Oude Tart With Sour Cherries | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

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

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1,112
Reviews:
90
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
8.03%
 
 
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a tan 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 of sour cherries/berries, balsalmic vinegar, and some nice funky aromas. Taste is of sour cherries, vinegar, and earthy and funky flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer and the sour cherries are a great addition to the base beer.

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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is wonderful beer, it really is, but im not sure how much the cherries really add to it. i mean, the original beer has a lot of tart cherry notes in it already, but remains balanced and rather true to the flemish red tradition. this edition actually has cherries in it, and while they get lost a bit in one of the most sour beers ive ever had, they give it a gritty sort of sweetness before the acid attack on the back end. deep ruby red in color with a ton of bubbles, no problems there. the nose is sour, but doesnt show nearly the intensity of it that is about to follow. the cherries add a nice layer to the smell, tart and familiar, but they come through a bit sweeter in the taste at first. nice sour red base on the first sip, but ive oude tart enough to know that its about to get gnarly. the sourness here is perhaps the most of any beer i have ever had, in fact im pretty sure it is, it almost hurts my jaw just smelling it. the flavors are awesome for the first few sips, and i get a nice earthiness that comes along with all the cherry, but after about half a glass i cant really taste it much anymore, certainly not as well, because my taste buds have been basically scorched off my tongue by all the acid. im not complaining, i like that, but i could never take down a bottle of this without help, it would turn my guts inside out for sure. the carbonation is high, which amplifies the sourness to even a higher degree. i love this beer, but i may like the base beer better than the cherry version. it just doesnt really need them.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sharply acidic and solely focused on extra cherries, the Bruery's Belgian-esque cherry beer is much more clean, crisp and dry than even those from the Flanders regions.

Like the standard Oud Tart, the red ale pours a lightly rusty color of brown, garnet, and orange; the beer is hazy and prefers a wine-like demeanor over that of beer. Its highly carbonated body builds a loosely-knit, white froth, while it's structure quickly falls and causes the beer the look somewhat still midway through the session.

However even stronger sourness and tartness of that "sour patch kid" candy emit from the aromas, but soon after, the more mature scents of balsamic, leather, those sour cherries offer up strong vinegar-like attributes. Its malty dryness supports the sourness with just enough cracker and honey notes give the sourness a rounded sense without much extra attention.

The sharp and unprecedented flavors hinge on the sharp cherry taste, which propels its tartness into the stratosphere. But the beer doesn't let up as the quick follow-up of almond, apple, Cabernet, light leather, dusty oak, and white cider vinegar govern the beer's taste when the cherries allow. 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.

Oud Tart really does all it says in its name. Yet its acidic cherry flavor dwarfs its more succulent fruit tones; Its lacking savory presence allows the sourness to act much more like a young, green and imature lambic more so than a mature Flanders Red Ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Chris for generously sharing this!

Dark reddish brown body, slightly hazy, with a thin head of creamy light tan foam that leaves behind spotty lace. It has a slight reddish glint when held to the light.

Funky wild yeast aromas and luscious black cherries. Complex fruit character without any sweetness.

Extremely puckering, woody tannins from the base, sour cherry in spades, mouthwatering. Medium bodied, spritzy, very acidic and sour. Overall an improvement on Oude Tart, even more sour with lots of sour cherry, though it lacks some of the nuance of it's predecessor.

Not sure why it's listed as American Wild if its a Flanders Red with cherries added.

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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery.

Murky blood red with no head or lacing.

The aroma is cherry-forward, both from acetic acid and actual cherries. Mild on the funk, this is like a fruit vinaigrette.

Tastes like sour cherries, unsurprisingly. Cherries are dominant, but there's an acetic and vinous undercurrent that's quite nice. Very enjoyable and balanced, albeit somewhat one-dimensional. There's a touch of sweetness, but this is largely sour. Large quantities could get stomach-churning, but I enjoyed drinking a few small pours.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.97/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light layer of tan khaki head. Color is a murky caramel brown. Not very appealing.

Aroma: Oaky and vanilla with sour cherries. Kind of tart. Pretty sweet though. Kind of malty with some caramel showing.

Taste: A lot tarter here. Oaky, vanilla, spice, and sweetness. Fits the flemish red category well. Sour.

Mouthfeel: Tart, but not overdone. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, I can't say this is better than Oude Tart, but I can't say it's worse. They both have their own qualities that I like in them. Prettty drinkable.

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

Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Extreme Beer Fest 2011. One of the first beers I had, and then came back right away.

Pours a rusty reddish-brown color with a short off-white head that stays around pretty well with a good swirl or two. A bit of lacing. The nose is quite nice. It had been awhile since I'd had Oude Tart, but I recognized the base right away. Nice tartness with some cream and dark fruits plus a mild acetic presence. Good lactic presence there as well, then layered with some fresh, tart cherries. Great complexity in the nose.

The flavor wasn't quite as complex are integrated as the nose, and it was a tad bit more acid-forward without as much of the underlying cherry, oak, and fruit flavors. Still, quite good. The feel integrated the two acid components quite well and mixed things up really well with the cherries. Overall, a very nice beer that I was thrilled to see on the menu.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud.

Light fizzy head, touch of lacing, dark mahogany brown color.

Nose awesome sour brown, light brown sugar like toasty, a nice deep cherry, sour cherry, sour lactic malt vinegar.

Taste quite sour, sweet syrupy brown sugar and molasses, soured brown malts, onto dark malt vinegar, acetic acid, nice oude tart. Then a light sour cherry, chewy malt and candy sugar soured. Finish is sticky flemmy, nice sour cherries, tart, name vinegar, etc.

Mouth is med bod, tart and flemmy, decent carb, acidic bite.

Overall good but I don't think it's worlds above the original which was awesome to begin with.

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3.75/5  rDev -14%

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4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the new tasting room.

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with a thin tan head which leaves no lace.

N: Cherries, oak tannin, tart vinegar notes.

T: Woody oak saturated with bright and fruity semi-sweet cherries. Plenty of tannins and tartness on the finish.

M: Medium body and semi-moderate carbonation. Nice sweetness up front with tart finish.

O: Very good and such a treat to have.

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