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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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2,085 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,085
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 522
Gots: 714 | FT: 63
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 2,085 | Reviews: 357 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Rodenbach flute/tulip.

Clear chocolate body with sinopia highlights and a lasting thin desert sand head. Even pasty lacing, no legs.

Tart oaky aromatics suggest cherry pits, citrus zest, faint wine grapes, and vanilla.

Rustic simple palate entry with apricots, underripe raspberry, and a low plum/prune element as well. Acidity creeps up mid-palate which is quite balanced between a subtle vinuous character and a lactic tartness. Finishes very dry with a bit of specialty malt, cocoa, and leather coming out in the aftertaste.

Well carbonated yet soft while still mostly light-bodied. No astringency or heat.

An approachable sour with somewhat subdued (though I wouldn't go so far as to say undeveloped) flavors for the style.

augustgarage, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of clarkenstein
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

clarkenstein, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of DSlim71
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DSlim71, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish color with a small somewhat orange head.

Aroma is full of tart fruit with some vinegar. A bit more of a malt backbone than I'm used to for this style along with some earthy spiciness.

First flavor is of sour cherries. A little bit of vinegar, but somewhat subdued. The earthiness also peaks in and is a pleasant contrast with the sourness. Some oak is also present.

Somewhat creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation levels.

I really enjoyed this beer. I was surprised the vinegar tones were subdued and complimenting rather than overpowering. Lots of good flavors are packed into this one that go together well along with the nice creamy mouthfeel.

jmarsh123, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of DaBubs
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

DaBubs, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of j1knapp
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

j1knapp, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of vissai
4/5  rDev -6.5%

vissai, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of SPRichard
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SPRichard, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of geoffsm12
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

geoffsm12, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of dgilks
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for being my proxy for this. Much appreciated.

Clear mahogany colour with lots of luscious red hues to it. Small, light tan head with a fine structure. Decent head retention for style.

Sour cherry and plum notes with some moderate acetic and lactic tartness. There is a touch of sweetness on the nose as well. Mild funk but this is mostly about a restrained, balanced tartness with the fruit. I also get a hint of spice in the background.

Thin acidity with some earthiness which is interesting. Moderate tartness that suits the style. Some fruit but it isn't as forward as in the aroma. Mild sour plum notes come out again along with berry notes and some vinous notes. I don't get the spice from the aroma but that's okay as well. Improves markedly as it warms.q

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. It seems fine.

I quite like this but it is a very different take on the style from either of Rodenbach Grand Cru or Duchesse de Bourgogne. The fruitiness is unique and it opens up really nicely in the glass as it warms. A very good take on the style.

dgilks, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for hooking me up with these beers. Cheers! 2011 750ml bottle split with my brother-in-law.

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark mahogany color. About a half finger of head is achieved with a harder pour that dissipates quickly leaving zero lacing.

Smell – Tart cherries, heavy oak, vinegar, decent malt.

Taste – As with the aroma, tart cherries, lots of oak and tannins, slight vanilla, heavier malty backbone. A hint of vinegar aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit creamy, lower carbonation.

Overall – A decent beer but nothing that blows me out of the water. I hope this gets a bit more tart in time…as with other “sour” beers from the Bruery, it has a bit too much of a malty backbone for my liking.

SpdKilz, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of bstyle
4/5  rDev -6.5%

bstyle, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of TGS
5/5  rDev +16.8%

TGS, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage. Poured into a wine glass. Pours a ruby red. kinda hazy with a bit of an off white head. OK lacing.

Aroma is kinda of tart cherries even though there aren't any in this beer. a bit of funk and some lactic acid. Could use a little more help in the aroma area. Not very strong.

Taste is tasty. One of the better sours out there but not amazing. Tart and funky. With some age it gets a little more tart. Tasty sour.

Mouth feel is nice and dry like I like it. Fine bubbles and a decent amount.

Overall a tasty brew but not one to be compared to a cantillon or the like. Very worth trying and aging though.

PeprSprYoFace, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of furthurgone
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

furthurgone, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev -6.5%

kornkid8600, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of SummitVA
4/5  rDev -6.5%

SummitVA, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of kbuzz
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date found.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with ruby red highlights in the light. One finger light brown head. Plenty of carbonation evident.

S: Sour funk...vinegar...easter egg dye.

T/M: A nice tartness up front. Thin bodied. Highly carbonated. Tartness lingers in the back of the palate...makes your teeth clench. Some oak tannins. Some dark fruits...raisins, plums. More tart than expected, but I dig...

O: A pretty fantastic sour. I don't get a ton of the oak aging, but it's in there. Pretty dominantly tart...with some mild dark fruits. Still...a very nice American sour ale.

kbuzz, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of MrHirschybar
4/5  rDev -6.5%

MrHirschybar, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev -6.5%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of jp7161
4/5  rDev -6.5%

jp7161, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of youradhere
3.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright mahogany with red edges, nice tan head, nice even lacing left behind. Smell is toffee, lemon, slight chocolate, yogurt, Brett fruit. Taste is blue cheese, lemon zest, oak vanilla, cheese popcorn, stale diluted coffee. Mouthfeel is medium light, carries the flavors well, I'm glad this is dry otherwise I would swear this was Rodenbach. Carbonation is low-medium. A lil too cheesy for me, but a decent offering from Cali.

youradhere, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of SneezyAchew
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SneezyAchew, Dec 21, 2011
Oude Tart from The Bruery
96 out of 100 based on 2,085 ratings.