Oude Tart | The Bruery

Oude TartOude Tart
BA SCORE
4.28/5
2,463 Ratings
Oude TartOude Tart
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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#615
Reviews:
401
Ratings:
2,463
pDev:
9.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
573
Gots:
852
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Single finger off white head on a clear red brown and amber body with excellent lacing. Aroma of cola, oak, brown sugar, candied orange, dark fruit including fig raisins and cherry. Flavor is less complex but still very good with mostly sour cherries, some brown sugar and oak notes throughout. Fairly thick and oily body and light carbonation. Simple but good. Seemed a little watery but its hard to critize this one too much.

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

2011 vintage.

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some slight fruit, vinegar, and woody aromas. Taste is much the same with an acidic quality on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between sweet and sour aromas and flavors.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

one of the better examples of the style from the united states, I have no idea how ive not had it do date. well, yes I do, its over 20 bucks a bottle, and therefore prohibitively expensive, but its the holidays so what the heck. the color is a murky dark red, darker than raspberry jam, lighter than traditional brick red, with one nice inch of white bubbly head on it. it smells of fresh and dried red fruit, from cranberries with their tartness to cherries with their sweetness, even prunes or raisins with their wrinkly gumminess. its lovely all the way through, with a ton of acid making my mouth water for a taste. the flavor is great too, all the fruit into one really sour brew. its got that classic flanders front of tongue acidity, almost too much, and this is a bottle to share for that reason. it puckers me right up, demanding perseverance from my taste buds. long dry finish, didn't think that was possible until this beer. the fruit is nice, the red malt is bigger, and the ph has to be real low. well carbonated body makes it fizzle and snap in my mouth, and the acidity prevents major drinkability. I am intrigued enough by this beer to drink a lot of it, and its quite enjoyable, but at this price their are other serviceable options to get my flanders fix. top quality as always from the bruery.

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down, leaving swirls of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has notes of wood and hints of vinegar.
M: It feels light-bodied and very tart on the palate with a low aamount of carbonation. The tartness lingers through the finish.
O: This beer is pleasantly sour and tart but in no way over the top overpowering so it's rather drinkable compared to other beer in the style.

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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sharply acidic and solely focused on cherry portrayal, this Californian-brewed, Belgian-style sour red ale is cleaner, crisper, and much drier than most that are devised outside of the lowlands of Belgium.

Pouring a lightly rusty color of brown, garnet, and orange; the beer is hazy and prefers a wine-like demeanor over that of beer. Though it's somewhat sprite carbonation yields a loosely knit white froth, it's structure falls and causes the beer the beer to look still shortly after the pour.

Strong sourness and tartness of "sour patch kids" candies emit from the initial aromas, but soon after the more mature scents of balsamic, leather, sour cherries with grapes offer up strong wine-like attributes. Its malty dryness supports the sourness with just enough cracker and honey notes give the sourness a rounded sense without attention.

The sharp and precise flavors hinge on the dry cherry taste, which accents its tartness. But the beer doesn't let up as the quick rebuttal of almond, apple, Cabernet, light leather, dusty oak, and white cider vinegar govern the beer's bulk of taste. It's a decadent taste that's dry, sharp, fruity, and lightly cheesy.

Light on the palate, the beer starts zesty, racy, and fully engulfed on the mouth. But as the carbonation subsides, it takes with it the creaminess the keeps the beer together and ushers in sheer acidic textures, light astringency, and mild warmth.

Ouded Tart really does all it says in its name. It is tart with the taste of dried acidic and succulent fruits; but also gives aged "savory" notes that shows the beer's patience and maturity. I love the beer for all it is, although its depth is just off of Rodenbach examples.

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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2013 edition - I missed out on this at GABF last year (don't save the Bruery table for near the end of the session, a helpful hint), so it's nice to see it arrive here in Alberta now.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves just a wee bit of lingering sea-spray lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves into non-being.

It smells of sour, dark fruit - raspberries, cherries, and red grapes - woody caramel and vanilla, turbinado sugar, gritty pale malt, cooking vinegar, and a musty, lightly funky yeastiness. The taste is rather tart and acerbic red wine vinegar, perhaps a bit more complex via the additional cherry, black currant, and raspberry notes, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, thin dark sugar, barely sweet pale malt, subtly toasted woody caramel, well-aged leather, and a softly yeasty fruit wine booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, and yet sturdy enough to take on the swirling acidity, the body medium-light in weight, and more smooth than I might have initially imagined. It finishes off-dry, the lineage of the bracing sourness still resonating, though tempered somewhat by a blend of sugar, malt, and wood.

A genuinely balanced, but still big and saucy sour red ale, the well-rounded fruity tartness let out to play, but not at the cost of an overwrought palate pillaging. The wood treatment is complex, understated, and just about right. Quite an apt representation for the style, but all other things are not equal with this offering - the serving size and sticker price cannot compete with those venerable in-class imports, I'm afraid.

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3.49/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite high. 7.5% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger head of khaki colour, decent cream and thickness, and terrible (<10 second) retention. Colour is a dark caramel. We'll call it mahogany if we're down with pretension. Yeast particles are plainly visible in spite of the beer's lack of transparency. Non-opaque. Appealing, but not typical of the style. Understated but inviting.

Sm: Sour tart fruit; certainly cherries and other bright fruits. Surprisingly clean. Very pleasant and enjoyable. I can't wait to try it. Hints of underlying caramalt. Lacks the depth of many sours, but it is quite appealing. A bit of subtle barnyard funk, but not enough to disturb the dominant sour tartness. An average strength aroma.

T: Lacto-bomb. Tart but not in the fruity sense. Some nice sweet bright fruits, but they don't contribute tartness in and of themselves. Lactose is dominant, to its detriment. Where's the wild yeast/spontaneity? Underlying oak hardly contributes anything. I'm kind of let down, to be honest. Doesn't bring the sourness like I hoped. Balanced but tame. Feels clinically brewed; lacks the wild nature of good Belgian sours. Disappointing, but decently built. No alcohol comes through, but there's plenty of lacto yeast. Not particularly pucker-worthy.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation and thickness. Pretty good palate presence.

Dr: Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it's $22.00 price tag is rather steep for its relatively disappointing quality. I'd try it aged, but as it is it just isn't the right build for a good beer in the style. None of the sourness or tartness is fruit induced; it's all yeast. A good offering, but highly priced and not satisfactory given my expectations. I'd buy Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge over this.

High B-

As it warms, its simplicity emerges.

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

Thanks to Jason for this one.

Served around 50º as recommended by the bottle.
Full pour into a Duvel tulip, it generates 2 fingers of light tan foam, the color of foam padding yellowed with age. The head is dense, and lasts about 5 minutes. Random spotty lacing. Hazy reddish chestnut color.

Softly acetic nose, hints at wet barrel staves and some mineral notes. Dark berries... currant, blackberry, tart black cherry flavors, some lactic yogurt character. Full and savory, moderately sour, it stimulates the salivary glands like none other. Very nice aftertaste of woody cinnamon spice and oak dryness. Cherry pits and dry fall leaves.

Enjoying this very much, but still have to give top honors to my faves Haandbakk and Oerbier Reserva. Makes a nice pairing with a washed rind cheese.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy copper color and a nice head that leaves plenty of lacing behind

Smell: Wafts of tart cherry and green apples

Taste: Yeasty phenols, up front, followed by sweet and tart cherry/apple flavors; the tartness persists after the swallow, though there are some earthy and leathery elements underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Masterfully handled fruit character that is well balanced between the sweet and tart elements

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4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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