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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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1,922 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,922
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 510
Gots: 684 | FT: 63
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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Photo of vonnegut21
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%

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 rye726
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

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 29, 2010
Photo of beergorrilla
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

beergorrilla, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%

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
Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -6.5%

hoppymcgee, Mar 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Satchboogie, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

atone315, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

vermilcj, May 10, 2014
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

oglmcdgl, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of mltobin
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%

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
Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

CoryR, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

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 jampics2
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%

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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Zach136, Jun 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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

2beerdogs, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

krome, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of Adamostella
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%

A: Poured a nice deep rediish orange color. Quite vibrant for the style. A finger and a half of white head with a touch of lacing. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: The nose was quite nice. A mix of oak cherries and a mild sourness. I did get a little bit of leather is the nose which is always interesting and appreciated. The lactic acid was present throughout but was never overwhelming which I think turns people off from this style.

T: The cherry taste really makes this beer for me. The oak and lactic sourness were there but were never overwhelming. Only got a touch of that big vinegar taste associated with the style. It is there but nice and mellow. A little bit funky and I got a bit of white pepper and some other spiciness as well. Really complex.

M: Medium body a little bit syrupy. They nailed the carbonation on this one. Well carbonation without being abrasive as some wilds can get.

D: A really boring and great beer. It had so much going on but it was drinking like a champ. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to get into the style.

aerozeppl, Dec 07, 2010
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

GrindFatherBob, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

trxxpaxxs, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of CrellMoset
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

750 mL bottle courtesy of bankhead, shared at the C'ville Beer Throwdown #3 on 06/13/2010 - many thanks! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruddy amber, transparent right around the edges, but hiding a nice, deep yeasty cloud, foggy. Barely any head of which to speak, though some nice lightly tanned lacing dances around the edges and around the lip of the surface, with a few stray bits and pieces catching ahold of the glass to leave a tad of lace. A little still and undynamic, but nothing that's stylistically unexpected.

Aroma: A little sweeter than I would have imagined, which is nice. Bready caramel, intermingling with a handful of good fruity notes - sour black cherry, slight tropical fruitiness, bubblegum, pineapple, and a lot of great funk. Doesn't come across as too medicinal, too bandaidy, or too acidic - it's about equal parts of each.

Taste: Wonderfully acidic, coming across as far more acidic in the tongue than it did in the nose. A solid amount of bready roasted undertone - very traditional and well-done for an oude tart - with great fruity acidity, sour cherry, apple, tropical fruit, berry, as well as a little bit of fresh hay and grassiness. Funk is mild, a little hidden under the acidity, though the latter does become less of an issue as time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, with great fine embedded carbonation in a moderately thick body that's slightly sticky in spots, but with any amount of clot in there being well cut through by the carbonation. Incredibly even, with very fine, small bubbles, which works well with the amount of acidity here - it's not too intrusive or rough.

Drinkability: A marvelously refreshing beer, and a very good one. At only 7.5%, this one's not too much of a sipper, and I re-filled my glass from the communal bottle thrice to get the entirety of this review - a great beer to start this tasting on, with lots of interesting notes, a nice cleansing acidity, but nothing too powerful, too intense, or too overpowering. Recommended.

CrellMoset, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of MacQ32
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%

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
Photo of inlimbo77
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%

750ml. Got this in the fall of 2011.
Lost Abbey tulip

A: Pours a deep reddish brown. It's darker than the other Flemish that we have tasted to this point Finger of tannish head. Good carbonation.

S: Mild funk. Cherries. Apple cider vinegar.

T: Wow, big tartness up front. It's really nice. Carbonation helps to clear some of the flavors. Nice dry finish. Aftermath you get some of the sweet oak.

M: Light to medium.

inlimbo77, May 02, 2012
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,922 ratings.