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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1623
Reviews: 325
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%


Brewed by:
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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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Mongrel

Maryland

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich amber brown with a luxuriously creamy head. Not much lacing.

S - Cranberry, oak, lemon peel, faint vinegar and leather. Some barnyard funk.

T - WOW. Just really creamy and rich at first, then bam -- it's on -- with tart, tangy cranberries and cherry. Lemon and lime zest intermingle with brown sugar and vanilla. Sour apples bring up the rear.

M - Absurdly soft and creamy considering how puckeringly tart this beer is. Nice long finish with an endless parade if flavors unfolding.

O - Impressive on all fronts. A truly special beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 00:13:50 | More by Mongrel
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark red-brown. No head to mention.

Ripe vinegary tartness, big oak presence, leathery notes, tart cherry, pomegranate seed, and musty old chair. Awesome nose on this one.

Cidery vinegar, notes of tart cherry, oak, green apple tannins, old leather must, sour grape, and a hint of currant. So well-balanced between sour and gentle sweet and lightly malty. No hops, and I wouldnt ask for them, but the barrel-aging is primo.

Easy sipping for a Flanders Red. More than tart, but supple in the body. Masked carbonation levels that do more than you might first think.

Superb ale that I can finally knock off the bucket list.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2014 23:07:16 | More by thecheapies
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark ruby amber color with a decent off-white head and no lacing

S-dark fruit, red wine vinegar, oak, little vanilla and caramel

T-sour cherry, raspberry, vinous, oak, light caramel malt, hint of vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, tart and astringent

O-really nice representation of the style, nice flavor

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 02:44:12 | More by MDDMD
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a murky brown with a half inch head. smell is of tart cherries..as expected. taste is very much the same as the nose, tart cherries and not much else. good..though not superb. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall pretty good, but not too memorable .

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2013 00:45:54 | More by Axnjxn
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at the tasting room. Brownish red pour, mostly clear, with a small white head that recedes quickly. Big time sour vinegar aroma, stronger than any other sour I have had. Maybe some light sweet apples and cherries as well. Flavor follows with a massive hit of sour, some light funky vinegar, and a bit of sour fruits. There is a big dry oak influence here that differentiates this from others I have had in the style. Light sweet malts remain on the palate. This was heavier than the Berazzled, and definitely hit the taste buds hard. Enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2013 07:30:48 | More by BMMillsy
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dar482

New York

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 19:27:18 | More by TheBrewo
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wedge

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Tyler's Bottle Shop

Served a deep, auburn colored body with only a slim, bubbly covering on top. Tart, acidic fruity aroma...cherry, vinegar, brown sugar, dry floral notes, and a warm spiciness. Juicy, tart flavor: sour apple, berry, light wood, some wine, and not too much sweetness from the malt. Dry and lightly effervescent making for a super refreshing beverage. Very, very satisfying and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 00:14:38 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with a copper glow. Head is a nice tight 1/2 inch. Pretty, but time to stop looking and start sniffing....

S: A whole lot of smells here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of licorice, woody dusty aromas, bright (almost lemony) floral, and stinky barnyard hay... A nostril pleasure indeed.

T: Deeply sweet and very mouth wateringly tart. Cherries, white wine fruity, leafy woods, and much more. Nice implosive drying through and beyond the finish.

M: Smooth and soft with a sharp edge. Mmmm.

O: Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 20:17:16 | More by tastybeer
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach, FL

I'm not one to hump Bruery beers; many of the ones I've had have been lousy. But this one was not too bad. I'm glad I got to try it on tap so I can save my bottle for another time.

Hazy reddish-brown pour into a goblet, capped off with a good inch of foamy eggshell head that retained and laced well. Cherry and apple in the nose, notes of caramel and vanilla, lesser hints of leather and citric and acetic acid. Decent balance of sweet and tart in the taste, cherry, apple, lemon, plum, a good malty base keeping everything in check, some leathery tannins, and some woody dryness. A little bit of souring vinegar, but nothing too puckering. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice, and from the Bruery, one of the few that hasn't let me down.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 21:58:52 | More by Rifugium
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mactrail

California

3.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy amber brown with some pink highlights. Nice enough foam and plenty of lacing in the wine glass. Modest foam but sudsy on the tongue. Really tart.

Vinegar aroma with a touch of fruit in the nose. The first sip has an appealing hint of sour cherries. Scratchy bitterness fills the rest of the taste. Authentic apparently to the style. Pleasant tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. You could say this is actually close to drinkable.

On tap at Bottleworks in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 06:58:17 | More by mactrail
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brystmar

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK.

Fruity notes seem to jump out at random points, leading to an incoherent flavor profile. Slightly medicinal with an unrefined overall structure.

I've given Oude Tart a number of chances from various bottled batches, and having it on tap again at Blind Tiger the other day confirms: I'm not a fan of this beer.

This is a very tough style to nail -- even moreso than fruit lambics IMO. Oude Tart is a great example of a brewery with a well-regarded sour program struggling with the Oude Bruin style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2012 16:09:37 | More by brystmar
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n2185

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark orange-brown with half a finger of off white head that completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: sour and tart cherries dominate the aroma with other aour fruits and a little funk.

T: tart and sour cherries dominate here as well with some slight acetic and funky flavors.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and refreshing.

O: a solid sour overall, though lacking in complexity.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 00:18:23 | More by n2185
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2012 19:19:09 | More by NEhophead
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mhksuccess

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2012 01:27:29 | More by mhksuccess
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rustico in Arlington, poured into a stange.

A- Pours a murky brown amber color, produces a thin head with minimal lacing.

S- Tart aroma, has some notes of sour cherries, vanilla and malty sweetness, as well as grapes and oak.

T- Mild tartness, considerable caramel maltiness, tart cherry and grape lurk behind the malt, the finish has more oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, dry feel with lots of tannins and a bit of astringency.

O- An interesting beer and another great sour from the Bruery, the oak and wine flavors from the barrels are really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 07:02:20 | More by WillCarrera
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The_Kings_Quart

Bhutan

1.95/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I need to preface this by saying that I think this is the beer that convinced me I'm just not a fan of the Flanders style. Apologies if I come off as intentionally scathing or uninformed.

A: Thick and muddy reddish brown. Just barely opaque with some delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Funky as hell. Worcester sauce, anise, charcoal, and cough syrup. A lot of my least favorite things swirling in here...

T: Meaty and disjointed. Overpowering citrus and bitters. Black licorice is pretty strong.

MF: Fizzy and thin. Honestly, I couldn't keep it in my mouth for long.

O: I taste a lot of elements in this beer that clamor for my attention (the bitterness, the acidity, etc), and the result is a bitter mess that's really difficult to enjoy. Fans of the brewing style might taste something that I just don't understand, but Oude Tart and I don't have a common ground.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2012 05:25:38 | More by The_Kings_Quart
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mhaugo

California

4.4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2012 03:37:08 | More by mhaugo
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360logic

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty copper tinted brown, little to no head. Scent brings moderate amounts of vinegar, with cherry, leather and dark bread. Taste has initial rush of vinegar tartness, develops with cherry, slightly vinous, apple, leather and dark yeasty bread. Medium bodied, lower carbonation than many in the style - a good thing. Solid, not quite spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 00:52:31 | More by rfgetz
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 03:06:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Koufax21

New Mexico

3.55/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bruery. It poured a dark brown with a little ruby coloring on the edges when held to the light. It had about an inch of a yellowish cream colored head but was completely void by the time it got to me. It smelled very tart with hints of cherry and warhead candy. A little sweeter than I expected. Definitely tart but not in the extreme mouth puckering way. Slightly acidic and dry. It certainly brings you back quickly for another sip. Well carbonated. I'm not a huge sour fan, but I'm trying to appreciate this style for what it is. Tasty all in all.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 18:47:38 | More by Koufax21
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DarthKostrizer

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Deep brown in color with traces of red throughout. 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of sour cherries on the nose and typical vinegar acidity

Taste: Similar to the nose except the tartness is quite a bit stronger than it is on the nose. For me personally it is just too much tartness. Typical flanders red ale

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a dry tart finish

Overall: Flanders red's in general are a bit overwhelming for my palate but I am glad I got the chance to try this one. Recommended if you like your palate wrecked

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:12:58 | More by DarthKostrizer
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Monks. Philly Beer Week 2010.

A: Dark red-brown body. Almost bordeaux colored. Thin off-white head forms and then quickly recedes. Just the slightest bit of residue left on the glass.

S: Rich, sour cherries. Hearty dose of oak, funk, and general acetic acid notes. Slightly spicy.

T: Delicious. Sour cherries take center stage and are well complimented by oak and its complimentary vanilla and tannic qualities. Leather, red wine, and a bit of earth. Slight vinegar contributions.

M: Medium bodied with gentle, velvety carbonation. Lingering sour finish.

O: A truly wonderful flanders style brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 21:52:52 | More by callmemickey
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ehammond1


4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark brown and cherry red with glowing red edges. Thin half-inch light tan head atop. Pretty.

A powerfully aromatic sour. There's plenty of sweet fruit aromas, particularly cherries and grapes, along with a mellow woody aroma. Very tart nose.

A delicious sour with lots of cherry and wood character. Balanced, sweet, tangy, woody, spicy, then more sweetness. Delicious.

Medium body, lip puckering, no alcohol presence. Perhaps could benefit from a touch more carbonation, but I'd only be nit-picking.

An absolutely fantastic sour. Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 01:52:53 | More by ehammond1
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Oude Tart from The Bruery
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