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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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1,939 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 345
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 510
Gots: 685 | FT: 63
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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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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

JMRSN, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Kelton, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Pahn, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of ArrogantB
2.35/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is the 2011 batch thanks to Janderson91, appreciate it. I was hopeful about this beer and was completely disappointed. Dark red-brown color, no head, almost completely flat. Smells like it might be a good sour flanders red, not bad but nothign that makes me say yum either. The taste was so disappointing, I almost want to say bland, Muted flavors, just the hint of what a flanders red tastes like. Wow, I really expected more since I know the Bruery can make a good beer, I hope it was just an off bottle because this was pathetic.

ArrogantB, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of lurpy1
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to kbutler1 for whipping this out at a weekend tasting. Moly, this is a great drink. Pours a little murky and medicinal, but all is forgiven aromatically when the raspberries and cherries come out. Fantastically pucker-worthy and tart, with a great sipping consistency. Killer stuff, worth the high price.

lurpy1, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Jester King wine glass. Big thanks to texasclimber for inviting me over again.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-reddish brown with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma: Tart cherries, raisins, dark fruits, a hint of caramel and burnt sugar. A lot of sour and acidic notes that make my mouth water.

Taste: Sour cherries, dark fruits, a hint of tart apples and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a dry sour finish.

Overall: Great beer, definitely the best Bruery beer I've had to date.

jamescain, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes.

pours a kinda murky brownish orange color-- like the leaves in the fall... actually, a pretty good match to the color of the label on the bottle.
The nose is bright, oaky, vinegary, and a bit citrusy. Smells great, and the taste is not a let down. Taste has a hint of acidic white grapes with some oakiness and vinegar. A touch of sweetness up front blends nicely into the sourness at the back end.
Very solid sour beer here.
Mouthfeel is good-- carbonation is nice.
Overall-- excellent beer right here. Go get one!

AleWatcher, Nov 07, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review is for a bottle of 2011.

Appearance is good. My bottle had decent carbonation, bottle had slight pop when opened. Small head on beer, probably 1/2 inch. Head retention was low, evaporated in less than 1 minute. The low head retention is to style.

Smell is ok. Light tartness, sour qualities. Smells like a small Flanders Red. Get some black licorice and maybe some anise.

Taste is ok as well. Not as complex as last vintage. This bottle needs age. Expecting more acid and sourness. Lacks depth like the Marron Acidifie.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is a good beer, but nothing to salivate about. This vintage needs a lot more time in the bottle. The prior release is much better, but this bottle might just need more time. Will have to review again.

CenCalMario, Nov 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid and clear dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light. I can smell the tart fruit as soon as I pop the cap on this baby. Sour cherries, lemons, sweet brown sugar, hints of vinegar, light sherry notes. Taste is a bit more sour than the nose lead me to believe. Huge lemony tartness with hints of barnyard funk hit right up front. Sour cherries and a hint of sweetness sweep across the gullet before finishing with a lingering sweet sour and funky aftertaste. Medium body and level of carbonation, tart acidic mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one, I'm glad I got to try it.

johnnnniee, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Deep brown in color with traces of red throughout. 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of sour cherries on the nose and typical vinegar acidity

Taste: Similar to the nose except the tartness is quite a bit stronger than it is on the nose. For me personally it is just too much tartness. Typical flanders red ale

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a dry tart finish

Overall: Flanders red's in general are a bit overwhelming for my palate but I am glad I got the chance to try this one. Recommended if you like your palate wrecked

DarthKostrizer, Oct 31, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 Bottle (Thanks Dan!)

Pour: Dark mahogany brown/red with a slightly off white/tan head. Mild amounts of carbonation.

Nose: Slightly acidic vinegar, macerated cherry, plum, oak, vanilla, and slightly tart malt.

Taste: The usual Flemish sour here with cherry juice, plum, drying oak, and vanilla. Really good if anything but simple. Maybe that's the part to appreciate.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, mildly carbonated, and drying on the finish.

Overall: I'm confused as to why this is SO highly rated and why it trades so highly as well. It's good, simple, and tasty but nothing mind blowing. I think I like Marron Acidife better though I could drink this often.

waltersrj, Oct 29, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

figured I'd crack it since I've never had it out of the bottle. 2011 edition for the sake of formality.

A: Foamy thin ring forms pie crust ruffles on the edge of the glass. There's not too much in terms of lacing, but there seems to be a mild movement of the foam towards the body. The bubbles are slightly tinged brown, but still with a favoritism towards whites, like a dirty T-shirt. Cherry stained mahogany body with a core of volcanic rock. Looks really great.

S: Boom right away huge lactic funk presence that makes me excited. Thick cherry skins that pop out like inclusions in a rich home made jam. slightly hide-like finish that definitely makes me think about how fresh this is. The cherry's seem dowsed in a high end red wine. Slight red wine vinegar in the tail end.

T: Huge leathery plum that explodes into a kriek based jam. The bottle is fresh but the combination of yeast and barrel gives a musky old cherry flavor that marries fantastically. I can see why some people say that cherries are a natural addition to this beer, as a mild almost filler linger acts as a bridge between bursts of fruit rollup dark fruit flavors. Love the plum and cherry notes in here.

M: Feels a bit lighter in the mouth than I'd like, but it drinks very well. Light mouth with a temporary visitation to the light-medium side with the exploration of plum/prune/leather flavors. The acetic linger gives an illusion of medium fullness as well, but I would definitely say this is lighter in body. Especially as you let it catch up to room temp.

O: This beer has really great flavor, but definitely doesn't fit too well into the style. Dark jam, lactic funk, and cherry skins in red wine are all pronounced in flavor. This feels like a deconstruction of the style by a master chef. I am definitely a big fan of this beer, but I wish the volume would be turned up a bit. I would love to try the cherry version. Something is missing, but I finished a bottle without even trying to. If you like lactic yeast then you're in for a treat.

Cavery, Oct 29, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to scott (merc7186) for bustin this beauty out at our small little tasting!

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a dark, grapey, blood reddish color, a bit cloudy. thin light tannish head fades to a ring.

smells quite dry and tart. a bit of cherry with lots of earthy, lactic, slight barnyard funk, a hint of dark fruits.

big sour lactic funk. earthy, slightly barnyard, musty. some cherry and a bit of a winey, berry flavor. a slight rich caramel malt balances the intense sour just a bit, almost maple syrup like, very nice.

very dry and tart, acidic. lots of lingering sourness. medium to heavy in body.

what a solid beer, better than most traditional belgian examples. i really love that big sourness and that subtle hint of maple sweetness. id love one of these for the cellar, age would do this wonders.

dogfishandi, Oct 24, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think Sean brought this to share, but not really sure.

A - Reddish brown colored beer with a tan head that dissipated to a ring. Minor stick left on the sides.

S - Wood, vanilla, cherries, with a little bit of vinous quality. There's a lot of acetic acid and tart notes here.

T - Cherries, acetic acid, a little bit of lactic acid. There is a little bit of barrel presence and a tannic finish.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Good beer. There's a limit to how much you can really drink of it, but it's still enjoyable and something I'd drink again.

AgentZero, Oct 21, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into multiple tulips. Thanks to Scott for sending a couple my way!

A: Opened with almost no sound and poured the same. Absolutely no head, even with a vigorous pour. Murky body, brown and ruby colored, no lace and no retention (obviously). Bleak, sad looking beer to be honest.

S: Oak, vanilla, cherry, dark grapes, tart fruits. A certain acidic quality comes through in the end which I expected to be here. It's actually a very good smelling beer despite how things started out.

T: Cherry and dark fruit tartness is immediate, followed by the barrel aging flavors of vanilla and oak. It's slightly acidic towards the end of the palate. Some faint citrus notes are in the finish, leaving a bit of a dryness on the mouth into the linger.

M: Seriously under carbonated, this is the absolute pitfall of this beer. If I move the beer in my mouth enough, I do get some bubbles. A touch dry in the linger, expected.

Look, I understand this is bottle conditioned and that with time it will carbonate more and get more tart. However, it's a complete shock to me that The Bruery would ship these bottles out to consumers like this to enjoy fresh. There is no way this is how the beer is supposed to be. I'll be sitting on my other bottles, and hopefully they'll take a complete 180 in a year or so.

ShanePB, Oct 15, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown ruby red with a light tan head. Retention is ok and lacing is about the same.

S: Sour grapes and tart cherry. The bouquet has just the slightest touch of acetic acid.

T: Mild acid overall and almost no vinager. This suggests the skin of young green table grapes before they have sweetened. Also subdued tart cherry and Meyer lemon flavors develop. Awesome stuff.

M: Soft, subtle, frothy.

O: Very good but more mild overall than I might have expected. Sour flavor is most definitely there but it is a very elegant one.

flannelman808, Oct 15, 2011
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,939 ratings.