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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 1,063
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 6.24%
Wants: 470
Gots: 227 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (543 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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 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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (1,749 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.2/5  rDev -3%
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 emerge077
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (617 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 Rifugium
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
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 mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/12/11 notes. Was very excited to see this added to the day session at EBF, as I love the the normal version of Oude Tart.

a - Pours a dark ruby red color with an inch of head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries, oak, sour dark fruits, wine, and vinegar. Lots of sour dark fruits which I really like.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, other sour dark fruits, oak, vinegar, and some acedic notes. Mouth puckeringly sour, really enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mouth puckering it's so south, which I love.

d - Overall I thought this was a really great beer; pretty on par with the regular Oude Tart, just more focused around cherries. Would love to have this one again and it was one of the best beers at EBF. (761 characters)

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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 mothman
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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 stakem
4.04/5  rDev -6.7%
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 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 Halcyondays
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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 DoubleJ
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oude Tart...with cherries?!? No wonder I thought Oude Tart tasted different. Let's see what I can remember:

Dark red with a splash of red-violet in color, head is non-existent. Sweet and tart smelling upfront, strawberry and cherry tartness, plus the sweetness found in cherries. In its taste, the beer comes out much sweeter tasting than reguar Oude Tart. Sweet cherries, some caramel oozing out, moderate tartness (in other words, less tart than the original) round it out. There's less straightforward acidity because of the additional layer and intensity of flavors, but still enough to slow down how quick you consume the beer in hand.

With cherries or without? That is the question. Better yet, drink both versions and you won't have that problem. (756 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
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 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 HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11/20/10

On tap at the third session of The Bruery's 2010 Reserve Society -Bal Tasting.

A: Dirty reddish brown with a big beige head.

S: Oak and tannins with a moderate acetic presence. As you might have guessed, the addition of cherries makes for a stronger cherry aroma. I get a hint of vanilla, as well as light grape and fig notes. There's a light tartness as well. The malt is reminiscent of caramel with traces of treacle.

T: Cherries, grapes, prunes, and figs, with cherries being most pronounced. The oak presence is quite nice. The beer is sweet and lightly tart, and seems to vacillate between the two. Vanilla is light, and acetic character is at a nice lower moderate level.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Lightly tannic. No astringency. Very nice.

Overall: Very good, and though I can't say its an improvement upon the original, which was already a great beer, it's certainly very nice in its own way. (929 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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 Axnjxn
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a snifter.
dark brownish red into a snifter. slight head. smell tart...cherries..sour. taste is supremely sour and filled with cherries..god Damn . medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall..wow. amazing and I can't recommend it any more. get it ASAP (274 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
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! (584 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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-- -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)

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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
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