Oude Tart - The Bruery
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4.39/5 rDev +2.6%
The Bruery Oude Tart Flemish Style Red Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.
Deep burgundy hue, dark red, with a slim, soon-gone head.
Aroma speaks up form the first minute, spilling out sour fruit, matched with sweetness, a beautiful blend. Just a touch of vinegar, a magnificent marriage of sweet and sour.
Taste: Bam! boom! Mmmm. A great flash of sourness, an intense puckeration that outreaches many other sour red ales. And the vinegar rises up, as well. Big, fresh, intense, and amazing.
This one is just about a match for Rodenbach or any of the better Belgian Flemish reds. Not a damn thing wrong with it. In fact, I love it. Mmmm, mmm, good.
"Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels."
05-28-2013 07:35:22 | More by feloniousmonk
4.4/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.
A: Slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a steady peripheral ring. No lacing remains on the glass.
S: Delicately fruity, with sourness evident. Scant breadiness is also detected, really just attending to the other notes. Lactic and acetic qualities seem to find balance. Though subtle, oak is also in commanding form--not demanding the attention of the drinker but rather drawing it through merit.
T: Begins barely off-dry, with mild dark stone fruit and sour acidity of moderate intensity. If there was any question from the smell, the fermentor culture appears distinctly of Flanders when coupled to the very refined aromatic malt and essential oak. The finish is short and relatively clean, drying, with declining sourness.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and appropriately acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.
D/O: A fine approximation of the sour ales of Flanders, Belgium; this beer takes a more careful approach than some in the way it is short on overt sweetness. The malt, yeast, and bacteria all cooperate nicely leading to a final product that seeks not to challenge but to showcase some traditional qualities. None shine brighter in the final tally than the wood influence.
05-26-2013 19:13:56 | More by beagle75
4.34/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Pours a clear deep mahogany in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/vinegar, tart cherry, and green apple. Very light notes of oak.
T: There is a great tartness to this beer - exactly what I expected for the style. Upfront there are some moderate flavors of tart cherries, green apples, and some slightly stronger flavors of vinegar. Light notes of oak come through but overall there is a pleasant sourness.
M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.
O: I found this beer to be fairly approachable for the Flanders Red Ale style and a great example of it - though if you have no interest in sour beers this is one to avoid. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and it had just the right amount of tartness/sourness and acidity.
05-19-2013 18:33:12 | More by dbrauneis
4.34/5 rDev +1.4%
A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of wood and hints of vinegar.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a low aamount of carbonation. The tartness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer is pleasantly sour and tart but in no way over the top overpowering so it's rather drinkable compared to other beer in the style.
05-19-2013 18:28:08 | More by metter98
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.