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Oude Tart - The Bruery

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1,886 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,886
Reviews: 342
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 507
Gots: 683 | FT: 65
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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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imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +16.8%

11-15-2011 02:16:28 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

01-06-2011 09:09:08 | More by corby112
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

02-21-2014 11:59:40 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

01-19-2013 18:32:17 | More by yourefragile
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-21-2013 21:37:19 | More by InspectorBob
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

08-21-2012 21:53:16 | More by orangesol
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Poured a dirty, murky reddish color with a light dirty white cap, some bubbles and lacing

S: Tart notes of dry oak, red and black cherries, and sweet fruit juice

T: Tart red, unripe red cherries with dry oak, and raspberries. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying, puckering and lingerining finish.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated and dry

O: Very good, no major flaws and a treat to drink

07-15-2012 20:36:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%

Very nice example of the style- beautifully tart with just enough sweetness to give it balance, and a lush fruitiness framed beautifully by the sourness. A very pretty pour, dark brown with a slight plum cast and just a little head, though the carbonation is fine. Tart nose of delicate cherry, red currant, damp earth, and leather. The taste is quite tart, with a bit of slightly spicy sweetness, particularly on the finish. More notes of bright fruit, with tastes of blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and currants. A touch of brown sugar and leather rounds it out. Very smooth and quite a great sipper. Well done!

12-29-2012 20:32:56 | More by Georgiabeer
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -9.3%

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a darker mahogany color with ruby red clarity through the body when held to the light. A yellowish khaki head about a finger strong appears and fades quick leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is lemony lactic and funky. Some raw oak and a mild touch of caramel to vanilla melds out towards the back. Some fruity quality is present but not really driving home any of that distinct cherry or vinegar notes typically associated with the style. Not saying thats a bad thing, just unique and enjoyably different.

The flavor includes raw oak blending into mild vanilla sweetness and caramel to toffee grain/barrel presence with a dark tangy fruity alcohol component. A raw quality almost mineral-like mixes with a hint of rusty sourness and herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It overall is not bad and the enjoyable aspects are very enjoyable. By Flanders standards it hits the mark but isnt a standout. Worth trying and despite my gripes and displeasure at some of it's character I am glad I have another bottle or 2 to enjoy with some more age.

03-08-2013 18:32:41 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/vinegar, tart cherry, and green apple. Very light notes of oak.

T: There is a great tartness to this beer - exactly what I expected for the style. Upfront there are some moderate flavors of tart cherries, green apples, and some slightly stronger flavors of vinegar. Light notes of oak come through but overall there is a pleasant sourness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I found this beer to be fairly approachable for the Flanders Red Ale style and a great example of it - though if you have no interest in sour beers this is one to avoid. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and it had just the right amount of tartness/sourness and acidity.

05-19-2013 18:33:12 | More by dbrauneis
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-04-2012 04:26:19 | More by drewone
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

10-30-2012 05:04:04 | More by duceswild
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DoubleJ

California

4.58/5  rDev +7%

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

It's violet red in color. Not much of a head on this one, but not much was expected for this style. A whiff of the aroma and you know that those 18 months in barrels did this beer good. Tart and oakey at the same time, intense and dreamy.

In taste, it is light on the acid. More woody and oakey than anything, but still moderately tart. Some tart strawberry crawls out. A well balanced tart ale. The long lingering aftertaste of tart berries is extremly pleasant and very difficult to let go of. Like the other sours from The Bruery, it is very easy to drink.

Yum. That is all.

01-18-2010 03:01:03 | More by DoubleJ
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

03-25-2010 14:57:16 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -29.9%

02-10-2013 23:58:09 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%

Finally get a crack at this one. Bought in Jersey, split with oglmcdgl in some Duvel glasses.

The 12oz pour on my side yielded an inch of tannish light brown foam that stuck around for a few, leaving no cling. The color is much darker than expected, a darker shade of ruby red with brown looks as well. Some swirls bring back the foam after it dissipates, this beer is not dead.

Smell is ripe with flanders red notes. I get some cherry with some plum, a small acidic scent with some vinrgar poking around. Wet wood with some tannins floating around. Berries come forth with some leather, a deep malty base as well. Smells nice and not a vinegar bomb

Well, I like this better than tart of darkness, this is more to style with a American twist with more acidity and less vinegar. I have been shying away from Belgian Flanders, but this seems to run a nice balance between wood, berry, vinegar, leateher and some malty backing. Not sure what bugs are in here, but I can feel them from my stomach.

Feel is medium bodied with some more alcohol than the Belgian counterparts leaving for a bigger feel altogether. The carb is right and light and not too much, a acidic ride going down leaving bugs rumbling around in the stomach. It's tart, but not tart of darkness tart.

A great beer, lived up to expectations and I like it more than some more traditional Belgian examples. Not something I would buy on a regular occasion, but now that Oude Tart is on the east coast, I'll keep an eye out for it.

09-10-2012 18:56:45 | More by BARFLYB
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, red grape, oak, vinegar, leather, clove, toast, brown sugar, light vanilla, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and oak notes with a great malt/acidic balance; and great strength. Taste of big ripe sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, red grape, vanilla, oak, vinegar, toast, clove, brown sugar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, red grape, raisin, prune, vanilla, oak, clove, brown sugar, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of sour fruity/funky yeast and oak flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and nicely acidic/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Flanders red ale style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the great malt/acidity balance. An extremely amazing offering.

01-13-2014 00:49:13 | More by superspak
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

03-22-2014 21:20:27 | More by afsdan
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

05-08-2014 13:48:08 | More by Stinkypuss
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%

This was shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Darrell!

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I was pretty excited that it showed up at this tasting. Oude Tart appears a brown shade with an average sized head and adequate lacing. The beer has a very pleasant aroma with scents of brettanomyces and a hint of sweetness. This is a very tasty beer, no doubt. There is a slight vinegar edge to the finish that I find to be a tad harsh, though not totally distracting by any means. This is a solid beer and I really look forward to having it again.

07-10-2010 23:07:29 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

07-19-2013 02:33:14 | More by Gonzoillini
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

12-12-2013 01:46:54 | More by BillRoth
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John_M

California

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

The beer pours a reddish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is just wild, and is easily its best feature. I pick up considerable brown sugar, sour cherry, vanilla, grape skin and allspice. In combination, this beer really smells great. The flavor profile is pretty good as well, but is something of a disappointment are the aroma profile in this beer. The sour component really seemed to dominate, with not as much underlying spice and fruit as I was expecting (and hoping for). The beer is otherwise medium bodied, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile. The beer finishes well and was ultimately fairly dry, with a hint of spice and brown sugar in the sour flavor.

A nice enough beer, I just wished it tasted as great as it smells.

03-17-2012 15:51:10 | More by John_M
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel as part of DC Bottle share.

A filmy tan collar head is produced, cloudy and hazy body, with classic reddish brown color. Got a bit of the bottom of the bottle so more sediment I think provided some cloudy character. Looks like a classic Flanders.

Bouquet is also classic smelling too. Light sour yeasty punch, and sharp berries. Mild fruit nose mixing with a mild soft malt and tartness.

Palate hits with a real balanced action. Mild cherries, also some surprising mix of lemon too. A quick sharp tartness on first sips, and a milky texture. Real nicely carbonated without taking anything away from the palate, not gaseous. Tolerable mix of sweet with a lingering really nice coating finish with malt and red berry senses.

Overall real solid and delicious.

10-17-2012 01:29:55 | More by smakawhat
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

11-26-2012 02:33:48 | More by rab53
Oude Tart from The Bruery
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