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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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2,020 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 514
Gots: 704 | FT: 64
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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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

tut2528, Sep 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BUNZILLA, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of gcamparone
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter. Acquired from my awesome BIF friend, ufmj. Thanks man.

A- Pours a muddy brown, slightly cherry body with a fizzy white head that reduces very quickly and leaves no lacing or retention.

S- I get a lot of musty funkyness, sour grapes, leather, sour cherries, basement, and a distinct woddyness which is characteristic of barrel aged sours.

T- Starts off with a big acidic punch of sourness - lemon juice, vinegar, acetic acid, sour cherries and white wine. Immediately following is a musty, leathery, old flavor. The finish shows notes of wood and maybe some caramel.

M- Medium-light body, especially for 7.5% abv. The sourness makes it mildly easy to drink. Quite refreshing.

Overall a very nice Flanders ale. Very, very similar (I don't think I could tell the difference to be honest) to some of the better known American Wild Ales like Russian River's supplication and consecration.

gcamparone, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of TheBrewo
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served on tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic stemmed tulip, glowing a rich mahogany coloring, letting up shimmering shades of ruby towards the bottom of the glass. It held a one finger head of almond colored bubbles, showing okay retention, and leaving wet sheeted lacing dripping around the glass, with no notable trace of it after only a few seconds. A chill haze was present, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave huge sweet, bright, and funky tartness, with a wild blend of cranberry, blackberry, and concord grape skin fruity sourness, black shoe polish, cardboard, foamy plastics, moss and musk, oaked French red wine, amber and chocolate malts, air vanilla creaminess, and soft banana esters. With warmth came the lightest herbal, earthy hop oils and lipstick waxiness. Our first impression was that it was just as sour and fruity as expected, but with insanely smooth sip and approachability. As we sipped, the taste blossomed with zinging lemon and soured choke cherry, fresh oaky warmth, soured red wine bite, pseudo funky yeastiness, brown sugar, thickly toasted amber malts, and barnyard funky sourness, nearing the levels of your typical American wild. The middle came to a peak with heavy musk and dust, funky oaky woodiness, sour citrus, apple cider vinegar, amber and European pales and crystals, brown candied sugars, cherry flesh and bite, soft leathers, and a curious tobacco smoked maltiness. The end blended and washed simple with sugary white candies, purple grape fruitiness, arugula and bitter field greens, tin, chalky yeast, dripping wet lemon juice and rind, funky yeast puck, vitamin chalkiness, and amber and mildly chocolatey malts. The aftertaste breathed of faint chocolate malt depth, black cherry puck, amber metallics, grassy funk, cakey yeast, light cinnamon and allspice twang, phenolic medicinals and clove, tin, green grass resins, bone dry oakiness, light booze, nail polish remover, and sour lemon candies. The body was medium, and the carbonation was high. Every sip showed beautiful slurp, smack, cream, froth, fizz, pop, glug, and gurgle. The mouth was left cooled and wetly coated, with quick pucker and astringency, but no real chalky dryness or boozy pull. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability was insanely high.

Overall, it was tough to decide what we enjoyed most about this brew, as it was a tossup between its nose, its flavoring, and its soft, fluffy feel. From the first whiff you get an idea of just how high quality and well thought out this beer is. The aroma is subtle and nuanced, but yet still knocks you to the ground with its bright sourness of fruit, wood, dangerously deep grain, and yeasty funk. The flavoring follows as best as anything could, with the same interplay of wild depth, generous fruit and tartness, and inlaid woody warmth. The flavors are sweet, but effectively tart, with the final blend striking an amazingly easy sipping balance that defies warmth and environment. This is helped along by the mouthfeel that affords high carbonation and nice prickle, appropriate to the level of pucker, but also gives big frothy creaminess on the swirl around the mouth, helping to add buoyancy and body to the diving deepness of the flavor profile. This is an incredible beer for the style, and for the brewery’s sour/tart lineup, and if you are a fan of either, then this is a must-have.

TheBrewo, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TomTown, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Hefewiseman, Sep 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

DLucky, Sep 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

dmhurdle, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Glad to be finally trying this stuff, especially considering my man Ryan has been lauding it forever. It pours a clear garnet (roby tones...?) topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, red wine vinegar, mild oak, light graham cracker, and a bit of sour blue raspberry. The taste brings in more of the same, the tartness in full form for most of the show, though a vein of very mild molasses seems to enter stage left near the finish and stays through the encore, mellowing things slightly and dancing provocatively with the graham cracker and oak. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine sour, not quite what I would think of when "Flanders Red" is spoken, but a thoroughly enjoyable American take on the classic style. Good times.

TMoney2591, Sep 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Sonofalime, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jeckel, Sep 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Shmeal, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

SgtDel, Aug 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

rjcoy06, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

HopHead29, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of kevanb
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a The Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a lovely, deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red when hit by the light with a khaki colored head, about a finger and a half high, that is quite soapy with good retention that leaves so blotchy lace behind. The aroma is nice, tart cherry, ample funk, toasty oak, green apple, a touch of vinegar with some brown sugar. The flavors are right in line, good amounts of tart cherry with some green apple, leather and a bit of tobacco, chewy white oak, red grapes, brown sugar, plenty of funk with subtle vinegar and acetic character. The malt does come through with caramel and brown sugar flavors. The body is nice, lively yet rich, coats the mouth very well while the finish is a bit abrasive and prickly while being very dry.

Verdict: One of the best examples of an American made Flanders Red. Very nice mix of flavors with very nice balance. While not quite on the level of Rodenbach, I always relish the chance to have this, a very enjoyable brew.

kevanb, Aug 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TXhomebrewer, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

midlifec, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

soonerchamps, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

geuze_gone_wild, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JacobGumina, Aug 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

-NESTO-, Aug 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

douginromeo, Aug 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

craft_shannie, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. It's a really nice-looking pour. The beer is very, very dark clear red with a pretty good head for a sour. Retention is also quite good. The nose is so sharp and pungent it reminds me of a hit a wasabi. I get lively tart acidic notes, some sweet cherries, and hints of oak.

Light body and extremely sour flavor. Flanders Red Ale? In name only. This is an American Wild Ale. Lots of tart cherries, granny smith apples, and green grapes up front. At mid-palate, the acidity softens a bit in the mouth, offering a welcome reprieve from the opening salvo. Tannic and wine-like on the back of the palate. The finish leaves my mouth about as dry and withered as it ever gets while drinking beer.

Not the sourest beer I've had (Tart of Darkness destroyed my palate more than this one did), but probably one of the 3 or 4 sourest. The flavor lacks some of the complexity I have experienced in other sours and it could really use just a bit more sweetness for balance. Nevertheless, I know those BAs for whom sours can never get sour enough probably love this beer. I'll have to drink this bomber over two days, otherwise it will destroy the lining of my stomach.

deadonhisfeet, Aug 24, 2013
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.