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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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382 Reviews
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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,360
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 566
Gots: 820 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
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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 AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -4.5%
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 -11.3%
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 -4.2%
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 +13.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -0.5%
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 -52.6%
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 +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass.

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

Sour cherry, red wine, vinegar and naked oak.

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.

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

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 +17.2%
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 +5.4%
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 -12%
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 -15.6%
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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Photo of Maxwell
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of mhaugo
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of lsummers
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of 360logic
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.