Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 2,307
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 4.04%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 12-20-2009

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.
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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep rich Amber brown colored body. Head is a biscuit toasted light brown. Nose is gorgeous with tones of stone sour, pixie stick and bready malts. Lemon peel is there as well. Taste is abruptly tart and really gets the jowls going. Tannins play with the palate to add a nice sharpness. Really nice sour beer that is not for someone who doesn't like truly sour. (367 characters)

Photo of ajm5108
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Soft aroma, just a little fruit must. Sharp upfront with a sting of tart with some dark fruit / grape. Out of the bottle there was big wave of lactic acid / bile, but as the beer warms to the recommended serving temp, that is undercut, especially with some subtle wood flavor. The fruit also becomes more pronounced, and with the acid it ends up almost being like a dry cider (not the artifical sugar bomb style). Finishes pretty crisp, with some lasting sour bite, but nothing puckering. Definitely go warmer, it blossoms wonderfully. Just a little too much lactic for my taste, but still a very good concoction. (615 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 year old 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a whiskey-ish red/brown and settles ruby-red in the glass. A tall pour yielded about 1 finger of vanilla-colored, bubbly foam; this quickly faded down into a thin, but broad lacing with strong retention around the edge. Wonderful nose of tart cherries and raspberries, smokey oak, vanilla, and tanned leather. Light weight, and quite carbonated and lively on the palate - not to the extent of a champaign, but moreso than your standard lager or pilsner. Initially, and I mean VERY initially, there's a sweet kiss of cherries and vanilla. The taste takes a quick turn for the sour, exposing a variety of tart, dark fruit, figs, and smokey wood. Incredibly complex, and hard to pin down each individual flavor. This one goes down quite easy, but also dry. You're left with a modest sweet-tart taste that's reminiscent of over-ripe fruit and smoke.

Overall, very enjoyable. I wish my palate was evolved enough for me to pinpoint all the subtle nuances and tastes within this beer, because it is vastly complex. This one draws you in with welcoming sweet fruits, then akins you to stay with it's warm, toasty oak and leather core. It's sweet, sour, tart, warm, smokey, and earthy all at once, and it works beautifully.

For anyone wondering - not as sour as Sour in the Rye. Probably ~65% in comparison. (1,345 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this from the bottle in a goblet chilled.

The color is dark ruby almost crimson with thick haze and light tan head with fine bead and spots of lace. The smell is great with a mostly tangy fruity not quite citrus with slight tangy cranberry/stone fruit type smell with slight woody accent. The feel is very intense with tangy acidity with light bitter and sour mixture of textures with some astringency and moderate carbonation level with tart quality and mild juicy quality wtih semi-dry finish.

The Taste is great with a tangy juicy almost tart cherry type flavor with oaky tannic element in the mild and some light acidity with a flavor that brings ruby red grapefruit to mind somewhat sour mixed with a slight sweet and mild taste of malt as a minor attribute. The flavor and instensity make for a very unique and high quality take on the style that to me leaves nothing out of place. (927 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep amber to full brown in color with plenty of red coming through in the light. A small, 1 finger head forms and hangs around a good while. The head leaves a decent amount of lace and is light tan in color.

S- Big tart and cherry like notes hit the nose and almost makes you pucker. The cherry scent ramps up a little in the middle before a touch of oak dryness kicks in. Lingering sour notes hang around on the nose for a good while.

T- The taste of the beer follows the smell pretty closely. Moderate to aggressive tart and sour notes hit the tongue up front and then mellow a little with some cherry notes. Then the dry oak kicks in and dries the tongue out a little bit. The cherries make a comeback a little at the end and the sour lingers in the mouth for awhile after the drink.

M- Like most Belgian inspired wilds/sours, this beer is highly carbonated. The thickness is in the middle of the road, and outside of the level of sourness, it drinks rather easy. The tartness subsides a little as the drink warms, making it smoother and easier drinking as you go.

Overall, this is a pretty good, fairly sour rendition of a Flemish red. The amount of sour is enough to satisfy your needs, but not so much as to overwhelm the flavor. All in all, just a really good sour. (1,289 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle - 2014 edition:

Poured into a tulip glass...this is an outstanding beer. A deep color color, while it produced an off-white head, which was not well retained, it did leave a nice ring throughout the drink. Gave off a nice tart aroma...cherry, perhaps, which was followed up by the taste...I thoughts of Monk's Flemish Red, but a bit more woody. The beer had the right feel, lower carbonation, but extremely easy to drink and very refreshing and satisfying. I would by the beer over and over again, only if it weren't for the price. (549 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
4.66/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 version. What a flavor smack on the mouth! Huge tart cherry, but still slick and clean. Really enjoyable. I'm not expert on Flanders Red, but this is my current leader. (173 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep ruby brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving nothing behind

S- mouth watering balsamic vinegar aroma gives fruity notes of ripe pear, tart cherry, red apple, red grape, earth, toasted oak

T- tart balsamic vinegar pucker up front leads to flavor of wild sour purple grapes, quickly followed by flavors of red apple, pear, sour berry, toasted oak. Puckering finish with more red fruit on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry puckering finish

O- this rivals many of the best Belgian example of the style, so many tart fruit flavors that mix so well with the oak barrel (735 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Cranberry red with 1 finger of white head and little clarity

S - Sweetart sour! Dried fruit, cranberries

T - Tart! A liquid sweet tart. Dried fruits. Alcohol well hidden

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - An awesome sour red ale. Delicious! (261 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4.71/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 1/26/15

A - About 1 finger of white-brown head. Reduces to a nice cap and collar with fine bubbles. Dark, deep ruby-brown body. Almost completely opaque except around the edges of the glass.

S - Red wine vinegar. Oak. Some vanilla. Dark, sweet fruit (plum). Maybe some chewing tobacco.

T - Really well balanced. Follows the nose. Oak and dark fruit. Finish is slightly metallic, then sweet, then underripe sour fruit and tobacco. More wood.

M - Medium carb and body. Sour, but refreshing.

O - Wow. really well balanced and easy drinking for the style. Oak notes really balance everything out. I hate stating this about a Bruery beer because of the outrageous price point, but this is worth every penny. (734 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big balsamic and sweet cherry cough syrup character, with a toasted malt backbone. Flavor is very acetic. Nice oak and cherry highlights adding complexity. (155 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice reddish amber color with a short tan head that leaves no lacing

Smell: Wine, sour cherries, oak

Taste: Tart, wine, oak, fruit, with a dry finish

Feel: Light body with good carb

Overall: A very good brew, more sour than most I have had of this style. (272 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.84/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Appearance is hazy brown-red with a tall white head that settles to a ring. Some lacing. Aroma is a little funky, but mostly sour, led by tart cherries, red wine vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is strongly sour with acidic and vinegar notes. Some woody bitterness and malty sweetness offer some balance. Medium bodied, slightly slick, lively prickly carbonation, long puckering finish. (428 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Medium brown color with some red highlights. Very clear. Head initially light tan and fluffy, but quickly disappears. Little lace, but some "legs" on the glass.

S - Huge aroma of sweet berries contrasting with leather, horseblanket and other sour notes. Low graham cracker, brown sugar, plums and raisins in the background. Very complex.

T - The Brett. flavors are totally dominant. Sharp, puckering acid sourness on the tongue and the back of the throat. Leather and horseblanket. Very little malt and no hops flavors come through.

F - Thin to medium body with acidic astringency. Low, almost imperceptible carbonation. Solid hops bitterness and light alcohol burn.

O - This is a very assertive sour beer. In the original Belgian versions, I prefer examples that have more malt complexity and less over-the-top sourness, but this is a well-made, clean tasting beer that has its own good qualities. (968 characters)

Photo of sdeese21
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful red pour. One of my favorite sours to date as the smell and taste seem ideally tuned to my palate. Mouthfeel was slightly astringent but was the only fault I could find with this beautifully crafted beer. (215 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish-brown. Thick cream colored head. Minimal lacing left when the head recedes.

Wonderful sour aromas. Tart cherry, sour grape, funky oak. Good amount of sour citrus. Lemon and lime mix with a bit of cranberry and raspberry.

Taste follows the smell perfectly. Big tart cherries. Oaky tannins. Tart lemon and cranberry. Mild vinegar underneath everything else. Hints of plum, red grape and vanilla.

Sourness induces a mild pucker. Medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

This a nice well balanced sour. Complex blend of sour fruit with good barrel notes. Sourness is prominent but not extreme. (659 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark ruby red. A careful pour leaves a very clean clear beer. Tan colored collar of foam leaves nice lacing. Scent is full of tart cherries, leather and a hint of tobacco. Very nice complex acid scent as well. The taste is similarly complex with an initial cherry sweetness that quickly turns to a pleasant puckering sourness. Not as vinegary as some Belgians, but still very complex. Nice rich mouthfeel although not as well carbonated as many belgian beers.

Overall fantastic and very enjoyable. (522 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Version

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a two-finger off-white foamy head. The head fades rather quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and leather.

T - The flavor starts tart immediately with vinegar upfront. The sourness is toned down mid palate by tart cherries, malt sweetness, and oak. The beer finishes sour with lots of lactic acid and vinegar.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a strong Flanders Red from the Bruery. Lots of bracing bitterness with just enough sweetness for balance. (601 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this on-tap at Hop Cat in Detroit, Michigan.

It's a good beer ... it's a great beer, really, but I cant help but say that if you've had one Bruery sour, you've had most of them. Excuse my ignorant-to-sours palate, but honestly, there are just a lot of the similar flavors. I do love their yeast or whatever the hell they use, though... this is (of course) puckering, with a nice bit of oak barrel character and some dark fruit and malt sweetness. I'm glad to have tried this beer, but I just would have liked it a lot more had it been my first Bruery beer. At this point, they're starting to taste too similar and just not worth their $20 a 750ml price tag. Regardless, if you like sours, you'll like this one -- Bruery still has some of the best out there. (774 characters)

Photo of TboneRN
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am new to sour beers...I have had better...good level of funk with mild to moderate tartness...I would say this beer has a mild sour feel to it...very drinkable (162 characters)

Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a thin rapidly dissipating beige head.

Smell: Tart cherries with a little added lactic punch.

Taste: Tartness hits you right away, with a nice cherry/blackberry underlying flavor. Tartness takes over the finish and continues to build.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry on the palate. Low carbonation level with a lingering tartness.

Overall: Very solid sour (420 characters)

Photo of melbow
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried Oude Tart my mind was blown. I've since discovered a new world of sour beer, but this one still stands out. It's sour, but balanced, and hits that sour note in the back of your mouth just right. (217 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours an almost burgundy color with a very thin cream colored head. Smells very sour with hints of tart cherries, figs, and red wine. A slight hint of wood. The flavor is sensationally balanced. Very sour, but also very sweet. The fruit character comes shining through. I know this will make my tummy hurt. (307 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer in Albany, NY.

Pours a deep, almost blood-red, with a half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like oak, tobacco, leather, red wine, red wine vinegar, and cherries.

This is a really interesting sour, unlike any I've had. It's quite vinous and leathery, with a good amount of oak, some vanilla, a slight smattering of lactic acid sourness. It's far from bracing, though, in the sour department. There's some cherry and grape flavor, some slight caramel and chocolate. What sets this apart from most sours is the depth of malt flavor- it's so interesting and tasty behind the sourness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly tart mouthfeel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation, and is really drinkable.

A definite winner from The Bruery. (772 characters)

Photo of Skater_Rich
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

amazing flanders, really sour right from the get go. Lot of cherry and vinegar as you would expect, but the oak aging tweaks it down leaving you ready for more. (161 characters)

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
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