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Brewed by:
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 TMoney2591
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Glad to be finally trying this stuff, especially considering my man Ryan has been lauding it forever. It pours a clear garnet (roby tones...?) topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises tart cherry, red wine vinegar, mild oak, light graham cracker, and a bit of sour blue raspberry. The taste brings in more of the same, the tartness in full form for most of the show, though a vein of very mild molasses seems to enter stage left near the finish and stays through the encore, mellowing things slightly and dancing provocatively with the graham cracker and oak. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn fine sour, not quite what I would think of when "Flanders Red" is spoken, but a thoroughly enjoyable American take on the classic style. Good times.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Johnnnnie for this one. Opened up as a celebration on match day. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy brown with purple/burgundy tones to it. A small bubbly head forms upon pouring, but settles down quickly. No lacing.

S: Nice cherry upfront, with some light tartness and a little bit of funk. Slight oaky aroma comes out as it warms. There is a little bit of brown sugar and vinegar as well.

T: More cherry and vinegar, not as sour as the aroma indicated, but not really a problem for me. There is a little bit of grape and plum mixed in. More oak as well here.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Slightly mouth puckering and vinegary.

O: A good beer to celebrate with, one that my fiance was a fan of. Very tasty and easy drinking. Carbonation was slightly low, but I feel like it didn't really detract too much overall. In the end of the day, its how it tastes.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 01/22/11 notes. Brought to a local tasting.

a - Pours a mahogany brown color with some reddish tint. One inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour fruits, most noticeably tart cherries, oak, acidic notes, fruity malts, some funky yeast. Smells awesome.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and other fruit, oak, fruity malts, some vanilla, and some funk. Again, very enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very smooth body, quite easy to drink.

d - I thought this was an awesome flanders; probably the best I've ever had. This is the second best Bruery beer I've had too, only behind Black Tuesday. Would love to get another bottle of this one.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared at my tasting on May 29, 2010. Thanks Darrell!

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I was pretty excited that it showed up at this tasting. Oude Tart appears a brown shade with an average sized head and adequate lacing. The beer has a very pleasant aroma with scents of brettanomyces and a hint of sweetness. This is a very tasty beer, no doubt. There is a slight vinegar edge to the finish that I find to be a tad harsh, though not totally distracting by any means. This is a solid beer and I really look forward to having it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a darker mahogany color with ruby red clarity through the body when held to the light. A yellowish khaki head about a finger strong appears and fades quick leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is lemony lactic and funky. Some raw oak and a mild touch of caramel to vanilla melds out towards the back. Some fruity quality is present but not really driving home any of that distinct cherry or vinegar notes typically associated with the style. Not saying thats a bad thing, just unique and enjoyably different.

The flavor includes raw oak blending into mild vanilla sweetness and caramel to toffee grain/barrel presence with a dark tangy fruity alcohol component. A raw quality almost mineral-like mixes with a hint of rusty sourness and herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It overall is not bad and the enjoyable aspects are very enjoyable. By Flanders standards it hits the mark but isnt a standout. Worth trying and despite my gripes and displeasure at some of it's character I am glad I have another bottle or 2 to enjoy with some more age.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a Rodenbach flute. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Deep red. No head. No collar.

Smell - Bright acidity. Acetic. Oak. Caramel malt and some cherry-like fruitiness.

Taste - Strong sourness. A little acetic, but not overwhelming. Caramel malt. Less oak. Cherry fruits linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very clean. Not too heavy, but it's malty.

Overall - This is very good for an American representation. Malty, but a nice sourness to balance it.

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

Pours a solid and clear dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light. I can smell the tart fruit as soon as I pop the cap on this baby. Sour cherries, lemons, sweet brown sugar, hints of vinegar, light sherry notes. Taste is a bit more sour than the nose lead me to believe. Huge lemony tartness with hints of barnyard funk hit right up front. Sour cherries and a hint of sweetness sweep across the gullet before finishing with a lingering sweet sour and funky aftertaste. Medium body and level of carbonation, tart acidic mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Bruery Oude Tart Flemish Style Red Ale Aged in Oak Barrels.

Deep burgundy hue, dark red, with a slim, soon-gone head.

Aroma speaks up form the first minute, spilling out sour fruit, matched with sweetness, a beautiful blend. Just a touch of vinegar, a magnificent marriage of sweet and sour.

Taste: Bam! boom! Mmmm. A great flash of sourness, an intense puckeration that outreaches many other sour red ales. And the vinegar rises up, as well. Big, fresh, intense, and amazing.

This one is just about a match for Rodenbach or any of the better Belgian Flemish reds. Not a damn thing wrong with it. In fact, I love it. Mmmm, mmm, good.

"Pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, and toasty oak from extended aging in oak barrels."

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Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at Smoke & Barrel as part of DC Bottle share.

A filmy tan collar head is produced, cloudy and hazy body, with classic reddish brown color. Got a bit of the bottom of the bottle so more sediment I think provided some cloudy character. Looks like a classic Flanders.

Bouquet is also classic smelling too. Light sour yeasty punch, and sharp berries. Mild fruit nose mixing with a mild soft malt and tartness.

Palate hits with a real balanced action. Mild cherries, also some surprising mix of lemon too. A quick sharp tartness on first sips, and a milky texture. Real nicely carbonated without taking anything away from the palate, not gaseous. Tolerable mix of sweet with a lingering really nice coating finish with malt and red berry senses.

Overall real solid and delicious.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Overlord. Served in a Hopleaf tulip glass.

A - Two fingers of tan carbonation that dissipates quickly to a thin ring and then to nothing. A Hazy reddish blood-orange color body.

S - Woody and oaky vanilla, acetic acid, sour cherries, a bit of leather, some unconcealed booze.

T - I like the taste better - there's some nice pale malt backbone that helps balance the lactic sourness, acetic acid, tart cherries, and tannic elements. Sweeter than the Red Poppy that I had side-by-side.

M - Tingly, medium body, that is sufficiently big for the 7.5% ABV. Starts sticky but finishes dry. Style appropriate.

D - Very enjoyable. It gets a touch acetic and vinegary by the end of a glass, but I could probably have the bottle on my own. Looking forward to more sour brews from the Bruery.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - cranberry juice, hemaglobin, mahogany. Tan head sits low.

S - Granny Smith apples, apple cider vinegar, prune, cranberry cocktail, fig.

T - Lime juice, oak, sour apple warheads, candy sugar, strawberries, peach pits, dry tannins.

M - Unbelievably smooth, with a surprisingly lively carbonation and a razor sharp acidity. Medium frame.

O - A stellar American take on a Flanders Red; aggressively acidic and bracingly sour with an amazingly smooth body.

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

I had this beer twice in about a week. Both times out of a bottle, both times were amazing. Last night at the Bruery dinner at Brasserie Beck it was served in a wine glass.

Beer is brown and cloudy and forms a thin brownish head of small and tiny bubbles that leaves a little lacing on the glass. I don't know what the carbonation level is but it looks great.

Aroma is sour and sweet. Woodsy with a hint of funk. Its not as strong smelling say as a 50 year old Goudenband but it smells great.

Light in body and pretty carbonated on the mouth. Good palate cleansing beer overall. Forward mild sweetness and back a nice tartness. Moderate acetic character with a brightness to it. Some citric and lactic character as well. One of the best bruins out there.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle poured into multiple tulips. Thanks to Scott for sending a couple my way!

A: Opened with almost no sound and poured the same. Absolutely no head, even with a vigorous pour. Murky body, brown and ruby colored, no lace and no retention (obviously). Bleak, sad looking beer to be honest.

S: Oak, vanilla, cherry, dark grapes, tart fruits. A certain acidic quality comes through in the end which I expected to be here. It's actually a very good smelling beer despite how things started out.

T: Cherry and dark fruit tartness is immediate, followed by the barrel aging flavors of vanilla and oak. It's slightly acidic towards the end of the palate. Some faint citrus notes are in the finish, leaving a bit of a dryness on the mouth into the linger.

M: Seriously under carbonated, this is the absolute pitfall of this beer. If I move the beer in my mouth enough, I do get some bubbles. A touch dry in the linger, expected.

Look, I understand this is bottle conditioned and that with time it will carbonate more and get more tart. However, it's a complete shock to me that The Bruery would ship these bottles out to consumers like this to enjoy fresh. There is no way this is how the beer is supposed to be. I'll be sitting on my other bottles, and hopefully they'll take a complete 180 in a year or so.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage. Poured in to tulip.

A -Very dark amber, almost brown in colour, with a ruby glow around the edges. A thin layer of tan coloured head formed on the pour and quickly disappeared.

S - Tart vinegar up front. Some dark fruit and oak aromas are also present along with some barnyard funk and a touch of leather (only picked this out because of the label).

T -Big tartness up front without being over the top or sour or puckering. Balsamic vinegar, oak, funk, leather and lighter cherry and plum flavours.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

O - This was the first sour beer that I truly enjoyed. Maybe it was the unique style, which I don't think have had before. Either way, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown in color with brown highlights that had a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass. Upfront on the nose it had a big vinegar aroma alongside oaky funky barrel, vinous, and mild acidic notes. The vinegar and vinous flavor are more apparent on the palate with cherries, oaky, funky, and dark fruit accents but with mild acidic tart character. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, acidic, oaky, and tart finish. I really really liked the oude tart with cherries but the regular OT is a damn solid flanders oud bruin. it drank good and was tasty.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Bruery, on to the beer:

It's violet red in color. Not much of a head on this one, but not much was expected for this style. A whiff of the aroma and you know that those 18 months in barrels did this beer good. Tart and oakey at the same time, intense and dreamy.

In taste, it is light on the acid. More woody and oakey than anything, but still moderately tart. Some tart strawberry crawls out. A well balanced tart ale. The long lingering aftertaste of tart berries is extremly pleasant and very difficult to let go of. Like the other sours from The Bruery, it is very easy to drink.

Yum. That is all.

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Photo of liamt07
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rutager, 750ml into a tulip.

Deep opaque mahogany, with a light brown head. Acetic nose, some oak barrel, a whole load of cherry and other berries and a gentle sweetness. Taste is lightly acetic, tart berries and cherries again, some oak and more barrel sweetness. Medium high carbonation, lighter feel. A very nice Flemish red, epitomizes simplicity and subtlety. Quite enjoyed this.

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Photo of Duff27
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch tan head on a dark red/brown body. Splashy lacing, collar left.

S- Slight sour/tartness. Fruits like cherry/strawberry.

T- Tart aftertaste, hard to pick out bourbon barrel notes. Would guess at 8 to 9%ABV.

M- Highly carbonated. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

D/O- Very refreshing Flemish Red. We all found it to be similar to New Glarus Enigma. Thanks Beerandraiderfan.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy red-amber color with a tan head. The aroma is tart cherries with some oak, vanilla and brown sugar. The flavor is tart cherries with some oak. Very drinkable and very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally get a crack at this one. Bought in Jersey, split with oglmcdgl in some Duvel glasses.

The 12oz pour on my side yielded an inch of tannish light brown foam that stuck around for a few, leaving no cling. The color is much darker than expected, a darker shade of ruby red with brown looks as well. Some swirls bring back the foam after it dissipates, this beer is not dead.

Smell is ripe with flanders red notes. I get some cherry with some plum, a small acidic scent with some vinrgar poking around. Wet wood with some tannins floating around. Berries come forth with some leather, a deep malty base as well. Smells nice and not a vinegar bomb

Well, I like this better than tart of darkness, this is more to style with a American twist with more acidity and less vinegar. I have been shying away from Belgian Flanders, but this seems to run a nice balance between wood, berry, vinegar, leateher and some malty backing. Not sure what bugs are in here, but I can feel them from my stomach.

Feel is medium bodied with some more alcohol than the Belgian counterparts leaving for a bigger feel altogether. The carb is right and light and not too much, a acidic ride going down leaving bugs rumbling around in the stomach. It's tart, but not tart of darkness tart.

A great beer, lived up to expectations and I like it more than some more traditional Belgian examples. Not something I would buy on a regular occasion, but now that Oude Tart is on the east coast, I'll keep an eye out for it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a three-finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated, dark brown-amber color that shows a hazed, cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma is huge with a bright, tart, super fruity, berry like character that is backed by a touch of nutty oxidation like character. The tartness is all lactic at first, but once I start to dig around there is a hint of acetic acid spiciness that also boosts a touch of vinegar (not quite as rich as balsamic, but certainly fruit leaning) character in the finish. The finish has a dry, cracker like grain character as well as a toasted whole grain note that adds a wholesome bread like character to the nose. Other than the tartness, this beer is relatively clean; meaning it isn’t overly funky, which is certainly in line with a traditional Flemish inspired beer (at least modern examples of such). The malt, oxidation and tartness all combine to provide a character that I want to describe as earthy for some reason. As the beer warms some acetone like character starts to become noticeable in the finish.

This still has quite the spritzy carbonation despite sitting in my glass for the last 10 minutes; it foams up a fair amount as it rolls across the tongue, which counteracts the viscous character from the oak and lactic acid contribution that provides this beer a definite texture. The dominant lactic tartness throughout is again anchored by a hint of acetic acidity in the finish that is fairly light and at just about the perfect amount (it is far less than that found in Rodenbach Grand Cru). There is a toasted oak character that provides a woodiness as well as some tannic astringency towards the finish. The red wine barrels come through quite well here, not just with the oak, but also with a deep, supporting fruitiness that provides a definite berry character that is understated but powerful in some way. The toasted oak character mixes with a solid toasted malt character that tastes of brown, whole grain bread and whole grain cracker notes that seem caramelized, but without any real sweetness (if that makes any sense). This beer tastes quite dry to me, but I have a feeling that is because I had a chocolate chip cookie a half hour ago. The whole grain / dry-caramelized malt character starts to come out more as the beer warms up.

My second pour of this sees me noticing the fruitiness quite a bit more again, b/c it is still cool and there is also a hint of sweetness to this brew that my palate is finally able to detect; flavors of strawberry (accentuated by the touch of acetic acid noticeable here) as well as the red-wine notes are noticeable. When the beer is cooler the astringent oak character is a bit more noticeable, it really softens up quite a bit as it warms. Actually the red wine character is quite a bit more noticeable when the beer is on the cool side too; really the maltiness comes out quite a bit more as the beer warms up and helps to soften up the other notes (which isn’t necessarily a good thing, depending on what your preference is).

Tasty enough, though I wouldn’t mind a touch more funkiness from something like Brettanomyces, but that would certainly put this outside the modern interpretation of a Flemish sour. I definitely like the body of this brew, it has some texture to it, but it is still fairly quaffable and the zippy carbonation helps to lighten things up enough. I feel like I shouldn’t like this as much as I am as it seems to be lacking in complexity, but damn, I am enjoying this quite a bit. The flavors are so well integrated and the oak / wine notes are at such a soft, integrated level that just makes this beer work quite well. Really it is the oak / wine notes that make this beer in the end, without them this beer would really need something or it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty as it is.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oude tart

Pours a rich mahogany color with a fizzy, short lived white head. Aroma is huge of new leather, sour lemons, dark fruit, smoke and oak.

In the taste, tart acetic sourness with the strong sweet and sour style of traditional ales of the Flemish region. For an American brewed Oude Bruin or Flanders Red, this is exceptional.

Tip of the tongue tartness with the swollow being more mellow and open, oak and a small sourness lasting into the finish.

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

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours burgundy red with a light off-white head, pretty good retention.

S: Classic Flanders sour, Rodenbachy, heavy acidity, berries, cherries and oak.

T: Morello cherries and vibrant acidity, good mix of sweet and sour, though lends itself more to the sour end which I prefer. Definite oak backbone and some red currant notes in there as well. Gouda cheese in the finish.

M: Very nice acidity, sharp, but not over the top. Spritzy carbonation mixed with the acid gives a nice effect. Easy to drink, you'd never know it was 7.5%. The structure is impeccable, if a tad overcarbonated is it's only flaw, and I mean a tad, this isn't some gushing frothy Belgian.

D: Outstanding, The Bruery's made another great sour. More classic and traditional in flavour than the Sour in the Rye which was great in itself, a beer to give Rodenbach Grand Cru a run for its money.

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

Very nice example of the style- beautifully tart with just enough sweetness to give it balance, and a lush fruitiness framed beautifully by the sourness. A very pretty pour, dark brown with a slight plum cast and just a little head, though the carbonation is fine. Tart nose of delicate cherry, red currant, damp earth, and leather. The taste is quite tart, with a bit of slightly spicy sweetness, particularly on the finish. More notes of bright fruit, with tastes of blackberries, raspberries, cherries, and currants. A touch of brown sugar and leather rounds it out. Very smooth and quite a great sipper. Well done!

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