Oude Tart | The Bruery

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is our take on a Flanders Style red ale. It has won back to back gold medals in that category at the World Beer Cup (2010 & 2012) as well as a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. This sour red ale ages in oak barrels for anywhere from 6 to 18 months before being carefully blended to taste. The resulting beer is pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown and murky

S: Sweet, sour, and fruity. Cranberry, cherry, and plum.

T: Cranberry fruitiness and sour.

M: Around a medium thickness and easily drinkable.

O: Cranberry nose and flavor really struck me. An enjoyable sour.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor is a dark brown with red undertones. Almost no head. The little head there pours off-white and dissipates quickly.

The aroma is slightly fruity with the main notes being: cherry, some plum, and a bit of strawberry. Some definite funk present with some lactic acid notes present as well.

Taste has a high amount of acidity. Again, some nice fruitiness, but a little bit more acidic than dark fruit notes. I get rubber and leather. A bit like the smell of a freshly opened a can of tennis balls. Oak is present and some red wine astringency.

Overall, this is a very good representation of a Flemish red ale. However, as with many of the bruery's beers, It is just a bit too expensive for my taste. I think it is interesting and true to style but not something I could drink every day. This was opened to celebrate the passing of my first Masters class. I see it pairing well with French onion soup with a ton of Gruyere cheese. It gets a 89.5/100.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black...cola like. Really like flat Coke. Large bubbles - toads' eyes. The bubbles appear more like a quickly-poured flat Coke than any resemblance of carbonation.

Aroma: lacto sour and funk. Elmer's-glue funk from the Brett, but less so than Bruery's Sour in the Rye.

Flavor: right on par with the nose; lacto sour and Elmers funk. Few layers of flavor beyond that. Enjoyable, but not Bruery's best sour, and not worth the Price. Sour/Rye is superior.

Mouthfeel: medium. Nothing spectacular but no flaws either. You could finish a 750ml by yourself.

Overall: somewhat disappointing. Perhaps I had an old(er), poorly kept bottle. Not worth its price. Try other Bruery sours before this one.

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Photo of LAp
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terreaux. Sampled in a taster at a Flanders Red tasting event. Pours a brighter red than its Rodenbach counterparts. Nose is red fruit, more cranberry than cherry, with a hint of sour. The palate leans more heavily on cranberry sour than balsalmic acidity or deeper red fruits than I would like. A solid beer, to be sure, but not one that accentuates the elements of the style that I enjoy most.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage served cold in a teku

Appearance: very clear and a rich mahogany with a thin cap of creamy pale bubbles.

Nose: Brett funk, oaky dryness, cherriea, lactic sourness, acetic acid, vanilla, very complex and classic

Taste: followed the nose very well. Sour cherries, raspberries, oaky, vanilla, Brett funk, complex and creamy. Wonderful mouthfeel but I would like more carbonation

Overall: this was an epic win for me. I believe it to be one of the best Flanders Reds out there. It is expenice in relation to say Rodenbach Grand Cru. I think I paid around $20 for my bottle whereas the same size of Grand Cru is little more than half that. Still an excellent beer and I would have it again.

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Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red-ish brown colour with a cap of a of white head. Huge sour lemon, tart cherry notes followed by tannic red wine, some caramel, brown sugar and slight roastiness. One of the best Flanders I've had from outside of Belgium.

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From 2014) Pizzeria Paradiso keeps hitting them out of the park. Excellent sour, tart and sweet. Pours out dark brown/ruby, minimal head. Over the top sourness on the nose, a bit more subdued in the taste, but still a sipper.

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More tart than I like for a Flanders Red. I fall in the Duchess de Bourgeone camp, but Rodenbach is a close second. This is a very clean finishing Flanders Red, as in minimal hairspray or vinegar. Has a good clean finish. Dates/Figs give way to lemon juice. Would prefer Rodenbach Gran Cru or Duchess de Bourgeone especially for the price ($21) I paid.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. 2015 fall release.

initially looks pretty good, deep brown with some reddish tones and a nice light tan head. the head disappears pretty fast. there are a lot of carbonation bubbles along the side of the glass. no lacing at all.

aroma is only of dark fruits, plums, figs, etc.

does have a nice taste to it. pretty tart, little to no sweetness, a touch of vinegar, but the dominate flavor is a plumy one. no funkiness at all, which is ok by me.

a touch under medium on the mouth, finish is fruity and tart.

overall, I'm just getting into the sours, and this one was pretty good.

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Photo of braker649er
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 2014 edition into a tulip glass in 2016.

L - Beautiful red brown color. Subtle, but present, head.
S - intense and spicy sour scents. Very much on the woody side rather than the citrus side of sours. Deep, complex, rich.
T - packs a punch of sour, again with very obvious oak influence--probably more than I've tasted in any recent beer. I also see what the label means by "leather and dark fruit." Again, very much on the dark side of sour. And the sourness lingers on the palate.
F - sharp and appropriate.
O - all around consistent and lived up to high expectations after a high price tag and holding this one for a while.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours deep reddish brown with a small tan head that settles to a thin layer and then just a ring leaving a little spotty lacing.

S: Fruity berry notes, slightly toasty malt, a little oak, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness.

T: Fruity up front, cherry, blackberry, lactic tartness, lemon, a little toasty malt, oak, and a hint of honey and toffee sweetness buried in there.

M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: There's an amazing contrast between the smell and taste. On the nose the sweet fruity notes come through more, but the tartness takes over in the taste. Very cool beer.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smell is not very present but probably mostly from the lacking carbonation
taste is great, cherries/raspberries, very acetic, tart, funky and oaky
thin and smooth
great beer

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Photo of Catracho5
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a mahogany red with an off white, no head retention, no lacing, average amount of carbonation, beers is hazy, cloudy, looks great.

A: Dark sweet fruits, dark cherries, grapes, red wine vinegar, touch of oak, slight tart and funk aromas, very aromatic, no alcohol on the nose.

T: Oak, dark cherries, touch of leather, sour tart punch in the finish and lingers in the aftertaste, very dry finish, as the beer warms the sourness fades and more of the oak and leather come through, very nice.

M: Light/medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that adds some crispness, finish is very dry, feels as if the beer evaporates in the mouth, alcohol is well hidden.

O: Very nice beer, most sour beers hit with sourness up front, Oude Tart saves it for the finish, nice balance of flavors, oak, dark cherries, red wine, not very sour, a well made beer, definitely will be a yearly purchase for me.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review. 750ml into my Duvel tulip. Pours a headless, opaque-ish reddish caramel. Smells of pitted fruits, some lacto, spices, traces of oak. Tastes similar: lacto-tartness, oak, dark fruit & here some raspberry as well. Lowish carb, nicely delicate body. Overall quite nice.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

A: Clear brown. Slightly reddish. No foam.
S: Toasted malty. Blue berry. Grape.
T: Moderate toasty. Medium and round sourness. Dry. Low bitterness. Tart like aftertaste, and it retains.
M: Medium body. Low carbonation.
O: Unfortunately, I was unable to find much oaky characters. The overall tasting texture is round and pleasant, though a little too simple.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ruby crimson and brown pour, small 1/5" head on it, off white, more tan than anything. Aroma is wickedly sour dark fruit and oak. Really jumps at you.

More oak, delectable sour taste, mild brown malt notes, leather well done, dark fruit, dark cherry, plum. Geez this is amazing, is there a better Flanders? No, Cuvee des Jacobins is close, but this beer's run at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Fest is well deserved. Just phenomenal world class stuff. Love that you can still get this for less than $20, really makes chasing down rare stuff not worth it when this is relatively plentiful.

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Photo of GeuzeInTheHouse
2.13/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bought this beer from a local bottle shop. It was flat so did not get a chance to fully evaluate. Love beers from these guys but getting sick of paying $20+ for a bottle and getting bad beers.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy red, with the smallest of heads. Mostly a film layer.

Smells like wine/grapes to me. Cherries??
The taste reminds me of this homemade Portugeuse wine(referred to as Blood), only sour and tart, with light carbonation. Dry in a good way. Balsalmic in the aftertaste. It just made me think of Bruchetta. Now im hungry.

Goes down super easy, delicious.

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Photo of Mnigro
3.36/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Maybe I got a bad bottle but I doubt it. This one fell way short of my expectations. Their Rueuze was phenomenal for a Gouze but this shot at a Flanders missed the mark. Maybe I'm off tonight but this seems very one dimensional. It's sour with a good flavor profile but there is almost no complexity... Very light in the funk dept and not much sweetness to balance out the tart. Mouthfeel is a little flat also. Not what I prefer in Flanders which is by far my favorite beer style.

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Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has a very dark brown body and it is hard to interpret the clarity. There is no head at all. There are literally just a few bubbles...to the point where I could count them. No head means no lacing and no retention. I can't hear any carbonation in the glass either...this beer is completely still...

Aroma: Even before approaching the glass I get the aroma of tart cherries. The sourness is strong enough in the scent that it makes my mouth water just smelling it. There is light musty aroma in there as well, but it is mostly fruity.

Taste: It has a mellow sourness to the beer like eating a fruit that is just about to turn. It's nice.

Mouthfeel: It's not carbonated at all. It washes onto the palate like water and leaves it just as plainly. The sourness perks up the palate just enough to make it drinkable. The sourness does not linger on the palate for long. It is there and it is gone within seconds. It's very tart but drinkable.

Overall: I wasn't impressed by the beer. The lack of carbonation might have been a fluke but I probably wouldn't waste my time getting another one to find out. The flavors were decent and the aroma was excellent but the beer overall was a flop given the lack of presence on the palate. It was like I was drinking a beer that had been left out for a few days.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml - 2014

Pours a deep rich brown with tan head. Aroma is acidic, Earthy funk, dark fruit vanilla, oak, acetic. Flavor is fully sour (7/10) with slight Balsalmic notes and lots of sour cherry, red currant, caramel, fig, oak, vanilla, leather,
tobacco, and cranberry. Sort of a combo of a Flanders Red/Brown. Mouthfeel is medium and moderately carbonated. This beer is usually on point, but I have bought bottles that have been completely flat, and some way more acetic than others.

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Photo of bnes09
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep bronze color with weak head and no retention. Sweet acetic, mildly lactic aroma. Very well balanced flavor between the sweet, malty and acidic. Dry and sticky feel. Weak carbonation. Very nice beer. True to the style and really tasty.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look = 4.0 Dark brown pour with red highlights. 3 fingers of big bubbly brown/red head with good retention but little lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Sweet acidic and vinegar sour aroma, strong and appropriate.
Taste = 4.25 Intense sour on the tongue upfront and throughout the mouthfeel with a strong acidic aftertaste. The sour is intense and tasty but it’s hard to pick out individual flavors other than on the sweet side.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied with high carbonation; fizzy
Drinkability = 4.0 Intense sour decreases drinkability somewhat.
Overall = 4.125 Among the most sour of beers I’ve tasted yet; seems to overwhelm the rest of the flavors though. Still tasty.

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Photo of Tele
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (2013 Edition)
Consumed: 9.4.15

A: 4.25 Pours a fairly hazy reddish-brown The two-inch, light tan head lasts a couple minutes and doesn’t leave much lace.

S: 4.25 Aromas are very similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Light vinegar starts off then moves into oak, cherries, caramel, and vanilla. Funk is a bit more prominent here with some earthiness and damp wood.

T: 4.5 Flavors also start off very similar to Grand Cru; slight sweetness at first followed by pleasant tartness. The pH is definitely lower in this beer with the funk being higher. Like the nose, there are berries, oak, and caramel. The earthiness of the funk is really interesting, almost having some Belgian lambic qualities. The finish has a very nice cereal, cracker quality.

M: 4.5 Body is really nice without being heavy. Carbonation is also superb and lively.

O: 4.5 I really enjoyed this beer and love how true to style it was while introducing some of its own flavors. Not sure it can really compete with Grand Cru (especially at twice the price) but it’s definitely a great beer and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was not nearly as tart as I expected and that is a good thing. don't get me wrong, it's tart, but not sure I would describe it as reaching the level of mouth puckering. regardless, it's a really excellent sour. Read a review below which compares the taste to a dry cider and I agree though it still tastes more beer sour to me then cider sour

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