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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 509
Gots: 684 | FT: 63
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is our take on a Flanders Style red ale. It has won back to back gold medals in that category at the World Beer Cup (2010 & 2012) as well as a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. This sour red ale ages in oak barrels for anywhere from 6 to 18 months before being carefully blended to taste. The resulting beer is pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 12-20-2009)
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4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 7/30/13 faintly etched in on the curve of the neck. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with an exaggerated flare on the rim.

Appearance - Pours a dark, garnet red that reminds me of a ruby when it's absorbing, rather than reflecting, the light around it. So dark that when not held in front of a light source, it could almost look black, with just a sliver of dark crimson around the countour of the glass. Atop the body sits two fingers of tight light brown foam that shows moderate retention. Eventually recedes to a moderate film on top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and slick looking.

Smell - Inhaling brings an assault of acidic aromatic profiles, with both acetic and citric joining the fray, but more the former than the latter. Red wine vinegar, oak tannins, and the impressions of preserved black cherries all combine to make this a nicely sour smelling beer.

Taste - The acidic element is still dominant, with acetic acid taking even more of a lead role than it did on the aroma. Again, red wine vinegar and tart black and red currant power through, with a musty note reminiscent of leather and humidor tobacco (but not smoky). As before, the oak imparts a nice woody, tannic quality to the beer, and it almost seems to provide a sense of subtle vanilla to balance the biting acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high levels of carbonation that provides for a prickly, puckering feel on the tongue.

Overall, just a really well-done Flanders Red. Personally, I prefer my sour beers to pack a pretty good wallop, and this one certainly delivers. Over a full bottle, you get more than enough puckering to really get that electric sour fix. I'd love to try the version with cherries some day, since the base beer seemed to impart notes of cherry to begin with.

LambicPentameter, Aug 13, 2014
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4.95/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured from a 750ml into a Belgian goblet. 2013 vintage of Oude Tart. Abv on label is 7.5%. Stored correctly in 55% and below.

Pours a deep ruby red, almost ancient rust color, with a 3 inch frothy white head that dissipates faster than Donald Trump's real estate empire. No visible lacing at all which is characteristic of the style.

Smells of lactobacillus, straw or hay, raspberries, sweet malts, and bad decisions.

Tastes of delicious, sour, tart, amazingness! For all you beer lovers, you need to try this beer! Please share with a friend!

Mouthfeel is like a slight prickliness followed by a pleasant sour patch kids aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. I feel like I just got sour patched

Overall I would drink the shit out of this beer! It's super sour and super hard to find. I haven't had the earlier vintages but I imagine they will be amazing as the years come.

For all your beer aficionados out there, Please share brews like this with a friend. The more people that know about great beer, the better life will be!


Budinetz, Sep 13, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

Lucky to have scored this for the highest price that I ever paid for a beer at the Bierkoning.
Aroma is leathery, cherry and acetic acid. taste is oaky, fruity and tart. Body is medium with just the right amount of carbonation. Really a very good Flanders Red. I hadn't had this style for a while, but should get it more often. Maybe not this in Amsterdam very obscure variety but rather a more easily available Rodenbach or Duchesse De Bourgogne.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
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