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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 382
Hads: 2,360
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.53%
Wants: 566
Gots: 819 | 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 M_C_Hampton
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, red brown colored with a tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: very sour, acetic acid, funk, sour cherries, oak, wine like

T: sour up front, pickles, balsamic vinegar, lemon, tart cherries, wood, oak

M: medium with good carbonation, slightly sticky

O: a great representation of the style, fruity and wine like, tart but controlled

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Photo of bradenh
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty standard flemish color, dark brown and ruby tones.

S- Tart dark fruits and oak.

T- High on the sour meter, sour and carbonated at the front, then the sweeter, fruitier flavors come through with a good amount of woody oak. Finishes with a great oaky and very subtle vanilla aftertaste. This beer should make you pucker some.

M- Carbonation dissipates moderately fast, mouth feel is more watery.

O- Outstanding Flemish sour, not too sweet, oak did seem to dominate my palate as I got to the end of the bottle, but you can definitely pick out the complexity of each layer of flavors. If there weren't so many more beers out there to try and I had a lot more money I would buy 2 or 3 more. You can't go wrong with a sour from The Bruery.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oude tart

Pours a rich mahogany color with a fizzy, short lived white head. Aroma is huge of new leather, sour lemons, dark fruit, smoke and oak.

In the taste, tart acetic sourness with the strong sweet and sour style of traditional ales of the Flemish region. For an American brewed Oude Bruin or Flanders Red, this is exceptional.

Tip of the tongue tartness with the swollow being more mellow and open, oak and a small sourness lasting into the finish.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper beer with good and a few sea monkeys (aka floaters). The head is very long lasting composed of compact, tan bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

Moderately strong aroma of current, a moderately-light tartness and some leathery, barnyard funk. A low, carmel malt sweetness and moderate dark fruit esters.

A sweet-tart flavor that is far more tart than sweet. There is a a lot of red current flavor along with some dark fruit and caramel malt for flavor. A light oak flavor and touch of leather with only a light sweetness the balance is strongly tart. The finish is medium with fruit flavor after taste.

A medium to medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. There is a bit of carbonic bite.

Some of the class Flanders Red flavors of red currents with a sweet-tart balance and low carmel in a supporting malt body. I like that this one is fairly strongly tilted towards the tart and lightly sweet making it an immensely food friendly.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico for sharing this bottle. I think I have had this a few times but never reviewed it. I may have even taken notes once and forgot about them. Either way, pumped to have a great beer again. 2013 bottle.

A- Murky dark red, brown pour from the 750ml bottle to three glasses. A small off-white head forms but is just a small foam that dies down to nothing after just a bit of time. Lacing seemingly not gonna happen for me but not uncommon for this style.

S- Sourness from the bugs combines with other yeasty fruity flavors to give me a big whiff of tart cherry and currants. Some underlying malts, slight acetic and lemony lactic acid.

T- Fruits and sours lead things off here with cherry, curant, lemon, orange and vinous grape notes. Some diacetyl in the backdrop with fresh oak tannins, sherry notes and slight vinegar sourness, mostly lactic to me.

MF- Fairly light bodied but it has a smooth and somewhat frothy foamy texture. Carbonation is medium-high as it finishes with a fairly puckering sourness towards the end of the glass. Dry.

Perhaps one of the best of only a few American Flanders Red Ales I have had. Authentic tartness with that slight vinegar and diacetyl that I find in beers like Rodenbach and Duchesse.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper body, can form a velvety-looking oak-colored head, but fades quickly. No carbonation visible but some sediment is apparent at the end.

S: Clear tart cherries, maybe faint wood in the back. Simple, but powerful and satisfying.

T: Fantastic sour character, sour cherries are supremely refreshing without any detectable sweetness. Fantastic long finish, possibly with a note of spice on it? Not sure where that's coming from, but it works.

M: Light bodied, lively carbonation but smooth, very low viscosity. My only complaint (with anything of this beer) is that it leaves my teeth feeling a bit gritty.

O: Incredible. Unabashed sour character, with clear, natural cherry notes that last on the palate, the barrel aging surely contributing to the sourness and the smoothness. Quality throughout. I wouldn't think twice about spending my money on this beer again.

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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 BastardKing24
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with an offwhite 1 finger head that leaves a ring.

Smell is tart vinegar, cherries, lemon, oak, raspberries, unripe peach, and lactic acid. Very inviting nose on this.

Taste is the same with a sharp tartness, just a big sour punch, and then fruit flavors start to appear. Theres an oak character in there, but no bourbon or anything. green apple, sour grapes, This beer is quite sour but I like that.

Feel is spot on, can't improve on that.

Overall, a nicely done sour, but I don't think this is very similar to alot of other flanders reds out there. Its much more sour.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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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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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep brown with a slight red hue. the beer is topped by a fluffy and rocky two finger light tan head that fades to a nearly invisible collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, funk and oak
T: taste is sour cherries, with a strong acetic sourness, a bit of funk, some vanilla, slight caramel and oak. swallow is more sour cherry, funk, and oak
M: lighter side of medium in body with soft and adequate carbonation. this beer has a drying finish
O: This is a fantastic beer and a great representative for the style. It just doesn't get much better

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Photo of Roguer
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large 2 finger beige head, sparkly, quickly fading. Brew is a dark brown until held up to the light, which reveals gorgeous red highlights and a surprising clarity, with tons of bubbly action.

Tart and slightly funky, a lot of oak and sour notes in the nose. Dark fruit, lighter grains.

Extremely tart and sour up front, giving way (but never fading) to a smooth sweetness in the middle, and finished by a slight funk and sharp sourness on the end. Immediate pucker; sweet notes include red grapes and prunes, and nuts. Back-end carries a ton of oak and a nearly vinegar sour quality.

Up front pucker, and a slightly harsh vinegar finish; mostly smooth throughout. Medium-light feel, but it's still a slow drinking beer.

I don't feel that this beer stands out as an exceptionally good Flanders Red, but it's still an extremely tasty beer. At the price, I think I'd rather pick up a Rodenbach; if prices were equal, I still think I'd rather pick up a Rodenbach, but again, this is a good beer, no doubt.

1 year aged bottle.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, slightly reddish chocolate brown with a fairly thick, though effervescent, light tan head. Sour apple dominates the strong aroma. Flavor is very tart - you may exercise facial muscles you never knew you had! Underlying hints of caramel and oak support the bold tartness. Texture is smooth and firm, if not too fizzy. Pucker up, sweetie!

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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 Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber hued with a minuscule head of white foam partially covering the top of the beer. Sour aroma of tart cherries is very pungent. The mouth is highly carbonated and the intense bitterness pricks the tongue and yet there's a nice dry finish. There's definitely tart cherries and a horse blanket element in the taste.

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Photo of JulioH
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Great nose, very dark look, very thick and opaque.
Not extremely carbonated, medium size bubbles, and does not develop a head. Smells woody, sour. After tasting it, it is very sour. One of the more sour beers I have tasted, it is definitively sour. It starts sour, and the sour tastes continues to the end. It doesn't turn dry or hoppy, it is pure sour.
A fermented concoction of berries.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty in the snifter the pinkish hue of the head, lightly set upon a body of deep auburn.

The aroma was sour and tart cherry, soft and subtle, but plenty sweet.

My expectations were a brutally tart and sour affair but found the flavor to be quite satisfying. Tangy, sweet, sour and of course tart, the cherry flavor is not overwhelming but simply pleasing.

The feel is easily drinkable, without any puckering effect and a sweetness tempered enough that the entire bottle could be enjoyed by ones self. Unfortunately I did not get to do so.

This was hyped both as too sour and tart and also as a World Class beer. My vote is for the later.

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Photo of Tony_D
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark amber color with some red hues. Initial cream colored head that quickly dissipated leaving zero lacing.

Fruity smell with a bit of funk to it. Almost has a hint of mustiness to it.

Very tart. Caused my mouth to pucker as soon as I drank even the slightest amount. Get some fruit taste but can't nail down exactly what. Extremely sour.

Good amount of carbonation.Seems a little thin on the mouthfeel but still a very drinkable beer. No trace of malt or hops, just fruit and funky sourness

Overall, this is a very solid beer. At the $17 price range it is a little hard to justify purchasing this beer regularly, but I will every now and again. A good example of the style but I still feel like there are better examples out there to be had.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Muddy dark red-brown. No head to mention.

Ripe vinegary tartness, big oak presence, leathery notes, tart cherry, pomegranate seed, and musty old chair. Awesome nose on this one.

Cidery vinegar, notes of tart cherry, oak, green apple tannins, old leather must, sour grape, and a hint of currant. So well-balanced between sour and gentle sweet and lightly malty. No hops, and I wouldnt ask for them, but the barrel-aging is primo.

Easy sipping for a Flanders Red. More than tart, but supple in the body. Masked carbonation levels that do more than you might first think.

Superb ale that I can finally knock off the bucket list.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark ruby amber color with a decent off-white head and no lacing

S-dark fruit, red wine vinegar, oak, little vanilla and caramel

T-sour cherry, raspberry, vinous, oak, light caramel malt, hint of vanilla

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, tart and astringent

O-really nice representation of the style, nice flavor

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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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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 edition - I missed out on this at GABF last year (don't save the Bruery table for near the end of the session, a helpful hint), so it's nice to see it arrive here in Alberta now.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves just a wee bit of lingering sea-spray lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves into non-being.

It smells of sour, dark fruit - raspberries, cherries, and red grapes - woody caramel and vanilla, turbinado sugar, gritty pale malt, cooking vinegar, and a musty, lightly funky yeastiness. The taste is rather tart and acerbic red wine vinegar, perhaps a bit more complex via the additional cherry, black currant, and raspberry notes, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, thin dark sugar, barely sweet pale malt, subtly toasted woody caramel, well-aged leather, and a softly yeasty fruit wine booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, and yet sturdy enough to take on the swirling acidity, the body medium-light in weight, and more smooth than I might have initially imagined. It finishes off-dry, the lineage of the bracing sourness still resonating, though tempered somewhat by a blend of sugar, malt, and wood.

A genuinely balanced, but still big and saucy sour red ale, the well-rounded fruity tartness let out to play, but not at the cost of an overwrought palate pillaging. The wood treatment is complex, understated, and just about right. Quite an apt representation for the style, but all other things are not equal with this offering - the serving size and sticker price cannot compete with those venerable in-class imports, I'm afraid.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 8/5/13.

A puckerer! This is an excellent Flanders Red that is strong on sour and weaker on the fruity sweetness. It could show a bit more fruit/sweet on the palate for me, but I still rate it highly. Cranberries might be the “one-word” description. 4.5

A – A beautiful clear garnet with a rocky light reddish tan one-finger head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing. An easy swirl brings it back though. Well carbonated. 4.75

S – Lactic with some fruit. Maybe some vinegar but mainly lactic acid. Sour cherries, cranberries. Very minor vanilla notes. 4.5

T – Sour with a middle sweetness. Oranges, cherries and cranberries. No hop bitterness. 4.5

MF – A long dry finish. Medium bodied. Good carbonation is felt. 4.75

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Photo of Gatch
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 08/05/13

A: Deep red to purple in color. Shades of brown and a tiny fizzy white head.

S: Fuuuunky! Tart, yeasty, vinegary, fruity, Flemish sour goodness.

T: Incredible. So much funk and yeast and fruit and wood.

M: Dry but deliciously tart and fruity. Sooo drinkable, too.

O: For a sour this is world class. Everything you'd expect from this style is there...and more.

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Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

#4 1/24/14

This beer shines light a ruby in the light, dazzlingly clear and fiery bright red through and through. The head that develops is small and off-white, holding together well and managing pretty good lace as it goes.
This beer's got it: a massive tartness and incredibly sour aroma and flavor with the vinegar and dark cherry notes I'd hoped for and the vinous character necessary in these beers. It's deep and more complex than many in a deep and complex style. As it goes, the cracker malts serve simply to propel the deeper nuances, even as some rich leather comes out and the woodiness and acidity reach their peaks. The aroma carries slightly more funk and a bit of cream to it, making it slightly deeper than the taste but still very delicious and one of the best out there.
The feel gets all the complexity and (saying it again) depth of this style. Acidic and dry, the medium body is yet creamy. It's moderate carbonation carries through to add a bite on the tongue even while it flows so smoothly, and it carries a certain brightness as well.

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