Tart Of Darkness
Bruery Terreux

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Bruery Terreux
California, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #239
Ranked #2,339
4.23 | pDev: 10.87%
Sep 11, 2022
Jun 22, 2011
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Notes: Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. We then brought them over to Bruery Terreux, added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.
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Reviewed by Falcon91Wolvrn03 from California

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look – A super dark, almost black clear ruby red color with a light head and good lacing.

Smell – Has a nice plumb scent.

Taste – Plumb flavor with a bit of sourness. I'm not really tasting the stout it says it is made from.

Feel – Nicely carbonated wild ale that goes down easy. A bit of a vinegary tartness.

Overall – Definitely one of the better wild ales I've had.
Sep 11, 2022
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Rated by robotic_being from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2016 vintage drank in 2022.
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml bottle from about 10 years ago.

Pours almost opaque dark brown with zero head or retention. Dark chocolate with faint balsamic in the nose. Medium bodied with a slickish, almost waxy mouthfeel. Light char with bakers chocolate and a lingering sourness on the palate. Finishes tart and char-like.
Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 6/22/15 and consumed early August 2021. Unique appearance for a sour but we know it’s a stout at heart. Lots of dark fruit and roasty funk but becomes a bit cloying at the end. An enjoyable, special beer.
Aug 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Shared 750 ml bottle, at Café Sara, Oslo. ABV was 7%. Black colour, low beige head. Lovely brett aroma, also oaky and roasty notes, brandied fruits, quite complex. Sour flavour, lemony notes, the roasty notes are quite subdued. Tart finish.
May 13, 2021
Rated: 4.68 by coda206 from Washington

Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by desint from Belgium

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 2.87 by EasternIsh from California

Jan 12, 2021
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Reviewed by spinnylights from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
2013 vintage. Poured into my cute Maredsous goblet. Jet black, little-to-no-head. Sharp, juicy nose with an assertive roast malt character—almost reminiscent of strawberry jam and butter on dark toast. Intensely sour up front, medium-to-light body, slight bitterness, something of a clover-and-flowers character but fairly dry. Roast malts are largely unapparent until just after swallowing, when they loom up out of the background and dominate the atmosphere for a second or too, followed by an impressively long berry-themed finish with hints of cream and sorrel. Truly lovely.
Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by odenbr12 from New Jersey

Aug 28, 2020
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2016 vintage. Pours dark brown, hints of cherry as the light hits it with a thick ring of tan head. Nose is sour cherry juice, bit of malt, molasses as it warms. Still, though, not too much of the "stout" character of this comes through. Taste is pleasantly tart cherries, none too sweet, cranberries, underripe plums. Mouthfeel and carbonation pretty thin and refreshing. As a sour it's excellent, but missing out on those stout notes.
Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2017 bottle

Pours a near pitch-black cherry. Really cool, quickly dissipating, fizzy foam head. Dark fruits, plum and currant, dark malt, some whiskey as it warms. Rounded molasses bittersweetness of a typical stout backbone bridges the gap to dark stone fruit, fig, date that is balanced by a somewhat tinny, funky tartness. Tangy dryness after mid range fullness and carbonation. Extremely impressive, wish there were more of this style, especially a bba version!
Aug 09, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
2016 bottle

Pours dark near black with a dissipating tan frothy head. Smells a bit like red wine, cherries, plum, tart grapes, berries, roasted malt, rich chocolate, caramel, dark toffee, molasses, oak barrel, hints of sweet bourbon, a little wild funk, barnyardy notes, hay, with earthy grassy pine. Tastes like acidic red wine, sour vinegar, tart cherries, plum, vinous grapes, dark berries, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toasty toffee, molasses, mild bourbon, oak, hay, wild yeast, barnyardy funk, with dusty earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, rounded and smooth, creamy with moderate carbonation and bracingly high acidity. Overall a nice oak barrel aged sour stout.
May 04, 2020
Rated: 5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 03, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by taospowder from New Mexico

Jan 31, 2020
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by paresis from Massachusetts

Nov 23, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Nov 16, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 5/1/14; drank 9/20/14 @ the Treehouse.

Brown/purple hue.

Minimal tan head; almost no lace.

Tart grape juice nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Tart grapes & grapefruit up front; no stout notes at all! As it warms, this settles into a tart purple grape juice monster; flavorful but biting!
Oct 21, 2019
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Rated by OompaMentor from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Wakefest 2019; sour stout was different
Oct 17, 2019
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
5 oz pour on tap. Pours a dark brown with a thin fizzy head. Aroma and flavor are thin dark malts, tart berries (cherry, blackberry), dark fruits, oak, vanilla, tannins, leather, and a hint of coffee. Complex and flavorful. Definitely a sipper.
Oct 03, 2019
Rated: 4.35 by samEBC from Belgium

Jul 27, 2019
Rated: 4.9 by Vylo from New Jersey

Jul 26, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by Beer21 from Florida

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by JoeMad from Michigan

Jun 03, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by DMarlinJ from Michigan

May 26, 2019
Rated: 4.06 by Tcsox from Massachusetts

Apr 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
2016 on draft. looks like red wine in the glass. no head. no outer ring of foam or any lacing. nice acidic sour smell with some malt in the background. taste is similar to smell. nice sourness. a little malty stout-type taste to it. feel is a bit lacking. kind of watery. overall a very unique beer and enjoyed the sour aspects quite a bit.
Feb 09, 2019
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Rated by dleefrank from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Best sour I’ve ever had. Very tart but deep flavor. Doesn’t taste as dark as it looks.
Feb 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Aurascoper from Missouri

Jan 21, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Phineasco from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a near clear Concord grape juice brown-black. Appears to be a brownish garnet when light is directed into it. The pour produces a thin finger of tan, finely bubbled foam, shortlived head that recedes to oblivion without a trace of cap, collar or lace. Near the end of the glass it has the look of a burgundy. Aroma is acetic sour and vinous: caramel, dark grape, berry, tart cherry and chocolate with woody, earthy hints. Taste is a war won by SOUR. Cry Baby Candy sour. So excessively tart only faint hints of sweetness bleed from the background: blackberry, strawberry, sour cherry and thin grape overlay a roasted malt stout-like note. A peppery spice joins the medley in the faintly malty, sour, dry tart cherry, green apple and woody finish. The aftertaste is very dry and tart with hints of oak, metal, and sour fruit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation, lively it puckers the mouth and crawls the tongue. Not having a great affinity for the extremely (to my taste) sour I appreciate its complexity more than I enjoy it.
Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 750ml bottle into glass. On the label this is identified as a 2017 release. 6.6%ABV.
Black colored body, with a brown prune color when back lit. Brown cocoa brown head upon pouring immediately dissipates to nothing. There is some expression of bubbles in a tiny, partial ring. No lacing.
Aroma is multi layered with dark fruit, oak and sour barrel, and cocoa/dark chocolate and slight vanilla.
Taste is more integrated than the aroma. Drinks very red wine like. Very much expresses the sour. Also has the chocolate flavor, along with the vanilla.
Medium to full mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Very much like a dry red wine (Cabernet), with a little chocolate/vanilla (Stout). Very well balanced.
Dec 02, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by mamaraza from Texas

Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by GarageRock from New Jersey

Sep 05, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by BrueryDC from California

Aug 28, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by JLaw55 from Missouri

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 4.13 by Greg_From_CO from Colorado

Aug 16, 2018
Rated: 4 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 05, 2018
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