Oude Tart With Sour Cherries | The Bruery

89 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Oude Tart With Sour CherriesOude Tart With Sour Cherries

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is our Flemish-style sour red ale that has won back to back World Beer Cup Gold medals in that category, as well as a Great American Beer Festival gold medal for the same. This is that same beer, but now with cherries to compliment the flavors of dark fruit, leather and toasty oak that the original is so well known for. While this beer will certainly age fine, we think that fruited beers are best fresh as the fruit character can dissipate with time.

Added by womencantsail on 11-21-2010

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 1,108
Photo of trodersark
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured on tap at the brewery into Tulip.

A: Pours extremely dark redish black. Surprisingly very dark.

S: Reeks of brett and sour cherries, a little bit of leather. Very funky, tart smell.

T: Tastes of cherries, brett, leather. Extremely funky, sour, and tart.

M: Very effervescent. The right amount so that you are able to taste the details of the brew.

D: Drinkability is extremely high. I could drink this for days on end. Overall Excellent.

 449 characters

Photo of pkalix
4.89/5  rDev +12.2%

wow! very nice.... certainly a 'must' if you like the 'wilds' or 'sours' or 'flanders'.... I really enjoyed this... tart and cherries, as advertised, of course.

 161 characters

Photo of nanobrew
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

darker than regular oude tart. Nice slight head of carbonation that dissipates fairly quickly. The cherries give it a more fruit forward taste and more clean tartness. I love the regular version, but this is definitely a notch above. great beer to drink at cellar temp or warmer

 278 characters

Photo of BastardKing24
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I've had the regular oude tart and couldn't wait to pop this on new years.

Pours a bright red/brown color with a small offwhite head that falls to lacing and a ring.

Smell is right away a big funky, acidic, sour smell, with vinegar, sour cherries, some toast and caramel. It's an absolutely overpowering smell its just HUGE. To me this is the sign of a well made sour.

Taste - Right away big vinegar notes, bread, lactic acid, cherries, some sour apple, and some caramel. This beer is just intensely sour yet quite dry. It has very little sweetness but it does have a decadent sort of malt backbone to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is light in terms of density, and carbonation is about perfect.

I am enjoying this very much as I type and wish I could get more of it.

 772 characters

Photo of Wolberjs
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow the 2016 is so much better than I remember. Smell and taste is a perfect balance between sour cherry, bourbon, oak, and sourness. Nice smoothie mouthfeel with that sour finish. Damn good.

 194 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing appearance, looks straight up like supplication with even more redness and grittyness to i, lacking much if any head to it. Great aroma, super sour, oak and vanilla.

Taste, fantastic. Puckering sourness, cherry really comes out in this one. Lots of the cherry sweetness, but the sour to back it up and not make the sweetness bothersome. Great job with the brett, never fades, intense, not the type of wild ale you should probably introduce one too (gf made the keith stone bitter beer face when I gave it to her, thereby making me smile).

Will definitely be looking for this one again and again at Bruery events.

 623 characters

Photo of sweemzander
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a deep murky mahogany brown color. Some decent tan colored froth and lacing.

(S)- Huge aromas of tart cherries and slightly funky oak. Very cherry pie-like, only with the deep funk.

(T)- Again, very cherry pie-like. Big jammy cherries meets the funky oak. Great sour acidity.

(M)- A great carbonation level and balance. The cherries really bring on extra dimension to the base with that extra jammy sweetness.

(O)- I am already a big fan of the base beer, but the addition of cherries really adds an extra layer of complexity and dimension making this something really special.

 629 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out a dark brown, very thin 1/5" off white/tan head on it. Aroma smacks of good red malts, cherries, cherry wood.

Taste, wow, another absolute gem from the Oude Tart series of beers. Massively sour, tons of bright and dark cherries in this one. Leather and earth not as noticeable with the cherries in there, but still brings the complexity rife with sourness. Hides the alcohol very well too.

I will continue to buy multiples of this beer every chance I get, it is absolute world class. Acidic in a good way, this base beer already had a lot of cherry with it, this just amps up the cherry and sourness apparently.

 632 characters

Photo of Mateo2699
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown with a strong reddish hue. Very lively pour, loud fizzy off white colored head that dissipates to absolutely nothing fairly quick.

Aroma is very clean leather foward with a strong amount of cherry sour, dark fruits like plums and raisins. Oak tannins and slight hints of tabacco and band aid funk creep through. Very interesting.

Taste is a sour bomb! At initial sip, definitely the more sour beers I've ever tasted. As it warms, more leather funk, oak tannins and tabacco come through to compliment the sour cherry bomb.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a palate coating sourness that sticks around for a good while. Relatively dry finish, with no abv detection. Only reason I wouldn't call this an easy sipper is because it's so damn sour. Overall an excellent brew with great complexity.

 822 characters

Photo of Overlord
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a surprisingly brownish ruddy color, with an also surprisingly robust tan head.

Smells like CHERRIES!!, and also some vinegar/vinous notes, a bit of .. oak/wood ... and a hint of MOAR CHERRIES!!

Cherries just make a completely natural addition to the base beer. The come across as mostly tart, but a hint of residual sweetness shines through and lightens up the wood/oak/slightly leathery/very vinous/vinegar base. Acetic tones really pop out and molest your tongue. Just very well blended given how complex it is, and the fruit is fresh and puckering.

Mouthfeel is thick, yet also effervescent.

Really a superlative beer.

 644 characters

Photo of vinny21bal
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer. Tried it next to Sour in the Rye with Kumquats. Two very different styles of sours. Some of the group liked the Sour in the Rye better and some agreed with me and thought this was a better beer. You pull some of the cherry and the wood from the barrel and the nose is very nice. It just seems to be a well balanced sour and I would like to see what happens to this beer with a little age.

 405 characters

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

thanks so much to stakem for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is dark tobacco with hazed clarity and thin ring of fine beads with medium brown hue. The aroma is very tart, lots of fruit aroma with a woody presence and light vanilla accent. The feel is great with tannic/lactic acid and sweet tangy fruity quality...medium carbonation with puckering dryness in the finish.

The taste is superb, very interesting how it develops with some layered stone fruit tanginess and acidity in the taste with fruit skin and slight balsamic sour woody combination of flavor with light vanilla and alcohol with lasting acidic dry finish. There is a complexity and yet drinkable quality in this unrivaled in many sour ales fruity and unique...I can't say for sure I would want to down a whole bottle to myself, but then again I would

 865 characters

Photo of vissai
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Bruery Tasting Room
A: I didnt expect this bad boy to be so dark, much darker than Melange 3. almost no head, with nice scarlet lacing.
S: Sex. sour and lactic with cherries jumping out.
T: Very complex tasting with a lingering cherry aftertaste. Reminds me of supplication. There is also a little Oak in the back. very enjoyable.
M/D: Very easy to drink with a perfect tartness level balancing out the abv. As it warmed it became even more and more drinkable.
Bottle This Now!

 490 characters

Photo of DovaliHops
4.6/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage bottle. Pours a VERY dark reddish-brown color...almost like a deep mahogany. Medium, light-tan head. Scent is heavy on the cherries up front. Tart, dark-red, overly ripe cherries with a good amount of oak and vinegar. Sweet cherries as well with a hint of vanilla and more wood. Some funky notes with a lot of sour aromas. As this beer warms, the cherry comes through fantastically. Taste is initially sweet cherry deliciousness, switches quickly to puckering sour. Light vanilla and heavy oak flavors. A bit of red wine vinegar. Puckering. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lip smacking, and puckering. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is fantastic. I enjoy it a bit more than the regular Oude Tart. The cherries shine through very nicely. Glad I stocked up on this one!

 789 characters

Photo of gcamparone
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Bruery tulip glass. Acquired in a trade with vitese, thank you sir!

A- Pours cloudy maroon-brown body with a 2 finger off-white head that reduces pretty quickly.. leaves no lacing.

S- Very pleasant and inviting on the nose.. upfront is a leathery, funky, oaky, somewhat smokey aroma. Somewhat creamy. There's some lactic acidity, citrus and sour cherries in the background.

T- Upfront is a HUGE punch of acidity - sour cherries, lemon-lime juice, vinegar, lactic tartness.. up next is a nice oaky, woodyness that still takes back seat the the sharp sour character of this beer. Some caramel and bread. The finish is slightly astringent and drying. Tartness coats the tongue for a while.

M- Despite the extreme sourness of this beer, it's very drinkable and refreshing. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

One of the most sour, yet complex beers I've ever tasted. The flavors work well here and the cherries add a nice level of complexity that makes this brew one to seek out.

 1,022 characters

Photo of GPHarris
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A -poured a one finger thick dark tan head into a tulip that left a thin ring throughout. The body was a dark brown.
S - light cherry aroma.
T - pucker up! Big tart cherries and oak.
M - medium and coating.
O - I'll still be tasting cherries tomorrow...thanks!

 268 characters

Photo of macrosmatic
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bottle into a Firestone Walker snifter glass.

A: Dark brown with hints of deep crimson, and some haze but stays translucent. Forms a thin off-white head, with low visible carbonation.

S: Sour cherries, puckering acetic acid, rich toasted malt, and a touch of lemon tartness and oak tannins.

T: Dry and puckering acetic character up front, and sour cherries, dry oak tannins, roasted malts and finishes with big cherry fruity flavor that's acetic tart and sour. Finishes fairly dry as well.

M: Body is on the light side, but not at all watery. Alcohol is well-hidden, and good carbonation sensation.

O: This was very tasty. The cherry flavor was unmistakeable without being at all artificial, and the rest of the beer was plenty big enough to stand up to the big cherry presence. Good levels of sourness as well. I really enjoyed this one.

 883 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle opened on 9.20.13

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a dark tan head that is gone fast.

S - Tart, sweet, lots of cherry.

T - Subtle at first, then tart bourbon/oak barrel with a sweet tart cherry finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light to medium body.

O - Oude tart with a nice oaky-cherry finish. Nice.

 315 characters

Photo of pmarlowe
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 2012 RS Initiation party. Taster glass.

A: Pours a dark reddish amber--dark but good clarity--with thin off-white head. No lacing, pretty good retention.

S: A delicious sour red cherry bomb, red fruit (strawberry, raspberry), a little oak and funk. Great depth and complexity.

T: The sourness hits you up front and then slowly fades away over the sip. Red cherry, slightly tannic, deep red wine, and some oak characteristics. Medium-high sourness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, smells phenomenal, with very good complexity. Definitely an improvement over the regular Oude Tart (which is also solid).

 635 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
7.5% ABV, 2013 Edition, Best enjoyed fresh for the full fruit flavor. Best stored and cellared around 55°F, ideal serving temperature is 50°F. Best served in a tulip or wine glass.

A - Visibly clear through the pour, this beer ends up a dark brown color in the glass and is topped by a surprisingly long-lasting cap of tan foam for how acidic the beer smells.

S - Sour, astringent cherry skin is the perfect compliment to the vinegar-based acidic, sour aroma of Oude Tart. Toasted malt peeks through with bread crust and notes of caramel sweetness for some sort of sour balance.

T - Heavy oak barrel dominates the flavor with sharp cherry skin following close behind but any malt flavor is transparent and tertiary to the barrel and flagrant vinegar sourness. Tobacco and leather suggestions come from a combination of the oak and barrel and sour power for a closing punctuation.

M - Incredibly sour, Oude Tart with Cherries is a pucker-up beer with an abundance of tiny carbonation bubbles and an astringent, tart finish. Perfection!

O - The thoughtful addition of cherries to Oude Tart, an already sour base beer, brings a harmonious congregation of assertive flavors to the table; oak, cherry skin, tobacco, and leather, just to name a few. It's tear-jerking sourness will more than satisfy the cravings of any sour power lover, making it one hell of a beer!

 1,417 characters

Photo of FosterJM
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

171st review on BA
on tap at RS party

App-The pour is much the same as the regular oude tart. Was a very nice pour.

Smell- I was really hoping The Bruery guys would kick this up a notch and they did with the cherry scents. A tiny bit more vinegar note but thats okay

Taste- This one is pretty sour but with each sour I had today at the RS party I am liking the style better. Great flavors with a small bit of sweet added.

Mouth- Made my mouth pucker a little and was a dry finish with a medium body and the right amount of carbonation.

Drink- Superb beer in my opinion. I really enjoyed it along with Choc rain and 57 wild for the day.

 640 characters

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice dark murky brown with a light cream colored thin yet dense head. Gorgeous tight bubbles form a nice cake that recedes pretty quickly down to a nice ring around the glass.

Aroma is amazing. Notes of sour balsamic vinegar. Notes of leather and tart apple skin in the nose. Some mild smoky tobacco notes are in the nose as well. Great sour cherry notes in the middle that carry all the way towards the end. Chalky tartness with a mild fruit/sugary sweetness in the nose.

Flavor starts off with strong sharp tart notes. Balsamic vinegar notes are intense and really hit the palette hard. Notes of leather and some slight wood funk are present. There is a nice yeasty note mixed in with the sourness. The sourness starts of vinegary but turns into more of a cherry and sour apple skin throughout the middle. There are some slight sugary sweet notes on the middle and back end that compliment the leathery and woody notes. The finish is tart and dry and as it warms some woody and mild vanilla notes can be noted along with the increasing weather. Carbonation is great and cleans the palette for more sips.

Overall. This brew is outstanding. Nice notes of vinegar and sour cherry notes mixed in with woody funk notes and a nice medium-loght body.

 1,305 characters

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown topped by a finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving no lacing
S: smells of oak, vanilla, acetic acid and sour cherries
T: taste is sour cherries, acetic acid, oak, funk, and a little vanilla. swallow is more acetic acid, oak, funk and sour cherries
M: this beer sits at the lighter side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is incredible. The base beer is already exceptional and the sour cherries complement that with another layer of complexity.

 550 characters

Photo of Kevinpitts
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude tart is a great beer to begin with. This adds a nice tart cherry flavor that really stands out. Fabulous beer.

 150 characters

Photo of homebrew311
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep red with nice clarity and not much head. Nose is entirely different than regular oude tart. Tons of cherry skin, dark fruit, lactobacillus, and a bit of oak. The flavor is very sour with tons of tart cherry, oak, berry skin, and tannins. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Overall, this is a different beast than the base beer.

 345 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,108 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.