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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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Reviews: 377
Hads: 2,316
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 559
Gots: 796 | FT: 66
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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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Reviews: 377 | Hads: 2,316
Photo of Murchmac
3.52/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to alfranztel for opening this puppy up.

I was really hoping to like this beer but overall it was a little too tart for me. It had all the great characteristics of an oud Bruin but it was just too tart for me. Hence the name Oude Tart.

I could taste all the vinegar, sweetness, and fruit characters but the aftertaste was a bit too tart.

Glad I got to try it but I wouldnt get it again. (399 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Chris. I'd missed this on tap at the Bruery by a day, so I'm glad I get to enjoy a bottle of this while listening to some Anata.

Despite sitting in my fridge for a few weeks, this beer is a hazy, reddish brown with a dense light brown head. Retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing (nor does their need to be).

The nose is quite excellent. Tart with a vinegar bite, this is quite vinous with a surprising red wine character along with oak, a little vanilla and some tannins. The vinegar character is moderate, and there's actually quite a bit of cherry pie character, tart, fruity and mildly sweet. The sweetness has some caramel and some sugar to it. The tannins bring to mind seasoned leather

The palate opens with a noticeable red wine vinegar character, with the red wine really dominating. Surprisingly oaky, there's plenty of vanilla and tannins present. Moderately fruity as well, there's sour cherries present, lending both a sweetness and a tartness. The acetic character is moderate, coupling VERY well with the vinous character. Did I mention this was vinous? As mentioned, the sweetness is mostly cherry-like, with some brown sugar. Drying on the finish with a vanilla and tannin character, this is a pleasure on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I'm looking forward to the next couple of hours as I sip this. While the tannins are quite prominent, it is quite in balance with the rest of the beer, making drinking an entire bottle solo not seem a daunting task.

It's quite an interesting take on the style, very old world in nature. While it doesn't have the breadth of flavors that something like Goudenband has, for the first vintage, this is an exceptionally executed beer. Very well done, Patrick and co! (1,803 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikey711. Thanks! Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a crimson/mahogany mixture. Starts with a nice four-finger head, which quickly diminishes down to a slight, quarter-inch ring. No lacing left behind.

S: Nice tart acidity coming alongside some cherry notes. A bit of sherry coming in as well. Tiny amount of vinegar.

T: A good amount of acidity without being too puckering. A big of vinegar alongside that. Sherry and cherries. Nothing too funky.

M: Medium bodied and quite creamy. Great acidity; perfect for the style.

D: Highly drinkable. Nice acidity without being overly dry. The creaminess is a nice touch. Well-balanced flavors all around. (666 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this one.

Served around 50º as recommended by the bottle.
Full pour into a Duvel tulip, it generates 2 fingers of light tan foam, the color of foam padding yellowed with age. The head is dense, and lasts about 5 minutes. Random spotty lacing. Hazy reddish chestnut color.

Softly acetic nose, hints at wet barrel staves and some mineral notes. Dark berries... currant, blackberry, tart black cherry flavors, some yogurty lactic character. Full and savory, stimulates the salivary glands like none other. Very nice aftertaste of woody cinnamon spice and oak dryness. Cherry pits and dry fall leaves.

Enjoying this very much, but still have to give top honors to my faves Haandbakk and Oerbier Reserva. Makes a nice pairing with a washed rind cheese. (775 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark maroon, or maybe what could also be described as a dark copper color. Thin head with bigger bubbles that dissipated quickly.

Smell is tart, sour, acidic and vinegar. Smells damn tasty for the style.

Tart and sour, lots of acidic vingar, leather, oak, and horse blanket. Very tasty, dried fruits seem to come into play here as well. Plums, cherries and raisins.

Bitter, smooth and acidic. Very good.

Very nice beer, good drinkability, terrific example of the style. (486 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this as part of an epic tasting I had with several BA's
Poured into a snifter.
Pours an opaque cider apple tan reddish hued color. Very fizzy head like champagne.
Smells of sour apple, spices, and sweet dark fruit.
The taste is a little overwhelmed by the carbonation but after that you get a nice tart, sour apple flavor with a nice slight sweetness to the end.
Mouthfeel is extremely light due to the carbonation.
Very drinkable, I could drink this all day.
Stellar...period. (482 characters)

Photo of femALEist
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a Flander's Oud Bruin Style and 7.5%. It is also aged 18 months in Cabernet barrels. It's a beautiful clear copper brick red color. It had a light cherry aroma, a hint of funk and lots of wood. It was a strong sour at first that fades into a delightful sweetness, very complex! This is the type of sour I truly enjoy. It is a bit reminiscent of Rodenbach Grand Cru, which we just had. (389 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Overlord. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of tan carbonation that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and then to nothing. A Hazy reddish blood-orange color body.

S - Woody and oaky vanilla, acetic acid, sour cherries, a bit of leather, some unconcealed booze.

T - I like the taste better - there's some nice pale malt backbone that helps balance the lactic sourness, acetic acid, tart cherries, and tannic elements. Sweeter than the Red Poppy that I had side-by-side.

M - Tingly, medium body, that is sufficiently big for the 7.5% ABV. Starts sticky but finishes dry. Style appropriate.

D - Very enjoyable. It gets a touch acetic and vinegary by the end of a glass, but I could probably have the bottle on my own. Looking forward to more sour brews from the Bruery. (805 characters)

Photo of Popkas
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark ruby, with 2-3 foamy fingers of light tan head. This eventually retains with more of a thin look, with some creamy bunching around the edges that leaves a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing behind. Cherries are fresh, vibrant, and tart in the nose, being wrapped up in smooth notes of oaky vanilla and sweet bready tones. There is a bit of light earthy funk coming out as well but it seems to be tannic in nature than anything.

Fruit and tartness pretty much controls the bulk of the taste, with a nice balancing sugary doughy feel and a flush of vanilla that meshes well with the stickier sweet aspects of this. There is a touch of lactose and vinegar present but it is mostly kept to a minimum, with this staying mostly tart. Woody tannins hang on the edges of the profile, leaving a steady and deep earthy dryness across the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick easy creaminess that keeps this pretty mellow feeling on the tongue despite the relative sharp tartness of this. Not much alcohol felt here at all either, with the overall richness and slickness of the body helping keep it at bay.

This was a very solid take on an Oude Bruin, being well balanced with the wood character and achieving just the right amount of pucker in the mouth. I really enjoyed this bottle. (1,351 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Fweezle
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cheers to joerodii for hooking me up with two bottles. Always happy to drink my favorite style of beer.

A: Hazy brown with hints of red, perfect for a Flanders. Cream white head that stayed around for quite sometime.

S: Fresh cherries, oak, vanilla, fresh squeezed lemon juice, leather.

T: Tart, sour cherries, fresh vanilla bean, smooth oakiness, I tasted something akin to chocolate but not as pronounced, some sort of subtle roastiness. Touch of brown sugar

M: Smooth and velvety without being to cloying, little bit of pucker.

D: This is where this beer shines. I'd like to think I've had my fair share of Flanders Reds and this one take the cake with balance. Everything works so well together in this beer. Where La Folie is tongue twisting sour, or The Duchesse is a bit too sweet, this beer is just silly balanced. If you get a chance try this beer. (862 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. I've had this three times now, each with an angry, baleful glance that I wasn't taking notes and reviewing this properly. In my effort to hype CA beers, I'm uploading the requisite review.

A: Pours a murky maroon-amber-orange body in the glass. It develops a finger of off-white head, which retains very well before retreating into a thin film with a moderate collar. Nice lacing during the sips.

S: Lactic sourness, oak, cherry skins, leather.

T: Same; it's driven by tart cherries, contributing a mild bitterness from the skins and oak tannins. The finish brings out restrained bursts of supple leather, cheese, and some brown sugar. The aftertaste is mostly tannins and cherry flavor (not the sweetness). Mild balsamic vinegar, but I'm happy that there isn't much acetic acid to this, unlike Rodenbach Grand Cru.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. A fairly crisp, clean flavor.

D: Like I said, I had this thrice and enjoyed it. Too bad it took me so long to get around to uploading a review. This is genuinely good, and it's making me catch on to what everyone else seems to know already: The Bruery is worth watching. I'd buy a bottle of this, and then weep silently because I can't eat for a week. (1,242 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mikey711 for the great trade! Poured from a 750ml. wine bottle into a Portsmouth snifter. Shared with schen9303.

A: Heavy pour yields a slightly greyish tan 3 finger semi-fine head with outstanding legs. As I swirl the glass, the foamy monstrosity sitting atop my beer is barely disturbed. Great retention also. Beer itself is a near opaque brownish purple. Lacing is stringy and spotty, almost not deserving of the head.

S: Woody funk, oak, vinegary funk, and sour fruit. This is your prototypical sour fragrance and it doesn't dissapoint. Emanates rather profoundly from the massive head.

T: Great balance here. Vinegary at the start with an almost puckeringly pleasant tartness. Woody funk is noticeably present. Fresh, under-ripe plums add their touch as well as a slightly sour strawberry sweetness. This flavor takes over towards the end and dissipates in a dry, saliva-sucking finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse, and carbonated. Mouth is watery but its so sour that this almost seems strangely viscous because of saliva build-up. Finish is exceedingly dry and clean.

D: A surprise for me to be sure. I really wanted to try this from the start but wasn't quite expecting the exceptional brew that I got. Excellently balanced with a nice complexity that is easy to appreciate due to its not being overwhelming. Very tasty and I hope I'll get the chance to revisit this one again. (1,417 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one becomes increasingly murky with each pour, with a reddish brown body and a big clumpy beige head that recedes slowly with small foam spots on the top and some lacing on the sides.

The aroma is brown sugar, tart cherries and hints of funky brett. On top of this is the wood character, definitely some oak.

The taste is more of the tart cherries, seemingly sweeter than the aroma would indicate and, though the brett is present, the finish is sweeter than I was expecting. It's dry, just not as dry as others I've tried.

The mouthfeel is extremely clean and crisp with a pleasant tartness and light funk in the finish.

I think this is an excellent Flanders as it's plenty sweet with the cherries with enough brett to balance it, but not so much as to dominate. Excellent. (782 characters)

Photo of Xul
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of jerlleutz
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a really delicious sour beer.

The only think I affirmatively did not like about this one was the appearance of its foam. The foam collapsed down into was looked like curd colonies. I might attribute this to the bacterial element, or I might attribute it to a dirty glass, but I noted that it did not just happen to me. It did not affect anything else, but it looked a little off. I can't rightfully make a huge stink of this, but I observed it nonetheless.

The smell was wonderful, and it was full of delicious things like cherry, wood, sweetness, floral, and was overall very "cold" smelling.

The taste was great: cherries, citrus, syrup, very delicious. There is a lot going on here, and it is not overpowering.

I might have been prejudiced by my foam observations, but the feel was pretty bacterial and lactic. It's a sour, I know, but I was reminded of where these acids were coming from when I saw the foam clumps. The carbonation was also very high, which I didn't see as a bad thing. It made it a bit difficult to take a good hearty sip, though. (1,064 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my homie BeachRez

poured into a De Ranke tulip. pours deep dark ruby brown. light fizzy cocoa head that leaves a nice light retention.

lots of sourness. moderate vinegar with hints of dark sweet cherries and bitter red wine. a very light lemon zest.

up front it starts out quite mellow. lts of cherry flavor through out ranging from dark to bright red. a nice touch of sweetness mellows out the sour finish. overall, not nearly as sour as the smell would have me thinking. no real vinegar notes, just nice cherry flavors.

moderate carbonation, light airy body, slightly dry, super easy to drink

this is a VERY approachable flanders oud bruin. not too funky or sour and VERY balanced all around. probably the closest i have had to the Belgian counterparts. (770 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Lunch
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at EBF 2010 in Boston, MA into a tasting glass at the appropriate temperature (02/20/10).

A: Wonderful and vibrant shade of dark red with some sediment and a white head foamy head.

S: The best smelling sour I have had. Notes of wood, red fruit, grapes, vanilla, and tart cherries.

T: Oak surrounding tart cherries, grapes, raspberries, and some vanilla. Very unique and extremely clean with a somewhat dry and sweet finish.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation with a nice degree of tartness and dry finish.

D: The 7.5% abv. is hidden quite well and the tartness is never over-the-top.

Overall this beer was really nice and a great American interpretation on a Flanders Oud Bruin. The Bruery has crafted a fine beverage here. Recommended. (768 characters)

Photo of photomike
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with spotty pieces of floating bubbles like broken ice chunks (which made me think of dying polar bears, which was sad). Quite hazy and no notable head retention or lacing. This is where the beer lacks the most.

The scent is full of wet wood and cherries, with a slightly tannic vinousness backing up a strong lactic tartness.

The flavor is more tart than when I've had this beer on draft, and I like it. Oaky with a lot of red wine and cherry flavor. Well balanced between sweet and tart. A nice package.

More full-bodied than many similar beers, with some chewiness. Well carbonated enough to keep this from being heavy.

Very highly drinkable; the only thing keeping this from going down like water is the mouthfeel, and I see it as a good thing. The somewhat thicker mouthfeel helps the flavors linger.

A really delicious beer. (862 characters)

Oude Tart from The Bruery
94 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.