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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.

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Photo of stakem
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a dark brown color with a rich dark khaki to lighter brown cap 2 fingers strong. The cap fades to a thin film across the top. Lighter brown clarity is seen through the edges when held to the light. A swirl hardly revives a finger that is quick to fade.

The aroma is tart and funky with an oaked barrel presence that blends into some vanilla, caramel and cherry. Some classic sour cherry notes are already present in this beer but the cherry addition takes it up another notch which is enjoyable without getting medicinal.

The flavor is very tart with some earth and oak barrel. A mild touch of funk and raw barrel with a slight vanilla and caramel taste before the cherry fruited aspects. The sourness is pretty intense, almost acedic. There are at times a bit of herbal flavor that blends to a very natural cherry fruit inclusion like the pits and over-ripe cherry. It gets mildly medicinal with more sips.

This is a medium bodied brew with with a modest to lighter level of carbonation. It is quite a nice upgrade from the base brew. The cherry inclusion is very enjoyable but it is quite sharp though and that hinders the overall drinkability a little for me.

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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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark deep mahogany color with light lingering whit head at the edges.

S: aroma of light apple cider vinegar , sour acid , tart cherry and American oak.

T: mouth puckering sourness and oak off the first sip. There's a lot of vinegar and oude brune flavor here with some caramel and sour blonde ale flavors. Granny Smith apple , lemon and white grape flavors mixing with sour acid all day long.

M: Very crisp for an American Wild Ale. Highly carbonated and refreshing on a fall day after blowing leaves for a few hours.

O: I think this lived up to my expectations. It has the stock Bruery wild ale flavors and comes together as oude tart with a darker color. The cherry flavors are not overly strong but doesn't add a ton of complexity to the beer. It seems like oude tart with a twist which is a good beer to begin with but not too much of a differentiator really.

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Photo of IKR
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Dark reddish brown color with a moderate light beige head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Tart cherries, mild tobacco, and mild funk.

Taste: Tart cherries, mild tobacco, mild funk, moderate red wine notes, and very mild acetic notes. I get a cherry presence in the regular Oude Tart so the added cherries enhances those notes. For me nothing to change here at all.

Mouth-feel: Body is on the lighter Medium side with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: Oude Tart with or without added cherries is one of my favorite sours from any brewery. Outstanding beer.

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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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Photo of inlimbo77
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml, Riedel snifter
Summer 2013 bottling

A: Brownish ruby red in color. Seems a little darker than regular OT. Initially a night thin head of light tan. Forms a collar.

S: Definitely getting those cherries. Balsamic vinegar. Vanilla. Sweetness. Oak.

T: Right up front you get blasted with that tart sour fruit. Deep tart cherry. Medium bodied. Very dry in back end. Really taste that wood.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation OK.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a murky brown with reddish highlights. Very small quickly dissipating head with minimal lacing. Aroma of oak, red wine vinegar, cherries. Flavor follows te nose closely; sour cherries and an oaky woody note, assertive acidic vinegar. Teeth left squeaking. My wife says it is in the top five sourest beers she has ever had. And she really likes super sour beer. Fairly aggressive but still complex. Vivid cherry flavor. Medium body with lively carbonation. Semi dry finish with lingering tartness and a puckering quality.

P.s. This review typed by my intoxicated wife. Thanks!

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very nice beer, very cherry! Reminds me in many ways of the great Belgian kriek's with the fruit presence,

Pours a beautiful deep dark crimson with no light at all passing through it. No head, no lacing, doesn't really need it but it would be nice to have a touch of that.

The smell is nice, great dark cherry presence with additions of oak, brown sugar, vanilla, wild yeast, and more. Very nice, solid aroma though not amazing. The taste though is remarkable, a burst of sour cherry hits with a foundation of tart yeast and sour patch kids, yielding to maybe a bit of soothing wood flavors and then even more acidic acid lingering in the finish, which I like in many ways. This beer does not fool around with the tartness level, not a beer for the light of heart when it comes to sour beers.

The feel is obvious very acidic, but has a nice body and flavor profile as it rolls over the plate and leaves quite a mark in the aftertaste. Overall a very good brew, super tasty.

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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!

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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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Photo of rudzud
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark garnet hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave next to no head. Pretty standard.

S - Aromas of bright cherries, sour leather, sweet malts, nice slightly funky sour notes. Nice sour pit notes.

T - Taste is very nicely sour cherries, faint vanilla, light leather. The cherries are bright and super sour. The balance of vanilla, malts, leathery and cherries are dopey harmonious. Well done.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp and sour. Nice tart barrel notes.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, good cherry notes. It added nicely to this beer, very enjoyable

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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

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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!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
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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Photo of ehammond1
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

The Bruery RS Initiation Party 2012

A dark brown and cherry red with glowing red edges. Thin half-inch light tan head atop. Pretty.

A powerfully aromatic sour. There's plenty of sweet fruit aromas, particularly cherries and grapes, along with a mellow woody aroma. Very tart nose.

A delicious sour with lots of cherry and wood character. Balanced, sweet, tangy, woody, spicy, then more sweetness. Delicious.

Medium body, lip puckering, no alcohol presence.

An absolutely fantastic sour. Great beer!

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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).

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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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Photo of phichifiji00
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky reddish brown, very little white head, no lacing.

Smell: Tons of sour cherries, tart, red wine vinegar, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Sour cherries, plums, tart red fruit, red wine vinegar, funky, acidic and a bit of oak.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation, acidic, tart.

Overall: A wonderful beer. Tastes similar to fresh Cuvee de Tomme but better balanced. Very drinkable, very well executed.

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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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 03/12/11 notes. Was very excited to see this added to the day session at EBF, as I love the the normal version of Oude Tart.

a - Pours a dark ruby red color with an inch of head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of tart cherries, oak, sour dark fruits, wine, and vinegar. Lots of sour dark fruits which I really like.

t - Tastes of tart cherries, other sour dark fruits, oak, vinegar, and some acedic notes. Mouth puckeringly sour, really enjoyable.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Mouth puckering it's so south, which I love.

d - Overall I thought this was a really great beer; pretty on par with the regular Oude Tart, just more focused around cherries. Would love to have this one again and it was one of the best beers at EBF.

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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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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!

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

At The Bruery. Into Tasting glass.

Minimal head. The beer is a mahogany color. Tha nose is red fruit. Cherries ( obviously), rasberries, it even smells tart. Taste follows. Super sweet and tart. In fact it is reminiscent of the candy Sweet Tarts. Feel is light with great carbonation. Good Drinkability due to it's refreshing nature. ABV is completely hidden by the mouth puckering sourness of the beer. I like it! Wish it was available in bottles.

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Photo of nataku00
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Revolution during their The Bruery event during SF Beer Week 2011. Poured into a tulip glass, beer is a dark reddish brown, hazy and opaque to block out any chance of seeing through it. No head off the pour and none developed from swirling, with no lacing as well. Carbonation isn't visible as well, which worries me.

I could smell it as soon as the glass was brought near me at the bar. Nice pungent tart red fruit, cherries, raspberries and plums, red wine and balsamic vinegar sourness as well. Just a hint of sweetness, but this smells very nice.

Taste doesn't disappoint, lots of tart red fruits upfront, cherries play a big role, but there's a tannic quality as well, drying and astringent. Fruity sweetness mid tongue and finishing with a nice and delicious tartness.

Carbonation is thankfully there to help lighten up the medium bodied beer, soft and delicate bubbles preventing an overly syrupy mouthfeel. Tart but not alcoholic at all. Very easy to drink for how sour it is on the tongue, but it makes me both thirsty for more, and hungry for some food.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the bruery RS party into a taster glass. Glad I got a sample of this.

A - Pours deep brown with a small head leaving little to no lacing down the glass. Nothing special really.

S - Similar to supplication. Tart cherries, oak, vanilla sweetness mix well with a lightly toasted malt center. Pretty good but it kind of works against itself.

T - Quite a bit of sour cherries up front with a moderate amount of lingering acidity. Plenty of chunky cherry flavor adds a touch of sweetness. Some vanilla and oak come thru once the acidity dye down. One of the best beers at the party. Very nice stuff.

M - Good body with a lingering tart cherrie feel. The carbonation was a little low but it worked in its favor I think. Pretty good.

D - I am glad I got a sample of this. It could have used a bit more cherries but it was still pretty good. I hope they end up bottling it at some point. I would love to have a few.

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