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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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2,436
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.93%
 
 
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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured a copper body with large head that dies quick and leaves minor lace patches down the glass.
The aroma is very acidic as I catch the tartness/acid real quick along with touches of funk and dark fruit.
The beer is sharp and sour, not pungent, but you will get your fill of tartness that can be sour, acidic or like vinegar depending on preference.
Fruit flavors are mild but I do get something akin to sour grapes or black cherry, that along with some oakiness, add some complexity, balance and sweetness to beer so it's not just a sour mess.
Really enjoyable sipping sour that isn't too sour and keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy red brown, little head

Aroma is sharp and big on sour cherry and oak

Very tart. Sour fruit, some oak, with the aftertaste sweetening a bit with dark fruit notes

Mouthfeel is sharp and and light and clean

Overall: what was I waiting for? This beer is every bit as good as the originals from Flanders, and without a doubt the best US version of the style I've encountered. Intensely sour, this isn't a training wheels sour

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Served @ 50deg. in Bruery tulip. No bottled on date found.

A - Dark brown with proper red tinting. ~1.5" head when poured aggressively.

S - Cherries, plums, sweet vanilla, sour grapes, hint of oak.

M/T - Nice creamy mouth-feel with a slight tingle from start to finish. Lots of cherry tartness, hints of vanilla and oak.

O - Very good Flanders Red Ale, maybe the best I've had of this style (sorry New Glarus). Sour notes are well balanced with sweet malt, fruit, and oak. I will search out another Oude Tart for the cellar. Prost!

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Photo of spacebear09
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Appearance- Maroon-ish brown, with a foamy tan head that resembles pond scum.

Smell- Prunes, rotten cherries, booze

Taste- Sour cherries, more prunes, leather, kimchi, spoiled milk, bile, slight bitterness

Mouthfeel- Mouth puckering, astringent, well carbonated

Overall- I am not really a fan of most sours. I love the Duchesse de Bourgogne, but that beer has a fair amount of sweetness to it as well and more of a balsamic taste. This Oude Tart tastes extremely sour and I'm sure it would be great if that's all you're into, but it doesn't taste...GOOD. Not something I'd like to drink again.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.95/5  rDev +17%

Poured from a 750ml into a Belgian goblet. 2013 vintage of Oude Tart. Abv on label is 7.5%. Stored correctly in 55% and below.

Pours a deep ruby red, almost ancient rust color, with a 3 inch frothy white head that dissipates faster than Donald Trump's real estate empire. No visible lacing at all which is characteristic of the style.

Smells of lactobacillus, straw or hay, raspberries, sweet malts, and bad decisions.

Tastes of delicious, sour, tart, amazingness! For all you beer lovers, you need to try this beer! Please share with a friend!

Mouthfeel is like a slight prickliness followed by a pleasant sour patch kids aftertaste that lingers on the tongue. I feel like I just got sour patched
Punched.

Overall I would drink the shit out of this beer! It's super sour and super hard to find. I haven't had the earlier vintages but I imagine they will be amazing as the years come.

For all your beer aficionados out there, Please share brews like this with a friend. The more people that know about great beer, the better life will be!

Cheers!
Wade

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Photo of safaricook
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Lucky to have scored this for the highest price that I ever paid for a beer at the Bierkoning.
Aroma is leathery, cherry and acetic acid. taste is oaky, fruity and tart. Body is medium with just the right amount of carbonation. Really a very good Flanders Red. I hadn't had this style for a while, but should get it more often. Maybe not this in Amsterdam very obscure variety but rather a more easily available Rodenbach or Duchesse De Bourgogne.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle with a bottling date of 7/30/13 faintly etched in on the curve of the neck. Poured into a North Coast tulip glass with an exaggerated flare on the rim.

Appearance - Pours a dark, garnet red that reminds me of a ruby when it's absorbing, rather than reflecting, the light around it. So dark that when not held in front of a light source, it could almost look black, with just a sliver of dark crimson around the countour of the glass. Atop the body sits two fingers of tight light brown foam that shows moderate retention. Eventually recedes to a moderate film on top of the liquid. Lacing is sparse and slick looking.

Smell - Inhaling brings an assault of acidic aromatic profiles, with both acetic and citric joining the fray, but more the former than the latter. Red wine vinegar, oak tannins, and the impressions of preserved black cherries all combine to make this a nicely sour smelling beer.

Taste - The acidic element is still dominant, with acetic acid taking even more of a lead role than it did on the aroma. Again, red wine vinegar and tart black and red currant power through, with a musty note reminiscent of leather and humidor tobacco (but not smoky). As before, the oak imparts a nice woody, tannic quality to the beer, and it almost seems to provide a sense of subtle vanilla to balance the biting acidity.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and high levels of carbonation that provides for a prickly, puckering feel on the tongue.

Overall, just a really well-done Flanders Red. Personally, I prefer my sour beers to pack a pretty good wallop, and this one certainly delivers. Over a full bottle, you get more than enough puckering to really get that electric sour fix. I'd love to try the version with cherries some day, since the base beer seemed to impart notes of cherry to begin with.

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Photo of Damian
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
07/29/13
2013 edition
Served in a tulip

Deep crimson-mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a one-finger tall, tight, frothy, tan colored crown that faded to a lasting, foamy ring. No lacing whatsoever.

Lots of interesting things happening in the nose. Tart and funky. Strong notes of aged balsamic vinegar were present. Super fruity with loads of sweet cherry. Maraschino cherries definitely came to mind. There was a notable brown sugar-like sweetness. Good amount of oakiness from the barrel aging. Fragrant vanilla notes came through strong as well. Really complex and dynamic.

Compared to the nose, the flavor profile was a bit thin. Tart, moderately funky and quite acidic. Slightly metallic. Under ripe raspberries were apparent. Perhaps some cherry and strawberry as well. Vinegar notes came through strong. The vinegar tasted like a cross between balsamic and red wine vinegar. Touch of lactic acid. The finish was oaky, dry and quite tannic. As the beer sat, the flavor profile file intensified and also became more rounded.

The beer was medium bodied. Initially, the liquid seemed a bit thin and fizzy, but the carbonation later settled down. Slick and smooth on the palate. Solid.

Although I definitely preferred the aroma of this beer to the flavor profile, it is an all-around impressive offering and definitely the best domestically produced example of the style.

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Photo of champ103
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazed, dark garnet red color. A dense two finger khaki head rises with excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: Tart and fruity in the nose. Toasted malts with light wood and even a hint of sweetness. Finishes with some tart cherries. Really well incorporated.
T: Tart and fruity again. The tartness gently moves toward acidity but never overwhelming. Acidic, almost tannin like cherries. Toasted malts with a hint of sweetness. Wood and an acidic dry bite lingers. Really nice.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly effervescent and crisp. There is a bit of sweetness, but finish with a great dry bite. The acidity takes over a little, but overall a great Flanders to sip on.

The Bruery is best when they stick to basic. but unique styles IMO. This is a perfect example. This and the regular saisons have always been my personal favorites from their lineup. Really well made that does not try to be over the top, just because they can be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque brown-red, pours with a decent relatively long lived head. Sour cherry and oak aroma. One of the more sour sours. Toasted oak and sour fruit. Dry and full bodied. Preceded this with La Folie, which I found to be less complex, less sour and less full bodied.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Kadonny
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: A browning red color (mahogany like) with a very minimal light brown head. No glass lacing.

S: Loads of tart dark fruits with some woody notes and slight mustiness.

T: Wow, pucker up this is one sour beer. Dark fruits of cherry and plum mix with some chewy woody and leathery notes. No sweetness at all, but I get some toffee or brown sugar flavors that are not sweet. Does that make sense? Anyway, the tartness lasts and lingers all the way through the finish. Fantastic beer.

M: Full, tart, light carbonation, surprisingly easy to drink.

O: An excellent sour, maybe one of the best. This is one fantastic beer. If you like sours, this is one you need to try.

Overall I'll seek this one out again. Expensive beer, but well worth the money. Benchmark sour.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Vintage is 2013

Big aroma of cherries and oak on the nose. With a dark fruit aroma, like a plum. This was a big and bold sour. Puckering occurs instantly. Oak, vinegar, apple, a dark cherry profile in the taste. Another great sour. I didn't expect anything less. It captures all of the right flavors.

Second Tasting notes: I had a lot of cranberry as it warmed.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

A - pours a hazy ruddy brown with little to no head.

S - sour bruised fruit, old wet oak, brown sugar, acidic apple cider vinegar, old leathery malt.

T - Lactic sour rushes over the palate, creating an aggressive puckering tartness. Acidic dark fruit, bruised Granny Smith apples, brown sugary malt adds good sweetness but takes a back seat to the acidic woody sourness.

M - medium body, low to medium carbonation, quite sour.

An outstanding Flemish red especially from an American brewery. Very sour with a light sweetness for balance. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass, red brown colored with a tan head that dissipates leaving some lacing, cloudy

S: very sour, acetic acid, funk, sour cherries, oak, wine like

T: sour up front, pickles, balsamic vinegar, lemon, tart cherries, wood, oak

M: medium with good carbonation, slightly sticky

O: a great representation of the style, fruity and wine like, tart but controlled

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Photo of bradenh
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty standard flemish color, dark brown and ruby tones.

S- Tart dark fruits and oak.

T- High on the sour meter, sour and carbonated at the front, then the sweeter, fruitier flavors come through with a good amount of woody oak. Finishes with a great oaky and very subtle vanilla aftertaste. This beer should make you pucker some.

M- Carbonation dissipates moderately fast, mouth feel is more watery.

O- Outstanding Flemish sour, not too sweet, oak did seem to dominate my palate as I got to the end of the bottle, but you can definitely pick out the complexity of each layer of flavors. If there weren't so many more beers out there to try and I had a lot more money I would buy 2 or 3 more. You can't go wrong with a sour from The Bruery.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oude tart

Pours a rich mahogany color with a fizzy, short lived white head. Aroma is huge of new leather, sour lemons, dark fruit, smoke and oak.

In the taste, tart acetic sourness with the strong sweet and sour style of traditional ales of the Flemish region. For an American brewed Oude Bruin or Flanders Red, this is exceptional.

Tip of the tongue tartness with the swollow being more mellow and open, oak and a small sourness lasting into the finish.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep copper beer with good and a few sea monkeys (aka floaters). The head is very long lasting composed of compact, tan bubbles that leave a fine lacing on the glass.

Moderately strong aroma of current, a moderately-light tartness and some leathery, barnyard funk. A low, carmel malt sweetness and moderate dark fruit esters.

A sweet-tart flavor that is far more tart than sweet. There is a a lot of red current flavor along with some dark fruit and caramel malt for flavor. A light oak flavor and touch of leather with only a light sweetness the balance is strongly tart. The finish is medium with fruit flavor after taste.

A medium to medium-full bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation. There is a bit of carbonic bite.

Some of the class Flanders Red flavors of red currents with a sweet-tart balance and low carmel in a supporting malt body. I like that this one is fairly strongly tilted towards the tart and lightly sweet making it an immensely food friendly.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chico for sharing this bottle. I think I have had this a few times but never reviewed it. I may have even taken notes once and forgot about them. Either way, pumped to have a great beer again. 2013 bottle.

A- Murky dark red, brown pour from the 750ml bottle to three glasses. A small off-white head forms but is just a small foam that dies down to nothing after just a bit of time. Lacing seemingly not gonna happen for me but not uncommon for this style.

S- Sourness from the bugs combines with other yeasty fruity flavors to give me a big whiff of tart cherry and currants. Some underlying malts, slight acetic and lemony lactic acid.

T- Fruits and sours lead things off here with cherry, curant, lemon, orange and vinous grape notes. Some diacetyl in the backdrop with fresh oak tannins, sherry notes and slight vinegar sourness, mostly lactic to me.

MF- Fairly light bodied but it has a smooth and somewhat frothy foamy texture. Carbonation is medium-high as it finishes with a fairly puckering sourness towards the end of the glass. Dry.

Perhaps one of the best of only a few American Flanders Red Ales I have had. Authentic tartness with that slight vinegar and diacetyl that I find in beers like Rodenbach and Duchesse.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper body, can form a velvety-looking oak-colored head, but fades quickly. No carbonation visible but some sediment is apparent at the end.

S: Clear tart cherries, maybe faint wood in the back. Simple, but powerful and satisfying.

T: Fantastic sour character, sour cherries are supremely refreshing without any detectable sweetness. Fantastic long finish, possibly with a note of spice on it? Not sure where that's coming from, but it works.

M: Light bodied, lively carbonation but smooth, very low viscosity. My only complaint (with anything of this beer) is that it leaves my teeth feeling a bit gritty.

O: Incredible. Unabashed sour character, with clear, natural cherry notes that last on the palate, the barrel aging surely contributing to the sourness and the smoothness. Quality throughout. I wouldn't think twice about spending my money on this beer again.

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Photo of lewzer99
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: It pours a deep ruby-brown, with a thin rad that vanishes almost instantly.
S: I get plums, orange, pineapple, some malty sweetness, and a bit of boozy funk.
T: It has a champagne-like dryness, a lot of tang, some plum, followed by an orange pith-like bitterness. Finally there are distinct vanilla and anise notes at the end.
M: crisp, effervescent, and refreshing
I: It's delicious a lot of funk and complexity.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with an offwhite 1 finger head that leaves a ring.

Smell is tart vinegar, cherries, lemon, oak, raspberries, unripe peach, and lactic acid. Very inviting nose on this.

Taste is the same with a sharp tartness, just a big sour punch, and then fruit flavors start to appear. Theres an oak character in there, but no bourbon or anything. green apple, sour grapes, This beer is quite sour but I like that.

Feel is spot on, can't improve on that.

Overall, a nicely done sour, but I don't think this is very similar to alot of other flanders reds out there. Its much more sour.

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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 Mongrel
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a rich amber brown with a luxuriously creamy head. Not much lacing.

S - Cranberry, oak, lemon peel, faint vinegar and leather. Some barnyard funk.

T - WOW. Just really creamy and rich at first, then bam -- it's on -- with tart, tangy cranberries and cherry. Lemon and lime zest intermingle with brown sugar and vanilla. Sour apples bring up the rear.

M - Absurdly soft and creamy considering how puckeringly tart this beer is. Nice long finish with an endless parade of flavors unfolding.

O - Impressive on all fronts. A truly special beer.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a deep brown with a slight red hue. the beer is topped by a fluffy and rocky two finger light tan head that fades to a nearly invisible collar around the edge of the glass
S: smells of sour cherries, vanilla, funk and oak
T: taste is sour cherries, with a strong acetic sourness, a bit of funk, some vanilla, slight caramel and oak. swallow is more sour cherry, funk, and oak
M: lighter side of medium in body with soft and adequate carbonation. this beer has a drying finish
O: This is a fantastic beer and a great representative for the style. It just doesn't get much better

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