Oude Tart - The Bruery
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3.53/5 rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750ml bottle provided by russwbeck and poured into a Bruery tulip.
A - The appearance is much darker than I was expecting; it's nearly a complete brown void with only faint traces of dark red. About 1.5-fingers of light tan head with good retention and a thick, foamy cap when it fades. The lacing isn't bad, but it's not exactly the most sticky of foam.
S- Not exceptionally tart, but with a good amount of cherries to help mix things up. I'm getting a lot of the darker fruit aspect of it, like pitted fruits, especially the skin and stones. I'm also smelling a bit of that vinegar that is common for the style. Finally, the oak barrels do come through here as well, but not exceptionally so and it is more of a subtle addition.
T - The first thing I realize about the flavor is that it is not very sour at all; there's only a touch of tartness but it seems as more of an afterthought than the focus, especially for a beer proclaiming 'tart' as part of its name. I'm getting a bit more of the cherry and darker fruits, with the whole fruit coming into play. A little bit of oak and a dram of vinegar, before finishing in a silkiness that adds a pinch of leather.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. It feels little bit heavy, especially with the bolder flavors and smaller amount of tartness.
D - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty much a sipper, and I can't help but feel a little more tartness or carbonation could've helped. As it warms, the vinegar comes through even more which adds a different facet. Honestly, I was expecting a lot more out of this, and having it in company of Goose Island's Three Sisters, this comes in near the bottom.
Serving type: bottle
11-22-2011 03:31:57 | More by nhindian
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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 1,821 ratings.