Oude Tart - The Bruery
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.11/5 rDev -4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2014 20:03:56 | More by Roguer
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4.3/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a tulip
Deep crimson-mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, frothy, tan colored crown that faded to a lasting, foamy ring. No lacing whatsoever.
Lots of interesting things happening in the nose. Tart and funky. Strong notes of aged balsamic vinegar were present. Super fruity with loads of sweet cherry. Maraschino cherries definitely came to mind. There was a notable brown sugar-like sweetness. Good amount of oakiness from the barrel aging. Fragrant vanilla notes came through strong as well. Really complex and dynamic.
Compared to the nose, the flavor profile was a bit thin. Tart, moderately funky and quite acidic. Slightly metallic. Under ripe raspberries were apparent. Perhaps some cherry and strawberry as well. Vinegar notes came through strong. The vinegar tasted like a cross between balsamic and red wine vinegar. Touch of lactic acid. The finish was oaky, dry and quite tannic. As the beer sat, the flavor profile file intensified and also became more rounded.
The beer was medium bodied. Initially, the liquid seemed a bit thin and fizzy, but the carbonation later settled down. Slick and smooth on the palate. Solid.
Although I definitely preferred the aroma of this beer to the flavor profile, it is an all-around impressive offering and definitely the best domestically produced example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2014 01:58:57 | More by Damian
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,820 ratings.