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
 
 
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573
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,463 |  Reviews: 401
Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a medium brown with ruby red highlights. The head is light tan, rising a finger but is gone pretty quickly. The lacing is light. There are some dark floaties at the bottom.

The aroma is light in strength but has a nice sour vinegar feel. At the end it starts to sting the nose, in a nice way.

The taste is pretty light decent vinegar, a little super sour at the end.

The feel is nice, leaves your pretty dry, very drinkable.

Overall, a pretty nice a oud bruin.

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Photo of twelveinches
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is the 2011 batch thanks to Janderson91, appreciate it. I was hopeful about this beer and was completely disappointed. Dark red-brown color, no head, almost completely flat. Smells like it might be a good sour flanders red, not bad but nothign that makes me say yum either. The taste was so disappointing, I almost want to say bland, Muted flavors, just the hint of what a flanders red tastes like. Wow, I really expected more since I know the Bruery can make a good beer, I hope it was just an off bottle because this was pathetic.

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Photo of Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers, mrbubbler!

Appearance. Pours a hazy amber-brown with 1.5 fingers of thick, light khaki head that doesn't hang out for too long.

Smell. Sour, tart cherries, sweet melon and berries, some old dank wood and just a faint hint of fruity belgian yeast.

Taste. Old wood and sour, light cherry, a little leather and funk. Light on the sweet and some nice tartness. A little bit of red wine in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Very nice brew. Nice complexity, as far as the style goes anyways. Enjoyed more as it warmed ...and the more I drank. Funny how that often happens.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Photo of claspada
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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 dgilks
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for being my proxy for this. Much appreciated.

Clear mahogany colour with lots of luscious red hues to it. Small, light tan head with a fine structure. Decent head retention for style.

Sour cherry and plum notes with some moderate acetic and lactic tartness. There is a touch of sweetness on the nose as well. Mild funk but this is mostly about a restrained, balanced tartness with the fruit. I also get a hint of spice in the background.

Thin acidity with some earthiness which is interesting. Moderate tartness that suits the style. Some fruit but it isn't as forward as in the aroma. Mild sour plum notes come out again along with berry notes and some vinous notes. I don't get the spice from the aroma but that's okay as well. Improves markedly as it warms.q

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. It seems fine.

I quite like this but it is a very different take on the style from either of Rodenbach Grand Cru or Duchesse de Bourgogne. The fruitiness is unique and it opens up really nicely in the glass as it warms. A very good take on the style.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.56/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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 TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep brown with a one finger head

S-Oak, funk, dark fruits, caramel, candied sugar. Good balance.

T-Nice and sour. Oak, funk, dark fruits and candied sugar like the nose. Balances well together.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-A great sour, the balance was spot on, a great beer that was worth the price tag.

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Photo of threedaggers
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of cjgiant
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap:
Pours a dark brown that does show off its "red" only when held up to the light. The I didn't have too much head in this goblet pour, but the edge carbonation build up a decent amount in a light tan foamy ring. Agitation brings back a nice layer if head that quickly recedes to the edges.

Smell is a nice level of sour, lemony in nature, but with some darkness behind it, seemingly a combination of wood (oak? But seem cedar-ish to me even) or raisin/currant, but definitely behind the acetic bite.

Initial sips with a little chill still in the beer were more biting than later ones. Tartness is there, but the lemon flavors mixing more with sour apple and tart cherry that pure citric acid bite. The carbonation is almost perfect, slightly on the light side, to me for this beer. There is a wine-like dryness in the end that could be the wood (or tannins?). The taste does linger a bit, and doesn't change much, which is very nice.

I expected to like this beer, and was not disappointed. Of course its expense makes it a questionable buy, but it's availability might dictate a purchase when available, but would probably want to hold for a good reason to drink.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BAsbill
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Brewvival.

Pours a reddish-orange color with a thin white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of tart cherries and berries with good amounts of funk, lighter amounts of oak, and minuscule amounts of vinegar.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Tart fruit flavors up front that have just a hint of sweetness to balance them out. Midway through the sip a good deal of funk comes into play and carries through to a mildly tart ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. The tart and sweet levels are just right so that this one's very easy to drink.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer as it does a very good job of straddling the tart/sweet line. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of atone315
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Oude Tart from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 2,463 ratings
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