Oude Tart - The Bruery
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Reviews by bobhits:
4.31/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Rodenbach defines this style like no other beer defines any style and it does so at a price that simply is unmatched. To say the least Oude Tart has brutal competition.
Pours a dark hazyed brown body, a good 2 inches of foam that hold long enough for a sour, but certainly aren't retained forever.
The nose gives off vinegar, fruits, and funk.
Oude Tart seems to take the flander's style and it mixes in a bit of murky flavors with the classic vinegar, cranberry/cherry elements. The end result is deep, full, and robust, but very satisfying beer.
These kinds of beers tend to burn a bit going down and Olde Tart is no exception. The beer is a pleasure to drink, but slower is better.
I hate reviewing these beers as it's hard to explain why one is better than another. This is an great example of the style that falls into the intense and strong side. It isn't going to top the kind and it's priced at nearly twice the price, but I'm digging it, BIG time.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 01:02:42 | More by bobhits
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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
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