Gypsy Tart | Bruery Terreux

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Bruery Terreux
California, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Halcyondays on 05-16-2009

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kitch
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.55/5  rDev -9%
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

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Montanabeerz
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csmrx7
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BKotch
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of caahare
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Allurex
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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...

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 305 ratings