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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,363
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 565
Gots: 821 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
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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 rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to jlindros for sharing this beer with me in honour of my 600th review. This is the 2011 edition and was poured into a Palm Tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a ruddy garnet hue with a foamy one finger earthy almost mocha head that fades to leave a very nice halo.

S - This is a very nice flanders red. Good sour cherries and very nice oak. Nice and tart on the nose with some light vanilla as well.

T - Very, very nice here. Good tart sour cherries with lots of oak and light vanilla to mellow and round things out. Sour candies and a tartness that lingers. Just super mellow and smooth as it goes from one flavour to the next. Really jives.

M - Moutheel is smooth and creamy, lower on the carbonation than usual. Its super tart, kinda syrupy and results in a flemmy mouthfeel. It is quite drinkable still though.

O - Overall wow, what a beer. I can understand why this is so heavily sought after. Excellent lingering sourness here. Shame I couldnt get my hands on a bottle.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the reserve society initiation but decided to review it out of a bottle recently opened at a tasting. Thanks Peter (pmmcallum86) for sharing this!

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a ring and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a murky brown with a ruby hue.

Aroma: sour cherries, oak, horse blanket, and funk. Some leather notes as well. Mouth watering.

Taste: Not as sour as I was expecting from the nose, but more sour than on tap. Pretty tart. Sour cherries, oak, leather, horse blanket. I am really enjoying this. It has a much better taste out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a hint of sourness, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean, a little dry.

Overall, this beer is much better out of the bottle and I think it will continue to get more sour. It is drinkable and I can't wait to see what time does to this beer. Well done.

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Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Jester King wine glass. Big thanks to texasclimber for inviting me over again.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange-reddish brown with a thin off white head about a centimeter thick that fades to a thin lacing.

Aroma: Tart cherries, raisins, dark fruits, a hint of caramel and burnt sugar. A lot of sour and acidic notes that make my mouth water.

Taste: Sour cherries, dark fruits, a hint of tart apples and caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation and a dry sour finish.

Overall: Great beer, definitely the best Bruery beer I've had to date.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Dark, dark brown with some ruby highlights. Almost looks black unless held to light. Two-three fingers of off white head.

Smells of vanilla, oak, leather, dark cherries, cinnamon, cloves, some other spices I can't quite identify, brown sugar, banana bread.

Taste follows smell, more lactic sourness than acidic sourness, again in the taste there is banana bread, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, woody tannins, dark fruit (dried cranberries/raisins). Quite a unique taste experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, tartness is middle of the road as well for the style, carbonation is low, the mouthfeel is quite smooth in general.

Quite an amazing beer. My first inclination is to compare this to Supplication. Definitely a bit more round, woody, and less sour than Supplication though.

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Photo of flannelman808
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky brown ruby red with a light tan head. Retention is ok and lacing is about the same.

S: Sour grapes and tart cherry. The bouquet has just the slightest touch of acetic acid.

T: Mild acid overall and almost no vinager. This suggests the skin of young green table grapes before they have sweetened. Also subdued tart cherry and Meyer lemon flavors develop. Awesome stuff.

M: Soft, subtle, frothy.

O: Very good but more mild overall than I might have expected. Sour flavor is most definitely there but it is a very elegant one.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with ruby red highlights. The head is light tan, rising a finger but is gone pretty quickly. The lacing is light. There are some dark floaties at the bottom.

The aroma is light in strength but has a nice sour vinegar feel. At the end it starts to sting the nose, in a nice way.

The taste is pretty light decent vinegar, a little super sour at the end.

The feel is nice, leaves your pretty dry, very drinkable.

Overall, a pretty nice a oud bruin.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of the '12 batch to a snifter

Pours a deep dark red with a finger of foam which receded quickly. Good lacing, no real visible carbonation.

Smells of sour cherry, tart apple and grape. Caramal malts, and hints of oak, leather, citrus, and some apricot. Alcohol well present but well concealed

Taste of tart cherry, apple, grape, and vinegar. Follows the nose pretty well here. Citrus, leather, and oak shine through with a modest malt

Feel is a bit light with moderate carbonation. Some sweet followed by a blast of face twisting sour. Balanced much more towards the sour, but no complaints here

Overall a very well done beer, went great with thanksgiving. If I can save up another extra $20 before they sell out I'll be sure to add one to my cellar

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 10.07.12 from a 750ml bottle into a Brasserie D'Achouffe tulip glass.

A: Murky brown and Ruby red with a light tan head. Small head retention and initial 1/4in lacing from a vigorous pour that dissipates quickly.

S: Sour, obviously - grapes, tart cherry, oak, some vanilla. Just a touch of acetic acid.

T & M: Mild acid overall and not very vinegar-y suggesting young grapes. Subdued tart cherry and lemon flavors develop. Soft & subtle on the palette.

O: Very good and more mild than initially thought.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a deep ruby-brown, with a thin rad that vanishes almost instantly.
S: I get plums, orange, pineapple, some malty sweetness, and a bit of boozy funk.
T: It has a champagne-like dryness, a lot of tang, some plum, followed by an orange pith-like bitterness. Finally there are distinct vanilla and anise notes at the end.
M: crisp, effervescent, and refreshing
I: It's delicious a lot of funk and complexity.

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Photo of Tele
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (2013 Edition)
Consumed: 9.4.15

A: 4.25 Pours a fairly hazy reddish-brown The two-inch, light tan head lasts a couple minutes and doesn’t leave much lace.

S: 4.25 Aromas are very similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Light vinegar starts off then moves into oak, cherries, caramel, and vanilla. Funk is a bit more prominent here with some earthiness and damp wood.

T: 4.5 Flavors also start off very similar to Grand Cru; slight sweetness at first followed by pleasant tartness. The pH is definitely lower in this beer with the funk being higher. Like the nose, there are berries, oak, and caramel. The earthiness of the funk is really interesting, almost having some Belgian lambic qualities. The finish has a very nice cereal, cracker quality.

M: 4.5 Body is really nice without being heavy. Carbonation is also superb and lively.

O: 4.5 I really enjoyed this beer and love how true to style it was while introducing some of its own flavors. Not sure it can really compete with Grand Cru (especially at twice the price) but it’s definitely a great beer and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a maroon tint and a thin tan head

S-really freaking tart smelling. Sweet red fruits. Some vinegar. Strong smelling.

T-comes in with an extremely tart taste of sweet red fruits and vinegar. It's extremely sour. It's a tasty and mouth watering taste that is difficult to put down. Has an after-taste that has more Belgian sugars and grains to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a pretty complex beer that seems to gets more flavor as it goes down. It's like a delicious dessert. It has a sweetness to it and less acidity than other red Flanders ales, yet still has that taste of vinegar.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Dirty, ruddy brown. Nice and thick, and surprisingly dark.

S - Sweet and sour, raspberry vinaigrette, raspberries, musty leather, and some more raspberries.

T - Pretty much following the nose. Bracingly tart but not overly so.

M - A real strength of this beer. Super smooth, medium-low carbonation.

O - This is a really well put together beer. It doesn't get much better than this for the style to be honest. It's a toss up between this, Rodenbach Grand Cru, and La Folie.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank to kbutler1 for whipping this out at a weekend tasting. Moly, this is a great drink. Pours a little murky and medicinal, but all is forgiven aromatically when the raspberries and cherries come out. Fantastically pucker-worthy and tart, with a great sipping consistency. Killer stuff, worth the high price.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed, dark garnet red color. A dense two finger khaki head rises with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Tart and fruity in the nose. Toasted malts with light wood and even a hint of sweetness. Finishes with some tart cherries. Really well incorporated.
T: Tart and fruity again. The tartness gently moves toward acidity but never overwhelming. Acidic, almost tannin like cherries. Toasted malts with a hint of sweetness. Wood and an acidic dry bite lingers. Really nice.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly effervescent and crisp. There is a bit of sweetness, but finish with a great dry bite. The acidity takes over a little, but overall a great Flanders to sip on.

The Bruery is best when they stick to basic. but unique styles IMO. This is a perfect example. This and the regular saisons have always been my personal favorites from their lineup. Really well made that does not try to be over the top, just because they can be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I haven't reviewed this after about a dozen bottles of it over the last two years? Pours a pretty red, sizeable head on it, bigger than most flanders thats for sure. Aroma, nice tartness, cherry, wood, heavy wood, mild leather and earthiness at the same time.

Taste, one of the most sour flanders style beers. Much better than the typical stalwarts I hear mentioned. Great sour and fruit qualities, oak and leather restrained, but existent without forming a search party. Light on its feet for packing so much flavor.

There's a reason why this has won multiple golds at the World Beer Cup. Despite not being from the Flanders region, it is the prototype for the style these days. Takes the traditional style, makes it more lively, puckering, all good things.

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Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers, mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with 1.5 fingers of thick, light khaki head that doesn't hang out for too long.

Smell. Sour, tart cherries, sweet melon and berries, some old dank wood and just a faint hint of fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Old wood and sour, light cherry, a little leather and funk. Light on the sweet and some nice tartness. A little bit of red wine in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice brew. Nice complexity, as far as the style goes anyways. Enjoyed more as it warmed ...and the more I drank. Funny how that often happens.

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Photo of Xul
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark red, almost into a purple at the darkest spots, capped by a one finger creme colored head. The head is quick to recede to a thin but solid layer which remains for the duration of the beer.

S: Lots of individual aromas combine to form an amazing composite smell - moderately tart cherries, oakiness, some vinous characteristics and tannins, hints of vanilla and leather.

T: Not as sour as the nose indicates, but extremely enjoyable. Cherries with both sweet and sour characteristics up front, strong oak comes through, along with some grape flavors and a bit more vanilla than the nose. Very balanced, and a good subtle, sweet malt base backs everything up.

M: Good slick mouthfeel provided by carbonation that lies just above medium. Coats the tongue on the way down, leaving you wanting another sip.

D: Very drinkable for a sour, tart enough to be applicable to the style, yet sweet and complex enough to remain interesting for the duration.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Cranberry red with 1 finger of white head and little clarity

S - Sweetart sour! Dried fruit, cranberries

T - Tart! A liquid sweet tart. Dried fruits. Alcohol well hidden

F - Medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - An awesome sour red ale. Delicious!

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Photo of djbreezy
4.45/5  rDev +5%
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

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Photo of do_ob
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 year old 750 mL bottle into a tulip. Pours a whiskey-ish red/brown and settles ruby-red in the glass. A tall pour yielded about 1 finger of vanilla-colored, bubbly foam; this quickly faded down into a thin, but broad lacing with strong retention around the edge. Wonderful nose of tart cherries and raspberries, smokey oak, vanilla, and tanned leather. Light weight, and quite carbonated and lively on the palate - not to the extent of a champaign, but moreso than your standard lager or pilsner. Initially, and I mean VERY initially, there's a sweet kiss of cherries and vanilla. The taste takes a quick turn for the sour, exposing a variety of tart, dark fruit, figs, and smokey wood. Incredibly complex, and hard to pin down each individual flavor. This one goes down quite easy, but also dry. You're left with a modest sweet-tart taste that's reminiscent of over-ripe fruit and smoke.

Overall, very enjoyable. I wish my palate was evolved enough for me to pinpoint all the subtle nuances and tastes within this beer, because it is vastly complex. This one draws you in with welcoming sweet fruits, then akins you to stay with it's warm, toasty oak and leather core. It's sweet, sour, tart, warm, smokey, and earthy all at once, and it works beautifully.

For anyone wondering - not as sour as Sour in the Rye. Probably ~65% in comparison.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a reddish-orange color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and berries with good amounts of funk, lighter amounts of oak, and minuscule amounts of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart fruit flavors up front that have just a hint of sweetness to balance them out. Midway through the sip a good deal of funk comes into play and carries through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. The tart and sweet levels are just right so that this one's very easy to drink.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer as it does a very good job of straddling the tart/sweet line. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of Stigs
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle, shared at a small tasting by thebouch01 - after having a few samples of this at GABF (and being a huge lover of the style) i was looking for more.

A - poured with an inch of loose, bubbly and slightly creamy light tan colored foam. the beer is moderately cloudy, and a wonderful deep ruby & black cherry color.

S - cherries, vanilla, and oak supply the sweetness as vinegar, hay, lactic acid add the character.

T - begins with a crisp, slightly vinegary sweetness which brings along with it cherries, vanilla, sweet tart candy, red grapes, oranges, and peaches. oak adds a touch more sweetness and body. lactic acid clings to the back of the tounge. complex and delicious.

M - effervescent, light crispy body. very, very dry finish with lingering fruity sweetness, tart, and vinegar acidity.

D - big fan of this one. refreshing yet slightly abrasive (with deliciousness) at times. would have no problem sipping on a whole bottle of this myself.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich amber brown with a luxuriously creamy head. Not much lacing.

S - Cranberry, oak, lemon peel, faint vinegar and leather. Some barnyard funk.

T - WOW. Just really creamy and rich at first, then bam -- it's on -- with tart, tangy cranberries and cherry. Lemon and lime zest intermingle with brown sugar and vanilla. Sour apples bring up the rear.

M - Absurdly soft and creamy considering how puckeringly tart this beer is. Nice long finish with an endless parade of flavors unfolding.

O - Impressive on all fronts. A truly special beer.

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