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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

893 Reviews
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Reviews: 893
Hads: 3,435
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.54%
Wants: 1,164
Gots: 773 | FT: 95
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:
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 unklesyd
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the gem of a box sent to me by a friend visiting the midwest. Cracked it open last night with a good friend early in the evening.

Far from the chrystaline sparkle promised on the bottle, this looked like very fine raspberry puree. Not lumpy, but thick and opaque. Pretty color, even that was muted. This is the only area where this one gets dinged.

I didn't know what to expect from this, flavor wise, but as soon as it hit my lips: oh, a framboise lambic! Compared with Lindeman's, this is a much fuller flavor all around. The initial tang made me jerk my head back, but after a brief recovery period, it was smooth sailing from there on out.

While it looked thick, it was quite smooth in the mouth. Not overly heavy, but it did have some weight to it, allowing the tartness to come through without being astringent.

If I had more than one bottle of this, I would be drinking it every day. (912 characters)

Photo of FirstMan
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was a good day the day I had this beer. Knuckles showed up at my house in Worcester with a car-load of amazing beer from all over the U.S. We drove down to Cape Cod, sat out on the deck, and sampled about 10 different beers. This was one of them.

Pours a deep cloudy purple-red. Nice bright purple highlights when held to the light. Pinkish head of tiny champagne bubbles.

Nose is strong raspberries (what a surprise!). Almost too strong, but entirely fresh and inviting. Bright and lively.

Whoa raspberries. The taste is an explosion of raspberries. Pure clear flavor. The first few sips make me want more, but not long after, this starts to get a little old. Now don't get me wrong. This is just a fantastic beer, but I couldn't see myself drinking a lot of this.

Overall a very well-crafted and delicious beer. I highly recommend trying it. Probably, though, this isn't a beer that you'll be drinking a lot of in one sitting. (944 characters)

Photo of egajdzis
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark purple color with a small pink head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of straight raspberries, very intoxicating. Sour raspberry taste, also very sweet, with grape peel and some acidity. Obviously given the 4%, no alcohol noticed here. (258 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: sparkling ruby, creamy pink head. quite interesting, is this beer or what?

smell: in your face ripe raspberry, smells familiar like some sort of fruit drink or smoothie or something of that nature. quite frankly, it smells good

taste: tart as hell, explosive raspberry flavor, very familiar taste. quite refreshing and a good way to start the evening

mouthfeel: quite carbonated, bubbly

drinkability: half of a 750ml bottle was plenty for this guy

compared to its competitors, this is a work of art (525 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Poured a deep red color fruit beer with a nice bubbly pink head with minimal retention. Aroma of fresh sweet raspberries is just incredible and I could spend days just sniffing in my glass. Taste consisted of sweet fresh raspberry (not the chemical syrupy raspberry that are commonly used in fruit beers), slight tartness and a light acidic finish. It’s a shame that I cannot obtain this beer more regularly over here. (427 characters)

Photo of mentor
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously provided by Orbitalr0x, super-huge thanks for the opportunity! Hard pour gets the tiniest ring of pinkish bubbles around the inside of the glass. Appears super-dark ruby red...as if it's made of blackberries, not raspberries. Smells...all about raspberries. It's very intense. I've only smelled raspberries like this on two occasions; 1) raspberries fresh off the plant...tasting wild and woody; 2) thick raspberry goo dripping from a chocolate raspberry cake I once had at a very posh resturant. Woody is a great way to describe the raspberries...I wonder if this beer has lotsa tannins from raspberry seeds. Now for a first taste...tart and really rich potent raspberry. Sweet start and dry finish. Raspberry pop tart insides have a flavor this sour, but not as intense and not anything near as fresh berry-like. Wow, this beer is incredible and puts the Kuhnhenn raspberry beer to shame. Cranberry sour and lemon tart. Citric acid tart dry finish with an aftertaste of raspberries that just hangs around forever. The bottle is correct, there is no need to wait for dessert. This is dessert. Pair this with a thick rich chocolate cake (no, not a light and fluffy cake, a thin rich cake so dense with butter it appears like a brownie-like slab of chocolate). Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Though md, the carb seems sharp, amid the raspberry tart. This is not a complex beer, but this is liquid raspberries in a bottle like I never could envision someone ever capturing. Amazing. (1,508 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky raspberry red/brown colored body. Head is very creamy and has good retention until eventually settling to a smal pink layer on top of the beer. Smell is pure raspberry, with a little bready wheat to smooth it out. Very sweet smelling and tasting. Very tart tasting, a swirl of sweet, ripe raspberries, followed by a little hoppiness to finish the experience. Magnificent dessert beer, I can not think of a better Fruit/Vegetable beer. Perfection in a bottle. (464 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness dating available, though there is some quick discussion on the front label itself touting its desert beer status.
Poured a deep dark red. Almost opaque. The head died quickly with no lacing.

This one is a nosefull. Humongous aroma of fresh to overly ripe raspberries. Fermented and acidic. Aroma is fresh and natural.

WHAM!!--Acidic and tart, cheek-clenching raspberry flavor. Perhaps the wheat base is in there somewhere, but I was enjoying the raspberry goodness too much. It must be though, as the sugary malt seems to have leveled out what you could imagine to be a very sour beer.

Mouthfeel was medium, but buoyed by a hefty carbonation. The raspberries linger in your mouth afterward. Nice and drinkable, though I would prefer to have it either with a nice fruit tart or hefty chocolate cake. (858 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a blood-red ruby into my glass. No light is escaping here. A quick, fizzy head fades quickly.

Aroma is fresh, FRESH raspberries. So fresh, in fact, it snapped me right back to picking raspberries with my family in our backyard, a summer tradition. There is a very clean undertone of acid, which just balances the sweet fruit. Very nice.

Taste is an explosion of fresh fruit, a torrent of flavor and sensation. The natural acid of the raspberry, combined with the spontaneously fermented wheat beer base, puckers the cheeks in just a bit. Soon afterwards, a grainy sugared note waves as it goes by, before the sourness of the fruit takes over the finish.

Mouthfeel was actually slightly more carbonated than I liked, as the prickly bubbles kept the beer from ever completely relaxing on my tongue.

Drinkability is pretty good, but not out of the park -- one bottle is enough for me.

All in all, perhaps the perfect dessert beer, not to mention a world-class conversion beer. Pair this with a chocolate dessert, and your objet d' amour may just wonder how they ever lived without you...and without this brew. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Brian700
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep reddish/plumb color. Looks very interesting and inviting. The nose is obviously of raspberries, and not just a little. The taste is all in the name of this beer...Raspberry & Tart. There is also a little bit of yeast flavor in there. Good mouthfeel, high carbonation and full body. Coat your mouth, go ahead. I knocked the drinkability down on this a little because it is so tart that you can't hand to much of this at a time. I recommend opening a bottle and sharing it with a few friends serving it up in some wine glasses. Great beer. (560 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle. This beer pours out a thickish looking deep purple. The bubbly head fades quickly. Big raspberry aroma. Syrupy raspberry flavor. The raspberries coat the mouth and becomes cloying. Still, the flavor is not artificial, so although it's a bit much, it's still tasty. I do not find this beer to be very drinkable. One glass is plenty. As far as fruit beers go, this is pretty good, but it does not seem much like beer. I prefer the Wisconsin Belgian Red. (466 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a bloodied mess. Looks good to me. Murky, purplish. Little head/lacing.

Smells like raspberries.

Taste a little funkiness, probably from the spontaneous fermentation, comes through. Too much sweetness, but there is still a good fruit taste. A lot like Lindeman's in that way.

If this had some more spontaneous funkiness this would be a wonderful fruit beer, but it is very solid and worth getting. Great for summer. (435 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity... Capped and sealed in red wax.

Poured into Rapscallion glass, formed 1" of Strawberry Quik pink head over the translucent raspberry red brew. Head lasts well, and lacing was good. Aroma is deeply of sour raspberries, as advertised. Taste starts with a mouthful of raspberries, some maltiness in the middle, then switches over to the tartness, which is somewhat subdued, we're not talking Cantillon sour here. Seems like it could just meld the flavors together a tad better, somehow. Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability is quashed a bit by what seems to turn almost cloyingly sweet raspberry at the beginning of each mouthful. A nice brew, but maybe not quite so hype-worthy. (756 characters)

Photo of dwvarner77
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a deep, deep ruby red, would even say crimson, with a slight, sporadic, rose-colored head.
aroma is a wonderfully strong crushed raspberry, no questions asked. what a wonderful smell!
flavor is intermittently sweet and tart, a beautiful union of the characteristics. the raspberry starts sweet, then gives a little sour flavor. the sweet and sour play back and forth for a minute like a spirited game of pepper, then it finishes kindly on a sour note at the back of the tongue. pure pleasure.
the mouthfeel is nice, maybe leaving a little to be desired in so far as a sensation of the carbonation on the tongue, but with a flavor like this, it's tough to argue.
most highly drinkable, sweet satisfaction. will be going back to this one anytime i possibly can. (772 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times. Time to re-review. It pours a brilliant deep ruby, almost oxygenated blood red, with a finger of head that falls to a sparse coat and a small ring over top. The nose is awesome. Fresh picked raspberrys, raspberry jam, just intense fruit. I really...REALLY like it. It has grown on me since the first time I tried it. The flavor is full on sweet and tart raspberry. Not a lot of the beer behind it, but it comes through on the aftertaste as a creamy, wheaty flavor. The feel is thick and slightly syrupy, but not offensive. Drinkability is very nice. The flavors and aroma are intense, but they don't interfere with the ease of drinking this brew. A damn fine beer. I am a huge fan. (708 characters)

Photo of UncleFlip
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a long drive from central Alabama to southern Wisconsin, but this is one reason why I make it once a year. As you cruise into New Glarus from the south, your car automatically turns right and takes you to the brewery. Later, you get back to your hotel room- and just have to go ahead and fish a bottle of Raspberry Tart out of the rest of the haul from this great little brewery.

Getting your opener through the murky red wax on the bottle, you pop off the cap...it's not so much a smell of raspberries that hits you right away, as it's a cloud that envelops your very being.

When you pour, you're struck by the crimson colour, and the frothy red-tinged head...and that smell of raspberries just keeps coming. You could sit there all night, just smelling this beer. But no....time to press forward...

As it passes your lips, the sweetness explodes with a wave of raspberry goodness. It's followed by a pleasant tartness....and more raspberries. With every sip, the flavour profile changes just a touch....but you can't help being drawn in by this sweet wonder from Wisconsin.

It's definitely a beer on the sweeter side...and some would say there's too much raspberry and not enough beer. That's what gives this beer part of its charm, to me- it's VERY different from most fruit beers. Most will love it or hate it. I've found little in the way of in-between opinions on this one. I've been won over by this one- and apparently my friends have been, as well....they keep asking me to bring them a bottle or two. I brought three cases back last time!

-UF (1,572 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear deep ruby/garnet with a pink head which rose slightly and then fell quickly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strong raspberry, so fresh you can taste the seeds just by smell. Coupled with that was some sweet candy aromas of raspberry preserves. Also present was a complexity of acidity that lends a Belgian lambic note, but not overly so to the beer. I cannot imagine a raspberry beer smelling more like raspberry.

The flavor was very nicely achieved with a balance of sweet fruits and acidity. The raspberry flavors were strong and sweet when first contacting the palate, but those flavors quickly begin to dry when the acidity from the fermentation takes over. The beer was quite tart and refreshing in the flavor as a result of the acidic tarness and balance.

The finish was dry with lasting raspberry, very long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was medium and very well done, the carbonation was lower than on other occasions, but still led to a creaminess that was very nice.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at the brewery. Some may find the fruit to be overwhelming (of should that be underwhelming), but the acidity and fruit balance are skillfully achieved and this has always been a favorite fruit beer. (1,266 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I appreciate raspberries. This was very natural in every way, colour, odour, freshness, and a meal in itself. Mondial 2005. Sweet to start, with tartness in middle, and finishes with refreshing slightly sweet aftertaste.
A bottle two years later courtesy of Derek. Just as good. What taste for low ABV. (303 characters)

Photo of PatYoda
3.09/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a nice light red color with pink head and some decent lacing. Very inviting looking. Smell is tons and tons of sweet raspberries and a little bit of mustiness. A little overpowering. Not that I don't like my beer overpowering, but I prefer some complexity, even in a fruit beer. Taste is pure mashed raspberry syrup on the tip of the tongue. It does have some faint mustiness and a lingering tart aspect to keep the sweetness in check, which makes me able to finish almost half the 750, but it's still a struggle. Mouthfeel is very nice and velvety though. (570 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful reddish body with a purpleish cast is capped by a short head of pink foam that quickly receeds to a thin collar and leaves little lacing about the glass. Fresh raspberries greet you in the nose and beckon you to take a sip! It's delicately effervescent carbonation tickles the tongue; and its medium body gives some girth to its sweet and tart flavors. The raspberry is quite authentic, and it's so juicy and puckeringly tart-sweet that you'd think you were drinking delicately carbonated raspberry juice! It finishes dry with a wash of acidity and some residual, lingering raspberry flavor. This is quite amazing, and it easily matches the intensity of some of the sweeter versions of raspberry lambic from Belgium. Brilliant! (739 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small pink head on top. Just a vibrant, lovely color here. As I swirl my glass I get some good stringy lacing on the sides. Whoa! My first sniff brings huge fresh, ripe raspberries...like a fresh made jam from fruit just picked from the garden. A hint of wheaty maltiness is hiding in the background along with a touch of spiciness.

First sip is a wash of sweet/sour raspberry goodness. The pale/wheaty malt background gives it a bit more of a beer feel to it. However..this is all about the huge raspberry flavor..fruit beer on steroids. A slight mellow spiciness on the back of the palate rounds it out. Quite acidic overall and slightly puckering. Raspberry beer is quite yummy.

There is a good medium body that has a syrupy consistency to it. Goes down smoothly. An interesting beer for sure. Not one I could see myself drinking much of...but a good change of pace. I can see how this could be a love it or hate it affair. I'd say it's definetly worth seeking out...especially if you're a fan of fruit beers. Cheers to New Glarus and I'm glad I have another 750. (1,096 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright red color with almost no head and doesn't leave any lacing. The aroma is just like raspberry jam - smells really good. The flavor is all about the raspberry. It's not nearly as tart as I expected. Tart, yes, but in a mild and enjoyable way. Very tasty and much better than I expected. Mouthfeel is just medium, but right where it should be. Very drinkable. (371 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kevin (kmpitz2) for waiting until I was around for this beer! 750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep purple-red color with one finger of light pink head. There's a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet raspberry aromas. There's just a hint of sourness, but it's mostly sweet overall. The taste is very very sweet. Lots of raspberry flavor coming through. There's some tart flavors in there as well. A very fresh flavor. The mouthfeel is very thick and heavy. The drinkability is damn good, especially since it's only 4%. A nice fruit beer. (594 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark red raspberry color, topped with a thin red-tan film, leaves webs of lacing.
Like the name says, it smells like raspberries with a tart bite, light wheat.
Raspberry taste, nice tartness to offset the sweet malt and fruit, somewhat wine like. Not much hop presence.
Medium to full bodied, I tried it really cold like they suggested, but it's good when warmer it becomes more like a fruit wine than a beer at that point however. (447 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.75/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I am going to be with venom here and be the minority on this top 100 beer, but I couldn't stomach this stuff. I popped this open to celebrate my 1-year anniversary with my wife the night before we left for Maui with our wedding cake (raspberry swirl). I poured this into champagne flutes and it came out a deep purple(good band) color with a pink head of bubbles. The aroma was like a kick to the face with fresh raspberries just picked. At this point I was excited to take my first sip. There was an extreme amount of sugar cloyness that left me reaching for a glass of water. The heaviness of the sugar was not pleasant and there was no resemblence to beer coming from this. I love raspberries more than about any fruit and this was too much for me. It felt like I was drinking a can of oregon raspberries in heavy syrup. I know my opinion doesn't count, but this one is way overrated and doesn't even compare to the Belgian Red. (931 characters)

Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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