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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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382 Reviews
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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,364
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 565
Gots: 821 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 waltonc
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty amazing beer - pours hazy dark reddish/brown with a lot of tan head. Smells of tart cherries, green apple, a dash of vinager, and has an earthy, mineral quality that I can't really articulate any better than that. Not quite leather, but sort of like it. Tastes like a blend of sweet and tart cherries and apples, and a perfect balance of dry yet slightly sweet. Not overly astringent or sour. In fact, the sourness is very mild. Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Overall, one of the best beers I've had from Bruery.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. 4 ounce pour in mini-snifter.
Appearance: The color of a stained leather chair. Clean and clear.
Smell: Tart cherries, malt vinegar, and a touch of leather.
Taste: A very pleasant tart bite. Pie cherries. Earthy and leathery. A beautiful flavor laced with maturity.
Mouthfeel: Light and mobile. Doesn’t seem to want to sit still on my palette.
Overall: An amazing sour beer. I want to bathe in it.

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Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one becomes increasingly murky with each pour, with a reddish brown body and a big clumpy beige head that recedes slowly with small foam spots on the top and some lacing on the sides.

The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and hints of funky brett. On top of this is the wood character, definitely some oak.

The taste is more of the tart cherries, seemingly sweeter than the aroma would indicate and, though the brett is present, the finish is sweeter than I was expecting. It's dry, just not as dry as others I've tried.

The mouthfeel is extremely clean and crisp with a pleasant tartness and light funk in the finish.

I think this is an excellent Flanders as it's plenty sweet with the cherries with enough brett to balance it, but not so much as to dominate. Excellent.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper beer with good and a few sea monkeys (aka floaters). The head is very long lasting composed of compact, tan bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

Moderately strong aroma of current, a moderately-light tartness and some leathery, barnyard funk. A low, carmel malt sweetness and moderate dark fruit esters.

A sweet-tart flavor that is far more tart than sweet. There is a a lot of red current flavor along with some dark fruit and caramel malt for flavor. A light oak flavor and touch of leather with only a light sweetness the balance is strongly tart. The finish is medium with fruit flavor after taste.

A medium to medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. There is a bit of carbonic bite.

Some of the class Flanders Red flavors of red currents with a sweet-tart balance and low carmel in a supporting malt body. I like that this one is fairly strongly tilted towards the tart and lightly sweet making it an immensely food friendly.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Five ounces poured into a pint glass. One bottle shared between five guys a a mini-tasting.

3.5 A: Dirty amber brown color. Just short of one finger of frothy light tan head that falls quickly.

4.5 S: Tangy lactic acid. Sharp oakiness, some tannic astringency that doesn't distract. Toasty. Wild apple and something along the lines of dark cherry.

4.5 T: Good amount of acetic acid backed by tangy lactic acid. Wild apple again with what I can only describe as a cherry/red currant hybrid. Very tasty.

4.0 M: Lighter body. Nice spritzy carbonation. Good, but this would benefit from a touch more body.

4.5 D: Definitely a solid beer. Easily the best Bruery beer I've had thus far though that isn't saying a lot given the garbage I've had. In any case, I definitely would like to drink this again. Solid all around and goes down easy.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes.

pours a kinda murky brownish orange color-- like the leaves in the fall... actually, a pretty good match to the color of the label on the bottle.
The nose is bright, oaky, vinegary, and a bit citrusy. Smells great, and the taste is not a let down. Taste has a hint of acidic white grapes with some oakiness and vinegar. A touch of sweetness up front blends nicely into the sourness at the back end.
Very solid sour beer here.
Mouthfeel is good-- carbonation is nice.
Overall-- excellent beer right here. Go get one!

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Photo of beagle75
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.
2009 vintage

A: Slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a steady peripheral ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Delicately fruity, with sourness evident. Scant breadiness is also detected, really just attending to the other notes. Lactic and acetic qualities seem to find balance. Though subtle, oak is also in commanding form--not demanding the attention of the drinker but rather drawing it through merit.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with mild dark stone fruit and sour acidity of moderate intensity. If there was any question from the smell, the fermentor culture appears distinctly of Flanders when coupled to the very refined aromatic malt and essential oak. The finish is short and relatively clean, drying, with declining sourness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and appropriately acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A fine approximation of the sour ales of Flanders, Belgium; this beer takes a more careful approach than some in the way it is short on overt sweetness. The malt, yeast, and bacteria all cooperate nicely leading to a final product that seeks not to challenge but to showcase some traditional qualities. None shine brighter in the final tally than the wood influence.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight fruit, vinegar, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between sweet and sour aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Jonada
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark red brown in color with a finger of a light khaki colored head. When held up to light, the body is ruby red and fairly clear with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Big tartness right upfront with aromas of sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, stone fruits, slight lactic character, leather and coconut.

Taste: Sour cherry, vanilla, oak, bready malt, toasted almonds, and maybe a hint of green apple. Sourness is on the lower end of high.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer and on of the best American versions of the style. It's heavier on the lactic sourness and lighter on the sweetness and stone fruit flavors than some of it's Belgian counterparts, but that's not necessarily a complaint. This is a great beer that's worth seeking out

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Photo of Treyliff
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep ruby brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge, leaving nothing behind

S- mouth watering balsamic vinegar aroma gives fruity notes of ripe pear, tart cherry, red apple, red grape, earth, toasted oak

T- tart balsamic vinegar pucker up front leads to flavor of wild sour purple grapes, quickly followed by flavors of red apple, pear, sour berry, toasted oak. Puckering finish with more red fruit on the linger

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry puckering finish

O- this rivals many of the best Belgian example of the style, so many tart fruit flavors that mix so well with the oak barrel

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Photo of abuliarose
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass, revealing a murky ruddy brown body under an airy and dying yellowish head. Smells sweet and sour with tart cherries and molasses.

Tastes less pungent than it smells, but refreshingly so with a mealiness and light sour presence. Meaty, savory. Mouthfeel is gentle with even mouth-filling carbonation to round out the medium-heavy body. Thickened with air. Very drinkable, as a meal or otherwise.

Overall I quite like it. A well-rounded beer.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5.24, from notes.

Pours a great rubyish brown color with some 1 finger beige foam atop. Fades to a sturdy ring and filmy retention. Some lace.

This is a great beer. More approachable and less bracingly vinegary than most attempts of the style. Great vanilla notes and wet woodiness integrated with the tart cherryness, acetic acid, and wild yeast character. Still enough residual sweetness here as well, not perfectly balanced per se, but not attackingly sour either. Winelike berry flavors are mixed in as well with a little bit of a brown sugar note in the middle.

Low end of medium bodied, perfectly carbonated to a medium level, ABV well hidden. Great beer and perhaps my favorite of the style to date. Incredible that the Bruery is doing such great things this early in their existence.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a duvel glass

A- deep brown colored pour Ruby highlights along the edges. Thick white head, quickly dissolves to a little spot on the beer

S- sour dark fruits... toasted wood in the back

T- intense sour flavor, dark fruits, sour cherries,vinegar smack, earthy wood funk. Very acidic lingering taste

M- metallic mouth feel, like a mouth full of pennies. Thin body, alomost slick going in the throat

O- my second sour ever, very pleased with this offering. Load 'em up, I want more!

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Photo of yamar68
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red/mahogany with a short-lived half finger of off-white head. Great lacing.

The nose features soft citrus, dark sour fruits, warming wood character, some lemon specifically, pretty tart and sharp. Mushy cherry flesh... tart but balanced. An incredible sense of harmony.

There's a nice little tart punch that doesn't overwhelm the other flavors - oak, sour dates, lemon zest... very nice. Sour berries dry out the palate before you can really reflect on the last sip. Thirst quenching in a curious way. Beautiful.

It finishes up dry and tart. A perfect beer for the season I think.

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Photo of vacax
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple tulip glasses of Oude Tart at The Bruery on Boxing Day. I was quite interested to try this after being aged in wine barrels for eighteen months. 7.5% ABV.

The beer is a red hued brown with a quarter-finger of creamy tan head. Not a lot of head, but the retention was very high, with a solid carpeting of fine bubbles topping the beer throughout my drinking experience. The aroma has a lot of tart cherry to it, lots of tart and musty oak that reminds me of the classic Belgian examples of the style. The flavor also begins with tart cherries and a relatively high sourness for the style. Light levels of acetic acid help to make this an authentic tasting Oud Bruin, along with the lightly musty almost funky oak. Finish is tart with a bit of more acetic flavor and a touch of stye-appropriate diacetyl.

The body is medium with a lightly creamy medium level of carbonation on-tap. The results were nice, but not perfect, as I believe natural bottle conditioning is key to the super creamy smooth carbonation I enjoy in this style. The bottled version's conditioning will make a big difference between whether this turns into a very good beer or a truly excellent beer.

Quite spot-on for a classic Flemish style, fairly handily the most authentic American take on it that I have tasted. Undoubtedly the long eighteen month maturation in oak had great results. Eighteen months ago The Bruery had only just begun brewing, and to have this kind of dedication so early on speaks volumes. This is a very tasty beer as it is, lots of cherry and tartness that appeals to my American sensibilities, but also an impressive version of a classic style.

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Photo of levifunk
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting.

a - cloudy red/brown. rose head.

s - sour raspberry and woody smell

t - vinegar sour, raspberry tart, some subtle wood flavor

m - medium body. big carbonation.

overall - amazing. I really enjoyed this beer. this review is from notes, and coincidently today I received a bottle from a trade.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to pitasoup for this one, trade done from Reddit.

Light fizzy head, slight yeast chunks at the bottom, dark murky molasses brown ruby colored beer with touch of light coming through.

Nose great, tart fruit, sour malt, bit lambic like tartness, light acidity, hint of dark malts, light raisin, bit of tart cherry, great tart fruit, hint of vanilla oak.

Taste starts nice and tart, soured malt, light wild funk and acidity, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, like sour candy, whisky sour cherry, light earthy nutty like malts, light sweetness, little syrupy, hint of vanilla and oak. Long tart finish, dry bready malts and earthy light funk, light tart cherry. Sticky syrupy as well.

Mouth is med bodied, bit heavier, lighter carb, syrupy, flemmy.

Overall great, delicious, great tart fruit, sour malt, light bready dry malts and funk, bit sticky and syrupy.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

170th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- The pour I got was a bit of a murky rough lighter brown. Small little head that settled quickly. A little dot of cling.

Smell- A really healthy dose of cherry and then you pick up some scents of woodiness, a little funk and some more red fruits.

Taste- A small taste of a similar flavor to vinegar with a kick of sour, had more of the red berry flavor and a touch of wood with a bready flavor.

Mouth- A nice beer with a medium body and a nice heafty carbonation level.

Drink- Was very good. Now I know why I was trying to trade for this for so long. I quess I don't have to now. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at Bruery Reserve Society celebration, poured into wine tasting glass.

A- Very nice brown/red color with nice reddish color around the edge of the glass, nice 1/2-1 finger off white head and nice lacing.

S- Great smells of sour cherries, heavy acidity from the 18 months of wine barrel aging, nice almost leather and oak scents.

T- Heavy cherry flavor with nice acidity that is not over the top, cherries taste almost sweet then overpowered by sour cherries, really nice vinous oaky finish, again with a hint of leather in the finish.

M- Nice amount of carbonation to go along with the acidity, nice medium body beer that is very easy to drink almost didn't notice it had alcohol in it.

D- Seriously delicious, not a huge fan of Flanders style but this is really good and very easy to drink.

This was the first release for 2010 for the Bruery and I was greatly impressed. This was one of the first beers made by Tyler and the Bruery gang and it has been aging in the red wine barrels for 18 months, so far a great start to 2010 with the release of this delicious beer.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown red with a creamy white ring of head on the edges. It’s too dark to really see through it and is hazy to boot, but there do seem to be bubbles traveling up the sides to suggest carbonation. The lacing stays on as a clinging ring of sticky dry bubbles. The beer smells like leathery dark cherry with a slight alcoholic bite in the back of the nose; it’s as if a dried cherry strip were created and then liquefied. Malt backbone is faint, but seems to be sweet and caramely. The tart cherry smell is the entirety of the bitters in this beer. There is also a faint note of creamy chocolate in the nose’s base which may also be the malt. The beer tastes puckeringly tart and cherry fruity with a faint chocolaty feel in the middle and a slight aftertaste. The tart cherry is the main taste in this beer though, and it shines through. Alcohol is completely hidden in the taste, blending in with the tartness to completely mask itself. There is also a great funk that hits the back of the tongue and suggests some fantastic spiciness. Vanilla notes are also present in the middle and aftertaste that provide a sweet and creamy taste. Mouthfeel is puckering and tart with the sour (obviously). The carbonation, however, is completely velvety and smooth, with a slight chewiness. Overall this is a fantastic beer. I already love the complexity of the beer’s flavor. This is admittedly my first Flemish red, and I am very happy with what it has proven to be. This beer is obviously worth a taste for anyone that’s a beer lover, especially sour beer lovers, and is also worth a try for anyone that loves sour tastes, especially Warheads! Try this beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, red grape, oak, vinegar, leather, clove, toast, brown sugar, light vanilla, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and oak notes with a great malt/acidic balance; and great strength. Taste of big ripe sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, red grape, vanilla, oak, vinegar, toast, clove, brown sugar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, red grape, raisin, prune, vanilla, oak, clove, brown sugar, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of sour fruity/funky yeast and oak flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and nicely acidic/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Flanders red ale style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the great malt/acidity balance. An extremely amazing offering.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got on tap at the bruery served in 8 oz glass
pours a nice dark reddish brown color not much head
very tasty has smooth full body and puckering sour taste on the back end
has a nice smell can tell it is sour
would definetly recommend if like sours
another great beer from the bruery

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Photo of NEhophead
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey on 10/08/2012.
Served in a tulip.

Dark oak in color beneath a creamy, somewhat carbonated white head that leaves some thin and ringed lacing down the tulip. Aromatics range from sour, vinous fruit to a slight peat moss quality. Very fresh tasting: a bright and clean tartness; apple, orange, and plum. The slight toasted malt sweetness provides a nice balance to the sour qualities, even adding a tough of richness at times. Medium bodied; mellow on the palate for the style, very smooth and drinkable. A really great offering that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Krevee
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oude Tart | on-tap | 2010

Glass: Bruery Tulip
Served: June 4, 2010 on-tap at The Bruery
Price: $7.50

A - Pours a dark brown-red with a moderate beige head that lingers for a good while. This beer has good lacing that slowly slides down as the beer sits.

S - Smell is very enticing with notes of cherry, oak, red-wine, vinegar, and a nice tartness. There is also some sweetness to the flavor that can sometimes be eclipsed by the tart and funkiness of this beer.

T - Taste is close to the smell. This beer hit me with a nice cherry/sweet fruit tartness upfront. Along with some vinegar and red-wine flavors. It also has some nice hints of oak. Very tasty. This was my second time having the beer and although the tartness didn't seem to be as strong this time it was still very good.

M - Nice sized body to this beer for the ABV. It as just the right amount of carbonation. Starts out smooth and somewhat sticky in the mouth but ends dry and tart.

D - This is a extremely drinkable beer. Even though it doesn't have the highest ABV it still hit me pretty good because of how drinkable it was. I think The Bruery did a great job with this style and I wish I could have got some bottles of this. I'm very impressed with this beer and want more of it.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle traded to me from user mashmaster. thanks again! drank from my duvel tulip. very excited to try this after having it at EBF this year.

A- the pour is a murry/hazy brown colored body with reddish highlights. there is a small eggshell colored head on top that has just above average retention. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are cherries and vinegar. this is going to be pretty sour. some other various berries show up also. a little bit of the barnyard funk i love from wild brews. some oak shines though towards the end.

T- the taste starts out with moderate levels of vinegar/acid before moving to the fruitier side. cherries, plums, and other random berries. not as much noticeable funk in the taste. a little bit of the barrel comes through towards the end.

M- the beer is sour without being too overpowering. very nicely done. the body is on the lower side of medium with an active carbonation. not overly dry either.

O- i really enjoyed this. one of the better brews ive had from the bruery. this is something id gladly seek out again. the alcohol is masterfully hidden.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.