Gypsy Tart | Bruery Terreux

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews by cvm4:
Photo of cvm4
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage

First off, this wasn't a gusher at first, but it definitely started to billow over after 30 seconds or so.

L - Pours a cloudy reddish brown body with a tan two finger head. Not much lacing or retention to speak to the head.

S - Brown sugar and malty at first then the flanders come through. Not really exciting or enticing.

T - Follows the nose of brown sugar and a malty base. Black cherries come through midway to the ending.

F - Medium bodied and light carbonation.

O - Solid offering, but nothing spectacular.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, newly arrived in Alberta, with the fancy new 'Terreux' sub-branding, which is French for 'earthy', and I suppose, less douchey than 'terroir', or something.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark red-brick amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy tan head, which leaves a bit of sparse island chain lace around the glass as things slowly sink out of sight.

It smells of sweet, kind of nutty caramel malt, mixed with a nicely sour cherry, raspberry, and red apple fruitiness, all over top of a suggestion of my mom's Flor-heavy balsamic vinegar stored in those very un-cellar-worthy kitchen cupboards. The taste is more heady, yeast-touched caramel/toffee malt, pleasantly zingy dark orchard fruit, the mild red wine vinegar salad ingredient that my wife goes through like water, a hint of vanilla and bourbon-soaked woodiness, and a wee earthy white cheesiness.

The bubbles are fairly pleasant in their equally supportive and playful frothiness, the body just on the light side of medium weight, and not particularly smooth, but hardly geared in the other direction, for what it's worth. It finishes off-dry, the combination of a gently fading caramel malt and complex dark and tart fruitiness proving to be the only game in town.

I gotta say - wow, ladies and germs, this one really brings it for a style that seems to need a whole lot more representation in the New World, where examples (imported or not) with any prowess at all are countable on one or two hands at best. And that elevated ABV, not to sound too much more like a wet behind the ears fanboy, is so well integrated, you wouldn't even know that...damn.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of cultclassic89
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks fine for the style but it's missing a head.

S: Candy like sweetness here, which stands out above the acidity. Fine but I could use more dryness and complexity.

T: A bit too much of that candy coated sweetness. Not enough acidity or dryness to balance it out. Not bad though.

F: A bit syrupy. Needs more dryness and a fluffier feel.

O: It's an average attempt at the style that has a bit too many misses for me. Alongside Ol Oi, this just couldn't hold up.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freshflesh
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Doomcifer
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aquazr1
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a short head. A really good tasting Flanders. Has a lot of depth of flavor. Seems like you pick up different things as you drink it.

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Photo of Marius
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwkdmk
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 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 KensWorld
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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

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Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HalfFull
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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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 atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Gypsy Tart from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 306 ratings