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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Reviews: 81
Hads: 1,062
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 1.85%
Wants: 470
Gots: 227 | FT: 37
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California, United States

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: 81 | Hads: 1,062
Photo of rand
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (bottled on 6/22/13) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown color with two fingers of thick, dense tan foam with decent staying power. Slowly fizzes away towards the surface without leaving much lacing at all.

S - Nice earthy funk up front. Some caramelly sweet aroma, fairly intense tartness, lots of woody oak, big sour cherry aroma.

T - Quite tart and sour overall inducing a strong pucker on first sip. Cherries take the lead with big fruit flavor and injecting its own tart flavors into the beer. Lots of woody oak in here too. A somewhat earthy, lightly sweet malt base.

M - Lightish medium body with a strong, fizzy carbonation. Medium funkiness, big sour and tart flavors, fruity - rather puckering. Lingering tartness that gives a fairly dry finish.

O - Very nice sour beer. As much as I enjoy the regular version of Oude Tart, this is a notch above it. Cherries accompany the beer quite well and add some additional complexity. (967 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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 macrosmatic
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter glass.

A: Dark brown with hints of deep crimson, and some haze but stays translucent. Forms a thin off-white head, with low visible carbonation.

S: Sour cherries, puckering acetic acid, rich toasted malt, and a touch of lemon tartness and oak tannins.

T: Dry and puckering acetic character up front, and sour cherries, dry oak tannins, roasted malts and finishes with big cherry fruity flavor that's acetic tart and sour. Finishes fairly dry as well.

M: Body is on the light side, but not at all watery. Alcohol is well-hidden, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This was very tasty. The cherry flavor was unmistakeable without being at all artificial, and the rest of the beer was plenty big enough to stand up to the big cherry presence. Good levels of sourness as well. I really enjoyed this one. (883 characters)

Photo of BastardKing24
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had the regular oude tart and couldn't wait to pop this on new years.

Pours a bright red/brown color with a small offwhite head that falls to lacing and a ring.

Smell is right away a big funky, acidic, sour smell, with vinegar, sour cherries, some toast and caramel. It's an absolutely overpowering smell its just HUGE. To me this is the sign of a well made sour.

Taste - Right away big vinegar notes, bread, lactic acid, cherries, some sour apple, and some caramel. This beer is just intensely sour yet quite dry. It has very little sweetness but it does have a decadent sort of malt backbone to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is light in terms of density, and carbonation is about perfect.

I am enjoying this very much as I type and wish I could get more of it. (772 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 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 gcamparone
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you sir!

A- Pours cloudy maroon-brown body with a 2 finger off-white head that reduces pretty quickly.. leaves no lacing.

S- Very pleasant and inviting on the nose.. upfront is a leathery, funky, oaky, somewhat smokey aroma. Somewhat creamy. There's some lactic acidity, citrus and sour cherries in the background.

T- Upfront is a HUGE punch of acidity - sour cherries, lemon-lime juice, vinegar, lactic tartness.. up next is a nice oaky, woodyness that still takes back seat the the sharp sour character of this beer. Some caramel and bread. The finish is slightly astringent and drying. Tartness coats the tongue for a while.

M- Despite the extreme sourness of this beer, it's very drinkable and refreshing. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of the most sour, yet complex beers I've ever tasted. The flavors work well here and the cherries add a nice level of complexity that makes this brew one to seek out. (1,022 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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 homebrew311
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep red with nice clarity and not much head. Nose is entirely different than regular oude tart. Tons of cherry skin, dark fruit, lactobacillus, and a bit of oak. The flavor is very sour with tons of tart cherry, oak, berry skin, and tannins. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Overall, this is a different beast than the base beer. (345 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 vinny21bal
4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Tried it next to Sour in the Rye with Kumquats. Two very different styles of sours. Some of the group liked the Sour in the Rye better and some agreed with me and thought this was a better beer. You pull some of the cherry and the wood from the barrel and the nose is very nice. It just seems to be a well balanced sour and I would like to see what happens to this beer with a little age. (405 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 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 DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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 ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark murky brown with a light cream colored thin yet dense head. Gorgeous tight bubbles form a nice cake that recedes pretty quickly down to a nice ring around the glass.

Aroma is amazing. Notes of sour balsamic vinegar. Notes of leather and tart apple skin in the nose. Some mild smoky tobacco notes are in the nose as well. Great sour cherry notes in the middle that carry all the way towards the end. Chalky tartness with a mild fruit/sugary sweetness in the nose.

Flavor starts off with strong sharp tart notes. Balsamic vinegar notes are intense and really hit the palette hard. Notes of leather and some slight wood funk are present. There is a nice yeasty note mixed in with the sourness. The sourness starts of vinegary but turns into more of a cherry and sour apple skin throughout the middle. There are some slight sugary sweet notes on the middle and back end that compliment the leathery and woody notes. The finish is tart and dry and as it warms some woody and mild vanilla notes can be noted along with the increasing weather. Carbonation is great and cleans the palette for more sips.

Overall. This brew is outstanding. Nice notes of vinegar and sour cherry notes mixed in with woody funk notes and a nice medium-loght body. (1,305 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 HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 9.20.13

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a dark tan head that is gone fast.

S - Tart, sweet, lots of cherry.

T - Subtle at first, then tart bourbon/oak barrel with a sweet tart cherry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light to medium body.

O - Oude tart with a nice oaky-cherry finish. Nice. (315 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
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 IKR
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (584 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 inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Riedel snifter
Summer 2013 bottling

A: Brownish ruby red in color. Seems a little darker than regular OT. Initially a night thin head of light tan. Forms a collar.

S: Definitely getting those cherries. Balsamic vinegar. Vanilla. Sweetness. Oak.

T: Right up front you get blasted with that tart sour fruit. Deep tart cherry. Medium bodied. Very dry in back end. Really taste that wood.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation OK. (429 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 Dreadnaught33
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, very cherry! Reminds me in many ways of the great Belgian kriek's with the fruit presence,

Pours a beautiful deep dark crimson with no light at all passing through it. No head, no lacing, doesn't really need it but it would be nice to have a touch of that.

The smell is nice, great dark cherry presence with additions of oak, brown sugar, vanilla, wild yeast, and more. Very nice, solid aroma though not amazing. The taste though is remarkable, a burst of sour cherry hits with a foundation of tart yeast and sour patch kids, yielding to maybe a bit of soothing wood flavors and then even more acidic acid lingering in the finish, which I like in many ways. This beer does not fool around with the tartness level, not a beer for the light of heart when it comes to sour beers.

The feel is obvious very acidic, but has a nice body and flavor profile as it rolls over the plate and leaves quite a mark in the aftertaste. Overall a very good brew, super tasty. (980 characters)

Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.