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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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2,211 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,211
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 534
Gots: 767 | FT: 68
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Overlord on 12-20-2009

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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Photo of Tony_D
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark amber color with some red hues. Initial cream colored head that quickly dissipated leaving zero lacing.

Fruity smell with a bit of funk to it. Almost has a hint of mustiness to it.

Very tart. Caused my mouth to pucker as soon as I drank even the slightest amount. Get some fruit taste but can't nail down exactly what. Extremely sour.

Good amount of carbonation.Seems a little thin on the mouthfeel but still a very drinkable beer. No trace of malt or hops, just fruit and funky sourness

Overall, this is a very solid beer. At the $17 price range it is a little hard to justify purchasing this beer regularly, but I will every now and again. A good example of the style but I still feel like there are better examples out there to be had.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark red-brown. No head to mention.

Ripe vinegary tartness, big oak presence, leathery notes, tart cherry, pomegranate seed, and musty old chair. Awesome nose on this one.

Cidery vinegar, notes of tart cherry, oak, green apple tannins, old leather must, sour grape, and a hint of currant. So well-balanced between sour and gentle sweet and lightly malty. No hops, and I wouldnt ask for them, but the barrel-aging is primo.

Easy sipping for a Flanders Red. More than tart, but supple in the body. Masked carbonation levels that do more than you might first think.

Superb ale that I can finally knock off the bucket list.

Photo of Bouder32
4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark ruby amber color with a decent off-white head and no lacing

S-dark fruit, red wine vinegar, oak, little vanilla and caramel

T-sour cherry, raspberry, vinous, oak, light caramel malt, hint of vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, tart and astringent

O-really nice representation of the style, nice flavor

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of TruePerception
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Oude Tart, Flemish-style red ale aged in oak barrels. 7.5% ABV.

A: About a finger of slightly tan head. Fades quickly. Nice deep red, almost brown, with bright yellow in the dimple. Some slight sheeting. No lacing. And, I didn't notice until half a glass deep, but it has a slight yellow (clear from some angles) meniscus. Interesting. I don't think I've noticed that in beer before.

S: Fruity. In the raspberry/cranberry range. Slight sour funk. Slight wine must, coming out more as it warms.

T/MF: More wine must. A fairly mellow, yet present acidity. Sharper towards the tip of the tongue. Earthy funk. A slight, dry cranberry in the background. Very slight leather. I almost missed it. I feel like there's something I'm missing... A bitterness in the back. I can't place it. I'd say this a slightly more subtle example of the style, based on my minor experience.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 edition - I missed out on this at GABF last year (don't save the Bruery table for near the end of the session, a helpful hint), so it's nice to see it arrive here in Alberta now.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves just a wee bit of lingering sea-spray lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves into non-being.

It smells of sour, dark fruit - raspberries, cherries, and red grapes - woody caramel and vanilla, turbinado sugar, gritty pale malt, cooking vinegar, and a musty, lightly funky yeastiness. The taste is rather tart and acerbic red wine vinegar, perhaps a bit more complex via the additional cherry, black currant, and raspberry notes, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, thin dark sugar, barely sweet pale malt, subtly toasted woody caramel, well-aged leather, and a softly yeasty fruit wine booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, and yet sturdy enough to take on the swirling acidity, the body medium-light in weight, and more smooth than I might have initially imagined. It finishes off-dry, the lineage of the bracing sourness still resonating, though tempered somewhat by a blend of sugar, malt, and wood.

A genuinely balanced, but still big and saucy sour red ale, the well-rounded fruity tartness let out to play, but not at the cost of an overwrought palate pillaging. The wood treatment is complex, understated, and just about right. Quite an apt representation for the style, but all other things are not equal with this offering - the serving size and sticker price cannot compete with those venerable in-class imports, I'm afraid.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 2,211 ratings.