Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.79%
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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 phichifiji00
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 2011 vintage bottle into Bruery tulip glass.

Appearance: Mahogony in color, cloudy, nearly no head, minimal lacing, very flat.

Smell: Tart, slightly funky, oak, vinous, red/dark berries, cherries.

Taste: Cherries very prevalent, oak, honey, mead like in the middle, tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, tart, very flat, next to no carbonation.

Overall: Good flavor. Good balance sweet, tart, & oak flavors. Lack of carbonation kills it though. Overall, I was pretty disappointed.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - A loud hiss is heard as the cap is removed. It pours a nice dark amber color with a nice ecru head that is of medium density. There is some nice active carbonation with each pour. The head is retained for a while but actively dissipates to a thin mat.

S - Strong tartness. Balsamic vinaigrette. Sour fruit notes with some cherries and some nice slight vinous notes. The funk is awesome. There are some tobacco notes as well as some nice woody oaky notes. There are some nice mild flowery notes as well as some nice dark fruit slight sweetness that is inviting. Slight molasses notes as well.

T & M - Starts off with tons of tartness. Very sour funk notes. Then there is a slight dark fruit sweetness that pops up just enough to tame the sour beast. Its a real sour beer that doesn't make you pucker too much. There are some nice woody notes that offer some spice as well as some mild dark cherry and slight caramel sweetness in the middle portion. As the beer finishes the tartness pops back up along with continuing wood notes. There are some leathery characteristics as well as some funk notes. This is a great beer. Top of its class in terms of the style.

O - Very good beer especially as it warms when the sour notes taper down a bit and the more complex dark fruit notes begin to show up.

Photo of IKR
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color with a moderate light beige head.

Smell: Tart cherry and mild acetic notes.

Taste: Tart cherry fruity notes and some faint leather notes presented with a balanced sour and tart presentation

Mouth-feel: Body is on the lighter Medium side with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: This is the crazy thing. The first bottle of Oude Tart I opened from my allocation I thought it was low on carbonation and the flavors muted compared to the previous batches. Not so with the bottle I reviewed. It was flavorful, had good carbonation for the style (I found the 2nd bottle had more carbonation than any of the Marron Acidifie bottles I've had) and compared favorably to the Oude Tart's I've had on draft and bottle in the past. Was my mind playing tricks on me when I opened the first bottle? I can't call it, but the bottle I reviewed rocked!

Photo of UnknownKoger
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Latest batch purchased from The Bruery Provisions. Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A few people have noted carbonation issues, but my bottle was nicely carbonated. Minimal head. Smell is fantastic. Sweet cherries and vinegar on the nose. Acidy. Love it. Taste confirms the nose. It's called "tart" for a reason. This is a fantastic brew. Color is a reddish brown.

Mouthfeel and body is pretty nice. The light amount of carbonation makes it even better..

Oude Tart is pretty famous and it's no wonder why. It's an outstanding beer. Cheers

Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery. Pours a very murky, dirty water-looking, reddish brown with a small, off white head that disappears quickly. A ton of fizzy bubbles. Scent is acidic vinegar tart notes with a lot of wood and brett. Cherry really comes through as it warms. Taste is initially tart cherries with red wine vinegar. Followed by dark malt flavors and a HEAVY wood backbone. This is the woodiest flanders style ive ever had. Delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and nicely carbed. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is very complex and tasty. Glad i came!

Photo of beerwolf77
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to Kegatron for this one!

(A)- Pours a deep and dark almost blood red/mahogany color. Produced a giant effervescent tan head that dissipated to a good layer of froth. Some lacing.

(S)- Very dry. Nicely smooth yet funky oak up front. Bits of vinegar-like fruits. Bits of Brett. Rather vinous.

(T)- A great similarity to the smell only far more complex. A hefty soured vinegar bite up front that flows into a harmonious dry oaky vinous funk. Finishes with a great sour acidity character. Damn tasty.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and a great balance. Fits the style very well with a big oaky and sour finish. I am liking this very much.

(D)- A superb Flanders. Easily one of the best examples from the states I have had thus far. Wonderfully oaky and sour; just the way I like it. Very well done.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1rst Release

750ml bottle into a Tulip glass

A- Pours a nice deep dark red with tons of carbonation streaming up making a nice 2 finger fluffy khaki head that sticks around. No retention whatsoever or any legs.

S- Sweet funk and barnyard up front with tons of dark cherries, green apples and vinous grapes. Also getting notes of leather, balsamic, and musty oak. Could live in this glass.

T- Up front the first thing you notice is the strong sour funk from the yeast. To follow some really nice flavors of vinegar, cherries, grapes, leather, and a slight bit of musty sweet oak to top it off.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of bubbly carbonation and a strong sour dry finish that I love so much.

Overall this is hands down my favorite sour. So well balanced and so flavorful there's nothing bad I can say about this beer.

SkÅL!

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Cantillon pint-style glass. This bottle has been in my cellar a year.

The body is reddish brown, with a tan head that easily pours to a half inch. Head dissipates a bit, but retains an eighth inch cap of foam on the beer throughout, with just some small patches of lacing.

Smells of leather, tea, cherries, old wood. Nice complex nose.

First sip transports me to Belgium. First sip is dark cherries, tea and baked apples, then lots of flavors burst forward all over the palate with sweet, sour, and bitter going on. The cherry flavor intensifies into a superbly fresh tartness, that lingers on through the dry and spicy finish. There is some cinnamon spice, and some vanilla and old wood that gives this a nice smoothness and maybe its name. Just a bit of bitterness and tannin, maybe from cherry pits.

Body is on the lighter side, and the carbonation gives this a lovely creamy, mousse-like mouthfeel.

There is not much to fault in this beer. The Belgians sometimes complain that the Bruery is merely imitating their beers, but this sort of imitation is the highest form of flattery. Light in body, high in flavor, and with a nice ABV level, this is a superbly drinkable beer.

Photo of jwinship83
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml capped bottle traded to me from user mashmaster. thanks again! drank from my duvel tulip. very excited to try this after having it at EBF this year.

A- the pour is a murry/hazy brown colored body with reddish highlights. there is a small eggshell colored head on top that has just above average retention. small spots of lacing are left on the sides of my glass.

S- the first thing i pick out of the nose are cherries and vinegar. this is going to be pretty sour. some other various berries show up also. a little bit of the barnyard funk i love from wild brews. some oak shines though towards the end.

T- the taste starts out with moderate levels of vinegar/acid before moving to the fruitier side. cherries, plums, and other random berries. not as much noticeable funk in the taste. a little bit of the barrel comes through towards the end.

M- the beer is sour without being too overpowering. very nicely done. the body is on the lower side of medium with an active carbonation. not overly dry either.

O- i really enjoyed this. one of the better brews ive had from the bruery. this is something id gladly seek out again. the alcohol is masterfully hidden.

Photo of thagr81us
4.12/5  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.

Photo of abuliarose
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass, revealing a murky ruddy brown body under an airy and dying yellowish head. Smells sweet and sour with tart cherries and molasses.

Tastes less pungent than it smells, but refreshingly so with a mealiness and light sour presence. Meaty, savory. Mouthfeel is gentle with even mouth-filling carbonation to round out the medium-heavy body. Thickened with air. Very drinkable, as a meal or otherwise.

Overall I quite like it. A well-rounded beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, dark brown-amber color that shows a hazed, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is huge with a bright, tart, super fruity, berry like character that is backed by a touch of nutty oxidation like character. The tartness is all lactic at first, but once I start to dig around there is a hint of acetic acid spiciness that also boosts a touch of vinegar (not quite as rich as balsamic, but certainly fruit leaning) character in the finish. The finish has a dry, cracker like grain character as well as a toasted whole grain note that adds a wholesome bread like character to the nose. Other than the tartness, this beer is relatively clean; meaning it isn’t overly funky, which is certainly in line with a traditional Flemish inspired beer (at least modern examples of such). The malt, oxidation and tartness all combine to provide a character that I want to describe as earthy for some reason. As the beer warms some acetone like character starts to become noticeable in the finish.

This still has quite the spritzy carbonation despite sitting in my glass for the last 10 minutes; it foams up a fair amount as it rolls across the tongue, which counteracts the viscous character from the oak and lactic acid contribution that provides this beer a definite texture. The dominant lactic tartness throughout is again anchored by a hint of acetic acidity in the finish that is fairly light and at just about the perfect amount (it is far less than that found in Rodenbach Grand Cru). There is a toasted oak character that provides a woodiness as well as some tannic astringency towards the finish. The red wine barrels come through quite well here, not just with the oak, but also with a deep, supporting fruitiness that provides a definite berry character that is understated but powerful in some way. The toasted oak character mixes with a solid toasted malt character that tastes of brown, whole grain bread and whole grain cracker notes that seem caramelized, but without any real sweetness (if that makes any sense). This beer tastes quite dry to me, but I have a feeling that is because I had a chocolate chip cookie a half hour ago. The whole grain / dry-caramelized malt character starts to come out more as the beer warms up.

My second pour of this sees me noticing the fruitiness quite a bit more again, b/c it is still cool and there is also a hint of sweetness to this brew that my palate is finally able to detect; flavors of strawberry (accentuated by the touch of acetic acid noticeable here) as well as the red-wine notes are noticeable. When the beer is cooler the astringent oak character is a bit more noticeable, it really softens up quite a bit as it warms. Actually the red wine character is quite a bit more noticeable when the beer is on the cool side too; really the maltiness comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up and helps to soften up the other notes (which isn’t necessarily a good thing, depending on what your preference is).

Tasty enough, though I wouldn’t mind a touch more funkiness from something like Brettanomyces, but that would certainly put this outside the modern interpretation of a Flemish sour. I definitely like the body of this brew, it has some texture to it, but it is still fairly quaffable and the zippy carbonation helps to lighten things up enough. I feel like I shouldn’t like this as much as I am as it seems to be lacking in complexity, but damn, I am enjoying this quite a bit. The flavors are so well integrated and the oak / wine notes are at such a soft, integrated level that just makes this beer work quite well. Really it is the oak / wine notes that make this beer in the end, without them this beer would really need something or it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty as it is.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex and Bryna for the bottle. Consumed with beersack.

A - It pours an auburn-mahogany hue, and is capped with a splotchy tan head. Looks rustic, which is par for the Oud Bruin course.

S - The nose is strongly acetic, with notes of rotten apple and peach suggested. There is a good amount of wet wood and sweet brown sugar - cinnamon in the nose once the relative pungency of the acidity wears off. The nose, again, like the look, is rustic.

T - The flavor is acetic and tannic, fairly strongly, and is accentuated by slight unripe berry accents, or perhaps something astringent like pomegranate or cranberry. The apple and peach notes of the nose are there on the finish, along with a surprising amount of vanilla.

M - The feel is dry and somewhat sharp; the feel is enhancing.

O - This is a pretty good beer; it strikes me as somewhat akin to a very acidic Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Photo of trodersark
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Recently had this on tap, poured into a Tulip. Excellent brew.

Pours a Dark golden red which a redish mocha head. It smells tart, with hints of leather and brettanomyces. It tastes fantastically of cherries, very tart and funky. Excellent after taste as well. In terms of mouthfeel, this brew is extremely efferverscent, and very drinkable. Overall and excellent beer.

Photo of francisweizen
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rusty menstrual red. Mocha side foam head.

S: Rusty cherry, leather, brett, and port royal

T: Sweet and sour, funk and sour, good.

M: Tart and bracing. Very fine little bubs of carbo.

O: A phenomenal Oud Bruin from a great American brewery. Superb stuff.

Photo of Gfunk720
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

50th review.
Shared with my old friend Luke. Out of my Lost Abbey stemware...

A- Darkish brown with a reddish hue, a healthy white head. The head drops off, but retains a ring around the glass.

S- Tart cherries and funk. Acidic oak notes, and some sweet malt.

T- A deliciously crisp funky beer. Light notes of cherry and oak. A beautiful blend of funk/tart/fruit/sweetness. YUM!

M- Pretty much perfect. Crisp at first which transitions to sourness, fades to a perfect smooth aftertaste.

D- Unlike many sours, this stuff I can just go right through. The flavor is so balanced, it is amazingly easy to drink. Can't wait to get another bottle of this year from the RS. Probably the best Flanders I've had.

Photo of jsanford
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to break this out on Super Bowl Sunday in honor of my 300th review! Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours dark mahogany with a generous, 2-inch head of tiny bubbles that eventually recedes to a thin ring and a slight haze.
S - Dark stone fruits dominate, mostly cherries, raspberries, currants and even cranberries. Red wine vinegar, lots of oak, tobacco and "funk" are present as well. Wonderful smelling beer.
T - Once again tart red berries dominate the palate, along with a dash of vinegar and a generous helping of oak, brown sugar, and vanilla. I'm pleasantly surprised that this isn't as sour as I'd expected, it's incredibly well balanced ad nuanced. Exceptional.
M - Slightly syrupy, with a medium-thin body and sharp, effervescent carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant drying of the mouth, like a tannin-laden red wine.
D - I could drink this all day long, a very difficult feat for a "sour".

One of the best beers I've ever had, I'd kill to have regular access to this. Glad I celebrated 300 with this!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown with yellow highlights and a bubbly head ring.

S: Nice fruity tart aroma with big oaky vanilla notes and champagne like dryness. Some malt and acidic qualities as well.

T: Darker fruit sour notes comes into play here along with the lighter ones in the nose. I really like the rounded balance of the oak to the fruit in this beer, without too much sweetness.

M: Very carbonated, but it works with whats on the table flavorwise.

A Drinkable beer again from a company that keeps impressing me.

Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a local tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with some reddish tint. One inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, most noticeably tart cherries, oak, acidic notes, fruity malts, some funky yeast. Smells awesome.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and other fruit, oak, fruity malts, some vanilla, and some funk. Again, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth body, quite easy to drink.

d - I thought this was an awesome flanders; probably the best I've ever had. This is the second best Bruery beer I've had too, only behind Black Tuesday. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

170th review on BA
on tap at RS party

App- The pour I got was a bit of a murky rough lighter brown. Small little head that settled quickly. A little dot of cling.

Smell- A really healthy dose of cherry and then you pick up some scents of woodiness, a little funk and some more red fruits.

Taste- A small taste of a similar flavor to vinegar with a kick of sour, had more of the red berry flavor and a touch of wood with a bready flavor.

Mouth- A nice beer with a medium body and a nice heafty carbonation level.

Drink- Was very good. Now I know why I was trying to trade for this for so long. I quess I don't have to now. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Upfront on the nose it had a big vinegar aroma alongside oaky funky barrel, vinous, and mild acidic notes. The vinegar and vinous flavor are more apparent on the palate with cherries, oaky, funky, and dark fruit accents but with mild acidic tart character. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, oaky, and tart finish. I really really liked the oude tart with cherries but the regular OT is a damn solid flanders oud bruin. it drank good and was tasty.

Photo of corby112
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Someone traded me this one but I don't remember who. Thanks again. You CA guys are alright ;^)

Pours a dark mahogany/chestnut brown color with a very dark ruby red edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy beige head that has a slight pink hue. Decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves minimal spots of lacing behind.

Tart, earthy oak aroma that is vinous with dark fruit notes. Oaky tannis with subtle vanilla in the nose as well as hints of bugs and lacto. Lots of dark fruit especially tart cherry, grape and dark berries. Slight vinegar presence and again, the oak is very prominent n the aroma.

Tart and mouth puckering sweet without being overly acidic. Very vinous with a prominent earthy oak tannis character. Nicely balanced with the perfect combo of earthy oak tannis, vinous dark fruit and tart sourness. Hints of grape, tart dark cherries and other berries. Again, as in the aroma, the oak presence is prominent and adds to the complexity. Sweet and vinous with subtle vanilla from the oak. Tart, puckering finish with subtle vinegar sourness that leaves me craving another sip. A very complex, quaffable and interesting interpretation of the style.

Photo of sugit
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep redish brown color. While carbonated, it doesn't come out too much in apperance. Little retention.

S: BIG oak aroma followed by cherries with a good amount of funk mixed in. Very woody.

T: Nice balance of sweet, sour and tart. Like the nose, wood is the predominant player along side cheeries. The barnyard funk is in the back ground but makes itself known as well. very nice complexity. Very red wine taste with carbonation.

M: Med body. Very smooth. Great carbonation.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this. Like above, not too sweet, not too sour which makes for a nice drinkable beer. Killed a bottle with no problem.

Oude Tart from The Bruery
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