Oude Tart | The Bruery

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BA SCORE
95%
Liked This Beer
4.28 w/ 2,462 ratings
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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:
#612
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
2,462
Liked:
2,338
Avg:
4.28/5
pDev:
9.58%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
572
Gots:
851
Trade:
66
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,462 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is the 2011 batch thanks to Janderson91, appreciate it. I was hopeful about this beer and was completely disappointed. Dark red-brown color, no head, almost completely flat. Smells like it might be a good sour flanders red, not bad but nothign that makes me say yum either. The taste was so disappointing, I almost want to say bland, Muted flavors, just the hint of what a flanders red tastes like. Wow, I really expected more since I know the Bruery can make a good beer, I hope it was just an off bottle because this was pathetic.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a soft egg-shell colored head with nice carbonation and lacing.

Aromas of funky, dark red vinous grapes, vinegar with hints of dark cherries and sour apples. As it warms there is almost a slight sweetness to the fruits combined with more barnyard funk and earthy raw mushrooms to round things and a light sweet maltiness.

The tastes begin with dark cherries and green and red apple skins. More dark red wine flavors of red grapes, vinegar and oak. The earthiness and funkiness emerge more as it warms as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium to full bodied and finished crisp but not too dry and puckering which I appreciate. Much more drinkable than a La Folie or other overly sour Flanders style ales.

Overall this was a nice treat and I am glad that I was able to sample. A great American interpretation of a European classic. Well well balanced drinkable. Would definitely drink again but I don't NEED to have it and don't plan to seek it out for a repeat visit. Very tasty and highly recommend; especially if this is style is your wheelhouse.

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Photo of dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for being my proxy for this. Much appreciated.

Clear mahogany colour with lots of luscious red hues to it. Small, light tan head with a fine structure. Decent head retention for style.

Sour cherry and plum notes with some moderate acetic and lactic tartness. There is a touch of sweetness on the nose as well. Mild funk but this is mostly about a restrained, balanced tartness with the fruit. I also get a hint of spice in the background.

Thin acidity with some earthiness which is interesting. Moderate tartness that suits the style. Some fruit but it isn't as forward as in the aroma. Mild sour plum notes come out again along with berry notes and some vinous notes. I don't get the spice from the aroma but that's okay as well. Improves markedly as it warms.q

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. It seems fine.

I quite like this but it is a very different take on the style from either of Rodenbach Grand Cru or Duchesse de Bourgogne. The fruitiness is unique and it opens up really nicely in the glass as it warms. A very good take on the style.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown with a one finger head

S-Oak, funk, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar. Good balance.

T-Nice and sour. Oak, funk, dark fruits and candied sugar like the nose. Balances well together.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-A great sour, the balance was spot on, a great beer that was worth the price tag.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color. The head is two fingers high, and khaki in shade. For a sour, the retention is damn near incredible. However, no lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This just smells like a punch in the face. It really has a sour, apple-esque aroma, one that's loaded with massive tartness. But when I focus, I can still pick up some cherry-laden esters and even some caramel malts. The fact that it manages to have an extremely bold sourness yet still seems balanced just impresses the hell out of me. (4.25)

Taste: Oh yeah, this is tart as hell. It opens up with wonderfully biting lactic sourness, which at first fades away to leave a wonderful finishing fruitiness. At first. After a few sips, the cherry-laden fruitiness sadly disappears, leaving just the tartness. It's definitely what I expect from a sour made by The Bruery: the tartness is absolutely wonderful, but it's not really complex. Oh well - as an aforementioned punch in the face, it's quite excellent. (4)

Mouthfeel: Biting and tannic as all get out. And it's also somewhat fizzy to boot. While it's too tart to be really drinkable, I still wouldn't have any trouble sipping on this all day. (3.75)

Overall: Though The Bruery's barrel-aged sugar bombs tend to disappoint my palate, their sours tend to be rock-solid. This is no exception. Once I realized it wasn't the second coming of Rodenbach Grand Cru (and that I wasn't going to get a wonderful hybrid of cherry-laden fruit and subtle tartness), I started to enjoy this for what it is more and more. All told, I'm still impressed with this brew. (4)

4.01/5: Shamelessly sour, extremely tasty

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Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of kmanjohnson
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a reddish-orange color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and berries with good amounts of funk, lighter amounts of oak, and minuscule amounts of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart fruit flavors up front that have just a hint of sweetness to balance them out. Midway through the sip a good deal of funk comes into play and carries through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. The tart and sweet levels are just right so that this one's very easy to drink.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer as it does a very good job of straddling the tart/sweet line. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

On tap:
Pours a dark brown that does show off its "red" only when held up to the light. The I didn't have too much head in this goblet pour, but the edge carbonation build up a decent amount in a light tan foamy ring. Agitation brings back a nice layer if head that quickly recedes to the edges.

Smell is a nice level of sour, lemony in nature, but with some darkness behind it, seemingly a combination of wood (oak? But seem cedar-ish to me even) or raisin/currant, but definitely behind the acetic bite.

Initial sips with a little chill still in the beer were more biting than later ones. Tartness is there, but the lemon flavors mixing more with sour apple and tart cherry that pure citric acid bite. The carbonation is almost perfect, slightly on the light side, to me for this beer. There is a wine-like dryness in the end that could be the wood (or tannins?). The taste does linger a bit, and doesn't change much, which is very nice.

I expected to like this beer, and was not disappointed. Of course its expense makes it a questionable buy, but it's availability might dictate a purchase when available, but would probably want to hold for a good reason to drink.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

To me, this is just too damn sour. It's hard to focus on any other component of this beer - definitely the most sour beer I've ever had (a lot). Berry, red fruit, but really just acidic and incredibly sour. A little more palatable as it approaches room temperature but still a bit extreme. Not my thing at all.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV,

A - Deep ruby highlights show through the rich mahogany beer only when held to light. It's loose warn tusk-colored head has quite a bit of retention considering the acidity that comes from the nose but no real lacing is left behind.

S - Not barnyard-like, but barn like, this woody, rustic aroma has a certain rugged manly earthiness to it while remaining smooth. Sour acidity, damp wood, and toasted amber malt blend with distressed leather jacket for an enticing nose lined with mildly sweet dark candi sugar.

T - While just as complex as the aroma, this beer seems to taste considerably less so, focusing solely on tart acidity. Planks of moisture-starved oak and dried dark fruit enter through undertones of Belgian candi sugar and toast.

M - Despite effervescent, dancing carbonation, this beer's medium body has a smooth feel and light chewiness that finishes out intensely bone dry and considerably more sour than Belgium's red ales. If you want you're eyes to twich, give this a good swish in the mouth.

O - The Bruery Oude Tart is like a Flanders on steroids but they manage to ramp the beer up while hitting the nail right on the head. Completely reminiscent of Monk's Cafe, Rodenbock, etc., this powerhouse of a tart beer is quite an experience to behold.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
Beer rating: 95% out of 100 with 2,462 ratings
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