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Raspberry Tart - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 907
Hads: 3,516
Avg: 4.34
pDev: 20.74%
Wants: 1,189
Gots: 826 | FT: 104
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 yourefragile
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL wax dipped green bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a clear, deep raspberry red with a surprisingly large, light rosy head that has very nice retention and not surprisingly little lacing. If you like raspberries then the aroma and flavor are amazing and probably the best use of that fruit I've tasted in a beer. If you don't, well I guess I can understand you disinterest. Aroma is fresh raspberry puree, balance of tart and sweet with nothing else. Flavor is more of the same, medium thick body, mild carbonation, very dry finish and epic blend of raspberry sweetness and tart. Doesn't exactly fit the "normal" perception of what a beer should be, but what fruit beer does? Easily my favorite raspberry beer.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2015- Had on tap at NG while on Beer safari in Wisconsin. Beer was even richer...bursting with raspberries and spot on tartness. can not believe this is an everyday beer here. Just world class.
Originally had bottle in 2013. Outstanding.

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Photo of liamt07
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Dark red body with a white head, light film and some bubbles retain. Nose is just - wow. Raspberry and rhubarb jam/pie filling. Just like a friggin' pie. A bit of spicing too, but the fruit presented is just brilliant. Tastes just about the same, raspberry and rhubarb pie, light spicing, sweet raspberry juice and some pie-like notes. Gentle tartness in the finish with some peripheral spicing. Medium body, low carbonation. Raspberry hangs around for some time. Overall, brilliant - easily the best fruit beer I've ever had.

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

What a beautiful beer! Pours dark ed with a really nice head. Massive raspberry in the nose with the fruit coming through loud and clear and some seediness giving some more tannic notes to the aroma. The taste is sweet/tart with laser-like raspberry fruit flavor and some sweet malt. Really amazing. Super creamy and smooth in the mouth, this is a joy to the drink. Although it is somewhat of a one-note wonder, that note is clean, pure, sustained, and brilliant.

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Photo of Zorro
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of smokepot23 thanks joe

A: poured a brownish burgundy with a thin head and left good lacing on the glass.

S: lovely bouquet of raspberries salute the nose first with slight vinegar and strawberries and other berries as well. After a couple whiffs I also get a little oakiness.

T: nice raspberry tartness like the label indicates with srawberry jam characteristics oak notes hints of vinegar but has great puckering power.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that has a sweet tart flavor and finish.

D: this has to be one of the best fruit beers I've ever had that is not too sweet, and sourness that balances it out beautifully. Will definitely seek out more of this raspberry bomb.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened by Torry on 11/22/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is ruddy dark red with a fizzy light pink head. The nose is ripe, sweet, sugary, and authentic raspberries. The fruit is amazing in the nose. It reminds me of a raspberry desert. The taste is delicious sugary sweet raspberries. The fruit is ripe and authentic. There's nothing more to say about this. It's a delicious raspberry desert beer. It's quite sweet so 4oz is plenty of this delicious concoction.

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Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Raspberry Tart looks like it belongs atop the world's prettiest, most impressive engagement ring. Indeed, the beer is nothing if not bedazzling and, similarly, is something so special that it is best shared with a cherished loved one. Its deep-hued ruby tone has a soft blush along its trim and asserts a full, unblemished clarity. Dazzling.

Upon opening the bottle, it might be a good idea to have some pillows on hand. Not only to help make the mood, but because this aroma is likely to sweep you right off your feet. It is a complete knock-out (perhaps literally). A tart, unbridled and authentic raspberry scent captures the flavour and character of the fruit superbly, splendidly and seductively.

"Oh my God this is so good!" may be a sentence that adds little actual description and probably kills any objectiveness, but it's an absolutely necessary one to include if I even hope to attempt to capture the impressive, elegant, downright sublime raspberry flavour that it offers. The taste of raspberry sherbet rings out like the soft saxophone vibrato.

What makes the ale so bewitching is not just the berry flavour, it's the underlying tartness that supports it. This wild, lightly funky quality pinches the palate with a jolt of acidity and rumbling of porous woody flavour. It is dry and refreshingly brisk, giving way to a sweet, sugary residual that easily conquers the beer's brief billow of carbonation.

Raspberry Tart is one of America's most special drinks; this little Wisconsin gem has dual honors as being simultaneously one of its most unique and exquisite beers. Traditional and/or technical guidelines may differentiate this from the lambics of Belgium, but it warrants a demarcation unto its own and is every bit worthy of praise and reverence.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip glass.

A - Medium to ark amber with a big reddish glow. One finger of dirty white head.

S - Very tart up front. Raspberry puree and a slight pie-crust-like malt sweetness that is similar to Wisconsin Belgian Red.

T - Great mix of sweet and tart with a massive raspberry puree flavor up front. Sweet bready malts provide a second layer of flavour and an almost pie-like flavour similar to but not quite as big as Wisconsin Belgian Red.

M - Medium body, very creamy. Light carbonation. Great mouth feel.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ILhophead

750ml Waxed Bottle

Pours a nice cloudy deep red color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head, leaves some small islands and some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice touch of raspberry, spices, and some caramel. The taste is tangy, slightly bitter, raspberry a plenty, malty, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, a very tasty brew from New Glarus, highly recommended.

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery, probably as fresh as it gets.

A- Pours a deep mahogany red. One inch head that recedes to a ring with ample lacing left behind.

S- Amazing raspberry fruit smell. One could get "drunk" just from smelling this one.

T- Upfront with the raspberries. Slighty sweet but not cloyingly.

M- "Dances on your tongue" is the way I always describe this and the Wisconsin Belgian Red. The carbonation tingles and tickles your tongue. LOVE the way this feels in the mouth.

D/O- More of a celebration beer than something you want to make a night of. Absolutely adore this and it's brother, the New Glarus WBR. World class beer from a world class Brewery.

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Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for the opportunity to try this one

Raspberry Tart (RT) pours a lovely rose color with amber hilights. Head retention is pretty decent and there is some nice lacing. On the nose, however, is where things really start to to take off with this beer. On the nose I get an attractive, complex nose of raspberry sweet-tarts, white chocolate and light funk. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and the combination of sweet raspberry flavors and intense sweet-tarts is delightful. There is also an underlying lemon-lime flavor, but otherwise this beer could have been made from crushed sweet-tarts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but I'm really impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers, and the long finish. Drinkability is really hard to rate with this beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable, but the tartness makes it difficult to take more then very small sips.

Very interesting beer. Impressive.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into Bell's tulip glass.

A: A clear and deep ruby red. Looks really pretty when you hold up to a light. At the risk of sounding redundant, I'm gonna say the color is that of raspberries--not hard to guess why.

S: Raspberries all the way, good mix of sweet and tart raspberry smells. Not a lot of beer smells, just raspberries.

T: Excellent! Like the nose, it's all raspberries. The balance between sweet and tart flavors is fantastic. The beer's name is slightly misleading, as this really isn't a super tart beer (it's not a sour for sure).

M: Like the Wisconsin Belgian Red, this one drinks a little like a fruit soda. Extremely drinkable, and even though the mouthfeel is a little weird for a beer, it's less weird than the Belgian Red and doesn't really detract from the enjoyment of a world class beer.

O: Overall this is very similar to the Wisconsin Belgian Red, but slightly better IMO as there is a little more tartness to balance out the sweetness. This is pretty much the perfect fruit beer, and probably in my top ten favorite beers overall.


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Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Burgundy black cherry Jell-O with ruby highlights. Finely bubbled white head has great retention and lace.

S – Soft raspberry with a dry earthy note. Has a hint of Dr. Brown’s Black Cherry soda.

T – Tart black cherry opening into a huge sugar note. As the sweetness subsides, raspberry coats your mouth with a whip-crack acidity. The backend mellows out into raspberry jelly, lemon and back pepper.

M – Great carbonation on a full body. The texture is soft and sweet, and not overly syrupy.

O – Delicious, but a shade too sweet.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a cherry, chestnutt color with good carbonation leaving a big wite cap

S: Fresh raspberries, light funk and sour

T: A blend of fresh and puree raspberries with a nice sour punch, light funk, sweet and acidic

M: Light body, dry, almost no booze, loads of flavor

O: Good

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy, red/brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-pink color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong and fresh raspberries, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a slight tartness and slight dryness. Tastes of fresh raspberries, hint of hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, the aroma and body of the raspberries is amazing. The freshness is akin the Samuel Smith's Raspberry, but the blend is even better. It tastes of more than pure raspberry juice; tart, slightly hoppy, and irresistible.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a lighter bodied bright bright red in color with a dirty pink head that turns into lacing around the glass. It smells and tastes of syrupy sweet and creamy raspberries. It's like a smoother version of the Lindeman's Framboise. There is a lot of jam and sugar. The carbonation stimulates all of your taste buds and teases it like you're going to experience some tartness but really all you get is sweetness. It's ok, just a lot of sugar. It's definitely nowhere near Blushing Monk territory. It drinks light with a good amount of carbonation that really fits the beer well. This is a dessert beer first and foremost and would pair very well with chocolates or chocolate cake. By itself, it's a little much.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.18/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours brownish red, minimal fast-fading head, lots of active bubbles in the liquid.

S: Strong raspberry aroma, jam-like and somewhat artificial. Pretty one-note, but I suppose that what they were aiming for.

T: Juice. Sparkling juice. Did the yeast attenuate this at all? Tastes like sweet wine or cider. No beer-like aspects to my tongue. Finishes with a distinct zing.

M: High carbonation. Lots of residual sweetness. Sticky finish.

O: As this warms up, it just gets more oppressively sweet to the point that my stomach is starting to get a bit upset. Perhaps if you frequently drink juice and soda and want a beer that's as sweet as them, this is an appealing beverage, but it's not at all for me.

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Photo of akorsak
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Received in a past trade with WilliamD. Thanks again Will, wherever you are.

Pours a very dark purplish plum/cherry red color with a thin pink foam head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

Huge raspberry aroma with subtle oak and an overwhelming sweet sugary character. I know they use real fruit but it smells like artificialy flavored syrup.

Medium bodied with very soft, tight carbonation up front and a very sweet cloying raspberry flavor that dominates lingering into a slightly tart dry finish. There's a subtle earthy oak presence but again tastes mostly like artificial raspberry syrup. Just way too sweet and one dimensional for my taste.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL waxed bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich red hue with no haze at all; head pours a thick finger of pinkish-ivory foam. It think it's very attractive indeed.

Smell: very lightly tart with a beautiful, enticing raspberry aroma. I can't wait to taste it!

Taste: rich raspberries, a light, smooth tartness, sweet caramel malt underneath and just a wonderful joy to experience. Definitely the best fruit beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a magnificent beer. I would buy it regularly if I lived in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 into an allagash tulip.

light brownish red pour with a nice head. smell of big tart raspberries..super awesome. taste is very sweet with a ton of raspberries and a medium tartness on the finish. damn drinkable and tasty! wow. medium body with mild carbonation.

overall just awesome.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky reddish brown beer with a small, quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Aroma bursts with fresh tart raspberries and also features some sweet malt to a lesser extent.

This is a simple and straightforward raspberry brew; lots of fresh fruit with the accompanying sweet and tart flavors; not quite sour and certainly not puckering; just fruity, with decent malt presence underneath. No bitterness at all. Feels barely like a beer but not like a fruit soda, fortunately. Less sugary and not at all artificial like a Lindeman’s Framboise. Hints of oak add to the complexity somewhat.

Moderately thin bodied with medium carbonation. The lack of spritziness helps to keep this away from soda territory. Very drinkable; would go equally well with a piece of chocolate truffle cake or a BBQ dinner as a clean refresher.

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.