Raspberry Tart | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
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924
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3,728
Avg:
4.34
pDev:
20.97%
 
 
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Photo of Verecund
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having had this at a tasting some few months ago, I was glad to have received this as a bonus recently. Split with the LF, March 10, 2011.

Pours a nice, brightened ruby meets burgundy with a half finger head. Almost opaque, surprisingly. Leaves minimal lacing.

Sweetened raspberry puree. That's just about it. Not the wild raspberry that comes screaming from fresh Lou Pepe Framboise, but bright canned raspberry puree.

Raspberry tartness with some underlying red berry sweetness. Raspberries.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. It feels like sparkling grape juice. The tartness and sweetness builds in the back of the throat, and there's not much to cleanse the palate.

Pretty darn good when split two to three ways. I must admit that the tart, sweet raspberry puree flavor overwhelms and I just can't give this one the same marks as some fruit lambics I've had (it's pretty one-note), but it holds its own for what it is.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle given in trade with GoldenJet, thanks for sharing this rare treat.

A- Pours a bright ruby color with 1 finger of light pink/off white head and little to no lacing.

S- RASPBERRIES... Just basically raspberry juice that gets your mouth watering, slight sugar smell, nice light oakiness.

T- RASPBERRIES... WOW, just awesome fresh raspberry taste sweet with a nice sour acidic finish. Really liking this beer...

M- Light body, loads of carbonation, light and refreshing, not too sweet and not overly sour very nice mouthfeel.

D- Just very easy to drink and would drink more if I had some... Do yourself a favor and get a bottle of this beer, you won't be dissapointed.

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Photo of Janderson91
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to hawks10 for sending me this one in a trade! Not sure of the bottling date. Enjoyed on 07/21/11.

A - Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark ruby red, perfectly clear with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves no lacing.

S - Tart and sweet at the same time. Big raspberry aroma with some vanilla and some candy sugar in the background. Smells like raspberry jam, great stuff.

T - Very similar to the aroma. Very sweet raspberry and vanilla flavor through the middle. Then toward the end is a nice tartness and some woody flavors. Finish is very balanced and leaves a lingering raspberry compote flavor.

M - Mouthfeel is great. Very creamy. Might use just a hint more carbonation for a 5.

O - Overall, this is by far the best fruit/vegetable beer I've had. The perfect dessert beer. Go buy it or trade for it!

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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 dancinwillie
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, from the only bottle in which it can be purchased. Bought from Copps at Monona and Broadway, Madison, Wisconsin. Shared with my roomate, who's slowly getting into better beer!

A: Dark, dark red. A lovely appearance, a joy to behold! Not much of a head, but what head there is, is white, and drops to the brew quickly.

S: You guessed it... raspberry. Detectable from arms length. And very inviting.

T: Raspberry tart doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Well, maybe it does. Raspberry dominates the initial taste, while it finishes tart and dry. The taste swells in the middle, and by swells, I mean shoots towards heaven in an undescribable ascent. You feel this one on every inch of your tongue.

M: Thick and rich. This is a fine after dinner beer. Definately a sipper, despite it's low ABV. A full beer in every sense of the word.

D: Drinkability would ultimately be average, as you couldn't drink more than 2 pints, or roughly 1 bottle by yourself in a single session. While its a fantastic beer, it's inherently a single glass or two beer. Enjoy the fruits of New Glarus, as this is one of the best fruit beers available anywhere today!

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

This one is very cloudy with a burnt red color.
The nose has a dark musty yeasty aroma.
The taste of tart rasberry fades into a yeasty,slightly salty dry finish. The mouthfeel is milky borderline silky.This one cotes the tongue for a least five min. This would go great with some sweet cheese cake.Very,very tart!!
I really like the melted wax on the top of the btl. Warning this is not Lindemans in any way!

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from brewery into one of their flutes.

A - Rather dark red color when help up to the light, with fleeting head.

S - Rapsberry is present, and lots of cream. Smells like yogurt, only on steroids. Tart and sweet.

T - Tastes like raspberries with sugar on them. Some lactic qualities were noted. Finishes quite clean. Textbook American fruit beer.

M - Not quite as crisp as I would have expected, but not watery by any means either.

D - I think more than a flute and a half of this would be too much for me, and I have a sweetooth. The 750ml size might be a little bit of overkill, but find four friends, and enjoy...

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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 myersk27
4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

best fruit beer i've ever had. the raspberry flavor is powerful, but not overwhelming. Firm tartness. Light and crisp. Moderate/high carbonation and extremely light on the palate. The fruit flavor is the star of the show. Nice color as well, bright red.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Metro Detroit October 09 tasting. Ruby copper pour with a short lived white head. The aroma is sweet raspberries and brown sugar. More of the same in the flavor with a long, juicy, berry finish, a little chocolate, some tartness on the finish with lingering nutmeg and cinnamon. Awesome balance and complexity! Sticky, medium full body.

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Photo of jcartamdg
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pinkish red hue with great carbonation but no head. The aroma is mind blowing. So much raspberries, that's really all I can smell its so powerful and amazing. Taste follows the nose, sweet but not too much, not an everyday beer but a great dessert or special treat beer!

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Photo of adman08
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a very clear deep ruby red and is slightly amber colored around the edges. Lots of thick, off-white head that fades leaving nice lacing on the glass.
S-Strong aromas of vinegar with berries. Slightly musty basement smell. Theres a very good balance between the sour and sweet aromas.
T-Strong flavor of berries, very sweet yet balanced with the sour vinegar flavor. Despite the name the beer is incredibly sweet, not very tart at all.
M-Very light bodied, not watered down, just not a thick, heavy beer. Very refreshing. Nice fine carbonation. Sweet but not sticky or syrup-like.

Overall, unreal. It still shocks me how much fruit flavor they can get in this beer. It's beautiful to look at and tastes even better. It's refreshing, almost like a carbonated fruit juice. The slight tartness helps keep the beer from being overly sweet. It's a beer you can drink all day and never get tired of it.

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Photo of trippytbta
2.96/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into Flute glass

A: Pours reddish light brown with light foam on top

S: Smells very sweet

T: Does not taste like a Lambic or framboise like it is supposed to. It tastes like a sub par beer with too much raspberry sweetness. Syrupy sweet.

M: Light and crisp but the sweet syrup will overpower your judgement

Overall: Some argue that this brew is not supposed to be sour (which it def is not sour what so ever), but the they call it a framboise (lambic) and traditionally the style is a little funky or sour. This was only fruit syrup tasting. So incredibly sweet.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- ruddy combination of ruby and pink. an inch of garnet head. not much lacing

S- OMGRASPBERRIES. but seriously, amazing smell, liquid raspberry but not in a cloying soda-ish way. lots of tart juice and lemon zest too.

T- sublime, fresh picked raspberries, a little acetic on the finish, great transition from sweet up front to tart.

M- prickly carbonation and very light

O- best fruit beer i've had, very unique and epitomizes how extreme beer can get. very lucky to come across this one on the shelves in NY!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very rich, deep, murky burgandy red. No head at all, just some nice fizz.

S: Soured raspberries. A little funky.

T: Not as sour as I thought, but very nice. Actually very balanced between sweet and sour. Lots of raspberries! The flavor stays on the tongue for a really long time too; and it's all raspberries.

M: Fizzy and yummy. Very crisp. Another sipper - drink to enjoy.

D: As usual for a sour, one and done.

I dig it!!!

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Photo of ecoboy
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of raspberry pie filling (since there was a piece in front of mainebeerman when I sampled this,) the ale hits the glass with a slight head. The head may be the only subtle aspect of this beer.

Huge sweet fruit aroma; I didn't look for any complexity here, and didn't find any.

Big round mouthfeel with a touch of a syrupy quality. The mildest bit of carbonation breaks up that thickness. The beer does coat the tongue leaving a very long "real fruit" finish.

Not a gateway fruit beer for the uninitiated, but a big raspberry dessert of a beer for lengthy savoring.

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

A- This beer is one of the most appealing fruit beers I've ever seen. It pours so thick, I feel like I should be straining seeds out of it, like raspberry puree. The pink, foamy head quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

S- Not much beyond raspberries, but in such a good way. It's so fresh-smelling!

T- The raspberry certainly comes through without much competition, yet balancing sweet and tart very well. A sweet, cookie-like flavor comes through. The combination of these flavors reminds me of the Lindser Tarts I used to buy at the bakery around the block when I was little...Perhaps that's how the beer got its name.

M- Thick and rich, however the carbonation manages to be so lively.

D- It goes down like a shake, without being to filling.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 2 April 2011
Glass: 26fl oz snifter
Type: 750ml bottle, waxed and capped

Split between two 26fl oz snifters and shared with my girlfriend, poured aggressively, half-finger head reduces to thin wispy film, lacing is scarce but sticky, color is a clear crimson with copper tones.

Aroma is slightly medicinal in raspberry and has a touch of soapiness. Other than that, a bit of strawberry jam comes out.

Taste is....well this is certainly a fruit beer. Huge raspberry jam is the forerunner, and at only 4% ABV there is a bitterness that I think can be mistaken for ABV. This fruit beer is overwhelmingly tasty in fruit flavor, but it is impossible for me to identify any kind of hops or malt profile.

This tart leaves the palate completely dry and puckered like a mature red wine. Overall, I can't see myself drinking a full beer and enjoying it. Perhaps after a dessert, yes, but this is only a good beer for offering as a unique tasting to your friends.

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

"1 Pint 9 fl. oz." bottle into snifter.

Pours a deep ruby-amber color with a one finger slightly tan but mostly white head.

Smells of sweet, tart, candied berries and raspberry jam.

Tastes of sugary sweet raspberry preserves with high acidity and slight mellow hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and with a fruity acidic zing. Moderate to low carbonation. Overall incredibly delicious. Probably too sweet to consume more than a serving or two at a time, but definitely a splendid drink.

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

This beer was poured from a 1 pint 9 fluid ounce bottle at 40° into a Champagne flute. The beer was dark red with a nice 1 finger pink head. I did not notice any lacing but there was a lot of carbonation.

There was of course a beautiful aroma of raspberries with just a tinge of wheat in the background. Not really sure I was inhaling the wheat and may have to chalk it up to an anticipated aroma.

Carbonated liquid raspberries jump out quickly and the beer is tart. Imagine that. I have either had this or the Belgian Red before and was not as pleased with it then as now. Hopefully my palate is becoming more receptive to various beers.

There are prickly sensations on the tip of the tongue and at the back of the mouth. This somewhat coats the mouth with the raspberry flavor and gives you a little pucker like tannin in wine which I like.

You could sit down with this one in the spring, summer and fall for a refreshing treat on a warm day. I would also haul this one out to have in the winter to make me think that there are berry days ahead. In other words, this is a good brew for all year round and at 4% ABV you can drink the whole bottle.

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

750ml bottle served in Darkness snifter. Loved this the first time I had it, very excited to get my hands on another bottle. Thanks Meagan!

A: Pours a clear cranberry color, topped with a fluffy pink head. Body of the beer looks a lot like a red table wine. Head starts to dwindle quickly. Actually looks nearly identical to sparkling cranberry juice once the head has settled. As far as beer goes, this isn't particularly stunning from a visual standpoint.

S: Zesty, bright aroma. Sweet rasberry. Tart cranberry is pronounced. Just a faint hint of funk is hiding in the background. Maybe just a little apple juice, along with white grape. The aroma, while not very complex, is lovely.

T: Wonderfully sweet and juicy. This beer just bursts over the palate. Tremendous cran-ras flavor. Sweet and tart in near perfect balance. Very fresh. A little red grape near the back end. Smooth vanilla and a suggestion of funkiness. I even pick up faint glimpses of chocolate after some sips. Finishes up fairly clean, with a bit of tartness lingering.

M: Low carbonation. Small bubbles lend a creamy feel. Wheat provides a fuller body.

D: Abv-wise this is in session territory, but the flavors don't lend themselves to more than a couple servings. This is, however, as drinkable as any fruit beer out there.

This is a classic as far as I'm concerned. A beer that will please the uninitiated and the beer geek alike. It is quite versatile as well. It pairs well with salads, it's great with soft cheeses, and it goes nicely with many desserts...or as a dessert in itself. I would always have a couple of these on hand if New Glarus were available in PA.

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

This barely resembles a beer. Great pink color, nose is pure raspberry, a the taste is 100% raspberry tart, as described. Very easy drinking at 4%, nice sweetness to balance the tart punch on the tongue. I would love to have this with some angelfood cake or vanilla ice cream. Wonderful dessert beer.

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Photo of Beer_Line
2.36/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Did not enjoy. A very syrup'y like liquid. The sweetness is ridiculous. No beer present it feels like, just artificial raspberry syrup taste. I guess if that is what you are looking for, get one of these. But I like beer, not fruit syrup like beverages. THIS is not sour in any way. Just throwing that out there, to all you sour fans, its not a sour, so don't address it as so.

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Photo of grynder33
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A raspbeery aroma that starts filling your mouth with water before you can take the first sip, nice little head, a soft creamy raspbeery taste with a hint of tartness and sourness initially, but the sourness doesn't linger in the aftertaste. And the Raspbeery aroma stays with you till the end.For what it is, its wonderful stuff.

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Photo of Hesscabob
5/5  rDev +15.2%

A - As the geniuses behind New Glarus states on the glass... Pour in a flute and enjoy the sparkle. I think for New Years instead of popping champagne I'll pop open this beauty. Pink/ Red color with lingering off-white head.
S - Fantastic, fruity, fizzy berry aroma.
M - Perfectly carbonated but does not overwhelm sinuses with bubbles. Oak adds a silky component that is often imitated in framboises, geuzes, flanders, but this brew has it perfected.
T - Liquid perfection, the appearance and smell come through with a sip or a gulp.
O - Usually buy as many as I can when the opportunity presents itself. Also, New Glarus may be the best run business/brewery on their scale... even though they are in the land of Packer nation... everything from their outside area, copper kettles, sanitation. A place for other breweries to learn from for sure.

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