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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Reviews:
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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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Photo of kscaldef
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Side-by-side 09(?) and 11

09 - Carbonation is evident in the pour and a small head forms. Attractive red-amber color. Aromas of cherry and peach. Nice earthy flavor and high carbonation

11 - Darker red and less of a head. Aromas are more dark fruit and cherry. Super bretty taste, very dusty and earthy. Hard to believe this is the younger bottle.

One of the better beers of the tasting. I'd say 09 is superior, but I have hopes for 11 to evolve.

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Photo of Hellokmac
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky swamp brown with a small tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Slight vinegar, raspberry skin, caramel, rich oak.

T: Puckering raspberry tartness, red wine vinegar, brown bread, spice, a bit of oak.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very good, but there are better American Flanders-style sours out there.

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Photo of dtm426
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fuberwil
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage, bottled on 7/29/13
poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: (4)
Pours a murky dark reddish brown with a thick, 2 fingers tall, tightly bubbled tan head that quickly dies down to a mere puck leaving the no lacing behind in it's wake.

Aroma: (4.25)
Tart cherries immediately leap out of the glass towards your nose with accompanying notes of under ripe plum and faint raspberries. Encasing these tart aromatics is a robust, but integrated layer of brettamyces; mostly rustic, worn leather and musty, damp hay. Bringing some balance is a nice background of sweet caramel and bready malt, as well as some toasty vanilla oak character.

Taste: (3.75)
Wow, much more sour than what you'd expect judging from the nose; As soon as the beer touches your tongue, a crushing, mouth watering flood of acidity assaults your palate; predominately waves of lemon juice as well tart cherries. Layered neatly underneath the acidity is some light barnyard funk that resides on your palate up until the tart dry finish. As the beer finishes, only a mere kiss of bready malt tries to cushion the acidity, but is quickly overwhelmed. Left on your palate are long, lingering notes of lemon flesh, cherries, damp earth, light breads and subtle vanilla from the oak barrels.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: (3.75)
This is a more than a decent sour red, but it lacks the sweet, bready malt backbone that really differentiates the "Flemish Red" style from the rest of the sour styles. Judging on taste alone, this is a very solid and aggressive, albeit not the most complex sour that I've had. I'd definitely recommend this beer to only the most devout sour fans. Despite what the name says, this is definitely more than just merely "tart".

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a darker mahogany color with ruby red clarity through the body when held to the light. A yellowish khaki head about a finger strong appears and fades quick leaving spotty lace on the glass.

The aroma is lemony lactic and funky. Some raw oak and a mild touch of caramel to vanilla melds out towards the back. Some fruity quality is present but not really driving home any of that distinct cherry or vinegar notes typically associated with the style. Not saying thats a bad thing, just unique and enjoyably different.

The flavor includes raw oak blending into mild vanilla sweetness and caramel to toffee grain/barrel presence with a dark tangy fruity alcohol component. A raw quality almost mineral-like mixes with a hint of rusty sourness and herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It overall is not bad and the enjoyable aspects are very enjoyable. By Flanders standards it hits the mark but isnt a standout. Worth trying and despite my gripes and displeasure at some of it's character I am glad I have another bottle or 2 to enjoy with some more age.

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Photo of Cinderbike
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle into a Bruery tulip.

A- Pours a hazy burgundy with minimal pinkish tan head; no lacing.
S- Hay, sour cherries, red wine vinegar, oolong tea and barnyard funk. Some leather.
T- Sour, fresh mowed grass, tart cherry and rhubarb. Some residual sweetness as well as hints of oak and vinous characters.
M- Thin but well carbonated.

A good representation of the style. While the other Bruery offerings are superior (Wanderer especially) this is still one of the best West Coast sours. Glad I bought a few to cellar.

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Photo of MBACoach
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened the bottle and poured into a Corsendonk glass.

A: No head when poured. Signs of carbonation with small bubbles lining the glass and rim of the beer. Dark brown with a slight reddish hue.

S: Sour aroma present with cherries and tart fruit.

T: Nice sour flavor, not over the top.

M: Very lightly carbonated, not as carbonated as I expected.

O: An excellent intro to sour beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Bruery's Oude Tart, Flemish-style red ale aged in oak barrels. 7.5% ABV.

A: About a finger of slightly tan head. Fades quickly. Nice deep red, almost brown, with bright yellow in the dimple. Some slight sheeting. No lacing. And, I didn't notice until half a glass deep, but it has a slight yellow (clear from some angles) meniscus. Interesting. I don't think I've noticed that in beer before.

S: Fruity. In the raspberry/cranberry range. Slight sour funk. Slight wine must, coming out more as it warms.

T/MF: More wine must. A fairly mellow, yet present acidity. Sharper towards the tip of the tongue. Earthy funk. A slight, dry cranberry in the background. Very slight leather. I almost missed it. I feel like there's something I'm missing... A bitterness in the back. I can't place it. I'd say this a slightly more subtle example of the style, based on my minor experience.

Poured from a 750mL bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of TboneRN
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am new to sour beers...I have had better...good level of funk with mild to moderate tartness...I would say this beer has a mild sour feel to it...very drinkable

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip. 2015 fall release.

initially looks pretty good, deep brown with some reddish tones and a nice light tan head. the head disappears pretty fast. there are a lot of carbonation bubbles along the side of the glass. no lacing at all.

aroma is only of dark fruits, plums, figs, etc.

does have a nice taste to it. pretty tart, little to no sweetness, a touch of vinegar, but the dominate flavor is a plumy one. no funkiness at all, which is ok by me.

a touch under medium on the mouth, finish is fruity and tart.

overall, I'm just getting into the sours, and this one was pretty good.

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Photo of carlso_aw
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Philousa
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with nary a head presence. The tartness is palpable, even in aroma. Aroma also has plum, berries, tart cherries, and other pit fruit. No hops to speak of. Tart cranberry starts things off with other berries, straw mainly, fading to earthy chocolate with some caramel, then old, rank, bitter hops. I'm guessing these are hallertauer, because I get some pollen/nectar as well. Feel is balanced and finish is very dry.

This is a damn good Oude bruin. Lots of flavors, and its very sour. A little thin, but it works well.

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Photo of ryanflc
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kawilliams81
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from The Bruery tasting I hosted Saturday night. 2011 vintage

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into Half Acre tulip.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 2" light tan head. Waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Dark fruits, tartness, earthy, and slight must.

T- Tart sour cherries and pale malt.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Musty feel (if that exists?) with a slightly dry finish.

O- This is a good beer, but I had a NG Enigma the night before, which this beer reminded me of, but just wasn't as good IMO.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quick review. 750ml into my Duvel tulip. Pours a headless, opaque-ish reddish caramel. Smells of pitted fruits, some lacto, spices, traces of oak. Tastes similar: lacto-tartness, oak, dark fruit & here some raspberry as well. Lowish carb, nicely delicate body. Overall quite nice.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Muddy maroon body with a finger of burnt white head. Recedes to a rim and leaves barely any lacing.

Smell: Tart cherries up front, followed by some pears. Some caramel malts come in next. Thats about it.

Taste: Incredibly sour cherries up front, followed by some tart pear and green apples. A pretty hefty caramel backbone supports, and goes along with a distinct vinegar acidity.

Mouthfeel: Holy sour! Hands down the most sour beer I've had yet, and too much so. Puckering. A sipper for this reason.

Overall: A nice flanders, but this is a bit too 'in your face' for me.

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Photo of tpd975
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a amberish hue with a small white head. No retention or lace noted.

S: Aromas of cherry syrup, wood, hints of under ripe strawberries, and light acid.

T: Light acid up front with many flavors found in the aroma. Under ripe strawberry tartness with hints of sweet cherry juice. Nice sweet and tart thing going on. The tartness is rather mild though.

M: Lighter in body, smooth, bitey carbonation.

D: Pretty good. Not world class, but solid and drinkable.

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Photo of jackiechan2700
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
At the pour, a large creamy brownish white head emerges. The frothy substance screams and tries to pull its tainted brown self out and over the rim of your glass. Before you can realize its daring escape, it recants quickly back into the depths of the beer until there is no head at all.

Smell:
Like an oak barrel bound with leather. Hints of plum, balsamic vinegar, tart cherries, and other dark fruit

Taste:
The taste is astoundingly in sync with the smell. It also holds a sharp acidic tartness that is very easy drinking considering the style.

Mouthfeel:
Light and thin awakening the mouth with tart sensations that light up all the sensors in your tongue.

Overall:
A very good representation of the Flanders Red Ale Style. As complex as this style can be I think it is hard to find one that can be well balanced and easy drinking. Look no further because this is it.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Beerness for providing this in a recent trade.

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip glass and a thin beige head forms and then quickly fades away. The beer is a dark amber color with some ruby notes. Not a touch of lace to be found.

Cherry hints with a ton of earthy notes. Slight notes of oak.

Certainly a classic Flanders Red flavor here. A slightly tart and slighty cherry flavored ale with strong notes of oak towards the back of the palate. The earthy notes in the aroma are present in the flavor, although not quite as pronounced. As it warms there is a light dark toasted bread crust flavor. Not burnt, but well done… A lingering cherry tartness is the last thought that lingers in your mouth.

Light body, light spritzy carbonation that brings the flavor to life. A refreshing brew with a nice complexity.

This is good and spot on for the style, but I am not sure it’s as special as noted in the score.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a capped 750mL bottle into my Rodenbach flute/tulip.

Clear chocolate body with sinopia highlights and a lasting thin desert sand head. Even pasty lacing, no legs.

Tart oaky aromatics suggest cherry pits, citrus zest, faint wine grapes, and vanilla.

Rustic simple palate entry with apricots, underripe raspberry, and a low plum/prune element as well. Acidity creeps up mid-palate which is quite balanced between a subtle vinuous character and a lactic tartness. Finishes very dry with a bit of specialty malt, cocoa, and leather coming out in the aftertaste.

Well carbonated yet soft while still mostly light-bodied. No astringency or heat.

An approachable sour with somewhat subdued (though I wouldn't go so far as to say undeveloped) flavors for the style.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on draft at beer study in chapel hill. into a snifter.

pours a murky brown with a half inch head. smell is of tart cherries..as expected. taste is very much the same as the nose, tart cherries and not much else. good..though not superb. medium bodied, mild carbonation.

overall pretty good, but not too memorable .

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Photo of Gambelli
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz. champagne style bottle, delivered through Craftshack. Expensive bottle of beer at $22.00
@ bottle, plus shipping.

A-Deep reddish brown, murky in the glass. No head retention at all, despite ample carbonation.

S-Oak dominates right off, followed by sour cherries and a wine like sourness. I don't get any
malt/grain in this bouquet. Mainly oak woodiness.

T-Tart cherry, red grape juice and tangy sour apple. There's that oak again, dominant and lingering. Tough to pick out much else when the wood component is so strong.

M-A strong puckering sourness. Full carbonation, with medium body. Certainly not an expert on sours, but body seems proper for this beer. Malt backbone non-existent.

O-Years ago, I cut up hundreds of oak pallets for firewood, and the odor and sawdust taste left
an unpleasant impression on me. I have yet to sample a brew aged in oak that I truly relish.
Some, as this particular one, I enjoy, but that wood aspect always takes away from the experience. That said, this is a fine beer, and would perhaps benefit from a bit of aging to
my taste. A bit more malt balance would help too.

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