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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
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world-class

1,634 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1634
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.07%


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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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this, and it did not dissappoint. The best thing about Bruery beers is their great body and mouthfeel, and this one is no exception. The pour is cola brown with a creamy, slowly dissipating beige head. The smell, while reminesect of Rodenbach, is earthier. Taste is along the lines of an aged Rodenbach - NOT the Grand Cru. Body is smooth, carbonation great. Drinkability is super. All in all, this really reminds me more of a Flanders Red, but there is nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:40:50 | More by Onibubba
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jampics2

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I opened this gem from the cellar with family before we headed out for a wonderful night on the town, celebrating my (then) fiancée and my bachelor/bachelorette party. Poured into a snifter.

The beer looks just beautiful in the glass. A copper color with red and brown streaks swirling around. A thin white head sticks around for a bit then becomes just a thin film. It's easily re-awakened by agitating the snifter. The beer is cloudy and there are some major differences from glass to glass as we work through the bottle. Overall, it's still a nice looking Flanders Old Bruin and very few bottled bruins have impressed me this much.

If you love this style, you know what to expect from your first sniff of a freshly poured glass. But this one is special. Sure the requisite components of the bouquet are all there: sour cherries, vinegar-esque acetic acid, oak tannins, and a touch of barnyard funk. But there are also some woody spices, green apples, and vanilla. The beer is expressive and wonderful.

The taste is sublime. This is now my favorite beer in one of my favorite styles ever, and I must seek out more. Oude Tart is a traditional Flanders Bruin with tons of oak and lots of pleasant intricate tastes. It's sour and reminiscent of tart cherry and lush green apples. There's a touch of spice, namely from the oak - vanilla, brown sugar, and red wine like tannins. And a wonderful acetic tone brings it all home. More wood and depth than just about any Flanders out there.

So it's obvious that when this beer is in my mouth, my taste buds are happy. But how exactly does it feel? Well, the medium body is lush and never compromising and the lively carbonation makes it feel lighter and much more enjoyable. All around, this beer is so close to perfect in just about every way and the taste makes it the best Flanders style beer I've ever had. Just wonderful stuff, can't wait to drink it again!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 13:12:21 | More by jampics2
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johndoe8

California

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle @ the Bruery event @ KnB.

Didn't take any notes, but I do remember this being ridiculously drinkable for a sour. It was easily my favorite thing we had today.

I wish this was more available than it is... It was served in a pilsner glass which isn't the best glass for getting a good nose on it, but I do remember the very evident sour funk to it (not in a bad way).

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 05:54:30 | More by johndoe8
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was on-tap at the tasting room.

Poured up a ruddy maroon color with a good inch of very light tan head.

Quite bold in flavor with lots of dark fruit, moss, leather, musty oak, rustic earthiness, and plenty of acidity, but not much in the way of acetic acid (which is a big plus in my book). It's quite oaky, which sets it apart from the traditional examples. Very vinous.

This one has everything the style demands, but in a bolder, more intense, in-your-face, West Coast USA fashion. I dig it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 19:14:48 | More by bump8628
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urwithdave

Florida

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing from notes taken at our sour tasting.

A- pours ruby red in color with a shade of murky brown. A fingers worth of a off white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing.

A- dark cherries and raspberries. Hints of the oak and some funk.

T- the fruits are nice and subtle. Not a real sour taste, it's more tart than sour. There is a bit of sweetness that plays well against the acidic tartness. A bread componet is also present.

M- medium bodied with spot on carbonation. The acidity provides a tingle in the back of my throat. The finish is tart and pretty dry.

D- I could have easily done this one solo. An easy drinking sour. Not nearly as sour as some of the other brews we cracked, but overall a solid brew that I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 17:20:45 | More by urwithdave
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levifunk

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was brought to the last Madison, BA tasting.

a - cloudy red/brown. rose head.

s - sour raspberry and woody smell

t - vinegar sour, raspberry tart, some subtle wood flavor

m - medium body. big carbonation.

overall - amazing. I really enjoyed this beer. this review is from notes, and coincidently today I received a bottle from a trade.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:20:31 | More by levifunk
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Gtreid

Florida

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

Opened during our sour tasting last weekend. 750 ml bottled poured into a tasting glass.

A: Orangish red color. The pour dropped a fizzy off white head the receeded to thin rim and left some lace.

A: Notes of cherries, raspberries, oak, bread, and brett. Acidic sourness and some sweetness to balance things out.

T: More of the cherries and other red fruits. The oak and bread balance the acidic tartness quite well. A good dose of the brett, but not overpowering. finishes dry and tart, but at the same time, somewhat sweet.

M: Great carbonation levels. Medium body, slightly sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability was very high. the sourness is not overbearing, meaning I could have a couple. Overall, I thought this was an outstanding brew, and it rankied right up there with the best of our night. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 18:05:05 | More by Gtreid
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djbreezy

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Oregon Brewer's Fest

appearance - rich reddish amber, two finger head, good retention

smell - sweet and fruity

taste - sour cherry, light vinegar, low oak profile, sweet and fruity

mouthfeel - excellent carbonation, medium/heavy

drinkability - complex and sour, very flavorful, tasty treat

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:04:07 | More by djbreezy
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Darrell!

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I was pretty excited that it showed up at this tasting. Oude Tart appears a brown shade with an average sized head and adequate lacing. The beer has a very pleasant aroma with scents of brettanomyces and a hint of sweetness. This is a very tasty beer, no doubt. There is a slight vinegar edge to the finish that I find to be a tad harsh, though not totally distracting by any means. This is a solid beer and I really look forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 23:07:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some oak, vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor is tart cherries with some oak. Very drinkable and very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 00:53:15 | More by Mora2000
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

5.24, from notes.

Pours a great rubyish brown color with some 1 finger beige foam atop. Fades to a sturdy ring and filmy retention. Some lace.

This is a great beer. More approachable and less bracingly vinegary than most attempts of the style. Great vanilla notes and wet woodiness integrated with the tart cherryness, acetic acid, and wild yeast character. Still enough residual sweetness here as well, not perfectly balanced per se, but not attackingly sour either. Winelike berry flavors are mixed in as well with a little bit of a brown sugar note in the middle.

Low end of medium bodied, perfectly carbonated to a medium level, ABV well hidden. Great beer and perhaps my favorite of the style to date. Incredible that the Bruery is doing such great things this early in their existence.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 16:15:49 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle courtesy of bankhead, shared at the C'ville Beer Throwdown #3 on 06/13/2010 - many thanks! Poured in to a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruddy amber, transparent right around the edges, but hiding a nice, deep yeasty cloud, foggy. Barely any head of which to speak, though some nice lightly tanned lacing dances around the edges and around the lip of the surface, with a few stray bits and pieces catching ahold of the glass to leave a tad of lace. A little still and undynamic, but nothing that's stylistically unexpected.

Aroma: A little sweeter than I would have imagined, which is nice. Bready caramel, intermingling with a handful of good fruity notes - sour black cherry, slight tropical fruitiness, bubblegum, pineapple, and a lot of great funk. Doesn't come across as too medicinal, too bandaidy, or too acidic - it's about equal parts of each.

Taste: Wonderfully acidic, coming across as far more acidic in the tongue than it did in the nose. A solid amount of bready roasted undertone - very traditional and well-done for an oude tart - with great fruity acidity, sour cherry, apple, tropical fruit, berry, as well as a little bit of fresh hay and grassiness. Funk is mild, a little hidden under the acidity, though the latter does become less of an issue as time goes on.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, with great fine embedded carbonation in a moderately thick body that's slightly sticky in spots, but with any amount of clot in there being well cut through by the carbonation. Incredibly even, with very fine, small bubbles, which works well with the amount of acidity here - it's not too intrusive or rough.

Drinkability: A marvelously refreshing beer, and a very good one. At only 7.5%, this one's not too much of a sipper, and I re-filled my glass from the communal bottle thrice to get the entirety of this review - a great beer to start this tasting on, with lots of interesting notes, a nice cleansing acidity, but nothing too powerful, too intense, or too overpowering. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 21:32:11 | More by CrellMoset
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

Bottle brought in courtesy of Bankhead... thanks to Henry!

A: A nice copper hue, very bubbly but not any sort of gusher on opening. Head forms to about a finger tall, leaving a modest collar.

S + T: Both aroma and flavour have an intriguing quality of cherry tartness paired with a nice vanilla that keeps it from having such a vinegar-like sourness. There's a bit of a maltiness that I tend not to really pick up on in the styles.

M + D: Smooooth... even with a notable carbonation, it drinks very clean and easily. A bit of a higher alcohol content than I might have expected, but certainly well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 21:04:44 | More by Proteus93
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle received as a great extra in a trade with barrydotcom. Thanks for this big want of mine Barry! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Bottle opens with a huge rush of carbonation, but thankfully no gusher here. Pours a sorta muddy reddish brown color with 2 fingers of tan, loose soda like head the fizzes away and falls to the surface. A strong, effervescent carbonation keeps this from ever truly disappearing constantly replenishing the bubbles as they fizz out. No lacing left on the glass.

S - Interesting mix of aromas. I'm getting cherries up front, some acetic/vinegary sour notes, red wine and a bit of oak.

T - Flavor follows the aroma quite closely. Nice medium intensity acetic tartness. Cherries and red wine-like flavors really take center stage though. Just a hint of lingering sweetness on the swallow to smooth things out. Woody oak flavors appear at the end and into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied (if anything tending just toward the lighter side) with ample carbonation. Carbonation is fluffy and creamy feeling, maybe a bit foamy. The high level is noticeable, but it feels right here. Tartness fills the mouth nicely but barely causes any puckering sensation. Wood flavors linger well into the aftertaste.

D - This is another fine effort from the Bruery. Alcohol is a bit high at 7.5% to be an easy drinking session beer, but it is a bit scary with its smoothness. Don't notice the alcohol and the flavors here just entice you to take sip after sip. A very nice Oud Bruin...really enjoying this beer on a nice crisp early summer evening. Really glad to be able to try this one. Thanks again Barry!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 00:40:04 | More by portia99
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Krevee

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oude Tart | on-tap | 2010

Glass: Bruery Tulip
Served: June 4, 2010 on-tap at The Bruery
Price: $7.50

A - Pours a dark brown-red with a moderate beige head that lingers for a good while. This beer has good lacing that slowly slides down as the beer sits.

S - Smell is very enticing with notes of cherry, oak, red-wine, vinegar, and a nice tartness. There is also some sweetness to the flavor that can sometimes be eclipsed by the tart and funkiness of this beer.

T - Taste is close to the smell. This beer hit me with a nice cherry/sweet fruit tartness upfront. Along with some vinegar and red-wine flavors. It also has some nice hints of oak. Very tasty. This was my second time having the beer and although the tartness didn't seem to be as strong this time it was still very good.

M - Nice sized body to this beer for the ABV. It as just the right amount of carbonation. Starts out smooth and somewhat sticky in the mouth but ends dry and tart.

D - This is a extremely drinkable beer. Even though it doesn't have the highest ABV it still hit me pretty good because of how drinkable it was. I think The Bruery did a great job with this style and I wish I could have got some bottles of this. I'm very impressed with this beer and want more of it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 09:21:29 | More by Krevee
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer twice in about a week. Both times out of a bottle, both times were amazing. Last night at the Bruery dinner at Brasserie Beck it was served in a wine glass.

Beer is brown and cloudy and forms a thin brownish head of small and tiny bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. I don't know what the carbonation level is but it looks great.

Aroma is sour and sweet. Woodsy with a hint of funk. Its not as strong smelling say as a 50 year old Goudenband but it smells great.

Light in body and pretty carbonated on the mouth. Good palate cleansing beer overall. Forward mild sweetness and back a nice tartness. Moderate acetic character with a brightness to it. Some citric and lactic character as well. One of the best bruins out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 15:43:57 | More by drabmuh
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, cloudy copper-brown with a big off-white head, not much lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry, toasted oak, faint leather, light funk, touch of vinegar

Taste: Tart cherry & some hints of apricot, brown sugar, and lots of toasted oak. There is apple also, but it is a mix of red and tart green, also some light funk. Good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; decent but not overbearing heft.

Overall: Goes down easy enough, this is decent but I would reach for a la folie or others first. I am bumping my score a bit as the new batch is improved. Good balanced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 16:02:02 | More by craytonic
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kevin for sharing this!

A- Body is a quite foggy, translucent, mahogany hue. Pours with a 1 finger or so soapy off-white head that has good retention. Traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is moderate in strength but soft and balanced. Vanilla, oak, a hint of acidic tartness, and dark fruit.

T- Upfront an mild acidic tartness comes through that is the highlight of the profile but balanced with everything underneath. A hint of vinegar, slight sugary sweetness, lots of both soaked and dusty oak. Flavor is pretty consistent throughout and what lingers are faint impressions of the initial flavor.

M-Nice full body, with soft, but full carbonation. Quite smooth.

D- This is a very good, well balanced, oud bruin overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 15:00:31 | More by PittBeerGirl
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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

A-pours a dark mahogony hazy liqiud, tight bubbly tan head good lace left.

S-the oak comes through on this, hints of acetone, acidity and notes of merlot, raisins and plums in the back.

T-the oak comes through in the front, hints of acetone and acidity, dark fruity sweetness in the back, just a touch of red wine, lingering tartness in the finish.

M-full body and chewy, good carbonation, holds throughout, smooth and creamy up front.

D-this is a well balanced sour. lots of oak up front, the sweetness balances out the sour quite well.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:21:21 | More by cpetrone84
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Jmoore50

Nevada

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is one exquisite beer. Served into a Bruery glass.

The appearance is a nice dark brown amber with lighter copper edges. It has a nice frothy off-white head that sticks to everything. There is not clarity in this one, for this thing owns some thick haze.

The smell is sweet cherry, cinnamon, apples, sweet sugars, booze.

The taste is perfect, as well as the mouthfeel. The sourness in this one is perfect. There are nice sour green apples, vinegar, cinnamon and brown sugar, tart cherry. The mouthfeel is perfect because it is not overly sour, not overly tart. It has nice malty oak back to it that supports the sweetness. Delicious.

The drinkability is incredible, could drink a few bottles of this brew. Once again, the Bruery hits you with a left, then finishes you off right.

J

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 00:42:45 | More by Jmoore50
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jdklks

Nevada

4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best beer I've had from the Bruery to date. Pours a deep amber/mahgony with a nice, tanish-brownish-almost-purple-ish head. The smell is great. cherries, wood, a little smokiness.

The flavor is out of this world. Very sour up front with lots of dark fruitiness: cherries, burnt apple, and roasted malts. The middle and finish are tart with woodiness and a little alcohol. More complex than I can do justice to in this review.

The mouthfeel borders on perfect, though it is just little lighter than I would like it to be. Very well carbonated though. Drinkability is huge because I could easily get through 2 750s of this (one was simply not enough).

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 05:09:59 | More by jdklks
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

major props to gford217 on this one!
Classic red, but better. I often find rodenbach to have a bit to much sweetness, this red does not have that problem. Dark brownish red, light tan thin head. Aroma of dark berries, sweet oak, lightly acitic hit you right off the bat. The aroma is nice but not overwhelming or too strong. The flavor is balanced between sweet malts and tartness and acidity from the yeast and barrel aging. Flavors of vanilla, light caramel are very clear. Also dark berries plentry of oak and a little leather. Easy to drink thanks to the pleasant carbonation level. Body and tartness match up well. I am so happy to have had this and so sad that it is not a year rounder.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:29:32 | More by pmlondrigan
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rye726

Colorado

4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a rusty redwood with a silky tan head. Nose has sour cherries, ripe plums, barnyard funk, oak and dry red wine. Taste has tart cherries up front through the finish followed by sweet pitted fruits, wood and musty farmyard funk. Crisp clean body has a tart and acidic finish. Another style well doen by the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:21:09 | More by rye726
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy copper color and a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Wafts of tart cherry and green apples

Taste: Yeasty phenols, up front, followed by sweet and tart cherry/apple flavors; the tartness persists after the swallow, though there are some earthy and leathery elements underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Masterfully handled fruit character that is well balanced between the sweet and tart elements

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 18:36:15 | More by brentk56
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying this one in order to distract me from Butler's gallant defeat. Good fight Bulldogs, this one is for you.

Appearance- A rich, walnut brown. It looks almost black until held up to the light. Hints of amber. Two inches of slightly tan, soapy, frothy head. Settles into a nice quarter inch cap. Very clear. A pleasant hue. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell- Lots of tart vinegar. Plenty of tart cherries and sour apple. A very pleasant funk. Definitely some oak as well. But not too woody. Very nice for the style.

Taste- A nice tart funk. Plenty of sour cherries. Some over-ripe apple as well. There is a strong oak character. Quite vinous. There is a malty, oak hint on the finish. Something more substantial, make it more of a "brown". The acid is for reals. The slight nuttiness on the finish is not my favorite. Some pleasant red currants, reminding me of Consecration. More acidic up front, wished it carried throughout.

Mouthfeel- Lots of nice carbonation. A good, firm body. Surprisingly robust. Excellent.

Drinkability- Pretty good, but the somewhat heavy body, and the strong acidity makes it a little tough.

This is a very nice beer. I certainly wish I'd purchased more when I had the chance. A really nice beer. I'd be very interested to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 05:41:27 | More by callmescraps
Oude Tart from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 1,634 ratings.