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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Chris. I'd missed this on tap at the Bruery by a day, so I'm glad I get to enjoy a bottle of this while listening to some Anata.

Despite sitting in my fridge for a few weeks, this beer is a hazy, reddish brown with a dense light brown head. Retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing (nor does their need to be).

The nose is quite excellent. Tart with a vinegar bite, this is quite vinous with a surprising red wine character along with oak, a little vanilla and some tannins. The vinegar character is moderate, and there's actually quite a bit of cherry pie character, tart, fruity and mildly sweet. The sweetness has some caramel and some sugar to it. The tannins bring to mind seasoned leather

The palate opens with a noticeable red wine vinegar character, with the red wine really dominating. Surprisingly oaky, there's plenty of vanilla and tannins present. Moderately fruity as well, there's sour cherries present, lending both a sweetness and a tartness. The acetic character is moderate, coupling VERY well with the vinous character. Did I mention this was vinous? As mentioned, the sweetness is mostly cherry-like, with some brown sugar. Drying on the finish with a vanilla and tannin character, this is a pleasure on the palate. Medium light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I'm looking forward to the next couple of hours as I sip this. While the tannins are quite prominent, it is quite in balance with the rest of the beer, making drinking an entire bottle solo not seem a daunting task.

It's quite an interesting take on the style, very old world in nature. While it doesn't have the breadth of flavors that something like Goudenband has, for the first vintage, this is an exceptionally executed beer. Very well done, Patrick and co!

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I missed this review. Taken from notes on 11.2.2011.

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery Tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with a reddish tint. A one finger tan head forms, then fades quickly.

S - Tart cherries, and some oak flavors.

T - Ripe cherry, slight funk, a warming woody flavor.

D - Lower carbonation, average body. Pretty mild all-around.

O - Mild taste, in avery nice way.

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Photo of maximum12
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the f-in man, msulinski, for including this bottle in a wintertime trade. Had a sip of this at a tasting & needed a bigger bottle & lo! one shows up on my doorstep. 750ML bottle split with my wife after living at Town Hall & suckling on barrels all week.

Pour is wildly divergent: mine is dark brown, my wife's is dark red, from different levels of the bottle. Nose is big oak, raspberries, cherries, tart. Nice start.

Oude Tart cuts through the barrels like a German tank division through Polish cavalry. Huge oak notes trade light chatter with the searing tartness that lines the brew. Drought-dry. Fruit so present in the nose is tame to the point of absence. Earthy, slight vinegar, green apple, a bit leathery. Sippable.

Targeted to sourheads? No idea. But this is one fine, approachable sour, that doesn't cross the line into folding my face into right angles. Excellent beer & a standard for Flanders ales.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, I haven't reviewed this after about a dozen bottles of it over the last two years? Pours a pretty red, sizeable head on it, bigger than most flanders thats for sure. Aroma, nice tartness, cherry, wood, heavy wood, mild leather and earthiness at the same time.

Taste, one of the most sour flanders style beers. Much better than the typical stalwarts I hear mentioned. Great sour and fruit qualities, oak and leather restrained, but existent without forming a search party. Light on its feet for packing so much flavor.

There's a reason why this has won multiple golds at the World Beer Cup. Despite not being from the Flanders region, it is the prototype for the style these days. Takes the traditional style, makes it more lively, puckering, all good things.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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 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 claspada
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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 +2.4%
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 Rutager
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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 rlee1390
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Resuin
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. I believe this is from 2012, but the bottle is not dated.

Appearance: Pours a uniform opaque brown/black with a defined reddish hue. A half finger of light brown head fades quickly to nothing.

Smell: Cherry and oak upfront. Light acidity, grassy funk, lemon, green apples. An interesting leathery component to it as well which picks up as this one warms.

Taste: Red grapes, cherry, lemon, citrus rinds, green apple, oak, that leather quality again. Quite tart finish - very sour.

Mouth-feel: Low carbonation with a medium, very dry body. Super dry, sour finish.

Overall: Wow, this one was a lot more sour than I was expecting. Definitely the most sour of its style for me. Nice cherry and sour flavors in there, but just a tad sour for me - would prefer it if it were a bit more balanced. Still a quality brew of the style and quite tasty. I am wondering if this might be a bit older than my 2012 estimate from the carbonation and flavor profile.

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Photo of glid02
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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 ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -43.3%
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 BMMillsy
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured at the tasting room. Brownish red pour, mostly clear, with a small white head that recedes quickly. Big time sour vinegar aroma, stronger than any other sour I have had. Maybe some light sweet apples and cherries as well. Flavor follows with a massive hit of sour, some light funky vinegar, and a bit of sour fruits. There is a big dry oak influence here that differentiates this from others I have had in the style. Light sweet malts remain on the palate. This was heavier than the Berazzled, and definitely hit the taste buds hard. Enjoyable.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.02/5  rDev -5%
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 n2185
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a dark orange-brown with half a finger of off white head that completely vanishes with no lacing.

S: sour and tart cherries dominate the aroma with other aour fruits and a little funk.

T: tart and sour cherries dominate here as well with some slight acetic and funky flavors.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer is nice and refreshing.

O: a solid sour overall, though lacking in complexity.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.64/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, split

To me, this is just too damn sour. It's hard to focus on any other component of this beer - definitely the most sour beer I've ever had (a lot). Berry, red fruit, but really just acidic and incredibly sour. A little more palatable as it approaches room temperature but still a bit extreme. Not my thing at all.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV,

A - Deep ruby highlights show through the rich mahogany beer only when held to light. It's loose warn tusk-colored head has quite a bit of retention considering the acidity that comes from the nose but no real lacing is left behind.

S - Not barnyard-like, but barn like, this woody, rustic aroma has a certain rugged manly earthiness to it while remaining smooth. Sour acidity, damp wood, and toasted amber malt blend with distressed leather jacket for an enticing nose lined with mildly sweet dark candi sugar.

T - While just as complex as the aroma, this beer seems to taste considerably less so, focusing solely on tart acidity. Planks of moisture-starved oak and dried dark fruit enter through undertones of Belgian candi sugar and toast.

M - Despite effervescent, dancing carbonation, this beer's medium body has a smooth feel and light chewiness that finishes out intensely bone dry and considerably more sour than Belgium's red ales. If you want you're eyes to twich, give this a good swish in the mouth.

O - The Bruery Oude Tart is like a Flanders on steroids but they manage to ramp the beer up while hitting the nail right on the head. Completely reminiscent of Monk's Cafe, Rodenbock, etc., this powerhouse of a tart beer is quite an experience to behold.

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

750mL bottle poured into taster - 2011 vintage

Pours a slightly hazed red-amber color with a froth of fizzy beige head bubbling up on top. Leaves some sticky spots of lacing on the glass with some cloudy retention.

Pleasant scents of tart cherry skin, oak barrel and funky sourness. Fits the style well, balancing hints of sour, funk and fruit.

Nice round tartness up front with funky cherry notes. Oak and slight vinegar acidity with more dark fruit and a soft sweetness. The profile is definitely sour, but milder than I originally expected. Long, lingering finish with dry sourness.

Medium body, well carbonated, bubbly and dry on the tongue. Excellent American take on the style - nice balance, fruit and milder sourness.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark mahogony hazy liqiud, tight bubbly tan head good lace left.

S-the oak comes through on this, hints of acetone, acidity and notes of merlot, raisins and plums in the back.

T-the oak comes through in the front, hints of acetone and acidity, dark fruity sweetness in the back, just a touch of red wine, lingering tartness in the finish.

M-full body and chewy, good carbonation, holds throughout, smooth and creamy up front.

D-this is a well balanced sour. lots of oak up front, the sweetness balances out the sour quite well.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, slightly reddish chocolate brown with a fairly thick, though effervescent, light tan head. Sour apple dominates the strong aroma. Flavor is very tart - you may exercise facial muscles you never knew you had! Underlying hints of caramel and oak support the bold tartness. Texture is smooth and firm, if not too fizzy. Pucker up, sweetie!

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Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky reddish brown with more than one finger of tan head. Head has very good retention. Surprising for the style.

S - Earthy, funky tartness. Also quite a bit of oak and sour cherry in the nose.

T - Taste also has a significant funkiness to go with the tartness, giving a pretty full-bodied taste. Taste like a 'dirty' Flanders, but in a good way. Very tasty and quite oaky.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice earthiness. Finishes dry.

O - Probably the funkiest Flanders red I've had, with only moderate tartness. Still, a very tasty take on the style.

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Photo of Brenden
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

#4 1/24/14

This beer shines light a ruby in the light, dazzlingly clear and fiery bright red through and through. The head that develops is small and off-white, holding together well and managing pretty good lace as it goes.
This beer's got it: a massive tartness and incredibly sour aroma and flavor with the vinegar and dark cherry notes I'd hoped for and the vinous character necessary in these beers. It's deep and more complex than many in a deep and complex style. As it goes, the cracker malts serve simply to propel the deeper nuances, even as some rich leather comes out and the woodiness and acidity reach their peaks. The aroma carries slightly more funk and a bit of cream to it, making it slightly deeper than the taste but still very delicious and one of the best out there.
The feel gets all the complexity and (saying it again) depth of this style. Acidic and dry, the medium body is yet creamy. It's moderate carbonation carries through to add a bite on the tongue even while it flows so smoothly, and it carries a certain brightness as well.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks for sending me these, Mark!

A: Pours a dirty, murky, wooden-red color with a faint finger of light tan head that quickly faded into a thin collar.
S: Tart notes of dry oak, light malt, cherries, red berries, sweet fruit juice and fruit skin tannins.
T: Tart yet clean flavors of fruit skins, gritty tannins, dry oak, berry juice, cherries, and green fruits. Sweet in the finish with a tart and drying aftertaste.
M: Slick yet drying mouthfeel with bubbly, tingly, carbonation and a medium body.
O: Really solid all around. Not overly tart but very clean and fruity. Thanks again, Mark.

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