Oude Tart - The Bruery
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4.14/5 rDev -3.3%
Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 7/30/13 faintly etched in on the curve of the neck. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with an exaggerated flare on the rim.
Appearance - Pours a dark, garnet red that reminds me of a ruby when it's absorbing, rather than reflecting, the light around it. So dark that when not held in front of a light source, it could almost look black, with just a sliver of dark crimson around the countour of the glass. Atop the body sits two fingers of tight light brown foam that shows moderate retention. Eventually recedes to a moderate film on top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and slick looking.
Smell - Inhaling brings an assault of acidic aromatic profiles, with both acetic and citric joining the fray, but more the former than the latter. Red wine vinegar, oak tannins, and the impressions of preserved black cherries all combine to make this a nicely sour smelling beer.
Taste - The acidic element is still dominant, with acetic acid taking even more of a lead role than it did on the aroma. Again, red wine vinegar and tart black and red currant power through, with a musty note reminiscent of leather and humidor tobacco (but not smoky). As before, the oak imparts a nice woody, tannic quality to the beer, and it almost seems to provide a sense of subtle vanilla to balance the biting acidity.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high levels of carbonation that provides for a prickly, puckering feel on the tongue.
Overall, just a really well-done Flanders Red. Personally, I prefer my sour beers to pack a pretty good wallop, and this one certainly delivers. Over a full bottle, you get more than enough puckering to really get that electric sour fix. I'd love to try the version with cherries some day, since the base beer seemed to impart notes of cherry to begin with.
08-13-2014 06:01:12 | More by LambicPentameter
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,884 ratings.