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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

750 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 8.13%
Wants: 353
Gots: 175 | FT: 34
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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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -18.1%

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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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

ediaz, Nov 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

heavenlyStash, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev -5%

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.

DefenCorps, Nov 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

rdooley, Nov 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

MarkyMOD, Nov 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +7.2%

dcloeren, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

oline73, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

freemanj, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

MCain04, Nov 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Stigs, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

SkeeterBoganski, Nov 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

kodt, Nov 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Quackus, Nov 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

Indytruks138, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

baybum, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

JCam9981, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of ThickNStout
4.34/5  rDev -2%

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.

ThickNStout, Nov 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

st9647v3, Nov 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

jschonert, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -9.7%

Ahuebner, Nov 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

dfhhead25, Nov 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +12.9%

thlf84, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

stakem, Oct 28, 2013
Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
98 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.