Oude Tart With Sour Cherries - The Bruery

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 1,059
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 6.22%
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Gots: 229 | 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 dexterk1
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark red color. Nice cherry flavor. A little sweet to go with the sour of the straight oude tart(with is a great beer on its own)! A little red wine vinegar tang in the background. Aroma is excellent. Complex with red fruits, some sweet, some sour. (253 characters)

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude tart is a great beer to begin with. This adds a nice tart cherry flavor that really stands out. Fabulous beer. (150 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well balanced sour. The cherries are sweet enough to really balance out the oude tart base, which can be too vinegar sour for me at times. Dark ruby body with a thin tan head. The scent with tart pie cherries, which is very nice. The taste is almost exactly the same. Just enough cherry to give you that tart fruit character, but the base beer still shines. Excellent and an upgrade from the Oude Tart base beer. (419 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage bottle. Pours a VERY dark reddish-brown color...almost like a deep mahogany. Medium, light-tan head. Scent is heavy on the cherries up front. Tart, dark-red, overly ripe cherries with a good amount of oak and vinegar. Sweet cherries as well with a hint of vanilla and more wood. Some funky notes with a lot of sour aromas. As this beer warms, the cherry comes through fantastically. Taste is initially sweet cherry deliciousness, switches quickly to puckering sour. Light vanilla and heavy oak flavors. A bit of red wine vinegar. Puckering. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lip smacking, and puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is fantastic. I enjoy it a bit more than the regular Oude Tart. The cherries shine through very nicely. Glad I stocked up on this one! (789 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
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 vinny21bal
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Dreadnaught33
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from a great BA in ThickNStout. Regular Oude Tart is a fantastic American sour, so I was excited to see how the addition of sour cherries changed it. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a bottling date of 6/27/14 etched on the side of the bottle where the body curves into the neck. Poured into a large Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - The body is comprised of a murky, muddy reddish brown hue that belies tints of garnet and burgundy when held up to the light. Atop the body sits a finger and a half of toasted marshmallow colored head that took a fairly hard pour to coax out. It hangs around for a minute or so before dissipating to leave a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a wafting of film along the surface. Not really any lace to speak of.

Smell (4.5) - Aroma is where the regular OT begins to shine, and this one is no different, although the cherries add an element that really kicks it into high gear. There are still plenty of notes of leather (oddly more than I remember from the regular version) and a nice pinch of vinegar-like acidity and oak tannins, but now there is a overtly fruity presence as well that complements the leather and acid with bright notes of cherry and cranberry.

Taste (4.5) - As with the aroma, the sour cherries really boost the flavors on this to another level. Wet leather, pipe tobacco, musty oak tannins and red wine vinegar all meld together with a bright, puckering burst of red fruits, with cherry leading the way. There is some balsamic sweetness on the finish that I didn't notice at first, but it's hard to navigate around the dominant cherry, albeit in a good way.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Body is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation that lends a fizzy mouthfeel. The acids provide a pinch on the tastebuds on the sides and back of the mouth, but not a full-on pucker. Finish is predominantly dry, but as mentioned, there is a balancing sweetness to it, so perhaps semi-dry is the best way to describe it.

Overall (4.5), this is a perfect example of how the proper additives can really kick a good beer to great status. Certainly adding sour cherries to a beer with sour characteristics is nothing new, but The Bruery has definitely added their own stamp to the idea. (2,290 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (3,019 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
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 GPHarris
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A -poured a one finger thick dark tan head into a tulip that left a thin ring throughout. The body was a dark brown.
S - light cherry aroma.
T - pucker up! Big tart cherries and oak.
M - medium and coating.
O - I'll still be tasting cherries tomorrow...thanks! (268 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution during their The Bruery event during SF Beer Week 2011. Poured into a tulip glass, beer is a dark reddish brown, hazy and opaque to block out any chance of seeing through it. No head off the pour and none developed from swirling, with no lacing as well. Carbonation isn't visible as well, which worries me.

I could smell it as soon as the glass was brought near me at the bar. Nice pungent tart red fruit, cherries, raspberries and plums, red wine and balsamic vinegar sourness as well. Just a hint of sweetness, but this smells very nice.

Taste doesn't disappoint, lots of tart red fruits upfront, cherries play a big role, but there's a tannic quality as well, drying and astringent. Fruity sweetness mid tongue and finishing with a nice and delicious tartness.

Carbonation is thankfully there to help lighten up the medium bodied beer, soft and delicate bubbles preventing an overly syrupy mouthfeel. Tart but not alcoholic at all. Very easy to drink for how sour it is on the tongue, but it makes me both thirsty for more, and hungry for some food. (1,083 characters)

Photo of vissai
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bruery Tasting Room
A: I didnt expect this bad boy to be so dark, much darker than Melange 3. almost no head, with nice scarlet lacing.
S: Sex. sour and lactic with cherries jumping out.
T: Very complex tasting with a lingering cherry aftertaste. Reminds me of supplication. There is also a little Oak in the back. very enjoyable.
M/D: Very easy to drink with a perfect tartness level balancing out the abv. As it warmed it became even more and more drinkable.
Bottle This Now! (490 characters)

Photo of nanobrew
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

darker than regular oude tart. Nice slight head of carbonation that dissipates fairly quickly. The cherries give it a more fruit forward taste and more clean tartness. I love the regular version, but this is definitely a notch above. great beer to drink at cellar temp or warmer (278 characters)

Photo of rand
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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 gcamparone
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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 rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, all of The Bruery's beers are overpriced and generally avoided at retail cost, so it's nice when I get to try one for free at a tasting.

This one is sour with a taste of tart cherries that borders on fake medicine cherry flavor. (238 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a plum pulp, murky brown color, with a fizzy beige head, leaving the beer immediately after a refreshing hiss. Leads to a gloomy, flat impression, while it is absolutely impossible to look through the glass.

Utmost cherry defined nose, in all its desirable facetts. Very pronounced on a ripe, sunbathed impression, revealing moldy cherry stone pits, accompanied by a supporting fermented fruit sweetness, adding a vinous note. Most likely the most fruit defined awa I have had so far, with a very intriguing ripeness as for the aroma defining cherries.

Drinks almost without any carbonation at all, while its pungent sourness makes up for that, guiding the flavors through the palate, by adding a slick acetic acid profile.

Cherries evolve from leathery, old earth and an uncompromising tartness, lending the beer its balancing sweetness. While this ripeness on the nose has been beautifully pronounced, tastewise it plays a role of required balance for the otherwise omnipotent sourness. The consequential interplay of those two flavors appears quite appealing, providing an unripe fruit beginning, which turns riper, as the malts exhibit more and more earth supported sweetness. Finishes with a long lasting dryness, accompanied by dextrose and grain bread, wrapped up by slick acidity.

While not outstandingly refreshing, as for its fuller body, the beer showcases a beautifully arranged cherry taste throughout. Its nice to see the cherry aging on your tongue after the swallow, which I called Jerry btw. Although the taste exhibits an intense sourness, it remains focussed on the cherries, revealing a natural fruit impression. (1,642 characters)

Photo of -Rick
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like regular Oude on steroids. Has the same tart taste as its original, but the addition of the cherries puts this up there with some of the best sours I have had. (178 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of IKR
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
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 phichifiji00
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like maple syrup, maple brown with a lasting cap and decent lacing.

Lemon, spice, cherries.

Lots of bite from the cherries, light butter, grapefruit, very well balanced. Yummy!

Smooth, lightly carbonated buttery finish.

They need to bottle this - probably my favorite Bruery beer.

Revisited in the bottle:

Very pungent cherry and vanilla, strong bretty sourness and acidity, refreshing and refined. Bravo. (417 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark brown with reddish hues. head quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing at all

Smell - I am getting ready to pucker up as this one just smells tart. Oak and fruit in the end of this beer after the funk leaves

Taste - Goes hand in hand with the smell as this one is quicker a pucker you lips kind of beer. As it warms up the cherries come out a bit more. I get a little oaky flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Not overly carbonated, but very smooth as it leaves your mouth

Overall - Really glad I got this one in a trade. Wow was it a great flemish (560 characters)

Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
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