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 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 Rennpferd
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a champaign style bottle into a clean pint glass.

It poured dark, red and with a tanissh head that quickly dissolved.

It smelled like raspberry freezer jam that has been allowed to thaw out (very sweet and sugary).

It tasted very sweet at first and then a kick of sour raspberry kicked in with a touch of tang! It was like eating a handful of fresh raspberries. It had a nice body to it, smooth but then ripply into a medium body near the back of the tongue.

It was very drinkable when I only sipped it slowly. If I drank large mouthfuls or sipped back to back it became too sweet to my palate to enjoy.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The raspberry flavor dominates, tastes delicious, and has a perfect tart balancing kick, but this beer is just too hard to drink. Really, I suggest splitting a bottle with at least 3 people. It was fantastic paired with some good vanilla bean ice cream for dessert, but I still had a lot left after and naturally I can't let it go to waste, but it's a bit of a chore to drink. Damn tasty, but bring friends.

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Photo of grub
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this bottle from presario as part of CanBIF3. i've been trying to get my hands on this one for a while, so thanks trevor for hooking me up.

750ml bottle with burgundy wax.

pours deep pinkish red, somewhat cloudy, with a small fairly dense pink head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is great. huge raspberry blast. just a small hint of sweetness. touch of alcohol. faint cracker and bread malt.

taste is excellent. lots of raspberry again. nice light tartness. hint of alcohol. nice light bready malt. feels like there might be a little sour cherry in there too. light sweetness, but not syrupy at all.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth well-integrated medium carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is great. the alcohol is almost completely hidden, and the light sweetness is balanced well against the bit of tart/sour character. very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

HUGE thanks to bax72 for sending this my way via BC2! Made the lady real happy.

Pours a ruddy red/brown, big thick pinkish brown head forms, settles down to a thin layer quickly, leave some nice spotty lacing on the glass, good retention, looks pretty nice. Smell is fantastic, fresh raspberry juice, caramel, bit of floral bouquet, brown sugar, more raspberry, tons of fruity goodness. Taste is sour raspberries, sugar, caramel, very earthy, sweet/sour raspberries, raisiny toffee, some bread, wicked good. Mouthfeel is light bodied, low carbonation, silky silky smooth, very refreshing, goes way too fast. Just an amazing beer. Thanks a ton Chris! This made my evening.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - disdaining the label advice to use a champagne flute, I opt for a tall, thin lambic glass instead. Good choice. The beer pours a flat, dirty purple, two fingers of pale purple head sit like snow on top. Fine beads of bubbles slowly rise up the sides of the glass. Beautiful.

Aroma - all raspberry all the time. An off-shoot of something grain-based but that's it.

Taste - sweet, sweet raspberries with tartness on the sides and back of the tongue. Citric acidity dries out the mouth on the swallow, leaving behind a tart but very fruity raspberry finish. Beer elements are at a minimum, some basic grain flavor at the start that quickly concedes to the immense fruit. The aged hops I imagine provide some balance without even showing up because I can't detect them. A delicious dessert beer.

Mouthfeel - it has a heaviness and chewiness that really enhance the boldness of the fruit. Very resilient residue gives a long aftertaste. The high carbonation makes its serving in a champagne or lambic glass most appropriate.

Drinkability - too sweet for any session, but a special treat anytime. Sure to be a hit for sweet/fruit beer fans (A definite hit with the missus). Thanks to Erdinger2003 for this great beer!

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Photo of ejquin
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red hue with little to no head. Extremely fragrant and smells of..well..Raspberries. Heavily. Mayb e a touch of yeastiness. Great taste for a fruit beer. My favorite yet. Great pure raspberry taste with some sourness as well. Overall this was my favorite fruit beer yet. I'm more into stouts and heavier beers, but this was a great change of pace.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. Ruby color, with some purple hues. Foamy pink head holds briefly, then fades. As the head fades, it leaves some great patches of lace.

Huge raspberry aroma, slightly sour smelling. Great berry aroma in general.

Tart up front, but stops short of being puckering. A bit acidic. Great pure raspberry flavor.

Light body, not as bubbly as I would think. Pretty simple, and it is exactly as advertised, raspberry. Very enjoyable. This would be a super dessert beer.

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Photo of kajerm
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours rich, dark, and maroon with a tiny head. The natural raspberry color is pretty cool.

Smells like raspberries, pounds and pounds of them-- like sticking your nose in a bottle of jam.

The flavor is raspberries and sugary sweetness, balanced by a snap of tart acidity at the end. No malt. No hops. No yeast. This is only technically a beer, but whatever it is, it's fucking awesome.

The sweetness and sourness might wear on me after a lot of these, but right now I can think of worse things than drowning in this beer (or whatever the hell it is.)

I want more.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to demcorhip for this via trade!

A - Unbelievable. What a great looking beer. Pour a pint of fresh rasberries into a blender. Puree and magically have the seeds removed. Wash it across a top notch weizen and keep the red intact. I have no idea how else to describe it.

S - Solid sweet raspberries with an underlying hint of tart

T - Similar to the smell. Not cloying sweet but definitely a desert beer. It's like drinking amazingly tasty raspberries.

M - medium bodied, amazingly balanced and dry in the finish.

D - a great desert styled beer. A full bottle as a bit overwhelming for me in one sitting. It's great but that was a bit more raspberry than I'm used to at one time. I would split one with a friend next time around.

Definitely one you have to try!

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Photo of malcontent
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good looking head falls back into spotty lacing, deep burgundy liquid with vibrant red edges.

Raspberry sorbet and...that's it. Does it need anything else? It smells so good.

OK, yeah, that's really good. What makes this so delicious is that there's no sense of articficial raspberries here. It's fresh and sweet at first and then earthy and bitter on the finish as if getting the fruit and then seeds in succession. A superlative tasting brew.

Crisp at first and then finishes clean. It IS a raspberry beer, so it's not the kind of beer you can easily pair with a variety of foods or can drink all night. Still, it's exceptional in just about every way.

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Photo of badbeer
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ruby red color with a light pinkish head leaving excellent lacing. Rich smell of tart raspberries; reminds me a lot of the raspberry Jell-o my grandma used to make. Raspberries lightly pucker in your mouth, it's really like eating raspberries fresh, only in liquid form. The amount of tartness is perfect, not overly acidic like how some raspberry framboise's can be; sour, without the harsh. Carbonation dances on the tongue, enhancing each flavor. Medium bodied, finishes a bit dry. Incredibly drinkable, if this was in a nonic pint glass, I'd probably end up polishing off the bottle in no time.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice big head (fills the flute and almost goes flows over) that doesn't go away and leaves a rock solid lacing. The color is a beautiful clear dark red/purplish color. The smell is just like a fresh raspberry bush-only better! Really good smell of sweet/tart raspberries that balance perfectly! The taste is a burst of great flavor and it doesn't have the base feel that is malty, I can sense it's still there, but I have to look. The mouthfeel is smooth, smooth and there's nothing offensive about it. Overall I wish every single bottle of Raspberry Tart was this good, I just had to re-review it it was sooo good.

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Photo of tboom29
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first that I've been able to try from New Glarus. Thanks to Lucy S. for this one.

I was surprised when I first poured this into a champagne flute, as recommended on the bottle. It poured a nice dark red color and looked very thick and viscous, almost like a homemade fruit juice or V8. Not much head.

The smell was full of fresh raspberries. None of the fake raspeberries here but almost like raspberry preserves.

The raspberries really hit you up front with the first sip. Not cloyingly sweet at all though. It really is the right amount of sweetness. Nice spritzy and leads to a rather full mouthfeel. Fairly tart, but not overly so. Although it has some characteristics of a flemish sour, it definitely is not a sour beer. Overall a very good beer. I'm not a big fruit beer person, but I could drink this regularly. It would pair well with a slice of chocolate cheesecake.

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Photo of dherling
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to UWMelson for this. Fuckembucky!

Poured out a dark purple, with a thin white film. The nose is explosive fresh raspberry, some sourness, a tiny bit of yeast. The taste is amazing! Wow, big fresh raspberries that hit you with a sour bite. I would love to have this with some chocolate cheese cake. Has a tight prickly mouthfeel and is insanely drinkable.

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Photo of dfried
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany ruby/crimson in color, thin light pink head. The aroma is as the name implies, tart raspberries, a good sour tartness with ripe juicy berries. The taste has a good biting sourness at first sip which fades in intensity quickly to the sweet fruity berry flavors, however some of the sour tingle does last. Crisp, refreshing, and delicious.

The low down: there is not much to say about this beer, except it is my favorite fruit beer I have ever tried. The only thing that comes close is New Glarus's Belgian Red. This beer is like you went out and picked a bucket full of raspberries, and squashed the juice into a bottle. It really does taste like you just picked them, I wanted to pick the little raspberry hairs out of my teeth. The sourness keeps it from being too cloying, but it's not some something you would want to drink all day. Outstanding, to be searched out.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared with my girlfriend. Poured into wine glasses.

Pours a murky deep purplish red colour with a 1/2 inch head that dissipates to a little lace quickly enough. Carbonation is medium. Smell is straight-up raspberries, and if I know Dan Carey's work, those are real raspberries and lots of em. A little bit of yeastiness and funk in the aroma as well, but it's not too sweet which is nice. It smells like I could spread it on toast....

Taste is exactly as advertised. Tart on the tongue and full of real raspberry goodness. The yeast is the only flavour distracting from the berries, in fact the best way to describe the flavour of this beer is raspberry jam on toast. Very pleasant. Sweet but never cloying, as a fruit beer should be. The mouthfeel is very much like sparkling wine, and the finish is puckering and dry. Low ABV makes it very drinkable, but I'd hesitate to have more than a glass after dinner. Drinkability for me personally suffers because I find it's giving me heartburn, but that's my stomach for ya. All in all an exceptionally well done fruit beer and will not disappoint those looking for an after dinner treat that's not cloyingly sweet. Hey, that rhymed!

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Medium-dark ruby red edges around a black cherry body. Lacy, tight, dirty pink head. Nose is tart raspberries, raspberry candy, vinegar, and a little barnyard. Mostly tart and sweet raspberries though. Tart edges around the palate with sugary ripe raspberry sweetness bursting through. Crescendoes and quickly turns sour. Slightly puckering. Fresh raspberry juice taste stays through the acidic, tart, wild finish. Very nice balance of sweet and sour, with a notable flash of funk. Moderate body with a zippy, refreshing carbonation that goes well with the sparkling, appetizing acidity of this beer. Dan sure knows how to make a fruit beer!

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Photo of blitz134
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the urge to pull this one after having some berry filled dessert. Chilled and split between a couple of my roommates.

Brilliant garnet red color. Perfectly clear. One inch fizzy, red tinged head that reduced to a thin layer. A sheet of lace grabs the glass.

Aroma is straight up raspberries with lots of tart hints. Sweet smelling but doesn't seem overly done. When it hits the tongue a wave of effervescense comes and brings out the tart flavors and then a rush of raspberries pummels every corner of the mouth. The finish is slightly dry, but has a strange juiciness, and finishes slightly tart again.

Mouthfeel is kinda thin but pushes medium bodied. I'm used to the thin mouthfeel associated with lambic when I have fruit beers, but this one is just a bit thicker. Nice carbonation levels.

Really nice drinkability, but I'm glad I split this up. Its a good beer, but I couldn't have handled the full 750. I can only handle so much sweetness, and while this one isn't over the top with sweetness its still a lot to handle for me.

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

Pours a red grape juice maron with a lot of opaque ruby. The aroma is a sweet yet slightly dry tart rasberry jam. The taste is overloaded with rasberry. The real deal. No rasberry concentrate. The milder tartness of teh rasberry takes over the overwhelming sourness of a real lambic beer. Great to sip. Almost consumed with rasberry flavor. Great sipping beer and make sure you drink this stuff cold.

Thank You bschmid3 for this and all other New Glarus beers you GAVE to me.

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

Pours a brick red nearly opaque with a pink head that retains satisfactorily. Little lace.

Smells delectable. Spritzy with a huge amount of fresh red raspberry (obviously). Almost smells like raspberry puree freshly made in the food processor at home.

Sweet raspberry with a tart ending. Very full and up front flavors. Nothing is holding back on this beer. Large amounts of raspberry puree. RS is perfect at around 3.5% (just guessing). Finishes fruity with good length. Nicely carbonated. Not a big fruit beer fan, however this one is drinkable all day and then some.

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Photo of Phatz
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: The 750 is capped wax sealed. The label seems to be coming off on it's own though, maybe due to moisture.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color with a fizzy pink head.

Smell: Wow. Big in the nose. Sweet and fruit juicy but loaded with a raspberry tart punch.

Taste: This is the most raspberry of raspberry beers. It is like eating the liquefied berries but better. Sweet yet tart. Acidic but not cloyingly so. Beautiful. It has that sour feel I love. The aftertaste levees sweet residual flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Tart, crisp, acidic. Syrupy thick but the carbonation is quite fizzy.

Drinkability: I love it. Quite possibly the best fruit beer I have had the pleasure to enjoy.

Hope this is helpful.

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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 Luchman
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A: A deep, dark red and pink color. Basically, what I think raspberries in a liquid form would be. Forms a lovely pink and white head that dissipates after a minute or two, but mingles on the top.

S: Very strong smell. I could smell this beer from feet away. Nothing but sweet, sweet raspberries. A couple more whiffs in and some tart raspberries start to emerge. Nice balance between sweet and tart in the smell.

T: Nothing unusual here; Raspberries! The sweet berries come in at first and makes me think this is one different kind of beer. On the swallow, the tart comes out and damn is it sour. Maybe its just me, but this beer made me pucker a few times. A few sips into this and I feared I was not going to enjoy... Nevertheless, I carried on and the more I drank, the more I enjoyed. I still believe it was a little over balance on the tart side (hence the name maybe?) but it was satisfying.

M: Good.Medium body with medium carbonation that fits this beer well.

D: You can drink this stuff in a hurry and enjoy it all the way. This being my first fruit beer, I didn't quite know what to think, but I do believe this is exactly what the brewery intended. If you like raspberries and beer, you should have no problem loving this.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served out of a bomber on New Year's Eve into a champagne flute. Pours out a beautiful rich red with a pink head. Smell - WOW. What a nose of raspberry! That nose continues into a kick ass blast of raspberry in the taste. Tart, and sour and sweet at the same time. Medium level of carbonation. I don't think they could have nailed it any better for the style. I poured a flute for the wife as well to celebrate the night. It was wasted on her as she just couldn't handle the taste. Very surprising and disapointing, but what are you going to do? For a woman that's been fed Surly Furious, Hop Slam and Stone Ruination, you'd think she would appreciate the tartness for what it is. No matter, more for me. I wish there was someone else in the house I could share this with. I won't chance corking and trying tomorrow- I will just have to bite the bullet and finish myself. I am enjoying this much more than the belgian red, but I think that's just because I like raspberries over cherries.

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