Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 375
Hads: 2,307
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.74%
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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 kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night. 2011 vintage

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Dark fruits, tartness, earthy, and slight must.

T- Tart sour cherries and pale malt.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Musty feel (if that exists?) with a slightly dry finish.

O- This is a good beer, but I had a NG Enigma the night before, which this beer reminded me of, but just wasn't as good IMO. (524 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Muddy maroon body with a finger of burnt white head. Recedes to a rim and leaves barely any lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries up front, followed by some pears. Some caramel malts come in next. Thats about it.

Taste: Incredibly sour cherries up front, followed by some tart pear and green apples. A pretty hefty caramel backbone supports, and goes along with a distinct vinegar acidity.

Mouthfeel: Holy sour! Hands down the most sour beer I've had yet, and too much so. Puckering. A sipper for this reason.

Overall: A nice flanders, but this is a bit too 'in your face' for me. (613 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a amberish hue with a small white head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of cherry syrup, wood, hints of under ripe strawberries, and light acid.

T: Light acid up front with many flavors found in the aroma. Under ripe strawberry tartness with hints of sweet cherry juice. Nice sweet and tart thing going on. The tartness is rather mild though.

M: Lighter in body, smooth, bitey carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Not world class, but solid and drinkable. (466 characters)

Photo of jackiechan2700
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
At the pour, a large creamy brownish white head emerges. The frothy substance screams and tries to pull its tainted brown self out and over the rim of your glass. Before you can realize its daring escape, it recants quickly back into the depths of the beer until there is no head at all.

Smell:
Like an oak barrel bound with leather. Hints of plum, balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, and other dark fruit

Taste:
The taste is astoundingly in sync with the smell. It also holds a sharp acidic tartness that is very easy drinking considering the style.

Mouthfeel:
Light and thin awakening the mouth with tart sensations that light up all the sensors in your tongue.

Overall:
A very good representation of the Flanders Red Ale Style. As complex as this style can be I think it is hard to find one that can be well balanced and easy drinking. Look no further because this is it. (888 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for providing this in a recent trade.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass and a thin beige head forms and then quickly fades away. The beer is a dark amber color with some ruby notes. Not a touch of lace to be found.

Cherry hints with a ton of earthy notes. Slight notes of oak.

Certainly a classic Flanders Red flavor here. A slightly tart and slighty cherry flavored ale with strong notes of oak towards the back of the palate. The earthy notes in the aroma are present in the flavor, although not quite as pronounced. As it warms there is a light dark toasted bread crust flavor. Not burnt, but well done… A lingering cherry tartness is the last thought that lingers in your mouth.

Light body, light spritzy carbonation that brings the flavor to life. A refreshing brew with a nice complexity.

This is good and spot on for the style, but I am not sure it’s as special as noted in the score. (932 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Rodenbach flute/tulip.

Clear chocolate body with sinopia highlights and a lasting thin desert sand head. Even pasty lacing, no legs.

Tart oaky aromatics suggest cherry pits, citrus zest, faint wine grapes, and vanilla.

Rustic simple palate entry with apricots, underripe raspberry, and a low plum/prune element as well. Acidity creeps up mid-palate which is quite balanced between a subtle vinuous character and a lactic tartness. Finishes very dry with a bit of specialty malt, cocoa, and leather coming out in the aftertaste.

Well carbonated yet soft while still mostly light-bodied. No astringency or heat.

An approachable sour with somewhat subdued (though I wouldn't go so far as to say undeveloped) flavors for the style. (777 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a murky brown with a half inch head. smell is of tart cherries..as expected. taste is very much the same as the nose, tart cherries and not much else. good..though not superb. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall pretty good, but not too memorable . (316 characters)

Photo of Gambelli
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. champagne style bottle, delivered through Craftshack. Expensive bottle of beer at $22.00
@ bottle, plus shipping.

A-Deep reddish brown, murky in the glass. No head retention at all, despite ample carbonation.

S-Oak dominates right off, followed by sour cherries and a wine like sourness. I don't get any
malt/grain in this bouquet. Mainly oak woodiness.

T-Tart cherry, red grape juice and tangy sour apple. There's that oak again, dominant and lingering. Tough to pick out much else when the wood component is so strong.

M-A strong puckering sourness. Full carbonation, with medium body. Certainly not an expert on sours, but body seems proper for this beer. Malt backbone non-existent.

O-Years ago, I cut up hundreds of oak pallets for firewood, and the odor and sawdust taste left
an unpleasant impression on me. I have yet to sample a brew aged in oak that I truly relish.
Some, as this particular one, I enjoy, but that wood aspect always takes away from the experience. That said, this is a fine beer, and would perhaps benefit from a bit of aging to
my taste. A bit more malt balance would help too. (1,117 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 into a snifter

This is my first The Bruery offering at a wild ale. I am use to RR or Crooked Stave sours, so I am that dick teacher who gives C's for a B work. This beer is a little dry for me. Perhaps the first year of vintage is working against this one; it will be interesting to compare against the newer vintages I have in the cellar. Overall, I am happy, but not thrilled for this. I am looking forward to the next few wilds that The Bruery has for my palate. (471 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, this is my 3rd time having this I believe. Updated from a 4.5 'Had' rating.

A - Murky maroon with some orange highlights and a tan head. A thin ring and some spots of a cap remain by the end. Some flecks sit at the bottom.

S - Pretty sour with lots of lemon and dark fruit (cherries mostly) front and center. Lots of oak too with some vanilla and caramel as well.

T - Some more earthy funk and vinous tones showing up here, the main focus remains straight up puckering lemony tartness. Sour cherries prevalent as well but light on the 'dark fruit' end of the spectrum, considering the style. Nice vinegar, buttery oak barrel, and light vanilla sweetness.

M - Somewhat big feeling and smooth with medium carbonation. Sourness forces you to sip and savor.

O - Intense sourness overpowers most of the semblance of your typical Flanders, maybe would've liked it more balanced overall but still quite good. (919 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bring. Thank you, Barry.

Hazy reddish-amber body with a finger of slightly off-white head atop. The head settles to a crown, leaving only a small film on top. The nose is sharp and cherry-like, light acetic acid backed by a subtle dark malt foundation. The ripe cherry aroma is pretty awesome. It tastes toasty and sour, balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid at a perfect level. Cherry-like esters are prominent on the palate, though there's not much sweetness; it's a dry, woody and tannic beer, especially in the finish. This exceeded my expectations, one of the better American interpretations of this style. (625 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Deep brown in color with traces of red throughout. 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of sour cherries on the nose and typical vinegar acidity

Taste: Similar to the nose except the tartness is quite a bit stronger than it is on the nose. For me personally it is just too much tartness. Typical flanders red ale

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a dry tart finish

Overall: Flanders red's in general are a bit overwhelming for my palate but I am glad I got the chance to try this one. Recommended if you like your palate wrecked (595 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach, FL

I'm not one to hump Bruery beers; many of the ones I've had have been lousy. But this one was not too bad. I'm glad I got to try it on tap so I can save my bottle for another time.

Hazy reddish-brown pour into a goblet, capped off with a good inch of foamy eggshell head that retained and laced well. Cherry and apple in the nose, notes of caramel and vanilla, lesser hints of leather and citric and acetic acid. Decent balance of sweet and tart in the taste, cherry, apple, lemon, plum, a good malty base keeping everything in check, some leathery tannins, and some woody dryness. A little bit of souring vinegar, but nothing too puckering. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice, and from the Bruery, one of the few that hasn't let me down. (815 characters)

Photo of rmccomas
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In tulip from 750 ml bottle

A: pours almost solid black with a slight ruby tint when held to light, almost no head as expected.

S: sour barrage immediately, mostly black cherry from what i can tell with a touch of earthy odor, wood maybe

T: follows the nose, black cherries dominate with an earthy wood finish, very nice! dry citrusy notes on the end as well, lemon?

M: velvety mouthfeel typical of the style, thick enough to hang on your tongue well after you've swallowed it.

O: definitely one of the best Bruery beers I've tried, recommend it to all sour fans. (569 characters)

Photo of Popkas
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is a murky mahogany with a thick head that slowly settles to a thin ring leaving nice residual.

S: Smell is sour and wood shed. Good stuff.

T: Taste is much like the smell but no quite as impressive - sour, cherry/dark fruit, and wood/

M: Medium to light body with a bit of bite on the finish.

D: Pretty solid beer. (327 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid and clear dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light. I can smell the tart fruit as soon as I pop the cap on this baby. Sour cherries, lemons, sweet brown sugar, hints of vinegar, light sherry notes. Taste is a bit more sour than the nose lead me to believe. Huge lemony tartness with hints of barnyard funk hit right up front. Sour cherries and a hint of sweetness sweep across the gullet before finishing with a lingering sweet sour and funky aftertaste. Medium body and level of carbonation, tart acidic mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one, I'm glad I got to try it. (597 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for sending me these, Mark!

A: Pours a dirty, murky, wooden-red color with a faint finger of light tan head that quickly faded into a thin collar.
S: Tart notes of dry oak, light malt, cherries, red berries, sweet fruit juice and fruit skin tannins.
T: Tart yet clean flavors of fruit skins, gritty tannins, dry oak, berry juice, cherries, and green fruits. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying aftertaste.
M: Slick yet drying mouthfeel with bubbly, tingly, carbonation and a medium body.
O: Really solid all around. Not overly tart but very clean and fruity. Thanks again, Mark. (623 characters)

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Apex Beer Dispensary. Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

Brown with enough light that it appears to be clear. Very little head. A nice rise of bubbles that dies out early. Aroma is sour with lemon and cherries. A strong oak and vinous character in general. Taste is very tart and sour with a nice lingering effect. It's dryer than sweet with a firm oaky, woody impression. I started at 50 degrees but it still got better as it warmed. Carbonation is pretty low after the initial sips.

This is a tasty sour but at $20+, I'd rather go with something from Rodenbach. (585 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber / brown with a decent head

Smell of funk, dark fruits, pilsner malts

Taste of tart dark cherries, dry finish from brett yeast, brown sugar and caramelization. I was expecting this to be extremely tart based on the name, but was slightly surprised that it was very drinkable. Not a whole lot of vinegar like presence as some other Oud Bruins have. Not quite as sour as a Rodenbach Grand Crue. Slightly subdued in that sense, which was a welcome fact for drinkability. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body.

Drinkable? absolutely. This tasted cleaner than I had expected. (600 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from my homie, Masterski. Split with a bunch of the Chitown Crew.

A - Pours a ruby red with a fizzy white head which quickly disipitates and leaves a random bubble here and there.

S - Sweet tarts, cherries, sour apples, acidic sour/tart.

T - Cherries, slight funk, lots of acidic sourness.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, dry champagne-esk finish.

D - This was good, but I think I prefer Red Poppy. (409 characters)

Photo of emyers
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a thin rapidly dissipating beige head.

Smell: Tart cherries with a little added lactic punch.

Taste: Tartness hits you right away, with a nice cherry/blackberry underlying flavor. Tartness takes over the finish and continues to build.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry on the palate. Low carbonation level with a lingering tartness.

Overall: Very solid sour (420 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange in color. Forms a clumpy, bubbly head that sticks to the side of the glass. No lacing. 4.0

S: Very aromatic with notes of tart cherries, unripe fruits, and oak. 4.0

T: A bit malty on the front end, then loads of cherries, with earth, and a mild malt vinegar to a lesser extent. However, the sourness is toned down and not at all overdone 4.0

M: Medium bodied. Tart. Very mild bitterness 4.0

O: Another very nice beer. Mild sourness makes this one easier to drink for the non-sour drinker. Can't say I would want an entire bottle, but a glass was nice. 4.0 (574 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Appearance: Deep maroon brown with a small off-white head

Nose: Very sour right off the bat. Bitter lemon, cherries, and a hint of oak are present, but the nose-tingling sourness is overwhelming.

Taste: Like biting into a under-ripe lemon that's been doused in vinegar. The sourest of all the beers tasted in a recent wine-barrel aged beer tasting. The oak is very subtle and definitely masked by the tartness and fruity lemon and cherry notes. Some sour candy flavors develop as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Tart, dry, and tannic.

Overall: A really tasty and full-flavored beer, but definitely not a complex one. Maybe if the tartness was dialed down a bit more interesting characteristics would come through. (720 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep red/brown burgundy color. sort of reminiscent of dried blood (i know super odd description). minimal tan foam slowly dissipates to nothing. no lacing or any bit of foam left making it look more like a wine than a beer.

S - the nose is rich and complex. earthy yet fruity. the first scent is strong notes of malt vinegar and hints of sour cherries. woody oak notes add a fullness to the nose. there is also a cooked mushroom aroma giving it even more similarity to a red burgundy wine. there are also notes of red delicious apple skin, a quick whiff of cinnamon spice and a bit of brett funk.

T - very tart but fruity flavors. sweet lightly toasty malt lends a bit of balance to the acidic onslaught. malolactic notes (apple acidity) blend with snappy red apple skin and hints of malt vinegar. the center is ripe and fruity like what raspberry juice might taste like. finish is dry but the acidity lingers on.

M - full bodied with a creamy (dare i say buttery; only slightly) texture. surprisingly high carbonation considering the lack of foam on top with a tight champagne like effervescence.

O - I have been wanting to try this one for a long time. and it does not disappoint. I enjoy this style because it bridges the gap between wine and beer. I only wish I could have whipped up some wild board on parpedelle pasta to really enhance both the beer and the food. wine is made for food, and wine often shows better when paired against it. This beer is just begging for food and could pair with more dishes than almost any other style of beer or wine. (1,576 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish brown, with thin off white head. Smell is mostly lemon and cherry. Smell is a little underwhelming for me. Taste is fantastic: very tart and crisp. Lemon / lime, green apples, oak. Not really getting the cherries that everyone else claims. Feel is astringent, tart, dry, light and crisp. Lively carbonation.

Overall, terrific. Supremely drinkable, refreshing and tons of tartness. Along with La Folie, this is one of my favorite all time Sours. (464 characters)

Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.