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Brew Review: New Glarus Raspberry Tart

One of the award winning framboises from New Glarus
One of the award winning framboises from New Glarus
New Glarus Brewing Company

New Glarus Raspberry Tart

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The Raspberry Tart is one of New Glarus’ most popular beers and an established award winner including seven GABF medals.

Using home grown Wisconsin wheat, Hallertau hops and Oregon raspberries, the beer is fermented spontaneously in large oak vats (see picture in slideshow).

As for the name, Deborah Carey explains, “There’s a bakery in our town that makes tarts and this beer just reminded me of those tarts.”

Appearance: Beautiful rosy red, perfect clarity, 1” off-white head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: The aromas jump out of the bottle with the pop of the cork. Once in the glass, smells of sweet berries, like a pan of reduced fruit for dessert delight your senses.

Mouthfeel: Champagne like fizziness and velvety texture, lots of carbonation

Taste: This is pretty straightforward, raspberry, raspberry and more raspberry. It’s almost like a fizzy fruit juice with just a little tartness. It does have more sweetness than tartness so for those that prefer a tart fruit beer this might not be your style.

Overall: It’s hard to call this beer when it tastes like something I’d like to have with breakfast. It’s that tasty and sessionable!

Details (from website):

Style: Wisconsin Framboise Ale

Flavor: Voluminous Raspberry Bouquet

Alcohol: 4.0% by volume

Availability: 750 ml bottles, Wisconsin markets only

Pairings

Foods: Fresh Berries, BBQ Chicken, Pork, Cheesecake, Chocolate or Fudge, Grilled Chicken, Walnut, Duck, Rhubarb, Brownie, (Lemon or Chocolate) Cupcakes, Chili, Peach, Pancake, Pound Cake, Lemon, Caramel, Coconut

Cheeses: Raspberry Bellavitano (Sartori Foods), Aged Swiss, Blue Cheese, Feta, Brie

What others thought: Beer Advocate Rate Beer

My star ratings:

5 Stars: Amazing! A bucket list beer.

4 Stars: Excellent beer, great flavors and characteristics to be enjoyed over and over.

3 Stars: Average. Good enough to drink but not worth making a fuss over.

2 Stars: Eh, I'd only drink it again if forced to choose between this and a 'light beer'.

1 Star: Drain-pour.

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