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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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1,965 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,965
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 512
Gots: 688 | FT: 62
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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Stinger80OH, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

beergorrilla, Nov 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

hoppymcgee, Mar 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Chugs13, Dec 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.1%

nrbw23, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex and Bryna for the bottle. Consumed with beersack.

A - It pours an auburn-mahogany hue, and is capped with a splotchy tan head. Looks rustic, which is par for the Oud Bruin course.

S - The nose is strongly acetic, with notes of rotten apple and peach suggested. There is a good amount of wet wood and sweet brown sugar - cinnamon in the nose once the relative pungency of the acidity wears off. The nose, again, like the look, is rustic.

T - The flavor is acetic and tannic, fairly strongly, and is accentuated by slight unripe berry accents, or perhaps something astringent like pomegranate or cranberry. The apple and peach notes of the nose are there on the finish, along with a surprising amount of vanilla.

M - The feel is dry and somewhat sharp; the feel is enhancing.

O - This is a pretty good beer; it strikes me as somewhat akin to a very acidic Rodenbach Grand Cru.

ktrillionaire, May 26, 2011
Photo of vonnegut21
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red-brown with a finger and a half of white head.

S: Tart, lactic nose up front. Cherry, vanilla and a touch of oak linger This smells excellent.

T: Moderately tart, with cherry and vinuous notes. Oak, vanilla and barrel tannins linger. Nice flavors, but nothing overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied. Almost a bit undercarbonated for how I prefer the style.

O: A nice beer. Tasty, and since I have two more bottles, I'll drink again. Not my favorite of the style. Not even close to Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge as far as flavor. On par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, but at double the cost, it's a tough sell.

vonnegut21, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of mltobin
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split a bottle with a couple of friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is dark red - brown with a short head. Its` nose hits right away with vinegar, dried fruits and funk. For the taste, there are cherries, certainly a tartness as the name implies, a little flavor of red wine too. Mouthfeel is medium, rich, it makes you pucker and some of the sourness lingers. But, it is a in pleasant manner. Had this a few times, but wanted to finally take some notes. It is nice that it is now easy to get in the New York area.

mltobin, Jun 06, 2013
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4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

dar482, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of rye726
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rusty redwood with a silky tan head. Nose has sour cherries, ripe plums, barnyard funk, oak and dry red wine. Taste has tart cherries up front through the finish followed by sweet pitted fruits, wood and musty farmyard funk. Crisp clean body has a tart and acidic finish. Another style well doen by the Bruery.

rye726, Apr 30, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

atone315, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very dark reddish/brown with a three finger tan head that quickly wisps away to a thin lever. Darker than I thought actually, but not a big deal

S- tons of cherries come through in the nose...almost sickly sweet, and they smell delicious

T- tartness is very light, but still there. Lots of black cherry comes through, with a low level of acidity as well

M- body is actually very, very thin...real disappointing IMO

O- when you buy a bottle of beer for $22, you expect it to be out of this world, especially when it's one you've heard about for so long. This was a disappointment, but still good. Just not worth that price tag

bigfnjoe, Nov 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

greenspointexas, Mar 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

oglmcdgl, Jan 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

CoryR, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of jampics2
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this gem from the cellar with family before we headed out for a wonderful night on the town, celebrating my (then) fiancée and my bachelor/bachelorette party. Poured into a snifter.

The beer looks just beautiful in the glass. A copper color with red and brown streaks swirling around. A thin white head sticks around for a bit then becomes just a thin film. It's easily re-awakened by agitating the snifter. The beer is cloudy and there are some major differences from glass to glass as we work through the bottle. Overall, it's still a nice looking Flanders Old Bruin and very few bottled bruins have impressed me this much.

If you love this style, you know what to expect from your first sniff of a freshly poured glass. But this one is special. Sure the requisite components of the bouquet are all there: sour cherries, vinegar-esque acetic acid, oak tannins, and a touch of barnyard funk. But there are also some woody spices, green apples, and vanilla. The beer is expressive and wonderful.

The taste is sublime. This is now my favorite beer in one of my favorite styles ever, and I must seek out more. Oude Tart is a traditional Flanders Bruin with tons of oak and lots of pleasant intricate tastes. It's sour and reminiscent of tart cherry and lush green apples. There's a touch of spice, namely from the oak - vanilla, brown sugar, and red wine like tannins. And a wonderful acetic tone brings it all home. More wood and depth than just about any Flanders out there.

So it's obvious that when this beer is in my mouth, my taste buds are happy. But how exactly does it feel? Well, the medium body is lush and never compromising and the lively carbonation makes it feel lighter and much more enjoyable. All around, this beer is so close to perfect in just about every way and the taste makes it the best Flanders style beer I've ever had. Just wonderful stuff, can't wait to drink it again!

jampics2, Sep 30, 2010
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

krome, Oct 06, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

JohnBender, Jan 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

2beerdogs, Mar 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Zach136, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - pours a deep red mahogany with half a finger or darker tan head, renltention is decent, lacong is ok

S - tons of sour slight vinegar notes, black cherries and sweet sugary dates.

T - vinegar, black cherries, minimal oak semi astringent

M - lighter bodied, decent carb. Quite drinkable and refreshing

MacQ32, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the second bottling.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a quarter-inch light tan head which recedes to the rim leaving sparse lace.

N: Oak tannins, cherry pits, sour acetic/basalmic notes.

T: Mildly sour and tart, oak aging evident. Fruity with cherries and plums. Lingering sharp acidity. Complex with vinous aged red grapes.

M: Semi-medium body and light carbonation. Mildly tart and acidic on finish.

O: Quite nice. This is aging well. Should really blossom in a year or so. Time will do wonderful things with this, I hope.

wethorseblanket, Apr 21, 2012
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,965 ratings.