wasn't that big into craft beer (or beer itself), so I didn't know what I was drinking. Even so, I knew that this was good stuff. Recently I've been much more diligent in drinking everything that NG puts out, so I was anxious to give this one a shot again, as it was my intro to New Glarus. I wasn't disappointed.

I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet. If you liked Serendipity or Strawberry Rhubarb, you'll love this. As the name describes, this is a very raspberry taste, with lots of sweetness and a deliciously tart finish. Has just enough carbonation to give it an effervescent feel; just awesome. (698 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dense, thick, tight knit white foam on top a bright mahogany colored body.

The aromas are so fragrant with strong floral overtones, honeysuckle, airy flower, Apple cider and , of course, raspberry.

Every time I drink a New Glarus fruit beer I exclaim, "wow" and this is certainly no exception. The raspberry is dominant with a natural authentic flavor, a natural sweetness and then it's supported by a clean malt backbone.

This is very sprite and very easy. The feel is alive but very light.

Wow! (514 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.51/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to c64person for sending this to me over the summer. Opened during NYE and split with many. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

This has to be the most gorgeous raspberry beer I've seen to date! Highly concentrated in its color, emitting a vibrant ruby red, with some orange at the rim, as well as a fluffy bone white head that sticks around for a while, and leaves behind some sticky lacing at the finish. Looks beautiful - instantly one of my favorite looking fruit infused beers.

For anyone who's already experienced with NG's fruit offerings, this one provides exactly what I look for in the aroma - a blast of fresh, jammy fruit, with tons of sweetness and spice to round it up. Freshly pressed raspberries, cherries, and sweet currants, with notes of caramel (from the oak, no doubt), cinnamon, and other light baking spices. In the words of some of the fellow tasters, this smelled exactly like a red fruit pie of sorts, but I think it's a little bit more complexity than that - the oak softens up what could have been overly sweet, and while there's no funk that you'd find in, say, your high quality Lambic, this is the real deal in what a standard fruit beer should smell like. Unbelievably delightful stuff.

Woohoo! This is a cascade of pressed fruit and breadiness, all that goes down in a enormously jubilant, playful, and delicious manner. I usually don't get excited about beers like this in my reviews, but personally, I'm an enormous fan of raspberries - sweetened, soured, or just ripe. This displays notes of all *three*, and then more. At first, the raspberry flavor comes in a mildly sweetened manner, showcasing some tart texture (that you would find in jam) as well as some bittered elements from both the beer base and perhaps the seeds from the fruit itself. It finishes brightly, bringing out other red fruit (currants and cranberries come to mind... maybe even pomegranates), as well as a caramel-laden, baking spice finish from the oak. Soft, juicy, and carbonated in a fantastic manner. At the low ABV, this is very inviting and easy to drink. Gets a little sweet the more you drink it, but it's manageable.

What separates this from the average Lindemans offering? The use of real fruit! It barely tastes "candied" like the former, and it is simply true joy in terms of maintaining a refreshing and flavorful atmosphere. I'd like a case of this please. If anyone is going to make non-funky, non-soured fruit beers the right way, it will always be New Glarus. This is a prime example of what they do best. (2,562 characters)

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Pours cloudy crimson, with two fingers of khaki head that settles down after a few minutes.

Smell: Freshly juiced raspberries, subtle oak barrel and light must.

Taste: One word: perfection. The first sip of this stuff just blew me away. The ripest, freshest raspberries imaginable dominate this brew. Playing far less important roles are a touch of oak barrel and tannins. The tartness in the finish tames the juicy sweetness that dominates the front end and lends some balance. This is sweet, but awesome.

Mouthfeel: Sticky as hell with modest carbonation. Certainly on the lighter side of the spectrum and that in turn makes this quite quaffable.

Overall: This smells good, tastes way better and is just...this is a beer I want around to be drinking in the summer ALL THE TIME! Such an amazing fruit beer, I could elaborate for much longer but I won't. Instead, I'll just say that this is one of the best fruit beers I've ever had. (952 characters)

Photo of Benish
4.94/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into wine glass.

Appearance: white foam with a tint of red built up while pouring. Very gorgeous. The beer had a naturally red color. Not that artificial looking color you see in red candy. Looked kind of like fruit leather (they always seem to be dark red) as opposed to fruit roll-ups. In addition it's quite opaque, when shining light at it, you still can't see through. This further adds to that natural look.

Smell: instantly smell fruit leather (not fruit roll-ups!). Very jammy with raspberries and maybe a blend of other fruits. Smells sweet and delightful!

Taste: sweet and tart; tasting all raspberries! The sweetness comes in very pleasantly, nothing is cloying. Very jammy, luscious, and juicy! Hard to believe with all that flavor that the beer only clocks at 4% ABV.

Mouthfeel: it has that medium to thick body, you could almost chew it. Almost tingly around the mouth, carbonation is perfect.

Overall: the best fruit beer I have had. This beer is outstanding, if not beyond outstanding! Try this when you have the chance! (1,052 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle, poured into a fluted glass:

Pours hazed with beautiful hues of raspberry. It is capped off with a pink head that has pretty nice retention for the style. Spotted trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of fresh, tart raspberries.

The taste of fresh raspberries are not at all "artificial" and are sweet and tart. A firm malt backbone and a touch of noble hops let you know this is beer and not fruit malt beverage. It has a candy-like raspberry character. Sweet and tart balanced perfectly in the finish.

It is very smooth. I wouldn't mind a bit more effervescence (I think), but it is just fine the way it is.

An incredible "dessert" brew. This is one of the best, if not the best, fruit beer I've ever had. It is full of raspberry but has perfect balance. Very tasty and highly recommended! (808 characters)

Photo of Hendry
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque plum colored pour, no real head to speak of.

Aroma is solid raspberry, ripe and delicious.

Taste is right on the money, pure raspberry goodness, alcohol completely undetectable,slightly sweet yet a hint of tartness.In a word, delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium, the palate is coated with the flavor, great aftertaste.

Such an amazing beer, completely enjoyable and highly recommended. (391 characters)

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Brewing Company - Raspberry Tart, poured into a Fiddlehead snifter.

Look - Pours dark almost cherry wood with a nice foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves tons of lacing.

Smell - Quite simply, raspberry tart and tangy, excellent.

Taste - Same as the nose, raspberry tart fresh fruit like a pie without the breadiness. Like beer jam or raspberry puree with a little kick.

Mouthfeel - Sticky. Light-medium bodied with high carbonation almost like a champagne. Good drinkability.

Overall - We immediately paired this up with some dark chocolate, this is the WAY to go. This is how a framboise is done! (622 characters)

Photo of Santanax
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is FRUITY rasberry, apple, lemonish, pear tastes come off this beer very juicy... no funk or tartness compared to a lambic framboise or a wild....very tame but very drinkable....Great flavorful juices....its like something god would drink if he was a human being and needed refreshments...Natures harvest. (315 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy dark red burgundy with a small creamy rose head. Aroma is red fruit, raspberry and some sea-like. Flavor is deep sour raspberry, very intense with some lemony notes, and a fruity, acid aftertaste, very nice. Medium palate, start filling but ends dry, complex, refreshing and very drinkable. (295 characters)

Photo of Hamburgers
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in Teku glass. Pours dark, brownish red. Big fizzy off-white head. Strong aroma of raspberries. Actually like a raspberry Pixie stick. Very inviting. Flavor is tart raspberries, apple juice, grapes and slight vinegar notes. Light with moderate carbonation. Super sweet. Not very complex but a great fruit beer. (331 characters)

Photo of SleepyDrunk
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful silky ruby color - has a wonderful cloudy mystique. It retains a beautiful white head and optimal lacing - take a while to settle down.

RASPBERRY!!! Wonderful smell that isn't too overpowering. Definitely not your standard nose, but unique and wonderful in its own right.

The sweet raspberry preserve taste lasts throughout the sip - very sweet. A little bit of the bitterness at the end from the Hallertau hops. Certainly in the desert beer category.

A crisp, dry beer that is well carbonated. Starts sweet and finishes with a little bitterness.

A very tasty beer - very well produced. It is very natural - I don't get the typical adjunct/artificial taste like some other fruit based beers. Hats off to New Glarus! (782 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Left a nice 2 inch off-white colored head that took a while to settle down. Color is a shade of red, maybe auburn.

Aroma - definitely fruit, fresh raspberry preserves

Taste - sweetness at first that settles into a nice tart finish. Raspberry, strawberry, and cranberry flavors all present

Mouthfeel - light and refreshing body, highly carbonated, a bit creamy

Overall - a very tasty and refreshing drink - enjoyed it out on my patio on a nice sunny fall day. This is a nice treat to pick up once a year or so when I'm up in Wisconsin (575 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Atoneworks for this amazing beer! Pours a hazy ruby color with a large head that dissipated fast, but did leave a solid finger of thick foam atop the beer. No lacing. The nose can be described in one word: raspberries. The taste isn't very far removed from the nose: raspberries, sweet at first and finishing tart, almost sour. Light bodied with light carbonation. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted beer that is highly drinkable. Balanced, this beer is neither cloying sweet nor mouth puckering sour, it is highly drinkable and quite refreshing. Outstanding job, New Glarus! (590 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Originally had this at a tasting and it was my favorite beer of the day then had it on tap.

Appearance: Pours a red/pink color with a film of a white head. Just looks like a fruit beer.

Smell: Smells of straight up sweet raspberries and minimal tartness. So inviting.

Taste - Amazing raspberry flavor. A little tart. Not too sweet. Not too syrupy. Just perfect.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best fruit beers I've ever had. Just right. If I traded, this, Serendipity and Wisconsin Belgian Red would be on my permanent ISO list. I could drink this every day. (583 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark mahogany red with a bit of brown with a good amount of head and lots of fizziness coming up.

The aroma is just juicy fresh raspberries. It's so sweet, but the highlight is the amount of tartness in there. There's also that fermented fruit and oak in there.

The flavor follows with just pure raspberries. It really just tastes like actual raspberries without that medicine or candy taste, even with a beer like Founders Rubeaus. It's just a perfect amount of raspberry sweetness and then it hits you with tons of tartness. Almost to the point of a lambic, but not quite. Then the finish gets you with a bit of oak, more tart drying, and champagne like carbonation.

This really is the best fruit beer I've had. The essence of raspberry is totally encapsulated in this beer. (799 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.42/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours about one finger of white to off-white head. Body is brown with a red tinge and clear. No lacing.

S - Raspberries and sweet. Not much else going on.

T - Overpoweringly sweet. Raspberries. Very slight sourness. Some earthy funk to it as well on the back-end.

M - Good carbonation with medium body.

O - It is a dessert beer that is very sweet and one dimensional (raspberry). Not something I think I would ever seek out again.

EDIT - Tried this one again. Super pleasant beer that tastes great and is very smooth and refreshing. I would increase the appearance, taste, and overall by .25-.5 points each. I would give it a 3.9 rating today. (654 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Hazy ruby, two finger head with nice lacing.

S-Lots of sweet strawberries, little bit of grass. Possibly too sweet smelling though.

T-Starts with sweet, sweet raspberries. Like the nose possibly too sweet and sugary. Then the finish has a tad bit of tartness.

M-Medium bodied, very nice carbonation.

O-Maybe because I like strawberries and cherries better than Raspberries, this ranked lowest out of some NG fruit beers. But still a wonderful beer. (454 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Let’s face it, this is about as good of a fruit beer as you can get with only the current defunct Belgian Red to rival it. This pours a cloudy, reddish color with a fizzy light pink head. The aroma erupts with the scent of sweet raspberries. The taste is amazing with sweet delicious raspberries. Only downside is that you really do need a drinking buddy otherwise 1 bottle is way too much sweetness for 1 person alone. (421 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml
$7.95
Village Dell and Wine Shop, Rice Lake

New Glarus's Raspberry Tart shows a slight gurgle as it dumps into my flute that dark, raspberry red with a fizzy and short lived pink head of one finger. The head does leave some patchy lacing behind which is more then I expected from the start. This beer looks quite viscous and the consistency reminds me of tomato juice leaving some residue on the glass with each swirl. There's no possibility of seeing through the body of this beer but some pinkish highlights show up along the bottom of the glass when backlit. This is a rich looking fruit beer.

The first thing that I'm hit with is...raspberries, both ripe and slightly under ripe. As a matter of fact raspberries are the only thing I pick up in the nose but they are magical, both sweet and tart. The smell of this beer just leaps out of the glass and fills the surrounding area. How New Glarus got such a rich pure raspberry aroma into this beer is beyond me.

The incredible raspberry richness is from front to back in the flavor of this beer. The fruit is so incredibly pure and unadulterated with a nice tartness on the swallow. The sweetness of the berry leads the way until that finish. The tartness on the swallow works its way back up the tongue and leaves the slightest of tingles throughout the entire mouth. The berry freshness of this beer is incredible.

The body on Raspberry Tart is full but the snappy champagne like carbonation keeps things moving at the perfect pace. The carbonation is prickly enough to add a little zest and the tartness lingers until the next drink, although mildly.

This beer goes down incredibly easy and it's actually hard to stop drinking. I haven't met a person yet that doesn't enjoy Raspberry Tart when I open a bottle and those people run the spectrum form craft beer lovers to people who can't stand beer.

Raspberry Tart is in a category of its own when it comes to fruit beers and I can't see it getting touched by any others. I prefer this to the Belgian Red but both are great beers to have around at all times. You never know when it'll be the perfect opportunity to open a bottle either.

Reviewed: 8/25/08 (2,171 characters)

Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Deep Red raspberry color (to be expected) with a one finger white head.

S - Fresh raspberries, a little acidity

T - Now this is actually a fruit beer I can drink, not too sweet, but a very natural raspberry sweetness and flavor. not mouth-puckeringly sour (which I like) but sour enough to make me enjoy something more than just the raspberry flavor.

M - Crisp and tart, almost slightly champagne-y

I typically find almost all fruit beer to be syrupy sweet. I still only had a small glass of this, as i prefer bitter to sweet, b

Since the wife likes Frambois and many other fruit beers, I have gone out of my way to try to find beer she can appreciate as much as I do. So, we took a trip up to WI to pick up some NG stuff for both of us. Well worth the quick trip from Chicago. Lived up to the hype (807 characters)

Photo of shand
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Raspberries and a light touch of oak. Some things are more complicated than they need to be. New Glarus' Raspberry Tart isn't one of these things. This brew is bursting with fresh berry flavors with a dry tannin kick that both the berries and the oak help contribute to. It's sweet at first, but nicely tart at the end. (319 characters)

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 892 ratings.