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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.

Added by xlperro on 04-21-2002

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been lucky enough to taste this a few times, and each time I've been blown away. I finally have a 750 ml bottle in my hands. On to the beer:

This looks like pure sqeezed juice! It's lovely purple in color, cloudy, unfiltered, with a fizzy head tinted towards a lighter purple color. No head retention. The aroma is mouthwatering. Massive raspberries in the nose....nuff said. It is certainly the most authentic fruit beer I've had the pleasure of smelling.

Tastes as great as I remember. It's all about the raspberries, but unlike a Lindeman's Framboise which gets too sweet, Raspberry Tart is more controlled in that aspect. It's sweet, tart, and somewhat acidic....and awesomely tasty! The only drawback I can think of is its fizzy in the mouth when super cold. As it warms, the fizziness in the mouth levels off. There's plenty of body in this beer...it feels like it coats the inside of your mouth. And one other thing I'm learning, don't drink it too fast or you're chest will burn.

Raspberry Tart is an outstanding beverage. It sure doesn't seem like beer, but it sure is tasty! A magnum is plenty for one person, surprising given its low ABV. A beverage that's worth seeking out, and one that performs better with a portion of Irish Cheddar.

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Photo of liamt07
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from mscarpen, 750ml into a tulip. Thanks a ton Scott!

Dark red body with a white head, light film and some bubbles retain. Nose is just - wow. Raspberry and rhubarb jam/pie filling. Just like a friggin' pie. A bit of spicing too, but the fruit presented is just brilliant. Tastes just about the same, raspberry and rhubarb pie, light spicing, sweet raspberry juice and some pie-like notes. Gentle tartness in the finish with some peripheral spicing. Medium body, low carbonation. Raspberry hangs around for some time. Overall, brilliant - easily the best fruit beer I've ever had.

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had at the brewery, probably as fresh as it gets.

A- Pours a deep mahogany red. One inch head that recedes to a ring with ample lacing left behind.

S- Amazing raspberry fruit smell. One could get "drunk" just from smelling this one.

T- Upfront with the raspberries. Slighty sweet but not cloyingly.

M- "Dances on your tongue" is the way I always describe this and the Wisconsin Belgian Red. The carbonation tingles and tickles your tongue. LOVE the way this feels in the mouth.

D/O- More of a celebration beer than something you want to make a night of. Absolutely adore this and it's brother, the New Glarus WBR. World class beer from a world class Brewery.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this wax-dipped 750 ml bottle of Wisconsin goodness. I had beer looking forward to trying this beer for quite some time and I was not disappointed.

The beer pours a medium-dark red color with a large white head. The aroma is strong raspberry. The flavor is sweet raspberries with a nice strong tart finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium, crisp carbonation. This has a more soda-like mouthfeel than the Belgian Red which seems to be more juice like. Overall, an outstanding fruit beer.

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Photo of aasher
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a lighter bodied bright bright red in color with a dirty pink head that turns into lacing around the glass. It smells and tastes of syrupy sweet and creamy raspberries. It's like a smoother version of the Lindeman's Framboise. There is a lot of jam and sugar. The carbonation stimulates all of your taste buds and teases it like you're going to experience some tartness but really all you get is sweetness. It's ok, just a lot of sugar. It's definitely nowhere near Blushing Monk territory. It drinks light with a good amount of carbonation that really fits the beer well. This is a dessert beer first and foremost and would pair very well with chocolates or chocolate cake. By itself, it's a little much.

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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 BillRoth
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

March 2015- Had on tap at NG while on Beer safari in Wisconsin. Beer was even richer...bursting with raspberries and spot on tartness. can not believe this is an everyday beer here. Just world class.
Originally had bottle in 2013. Outstanding.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap.

Raspberry Tart is a red looking beer, it is on the blood red side of things, not very bright looking. Small amounts of bubbles on top that led to nothing although I think there were some problems with the lines. No lace on the sides going down, swirls brought up. Scent is raspberry to the max, I mean raspberry. It seeps out, with some faint chocolate, vanilla, but mostly raspberry, maybe some malt, it's there somewhere. This is a sweet desert beer and I see it going well with ice cream, possibly a float. Raspberry, vanilla, sweet malt, bordering on cloying, yet a nice tart hit towards the back keeping the balance. Body is quite creamy, tart and stealth for a 4% beer. Tangy delicious and something for the ladies, and gentlemen.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass with a deep pink colored head. The beer is a dark red color that is approaching black (though it has a ways to go). I get strong aromas of raspberries emanating from my glass as I pour this beer. The sweet raspberry notes dominate the aroma, though perhaps a hint of acidity comes through, but not much else. The beer is definitely sweet. It has a full fruity flavor and an almost thick body from the residual sugars that are left behind. It is quite tart in the finish, though it could perhaps use a bit more to balance the syrupy sweetness. I also get a bit of raspberry skin tannin in the finish. The sweetness really over powers that rest of the complexity that might be found in the base beer. This is definitely enjoyable, but is a bit too sweet and cloying to be a 'beer' for me.

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Photo of biegaman
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Raspberry Tart looks like it belongs atop the world's prettiest, most impressive engagement ring. Indeed, the beer is nothing if not bedazzling and, similarly, is something so special that it is best shared with a cherished loved one. Its deep-hued ruby tone has a soft blush along its trim and asserts a full, unblemished clarity. Dazzling.

Upon opening the bottle, it might be a good idea to have some pillows on hand. Not only to help make the mood, but because this aroma is likely to sweep you right off your feet. It is a complete knock-out (perhaps literally). A tart, unbridled and authentic raspberry scent captures the flavour and character of the fruit superbly, splendidly and seductively.

"Oh my God this is so good!" may be a sentence that adds little actual description and probably kills any objectiveness, but it's an absolutely necessary one to include if I even hope to attempt to capture the impressive, elegant, downright sublime raspberry flavour that it offers. The taste of raspberry sherbet rings out like the soft saxophone vibrato.

What makes the ale so bewitching is not just the berry flavour, it's the underlying tartness that supports it. This wild, lightly funky quality pinches the palate with a jolt of acidity and rumbling of porous woody flavour. It is dry and refreshingly brisk, giving way to a sweet, sugary residual that easily conquers the beer's brief billow of carbonation.

Raspberry Tart is one of America's most special drinks; this little Wisconsin gem has dual honors as being simultaneously one of its most unique and exquisite beers. Traditional and/or technical guidelines may differentiate this from the lambics of Belgium, but it warrants a demarcation unto its own and is every bit worthy of praise and reverence.

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

750 mL wax dipped green bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a clear, deep raspberry red with a surprisingly large, light rosy head that has very nice retention and not surprisingly little lacing. If you like raspberries then the aroma and flavor are amazing and probably the best use of that fruit I've tasted in a beer. If you don't, well I guess I can understand you disinterest. Aroma is fresh raspberry puree, balance of tart and sweet with nothing else. Flavor is more of the same, medium thick body, mild carbonation, very dry finish and epic blend of raspberry sweetness and tart. Doesn't exactly fit the "normal" perception of what a beer should be, but what fruit beer does? Easily my favorite raspberry beer.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 750 mL bottle, my 3rd time having this,

A: Pours red with a moderate light tan head, some lace.

S: Decadent full raspberry fruit nose, outstanding.

T: As with the nose, an incredible real raspberry flavour, like the best dessert you've ever had, nothing more to say about it. Can't help but put a smile on my face.

M: Light-bodied, very mildly acidic, smooth.

D: As with the Wisconsin Belgian Red this is incredible fruit beer. I'm so glad I got to revisit it. I still like Belgian Red a tad more, I think that's because I'm more of a cherry fan than raspberries. But I still love raspberries, this was phenomenal.

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

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF Thanks a million!

Large green champagne style bottle sealed with wax.

Beer pours a clouded reddish violet colored beer with a red pink head.

Smell is intense deep fresh raspberries! Nicely sweet and tart in scent this beer just screams RASPBERRIES at you. Lesser scents of wood and fruit pulp, needless to say if you don't like raspberries you have no reason to want this beer.

Taste is intense sweet and tart raspberries and we are not talking about a flavor on top of an ale flavor either! Super INTENSE raspberry flavor to the exclusion of all other tastes. There is a flavor of salt to this one too something like a Gose that just accentuates the basic flavor something like the way it works in ice cream or sherbets. Very tart beer that lives up to its name and it could give some sweeter Framboise Lambics a run for their money in the tartness department. I don't like most Lambics because of the vinegar taste they have from acetic acid but this is different, more like a Berliner Weiss. Additional flavors of wood or bitter seed pulp are in this too but it is all about the fruit.

Mouthfeel is quite thick it seems like there is a great deal of fruit pulp and pectin left in this as if it would only take a little heat and sugar to turn this into raspberry marmalade.

Really tasty beer that would go great with sweet desserts or sour salads or fruit glassed meats or drink this as a dessert all by itself! A great choice of beer for a brunch menu.

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

What a beautiful beer! Pours dark ed with a really nice head. Massive raspberry in the nose with the fruit coming through loud and clear and some seediness giving some more tannic notes to the aroma. The taste is sweet/tart with laser-like raspberry fruit flavor and some sweet malt. Really amazing. Super creamy and smooth in the mouth, this is a joy to the drink. Although it is somewhat of a one-note wonder, that note is clean, pure, sustained, and brilliant.

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

A murky reddish brown beer with a small, quickly dissipating head and minimal lacing. Aroma bursts with fresh tart raspberries and also features some sweet malt to a lesser extent.

This is a simple and straightforward raspberry brew; lots of fresh fruit with the accompanying sweet and tart flavors; not quite sour and certainly not puckering; just fruity, with decent malt presence underneath. No bitterness at all. Feels barely like a beer but not like a fruit soda, fortunately. Less sugary and not at all artificial like a Lindeman’s Framboise. Hints of oak add to the complexity somewhat.

Moderately thin bodied with medium carbonation. The lack of spritziness helps to keep this away from soda territory. Very drinkable; would go equally well with a piece of chocolate truffle cake or a BBQ dinner as a clean refresher.

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

Many thanks to BeerFMAndy for the opportunity to try this one

Raspberry Tart (RT) pours a lovely rose color with amber hilights. Head retention is pretty decent and there is some nice lacing. On the nose, however, is where things really start to to take off with this beer. On the nose I get an attractive, complex nose of raspberry sweet-tarts, white chocolate and light funk. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, and the combination of sweet raspberry flavors and intense sweet-tarts is delightful. There is also an underlying lemon-lime flavor, but otherwise this beer could have been made from crushed sweet-tarts. Mouthfeel is light to medium, but I'm really impressed by the amount of flavor this beer delivers, and the long finish. Drinkability is really hard to rate with this beer. The alcohol is barely noticeable, but the tartness makes it difficult to take more then very small sips.

Very interesting beer. Impressive.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL waxed bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: deep, rich red hue with no haze at all; head pours a thick finger of pinkish-ivory foam. It think it's very attractive indeed.

Smell: very lightly tart with a beautiful, enticing raspberry aroma. I can't wait to taste it!

Taste: rich raspberries, a light, smooth tartness, sweet caramel malt underneath and just a wonderful joy to experience. Definitely the best fruit beer I've had.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: this is a magnificent beer. I would buy it regularly if I lived in Wisconsin.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bottle received in a trade recently.

Pours a gorgeous dark red color, with a one inch head, and no lacing.

Smells just outstanding, big bouquet of raspberries, some slight tartness, and just the tiniest bit of oak.

This has to be the most authentic fruit flavor I've ever gotten in a beer. This one is intensely sweet, cut by by a slight, but very welcoming tartness, some oak, etc. I get both raspberries and raspberry juice. With the lower ABV, there is no alcohol feeling whatsoever. It's almost wine-like, and barely feels like beer. No malt flavor that I can detect, just a huge expression of my favorite fruit.

This one is light bodied, with a slightly-higher-than-I'd like amount of carbonation. It's got a fizzy, crisp mouthfeel.

An outstanding achievement here. It's barely beer, but it tastes so good that I don't care.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened by Torry on 11/22/2009 and poured into a snifter. The beer is ruddy dark red with a fizzy light pink head. The nose is ripe, sweet, sugary, and authentic raspberries. The fruit is amazing in the nose. It reminds me of a raspberry desert. The taste is delicious sugary sweet raspberries. The fruit is ripe and authentic. There's nothing more to say about this. It's a delicious raspberry desert beer. It's quite sweet so 4oz is plenty of this delicious concoction.

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

A: Deep mohoganny, pink head, slight retention, good lace.

S: Raspberry and candy-floss fruity esters.

T: Raspberry, dry, slight acidity, candy-floss fruityness.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation, slight acidity, dry finish.

D: Very good.

I generally don't like raspberries or tartness, but this is incredibly well-crafted.

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Photo of weeare138
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this one. I've wanted to check this one out for a while.
Appears a dark crimson colored cranberry with a small white head. Little spots of white lacing are left behind.
Smell is of big ripe ripe raspberries. Not that I was expecting otherwise, of course.
Taste is of tart raspberries, along with a touch of cranberries. Similar to a lambic but much more refined and sweet.
Mouthfeel is smooth, sweet, and tart, making for an interesting brew.
Drinkability is good. I think I would still take the Belgian Red over this one but it definitely gets the job done.

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Photo of dar482
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark mahogany red with a bit of brown with a good amount of head and lots of fizziness coming up.

The aroma is just juicy fresh raspberries. It's so sweet, but the highlight is the amount of tartness in there. There's also that fermented fruit and oak in there.

The flavor follows with just pure raspberries. It really just tastes like actual raspberries without that medicine or candy taste, even with a beer like Founders Rubeaus. It's just a perfect amount of raspberry sweetness and then it hits you with tons of tartness. Almost to the point of a lambic, but not quite. Then the finish gets you with a bit of oak, more tart drying, and champagne like carbonation.

This really is the best fruit beer I've had. The essence of raspberry is totally encapsulated in this beer.

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Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Received in a past trade with WilliamD. Thanks again Will, wherever you are.

Pours a very dark purplish plum/cherry red color with a thin pink foam head that quickly fades leaving no lacing.

Huge raspberry aroma with subtle oak and an overwhelming sweet sugary character. I know they use real fruit but it smells like artificialy flavored syrup.

Medium bodied with very soft, tight carbonation up front and a very sweet cloying raspberry flavor that dominates lingering into a slightly tart dry finish. There's a subtle earthy oak presence but again tastes mostly like artificial raspberry syrup. Just way too sweet and one dimensional for my taste.

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Photo of rudzud
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this in a trade. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear deep, dark ruby red wine colour brew with a nice two finger slightly pink fizzy head that faded rather quickly to leave a thinnish halo and a thin light cloud.

S - Aromas, holy cow. Yeah this is raspberry. Raspberry juice, fresh berries in the summer sun, nice preserves, somewhat sweet. Reminds me incredibly of the local orchard that makes fruit wine...this smells exactly like a raspberry wine.

T - So this is a true raspberry beer eh? A bit more heavy on the raspberry preserves side as opposed to fresh berries when it comes to the flavour. There's no mistaking it though...this is a pure raspberry goodness. No other flavours, just berry. Guess I would like more fresh raspberry with this? This is so damn close to a raspberry wine.

M - The mouthfeel is nice, a bit lower carbonated for my liking. The low alcohol of course doesnt come through. Drinks like a slightly carbonated wine.

O - Overall...yeah, this shit is the real deal. I love a good fruit beer and this fills the void for me. That smell is crazy, as is the flavour. Cant think of anything more raspberry. Wish the mouthfeel and head/retention was better but the aroma and flavours more than make up for them!

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

A: Poured a cherry, chestnutt color with good carbonation leaving a big wite cap

S: Fresh raspberries, light funk and sour

T: A blend of fresh and puree raspberries with a nice sour punch, light funk, sweet and acidic

M: Light body, dry, almost no booze, loads of flavor

O: Good

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Raspberry Tart from New Glarus Brewing Company
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