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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

Oude Tart With Sour CherriesOude Tart With Sour Cherries

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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.44
pDev: 7.88%


Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-21-2010)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:58:53 | More by Alieniloquium
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 02:56:43 | More by Rifugium
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magictacosinus

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 06:17:30 | More by magictacosinus
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 17:06:07 | More by alpinebryant
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 17:25:08 | More by mothman
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KYGunner

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 02:11:14 | More by KYGunner
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 14:13:02 | More by stakem
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 15:44:55 | More by thagr81us
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 04:48:25 | More by DefenCorps
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largadeer

California

4.22/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2010 03:37:00 | More by largadeer
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kbutler1

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 19:00:47 | More by kbutler1
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Sideswipe

California

4.22/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 20:41:57 | More by Sideswipe
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 03:31:09 | More by wordemupg
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2010 00:50:32 | More by Halcyondays
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2011 02:05:52 | More by orangesol
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 14:28:49 | More by Thorpe429
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emerge077

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 01:53:58 | More by emerge077
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 03:15:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

Split with rudzud.

Light fizzy head, touch of lacing, dark mahogany brown color.

Nose awesome sour brown, light brown sugar like toasty, a nice deep cherry, sour cherry, sour lactic malt vinegar.

Taste quite sour, sweet syrupy brown sugar and molasses, soured brown malts, onto dark malt vinegar, acetic acid, nice oude tart. Then a light sour cherry, chewy malt and candy sugar soured. Finish is sticky flemmy, nice sour cherries, tart, name vinegar, etc.

Mouth is med bod, tart and flemmy, decent carb, acidic bite.

Overall good but I don't think it's worlds above the original which was awesome to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:26:07 | More by jlindros
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Sharply acidic and solely focused on extra cherries, the Bruery's Belgian-esque cherry beer is much more clean, crisp and dry than even those from the Flanders regions.

Like the standard Oud Tart, the red ale pours a lightly rusty color of brown, garnet, and orange; the beer is hazy and prefers a wine-like demeanor over that of beer. Its highly carbonated body builds a loosely-knit, white froth, while it's structure quickly falls and causes the beer the look somewhat still midway through the session.

However even stronger sourness and tartness of that "sour patch kid" candy emit from the aromas, but soon after, the more mature scents of balsamic, leather, those sour cherries offer up strong vinegar-like attributes. Its malty dryness supports the sourness with just enough cracker and honey notes give the sourness a rounded sense without much extra attention.

The sharp and unprecedented flavors hinge on the sharp cherry taste, which propels its tartness into the stratosphere. But the beer doesn't let up as the quick follow-up of almond, apple, Cabernet, light leather, dusty oak, and white cider vinegar govern the beer's taste when the cherries allow. It's a decadent taste that's dry, sharp, fruity, and lightly cheesy.

Light on the palate, the beer starts zesty, racy, and fully engulfed on the mouth. But as the carbonation subsides, it takes with it the creaminess the keeps the beer together and ushers in sheer acidic textures, light astringency, and mild warmth.

Oud Tart really does all it says in its name. Yet its acidic cherry flavor dwarfs its more succulent fruit tones; Its lacking savory presence allows the sourness to act much more like a young, green and imature lambic more so than a mature Flanders Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 21:45:15 | More by BEERchitect
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Gobzilla

California

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 06:08:00 | More by Gobzilla
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:26:54 | More by tobelerone
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phichifiji00

California

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky reddish brown, very little white head, no lacing.

Smell: Tons of sour cherries, tart, red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Sour cherries, plums, tart red fruit, red wine vinegar, funky, acidic and a bit of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, acidic, tart.

Overall: A wonderful beer. Tastes similar to fresh Cuvee de Tomme but better balanced. Very drinkable, very well executed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 06:57:18 | More by phichifiji00
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wethorseblanket

California

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 20:45:50 | More by wethorseblanket
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 16:16:28 | More by StonedTrippin
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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.