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Oude Tart | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Overlord on 12-20-2009

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Photo of warrenout330
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a duvel glass

A- deep brown colored pour Ruby highlights along the edges. Thick white head, quickly dissolves to a little spot on the beer

S- sour dark fruits... toasted wood in the back

T- intense sour flavor, dark fruits, sour cherries,vinegar smack, earthy wood funk. Very acidic lingering taste

M- metallic mouth feel, like a mouth full of pennies. Thin body, alomost slick going in the throat

O- my second sour ever, very pleased with this offering. Load 'em up, I want more!

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Photo of Wreckoncile
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip.

A - Aggressive pour yielded a fizzy carbonation that formed a head of about a half inch that quickly died off and left no lacing or trace of a head whatsoever. Bubbles and some medium carbonation resonate, and a slightly hazy dark crimson to almost purple beer remains.

S - The smell opens with the tartness of cherries, vinegar, and a slight oakiness. The backend of the scent imparts some slightly darker fruit characteristics, slight plum, raisin, and fig notes.

T - Taste opens with a blast of vinegar that leads into a sharp cherry tartness with some extremely subtle oak character that gives is a sort of red wine flavor, and a slight almost blueberry tart finish lingers on the palate.

M - An initial fizzy carbonation that settles as it warms and the mouthfeel transforms into something almost silky with just a slight bite of carbonation.

O - Fantastic scent, and something about the mouthfeel was almost enigmatic and drew me into the beverage. The appearance is dark, and with its initial pour almost reminds one of coke. The scent is solid and intriguing while the taste lacks a few of the qualities noted in the smell that would've made this a more interesting Flanders.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Fresh" bottle review
Pours out dark brown with reddish coppery highlights around the edges of the glass, no head or lacing at all. Lighter side of medium body and heavier side of medium sparkly carbonation strength and a really bubbly texture.

Smells and tastes of tart cherries, oak wood, apples, apple cider vinegar, light blueberries and blackberries, and just a slight ghost of leather that I hope cellaring will amplify. The funk levels are at a solid medium and balanced well against the tart sourness at this point. I wouldn't mind it much if the funkiness increased with cellaring as well... I'm glad I've got another bottle in the basement to try later.

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Photo of n2185
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark orange-brown with half a finger of off white head that completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: sour and tart cherries dominate the aroma with other aour fruits and a little funk.

T: tart and sour cherries dominate here as well with some slight acetic and funky flavors.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and refreshing.

O: a solid sour overall, though lacking in complexity.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2011 vintage

Pours a slightly hazed red-amber color with a froth of fizzy beige head bubbling up on top. Leaves some sticky spots of lacing on the glass with some cloudy retention.

Pleasant scents of tart cherry skin, oak barrel and funky sourness. Fits the style well, balancing hints of sour, funk and fruit.

Nice round tartness up front with funky cherry notes. Oak and slight vinegar acidity with more dark fruit and a soft sweetness. The profile is definitely sour, but milder than I originally expected. Long, lingering finish with dry sourness.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Excellent American take on the style - nice balance, fruit and milder sourness.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a Stone IRS Snifter.

A - Pours a deep dark (almost black) reddish brown. It's a very hazy and murky burgundy. Almost resembles black coffee on the pour. A vigorous pour produces a half inch of off-white head. It quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.

S - More closed off than I would have anticipated. Faint aroma of oak barrel and some dark fruit. There's a bit of the sourness that comes through, but nothing overwhelming. A balanced nose, but very little remarkable about it.

T - This is where the brew really shines. An assault of tart to start out, that lingers through the whole flavor. Oak, cherries, dark fruit, and a bit of funk. The tart isn't overwhelming, but there is very little sweet to balance it out.

M - This one really sings on the mouthfeel. It's almost champagne-like with it's carbonation. Lots of extremely fine bubbles that don't overwhelm the palate, but allow for a perfect mouthfeel. Bone-dry on the finish, and a nice hint of tart that lingers along with that dryness.

O - Fantastic sour beer. One that will most likely stand up well to a year or two of aging. It's tart, it's woody, it's fruity, it's delicious.

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Photo of rmccomas
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In tulip from 750 ml bottle

A: pours almost solid black with a slight ruby tint when held to light, almost no head as expected.

S: sour barrage immediately, mostly black cherry from what i can tell with a touch of earthy odor, wood maybe

T: follows the nose, black cherries dominate with an earthy wood finish, very nice! dry citrusy notes on the end as well, lemon?

M: velvety mouthfeel typical of the style, thick enough to hang on your tongue well after you've swallowed it.

O: definitely one of the best Bruery beers I've tried, recommend it to all sour fans.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel as part of DC Bottle share.

A filmy tan collar head is produced, cloudy and hazy body, with classic reddish brown color. Got a bit of the bottom of the bottle so more sediment I think provided some cloudy character. Looks like a classic Flanders.

Bouquet is also classic smelling too. Light sour yeasty punch, and sharp berries. Mild fruit nose mixing with a mild soft malt and tartness.

Palate hits with a real balanced action. Mild cherries, also some surprising mix of lemon too. A quick sharp tartness on first sips, and a milky texture. Real nicely carbonated without taking anything away from the palate, not gaseous. Tolerable mix of sweet with a lingering really nice coating finish with malt and red berry senses.

Overall real solid and delicious.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deepp amber color with a small off white to no head. In the aroma, a small sour cherry, but somewhat faint. In the taste, raisin, red grape, and cherry fruity sourness. This one is a bit acidic. A small sour bite and medium too lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour fruit in the aftertaste. Big acidic sourness, fruit a mix of cherry and lots of raisins. It almost was on the cusp of being a sour quad.

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Photo of davey101
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip glass. 2012 release.

A - Pours a still and murky dark/brown red body. A thin tan cap of foam forms but disappears quickly leaving behind absolutely nothing. Lacing is non-existent.

S - Excellent aroma. Tart cherries, red wine and bourbon notes. Not sure what barrels are used, but I am getting large notes of vanilla, oak, and some spice. Not as acidic or vinegary as its Belgian counterpart, but it does have that distinctive Flanders twang on the finish.

T - Super tart and sour. Mouth puckering cherries and red grapes. The end is vinegar and vanilla rich oak. The finish is quick with just some barrel tannins left in the aftertaste. Quite tasty with a lot of bright and vibrant fruit notes.

M - Low carbonation, but thats somewhat irrelevant due to the high amount of acidity. Super mouth puckering!

O - One of the better American made Flanders I have tried. At a slightly lower price, I think I prefer the Rodenbach vintage series over this though.

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Photo of Chaney
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured a blood/red, with dangerously black disposition. No head whatsoever.

S: Like a fine red wine, but infinitely more potent. Lots of sourness, with some Sour Patch Kids in there.

T: So, so sour out of the side of my mouth, however, I got a good bit of red wine in there with an oaky quality that was unlike no other.

M: Not a very sweet or vinegary sour, but the oak tamed the flavor down to size and then some. Not much carbonation, but that's not what this brew is about anyway.

O: This sour is about as good as it gets. Breweries who are wanting to learn the technique of making this type of beer, please study this one.

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

got on tap at the bruery served in 8 oz glass
pours a nice dark reddish brown color not much head
very tasty has smooth full body and puckering sour taste on the back end
has a nice smell can tell it is sour
would definetly recommend if like sours
another great beer from the bruery

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Rustico in Arlington, poured into a stange.

A- Pours a murky brown amber color, produces a thin head with minimal lacing.

S- Tart aroma, has some notes of sour cherries, vanilla and malty sweetness, as well as grapes and oak.

T- Mild tartness, considerable caramel maltiness, tart cherry and grape lurk behind the malt, the finish has more oak and tannins.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth, dry feel with lots of tannins and a bit of astringency.

O- An interesting beer and another great sour from the Bruery, the oak and wine flavors from the barrels are really nice.

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Photo of The_Kings_Quart
2.01/5  rDev -52.5%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. :(

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Photo of hagbergl
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.