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.

Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Reviews: 936 | Ratings: 3,793
Photo of BubbleBobble
3.57/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, muddy red with a pinkish, foamy head that settled quickly with a few chunky islands. Where's the "sparkle"? Am I missing something? Nose is nice and smells sweet and jammy, though thankfullly, the taste is more balanced. Nice tartness, but not at alll overwhelming. Like all NG beers, the flavors are balanced and subdued. Nice mouthfeel, but would be better served by a more biting, champagne-like carbonation. Nice, refreshing, but reminds me of a refined Fruli, rather than something decidedly world class.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a very dark ruby colour. Smells like a slightly tart, very sweet raspberry jam. Tastes quite sweet, slightly tart, thick raspberry jam, slightly syrupy.

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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 CNoj012
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a murky deep ruby red color almost garnet, reminiscent of Juicy Juice (I have two kids under 2). The head is two fingers, dense and off white. Retention is moderate and there are silky swatches of lacing left all over the glass.

Smell is straight up raspberries. Sweet fresh raspberries.

Taste is very similar. So much fresh raspberries. It starts off with sweet raspberries, but transitions wonderfully to a tart, dry finish.

Feel is light, juicy and crisp. Carbonation similar to champagne makes the finish just a touch prickly.

Overall an excellent beer. The fresh berries really make this beer. Best fruit beer I've ever had!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, this beer is beautiful. Bright red, smells and tastes exactly like what you would hope for. Sweet and tart rasberries through and through. It TASTES like it LOOKS! Long story short, I'd put this right there up against the classic framboise's such as Lindeman's. It's a little less carbonated than the classic Belgians, but I think, again I say think, prefer it this way. Cheers!

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Minuscule head, about half a finger, reddish tan in hue, openly knit and swiftly gone, close to no lacing. Cloudy liquid, ruby red color, browns some before a touch orange at the surface, hyperactive bubbles, large and eager to break the surface. The nose is all honeyed pie crust and molasses and raspberry compote, slight vinegary bite to it, some orange zest, not complex but that was not expected, just pure “truth in advertising” appeal. Full-bodied and feels heavy at times. The carbonation is adequate, not weak but perhaps would need to be extra strong to push through to when you swallow. Cinnamon, nutmeg and honey, more lemon here than orange. The raspberry is sweet and sour, closer to strawberry than blackberry in nature. Graham cracker pie crust and hint of cola, dries towards the finish and again with a vinous bite. Shows restraint while also meeting every promise it makes. Not much more to say as the flavors are few and concentrated. And they sure are good.

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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 basaywhat
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours an extremely cloudy dark red almost mahogany. Nose is so sweet and fruity. Tastes like raspberry jam. Super sweet, tart as hell, a touch bitter. Really good.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery tasting room. Pours a deep, rich red with a creamy white head that has hints of pink. Lots of lace. Aroma is straight-up raspberry with a touch of raspberry jam thrown in. Taste is surprisingly sweet at first with tartness right behind. A little bit of earthy funk and a palate cleansing carbonation adds to the experience. Moutfeel is light and bubbly. Excellent.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky, dark ruby red nearing mahagony pour. Aroma consists of sweet raspberry as expected. Hints of tartness and graham cracker crust in the background. Following the nose well, the taste is very similar. Hints of graham cracker crust and a raspberry forward, oaky finish. Mouthfeel is slippery and smooth, quite sweet and doesn't finish dry. Nothing overly complex, just a good solid fruited beer.

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

Bsipes52 thanks for another great recommendation. Super fruit forward and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer day! Looking forward to more from New Glarus

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Photo of Skellbop
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice balance of tartness and raspberry notes both on the nose and in the flavor profile. Nice mouthfeel with high carbonation. Overall an excellent beer!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a deep ruby red with slight haze and essentially no head.
S: Loads of sweet raspberry with a hint of tart. Pretty much a one note wonder...but it is wonderful!
T: Follows aroma with sweet and mildly tart raspberry. Wow!
M: Light body. Sweet with a hint of tart.
D: Not complex, but it doesn't have to be. Best raspberry beer I've ever had. Lives up to the hype and then some.

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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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Photo of fireazzi
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow, really sweet, Great raspberry smell. It hits you just right. A whole bottle was a bit too sweet for me all at once,but if shared it's perfect. Loved the smell.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So glad I was able to try this - huge raspberry flavor, fresh and ripe and in no way artificial. Mouthfeel is fuller and much bigger than expected for a 4% ABV. Incredibly tart and refreshing - fantastic balance. World class beer.

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

750 ml bottle. Delicious fruit beer, one of the best yet. Had along with Serendipity send see why New Glarus is famous for these brews. Raspberry flavor was sweet but not sugary and just the right level of tartness in the finish. Nice slippery mouthfeel with a crisp end.

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Photo of Masonz223
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell: Raspberry jelly tart raspberry fresh raspberries
Taste: raspberry bomb! Fresh sweet raspberry upfront tart raspberry that tingles your tastebuds in the middle finishes with more raspberry and a slight oak flavor comes through.
Mouthfeel: medium body a puried raspberry coats your mouth and leaves you wanting more!
Overall: I can't imagine it gets any better for a fruit beer absolutely spectacular!

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Photo of Beginner2
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A few years back, I bought a case of Raspberry Tart because I noticed two things. First, it was the first time a beer was liked, many enthusiastically, by over half the women who tried it. Second, it went great with the holidays; festive and carbonated like champagne, tart like cranberry dressing, and cuts through the butterfat prominent at feasts.

I cannot add much to the reviews of this world-class beer. It also is from one of my favorite brewers. New Glarus gets awards other than at tastings and competitions. Its President and co-owner, a woman, was national runner up for the 2012 Small Business Person, awarded by the SBA. She also served several years on the White House's advisory Small Business Council.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent. Fromboise type beer tastes of strong raspberry and a tart pie. Slightly carbonated. Have to say that I really loved this beer. More like a sparkling wine. I have bought a bunch of fromboise type beers over the years and this is one of the finest I have ever had.

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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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