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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,364
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 565
Gots: 821 | FT: 69
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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 Gosox8787
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle from the 2012 release. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip glass and served chilled. Allowed to warm over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with some nice reddish highlights. Pours a one finger, light brown head with very little retenetion. Turns into a nice lacing around the edge.

Aroma: Cherry, oak and vanilla notes all stand out. Sour, but with a nice fruity background. A touch of alcohol but it is hidden well.

Taste: Tart cherry, green apple, and some nice smokiness. Really interesting combination. Really nice balance of cherry with oak, vanilla and toasted character. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Smoother the more it warms and the farther I get into the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body. Nice, light carbonation helps keep it feel lighter.

Overall, a really nice take on a darker sour/flemish red. The sour cherry character mixes well with the toasted malt character and the vanilla from the barrels. Really balanced and tasty throughout. Not sure if it is worth the price tag, but certainly tasty.

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Photo of Radome
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a globe glass.

L - Medium brown color with some red highlights. Very clear. Head initially light tan and fluffy, but quickly disappears. Little lace, but some "legs" on the glass.

S - Huge aroma of sweet berries contrasting with leather, horseblanket and other sour notes. Low graham cracker, brown sugar, plums and raisins in the background. Very complex.

T - The Brett. flavors are totally dominant. Sharp, puckering acid sourness on the tongue and the back of the throat. Leather and horseblanket. Very little malt and no hops flavors come through.

F - Thin to medium body with acidic astringency. Low, almost imperceptible carbonation. Solid hops bitterness and light alcohol burn.

O - This is a very assertive sour beer. In the original Belgian versions, I prefer examples that have more malt complexity and less over-the-top sourness, but this is a well-made, clean tasting beer that has its own good qualities.

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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 CloudStrife
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 edition. Bottled 07/31/13.

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown appearing almost black in the glass with a slightly tanned head. Head is fairly quick to dissipate till the point of no head left at all. Not really any lacing.

S: Very pleasant aroma on this one. Cherry as well as other dark fruits with an excellent tart twist. Touch of oak character as well. Vinegar aspect is subdued. Focus is really on the cherry and sour aspects.

T: Right off the bat you can feel the tartness dwelling in your mouth before you even swallow. As soon as you do a flood of cherry hits your tongue adding sweetness to the sour. Oak is in there adding some mellow characteristics. Alcohol is lost in the flavor.

M: Medium to full body with loads of carbonation. Dry and very crisp finish. Nice creamy aspect which is unique. Obviously a puckering beer. Warming to remind you there is booze in here.

Overall can easily understand why this is such a highly revered beer. Really shines in the cherry and sour departments. Paired with some vanilla bean ice cream is delicious.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep brown with a slight red hue. the beer is topped by a fluffy and rocky two finger light tan head that fades to a nearly invisible collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, funk and oak
T: taste is sour cherries, with a strong acetic sourness, a bit of funk, some vanilla, slight caramel and oak. swallow is more sour cherry, funk, and oak
M: lighter side of medium in body with soft and adequate carbonation. this beer has a drying finish
O: This is a fantastic beer and a great representative for the style. It just doesn't get much better

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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 bobhits
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach defines this style like no other beer defines any style and it does so at a price that simply is unmatched. To say the least Oude Tart has brutal competition.

Pours a dark hazyed brown body, a good 2 inches of foam that hold long enough for a sour, but certainly aren't retained forever.

The nose gives off vinegar, fruits, and funk.

Oude Tart seems to take the flander's style and it mixes in a bit of murky flavors with the classic vinegar, cranberry/cherry elements. The end result is deep, full, and robust, but very satisfying beer.

These kinds of beers tend to burn a bit going down and Olde Tart is no exception. The beer is a pleasure to drink, but slower is better.

I hate reviewing these beers as it's hard to explain why one is better than another. This is an great example of the style that falls into the intense and strong side. It isn't going to top the kind and it's priced at nearly twice the price, but I'm digging it, BIG time.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep amber to full brown in color with plenty of red coming through in the light. A small, 1 finger head forms and hangs around a good while. The head leaves a decent amount of lace and is light tan in color.

S- Big tart and cherry like notes hit the nose and almost makes you pucker. The cherry scent ramps up a little in the middle before a touch of oak dryness kicks in. Lingering sour notes hang around on the nose for a good while.

T- The taste of the beer follows the smell pretty closely. Moderate to aggressive tart and sour notes hit the tongue up front and then mellow a little with some cherry notes. Then the dry oak kicks in and dries the tongue out a little bit. The cherries make a comeback a little at the end and the sour lingers in the mouth for awhile after the drink.

M- Like most Belgian inspired wilds/sours, this beer is highly carbonated. The thickness is in the middle of the road, and outside of the level of sourness, it drinks rather easy. The tartness subsides a little as the drink warms, making it smoother and easier drinking as you go.

Overall, this is a pretty good, fairly sour rendition of a Flemish red. The amount of sour is enough to satisfy your needs, but not so much as to overwhelm the flavor. All in all, just a really good sour.

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Photo of davey101
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip glass. 2012 release.

A - Pours a still and murky dark/brown red body. A thin tan cap of foam forms but disappears quickly leaving behind absolutely nothing. Lacing is non-existent.

S - Excellent aroma. Tart cherries, red wine and bourbon notes. Not sure what barrels are used, but I am getting large notes of vanilla, oak, and some spice. Not as acidic or vinegary as its Belgian counterpart, but it does have that distinctive Flanders twang on the finish.

T - Super tart and sour. Mouth puckering cherries and red grapes. The end is vinegar and vanilla rich oak. The finish is quick with just some barrel tannins left in the aftertaste. Quite tasty with a lot of bright and vibrant fruit notes.

M - Low carbonation, but thats somewhat irrelevant due to the high amount of acidity. Super mouth puckering!

O - One of the better American made Flanders I have tried. At a slightly lower price, I think I prefer the Rodenbach vintage series over this though.

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Photo of Gtreid
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened during our sour tasting last weekend. 750 ml bottled poured into a tasting glass.

A: Orangish red color. The pour dropped a fizzy off white head the receeded to thin rim and left some lace.

A: Notes of cherries, raspberries, oak, bread, and brett. Acidic sourness and some sweetness to balance things out.

T: More of the cherries and other red fruits. The oak and bread balance the acidic tartness quite well. A good dose of the brett, but not overpowering. finishes dry and tart, but at the same time, somewhat sweet.

M: Great carbonation levels. Medium body, slightly sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability was very high. the sourness is not overbearing, meaning I could have a couple. Overall, I thought this was an outstanding brew, and it rankied right up there with the best of our night. Skal.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Dirty, ruddy brown. Nice and thick, and surprisingly dark.

S - Sweet and sour, raspberry vinaigrette, raspberries, musty leather, and some more raspberries.

T - Pretty much following the nose. Bracingly tart but not overly so.

M - A real strength of this beer. Super smooth, medium-low carbonation.

O - This is a really well put together beer. It doesn't get much better than this for the style to be honest. It's a toss up between this, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and La Folie.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A browning red color (mahogany like) with a very minimal light brown head. No glass lacing.

S: Loads of tart dark fruits with some woody notes and slight mustiness.

T: Wow, pucker up this is one sour beer. Dark fruits of cherry and plum mix with some chewy woody and leathery notes. No sweetness at all, but I get some toffee or brown sugar flavors that are not sweet. Does that make sense? Anyway, the tartness lasts and lingers all the way through the finish. Fantastic beer.

M: Full, tart, light carbonation, surprisingly easy to drink.

O: An excellent sour, maybe one of the best. This is one fantastic beer. If you like sours, this is one you need to try.

Overall I'll seek this one out again. Expensive beer, but well worth the money. Benchmark sour.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cantillon pint-style glass. This bottle has been in my cellar a year.

The body is reddish brown, with a tan head that easily pours to a half inch. Head dissipates a bit, but retains an eighth inch cap of foam on the beer throughout, with just some small patches of lacing.

Smells of leather, tea, cherries, old wood. Nice complex nose.

First sip transports me to Belgium. First sip is dark cherries, tea and baked apples, then lots of flavors burst forward all over the palate with sweet, sour, and bitter going on. The cherry flavor intensifies into a superbly fresh tartness, that lingers on through the dry and spicy finish. There is some cinnamon spice, and some vanilla and old wood that gives this a nice smoothness and maybe its name. Just a bit of bitterness and tannin, maybe from cherry pits.

Body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation gives this a lovely creamy, mousse-like mouthfeel.

There is not much to fault in this beer. The Belgians sometimes complain that the Bruery is merely imitating their beers, but this sort of imitation is the highest form of flattery. Light in body, high in flavor, and with a nice ABV level, this is a superbly drinkable beer.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled shared by JessetheHutt and JRhode. thanks guys!

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

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

Poured into a tulip.

Dark, dark brown with some ruby highlights. Almost looks black unless held to light. Two-three fingers of off white head.

Smells of vanilla, oak, leather, dark cherries, cinnamon, cloves, some other spices I can't quite identify, brown sugar, banana bread.

Taste follows smell, more lactic sourness than acidic sourness, again in the taste there is banana bread, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, woody tannins, dark fruit (dried cranberries/raisins). Quite a unique taste experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tartness is middle of the road as well for the style, carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is quite smooth in general.

Quite an amazing beer. My first inclination is to compare this to Supplication. Definitely a bit more round, woody, and less sour than Supplication though.

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Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Appearance: Deep maroon brown with a small off-white head

Nose: Very sour right off the bat. Bitter lemon, cherries, and a hint of oak are present, but the nose-tingling sourness is overwhelming.

Taste: Like biting into a under-ripe lemon that's been doused in vinegar. The sourest of all the beers tasted in a recent wine-barrel aged beer tasting. The oak is very subtle and definitely masked by the tartness and fruity lemon and cherry notes. Some sour candy flavors develop as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Tart, dry, and tannic.

Overall: A really tasty and full-flavored beer, but definitely not a complex one. Maybe if the tartness was dialed down a bit more interesting characteristics would come through.

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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 Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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 TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Version

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a two-finger off-white foamy head. The head fades rather quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and leather.

T - The flavor starts tart immediately with vinegar upfront. The sourness is toned down mid palate by tart cherries, malt sweetness, and oak. The beer finishes sour with lots of lactic acid and vinegar.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a strong Flanders Red from the Bruery. Lots of bracing bitterness with just enough sweetness for balance.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to alfranztel for opening this puppy up.

I was really hoping to like this beer but overall it was a little too tart for me. It had all the great characteristics of an oud Bruin but it was just too tart for me. Hence the name Oude Tart.

I could taste all the vinegar, sweetness, and fruit characters but the aftertaste was a bit too tart.

Glad I got to try it but I wouldnt get it again.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown-red, pours with a decent relatively long lived head. Sour cherry and oak aroma. One of the more sour sours. Toasted oak and sour fruit. Dry and full bodied. Preceded this with La Folie, which I found to be less complex, less sour and less full bodied.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 into a snifter

This is my first The Bruery offering at a wild ale. I am use to RR or Crooked Stave sours, so I am that dick teacher who gives C's for a B work. This beer is a little dry for me. Perhaps the first year of vintage is working against this one; it will be interesting to compare against the newer vintages I have in the cellar. Overall, I am happy, but not thrilled for this. I am looking forward to the next few wilds that The Bruery has for my palate.

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Photo of tewaris
3.37/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Frank!

Clear chestnut brown with a bubbly head forced by pour. The head disappears as soon as it forms.

Aroma is soft oak, sewage funk, tart fruit (cherries?). Tastes pleasantly tart, notes of balsamic vinegar, hints of funk, with a slightly bitter woody finish. Slightly alcoholic at times.

Feels unsubstantial... either the carbonation needs to go up, or malts should be present to carry the beer. Rather watery. Not bad but nothing that good either.

Drinks easier than Duchesse though, but I would take Rodenbach Grand Cru over it.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Acquired from my awesome BIF friend, ufmj. Thanks man.

A- Pours a muddy brown, slightly cherry body with a fizzy white head that reduces very quickly and leaves no lacing or retention.

S- I get a lot of musty funkyness, sour grapes, leather, sour cherries, basement, and a distinct woddyness which is characteristic of barrel aged sours.

T- Starts off with a big acidic punch of sourness - lemon juice, vinegar, acetic acid, sour cherries and white wine. Immediately following is a musty, leathery, old flavor. The finish shows notes of wood and maybe some caramel.

M- Medium-light body, especially for 7.5% abv. The sourness makes it mildly easy to drink. Quite refreshing.

Overall a very nice Flanders ale. Very, very similar (I don't think I could tell the difference to be honest) to some of the better known American Wild Ales like Russian River's supplication and consecration.

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