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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 1,062
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 1.85%
Wants: 470
Gots: 227 | FT: 37
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-21-2010

Oude Tart is our Flemish-style sour red ale that has won back to back World Beer Cup Gold medals in that category, as well as a Great American Beer Festival gold medal for the same. This is that same beer, but now with cherries to compliment the flavors of dark fruit, leather and toasty oak that the original is so well known for. While this beer will certainly age fine, we think that fruited beers are best fresh as the fruit character can dissipate with time.
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Photo of cvm4
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

L - The pour yields a deep brown/plum body with a fizzy one finger tan head. Not much lacing or retention.

S - A big hit of juicy, sour cherries that give way to the tart base beer of leather and oak.

T - Whoa! Sour cherry galore! Picture Oude Tart, not add some sour cherries in the mix. Yup, that's what we have here. So deliciously sour!

F - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. It has a really dry finish.

O - The cherries are a great addition to an already fantastic beer. They really send (525 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a plum pulp, murky brown color, with a fizzy beige head, leaving the beer immediately after a refreshing hiss. Leads to a gloomy, flat impression, while it is absolutely impossible to look through the glass.

Utmost cherry defined nose, in all its desirable facetts. Very pronounced on a ripe, sunbathed impression, revealing moldy cherry stone pits, accompanied by a supporting fermented fruit sweetness, adding a vinous note. Most likely the most fruit defined awa I have had so far, with a very intriguing ripeness as for the aroma defining cherries.

Drinks almost without any carbonation at all, while its pungent sourness makes up for that, guiding the flavors through the palate, by adding a slick acetic acid profile.

Cherries evolve from leathery, old earth and an uncompromising tartness, lending the beer its balancing sweetness. While this ripeness on the nose has been beautifully pronounced, tastewise it plays a role of required balance for the otherwise omnipotent sourness. The consequential interplay of those two flavors appears quite appealing, providing an unripe fruit beginning, which turns riper, as the malts exhibit more and more earth supported sweetness. Finishes with a long lasting dryness, accompanied by dextrose and grain bread, wrapped up by slick acidity.

While not outstandingly refreshing, as for its fuller body, the beer showcases a beautifully arranged cherry taste throughout. Its nice to see the cherry aging on your tongue after the swallow, which I called Jerry btw. Although the taste exhibits an intense sourness, it remains focussed on the cherries, revealing a natural fruit impression. (1,642 characters)

Photo of popery
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013. The beer is a dark brownish red color. A bit too dark to gauge the clarity. Reluctant head but a vigorous pour got a few fizzy fingers of brown bubbles. Dissipates to nothing after a bit. Medium vinegar in the aroma. Light toasty sugar, dark fruit and wood. A fairly juicy sour cherry character. Nice Flemish red character without the off maltiness of some examples. The taste is medium-strong sour, solid tart fruitiness and light malt sweetness. Less cherries but they’re still present. Good bit of acidity. Mild caramel. Some other dark stone fruit fruitiness. While this is a definite step up from the regular version of Oude Tart, it’s still a bit harsh for my taste, though I probably have some bias against the style. Oaky finish. Solid pucker. Light medium body. Pretty good. (793 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, all of The Bruery's beers are overpriced and generally avoided at retail cost, so it's nice when I get to try one for free at a tasting.

This one is sour with a taste of tart cherries that borders on fake medicine cherry flavor. (238 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like regular Oude on steroids. Has the same tart taste as its original, but the addition of the cherries puts this up there with some of the best sours I have had. (178 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude tart is a great beer to begin with. This adds a nice tart cherry flavor that really stands out. Fabulous beer. (150 characters)

Photo of MissSmisje
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: plum; S: cherries, cranberries; T: cherries, cranberries, jolly rancher, sour/tart. Full, rounded flavor. Sour/jersey cherry finish. F: light-Medium MF. (155 characters)

Photo of BillRoth
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Flem Red with a delicious choice of cherries. Rich, tart with a special robust sour cherry addition. Has a better than average malt backbone and mouth feel as well. This is a special beer for anyone who enjoys Kriek but on the drier more tart side...and definitely for those who like a bigger body Fem Red. Can't recommend enough. (342 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Brown in the glass, two finger off white head that lingers and tries to give some laving.

S-Mild cherries, brown ale base is there, some oak and leather.

T-Starts with mild cherries and tartness. Bourbon. More oak than bourbon. Leathery.

M- Medium to heavier, nice carbonation.

O-The cherries add a nice layer to an already yummy beer. (343 characters)

Photo of dexterk1
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red color. Nice cherry flavor. A little sweet to go with the sour of the straight oude tart(with is a great beer on its own)! A little red wine vinegar tang in the background. Aroma is excellent. Complex with red fruits, some sweet, some sour. (253 characters)

Photo of Raj
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2013. pour dark reddish brown, murky, some sticky light brown head. smell vinous red wine bordering on vinegar. taste tart cherry, red wine vinegar, oaky, tannins, leather. sour and sweet with candi sugar mixed in with tart fruit, sticky mouthfeel, some carbonation. hard to get through an 8 ounce pour. wanted more fruit, less vinegar, wondering if this would be better fresh. (377 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from a great BA in ThickNStout. Regular Oude Tart is a fantastic American sour, so I was excited to see how the addition of sour cherries changed it. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a bottling date of 6/27/14 etched on the side of the bottle where the body curves into the neck. Poured into a large Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - The body is comprised of a murky, muddy reddish brown hue that belies tints of garnet and burgundy when held up to the light. Atop the body sits a finger and a half of toasted marshmallow colored head that took a fairly hard pour to coax out. It hangs around for a minute or so before dissipating to leave a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a wafting of film along the surface. Not really any lace to speak of.

Smell (4.5) - Aroma is where the regular OT begins to shine, and this one is no different, although the cherries add an element that really kicks it into high gear. There are still plenty of notes of leather (oddly more than I remember from the regular version) and a nice pinch of vinegar-like acidity and oak tannins, but now there is a overtly fruity presence as well that complements the leather and acid with bright notes of cherry and cranberry.

Taste (4.5) - As with the aroma, the sour cherries really boost the flavors on this to another level. Wet leather, pipe tobacco, musty oak tannins and red wine vinegar all meld together with a bright, puckering burst of red fruits, with cherry leading the way. There is some balsamic sweetness on the finish that I didn't notice at first, but it's hard to navigate around the dominant cherry, albeit in a good way.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Body is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation that lends a fizzy mouthfeel. The acids provide a pinch on the tastebuds on the sides and back of the mouth, but not a full-on pucker. Finish is predominantly dry, but as mentioned, there is a balancing sweetness to it, so perhaps semi-dry is the best way to describe it.

Overall (4.5), this is a perfect example of how the proper additives can really kick a good beer to great status. Certainly adding sour cherries to a beer with sour characteristics is nothing new, but The Bruery has definitely added their own stamp to the idea. (2,290 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013

A -poured a one finger thick dark tan head into a tulip that left a thin ring throughout. The body was a dark brown.
S - light cherry aroma.
T - pucker up! Big tart cherries and oak.
M - medium and coating.
O - I'll still be tasting cherries tomorrow...thanks! (268 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%

A - Geeze that is a beautiful looking color: deep mahogany cranberry. Thin halo of light khaki head has low retention and virtually no lace.

S - Whoa. Teeth-tingly sour. Bright, sharp, and powerful cranberry cocktail and black cherry jello, nutmeg, and a hint of dry anise.

T - Whoa, one of the sourest beers I have ever had. This is definitely a sip-and-brace-for-impact beer (although it numbs your palate relatively quickly). Black cherry jello concentrate, tart cranberry sauce, wet oak, lemon, and apple cider vinegar.

M - Hard to get a grip on mouthfeel while your face is imploding, but the bere is slightly slick with a light frame.

O - The overpowering acidity lacks the balance that could have come from brighter carbonation, a thicker body, or a deeper flavor profile.


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4.02 Oude Tart with Sour Cherries
-- -Jay- -Jon- -Ath- -Vin- -Pt- -Grg- -Avg- Weight Adj
A - 4.50 4.50 4.40 4.75 4.65 4.50 4.55 10% 0.46
S - 4.80 4.00 4.65 3.75 4.69 4.80 4.45 20% 0.89
T - 4.25 3.60 4.30 3.00 4.00 4.25 3.90 40% 1.56
M - 4.00 3.75 3.60 3.00 3.75 4.00 3.68 10% 0.37
O - 4.00 3.00 4.00 3.25 4.00 4.25 3.75 20% 0.75 (1,223 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%

wow! very nice.... certainly a 'must' if you like the 'wilds' or 'sours' or 'flanders'.... I really enjoyed this... tart and cherries, as advertised, of course. (161 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep murky mahogany brown color. Some decent tan colored froth and lacing.

(S)- Huge aromas of tart cherries and slightly funky oak. Very cherry pie-like, only with the deep funk.

(T)- Again, very cherry pie-like. Big jammy cherries meets the funky oak. Great sour acidity.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. The cherries really bring on extra dimension to the base with that extra jammy sweetness.

(O)- I am already a big fan of the base beer, but the addition of cherries really adds an extra layer of complexity and dimension making this something really special. (629 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark brown with reddish hues. head quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing at all

Smell - I am getting ready to pucker up as this one just smells tart. Oak and fruit in the end of this beer after the funk leaves

Taste - Goes hand in hand with the smell as this one is quicker a pucker you lips kind of beer. As it warms up the cherries come out a bit more. I get a little oaky flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Not overly carbonated, but very smooth as it leaves your mouth

Overall - Really glad I got this one in a trade. Wow was it a great flemish (560 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

SOUR

Because of rarity, I would settle for a regular Oude Tart.

Pours a nice reddish dark beer. Little foam is formed. Aroma is of sour beer, bretts, and a hint of cherries. Taste is almost identical to the regular Oude Tart. I wasn't able to taste the cherries at all. If it comes around I'll give it a try again. (316 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dull, dark brown highlighted by hues of garnet in the light, a thin fizzling halo of off-white head, and no sediment. The nose has molasses sweetness touched by cherry upfront that's followed by oak, some acetone, and a slightly poopy fart. A similar molasses sweetness washes over the palate in the beer's taste and transitions into subtle tart cherries and modest oak. The beer has a heavy-medium, chewy body with minimal carbonation or alcohol, palate coating and mildly abrasive cherries and oak, and a dry, tannic finish. This beer is big and flavorful, the cherries have faded some, but very drinkable and relatively balanced. (649 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer has the familiar Oude Tart flavors of vinegar, that heavy tartness through, and a mild caramel sweetness. However, the muddled bland cherries interfere with the brew. They make the beer less bright and sour. Instead, there's a stale cherry flavor that does not pop of fresh tart fruit, but instead of artificial.

A clear loser compare to the simple great base. (370 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is wonderful beer, it really is, but im not sure how much the cherries really add to it. i mean, the original beer has a lot of tart cherry notes in it already, but remains balanced and rather true to the flemish red tradition. this edition actually has cherries in it, and while they get lost a bit in one of the most sour beers ive ever had, they give it a gritty sort of sweetness before the acid attack on the back end. deep ruby red in color with a ton of bubbles, no problems there. the nose is sour, but doesnt show nearly the intensity of it that is about to follow. the cherries add a nice layer to the smell, tart and familiar, but they come through a bit sweeter in the taste at first. nice sour red base on the first sip, but ive oude tart enough to know that its about to get gnarly. the sourness here is perhaps the most of any beer i have ever had, in fact im pretty sure it is, it almost hurts my jaw just smelling it. the flavors are awesome for the first few sips, and i get a nice earthiness that comes along with all the cherry, but after about half a glass i cant really taste it much anymore, certainly not as well, because my taste buds have been basically scorched off my tongue by all the acid. im not complaining, i like that, but i could never take down a bottle of this without help, it would turn my guts inside out for sure. the carbonation is high, which amplifies the sourness to even a higher degree. i love this beer, but i may like the base beer better than the cherry version. it just doesnt really need them. (1,550 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served alongside Oude Tart. Similar appearance to the standard version. Russet to ruby hued with a fizzy beige collar. Lots of sour cherries and oak with ample funk presence. Piquant and intense. Sour cherries take center stage. Puckering finish with a drying oak presence. Medium bodied and palate coating. Delicious. (318 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thanks so much to stakem for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is dark tobacco with hazed clarity and thin ring of fine beads with medium brown hue. The aroma is very tart, lots of fruit aroma with a woody presence and light vanilla accent. The feel is great with tannic/lactic acid and sweet tangy fruity quality...medium carbonation with puckering dryness in the finish.

The taste is superb, very interesting how it develops with some layered stone fruit tanginess and acidity in the taste with fruit skin and slight balsamic sour woody combination of flavor with light vanilla and alcohol with lasting acidic dry finish. There is a complexity and yet drinkable quality in this unrivaled in many sour ales fruity and unique...I can't say for sure I would want to down a whole bottle to myself, but then again I would (865 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well balanced sour. The cherries are sweet enough to really balance out the oude tart base, which can be too vinegar sour for me at times. Dark ruby body with a thin tan head. The scent with tart pie cherries, which is very nice. The taste is almost exactly the same. Just enough cherry to give you that tart fruit character, but the base beer still shines. Excellent and an upgrade from the Oude Tart base beer. (419 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.79/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another enormous thanks to Beerenauslese for bringing this to the early January tasting at the Taproom. 2013 vintage. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Keep in mind that I have NOT had Oude Tart yet (although I do have a bottle), so I have nothing to compare this to.

From what I can gather, this is radically different in appearance from the Oude Tart due to the addition of cherries - far less brownish in appearance, and upholds a garnet, slight ruby red tinged color due to the fruit's skins. Contains a bone white head that lasts for a bit, let eventually gives up with minimal retention and no sticky foam to speak of. Glimmers a bit, and is a great tribute to the finest traditional fruit infused Lambics, but is pretty much on par to any average Flanders red that I've seen before.

The aroma, though... Holy crap. Ridiculously vinegar-y and acidic like nothing else - this one is simply not playing around here. Fleshy, tart cherry skins, sour cranberries, as well as newly riped currants, all meld with the acetic and minimally lactic acidity from the oak. At the back, there's a red vinaigrette flavor that nearly pierces the nostrils through and through, with some light notes of tobacco, almonds, and caramel at the back. It's a physically intense sensation on the nostrils (which I haven't experienced since something more rustic from Cantillon), but it's not the most balanced wild offering I've whiffed upon. It gets credit for its uniqueness, but it's definitely rather harsh in certain respects.

One sip, and my cheeks instantly puckered up. This is unbelievably ridiculous and I should have been aware into what I was getting myself into as soon as I evaluated this beer based off its aroma. *Extremely* sour red fruits, resembling under-ripe cherries, stems and pits and all, alongside sour pomegranates, cranberries, and green plums. Gets progressively more acidic in the middle of the mouth, with a red wine vinegar and green apple skin flavor, finishing off with intense sour oak notes that's slightly spicy but mostly astringent and intense. Some caramel and lactic sweetness at the finish. As it warms up, it does get a little bit more tolerable, creamier, and richer, with the fruit notes feeling more puréed and juicier, which is to its advantage. It's never thin, and contains enough of a solid malt and oak backbone that balances out the entire process. Not for beginners, but definitely too fascinating to ignore.

When I thought I had had I true sour beer from The Bruery... THIS comes along. What an intense, fruity, acetic monster of a beer. Definitely never had anything quite like it in the realm of American sour ales, and in spite of its over-the-top intensity, it's got a lot going for it and makes a good sipper throughout. It's not the most practical sour I've had, but the fruit characteristic, as well as the intense oak, is notable in its class. I don't know if I'll ever get to try other fruit infused sours from The Bruery, but I am glad I got to try this. (3,019 characters)

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