Friday, October 5, 2018

New Glarus Brewing Raspberry Tart

Beer Name: Raspberry Tart
Brewery: New Glarus Brewing (New Glarus, WI)
ABV: 4.0%
How sold: 12 oz bottles (4-packs and cases); kegs; on draft
Where bought: N/A, received this in a trade
Price: Unknown

Date Received: May 10, 2018
Date Drank: May 27, 2018
When brewed? Appears to be a year-round beer.

What's on the Bottle/Website: "A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again.

"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. Life's  too short to wait for dessert. Enjoy!" Read more here! 

Food Pairings: New Glarus suggests many options, from chicken to fresh berries to cheesecake.

Where distributed: New Glarus Brewing distributes just within parts of Wisconsin. Very hard to get unless you go to the brewery.

Appearance (5%): Pours clear dark magenta into a pint glass. Trace, off-white head. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Intense tart raspberry. 4.75/5

Taste (40%): Explosive sweet-tart raspberry from start to finish. Similar to drinking carbonated raspberry juice. Extremely refreshing. Would drink all day, every day. 5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Sticky with some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A world-class fruity Farmhouse Ale. My favorite New Glarus beer and deserving of all the rave reviews it gets. Fruity from start to finish, sweet and tart work harmoniously, and the experience left a lasting impression. Interesting that they get their berries from Oregon. I'd go well out of my way to get this again. 5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.825/5

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