Oh yeah . . . great thanks go out to HogWildLiquor and TPatuto for hooking me up with these bottles. Been eyeing this stuff for a very long time. 750 shared between myself and my lady. Served up in tulips.
A: Very interesting color off the pour. At first glance, it appears almost brown when the body is thickest. Held to the light, a very dark purple/red color coming out (basically the color of a raspberry). THe head is a very muted, cream, pink color. The head was about a finger off the pour but it fell apart pretty quickly. All lace slips back into the top cap, no real stick. Very interesting and unique.
S: Very nice and so blatantly the smell of raspberries. Very much like a cold fruit parfait. Little bit of cream coming across mixed with dark and very cold fresh raspberries. Little bit of sugary syrup mixing very nicely with the tart/sour aroma. This is pretty much right on if I got a flat of fresh raspberries, crushed them lightly and took a big whiff. Damn.
T: Right on, New Glarus. Right on. This is like eating a fresh bowl of raspberries. Just tart enough, nothing too crazy. It just gives you enough of a balance between sweet and tart. It does have that raspberry pie or tart type flavor. Light touch of breadiness ever so light in the back ground. Then a touch of cream sweetness. Maybe like a strawberry shortcake cup made with raspberries instead. Light on the whipped cream and cake crumbles, but heavy on the fruit. This is blissful. This is dessert but its also fresh and clean. Very impressive.
M: Light to medium in feel, but not watery in the least. Incredibly juice like. Crisp and cool with a medium carbonation. Just tart enough on the feel. Incredibly refreshing. Aftertaste is just a ton of raspberries, after all that is what dominates here.
D: Well, my girlfriend killed her half of the bottle in about 10 minutes all while asking for more. I was a bit more reserved but it was difficult to be so. This is incredibly fresh and clean for fruit beer. It just seems amazing as far as it falls in the fruit beer realm. Easy drinking, amazing smell, great taste. What else do you want from a beer? Incredibly well done and almost exactly what I was expecting. Simply amazing.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-13-2009 03:02:00
Served In: Tulip
A more than moderate pour into a flute glass brings forth an ale of a deep, clear burgundy color. A frothy and pink tinged cotton-white head rests gently atop, one and a half fingers in height. It makes it's appearance and immediately begins it's exit... leaving but a skimming of it's former self at the surface of this magnificent looking "Wisconsin Framboise". A gentle swirl calls for an encore - and doesn't disappoint. Gentle streamers of carbonation softly on the rise feed the ever-present collar that grasps at the side of the flute - leaving spotty strands of lacing as a final tease...
Aroma is un-godly... pure sin. Wave after wave of over-ripened raspberries - so ripe that the juice runs down your hands as you pick them, staining your fingers for the remainder of the day - that kind of ripe. Another red fruit here as well - I get cherry cobbler (Belgian Red anyone?)... crust and all. Sweet Mary Mother of Jesus... I could just nose quaff this thing all night! So lush with ripe berries... so effervescent... so orgasmic. Makes the mouth and loins just *tingle*.
The aroma is so freaking enticing I can't bring myself to take a sip... here goes.
I think I just heard an angel cry. Fuck me. This is more than I had hoped for... it's the tartness that has pushed me over the edge and into euphoria here. I find myself magically whisked away to a sunny, clear meadow at the base of a tall mountain. Around me are mountain streams gurgeling their sweet, soft song - complimenting the twittering little birdies that joyfully sing to me with every step I take, serenading my journey as I pass raspberry bush after raspberry bush - obscenely hanging with their dripping fruit... I shovel handfuls of berries into my mouth, the sweet/tart nectar slowly running from my face and hands. I smile a glazed, drunken smile, seeds in my stained teeth. From the west comes wafts of a sugary, syrupy and bready sweetness on the gentle meadow breeze... calling me... "Lum, follow us. You have only just begun..." I follow the sticky sweet sounds of my berry sirens, and find a small cottage - windows open - with strawberry, cherry and RASPBERRY tarts and cobblers sitting on the widow sills... With my head and groin throbbing, I hastily and greedily sink my still sticky hands into the cobblers, running my squirming fingers through the warm, moist fillings, giggling maniacally and pack my gaping maw with fistfuls of...
Euphoria I say.
Moderate in body, perhaps listing slightly towards the fuller side. Slightly syrupy yet lightly crisp and dry-ish mouthfeel. Carbonation adds it's balancing zip perfectly.
No booze to be noticed here at all.
I think it is safe to say I dig this.
But I am sad as I have no more... I would give up either of my janglies to find that meadow but just one more time...
A MUST try.
Served In: Tulip
Village Dell and Wine Shop, Rice Lake
New Glarus's Raspberry Tart shows a slight gurgle as it dumps into my flute that dark, raspberry red with a fizzy and short lived pink head of one finger. The head does leave some patchy lacing behind which is more then I expected from the start. This beer looks quite viscous and the consistency reminds me of tomato juice leaving some residue on the glass with each swirl. There's no possibility of seeing through the body of this beer but some pinkish highlights show up along the bottom of the glass when backlit. This is a rich looking fruit beer.
The first thing that I'm hit with is...raspberries, both ripe and slightly under ripe. As a matter of fact raspberries are the only thing I pick up in the nose but they are magical, both sweet and tart. The smell of this beer just leaps out of the glass and fills the surrounding area. How New Glarus got such a rich pure raspberry aroma into this beer is beyond me.
The incredible raspberry richness is from front to back in the flavor of this beer. The fruit is so incredibly pure and unadulterated with a nice tartness on the swallow. The sweetness of the berry leads the way until that finish. The tartness on the swallow works its way back up the tongue and leaves the slightest of tingles throughout the entire mouth. The berry freshness of this beer is incredible.
The body on Raspberry Tart is full but the snappy champagne like carbonation keeps things moving at the perfect pace. The carbonation is prickly enough to add a little zest and the tartness lingers until the next drink, although mildly.
This beer goes down incredibly easy and it's actually hard to stop drinking. I haven't met a person yet that doesn't enjoy Raspberry Tart when I open a bottle and those people run the spectrum form craft beer lovers to people who can't stand beer.
Raspberry Tart is in a category of its own when it comes to fruit beers and I can't see it getting touched by any others. I prefer this to the Belgian Red but both are great beers to have around at all times. You never know when it'll be the perfect opportunity to open a bottle either.
Price: $7.95 Served In: Flute Glass
Hello raspberries, welcome to my mouth. Wow, what a nice little refresher of raspberry surprise.
Color of this pours out of dark ruby red and settles to be very opaque but glowing deep of rich raspberry colors. No head or lace produced, not all that necessary, but a slight disappointment.
Quite a bouquet of prefumey raspberry joy, both red and black varieties, very dark and deep, super lucsious and just plain fresh like just picked from the bushes. Taste is just as lusciously fresh, a raspberry delight, I detect more black raspberries then red. Moderately tart and sweet, souring a bit, taken in fairly easily but the sour can get the lips a puckering if you drink to much to fast or at once. Its a sipper to settle down with, makes for a great dessert or capper. Feel is medium with lots of tartness in front and goes tangy and sweetly smooth to a raspberry drying much like the fruit itself would do, just take out those tiny yellow seeds that get stuck in your teeth, which they've already done for you here, so your set.
The tartness may be a little much for some but seems to fit perfect for what this brew is after. Yum! Yum, again!
Price: $9.00 Served In: Flute Glass
Thanks to tangfoot for sending me this beer in the Top 100 BIF. I think this must be the 4th bottle or so I’ve received and I’ll finally have one all to myself. The other times I shared them with friends, family member, and people who say they “don’t like beer” and everyone loved it, although they also seemed to prefer the Belgian Red a bit more. Every once in a while you get a beer that’s just so tasty you want to share it, and this is one of those beers.
Poured into my Portsmouth tulip glass. The beer is a few shades darker than vermillion with an inch of blush colored head. The head quickly settles to a ring and a few scattered bubbles in the center.
The aroma is pure tart and sweet raspberry juice. There’s also a bit of tangy wheat aromas. Wow, it’s just like a raspberry fruit-roll up or raspberry jam.
Tastes is just like the aroma, raspberry tartness upfront and quickly followed by some sweetness. The wheat malt is also there but the raspberry flavors just overwhelm anything else this beer might include. The finish is pretty clean with just a bit of tanginess.
The mouth-feel is very soft and well carbonated, neither thin by the amount of carbonation nor syrupy from the amount of sweetness. Extremely easy to drink but it could get too sweet for some people. One of the best dessert beers out there.
Served In: Tulip
Holy cow, I didn't know beer could come in this color. Very red, with quite a carbonated head of huge bubbles that dissipated down quickly.
Even my wife (who says "it smells like beer" every time I proffer something to her) says that it was very raspberry-y. That's a ringing endorsement for the great raspberryness that comes out of this one.
This is beer? Are you sure? Seriously?
It reminded me of a sodapop in the consistency and the overwhelming sweetness. And this is not in any way a disparaging remark. The "beer" was so fruity and wonderful that it just kept disappearing out of my glass. Amazing stuff.
Mouthfeel was quite bubbly, which did well to help wash away the sweetness and clear the tongue for the next sip.
Loved it. It's a tossup for me which is better, this or Belgian Red. I think I will have to contact my WI peeps to maintain a steady supply of both of these, please.
Served In: Wine Glass
Review from 10/28/06
A - Looks like liquified raspberries. Dark and deep with a pint, fizzy head that disappears in about 30 seconds, leaving only a wisp around the edge.
S - Whoa. Strong, pungent smell of raspberries. Sweet and tart.
T - Starts sweet, ends tart. Just like juice. Seriously, it drinks that easy. Finishes with a big tart blast.
M - Rich and smooth. Medium bodied with good, subtle carbonation.
D - Couldn't be easier to drink.
Served In: Pint Glass
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