Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,271
Reviews: 377
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
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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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Reviews by Gatch:
Photo of Gatch
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 08/05/13

A: Deep red to purple in color. Shades of brown and a tiny fizzy white head.

S: Fuuuunky! Tart, yeasty, vinegary, fruity, Flemish sour goodness.

T: Incredible. So much funk and yeast and fruit and wood.

M: Dry but deliciously tart and fruity. Sooo drinkable, too.

O: For a sour this is world class. Everything you'd expect from this style is there...and more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev -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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharply acidic and solely focused on cherry portrayal, this Californian-brewed, Belgian-style sour red ale is cleaner, crisper, and much drier than most that are devised outside of the lowlands of Belgium.

Pouring a lightly rusty color of brown, garnet, and orange; the beer is hazy and prefers a wine-like demeanor over that of beer. Though it's somewhat sprite carbonation yields a loosely knit white froth, it's structure falls and causes the beer the beer to look still shortly after the pour.

Strong sourness and tartness of "sour patch kids" candies emit from the initial aromas, but soon after the more mature scents of balsamic, leather, sour cherries with grapes offer up strong wine-like attributes. Its malty dryness supports the sourness with just enough cracker and honey notes give the sourness a rounded sense without attention.

The sharp and precise flavors hinge on the dry cherry taste, which accents its tartness. But the beer doesn't let up as the quick rebuttal of almond, apple, Cabernet, light leather, dusty oak, and white cider vinegar govern the beer's bulk of taste. It's a decadent taste that's dry, sharp, fruity, and lightly cheesy.

Light on the palate, the beer starts zesty, racy, and fully engulfed on the mouth. But as the carbonation subsides, it takes with it the creaminess the keeps the beer together and ushers in sheer acidic textures, light astringency, and mild warmth.

Ouded Tart really does all it says in its name. It is tart with the taste of dried acidic and succulent fruits; but also gives aged "savory" notes that shows the beer's patience and maturity. I love the beer for all it is, although its depth is just off of Rodenbach examples.

Photo of MadScientist
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper beer with good and a few sea monkeys (aka floaters). The head is very long lasting composed of compact, tan bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

Moderately strong aroma of current, a moderately-light tartness and some leathery, barnyard funk. A low, carmel malt sweetness and moderate dark fruit esters.

A sweet-tart flavor that is far more tart than sweet. There is a a lot of red current flavor along with some dark fruit and caramel malt for flavor. A light oak flavor and touch of leather with only a light sweetness the balance is strongly tart. The finish is medium with fruit flavor after taste.

A medium to medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. There is a bit of carbonic bite.

Some of the class Flanders Red flavors of red currents with a sweet-tart balance and low carmel in a supporting malt body. I like that this one is fairly strongly tilted towards the tart and lightly sweet making it an immensely food friendly.

Photo of gregmoscetti
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ahh the Bruery. If anyone tales you lightly in the year 2010, they are just effing high... You have the ability to over perform so consistently in everything you do and this baby right here was no exception.

This most recent release is no different than most of the bruery's recent ventures... freaking dope. The only place I really struggled was in not comparing it to other sours of a similar vein and price tag. If you charge the same amount as a bottle of Consecration, my frugal, 25 year old brain will immediately compare you to it.

The dark cherry was the standout nose, followed closely by oak. The taste was a very similar story and the dry cabernet-esque taste almost vaporized on the back end of the palate (nice). In a blind taste test I dont know if I could tell this beer from LaFolie, which is by no means an insult... I love the hell out of that beer. I just really hoped for a characteristic to grab me by the booboo

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with more than one finger of tan head. Head has very good retention. Surprising for the style.

S - Earthy, funky tartness. Also quite a bit of oak and sour cherry in the nose.

T - Taste also has a significant funkiness to go with the tartness, giving a pretty full-bodied taste. Taste like a 'dirty' Flanders, but in a good way. Very tasty and quite oaky.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice earthiness. Finishes dry.

O - Probably the funkiest Flanders red I've had, with only moderate tartness. Still, a very tasty take on the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some oak, vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor is tart cherries with some oak. Very drinkable and very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber hued with a minuscule head of white foam partially covering the top of the beer. Sour aroma of tart cherries is very pungent. The mouth is highly carbonated and the intense bitterness pricks the tongue and yet there's a nice dry finish. There's definitely tart cherries and a horse blanket element in the taste.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to scott (merc7186) for bustin this beauty out at our small little tasting!

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a dark, grapey, blood reddish color, a bit cloudy. thin light tannish head fades to a ring.

smells quite dry and tart. a bit of cherry with lots of earthy, lactic, slight barnyard funk, a hint of dark fruits.

big sour lactic funk. earthy, slightly barnyard, musty. some cherry and a bit of a winey, berry flavor. a slight rich caramel malt balances the intense sour just a bit, almost maple syrup like, very nice.

very dry and tart, acidic. lots of lingering sourness. medium to heavy in body.

what a solid beer, better than most traditional belgian examples. i really love that big sourness and that subtle hint of maple sweetness. id love one of these for the cellar, age would do this wonders.

Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown and cherry red with glowing red edges. Thin half-inch light tan head atop. Pretty.

A powerfully aromatic sour. There's plenty of sweet fruit aromas, particularly cherries and grapes, along with a mellow woody aroma. Very tart nose.

A delicious sour with lots of cherry and wood character. Balanced, sweet, tangy, woody, spicy, then more sweetness. Delicious.

Medium body, lip puckering, no alcohol presence. Perhaps could benefit from a touch more carbonation, but I'd only be nit-picking.

An absolutely fantastic sour. Great beer!

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

Wow, I haven't reviewed this after about a dozen bottles of it over the last two years? Pours a pretty red, sizeable head on it, bigger than most flanders thats for sure. Aroma, nice tartness, cherry, wood, heavy wood, mild leather and earthiness at the same time.

Taste, one of the most sour flanders style beers. Much better than the typical stalwarts I hear mentioned. Great sour and fruit qualities, oak and leather restrained, but existent without forming a search party. Light on its feet for packing so much flavor.

There's a reason why this has won multiple golds at the World Beer Cup. Despite not being from the Flanders region, it is the prototype for the style these days. Takes the traditional style, makes it more lively, puckering, all good things.

Photo of hagbergl
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bruery Oude Tart was a birthday gift–and a great one, at that–from my girlfriend. Sticker price was $23 at Belmont, MA's Craft Beer Cellar, what you pay for what I would call an "occasion beer." So, it being an occasion, we split the 750 mL bottle and savored it. Oude Tart was enjoyed in my trusty Dogfish Head snifter. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Oude Tart pours a dark brown with a one-finger, light brown head of foam that quickly dissipates (not a very heady beer; perhaps this beer's one flaw is its lack of head retention). Holding the beer up to the light reveals dark red highlights. This is probably the darkest Flanders Red I've had and it's quite impressive. Yes, retention could be better, but this is still a stately, beautiful beer.

Smell (5/5): Oude Tart really brings the Flemish funk! Acidic, vinegary, red wine-like notes hit hard immediately–more pungent than Rodenbach Grand Cru, a benchmark beer of the Flanders Red Ale style. Also apparent are tart berry-like odors–especially cranberry–and apple, along with a more unusual smell, that of leather.(Leather!? In a beer? Yes, and it's actually quite nice. And this beer does NOT taste like cow hide, so no need for concern.) Oude Tart's nose is complex in the right way–many different odors come to mind but the overall smell of the beer is focused, interesting, bold, and mouth-watering.

Taste (5/5): Oude Tart's taste surpasses its smell, which is no small feat. Most prominent is its ultra cranberry-like flavor that is at once mildly sweet, extremely tart, and dry. Flavors reminiscent of red wine, raspberry, black currant, and tart green apple also flex. Oude Tart also has a nice, subtle woodiness to it, evidence of aging in wood barrels. This is so sour that it's borderline puckering and manages to physically get the salivary glands going. Warming only brings out more complexity and accentuates the flavors. Impressive. Delicious.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Oude Tart has a medium-full body and medium-low carbonation, which is actually perfect for the beer's overall flavor and feel. Serious acidic sourness tingles the tongue and dries the walls of the mouth. Very, very good mouthfeel (a critical component of any Flanders Red).

Overall (5/5): The Bruery has a straight-up "wow" beer in Oude Tart. That this beer's flavor quality and complexity, aroma, and mouthfeel surpass those of all the Belgian Flanders Reds is a testament to just how excellent a creation Oude Tart really is. Extraordinary.

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a reddish-orange color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and berries with good amounts of funk, lighter amounts of oak, and minuscule amounts of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart fruit flavors up front that have just a hint of sweetness to balance them out. Midway through the sip a good deal of funk comes into play and carries through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. The tart and sweet levels are just right so that this one's very easy to drink.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer as it does a very good job of straddling the tart/sweet line. Well worth a shot.

Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

#4 1/24/14

This beer shines light a ruby in the light, dazzlingly clear and fiery bright red through and through. The head that develops is small and off-white, holding together well and managing pretty good lace as it goes.
This beer's got it: a massive tartness and incredibly sour aroma and flavor with the vinegar and dark cherry notes I'd hoped for and the vinous character necessary in these beers. It's deep and more complex than many in a deep and complex style. As it goes, the cracker malts serve simply to propel the deeper nuances, even as some rich leather comes out and the woodiness and acidity reach their peaks. The aroma carries slightly more funk and a bit of cream to it, making it slightly deeper than the taste but still very delicious and one of the best out there.
The feel gets all the complexity and (saying it again) depth of this style. Acidic and dry, the medium body is yet creamy. It's moderate carbonation carries through to add a bite on the tongue even while it flows so smoothly, and it carries a certain brightness as well.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 edition. Bottled 07/31/13.

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown appearing almost black in the glass with a slightly tanned head. Head is fairly quick to dissipate till the point of no head left at all. Not really any lacing.

S: Very pleasant aroma on this one. Cherry as well as other dark fruits with an excellent tart twist. Touch of oak character as well. Vinegar aspect is subdued. Focus is really on the cherry and sour aspects.

T: Right off the bat you can feel the tartness dwelling in your mouth before you even swallow. As soon as you do a flood of cherry hits your tongue adding sweetness to the sour. Oak is in there adding some mellow characteristics. Alcohol is lost in the flavor.

M: Medium to full body with loads of carbonation. Dry and very crisp finish. Nice creamy aspect which is unique. Obviously a puckering beer. Warming to remind you there is booze in here.

Overall can easily understand why this is such a highly revered beer. Really shines in the cherry and sour departments. Paired with some vanilla bean ice cream is delicious.

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 edition - I missed out on this at GABF last year (don't save the Bruery table for near the end of the session, a helpful hint), so it's nice to see it arrive here in Alberta now.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves just a wee bit of lingering sea-spray lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves into non-being.

It smells of sour, dark fruit - raspberries, cherries, and red grapes - woody caramel and vanilla, turbinado sugar, gritty pale malt, cooking vinegar, and a musty, lightly funky yeastiness. The taste is rather tart and acerbic red wine vinegar, perhaps a bit more complex via the additional cherry, black currant, and raspberry notes, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, thin dark sugar, barely sweet pale malt, subtly toasted woody caramel, well-aged leather, and a softly yeasty fruit wine booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, and yet sturdy enough to take on the swirling acidity, the body medium-light in weight, and more smooth than I might have initially imagined. It finishes off-dry, the lineage of the bracing sourness still resonating, though tempered somewhat by a blend of sugar, malt, and wood.

A genuinely balanced, but still big and saucy sour red ale, the well-rounded fruity tartness let out to play, but not at the cost of an overwrought palate pillaging. The wood treatment is complex, understated, and just about right. Quite an apt representation for the style, but all other things are not equal with this offering - the serving size and sticker price cannot compete with those venerable in-class imports, I'm afraid.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Johnnnnie for this one. Opened up as a celebration on match day. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy brown with purple/burgundy tones to it. A small bubbly head forms upon pouring, but settles down quickly. No lacing.

S: Nice cherry upfront, with some light tartness and a little bit of funk. Slight oaky aroma comes out as it warms. There is a little bit of brown sugar and vinegar as well.

T: More cherry and vinegar, not as sour as the aroma indicated, but not really a problem for me. There is a little bit of grape and plum mixed in. More oak as well here.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering and vinegary.

O: A good beer to celebrate with, one that my fiance was a fan of. Very tasty and easy drinking. Carbonation was slightly low, but I feel like it didn't really detract too much overall. In the end of the day, its how it tastes.

Photo of tastybeer
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with a copper glow. Head is a nice tight 1/2 inch. Pretty, but time to stop looking and start sniffing....

S: A whole lot of smells here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of licorice, woody dusty aromas, bright (almost lemony) floral, and stinky barnyard hay... A nostril pleasure indeed.

T: Deeply sweet and very mouth wateringly tart. Cherries, white wine fruity, leafy woods, and much more. Nice implosive drying through and beyond the finish.

M: Smooth and soft with a sharp edge. Mmmm.

O: Excellent.

Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle, shared at a small tasting by thebouch01 - after having a few samples of this at GABF (and being a huge lover of the style) i was looking for more.

A - poured with an inch of loose, bubbly and slightly creamy light tan colored foam. the beer is moderately cloudy, and a wonderful deep ruby & black cherry color.

S - cherries, vanilla, and oak supply the sweetness as vinegar, hay, lactic acid add the character.

T - begins with a crisp, slightly vinegary sweetness which brings along with it cherries, vanilla, sweet tart candy, red grapes, oranges, and peaches. oak adds a touch more sweetness and body. lactic acid clings to the back of the tounge. complex and delicious.

M - effervescent, light crispy body. very, very dry finish with lingering fruity sweetness, tart, and vinegar acidity.

D - big fan of this one. refreshing yet slightly abrasive (with deliciousness) at times. would have no problem sipping on a whole bottle of this myself.

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Rodenbach flute/tulip.

Clear chocolate body with sinopia highlights and a lasting thin desert sand head. Even pasty lacing, no legs.

Tart oaky aromatics suggest cherry pits, citrus zest, faint wine grapes, and vanilla.

Rustic simple palate entry with apricots, underripe raspberry, and a low plum/prune element as well. Acidity creeps up mid-palate which is quite balanced between a subtle vinuous character and a lactic tartness. Finishes very dry with a bit of specialty malt, cocoa, and leather coming out in the aftertaste.

Well carbonated yet soft while still mostly light-bodied. No astringency or heat.

An approachable sour with somewhat subdued (though I wouldn't go so far as to say undeveloped) flavors for the style.

Photo of Roguer
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 2 finger beige head, sparkly, quickly fading. Brew is a dark brown until held up to the light, which reveals gorgeous red highlights and a surprising clarity, with tons of bubbly action.

Tart and slightly funky, a lot of oak and sour notes in the nose. Dark fruit, lighter grains.

Extremely tart and sour up front, giving way (but never fading) to a smooth sweetness in the middle, and finished by a slight funk and sharp sourness on the end. Immediate pucker; sweet notes include red grapes and prunes, and nuts. Back-end carries a ton of oak and a nearly vinegar sour quality.

Up front pucker, and a slightly harsh vinegar finish; mostly smooth throughout. Medium-light feel, but it's still a slow drinking beer.

I don't feel that this beer stands out as an exceptionally good Flanders Red, but it's still an extremely tasty beer. At the price, I think I'd rather pick up a Rodenbach; if prices were equal, I still think I'd rather pick up a Rodenbach, but again, this is a good beer, no doubt.

1 year aged bottle.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikey711 for the great trade! Poured from a 750ml. wine bottle into a Portsmouth snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Heavy pour yields a slightly greyish tan 3 finger semi-fine head with outstanding legs. As I swirl the glass, the foamy monstrosity sitting atop my beer is barely disturbed. Great retention also. Beer itself is a near opaque brownish purple. Lacing is stringy and spotty, almost not deserving of the head.

S: Woody funk, oak, vinegary funk, and sour fruit. This is your prototypical sour fragrance and it doesn't dissapoint. Emanates rather profoundly from the massive head.

T: Great balance here. Vinegary at the start with an almost puckeringly pleasant tartness. Woody funk is noticeably present. Fresh, under-ripe plums add their touch as well as a slightly sour strawberry sweetness. This flavor takes over towards the end and dissipates in a dry, saliva-sucking finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse, and carbonated. Mouth is watery but its so sour that this almost seems strangely viscous because of saliva build-up. Finish is exceedingly dry and clean.

D: A surprise for me to be sure. I really wanted to try this from the start but wasn't quite expecting the exceptional brew that I got. Excellently balanced with a nice complexity that is easy to appreciate due to its not being overwhelming. Very tasty and I hope I'll get the chance to revisit this one again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

To me, this is just too damn sour. It's hard to focus on any other component of this beer - definitely the most sour beer I've ever had (a lot). Berry, red fruit, but really just acidic and incredibly sour. A little more palatable as it approaches room temperature but still a bit extreme. Not my thing at all.

Photo of prototypic
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release

Oude Tart pours a deep red color. It’s a little hazy, but plenty of light cuts through revealing really attractive crimson highlights. Carbonation looks very active and yields a tan head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It is extremely slow to dissipate. I’m not sure it completely will. Lacing was a little sticky, but light overall.

The nose seems a little weak. It’s not bad, but really needs more strength. It is very fruity. Apple, pear, and berry scents smell really nice. Cherry is noted, but doesn’t seem all that strong. There is a distinct oak aroma that adds character. It smells somewhat earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a hint of Belgian yeast, but it’s very subtle. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I’m not getting much at all there. It’s pretty good, just needs more strength.

The flavor is extremely impressive! It kicks off with a really nice blend of apple and berry flavors. It’s definitely sweet and intense. The fruit flavors are explosive and very tasty. The sour side follows. A tart, vinegary, cherry flavor emerges and tastes delicious. As far as tartness goes, it’s only moderate. That works for me. I wouldn’t characterize it as mouth puckering. There are some grainy, earthy notes throughout. A little oak is noted. It’s subtle, but adds character. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through strong at all. Finishes fruity and tart.

Oude Tart has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely active and perhaps even buzzy. Nevertheless, it feels rather soft and smooth. It’s definitely easy drinking. I’m having trouble not chugging it.

I’ve sat on this bottle of Oude Tart for a couple years. Since that time, it’s held up well. Oude Tart is a very tasty beer that impresses in just about every way. The nose might be a tad weak, but it delivers otherwise. I like that it’s not overly sour. It features a subtle sour/tart flavor that’s very satisfying. This is very impressive stuff! Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of dbossman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown and cloudy with a thin and steady head and fantastic, intricate lacing

S: Fruity and tart--with lots of dark fruits along with apples and grapes and cherries

T: Tart but not overly tart with lots of cherries and other darker fruits; some leather and funk comes in at the end as well

F: Medium body and fairly sticky, which I prefer with sours like this one

O: This is a refreshing and delicate beer; the fruit tartness is prevalent but just a touch subtle too, which works well with the delicate nature of the beer; and the beer finishes with just enough leather and funk to make me want more; nice work once again

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
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