Tart Of Darkness - Cherries And Vanilla
Bruery Terreux

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Style:
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Ranked #57
ABV:
7%
Score:
97
Ranked #550
Avg:
4.38 | pDev: 7.53%
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
451
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Tart Of Darkness - Cherries And VanillaTart Of Darkness - Cherries And Vanilla
Notes: Sour Stout aged in oak barrels with cherries and vanilla beans.
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 8/14/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear dark ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a ring of lace pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing and a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, fruit skin/pits, peach, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, vanilla, oak, hay, straw, grass, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, vanilla, oak barrels, and dark/bready/light roasted malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, fruit skin/pits, peach, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, vanilla, oak, hay, straw, grass, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peppercorn, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness, fruit tang, and light yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, cranberry, raspberry, fruit skin/pits, peach, plum, fig, date, pear, apricot, lemon, lime, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, vanilla, oak, hay, straw, grass, brown sugar, toasted bread, light chocolate/cocoa, leathery/musty/lacto funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, vanilla, oak barrels, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; with a nice malt/tart/sourness and tangy fruit balance; with minimal puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering tart/sourness, tangy fruit, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a smooth, creamy/grainy, and acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 7.1%. Overall this is a fantastic fruited dark sour. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, vanilla, oak barrels, and dark/bready/light roasted malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink despite the moderately acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish; not too overly lactic. Fantastic balance of super jammy cherries and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with nice vanilla, oak, and dark/bready malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding style example as expected.

Aug 29, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from the 750mL bottle into a Cigar City Hunahpu's Imperial Stout snifter glass. 2014 bottling, consumed 2/8/16.

A: Pours a dark murky brown, with minimal visible carbonation. Only a very thin to no particular head formation.

S: Malic acid, lactic acid. Mild acetic tart. Tart cherries, vanilla, and malt sweetness. Notes of wood and chocolate as well.

T: Malic and lactic tart again up front, but still a mild acetic presence. Chocolate covered cherries, vanilla paste. Malt sweetness cuts through the tartness. Chocolate and tart acidity linger, but still manages to finishes dry in the end.

M: Maybe a lighter body than expected, but not at all watery. The alcohol presence seems restrained. Relatively low amount of carbonation sensation.

O: An enjoyable beer. I'm not sure the additions truly added much to the base beer; or perhaps more accurately, they make different beer but I'm not at all certain "better". But still pretty darn good.

Jul 27, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.69/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Seems like as good of a time as any to write a review for one of my all time favorite beers ever. This one pours a dark coloa like color, doesn't have the viscosity of a big time stout, in fact this one might be even thinner than Guinness believe it or not. Small brown cherry cola like head on the top. Aroma is dope. Usual base notes of stout, oak, tartness, the normal slight cherry feel to it is amped up and bursting here. A little bit of chocolate malt feels, not a lot of roast, if any in the nose.

Taste, here comes heaven. Somehow takes that awesomeness of the ToD regulare, and the vanilla and cherry make it even better. Still significantly sour, but now the slight acidity is tempered and whisked away with the vanilla bean while the cherry resides in the mouthfeel continuously. Always hiding alcohol well has been this beer's thing. I love how effortlessly I can score this beer, always maxing it out.

This is just a phenomenal beer in every aspect pretty much.

Jan 08, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition from my cellar. Poured into my new Reserve glass at 45 degrees. The beer had a two finger frothy creamy head with fair retention. The head was a light tan and left no lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown and opaque.

A ripe sour cherry note emits from the beer with ease. Additional notes in the beer are vanilla, chocolate, char note, coffee, vanilla, dark stone fruit, molasses, wood, bready, and citrus.

A ripe sour cherries, with a roasted note, and vanilla are the initial flavors. Additional flavors in the beer are chocolate, dark stone fruit, citrus, molasses, wood, bready, earthy, and acidic.

The mouthfeel of the beer is sharp, clean, and fresh. The body in the beer is medium, medium-plus carbonation, and a medium-plus finish.

The beer sings on all the right notes. It sour yet, refined. The cherries and vanilla in the beer give the beer balance. Overall a very well made sour beer.

Jan 07, 2018
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Phil-Fresh from California

4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 Bottle.

A: Black color with an amberish hue, even microhead off white head that quickly dissipates into the glass.

A: Lots of sour cherries upfront, followed by a light chocolate malt roast, light oak with moderate sourness.

T: Sour cherries, followed by a light chocolate roast character, light oak and faint vanilla, with a moderate sourness on the finish that intensifies as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and moderately light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Excellent; the beer now exhibits lots of bright sour cherry flavor with an accompanying acidity that's almost reminiscent of a syrah wine. The vanilla has fallen off considerably, but the sharper sourness, has also mellowed. Quite enjoyable to drink and avoids the pitfalls of many sour stouts by not exhibiting excessive vinegary sourness,

May 28, 2017
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sour stouts are not my thing, so I never loved Tart of Darkness, even though I think it is a well-executed beer. I like the cherry and vanilla version a bit better. The vanilla really comes forward as it warms up, but I didn't get much in the way of cherry. Also, it was very fizzy with an incredibly fast dissipating head. Tasted a little overcarbonated.

Apr 28, 2017
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours like the regular tart of darkness. Thin black body with a half finger fizzy khaki head.

S - Vanilla and cherries peaking through the base beer is very prominent.

T - The vanilla is with it from the beginning to the end just hiding in the back. The cherries fold in well with and compliment the base beer.

F - Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - We all know the base beer and these adjuncts only compliment it further.

Feb 14, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

2.87/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is medicinal. Notes of sweet cherry, vanilla candle, oak and a smokey tartness. Aromatic but weird. Beer opens intensely tart. Hints of sweet and tart cherry, vinegar and a biting acidity. Vanilla comes in suddenly to try to smooth over the over-the-top tartness but its too little too late and it doesn't blend with the other flavors, rather sticking out like a sore thumb. More vinegar and sour cherry at the end. Body is medium with little carbonation. Slick, sticky and puckering in the mouth and dry going down. Hard to get down.

Too much on every level. Pass on this one if you see it.

Dec 24, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip

A: Pours black with some light coming through around edges, tan colored head quickly disappeared, good amount of carbonation, no lacing.

A: Sour, tart, funk, red grapes, cherries, vanilla, smells sweet.

T: Touch of musty funk, sourness, tartness, hit of sweet cherry goodness and vanilla, oak and leather in the finish, good balance of flavors and complexity, very nice.

M: Very dry finish, good amount of carbonation, medium bodied.

O: Very nice, a toss up between regular Tart of Darkness and this, both good, this has a cream soda touch to it due to the cherries and vanilla, sweeter than regular T of D, another winner from the Bruery.

Dec 10, 2016
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Per Bruery Terreux: "Tart of Darkness is a sour stout that we aged in used oak barrels. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty sour stout. This very special edition has an addition of tart cherries and sweet vanilla beans. The cherries help bring the fruit character of the Belgian-style yeast to the forefront while the vanilla matches flawlessly with the burnt roastiness of the malt."

Pours a somewhat murky dark brown, with almost zero head. Smells very acidic, with nice hints of cherry, oak, and vanilla. The taste is amazing, complimenting all those aromas, and somehow I get a an almost spicy cinnamon flavor as well. The acidity is INSANE! I don't believe I have had a beer this tart before. Very good. Cheers!

Aug 20, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml into stemware. Bottled August 2014.

A: Pours a deep cola brown with a couple fingers of dense and fluffy dark khaki head that faded into a soft and lasting film.
S: Tons of dark cherry juice on the nose that smells deep, rich and musty. Vanilla is right there as well with a fresh bean scent. The combination gives off a pleasant cherry 'n cream scent that is awesome. Not overly sweet smelling either, just right.
T: Vanilla is toned down but the cherry is right there, rich, dark, and smooth. Slight dark chocolate, slight caramel. Cherry is black cherry flavor, cherry skins and pits. Cherry and subtle marshmallow-vanilla lingers in the aftertaste.
M: Very creamy carbonation with a soft and slightly juicy mouthfeel. Tartness is bright and potent lactic acid blast that mellows in the finish. Medium body, tart and drying mouthfeel.
O: A nice take on the original. This is basically a dark cherry sour at this point as the vanilla has all but faded. Still very delicious though.

Aug 17, 2016
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TrojanRB from California

4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black. No head.

Smells of sour cherries, some blackberry. Crisp and clean, not overly funky.

Fruit from the nose, vanilla, some oak. Not a lot of malt or body, on the lighter side

Very dry, finely carbonated, causing the flavors to stick to the sides of the tongue and linger

Aug 16, 2016
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and dark reddish brown color with micro-thin toffee colored lacing, no carbonation.

S - Sour acidic black cherry with stinky funk. (Sounds appetizing ... right?)

T - Acidic, juicy black cherry tartness with equally balancing vanilla and lingering puckering cherry presence.

M - Medium body, puckering, very dry finish on the top of the tongue while the sides of the mouth waters profusely.

O - I was put off by the nose but tastes much better than it smells!

Jul 21, 2016
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Absolut from California

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured shortly after receiving from Bruery.

pours a dark dark brown, almost no head.

smells of sour cherry and vanilla.

taste is puckeringly sour to start, cherries and then strong vanilla.

really an enjoyable variation of the original.

Jul 03, 2016
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Sourmang from California

4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bruery tasting room recently.
Looks just like the normal Tart of Darkness but tastes nothing like it. I honestly prefer this variant, but its almost a different type of beer. The blending of cherries and vanilla with the TOD gives this beer the feel of a dessert almost. Each sip is so full tasting, you can really appreciate the layers of flavor.
The taste really reminds me of some kind of dessert like a marble cake or vanilla coffee cake of some sort.
Highly recommend trying this one, if you like TOD you will love this variant. IMO better than this year's TOD release.

Jun 20, 2016
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Tele from California

4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: Bottle (dated 4.5.16)
Consumed: 6.19.16

A: 4.5 Pours pitch black with a nice, tan head. Good retention, but not much lacing.

S: 4 Lots of lactic tartness, lemon, and vanilla. The roasted malt doesn’t do much for the aroma and the cherries are covered up by the vanilla and other, sour elements.

T: 4.25 Starts very sour with a nice level of vanilla. Like the nose, not much roasted malt coming through, but the vanilla seems to integrate quite well into it bringing a marshmallow flavor. Cherries are still mild and pretty nondescript adding more of a general fruitiness and a vinous quality.

M: 4.25 Body is nice and not too thick with good carbonation. Good dry finish.

O: 4.25 Pretty nice take on Tart of Darkness, but not too different than the original. The vanilla is a nice touch and the cherries add a little, but like the original version, it could use a bit more flavor from the malt instead of being covered up by the aggressive lactic sourness.

Jun 20, 2016
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is delicious with a well balanced vanilla, cherry and sourness. I get hints of chocolate covered cherries, cherry cordial, berries, and oak. Sweetness offsets the sour and makes it pleasantly drinkable.

Jun 11, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Unique in its deep and masculine austere, the Cherry & Vanilla version of The Bruery's Tart of Darkness carries the ominous and bright spirit of the original, but with added fruit and cream character...

Like the standard Tart of Darkness, the beer's deep plum, reds and bronze hues cast a stillness against the glass. What's notably different is that its scent is savory of dark cherry, red grape and plum with a sour tinge and a hint of sea brine with dark chocolate.

Its flavor is savory with currant, black cherry and plum. As the malty sweetness subsides, those cherry flavors pronounce while bringing merlot, blackberry, grape and balsamic to the show. Closing with a soft vanilla weave, the beer's taste is creamy yet bright to buffer the agressive sourness that pangs away in its finish.

Light coffee, cocoa and char ring up the final impressions while the beer's mid-stature weight lumbers on the late palate with a finish of sour cherry and vanilla cream. A plumb skin pectin bite heightens both the hop bitterness and sour wine ballance in the beer's waning moments.

Jun 10, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sour, with sharp cherry notes and oak. Vanilla adds sweetness.

Flavor is sour dominant, with cherry notes adding character, and vanilla bringing out the sweetness of the chocolate in the underlying base beer.

Jun 10, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with JLindros. 2014 bottle.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice darker hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave a nice thin halo and wispy head.

S - Aromas of nice tart berries and cherries, nice sour backbone, maybe some nice darker malts. The vanilla is pleasant. Almost caramel vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very nice tartness and cherry note. Like a malty cherry vanilla coke. The vanilla is really pleasant, like vanilla ice cream. Very flemmy finish, nicely acidic. Tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, the finish is rather flemmy. Nicely acidic.

O - Overall this was rather tasty, good vanilla notes. The finish was quite flemmy.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 15, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with rudzud.

Big fizzy foamy 1.5 finger tan head, fades fairly quickly, very dark black color.

Nose typical dark sour, sour black malts, tart fruit, plenty of tart cherry, fruity generic berry, plenty of vanilla, little plum cherry aroma.

Taste brings tons of vanilla, creamy vanilla ice cream, with big tart sour malts, darker sour malts, not really funky, fair acidity, with big cherry, tart sour cherry, plum like again, sweet syrupy as well. Nice tart sour lingering, more acidity, big sour cherry and cherry flesh, lingering vanilla ice cream also.

Mouth is med bod, syrupy though, very acidic, nice carb.

Overall I'm not usually a fan of sour dark beers but this was very well done.

Jan 14, 2016
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vfgccp from New York

4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2014 edition.

A - Gusher out of the bottle. Looks like the reaction kicked up a lot of sediment; muddy black-brown body with a finger of khaki head. Ok retention and lace.

S - Subtle vanilla, soft sour cherry, cold coffee beans, a touch of charred oak, and warm white chocolate. Great balance.

T - Wow. Deep rich cherry flavor with a cringingly sour, brain-freezes inducing body that melts your salivary glands. Soft vanilla note on the backend with blackberries and cola.

M - Sharply sour. Surprisingly smooth center through a crisp light body.

O - Fantastic. Aggressively sour and loaded with cherry fruits with really nice accents of vanilla.

Nov 28, 2015
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floridadrift from Florida

3.94/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells like cherries and vanilla but taste like Tart of Darkness without Cherries and Vanilla. Big black body with a tan head that disappears. Oily but easy to drink if you can bypass all the sour going on. Very light vanilla and tart cherry comes on the after taste.

Sep 16, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into some tasters and shared with friends. Its a muddy brown looking brew with a khaki head that fades leaving spotty lace.

The smell is sour cherry with slight minerals suggestion, earth and almost acedic edge to it. The cherry character I find to be present in normal tart of darkness but its really exaggerated in this variant.

The taste includes lots of sour cherry flavor thats deep, pitted and earthy with a feel of over-rip character leading to a mineral feel that gets almost meaty. As previously stated lots of pitted cherry lasts into the aftertaste.

This is light bodied, moderately carbonated and a pleasant tank on their standard TOD bottling. The cherry was pronouncedbut vanilla seemed hidden. With no contrasting backbone, this one was a very quick drive to heartburn city. Im glad I shared it.

Jul 09, 2015
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The tart cherry pretty much takes over here. Like a blend of Tart of Darkness and Oude Tart Cherry. The vanilla is hidden in the finish and slightly in the nose. Nice balance between sharp tartness and a rounded body. Certainly a dark sour but not stout-like.

May 18, 2015
Tart Of Darkness - Cherries And Vanilla from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 451 ratings