Oude Tart | The Bruery

Oude TartOude Tart
BA SCORE
4.28/5
2,463 Ratings
Oude TartOude Tart
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
Ranking:
#615
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
2,463
pDev:
9.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,463 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of nicole309
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Sean66
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
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 YodersBeerEmporium
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deepp amber color with a small off white to no head. In the aroma, a small sour cherry, but somewhat faint. In the taste, raisin, red grape, and cherry fruity sourness. This one is a bit acidic. A small sour bite and medium too lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sour fruit in the aftertaste. Big acidic sourness, fruit a mix of cherry and lots of raisins. It almost was on the cusp of being a sour quad.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beerwolf77
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweemzander for sharing this one. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Dark red brown hue. Solid two fingers of beige head. Decent retention and a smattering of lace left behind.

S: Mild sour cherries, oak, leather, faint vinegar. Nothing too powerful but enough to keep me interested.

T: Again the sour cherry is mild. The oak and leather are a bit more present than in the nose. I'm wishing it was more sour.

M: Medium body with mild carbonation.

O: Just another Flanders. Nothing real memorable and certainly not sour by my standards.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark reddish brown with about a 1/2 finger head. When held to the light it has a wonderful ruby color. Smells of tart dark fruit. Lip smacking tartness with a touch of bubbly zip. Overall a nice refreshing beer. This was my first offering from the Bruery, if the other beers are as nice as this one I'm excited to try the rest.

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Photo of BullBearHawk
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TATURBO
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice mahogany color with medium to Strong carbonation. Pour carefully. Lots of head resulting from a strong pour.

S: Fruity, Tart. Really reminiscent of Enigma from New Glarus in the nose.

T: Tart! Well integrated fruit along with leather, funk, oak notes. Not overly sweet. I'm still hit and miss with Sour beers and from the nose I expected a close flavor to Enigma but not what I got in taste.

M: Got a lot of head on the pour but the mouth wasn't overly carbonated. Just about right.

O: Lots of flavor with a good sour tartness. Still not my favorite as far as sours go. Just a small step away from a solid 4 in my book.

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Photo of aficionado
3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel Tulip - In 2011, Thanks Kyle2k10.

Looks like mulled cider with a murky brown body and tinges of red and yellow. Small 1 finger off-white head. Decent lacing.

Smells like Supplication, which makes me excited in anticipation of that dry fruity sour goodness. Funky yeast, new oak, and lots off stewed Autumn fruits.

Wow! Too sour, and I usually love sour beers. It's like a slap in the face with acid. I should've let this age a bit because I think it would be more enjoyable with more time to bottle condition. The flavors would have a chance to meld and the sourness would be suppressed a little bit more. Taste is more of the same from the nose, but not as well executed. Vinegar notes and some cherries come out. Leather is certainly there too as the bottle suggests.

Carbonation is there, but it's low to moderate. Feels thin despite the big bold murky body which leads you to believe otherwise.

This is not a bad beer, and I think it would be better in time, which is why my overall score is a bit higher. I'd rather drink this than others I rated 3.5 in the overall field.

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Photo of NeedHops
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bwarren82
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Poloplaya
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.84/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black...cola like. Really like flat Coke. Large bubbles - toads' eyes. The bubbles appear more like a quickly-poured flat Coke than any resemblance of carbonation.

Aroma: lacto sour and funk. Elmer's-glue funk from the Brett, but less so than Bruery's Sour in the Rye.

Flavor: right on par with the nose; lacto sour and Elmers funk. Few layers of flavor beyond that. Enjoyable, but not Bruery's best sour, and not worth the Price. Sour/Rye is superior.

Mouthfeel: medium. Nothing spectacular but no flaws either. You could finish a 750ml by yourself.

Overall: somewhat disappointing. Perhaps I had an old(er), poorly kept bottle. Not worth its price. Try other Bruery sours before this one.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery poured into taster. Appearance is hazy brown-red with a tall white head that settles to a ring. Some lacing. Aroma is a little funky, but mostly sour, led by tart cherries, red wine vinegar, wood, and leather. Taste is strongly sour with acidic and vinegar notes. Some woody bitterness and malty sweetness offer some balance. Medium bodied, slightly slick, lively prickly carbonation, long puckering finish.

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3.85/5  rDev -10%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed this review. Taken from notes on 11.2.2011.

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint. A one finger tan head forms, then fades quickly.

S - Tart cherries, and some oak flavors.

T - Ripe cherry, slight funk, a warming woody flavor.

D - Lower carbonation, average body. Pretty mild all-around.

O - Mild taste, in avery nice way.

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Photo of Phelps
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Received from the generous neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF and reviewed blind.

Pours from the bottle a deep amber that coalesces in the glass to opaque dark chocolate. There's only a little clarity and maroon highlights, revealed by a hold to the light. A prodigious foamy head of medium tan about two fingers tall pops and fizzles away rather quickly, becoming a thin yet creamy and resilient top layer. The second pour from the 750 begets an even larger head about four fingers tall, but it still fizzles out with alacrity. Not much in the way of lace.

In the nose: Dr. Pepper, a tiny bit of vanilla, some cherries and moderate tartness.

The sour notes are kicked up a notch in the flavor and matched with a nice sweetness. Cola, vanilla, black cherries and some vinous oak meld to create a profile that makes me think of sour black cherry soda.

A light, tickly carbonation causes the beer to fizz up quite a bit as it moves about the mouth. The body is soft and medium-light, while the alcohol is noticeable as a slight warming in my throat.

Drinkability is decent. The tartness never becomes overpowering, and the flavor profile is nice, but fairly basic.

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