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

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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage, poured into a The Bruery tulip.

The beer pours a lovely, deep burgundy color, hues of ruby red when hit by the light with a khaki colored head, about a finger and a half high, that is quite soapy with good retention that leaves so blotchy lace behind. The aroma is nice, tart cherry, ample funk, toasty oak, green apple, a touch of vinegar with some brown sugar. The flavors are right in line, good amounts of tart cherry with some green apple, leather and a bit of tobacco, chewy white oak, red grapes, brown sugar, plenty of funk with subtle vinegar and acetic character. The malt does come through with caramel and brown sugar flavors. The body is nice, lively yet rich, coats the mouth very well while the finish is a bit abrasive and prickly while being very dry.

Verdict: One of the best examples of an American made Flanders Red. Very nice mix of flavors with very nice balance. While not quite on the level of Rodenbach, I always relish the chance to have this, a very enjoyable brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. It's a really nice-looking pour. The beer is very, very dark clear red with a pretty good head for a sour. Retention is also quite good. The nose is so sharp and pungent it reminds me of a hit a wasabi. I get lively tart acidic notes, some sweet cherries, and hints of oak.

Light body and extremely sour flavor. Flanders Red Ale? In name only. This is an American Wild Ale. Lots of tart cherries, granny smith apples, and green grapes up front. At mid-palate, the acidity softens a bit in the mouth, offering a welcome reprieve from the opening salvo. Tannic and wine-like on the back of the palate. The finish leaves my mouth about as dry and withered as it ever gets while drinking beer.

Not the sourest beer I've had (Tart of Darkness destroyed my palate more than this one did), but probably one of the 3 or 4 sourest. The flavor lacks some of the complexity I have experienced in other sours and it could really use just a bit more sweetness for balance. Nevertheless, I know those BAs for whom sours can never get sour enough probably love this beer. I'll have to drink this bomber over two days, otherwise it will destroy the lining of my stomach.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,460 ratings.
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