Gypsy Tart
Bruery Terreux

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Sour - Flanders Oud Bruin
Ranked #44
Ranked #14,204
3.92 | pDev: 10.2%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Gypsy Tart is a Flanders-style brown ale with a California touch. A beer that can trace it's origins to Great Britain, but more famously perfected in western Belgium, has been updated through our own modern techniques, delivering the sweet body and mildly tart finish that has won over numerous generations of beer drinkers in Europe. Our rendition of this wonderful beer style is perfect for both sour beer amateurs and advocates alike.
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a tulip. Crest on the label proclaims 2015, but that could be when Bruery Terreux was launched. Website no help here.

Looks interesting in the glass. Deep, deep, burgundy/black body, which somehow turns hot pink when held up to a light. Small off white head fizzes out quite quickly, no lacing

There is a strong floral aroma, seems rose-like.

On tasting, tart and sour, but no overpowering vinegar. There is some cherry appearing as it warms. Quite dry

Mouth between medium and full, finish lightly floral cherry tartness. As it dries, a hint of herbal bitterness shows its head.

Overall, decent enough drink, a pint would have been more than enough for me. Took a couple of hours to sip through.

Dec 19, 2020
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Mitchster from Michigan

1.65/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

$14.99 for a 750ml'ish bottle. Per the website "A beer that can trace it’s origins to Great Britain, but more famously perfected in western Belgium, has been updated through our own modern techniques, delivering the sweet body and mildly tart finish that has won over numerous generations of beer drinkers in Europe. Our rendition of this wonderful beer style is perfect for both sour beer amateurs and advocates alike."

Pours out to a near clear deep brown, forming a tall soapy light tan head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderately brisk, about 3.0 carbs or so. The nose is of malt vinegar, prune juice, brett, lacto. This is where the pleasantries end.
Now, I love a good sour Belgian/Oud Bruin/Flanders Red like Duchess and Goudenband...two of my very favorite beers. I can even handle the tartness of a Oud Gueze, but this is just goddamn awful. Imagine a teabag, soaked in vinegar, then rolled in citric acid. Pop that in your mouth and suck on it and it will very closely resemble this hot mess of a beer. Considering the website mentions "sweet body and mildly tart finish...perfect for both sour beer amateurs and advocates alike.", one would be led to believe that those adjectives applied. Let me tell you, they do not. This is bracingly sour, like eating a tsp of citric acid. 3oz of the stuff gave me terrible heartburn for 6 hours. I wish I had a pH meter handy, but I am guessing it is below 2.0. Straight up lemon juice is more pleasing. Within minutes of drinking this, I started spitting up. My bile is more pleasant that this.

Considering the price of $14.99, I wouldn't drink this if somebody PAID me $14.99. Honest to god. This went right down the drain. A complete waste of money. This is one of the worst beers I've had in a VERY long time, and one of the very worst beers that has ever touched my lips. Based upon this beer alone, I would not pay money to try another beer from this brewery.
If you buy this...honest to god, somewhere, a Belgian brewer dies. Avoid at all cost. Please, someone...anyone...give me a natty ice so I can wash this filth out of my mouth.

May 21, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark and cloudy brown appearance. 2 finger head - quite frothy with great head retention. Smells of dark sour fruit with a slight vinegar hint. Some plum and caramel hints also waft upward. Tastes slightly vinegary at first until some other tart dark fruits and bacteria and yeast blast in. There are brief moments where sweetness creeps in, but is quickly kicked to the side with dry sourness. There is a slight spiciness that I can't quite place, but it is noticeable. This one feels like a medium bodied beer. It stays fairly active but feels almost flat while drinking. Overall this is a very enjoyable Flanders Brown. Pretty complex flavors. I am not sure if this one is barrel aged but there are some woody notes here and there. Very nice. Pick one up if you can.

May 03, 2019
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StJamesGate from New York

4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky chestnut; Polish spiced plum chocolate; carob, a mellow Balsamic hit, some wine barrel, a ton of plums, slight chocolate peanuts + a port end.

4 4.5 4.25 4 4.25

Flemish Brown - and the style continues to confuse me. Sour low in the mix; more spice + fruit. Nuanced; if maybe not on style.

Feb 22, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bruery Terreux "Gypsy Tart"
750 ml brown glass bottle, simply capped, labeled "2015"
$7.99 @ DeCicco & Sons, Brewster, NY

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a slightly hazy deep mahogany brown with a ruby sheen and some soft crimson and orange highlights beneath a full head of pillowy tan. The head is dropping quickly, and I'm not expecting it to leave too much lacing but that's common for sour beers. The aroma is fruity and "tart", almost metallic, and somewhat mineralish. Fruits include bruised or rotting apples, plum, and even a bit of cherry. Some dark, caramelish malt comes through as well. It's quite nice, and this is one of those rare beers where the aroma is almost as satisfying as the beer itself. Moving on, the flavor mimics the aroma. It's quite tart and almost puckering but the sweetness of the caramelish malt is there underneath to balance it. All of the fruitiness found in the aroma remains with some added dark raisin and tart red berries, and some yeasty phenolics. No hop flavors are really present although there is a woodiness that I'm guessing might be from oak, and which helps to balance it, as does the minor bitterness that's there. In the mouth it's medium bodied but the acidity cuts through that a bit giving it the impression of a slightly lighter beer, and a subtle bite. The carbonation then is kept moderate, and it's fine-bubble and seemingly natural. I'm impressed. It's not the best Flanders-style brown ale I've ever had, but it's quite good and it's certainly earned a place on the world's stage. Well worth seeking out.
Review# 6,252

Sep 25, 2018
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml bottle, 2015 vintage, bottled on 22nd September 2015. Poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in colour with a copper amber hue and a big four fingered beige head that had decent retention while leaving behind some lacing.

Aroma: Tart-ish, cherry, plum, mixed berries with some light vinegar and dark malt.

Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, lemon, lightly sweet plum, red grape, oak with light vinous and vinegar notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and tasty Oud Bruin.

Apr 30, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 7/6/15.
Dark auburn, reddish brown. Two fingers of lasting khaki foam, spotty lace.

Aroma starts off nice, apple butter and balsamic, later becoming mineral heavy, wet stone or basement.

Tart berry and dominant medicinal phenolics that segue into a lasting bitterness in the dry finish. Dark bread crusts and pepper, bitter phenolics. Medium bodied with a dull texture. Carbonation ebbs away, not really spritzy or crisp as it could be. Overall it’s missing something, not as robust or complex as Oude Tart.

Jan 09, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Ha I find entertaining how the commercial tug job here says it is mildly sour. Yeah, maybe by Bruery standards. . .

Pours a hearty brown color with plenty of dark red towards the edge. Whereas a lot of old world oud bruins look like a mixture of old earth from Blackstone common law days, this one has a much more refined and professional appearance with a lot of what you could call "clarity" in a brown colored ale. Aroma does hit those nice Flanders earthy yet tart notes, old wet style wood, moss, earth, brown malt.

Taste is pleasantly sour, not face ripping, but more than the average seemingly old school/world blended oud bruines. It hides the alcohol amazingly well. About 3/4 of the way through the bottle, I asked myself why nobody is talking about this beer? No fanfare if you will. Good cherry presence without using cherries, brings out more of the wine like oak, berry and cherry type of interplay in the mouth feel. Its not Oude Tart, but its a definite good beer and has a place in the Bruery world for sure. I wouldn't hesitate to order another bottle or two every year.

First review of 2018. Miss you Dr. Carroll!

Jan 01, 2018
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the_awesometeer from California

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is brown with a very active foamy head that eventually disappeared. The beer smells like wood polish and cherries. You can smell the tartness. The taste is similar, tartness, cherries, and lemonade. The beer does feel a little sticky, it lingers on the tongue for a long time.

Jan 01, 2018
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hophugger from Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tannish brown in color with light filmy head and little spots of lacing. Aroma is relatively light with hints of bread yeast and wine. Taste is like a tart Belgian beer with lots of lemon in the mix. Souriness, yeast and fruit work well together and finish is light with a touch of hard candy at the end

Nov 13, 2017
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gypsy Tart pours gem clear and ruby red with a slight brown hue in my new Pretentious Beer Glass cider tulip. A two-inch dense beige foam quickly recedes leaving no trace of its former self.

The aroma opens with cherry and raspberry with moderate oak that quickly builds to overwhelm the tart berries. This beer lacks the layers of character I expect of a Flanders Oud Bruin.

The flavor profile follows the nose with subdued tartness. It is a bit earthy and dusty with strong oak tannins that last long into the finish. The fruit qualities are almost overwhelmed as they were in the aroma.

The body is medium with a slick soft texture. Alcohol is as expected, as is the effervescence and dry finish.

While this beer wasn't as nuanced as its Flanders cousins, it was very enjoyable with meatloaf and a quiet evening. Thanks to Meghann and Wayne.

Jul 25, 2017
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BKotch from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer hits all the right points. All four elements are pretty much spot-on for an Oud Bruin. Why the [barely] sub-four average rating? Nicely done, Bruery.

Jul 16, 2017
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ClavisAurea from New York

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

2015 vintage. The bottle was a serious gusher. This is the second time that has happened from this brewery. The overall beer experience was very nice. I liked the Oud Bruin style even though I thought this was more of a Flangers Red. Dark cherries, mild funk and a nice tart finish. Nothing too crazy. Well balanced and refined. Fix the gusher issue and we will be good. Damn you Brett...

Feb 28, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown in color and extremely cloudy. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim and most of the top. Light lacing. Aroma is difficult to draw out, but it is a bit of horse blanket. I'm tasting dark candy sugar, dark malt, and a bit of barnyard funk. The mouth is moderately spiced and acidic.

Jan 14, 2017
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barczar from Kentucky

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is acetic dominant, fairly sweet cherry notes, hints of oak and vinous tones.

Flavor is acetic dominant, with sweet cocoa notes to add depth. Cherry emerges as it warms.

Jan 10, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared at Pre-Borefts Ratebeer Tasting 2016. Dark caramel pour with a thin tan head. Lactic acid, grapes, cherries, oak and some vanilla. Medium body and carbonation and a tart finish.

Jan 03, 2017
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Premo88 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

25.4 oz. bomber poured into tulip

L: brown, dark brown, orange/amber highlights; pushes up almost 4/5-inch head of offwhite foam that dissipates quickly; shows very little carbonation after the pour, at times not even keeping a ring of single bubbles for a collar; no sticking or lacing

S: toasted lemon peel with a few grains of sugar/brown sugar sprinkled on top; as it warms, the sweetness comes through more, and so does a bit of "sour" fingernail polish/remover

T: toasted cranberries, lemons, wet grain sacks, hay, lemon peel ... the malt is giving it enough sweetness to balance a solid chunk of lemon juice flavor

F: light, almost water, but surprisingly crisp for so flat-looking a brew

O: lovely ... just lovely ... an oud bruin I will look for often and definitely buy again; it's tart, sweet and earthy in a good balance with nothing taking over or out of proportion

Jan 02, 2017
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KensWorld from Florida

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage bottle.
Massive head leaving nice cloudy ruby redish brown in tulip. It's amazing how they are able to get sour fruit to dominate the nose and pallet without any of it added. Wonderful smell and taste of dried nut fruit. Perfect amount of tartness. Some malt charecter as well. Best US attempt at this Flanders style I've tried yet. Drink it cold though, goes downhill as it warms

Oct 11, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 750ml thick brown glass. Branded crown cap. Purple label. 2015 vintage.

Flemish style brown ale (one of my favourite styles!). 8.40% ABV.

Served chilled into a tulip.

HEAD: ~3 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Nice thickness and frothiness. Good overall consistency. Retention is excellent - ~8-10 minutes.

BODY: Deep amber. Dark and not too vibrant. I see no yeast/lees within.

A decent appearance for an oud bruin, though it does look more like a Flanders red.

AROMA: Great. Cherries, Belgian amber malts, acetic notes, hints of oak, crust, biscuit malt, perfect sweetness.

Some may note aromas of caramel and graham cracker, but I'm not sure that's exactly what I'm detecting.

Aromatic intensity is average. No hop aromatics or off-notes.

TASTE: Acetic notes sit alongside cherries in classic Flanders fashion, with subtle bacterial notes giving this its mild (~3-4/10) sourness. Tart to an extent, but it's really quite mildly so for a beer with the "tart" descriptor right there in the name. Well-balanced sweetness. Bread crust.

Balanced if somewhat simplistic and lacking in terms of nuance and depth of flavour for a proper oud bruin. The build is well within style conventions, but leaves a lot to be desired (especially considering the price, which exceeds that of far superior Belgian-brewed expressions of the style that have been around for centuries).

TEXTURE: Aptly medium-bodied. Smooth, wet, of apt thickness. Well-carbonated. Not refreshing per se, but then oud bruin ales aren't known for their refreshment, and nor should they be.

Not oily, rough, gushed, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or dragging.

Overall presence on the palate is good. This texture complements the taste but fails to accentuate specific flavours or to elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: More expensive good-but-not-great fare from The Bruery (or this new "Bruery Terreux" divestment, whatever it is). I'll stick to Petrus', Liefmans' and New Belgium's expressions of the style, but this is nice for what it is. They brewed a well-built beer within style conventions that has a lot of good elements, and it's drinkable enjoyable stuff.

Not that it affects my rating, but the price is way too high considering the quality and I'd like to see this offered in a more reasonable format (330-375ml). There's ample room for improvement in terms of depth and intricacy of flavour, but this is a good start. With some tweaking (more bacterial and acetic notes, more time in barrels, better barrels {or even just plain ole barrels if they're currently using foeders instead for capacity reasons}, more expressive vivid constituent flavours), this could be merely a notch or two below La Folie.

What is this ostensible California influence they mention on their website regarding this beer? I find nothing here that's noticeably Californian - which is in all likelihood a good thing given they brewed an oud bruin.

I've no doubt that those consumers The Bruery has smartly locked in to one of their reserve society programs will gush over this.

B- (3.43) / WORTHY

Aug 22, 2016
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HalfFull from California

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a capped 750 bottle into a wine glass. Pour is deep brown with a light tan cap of foam and shows a bright mahogany in the light with some light haze. Offers decent retention and lace.

Aroma is lightly tart/fruity in nature out of the gate when served at about 50 degrees. Touch of muddled aromas offer a fair amount of complexity yet are a bit subdued when grouped en masse. Still fairly thumbs up across the palate.

Taste is more balanced than the aroma might suggest. Pleasant mix of malty influences with subtle nuances of dark malts and just a hint of caramel; smooth and lingering tartness through the palate, and a lightly viscous finish. The beer does suffer a bit for lack of 'brightness' on the palate however which conveys to the mouthfeel. Feel is moderate and offers a nice tartness but is again a bit undefined, lacking much of a bite on the finish.

I trust a little time in a barrel and some clarification would really make this one pop. Which I'm sure they did but I can't pretend to know what that beer might be called.

Aug 18, 2016
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ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always found the Oud Bruin style to be a sweeter, less sour version of Flander Reds. Brown sugar, tart lemon, sweet and tart cherry, oaky tannins. Awesome silky mouthfeel. Really nice Oud Bruin!

Aug 09, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy brown approaching a prune juice color under a rapidly receding tan foam cap with a slight red tint. Has a trace of legs.

S: Tart wet horse blanket with dark dried fruit.

T: Tart caramel, dark dries fruit with some lemony tartness with a fairly dry finish. Like a slightly malty lemonade with some balsamic notes. The tartness is medium high.

F: Very refreshing medium body and medium high very soft carbonation.

O: Tart and refreshing.

Jun 29, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a nice shade of mahogany with a finger of off white head that fades quickly to a small pool with some lacing
S: Smells of leather, light oak, sour cherries, and some caramel.
T: Taste is leather and funk with light sour cherries and some wood. There's whispers of caramel at times as well but it's very fleeting. Swallow is funk with some band aids and slight sour cherry as well as some lingering leather.
M: this beer has a medium mouthfeel with light bud adequate carbonation. The finish on the beer is dry from the acidity.
O: Overall this is a pretty solid beer. Nice tartness and decent complexity. I'd like the flavors to be a bit louder but as it is it's well integrated. I think some time may do this beer well.

Jun 17, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the "can't-help-themselves" attitude of California finds grounding in the traditional Flemish region of beer making as inspiration billows in both the spontaneous sour fermentation and a west-coast flare.

Gypsy Tart's piquant sourness travels from Europe to the U.S., carrying a hazy crimson and lavender color. Hazy in its aesthetics, a creamy off-white head mounts and pops with a host of tangy-sweet scents. Cherry, grape, apple and citrus fill the nose along with vinous red wines and balsamic curiosities. Supple and sweet, a savory taste of grandma's hard candy greets the tongue.

Eventually the sourness overtakes the sweetness but before hand, the malts contribute the pulled candy character along with toasted nuttiness, cola and a glimmer of coffee and chocolate. But alas, the sharp sourness with mouth-puckering lemon, lime, crabapple and sour green grape. Trending wine-like strong suggestions of cabernet sauvignon offers a robust yet savory taste- mixed with pleasant oxidation and the taste of balsamic emerges.

Medium-light in body, the beer's linging sweetness never completely dispels, trailing behind to buffer the palate from the piquant nature of lactic and acetic fermentation. Cleanly citrusy, the beer exits with more of an aftertaste of robust red wine and savory balsamic as it does of ale.

Jun 16, 2016
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Viaduck from California

3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Darker than I expected, very generous head. Smells of a sweet grains. Taste was a bit of a disappointment, kind of an initial bitter smokiness followed with a sweet tart finish. It sourer than i expected too. Good but thought It would be better. And the little yeasties at the bottom of the glass are fun to watch.

Apr 30, 2016
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 316 ratings