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Raspberry Tart

New Glarus Brewing Company
New Glarus, WI

Style: Framboise
ABV: 4.0%

Jill’s Rating:
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The other month the Beer Dorks office erupted in a big fight when I got upset that Nigel reviewed a fruit beer and said in his review, "I tend not to like fruit beers." Well, if you don't really like fruit beers, why review them? To his defense (because I know I'll hear about this later), he does say there are some fruit beers he does like, but ultimately, I think if you don't really like the style, I don't think you should be reviewing the beer. I also think you can be a Beer Dork without having to appreciate all types of beer. If you only like a couple types of beer, you can get all dorky about them without having to endure something you don't really like.

Anyway, the point of this introduction is that Nigel brought me a peace offering of New Glarus' framboise. Some peace offering. I could hardly drink the stuff. But does that mean it was a bad beer?

First off, the bottle was huge and was really meant for sharing, unless Nigel conspired to get me sloshed in a night. The brew consists of Wisconsin-farmed wheat, year old Hallertau hops, and Oregon raspberries. Sounds good, no?

I poured as suggested and used a champagne flute. A ruby red beer with a pink head flowed out of the bottle into my glass. A beautifully tarty scent wafted up from the glass, but the taste? Oh, it was cloyingly sweet and coated my tongue so much that I kept scraping my tongue against my teeth to cut the taste. It tasted like pure syrup with a tartness on the back end.

Since I've not encountered too many framboise beers (though I did like what I had), resident expert Eddie Glick helped himself to some. He said it did taste like a framboise, only sweeter. He also mentioned that you can try mixing it with other beers to cut down the sweetness, so we got a Rogue Ale Santa's Private Reserve from the beer cooler to serve as my mixer. After mixing enough, I sufficiently ruined both beers.

Overall, I'm conflicted in my review. It's getting 2 mugs because I can see the obvious craft that went into producing this beer, and I give the folks at New Glarus props for putting in the effort to create it. However, I can't give it more because I seriously couldn't drink it, even if I was sipping it like the dessert beer it's intended to be. If it was a little less sweet, then I imagine it'd knock my socks off.

Reviewed by Jill Jaracz on January 15, 2007.
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