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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4.23
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a reddish brown w/ a thin beige head that settles to a light film, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is, not surprisingly, tart and oaky. Aroma reminds me of what Rodenbach Grand Cru tastes like.

Taste is wayyyy more sour than the nose indicates. Not vinegary, but almost puckeringly, crab-apple sour. Recalibrating... Dry oak is there in spades, almost feels like I have a wood chip in my mouth. But in a good way. Can't stop sipping this, and I find something new with each sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, evaporates off the palate.

Overall a wonderfully dry, oaky sour beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a simple orange fire hydrant shaped label. The front and back label has all the info you need to know about the beer except a vintage year. The labels give you tasting notes, ABV%, proper serving temp, and correct glassware. Like I said, everything except for a vintage year.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, Oude Tart was a very interesting color. It was a deep dark murky mahogany brown color. It was almost a dark beer bottle cola brown color. The color was great, but the head of foam wasn't as impressive. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dark tan in color. It receded way too fast. It didn't even bother to leave anything behind. Not even rings around the beer or a single spot around the glass. Nothing! At least the color was nice.

What was lost in the aroma was quickly made up in the aroma when I first put my nose to the beer. The aroma was strong with plenty of sour and tart goodness. It was sour and tart with green grapes, raspberries, cherries, green apples, and a little lemon. Behind the solid sour fruit wall was a subtle whiff of oak and leather. Was it funky? No, not really. It was instead nice and tart!

The taste was sour, tart, and a little acidic, but it wasn't at the level where the aroma was. It was a little lower than that. Don't worry! The taste was still sour, tart, and fruity with red raspberries, green grapes, green apples, cherries, and lemons. What was found in the aroma was found in the taste. Behind all the sour and tart fruits was some malt, oak, and a gentle touch of leather. If only the fruit combined with the leather to make fruit leather. That would have been cool.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, tart, sour, and acidic. All the good stuff you want to find in this style of beer. Even though it was sour and tart, it won't take a lot of water to wash away the tartness. Another great Bruery beer.

It was sour and tart, but they did a nice job controlling that. The sour and tartness never really got full strength. Same story with the oak. This beer is on the pricey side. Is it worth it? Only if you like sours and you want something different to drink.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
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