Tart Of Darkness - Black Currants
Bruery Terreux

Tart Of Darkness - Black CurrantsTart Of Darkness - Black Currants
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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #566
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #7,146
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 4.31%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
34
From:
Bruery Terreux
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
92
Outstanding
Tart Of Darkness - Black CurrantsTart Of Darkness - Black Currants
Notes: Tart of Darkness is a sour stout aged in oak. Brewed to resemble a stout at its foundation, the journey into tartness begins with fermentation in large oak puncheons at Bruery Terreux, where it’s treated to a special blend of souring bacteria and wild yeast cultures. Following a slow but wildly active fermentation, the beer is transferred for extended aging into a dedicated collection of used oak barrels for Tart of Darkness. This includes emptied bourbon barrels from The Bruery that previously held beers such as Black Tuesday®. This special edition was aged with black currants
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Psilo:
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Psilo from California

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours brownish dark purple. Thin brownish lilac head dies quickly. Near-black and opaque with purple highlights. Not much lacing, but none expected.

Smells of tart dark berries, spiky sourness, and oak tannins. Sweet tart pie filling with hints of leather and tobacco.

Tart and puckering sour taste up front. Dark berry sweetness and tart jammy flavors mellow to a slight roast on the finish. Tannic and dry.

Medium bodied, well carbonated. A nice, complex sipper that really smooths out as it's drunk down.

Begins more sour than stout. I initially poured 2/3 of the bottle and drank about half, and found it a really good jammy sour. After adding the last third of the bottle, the tobacco and leather flavors came more to the forefront. I never got much roastiness or coffee or anything that really said stout to me. A delicious dark berry sour no less.

Jul 19, 2018
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Stinger80OH from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 14, 2019
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look - This beer pours a very dark reddish brown with a one finger tan head.
Smell - Immediately funky with notes of fruit. There is also a deeper scent of leather and oak.
Taste - Sharp sour up front with funkiness on the finish, lots of funk. The presence of fruit is detectable, but I would not have guessed black currant. Almost a slight chocolate flavor that must come from the roasty quality of the stout. Very pleasant.
Feel - Smooth and soft, astringent.
Overall - This was my first ever sour stout, and it was quite delicious. I enjoyed the deep roasty flavor of a stout melding with sour and tart fruit.

Apr 05, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018

pours dark like a porter, fizzy with a slight light reddish brown head.

smells like a basic sour with yeasty funk and sourness hinting at some dark berry earth tones

Taste is along the lines of what you'd expect from a standard wild sour, theres a definite currant note in the aftertaste for me. better than a lot of sours in execution

feels nice, good carbonation and drying tartness, a bit full and not so much acidic pummeling

very nice as to be expected but nothing thrilling by any means

May 28, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a wine glass. An opaque dark chocolate color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was as billed with complex oak barrel, red wine, currants, and faint roasted malt. Taste followed. Quite tart but with a rich currant flavor. As it warmed, the chocolate notes from the malt appeared, which complimented the fruit well. The barrel added a nice complexity. Outstanding.

Aug 13, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pouts an effervescent mahogany with rapidly fallen cocoa colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Tartness, plums, not much else

T: Dried salted plums, a little black currant & and woody dryness up front. Much tartness as this warms, plums, leafy hops, a touch of black currant as well, maybe a little black cherry as well. Finshes tart with woody dryness and a little more salted plum & black currant

MF: Light body, delicate carbonation

Drinks alright, just too much tartness for me truly to enjoy; I am tiring of this style

Jul 10, 2019
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purple hued garnet. No head. Stunning color.
Smell is meaty & tart plums, with port wine barrel notes.
Taste is much of the same with salted plum notes peeking in, as well as some leather. It's deep, at times so other berry notes come in, but this is chewy, and full, which adds to the complexity.
Overall, a style that's not normally in my wheelhouse, but I am always impressed with ToD variants.

Mar 03, 2018
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Budlum from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 07, 2018
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pkalix from California

4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jul 12, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/3/2018. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge sour/tart/tangy black currants, fruit skin/seeds, cranberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, apricot, fig, cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, cocoa, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Amazing complexity, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, currants, dark/bready/light roast malts, and moderate oak barrel notes; with big strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy black currants, fruit skin/seeds, cranberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, apricot, fig, cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, cocoa, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang; light yeast/oak spiciness and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of black currants, fruit skin/seeds, cranberry, raspberry, raisin, plum, apricot, fig, cherry, lemon, green apple, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, cocoa, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, currants, dark/bready/light roast malts, and moderate oak barrel flavors; with and awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/acidic/tangy, and lightly chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.2%. Overall this is an amazing fruited sour/wild ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, currants, dark/bready/light roast malts, and moderate oak barrel flavors; amazingly smooth and easy to drink with the modestly acidic/tangy/drying finish; no overly lactic. Insanely jammy currants, with balanced Brett/Bacteria complexity, malts, and solid oak presence. Not a ton of roast, but solid. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example as expected.

Oct 06, 2018
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IKR from California

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very dark brown color, almost black but you can see it';s brown at the edges. Generous-sized thick beige head with a purple tint that slowly faded.

Smell: Moderated funk, tart berries and faint roast malt notes.

Taste: Mild roast notes, tart citrus notes, and a touch of funk. Mild tobacco notes are also present in the taste profile. The finish is moderately dry. Very interesting combination of flavor notes which is a bit more tart than base TOD.

Mouth-feel: Moderate body with a fair level of carbonation.

Overall: A good wild ale. The black currants result in an interesting taste profile that puts a nice spin on Tart of Darkness,

Jun 05, 2018
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jun 24, 2018
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vfgccp from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sep 14, 2017
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jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 05, 2020
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 19, 2018
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BarryMFBurton from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 24, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

these special edition bruery classics are all next level, and i treasure the opportunities i get to drink on them, especially with good friends. this is a killer variant, an almost begged for addition to an already seriously awesome beer. i am immediately amazed how much color the fruit adds to a pretty dark beer, this is more purple than brown, and it looks fancy and sexy from the tap under its airy patient head. the nose here is astringent medicinal currants, a little tannic thing with the oak, a heap of bourbon and black malt, smoke and tobacco, licorice and blackberry, raisin and prune, sort of gritty or even chalky in feel, complex for sure, not any more sour from bacteria than it is from fruit, somehow way more complex and well rounded than the original. port wine, light acetic acid, cranberry pucker, roast and cocoa and coffee grinds, huge oak and char, tang and twang and some funk. this is absolutely delicious, the fruit elevates parts of this i havent noticed as much before, and the overall is pretty epic. amazed this is as low alcohol as it is, it drinks a bit richer than that, wintery more than summery, but just downright awesome beer, the right amounts of oak and sour, i loved this!

Jun 15, 2018
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 09, 2017
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mrcraft from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 02, 2018
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utopiajane from New York

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours with a sweet purple blush that tints the head . The head is creamy enough but falls just a bit faster than your average stout. The color of the beer is dark brown. Just blushing with that purple color. Exquisite. The nose is bouncy with the currants yet roasty with malt. No real deep notes like coffee or chocolate but a nice dry wood and earthy funk. Drinks a little bit less than full or does it? with a tiny deception in the mouthfeel from the sour. That fruit steals the finish and the sour makes the beer appear lighter than it really is. It's creamy and just roasty enough to stand up to that sour. This was my favorite beer so far as far as balance between sour and malt standing. Finishes with a few bubbles and lots of vibrant sour fruit.

Aug 03, 2018
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heytomcat from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 24, 2017
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Lucnifter from California

4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aug 27, 2017
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CJNAPS from California

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sep 09, 2018
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Theogre83 from Kansas

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 31, 2018
Tart Of Darkness - Black Currants from Bruery Terreux
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 34 ratings