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Gypsy Tart | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gypsy Tart is a Flanders-style brown ale with a California touch. A beer that can trace it's origins to Great Britain, but more famously perfected in western Belgium, has been updated through our own modern techniques, delivering the sweet body and mildly tart finish that has won over numerous generations of beer drinkers in Europe. Our rendition of this wonderful beer style is perfect for both sour beer amateurs and advocates alike.

Added by rudzud on 08-03-2015

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Reviews by shigg85:
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3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, newly arrived in Alberta, with the fancy new 'Terreux' sub-branding, which is French for 'earthy', and I suppose, less douchey than 'terroir', or something.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse island chain lace around the glass as things slowly sink out of sight.

It smells of sweet, kind of nutty caramel malt, mixed with a nicely sour cherry, raspberry, and red apple fruitiness, all over top of a suggestion of my mom's Flor-heavy balsamic vinegar stored in those very un-cellar-worthy kitchen cupboards. The taste is more heady, yeast-touched caramel/toffee malt, pleasantly zingy dark orchard fruit, the mild red wine vinegar salad ingredient that my wife goes through like water, a hint of vanilla and bourbon-soaked woodiness, and a wee earthy white cheesiness.

The bubbles are fairly pleasant in their equally supportive and playful frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and not particularly smooth, but hardly geared in the other direction, for what it's worth. It finishes off-dry, the combination of a gently fading caramel malt and complex dark and tart fruitiness proving to be the only game in town.

I gotta say - wow, ladies and germs, this one really brings it for a style that seems to need a whole lot more representation in the New World, where examples (imported or not) with any prowess at all are countable on one or two hands at best. And that elevated ABV, not to sound too much more like a wet behind the ears fanboy, is so well integrated, you wouldn't even know that...damn.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the "can't-help-themselves" attitude of California finds grounding in the traditional Flemish region of beer making as inspiration billows in both the spontaneous sour fermentation and a west-coast flare.

Gypsy Tart's piquant sourness travels from Europe to the U.S., carrying a hazy crimson and lavender color. Hazy in its aesthetics, a creamy off-white head mounts and pops with a host of tangy-sweet scents. Cherry, grape, apple and citrus fill the nose along with vinous red wines and balsamic curiosities. Supple and sweet, a savory taste of grandma's hard candy greets the tongue.

Eventually the sourness overtakes the sweetness but before hand, the malts contribute the pulled candy character along with toasted nuttiness, cola and a glimmer of coffee and chocolate. But alas, the sharp sourness with mouth-puckering lemon, lime, crabapple and sour green grape. Trending wine-like strong suggestions of cabernet sauvignon offers a robust yet savory taste- mixed with pleasant oxidation and the taste of balsamic emerges.

Medium-light in body, the beer's linging sweetness never completely dispels, trailing behind to buffer the palate from the piquant nature of lactic and acetic fermentation. Cleanly citrusy, the beer exits with more of an aftertaste of robust red wine and savory balsamic as it does of ale.

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Photo of cultclassic89
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks fine for the style but it's missing a head.

S: Candy like sweetness here, which stands out above the acidity. Fine but I could use more dryness and complexity.

T: A bit too much of that candy coated sweetness. Not enough acidity or dryness to balance it out. Not bad though.

F: A bit syrupy. Needs more dryness and a fluffier feel.

O: It's an average attempt at the style that has a bit too many misses for me. Alongside Ol Oi, this just couldn't hold up.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshflesh
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
3.27/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquazr1
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a short head. A really good tasting Flanders. Has a lot of depth of flavor. Seems like you pick up different things as you drink it.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color and extremely cloudy. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and most of the top. Light lacing. Aroma is difficult to draw out, but it is a bit of horse blanket. I'm tasting dark candy sugar, dark malt, and a bit of barnyard funk. The mouth is moderately spiced and acidic.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.85/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bottle.
Massive head leaving nice cloudy ruby redish brown in tulip. It's amazing how they are able to get sour fruit to dominate the nose and pallet without any of it added. Wonderful smell and taste of dried nut fruit. Perfect amount of tartness. Some malt charecter as well. Best US attempt at this Flanders style I've tried yet. Drink it cold though, goes downhill as it warms

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4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HalfFull
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 bottle into a wine glass. Pour is deep brown with a light tan cap of foam and shows a bright mahogany in the light with some light haze. Offers decent retention and lace.

Aroma is lightly tart/fruity in nature out of the gate when served at about 50 degrees. Touch of muddled aromas offer a fair amount of complexity yet are a bit subdued when grouped en masse. Still fairly thumbs up across the palate.

Taste is more balanced than the aroma might suggest. Pleasant mix of malty influences with subtle nuances of dark malts and just a hint of caramel; smooth and lingering tartness through the palate, and a lightly viscous finish. The beer does suffer a bit for lack of 'brightness' on the palate however which conveys to the mouthfeel. Feel is moderate and offers a nice tartness but is again a bit undefined, lacking much of a bite on the finish.

I trust a little time in a barrel and some clarification would really make this one pop. Which I'm sure they did but I can't pretend to know what that beer might be called.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer hits all the right points. All four elements are pretty much spot-on for an Oud Bruin. Why the [barely] sub-four average rating? Nicely done, Bruery.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the prettiest beers I've poured into a glass in a long time. Dark black/brown with a dark yellow head with gold tones; thick and foamy like a golden head on a cappuccino. Smell is dark figs - fresh and dried, with tones of grape must, hints of apple vinegar and tart cocoa. There is an acidic roasted grain in the nose.

The nose fully carries over to the mouth and taste. Mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly tart but a full and pleasant mouthfull. The flavor profile, at least to my taste and experience, is somewhat unique. I get the "brown" and "Flanders Red" characteristics but with a big dry fig twist. I find the flavor profile complex and appealing with hints of not only the red/figgy tart tones but also tones of wood, dried fuits and hints of cocoa and light coffee.

This is one of the very few beers that I've like more when chilled over room temperature than when reaching room temperature (where I generally like beers and find them more flavorful and full of character. This one is better a bit more chilled). All around somewhat of a unique experience - something that I've grown to expect from The Bruery.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KathyG
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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