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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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382 Reviews
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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,362
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 565
Gots: 821 | FT: 69
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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 KeefD
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from tasting notes taken last night:

Dark amber, reddish-brown inch high tan head, light lace. Earthy aroma, light brown sugar, hint of sourness, alcohol comes out with warmth. Flavor has some light tart cherry, brown sugar again in the back end, well balanced between the sweet and the sour. Some light red grape flavors comes up on the dry, earthy finish. Was really hoping for some more sour, but didn't get it. Nice mouthfeel, carbonation is perfect, not too bubbly, not too mild. Very good example of the style. Had this next to a Rodenbach Grand Cru, and the Rodey won hands down. Good beer, but not as good as I was suspecting. Maybe needs a few months on it before it peaks.

Thanks to Skuter for the bottle.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazed copper brown. Some dark reds when held to the light. Tiny dirty white collar. No head. Almost no carbonation. Very still.

Smell: Cherry flesh, cherry skin, oak. Mild cider vinegar. Plums. Tart cherry juice. Slightly toasted. Planks of juice soaked wood. Some building lactic in the back. Big sweetness to compliment the tart. Some earthiness. Mild floral.

Taste: Seriously oaky. Like licking a wet plank. Some hints of cherry, leather, plum, and sweet malts. Lightly caramelized sugars, cooked malts. Is that candi sugar? It sure tastes like it. Mild acetic edge adds some tartness. A faint spiciness in the background. As it warms the oak jumps out and begins to dominate. Lactic tartness helps prevent it from becoming an oak bomb. Tart cherry skin. Almost peach as well. Wet wood.

Mouthfeel: Medium body pushing full at times. No carbonation. Incredibly smooth.

Overall: One of the better showings from The Bruery. Very woody.

I've been fortunate enough to try this at beer fests at least twice. Each time it was more tart than this particular bottle. Heavy on the oak to the point of being a bit too much.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
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 dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

To me, this is just too damn sour. It's hard to focus on any other component of this beer - definitely the most sour beer I've ever had (a lot). Berry, red fruit, but really just acidic and incredibly sour. A little more palatable as it approaches room temperature but still a bit extreme. Not my thing at all.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, pors a really deep maroon with a creamy, lasting beige head. Nose is tight, woody, with dark cherries and a subtle brett twist. Nose is nice and reminds of of Veritas 003 more so than any other Flanders Red. Sweet and sour in the mouth, dark cherries, some wild yeast, some oak, really light balsamic vinegar. A weird finish that is kind of herbal and just doesn't fit in quite right. I like this but the flavors are kind of at odds with each other at times. Good.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 9/16/12

Appearance: Dark, dark amber with a lot of brown - certainly darker than the average Flanders Red - minimal off-white head, leaves a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Wet, musty basement - some yeasty funk, mildly tart and sour - some dark fruits - a touch of vinegar - very malty - lots of amber malts, with an above average amount of sweetness

Taste: Pretty mild, more malty than weird - some vinegar, some musty flavors, mildly tart and mildly sour - kind of tastes like it could have soured a bit more - some nice, funky flavors in the aftertaste, mildly acidic - some dark fruits and some booze - sweet, but not too sweet

Mouthfeel: Full body, minimal carbonation, wet

Overall: Good, but not exceptional for the style

Figures. I just complained about a beer being too over-the-top sour (Cascade Sang Noir), and now I'm drinking a beer that I think lacks sourness. This is tasty, but there are better, more readily accessible Flanders Reds out there.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark brown with a small off white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is cherry, oak, lactic acid, and a bit of funkiness. The initial taste is sweet with cherry and has a lactic tartness to it. The oak also comes through as well is some acetic acid. The finish has a bit of astringency and leaves some lingering oak on the palate. Medium body. Low carbonation.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 4/19/2010. Bottle. Pours a murky light brown with a reddish tint and a thick tan head. Aroma of sour malt, sour milk, sweet candy. Flavor is quite tart initially with sweetness following and a malty, bready finish. Nice palate, very easy to drink for a sour. Tasty!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Rodenbach flute. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red. No head. No collar.

Smell - Bright acidity. Acetic. Oak. Caramel malt and some cherry-like fruitiness.

Taste - Strong sourness. A little acetic, but not overwhelming. Caramel malt. Less oak. Cherry fruits linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very clean. Not too heavy, but it's malty.

Overall - This is very good for an American representation. Malty, but a nice sourness to balance it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deepp amber color with a small off white to no head. In the aroma, a small sour cherry, but somewhat faint. In the taste, raisin, red grape, and cherry fruity sourness. This one is a bit acidic. A small sour bite and medium too lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour fruit in the aftertaste. Big acidic sourness, fruit a mix of cherry and lots of raisins. It almost was on the cusp of being a sour quad.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Dark red brown hue. Solid two fingers of beige head. Decent retention and a smattering of lace left behind.

S: Mild sour cherries, oak, leather, faint vinegar. Nothing too powerful but enough to keep me interested.

T: Again the sour cherry is mild. The oak and leather are a bit more present than in the nose. I'm wishing it was more sour.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Just another Flanders. Nothing real memorable and certainly not sour by my standards.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark reddish brown with about a 1/2 finger head. When held to the light it has a wonderful ruby color. Smells of tart dark fruit. Lip smacking tartness with a touch of bubbly zip. Overall a nice refreshing beer. This was my first offering from the Bruery, if the other beers are as nice as this one I'm excited to try the rest.

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Photo of TATURBO
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice mahogany color with medium to Strong carbonation. Pour carefully. Lots of head resulting from a strong pour.

S: Fruity, Tart. Really reminiscent of Enigma from New Glarus in the nose.

T: Tart! Well integrated fruit along with leather, funk, oak notes. Not overly sweet. I'm still hit and miss with Sour beers and from the nose I expected a close flavor to Enigma but not what I got in taste.

M: Got a lot of head on the pour but the mouth wasn't overly carbonated. Just about right.

O: Lots of flavor with a good sour tartness. Still not my favorite as far as sours go. Just a small step away from a solid 4 in my book.

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Photo of aficionado
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
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 SierraFlight
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Appearance is hazy brown-red with a tall white head that settles to a ring. Some lacing. Aroma is a little funky, but mostly sour, led by tart cherries, red wine vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is strongly sour with acidic and vinegar notes. Some woody bitterness and malty sweetness offer some balance. Medium bodied, slightly slick, lively prickly carbonation, long puckering finish.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. It's a really nice-looking pour. The beer is very, very dark clear red with a pretty good head for a sour. Retention is also quite good. The nose is so sharp and pungent it reminds me of a hit a wasabi. I get lively tart acidic notes, some sweet cherries, and hints of oak.

Light body and extremely sour flavor. Flanders Red Ale? In name only. This is an American Wild Ale. Lots of tart cherries, granny smith apples, and green grapes up front. At mid-palate, the acidity softens a bit in the mouth, offering a welcome reprieve from the opening salvo. Tannic and wine-like on the back of the palate. The finish leaves my mouth about as dry and withered as it ever gets while drinking beer.

Not the sourest beer I've had (Tart of Darkness destroyed my palate more than this one did), but probably one of the 3 or 4 sourest. The flavor lacks some of the complexity I have experienced in other sours and it could really use just a bit more sweetness for balance. Nevertheless, I know those BAs for whom sours can never get sour enough probably love this beer. I'll have to drink this bomber over two days, otherwise it will destroy the lining of my stomach.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Received from the generous neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF and reviewed blind.

Pours from the bottle a deep amber that coalesces in the glass to opaque dark chocolate. There's only a little clarity and maroon highlights, revealed by a hold to the light. A prodigious foamy head of medium tan about two fingers tall pops and fizzles away rather quickly, becoming a thin yet creamy and resilient top layer. The second pour from the 750 begets an even larger head about four fingers tall, but it still fizzles out with alacrity. Not much in the way of lace.

In the nose: Dr. Pepper, a tiny bit of vanilla, some cherries and moderate tartness.

The sour notes are kicked up a notch in the flavor and matched with a nice sweetness. Cola, vanilla, black cherries and some vinous oak meld to create a profile that makes me think of sour black cherry soda.

A light, tickly carbonation causes the beer to fizz up quite a bit as it moves about the mouth. The body is soft and medium-light, while the alcohol is noticeable as a slight warming in my throat.

Drinkability is decent. The tartness never becomes overpowering, and the flavor profile is nice, but fairly basic.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Side-by-side 09(?) and 11

09 - Carbonation is evident in the pour and a small head forms. Attractive red-amber color. Aromas of cherry and peach. Nice earthy flavor and high carbonation

11 - Darker red and less of a head. Aromas are more dark fruit and cherry. Super bretty taste, very dusty and earthy. Hard to believe this is the younger bottle.

One of the better beers of the tasting. I'd say 09 is superior, but I have hopes for 11 to evolve.

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Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky swamp brown with a small tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Slight vinegar, raspberry skin, caramel, rich oak.

T: Puckering raspberry tartness, red wine vinegar, brown bread, spice, a bit of oak.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very good, but there are better American Flanders-style sours out there.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage, bottled on 7/29/13
poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
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.

Aroma: (4.25)
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.

Taste: (3.75)
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.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
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".

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
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 MBACoach
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and poured into a Corsendonk glass.

A: No head when poured. Signs of carbonation with small bubbles lining the glass and rim of the beer. Dark brown with a slight reddish hue.

S: Sour aroma present with cherries and tart fruit.

T: Nice sour flavor, not over the top.

M: Very lightly carbonated, not as carbonated as I expected.

O: An excellent intro to sour beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.