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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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikey711. Thanks! Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a crimson/mahogany mixture. Starts with a nice four-finger head, which quickly diminishes down to a slight, quarter-inch ring. No lacing left behind.

S: Nice tart acidity coming alongside some cherry notes. A bit of sherry coming in as well. Tiny amount of vinegar.

T: A good amount of acidity without being too puckering. A big of vinegar alongside that. Sherry and cherries. Nothing too funky.

M: Medium bodied and quite creamy. Great acidity; perfect for the style.

D: Highly drinkable. Nice acidity without being overly dry. The creaminess is a nice touch. Well-balanced flavors all around.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic stemmed tulip, glowing a rich mahogany coloring, letting up shimmering shades of ruby towards the bottom of the glass. It held a one finger head of almond colored bubbles, showing okay retention, and leaving wet sheeted lacing dripping around the glass, with no notable trace of it after only a few seconds. A chill haze was present, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave huge sweet, bright, and funky tartness, with a wild blend of cranberry, blackberry, and concord grape skin fruity sourness, black shoe polish, cardboard, foamy plastics, moss and musk, oaked French red wine, amber and chocolate malts, air vanilla creaminess, and soft banana esters. With warmth came the lightest herbal, earthy hop oils and lipstick waxiness. Our first impression was that it was just as sour and fruity as expected, but with insanely smooth sip and approachability. As we sipped, the taste blossomed with zinging lemon and soured choke cherry, fresh oaky warmth, soured red wine bite, pseudo funky yeastiness, brown sugar, thickly toasted amber malts, and barnyard funky sourness, nearing the levels of your typical American wild. The middle came to a peak with heavy musk and dust, funky oaky woodiness, sour citrus, apple cider vinegar, amber and European pales and crystals, brown candied sugars, cherry flesh and bite, soft leathers, and a curious tobacco smoked maltiness. The end blended and washed simple with sugary white candies, purple grape fruitiness, arugula and bitter field greens, tin, chalky yeast, dripping wet lemon juice and rind, funky yeast puck, vitamin chalkiness, and amber and mildly chocolatey malts. The aftertaste breathed of faint chocolate malt depth, black cherry puck, amber metallics, grassy funk, cakey yeast, light cinnamon and allspice twang, phenolic medicinals and clove, tin, green grass resins, bone dry oakiness, light booze, nail polish remover, and sour lemon candies. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. Every sip showed beautiful slurp, smack, cream, froth, fizz, pop, glug, and gurgle. The mouth was left cooled and wetly coated, with quick pucker and astringency, but no real chalky dryness or boozy pull. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was insanely high.

Overall, it was tough to decide what we enjoyed most about this brew, as it was a tossup between its nose, its flavoring, and its soft, fluffy feel. From the first whiff you get an idea of just how high quality and well thought out this beer is. The aroma is subtle and nuanced, but yet still knocks you to the ground with its bright sourness of fruit, wood, dangerously deep grain, and yeasty funk. The flavoring follows as best as anything could, with the same interplay of wild depth, generous fruit and tartness, and inlaid woody warmth. The flavors are sweet, but effectively tart, with the final blend striking an amazingly easy sipping balance that defies warmth and environment. This is helped along by the mouthfeel that affords high carbonation and nice prickle, appropriate to the level of pucker, but also gives big frothy creaminess on the swirl around the mouth, helping to add buoyancy and body to the diving deepness of the flavor profile. This is an incredible beer for the style, and for the brewery’s sour/tart lineup, and if you are a fan of either, then this is a must-have.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2/13/2010

Dark reddish brown with a frothy beige head.

Oaky and tannic, the nose is a blend of lightly tart and slightly sweet cherries and grapes. It's slightly acetic with a light lactic quality. A dash of vanilla is detectable.

The flavor is sweet and tart with notes of cherries and grapes and a solid malt foundation. There's a nice oak presence, and light tannins are evident, as well as a moderate acetic quality. The sweet and the tart balance each other nicely. A light lactic sourness is evident near the end. Alcohol is undetectable.

This is not among my favorite styles, but this is a great representation of the style. I split the bottle with another person and it went down very easy. Recommended.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery Oude Tart Flemish Style Red Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.

Deep burgundy hue, dark red, with a slim, soon-gone head.

Aroma speaks up form the first minute, spilling out sour fruit, matched with sweetness, a beautiful blend. Just a touch of vinegar, a magnificent marriage of sweet and sour.

Taste: Bam! boom! Mmmm. A great flash of sourness, an intense puckeration that outreaches many other sour red ales. And the vinegar rises up, as well. Big, fresh, intense, and amazing.

This one is just about a match for Rodenbach or any of the better Belgian Flemish reds. Not a damn thing wrong with it. In fact, I love it. Mmmm, mmm, good.

"Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels."

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Photo of Proteus93
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle brought in courtesy of Bankhead... thanks to Henry!

A: A nice copper hue, very bubbly but not any sort of gusher on opening. Head forms to about a finger tall, leaving a modest collar.

S + T: Both aroma and flavour have an intriguing quality of cherry tartness paired with a nice vanilla that keeps it from having such a vinegar-like sourness. There's a bit of a maltiness that I tend not to really pick up on in the styles.

M + D: Smooooth... even with a notable carbonation, it drinks very clean and easily. A bit of a higher alcohol content than I might have expected, but certainly well hidden.

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Photo of dulwich
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, one finger white head into a tulip glass. Sweet at first but leaves a nice, slightly sour flavor. Excellent taste leaves you wanting more. Not overpowering to the nose, nor weak to taste. A well balanced flemish red that you can certainly drink own your own. Having just broken into the sour beer style, this is one that I would get frequently.

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Photo of waltonc
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 +4%
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 +4%
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 +4%
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 +4%
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 Catracho5
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a mahogany red with an off white, no head retention, no lacing, average amount of carbonation, beers is hazy, cloudy, looks great.

A: Dark sweet fruits, dark cherries, grapes, red wine vinegar, touch of oak, slight tart and funk aromas, very aromatic, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Oak, dark cherries, touch of leather, sour tart punch in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste, very dry finish, as the beer warms the sourness fades and more of the oak and leather come through, very nice.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that adds some crispness, finish is very dry, feels as if the beer evaporates in the mouth, alcohol is well hidden.

O: Very nice beer, most sour beers hit with sourness up front, Oude Tart saves it for the finish, nice balance of flavors, oak, dark cherries, red wine, not very sour, a well made beer, definitely will be a yearly purchase for me.

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Photo of yamar68
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 390 ratings.