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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 DrZarkov
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that will catch your attention with this beer is the amazing smell. It smells like raspberry jam, but with a wheaty hint to it. It's quite sweet, but not in the same way as fruit flavored malt beers. Its a much more natural kind of sweetness and so it not over powering even for those who are not too keen on sweeter beers.

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Photo of bditty187
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ghoulishly bloody-purple hue, the tiny pinkish-white head faded quickly to a very minimal collar. Still it looked absolutely fabulous in my glass. The magnificent potency of the nose draws you in, the aroma was mouthwatering – literally. Baskets of raspberries, tart… oh, so tart! A very faint hint of woodiness is also detectable; while the nose is not tremendously complex, it is still unworldly. The palate is amazingly tart in the middle; the acidic bite is ferocious, followed by a rush of fresh raspberries, pursued by a woodsy-almond flavor. That sealed the deal – very complex (not in a Lambic way mind you). The hops are very delicate, vaguely noticeable. Appetizing. This is a dessert in a glass; I bet this would match perfectly with cheesecake. If I had a choice between Belgian Red and Raspberry Tart… I’d pick both. Highly Recommended.

Thanks tavernjef!

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Photo of PDXHops
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this handsome, red wax-dipped bottle, poured into a tall champagne flute.

Bright see-thru ruby red with a lightly pink smallish head. Surprises me with its retention and leaves some decent lacing, too. Plentiful visual carbonation.

I wish they sold air freshener that smelled like this. Smells like a fresh-baked raspberry pie, the whole thing, including the browned crust, caramelized filling on top of the crust, raspberry fruit and seeds. Absolutely tantalizing.

Explosive raspberry flavor, both fresh and something along the lines of a freezer jam. The sweetness almost overpowers you for a few seconds, but then a nice bit of tartness comes into play to balance it out a bit. Lively carbonation combines with that tartness to keep the sweetness from becoming too sticky. The raspberry flavors linger and linger and linger, like eating a handful of berries on a hot summer day without washing them down with anything.

Overall impression: Incredibly tasty brew, one of my favorite fruit beers. Great on its own, but also a delicious mixer for home bartending. Try it with an imperial stout or a dry champagne.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red and mostly clear. Some head but nice lacing.

Smell is out of this world delicious! Soooo many raspberries dominate your nostrils. A bit earthy too.

Taste is fantastic. Great smooth fruity goodness, along with a nice tartness.

Feel is rich and thick, smooth, leaving both a sweet and tart aftertaste.

Drinks fabulous. Every day I'll be wanting another new glarus beer!

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

Deep, dark raspberry puree red. Yummy red. Mouth watering. If I was some sort of monkey and I saw this color in nature I would know that whatever it was would be good to eat. Opaque.

Deep raspberry odor. Very sour, very tart, and a definite kick of lambic yeast. Good, but not as insane-o good as the Belgian Red.

Oh that's tasty. Like a raspberry fruit roll up. Or actually, more like a handful of raspberries along with some Belgian yeast in the back.

This is like perfectly alcoholic fruitjuice. Wonderful.

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Photo of camil1mj
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my wife. Poured into my Bruery snifter.

A: Wonderfull raspberry red. Some bubbly reddish/white head.

S: Tons of fresh raspberries.

T: Just like the smell. Fresh, sweet raspberries. Exactly as expected.

M: Bubbly and refreshing. A lot like a sparkling champagne.

O: One of the best fruit beers out there. Hopefully one day NG will distribute outside of WI.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to my friends who brought this back from Wisconsin with them!

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into two small chalices. The bottle's neck was dipped in wax, though to what end I'm not sure.

Pours a plum red, with a minimal creme colored head that clings around the rim of the glass. The light glints beautifully through the beer, looking like a garnet.

Has a fruity, malty aroma, with plenty of raspberry, strawberry and cherry smells. The fruity smell is quite sweet, but not overly so.

Starts fruity sweet but not cloyingly so; there's a fair amount of raspberry tart to balance out the fructose. Honeysuckle, raspberry, cherry, and strawberry combine for a fair amount of sweet fruit, tempered by a growing tartness from the raspberry that ends slightly sour, but not bitter.

Light to medium bodied, with enough tart bite to pucker the mouth a bit.

A very nice and easy drinking fruit beer, this is second only to Blushing Monk for as far as being a well balanced tart fruit beer. Definitely a must try for the fruit beer crowd

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Photo of mixylplik3
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of 12oz bottles when I visited New Glarus back in May. Shipped them back to NH along with a number of other beers. This is the first one I've cracked since returning.

A short time after eating a great meal on this lazy Sunday night I decided to relax and have a Raspberry Tart for dessert. It all started when I poured the heavy, cloudy, deep-hued red brew into my Goose Island tulip glass. I was presented with what looked like a glass of puree topped with small islands of quickly-dissipating head scattered around the surface.

The smell is of pure, fresh molten raspberries. Definitely a great dessert beer.

The taste is as though someone smashed you in the mouth with a baseball bat made of raspberries. The carbonation is very even with a moderate syrupy feel over the tongue- yes, this tastes like a glass of fruit. Awesome!

There is a tart kick to this brew which is gently evened out by the sweetness. The finish is a crisp, malty raspberry finish that doesn't linger too long.

Raspberry Tart is as enjoyable as it is hard to get. If you live in WI and are near New Glarus, I'm definitely jealous! I'm glad to have been able to experience this beer.

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first fruit beer and shared with family members who aren't big beer lovers.

General consensus: pretty dang good.

Pours a glowing dark red with lacing of head around the edge of the glass. Smells like wine (and obviously raspberries).

The tartness is evident from the onset and balanced quickly with the sweetness, ending in a sour finish. This beer has a very powerful yet balanced flavor, not allowing any one aspect become too dominant. Mouthfeel reminds me of a cider.

Really good beer, worth the price as long as the purchase doesn't become a habit. I think I'll try the Wisconsin Belgian Red soon.

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Photo of rye726
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep and murky raspberry color with a pink head. Good retention and lacing.

Lots of sweet and tart raspberries, delicous bouquet.

Again a huge bouquet of freshly picked berries. A perfect balance between sweet and sour.

Crisp and delicate carbonation with a medium body. So welcoming as it silks over the palate.

Like any good lambic, this can be enjoyed all day long. Pair well with fine cheese. Best lambic outside Belgian and one of the best anywhere.

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Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle: This one pours a murky browish-red color. Mine had a small fizzy head on it that went away almost immediately. No lacing. Nice nose. It is pretty much tart raspberry and not much else. There is a good body to it, but still a lighter mouthfeel. There is some effervescence in your mouth. The taste is mainly tart raspberries, but it is not overpowering. It is very unique. It is almost hard to classify this as a beer, but it is very good none the less. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red with an off-white head with some pink hues, short retention, but good lacing. Smells just like raspberry jam, with a hint of wheat. Taste (surprisingly) is loaded with raspberries, with a good fizzy carbonation. There's a light hop presence followed by a nice sour and tart finish. Medium in body with great carbonation that is pleasing on the tongue. Definitely a dessert beer that I could enjoy quite often.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A= pours an actual raspberry red color with a tiny head that doesn't last a second before falling to a ring around the glass and leaving no lacing at all.
S= raspberry all the way. I really can't describe too much more.
T= really really true raspberry flavor. I feel like I can almost actually taste the seeds from the raspberries. Not the candy raspberry thing but a real raspberry taste.
M= high to medium carbonation.
D= The highest. I think this is the most drinkable beer I have ever had. I could literally drink this forever. Amazing beer all around. Not too much else to say about it. Not a fake lindeman's raspberry flavor but a real taste to it. Amazing.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml. There is no dating information, but this was purchased for me in WI in early April. Poured this into a stemmed white wine glass.

A: Pours a really pretty pink color. About a finger of bright white head. Nicely carbonated. Effervescent like a champagne.

S: Smells like an extremely natural raspberry fruit juice. A little white grape as well. There is some MILD malt notes hidden behind it that lead to some grassy notes, but mostly its all delicious fruit.

T: Epic natural raspberry flavor. Completely natural fruit, not fake BS. Nicely tart and refreshing on the tip of the tongue. You get a little white grape hints. Nice dry finish. Wine/champagne like. This was a winner even with the non-beer drinkers at the gathering.

M: Light to medium bodied.

O: I like this much more than the Wisconsin Belgian Red but that is probably because I like raspberries more!

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

They actually have Raspberry Tart at the gas station right down the road now...sounds like trouble. I poured this from the fridge into a stemless wine glass.

L: Pours a cherry juice/cola color with an inch of pink-tinged off-white head that dissipates after a little while and leaves just a bit of cling on the glass. Some moderate carbonation visible.

S: Heavenly. It's actually a bit incredible how much fruit flavor comes out in the bouquet. Cherry and raspberry are the predominant notes, but there's also some fig and plum in there, as well.

T: Big fruit all the way. Cherry, raspberry, plum/prune, and just a hint of grape are there at the start and the finish, only changing tone and melding beautifully as the taste progresses. The middle and back allow a bit of the malts to show their character. Despite the name--and it certainly does have some beautiful tartness from the raspberries--this one is decidedly sweet. In a very good way.

F: As the name suggests, this one gets you on the ol' tart receptors. But it's also quite smooth, well-balanced, and expertly carbonated. It goes down so nice, you'll swear that you just drank 8 oz, instead of the whole 750 ml.

O: I'm a huge fan of what New Glarus does with fruit in its beers. They really are expert craftsmen, and they continue to deliver new and intriguing brews. This was actually the first fruit beer of theirs I tried, and I still marvel at how good it is. This one is well-worth seeking out.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had heard about this beer from a buddy of mine that offered to pick me up some while on a trip to WI. he picked up the strawberry rhubarb and the raspberry tart. The strawberry rhubarb was good, but I couldn't wait to try the RT. It lived up to my expectations!

A- It was poured into a RR "tion" goblet and was almost like a beet red. Was marionish in color and had never really seen that color in a beer before.

S- Had. Fruity warm smell to it! It actually reminded me of the raspberry gushers that I used to have in my lunch at school. Fruit smell from start to finish and no boozy hints at all. This could be a very dangerous beer to drink.

T- Had a very genuine raspberry taste to it. Almost tasted like a carbonated raspberry juice.

M- This beer has a nice viscous feel to it with just the right amout of carbonation. This is a nice beer to sip on!

O- This beer was very tasty and I must say that I will be buying. Few of these to ring home next time I go to WI. Would recommend this beer to anyone!


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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 kenito799
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into wine glasses.

Fizzy deep magenta grew, beautiful, very little head.

The aroma is as perfect a fresh raspberry aroma as one can imagine. Hint of wood underneath.

Just a magnificent use for delicious fresh raspberries. This beer/fruit wine is perfectly tart and sweet, layers of wonderful clear fruit flavor, the hops and wheat in the brew providing a complementary backbone that lets the raspberries shine. I can't think of a more perfect beverage for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of vacax
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL wax-dipped bottle shared by jerz.

A: Elegant pink rose head rises impresses but dissipates quickly, leaving behind nothing and a complete absence of lacing. Deep burgundy color, dark red wine.

S: Raspberries, floral aroma with chrysanthemums. Hints of tartness.

T: A flood of raspberry bursts into my mouth, then a sour, tart, tingling essence surfaces and multiplies. By the swallow the acidity and tart flavors are tingling all over my mouth. Raspberry-centric, but the lambic qualities here shine through. With this beer New Glarus reveals why they are not just a leader for America, but for the rest of the world as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with a low carbonation that allows the tart qualities of the brew to shine through and frolic on my tongue.

D: Big fruit flavors, floral qualities, and intense tartness/acidity creates a beer that is complex on a level that can only be sipped. To be treasured and shared. This is a beer to share for sure, drinking a 750 solo would be a challenge, but this is a beer I would buy frequently if I lived in Wisconsin. This beer can only be described as incredible.

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Photo of clarkm04
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful deep ruby red color with decent carbonation. A nice whitish/pink head retention that dissipates quickly.

S - Dominant smell is raspberry. A nice sweet/tart/fresh smell of raspberries. I really didn't smell any other notes. A very unique smell profile and I love how fresh and 'real' the raspberries smell in the nose.

T - The taste is like nothing else, completely unique and the raspberries completely shine through. It's a great beer to sip as the sweetness is balanced by the tartness of the raspberries. The closest I can compare would be raspberry champagne. It's a nice blend between a beer and a champagne.

M - Nice carbonation, clean, crisp, very refreshing, but also surprisingly thick

O - Excellent beer, very interesting, very unique. I like Belgian Red slightly more but this beer is always outstanding. I love to drink this beer and find it a very outstanding fruit and dessert beer and I appreciate the complexity and craftsmanship of it every time I drink it.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was poured into a flute glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very deep burgundy coloration. The head was one finger high with a creamy purple coloration. The head resolved into a ring of foam.

Smell: This beer is bursting with raspberry sweetness / tartness. This perfectly captures the fruity essence of raspberries.

Taste: This beer is a good pairing of sweet and tart raspberries. I would have liked a bit more tartness but this is still dam good.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. The beer has a bit of acidity that breaks up the sweetness. This was a joy to drink from the moment I opened it until it was gone.

Thanks dhchatfield for the bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my sis & bro-in-law over so the time seemed right to crack open some brews I was saving. Massive thanks to kevinv for tossing this my way for advocacy!

a - PINK! That's right folks, a pink beer. Nice pinkish creamy head. Different, and I love it.

s - In a word Raspberries.

t - It's like drinking candy. Raspberry wine coolers, only better. The flavor is juice-like...really fantastic.

m/d - A bit thin and not very beer-like, but totally awesome to drink. This is not something you would drink all night long, but a nice treat of sweetness to mix in...like dessert or to break up some of the heavier beers. This was a big hit and a treat for the night.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11/11/07- Received via Jetsbeer in a trade.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with a nice red wax coating around the neck. Has a marking code on the bottom of the label, but I have no idea how to read it. I aquired the bottle in 2005 sometime I believe, so it's at the very least 2 years old. Poured into my Alesmith tulip.

Appearance- Very murky almost dark blood red pour. Looks like cherry cough syrup. About a 1/2 inch off white reddish head...semi-creamy. Head evaporates quickly and leaves very minor lace markings.

Smell- Nothing but fresh raspberries here. Seems like a bit of cherries as well. Seems like it may be fairly sour.

Taste- Wow, I thought it was going to be a sour style beer, but it turns out it was more sweet. Sweet in a very good way. Taste like an orchard of fresh strawberries and cherries as well. Very mildly hopped...which I was expecting more as it said it used hallertau hops (aged ones), which probably makes sense for the muted hop flavors. Wonderful sweet and lightly sour brew. The best frambroise (of the sweet variety) I have had. Doesn't taste artificial like most of them.

Mouthfeel- Thick and viscous, but not quite syrupy. Starts off with a mid range carbonation and ends with a very soft sparkle. Super coating and leaves a great fruity sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability- Wow, I wonder if this would have been better fresh. I would love to get my hands on another of these. Will have to get it via trade though. Hat's off to New Glarus!! Thanks for this one Steven.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

47th Review
Bottle into New Belgium snifter

From notes.

A: Deep red, almost crimson in color. 1.5 fingernail head on gentle pour.

S: Sweet, fresh raspberry field. It reminds me of growing up and picking raspberries in our backyard. I love when olfaction and memory click; this is a beautiful thing.

T: Succulent, fresh raspberry through and through. Start to finish that’s all I get here. Very sweet. I had to find the tartness, but that aspect of this experience was fun.

M: Clean and crisp. I sipped this over and over again looking for raspberry seeds, but couldn’t find any. Medium carbonation.

O: Smooth, tasty, and just plain excellent. You get what you expect here – nothing else. Raspberries start to finish and it is very clean. Honestly, I could not drink more than an 8 oz. pour, but the wife enjoys this immensely. As such, going forward, I’ll just indulge another tasty treat while she enjoys this. Overall, a great beer though...well done!

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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