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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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Avg:
4.23
pDev:
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Reviews: 399 | Ratings: 2,439
Photo of alpinebryant
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a dark amber / brown with a decent head

Smell of funk, dark fruits, pilsner malts

Taste of tart dark cherries, dry finish from brett yeast, brown sugar and caramelization. I was expecting this to be extremely tart based on the name, but was slightly surprised that it was very drinkable. Not a whole lot of vinegar like presence as some other Oud Bruins have. Not quite as sour as a Rodenbach Grand Crue. Slightly subdued in that sense, which was a welcome fact for drinkability. Medium carbonation and a relatively light body.

Drinkable? absolutely. This tasted cleaner than I had expected.

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Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from my homie, Masterski. Split with a bunch of the Chitown Crew.

A - Pours a ruby red with a fizzy white head which quickly disipitates and leaves a random bubble here and there.

S - Sweet tarts, cherries, sour apples, acidic sour/tart.

T - Cherries, slight funk, lots of acidic sourness.

M - Light, fizzy carbonation, dry champagne-esk finish.

D - This was good, but I think I prefer Red Poppy.

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

750 mL bottle

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown color with a thin rapidly dissipating beige head.

Smell: Tart cherries with a little added lactic punch.

Taste: Tartness hits you right away, with a nice cherry/blackberry underlying flavor. Tartness takes over the finish and continues to build.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, dry on the palate. Low carbonation level with a lingering tartness.

Overall: Very solid sour

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Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange in color. Forms a clumpy, bubbly head that sticks to the side of the glass. No lacing. 4.0

S: Very aromatic with notes of tart cherries, unripe fruits, and oak. 4.0

T: A bit malty on the front end, then loads of cherries, with earth, and a mild malt vinegar to a lesser extent. However, the sourness is toned down and not at all overdone 4.0

M: Medium bodied. Tart. Very mild bitterness 4.0

O: Another very nice beer. Mild sourness makes this one easier to drink for the non-sour drinker. Can't say I would want an entire bottle, but a glass was nice. 4.0

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Photo of fdig23
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Appearance: Deep maroon brown with a small off-white head

Nose: Very sour right off the bat. Bitter lemon, cherries, and a hint of oak are present, but the nose-tingling sourness is overwhelming.

Taste: Like biting into a under-ripe lemon that's been doused in vinegar. The sourest of all the beers tasted in a recent wine-barrel aged beer tasting. The oak is very subtle and definitely masked by the tartness and fruity lemon and cherry notes. Some sour candy flavors develop as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Tart, dry, and tannic.

Overall: A really tasty and full-flavored beer, but definitely not a complex one. Maybe if the tartness was dialed down a bit more interesting characteristics would come through.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep red/brown burgundy color. sort of reminiscent of dried blood (i know super odd description). minimal tan foam slowly dissipates to nothing. no lacing or any bit of foam left making it look more like a wine than a beer.

S - the nose is rich and complex. earthy yet fruity. the first scent is strong notes of malt vinegar and hints of sour cherries. woody oak notes add a fullness to the nose. there is also a cooked mushroom aroma giving it even more similarity to a red burgundy wine. there are also notes of red delicious apple skin, a quick whiff of cinnamon spice and a bit of brett funk.

T - very tart but fruity flavors. sweet lightly toasty malt lends a bit of balance to the acidic onslaught. malolactic notes (apple acidity) blend with snappy red apple skin and hints of malt vinegar. the center is ripe and fruity like what raspberry juice might taste like. finish is dry but the acidity lingers on.

M - full bodied with a creamy (dare i say buttery; only slightly) texture. surprisingly high carbonation considering the lack of foam on top with a tight champagne like effervescence.

O - I have been wanting to try this one for a long time. and it does not disappoint. I enjoy this style because it bridges the gap between wine and beer. I only wish I could have whipped up some wild board on parpedelle pasta to really enhance both the beer and the food. wine is made for food, and wine often shows better when paired against it. This beer is just begging for food and could pair with more dishes than almost any other style of beer or wine.

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Photo of Samuel906
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy reddish brown, with thin off white head. Smell is mostly lemon and cherry. Smell is a little underwhelming for me. Taste is fantastic: very tart and crisp. Lemon / lime, green apples, oak. Not really getting the cherries that everyone else claims. Feel is astringent, tart, dry, light and crisp. Lively carbonation.

Overall, terrific. Supremely drinkable, refreshing and tons of tartness. Along with La Folie, this is one of my favorite all time Sours.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at the tasting room. Brownish red pour, mostly clear, with a small white head that recedes quickly. Big time sour vinegar aroma, stronger than any other sour I have had. Maybe some light sweet apples and cherries as well. Flavor follows with a massive hit of sour, some light funky vinegar, and a bit of sour fruits. There is a big dry oak influence here that differentiates this from others I have had in the style. Light sweet malts remain on the palate. This was heavier than the Berazzled, and definitely hit the taste buds hard. Enjoyable.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark red, a little hazy. Not opaque but pretty darn dark. Healthy strawberry blonde head and lacing.
Smell: all the characteristics of a Flanders red. Tart, sour, fruity. A little restrained funk.
Taste: much like the nose with more intense tart, sour characteristics. Finish is funky.
Overall: still learning my way around the sours. This delivers for sure.

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More tart than I like for a Flanders Red. I fall in the Duchess de Bourgeone camp, but Rodenbach is a close second. This is a very clean finishing Flanders Red, as in minimal hairspray or vinegar. Has a good clean finish. Dates/Figs give way to lemon juice. Would prefer Rodenbach Gran Cru or Duchess de Bourgeone especially for the price ($21) I paid.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip. 2013 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color. The head is two fingers high, and khaki in shade. For a sour, the retention is damn near incredible. However, no lacing is left on the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This just smells like a punch in the face. It really has a sour, apple-esque aroma, one that's loaded with massive tartness. But when I focus, I can still pick up some cherry-laden esters and even some caramel malts. The fact that it manages to have an extremely bold sourness yet still seems balanced just impresses the hell out of me. (4.25)

Taste: Oh yeah, this is tart as hell. It opens up with wonderfully biting lactic sourness, which at first fades away to leave a wonderful finishing fruitiness. At first. After a few sips, the cherry-laden fruitiness sadly disappears, leaving just the tartness. It's definitely what I expect from a sour made by The Bruery: the tartness is absolutely wonderful, but it's not really complex. Oh well - as an aforementioned punch in the face, it's quite excellent. (4)

Mouthfeel: Biting and tannic as all get out. And it's also somewhat fizzy to boot. While it's too tart to be really drinkable, I still wouldn't have any trouble sipping on this all day. (3.75)

Overall: Though The Bruery's barrel-aged sugar bombs tend to disappoint my palate, their sours tend to be rock-solid. This is no exception. Once I realized it wasn't the second coming of Rodenbach Grand Cru (and that I wasn't going to get a wonderful hybrid of cherry-laden fruit and subtle tartness), I started to enjoy this for what it is more and more. All told, I'm still impressed with this brew. (4)

4.01/5: Shamelessly sour, extremely tasty

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ahh the Bruery. If anyone tales you lightly in the year 2010, they are just effing high... You have the ability to over perform so consistently in everything you do and this baby right here was no exception.

This most recent release is no different than most of the bruery's recent ventures... freaking dope. The only place I really struggled was in not comparing it to other sours of a similar vein and price tag. If you charge the same amount as a bottle of Consecration, my frugal, 25 year old brain will immediately compare you to it.

The dark cherry was the standout nose, followed closely by oak. The taste was a very similar story and the dry cabernet-esque taste almost vaporized on the back end of the palate (nice). In a blind taste test I dont know if I could tell this beer from LaFolie, which is by no means an insult... I love the hell out of that beer. I just really hoped for a characteristic to grab me by the booboo

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but seems a little weak to me. The brew smells like tart cherries, red wine, grapes, vinegar and oak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like tart cherries, red grapes, vinegar, oak, lemon, vanilla and also an earthy/leathery flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has low/moderate carbonation. I think it's a good beer, I enjoyed drinking it. It's a bit pricey at $18.99 a bottle, but I'd probably buy it again at that price.

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Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, almost brown with a soft egg-shell colored head with nice carbonation and lacing.

Aromas of funky, dark red vinous grapes, vinegar with hints of dark cherries and sour apples. As it warms there is almost a slight sweetness to the fruits combined with more barnyard funk and earthy raw mushrooms to round things and a light sweet maltiness.

The tastes begin with dark cherries and green and red apple skins. More dark red wine flavors of red grapes, vinegar and oak. The earthiness and funkiness emerge more as it warms as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly medium to full bodied and finished crisp but not too dry and puckering which I appreciate. Much more drinkable than a La Folie or other overly sour Flanders style ales.

Overall this was a nice treat and I am glad that I was able to sample. A great American interpretation of a European classic. Well well balanced drinkable. Would definitely drink again but I don't NEED to have it and don't plan to seek it out for a repeat visit. Very tasty and highly recommend; especially if this is style is your wheelhouse.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has some retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a hazy but dark maroon that has chestnut notes which appears as a muddy and dark amber when held up to the light. No lacing at the moment. Small spots of lacing later.

Nose- Pretty typical for a Flanders Red Ale. Lots of tart cherry and not much else. Some acetic acid from the glass. The acetic acid is really strong from the bottle. Some hints of strawberry as the tart cherry of the glass fades quickly. Swirling adds nothing.

Taste- Reflective of the nose but far richer and more complex. Huge tart cherries with light acetic acid notes. Very fleshy cherry that starts to suggest leather. Heavy stone fruit such that even peach and apricot are expressed. Light notes of toast in the background but I don't really get any of the oak. Expresses tartness but the sour aspects mellow as the flavor profile progresses. A bit of dryness on the finish. Slight notes of oak start to appear but fortunately, they are slight. A very good and solid beer but seems, at the present, to be lesser than Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge or Rodenbach Cru. This is definitely a negative as all of these beers are cheaper. Acetic acid does grow but is well rounded and quite pleasant. Really good beer but not great. Slight bit of straw appears and makes the flavor profile a little more interesting.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with ample carbonation (fits the style well) and light syrup to the texture. Somewhat dry finish matches well with the slight straw.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing for a “sour” beer. What isn't easygoing is the price- 21 bucks is way too much when comparable or better beers go for much less. Probably won't buy again.

Overall- Really good beer and a solid representation of the style. Definitely worth at try but if you're worried about your wallet, grab one of the aforementioned Flemish Reds. You won't miss much other than a tick.

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Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy Sam. Pours a cloudy murky mahogany with a frothy tan head. Aroma is green apples with brown sugar and caramel, similar to La Folie. Flavor is very oaky and tart with apple pie, crabapple skins, a bit of cherry juice, jammy red wine. 7.5% alcohol gives it a warming sensation. Mouthfeel is kind of sticky, despite the sufficient carbonation.

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Photo of Resuin
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. I believe this is from 2012, but the bottle is not dated.

Appearance: Pours a uniform opaque brown/black with a defined reddish hue. A half finger of light brown head fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: Cherry and oak upfront. Light acidity, grassy funk, lemon, green apples. An interesting leathery component to it as well which picks up as this one warms.

Taste: Red grapes, cherry, lemon, citrus rinds, green apple, oak, that leather quality again. Quite tart finish - very sour.

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation with a medium, very dry body. Super dry, sour finish.

Overall: Wow, this one was a lot more sour than I was expecting. Definitely the most sour of its style for me. Nice cherry and sour flavors in there, but just a tad sour for me - would prefer it if it were a bit more balanced. Still a quality brew of the style and quite tasty. I am wondering if this might be a bit older than my 2012 estimate from the carbonation and flavor profile.

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Photo of Onibubba
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally got to try this, and it did not dissappoint. The best thing about Bruery beers is their great body and mouthfeel, and this one is no exception. The pour is cola brown with a creamy, slowly dissipating beige head. The smell, while reminesect of Rodenbach, is earthier. Taste is along the lines of an aged Rodenbach - NOT the Grand Cru. Body is smooth, carbonation great. Drinkability is super. All in all, this really reminds me more of a Flanders Red, but there is nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks ward for this lovely provision
The beer pours like syrupy black cherries with thin tan head that fades before your eyes and has absolutely no retention. The nose is tart and sweet, reminiscent of cherries, with additional notes of oak and a slight acetone. The taste is reserved with subtle hints of wood, cherries, and an almost negligible vinegar. The mouthfeel is sweet and then tart, finishing exceedingly dry. It's very drinkable and refreshing with my duck, venison, and veggie medley...yeah that's how I roll the day after thanksgiving. Definitely worth trying, but considering the price and availability (none), it's probably not a repeat..

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Photo of woosterbill
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to whoever opened this at CdC.

A: Cloudy persimmon-brown body with a finger of fine tan froth. Ok retention, spotty lace. Nice.

S: Bright and sour, with cherries and acetic acid standing out. Simple, fresh, and pleasant.

T: Acrid, sour (but not in a good way) cherry skin up front, with much better fruit and acidity thereafter. Long, tart finish. Good, not great.

M: Clean medium body, moderate, lively carbonation. Excellent.

O: I really liked the assertive acidity, but the acrid bitterness of the cherry-skin flavor really kept it from being as enjoyable as it could have been. Well worth drinking, but not worth the difficulty of tracking down IMO.

Cheers!

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Photo of davey101
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a tulip glass. 2012 release.

A - Pours a still and murky dark/brown red body. A thin tan cap of foam forms but disappears quickly leaving behind absolutely nothing. Lacing is non-existent.

S - Excellent aroma. Tart cherries, red wine and bourbon notes. Not sure what barrels are used, but I am getting large notes of vanilla, oak, and some spice. Not as acidic or vinegary as its Belgian counterpart, but it does have that distinctive Flanders twang on the finish.

T - Super tart and sour. Mouth puckering cherries and red grapes. The end is vinegar and vanilla rich oak. The finish is quick with just some barrel tannins left in the aftertaste. Quite tasty with a lot of bright and vibrant fruit notes.

M - Low carbonation, but thats somewhat irrelevant due to the high amount of acidity. Super mouth puckering!

O - One of the better American made Flanders I have tried. At a slightly lower price, I think I prefer the Rodenbach vintage series over this though.

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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 oline73
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a murky reddish brown with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Fruity vinegar with a strong oak presence. Some mildly sweet malt with a tart cherry note.

Taste: Malty but not very sweet. I'm getting the cherries, so tart that I'm almost getting raspberry. Some vinegar sourness with oak and a bitter, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with large bubbles and a slick finish. I feel like the finish should be dry.

Overall: I think this is a well done beer. They didn't go over the top with anything. I would have liked a dry finish.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A brickish-orange exit from the bottle yeilds deep brown results in the vessel with hints of ruby highlights around the edges upon backlighting. The khaki colored head is bubbly and soapy, slight and shows little restraint before succumbing to a polished, reflective surface.

S: On the nose were hints of oaky barnyard flair, leathery caramel, with the faintest support of whiskey and dark fruit of plums.

T: The flavor was sour lemon and dark fruit with oaky compliments. Smooth start, the sourness does increase on the swallow like a mule kick but still remains very even toned and polished, Lemon juice like puckering finish, some oaky whiskey hints and sour berries.

M: light and syrupy, light to medium body with a small presence of micro-bubbly carbonation that dances on the tongue. acidic.

O: Overall mouth puckering, eye squinting sourness. Hard to rate a flanders ale due to its lack of range. Ive only managed to have a few thus far but this is very clean and polished in execution. I may not be the biggest fan, but am respectful of its intentions and this is very good at that.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle bought over by Doug during our cellar cleaning tasting. Poured into a Surly goblet today, 1/22/2014.

App- A hazy brownish-ruby red body, 1 finger tan head, fine retention, not much lacing

Smell- Vinegar, acidity, a bit of oak, a bit of cherry tartness, cane sugar

Flavour- Very acidic, sourness 7/10, bit of oak, non-descript fruit tartness, some sweet malts, helps cut the acidity a bit

Mouthfeel- A bit thin but not watery. Carbonation is a bit low. Aftertaste is sweet acidity, very nice. Dangerously drinkable.

Overall- Good Flanders red. Enjoyed this better than most others I've had. Duchesse is tastier with this being less complex but just as enjoyable. Price point is always an issue but I won't beat the dead horse.

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