Queen Of Tarts
Odd Side Ales

Queen Of TartsQueen Of Tarts
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #310
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #11,268
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
80
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Photo of buschbeer
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 12/05/16

This beer pours kind of a rose hue. It hardly has any head at least none that sticks around.

The aroma is raspberry. It smells sour some vinous notes. As it warms the raspberry becomes more pronounced.

There is a sour raspberry taste with some acidity. It get some tart cherry and plum as well.

Medium mouthfeel

This is a nice sour. It has some complexity to it.

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Photo of larryi86
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you Zaphog for this
16 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A fairly clear red with a copper tint and a two finger off-white head.

S- A little tart, raspberries lean towards the sweet side, some wheat and lacto, hints of an earthy funk.

T- Lemons, some lacto, earthy/barnyard funky finish, some wheat, raspberries don't seem as sweet as the nose and aren't as big.

M- Smooth, light, crisp.

O- A tasty Berliner, very happy I got to try this. Easy drinking and refreshing, just was hoping for a little more raspberry flavor.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy ruby red with a one finger off white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is raspberry and lacto.

T - The flavor is sweet and tart raspberries with some funky yeast and some lacto in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Clean crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a solid Berliner. The flavors are clean and simple. An easy drinking thirst quencher.

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours an attractive reddish- brown, hazy, without much of a head or lacing. Smell is raspberries, yeast, light cherries, some funk, white grapes, light lemon. Taste also leads with raspberries, light yeast and malt, lemon, some apple. Tart, some sourness up front, light bitterness on the finish. Mostly smooth, good body. appropriate amount of carbonation.

Good raspberry flavor and aroma, and while this isn't one of my favorite styles, I liked this. Worth a try, but the price point was a little high.

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Photo of hardysf
3.62/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish red. White foam that quickly dissipates. I was expecting a little lighter for a berliner weisse. Smell is of lactic acid and rasperries. Maybe some wheat and farmhouse funk sneaking through as well. Taste is a little underwhelming. Starts with some rasperberries; and not much in your face sour. Sweetness comes in and I can't tell if this wants to be a shandy or a sour.

The finish is spot on for the style, as it ends with some barnyard funk. Wish it finished a little drier though.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$9.99 16.9oz bottle. Bottled 12/2/15, poured 1/17/16.

Appearance: Hard pour into a shaker pint (seriously, kill me. It's all that was clean.) gave a very small wispy light purple head. The beer is a hazy copper red color.

Smell: A little funk, a little raspberry. Smells as you'd expect given the description, I think. Nice on the nose.

Taste/feel: This is different, for me. The yeast strange they use is a bit unique to me. I notice the style on this site says Berliner Weissbier, and the one (or two?) others I've had in the style had a similar funk -- to me, it's one not typical in many sours. Tartness up front that quickly goes into a sourness, with raspberry coming in mid-sip. Nearing the finish, there's a dough/biscuit vibe. The finish is dry. The feel of this is about medium with a mild carbonation that works well with this beer's tartness.

I enjoy it. $10 for 16oz isn't a terrible price for a sour, either, especially one that's as good as this one. Sure, I've had plenty of better ones, but this was a nice surprise from Odd Side. The raspberry flavor with the awesome butter biscuit finish from the yeast and/or malt is just delicious and slightly reminiscent of a buttered raspberry jam English muffin. People are complaining about complexity in this beer, but I get a decent bit. The funky sort of flavor on its own, the raspberry, and again, the malty/yeasty finish. Great stuff.

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Photo of pagriley
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2nd bottle of this - first was at a share, so didn't get a good take

Pours crisp and clear ruby with good head and lacing
lacto and raspberries on the nose with bright fruit to the fore
Same with the palate - crisp and simple
Feel is moderate to light - very refreshing and spot on carb

Overall a super solid effort. no idea the price, but based on the 500 ml bottle, probably not the $12 a 6-er it should be...

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Photo of draheim
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL into a tulip. Pours a beautiful clear garnet red w/ a 1-finger white head that quickly dissipate to a wispy film. Few beers look as much as their name as this one.

Aroma is tart, sweet and fruity with definite raspberry goodness.Grainy malt and Belgian yeast.

Taste is likewise both tart and sweet with underlying grain malt. Tastes like jam on toast.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, bright. Drinkable and thirst-quenching.

Overall a really nice, unique beer.

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Photo of rudzud
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Received in a trade. Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly cloudy golden ruby hue. Light half finger white head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Aromas of yogurt, faint grain, light raspberry seed and fruit, faint sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, decent jammy raspberry notes, there is a creamy vanilla yogurt flavour going on. The wheat is light too.

M - Mouthfeel is super thin and watery.

O - Overall this beer had loads off potential bit never delivered. Very unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another thanks to rudzud.

Light fizzy head, little lacing, mostly clear cranberry reddish slight orange color.

Nose big fresh raspberry, little seed, flesh, faint wheat, jammy fruit.

Taste brings tons more jammy raspberry, little fruity tart, little creamy wheat but little thin, little sour funk, tart raspberry and little bitter seed. Finish thin watery, little raspberry jam.

Mouth is very thin and watery, light carb.

Overall other than jammy raspberry this was very lackluster.

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Photo of kevanb
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a pinkish amber color, bright reds and garnets, hazy and cloudy with a thin finger of off white head, that has no retention yielding a spot or two of soapy lace. The aroma is pleasant, tart cherries and raspberries, a bit of lactic yogurt aroma, a bit of sugary sweetness, malt and even some vinegar. The flavors are in line, soft raspberry, lactic sourness, malt sweetness, somewhat pie like, a bit of vanilla in there as well at the finish. The mouthfeel is okay, a bit thin with a distinct lack of crispness, mild carbonation and a weak finish, but there is a light puckery sensation that is rewarding.


Verdict: A decent wild ale from Odd Sides, not sure I'd ever consider this a berliner, though it does have a bit of light character to it, but at 5.50%, perhaps an Imperial Berliner. There is nice raspberry character, but it's pretty bland and one dimensional. Enjoyable to drink, but nothing I'd seek again.

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Photo of Raime
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No long review. But 10.99 for a 16 ounce bottle of 5.5% swill? Good beer, but not at that price.

Friend gave it to me for free. Seriously though, was there a pricing error or is this seriously $10.99 for a 16 oz bottle?

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from mikem409, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy ruby amber color with a small bubbly quickly dissipating white head. Lots of berry presence, mild lactic tartness spattered with bits of vanilla and funk. Simple straightforward tasty beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Oddside's Queen of Tarts a couple weeks ago at The Lager Mill. I don't think I've ever had a sour beer from Oddsides and I'm interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a teku,

A- The label looks ok, it's a little weird, but it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice red color that took on more of a brighter and ruby red color when held to the light with a half a fingers worth of slightly pink head that died down to a thin bubbly ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the head and retention were better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some funky yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a little of a funky barnyard aroma and it's followed by the raspberries which stick out nicely and the impart a natural and juicy aroma. Up next comes a little bit of malts with some grainy, sweet malts and light wheat like aromas coming through along with a noticeably tart aroma. This beer has a good aroma, it's just what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up and it's light than it was in the aroma, but it still imparts the same barnyard aspects. Up next comes the raspberries which are also little lighter than they were in the aroma and impart the same aspects. Towards the end there's a little bit of weird medicinal flavor with medium amount of tartness and some of those grainy and wheat aspects showing up and going into the aftertaste along with some light funky yeast and light raspberry. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, but the medicinal taste towards the finish throws it off a little.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly crisp, a little refreshing, medium bodied with a lighter amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice, but i wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought it was a pretty nice beer and a nice example of the style, but it did have a couple aspects that ended up holding it back from being as good as it could be. This beer had ok drinkability, one glass is a good amount for me, but i think I could still drink the full bottle. What I like the most about this beer is the aroma, it's good and it's the highlight of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the mouthfeel and the medicinal taste on the finish, those aspects could use a little work. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn it down. I can't say I highly recommend it, buy if raspberry sours are your thing I think it's still worth a try. All in all I liked this beer, but didn't love it and I think that if they worked on it a little bit it could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Oddsides beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, but with a little more work this beer would be pretty good.

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Photo of sculls65
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a color that I'd say is a combination of red and gold. Hazy at that. Smells of tart raspberry..almost like a mixed fruit jam or preserve. Tastes starts heavy on raspberry..followed by the funky tart notes then finishing like a saltine cracker. Oddside rarely if ever disappoints.

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Photo of WhoKnew23
4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome sour. I have to admit, I am not a sour fanatic, but this was really balanced. I tasted a lot of green apple, raspberry, and citrus. The nose matched the taste. One of my favorite beers of 2015.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was just released recently. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/juicy raspberry, green apple, lemon, lime, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light vinegar/funk, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberries, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/juicy raspberry, green apple, lemon, lime, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light white vinegar/funk, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/acidic tartness and light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, green apple, lemon, lime, pear, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, light vinegar/funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberry, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/acidic balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible fruited berliner weissbier style! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, raspberry, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Queen Of Tarts from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 80 ratings