Tart Of Darkness | 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): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch 2 was aged in spent Black Tuesday barrels.

Added by ajcobb24 on 06-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,431
Reviews:
373
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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312
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82
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Photo of mcrawford
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Franziskaner
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with just a fractional amount of light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim. Aroma is of black licorice, roasted barley, plum, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Initially I taste roasted barley and a burst of sour brettanomyces. At the back of the palate I taste roasted barley and smoke and then I'm left with a lingering tardiness from the brettanomyces. The mouth is lightly chewy and alcoholic. An amazing sensory rollercoaster!

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Photo of hbmcdrew
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wheels2532
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CJNAPS
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is kind of tough to review to style, but I suppose Wild Ale is the best description. Although I am curious on how the base beer was brewed as it stikes me as a cross between an American Stout or a Black Ale.

From the bottle: "Sour Stout Aged in Oak Barrels", "...this sour black ale", "Sauerstaut", "...contortion of style and flavor"

It is a muddy/dirty dark brown to black with some grape juice like shading. Not much head here. Just a bit fizzy on top.

Smells very, very sour and very acidic. Vinegar, sour dark fruits, and hiding in the background some roasted malt and chocolate.

It really tastes pretty much like it smells other than the background aromas come to the foreground a bit more, especially after you adjust to the very dominant sour flavor and acidness. There is an almost overbearing vinegar, sour cherry, or more like cranberry. The oak is very faint, but as mentioned, the darker smoky malts and chocolate become more noticeable and begin to balance it a bit. It tastes like a black ale with no hop profile. There is a lingering balsalmic vinegar taste along with a red wine flavor.

The body is heavy if we are talking wild ale. As for a stout, a bit thinner. Not as carbonated as I would have guessed, but still a crisp bite to it.

Enjoyable beer overall. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone indifferent on sours.

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Photo of Tuckerster
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Benish
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kelseyr713
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bigred89
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of abrodsky
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of emptyglassagain
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LAp
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An exciting beer. One that arguably would have fit better at our Flanders Red tasting than Oude Tart. Pours a deep brown with a touch of red, alongside a mocha head. Nose is much more flanders red than stout. The palate is dominated initially by lactobacillus sour, touches of balsalmic vinegar, and dark cherry (with the slightest hint of raspberry). The stout element comes only at the end, as a dark, roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium (again, more Flanders Red than stout). An impressive chimera. The art of this beer lies in its reservation with incorporating the stout elements. The base of this beer is an extraordinary sour, altered from its style-of-origin only by its darker color and unique finish.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a beer flute
2013 Edition

This beer pours black with no light coming through. It is topped with less than an inch of mocha head the disappears almost immediately leaving no trace of its existence.

The smell is tart cherry, plum and even a little chocolate.

The taste The sour overwhelms the stout. I can detect hints of roasted malt, but after three years the sourness is omnipresent. I can get some dark fruit notes. This is sour, and I am loving it.

Medium to mouth puckering mouthfeel

As soon as I smelled this beer I knew that I would like it. It is a delicious sour stout. I would like to try it freshly bottled to see exactly what three years did. I would not pass up another opportunity to try it again.

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Photo of cuvtcuv
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jakersmatters
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tastes like warheads and horses ass in the best way ever

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Tart Of Darkness from The Bruery
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