Oude Tart - Cherries
Bruery Terreux

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #2
Ranked #295
4.44 | pDev: 7.66%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Oude Tart - CherriesOude Tart - Cherries
Notes: Oude Tart is a Flemish-Style Red Ale aged in red wine barrels for up to 18 months. This version has had cherries added for the final stages of barrel aging. It's pleasantly sour with hints of leather, tangy dark fruit, plump cherries and toasty oak. While the base beer is one of the more classic styles that we make, it's not a style that you can find too often in the United States. Originating in style from the Flanders region of Belgium, near the French border, this dark, sour ale has roots deep in brewing history and predates most of the ales that have become popular in contemporary culture. We're doing our best to keep the tradition alive by brewing and aging this beer here on the West Coast.
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -The beer poured a maroon red color with a white head.

Smell - In plain form, this smelled like a Flanders ale. It had dry oak, but cherry notes were present as well.

Taste - The profile was tart. Acidity has not enamel stripping. I definitely got cherry skin but it turns into rich cherry jam as it warms. Per the style, it had a nice dry finish that left me wanting more.

Mouthfeel - There was viscosity is the feel. The dry stuck to the tongue and roof of the mouth.

Overall - The beer was near perfect for the style.

Aug 29, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Splitting a bomber of this with my best friend Passow, who is visiting from northern California. I got a bomber of this in April 2016 when I went to southern California to visit my sister and her husband in Orange County, CA. Poured from the 750 ml bomber into a tulip glass, this beer is a medium to dark brown color with deep amber/ruby highlights when held up to the light. Not really a head here, but a thin to medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with a few small spots of foam on the surface. Aromas of tart cherry and sour, musty oak funk. The taste is pretty much the same. Simple and straight to the point with the tart cherry and sour, musty oak funk notes with just a very slight hint of salt too. Not really any other flavors going on here, but that works great here. Just a fantastic flavor profile. Has a slightly oily, slightly vinegary, slightly prickly, medium bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. The flavors really linger nicely on my palate for a long time after each sip. WOW! What more is there to say. A phenomenal beer all around here for this style.


Jan 04, 2020
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Getting caught up on checkins. Mine was a 2016 bottle. Poured very dark reddish/purple. Minimal to no head. Smells of cherries. Very much like a flanders red. Taste is also similar to a flanders red. Not getting much sour but this is very tasty. Good carb and the cherry flavor sticks to the mouth. Overall, a really nice beer. Maybe a touch more sour.

Sep 22, 2017
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scottfrie from California

4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into tulip. Bottle dated 8/21/2013.

A: Pours a murky, ruddy, brown with a finger of very active dark tan foam that quickly fizzed away into nothing. No lace.
S: Musty, dark, and tannic nose with notes of damp basement, dark cherry skins, musty wood, caramel and also caramely/sherry oxidization, red vinegar, and a hint of chocolate, cardboard, and acetic acid. Smells deep and rich, but a bit tired.
T: There is definitely a overshadowing blast of tart cherry/lactic/acetic acid that overpowers many of the nuanced flavors, but aside from the dominating tart cherry note, I get flavors of caramel, cardboard, sherry, and a touch of leather. The finish has a kiss of powdery chocolate alongside notes of dark cherry meat.
M: Medium-full body, super dry with a good dose of gritty, clinging tannins, and a super tart mouthfeel with a ton of acid, tingly and prickly carbonation.
O: Too acidic for my personal taste but a deliciously flavored beer nonetheless. Cherry is exceptional, and this bottle has held up well with age. Extremely tart.

Sep 01, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark burnt reddish-brown with a minimal fluid bubbly ring.

Smell is strong cherry and oak with an acidic burn and char.

Taste is super sour and acidic with cherry, oak, woody char and a dry finish.

Aug 23, 2017
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown pour, tan collar that fades quickly. Wonderful vinous notes undergird the fruity and sour nose: huge cherry jam, cherry skins, oak, leather, dulled brown sugar, a touch of raspberry and tons of dark fruit. Taste is much the same with a touch of acidity, dark fruit depth is not as strong as the nose, but oak is sturdy and expressive along with of course the tart cherry. Feel is tart, slightly acidic, medium bodied and smooth, different accents but the feel is right up there with the best

Jul 24, 2017
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dogleg_left from North Carolina

4.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Vigerous poir yields a tan froth atop a deep eggplant body. Head dissipates into a ring that hangs on for the duration. Mammoth oak and sour cherry. Fruit leather. Dry leaves. Aromas are inviting. Palate follows without surprise and is freaking delightful. Reminds me of the sour cherries I'd eat off the tree as a kid. Acidic with some alcohol burn. Dry finish. Looking forward to this with even more age, but I don't think I have the patience to wait.

Jul 18, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage tasted in March 2017. Poured from fridge temp. Pours a very dark purple - almost black. Not a ton of carbonation. Smell is out of this world. Incredibly sweet cherries and sour funk. My mouth is watering from the sourness on the nose! Taste is wonderful after 3.5 years. Very smooth. Earthy flavors - lots of sour fruit. Cherries are dominant. I definitely puckered up with the sourness. Also getting some white wine, blueberries, leather, and grapefruit peel. Mouthfeel is great for the style. Overall, this is an amazing beer.

Mar 22, 2017
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.37/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2016 vintage. 750ml capped bottle into a Surly teku. Shared with schen9303.

This one's more of a Flanders Red than a wild ale. Hints of vinegar, sour cherry and a slightly tart soy sauce. Pungent and exceedingly aggressive. Beer opens cherry pit and vinegar with an extreme tartness. Overtones of vanilla and more fruit with cherry skin and juice. Finishes acidic, dry and puckering. Body is light with decent carbonation. Super dry on the palate and puckering going down.

Like most Bruery sours, this one's just a little too much for me. Too vinegary, too sour and too one dimensional. Worth a try but I wouldn't revisit this.

Dec 20, 2016
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into nonic pint 2013 bottle

A: Fairly decent pour yielded almost no head whatsoever. Could hear it fizz but thats it. Body is a brown bordering on black with tiny bits of light escaping the edges.

S: Lots of cherry and light oak and light vinegar, apples, wine.

T: The cherries are there lots of sourness almost a malty roasty chocolate taste is lingering in the back. Has a little bit of an oaky wood taste.

M: High carbonation very tingly on the tongue but medium bodied otherwise.

O: Not a bad beer, carbonation is huge, bracing sourness, and the oak is very different on the back end.

Nov 11, 2016
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Mateo2699 from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a dark brown with a strong reddish hue. Very lively pour, loud fizzy off white colored head that dissipates to absolutely nothing fairly quick.

Aroma is very clean leather foward with a strong amount of cherry sour, dark fruits like plums and raisins. Oak tannins and slight hints of tabacco and band aid funk creep through. Very interesting.

Taste is a sour bomb! At initial sip, definitely the more sour beers I've ever tasted. As it warms, more leather funk, oak tannins and tabacco come through to compliment the sour cherry bomb.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with a palate coating sourness that sticks around for a good while. Relatively dry finish, with no abv detection. Only reason I wouldn't call this an easy sipper is because it's so damn sour. Overall an excellent brew with great complexity.

Jul 03, 2016
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love love love this beer. So much dark cherry flavor and it pairs so perfectly with the oak in the wine barrels. It is a super easy drinker and covers the higher abv very well.

Jun 09, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark burgundy body with a very thin tan head. Aroma is funky, oaky, lots of dark fruits and red wine notes. Flavor is dried dark fruits, oak and earth up front, with big tart fruity notes and a lingering tart cherry finish. Very is sticky and syrupy, medium-high carbonation and full lingering finish. Really huge flavor and lots of depth and complexity, well done.

May 01, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out a dark brown, very thin 1/5" off white/tan head on it. Aroma smacks of good red malts, cherries, cherry wood.

Taste, wow, another absolute gem from the Oude Tart series of beers. Massively sour, tons of bright and dark cherries in this one. Leather and earth not as noticeable with the cherries in there, but still brings the complexity rife with sourness. Hides the alcohol very well too.

I will continue to buy multiples of this beer every chance I get, it is absolute world class. Acidic in a good way, this base beer already had a lot of cherry with it, this just amps up the cherry and sourness apparently.

Apr 20, 2016
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Tele from California

4.55/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle (Dated 2.1.16)
Consumed: 4.5.16

A: 4.25 Pours a mostly clear, reddish-brown. The small, tan head dissipates very quickly and doesn’t leave any lace behind.

S: 4.75 So much bright, tart cherry right up front which quickly gets integrated into mild funk and vinegar. As the beer warms, the malt and oak come through bringing very mild sweetness, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, and the more jammy qualities of the cherry.

T: 4.5 Quite sour up front with strong cherry flavor. This is bright and juicy while still staying true to the Oude Tart base’s oaky, sweet flavors. The beer finishes with a nice contrast of lemony tartness and a slight meatiness.

M: 4.5 Good body and a nice dry finish. Carbonation is a little low, but it’s consistent enough to make it feel livelier.

O: 4.5 I love Flanders’ reds and krieks; this beer combines some of the best qualities from each. The fruit is very strong, but the base still has a chance to shine.

Apr 06, 2016
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a tulip to a deep brown topped by a finger of tan head that fades quickly leaving no lacing
S: smells of oak, vanilla, acetic acid and sour cherries
T: taste is sour cherries, acetic acid, oak, funk, and a little vanilla. swallow is more acetic acid, oak, funk and sour cherries
M: this beer sits at the lighter side of medium on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a dry finish
O: This beer is incredible. The base beer is already exceptional and the sour cherries complement that with another layer of complexity.

Nov 24, 2015
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floridadrift from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sour. Sour. Sour. Sour.
Smooth drinking mouth feel, abit watery but goes down easy.
Looks good in the glass, dark caramel color with tan head that sticks to the glass.

Sep 16, 2015
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cvm4 from Mississippi

4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage

L - The pour yields a deep brown/plum body with a fizzy one finger tan head. Not much lacing or retention.

S - A big hit of juicy, sour cherries that give way to the tart base beer of leather and oak.

T - Whoa! Sour cherry galore! Picture Oude Tart, not add some sour cherries in the mix. Yup, that's what we have here. So deliciously sour!

F - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. It has a really dry finish.

O - The cherries are a great addition to an already fantastic beer. They really send

Aug 26, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.55/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a plum pulp, murky brown color, with a fizzy beige head, leaving the beer immediately after a refreshing hiss. Leads to a gloomy, flat impression, while it is absolutely impossible to look through the glass.

Utmost cherry defined nose, in all its desirable facetts. Very pronounced on a ripe, sunbathed impression, revealing moldy cherry stone pits, accompanied by a supporting fermented fruit sweetness, adding a vinous note. Most likely the most fruit defined awa I have had so far, with a very intriguing ripeness as for the aroma defining cherries.

Drinks almost without any carbonation at all, while its pungent sourness makes up for that, guiding the flavors through the palate, by adding a slick acetic acid profile.

Cherries evolve from leathery, old earth and an uncompromising tartness, lending the beer its balancing sweetness. While this ripeness on the nose has been beautifully pronounced, tastewise it plays a role of required balance for the otherwise omnipotent sourness. The consequential interplay of those two flavors appears quite appealing, providing an unripe fruit beginning, which turns riper, as the malts exhibit more and more earth supported sweetness. Finishes with a long lasting dryness, accompanied by dextrose and grain bread, wrapped up by slick acidity.

While not outstandingly refreshing, as for its fuller body, the beer showcases a beautifully arranged cherry taste throughout. Its nice to see the cherry aging on your tongue after the swallow, which I called Jerry btw. Although the taste exhibits an intense sourness, it remains focussed on the cherries, revealing a natural fruit impression.

Aug 04, 2015
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popery from California

3.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013. The beer is a dark brownish red color. A bit too dark to gauge the clarity. Reluctant head but a vigorous pour got a few fizzy fingers of brown bubbles. Dissipates to nothing after a bit. Medium vinegar in the aroma. Light toasty sugar, dark fruit and wood. A fairly juicy sour cherry character. Nice Flemish red character without the off maltiness of some examples. The taste is medium-strong sour, solid tart fruitiness and light malt sweetness. Less cherries but they’re still present. Good bit of acidity. Mild caramel. Some other dark stone fruit fruitiness. While this is a definite step up from the regular version of Oude Tart, it’s still a bit harsh for my taste, though I probably have some bias against the style. Oaky finish. Solid pucker. Light medium body. Pretty good.

Aug 02, 2015
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rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For me, all of The Bruery's beers are overpriced and generally avoided at retail cost, so it's nice when I get to try one for free at a tasting.

This one is sour with a taste of tart cherries that borders on fake medicine cherry flavor.

Jul 28, 2015
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-Rick from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is like regular Oude on steroids. Has the same tart taste as its original, but the addition of the cherries puts this up there with some of the best sours I have had.

Jul 20, 2015
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Kevinpitts from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oude tart is a great beer to begin with. This adds a nice tart cherry flavor that really stands out. Fabulous beer.

May 04, 2015
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MissSmisje from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: plum; S: cherries, cranberries; T: cherries, cranberries, jolly rancher, sour/tart. Full, rounded flavor. Sour/jersey cherry finish. F: light-Medium MF.

Apr 06, 2015
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Flem Red with a delicious choice of cherries. Rich, tart with a special robust sour cherry addition. Has a better than average malt backbone and mouth feel as well. This is a special beer for anyone who enjoys Kriek but on the drier more tart side...and definitely for those who like a bigger body Fem Red. Can't recommend enough.

Mar 07, 2015
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