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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 385
Hads: 2,392
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 569
Gots: 841 | FT: 70
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The Bruery
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 385 | Hads: 2,392
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 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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Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl bottel poured into my cantillon tulip gkass

A: Pours a solid and clear dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light.
S: I can smell the tart fruit as soon as I pop the cap on this baby. Sour cherries, lemons, sweet brown sugar, hints of vinegar, light sherry notes.
T: Taste is a bit more sour than the nose lead me to believe. Huge lemony tartness and red grapes ( cabarnet sauvignon ? ) Oak with hints of barnyard funk hit right up front. Sour cherries and a hint of sweetness sweep across the gullet before finishing with a lingering sweet sour and funky aftertaste.
M: Medium body and level of carbonation, tart acidic mouthfeel.
O: I really enjoyed this one, I’m glad I got to try it.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty cloudy. About 1" of head forms which has nice retention and okay lacing.

Smell: Mostly smells of lemon tartness, along with some slightly sweet as well as sour cherries in the background.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet up front, followed by lemony tartness and maybe a bit of sour cherries. Finish is a mixture of sweetness and tartness.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light without a ton of carbonation. Decent. Overall, not a bad sour. A little sweeter than I was expecting and kind of one dimensional. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a ruby red. kinda hazy with a bit of an off white head. OK lacing.

Aroma is kinda of tart cherries even though there aren't any in this beer. a bit of funk and some lactic acid. Could use a little more help in the aroma area. Not very strong.

Taste is tasty. One of the better sours out there but not amazing. Tart and funky. With some age it gets a little more tart. Tasty sour.

Mouth feel is nice and dry like I like it. Fine bubbles and a decent amount.

Overall a tasty brew but not one to be compared to a cantillon or the like. Very worth trying and aging though.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, pors a really deep maroon with a creamy, lasting beige head. Nose is tight, woody, with dark cherries and a subtle brett twist. Nose is nice and reminds of of Veritas 003 more so than any other Flanders Red. Sweet and sour in the mouth, dark cherries, some wild yeast, some oak, really light balsamic vinegar. A weird finish that is kind of herbal and just doesn't fit in quite right. I like this but the flavors are kind of at odds with each other at times. Good.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 10.07.12 from a 750ml bottle into a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

A: Murky brown and Ruby red with a light tan head. Small head retention and initial 1/4in lacing from a vigorous pour that dissipates quickly.

S: Sour, obviously - grapes, tart cherry, oak, some vanilla. Just a touch of acetic acid.

T & M: Mild acid overall and not very vinegar-y suggesting young grapes. Subdued tart cherry and lemon flavors develop. Soft & subtle on the palette.

O: Very good and more mild than initially thought.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured down the center into a Duvel snifter at 55 degrees.

Appearance: Deep ruby red/brown body and a half finger head that dissipates into a small lacing around the glass. The body is much darker than the other Flemish Ales that I have had.
Aroma: Tart fruits and a sweet/sour cherry, apple, bready malts, earthy spiciness, toasted oak, and a slight barnyard funk characteristic.

Taste: Right up front, you get a nice dose of sourness. The sourness is prominent and simply very enjoyable, pleasant and does not overwhelm any of the other flavors throughout each sip. Sour grape, apple, sour cherry, fig, and pear. The taste of old toasted oak, vanilla, breaded malts, old leather, slight vinegar and herbal spiciness are the qualities that left the biggest impression on me are the most prominent during the middle and end of each sip. This Flemish Ale is definitely very complex, balanced and the characteristics come and go in waves. This tasted its best when it was drunk at 65 degrees. Damn, I’m really impressed with this!

Mouth feel: The carbonation is spot on and exactly the way I like it. It also had a light to medium body to it.

Overall: Definitely one of the top Flemish-style red ales that I’ve had so far! Oude Tart is a very exceptional representation of its style and my favorite characteristics of this beer is the toasted oak, the tart dark fruits and the vanilla from the oak barrels. Another outstanding brew that I’ve had from The Bruery!

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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 nhindian
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle provided by russwbeck and poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - The appearance is much darker than I was expecting; it's nearly a complete brown void with only faint traces of dark red. About 1.5-fingers of light tan head with good retention and a thick, foamy cap when it fades. The lacing isn't bad, but it's not exactly the most sticky of foam.

S- Not exceptionally tart, but with a good amount of cherries to help mix things up. I'm getting a lot of the darker fruit aspect of it, like pitted fruits, especially the skin and stones. I'm also smelling a bit of that vinegar that is common for the style. Finally, the oak barrels do come through here as well, but not exceptionally so and it is more of a subtle addition.

T - The first thing I realize about the flavor is that it is not very sour at all; there's only a touch of tartness but it seems as more of an afterthought than the focus, especially for a beer proclaiming 'tart' as part of its name. I'm getting a bit more of the cherry and darker fruits, with the whole fruit coming into play. A little bit of oak and a dram of vinegar, before finishing in a silkiness that adds a pinch of leather.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. It feels little bit heavy, especially with the bolder flavors and smaller amount of tartness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty much a sipper, and I can't help but feel a little more tartness or carbonation could've helped. As it warms, the vinegar comes through even more which adds a different facet. Honestly, I was expecting a lot more out of this, and having it in company of Goose Island's Three Sisters, this comes in near the bottom.

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Photo of waltonc
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 taylor714914
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cracked this bottles with a surprisingly forceful psssh of pressure being released. Poured into a tulip glass, it pours with a dark maroon color and a barely there head. Large carbonation bubbles can be seen emanating up through the glass.

The first whiff smells of tart berries, leather, dried tobacco leaves, and a slight red wine vinous quality.

Taste is exactly as the nose leads. A big burst of tartness, followed by the dried fruit (think plums or figs), then a bit of leather, followed by a finish that brings the sour back in and then fades to a tobacco finish. Cold to Warm, the flavors never change. Some drying oak on the back end that merges into the dry mouthfeel.

Slightly over carbonated in my opinion, I think the carbonation almost seems to mute the leather and tobacco, and as the carb is swirled out, those flavors come forward.

Once again, another Bruery offering that I just don’t understand. 20 bucks for a bottle that doesn’t provide complexity as it warms, staying the same few flavors the entire way. I think its more of a 10 dollar bottle, not a 20. A decent beer for a sour fix, but not when its costing you 20 bucks. Grab a Rodenbach Grand Cru for half the price instead.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark ruby red. A careful pour leaves a very clean clear beer. Tan colored collar of foam leaves nice lacing. Scent is full of tart cherries, leather and a hint of tobacco. Very nice complex acid scent as well. The taste is similarly complex with an initial cherry sweetness that quickly turns to a pleasant puckering sourness. Not as vinegary as some Belgians, but still very complex. Nice rich mouthfeel although not as well carbonated as many belgian beers.

Overall fantastic and very enjoyable.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to davidsk for giving me the opportunity to try this beer. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a dark, mahogany with ruby hues. Produced two fingers width of off-white head, reduced to a foamy, thick ring throughout consumption. Minor lacing as consumed.

S- Very aromatic. Tons of cherries and a little bit of oak upfront. The background has a nice, light vinegar lactic thing going on...offered some nice depth.

T- Wonderful, smooth cherry flavor upfront. The fruit flavor intensifies and tapers midway through. Finish has a light vinegar flavor with a bit of sharp sourness more akin to wild ales. Pretty complex.

M- As it warmed, the texture became much thicker. Medium bodied with a slight creaminess. Very nice.

D- This was really easy to put down. Great taste and great flavors.

Overall, a different take on a tradition flanders, but still very well done. Most flanders have an intense vinegar acidity, where as the lactic sourness in this beer was more on line with a lot of the american wild ales I have had. Even though it was different, I still loved this beer, just don't expect a huge vinegar presence....highly recommended.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Oregon Brewer's Fest

appearance - rich reddish amber, two finger head, good retention

smell - sweet and fruity

taste - sour cherry, light vinegar, low oak profile, sweet and fruity

mouthfeel - excellent carbonation, medium/heavy

drinkability - complex and sour, very flavorful, tasty treat

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper body, can form a velvety-looking oak-colored head, but fades quickly. No carbonation visible but some sediment is apparent at the end.

S: Clear tart cherries, maybe faint wood in the back. Simple, but powerful and satisfying.

T: Fantastic sour character, sour cherries are supremely refreshing without any detectable sweetness. Fantastic long finish, possibly with a note of spice on it? Not sure where that's coming from, but it works.

M: Light bodied, lively carbonation but smooth, very low viscosity. My only complaint (with anything of this beer) is that it leaves my teeth feeling a bit gritty.

O: Incredible. Unabashed sour character, with clear, natural cherry notes that last on the palate, the barrel aging surely contributing to the sourness and the smoothness. Quality throughout. I wouldn't think twice about spending my money on this beer again.

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Photo of photomike
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with spotty pieces of floating bubbles like broken ice chunks (which made me think of dying polar bears, which was sad). Quite hazy and no notable head retention or lacing. This is where the beer lacks the most.

The scent is full of wet wood and cherries, with a slightly tannic vinousness backing up a strong lactic tartness.

The flavor is more tart than when I've had this beer on draft, and I like it. Oaky with a lot of red wine and cherry flavor. Well balanced between sweet and tart. A nice package.

More full-bodied than many similar beers, with some chewiness. Well carbonated enough to keep this from being heavy.

Very highly drinkable; the only thing keeping this from going down like water is the mouthfeel, and I see it as a good thing. The somewhat thicker mouthfeel helps the flavors linger.

A really delicious beer.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, bottled 8//13 (2013 vintage), poured into my Weyerbacher Tulip glass per their request, drank 11/28/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - ruby red-to-dark brown coloration, little clarity (cannot see through), tannish-brown head on first pour and persists as a creamy 1/2 finger head throughout drinking , highly carbonated with bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass; moderate alcohol legs

S: 9/12 - subtle vinegar and barnyard qualities, not picking up on much of the oak-barrel qualities

T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's an immediate sourness - vinegar, cherries and stone fruit; in the middle of the mouth, some of the vinous qualities come through with some background malts and alcohol and some oak qualities peeking out; minimal alcohol flavors; little-to-no aftertaste

M: 4/5 - moderately bodied and high carbonated

O: 8/10 - nice oude bruin but not as complex or oak-aged as I was hoping for; it's an expensive beer but still worth a try

TOTAL = 40/50

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with scoand.

Bottle 2011

A- Pours a one finger off white head that dissipates to a bubbly layer on top, dark brown burnt orange color, opaque.
S- Really nice aroma, sweet sour tartness, cherries, sour apple notes, slight oak in the aroma.
T- Very enjoyable, nice cherry notes, dark fruits, spice, nice tartness, sour apple, vinegar, oak characteristics from the barrels, really balanced overall.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth drinking, coats the palate, dry finish.
O- Really enjoyable beer from The Bruery. Not disappointed at all, really easy drinkability, and decent amount of complexity.

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Photo of sdeese21
4.95/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful red pour. One of my favorite sours to date as the smell and taste seem ideally tuned to my palate. Mouthfeel was slightly astringent but was the only fault I could find with this beautifully crafted beer.

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

Look: Pours a nice reddish amber color with a short tan head that leaves no lacing

Smell: Wine, sour cherries, oak

Taste: Tart, wine, oak, fruit, with a dry finish

Feel: Light body with good carb

Overall: A very good brew, more sour than most I have had of this style.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Oude Tart, Flemish-style red ale aged in oak barrels. 7.5% ABV.

A: About a finger of slightly tan head. Fades quickly. Nice deep red, almost brown, with bright yellow in the dimple. Some slight sheeting. No lacing. And, I didn't notice until half a glass deep, but it has a slight yellow (clear from some angles) meniscus. Interesting. I don't think I've noticed that in beer before.

S: Fruity. In the raspberry/cranberry range. Slight sour funk. Slight wine must, coming out more as it warms.

T/MF: More wine must. A fairly mellow, yet present acidity. Sharper towards the tip of the tongue. Earthy funk. A slight, dry cranberry in the background. Very slight leather. I almost missed it. I feel like there's something I'm missing... A bitterness in the back. I can't place it. I'd say this a slightly more subtle example of the style, based on my minor experience.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of lsummers
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper more red than brown, with some decent head that dissipated quickly. Smelled of exactly how the bottle described it, leather, cherry, apple, and caramel.

Tasted great, the sour cherry and hints of apple notes mixed with a roasty leather. It is quite sour which I expected for a Flanders red. Flavors blend nicely.

Mouthfeel is great, the carbonations helps the strong flavors come together. I actually think I liked it better after I let it sit and warm for a while.

Overall a fantastic sour that's best when at a warmer temp than fridge in my opinion.

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Photo of mjohnson17
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep deep ruby redish/brown, nearly opaque, with a 2 finger head on my aggressive pour

S: sour, tartness, slight sweet undertone with a bit of woody-vanilla

T: Two words tart and delicious. This is mouth-puckering tart and I love it. There is a sweet undertone that follows the nose and a really nice tart/sweet/faint vanilla finish. Definately picking up small hints of oak barrel but mostly sour.

M: Nice light mouthfeel. Well balanced.

Overall: this beer is delicious. The taste and mouthfeel really stood out. The appearance was lacking, and the smell was somewhere in the middle. This is one of my favorite Bruery beers. If you like mouth puckering sour like I do then you'll really enjoy this.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.