Raspberry Tart | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Raspberry TartRaspberry Tart

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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.

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Photo of bwood06
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

25 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Moderately heavy pour produces a 2 1/2 finger head that is a heavy froth in appearance with a bit of cream mixed in. The head is cream colored with a bit of pink and purple giving it a lightly colored raspberry slushy color. The head dissipates very slowly to a creamy half finger layer. The beer itself is a deep dark red that you can hardly see into. Moderate carbonation is visible if you look really closely. 4.5/5

S - The aroma is very heavy on red raspberries with hints of strawberry, blueberry, and black raspberries. Ever so slightly artificial berry/fruity aroma but not overly so. There is a slight earthiness to the aroma, possibly due to the fact that NG ferments the berries "in large oak vats" (taken from the bottle). 4.25/5

T - The flavor is an amazing combination of tart and sweet raspberries. It's almost like eating fresh red raspberries while drinking a raspberry flavored soda. A very slight note of wheat comes through but this mainly acts as a base for the raspberries to play off of. There is a bit of a dry hop presence on the very back end but these seem to be a noble hop variety so it really doesn't take away from the raspberry flavor, rather adding a light finish instead. Excellent flavors here and not artificial in the slightest. 4.5/5

M - Light bodied and very crisp. Somewhat syrupy at times during the sip but a dryness is maintained that lingers a bit upon swallowing. Light carbonation tickle up front which dissipates very quickly. 4.25/5

O - Excellent fruit beer with a combination of sweet and tart that is truly exceptional, and I'm not a fruit beer type of person. I bought this mainly for my wife but fell in love with it myself. A freshness is maintained that most fruited beer, IMHO, lose out on and end up getting an artificial flavor and aroma. This beer steers clear of that artificial flavor very nicely. 4.5/5

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bottle in pint glasses. This beer pours without much head, and it dissipates quickly. Fruity smell, and a great raspberry flavor. The body/feel of this beer is light and refreshing. A good dessert.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New Glarus has these fruit beers processes down to a T. I actually prefer the Raspberry Tart over the Belgian Red. The raspberry are not as overbearing as the cherries leaving a more balanced, less sweet profile that keeps you coming back for more. If I had to choose only one, I would definitely pick Raspberry Tart over the other two.

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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 leroybrown10
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty reddish-brown with pink highlights. 2 fingers of foamy head are a pink tinged tan. Seems to fizz off but not overly fast. Moderate amount of spider web lacing.

Huge raspberry aroma, noticeable as soon as the cap is popped. Kinda sweet and tart at the same time. A bit of underlying citrus. Hint of oak. Mostly just raspberry though. Simple but intoxicating.

Raspberry dominates the tongue. Starts sweet as it passes the lips before going pleasingly tart on the swallow. Mild lemon, light biscuit-y malt, and vanilla. Very mild oak.

Mild mouth feel with a mix of sweet and tart. Medium carbonation. Raspberry dominates, dances, and lingers. A touch syrupy right in the middle before finishing with some dryness.

A really tremendous beer with incredible raspberry presence. Like drinking alcoholic raspberry jam.

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Photo of antott0523
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Not sure how old this bottle is as I acquired it so generously in a trade with Jfreres.

A: The bottle is waxed with a maroon wax color. The beer pours a raspberry iced tea color. Sits in the glass crimson. It's translucent but dark enough that limited light passes through. After a vigorous pour, a big, airy, light pink head that settles. Foam and syrupy lace along the edge of my tulip. No visible carbonation.

S: Took a whiff from the bottle after popping the cap and immediately thought "jammy." A bouquet of natural raspberry preserves. Pour into the glass and swirl. Again, all natural sweet and tart raspberries. A touch musty.

T: Natural fresh raspberry. Sweet and slightly tart. Semi dry finish. More on the sweet side than tart, but really perfect balance between the two flavors. Paired this with home made crepes and raspberry jam. It was a nice complement to the sweet jam which made the beer seem more tart than anything else.

M: Low carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. Slight puckering from the raspberry tartness.

D: At 4% with a nice balance between sweet and tart raspberry flavors it doesn't get more drinkable for a framboise than this. Key is natural flavors. Nothing complex about this beer, but hands down the most natural tasting and smelling fruit beer I've had.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle at a bottle share. ~5oz pour. Thank you Jen for sharing this with us.

Pours a deep maroon hazy body with a fizzy light pink head. Aromas are straight raspberries, raspberry jam, not much else but very inviting. On the tongue is tart, intense raspberry, super refreshing and crisp and oh-so-sip demanding. If I could drink this every day I would..

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Photo of KeithBonner7
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice light ruby red bubbly look with small 1/8" head that lingered and slight lacing.
Smelled like steaming raspberry jam on toast.
Taste was tart and sweet with a raspberry yummy finish.
The feel was desirable with a very creamy smooth texture made possible by the great bubbles

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Photo of Myotus
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured at 43°F from a 750ml bottle (no date) into a beer flute. Consumed on 19Dec15.
LOOK: Pours with a half fingers worth of extremely light pink foam that halves itself after 25 seconds. Ruby in color with a slight cloudiness. Rising bubbles are medium in size and moderate in quantity. Lacing is moderate in quantity and mostly thin with a few small areas of thickness.
SMELL: Very strong aromas of sweet and tart raspberries are evident up front. The sweetness from the raspberries is much stronger than the tartness. Subtle aromas of oak, earthy yeast, and hints of spicy hops can also be detected.
TASTE: Extremely strong raspberry flavors enter initially. Unlike the aroma, the raspberry flavors are balanced between tart and sweet. Mild earthy yeast flavors enter about 2 seconds later along with subtle spicy hop and oak flavors as raspberry flavors somehow grow even stronger.
FEEL: Very full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth while also clinging to the back of the throat like syrup. Ends with a mouth-watering finish.
NOTE: What an elegant brew that I have come across. Hands down one of the best beers that I have ever had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty ass pink beer. Smells of juicy raspberries and a little bit of oak. Mild tart effect on the mouth. Sweet, but not sugary. Wheat grist gives a good mouthfeel for it. Not sour really even though it is spontaneously fermented.

I drink this all morning when I get the chance. Crushed a bottle with the jury after my Burning Man not guilty on all counts verdict. Good times.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The pour was maroon or perhaps ruby in color. White bubbles crowned the glass.

Smell - The nose was potent with sweet fresh raspberries. There is nothing artificial about this one.

Taste - The raspberries are sweet and slightly tart. The thickness of the beer allows for serious staying power, more sweet than tart. There is a little spice is noted. The aftertaste allows the core of a raspberry to stay in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - The thickness is remarkable, which makes this a raspberry bomb.

Overall - I love Belgian Red more, but this is great.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice ruby red. The nose is full of fresh raspberries and a slightly sour funk. On the palate it's pure raspberries. Like their other fruit beers it's fairly sweet but it's balanced perfectly by the tartness from the raspberries. It's a simple fruit beer but the balance of sweet and tart raspberry is spot on.

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a deep red with a thick pink head. Smell is tart raspberry and extremely strong. Was worried the taste would be overpowering like another New Glarus I had. But this is ridiculously smooth and drinkable. My wife liked it and I can think of a lot of situations where having this beer on hand would be a good idea.

Take their advice and drink it cold from a champagne glass.

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Photo of 2014LM2X1
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this during a vacation in Milwaukee -- I was surprised how easy it is to find in Wisconsin.

It looks amazing with a nice ruby hue. Light comes through it clearly and gives it a "glowing jewel" kind of look. It smells amazing -- huge raspberry smell with a lot of Brett funk mixed in. It tastes amazing with sweet raspberry up front that gives way to a powerful but not overwhelming tart kick on the finish. The mouthfeel is great as well; it goes down smooth but has enough carbonation to make it feel lively and effervescent.

This is my favorite sour to date, well done New Glarus!

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Photo of Sam_Sorrells
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours with a tight creamy amber head, the aroma is lacto and raspberries, the flavor starts sweet turns tart and then slowly dries up at the end, the mouthfeel is very nice and not to thin and perhaps slightly oily. Overall one of the best examples.

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Photo of W_Des
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep ruby red and the aroma of fresh crushed raspberries flows from the bottle. This thing tastes like pure raspberry juice. It is a dessert beer through and through. It is sweet and only gets more sweet and jammy as it warms. Definitely a great after dinner beer to share but would be a bit of a task to take down solo unless you have a sweet tooth.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a glowing raspberry color. Has an aroma of raspberries. Flavor is big raspberries, sweet and tart at the same time. A little fermented yeast aftertaste with lingering tart raspberry mouthfeel. This is quite delicious overall.

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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 LloydDobler
4.96/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with a tall, tan head. The nose leaves the assumption of a slight sour, but this is super fruity! Awesome fruit presence with a super raspberry jam taste. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of KSOZE
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic fruit beer, if not one of the ugliest beers I've laid my eyes on. I really have to swallow hard before taking a sip because it looks disgusting. The taste comes through and makes it all worth it. Very sweet, but a perfect amount of lip puckering light tartness to cut through and avoid cloying levels. Delightful summery fruit beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honestly, I don't understand the rave reviews for this beer. The aroma lends a bit of funk and complexity but, as a whole, it drinks like an intensely sweet Framboise, even by St. Louis and Lindeman's standards. Syrupy mouthfeel that gets worse as it warms. Only recommended for those who like things on the border of sickly sweet. Luckily, I can stand it, since I like sweet stuff.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml Bottle.

Appearance - Dark burgundy .

Smell - Raspberry Jam. Holy shit! Incredible!

Taste - Like fresh raspberry preserve. Very sweet. Slight tartness. Super delicious. Seriously mid blowing!!

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Thick and chewy. WOW!!!

Overall - One of the very best beer I've ever had. Highly recommended!

Grade (A+)

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Photo of Mehinaman
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every time I am about to try a new beer from New Glarus I think that there is no chance I will like it as much as the last one, but once again I am proven wrong. Of all the tart fruit beers I have tried from New Glarus, this one, at least as of now, is my absolute favorite. New Glarus somehow manages to find that perfect medium between being sweet, but not too sweet and tart, but not lip puckering tart. These beers are seriously good enough to move to Wisconsin for. :-)

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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 kkleu357
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

My second favorite of the tart beers. This one pours a reddish pink color. Aroma is all fruit berries. Taste is pretty much raspberry juice. Some tartness, but not overwhelming.

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