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Oude Tart | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by Overlord on 12-20-2009

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Reviews: 394 | Ratings: 2,429
Photo of jmarsh123
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of kbuzz
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of youradhere
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for sending me these, Mark!

A: Pours a dirty, murky, wooden-red color with a faint finger of light tan head that quickly faded into a thin collar.
S: Tart notes of dry oak, light malt, cherries, red berries, sweet fruit juice and fruit skin tannins.
T: Tart yet clean flavors of fruit skins, gritty tannins, dry oak, berry juice, cherries, and green fruits. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying aftertaste.
M: Slick yet drying mouthfeel with bubbly, tingly, carbonation and a medium body.
O: Really solid all around. Not overly tart but very clean and fruity. Thanks again, Mark.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this at CdC.

A: Cloudy persimmon-brown body with a finger of fine tan froth. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Bright and sour, with cherries and acetic acid standing out. Simple, fresh, and pleasant.

T: Acrid, sour (but not in a good way) cherry skin up front, with much better fruit and acidity thereafter. Long, tart finish. Good, not great.

M: Clean medium body, moderate, lively carbonation. Excellent.

O: I really liked the assertive acidity, but the acrid bitterness of the cherry-skin flavor really kept it from being as enjoyable as it could have been. Well worth drinking, but not worth the difficulty of tracking down IMO.

Cheers!

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Photo of Brew33
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Tenchi221, thanks for the "Want" extra Alex!

Pours a deep brown, darker than I expected. The first glass expressed perfect clarity. Thin, tan head with defined bubbles. The aroma is just fantastic. Lactic twang, malt forward, dark breads, excellent.

The flavor is all about balance. It's not as tart or sour as the nose suggested. Full, bready malts followed by a mellow lactic tartness. It's not quite as dry as I usually like sours nor is the carbonation as lively as I usually like but it works well. Really well. This would be a great beer to get someone started on sours because this beer never forgets it's malt bill and never screams at you.

All in all an excellent beer. One I'm very glad I was able to try and will seek out more of. Good stuff!

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A- Pours a hazy burgundy with minimal pinkish tan head; no lacing.
S- Hay, sour cherries, red wine vinegar, oolong tea and barnyard funk. Some leather.
T- Sour, fresh mowed grass, tart cherry and rhubarb. Some residual sweetness as well as hints of oak and vinous characters.
M- Thin but well carbonated.

A good representation of the style. While the other Bruery offerings are superior (Wanderer especially) this is still one of the best West Coast sours. Glad I bought a few to cellar.

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Photo of Koufax21
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bruery. It poured a dark brown with a little ruby coloring on the edges when held to the light. It had about an inch of a yellowish cream colored head but was completely void by the time it got to me. It smelled very tart with hints of cherry and warhead candy. A little sweeter than I expected. Definitely tart but not in the extreme mouth puckering way. Slightly acidic and dry. It certainly brings you back quickly for another sip. Well carbonated. I'm not a huge sour fan, but I'm trying to appreciate this style for what it is. Tasty all in all.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed this review. Taken from notes on 11.2.2011.

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint. A one finger tan head forms, then fades quickly.

S - Tart cherries, and some oak flavors.

T - Ripe cherry, slight funk, a warming woody flavor.

D - Lower carbonation, average body. Pretty mild all-around.

O - Mild taste, in avery nice way.

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Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to jlindros for sharing this beer with me in honour of my 600th review. This is the 2011 edition and was poured into a Palm Tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a ruddy garnet hue with a foamy one finger earthy almost mocha head that fades to leave a very nice halo.

S - This is a very nice flanders red. Good sour cherries and very nice oak. Nice and tart on the nose with some light vanilla as well.

T - Very, very nice here. Good tart sour cherries with lots of oak and light vanilla to mellow and round things out. Sour candies and a tartness that lingers. Just super mellow and smooth as it goes from one flavour to the next. Really jives.

M - Moutheel is smooth and creamy, lower on the carbonation than usual. Its super tart, kinda syrupy and results in a flemmy mouthfeel. It is quite drinkable still though.

O - Overall wow, what a beer. I can understand why this is so heavily sought after. Excellent lingering sourness here. Shame I couldnt get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of nhindian
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle provided by russwbeck and poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - The appearance is much darker than I was expecting; it's nearly a complete brown void with only faint traces of dark red. About 1.5-fingers of light tan head with good retention and a thick, foamy cap when it fades. The lacing isn't bad, but it's not exactly the most sticky of foam.

S- Not exceptionally tart, but with a good amount of cherries to help mix things up. I'm getting a lot of the darker fruit aspect of it, like pitted fruits, especially the skin and stones. I'm also smelling a bit of that vinegar that is common for the style. Finally, the oak barrels do come through here as well, but not exceptionally so and it is more of a subtle addition.

T - The first thing I realize about the flavor is that it is not very sour at all; there's only a touch of tartness but it seems as more of an afterthought than the focus, especially for a beer proclaiming 'tart' as part of its name. I'm getting a bit more of the cherry and darker fruits, with the whole fruit coming into play. A little bit of oak and a dram of vinegar, before finishing in a silkiness that adds a pinch of leather.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with nice carbonation. It feels little bit heavy, especially with the bolder flavors and smaller amount of tartness.

D - Drinkability is moderate. This is pretty much a sipper, and I can't help but feel a little more tartness or carbonation could've helped. As it warms, the vinegar comes through even more which adds a different facet. Honestly, I was expecting a lot more out of this, and having it in company of Goose Island's Three Sisters, this comes in near the bottom.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Epic tasting shared with nhindian. Thanks beerman4 for picking this up for me!

A: Brown pour with hints of red along the edges. About a finger of white head leaves some nice lacing and decent retention.

S: The nose is full of tartness and a slight amount of cherries. Slight funkiness and some malts seem to provide the base for this guy.

T: The taste is really lacking for me. I was expecting something that would really blow me away, and this failed to deliver. Light cherry taste mixed with some tartness and slight vinegar. Very dry and acidic finish that leaves my mouth watering. As I finish the beer off, the booziness really takes over.

MF: Light body with average carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit strange, but no alcohol is noted.

O: Pretty disappointed here. Was expecting a far above average sour, but got nothing but average to below average. Just not a strong enough flavor profile, and enough of a balanced taste for it to be rated with an A average.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to pitasoup for this one, trade done from Reddit.

Light fizzy head, slight yeast chunks at the bottom, dark murky molasses brown ruby colored beer with touch of light coming through.

Nose great, tart fruit, sour malt, bit lambic like tartness, light acidity, hint of dark malts, light raisin, bit of tart cherry, great tart fruit, hint of vanilla oak.

Taste starts nice and tart, soured malt, light wild funk and acidity, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, like sour candy, whisky sour cherry, light earthy nutty like malts, light sweetness, little syrupy, hint of vanilla and oak. Long tart finish, dry bready malts and earthy light funk, light tart cherry. Sticky syrupy as well.

Mouth is med bodied, bit heavier, lighter carb, syrupy, flemmy.

Overall great, delicious, great tart fruit, sour malt, light bready dry malts and funk, bit sticky and syrupy.

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Photo of aficionado
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - In 2011, Thanks Kyle2k10.

Looks like mulled cider with a murky brown body and tinges of red and yellow. Small 1 finger off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smells like Supplication, which makes me excited in anticipation of that dry fruity sour goodness. Funky yeast, new oak, and lots off stewed Autumn fruits.

Wow! Too sour, and I usually love sour beers. It's like a slap in the face with acid. I should've let this age a bit because I think it would be more enjoyable with more time to bottle condition. The flavors would have a chance to meld and the sourness would be suppressed a little bit more. Taste is more of the same from the nose, but not as well executed. Vinegar notes and some cherries come out. Leather is certainly there too as the bottle suggests.

Carbonation is there, but it's low to moderate. Feels thin despite the big bold murky body which leads you to believe otherwise.

This is not a bad beer, and I think it would be better in time, which is why my overall score is a bit higher. I'd rather drink this than others I rated 3.5 in the overall field.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.44/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of CenCalMario
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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

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Photo of waltersrj
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.