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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 376
Hads: 2,315
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 559
Gots: 796 | FT: 66
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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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Reviews: 376 | Hads: 2,315
Photo of AirBob
4.71/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 1/26/15

A - About 1 finger of white-brown head. Reduces to a nice cap and collar with fine bubbles. Dark, deep ruby-brown body. Almost completely opaque except around the edges of the glass.

S - Red wine vinegar. Oak. Some vanilla. Dark, sweet fruit (plum). Maybe some chewing tobacco.

T - Really well balanced. Follows the nose. Oak and dark fruit. Finish is slightly metallic, then sweet, then underripe sour fruit and tobacco. More wood.

M - Medium carb and body. Sour, but refreshing.

O - Wow. really well balanced and easy drinking for the style. Oak notes really balance everything out. I hate stating this about a Bruery beer because of the outrageous price point, but this is worth every penny. (734 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Appearance is hazy brown-red with a tall white head that settles to a ring. Some lacing. Aroma is a little funky, but mostly sour, led by tart cherries, red wine vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is strongly sour with acidic and vinegar notes. Some woody bitterness and malty sweetness offer some balance. Medium bodied, slightly slick, lively prickly carbonation, long puckering finish. (428 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of sdeese21
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
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. (215 characters)

Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish-brown. Thick cream colored head. Minimal lacing left when the head recedes.

Wonderful sour aromas. Tart cherry, sour grape, funky oak. Good amount of sour citrus. Lemon and lime mix with a bit of cranberry and raspberry.

Taste follows the smell perfectly. Big tart cherries. Oaky tannins. Tart lemon and cranberry. Mild vinegar underneath everything else. Hints of plum, red grape and vanilla.

Sourness induces a mild pucker. Medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Mild carbonation. Dry aftertaste.

This a nice well balanced sour. Complex blend of sour fruit with good barrel notes. Sourness is prominent but not extreme. (659 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a sample of this on-tap at Hop Cat in Detroit, Michigan.

It's a good beer ... it's a great beer, really, but I cant help but say that if you've had one Bruery sour, you've had most of them. Excuse my ignorant-to-sours palate, but honestly, there are just a lot of the similar flavors. I do love their yeast or whatever the hell they use, though... this is (of course) puckering, with a nice bit of oak barrel character and some dark fruit and malt sweetness. I'm glad to have tried this beer, but I just would have liked it a lot more had it been my first Bruery beer. At this point, they're starting to taste too similar and just not worth their $20 a 750ml price tag. Regardless, if you like sours, you'll like this one -- Bruery still has some of the best out there. (774 characters)

Photo of TboneRN
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am new to sour beers...I have had better...good level of funk with mild to moderate tartness...I would say this beer has a mild sour feel to it...very drinkable (162 characters)

Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a thin rapidly dissipating beige head.

Smell: Tart cherries with a little added lactic punch.

Taste: Tartness hits you right away, with a nice cherry/blackberry underlying flavor. Tartness takes over the finish and continues to build.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry on the palate. Low carbonation level with a lingering tartness.

Overall: Very solid sour (420 characters)

Photo of melbow
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried Oude Tart my mind was blown. I've since discovered a new world of sour beer, but this one still stands out. It's sour, but balanced, and hits that sour note in the back of your mouth just right. (217 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours an almost burgundy color with a very thin cream colored head. Smells very sour with hints of tart cherries, figs, and red wine. A slight hint of wood. The flavor is sensationally balanced. Very sour, but also very sweet. The fruit character comes shining through. I know this will make my tummy hurt. (307 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at World of Beer in Albany, NY.

Pours a deep, almost blood-red, with a half inch head, and no lacing.

Smells like oak, tobacco, leather, red wine, red wine vinegar, and cherries.

This is a really interesting sour, unlike any I've had. It's quite vinous and leathery, with a good amount of oak, some vanilla, a slight smattering of lactic acid sourness. It's far from bracing, though, in the sour department. There's some cherry and grape flavor, some slight caramel and chocolate. What sets this apart from most sours is the depth of malt flavor- it's so interesting and tasty behind the sourness.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp, slightly tart mouthfeel. It has a moderate amount of carbonation, and is really drinkable.

A definite winner from The Bruery. (772 characters)

Photo of Skater_Rich
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

amazing flanders, really sour right from the get go. Lot of cherry and vinegar as you would expect, but the oak aging tweaks it down leaving you ready for more. (161 characters)

Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a ruby red hue with a two finger off white head, the smell is leather, oak, funk and cherries, the feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and coats the mouth with morello cherries, funk, oak and finished quite dry and tart and overall what a top drop and take on this style would buy again glad I drank fresh cheers. (331 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color. The head is two fingers high, and khaki in shade. For a sour, the retention is damn near incredible. However, no lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This just smells like a punch in the face. It really has a sour, apple-esque aroma, one that's loaded with massive tartness. But when I focus, I can still pick up some cherry-laden esters and even some caramel malts. The fact that it manages to have an extremely bold sourness yet still seems balanced just impresses the hell out of me. (4.25)

Taste: Oh yeah, this is tart as hell. It opens up with wonderfully biting lactic sourness, which at first fades away to leave a wonderful finishing fruitiness. At first. After a few sips, the cherry-laden fruitiness sadly disappears, leaving just the tartness. It's definitely what I expect from a sour made by The Bruery: the tartness is absolutely wonderful, but it's not really complex. Oh well - as an aforementioned punch in the face, it's quite excellent. (4)

Mouthfeel: Biting and tannic as all get out. And it's also somewhat fizzy to boot. While it's too tart to be really drinkable, I still wouldn't have any trouble sipping on this all day. (3.75)

Overall: Though The Bruery's barrel-aged sugar bombs tend to disappoint my palate, their sours tend to be rock-solid. This is no exception. Once I realized it wasn't the second coming of Rodenbach Grand Cru (and that I wasn't going to get a wonderful hybrid of cherry-laden fruit and subtle tartness), I started to enjoy this for what it is more and more. All told, I'm still impressed with this brew. (4)

4.01/5: Shamelessly sour, extremely tasty (1,696 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

On tap:
Pours a dark brown that does show off its "red" only when held up to the light. The I didn't have too much head in this goblet pour, but the edge carbonation build up a decent amount in a light tan foamy ring. Agitation brings back a nice layer if head that quickly recedes to the edges.

Smell is a nice level of sour, lemony in nature, but with some darkness behind it, seemingly a combination of wood (oak? But seem cedar-ish to me even) or raisin/currant, but definitely behind the acetic bite.

Initial sips with a little chill still in the beer were more biting than later ones. Tartness is there, but the lemon flavors mixing more with sour apple and tart cherry that pure citric acid bite. The carbonation is almost perfect, slightly on the light side, to me for this beer. There is a wine-like dryness in the end that could be the wood (or tannins?). The taste does linger a bit, and doesn't change much, which is very nice.

I expected to like this beer, and was not disappointed. Of course its expense makes it a questionable buy, but it's availability might dictate a purchase when available, but would probably want to hold for a good reason to drink. (1,179 characters)

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.43/5  rDev +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. (481 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

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. (635 characters)

Photo of ryannosaurus
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy red brown, little head

Aroma is sharp and big on sour cherry and oak

Very tart. Sour fruit, some oak, with the aftertaste sweetening a bit with dark fruit notes

Mouthfeel is sharp and and light and clean

Overall: what was I waiting for? This beer is every bit as good as the originals from Flanders, and without a doubt the best US version of the style I've encountered. Intensely sour, this isn't a training wheels sour (437 characters)

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Served @ 50deg. in Bruery tulip. No bottled on date found.

A - Dark brown with proper red tinting. ~1.5" head when poured aggressively.

S - Cherries, plums, sweet vanilla, sour grapes, hint of oak.

M/T - Nice creamy mouth-feel with a slight tingle from start to finish. Lots of cherry tartness, hints of vanilla and oak.

O - Very good Flanders Red Ale, maybe the best I've had of this style (sorry New Glarus). Sour notes are well balanced with sweet malt, fruit, and oak. I will search out another Oude Tart for the cellar. Prost! (545 characters)

Photo of spacebear09
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Appearance- Maroon-ish brown, with a foamy tan head that resembles pond scum.

Smell- Prunes, rotten cherries, booze

Taste- Sour cherries, more prunes, leather, kimchi, spoiled milk, bile, slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- Mouth puckering, astringent, well carbonated

Overall- I am not really a fan of most sours. I love the Duchesse de Bourgogne, but that beer has a fair amount of sweetness to it as well and more of a balsamic taste. This Oude Tart tastes extremely sour and I'm sure it would be great if that's all you're into, but it doesn't taste...GOOD. Not something I'd like to drink again. (597 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from a 750ml into a Belgian goblet. 2013 vintage of Oude Tart. Abv on label is 7.5%. Stored correctly in 55% and below.

Pours a deep ruby red, almost ancient rust color, with a 3 inch frothy white head that dissipates faster than Donald Trump's real estate empire. No visible lacing at all which is characteristic of the style.

Smells of lactobacillus, straw or hay, raspberries, sweet malts, and bad decisions.

Tastes of delicious, sour, tart, amazingness! For all you beer lovers, you need to try this beer! Please share with a friend!

Mouthfeel is like a slight prickliness followed by a pleasant sour patch kids aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. I feel like I just got sour patched
Punched.

Overall I would drink the shit out of this beer! It's super sour and super hard to find. I haven't had the earlier vintages but I imagine they will be amazing as the years come.

For all your beer aficionados out there, Please share brews like this with a friend. The more people that know about great beer, the better life will be!

Cheers!
Wade (1,064 characters)

Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.