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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,963
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 511
Gots: 688 | FT: 62
Brewed by:
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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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4.75/5  rDev +11%

muletrane, Oct 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

mfield14, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

smithj4, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

illini4x4, Oct 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Stevie_Janowski, Oct 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

csustar001, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep red/brown burgundy color. sort of reminiscent of dried blood (i know super odd description). minimal tan foam slowly dissipates to nothing. no lacing or any bit of foam left making it look more like a wine than a beer.

S - the nose is rich and complex. earthy yet fruity. the first scent is strong notes of malt vinegar and hints of sour cherries. woody oak notes add a fullness to the nose. there is also a cooked mushroom aroma giving it even more similarity to a red burgundy wine. there are also notes of red delicious apple skin, a quick whiff of cinnamon spice and a bit of brett funk.

T - very tart but fruity flavors. sweet lightly toasty malt lends a bit of balance to the acidic onslaught. malolactic notes (apple acidity) blend with snappy red apple skin and hints of malt vinegar. the center is ripe and fruity like what raspberry juice might taste like. finish is dry but the acidity lingers on.

M - full bodied with a creamy (dare i say buttery; only slightly) texture. surprisingly high carbonation considering the lack of foam on top with a tight champagne like effervescence.

O - I have been wanting to try this one for a long time. and it does not disappoint. I enjoy this style because it bridges the gap between wine and beer. I only wish I could have whipped up some wild board on parpedelle pasta to really enhance both the beer and the food. wine is made for food, and wine often shows better when paired against it. This beer is just begging for food and could pair with more dishes than almost any other style of beer or wine.

Teleweizen2, Oct 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

JosephThompson, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of NEhophead
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey on 10/08/2012.
Served in a tulip.

Dark oak in color beneath a creamy, somewhat carbonated white head that leaves some thin and ringed lacing down the tulip. Aromatics range from sour, vinous fruit to a slight peat moss quality. Very fresh tasting: a bright and clean tartness; apple, orange, and plum. The slight toasted malt sweetness provides a nice balance to the sour qualities, even adding a tough of richness at times. Medium bodied; mellow on the palate for the style, very smooth and drinkable. A really great offering that leaves me wanting more.

NEhophead, Oct 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

bhir, Oct 09, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
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.

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

bgramels, Oct 07, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark reddish brown with about a 1/2 finger head. When held to the light it has a wonderful ruby color. Smells of tart dark fruit. Lip smacking tartness with a touch of bubbly zip. Overall a nice refreshing beer. This was my first offering from the Bruery, if the other beers are as nice as this one I'm excited to try the rest.

Thedaver4220, Oct 05, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a maroon tint and a thin tan head

S-really freaking tart smelling. Sweet red fruits. Some vinegar. Strong smelling.

T-comes in with an extremely tart taste of sweet red fruits and vinegar. It's extremely sour. It's a tasty and mouth watering taste that is difficult to put down. Has an after-taste that has more Belgian sugars and grains to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a pretty complex beer that seems to gets more flavor as it goes down. It's like a delicious dessert. It has a sweetness to it and less acidity than other red Flanders ales, yet still has that taste of vinegar.

AdamBear, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

twinpaul, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SourAddict, Oct 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

jdhasse, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Sep 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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BrokenStones, Sep 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Deivos, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

JustinQ, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

arash1000, Sep 26, 2012
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,963 ratings.