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Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 12 18 4 9 0
750ml
$7.95
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.

Reviewed: 8/25/08

Price: $7.95 Served In: Flute Glass