Oude Tart - The Bruery
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3.89/5 rDev -9.1%
2013 Vintage, bottled on 7/29/13
poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Pours a murky dark reddish brown with a thick, 2 fingers tall, tightly bubbled tan head that quickly dies down to a mere puck leaving the no lacing behind in it's wake.
Tart cherries immediately leap out of the glass towards your nose with accompanying notes of under ripe plum and faint raspberries. Encasing these tart aromatics is a robust, but integrated layer of brettamyces; mostly rustic, worn leather and musty, damp hay. Bringing some balance is a nice background of sweet caramel and bready malt, as well as some toasty vanilla oak character.
Wow, much more sour than what you'd expect judging from the nose; As soon as the beer touches your tongue, a crushing, mouth watering flood of acidity assaults your palate; predominately waves of lemon juice as well tart cherries. Layered neatly underneath the acidity is some light barnyard funk that resides on your palate up until the tart dry finish. As the beer finishes, only a mere kiss of bready malt tries to cushion the acidity, but is quickly overwhelmed. Left on your palate are long, lingering notes of lemon flesh, cherries, damp earth, light breads and subtle vanilla from the oak barrels.
Medium bodied with high carbonation.
This is a more than a decent sour red, but it lacks the sweet, bready malt backbone that really differentiates the "Flemish Red" style from the rest of the sour styles. Judging on taste alone, this is a very solid and aggressive, albeit not the most complex sour that I've had. I'd definitely recommend this beer to only the most devout sour fans. Despite what the name says, this is definitely more than just merely "tart".
12-04-2013 07:41:17 | More by flayedandskinned
4.45/5 rDev +4%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter. 2013 edition. Bottled 07/31/13.
A: Pours a cloudy dark brown appearing almost black in the glass with a slightly tanned head. Head is fairly quick to dissipate till the point of no head left at all. Not really any lacing.
S: Very pleasant aroma on this one. Cherry as well as other dark fruits with an excellent tart twist. Touch of oak character as well. Vinegar aspect is subdued. Focus is really on the cherry and sour aspects.
T: Right off the bat you can feel the tartness dwelling in your mouth before you even swallow. As soon as you do a flood of cherry hits your tongue adding sweetness to the sour. Oak is in there adding some mellow characteristics. Alcohol is lost in the flavor.
M: Medium to full body with loads of carbonation. Dry and very crisp finish. Nice creamy aspect which is unique. Obviously a puckering beer. Warming to remind you there is booze in here.
Overall can easily understand why this is such a highly revered beer. Really shines in the cherry and sour departments. Paired with some vanilla bean ice cream is delicious.
12-03-2013 01:56:46 | More by CloudStrife
4.04/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has some retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a hazy but dark maroon that has chestnut notes which appears as a muddy and dark amber when held up to the light. No lacing at the moment. Small spots of lacing later.
Nose- Pretty typical for a Flanders Red Ale. Lots of tart cherry and not much else. Some acetic acid from the glass. The acetic acid is really strong from the bottle. Some hints of strawberry as the tart cherry of the glass fades quickly. Swirling adds nothing.
Taste- Reflective of the nose but far richer and more complex. Huge tart cherries with light acetic acid notes. Very fleshy cherry that starts to suggest leather. Heavy stone fruit such that even peach and apricot are expressed. Light notes of toast in the background but I don't really get any of the oak. Expresses tartness but the sour aspects mellow as the flavor profile progresses. A bit of dryness on the finish. Slight notes of oak start to appear but fortunately, they are slight. A very good and solid beer but seems, at the present, to be lesser than Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge or Rodenbach Cru. This is definitely a negative as all of these beers are cheaper. Acetic acid does grow but is well rounded and quite pleasant. Really good beer but not great. Slight bit of straw appears and makes the flavor profile a little more interesting.
Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with ample carbonation (fits the style well) and light syrup to the texture. Somewhat dry finish matches well with the slight straw.
Drinkability- Fairly easygoing for a “sour” beer. What isn't easygoing is the price- 21 bucks is way too much when comparable or better beers go for much less. Probably won't buy again.
Overall- Really good beer and a solid representation of the style. Definitely worth at try but if you're worried about your wallet, grab one of the aforementioned Flemish Reds. You won't miss much other than a tick.
12-01-2013 04:26:53 | More by artoolemomo
4.31/5 rDev +0.7%
A - pours a deep red mahogany with half a finger or darker tan head, renltention is decent, lacong is ok
S - tons of sour slight vinegar notes, black cherries and sweet sugary dates.
T - vinegar, black cherries, minimal oak semi astringent
M - lighter bodied, decent carb. Quite drinkable and refreshing
12-01-2013 02:56:25 | More by MacQ32
Oude Tart from The Bruery
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