Tart Ten
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #1,424
Ranked #16,854
3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Tart TenTart Ten
Notes: Dubbel ale brewed with Brettanomyces
Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 133 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This tart surprise pours a luminous orange tinged brown color with a nice head
of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and showcases some nice
light lacing. Nose of green apple, tart cherries, yeasty funk, and light citrus notes.
Flavors lightly exceed the nose with cherry and definite green apple notes mingling
with white grapes and yeasty funk that is more mild than many of the style with a touch
of lemon pulp and grapefruit on the rear. Very nice mouth feel; medium light carbonation,
medium light body, and a tart brett tinged finish with some light warmth to the belly.

Overall it is one of the best of the style I have tried. More balanced than most. A great
introduction to the style for those wanting to branch out into the "wild side" of ale which is
a pricey endeavor generally speaking.


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Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Loved this beer a lot. The Brett is dialed back and very complimentary to the fruit flavors of apples and tart cherries I taste. The beer is nicely sweet and tart with great carbonation. The aroma is slightly funky, sweet and fruity. This one is a winner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 4/30/2017 at British Brewing Company in Walpole, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark coppery gold color, with a thin short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wild Belgian yeast, tart cherries, grapes and light malts.

T: The taste starts out with tart flavors of cherries and grapes. Then some breadiness comes in from wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a decent sour beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty gold with a short lived head. Aroma is funky and oaky, somewhat sour smelling. The taste has a nice acetic sour from the Brett and malt base. Slight fruity taste vaguely reminiscent of a dubbel. Full bodied brew with a sour mouthfeel. A tasty sour beer from Victory that hides the ABV. Happy to have tried it in both bottle and draft. The main difference between the two version is that the bottle version is slightly drier.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The body of the beer was deep golden in color, and the carbonation modest. The aroma was quite laden with barnyard like smells thanks to the brett, with vinegar and lime like smells coming through as well. The taste was quite tart, with loads of lemon, malt vinegar, and lime, with the brett being not as much of a factor in the flavor. The body was light to medium thick, and the feel was quite quenching. One of the great things about it was the way it hid the ABV. The back label called this a Dubbel ale, but this was nothing at all like one. It was probably closest to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or a Flanders Red.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color. Clear in appearance. Introduction to sour. It's pretty bland and flavorless. Picking out some red fruits, red wine tannins and earthy malt. All very slight traces.

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Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark gold with quickly dissipating head.
S: It smelled like tart cherries and apricots, with some citrus zest and grassy hops and brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sour cherries and sweet brown sugar, with some tart apple cider and citrus zest. It had a clean tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a nice brew with simple but refined scent and taste. Nice and clean and crisp. The body was a little weak, but the finish was smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was quite easy to drink. No need to age, it's good to go fresh. Nothing ground breaking, but I would drink this again.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tawny brownish red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice frothy cap

S: Some lightly funky Brett notes, dark fruits, and a bit of malty sweetness highlight the nose, along with some lighter fruits from the Brett and some candi sugar

T: Follows the nose. Very light on the tartness to start, followed by some of the lighter fruitiness from the Brett. Dark fruits are more in the background. Malty sweetness rounds out any lingering tartness. Finishes with a touch of tart apple and light sweetness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid Americanized dubbel with a nice Brett funkiness that is fairly light on the tart notes but imparts some nice fruitiness otherwise. A nice end of summer/fall sipper at 10%. Hard to beat the price, too

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Brewing Co. "Tart Ten"
750 ml brown glass bottle, corked and caged, "BOTTLED ON 24 MAY 2016" and sampled on 13 AUG 2016
$9.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes: Nice appearance. Clear copper colored body beneath a creamy head of off-white. The yeast pour brings up some haze, but there's surprisingly not that much yeast given that it's bottle-conditioned. Decent enough lacing, especially given that "sour" beers tend to leave less. Fruity aroma, perhaps black cherry, with clove and a touch of something a little more woody, kind of like cinnamon or cedar. It's interesting that you get that dubbel character in the flavor, I wasn't expecting that, but the caramel, clove, and candi-sugar thing comes through nicely. On the other side, it's not that tart, which I mostly expected from the Brettanomyces, but it's really limited in Brett flavor which I did not - I thought the Brett would over-ride the "dubbed". It's very rounded and balanced with only the moderate tartness giving it a bump. As it warms it opens up, becoming more malty, with the suggestion of more sweetness, but at the same time it also becomes a touch more spicy, and perhaps even shows a little bit of alcohol although it's really well cloaked. Overall I find it very much like an actual dark red cherry: it's fruity, there's a bit of woodiness or earthiness that the skin would give it, and it's a little pulpy (malty) sweet but also somewhat tart. I actually had this on tap at the pub last night and I don't think it really fit the bill, but sitting at home relaxing in the early evening I think it makes a great sipper; and I invoke this thought all the time, but it would make a wonderful beer to wind-down with, be it after a holiday meal, or just on a quiet night. Given the price I find it impressive, and I think I'll invest in a case to cellar.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brew Garden Strongsville, OH.

Pours a dark orange-reddish color with a tiny head that quickly vacates leaving no lacing. Smell is funk and cherry like fruit. I get some oak and red wine as well. Taste is sweet cherries, oak, funk and wine-little to no booziness. Finishes slightly tart. Mouthfeel is decent with medium-low carbonation.

This has a decent base but the sweetness which builds as it warms killed this one for me. One and done.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 9.35 (including tax)/750 mL bottle ($ 0.361/oz) at State Line Liquors, Elkton, MD
Bottle dated 24 May 2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – spicy, weakens but lasts
Head – average (Maximum three cm, semi-aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular three to eight mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing - none
Body – orange/amber, chill haze, slight effervescence
Flavor begins lightly spicy, ends almost cloyingly sweet. Neither hops nor malt evident. Alcohol is not present in the taste, but the stomach burn begins shortly after swallowing.
Palate medium, oily, soft carbonation

Victory makes some excellent brews; better luck next rotation.

Appearance 3.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3, Overall 3

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opens with a decent pop, pours an effervescent copper with scant beige colored head. Some head retention & lacing, some

S: Tartness & cherry. brett sourness shows when warmer & a touch of pear brandy

T: Follows the nose, almost a cherry juice flavor here, a little bit of almond & a little Mandarin Orange up front. A little leafy hops fights through the tartness/sourness as this warms, a smidge of booze warmth shows as well, oaky dryness too. Finishes oaky dry, with sour cherry & with a little acidity

MF: Medium body, a little syrupy, delicate carbonation & a little enamel stripping tartness late, warming

ABV is fairly well hidden, still a sipper though. Pretty good, so happy to Have Victory in Arkansas!

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Photo of Apellonious
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 1 pt 9 oz. bottle. 2016 version. A translucent pour, orange at the bottom that moves through ruby to brown at the top, with a two finger head that moves quickly to nothing. Smell is of dark fruit, pears/cider, and cherries. The taste is interesting, to say the least, as the moderate sour notes compete with a sturdy malt presence. No indication of the 10%, so be careful. The mouthfeel is bit above medium, with the carbonation very light, kind of sticky. Overall, an interesting concoction that I would recommend everyone who enjoys a little sour in their dubbel.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium dark orange color.
Tart cherries and dark fruits oak spice Brett citrus oranges
Overall a really solid wild with sour dark fruits. Worth checking out.

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Photo of NickyDee21
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Good looking ruby-colored beer. Minimal lacing and head

S: Sweet bread-like smell. No hints of brett.

T: Mild Brett up front with an almost lacto-like sourness. Fades nicely into a bready, sweet, caramel finish. 10% is masked well.

F: Solid feel. Not too thin. Moderate carbonation.

O: Interesting beer. Nothing mind-blowing, but tasty none the less. Good sourness to it and a nice, sweet finish. For $10, I would say it was well worth it, but not sure I would go out of my way for another bottle. As far as Victory's endeavors into sour beers go, I much preferred Sour Monkey. This beer is still worth the try if you see it, though.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml c&c into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dullish pure copper with minimal white head. Lacing is quite poor, retention isn't much better.

S: Not revealing any Brett at all. Hits of vinegar & candied berries. Slight apple cider quality. Only moderately enticing.

T: Only the faintest trace of Brett quality disappears quickly up-front. The mid palate is an odd mix of saccharine notes & lacto-sourness. I could liken this to making a bowl of children's cereal with apple juice instead of milk & then drinking the juice.

M: Moderate carb married to a syrupy & slightly dense body. Oddly, this actually helps the drinkability.

O: Not a drain-pour. Perhaps even interesting, but nothing beyond that. I would not purchase again.

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Photo of Buck89
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprising dark amber/orange color with a shy off-white head. Subtle aromas of cherry and mild funk. Slightly sour taste with sour cherries, a clean lactic acidity, and a mild warming on the end. Not complicated but nice.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a finger width carbonated head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is very good. Very tart aroma with some Brett yeast. The tartness is very smooth with the taste. There is a little bit of sweetness at the end with a mild alcohol bite, which is not surprising given the alcohol content. A lot of people have said cherries, which I can get, but I do detect a hint of grape as well. A little syrupy at the end. I think this beer is better than what it is being given credit for. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper bronze color, crystal clear and a micro-thin lacing ring, no carbonation.

S - Sweet candied fruit, fruit loops.

T - Sour and tart, some fruit loops, cherries. This one is hard to peg.

M - Medium body with a wet finish.

O - don't waste your time with this beer. :o(

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Photo of TongoRad
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The nose is surprisingly mellow, but with some coaxing I'm getting a fine blend of malt vinegar, gingerbread, apricot jam, honeysuckle and caramel. The flavor is mostly rounded and sweet with some tart sharp edges- the caramel comes out much more at first, along with the apricot and maraschino cherry mid-palate, and the finish is long and moderately tart. It's a lot more candy-like than I was expecting, yet simultaneously gentle and bordering on bland. Overall, it's easy drinking and non-challenging, with nothing truly standing out; I really have to focus to pick out any of these individual qualities. I will certainly enjoy this bottle, but doubt I'll be going for another

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Photo of craigdb
1.99/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have a hard time believing this was an intentional taste profile. Maybe it gets better with some age, but it it's way too green now. Nothing but syrupy sweet and odd, disjointed sourness. No Brett profile at all.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Floral, tart fruit nose with a hint of barnyard and dried plum. There's caramel and lemon in the flavor as the Brett works with the underlying beer. I wouldn't guess this is 10%. It's crisp up front and then veers toward sweet in the finish, without getting thick. Worthy trying.

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Photo of mikeinportc
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost-clear reddish-amber , with 1" off-white head, quickly dissipating. No noticeable lacing.
Aroma is of cherry brandy, and barely-there Brett funk.
Taste is typical stone fruit dubbel flavor+more tartness. The 10%+ abv is not apparent, as it is on the nose. Very sneaky! At first, nothing special, reminiscent of Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau, but then becomes " Whoa, this is good!", upon warming. No specific thing stands out, but is thoroughly enjoyable. Will go back for more. Hope there is some left. :)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oddly compelling and strangely conflicting, Victory's soured dubbel ale captures the steely caramels and mimics the vinously tart character of authentic abbey dubbel ale, but its push with wild yeast yields a tepid attempt and catches the flavors in no-man's land.

Copper, cherry and amber in its color, the pour is appealingly bright and its head is stained slight of sand. With a pass of the nose, cherry, apple, grape and faint cork graces the scent while its taste is lightly candied of fruit cola, hard candy and tangy orchard fruit.

With the ale latching onto the tongue, a host of pulled candy, fruit flavors and mild acidity plays on the middle palate with a sensation of cherry, strawberry, vanilla, and grape- all woven with a cola-like dovetail. Trailing sourness and bitterness are light and invites the earthen character of dried pineapple and oak even if ever so mild.

Bright yet lumbered, the beer's tendencies for sourness makes the senses beg for more. Understanding that there's a drier, sharper, crisper and more refreshing taste to be had, this bottle conditioned beer is capable of better delivering on its promises is cellared properly. As is, its sticky cola-like finish is distracting but its fruity tartness is charming as is.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great looking dubbel very dark with some prickly carbonation giving me a 1/2 inch of foam that settles to a good lace ring. Smell is great sweet malts mixed with tart and funky brett. Flavor did not disappoint very fruity and caramel like with a sharp and almost sour lemon like brett sting. Finish is fruity and medium body despite the large octane.

To me the only kicker is the price with most victory beer bombers going for 8-10 dollars it was hard to think about putting down the 11 dollars I spent on the bomber again. Like the V-12 it is a very flavorful and interesting high octane brew.

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Tart Ten from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 133 ratings