Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 1,056
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 1.61%
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Gots: 230 | FT: 37
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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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oude Tart is one of the few Bruery beers I like, but somehow this version didn't really do anything for me. Dark ruddy brown pour with a thin, wispy head; minimal retention and lacing was not surprising. Fairly tart aroma, as would be expected, some earthy funk, notes of phenolic cherry. More of this in the taste, tart, somewhat acetic, earthy, funky, oaky, overripe cherry pulp, leather, cherry cough syrup, with a slightly tea-like herbal quality coming through. Medium body, slightly chewy mouthfeel, with a sour prickle to it. Seemed kind of like an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" scenario to me, where they took an already decent base beer and went just a little too far. Still good, but I prefer the original. (720 characters)

Photo of Raj
3.66/5  rDev -15.9%
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 magictacosinus
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
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)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark deep mahogany color with light lingering whit head at the edges.

S: aroma of light apple cider vinegar , sour acid , tart cherry and American oak.

T: mouth puckering sourness and oak off the first sip. There's a lot of vinegar and oude brune flavor here with some caramel and sour blonde ale flavors. Granny Smith apple , lemon and white grape flavors mixing with sour acid all day long.

M: Very crisp for an American Wild Ale. Highly carbonated and refreshing on a fall day after blowing leaves for a few hours.

O: I think this lived up to my expectations. It has the stock Bruery wild ale flavors and comes together as oude tart with a darker color. The cherry flavors are not overly strong but doesn't add a ton of complexity to the beer. It seems like oude tart with a twist which is a good beer to begin with but not too much of a differentiator really. (882 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light layer of tan khaki head. Color is a murky caramel brown. Not very appealing.

Aroma: Oaky and vanilla with sour cherries. Kind of tart. Pretty sweet though. Kind of malty with some caramel showing.

Taste: A lot tarter here. Oaky, vanilla, spice, and sweetness. Fits the flemish red category well. Sour.

Mouthfeel: Tart, but not overdone. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, I can't say this is better than Oude Tart, but I can't say it's worse. They both have their own qualities that I like in them. Prettty drinkable. (571 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -8%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -8%
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 vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%

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 stakem
4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a dark brown color with a rich dark khaki to lighter brown cap 2 fingers strong. The cap fades to a thin film across the top. Lighter brown clarity is seen through the edges when held to the light. A swirl hardly revives a finger that is quick to fade.

The aroma is tart and funky with an oaked barrel presence that blends into some vanilla, caramel and cherry. Some classic sour cherry notes are already present in this beer but the cherry addition takes it up another notch which is enjoyable without getting medicinal.

The flavor is very tart with some earth and oak barrel. A mild touch of funk and raw barrel with a slight vanilla and caramel taste before the cherry fruited aspects. The sourness is pretty intense, almost acedic. There are at times a bit of herbal flavor that blends to a very natural cherry fruit inclusion like the pits and over-ripe cherry. It gets mildly medicinal with more sips.

This is a medium bodied brew with with a modest to lighter level of carbonation. It is quite a nice upgrade from the base brew. The cherry inclusion is very enjoyable but it is quite sharp though and that hinders the overall drinkability a little for me. (1,228 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
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 thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At The Bruery. Into Tasting glass.

Minimal head. The beer is a mahogany color. Tha nose is red fruit. Cherries ( obviously), rasberries, it even smells tart. Taste follows. Super sweet and tart. In fact it is reminiscent of the candy Sweet Tarts. Feel is light with great carbonation. Good Drinkability due to it's refreshing nature. ABV is completely hidden by the mouth puckering sourness of the beer. I like it! Wish it was available in bottles. (450 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you, Abraham.

A mildly hazy dark brown with reddish highlights, there's a short lived brown head that falls off to a wispy ring rather quickly. The nose is really nice. This isn't a subtle beer (neither is the base beer) - dark, brooding, leathery malts with a little sweetness, oak tannins, red wine, a faint touch of vinegar and a burst of sour cherries are all present. As it warms up, it gains a floral note, along with rose hips, a little bit of hibiscus and some dark fruit, all of which work quite nicely with the red wine base. Impressive.

As nice as the nose is, the palate really shines. Plenty sour with a blend of moderate red wine vinegar and plenty of sour cherries, bursting, fresh and unabashedly flavorful. Leathery, tannic and with a touch of tobacco, the contrast here is really nice. Tannic red wine, especially on the mid-palate, is present. Sour on the finish with a fleshy, fruity, juicy sour cherry flavor dominating, there's also a touch of meat, a flavor I've found in more than one oud bruin (I'm not making this up, I swear. Medium light in body, moderately carbonated, this beer feels good on the palate. Both the base beer and the fruited version are intense, but this particular batch manages to channel the intensity in ways that make this really work. Recommended. (1,306 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the bruery RS party into a taster glass. Glad I got a sample of this.

A - Pours deep brown with a small head leaving little to no lacing down the glass. Nothing special really.

S - Similar to supplication. Tart cherries, oak, vanilla sweetness mix well with a lightly toasted malt center. Pretty good but it kind of works against itself.

T - Quite a bit of sour cherries up front with a moderate amount of lingering acidity. Plenty of chunky cherry flavor adds a touch of sweetness. Some vanilla and oak come thru once the acidity dye down. One of the best beers at the party. Very nice stuff.

M - Good body with a lingering tart cherrie feel. The carbonation was a little low but it worked in its favor I think. Pretty good.

D - I am glad I got a sample of this. It could have used a bit more cherries but it was still pretty good. I hope they end up bottling it at some point. I would love to have a few. (928 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 8/1/14 cheers Adam for sharing

A looks like a glass of root beer, not much for head or lace but lots of bubbles, looks like a slow boiling pot of oil

S brown sugar, faint funk, lots of oak, a hint of vanilla, cherries and raspberries, a hint of vinegar, and some chewing tobacco and the faintest hint of smoke that seems out of place, maybe some sulfur?

T a little more woody earthy notes, lots of fruit and barrel, a little more vinegar, not too far from the nose just a little more intensity

M medium bodied, turns my mouth inside out at first but you get used to the sour bite, a little slick after the fact, with oak and cherry on the finish

O well rounded stuff, more sour then sweet, lots of fruit and barrel, just a hint of funk, easy to drink and zero booze at any point

not sure what the price tag is on this one but I doubt I'd buy it over vintage Rodenbach, I'm glad I tried it for sure but I doubt I'd place it on the top 250 IMO (983 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a ruddy ultra cloudy red, no head.

S: Cherry jam, acetic acid, nice nose.

T: Full cherry taste like sour cherry jam. The acidity just adds another dimension to this and melds seamlessly with the cherries. Like a soured NG Belgian Red is the highest praise I can give it.

M: Moderate acid, smooth, tangy.

D: Cherries are just a great complement to the already phenomenal Oude Tart, glad I got to try it. (438 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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 kbutler1
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a murky rust mahagony color with a slight tan head that collars around the glass. Nice tart cherry aroma in the nose along with slight acetone. Light mouthfeel. Well balanced comes to mind as I drink this. It really isn't overly sweet or sour but somewhere in the middle with the sweetness of the cherries being counteracted by the tartness and vice versa. Ends with a lingering tartness. Very drinkable. (462 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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 (560 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2011. One of the first beers I had, and then came back right away.

Pours a rusty reddish-brown color with a short off-white head that stays around pretty well with a good swirl or two. A bit of lacing. The nose is quite nice. It had been awhile since I'd had Oude Tart, but I recognized the base right away. Nice tartness with some cream and dark fruits plus a mild acetic presence. Good lactic presence there as well, then layered with some fresh, tart cherries. Great complexity in the nose.

The flavor wasn't quite as complex are integrated as the nose, and it was a tad bit more acid-forward without as much of the underlying cherry, oak, and fruit flavors. Still, quite good. The feel integrated the two acid components quite well and mixed things up really well with the cherries. Overall, a very nice beer that I was thrilled to see on the menu. (884 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a murky brown with reddish highlights. Very small quickly dissipating head with minimal lacing. Aroma of oak, red wine vinegar, cherries. Flavor follows te nose closely; sour cherries and an oaky woody note, assertive acidic vinegar. Teeth left squeaking. My wife says it is in the top five sourest beers she has ever had. And she really likes super sour beer. Fairly aggressive but still complex. Vivid cherry flavor. Medium body with lively carbonation. Semi dry finish with lingering tartness and a puckering quality.

P.s. This review typed by my intoxicated wife. Thanks! (584 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark murky brown with reddish yellow highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was huge on the cherries along with mild vinegar, acidic character, oakiness, and faint citrus notes. The taste was also slammed by the cherries with vinegar, oaky, tart, and acidic accents but did have a touch of citrus that added a little dimension; nice cherry bomb. The brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet , fruity, slight acidic, but oaky sticky tart finish. It drank real good and was glad that this was left over to try after the reseve society party. Nice beer all around, I honestly hope they can find it in them to bottle this tasty goodness. (730 characters)

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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
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