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

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 6/22/13. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours opaque mahogany with a half finger of earthy cream hued head that quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

Aromas of sweet cherries, lemonade, vinegar, earthy oak and sour apple.

Tart cherry flavors dominate initially with plenty more following. Puckeringly sour vinegar, apple skins, barrel funk, acidic lime, yeast, wood and leather. Complex sour and eathy waves of flavor. Good stuff.

Medium body, highly carbonated. Zesty, it keeps the flavors dancing on the tongue. Vinegar and cherry finish.

Very similar to what I remember of the original Oude Tart with the tasteful addition of tart cherries. Beautifully done.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well balanced sour. The cherries are sweet enough to really balance out the oude tart base, which can be too vinegar sour for me at times. Dark ruby body with a thin tan head. The scent with tart pie cherries, which is very nice. The taste is almost exactly the same. Just enough cherry to give you that tart fruit character, but the base beer still shines. Excellent and an upgrade from the Oude Tart base beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle (bottled on 6/22/13) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep brown color with two fingers of thick, dense tan foam with decent staying power. Slowly fizzes away towards the surface without leaving much lacing at all.

S - Nice earthy funk up front. Some caramelly sweet aroma, fairly intense tartness, lots of woody oak, big sour cherry aroma.

T - Quite tart and sour overall inducing a strong pucker on first sip. Cherries take the lead with big fruit flavor and injecting its own tart flavors into the beer. Lots of woody oak in here too. A somewhat earthy, lightly sweet malt base.

M - Lightish medium body with a strong, fizzy carbonation. Medium funkiness, big sour and tart flavors, fruity - rather puckering. Lingering tartness that gives a fairly dry finish.

O - Very nice sour beer. As much as I enjoy the regular version of Oude Tart, this is a notch above it. Cherries accompany the beer quite well and add some additional complexity.

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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 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 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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bruery Reserve Initiation party 2011. Pours a murky rust mahagony color with a slight tan head that collars around the glass. Nice tart cherry aroma in the nose along with slight acetone. Light mouthfeel. Well balanced comes to mind as I drink this. It really isn't overly sweet or sour but somewhere in the middle with the sweetness of the cherries being counteracted by the tartness and vice versa. Ends with a lingering tartness. Very drinkable.

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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 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.

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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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonic pint 2013 bottle

A: Fairly decent pour yielded almost no head whatsoever. Could hear it fizz but thats it. Body is a brown bordering on black with tiny bits of light escaping the edges.

S: Lots of cherry and light oak and light vinegar, apples, wine.

T: The cherries are there lots of sourness almost a malty roasty chocolate taste is lingering in the back. Has a little bit of an oaky wood taste.

M: High carbonation very tingly on the tongue but medium bodied otherwise.

O: Not a bad beer, carbonation is huge, bracing sourness, and the oak is very different on the back end.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, all of The Bruery's beers are overpriced and generally avoided at retail cost, so it's nice when I get to try one for free at a tasting.

This one is sour with a taste of tart cherries that borders on fake medicine cherry flavor.

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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 LambicPentameter
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Received this bottle from a great BA in ThickNStout. Regular Oude Tart is a fantastic American sour, so I was excited to see how the addition of sour cherries changed it. Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a bottling date of 6/27/14 etched on the side of the bottle where the body curves into the neck. Poured into a large Belgian-style tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - The body is comprised of a murky, muddy reddish brown hue that belies tints of garnet and burgundy when held up to the light. Atop the body sits a finger and a half of toasted marshmallow colored head that took a fairly hard pour to coax out. It hangs around for a minute or so before dissipating to leave a ringlet of foam around the edge of the glass and a wafting of film along the surface. Not really any lace to speak of.

Smell (4.5) - Aroma is where the regular OT begins to shine, and this one is no different, although the cherries add an element that really kicks it into high gear. There are still plenty of notes of leather (oddly more than I remember from the regular version) and a nice pinch of vinegar-like acidity and oak tannins, but now there is a overtly fruity presence as well that complements the leather and acid with bright notes of cherry and cranberry.

Taste (4.5) - As with the aroma, the sour cherries really boost the flavors on this to another level. Wet leather, pipe tobacco, musty oak tannins and red wine vinegar all meld together with a bright, puckering burst of red fruits, with cherry leading the way. There is some balsamic sweetness on the finish that I didn't notice at first, but it's hard to navigate around the dominant cherry, albeit in a good way.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Body is on the light side of medium, with moderate carbonation that lends a fizzy mouthfeel. The acids provide a pinch on the tastebuds on the sides and back of the mouth, but not a full-on pucker. Finish is predominantly dry, but as mentioned, there is a balancing sweetness to it, so perhaps semi-dry is the best way to describe it.

Overall (4.5), this is a perfect example of how the proper additives can really kick a good beer to great status. Certainly adding sour cherries to a beer with sour characteristics is nothing new, but The Bruery has definitely added their own stamp to the idea.

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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.

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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 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 cvm4
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

L - The pour yields a deep brown/plum body with a fizzy one finger tan head. Not much lacing or retention.

S - A big hit of juicy, sour cherries that give way to the tart base beer of leather and oak.

T - Whoa! Sour cherry galore! Picture Oude Tart, not add some sour cherries in the mix. Yup, that's what we have here. So deliciously sour!

F - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. It has a really dry finish.

O - The cherries are a great addition to an already fantastic beer. They really send

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.79/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Another enormous thanks to Beerenauslese for bringing this to the early January tasting at the Taproom. 2013 vintage. Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Keep in mind that I have NOT had Oude Tart yet (although I do have a bottle), so I have nothing to compare this to.

From what I can gather, this is radically different in appearance from the Oude Tart due to the addition of cherries - far less brownish in appearance, and upholds a garnet, slight ruby red tinged color due to the fruit's skins. Contains a bone white head that lasts for a bit, let eventually gives up with minimal retention and no sticky foam to speak of. Glimmers a bit, and is a great tribute to the finest traditional fruit infused Lambics, but is pretty much on par to any average Flanders red that I've seen before.

The aroma, though... Holy crap. Ridiculously vinegar-y and acidic like nothing else - this one is simply not playing around here. Fleshy, tart cherry skins, sour cranberries, as well as newly riped currants, all meld with the acetic and minimally lactic acidity from the oak. At the back, there's a red vinaigrette flavor that nearly pierces the nostrils through and through, with some light notes of tobacco, almonds, and caramel at the back. It's a physically intense sensation on the nostrils (which I haven't experienced since something more rustic from Cantillon), but it's not the most balanced wild offering I've whiffed upon. It gets credit for its uniqueness, but it's definitely rather harsh in certain respects.

One sip, and my cheeks instantly puckered up. This is unbelievably ridiculous and I should have been aware into what I was getting myself into as soon as I evaluated this beer based off its aroma. *Extremely* sour red fruits, resembling under-ripe cherries, stems and pits and all, alongside sour pomegranates, cranberries, and green plums. Gets progressively more acidic in the middle of the mouth, with a red wine vinegar and green apple skin flavor, finishing off with intense sour oak notes that's slightly spicy but mostly astringent and intense. Some caramel and lactic sweetness at the finish. As it warms up, it does get a little bit more tolerable, creamier, and richer, with the fruit notes feeling more puréed and juicier, which is to its advantage. It's never thin, and contains enough of a solid malt and oak backbone that balances out the entire process. Not for beginners, but definitely too fascinating to ignore.

When I thought I had had I true sour beer from The Bruery... THIS comes along. What an intense, fruity, acetic monster of a beer. Definitely never had anything quite like it in the realm of American sour ales, and in spite of its over-the-top intensity, it's got a lot going for it and makes a good sipper throughout. It's not the most practical sour I've had, but the fruit characteristic, as well as the intense oak, is notable in its class. I don't know if I'll ever get to try other fruit infused sours from The Bruery, but I am glad I got to try this.

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Photo of aleigator
3.55/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a plum pulp, murky brown color, with a fizzy beige head, leaving the beer immediately after a refreshing hiss. Leads to a gloomy, flat impression, while it is absolutely impossible to look through the glass.

Utmost cherry defined nose, in all its desirable facetts. Very pronounced on a ripe, sunbathed impression, revealing moldy cherry stone pits, accompanied by a supporting fermented fruit sweetness, adding a vinous note. Most likely the most fruit defined awa I have had so far, with a very intriguing ripeness as for the aroma defining cherries.

Drinks almost without any carbonation at all, while its pungent sourness makes up for that, guiding the flavors through the palate, by adding a slick acetic acid profile.

Cherries evolve from leathery, old earth and an uncompromising tartness, lending the beer its balancing sweetness. While this ripeness on the nose has been beautifully pronounced, tastewise it plays a role of required balance for the otherwise omnipotent sourness. The consequential interplay of those two flavors appears quite appealing, providing an unripe fruit beginning, which turns riper, as the malts exhibit more and more earth supported sweetness. Finishes with a long lasting dryness, accompanied by dextrose and grain bread, wrapped up by slick acidity.

While not outstandingly refreshing, as for its fuller body, the beer showcases a beautifully arranged cherry taste throughout. Its nice to see the cherry aging on your tongue after the swallow, which I called Jerry btw. Although the taste exhibits an intense sourness, it remains focussed on the cherries, revealing a natural fruit impression.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of rand
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From 750 mL bottle to wine glass

A: Dark reddish brown in color, cola-like, with an effervescent head that quickly bubbles off. No lacing to speak of.

S: Notes of sour cherries, wrapped in lively lactic acid, hits the nose first, as expected. Nuances of strawberries and raspberries are distinct. Oaky and slightly grassy, the bouquet is dry at the boundaries, complimented by alcohol volatiles.

T: Again, the sour cherry flavors hit you right up front, with a puckering dose of lactic acid. The fruity aspects are barely sweet, as the palate rolls into it's drying, oaky, leathery aspects. Hints of tobacco and pepper are noted, and a distinct strawberry note carries toward the finish. The flavors close quickly, without much lingering between sips.

M: Medium bodied and amply carbonated, accenting the fresh and clean tone of the palate.

An outstanding beer...deliciously sour, but layered and nuanced. It takes some time to pinpoint all of the subtleties, which are many.

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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 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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Oude Tart With Sour Cherries from The Bruery
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,103 ratings.
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