Raspberry Tart | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Treat yourself to a rare delight. The voluminous raspberry bouquet will greet you long before your lips touch your glass. Serve this Wisconsin framboise very cold in a champagne flute. Then hold your glass to a light and enjoy the jewel-like sparkle of a very special ale.
Oregon proudly shares their harvest of mouth watering berries, which we ferment spontaneously in large oak vats. Then we employ Wisconsin farmed wheat and year old Hallertau hops to round out this extravaganza of flavor.

Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
936
Ratings:
3,791
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
10.37%
 
 
Wants:
1,240
Gots:
916
For Trade:
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Photo of turbine2475
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DrDogBeer for this brew:

A - Pours an opaque red with a small pink cola like head that disipated quickly into nothingness leaving no lace.

S - Smells of intense raspberries and tart sours that dominates letting nothing else through.

T - Raspberries, murky sours, hints of other tart sours, and sugery syrups.

M - Unexpectadly milky with a good carbonation.

D - One of the better labics I have tried. Not really a big fan of the style, but this one did not disappoint.

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Photo of handcrafty
5/5  rDev +15.2%

This is a treat.. If we're going directly based on the fruit beer category, this one takes one of the top 3 prizes.
Pours a vibrant dark burgundy with a pink/tan cross head.
The smell of fresh raspberries permeates from the bottles as it pours into the glass.
The taste matches the smell scent for sip. Sweet, fresh fruit. Tart, then sweet again.
A low alcohol beer, but one to appreciate because of the pure artisanship that goes into each bottle.
Magnificent.

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Photo of calitrie1486
3.35/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I really try not to give beers such a terrible rating but this one if worth losing every point. Way to overly sweet and syrupy and the flavor was just too artificial for me. Would not drink this beer again if I was in the sahara and stuck in head deep sand.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cranberry juice red with a small whiteish head and some decent lacing.

S: Sweet raspberries fill the nose. Very sweet like a raspberry spumante. I wouldn't say over the top though.

T: Very sweet and tart. Nice flavor overall not too overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D: Pretty good but I could only drink so much in a session but it makes a nice sweet treat for after dinner.

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Photo of VetsPackage
3.51/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber ruby red, no hiding the fact they loaded fruit into this. Nose is a bit offputting, musty funk with a little raspberry but something seems off. Taste is thick, syrupy raspberry that is both overly sweet and artificial in nature. No real sourness for something with "tart" in the name. Very jammy but the sweetness surpasses cloying and takes away from what little I enjoyed about this one. Not as impressed as other reviews had lead me to believe I would be.
Side note: the wax on these bottles are terrible. Thin, sticky, and doesn't even make a seal totally defeating the purpose.

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Photo of pigc
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into champagne flute.

A - Pours a light blood colored red with strawberry shortcake looking two finger foam head. A thing of beauty!

S - Tart raspberries as you'd expect. Some fruity esters in there as well.

T - Tart raspberry and cherry.

M - Light and effervescent. High carbonation.

O - A beautiful light fruity beer. Great example of this style. Perfect light dessert beer.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

In the Texas heat during August, I usually want something really light and something with fruity flavors. Thanks to my friend, Aaron, I had an opportunity to taste this gem. It's a welcome respite from all of the summer beers I've tasted in the past.

The appearance looked very dark for what it is, so it sure didn't look that light.The smell of this beer isn't as fragrant as I would thought a fruit beer would have, however smelling aroma from the beers isn't my forte.

The taste and mouthfeel of this beer is excellent. I certainly loved the taste of this beer because it isn't overly sweet like some of the other fruit beers I've tasted over the years. It's certainly not as sweet as Lindeman's Framboise.

Drinkability's great if you want something fruity without the excess sweetness.

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

Poured into a flute

Appearance: dark ruby with a slight tint of brown. Wonderfully bright. The head is the lightest pink-tan. Surprisingly, the head is not champagne-like sparkling, but very fine and creamy.

Aroma: blindfolded you'd think this beer was a raspberry jelly - seltzer cocktail. The malt is faint; light and sweet. No funk.

Flavor: excellent; jam-like sweetness. So jelly-like, I almost expect seeds. Mildly tart. The tartness is far more reserved than many of the more common sours of today that will eat through your teeth enamel. Very pleasant. The sweetness is on par with Lindeman's Framboise.

Mouthfeel: shockingly thick, syrupy almost, but an enjoyable surprise. This beer is a stark contrast to more common Saison dryness of many fruit sours.

Overall: I had high hopes for this beer, yet I was still impressed - surprised too. Great raspberry flavor and body. I'm counting this as a daily serving of my fruits/vegetables. Liquid desert. This beer is much sweeter, thicker and fruit-forward than I expected. It is sweet rather than dry, and creamy rather than spritzy. This beer is a tad too sweet. If the sweetness were dialed back, this beer would be even better.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.73/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of nova009
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wax covered bomber into a champagne flute

A- pours a slightly hazy reddish brown, a massive two finger fluffy head appears and slowly dissipates down to a nice covering, lots of bubbles sticking to the side of the flute, nice ring of lace left on the glass

S- raspberries and lots of them, some sour funk hits the nose as well, a little bit of bready malt as well

T- sweet and tart, tastes like pure raspberry juice, not too much to elaborate on here, delicious

M- medium body, fairly high carbonation but it works well, covers the whole palate

O- this is a delicious beer, I saved this one for months as my desert beer for Thanksgiving and it was worth it, not one you want to drink regularly but this is a great special occasion beer

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

1/11/2008

Served in Champagne flutes. Pours a nice red with pink head.

All raspberries...with maybe a little hint of vanilla.

Taste is sweet and tart and near perfect. Real raspberries and not an artificial flavoring syrup.

Great dessert beer alone or compliments so many other desserts and salads.

Poured some leftover around French Vanilla Ice Cream. Used a splash in salad dressing.

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Photo of krustster
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
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,,,

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Photo of hayesez
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a recent trade with justn. Split with my wife during some NCAA games...

Poured into a wine glass. Pours a deep pinkish orange color...A thin white head (with a tinge of pink) sits on top and quickly turns to merely a ring of foam. No lacing is left behind. Minus the head, this could easily be mistaken for a glass of wine.

Smells like raspberries - profound, I know. Actually, it might more closely be described by comparing it to raspberry jam. The nose is filled with a sweetness that could be found by sniffing a jar of Smucker's. There is a tiny bit of tartness to the smell as well...but really, it's all raspberries.

Zero surprise when tasting this one! It is so smashed with raspberries I can't even tell I'm drinking a beer. As sweet raspberry first hits the tongue, it mixes with just a slight amount of tart. As I swallow, the tart is once again replaced by the sweetness, which lingers around for a while on its return visit. My wife absolutely loves this - It is a bit too sweet for me, however. I much prefer beers that tend toward the tart side, as opposed to the sweet. Perhaps a bit unfair to downgrade based on that, but then again, I'm reviewing based on what I like. I do love the fullness of this beer - the mouthfeel is outstanding. A bit of tangy left over after the finish.

With the borderline sweetness levels, this beer is notched down just a tad on drinkability At a measly 4%, one could drink this all night...my wife may just test that hypothesis.

Overall, a very well crafted beer. I can certainly tell why New Glarus has hit a home run with this one. I know dozens of people that would absolutely love this brew. Well done!

Consumed: 3/25/2010

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

4 bottles courtesy of younger35, so glad he is my WI mule!!
Poured into an oversized wine glass while watching top chef last night. Great red color with a pinkish head and no visible lace. The raspberry smell hits you right away and its fantastic. Taste is somewhat sweet and tart but not too much of either. Great mouthfeel with a nice carbonation. Drinkability is off the charts. I can't keep this stuff around for more than a few weeks when I get it, I just love it and really enjoy drinking it. Very refreshing, besides sweetwater blue, it's the best fruit beer I have ever tasted.

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Photo of Adrianized
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Dark ruby in color, 2 finger off white head which settles robs film.  Decent lacing.

The nose is pretty light; mostly raspberries and cherries.  Some winey and yeasty character.

Wow this is just what I was hoping for based off reviews!  Tastes of raspberry compote.  It actually reminds me exactly of this Polish raspberry concentrate which parents would mix with water.  There's alcohol in here??  Tastes like juice.  It finishes slightly tart.

Thick and syrupy.  Low carbonation, but there seems to be a bit of effervescence to it.  Drinks very easily.

This stuff is delicious and I recommend you get some. Best framboise I've had so far. I'll have to try the Belgian Red next.

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Photo of gregy55902
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tastes like tart raspberry jam. I heard it was sweet, and it was - so I'm glad I shared it with friends. Nice, refreshing low-abv beer, excellent as a dessert! 750ml is a bit much, but if you share the bottle it isn't a problem. Recommended!

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

A salesman of mine came in today with a bottle for us to drink. Gotta love it when a salesman brings in a bottle of something we can't even purchase in this state.
L:A dirty(good dirty) brown felmish sours look. Off white reddish head that disappears quickly.
S:sour/tart raspberry almost cranberry like. Smelled like you had just picked off a ton of fresh raspberry right off the plant and smelled them. A brownish type smell as well.
T: A mild raspberry jam sweetness peeks out right away being knocked right out by tart. Deliscious sour tart squeezes out the back of your tounge. Almost giving you cotton mouth with how tart it is.
M:Light sharp fizz on the bottom of my tounge.
D:Great!!! Could sit down and have with before dinner, with dinner or after dinner. With a meal or without, this is a great beer.

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Photo of PatYoda
3.09/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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

750ml bottle poured into wine glass.

Beer pours a deep ruby garnet color with a nice bit of tan foamy head on top. It dissipates quickly and doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is raspberry jam/jelly/syrup. It smells like a raspberry pastry...more like a nice danish and less like a jelly donut, but it is definitely a raspberry and sweet bread mixture. It's a very unique smell that I haven't seen in a lot of beers. The taste is pure sweet raspberry with a touch of tartness on the finish. It's fairly sweet, but not in a sugary cloying way. The fruit definitely comes through very well here, and the beer gets much better as it warms. This a great fruit beer that really showcases the flavor of the fruit. The mouthfeel is great and is perfectly dry. I expected it to be syrupy on the finish, but it is very clean. It is a surprisingly slow sipper for the low ABV, but I don't mind taking my time with it.

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Photo of davod23
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a New Glarus flute. Thanks, Brady.

The pour isn't as red as one might expect - it's more the color of iced tea. Slightly off-white head billows up, but doesn't hang around for very long. I would like this to be more striking in color and to have better head retention.

Smell: Raspberries. Sweet, sour, ripe and unripe raspberries.

Taste: Raspberries. It's sweet on the front end, with just a hint of a tartness through the midpalate. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, adequate amount of carbonation, quite slick, long fruity finish. Light-medium body.

Drinkability is quite good. At just 4% abv, and without being super sweet, this one goes down pretty easy and quickly.

Good beer, perhaps only bested (in terms of American fruit beers) by Belgian red. Recommended.

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.69/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep red-raspberry color with a pink head that abruptly dissipates. It has an absolutely terrific raspberry aroma. It reminds me of a raspberry pastry. It's flavor is very sweet. Almost too sweet. Has only a slight tart, sour flavor to it. The mouthfeel gives a bit of pucker and tingling sensations. Has average drinkablitily, as the sweetness becomes too much.

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Photo of marksto
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish-amber with thin head and medium retention. Has a big, sourish, fruity-berry nose with some malt sweetness mixed in as well. Flavor-wise, the name fits very well. A berry explosion followed by a sharp, tart-sour tang. Very wine-like, leaves a pleasant tang on the back of the tongue as I drink.

Another awesome fruit beer from New Glarus, this one is world class and right behind the cherry. A must try.

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Photo of bennyman12
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.25

Yes, raspberry bomb, but I could only drink about 10 ounces. I don't understand how some of the previous reviewer failed to note how sweet this is. Even split over two nights, I ended up pouring this out.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for the in-person swap at DLD.

From notes to self. Been curious to try this offering for some time.

Murky dark reddish brown. Fantastic aroma of what else? Raspberries, also some faint sour notes. Taste of sweet, but not overly sweet raspberry puree. Slightly tart finish. Boardering syrupy mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation. Very refreshing brew. Paired sublimely with homemade cheesecake after Mother's day dinner. Really glad I got to try this.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has been resting for about 3 years. The berry flavor was closer to a strawberry rhubarb in terms of it's sticky sweetness. Carbonation was still active and it maintained a light, crisp feel without being over-sweet. Great desert beer or paired with some plain vanilla ice cream (over even poured over it)!

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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