Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 2,307
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 4.04%
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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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Photo of The_Kings_Quart
2.01/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I need to preface this by saying that I think this is the beer that convinced me I'm just not a fan of the Flanders style. Apologies if I come off as intentionally scathing or uninformed.

A: Thick and muddy reddish brown. Just barely opaque with some delicate lacing on the glass.

S: Funky as hell. Worcester sauce, anise, charcoal, and cough syrup. A lot of my least favorite things swirling in here...

T: Meaty and disjointed. Overpowering citrus and bitters. Black licorice is pretty strong.

MF: Fizzy and thin. Honestly, I couldn't keep it in my mouth for long.

O: I taste a lot of elements in this beer that clamor for my attention (the bitterness, the acidity, etc), and the result is a bitter mess that's really difficult to enjoy. Fans of the brewing style might taste something that I just don't understand, but Oude Tart and I don't have a common ground. (869 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance
Murky deep brown/red with a short head that quickly dissipates.

Nose
Sour cherry, red wine, vinegar and naked oak.

Taste
Tons of sour pie cherries and vinegar. Notes of red wine and musty basement. Some citric lemon and a hint of leather. Light notes of oak and sawdust.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Moderate-heavy sourness.

Overall
A fantastic Flanders Red! I enjoyed every second of drinking this and had a frowny face when I ran out. :( (506 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bruery Oude Tart was a birthday gift–and a great one, at that–from my girlfriend. Sticker price was $23 at Belmont, MA's Craft Beer Cellar, what you pay for what I would call an "occasion beer." So, it being an occasion, we split the 750 mL bottle and savored it. Oude Tart was enjoyed in my trusty Dogfish Head snifter. Review is from notes.

Appearance (4.5/5): Oude Tart pours a dark brown with a one-finger, light brown head of foam that quickly dissipates (not a very heady beer; perhaps this beer's one flaw is its lack of head retention). Holding the beer up to the light reveals dark red highlights. This is probably the darkest Flanders Red I've had and it's quite impressive. Yes, retention could be better, but this is still a stately, beautiful beer.

Smell (5/5): Oude Tart really brings the Flemish funk! Acidic, vinegary, red wine-like notes hit hard immediately–more pungent than Rodenbach Grand Cru, a benchmark beer of the Flanders Red Ale style. Also apparent are tart berry-like odors–especially cranberry–and apple, along with a more unusual smell, that of leather.(Leather!? In a beer? Yes, and it's actually quite nice. And this beer does NOT taste like cow hide, so no need for concern.) Oude Tart's nose is complex in the right way–many different odors come to mind but the overall smell of the beer is focused, interesting, bold, and mouth-watering.

Taste (5/5): Oude Tart's taste surpasses its smell, which is no small feat. Most prominent is its ultra cranberry-like flavor that is at once mildly sweet, extremely tart, and dry. Flavors reminiscent of red wine, raspberry, black currant, and tart green apple also flex. Oude Tart also has a nice, subtle woodiness to it, evidence of aging in wood barrels. This is so sour that it's borderline puckering and manages to physically get the salivary glands going. Warming only brings out more complexity and accentuates the flavors. Impressive. Delicious.

Mouthfeel (5/5): Oude Tart has a medium-full body and medium-low carbonation, which is actually perfect for the beer's overall flavor and feel. Serious acidic sourness tingles the tongue and dries the walls of the mouth. Very, very good mouthfeel (a critical component of any Flanders Red).

Overall (5/5): The Bruery has a straight-up "wow" beer in Oude Tart. That this beer's flavor quality and complexity, aroma, and mouthfeel surpass those of all the Belgian Flanders Reds is a testament to just how excellent a creation Oude Tart really is. Extraordinary. (2,509 characters)

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage poured down the center into a Duvel snifter at 55 degrees.

Appearance: Deep ruby red/brown body and a half finger head that dissipates into a small lacing around the glass. The body is much darker than the other Flemish Ales that I have had.
Aroma: Tart fruits and a sweet/sour cherry, apple, bready malts, earthy spiciness, toasted oak, and a slight barnyard funk characteristic.

Taste: Right up front, you get a nice dose of sourness. The sourness is prominent and simply very enjoyable, pleasant and does not overwhelm any of the other flavors throughout each sip. Sour grape, apple, sour cherry, fig, and pear. The taste of old toasted oak, vanilla, breaded malts, old leather, slight vinegar and herbal spiciness are the qualities that left the biggest impression on me are the most prominent during the middle and end of each sip. This Flemish Ale is definitely very complex, balanced and the characteristics come and go in waves. This tasted its best when it was drunk at 65 degrees. Damn, I’m really impressed with this!

Mouth feel: The carbonation is spot on and exactly the way I like it. It also had a light to medium body to it.

Overall: Definitely one of the top Flemish-style red ales that I’ve had so far! Oude Tart is a very exceptional representation of its style and my favorite characteristics of this beer is the toasted oak, the tart dark fruits and the vanilla from the oak barrels. Another outstanding brew that I’ve had from The Bruery! (1,484 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Dark, dark amber with a lot of brown - certainly darker than the average Flanders Red - minimal off-white head, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Wet, musty basement - some yeasty funk, mildly tart and sour - some dark fruits - a touch of vinegar - very malty - lots of amber malts, with an above average amount of sweetness

Taste: Pretty mild, more malty than weird - some vinegar, some musty flavors, mildly tart and mildly sour - kind of tastes like it could have soured a bit more - some nice, funky flavors in the aftertaste, mildly acidic - some dark fruits and some booze - sweet, but not too sweet

Mouthfeel: Full body, minimal carbonation, wet

Overall: Good, but not exceptional for the style

Figures. I just complained about a beer being too over-the-top sour (Cascade Sang Noir), and now I'm drinking a beer that I think lacks sourness. This is tasty, but there are better, more readily accessible Flanders Reds out there. (1,019 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper brown. Some dark reds when held to the light. Tiny dirty white collar. No head. Almost no carbonation. Very still.

Smell: Cherry flesh, cherry skin, oak. Mild cider vinegar. Plums. Tart cherry juice. Slightly toasted. Planks of juice soaked wood. Some building lactic in the back. Big sweetness to compliment the tart. Some earthiness. Mild floral.

Taste: Seriously oaky. Like licking a wet plank. Some hints of cherry, leather, plum, and sweet malts. Lightly caramelized sugars, cooked malts. Is that candi sugar? It sure tastes like it. Mild acetic edge adds some tartness. A faint spiciness in the background. As it warms the oak jumps out and begins to dominate. Lactic tartness helps prevent it from becoming an oak bomb. Tart cherry skin. Almost peach as well. Wet wood.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushing full at times. No carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

Overall: One of the better showings from The Bruery. Very woody.

I've been fortunate enough to try this at beer fests at least twice. Each time it was more tart than this particular bottle. Heavy on the oak to the point of being a bit too much. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown red with a creamy white ring of head on the edges. It’s too dark to really see through it and is hazy to boot, but there do seem to be bubbles traveling up the sides to suggest carbonation. The lacing stays on as a clinging ring of sticky dry bubbles. The beer smells like leathery dark cherry with a slight alcoholic bite in the back of the nose; it’s as if a dried cherry strip were created and then liquefied. Malt backbone is faint, but seems to be sweet and caramely. The tart cherry smell is the entirety of the bitters in this beer. There is also a faint note of creamy chocolate in the nose’s base which may also be the malt. The beer tastes puckeringly tart and cherry fruity with a faint chocolaty feel in the middle and a slight aftertaste. The tart cherry is the main taste in this beer though, and it shines through. Alcohol is completely hidden in the taste, blending in with the tartness to completely mask itself. There is also a great funk that hits the back of the tongue and suggests some fantastic spiciness. Vanilla notes are also present in the middle and aftertaste that provide a sweet and creamy taste. Mouthfeel is puckering and tart with the sour (obviously). The carbonation, however, is completely velvety and smooth, with a slight chewiness. Overall this is a fantastic beer. I already love the complexity of the beer’s flavor. This is admittedly my first Flemish red, and I am very happy with what it has proven to be. This beer is obviously worth a taste for anyone that’s a beer lover, especially sour beer lovers, and is also worth a try for anyone that loves sour tastes, especially Warheads! Try this beer. (1,680 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very dark murky red (almost plum) with a half inch of head, no lace.

You can smell this before the cap is completely off, sour cherry, grapes, oak, funk, sugar and earth. Amazing.

Super tart right off the bat. Sour cherry, pear and apple kick me right in the face. A slight sweetness balances it out well. Still an ass-whooping of sour. Nice medium to light body.

Love, love, love it. Need one for the cellar now! (429 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky swamp brown with a small tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Slight vinegar, raspberry skin, caramel, rich oak.

T: Puckering raspberry tartness, red wine vinegar, brown bread, spice, a bit of oak.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very good, but there are better American Flanders-style sours out there. (361 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft. 4 ounce pour in mini-snifter.
Appearance: The color of a stained leather chair. Clean and clear.
Smell: Tart cherries, malt vinegar, and a touch of leather.
Taste: A very pleasant tart bite. Pie cherries. Earthy and leathery. A beautiful flavor laced with maturity.
Mouthfeel: Light and mobile. Doesn’t seem to want to sit still on my palette.
Overall: An amazing sour beer. I want to bathe in it. (410 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice dark ruby brown with 3/4 of a finger of tan looking head that dissapates into a very light trim around the edges... Nice looking beer.

S: nice dark cherry skin aroma with a light hint of re wine vingar, nice oaky notes in the nose, a very nice rounded aroma, smells lightly tart mingling with the dark cherry like notes.

T: nice tart juicy citrus sour apple and sour cherry skin notes right up front, with a lemony sourness as well. Reminds me of sour patch kids. a bit more sour then I thought from the nose, which is a nice suprise to me, I had the opportunity to drink a bottle of the previous vintage last night , the 2011, and now the 12 tonight, this years seems a bit more tart and juicy right off the bat, where last years was a touch more mellow and rounded, I loved both bottles.... Equally awesome IMO. Nice tart cherry skin tannins mixed with a nice light toasted oakyness that rounds everything very nicley. An awesome brew.

M: nice medium body with a lush juicy feel, dry on this finish leaving the mouth with a slight pucker, I deffinatly feel like the 2012 was more sour then the 2011, which I like excellent mouthfeel.

O: awesome, one of my favorite sours, I can only imagine how awesome this is when it is actually uses cherries, I can't say enough about this beer. (1,346 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally get a crack at this one. Bought in Jersey, split with oglmcdgl in some Duvel glasses.

The 12oz pour on my side yielded an inch of tannish light brown foam that stuck around for a few, leaving no cling. The color is much darker than expected, a darker shade of ruby red with brown looks as well. Some swirls bring back the foam after it dissipates, this beer is not dead.

Smell is ripe with flanders red notes. I get some cherry with some plum, a small acidic scent with some vinrgar poking around. Wet wood with some tannins floating around. Berries come forth with some leather, a deep malty base as well. Smells nice and not a vinegar bomb

Well, I like this better than tart of darkness, this is more to style with a American twist with more acidity and less vinegar. I have been shying away from Belgian Flanders, but this seems to run a nice balance between wood, berry, vinegar, leateher and some malty backing. Not sure what bugs are in here, but I can feel them from my stomach.

Feel is medium bodied with some more alcohol than the Belgian counterparts leaving for a bigger feel altogether. The carb is right and light and not too much, a acidic ride going down leaving bugs rumbling around in the stomach. It's tart, but not tart of darkness tart.

A great beer, lived up to expectations and I like it more than some more traditional Belgian examples. Not something I would buy on a regular occasion, but now that Oude Tart is on the east coast, I'll keep an eye out for it. (1,495 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 release. Beer pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lacing or remaining head. A few bubbles visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is red berry and cherry, acetic acid balsamic vinegar, sharper lactic acid sourness, a brown sugar sweetness, light woody notes.

Taking a sip, brown sugar and cherry, then a hit of balsamic vinegar and sour red berry, a light almond flavor, and red wine tannins. Finish is dry, with a light sourness from sour fruit and lactic acid.

Light to medium body with a good amount of sharp carbonation that lightens the effect of the sourness. (668 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark and opaque mahogany. There is a tan head of one finger which quickly fades to a small ring of foam. Near the end of the glass I can see

S: As the name implies, this beer is tart. Notes of vinegar and sour cherries. Some bready malt and toffee follow.

T: Lactic and vinegar sour flavors are the first thing I pick up. Some good fruit flavors add some sweetness; citrus, sour apple, sour cherry and pear. Some warm malt but it doesn't cut through the tartness.

M: Simply mouthwatering. Medium thin, fizzy carbonation.

O: A great beer. The sour character is potent and delicious. (639 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper more red than brown, with some decent head that dissipated quickly. Smelled of exactly how the bottle described it, leather, cherry, apple, and caramel.

Tasted great, the sour cherry and hints of apple notes mixed with a roasty leather. It is quite sour which I expected for a Flanders red. Flavors blend nicely.

Mouthfeel is great, the carbonations helps the strong flavors come together. I actually think I liked it better after I let it sit and warm for a while.

Overall a fantastic sour that's best when at a warmer temp than fridge in my opinion. (571 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky and opaque reddish-brown hue with some floaters. I'll admit I wasn't paying much attention when I poured it and the floaters probably could have been avoided. Minimal head with no lacing.

Smells of sour cherries, earthy, and wood.

The flavors are vivid and tart. Dark sour cherries, light vanilla, and a leathery finish. Oh yeah, it's perfectly tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. It's mouth-puckering.

It's a fantastic Flanders Red that's worth every bit of the accolades it gets. (518 characters)

Photo of 360logic
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep burgundy red, nearly no head.

S: Red berries/cherries, floral undertone, a bit of malt and vinegar.

T: Berry fruit juice flavor in the beginning, immediately followed by pretty fair addition of tartness. Light hops and malt fills your mouth behind the tartness and it all finishes with a little vinegar.

M: Light. Rose wine viscosity.

O: Best sour I've tried from the Bruery. Definitely a favorite. (410 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy red/mahogany with a short-lived half finger of off-white head. Great lacing.

The nose features soft citrus, dark sour fruits, warming wood character, some lemon specifically, pretty tart and sharp. Mushy cherry flesh... tart but balanced. An incredible sense of harmony.

There's a nice little tart punch that doesn't overwhelm the other flavors - oak, sour dates, lemon zest... very nice. Sour berries dry out the palate before you can really reflect on the last sip. Thirst quenching in a curious way. Beautiful.

It finishes up dry and tart. A perfect beer for the season I think. (598 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty copper tinted brown, little to no head. Scent brings moderate amounts of vinegar, with cherry, leather and dark bread. Taste has initial rush of vinegar tartness, develops with cherry, slightly vinous, apple, leather and dark yeasty bread. Medium bodied, lower carbonation than many in the style - a good thing. Solid, not quite spectacular. (360 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with more than one finger of tan head. Head has very good retention. Surprising for the style.

S - Earthy, funky tartness. Also quite a bit of oak and sour cherry in the nose.

T - Taste also has a significant funkiness to go with the tartness, giving a pretty full-bodied taste. Taste like a 'dirty' Flanders, but in a good way. Very tasty and quite oaky.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice earthiness. Finishes dry.

O - Probably the funkiest Flanders red I've had, with only moderate tartness. Still, a very tasty take on the style. (567 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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 (405 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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! (569 characters)

Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.