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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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1,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 1635
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


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.

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mltobin

Connecticut

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split a bottle with a couple of friends, poured into a wine glass.

Appearance is dark red - brown with a short head. Its` nose hits right away with vinegar, dried fruits and funk. For the taste, there are cherries, certainly a tartness as the name implies, a little flavor of red wine too. Mouthfeel is medium, rich, it makes you pucker and some of the sourness lingers. But, it is a in pleasant manner. Had this a few times, but wanted to finally take some notes. It is nice that it is now easy to get in the New York area.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:56:59 | More by mltobin
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery Oude Tart Flemish Style Red Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.

Deep burgundy hue, dark red, with a slim, soon-gone head.

Aroma speaks up form the first minute, spilling out sour fruit, matched with sweetness, a beautiful blend. Just a touch of vinegar, a magnificent marriage of sweet and sour.

Taste: Bam! boom! Mmmm. A great flash of sourness, an intense puckeration that outreaches many other sour red ales. And the vinegar rises up, as well. Big, fresh, intense, and amazing.

This one is just about a match for Rodenbach or any of the better Belgian Flemish reds. Not a damn thing wrong with it. In fact, I love it. Mmmm, mmm, good.

"Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels."

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 07:35:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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beagle75

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.
2009 vintage

A: Slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a steady peripheral ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Delicately fruity, with sourness evident. Scant breadiness is also detected, really just attending to the other notes. Lactic and acetic qualities seem to find balance. Though subtle, oak is also in commanding form--not demanding the attention of the drinker but rather drawing it through merit.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with mild dark stone fruit and sour acidity of moderate intensity. If there was any question from the smell, the fermentor culture appears distinctly of Flanders when coupled to the very refined aromatic malt and essential oak. The finish is short and relatively clean, drying, with declining sourness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and appropriately acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A fine approximation of the sour ales of Flanders, Belgium; this beer takes a more careful approach than some in the way it is short on overt sweetness. The malt, yeast, and bacteria all cooperate nicely leading to a final product that seeks not to challenge but to showcase some traditional qualities. None shine brighter in the final tally than the wood influence.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 19:13:56 | More by beagle75
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/vinegar, tart cherry, and green apple. Very light notes of oak.

T: There is a great tartness to this beer - exactly what I expected for the style. Upfront there are some moderate flavors of tart cherries, green apples, and some slightly stronger flavors of vinegar. Light notes of oak come through but overall there is a pleasant sourness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I found this beer to be fairly approachable for the Flanders Red Ale style and a great example of it - though if you have no interest in sour beers this is one to avoid. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and it had just the right amount of tartness/sourness and acidity.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:33:12 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of wood and hints of vinegar.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a low aamount of carbonation. The tartness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer is pleasantly sour and tart but in no way over the top overpowering so it's rather drinkable compared to other beer in the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 18:28:08 | More by metter98
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nickfl

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with clear amber highlights.

S - An aroma of cherries, vanilla, toasted oak, and subtle roast.

T - Tart cherry and caramel up front with more dark sugar in the middle. Finishes with funk, stone fruit, and a touch of smoky vanilla.

M - Moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - The aroma is excellent and the flavor profile isn't far behind.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 01:44:01 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single finger off white head on a clear red brown and amber body with excellent lacing. Aroma of cola, oak, brown sugar, candied orange, dark fruit including fig raisins and cherry. Flavor is less complex but still very good with mostly sour cherries, some brown sugar and oak notes throughout. Fairly thick and oily body and light carbonation. Simple but good. Seemed a little watery but its hard to critize this one too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 01:38:06 | More by kylehay2004
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yankeepride

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shop manager near me, upon hearing that I was going to share this beer, told me "Don't. Drink it with your wife. You'll thank me later." Well, he was dead right. It pours even deeper than ruby, with a mahogany tint to it. Not as much of a tart smell as I've gotten in others, but the oaken notes come right out of the bottle and hit you from a few feet away. You also get the barrel in the taste, and it's not so sour that it curls your eye shut. It has a perfect balance of everything, and even has a bit of alcohol burn that I have never tasted in a sour. It has a clean finish, and doesn't linger past its welcome.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 03:52:57 | More by yankeepride
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zhanson88

California

3.41/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty cloudy. About 1" of head forms which has nice retention and okay lacing.

Smell: Mostly smells of lemon tartness, along with some slightly sweet as well as sour cherries in the background.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet up front, followed by lemony tartness and maybe a bit of sour cherries. Finish is a mixture of sweetness and tartness.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light without a ton of carbonation. Decent. Overall, not a bad sour. A little sweeter than I was expecting and kind of one dimensional. Worth a try, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:01:33 | More by zhanson88
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark red brown in color with a finger of a light khaki colored head. When held up to light, the body is ruby red and fairly clear with some visible carbonation.

Smell: Big tartness right upfront with aromas of sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, stone fruits, slight lactic character, leather and coconut.

Taste: Sour cherry, vanilla, oak, bready malt, toasted almonds, and maybe a hint of green apple. Sourness is on the lower end of high.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied with medium/high carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer and on of the best American versions of the style. It's heavier on the lactic sourness and lighter on the sweetness and stone fruit flavors than some of it's Belgian counterparts, but that's not necessarily a complaint. This is a great beer that's worth seeking out

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 04:00:48 | More by Jonada
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades at a normal pace.

S - Sweet caramel malts, oak, vanilla, sour cherries, funky brett and other yeasts, lactic acid, brown sugar.

T - Sweet caramel malts, sour cherries, tart lactic acid and lemon zest, oak, vanilla, funky Brett and other yeasts, brown sugar.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth with a funky, tart, and sour finish.

D - Great sourness and tartness. Very well balanced and complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 06:02:27 | More by ngeunit1
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 into a snifter

This is my first The Bruery offering at a wild ale. I am use to RR or Crooked Stave sours, so I am that dick teacher who gives C's for a B work. This beer is a little dry for me. Perhaps the first year of vintage is working against this one; it will be interesting to compare against the newer vintages I have in the cellar. Overall, I am happy, but not thrilled for this. I am looking forward to the next few wilds that The Bruery has for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 01:03:24 | More by gueuzedreg
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a darker mahogany color with ruby red clarity through the body when held to the light. A yellowish khaki head about a finger strong appears and fades quick leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is lemony lactic and funky. Some raw oak and a mild touch of caramel to vanilla melds out towards the back. Some fruity quality is present but not really driving home any of that distinct cherry or vinegar notes typically associated with the style. Not saying thats a bad thing, just unique and enjoyably different.

The flavor includes raw oak blending into mild vanilla sweetness and caramel to toffee grain/barrel presence with a dark tangy fruity alcohol component. A raw quality almost mineral-like mixes with a hint of rusty sourness and herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It overall is not bad and the enjoyable aspects are very enjoyable. By Flanders standards it hits the mark but isnt a standout. Worth trying and despite my gripes and displeasure at some of it's character I am glad I have another bottle or 2 to enjoy with some more age.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 18:32:41 | More by stakem
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharply acidic and solely focused on cherry portrayal, this Californian-brewed, Belgian-style sour red ale is cleaner, crisper, and much drier than most that are devised outside of the lowlands of Belgium.

Pouring a lightly rusty color of brown, garnet, and orange; the beer is hazy and prefers a wine-like demeanor over that of beer. Though it's somewhat sprite carbonation yields a loosely knit white froth, it's structure falls and causes the beer the beer to look still shortly after the pour.

Strong sourness and tartness of "sour patch kids" candies emit from the initial aromas, but soon after the more mature scents of balsamic, leather, sour cherries with grapes offer up strong wine-like attributes. Its malty dryness supports the sourness with just enough cracker and honey notes give the sourness a rounded sense without attention.

The sharp and precise flavors hinge on the dry cherry taste, which accents its tartness. But the beer doesn't let up as the quick rebuttal of almond, apple, Cabernet, light leather, dusty oak, and white cider vinegar govern the beer's bulk of taste. It's a decadent taste that's dry, sharp, fruity, and lightly cheesy.

Light on the palate, the beer starts zesty, racy, and fully engulfed on the mouth. But as the carbonation subsides, it takes with it the creaminess the keeps the beer together and ushers in sheer acidic textures, light astringency, and mild warmth.

Ouded Tart really does all it says in its name. It is tart with the taste of dried acidic and succulent fruits; but also gives aged "savory" notes that shows the beer's patience and maturity. I love the beer for all it is, although its depth is just off of Rodenbach examples.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 07:14:50 | More by BEERchitect
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle.

Pours dark mahogany with amber edgework. A minimal head of bone fades quick to reveal a placid surface with zero lacing.

Aromatics lead off with sour apples, balsamic-drizzeled toffee, and wine-soaked oak. Hints of tart cherries, port, and rhubarb follow through.

Medium bodied with a sharp mouthfeel. A bit tacky as well.

Apples soaked in wine and balsamic start the palate. A drying oakyness steps forward along with soured fruit and bright acid.

Finishes with a lingering sourness, acid-laced red fruits, and a wine-like vineousity.

A tasty and substantial sour. The sourness level is right on for someone who prefers a more aggressively sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 02:05:55 | More by brewandbbq
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Oude Tart pour a flat muddy brown with a tiny head. Only a few spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is tart with Belgian spice and barrel notes. Cherries, oak, vanilla, and a little coriander.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft and smooth with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins tart and acidic with cherry and peach tastes. Oak and vanilla is present along with a little cinnamon. It finishes tart with lingering fruity notes.

This is a full flavored very tasty beer. Lots of tartness with a nice oaky/vanilla barrel notes.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 22:50:32 | More by WanderingFool
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky brown with a light brown lacing

S - sour cherries, belgian yeast,

T - very sour, cherries, lemon, a little bit of funk

M - tart, dry, no alcohol burn to speak of

O - great sour, glad to have picked this one up

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:01:55 | More by ncketchum
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draheim

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a reddish brown w/ a thin beige head that settles to a light film, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is, not surprisingly, tart and oaky. Aroma reminds me of what Rodenbach Grand Cru tastes like.

Taste is wayyyy more sour than the nose indicates. Not vinegary, but almost puckeringly, crab-apple sour. Recalibrating... Dry oak is there in spades, almost feels like I have a wood chip in my mouth. But in a good way. Can't stop sipping this, and I find something new with each sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, evaporates off the palate.

Overall a wonderfully dry, oaky sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 04:51:50 | More by draheim
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AltBock

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a simple orange fire hydrant shaped label. The front and back label has all the info you need to know about the beer except a vintage year. The labels give you tasting notes, ABV%, proper serving temp, and correct glassware. Like I said, everything except for a vintage year.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, Oude Tart was a very interesting color. It was a deep dark murky mahogany brown color. It was almost a dark beer bottle cola brown color. The color was great, but the head of foam wasn't as impressive. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dark tan in color. It receded way too fast. It didn't even bother to leave anything behind. Not even rings around the beer or a single spot around the glass. Nothing! At least the color was nice.

What was lost in the aroma was quickly made up in the aroma when I first put my nose to the beer. The aroma was strong with plenty of sour and tart goodness. It was sour and tart with green grapes, raspberries, cherries, green apples, and a little lemon. Behind the solid sour fruit wall was a subtle whiff of oak and leather. Was it funky? No, not really. It was instead nice and tart!

The taste was sour, tart, and a little acidic, but it wasn't at the level where the aroma was. It was a little lower than that. Don't worry! The taste was still sour, tart, and fruity with red raspberries, green grapes, green apples, cherries, and lemons. What was found in the aroma was found in the taste. Behind all the sour and tart fruits was some malt, oak, and a gentle touch of leather. If only the fruit combined with the leather to make fruit leather. That would have been cool.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, tart, sour, and acidic. All the good stuff you want to find in this style of beer. Even though it was sour and tart, it won't take a lot of water to wash away the tartness. Another great Bruery beer.

It was sour and tart, but they did a nice job controlling that. The sour and tartness never really got full strength. Same story with the oak. This beer is on the pricey side. Is it worth it? Only if you like sours and you want something different to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 02:28:45 | More by AltBock
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wedge

North Carolina

4.51/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@ Tyler's Bottle Shop

Served a deep, auburn colored body with only a slim, bubbly covering on top. Tart, acidic fruity aroma...cherry, vinegar, brown sugar, dry floral notes, and a warm spiciness. Juicy, tart flavor: sour apple, berry, light wood, some wine, and not too much sweetness from the malt. Dry and lightly effervescent making for a super refreshing beverage. Very, very satisfying and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2013 00:14:38 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with a copper glow. Head is a nice tight 1/2 inch. Pretty, but time to stop looking and start sniffing....

S: A whole lot of smells here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of licorice, woody dusty aromas, bright (almost lemony) floral, and stinky barnyard hay... A nostril pleasure indeed.

T: Deeply sweet and very mouth wateringly tart. Cherries, white wine fruity, leafy woods, and much more. Nice implosive drying through and beyond the finish.

M: Smooth and soft with a sharp edge. Mmmm.

O: Excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 20:17:16 | More by tastybeer
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Dark, deep and roasted color. Big foamy off-white head. No lacing. Clarity is nice too

Tons of roasty cherry. Oakey and vanilla too. Tart and acidic. Milky, but cherry is almost over whelming..

Sweet and sour; Cherry and dry. Tart, acidic, smooth, delicious, slightly bitter and dark red cherry. The only thing I would dismiss is some of the super dark roasty cherry flavors, slightly detracts from the mouthfeel.

Awesome brew! I can't believe this is the first time I've had it... Highly recommended and can't wait for next years release. Exactly the beer I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 05:51:56 | More by chugalug06
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep deep ruby redish/brown, nearly opaque, with a 2 finger head on my aggressive pour

S: sour, tartness, slight sweet undertone with a bit of woody-vanilla

T: Two words tart and delicious. This is mouth-puckering tart and I love it. There is a sweet undertone that follows the nose and a really nice tart/sweet/faint vanilla finish. Definately picking up small hints of oak barrel but mostly sour.

M: Nice light mouthfeel. Well balanced.

Overall: this beer is delicious. The taste and mouthfeel really stood out. The appearance was lacking, and the smell was somewhere in the middle. This is one of my favorite Bruery beers. If you like mouth puckering sour like I do then you'll really enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:06:46 | More by mjohnson17
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vonnegut21

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red-brown with a finger and a half of white head.

S: Tart, lactic nose up front. Cherry, vanilla and a touch of oak linger This smells excellent.

T: Moderately tart, with cherry and vinuous notes. Oak, vanilla and barrel tannins linger. Nice flavors, but nothing overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied. Almost a bit undercarbonated for how I prefer the style.

O: A nice beer. Tasty, and since I have two more bottles, I'll drink again. Not my favorite of the style. Not even close to Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge as far as flavor. On par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, but at double the cost, it's a tough sell.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:41:53 | More by vonnegut21
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flagmantho

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This was my wife's Christmas present to me ... really looking forward to this one.

Appearance: rich, deep amber-brown hue with a relatively haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a rich caramel character and a bright yet not overpowering tartness. Under this is a woody, vanilla-ey aroma which really fills out the whole thing. Complex and enjoyable.

Taste: caramel malt, vanilla wood and lactic tartness all hit me at once. The light fruitiness works well here. Overall quite good, but the rich complexity of the aroma isn't quite here; tartness takes over and the flavor is a bit imbalanced. Good, but perhaps not great.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation. There's some nice activity here, but it is neither creamy nor brightly effervescent. Not bad, but could be a lot better.

Overall: this beer could be better in some areas, but overall I am enjoying it a whole helluva lot. I'd love to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:17:10 | More by flagmantho
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,635 ratings.