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
Ratings:
2,450
Reviews:
400
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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570
Gots:
851
For Trade:
66
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Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GeoNut
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep red-brown with a finger and a half of white head.

S: Tart, lactic nose up front. Cherry, vanilla and a touch of oak linger This smells excellent.

T: Moderately tart, with cherry and vinuous notes. Oak, vanilla and barrel tannins linger. Nice flavors, but nothing overwhelming.

M: Medium bodied. Almost a bit undercarbonated for how I prefer the style.

O: A nice beer. Tasty, and since I have two more bottles, I'll drink again. Not my favorite of the style. Not even close to Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge as far as flavor. On par with Rodenbach Grand Cru, but at double the cost, it's a tough sell.

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Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of flagmantho
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. This was my wife's Christmas present to me ... really looking forward to this one.

Appearance: rich, deep amber-brown hue with a relatively haze-free body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a rich caramel character and a bright yet not overpowering tartness. Under this is a woody, vanilla-ey aroma which really fills out the whole thing. Complex and enjoyable.

Taste: caramel malt, vanilla wood and lactic tartness all hit me at once. The light fruitiness works well here. Overall quite good, but the rich complexity of the aroma isn't quite here; tartness takes over and the flavor is a bit imbalanced. Good, but perhaps not great.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light carbonation. There's some nice activity here, but it is neither creamy nor brightly effervescent. Not bad, but could be a lot better.

Overall: this beer could be better in some areas, but overall I am enjoying it a whole helluva lot. I'd love to have it again.

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Photo of Davihaw
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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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3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of khaki colour, decent cream and thickness, and terrible (<10 second) retention. Colour is a dark caramel. We'll call it mahogany if we're down with pretension. Yeast particles are plainly visible in spite of the beer's lack of transparency. Non-opaque. Appealing, but not typical of the style. Understated but inviting.

Sm: Sour tart fruit; certainly cherries and other bright fruits. Surprisingly clean. Very pleasant and enjoyable. I can't wait to try it. Hints of underlying caramalt. Lacks the depth of many sours, but it is quite appealing. A bit of subtle barnyard funk, but not enough to disturb the dominant sour tartness. An average strength aroma.

T: Lacto-bomb. Tart but not in the fruity sense. Some nice sweet bright fruits, but they don't contribute tartness in and of themselves. Lactose is dominant, to its detriment. Where's the wild yeast/spontaneity? Underlying oak hardly contributes anything. I'm kind of let down, to be honest. Doesn't bring the sourness like I hoped. Balanced but tame. Feels clinically brewed; lacks the wild nature of good Belgian sours. Disappointing, but decently built. No alcohol comes through, but there's plenty of lacto yeast. Not particularly pucker-worthy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Pretty good palate presence.

Dr: Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it's $22.00 price tag is rather steep for its relatively disappointing quality. I'd try it aged, but as it is it just isn't the right build for a good beer in the style. None of the sourness or tartness is fruit induced; it's all yeast. A good offering, but highly priced and not satisfactory given my expectations. I'd buy Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge over this.

High B-

As it warms, its simplicity emerges.

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3.32/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pt 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a tulip, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, non transparent mahogany color with a thin half finger off white head. Retention is terrible though it's got lively carbonation and visible yeast.

S - Tart pie cherries, hints of oak, lacto, sour funk, light spice, caramel and biscuity yeast. Moderate strength. Incredibly inviting.

T - Toasted malt and light oak open to an overwhelming lacto sourness. Missing the fruit component I found on the nose. Well balanced, though. Suffers from simplicity.

M - Prickly and wet. Medium bodied.

D - It's alright as far as sours go, though I wouldn't seek it out again (nor pay the high price). There are much better examples of the style. Entirely too simple.

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1.17/5  rDev -72.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Upon pouring the beer, it looks like you might expect from the description. It has a dark amber color, without much carbonation, which leads you to an initial thought of, "this might be an OK beer."

Then you smell it. It smells a little old and stale, like a leftover solo cup from the night before. It has hints of sulfur (closest smell I could think of would be a sewage plant), and astringency (like a really tart green apple). Now I'm thinking, this had better at least taste OK.

The taste is not good. It has a very sharp bite up front and finishes very flat. It reminds me of cranberries and crab apples. There were four of us tasting it, and none of us could even finish 3 or 4 oz. WE POURED IT OUT!

If this had been a $5 bottle I wouldn't have minded so much, but this is a $20 bottle of beer! Do not waste your money! It is definitely not worth it.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Oude Tart from The Bruery
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