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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,228
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 543
Gots: 769 | FT: 66
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 12-20-2009

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.
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep opaque mahogany, with a light brown head. Acetic nose, some oak barrel, a whole load of cherry and other berries and a gentle sweetness. Taste is lightly acetic, tart berries and cherries again, some oak and more barrel sweetness. Medium high carbonation, lighter feel. A very nice Flemish red, epitomizes simplicity and subtlety. Quite enjoyed this.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle poured into Saint Somewhere wine glass. Not as much carbonation as I was expecting. Head quickly dissipates. Very dark red with some clarity to it. Pretty beer

Smell is very acidic cherry tart with touch of dark malt

Taste just like how it smells. Sourness of this ale is pretty aggressive without being over the top.You can pick out the malt profile behind the sourness.

Mouthfeel is unique and good. Feels silky and the beer finishes really dry. The one problem I have with this beer is the carbonation. I think some more bubbles in this beer would open it up more.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Some more carbonation would make it better. One of the better sours I have had lately.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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

2012 bottle.

Appearance: Deep maroon brown with a small off-white head

Nose: Very sour right off the bat. Bitter lemon, cherries, and a hint of oak are present, but the nose-tingling sourness is overwhelming.

Taste: Like biting into a under-ripe lemon that's been doused in vinegar. The sourest of all the beers tasted in a recent wine-barrel aged beer tasting. The oak is very subtle and definitely masked by the tartness and fruity lemon and cherry notes. Some sour candy flavors develop as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Tart, dry, and tannic.

Overall: A really tasty and full-flavored beer, but definitely not a complex one. Maybe if the tartness was dialed down a bit more interesting characteristics would come through.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown with a one finger head

S-Oak, funk, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar. Good balance.

T-Nice and sour. Oak, funk, dark fruits and candied sugar like the nose. Balances well together.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-A great sour, the balance was spot on, a great beer that was worth the price tag.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A brickish-orange exit from the bottle yeilds deep brown results in the vessel with hints of ruby highlights around the edges upon backlighting. The khaki colored head is bubbly and soapy, slight and shows little restraint before succumbing to a polished, reflective surface.

S: On the nose were hints of oaky barnyard flair, leathery caramel, with the faintest support of whiskey and dark fruit of plums.

T: The flavor was sour lemon and dark fruit with oaky compliments. Smooth start, the sourness does increase on the swallow like a mule kick but still remains very even toned and polished, Lemon juice like puckering finish, some oaky whiskey hints and sour berries.

M: light and syrupy, light to medium body with a small presence of micro-bubbly carbonation that dances on the tongue. acidic.

O: Overall mouth puckering, eye squinting sourness. Hard to rate a flanders ale due to its lack of range. Ive only managed to have a few thus far but this is very clean and polished in execution. I may not be the biggest fan, but am respectful of its intentions and this is very good at that.

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1.56/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance: Amber color, looks like hundreds of other beers.

Smell: Vinegar. I'm a chef, I don't smoke, I drink tons of different fantastic beers make and eat lots and lots of great food... and drink lots of sour beers. This beer smells astringent, vinegary, and... wrong.

Taste: 5 of us drank this together out of different glasses, passing them around. None of us made it past five sips, we all poured it down the toilet. more than half the bottle is left. The worst. If you pay $20 dollars for this, you WILL be mad... unless you're delusional.

Overall: Please, PLEASE don't buy this beer. I'm not trolling in any way.

Also, I really like sour beers.

How can I be constructive if a product makes me this sad?

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4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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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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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Oude Tart from The Bruery
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