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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 2,327
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 565
Gots: 803 | FT: 67
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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 kscaldef
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Side-by-side 09(?) and 11

09 - Carbonation is evident in the pour and a small head forms. Attractive red-amber color. Aromas of cherry and peach. Nice earthy flavor and high carbonation

11 - Darker red and less of a head. Aromas are more dark fruit and cherry. Super bretty taste, very dusty and earthy. Hard to believe this is the younger bottle.

One of the better beers of the tasting. I'd say 09 is superior, but I have hopes for 11 to evolve.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cranberry juice, hemaglobin, mahogany. Tan head sits low.

S - Granny Smith apples, apple cider vinegar, prune, cranberry cocktail, fig.

T - Lime juice, oak, sour apple warheads, candy sugar, strawberries, peach pits, dry tannins.

M - Unbelievably smooth, with a surprisingly lively carbonation and a razor sharp acidity. Medium frame.

O - A stellar American take on a Flanders Red; aggressively acidic and bracingly sour with an amazingly smooth body.

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Photo of Duff27
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch tan head on a dark red/brown body. Splashy lacing, collar left.

S- Slight sour/tartness. Fruits like cherry/strawberry.

T- Tart aftertaste, hard to pick out bourbon barrel notes. Would guess at 8 to 9%ABV.

M- Highly carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very refreshing Flemish Red. We all found it to be similar to New Glarus Enigma. Thanks Beerandraiderfan.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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 .

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

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Upfront on the nose it had a big vinegar aroma alongside oaky funky barrel, vinous, and mild acidic notes. The vinegar and vinous flavor are more apparent on the palate with cherries, oaky, funky, and dark fruit accents but with mild acidic tart character. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, oaky, and tart finish. I really really liked the oude tart with cherries but the regular OT is a damn solid flanders oud bruin. it drank good and was tasty.

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

A murky reddish brown beer with a small tan head that settles rather quickly and no lacing. Tart and slightly musty aroma, sour cherries and oak, faint vinegar.

The flavor follows the nose pretty closely and is quite nice overall, typical of the style with more of an increased woody oakiness than encountered elsewhere. Sour cherry, some sweet malt, slight vinegar undertones, very mild musty funkiness. Nice acidity.

Medium-light bodied with lively carbonation and a semi-dry finish that’s very slightly puckering. Nicely tart but not over the top, an excellent take on the style.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This was my wife's Christmas present to me ... really looking forward to this one.

Appearance: rich, deep amber-brown hue with a relatively haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a rich caramel character and a bright yet not overpowering tartness. Under this is a woody, vanilla-ey aroma which really fills out the whole thing. Complex and enjoyable.

Taste: caramel malt, vanilla wood and lactic tartness all hit me at once. The light fruitiness works well here. Overall quite good, but the rich complexity of the aroma isn't quite here; tartness takes over and the flavor is a bit imbalanced. Good, but perhaps not great.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation. There's some nice activity here, but it is neither creamy nor brightly effervescent. Not bad, but could be a lot better.

Overall: this beer could be better in some areas, but overall I am enjoying it a whole helluva lot. I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A brickish-orange exit from the bottle yeilds deep brown results in the vessel with hints of ruby highlights around the edges upon backlighting. The khaki colored head is bubbly and soapy, slight and shows little restraint before succumbing to a polished, reflective surface.

S: On the nose were hints of oaky barnyard flair, leathery caramel, with the faintest support of whiskey and dark fruit of plums.

T: The flavor was sour lemon and dark fruit with oaky compliments. Smooth start, the sourness does increase on the swallow like a mule kick but still remains very even toned and polished, Lemon juice like puckering finish, some oaky whiskey hints and sour berries.

M: light and syrupy, light to medium body with a small presence of micro-bubbly carbonation that dances on the tongue. acidic.

O: Overall mouth puckering, eye squinting sourness. Hard to rate a flanders ale due to its lack of range. Ive only managed to have a few thus far but this is very clean and polished in execution. I may not be the biggest fan, but am respectful of its intentions and this is very good at that.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 25/1/14

A hazed maroon liquid, two fingers of noisy tan foam hangs on for a few sips leaving no lace

S brown sugar, lots of cherry and raspberries, faint vanilla, some wood, vinegar, vinous notes are strong, smells like candy and I love it

T not quite everything the nose had going on but still very tasty, the fruit blends together and a little sour compared to nose, more wood and brown sugar, vinegars still there no booze anywhere

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, not overly sour, a little slick on the palate, no complaints in this department

O solid example of the style, nice mix of sweet and sour, sour but far from turning my mouth inside out, booze is completely hidden

tough sell with cheap bottles of Rodenbach on the same shelf but solid beer from start to finish and I can easily recommend it

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed this review. Taken from notes on 11.2.2011.

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint. A one finger tan head forms, then fades quickly.

S - Tart cherries, and some oak flavors.

T - Ripe cherry, slight funk, a warming woody flavor.

D - Lower carbonation, average body. Pretty mild all-around.

O - Mild taste, in avery nice way.

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

Wow, I haven't reviewed this after about a dozen bottles of it over the last two years? Pours a pretty red, sizeable head on it, bigger than most flanders thats for sure. Aroma, nice tartness, cherry, wood, heavy wood, mild leather and earthiness at the same time.

Taste, one of the most sour flanders style beers. Much better than the typical stalwarts I hear mentioned. Great sour and fruit qualities, oak and leather restrained, but existent without forming a search party. Light on its feet for packing so much flavor.

There's a reason why this has won multiple golds at the World Beer Cup. Despite not being from the Flanders region, it is the prototype for the style these days. Takes the traditional style, makes it more lively, puckering, all good things.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for being my proxy for this. Much appreciated.

Clear mahogany colour with lots of luscious red hues to it. Small, light tan head with a fine structure. Decent head retention for style.

Sour cherry and plum notes with some moderate acetic and lactic tartness. There is a touch of sweetness on the nose as well. Mild funk but this is mostly about a restrained, balanced tartness with the fruit. I also get a hint of spice in the background.

Thin acidity with some earthiness which is interesting. Moderate tartness that suits the style. Some fruit but it isn't as forward as in the aroma. Mild sour plum notes come out again along with berry notes and some vinous notes. I don't get the spice from the aroma but that's okay as well. Improves markedly as it warms.q

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. It seems fine.

I quite like this but it is a very different take on the style from either of Rodenbach Grand Cru or Duchesse de Bourgogne. The fruitiness is unique and it opens up really nicely in the glass as it warms. A very good take on the style.

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

HUGE thanks to jlindros for sharing this beer with me in honour of my 600th review. This is the 2011 edition and was poured into a Palm Tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a ruddy garnet hue with a foamy one finger earthy almost mocha head that fades to leave a very nice halo.

S - This is a very nice flanders red. Good sour cherries and very nice oak. Nice and tart on the nose with some light vanilla as well.

T - Very, very nice here. Good tart sour cherries with lots of oak and light vanilla to mellow and round things out. Sour candies and a tartness that lingers. Just super mellow and smooth as it goes from one flavour to the next. Really jives.

M - Moutheel is smooth and creamy, lower on the carbonation than usual. Its super tart, kinda syrupy and results in a flemmy mouthfeel. It is quite drinkable still though.

O - Overall wow, what a beer. I can understand why this is so heavily sought after. Excellent lingering sourness here. Shame I couldnt get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but seems a little weak to me. The brew smells like tart cherries, red wine, grapes, vinegar and oak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like tart cherries, red grapes, vinegar, oak, lemon, vanilla and also an earthy/leathery flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good beer, I enjoyed drinking it. It's a bit pricey at $18.99 a bottle, but I'd probably buy it again at that price.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a reddish-orange color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and berries with good amounts of funk, lighter amounts of oak, and minuscule amounts of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart fruit flavors up front that have just a hint of sweetness to balance them out. Midway through the sip a good deal of funk comes into play and carries through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. The tart and sweet levels are just right so that this one's very easy to drink.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer as it does a very good job of straddling the tart/sweet line. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a soft egg-shell colored head with nice carbonation and lacing.

Aromas of funky, dark red vinous grapes, vinegar with hints of dark cherries and sour apples. As it warms there is almost a slight sweetness to the fruits combined with more barnyard funk and earthy raw mushrooms to round things and a light sweet maltiness.

The tastes begin with dark cherries and green and red apple skins. More dark red wine flavors of red grapes, vinegar and oak. The earthiness and funkiness emerge more as it warms as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium to full bodied and finished crisp but not too dry and puckering which I appreciate. Much more drinkable than a La Folie or other overly sour Flanders style ales.

Overall this was a nice treat and I am glad that I was able to sample. A great American interpretation of a European classic. Well well balanced drinkable. Would definitely drink again but I don't NEED to have it and don't plan to seek it out for a repeat visit. Very tasty and highly recommend; especially if this is style is your wheelhouse.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with ruby red highlights. The head is light tan, rising a finger but is gone pretty quickly. The lacing is light. There are some dark floaties at the bottom.

The aroma is light in strength but has a nice sour vinegar feel. At the end it starts to sting the nose, in a nice way.

The taste is pretty light decent vinegar, a little super sour at the end.

The feel is nice, leaves your pretty dry, very drinkable.

Overall, a pretty nice a oud bruin.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured a copper body with large head that dies quick and leaves minor lace patches down the glass.
The aroma is very acidic as I catch the tartness/acid real quick along with touches of funk and dark fruit.
The beer is sharp and sour, not pungent, but you will get your fill of tartness that can be sour, acidic or like vinegar depending on preference.
Fruit flavors are mild but I do get something akin to sour grapes or black cherry, that along with some oakiness, add some complexity, balance and sweetness to beer so it's not just a sour mess.
Really enjoyable sipping sour that isn't too sour and keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

To me, this is just too damn sour. It's hard to focus on any other component of this beer - definitely the most sour beer I've ever had (a lot). Berry, red fruit, but really just acidic and incredibly sour. A little more palatable as it approaches room temperature but still a bit extreme. Not my thing at all.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Chris. I'd missed this on tap at the Bruery by a day, so I'm glad I get to enjoy a bottle of this while listening to some Anata.

Despite sitting in my fridge for a few weeks, this beer is a hazy, reddish brown with a dense light brown head. Retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing (nor does their need to be).

The nose is quite excellent. Tart with a vinegar bite, this is quite vinous with a surprising red wine character along with oak, a little vanilla and some tannins. The vinegar character is moderate, and there's actually quite a bit of cherry pie character, tart, fruity and mildly sweet. The sweetness has some caramel and some sugar to it. The tannins bring to mind seasoned leather

The palate opens with a noticeable red wine vinegar character, with the red wine really dominating. Surprisingly oaky, there's plenty of vanilla and tannins present. Moderately fruity as well, there's sour cherries present, lending both a sweetness and a tartness. The acetic character is moderate, coupling VERY well with the vinous character. Did I mention this was vinous? As mentioned, the sweetness is mostly cherry-like, with some brown sugar. Drying on the finish with a vanilla and tannin character, this is a pleasure on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I'm looking forward to the next couple of hours as I sip this. While the tannins are quite prominent, it is quite in balance with the rest of the beer, making drinking an entire bottle solo not seem a daunting task.

It's quite an interesting take on the style, very old world in nature. While it doesn't have the breadth of flavors that something like Goudenband has, for the first vintage, this is an exceptionally executed beer. Very well done, Patrick and co!

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

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2011 vintage

Pours a slightly hazed red-amber color with a froth of fizzy beige head bubbling up on top. Leaves some sticky spots of lacing on the glass with some cloudy retention.

Pleasant scents of tart cherry skin, oak barrel and funky sourness. Fits the style well, balancing hints of sour, funk and fruit.

Nice round tartness up front with funky cherry notes. Oak and slight vinegar acidity with more dark fruit and a soft sweetness. The profile is definitely sour, but milder than I originally expected. Long, lingering finish with dry sourness.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Excellent American take on the style - nice balance, fruit and milder sourness.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV,

A - Deep ruby highlights show through the rich mahogany beer only when held to light. It's loose warn tusk-colored head has quite a bit of retention considering the acidity that comes from the nose but no real lacing is left behind.

S - Not barnyard-like, but barn like, this woody, rustic aroma has a certain rugged manly earthiness to it while remaining smooth. Sour acidity, damp wood, and toasted amber malt blend with distressed leather jacket for an enticing nose lined with mildly sweet dark candi sugar.

T - While just as complex as the aroma, this beer seems to taste considerably less so, focusing solely on tart acidity. Planks of moisture-starved oak and dried dark fruit enter through undertones of Belgian candi sugar and toast.

M - Despite effervescent, dancing carbonation, this beer's medium body has a smooth feel and light chewiness that finishes out intensely bone dry and considerably more sour than Belgium's red ales. If you want you're eyes to twich, give this a good swish in the mouth.

O - The Bruery Oude Tart is like a Flanders on steroids but they manage to ramp the beer up while hitting the nail right on the head. Completely reminiscent of Monk's Cafe, Rodenbock, etc., this powerhouse of a tart beer is quite an experience to behold.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours red. A dark, dried red. Nearly brown but definitely red. Think bubbly head leaves freckles of lace.

S-Tartness, caramel, darker fruits. Sour cherry. Hints of oak. It's tart but also has a pleasing base behind the oak and souring treatment.

T-The flavor is much livelier than the nose. I enjoyed the nose but the flavor mimics it and trumps it. The sourness is stronger and more sprightly. The caramel malty sweetness sneaks in behind the blast of tartness. Caramel dipped sour cherries with a tiny hint of chocolate. Malt vinegar and wood.

M-Medium bodied. Tiny, tickling bubbles. Lingering sourness on my lips.

O/D-Another expensive Bruery beer I initially regret buying and am subsequently satisfied after imbibing.

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big balsamic and sweet cherry cough syrup character, with a toasted malt backbone. Flavor is very acetic. Nice oak and cherry highlights adding complexity.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this one at Hill Farmstead. 2013 vintage. From notes.

A - Deep red colour, Good carbonation leading to a head that fizzed away very fast. Never left any lace or retention.

S - Tart cherry, sweet fruit juice, a little woody, dark fruit.

T - Nice tart cherry with sweet fruits there too. Lot's of acidity to finish with a complimentary woody note and some sugar.

M - Strong carbonation, light body, tart finish.

O/D - A well made Flemmish Red. A step below Rodenbach vintages, but definitely showing similar qualities. Tasty and easy to drink. Worthy of the hype and price tag.

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