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Gypsy Tart (2009) | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Halcyondays on 05-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 13
Reviews by 0110x011:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at The Bruery's 1st Anniversary shindig. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a murky cherrywood red with gold highlights. Two-finger tan head has medium staying power, leaving little lacing behind.

S - Strawberry & cherry, with some vinegar & light funk. Very fruity.

T - The palate is pretty much the same as the nose, with the red fruitiness predominating. A bit of funky earth and vinegar. Nice sour bite.

M - Crisp & big-bubbled. Short, dry finish.

D - Very high at the moment. Would make a nice session sour.

The folks at the Bruery made sure to note that this is a young version of this beer, and it shows. This is a solid brew right now, but some time will help build up the complexity and put this over the top.

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Photo of n2185
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: really dark cloudy brown with a one finger dark tan head. Head dissipated slowly.
S: not much of a nose, a little sweet bready tartness...
T: a touch of sweet funky tartness up front, finishes roasted dark at the very back of the throat

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Photo of vma
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vurt
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the tasting room at The Bruery, one day after their big 1st Year Anniversary party. (Congratulations!) This is their Flanders red ale which is still being aged in oak barrels. Though this is a young beer, and will be spending a lot more time in the barrels, I think it is worth reviewing at this stage as a means of documenting the beer as it matures. Besides, The Bruery clearly feels the beer is far enough along to serve "previews" of it to their fans.

At this stage of its life, Gypsy Tart is a somewhat murky red-brown (like a redder shade of strong iced tea) with attractive amber highlights. Up on top there's a thin, bone-colored ring of foam. The beers leaves some lacing behind on the glass when you swirl it, but the foam slides back into the beer and doesn't stick.

Plenty of fruit-- tart cherries mostly, with some sweet blackberries and maybe a little cranberry sauce. Underneath is a bit of funk and a little vinegar/aspirin dust acidity. I also get a light cinnamon character which fits in nicely.

Overall there's a quick progression of tart to sweet to bitter, which reinforces the suggestion of cranberries I got in the nose. The tartness is rather mild, and refreshing. A variety of red fruit flavors-- cherries, cranberries, a bit of red plum-- are prominent from start to finish. The flavors aren't very strong, and don't linger much. As it warms and loses carbonation, some light, creamy vanilla oak notes come through ahead of the finish.

This beer starts off with some seriously brisk carbonation which scrubs the mouth and leaves it tingling. Body is on the light side of medium.

Gypsy Tart is a refreshing and enjoyable brew. The tasting room at The Bruery was a bit warm when I got there earlier this afternoon, and this beer really hit the spot. I did think the carbonation was a little harsh. This, along with the fairly short duration of the flavors on the palate, made it difficult to tease out the flavor components of the beer. Still, this young Flanders red is coming along quite nicely. I can hardly wait to try it when it has finished aging, and I'm glad The Bruery has chosen to share this beer now.

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Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Floydster
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Numerous sample at the Bruery's 1st Anniversary party from the side sour bar, reviewed from notes, served in one of their own tulip glasses, bright red color, 1 1/2 inch bubbly white head, not much retention or lacing, aroma consists of vanilla, strawberries, sourdough bread, cherries, oak, mild vinegar, mild funkiness, and red grapes, starts off with cherries, vanilla and oak in the middle but neither of them are very pronounced, some earthiness in the finish, small amount of vinegar lingering in the aftertaste, very fruity overall and stays light at the same time, dry and fruity mouthfeel, strong carbonation that is very crisp, thin to medium bodied, taste lingered well for how young it is, could drink a whole lot of this, very light at that point in time, there will be more substance to it when the Flemish Red is ready and released but it will most likely still go down very easily, cannot wait to see how the Flanders develops with more time in the barrel, this is already outstanding for being so young, will be drinking more as soon as possible, recommended

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Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a red amber with a soft off-white head, good lacing.

S: Complex mix of berry fruit, light funk, cheese.

T: Cherry and strawberry form a main flavour with a note of wild yeast. Really just a straight up sour beer, the complexity is just beginning to show itself in this young Flanders Red.

M: Smooth, light/medium body, tart, an interesting beer to sip.

D: A real nice young Flanders Red. My first one of the 1st Anniversary celebration and a good start to the days festivities. I don't really know if they'll bring it back, but I'd like to have a fuller glass of this to delve into it more, a fine ale.

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Photo of jerz
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bulletrain76
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at The Bruery's anniversary. Red-brown with a big head. Rich spicy and tart apple aroma. On the malty side for a sour, with a nice spice, light tartness, apple skin, and a medium bitter finish. Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation. Not very sour at this point, but has a nice malty and spicy balance.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gypsy Tart (2009) from The Bruery
3.98 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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