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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,133
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 525
Gots: 723 | FT: 60
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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4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml (bottled 6/2012) into a tulip.

A-Dark, cola brown in color with a short-lived, light tan head. The foam was maybe a half-finger at first, but quickly dissipated.

S-You know from the smell that this thing is gonna be sour. I picked up some cherry, some vinegar, and a sweet malty component that balanced out the pucker. Also a little bit of oaky funk.

T-This brew was quite sour in taste as you would expect from the smell. Flavor-wise, I got sour cherry, some sour apple, and vinegar. All the flavors were quite concentrated and supported by a sweet malty baseline. What surprised me was how clean the flavors were....nicely integrated with one another.

M-Medium body (maybe a touch light for the style) with a nice hit of prickly carbonation that counter-acted the sour flavors. Drying finish.

O-This may beat out La Folie as my favorite New World oud bruin/Flanders red. The flavors were intense (this thing was SOUR) but so cleanly meshed with one another. This is not a funky, earthy, barnyard lambic, but a nice drinking sour brew with great balance between sweet and sour, and a drinkable feel that would work well with dinner or (as I had it) with a soft cheese and crackers.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.03/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy amber brown with some pink highlights. Nice enough foam and plenty of lacing in the wine glass. Modest foam but sudsy on the tongue. Really tart.

Vinegar aroma with a touch of fruit in the nose. The first sip has an appealing hint of sour cherries. Scratchy bitterness fills the rest of the taste. Authentic apparently to the style. Pleasant tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. You could say this is actually close to drinkable.

On tap at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Apex Beer Dispensary. Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

Brown with enough light that it appears to be clear. Very little head. A nice rise of bubbles that dies out early. Aroma is sour with lemon and cherries. A strong oak and vinous character in general. Taste is very tart and sour with a nice lingering effect. It's dryer than sweet with a firm oaky, woody impression. I started at 50 degrees but it still got better as it warmed. Carbonation is pretty low after the initial sips.

This is a tasty sour but at $20+, I'd rather go with something from Rodenbach.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a wide flute, 2012 vintage

A: Pours a muddy brown with not quite a finger of head that quickly recedes to a ring. Certainly not the prettiest beer I've ever seen.

S: Intense and complex. The beer starts out with sour cherries up front balanced by caramel and bourbon. I get lots of dark fruit - plum and raisin as well as leather.

T: Lactic and acetic acid are followed quickly by plum, leather, and tobacco. Sour cherries are there, but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. The acetic nature of this beer is a bit strong for me. I get some spicy oak in the finish as well.

M: A bit thin and undercarbonated.

O: This beer smells amazing - so complex. The flavor does not quite live up to the aroma, though. I remember this tasting better in past years, too.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV,

A - Deep ruby highlights show through the rich mahogany beer only when held to light. It's loose warn tusk-colored head has quite a bit of retention considering the acidity that comes from the nose but no real lacing is left behind.

S - Not barnyard-like, but barn like, this woody, rustic aroma has a certain rugged manly earthiness to it while remaining smooth. Sour acidity, damp wood, and toasted amber malt blend with distressed leather jacket for an enticing nose lined with mildly sweet dark candi sugar.

T - While just as complex as the aroma, this beer seems to taste considerably less so, focusing solely on tart acidity. Planks of moisture-starved oak and dried dark fruit enter through undertones of Belgian candi sugar and toast.

M - Despite effervescent, dancing carbonation, this beer's medium body has a smooth feel and light chewiness that finishes out intensely bone dry and considerably more sour than Belgium's red ales. If you want you're eyes to twich, give this a good swish in the mouth.

O - The Bruery Oude Tart is like a Flanders on steroids but they manage to ramp the beer up while hitting the nail right on the head. Completely reminiscent of Monk's Cafe, Rodenbock, etc., this powerhouse of a tart beer is quite an experience to behold.

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3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK.

Fruity notes seem to jump out at random points, leading to an incoherent flavor profile. Slightly medicinal with an unrefined overall structure.

I've given Oude Tart a number of chances from various bottled batches, and having it on tap again at Blind Tiger the other day confirms: I'm not a fan of this beer.

This is a very tough style to nail -- even moreso than fruit lambics IMO. Oude Tart is a great example of a brewery with a well-regarded sour program struggling with the Oude Bruin style.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bomber poured into a snifter

The body sits a russet brown with some ruby/purplish hues. Some bubbles pop up to form a thin layer, but quickly fade away. No lacing whatsoever.

Tart cherries greet the nose on first whiff. Oak tannins, granny smith apples, prunes, tobacco, and leather notes round out the nose.

A rush of tart fruit, tart cherries, granny smith apples, and cranberries, up front before oak, tobacco, vinegar, and prunes take over mid palate. The finish is of tart fruit and dry oak tannins.

Medium body with low carbonation. Extremely dry finish with loads of tartness.

A very enjoyable flanders that delivers a wealth of complexity and loads of tartness. This guy works on all levels. Enjoyable.

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3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Muddy maroon body with a finger of burnt white head. Recedes to a rim and leaves barely any lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries up front, followed by some pears. Some caramel malts come in next. Thats about it.

Taste: Incredibly sour cherries up front, followed by some tart pear and green apples. A pretty hefty caramel backbone supports, and goes along with a distinct vinegar acidity.

Mouthfeel: Holy sour! Hands down the most sour beer I've had yet, and too much so. Puckering. A sipper for this reason.

Overall: A nice flanders, but this is a bit too 'in your face' for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Oude Tart from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,133 ratings.