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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 354
Gots: 177 | FT: 34
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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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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour cherries/berries, balsalmic vinegar, and some nice funky aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, vinegar, and earthy and funky flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and the sour cherries are a great addition to the base beer.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -9.7%

djrn2, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 22, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

zestar, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

nmann08, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -9.7%

acurtis, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kjkinsey, Oct 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

GRG1313, May 26, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Bruery -bal tasting

A: The pour is a murky dark reddish-brown color with a minimal khaki colored head forming.

S: Lots of sour cherry notes right off the bat, as I hoped for. A bit more vinegar than I recall the regular Oude Tart having. Lots of vinous red wine notes as well.

T: This one is quite sour with a moderate amount of acetic acid. Plenty of cherry flavor both in terms of the flesh and skins as well as oak, wine, and just at touch of sweetness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation, dry finish, and quite puckering overall.

D: Probably the best beer of the event/afternoon. The addition of cherries seemed like a natural addition to this beer, and they certainly were.

womencantsail, Nov 21, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, May 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Knapp85, Dec 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

largadeer, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  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.

emerge077, Oct 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SocalKicks, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Slatetank, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

jlindros, Sep 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

oline73, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 17, 2013
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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
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