Raspberry Tart
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #2
Ranked #323
4.41 | pDev: 10.2%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart
Notes: 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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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle with no dates. Served in a Rastal Harmony glass. 

Appearance: The creamy, tightly packed, bone white, one finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind a thin foam ring and lot of thick lacing that covers the entire glass.

Smell: It's a strong, fruity aroma of fresh raspberries and sugary raspberry jam.

Taste: It's a tart, mouthwatering, fruity flavor of pure, fresh raspberries that's just wonderful. A hint of bready pie crust show up in the aftertaste and that's pretty much it. Simple, but pretty much perfectly executed.

Mouthfeel: It's quite light but it has substance. Despite the heavy, fruity tartness it never gets cloying. Carbonation is medium low.

Overall: New Glarus can basically do no wrong. This beer is an ode to the humble raspberry. Anyone who loves the fruit, sour beers or just good beer in general should give this a try at least once. Truly world class stuff.

May 07, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque purple hue with off white fizzy head; good cap retention; heavy ring; soapy lacing. Strong raspberry nose. Tart raspberries, apples, pears; sweet fruit finish. Light body; zippy carbonation; dry oak barrel feel. Delicious fruit sour; long tart berries linger; one of my favorites.

Mar 22, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date (presumably 2019 bottling)

Pours a deep brownish-purple body with little clarity and topped with a creamy finger or so of rosé-hued head; decent retention results in a spotty cap, lasting frothy collar, and a thin spatter of webby lacing caked lightly around the glass.

Aromaa starts with raspberries from the vine with an herbal, vinous touch transitioning into into fresh-pressed raspberry juice coursing throughout the whole of the bouquet; hints of green apple skin present around the edges, with prune in the distant backdrop.

Taste offers a dose of freeze-dried raspberry sorbet quickly taking on my intense jammy notes of preserves and the sweetness of bready pie filling; lactic sweetness and vanilla add further depth to the dark berry tones over the mid-palate into the finish; the fresh, natural intensity of the raspberry is truly impressive here, and is advanced in its one-dimensionality.

Mouthfeel brings a densely textured medium body supported with a building, upper-level carbonation; wisps of acidity settle over a fairly dry mid-palate and become thicker, smoother, and jammier toward the finish; a mild lactic tartness persists from the backdrop.

An uncanny natural depth and intensity brings a fruit beer swinging far above its weight class, with a marriage of tart and sweet elements becoming particularly appealing as a level to the dense overlay of dominant raspberry. This brew fully embraces the drinkable and expressive characteristics of its style, with resoundingly positive effects.

Mar 05, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of JohnnyHopps.
Looks like red/pink juice with fluffy carbonation with pink foam.
Taste and smell predominantly sweet raspberries. Nice sweet and tart flavors. No alcohol presence. Mouthfeel of fruit punch. Maybe a little thicker. Fairly high carbonation.
Very similar to Lindeman’s raspberry lambic.

Feb 12, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

OMFG! How is it that I have not reviewed and/or rated this one until New New Half of the Other Glarus Beer Sunday (Week 781)?!? I have hauled MANY of the old 750-ml bottles back to PA from my many visits to the Midwest, but I guess that they all got generously shared. 8=( Until now! 8=)

From the 12-fl. oz. Bottle: "Drink Indigenous"; " "'Some people paint, some sing, others write ... I brew.' - Daniel Carey"; "A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again."; "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 extra-vaganza of flavor. Life's too short to wait for dessert. Enjoy!"; "Thanks for Supporting the Arts! [undersigned] Daniel & Deborah Carey".

Dan & Deb may have recommended a champagne flute, but I had to make do with the tallest, narrowest glass that I owned that was NOT a pilsner glass. I Pop!ped the cap & started a very slow, gentle, C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It foamed much like champagne, forming a rolling, fizzy, rocky finger of pinkish head with very low retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was like my paternal grandmother's kitchen at the end of every Summer as the last of the berries were plucked off of her raspberry bush & readied for preserves! I used to live for that & I was already a home CANning master well before I took HomeEc (Foods) in high school. This was not jelly, not jam, but full-on preserves! Yum. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but no great shakes, either. The taste was equally raspberry preserves with a pleasant tartness to cut the potential sweetness. This was the sort of thing that I like to savor on a hot, humid Summer's day from a cold ice bath in the cooler. Finish was tart & semi-dry, lingering with the taste of raspberries. Suddenly, I miss my Grummy! 8=( YMMV.

Feb 09, 2020
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very similar drinking experience to Belgian Red. I prefer (slightly) the amazing cherry flavors in BR. But this is another incredible fruit beer from NG. Beautiful levels of tartness and fruit sweetness. Wonderful raspberry personality, with apple notes and floral elements in the background. Unbelievably drinkable. Amazingly flavorful but still delicate and light.

Nov 28, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Glarus Raspberry Tart, 4% ABV. Pours deep red, with a half-finger beige head that left no lacing. Nose is sweet raspberry. Taste is sweet raspberry, with a slight tartness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding.

Nov 27, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 11/26/14 @ the Palace.

Semi-opaque purple/red hue.

Tan head; no lace.

Raspberry jam nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet raspberry flavor; this tastes like fresh raspberry jam!

A mildly tart finish, but overall this is a touch too sweet (despite the name). A brunch delight!

Aug 15, 2019
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9 Fl. Oz. bottle
Served in a wine glass

This beer pours brown with ruby highlights. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is raspberry jam with hints of raspberry vinaigrette and even hints of wine.

The taste is loaded with raspberry flavor. It kind of reminds me of Rubaeus up front. There is some tartness in the middle along with ever so slight hints of vinegar. Sweetness lingers along with a bit of tartness in the finish.

Medium bodied with a silky smooth mouthfeel

This is a tasty dessert beer. The tartness cuts the sweetness to make it tolerable throughout the 750ml.

Aug 10, 2019
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Junior from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - a murky plum/amber color with a thin rosey-white head.

A - raspberry and raspberry

T - Raspberry and apple juice-like with a subtle tart finish.

F - Slick and moderately carbonated, a bit syrupy.

O - Flavors are well balanced. Definitely something different and very enjoyable.

Jun 16, 2019
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CanConPhilly from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - 1-finger pink head atop a turbid dark-purple body.

S - strong raspberry, brown sugar.

T - super-sweet raspberry puree. Vanilla, brown sugar, tart raspberry jam. No bitterness. Moderate-high sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium-light body with average carb.

O - a delight.

May 25, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, ruddy, plum cider color with a thin off-white head that’s quick to settle into a little crown.

Huge raspberry juice in the nose. You can smell the little hairs on them and everything.

Just as packed full of juice in the taste. There may be a little apple and cherry in there, too, but the raspberry dominates: sweet without being sickly sweet. Fresh, juicy goodness.

The mouthfeel is superb. Slick and full with a nice sofa-like carbonation cutting through.

You have to be in the mood for fruit juice, but when you are, nobody does it better than New Glarus.

Apr 05, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy dark ruby red with two fingers of pink foam.
Smell hit me as soon as I popped the cap. Huge raspberry, as if I just smashed a bushel of fresh ones and stuck my nose in the basket raspberry. Tart, sweet raspberry.
Taste follows pretty closely. Initially it's a blast of sweet raspberry, mid to late palette the tart kicks in, long lingering raspberry aftertaste. Quite jammy! 
Medium to full body, a bit syrupy at times. Good carb level.
Overall a wonderful if you like raspberry(I do).

Apr 01, 2019
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely cloudy rosewood brown color, with half a finger of off-white head. This beer is seriously turbid. Hold it up to the light, and you see swirling plumes if cloudiness. Once the head recedes, it reveals a sparkling surface.

Nose: Pungent macerated raspberries. That's exactly what it smells like - a bucket of smashed overripe raspberries, and maybe a hint of Brett, vanilla, oak, butter, and brown sugar. Unbelievably sweet smelling. Fairly simple nose, but an insanely pleasant one.

Palate: Woah! This one will stop you in your tracks for a moment. It smelled unbelievably sweet, because it IS unbelievably sweet. I was expecting a dry pucker.... Nononononno no. This is the filling inside of a raspberry tart. Okay, let's get back to it. The beer greets the palate with a freight train of sweetness. Cane sugar, soda sweetness. Once the palate adjusts, the next things that emerge are deep musty funk, and overripe raspberries. The flavors are intertwined. You get the real, natural, organic raspberry pulp note, and then these musty notes that are almost certainly attributed to brett. There's a whisper of tartness at this point, which slightly increases as the sweetness begins to subside a little, but it's a lightly acidic fruity tart, not a sharp vinegar acetic tart. The tartness, must, and raspberry jam notes persist into the finish, with the funk and tart lifting off, leaving you with a lingering mouthfull of raspberry jam, and some vanilla.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer has a richness about it - a decadence, but,I honestly think that's just from the weight of the sugar in here. The effervescence is very mild, and has a hard time pushing its way through the weight of the beer. I don't detect any alcohol in here, but I can feel its effects, so I'm sure it's over 5. It really drinks like slightly fermented juice. Both in body anf flavor.

Overall: Man, I was not prepared for this one. I was expecting a pucker, and a dryness, and this one smacked me in the face, and then proceeded to make sweet sweet, hot, sticky, passionate love with my palate, and then wanted a cuddle afterwards. Thus beer is sweet. No less sweet than your average fruit juice. I mean sweeeeet. In this particular case, I think it works, because it's all fruit. This is raspberry jam, made with wild raspberries that sat on the bush too long. If you enjoy sweet, and you enjoy raspberry, then this will blow your mind. It's truly a natural raspberry. NOT raspberry flavoring. This is a bowl if sweet ripe raspberries, seeds and all. This is as natural of a taste as you can get. Fermented raspberry juice. THAT'S WHAT IT IS!
Edit: If you enjoy fermented raspberry juice, then this will blow your mind.

Mar 22, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe my favorite New Glarus sour. Raspberry flavor is everywhere with just the right amount of tart. It’s a beautiful color as well. I will always buy this when I see it.

Mar 11, 2019
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Seattlebierman from Washington

4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can imagine this beer giving a wicked hangover if you chose to make a night of them. However, they nailed the flavor. Tastes exactly like raspberries and it’s tart. Imagine that. If you were to order just a pint to treat yourself it’s 5/5. Wonderful dessert beer.

Dec 15, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby red with a fingernail of off white. The aroma is of a pint of freshly picked raspberries. Amazing! I'm tasting exceptionally tart, fresh raspberries. The mouth is very dry and crisp.

Oct 26, 2018
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, no dating on the bottle that I noticed. Thanks to my friend Mary Kae for getting this for me! Served in a MadTree teku, the beer pours a mostly clear dark reddish color with about an inch off-white head with a tinge of pink. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. I like the aroma a lot, the brew smells like fresh raspberries, both tart and sweet. Taste is similar to the aroma, with sweet and tart raspberry and raspberry jam flavors. There's also some caramel, dark bread, woody and brown sugar flavors noticeable too. Have to say I think it's a little more sweet than tart, but still very, very fruity! Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth and easy to drink with a moderate amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good fruit beer, definitely worth trying if you like raspberries!

Oct 21, 2018
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark red with large off white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet and tart raspberries.

T - The taste is filled with huge amount of sweet and tart raspberries, tart cherries and some light toasted malts.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with nice crisp finish.

O - This is a tremendous fruit beer. The raspberry is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Liquid raspberry jam.

Aug 25, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful deep red raspberry color with pinkish cap and lacing.

Scent of ripe raspberries that manages to smell both tart and sweet.

Taste just like it smells. I don't know if the word tart refers to the fruit or is a reference to pastry but the term works either way. I think, on the whole, dry tartness wins out over fruit sweetness but these rather simple flavors are well matched and mingled.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall I think it's a very good example of a fruit flavored ale.

Jun 30, 2018
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DavidR_9 from California

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very much on the sweet side, huge raspberry and berry notes on the nose and palate. Very light tartness, slightest drying sensation on finish. Amazing beer

Jun 06, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 1 pint 9 fl. oz. bottle with no bottled on or best before date (but I think 2017 designed labels). Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A cloudy deep dark grape red colour with a nice big three finger beige head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some sticky lacing.

Aroma: Tart, jammy, raspberry, mixed berry jello.

Taste: Sweet, tart, raspberry jam, raspberry jello with a touch of oak.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Great aromas, but tastes probably too sweet for me. The raspberry jammy and jello flavours were nice, but because of the over sweetness, this turned into just a sipper for me.

May 02, 2018
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evergreen_machine from Washington

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep red (effectively opaque) with a pale, off-white head that recedes slowly. No lacing present. Nose is a sweet raspberry smell that overpowers all other aromas. On tasting, the sweetness is balanced out by the sourness of the raspberries. Mouthfeel is not as syrupy as expected and is more refreshing than a desert beer might be expected to be. Overall, a wonderful beer, balanced in sweetness and honest and refreshing in flavor.

Apr 26, 2018
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leantom from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyable. Especially after that terrible stout by NG. Here goes:

A: Very dark yet very clear. Pours a massive reddish-pink head with great lacing. Color is a deep red with a pink hue - exactly like a raspberry. Great.

S: Somewhat mild. Can still detect finer dark fruit, but these scents are too muted. What does reach the olfactory receptors is a tasty raspberry, however.

T: Raspberries, pomegranate, and plum. Aftertaste of cherries. The beer does everything right from a taste perspective. One of the finer, more complex lambics.

F: Perfect.

O: Great beer.

Mar 26, 2018
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 2/23/2018. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, red grape, peach, pear, red apple, melon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light pepper/vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lightly tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, red grape, peach, pear, red apple, melon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light pepper/vanilla, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate yeast/oak spiciness and fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy raspberries, fruit skin/seeds, lemon, red grape, peach, pear, red apple, melon, oak, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light pepper, and herbal/yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance; and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tart/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, fairly crisp, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is an awesome fruit beer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of raspberries, fruity/spicy yeast, oak, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mellowly tart/spicy/drying finish. Great balance of fruit, yeast, oak, and malts. Lacking the enormous jammy fruit character of all of the other New Glarus fruit beers, but still really enjoyable.

Mar 10, 2018
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