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Oude Tart | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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.

Added by Overlord on 12-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#615
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
2,463
pDev:
9.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,463 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jason for this one.

Served around 50º as recommended by the bottle.
Full pour into a Duvel tulip, it generates 2 fingers of light tan foam, the color of foam padding yellowed with age. The head is dense, and lasts about 5 minutes. Random spotty lacing. Hazy reddish chestnut color.

Softly acetic nose, hints at wet barrel staves and some mineral notes. Dark berries... currant, blackberry, tart black cherry flavors, some lactic yogurt character. Full and savory, moderately sour, it stimulates the salivary glands like none other. Very nice aftertaste of woody cinnamon spice and oak dryness. Cherry pits and dry fall leaves.

Enjoying this very much, but still have to give top honors to my faves Haandbakk and Oerbier Reserva. Makes a nice pairing with a washed rind cheese.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy copper color and a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Wafts of tart cherry and green apples

Taste: Yeasty phenols, up front, followed by sweet and tart cherry/apple flavors; the tartness persists after the swallow, though there are some earthy and leathery elements underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Masterfully handled fruit character that is well balanced between the sweet and tart elements

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Photo of oline73
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity vinegar with a strong oak presence. Some mildly sweet malt with a tart cherry note.

Taste: Malty but not very sweet. I'm getting the cherries, so tart that I'm almost getting raspberry. Some vinegar sourness with oak and a bitter, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a slick finish. I feel like the finish should be dry.

Overall: I think this is a well done beer. They didn't go over the top with anything. I would have liked a dry finish.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a reddish/brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some light cherries and some wood with light vinous feels. Taste is a good mix between some tart cherries notes with clear oak notes and some wood with limited acidity level. Funky notes are clearly distinguishable. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Not bad but still quite a way behind other Flanders Red such as Rodenbach.

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Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bring. Thank you, Barry.

Hazy reddish-amber body with a finger of slightly off-white head atop. The head settles to a crown, leaving only a small film on top. The nose is sharp and cherry-like, light acetic acid backed by a subtle dark malt foundation. The ripe cherry aroma is pretty awesome. It tastes toasty and sour, balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid at a perfect level. Cherry-like esters are prominent on the palate, though there's not much sweetness; it's a dry, woody and tannic beer, especially in the finish. This exceeded my expectations, one of the better American interpretations of this style.

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Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Boone757
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a small fairly dense light khaki head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ripe sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, red grape, oak, vinegar, leather, clove, toast, brown sugar, light vanilla, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and oak notes with a great malt/acidic balance; and great strength. Taste of big ripe sour cherry, cranberry, raisin, prune, red grape, vanilla, oak, vinegar, toast, clove, brown sugar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, red grape, raisin, prune, vanilla, oak, clove, brown sugar, vinegar, leather, musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of sour fruity/funky yeast and oak flavors; with a great balance of malt/acidity and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and nicely acidic/crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Flanders red ale style! All around fantastic complexity and balance of sour fruity/funky yeast and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the great malt/acidity balance. An extremely amazing offering.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the reserve society initiation but decided to review it out of a bottle recently opened at a tasting. Thanks Peter (pmmcallum86) for sharing this!

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Fades to a ring and leaves some splattered lace. Color is a murky brown with a ruby hue.

Aroma: sour cherries, oak, horse blanket, and funk. Some leather notes as well. Mouth watering.

Taste: Not as sour as I was expecting from the nose, but more sour than on tap. Pretty tart. Sour cherries, oak, leather, horse blanket. I am really enjoying this. It has a much better taste out of the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Tart with a hint of sourness, and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends relatively clean, a little dry.

Overall, this beer is much better out of the bottle and I think it will continue to get more sour. It is drinkable and I can't wait to see what time does to this beer. Well done.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/vinegar, tart cherry, and green apple. Very light notes of oak.

T: There is a great tartness to this beer - exactly what I expected for the style. Upfront there are some moderate flavors of tart cherries, green apples, and some slightly stronger flavors of vinegar. Light notes of oak come through but overall there is a pleasant sourness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I found this beer to be fairly approachable for the Flanders Red Ale style and a great example of it - though if you have no interest in sour beers this is one to avoid. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and it had just the right amount of tartness/sourness and acidity.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to pitasoup for this one, trade done from Reddit.

Light fizzy head, slight yeast chunks at the bottom, dark murky molasses brown ruby colored beer with touch of light coming through.

Nose great, tart fruit, sour malt, bit lambic like tartness, light acidity, hint of dark malts, light raisin, bit of tart cherry, great tart fruit, hint of vanilla oak.

Taste starts nice and tart, soured malt, light wild funk and acidity, brown sugar, molasses, raisin, like sour candy, whisky sour cherry, light earthy nutty like malts, light sweetness, little syrupy, hint of vanilla and oak. Long tart finish, dry bready malts and earthy light funk, light tart cherry. Sticky syrupy as well.

Mouth is med bodied, bit heavier, lighter carb, syrupy, flemmy.

Overall great, delicious, great tart fruit, sour malt, light bready dry malts and funk, bit sticky and syrupy.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of mikey711. Thanks! Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a crimson/mahogany mixture. Starts with a nice four-finger head, which quickly diminishes down to a slight, quarter-inch ring. No lacing left behind.

S: Nice tart acidity coming alongside some cherry notes. A bit of sherry coming in as well. Tiny amount of vinegar.

T: A good amount of acidity without being too puckering. A big of vinegar alongside that. Sherry and cherries. Nothing too funky.

M: Medium bodied and quite creamy. Great acidity; perfect for the style.

D: Highly drinkable. Nice acidity without being overly dry. The creaminess is a nice touch. Well-balanced flavors all around.

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Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours with one finger of light brown foam on top of a black body with clear amber highlights.

S - An aroma of cherries, vanilla, toasted oak, and subtle roast.

T - Tart cherry and caramel up front with more dark sugar in the middle. Finishes with funk, stone fruit, and a touch of smoky vanilla.

M - Moderately thick body, average carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - The aroma is excellent and the flavor profile isn't far behind.

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Photo of mactrail
3.03/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cloudy amber brown with some pink highlights. Nice enough foam and plenty of lacing in the wine glass. Modest foam but sudsy on the tongue. Really tart.

Vinegar aroma with a touch of fruit in the nose. The first sip has an appealing hint of sour cherries. Scratchy bitterness fills the rest of the taste. Authentic apparently to the style. Pleasant tangy and spritzy mouthfeel. You could say this is actually close to drinkable.

On tap at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Coffee District, Delray Beach, FL

I'm not one to hump Bruery beers; many of the ones I've had have been lousy. But this one was not too bad. I'm glad I got to try it on tap so I can save my bottle for another time.

Hazy reddish-brown pour into a goblet, capped off with a good inch of foamy eggshell head that retained and laced well. Cherry and apple in the nose, notes of caramel and vanilla, lesser hints of leather and citric and acetic acid. Decent balance of sweet and tart in the taste, cherry, apple, lemon, plum, a good malty base keeping everything in check, some leathery tannins, and some woody dryness. A little bit of souring vinegar, but nothing too puckering. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall pretty nice, and from the Bruery, one of the few that hasn't let me down.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep dark ruby, with 2-3 foamy fingers of light tan head. This eventually retains with more of a thin look, with some creamy bunching around the edges that leaves a nice looking frothy cascade of lacing behind. Cherries are fresh, vibrant, and tart in the nose, being wrapped up in smooth notes of oaky vanilla and sweet bready tones. There is a bit of light earthy funk coming out as well but it seems to be tannic in nature than anything.

Fruit and tartness pretty much controls the bulk of the taste, with a nice balancing sugary doughy feel and a flush of vanilla that meshes well with the stickier sweet aspects of this. There is a touch of lactose and vinegar present but it is mostly kept to a minimum, with this staying mostly tart. Woody tannins hang on the edges of the profile, leaving a steady and deep earthy dryness across the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick easy creaminess that keeps this pretty mellow feeling on the tongue despite the relative sharp tartness of this. Not much alcohol felt here at all either, with the overall richness and slickness of the body helping keep it at bay.

This was a very solid take on an Oude Bruin, being well balanced with the wood character and achieving just the right amount of pucker in the mouth. I really enjoyed this bottle.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,463 ratings
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