Oude Tart | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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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Ratings: 2,462 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of tommy5
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaverCS
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor is a dark brown with red undertones. Almost no head. The little head there pours off-white and dissipates quickly.

The aroma is slightly fruity with the main notes being: cherry, some plum, and a bit of strawberry. Some definite funk present with some lactic acid notes present as well.

Taste has a high amount of acidity. Again, some nice fruitiness, but a little bit more acidic than dark fruit notes. I get rubber and leather. A bit like the smell of a freshly opened a can of tennis balls. Oak is present and some red wine astringency.

Overall, this is a very good representation of a Flemish red ale. However, as with many of the bruery's beers, It is just a bit too expensive for my taste. I think it is interesting and true to style but not something I could drink every day. This was opened to celebrate the passing of my first Masters class. I see it pairing well with French onion soup with a ton of Gruyere cheese. It gets a 89.5/100.

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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 LAp
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terreaux. Sampled in a taster at a Flanders Red tasting event. Pours a brighter red than its Rodenbach counterparts. Nose is red fruit, more cranberry than cherry, with a hint of sour. The palate leans more heavily on cranberry sour than balsalmic acidity or deeper red fruits than I would like. A solid beer, to be sure, but not one that accentuates the elements of the style that I enjoy most.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blaze5445
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2015 vintage served cold in a teku

Appearance: very clear and a rich mahogany with a thin cap of creamy pale bubbles.

Nose: Brett funk, oaky dryness, cherriea, lactic sourness, acetic acid, vanilla, very complex and classic

Taste: followed the nose very well. Sour cherries, raspberries, oaky, vanilla, Brett funk, complex and creamy. Wonderful mouthfeel but I would like more carbonation

Overall: this was an epic win for me. I believe it to be one of the best Flanders Reds out there. It is expenice in relation to say Rodenbach Grand Cru. I think I paid around $20 for my bottle whereas the same size of Grand Cru is little more than half that. Still an excellent beer and I would have it again.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky red-ish brown colour with a cap of a of white head. Huge sour lemon, tart cherry notes followed by tannic red wine, some caramel, brown sugar and slight roastiness. One of the best Flanders I've had from outside of Belgium.

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Photo of stompilator
4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Studfarm69
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cheezus
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(From 2014) Pizzeria Paradiso keeps hitting them out of the park. Excellent sour, tart and sweet. Pours out dark brown/ruby, minimal head. Over the top sourness on the nose, a bit more subdued in the taste, but still a sipper.

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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 shirtless_mike
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mcrawford
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawnspl
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dddddddd
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LJTate
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
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 braker649er
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 2014 edition into a tulip glass in 2016.

L - Beautiful red brown color. Subtle, but present, head.
S - intense and spicy sour scents. Very much on the woody side rather than the citrus side of sours. Deep, complex, rich.
T - packs a punch of sour, again with very obvious oak influence--probably more than I've tasted in any recent beer. I also see what the label means by "leather and dark fruit." Again, very much on the dark side of sour. And the sourness lingers on the palate.
F - sharp and appropriate.
O - all around consistent and lived up to high expectations after a high price tag and holding this one for a while.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours deep reddish brown with a small tan head that settles to a thin layer and then just a ring leaving a little spotty lacing.

S: Fruity berry notes, slightly toasty malt, a little oak, and a bit of caramel/toffee sweetness.

T: Fruity up front, cherry, blackberry, lactic tartness, lemon, a little toasty malt, oak, and a hint of honey and toffee sweetness buried in there.

M: Medium body, moderately lively carbonation.

O: There's an amazing contrast between the smell and taste. On the nose the sweet fruity notes come through more, but the tartness takes over in the taste. Very cool beer.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
Beer rating: 95% out of 100 with 2,462 ratings
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