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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States | website

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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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip 25/1/14

A hazed maroon liquid, two fingers of noisy tan foam hangs on for a few sips leaving no lace

S brown sugar, lots of cherry and raspberries, faint vanilla, some wood, vinegar, vinous notes are strong, smells like candy and I love it

T not quite everything the nose had going on but still very tasty, the fruit blends together and a little sour compared to nose, more wood and brown sugar, vinegars still there no booze anywhere

M medium bodied with soft carbonation, not overly sour, a little slick on the palate, no complaints in this department

O solid example of the style, nice mix of sweet and sour, sour but far from turning my mouth inside out, booze is completely hidden

tough sell with cheap bottles of Rodenbach on the same shelf but solid beer from start to finish and I can easily recommend it

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle from the 2012 release. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip glass and served chilled. Allowed to warm over the course of an hour or so.

Appearance: Medium brown in color with some nice reddish highlights. Pours a one finger, light brown head with very little retenetion. Turns into a nice lacing around the edge.

Aroma: Cherry, oak and vanilla notes all stand out. Sour, but with a nice fruity background. A touch of alcohol but it is hidden well.

Taste: Tart cherry, green apple, and some nice smokiness. Really interesting combination. Really nice balance of cherry with oak, vanilla and toasted character. Nicely balanced and very drinkable. Smoother the more it warms and the farther I get into the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy in body. Nice, light carbonation helps keep it feel lighter.

Overall, a really nice take on a darker sour/flemish red. The sour cherry character mixes well with the toasted malt character and the vanilla from the barrels. Really balanced and tasty throughout. Not sure if it is worth the price tag, but certainly tasty.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Fresh" bottle review
Pours out dark brown with reddish coppery highlights around the edges of the glass, no head or lacing at all. Lighter side of medium body and heavier side of medium sparkly carbonation strength and a really bubbly texture.

Smells and tastes of tart cherries, oak wood, apples, apple cider vinegar, light blueberries and blackberries, and just a slight ghost of leather that I hope cellaring will amplify. The funk levels are at a solid medium and balanced well against the tart sourness at this point. I wouldn't mind it much if the funkiness increased with cellaring as well... I'm glad I've got another bottle in the basement to try later.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice dark ruby red. A careful pour leaves a very clean clear beer. Tan colored collar of foam leaves nice lacing. Scent is full of tart cherries, leather and a hint of tobacco. Very nice complex acid scent as well. The taste is similarly complex with an initial cherry sweetness that quickly turns to a pleasant puckering sourness. Not as vinegary as some Belgians, but still very complex. Nice rich mouthfeel although not as well carbonated as many belgian beers.

Overall fantastic and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Brew33
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from Tenchi221, thanks for the "Want" extra Alex!

Pours a deep brown, darker than I expected. The first glass expressed perfect clarity. Thin, tan head with defined bubbles. The aroma is just fantastic. Lactic twang, malt forward, dark breads, excellent.

The flavor is all about balance. It's not as tart or sour as the nose suggested. Full, bready malts followed by a mellow lactic tartness. It's not quite as dry as I usually like sours nor is the carbonation as lively as I usually like but it works well. Really well. This would be a great beer to get someone started on sours because this beer never forgets it's malt bill and never screams at you.

All in all an excellent beer. One I'm very glad I was able to try and will seek out more of. Good stuff!

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

huge thanks to scott (merc7186) for bustin this beauty out at our small little tasting!

750ml capped bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a dark, grapey, blood reddish color, a bit cloudy. thin light tannish head fades to a ring.

smells quite dry and tart. a bit of cherry with lots of earthy, lactic, slight barnyard funk, a hint of dark fruits.

big sour lactic funk. earthy, slightly barnyard, musty. some cherry and a bit of a winey, berry flavor. a slight rich caramel malt balances the intense sour just a bit, almost maple syrup like, very nice.

very dry and tart, acidic. lots of lingering sourness. medium to heavy in body.

what a solid beer, better than most traditional belgian examples. i really love that big sourness and that subtle hint of maple sweetness. id love one of these for the cellar, age would do this wonders.

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

thanks to my homie BeachRez

poured into a De Ranke tulip. pours deep dark ruby brown. light fizzy cocoa head that leaves a nice light retention.

lots of sourness. moderate vinegar with hints of dark sweet cherries and bitter red wine. a very light lemon zest.

up front it starts out quite mellow. lts of cherry flavor through out ranging from dark to bright red. a nice touch of sweetness mellows out the sour finish. overall, not nearly as sour as the smell would have me thinking. no real vinegar notes, just nice cherry flavors.

moderate carbonation, light airy body, slightly dry, super easy to drink

this is a VERY approachable flanders oud bruin. not too funky or sour and VERY balanced all around. probably the closest i have had to the Belgian counterparts.

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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 safaricook
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Lucky to have scored this for the highest price that I ever paid for a beer at the Bierkoning.
Aroma is leathery, cherry and acetic acid. taste is oaky, fruity and tart. Body is medium with just the right amount of carbonation. Really a very good Flanders Red. I hadn't had this style for a while, but should get it more often. Maybe not this in Amsterdam very obscure variety but rather a more easily available Rodenbach or Duchesse De Bourgogne.

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

Big thanks to Alex and Bryna for the bottle. Consumed with beersack.

A - It pours an auburn-mahogany hue, and is capped with a splotchy tan head. Looks rustic, which is par for the Oud Bruin course.

S - The nose is strongly acetic, with notes of rotten apple and peach suggested. There is a good amount of wet wood and sweet brown sugar - cinnamon in the nose once the relative pungency of the acidity wears off. The nose, again, like the look, is rustic.

T - The flavor is acetic and tannic, fairly strongly, and is accentuated by slight unripe berry accents, or perhaps something astringent like pomegranate or cranberry. The apple and peach notes of the nose are there on the finish, along with a surprising amount of vanilla.

M - The feel is dry and somewhat sharp; the feel is enhancing.

O - This is a pretty good beer; it strikes me as somewhat akin to a very acidic Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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

Thank you, Chris. I'd missed this on tap at the Bruery by a day, so I'm glad I get to enjoy a bottle of this while listening to some Anata.

Despite sitting in my fridge for a few weeks, this beer is a hazy, reddish brown with a dense light brown head. Retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing (nor does their need to be).

The nose is quite excellent. Tart with a vinegar bite, this is quite vinous with a surprising red wine character along with oak, a little vanilla and some tannins. The vinegar character is moderate, and there's actually quite a bit of cherry pie character, tart, fruity and mildly sweet. The sweetness has some caramel and some sugar to it. The tannins bring to mind seasoned leather

The palate opens with a noticeable red wine vinegar character, with the red wine really dominating. Surprisingly oaky, there's plenty of vanilla and tannins present. Moderately fruity as well, there's sour cherries present, lending both a sweetness and a tartness. The acetic character is moderate, coupling VERY well with the vinous character. Did I mention this was vinous? As mentioned, the sweetness is mostly cherry-like, with some brown sugar. Drying on the finish with a vanilla and tannin character, this is a pleasure on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I'm looking forward to the next couple of hours as I sip this. While the tannins are quite prominent, it is quite in balance with the rest of the beer, making drinking an entire bottle solo not seem a daunting task.

It's quite an interesting take on the style, very old world in nature. While it doesn't have the breadth of flavors that something like Goudenband has, for the first vintage, this is an exceptionally executed beer. Very well done, Patrick and co!

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

first: let me say thank you to BeermeX2 for this bottle!

second: well i expected to cork this and continue it tomorrow...but then again i also expected to leave this aging in the ole beer cellar for a bit too...and we see how well that worked out =)

A: Beautiful clear mahogany... on initial pour head was thin and laced a bit less than i expected...but overall on par with other flanders i have poured

S: red wine vinegar initially, with hints of apple peal and citrus rind...had hoped to pick up cherries in the smell

T: this leads me back to the "wanted to cork it and finish tomorrow" portion of my tale....at first i was overtaken by citrus peel, which i found odd...not enough to make me stop drinking but it was prominent...the sweet notes of white grape, plum and cherries did come thru in the mid....and the finish was dry and puckering...strong notes of red wine vinegar and oak...the second glass being the PERFECT temperature allowed more of the mid to come thru...still abundant citrus peel tartness throughout tho

M: carbonation i'd where i expected it to be...creamy and coating with a seriously dry finish...lovely!

O: at the end of the bottle now...sadness has taken over...what at first i compared to others in the style and wanted it to be more like them, in the end made Oude Tart stand alone as its own version of a delightful style of beer! a wonderful treat!

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Photo of madtrixter787
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last three bottles at a store in downtown f-burg. Poured into my DFH tulip. Wonderful dark ruby/brown in color with very little head, but decent lacing remains around the edge. Nose is nice and fruity with some dark notes and funk at the end. Taste is wonderful, hints of cherry sweetness that give way to delicious sour/funk with the oak gently permeating the whole process. Very well done, glad I have two more bottles for the cellar. I love the bruery, but maybe time for a few 375ml releases? 750 is a lot to drink (and purchase) for one man! But all in all, excellent beer for the style.

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Photo of bobhits
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Rodenbach defines this style like no other beer defines any style and it does so at a price that simply is unmatched. To say the least Oude Tart has brutal competition.

Pours a dark hazyed brown body, a good 2 inches of foam that hold long enough for a sour, but certainly aren't retained forever.

The nose gives off vinegar, fruits, and funk.

Oude Tart seems to take the flander's style and it mixes in a bit of murky flavors with the classic vinegar, cranberry/cherry elements. The end result is deep, full, and robust, but very satisfying beer.

These kinds of beers tend to burn a bit going down and Olde Tart is no exception. The beer is a pleasure to drink, but slower is better.

I hate reviewing these beers as it's hard to explain why one is better than another. This is an great example of the style that falls into the intense and strong side. It isn't going to top the kind and it's priced at nearly twice the price, but I'm digging it, BIG time.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draugh at the bruery. Red-brown with a big beige head. Oaky, tart, fruity aroma with some vinegar and burnt fig. The wine barrel influence really sets this appart from gypsey tart, and the sourness is about perfect, making it very drinkable but clean and dry in the finish while having a nIce malt character up front. A little mellow for a top-tier American sour ale, but the flavor complexity is there. Killer with food.

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Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of wood and hints of vinegar.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a low aamount of carbonation. The tartness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer is pleasantly sour and tart but in no way over the top overpowering so it's rather drinkable compared to other beer in the style.

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Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
07/29/13
2013 edition
Served in a tulip

Deep crimson-mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, frothy, tan colored crown that faded to a lasting, foamy ring. No lacing whatsoever.

Lots of interesting things happening in the nose. Tart and funky. Strong notes of aged balsamic vinegar were present. Super fruity with loads of sweet cherry. Maraschino cherries definitely came to mind. There was a notable brown sugar-like sweetness. Good amount of oakiness from the barrel aging. Fragrant vanilla notes came through strong as well. Really complex and dynamic.

Compared to the nose, the flavor profile was a bit thin. Tart, moderately funky and quite acidic. Slightly metallic. Under ripe raspberries were apparent. Perhaps some cherry and strawberry as well. Vinegar notes came through strong. The vinegar tasted like a cross between balsamic and red wine vinegar. Touch of lactic acid. The finish was oaky, dry and quite tannic. As the beer sat, the flavor profile file intensified and also became more rounded.

The beer was medium bodied. Initially, the liquid seemed a bit thin and fizzy, but the carbonation later settled down. Slick and smooth on the palate. Solid.

Although I definitely preferred the aroma of this beer to the flavor profile, it is an all-around impressive offering and definitely the best domestically produced example of the style.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a murky brown with a light brown lacing

S - sour cherries, belgian yeast,

T - very sour, cherries, lemon, a little bit of funk

M - tart, dry, no alcohol burn to speak of

O - great sour, glad to have picked this one up

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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 Franziskaner
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish amber hued with a minuscule head of white foam partially covering the top of the beer. Sour aroma of tart cherries is very pungent. The mouth is highly carbonated and the intense bitterness pricks the tongue and yet there's a nice dry finish. There's definitely tart cherries and a horse blanket element in the taste.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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 dbrauneis
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear deep mahogany in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall light tan head that quickly reduces to a medium patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of vinous/vinegar, tart cherry, and green apple. Very light notes of oak.

T: There is a great tartness to this beer - exactly what I expected for the style. Upfront there are some moderate flavors of tart cherries, green apples, and some slightly stronger flavors of vinegar. Light notes of oak come through but overall there is a pleasant sourness.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Heavy amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: I found this beer to be fairly approachable for the Flanders Red Ale style and a great example of it - though if you have no interest in sour beers this is one to avoid. I thoroughly enjoyed this one and it had just the right amount of tartness/sourness and acidity.

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

Opened during our sour tasting last weekend. 750 ml bottled poured into a tasting glass.

A: Orangish red color. The pour dropped a fizzy off white head the receeded to thin rim and left some lace.

A: Notes of cherries, raspberries, oak, bread, and brett. Acidic sourness and some sweetness to balance things out.

T: More of the cherries and other red fruits. The oak and bread balance the acidic tartness quite well. A good dose of the brett, but not overpowering. finishes dry and tart, but at the same time, somewhat sweet.

M: Great carbonation levels. Medium body, slightly sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability was very high. the sourness is not overbearing, meaning I could have a couple. Overall, I thought this was an outstanding brew, and it rankied right up there with the best of our night. Skal.

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Photo of ADZA
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a ruby red hue with a two finger off white head, the smell is leather, oak, funk and cherries, the feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and coats the mouth with morello cherries, funk, oak and finished quite dry and tart and overall what a top drop and take on this style would buy again glad I drank fresh cheers.

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