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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1642
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.84%


Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: Overlord on 12-20-2009)
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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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claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a soft egg-shell colored head with nice carbonation and lacing.

Aromas of funky, dark red vinous grapes, vinegar with hints of dark cherries and sour apples. As it warms there is almost a slight sweetness to the fruits combined with more barnyard funk and earthy raw mushrooms to round things and a light sweet maltiness.

The tastes begin with dark cherries and green and red apple skins. More dark red wine flavors of red grapes, vinegar and oak. The earthiness and funkiness emerge more as it warms as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium to full bodied and finished crisp but not too dry and puckering which I appreciate. Much more drinkable than a La Folie or other overly sour Flanders style ales.

Overall this was a nice treat and I am glad that I was able to sample. A great American interpretation of a European classic. Well well balanced drinkable. Would definitely drink again but I don't NEED to have it and don't plan to seek it out for a repeat visit. Very tasty and highly recommend; especially if this is style is your wheelhouse.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 15:36:51 | More by claspada
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this at CdC.

A: Cloudy persimmon-brown body with a finger of fine tan froth. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Bright and sour, with cherries and acetic acid standing out. Simple, fresh, and pleasant.

T: Acrid, sour (but not in a good way) cherry skin up front, with much better fruit and acidity thereafter. Long, tart finish. Good, not great.

M: Clean medium body, moderate, lively carbonation. Excellent.

O: I really liked the assertive acidity, but the acrid bitterness of the cherry-skin flavor really kept it from being as enjoyable as it could have been. Well worth drinking, but not worth the difficulty of tracking down IMO.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 23:41:28 | More by woosterbill
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davey101

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip glass. 2012 release.

A - Pours a still and murky dark/brown red body. A thin tan cap of foam forms but disappears quickly leaving behind absolutely nothing. Lacing is non-existent.

S - Excellent aroma. Tart cherries, red wine and bourbon notes. Not sure what barrels are used, but I am getting large notes of vanilla, oak, and some spice. Not as acidic or vinegary as its Belgian counterpart, but it does have that distinctive Flanders twang on the finish.

T - Super tart and sour. Mouth puckering cherries and red grapes. The end is vinegar and vanilla rich oak. The finish is quick with just some barrel tannins left in the aftertaste. Quite tasty with a lot of bright and vibrant fruit notes.

M - Low carbonation, but thats somewhat irrelevant due to the high amount of acidity. Super mouth puckering!

O - One of the better American made Flanders I have tried. At a slightly lower price, I think I prefer the Rodenbach vintage series over this though.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 04:53:27 | More by davey101
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

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

Thanks ward for this lovely provision
The beer pours like syrupy black cherries with thin tan head that fades before your eyes and has absolutely no retention. The nose is tart and sweet, reminiscent of cherries, with additional notes of oak and a slight acetone. The taste is reserved with subtle hints of wood, cherries, and an almost negligible vinegar. The mouthfeel is sweet and then tart, finishing exceedingly dry. It's very drinkable and refreshing with my duck, venison, and veggie medley...yeah that's how I roll the day after thanksgiving. Definitely worth trying, but considering the price and availability (none), it's probably not a repeat..

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 01:24:46 | More by ThePorterSorter
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vonnegut21

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red-brown with a finger and a half of white head.

S: Tart, lactic nose up front. Cherry, vanilla and a touch of oak linger This smells excellent.

T: Moderately tart, with cherry and vinuous notes. Oak, vanilla and barrel tannins linger. Nice flavors, but nothing overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied. Almost a bit undercarbonated for how I prefer the style.

O: A nice beer. Tasty, and since I have two more bottles, I'll drink again. Not my favorite of the style. Not even close to Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge as far as flavor. On par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, but at double the cost, it's a tough sell.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 03:41:53 | More by vonnegut21
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illidurit

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy Sam. Pours a cloudy murky mahogany with a frothy tan head. Aroma is green apples with brown sugar and caramel, similar to La Folie. Flavor is very oaky and tart with apple pie, crabapple skins, a bit of cherry juice, jammy red wine. 7.5% alcohol gives it a warming sensation. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky, despite the sufficient carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:25:37 | More by illidurit
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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
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Samuel906

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 04:25:59 | More by Samuel906
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

one of the better examples of the style from the united states, I have no idea how ive not had it do date. well, yes I do, its over 20 bucks a bottle, and therefore prohibitively expensive, but its the holidays so what the heck. the color is a murky dark red, darker than raspberry jam, lighter than traditional brick red, with one nice inch of white bubbly head on it. it smells of fresh and dried red fruit, from cranberries with their tartness to cherries with their sweetness, even prunes or raisins with their wrinkly gumminess. its lovely all the way through, with a ton of acid making my mouth water for a taste. the flavor is great too, all the fruit into one really sour brew. its got that classic flanders front of tongue acidity, almost too much, and this is a bottle to share for that reason. it puckers me right up, demanding perseverance from my taste buds. long dry finish, didn't think that was possible until this beer. the fruit is nice, the red malt is bigger, and the ph has to be real low. well carbonated body makes it fizzle and snap in my mouth, and the acidity prevents major drinkability. I am intrigued enough by this beer to drink a lot of it, and its quite enjoyable, but at this price their are other serviceable options to get my flanders fix. top quality as always from the bruery.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 17:02:44 | More by StonedTrippin
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought over by Doug during our cellar cleaning tasting. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014.

App- A hazy brownish-ruby red body, 1 finger tan head, fine retention, not much lacing

Smell- Vinegar, acidity, a bit of oak, a bit of cherry tartness, cane sugar

Flavour- Very acidic, sourness 7/10, bit of oak, non-descript fruit tartness, some sweet malts, helps cut the acidity a bit

Mouthfeel- A bit thin but not watery. Carbonation is a bit low. Aftertaste is sweet acidity, very nice. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall- Good Flanders red. Enjoyed this better than most others I've had. Duchesse is tastier with this being less complex but just as enjoyable. Price point is always an issue but I won't beat the dead horse.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 06:56:49 | More by Stevedore
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ibbjamin

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a couple of these tonight at The Bruery when they opened it for tastings today. They ended up running out of it the same day they opened it to the public.

About an inch of white bubbly head. Reddish brown in color with little retention or lacing.

Has a tart, mildly sour nose with definite oak tones. Some vinegar notes as well, but nothing of the level of Duchesse De Bourgogne for example. Sour, but not a sour bomb by any means.

Taste is similar to the nose and is quite nice. Has oakey and vinous qualities taken from the barrels it was aged in for 18 months.

Mouth is on the dry side with mild astringency. A nice carbonation level. Medium body and pleasantly drinkable.

A pleasure to drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2009 06:44:51 | More by ibbjamin
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bret27

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle from bulletrain76

S: woody, vanilla, grapefruity, vinegar, tart

A: Ruby brn, hazy, minimal but fluffy white head

T: woody, grapefruit juice, little bit of vinegar

M/D: good mouthfeel, crisp, and very dry.

Overall: Nice, refreshing and tart. Not too sour. Seems balanced and a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:16:39 | More by bret27
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one during the 'We Want The Funk!' tasting that was graciously hosted by beermeX2! Big thanks goes out to beermeX2 for sharing this one with the group! I was lucky enough to get to try the Oude Tart with Sour Cherries awhile back, so let's see how this one compares... Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a reddish brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, slight funk, cherry, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, cherry, funk, sour, and slight tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The key difference between this brew and the other was that the cherries aren't nearly as pronounced in this one. This cuts back on the sour/tart aspect of this one a little bit. However this one is still quite enjoyable. The aroma and flavor here are quite well balanced and keep you guessing on what the overwhelming note will be the next time you go in for a sip. Definitely worth trying or getting your hands on.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 17:12:09 | More by thagr81us
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kbuzz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. No bottling date found.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with ruby red highlights in the light. One finger light brown head. Plenty of carbonation evident.

S: Sour funk...vinegar...easter egg dye.

T/M: A nice tartness up front. Thin bodied. Highly carbonated. Tartness lingers in the back of the palate...makes your teeth clench. Some oak tannins. Some dark fruits...raisins, plums. More tart than expected, but I dig...

O: A pretty fantastic sour. I don't get a ton of the oak aging, but it's in there. Pretty dominantly tart...with some mild dark fruits. Still...a very nice American sour ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 22:09:33 | More by kbuzz
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Darkness snifter, sharred with scoand.

Bottle 2011

A- Pours a one finger off white head that dissipates to a bubbly layer on top, dark brown burnt orange color, opaque.
S- Really nice aroma, sweet sour tartness, cherries, sour apple notes, slight oak in the aroma.
T- Very enjoyable, nice cherry notes, dark fruits, spice, nice tartness, sour apple, vinegar, oak characteristics from the barrels, really balanced overall.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, smooth drinking, coats the palate, dry finish.
O- Really enjoyable beer from The Bruery. Not disappointed at all, really easy drinkability, and decent amount of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 21:22:03 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the f-in man, msulinski, for including this bottle in a wintertime trade. Had a sip of this at a tasting & needed a bigger bottle & lo! one shows up on my doorstep. 750ML bottle split with my wife after living at Town Hall & suckling on barrels all week.

Pour is wildly divergent: mine is dark brown, my wife's is dark red, from different levels of the bottle. Nose is big oak, raspberries, cherries, tart. Nice start.

Oude Tart cuts through the barrels like a German tank division through Polish cavalry. Huge oak notes trade light chatter with the searing tartness that lines the brew. Drought-dry. Fruit so present in the nose is tame to the point of absence. Earthy, slight vinegar, green apple, a bit leathery. Sippable.

Targeted to sourheads? No idea. But this is one fine, approachable sour, that doesn't cross the line into folding my face into right angles. Excellent beer & a standard for Flanders ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 04:27:05 | More by maximum12
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oline73

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity vinegar with a strong oak presence. Some mildly sweet malt with a tart cherry note.

Taste: Malty but not very sweet. I'm getting the cherries, so tart that I'm almost getting raspberry. Some vinegar sourness with oak and a bitter, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a slick finish. I feel like the finish should be dry.

Overall: I think this is a well done beer. They didn't go over the top with anything. I would have liked a dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 00:46:55 | More by oline73
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wethorseblanket

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the second bottling.

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a quarter-inch light tan head which recedes to the rim leaving sparse lace.

N: Oak tannins, cherry pits, sour acetic/basalmic notes.

T: Mildly sour and tart, oak aging evident. Fruity with cherries and plums. Lingering sharp acidity. Complex with vinous aged red grapes.

M: Semi-medium body and light carbonation. Mildly tart and acidic on finish.

O: Quite nice. This is aging well. Should really blossom in a year or so. Time will do wonderful things with this, I hope.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:21:12 | More by wethorseblanket
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Duff27

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch tan head on a dark red/brown body. Splashy lacing, collar left.

S- Slight sour/tartness. Fruits like cherry/strawberry.

T- Tart aftertaste, hard to pick out bourbon barrel notes. Would guess at 8 to 9%ABV.

M- Highly carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very refreshing Flemish Red. We all found it to be similar to New Glarus Enigma. Thanks Beerandraiderfan.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:33:34 | More by Duff27
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rusty copper tinted brown, little to no head. Scent brings moderate amounts of vinegar, with cherry, leather and dark bread. Taste has initial rush of vinegar tartness, develops with cherry, slightly vinous, apple, leather and dark yeasty bread. Medium bodied, lower carbonation than many in the style - a good thing. Solid, not quite spectacular.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2012 00:52:31 | More by rfgetz
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nataku00

California

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 release. Beer pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lacing or remaining head. A few bubbles visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is red berry and cherry, acetic acid balsamic vinegar, sharper lactic acid sourness, a brown sugar sweetness, light woody notes.

Taking a sip, brown sugar and cherry, then a hit of balsamic vinegar and sour red berry, a light almond flavor, and red wine tannins. Finish is dry, with a light sourness from sour fruit and lactic acid.

Light to medium body with a good amount of sharp carbonation that lightens the effect of the sourness.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:20:07 | More by nataku00
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but seems a little weak to me. The brew smells like tart cherries, red wine, grapes, vinegar and oak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like tart cherries, red grapes, vinegar, oak, lemon, vanilla and also an earthy/leathery flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good beer, I enjoyed drinking it. It's a bit pricey at $18.99 a bottle, but I'd probably buy it again at that price.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:01:32 | More by bluejacket74
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 25 ounce bottle into a tulip, dark brown pour, slight white head. Lots of oak, and cherries on the nose. Very tart, notes of cherries, oak, vinegar, linering tartness. The beer is refreshingly tart, acidic, medium in body. A very enjoyable flanders red, no problem finishing the entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 01:37:36 | More by bonkers
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a very dark reddish/brown with a three finger tan head that quickly wisps away to a thin lever. Darker than I thought actually, but not a big deal

S- tons of cherries come through in the nose...almost sickly sweet, and they smell delicious

T- tartness is very light, but still there. Lots of black cherry comes through, with a low level of acidity as well

M- body is actually very, very thin...real disappointing IMO

O- when you buy a bottle of beer for $22, you expect it to be out of this world, especially when it's one you've heard about for so long. This was a disappointment, but still good. Just not worth that price tag

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 00:01:38 | More by bigfnjoe
Oude Tart from The Bruery
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