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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 341
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 505
Gots: 678 | 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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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -3%

A-pours a dark mahogony hazy liqiud, tight bubbly tan head good lace left.

S-the oak comes through on this, hints of acetone, acidity and notes of merlot, raisins and plums in the back.

T-the oak comes through in the front, hints of acetone and acidity, dark fruity sweetness in the back, just a touch of red wine, lingering tartness in the finish.

M-full body and chewy, good carbonation, holds throughout, smooth and creamy up front.

D-this is a well balanced sour. lots of oak up front, the sweetness balances out the sour quite well.

05-19-2010 23:21:21 | More by cpetrone84
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

This is one exquisite beer. Served into a Bruery glass.

The appearance is a nice dark brown amber with lighter copper edges. It has a nice frothy off-white head that sticks to everything. There is not clarity in this one, for this thing owns some thick haze.

The smell is sweet cherry, cinnamon, apples, sweet sugars, booze.

The taste is perfect, as well as the mouthfeel. The sourness in this one is perfect. There are nice sour green apples, vinegar, cinnamon and brown sugar, tart cherry. The mouthfeel is perfect because it is not overly sour, not overly tart. It has nice malty oak back to it that supports the sweetness. Delicious.

The drinkability is incredible, could drink a few bottles of this brew. Once again, the Bruery hits you with a left, then finishes you off right.

J

05-09-2010 00:42:45 | More by Jmoore50
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jdklks

Nevada

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%

The best beer I've had from the Bruery to date. Pours a deep amber/mahgony with a nice, tanish-brownish-almost-purple-ish head. The smell is great. cherries, wood, a little smokiness.

The flavor is out of this world. Very sour up front with lots of dark fruitiness: cherries, burnt apple, and roasted malts. The middle and finish are tart with woodiness and a little alcohol. More complex than I can do justice to in this review.

The mouthfeel borders on perfect, though it is just little lighter than I would like it to be. Very well carbonated though. Drinkability is huge because I could easily get through 2 750s of this (one was simply not enough).

05-05-2010 05:09:59 | More by jdklks
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

major props to gford217 on this one!
Classic red, but better. I often find rodenbach to have a bit to much sweetness, this red does not have that problem. Dark brownish red, light tan thin head. Aroma of dark berries, sweet oak, lightly acitic hit you right off the bat. The aroma is nice but not overwhelming or too strong. The flavor is balanced between sweet malts and tartness and acidity from the yeast and barrel aging. Flavors of vanilla, light caramel are very clear. Also dark berries plentry of oak and a little leather. Easy to drink thanks to the pleasant carbonation level. Body and tartness match up well. I am so happy to have had this and so sad that it is not a year rounder.

05-04-2010 01:29:32 | More by pmlondrigan
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rye726

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a rusty redwood with a silky tan head. Nose has sour cherries, ripe plums, barnyard funk, oak and dry red wine. Taste has tart cherries up front through the finish followed by sweet pitted fruits, wood and musty farmyard funk. Crisp clean body has a tart and acidic finish. Another style well doen by the Bruery.

04-29-2010 23:21:09 | More by rye726
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy copper color and a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Wafts of tart cherry and green apples

Taste: Yeasty phenols, up front, followed by sweet and tart cherry/apple flavors; the tartness persists after the swallow, though there are some earthy and leathery elements underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Masterfully handled fruit character that is well balanced between the sweet and tart elements

04-17-2010 18:36:15 | More by brentk56
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%

Enjoying this one in order to distract me from Butler's gallant defeat. Good fight Bulldogs, this one is for you.

Appearance- A rich, walnut brown. It looks almost black until held up to the light. Hints of amber. Two inches of slightly tan, soapy, frothy head. Settles into a nice quarter inch cap. Very clear. A pleasant hue. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell- Lots of tart vinegar. Plenty of tart cherries and sour apple. A very pleasant funk. Definitely some oak as well. But not too woody. Very nice for the style.

Taste- A nice tart funk. Plenty of sour cherries. Some over-ripe apple as well. There is a strong oak character. Quite vinous. There is a malty, oak hint on the finish. Something more substantial, make it more of a "brown". The acid is for reals. The slight nuttiness on the finish is not my favorite. Some pleasant red currants, reminding me of Consecration. More acidic up front, wished it carried throughout.

Mouthfeel- Lots of nice carbonation. A good, firm body. Surprisingly robust. Excellent.

Drinkability- Pretty good, but the somewhat heavy body, and the strong acidity makes it a little tough.

This is a very nice beer. I certainly wish I'd purchased more when I had the chance. A really nice beer. I'd be very interested to see how it ages.

04-06-2010 05:41:27 | More by callmescraps
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Murchmac

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Thanks to alfranztel for opening this puppy up.

I was really hoping to like this beer but overall it was a little too tart for me. It had all the great characteristics of an oud Bruin but it was just too tart for me. Hence the name Oude Tart.

I could taste all the vinegar, sweetness, and fruit characters but the aftertaste was a bit too tart.

Glad I got to try it but I wouldnt get it again.

04-04-2010 04:59:58 | More by Murchmac
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev 0%

Thank you, Chris. I'd missed this on tap at the Bruery by a day, so I'm glad I get to enjoy a bottle of this while listening to some Anata.

Despite sitting in my fridge for a few weeks, this beer is a hazy, reddish brown with a dense light brown head. Retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing (nor does their need to be).

The nose is quite excellent. Tart with a vinegar bite, this is quite vinous with a surprising red wine character along with oak, a little vanilla and some tannins. The vinegar character is moderate, and there's actually quite a bit of cherry pie character, tart, fruity and mildly sweet. The sweetness has some caramel and some sugar to it. The tannins bring to mind seasoned leather

The palate opens with a noticeable red wine vinegar character, with the red wine really dominating. Surprisingly oaky, there's plenty of vanilla and tannins present. Moderately fruity as well, there's sour cherries present, lending both a sweetness and a tartness. The acetic character is moderate, coupling VERY well with the vinous character. Did I mention this was vinous? As mentioned, the sweetness is mostly cherry-like, with some brown sugar. Drying on the finish with a vanilla and tannin character, this is a pleasure on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I'm looking forward to the next couple of hours as I sip this. While the tannins are quite prominent, it is quite in balance with the rest of the beer, making drinking an entire bottle solo not seem a daunting task.

It's quite an interesting take on the style, very old world in nature. While it doesn't have the breadth of flavors that something like Goudenband has, for the first vintage, this is an exceptionally executed beer. Very well done, Patrick and co!

04-04-2010 01:02:24 | More by DefenCorps
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle courtesy of mikey711. Thanks! Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a crimson/mahogany mixture. Starts with a nice four-finger head, which quickly diminishes down to a slight, quarter-inch ring. No lacing left behind.

S: Nice tart acidity coming alongside some cherry notes. A bit of sherry coming in as well. Tiny amount of vinegar.

T: A good amount of acidity without being too puckering. A big of vinegar alongside that. Sherry and cherries. Nothing too funky.

M: Medium bodied and quite creamy. Great acidity; perfect for the style.

D: Highly drinkable. Nice acidity without being overly dry. The creaminess is a nice touch. Well-balanced flavors all around.

04-03-2010 01:16:01 | More by Thorpe429
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emerge077

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%

Thanks to Jason for this one.

Served around 50º as recommended by the bottle.
Full pour into a Duvel tulip, it generates 2 fingers of light tan foam, the color of foam padding yellowed with age. The head is dense, and lasts about 5 minutes. Random spotty lacing. Hazy reddish chestnut color.

Softly acetic nose, hints at wet barrel staves and some mineral notes. Dark berries... currant, blackberry, tart black cherry flavors, some yogurty lactic character. Full and savory, stimulates the salivary glands like none other. Very nice aftertaste of woody cinnamon spice and oak dryness. Cherry pits and dry fall leaves.

Enjoying this very much, but still have to give top honors to my faves Haandbakk and Oerbier Reserva. Makes a nice pairing with a washed rind cheese.

03-28-2010 21:27:17 | More by emerge077
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a deep dark maroon, or maybe what could also be described as a dark copper color. Thin head with bigger bubbles that dissipated quickly.

Smell is tart, sour, acidic and vinegar. Smells damn tasty for the style.

Tart and sour, lots of acidic vingar, leather, oak, and horse blanket. Very tasty, dried fruits seem to come into play here as well. Plums, cherries and raisins.

Bitter, smooth and acidic. Very good.

Very nice beer, good drinkability, terrific example of the style.

03-28-2010 06:30:32 | More by pmccallum86
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +8.6%

Had this as part of an epic tasting I had with several BA's
Poured into a snifter.
Pours an opaque cider apple tan reddish hued color. Very fizzy head like champagne.
Smells of sour apple, spices, and sweet dark fruit.
The taste is a little overwhelmed by the carbonation but after that you get a nice tart, sour apple flavor with a nice slight sweetness to the end.
Mouthfeel is extremely light due to the carbonation.
Very drinkable, I could drink this all day.
Stellar...period.

03-27-2010 02:42:39 | More by kbutler1
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femALEist

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

It's a Flander's Oud Bruin Style and 7.5%. It is also aged 18 months in Cabernet barrels. It's a beautiful clear copper brick red color. It had a light cherry aroma, a hint of funk and lots of wood. It was a strong sour at first that fades into a delightful sweetness, very complex! This is the type of sour I truly enjoy. It is a bit reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which we just had.

03-25-2010 20:45:33 | More by femALEist
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

Had this on tap at the reserve society initiation but decided to review it out of a bottle recently opened at a tasting. Thanks Peter (pmmcallum86) for sharing this!

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a ring and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a murky brown with a ruby hue.

Aroma: sour cherries, oak, horse blanket, and funk. Some leather notes as well. Mouth watering.

Taste: Not as sour as I was expecting from the nose, but more sour than on tap. Pretty tart. Sour cherries, oak, leather, horse blanket. I am really enjoying this. It has a much better taste out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a hint of sourness, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean, a little dry.

Overall, this beer is much better out of the bottle and I think it will continue to get more sour. It is drinkable and I can't wait to see what time does to this beer. Well done.

03-25-2010 14:57:16 | More by mothman
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Pour a dark amber / brown with a decent head

Smell of funk, dark fruits, pilsner malts

Taste of tart dark cherries, dry finish from brett yeast, brown sugar and caramelization. I was expecting this to be extremely tart based on the name, but was slightly surprised that it was very drinkable. Not a whole lot of vinegar like presence as some other Oud Bruins have. Not quite as sour as a Rodenbach Grand Crue. Slightly subdued in that sense, which was a welcome fact for drinkability. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body.

Drinkable? absolutely. This tasted cleaner than I had expected.

03-22-2010 19:40:49 | More by alpinebryant
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Sean9689

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Bottle from my homie, Masterski. Split with a bunch of the Chitown Crew.

A - Pours a ruby red with a fizzy white head which quickly disipitates and leaves a random bubble here and there.

S - Sweet tarts, cherries, sour apples, acidic sour/tart.

T - Cherries, slight funk, lots of acidic sourness.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, dry champagne-esk finish.

D - This was good, but I think I prefer Red Poppy.

03-22-2010 18:43:22 | More by Sean9689
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

Bottle courtesy of Overlord. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of tan carbonation that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and then to nothing. A Hazy reddish blood-orange color body.

S - Woody and oaky vanilla, acetic acid, sour cherries, a bit of leather, some unconcealed booze.

T - I like the taste better - there's some nice pale malt backbone that helps balance the lactic sourness, acetic acid, tart cherries, and tannic elements. Sweeter than the Red Poppy that I had side-by-side.

M - Tingly, medium body, that is sufficiently big for the 7.5% ABV. Starts sticky but finishes dry. Style appropriate.

D - Very enjoyable. It gets a touch acetic and vinegary by the end of a glass, but I could probably have the bottle on my own. Looking forward to more sour brews from the Bruery.

03-21-2010 20:16:22 | More by MasterSki
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Popkas

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.5%

A: Pour is a murky mahogany with a thick head that slowly settles to a thin ring leaving nice residual.

S: Smell is sour and wood shed. Good stuff.

T: Taste is much like the smell but no quite as impressive - sour, cherry/dark fruit, and wood/

M: Medium to light body with a bit of bite on the finish.

D: Pretty solid beer.

03-18-2010 02:01:08 | More by Popkas
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark ruby, with 2-3 foamy fingers of light tan head. This eventually retains with more of a thin look, with some creamy bunching around the edges that leaves a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing behind. Cherries are fresh, vibrant, and tart in the nose, being wrapped up in smooth notes of oaky vanilla and sweet bready tones. There is a bit of light earthy funk coming out as well but it seems to be tannic in nature than anything.

Fruit and tartness pretty much controls the bulk of the taste, with a nice balancing sugary doughy feel and a flush of vanilla that meshes well with the stickier sweet aspects of this. There is a touch of lactose and vinegar present but it is mostly kept to a minimum, with this staying mostly tart. Woody tannins hang on the edges of the profile, leaving a steady and deep earthy dryness across the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick easy creaminess that keeps this pretty mellow feeling on the tongue despite the relative sharp tartness of this. Not much alcohol felt here at all either, with the overall richness and slickness of the body helping keep it at bay.

This was a very solid take on an Oude Bruin, being well balanced with the wood character and achieving just the right amount of pucker in the mouth. I really enjoyed this bottle.

03-16-2010 19:32:55 | More by Kegatron
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tpd975

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -7%

A: Pours a amberish hue with a small white head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of cherry syrup, wood, hints of under ripe strawberries, and light acid.

T: Light acid up front with many flavors found in the aroma. Under ripe strawberry tartness with hints of sweet cherry juice. Nice sweet and tart thing going on. The tartness is rather mild though.

M: Lighter in body, smooth, bitey carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Not world class, but solid and drinkable.

03-11-2010 03:40:24 | More by tpd975
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Fweezle

Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%

Cheers to joerodii for hooking me up with two bottles. Always happy to drink my favorite style of beer.

A: Hazy brown with hints of red, perfect for a Flanders. Cream white head that stayed around for quite sometime.

S: Fresh cherries, oak, vanilla, fresh squeezed lemon juice, leather.

T: Tart, sour cherries, fresh vanilla bean, smooth oakiness, I tasted something akin to chocolate but not as pronounced, some sort of subtle roastiness. Touch of brown sugar

M: Smooth and velvety without being to cloying, little bit of pucker.

D: This is where this beer shines. I'd like to think I've had my fair share of Flanders Reds and this one take the cake with balance. Everything works so well together in this beer. Where La Folie is tongue twisting sour, or The Duchesse is a bit too sweet, this beer is just silly balanced. If you get a chance try this beer.

03-09-2010 13:02:09 | More by Fweezle
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Arbitrator

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this three times now, each with an angry, baleful glance that I wasn't taking notes and reviewing this properly. In my effort to hype CA beers, I'm uploading the requisite review.

A: Pours a murky maroon-amber-orange body in the glass. It develops a finger of off-white head, which retains very well before retreating into a thin film with a moderate collar. Nice lacing during the sips.

S: Lactic sourness, oak, cherry skins, leather.

T: Same; it's driven by tart cherries, contributing a mild bitterness from the skins and oak tannins. The finish brings out restrained bursts of supple leather, cheese, and some brown sugar. The aftertaste is mostly tannins and cherry flavor (not the sweetness). Mild balsamic vinegar, but I'm happy that there isn't much acetic acid to this, unlike Rodenbach Grand Cru.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. A fairly crisp, clean flavor.

D: Like I said, I had this thrice and enjoyed it. Too bad it took me so long to get around to uploading a review. This is genuinely good, and it's making me catch on to what everyone else seems to know already: The Bruery is worth watching. I'd buy a bottle of this, and then weep silently because I can't eat for a week.

03-08-2010 06:16:03 | More by Arbitrator
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

Thanks to Mikey711 for the great trade! Poured from a 750ml. wine bottle into a Portsmouth snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Heavy pour yields a slightly greyish tan 3 finger semi-fine head with outstanding legs. As I swirl the glass, the foamy monstrosity sitting atop my beer is barely disturbed. Great retention also. Beer itself is a near opaque brownish purple. Lacing is stringy and spotty, almost not deserving of the head.

S: Woody funk, oak, vinegary funk, and sour fruit. This is your prototypical sour fragrance and it doesn't dissapoint. Emanates rather profoundly from the massive head.

T: Great balance here. Vinegary at the start with an almost puckeringly pleasant tartness. Woody funk is noticeably present. Fresh, under-ripe plums add their touch as well as a slightly sour strawberry sweetness. This flavor takes over towards the end and dissipates in a dry, saliva-sucking finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse, and carbonated. Mouth is watery but its so sour that this almost seems strangely viscous because of saliva build-up. Finish is exceedingly dry and clean.

D: A surprise for me to be sure. I really wanted to try this from the start but wasn't quite expecting the exceptional brew that I got. Excellently balanced with a nice complexity that is easy to appreciate due to its not being overwhelming. Very tasty and I hope I'll get the chance to revisit this one again.

03-08-2010 04:02:23 | More by SpeedwayJim
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gford217

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%

This one becomes increasingly murky with each pour, with a reddish brown body and a big clumpy beige head that recedes slowly with small foam spots on the top and some lacing on the sides.

The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and hints of funky brett. On top of this is the wood character, definitely some oak.

The taste is more of the tart cherries, seemingly sweeter than the aroma would indicate and, though the brett is present, the finish is sweeter than I was expecting. It's dry, just not as dry as others I've tried.

The mouthfeel is extremely clean and crisp with a pleasant tartness and light funk in the finish.

I think this is an excellent Flanders as it's plenty sweet with the cherries with enough brett to balance it, but not so much as to dominate. Excellent.

03-06-2010 04:48:42 | More by gford217
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