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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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world-class

1,820 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,820
Reviews: 340
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 498
Gots: 664 | FT: 57
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 12-20-2009)
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kevrice88

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +11%

11-08-2013 02:15:28 | More by kevrice88
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +11%

10-16-2012 21:51:01 | More by jjheinrichs
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KimenTshom

California

4.75/5  rDev +11%

01-11-2014 17:11:39 | More by KimenTshom
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redfacedshooter

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +11%

09-20-2012 18:10:48 | More by redfacedshooter
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ahbithwabm

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%

04-20-2014 17:55:44 | More by ahbithwabm
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illy0sis

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +11%

05-14-2013 22:24:42 | More by illy0sis
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Celtics17

California

4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage is 2013

Big aroma of cherries and oak on the nose. With a dark fruit aroma, like a plum. This was a big and bold sour. Puckering occurs instantly. Oak, vinegar, apple, a dark cherry profile in the taste. Another great sour. I didn't expect anything less. It captures all of the right flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 05:30:36 | More by Celtics17
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Gatch

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 22:58:50 | More by Gatch
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dbONE

California

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed glass from Patrick himself.
Just a shade over the temp of the warehouse pours nicley into the glass with a light head that says on as a ring as you drink your way through the brown goodness to the bottom of the glass.
The nose is a touch sour and a touch sweet with hints of caramel. Think Rodenbach and Flemish Primitive.
Sipping this one puts the curse on the sides of the jaw with the sourness but fades to a smooth sweetness. This one plays with the palette by leaving some tartness behind on the finish.
A year and a half in the making, well worth it.
By far the best thing to come out of this place.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:18:28 | More by dbONE
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jampics2

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this gem from the cellar with family before we headed out for a wonderful night on the town, celebrating my (then) fiancée and my bachelor/bachelorette party. Poured into a snifter.

The beer looks just beautiful in the glass. A copper color with red and brown streaks swirling around. A thin white head sticks around for a bit then becomes just a thin film. It's easily re-awakened by agitating the snifter. The beer is cloudy and there are some major differences from glass to glass as we work through the bottle. Overall, it's still a nice looking Flanders Old Bruin and very few bottled bruins have impressed me this much.

If you love this style, you know what to expect from your first sniff of a freshly poured glass. But this one is special. Sure the requisite components of the bouquet are all there: sour cherries, vinegar-esque acetic acid, oak tannins, and a touch of barnyard funk. But there are also some woody spices, green apples, and vanilla. The beer is expressive and wonderful.

The taste is sublime. This is now my favorite beer in one of my favorite styles ever, and I must seek out more. Oude Tart is a traditional Flanders Bruin with tons of oak and lots of pleasant intricate tastes. It's sour and reminiscent of tart cherry and lush green apples. There's a touch of spice, namely from the oak - vanilla, brown sugar, and red wine like tannins. And a wonderful acetic tone brings it all home. More wood and depth than just about any Flanders out there.

So it's obvious that when this beer is in my mouth, my taste buds are happy. But how exactly does it feel? Well, the medium body is lush and never compromising and the lively carbonation makes it feel lighter and much more enjoyable. All around, this beer is so close to perfect in just about every way and the taste makes it the best Flanders style beer I've ever had. Just wonderful stuff, can't wait to drink it again!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 13:12:21 | More by jampics2
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MiScusi

California

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared by JessetheHutt and JRhode. thanks guys!

This was a treat. Pours with a lightly dense finger thick foam cap. Body is like a reddish-brown. My notes say it smelled of cherry and wood. The taste was tart (shocker!), with an overall sour cherry flavor and wood tannins. That's all I wrote down as I was losing my focus by this time.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 00:15:35 | More by MiScusi
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV,

A - Deep ruby highlights show through the rich mahogany beer only when held to light. It's loose warn tusk-colored head has quite a bit of retention considering the acidity that comes from the nose but no real lacing is left behind.

S - Not barnyard-like, but barn like, this woody, rustic aroma has a certain rugged manly earthiness to it while remaining smooth. Sour acidity, damp wood, and toasted amber malt blend with distressed leather jacket for an enticing nose lined with mildly sweet dark candi sugar.

T - While just as complex as the aroma, this beer seems to taste considerably less so, focusing solely on tart acidity. Planks of moisture-starved oak and dried dark fruit enter through undertones of Belgian candi sugar and toast.

M - Despite effervescent, dancing carbonation, this beer's medium body has a smooth feel and light chewiness that finishes out intensely bone dry and considerably more sour than Belgium's red ales. If you want you're eyes to twich, give this a good swish in the mouth.

O - The Bruery Oude Tart is like a Flanders on steroids but they manage to ramp the beer up while hitting the nail right on the head. Completely reminiscent of Monk's Cafe, Rodenbock, etc., this powerhouse of a tart beer is quite an experience to behold.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 00:08:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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360logic

California

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burgundy red, nearly no head.

S: Red berries/cherries, floral undertone, a bit of malt and vinegar.

T: Berry fruit juice flavor in the beginning, immediately followed by pretty fair addition of tartness. Light hops and malt fills your mouth behind the tartness and it all finishes with a little vinegar.

M: Light. Rose wine viscosity.

O: Best sour I've tried from the Bruery. Definitely a favorite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 23:34:55 | More by 360logic
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Incredible thanks to route66pubs for this right out of nowhere!

A: Pours a perfectly murky, caramel brown with a definite reddish tint. Capping this is a creamy, one finger, khaki colored head that sat up top and fizzed for a while before settling down to a smooth and mellow skim and ring. Carbonation is pretty active and lace was of the ropey/splotchy variety.

S: Excellent nose on this! Aromas of tart cherry, green apple, wood, old leather belt, vinegar, spicy dark fruit, and black cherry. I also picked up a "wool sweater" smell!

T: Right off the bat, there's an awesome combination of both tart cherry and sweet and spicy black cherry. This is followed by a lot of the stuff mentioned above. Leather, green apple, vinegar, and oak are joined by tart red grape, spices, tangy berry, and bitter citrus. Floating underneath all of this is a layer of sweetness that binds and compliments everything happening here. Masterful!

M: It's easy for a tart/sour beer to come off feeling thin and watery. This, on the other hand, is full and rich and actually quite sticky and chewy. Tart with spices and sweet, it doesn't get much better.

D: An almost perfect sour beer. It has a little something for everyone. Tart, sweet, spicy, winey, citrus, and oak. Whew! Incredible!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 00:57:02 | More by GbVDave
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oude tart

Pours a rich mahogany color with a fizzy, short lived white head. Aroma is huge of new leather, sour lemons, dark fruit, smoke and oak.

In the taste, tart acetic sourness with the strong sweet and sour style of traditional ales of the Flemish region. For an American brewed Oude Bruin or Flanders Red, this is exceptional.

Tip of the tongue tartness with the swollow being more mellow and open, oak and a small sourness lasting into the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 13:48:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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dar482

New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark copper color.

The aroma is extremely tart and sour, with a good amount of oak and dark fruit, raisin, cherries sweetness. There's also that vinegar sourness.

The flavor follows with a bit of fruity sweetness in the front, and then it just attacks you with a vinegary tartness that really puckers your mouth. along with fruity cherry and grape sourness. One of the more sour beers I have had. There's a bit of oak that dries the beer.

This is really an exceptional sour. I really love how complex and sour it is.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2013 00:32:32 | More by dar482
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Kegatron for this one!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark almost blood red/mahogany color. Produced a giant effervescent tan head that dissipated to a good layer of froth. Some lacing.

(S)- Very dry. Nicely smooth yet funky oak up front. Bits of vinegar-like fruits. Bits of Brett. Rather vinous.

(T)- A great similarity to the smell only far more complex. A hefty soured vinegar bite up front that flows into a harmonious dry oaky vinous funk. Finishes with a great sour acidity character. Damn tasty.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and a great balance. Fits the style very well with a big oaky and sour finish. I am liking this very much.

(D)- A superb Flanders. Easily one of the best examples from the states I have had thus far. Wonderfully oaky and sour; just the way I like it. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 00:06:18 | More by sweemzander
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rye726

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rusty redwood with a silky tan head. Nose has sour cherries, ripe plums, barnyard funk, oak and dry red wine. Taste has tart cherries up front through the finish followed by sweet pitted fruits, wood and musty farmyard funk. Crisp clean body has a tart and acidic finish. Another style well doen by the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:21:09 | More by rye726
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this as part of an epic tasting I had with several BA's
Poured into a snifter.
Pours an opaque cider apple tan reddish hued color. Very fizzy head like champagne.
Smells of sour apple, spices, and sweet dark fruit.
The taste is a little overwhelmed by the carbonation but after that you get a nice tart, sour apple flavor with a nice slight sweetness to the end.
Mouthfeel is extremely light due to the carbonation.
Very drinkable, I could drink this all day.
Stellar...period.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:42:39 | More by kbutler1
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one exquisite beer. Served into a Bruery glass.

The appearance is a nice dark brown amber with lighter copper edges. It has a nice frothy off-white head that sticks to everything. There is not clarity in this one, for this thing owns some thick haze.

The smell is sweet cherry, cinnamon, apples, sweet sugars, booze.

The taste is perfect, as well as the mouthfeel. The sourness in this one is perfect. There are nice sour green apples, vinegar, cinnamon and brown sugar, tart cherry. The mouthfeel is perfect because it is not overly sour, not overly tart. It has nice malty oak back to it that supports the sweetness. Delicious.

The drinkability is incredible, could drink a few bottles of this brew. Once again, the Bruery hits you with a left, then finishes you off right.

J

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:42:45 | More by Jmoore50
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BastardKing24

Oregon

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with an offwhite 1 finger head that leaves a ring.

Smell is tart vinegar, cherries, lemon, oak, raspberries, unripe peach, and lactic acid. Very inviting nose on this.

Taste is the same with a sharp tartness, just a big sour punch, and then fruit flavors start to appear. Theres an oak character in there, but no bourbon or anything. green apple, sour grapes, This beer is quite sour but I like that.

Feel is spot on, can't improve on that.

Overall, a nicely done sour, but I don't think this is very similar to alot of other flanders reds out there. Its much more sour.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 02:28:52 | More by BastardKing24
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Dark, deep and roasted color. Big foamy off-white head. No lacing. Clarity is nice too

Tons of roasty cherry. Oakey and vanilla too. Tart and acidic. Milky, but cherry is almost over whelming..

Sweet and sour; Cherry and dry. Tart, acidic, smooth, delicious, slightly bitter and dark red cherry. The only thing I would dismiss is some of the super dark roasty cherry flavors, slightly detracts from the mouthfeel.

Awesome brew! I can't believe this is the first time I've had it... Highly recommended and can't wait for next years release. Exactly the beer I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 05:51:56 | More by chugalug06
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davod23

California

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap (several times) at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation. Very excited for this one, as I am a huge fan of the Bruery, and this is one of my very favorite beer styles (with a caveat, below).

Appearance is a fairly dark, slightly murky, reddish-brown color. Although the head is not terribly substantial, it is remarkably long-lasting. Carbonation is strong here.

Smell - the unmistakable smell of a Flanders ale. Vinegar, oak, tart cherry, with a slight, but noticeable candy sweetness. This is very good.

Ah, this tastes divine. It follows the nose, but is perhaps more robust than I believed it would be. Big tart cherry, slight woodiness, with a sour vinegar kick. There may be an element of other fruit as well - I think figs - but it's only a trace. I may be wrong. The beer is not a massive, mouth-puckeringly sour beer. Nicely tart. Excellent.

Mouthfeel is only good-ish. It didn't detract from my enjoyment much, or really at all, but I did think that the carbonation was just a bit too vigorous. Of course, that smooths out with a few minutes in the glass, so meh, not such a huge deal. I wonder if the bottled version will be as carbonated as on-tap.

Drinkability is fantastic. I need more of this beer, so that I may chug it by the gallon. OK, not really - but I don't envision there being a problem with finishing a 750ml by myself.

One thing that bugs me. The Bruery classifies this as a Flanders Red. However, The Dissident, by Deschutes, seems to me to be a close sister of Oude Tart - and they class it as a Flanders Oud Bruin. It seems to me that either the line between these two styles of beer is minimal or nonexistent, the brewers aren't following the same style guidelines, or alternatively, my palate blows goats. And I don't know which is the case. I need to find another bottle of Dissident so I can do a side-by-side comparison.

EDIT: Patrick BMed me with some helpful information that has resolved my question re: Flanders Red vs. Oud Bruin. Methinks there are a few reds that are currently misclassified.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 22:31:27 | More by davod23
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown with a ruby tint and a light brown head that dissipates quickly to nothing but a ring. Nose is sour grapes, tart cherries, grape juice, oak, slight burnt oak notes, dark fruits, plums, apple skins and maybe just a bit of leather. Taste is very tart with grape juice flavors up front that mingle with cherries, plums, a bit of oak, leather, green apples, apple skins and maybe just a hint of pear. The body is very light, the carbonation is sharp but not overpowering, its perfect for this style. This is an awesome sour. The Bruery is 2 for 2 in sours for me (the other being Tart of Darkness).

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 08:29:09 | More by DonDirkA
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apparently I ended up being the first person outside of of Cali to review this one. ig thanks to my trustee for getting to me quickly. I sit here and pour it into a 6oz snifter wearing my new bruery hoodie as its friggin 15 outside! Consumed on 01/26/2010.

The pour is nearly perfect and for the style it was hard for me to ask for anything more. Dark garnet in color with a nice head of white that reached a height of at least an inch before slowly, and effortlessly settling down into a thin veil that covered the entire top of the glass. Nice side glass lacing then creeps in, clogging it up and really showing off some nice depth. Aroma is funky, red wine, vinegar, hints of cherries and sour apples are all readily present and showing their true colors from the very first notes that hit the air. Warming almost brings out a slight sweetness to the tart cherries but it short lived as the barnyard funk returns for an encore.

I take the first sip and it is exactly what I would have imagined it taste like. Tart cherries, light touches of oak, hints of funk and a deep, vinegar flavor that seals it in perfectly. Incredibly complex and sour, it has been a long time since I have had a flanders this good. Warming brings that light touch of tart, almost spice to the cherries before getting smacked around and thrown to the wolves with the vinegar sour funk. Simply stunning.

Overall this was just what it was supposed to be. It is truly a breath of fresh air what the Bruery is doing. So far so good. everything has lived up to and exceed my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 01:33:48 | More by mikesgroove
Oude Tart from The Bruery
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