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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:
399
Ratings:
2,439
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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Reviews: 399 | Ratings: 2,439
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 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 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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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 into a snifter

This is my first The Bruery offering at a wild ale. I am use to RR or Crooked Stave sours, so I am that dick teacher who gives C's for a B work. This beer is a little dry for me. Perhaps the first year of vintage is working against this one; it will be interesting to compare against the newer vintages I have in the cellar. Overall, I am happy, but not thrilled for this. I am looking forward to the next few wilds that The Bruery has for my palate.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 bottle, this is my 3rd time having this I believe. Updated from a 4.5 'Had' rating.

A - Murky maroon with some orange highlights and a tan head. A thin ring and some spots of a cap remain by the end. Some flecks sit at the bottom.

S - Pretty sour with lots of lemon and dark fruit (cherries mostly) front and center. Lots of oak too with some vanilla and caramel as well.

T - Some more earthy funk and vinous tones showing up here, the main focus remains straight up puckering lemony tartness. Sour cherries prevalent as well but light on the 'dark fruit' end of the spectrum, considering the style. Nice vinegar, buttery oak barrel, and light vanilla sweetness.

M - Somewhat big feeling and smooth with medium carbonation. Sourness forces you to sip and savor.

O - Intense sourness overpowers most of the semblance of your typical Flanders, maybe would've liked it more balanced overall but still quite good.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by bring. Thank you, Barry.

Hazy reddish-amber body with a finger of slightly off-white head atop. The head settles to a crown, leaving only a small film on top. The nose is sharp and cherry-like, light acetic acid backed by a subtle dark malt foundation. The ripe cherry aroma is pretty awesome. It tastes toasty and sour, balsamic vinegar-like acetic acid at a perfect level. Cherry-like esters are prominent on the palate, though there's not much sweetness; it's a dry, woody and tannic beer, especially in the finish. This exceeded my expectations, one of the better American interpretations of this style.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ provisions

Look: Deep brown in color with traces of red throughout. 1/4 inch head and no real retention

Smell: Lots of sour cherries on the nose and typical vinegar acidity

Taste: Similar to the nose except the tartness is quite a bit stronger than it is on the nose. For me personally it is just too much tartness. Typical flanders red ale

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to high carbonation and a dry tart finish

Overall: Flanders red's in general are a bit overwhelming for my palate but I am glad I got the chance to try this one. Recommended if you like your palate wrecked

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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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes taken 6/16/12.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark red with one finger of white head.

Smell: mildly tart cherries, oak, earthy, and roses round out the nose.

Taste: mild tart cherries and other fruits. Oaky and earthy it follows the nose fairly well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a clean yet tart mouthfeel. A semi-dry finish.

Overall: Its a really tasty flanders red. Really liking this beer style more and more lately. Thanks for bring this to the bruery tasting duff!

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Photo of rmccomas
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In tulip from 750 ml bottle

A: pours almost solid black with a slight ruby tint when held to light, almost no head as expected.

S: sour barrage immediately, mostly black cherry from what i can tell with a touch of earthy odor, wood maybe

T: follows the nose, black cherries dominate with an earthy wood finish, very nice! dry citrusy notes on the end as well, lemon?

M: velvety mouthfeel typical of the style, thick enough to hang on your tongue well after you've swallowed it.

O: definitely one of the best Bruery beers I've tried, recommend it to all sour fans.

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Photo of Popkas
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is a murky mahogany with a thick head that slowly settles to a thin ring leaving nice residual.

S: Smell is sour and wood shed. Good stuff.

T: Taste is much like the smell but no quite as impressive - sour, cherry/dark fruit, and wood/

M: Medium to light body with a bit of bite on the finish.

D: Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid and clear dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held to light. I can smell the tart fruit as soon as I pop the cap on this baby. Sour cherries, lemons, sweet brown sugar, hints of vinegar, light sherry notes. Taste is a bit more sour than the nose lead me to believe. Huge lemony tartness with hints of barnyard funk hit right up front. Sour cherries and a hint of sweetness sweep across the gullet before finishing with a lingering sweet sour and funky aftertaste. Medium body and level of carbonation, tart acidic mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one, I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for sending me these, Mark!

A: Pours a dirty, murky, wooden-red color with a faint finger of light tan head that quickly faded into a thin collar.
S: Tart notes of dry oak, light malt, cherries, red berries, sweet fruit juice and fruit skin tannins.
T: Tart yet clean flavors of fruit skins, gritty tannins, dry oak, berry juice, cherries, and green fruits. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying aftertaste.
M: Slick yet drying mouthfeel with bubbly, tingly, carbonation and a medium body.
O: Really solid all around. Not overly tart but very clean and fruity. Thanks again, Mark.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Apex Beer Dispensary. Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

Brown with enough light that it appears to be clear. Very little head. A nice rise of bubbles that dies out early. Aroma is sour with lemon and cherries. A strong oak and vinous character in general. Taste is very tart and sour with a nice lingering effect. It's dryer than sweet with a firm oaky, woody impression. I started at 50 degrees but it still got better as it warmed. Carbonation is pretty low after the initial sips.

This is a tasty sour but at $20+, I'd rather go with something from Rodenbach.

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