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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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1,944 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 510
Gots: 686 | FT: 63
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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Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers, mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with 1.5 fingers of thick, light khaki head that doesn't hang out for too long.

Smell. Sour, tart cherries, sweet melon and berries, some old dank wood and just a faint hint of fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Old wood and sour, light cherry, a little leather and funk. Light on the sweet and some nice tartness. A little bit of red wine in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice brew. Nice complexity, as far as the style goes anyways. Enjoyed more as it warmed ...and the more I drank. Funny how that often happens.

Rutager, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dirty, murky reddish color with a light dirty white cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Tart notes of dry oak, red and black cherries, and sweet fruit juice

T: Tart red, unripe red cherries with dry oak, and raspberries. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying, puckering and lingerining finish.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated and dry

O: Very good, no major flaws and a treat to drink

barleywinefiend, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

iL0VEbeer, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight fruit, vinegar, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between sweet and sour aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BeerHunter76, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of ms11781
4/5  rDev -6.5%

ms11781, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that has decent retention, turning to nice lacing.

S: earthy, like grass, with lots of sour smells and kind of like some sour fruit like apple, cherry, and berries.

T: not super sour, but enough to be dominate the taste. Still it leaves room for the fruity flavors and finishes with sour and grassy flavor.

M: well carbonated, medium to light body, great crisp but not brutal feel.

O: excellent beer, great sourness, and lots more earthy flavor than I figured it would have. Will do again if I get the chance.

Holland, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of wyatt
4.75/5  rDev +11%

wyatt, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Friskybeerrapist
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Friskybeerrapist, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken 6/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark red with one finger of white head.

Smell: mildly tart cherries, oak, earthy, and roses round out the nose.

Taste: mild tart cherries and other fruits. Oaky and earthy it follows the nose fairly well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbontion. Its a clean yet tart mmouthfeel. A semi-dry finish.

Overall: Really enjoyed this Bruery beer! Its a really tasty flanders red. Really liking this beer style more and more lately. Thanks for bring this to the bruery tasting duff!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of dmsohyea
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

dmsohyea, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night. 2011 vintage

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Dark fruits, tartness, earthy, and slight must.

T- Tart sour cherries and pale malt.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Musty feel (if that exists?) with a slightly dry finish.

O- This is a good beer, but I had a NG Enigma the night before, which this beer reminded me of, but just wasn't as good IMO.

kawilliams81, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Duff27, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of TATURBO
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice mahogany color with medium to Strong carbonation. Pour carefully. Lots of head resulting from a strong pour.

S: Fruity, Tart. Really reminiscent of Enigma from New Glarus in the nose.

T: Tart! Well integrated fruit along with leather, funk, oak notes. Not overly sweet. I'm still hit and miss with Sour beers and from the nose I expected a close flavor to Enigma but not what I got in taste.

M: Got a lot of head on the pour but the mouth wasn't overly carbonated. Just about right.

O: Lots of flavor with a good sour tartness. Still not my favorite as far as sours go. Just a small step away from a solid 4 in my book.

TATURBO, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

kjkinsey, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Auracom
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottling. I've had this previously at KBS Day 2012 but only had time to get tick it as a "had". Time to correct this issue.

5-6 oz. poured in a Russian River Belgian glass on June 8th, 2012.

A - Dark, ruby-rosewood coloring with a soft single inch of offwhite head. Good retention for a sour with great lacing to boot. Light alcohol legs.

S - Astringent pitted fruits, including dates and cherry skins. Balsamic vinegar. A touch of some spice and clove, either from the barrel or from the yeast. Twinge of oak and very light caramel malts.

T - Plenty of sourness here, but it's pretty well-rounded. More ripened fruit acedic notes. Balancing malt bill near the backend. Aftertaste is a good blend of vinegar, brown sugar, and bready malts.

M - Medium body (a bit heavier than typical for style), appropriate moderate-high carbonation, very dry finish. Definitely makes your mouth water starting at mid-palate through the aftertaste.

D - Like it even more than my first sampling back in March. This is a superflavorful, somewhat-accessible, sour base from the Bruery that makes me yearn a bit for the sour-cherry variant.

Auracom, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of dbossman
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown and cloudy with a thin and steady head and fantastic, intricate lacing

S: Fruity and tart--with lots of dark fruits along with apples and grapes and cherries

T: Tart but not overly tart with lots of cherries and other darker fruits; some leather and funk comes in at the end as well

F: Medium body and fairly sticky, which I prefer with sours like this one

O: This is a refreshing and delicate beer; the fruit tartness is prevalent but just a touch subtle too, which works well with the delicate nature of the beer; and the beer finishes with just enough leather and funk to make me want more; nice work once again

dbossman, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of gpleiss
2/5  rDev -53.3%

gpleiss, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

lvoutlawjlh, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 29, 2012
Photo of kk73
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

kk73, May 29, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

pschul4, May 28, 2012
Photo of mocktm
4.75/5  rDev +11%

mocktm, May 27, 2012
Photo of prototypic
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Release

Oude Tart pours a deep red color. It’s a little hazy, but plenty of light cuts through revealing really attractive crimson highlights. Carbonation looks very active and yields a tan head that stands nearly two fingers tall. It is extremely slow to dissipate. I’m not sure it completely will. Lacing was a little sticky, but light overall.

The nose seems a little weak. It’s not bad, but really needs more strength. It is very fruity. Apple, pear, and berry scents smell really nice. Cherry is noted, but doesn’t seem all that strong. There is a distinct oak aroma that adds character. It smells somewhat earthy and grainy throughout. There’s a hint of Belgian yeast, but it’s very subtle. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I’m not getting much at all there. It’s pretty good, just needs more strength.

The flavor is extremely impressive! It kicks off with a really nice blend of apple and berry flavors. It’s definitely sweet and intense. The fruit flavors are explosive and very tasty. The sour side follows. A tart, vinegary, cherry flavor emerges and tastes delicious. As far as tartness goes, it’s only moderate. That works for me. I wouldn’t characterize it as mouth puckering. There are some grainy, earthy notes throughout. A little oak is noted. It’s subtle, but adds character. Alcohol is blended well and doesn’t come through strong at all. Finishes fruity and tart.

Oude Tart has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely active and perhaps even buzzy. Nevertheless, it feels rather soft and smooth. It’s definitely easy drinking. I’m having trouble not chugging it.

I’ve sat on this bottle of Oude Tart for a couple years. Since that time, it’s held up well. Oude Tart is a very tasty beer that impresses in just about every way. The nose might be a tad weak, but it delivers otherwise. I like that it’s not overly sour. It features a subtle sour/tart flavor that’s very satisfying. This is very impressive stuff! Definitely worth seeking out.

prototypic, May 27, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -6.5%

whartontallboy, May 26, 2012
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.