Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Ratings: 1,045
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.88%
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Gots: 232 | FT: 39
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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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Reviews by ptykozoon:
Photo of ptykozoon
4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like maple syrup, maple brown with a lasting cap and decent lacing.

Lemon, spice, cherries.

Lots of bite from the cherries, light butter, grapefruit, very well balanced. Yummy!

Smooth, lightly carbonated buttery finish.

They need to bottle this - probably my favorite Bruery beer.

Revisited in the bottle:

Very pungent cherry and vanilla, strong bretty sourness and acidity, refreshing and refined. Bravo.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sweemzander
4.66/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.79/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

A dark brown and cherry red with glowing red edges. Thin half-inch light tan head atop. Pretty.

A powerfully aromatic sour. There's plenty of sweet fruit aromas, particularly cherries and grapes, along with a mellow woody aroma. Very tart nose.

A delicious sour with lots of cherry and wood character. Balanced, sweet, tangy, woody, spicy, then more sweetness. Delicious.

Medium body, lip puckering, no alcohol presence.

An absolutely fantastic sour. Great beer!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.7/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing appearance, looks straight up like supplication with even more redness and grittyness to i, lacking much if any head to it. Great aroma, super sour, oak and vanilla.

Taste, fantastic. Puckering sourness, cherry really comes out in this one. Lots of the cherry sweetness, but the sour to back it up and not make the sweetness bothersome. Great job with the brett, never fades, intense, not the type of wild ale you should probably introduce one too (gf made the keith stone bitter beer face when I gave it to her, thereby making me smile).

Will definitely be looking for this one again and again at Bruery events.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Photo of nickd717
4.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at The Bruery under the "Thanksgiving leftovers" section. Was amazed to show up and see this, Cherry Chocolate Rain, -bal aged Coton, and Sour Rugbrod with lingonberries all on tap. Mega score. I couldn't help but get shitfaced in front of my fiancee's teetotaling parents. That's life I guess.

This beer pours a hazy deep cherry red color with little head to speak of. Not the best appearance, but for this beer it works.

The aroma is excellent, slightly acetic and tart with big cherry notes and some spices. Not too nose-burning.

The flavor is excellent, almost off-the-charts. Nice malty character, with slight caramel, red berries, and a slight hint of vinegar. Huge, huge sweet and sour cherries on the finish. Like almost Wisconsin Belgian Red magnitude cherry flavor. There's also a great tartness to it, bretty and lactic.

Nice acidic palate with low carbonation and a spicy and sour tingling to it, which I really liked.

This is the best wild ale I've ever had from The Bruery. They really nailed it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. A little reddish. Small khaki head.

Smell - Oaky sharpness. Cherry. Malt.

Taste - Cherry more prominent, but still very oaky. Malty. Extremely sour, as usual from the Bruery.

Mouthfeel - Always too sour, but tolerable. Very oaky.

Overall - No one else in my group liked this except me. It's too damn sour, but it's good.

Photo of IKR
4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

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

Smell: Tart cherries, mild tobacco, and mild funk.

Taste: Tart cherries, mild tobacco, mild funk, moderate red wine notes, and very mild acetic notes. I get a cherry presence in the regular Oude Tart so the added cherries enhances those notes. For me nothing to change here at all.

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

Overall: Oude Tart with or without added cherries is one of my favorite sours from any brewery. Outstanding beer.

Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a Bruery sampler imperial pint at the Reserve Society Party. Poured a murky brown with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, and cherries. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, citrus, and very slight cherries. It had a light feel on the palate with med-high carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. The cherries were definitely a nice touch as when compared to the regular version of Oude Tart. If you like sours you will definitely enjoy this one with its well balanced flavors and good aroma to bring you back for more. A definite must try.

Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this as part of a 14 bottle Bruery tasting and this was definitely one of the standouts!

Photo of trodersark
4.97/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the brewery into Tulip.

A: Pours extremely dark redish black. Surprisingly very dark.

S: Reeks of brett and sour cherries, a little bit of leather. Very funky, tart smell.

T: Tastes of cherries, brett, leather. Extremely funky, sour, and tart.

M: Very effervescent. The right amount so that you are able to taste the details of the brew.

D: Drinkability is extremely high. I could drink this for days on end. Overall Excellent.

Photo of dexterk1
4.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep dark color still gives off of cherry redness as the head is filled with effervescence.

The aroma is of syrupy cherry, dark dried fruits, oak and coconut.

The flavors are are tart but tempered with the cherry being less syrupy and the dried dark fruits a little more prevalent. The oak is nice and woody with a creamy coconut. There is a hidden taste throughout that has a grainy, earthy and raw character but I was remiss to verbalize it. I decided to read the label and the brewers first descriptor is leather, so he got it too.

The feel is creamy and smooth with very little carbonated bite. This does give one the feeling it needs to be sipped and not drunk done quickly.

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for generously sharing this!

Dark reddish brown body, slightly hazy, with a thin head of creamy light tan foam that leaves behind spotty lace. It has a slight reddish glint when held to the light.

Funky wild yeast aromas and luscious black cherries. Complex fruit character without any sweetness.

Extremely puckering, woody tannins from the base, sour cherry in spades, mouthwatering. Medium bodied, spritzy, very acidic and sour. Overall an improvement on Oude Tart, even more sour with lots of sour cherry, though it lacks some of the nuance of it's predecessor.

Not sure why it's listed as American Wild if its a Flanders Red with cherries added.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV, 2013 Edition, Best enjoyed fresh for the full fruit flavor. Best stored and cellared around 55°F, ideal serving temperature is 50°F. Best served in a tulip or wine glass.

A - Visibly clear through the pour, this beer ends up a dark brown color in the glass and is topped by a surprisingly long-lasting cap of tan foam for how acidic the beer smells.

S - Sour, astringent cherry skin is the perfect compliment to the vinegar-based acidic, sour aroma of Oude Tart. Toasted malt peeks through with bread crust and notes of caramel sweetness for some sort of sour balance.

T - Heavy oak barrel dominates the flavor with sharp cherry skin following close behind but any malt flavor is transparent and tertiary to the barrel and flagrant vinegar sourness. Tobacco and leather suggestions come from a combination of the oak and barrel and sour power for a closing punctuation.

M - Incredibly sour, Oude Tart with Cherries is a pucker-up beer with an abundance of tiny carbonation bubbles and an astringent, tart finish. Perfection!

O - The thoughtful addition of cherries to Oude Tart, an already sour base beer, brings a harmonious congregation of assertive flavors to the table; oak, cherry skin, tobacco, and leather, just to name a few. It's tear-jerking sourness will more than satisfy the cravings of any sour power lover, making it one hell of a beer!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured deep brown and settled opaque with a thin layer of dirty beige head that completely dissipated.

S - Cherry, oak, vinegar, bread.

T - Sour vinegar that is just slightly puckering. Cherry, dark fruit, oak, leather, tobacco. Very complex.

M - Medium body. Exceptionally dry. Light carbonation.

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution during their The Bruery event during SF Beer Week 2011. Poured into a tulip glass, beer is a dark reddish brown, hazy and opaque to block out any chance of seeing through it. No head off the pour and none developed from swirling, with no lacing as well. Carbonation isn't visible as well, which worries me.

I could smell it as soon as the glass was brought near me at the bar. Nice pungent tart red fruit, cherries, raspberries and plums, red wine and balsamic vinegar sourness as well. Just a hint of sweetness, but this smells very nice.

Taste doesn't disappoint, lots of tart red fruits upfront, cherries play a big role, but there's a tannic quality as well, drying and astringent. Fruity sweetness mid tongue and finishing with a nice and delicious tartness.

Carbonation is thankfully there to help lighten up the medium bodied beer, soft and delicate bubbles preventing an overly syrupy mouthfeel. Tart but not alcoholic at all. Very easy to drink for how sour it is on the tongue, but it makes me both thirsty for more, and hungry for some food.

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery.

Murky blood red with no head or lacing.

The aroma is cherry-forward, both from acetic acid and actual cherries. Mild on the funk, this is like a fruit vinaigrette.

Tastes like sour cherries, unsurprisingly. Cherries are dominant, but there's an acetic and vinous undercurrent that's quite nice. Very enjoyable and balanced, albeit somewhat one-dimensional. There's a touch of sweetness, but this is largely sour. Large quantities could get stomach-churning, but I enjoyed drinking a few small pours.

Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 6/22/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours opaque mahogany with a half finger of earthy cream hued head that quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas of sweet cherries, lemonade, vinegar, earthy oak and sour apple.

Tart cherry flavors dominate initially with plenty more following. Puckeringly sour vinegar, apple skins, barrel funk, acidic lime, yeast, wood and leather. Complex sour and eathy waves of flavor. Good stuff.

Medium body, highly carbonated. Zesty, it keeps the flavors dancing on the tongue. Vinegar and cherry finish.

Very similar to what I remember of the original Oude Tart with the tasteful addition of tart cherries. Beautifully done.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new tasting room.

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with a thin tan head which leaves no lace.

N: Cherries, oak tannin, tart vinegar notes.

T: Woody oak saturated with bright and fruity semi-sweet cherries. Plenty of tannins and tartness on the finish.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Nice sweetness up front with tart finish.

O: Very good and such a treat to have.

Photo of rand
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to wine glass

A: Dark reddish brown in color, cola-like, with an effervescent head that quickly bubbles off. No lacing to speak of.

S: Notes of sour cherries, wrapped in lively lactic acid, hits the nose first, as expected. Nuances of strawberries and raspberries are distinct. Oaky and slightly grassy, the bouquet is dry at the boundaries, complimented by alcohol volatiles.

T: Again, the sour cherry flavors hit you right up front, with a puckering dose of lactic acid. The fruity aspects are barely sweet, as the palate rolls into it's drying, oaky, leathery aspects. Hints of tobacco and pepper are noted, and a distinct strawberry note carries toward the finish. The flavors close quickly, without much lingering between sips.

M: Medium bodied and amply carbonated, accenting the fresh and clean tone of the palate.

An outstanding beer...deliciously sour, but layered and nuanced. It takes some time to pinpoint all of the subtleties, which are many.

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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
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