Tart Of Darkness
Bruery Terreux

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Wild Ale
Ranked #144
Ranked #1,113
4.26 | pDev: 10.8%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
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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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spinnylights from Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +13.4%
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
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
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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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Lucular from Maryland

4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
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
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A 750ml bottle, 2016 vintage, bottled on 23rd March 2016. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.

Appearance: A clear cola dark brown with a just over one finger tanned head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.

Aroma: Tart, plum, raisins, moderate roastiness and oak with hints of vanilla and coffee.

Taste: Tart and sour plums, oak and an interesting and nice roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: They’re calling it a Sour Stout, but I think its more appropriately a Dark Sour, as although signs of a Stout are there, it’s the sourness that dominates while the roastiness compliments it. But whatever you want to call it, it is well balanced and the flavours just match each other really well.

Jul 08, 2018
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer for the first time and I am not sure I've tasted anything like it. It's complex, but I am not sure I would call it a tart stout, more like Wild Ale as it is classified.

Look: black with a half inch thick mocca colored head

Aroma: wine, lemon, oak

Taste: The flavor is tart grapes, wine, lemon, oak, and chocolate.

Feel: medium body and dry

Apr 23, 2018
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly disappointed by this after having gotten to try Cascade's Bourbonic Plague previously. This was by no means a bad SOUR. But as a sour STOUT, I would have to say not au much. No real stout characteristics came out fro me, other than slightly in the nose. Not much else to say about it besides the fact that its over $22 a bottle.

Nov 01, 2017
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degueulasse from California

2.77/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've been giving fruitier beers more of a chance recently, but I'm not on board with the sweetness and tartness that overpower the richer, more refined flavors. It pours a dark brown—almost black—with an unremarkable head, and it smells like cacao and berry. It tastes like a chocolate-covered sour grape, and it has a bit of a bite from the carbonation and tartness that I'm not a great fan of.

Sep 13, 2017
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MJSFS from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught in a snifter. Beer came a shiny inky black with no head or signs of carbonation. Aroma is oaky and fruity. Taste is very tart fruit and with an oaky finish. Mouthfeel is medium and dry. Not the best wild ale I've had, but far from the worst.

Jun 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.05/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a dark brown hinging on close to a black color that ends up leaving a black colored body. There is a one finger white foamy head that doesn’t cling and doesn’t have any lacing. The smell is super funky tart and sour up front with some light roasty sidenotes try to make their way forward but really don’t. It ends up becoming somewhat vinous in the rest of the aroma. The taste is sour and tart yet the roasty sidenotes come in to assist but makes me pucker alot. There is a super strong sour aftertaste with a quick dry sour and tart finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium on the body with not much of a sessionability quality as it shows that it wants to be a sipper. Carbonation is fairly smooth. Overall, this is exactly what The Bruery wanted as it says on their label, a "sour stout aged in oak barrels."

Jun 18, 2017
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andy712 from Oregon

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoy sour beers and the occasional stout, but the thought of a sour stout did not intrigue. Then I tasted this one. To be sure, I get a lot more sour than stout from the TOD, but for me it is the right mix. It pours like a stout, opaque with about 3/4 inch of head. The head dissipates about mid way through leaving just a ring at the end. The carbonation was pleasant; I did not find it low on carbonation as others noted (purchased on tap at the Beer Garden in Eugene). The smell is sour (cherries mostly) with some stone fruit coming through, and oak. Taste (in order it seemed) was sour cherry, oak and the dark roasted grain. None of these components overwhelmed the others and the balance was just right. This is mostly a sour, but with some terrific complementary flavors.

Apr 17, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tart of Darkness is a very dark brown color with no head.
Tart cherry, roasted malt aroma.
A tart cherry and chocolate taste.
Very tart, a squeeze your salivary glands tartness.
It may be a little incongruous drinking a sour stout, but it works well for me.

Apr 02, 2017
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have another variation of this beer hiding in my cellar. When I first hear about a tart sour, I was like ooh, but what the heck is going taste like. Well my questions will have answers at the end of the review. Poured into my Surly Furious glass at 45 degrees. A two-finger medium tan head with okay retention, the head is creamy and foamy; furthermore, the head did not leave any lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown/black and is opaque. I can see any lacing on the glass.
Dark roasted malt, bready, toffee, caramel, a sourness, fruity, earthy, wood, citrus, pine, coffee, and some chocolate.
Dark roasted malt, toffee, funky, fruity, earthy, wood, citrus, pine, light coffee, and some chocolate.
Medium plus carbonation, medium body, a touch of astringency, and full finish.
The carbonation really helps with body of the beer and gives some lightness. I really like the idea of sour stout, I was not sure what to expect from this beer. The stout is excellent the flavors meld well together and finishes strong. I really like this beer, cannot wait to try the one with cherries and vanilla.

Mar 17, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a snifter at first, switched to a tulip glass. 2016 edition, had 11/3/16.

Pours dark, mostly opaque, with a one inch quickly dissipating head, no noticeable lacing. The smell is tart, cherries- more as it warms, some yeast, vinegar, light malt, light chocolate, some vanilla, light red wine when fully warmed. The taste is some big sour up front, tart, cherries, light plums, some malt and vanilla. The tartness does linger on the finish. Smooth, lighter bodied than expected, well carbonated. Not overly acidic for the level of tartness and sourness.

This is a good, enjoyable sour, but really wouldn't stretch it into calling it a sour stout- no roasty malts, etc. Good flavor and aroma, enjoyable to drink, but a pretty high price point for what you get.

Feb 17, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is quite the good beer. Reminds me more of a sipping wine than a beer. Cloudy dark brown with slightly thinning edges. No active carb visible except light presence on the edges. Smell is strong tart fruit with mild barrel presence. Tartness is the first thing that comes to mind on the taste. Very strong cherry flavor with underlying barrel notes. A mouth watering feel, alcohol seems disguised well. An enjoyable sour.

Jan 23, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with just a fractional amount of light penetration. There's a fingernail of brown around the rim. Aroma is of black licorice, roasted barley, plum, caramel, and a hint of smoke. Initially I taste roasted barley and a burst of sour brettanomyces. At the back of the palate I taste roasted barley and smoke and then I'm left with a lingering tardiness from the brettanomyces. The mouth is lightly chewy and alcoholic. An amazing sensory rollercoaster!

Jan 13, 2017
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is kind of tough to review to style, but I suppose Wild Ale is the best description. Although I am curious on how the base beer was brewed as it stikes me as a cross between an American Stout or a Black Ale.

From the bottle: "Sour Stout Aged in Oak Barrels", "...this sour black ale", "Sauerstaut", "...contortion of style and flavor"

It is a muddy/dirty dark brown to black with some grape juice like shading. Not much head here. Just a bit fizzy on top.

Smells very, very sour and very acidic. Vinegar, sour dark fruits, and hiding in the background some roasted malt and chocolate.

It really tastes pretty much like it smells other than the background aromas come to the foreground a bit more, especially after you adjust to the very dominant sour flavor and acidness. There is an almost overbearing vinegar, sour cherry, or more like cranberry. The oak is very faint, but as mentioned, the darker smoky malts and chocolate become more noticeable and begin to balance it a bit. It tastes like a black ale with no hop profile. There is a lingering balsalmic vinegar taste along with a red wine flavor.

The body is heavy if we are talking wild ale. As for a stout, a bit thinner. Not as carbonated as I would have guessed, but still a crisp bite to it.

Enjoyable beer overall. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone indifferent on sours.

Dec 18, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An exciting beer. One that arguably would have fit better at our Flanders Red tasting than Oude Tart. Pours a deep brown with a touch of red, alongside a mocha head. Nose is much more flanders red than stout. The palate is dominated initially by lactobacillus sour, touches of balsalmic vinegar, and dark cherry (with the slightest hint of raspberry). The stout element comes only at the end, as a dark, roasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium (again, more Flanders Red than stout). An impressive chimera. The art of this beer lies in its reservation with incorporating the stout elements. The base of this beer is an extraordinary sour, altered from its style-of-origin only by its darker color and unique finish.

Oct 22, 2016
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1 PINT 9.4 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a beer flute
2013 Edition

This beer pours black with no light coming through. It is topped with less than an inch of mocha head the disappears almost immediately leaving no trace of its existence.

The smell is tart cherry, plum and even a little chocolate.

The taste The sour overwhelms the stout. I can detect hints of roasted malt, but after three years the sourness is omnipresent. I can get some dark fruit notes. This is sour, and I am loving it.

Medium to mouth puckering mouthfeel

As soon as I smelled this beer I knew that I would like it. It is a delicious sour stout. I would like to try it freshly bottled to see exactly what three years did. I would not pass up another opportunity to try it again.

Oct 08, 2016
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first sour stout! It pours a dark brown (looks more like a porter, IMHO) and the minimal tan head disappears almost immediately. The aromas are dar chocolate, roasty char, and sour - lots and lists of sour.

The taste has waves of sour, all the way through the taste - and then some dark chocolate and roasty flavors at the end to rein the sour in just a bit. The feel is over the top, just wave after wave of effervescent magnificence.

And now I've gotta search for more sour stouts.

Aug 15, 2016
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