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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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4.23
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Photo of DovaliHops
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bruery. Pours a very murky, dirty water-looking, reddish brown with a small, off white head that disappears quickly. A ton of fizzy bubbles. Scent is acidic vinegar tart notes with a lot of wood and brett. Cherry really comes through as it warms. Taste is initially tart cherries with red wine vinegar. Followed by dark malt flavors and a HEAVY wood backbone. This is the woodiest flanders style ive ever had. Delicious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, and nicely carbed. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer is very complex and tasty. Glad i came!

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Photo of AltBock
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle with a simple orange fire hydrant shaped label. The front and back label has all the info you need to know about the beer except a vintage year. The labels give you tasting notes, ABV%, proper serving temp, and correct glassware. Like I said, everything except for a vintage year.

When poured into an Ommegang Tulip, Oude Tart was a very interesting color. It was a deep dark murky mahogany brown color. It was almost a dark beer bottle cola brown color. The color was great, but the head of foam wasn't as impressive. The initial head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and dark tan in color. It receded way too fast. It didn't even bother to leave anything behind. Not even rings around the beer or a single spot around the glass. Nothing! At least the color was nice.

What was lost in the aroma was quickly made up in the aroma when I first put my nose to the beer. The aroma was strong with plenty of sour and tart goodness. It was sour and tart with green grapes, raspberries, cherries, green apples, and a little lemon. Behind the solid sour fruit wall was a subtle whiff of oak and leather. Was it funky? No, not really. It was instead nice and tart!

The taste was sour, tart, and a little acidic, but it wasn't at the level where the aroma was. It was a little lower than that. Don't worry! The taste was still sour, tart, and fruity with red raspberries, green grapes, green apples, cherries, and lemons. What was found in the aroma was found in the taste. Behind all the sour and tart fruits was some malt, oak, and a gentle touch of leather. If only the fruit combined with the leather to make fruit leather. That would have been cool.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied, tart, sour, and acidic. All the good stuff you want to find in this style of beer. Even though it was sour and tart, it won't take a lot of water to wash away the tartness. Another great Bruery beer.

It was sour and tart, but they did a nice job controlling that. The sour and tartness never really got full strength. Same story with the oak. This beer is on the pricey side. Is it worth it? Only if you like sours and you want something different to drink.

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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 beagle75
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a half-pint chalice.
2009 vintage

A: Slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber color with less than one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a steady peripheral ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Delicately fruity, with sourness evident. Scant breadiness is also detected, really just attending to the other notes. Lactic and acetic qualities seem to find balance. Though subtle, oak is also in commanding form--not demanding the attention of the drinker but rather drawing it through merit.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with mild dark stone fruit and sour acidity of moderate intensity. If there was any question from the smell, the fermentor culture appears distinctly of Flanders when coupled to the very refined aromatic malt and essential oak. The finish is short and relatively clean, drying, with declining sourness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and appropriately acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: A fine approximation of the sour ales of Flanders, Belgium; this beer takes a more careful approach than some in the way it is short on overt sweetness. The malt, yeast, and bacteria all cooperate nicely leading to a final product that seeks not to challenge but to showcase some traditional qualities. None shine brighter in the final tally than the wood influence.

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Photo of Etan
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml into a wine glass.

A: Pours a murky swamp brown with a small tan head. No retention or lacing.

S: Slight vinegar, raspberry skin, caramel, rich oak.

T: Puckering raspberry tartness, red wine vinegar, brown bread, spice, a bit of oak.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Very good, but there are better American Flanders-style sours out there.

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

Bottled 08/05/13

A: Deep red to purple in color. Shades of brown and a tiny fizzy white head.

S: Fuuuunky! Tart, yeasty, vinegary, fruity, Flemish sour goodness.

T: Incredible. So much funk and yeast and fruit and wood.

M: Dry but deliciously tart and fruity. Sooo drinkable, too.

O: For a sour this is world class. Everything you'd expect from this style is there...and more.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Monks. Philly Beer Week 2010.

A: Dark red-brown body. Almost bordeaux colored. Thin off-white head forms and then quickly recedes. Just the slightest bit of residue left on the glass.

S: Rich, sour cherries. Hearty dose of oak, funk, and general acetic acid notes. Slightly spicy.

T: Delicious. Sour cherries take center stage and are well complimented by oak and its complimentary vanilla and tannic qualities. Leather, red wine, and a bit of earth. Slight vinegar contributions.

M: Medium bodied with gentle, velvety carbonation. Lingering sour finish.

O: A truly wonderful flanders style brew.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a maroon tint and a thin tan head

S-really freaking tart smelling. Sweet red fruits. Some vinegar. Strong smelling.

T-comes in with an extremely tart taste of sweet red fruits and vinegar. It's extremely sour. It's a tasty and mouth watering taste that is difficult to put down. Has an after-taste that has more Belgian sugars and grains to it.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-this is a pretty complex beer that seems to gets more flavor as it goes down. It's like a delicious dessert. It has a sweetness to it and less acidity than other red Flanders ales, yet still has that taste of vinegar.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Version

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a two-finger off-white foamy head. The head fades rather quickly leaving some very light lacing.

S - Aroma of tart cherries, vinegar, and leather.

T - The flavor starts tart immediately with vinegar upfront. The sourness is toned down mid palate by tart cherries, malt sweetness, and oak. The beer finishes sour with lots of lactic acid and vinegar.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a strong Flanders Red from the Bruery. Lots of bracing bitterness with just enough sweetness for balance.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish brown with yellow highlights and a bubbly head ring.

S: Nice fruity tart aroma with big oaky vanilla notes and champagne like dryness. Some malt and acidic qualities as well.

T: Darker fruit sour notes comes into play here along with the lighter ones in the nose. I really like the rounded balance of the oak to the fruit in this beer, without too much sweetness.

M: Very carbonated, but it works with whats on the table flavorwise.

A Drinkable beer again from a company that keeps impressing me.

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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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Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It has a very dark brown body and it is hard to interpret the clarity. There is no head at all. There are literally just a few bubbles...to the point where I could count them. No head means no lacing and no retention. I can't hear any carbonation in the glass either...this beer is completely still...

Aroma: Even before approaching the glass I get the aroma of tart cherries. The sourness is strong enough in the scent that it makes my mouth water just smelling it. There is light musty aroma in there as well, but it is mostly fruity.

Taste: It has a mellow sourness to the beer like eating a fruit that is just about to turn. It's nice.

Mouthfeel: It's not carbonated at all. It washes onto the palate like water and leaves it just as plainly. The sourness perks up the palate just enough to make it drinkable. The sourness does not linger on the palate for long. It is there and it is gone within seconds. It's very tart but drinkable.

Overall: I wasn't impressed by the beer. The lack of carbonation might have been a fluke but I probably wouldn't waste my time getting another one to find out. The flavors were decent and the aroma was excellent but the beer overall was a flop given the lack of presence on the palate. It was like I was drinking a beer that had been left out for a few days.

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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 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 deadonhisfeet
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. It's a really nice-looking pour. The beer is very, very dark clear red with a pretty good head for a sour. Retention is also quite good. The nose is so sharp and pungent it reminds me of a hit a wasabi. I get lively tart acidic notes, some sweet cherries, and hints of oak.

Light body and extremely sour flavor. Flanders Red Ale? In name only. This is an American Wild Ale. Lots of tart cherries, granny smith apples, and green grapes up front. At mid-palate, the acidity softens a bit in the mouth, offering a welcome reprieve from the opening salvo. Tannic and wine-like on the back of the palate. The finish leaves my mouth about as dry and withered as it ever gets while drinking beer.

Not the sourest beer I've had (Tart of Darkness destroyed my palate more than this one did), but probably one of the 3 or 4 sourest. The flavor lacks some of the complexity I have experienced in other sours and it could really use just a bit more sweetness for balance. Nevertheless, I know those BAs for whom sours can never get sour enough probably love this beer. I'll have to drink this bomber over two days, otherwise it will destroy the lining of my stomach.

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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 PhillyStyle
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle - 2014 edition:

Poured into a tulip glass...this is an outstanding beer. A deep color color, while it produced an off-white head, which was not well retained, it did leave a nice ring throughout the drink. Gave off a nice tart aroma...cherry, perhaps, which was followed up by the taste...I thoughts of Monk's Flemish Red, but a bit more woody. The beer had the right feel, lower carbonation, but extremely easy to drink and very refreshing and satisfying. I would by the beer over and over again, only if it weren't for the price.

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Photo of AirBob
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Notes from 1/26/15

A - About 1 finger of white-brown head. Reduces to a nice cap and collar with fine bubbles. Dark, deep ruby-brown body. Almost completely opaque except around the edges of the glass.

S - Red wine vinegar. Oak. Some vanilla. Dark, sweet fruit (plum). Maybe some chewing tobacco.

T - Really well balanced. Follows the nose. Oak and dark fruit. Finish is slightly metallic, then sweet, then underripe sour fruit and tobacco. More wood.

M - Medium carb and body. Sour, but refreshing.

O - Wow. really well balanced and easy drinking for the style. Oak notes really balance everything out. I hate stating this about a Bruery beer because of the outrageous price point, but this is worth every penny.

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Photo of younger35
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from zestar and have been pretty eager to try this bad boy. I enjoy The Bruery's beers quite a bit and hopefully this doesn't disappoint. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Superbowl. Go Colts!

Appearance- Pours a dark crimson brown with a super nice one finger fizzy off-white head. A fairly decent cap and collar is maintained the entire beer but unfortunately no lacing is able to cling to my glass.
Smell- Nice vinegar like tartness just bursts out of the glass. If I didn't know better I'd say it was aged on sour cherry's because it has a nice fruity aspect. Lots of tart green apples and white grapes as there is almost a wine like side to the nose as well. It's fairly earthy as well with some tobacco and toasted wood mixed in for good measure.
Taste- Oh that's all sorts of nice. It's lightly sour with a red wine vinegar aspect as well as plenty of earthy wood and leather. A nice fruity side of the beer is apparent right away with some of that cherry I got in the nose along with rhubarb and green apples. Definitely a bit of funk in the taste as there is a bit of leather and mushroom. The wood is lightly tannic and woody with hints of vanilla and caramel in the finish. The beer isn't boozy or too acidic either. It all works really nice together.
Mouthfeel- Medium to light body with a nice crisp bite of carbonation. I could use just a hair more body.
Drinkability- Pretty damned tasty stuff and EXACTLY what I was hoping it would be. The beer has a nice solid base and the perfect level of sour. Really tasty brew that I'm glad to have the opportunity to try. Thanks much Jeff!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010

Dark, deep and roasted color. Big foamy off-white head. No lacing. Clarity is nice too

Tons of roasty cherry. Oakey and vanilla too. Tart and acidic. Milky, but cherry is almost over whelming..

Sweet and sour; Cherry and dry. Tart, acidic, smooth, delicious, slightly bitter and dark red cherry. The only thing I would dismiss is some of the super dark roasty cherry flavors, slightly detracts from the mouthfeel.

Awesome brew! I can't believe this is the first time I've had it... Highly recommended and can't wait for next years release. Exactly the beer I wanted.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Epic tasting shared with nhindian. Thanks beerman4 for picking this up for me!

A: Brown pour with hints of red along the edges. About a finger of white head leaves some nice lacing and decent retention.

S: The nose is full of tartness and a slight amount of cherries. Slight funkiness and some malts seem to provide the base for this guy.

T: The taste is really lacking for me. I was expecting something that would really blow me away, and this failed to deliver. Light cherry taste mixed with some tartness and slight vinegar. Very dry and acidic finish that leaves my mouth watering. As I finish the beer off, the booziness really takes over.

MF: Light body with average carbonation. The aftertaste is a bit strange, but no alcohol is noted.

O: Pretty disappointed here. Was expecting a far above average sour, but got nothing but average to below average. Just not a strong enough flavor profile, and enough of a balanced taste for it to be rated with an A average.

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Photo of nataku00
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass, 2012 release. Beer pours a dark cola brown with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly, no lacing or remaining head. A few bubbles visible at the edge of the glass.

Nose is red berry and cherry, acetic acid balsamic vinegar, sharper lactic acid sourness, a brown sugar sweetness, light woody notes.

Taking a sip, brown sugar and cherry, then a hit of balsamic vinegar and sour red berry, a light almond flavor, and red wine tannins. Finish is dry, with a light sourness from sour fruit and lactic acid.

Light to medium body with a good amount of sharp carbonation that lightens the effect of the sourness.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown with a copper glow. Head is a nice tight 1/2 inch. Pretty, but time to stop looking and start sniffing....

S: A whole lot of smells here. Cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of licorice, woody dusty aromas, bright (almost lemony) floral, and stinky barnyard hay... A nostril pleasure indeed.

T: Deeply sweet and very mouth wateringly tart. Cherries, white wine fruity, leafy woods, and much more. Nice implosive drying through and beyond the finish.

M: Smooth and soft with a sharp edge. Mmmm.

O: Excellent.

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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 craytonic
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bit of a gusher, cloudy copper-brown with a big off-white head, not much lacing.

Smell: Tart cherry, toasted oak, faint leather, light funk, touch of vinegar

Taste: Tart cherry & some hints of apricot, brown sugar, and lots of toasted oak. There is apple also, but it is a mix of red and tart green, also some light funk. Good example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation; decent but not overbearing heft.

Overall: Goes down easy enough, this is decent but I would reach for a la folie or others first. I am bumping my score a bit as the new batch is improved. Good balanced flavors.

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Oude Tart from The Bruery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,447 ratings.
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