Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 2,309
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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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 tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky reddish brown beer with a small tan head that settles rather quickly and no lacing. Tart and slightly musty aroma, sour cherries and oak, faint vinegar.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely and is quite nice overall, typical of the style with more of an increased woody oakiness than encountered elsewhere. Sour cherry, some sweet malt, slight vinegar undertones, very mild musty funkiness. Nice acidity.

Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish that’s very slightly puckering. Nicely tart but not over the top, an excellent take on the style. (586 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 srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish cola, off tan head, leaves to ring fast. Some spotty lace.

S - Malty, some fruitty tartness.

T - Solid wall of cherry tartness. Full flavored, nice bittering twang.

M - Light bodied, good carb, nice balance.

D - Very drinkable even at this ABV. (260 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this three times now, each with an angry, baleful glance that I wasn't taking notes and reviewing this properly. In my effort to hype CA beers, I'm uploading the requisite review.

A: Pours a murky maroon-amber-orange body in the glass. It develops a finger of off-white head, which retains very well before retreating into a thin film with a moderate collar. Nice lacing during the sips.

S: Lactic sourness, oak, cherry skins, leather.

T: Same; it's driven by tart cherries, contributing a mild bitterness from the skins and oak tannins. The finish brings out restrained bursts of supple leather, cheese, and some brown sugar. The aftertaste is mostly tannins and cherry flavor (not the sweetness). Mild balsamic vinegar, but I'm happy that there isn't much acetic acid to this, unlike Rodenbach Grand Cru.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. A fairly crisp, clean flavor.

D: Like I said, I had this thrice and enjoyed it. Too bad it took me so long to get around to uploading a review. This is genuinely good, and it's making me catch on to what everyone else seems to know already: The Bruery is worth watching. I'd buy a bottle of this, and then weep silently because I can't eat for a week. (1,242 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish reddish - sort of a rusty ruby color. Small layer settles on the top.

Cherry and oak. Quite a pungent smell and it's very nice. Sweet cherry mixed with other sweets and a bit of citrus.

Yum. Orange peel, vanilla, cherry, oak. Medium to low amount of sour - very nice. Taste is instantly agreeable, all the flavors work perfectly together in this one - not too much or little of anything.

Light to medium bodied, light carbonation, very dry with a piney finish.

This one caught me by surprise, even my non-sour drinking friend was enthusiastic. One of my new favorite sours for sure, a future classic. (613 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on-tap at the tasting room.

Poured up a ruddy maroon color with a good inch of very light tan head.

Quite bold in flavor with lots of dark fruit, moss, leather, musty oak, rustic earthiness, and plenty of acidity, but not much in the way of acetic acid (which is a big plus in my book). It's quite oaky, which sets it apart from the traditional examples. Very vinous.

This one has everything the style demands, but in a bolder, more intense, in-your-face, West Coast USA fashion. I dig it. (505 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a Flander's Oud Bruin Style and 7.5%. It is also aged 18 months in Cabernet barrels. It's a beautiful clear copper brick red color. It had a light cherry aroma, a hint of funk and lots of wood. It was a strong sour at first that fades into a delightful sweetness, very complex! This is the type of sour I truly enjoy. It is a bit reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which we just had. (389 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2011 vintage

Pours a slightly hazed red-amber color with a froth of fizzy beige head bubbling up on top. Leaves some sticky spots of lacing on the glass with some cloudy retention.

Pleasant scents of tart cherry skin, oak barrel and funky sourness. Fits the style well, balancing hints of sour, funk and fruit.

Nice round tartness up front with funky cherry notes. Oak and slight vinegar acidity with more dark fruit and a soft sweetness. The profile is definitely sour, but milder than I originally expected. Long, lingering finish with dry sourness.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Excellent American take on the style - nice balance, fruit and milder sourness. (732 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottle.

Pours a clear brown color with amber highlights around the edge. Slight head, no lacing.

Smells of leather, raisins, cherries, vinegar, apples, and some citrus acidity.

Taste opens with the leather and fruit notes moving into a smooth sour vinegar flavor. Slowly comes back to the leather and tobacco notes moving into a clean oaked dry finish. Very nice taste progression.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, its not living up to the hype, but still damn good. (509 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).

A: Wonderful and vibrant shade of dark red with some sediment and a white head foamy head.

S: The best smelling sour I have had. Notes of wood, red fruit, grapes, vanilla, and tart cherries.

T: Oak surrounding tart cherries, grapes, raspberries, and some vanilla. Very unique and extremely clean with a somewhat dry and sweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation with a nice degree of tartness and dry finish.

D: The 7.5% abv. is hidden quite well and the tartness is never over-the-top.

Overall this beer was really nice and a great American interpretation on a Flanders Oud Bruin. The Bruery has crafted a fine beverage here. Recommended. (768 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Got this in the fall of 2011.
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a deep reddish brown. It's darker than the other Flemish that we have tasted to this point Finger of tannish head. Good carbonation.

S: Mild funk. Cherries. Apple cider vinegar.

T: Wow, big tartness up front. It's really nice. Carbonation helps to clear some of the flavors. Nice dry finish. Aftermath you get some of the sweet oak.

M: Light to medium. (419 characters)

Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, cloudy copper-brown with a big off-white head, not much lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry, toasted oak, faint leather, light funk, touch of vinegar

Taste: Tart cherry & some hints of apricot, brown sugar, and lots of toasted oak. There is apple also, but it is a mix of red and tart green, also some light funk. Good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; decent but not overbearing heft.

Overall: Goes down easy enough, this is decent but I would reach for a la folie or others first. I am bumping my score a bit as the new batch is improved. Good balanced flavors. (616 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a The Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a lovely, deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red when hit by the light with a khaki colored head, about a finger and a half high, that is quite soapy with good retention that leaves so blotchy lace behind. The aroma is nice, tart cherry, ample funk, toasty oak, green apple, a touch of vinegar with some brown sugar. The flavors are right in line, good amounts of tart cherry with some green apple, leather and a bit of tobacco, chewy white oak, red grapes, brown sugar, plenty of funk with subtle vinegar and acetic character. The malt does come through with caramel and brown sugar flavors. The body is nice, lively yet rich, coats the mouth very well while the finish is a bit abrasive and prickly while being very dry.

Verdict: One of the best examples of an American made Flanders Red. Very nice mix of flavors with very nice balance. While not quite on the level of Rodenbach, I always relish the chance to have this, a very enjoyable brew. (1,022 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (2,012 characters)

Photo of Kaiser81
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Bruery on 12/26. Poured into a chalice/goblet type glass.

A - Pours a murky ruby reddish/tan color with half a centimeter of head. There is very little lacing left on the glass.

S - Has some mild funkiness with lots of cherry notes. No real hops present, but there is a mild sweetness to it.

T - Pretty much follows the nose with a slightly off aftertaste. I can place the aftertaste...just kind of tastes hollow. There is oak and earthiness present as well.

M - High carbonation with the tongue left feeling prickly. The body is medium.

D - I could probably drink one more...and then another. It's pretty delicious, and with the oak notes present, it probably would setup well for aging. (712 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Glad to be finally trying this stuff, especially considering my man Ryan has been lauding it forever. It pours a clear garnet (roby tones...?) topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, red wine vinegar, mild oak, light graham cracker, and a bit of sour blue raspberry. The taste brings in more of the same, the tartness in full form for most of the show, though a vein of very mild molasses seems to enter stage left near the finish and stays through the encore, mellowing things slightly and dancing provocatively with the graham cracker and oak. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine sour, not quite what I would think of when "Flanders Red" is spoken, but a thoroughly enjoyable American take on the classic style. Good times. (851 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Body is a quite foggy, translucent, mahogany hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so soapy off-white head that has good retention. Traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is moderate in strength but soft and balanced. Vanilla, oak, a hint of acidic tartness, and dark fruit.

T- Upfront an mild acidic tartness comes through that is the highlight of the profile but balanced with everything underneath. A hint of vinegar, slight sugary sweetness, lots of both soaked and dusty oak. Flavor is pretty consistent throughout and what lingers are faint impressions of the initial flavor.

M-Nice full body, with soft, but full carbonation. Quite smooth.

D- This is a very good, well balanced, oud bruin overall. (751 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This was my wife's Christmas present to me ... really looking forward to this one.

Appearance: rich, deep amber-brown hue with a relatively haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a rich caramel character and a bright yet not overpowering tartness. Under this is a woody, vanilla-ey aroma which really fills out the whole thing. Complex and enjoyable.

Taste: caramel malt, vanilla wood and lactic tartness all hit me at once. The light fruitiness works well here. Overall quite good, but the rich complexity of the aroma isn't quite here; tartness takes over and the flavor is a bit imbalanced. Good, but perhaps not great.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation. There's some nice activity here, but it is neither creamy nor brightly effervescent. Not bad, but could be a lot better.

Overall: this beer could be better in some areas, but overall I am enjoying it a whole helluva lot. I'd love to have it again. (1,038 characters)

Photo of waltersrj
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle (Thanks Dan!)

Pour: Dark mahogany brown/red with a slightly off white/tan head. Mild amounts of carbonation.

Nose: Slightly acidic vinegar, macerated cherry, plum, oak, vanilla, and slightly tart malt.

Taste: The usual Flemish sour here with cherry juice, plum, drying oak, and vanilla. Really good if anything but simple. Maybe that's the part to appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, mildly carbonated, and drying on the finish.

Overall: I'm confused as to why this is SO highly rated and why it trades so highly as well. It's good, simple, and tasty but nothing mind blowing. I think I like Marron Acidife better though I could drink this often. (659 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a snifter

The body sits a russet brown with some ruby/purplish hues. Some bubbles pop up to form a thin layer, but quickly fade away. No lacing whatsoever.

Tart cherries greet the nose on first whiff. Oak tannins, granny smith apples, prunes, tobacco, and leather notes round out the nose.

A rush of tart fruit, tart cherries, granny smith apples, and cranberries, up front before oak, tobacco, vinegar, and prunes take over mid palate. The finish is of tart fruit and dry oak tannins.

Medium body with low carbonation. Extremely dry finish with loads of tartness.

A very enjoyable flanders that delivers a wealth of complexity and loads of tartness. This guy works on all levels. Enjoyable. (722 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from the 2012 batch. Thanks as always to my trustee JRSD for getting the bottles out to me. It was poured into my Firestone Walker tulip.

Oude Tart pours a burnt leathery brown, with very scant ruby highlights. The color is murky, and the beer's topped with just a finger or so of khaki colored foam. Head retention is alright, and lacing is pretty sparse. The nose has lots of very tart cherries, along with a little bit of oak. The flavor profile has a bit of leather and tobacco to it, some kind of combination of oxidation and a little bit of brettanomyces. There's also the requisite vinous acidity and cherry notes, with that same subtle hint of wood from the nose providing the finish. There's a tannic, mouth-puckering quality to the beer, which I suppose is to be expected, The body is suitaby dry, but th carbonation just feels a little lackluster. Still, Oude Tart is a great, very well layered Flanders Red Ale, one that can hang with the heavy hitters from Belgium. (993 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for hooking me up with these beers. Cheers! 2011 750ml bottle split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark mahogany color. About a half finger of head is achieved with a harder pour that dissipates quickly leaving zero lacing.

Smell – Tart cherries, heavy oak, vinegar, decent malt.

Taste – As with the aroma, tart cherries, lots of oak and tannins, slight vanilla, heavier malty backbone. A hint of vinegar aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – A decent beer but nothing that blows me out of the water. I hope this gets a bit more tart in time…as with other “sour” beers from the Bruery, it has a bit too much of a malty backbone for my liking. (777 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot darker than I was expecting. Brown body and murky, hint of amber when the light is hitting the glass. Little bit of a tan bubble head that fades away quick. Fair amount of lacing as well but it isn't sticking only when the beer is swirled or moved around.

In the aroma I'm getting sugar coated raisins, tart dark cherries, raspberries, and vinegar notes which are blended in quite nicely. A touch of black pepper in the back and good dose of funk, but not overpowering the nose.

Flavors consist of tart dark fruit/sour cherries, red wine vinegar, and a bit of oak. The mouthfeel is very incredible here. Starts with a touch of sweetness, in the middle a bit of dryness occurs which becomes pronounced in the finish, and leaves behind a light sweetness on the palate...smooth all the way through. Dryness and mild peppery flavor is reminiscent of an earthy red wine.

Overall a solid take on a Flanders Red Ale. The mouthfeel, red wine like qualities, and mild tartness work well. A bit of age should add some nice changes to the beer. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

[93/100] (1,088 characters)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thick-off white head. Moderate head retention with barely any lacing. Head fades to a light brown film and a halo of fine bubbles lining the edges.

Cabernet grapes, raspberries, some anise. Light aroma of leather horse saddle and funk. A little vanilla in there too.

Lots of fruit - raspberries, cherries, blackberries. Slightest touch of bitterness with no noticeable hop flavors or aromas. Orange peels show up once it warms a little.

Smooth/slick and coating. Low carbonation fades to none, contributing to the smooth mouthfeel. Finishes nice and dry.

There's a great flow from the aroma to the finish. The progression of flavors just works really well. I dig it. (696 characters)

Oude Tart from The Bruery
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