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Oude Tart With BoysenberriesOude Tart With Boysenberries

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oude Tart is a Flemish-Style Red Ale aged in red wine barrels for up to 18 months. This version has had boysenberries added for the final stages of barrel-aging. In fact, there are over two gallons of boysenberry purée per barrel. The final compilation is pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit, tart boysenberries and toasty oak. While the Flemish-style red ale is one of the more classic beer styles that we make, it's not a style that you can find too often in the United States. Originating in style from the Flanders region of Belgium, near the French border, this dark, sour ale has roots deep in brewing history and predates most of the ales that have become popular in contemporary culture. We're doing our best to keep the tradition alive by brewing and aging this beer here on the west coast.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thank you sir.

This one pours a brilliant dark pinkish red. Like most Bruery beers, it appears they were super heavy handed with the fruit addition, which I can appreciate.

This one smells like very, very tart boysenberries- I've never had boysenberry, but I definitely a blackberry feel from them, maybe some raspberry, too. There's definitely some red wine here, and a bit of oak as well, but the berries are the dominant thing here for sure.

The taste is similar, it's a big ol' lactic berry bomb here. The fruit is expressed really, really nicely, it's there, it's fresh, and it tastes authentic. It does bury the base a bit, but you do get some nice red wine tannic sort of flavors, and some slightly spicy oak. This is very drinkable, despite how sour it really is.

This has an almost seedy mouthfeel, super juicy, with a good level of carbonation.

Fruited sours from the Bruery tend to lack a certain subtlety, but they're definitely tasty.

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a muddled brown body with a slightly red tint. What head that appears disappears just as quickly. Not a pretty beer by any means.

S - Typical Bruery Oude Tart smell, may'be slightly less sour. Earthy, musty, oaky and jammy.

T - The taste follows the nose. More boysenberries that I was expected, which is great. Balsamic vinegar is intertwined in the myriad of flavors.

F - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Dry finish.

O - If you love the base Oude Tart, then you'll love this beer. The boysenberries really compliment the base beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. 2015.

A: The color is a similar shade to certain red wines. A very short-lived and fizzy dark tan head with a purple tinge to it briefly surfaced after each pour. No lace.
S: A rich and delicious smelling combination of musty and earthy notes mixed with juicy semisweet berries. I get scents of bright lactic acid and a touch of acetic acid, earthy bramble patch, and hints of caramel, cherry skins, raisin, and oak.
T: Follows the nose with earthy and damp barrel flavors mixed with boysenberry, dark cherries, slight raspberry, leather, and oak. The acidity is bright and juicy but not overly harsh or distracting. The finish is very smooth with a lingering combination of boysenberry jam and buttery oak.
M: The mouthfeel is very well-rounded as the acidity is potent yet smooth, and the finish is drying but not a gritty tannic desert. Medium body, tingly and fizzy carbonation that smooths out nicely. Slightly vinous.
O: Overall, a rather smooth, juicy and earthy sour. I thought the jammy berry flavors mixed well with the flanders-style base.

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Photo of stakem
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle poured into a snifter. The brew appears a deep mahogany to purple color with a brownish red hued khaki cap that fades quick.

Aroma is fruited with blackberry-like boysenberry, balsamic vinegar, caramel and oaky vanilla. Taste has a seedy to earthen blackberry flavor with a touch of toasty caramel malt/vanilla but without much sweetness. Oak and vinegar are present throughout the aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Not a bad brew that has a lot of fruited nuance but the strong vinegar is distracting and really takes away from the overall enjoyment. This is a one and done for me, I dont need to have it again.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky/dirty looking purple-red. Basically a darker version of the label. Not much head at all. Just a bit of cola like fizziness.

Smells sour, obviously. Also red wine, apple cider vinegar, some musty wood, and sweet darker fruits. Maybe grapes and raspberries.

Lots of tart sourness is balanced by a jelly/dessert topping. A very distinct fruit flavor. A combination of raspberry, blackberry, and red grape leaning toward blackberry. There is a touch of oak flavor in the lingering aftertaste, but not as much as you can smell.

The body is crisp and dry. Like a red wine with more body. It is very easy drinking for an 8.5% beer.

I don't drink a lot of this style, but I enjoy them occasionally. This one was very tasty.

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Photo of Tele
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 9.20.15)
Consumed: 3.7.16

A: 4.25 Pours a clear, dark, reddish-brown. The head is a strange color, kind of a pinkish-tan; it lasts a couple minutes but doesn’t leave any lace behind.

S: 4.5 The aromas are really terrific. Lots of bright, fresh boysenberries mixing in with the acidic, oaky base beer. There’s also nice molasses element, adding a bit of spice to the vanilla from the oak and the more jammy qualities of the berries.

T: 4.5 Flavors are good, but not quite up to what the aroma set up. The berries are very well done and add a nice balance to the rather sour beer. Oak and vanilla start things off before getting a big dose of both fresh and preserved boysenberry. It quickly transitions into a very tart flavor with a Worcestershire sauce flavor (similar to the base beer) with lingering tartness and more fresh berries on the finish.

M: 4.5 The body is really nice, as is the carbonation. The finish is very dry, which is good for this level of tartness.

O: 4.5 I really like this beer. The berries add great flavor and aroma without taking over the already fantastic base beer. If the acidity was dialed back just a bit, I think some of the flavors would shine, and take it to the next level.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish/purplish color, that settles into the glass with a very thin ring off fizzy off-white bubbles. Aroma is big and jammy, lots of berries, hints of oak and funk. Flavor follows, tastes like a big glass of berry jam. Flavor is tart, notes of funk and oak, but the berry flavor is the main show. Body is rich and full, very prickly carbonation, with a lingering tartness on the tongue. Overall this is a very fruit-forward sour, but is pretty solid all-around.

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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice garnet hue with thin wispy head that fades to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of super tart almost warhead tartness, good vinegar, very light boysenberry notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, classic Oude Tart vinegar notes, nice malts, tarter berries, very big acidity. Nice berries to compliment the base beer.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, acidic, flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was rather tasty, the berries are nice and tart good base acidity.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Split with rudzud
No real head, super dark mahogany ruby color.

Nose plenty of tart berry, boisonberry fruit, tart brown malt, juicy tart berry, acidic, very tart and sweet malty, touch of barrel.

Taste very tart, little sour, plenty of juicy boisonberry, tart berry generic berry too, little sore flemmy funk, acidic with little bacteria lacto funk, sticky finish, flemmy, little more barrel great lacto acidic funk lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, acidic bite.

Overall pretty nice, good boisonberry, nice acidity, funk, tartness, etc.

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Photo of FanbladeNoise
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Great taste all around. Color made my mouth pucker up like a kid about to eat a warhead. The state of Boysenberries was good, although it could have had a bigger punch when I tasted it. All in all solid beer. Wish I had more!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mix of light brown, red and purple. Pretty sweet looking, even had 1/2" of head. Aroma was the usual flanders Oude Tart vibe of sour, dark cherry, oak and leather.

Taste had everything the OG classic Oude Tart brings to the table, which is pretty nice given that its the best Flanders in the world. Dropping boysenberries into the mix is just a neat little variation, much like the sour cherry version, its just bad ass. Somehow it still has its earthy rustic leather and oak red wine tannin vibe, but is also bursting with fresh fruit, much less boysenberries, a fruit that is kinda hard to make into a world class beer. Perfect carbonation.

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Photo of Stillyman11
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oude Tart is one of my favorite beers, and I was pumped to try this fruited version; it didn't disappoint. Pours mahogany with a purple tint, aroma is boysenberry candy taste is sour with a lingering boysenberry sweetness that is awesome. Another fantastic Bruery sour.

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Photo of BWood
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: like a dark grape or cherry juice. No head at all.

S: sour berry.

T: I'm not a sour fan but this was ok.

F: definitely sour up front but does smooth out at the end.

O: not a bad beer for the style I think. It's just not my style.

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

Pours a dark reddish brown color with moderate head retention. Oaky tart berry smell with the sour component strong at the end. Tastes goes from the tart fruit up front followed by the oak bour and lingers with the sourness on the back end. A very well done flanders.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 9/23/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a dark, opaque violet with almost two fingers of pale lilac foam. The head quickly recedes to a thin, broken halo, leaving nothing in the way of lacing.

The nose here is incredibly tart. Oaky funk, cider vinegar, tart berries and some earthy moss.

Upon first taste this has an immediate punch of puckering lactic sour. Tart boysenberry, oaken funk, red wine vinegar, leather, soil, old wet hay and faint grape skin. Much like the base Oude Tart this is puckeringly delicious but with a nice, tart, fruity boysenberry kicker.

Medium full, intermittently chalky, feel with pleasingly subdued carbonation. The boysenberries take over the flavor well before the aftertaste, leaving tart boysenberry jam and earthy, oaky funk resting on the palate.

Boysenberries take Oude Tart in a completely new and rewarding direction. It maintains the flavorful base and complements it with tart berries that somehow make this beast even more sour. This is a well done variation that is worth a try if you get the chance.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bruery tasting room on 11/16/15.

A beautiful violet Flanders sour with a sharp tartness up front with subtle boysenberry accents on the finish.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, hazy reddish brown with a moderate, purple/khaki head.
Boysenberry, carmel malt, funk, leather on the nose.
Assertively tart and acidic, with a lovely fruitiness.
Medium body.

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Photo of IKR
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 Vintage

Appearance: Dark brown color with with a purple hue. The beer has a modest-sized light beige head that dissipated fairly quickly. Good looking wild ale.

Smell: Tart boysenberries, mild tobacco, and mild funk. The boysenberry notes come out stronger as the beer warms.

Taste: Tart boysenberries, mild tobacco, mild funk, mild oak notes, and very mild acetic notes. The tart boysenberries stay all the way to the end of the finishing notes.

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

Overall: Oude Tart is one of my favorite wild ales without the fruit. All of the fruited variants I've had add a unique spin to the base Oude Tart. So far so good for all the variants I've tasted.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On cask at the 2013 RS Initiation Party.

A: Looks like cloudy cherry juice, kind of dull, opaque reddish. The head consists solely of some large bubbles. No lacing.

S: Cherry, raspberry, red fruit, a little tart. Bright and inviting with very nice complexity. Some spice and cinnamon. I confess to never having had boysenberries, but whatever they are, the beer smells amazing.

T: Similar flavors as on the nose, with slight earthiness. Moderate to high tartness throughout the sip, juicy on the finish with a biting sourness.

M: Full body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Wonderful aroma, flavors are excellent, but for me the sourness is a bit high. This is a very good rendition of Oude Tart, and I've enjoyed all the fruited versions I've had thus far.

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