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Oude Tart | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Overlord on 12-20-2009

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - A loud hiss is heard as the cap is removed. It pours a nice dark amber color with a nice ecru head that is of medium density. There is some nice active carbonation with each pour. The head is retained for a while but actively dissipates to a thin mat.

S - Strong tartness. Balsamic vinaigrette. Sour fruit notes with some cherries and some nice slight vinous notes. The funk is awesome. There are some tobacco notes as well as some nice woody oaky notes. There are some nice mild flowery notes as well as some nice dark fruit slight sweetness that is inviting. Slight molasses notes as well.

T & M - Starts off with tons of tartness. Very sour funk notes. Then there is a slight dark fruit sweetness that pops up just enough to tame the sour beast. Its a real sour beer that doesn't make you pucker too much. There are some nice woody notes that offer some spice as well as some mild dark cherry and slight caramel sweetness in the middle portion. As the beer finishes the tartness pops back up along with continuing wood notes. There are some leathery characteristics as well as some funk notes. This is a great beer. Top of its class in terms of the style.

O - Very good beer especially as it warms when the sour notes taper down a bit and the more complex dark fruit notes begin to show up.

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Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a simple orange fire hydrant shaped label. The front and back label has all the info you need to know about the beer except a vintage year. The labels give you tasting notes, ABV%, proper serving temp, and correct glassware. Like I said, everything except for a vintage year.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, Oude Tart was a very interesting color. It was a deep dark murky mahogany brown color. It was almost a dark beer bottle cola brown color. The color was great, but the head of foam wasn't as impressive. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dark tan in color. It receded way too fast. It didn't even bother to leave anything behind. Not even rings around the beer or a single spot around the glass. Nothing! At least the color was nice.

What was lost in the aroma was quickly made up in the aroma when I first put my nose to the beer. The aroma was strong with plenty of sour and tart goodness. It was sour and tart with green grapes, raspberries, cherries, green apples, and a little lemon. Behind the solid sour fruit wall was a subtle whiff of oak and leather. Was it funky? No, not really. It was instead nice and tart!

The taste was sour, tart, and a little acidic, but it wasn't at the level where the aroma was. It was a little lower than that. Don't worry! The taste was still sour, tart, and fruity with red raspberries, green grapes, green apples, cherries, and lemons. What was found in the aroma was found in the taste. Behind all the sour and tart fruits was some malt, oak, and a gentle touch of leather. If only the fruit combined with the leather to make fruit leather. That would have been cool.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, tart, sour, and acidic. All the good stuff you want to find in this style of beer. Even though it was sour and tart, it won't take a lot of water to wash away the tartness. Another great Bruery beer.

It was sour and tart, but they did a nice job controlling that. The sour and tartness never really got full strength. Same story with the oak. This beer is on the pricey side. Is it worth it? Only if you like sours and you want something different to drink.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours deep reddish brown with a small tan head that settles to a thin layer and then just a ring leaving a little spotty lacing.

S: Fruity berry notes, slightly toasty malt, a little oak, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness.

T: Fruity up front, cherry, blackberry, lactic tartness, lemon, a little toasty malt, oak, and a hint of honey and toffee sweetness buried in there.

M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: There's an amazing contrast between the smell and taste. On the nose the sweet fruity notes come through more, but the tartness takes over in the taste. Very cool beer.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a ruby red. kinda hazy with a bit of an off white head. OK lacing.

Aroma is kinda of tart cherries even though there aren't any in this beer. a bit of funk and some lactic acid. Could use a little more help in the aroma area. Not very strong.

Taste is tasty. One of the better sours out there but not amazing. Tart and funky. With some age it gets a little more tart. Tasty sour.

Mouth feel is nice and dry like I like it. Fine bubbles and a decent amount.

Overall a tasty brew but not one to be compared to a cantillon or the like. Very worth trying and aging though.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society Initiation.

Pours a slightly translucent reddish-brown color with a large, lasting beige head.

Aroma is fruity and tart, lots of cherries as well as some oak.

Flavor is cherries, oak, red wine, and vinegar. Pretty tasty.

Medium-bodied with only mild acidity and good carbonation level.

High drinkability. Overall a great Flemish red. Not quite Top 100 level as the current rAvg puts it, but very good.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip gkass

A: Pours a solid and clear dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light.
S: I can smell the tart fruit as soon as I pop the cap on this baby. Sour cherries, lemons, sweet brown sugar, hints of vinegar, light sherry notes.
T: Taste is a bit more sour than the nose lead me to believe. Huge lemony tartness and red grapes ( cabarnet sauvignon ? ) Oak with hints of barnyard funk hit right up front. Sour cherries and a hint of sweetness sweep across the gullet before finishing with a lingering sweet sour and funky aftertaste.
M: Medium body and level of carbonation, tart acidic mouthfeel.
O: I really enjoyed this one, I’m glad I got to try it.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico for sharing this bottle. I think I have had this a few times but never reviewed it. I may have even taken notes once and forgot about them. Either way, pumped to have a great beer again. 2013 bottle.

A- Murky dark red, brown pour from the 750ml bottle to three glasses. A small off-white head forms but is just a small foam that dies down to nothing after just a bit of time. Lacing seemingly not gonna happen for me but not uncommon for this style.

S- Sourness from the bugs combines with other yeasty fruity flavors to give me a big whiff of tart cherry and currants. Some underlying malts, slight acetic and lemony lactic acid.

T- Fruits and sours lead things off here with cherry, curant, lemon, orange and vinous grape notes. Some diacetyl in the backdrop with fresh oak tannins, sherry notes and slight vinegar sourness, mostly lactic to me.

MF- Fairly light bodied but it has a smooth and somewhat frothy foamy texture. Carbonation is medium-high as it finishes with a fairly puckering sourness towards the end of the glass. Dry.

Perhaps one of the best of only a few American Flanders Red Ales I have had. Authentic tartness with that slight vinegar and diacetyl that I find in beers like Rodenbach and Duchesse.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Sean brought this to share, but not really sure.

A - Reddish brown colored beer with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Minor stick left on the sides.

S - Wood, vanilla, cherries, with a little bit of vinous quality. There's a lot of acetic acid and tart notes here.

T - Cherries, acetic acid, a little bit of lactic acid. There is a little bit of barrel presence and a tannic finish.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Good beer. There's a limit to how much you can really drink of it, but it's still enjoyable and something I'd drink again.

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Photo of DCon
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared a 1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ - 750 ML bottle of this w/ STLWIll & Friends @ The Royale. Poured from the Orange/Yellow/Blue Labeled bottle w/ a Sword in between Oude & Tart & "VERZUUR" labeled below 750ML into a 12oz Snifter Glass. Is a 2011 Edition but has no bottled on/freshness date.

Aroma- A nice marriage of different types of sourness and funk. Barnyard and fruit are well pronounced and then oak finds its way into the background of the aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has average retention. Has a dark amber body with red highlights. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Has a very dominant plum and cherry beginning that make up the taste. Sweet, oaky, and acidic all the way through. No hops and not much bitterness either. Semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Light Puckering, and a nice tart finish with sweetness.

Overall Impression- I enjoyed this brew a ton but like to see how it ages... Some of the characteristics were a bit dull in this Flanders. I could see more complexity and funk coming out of this one a year or two later. Grab a bottle if you can!

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of bnes09
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep bronze color with weak head and no retention. Sweet acetic, mildly lactic aroma. Very well balanced flavor between the sweet, malty and acidic. Dry and sticky feel. Weak carbonation. Very nice beer. True to the style and really tasty.

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Photo of ptykozoon
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of bump8628
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of bs870621345
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look = 4.0 Dark brown pour with red highlights. 3 fingers of big bubbly brown/red head with good retention but little lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Sweet acidic and vinegar sour aroma, strong and appropriate.
Taste = 4.25 Intense sour on the tongue upfront and throughout the mouthfeel with a strong acidic aftertaste. The sour is intense and tasty but it’s hard to pick out individual flavors other than on the sweet side.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with high carbonation; fizzy
Drinkability = 4.0 Intense sour decreases drinkability somewhat.
Overall = 4.125 Among the most sour of beers I’ve tasted yet; seems to overwhelm the rest of the flavors though. Still tasty.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.