Tart Of Darkness
Bruery Terreux

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #155
Ranked #1,057
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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Photo of mschrei
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.

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Photo of Onemoresolo
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Oh boy! I'm really treating myself here. My first Bruery sighting in CT, had to give it a shot. Bottled on 6/23/15. Here we go!

Look: Tan head quickly dissipates into nothing. Beer is dark brown with ruby highlights

Smell: Sourness and roastiness dance together, complimenting each other more than I honestly expected. I'm getting sour cherries, strawberries, bitter dark chocolate, oak, dates; it's very vinous in an earthy way, like a fine Burgundy.

Taste: Follows the nose, with the addition of a cranberry/tart Pinot Noir flavor as well. That fades out into a deep chocolatey/roasty stout backdrop with a lovely oak aged balsamic aftertaste. Yes, some people will read balsamic and think of it pejoratively. If you've ever had real, barrel aged balsamic, you'll know that I mean that description in the best way possible. The stout base becomes more prominent as the beer warms up, but it's delicious all the way from cellar temp to room temp.

Feel: Thicker than the gueuzes I've been drinking, but this definitely isn't Ten Fidy motor oil status. For the style, this is perfect. It's medium bodied, which lays a perfect backdrop for the acidity to work its way through my whole mouth.

Overall: I know these reviews read like a crazy Robert Parker Wine Advocate review, but this sort of beer definitely deserves deep contemplation. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, but it definitely delivered here. It wasn't cheap, but I'll definitely snag another sometime in the future.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tart of darkness pours black with a small tan head. Sour and oak aromas. Taste is smooth, lots of sour and oak. Great feel. Overall very solid sour.

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Photo of Kjanisch7
4.98/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A - Jet black with a thin tan head.

S - A pleasant smell of chocolate/coffee from the dark malt, and that awesome classic sour tart smell.

T - TART. Delicious cherry and fig notes. Vinegary finish with some berry notes. Nice little bourbon taste as well for an added bonus.

M - Thin body which was unexpected for the color of the beer. Moderate carbonation. Great feel and easy to drink.

D - The drinkability here is incredible. Wish I could drink this one every single day.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A very dark brown beer with a garnet hue and good clarity. The persistent head is composed of creamy tan bubbles.

S: The dominate aroma is a tart fruit character of red currents and cassis with an acidic quality backing that up. There is a faint aroma of dark fruit and dark malt aroma having a cocoa character to it.

T: An aggressive, acidic and tartness and strong red currents fruitiness with light flavors of the stout dark malt. There isn't much to say about hops in here nor malt, although the fruit is juicy and refreshing. The balance is very sour and the finish is very dry.

M: A light bodied beer with strong carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.

O: This ones about as tart as they come with a strong acidic bit and good bit of fruitiness, sort of Flanders Red that come of the rails except that there is some stout character to back up the flavors. The sour stout is quickly becoming my favorite style thanks in part to the few exceptional brewers making the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a deep amber/near brown with several fingers of foamy mocha head. This shrinks down pretty readily, retaining with some fizzy bunching around the edges and leaving back some light sudsy lacing that slowly drips down the sides of the glass. The aroma surprisingly smells of cocoa, roast and maybe even a smidge of caramel up front. Dark tartness and some light funky character creeps in off the edges. The flavors here really fill the nose and linger a bit as well.

The taste has a deep cherry tartness to it that is funky and slightly acidic on the edges of the profile. This segues into cocoa sweetness and a light roastiness that spreads out into the finish. A lingering mix of sweet sugars and dry acidity hang in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp prickliness that dots the tongue yet retains an overall firm smoothness to the carbonation as this spreads out across the mouth. Very lively on the palate overall.

This was surprisingly good and although it feels a little unbalanced towards the dark cherry at times, I was pleased to find just enough of that cocoa and roasted flavors to not only be present but act as an active part of the profile as well.The tartness is just mouthwatering here at times. Definitely one to check out if you like sours.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Tripphop
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with light edges. Head is minimal, you can stir up a few bubbles but nothing really to see here. Smell is outstanding. Loads of sour fruit, like pomegranate, lemon, bacteria funk. A hint of roast peeks its head out, but if you close your eyes, you would think this is a blonde sour. The flavor is great, lots of acid and a decent body. Again, the only reason to even call this a stout is the color and malts, the flavor lends itself to a very bright sour style. Awesome taste. Mouthfeel is nice up front, but the finish is a little thin and leaves some harsh acid as the beer warms. They are right on the bottle, 56-60 degrees and this beer shines, room temp and it loses a lot of its desireable character. Definitely one worth trying and I hope to score some more for the basement.

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Photo of Los1324
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of jarrgal
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of HeadyTheElder
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Photo of A_Rad
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for sharing this one. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Hazy tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving a few stray bubbles on top, but minimal lacework. Dark brown body with cherrywood highlights.

S - Sour cherries, smoke, cocoa, and slightly meaty malt character, mild understated oak, and a bit of funky sweat and musk. The honey-glazed smoked ham flavor is a bit off-putting.

T - The taste is a bit better integrated, with a hefty dose of tart cherries, balsamic, dark fruits, smoke, and roasted malts at the back end. Mild sourness in the finish, but never gets fatiguing.

M - Zesty carbonation, crisp medium-light body, super dry and tannic finish. No trace of alcohol, nor should there be this lower ABV offering.

D - Other than the meaty note in the aroma this is quite good. I really enjoyed this beer and think it's one of the few Bruery offerings that actually belongs in a 750ml bottle. Would like to try this again and see how the sourness develops over time.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kscaldef
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Some head on the pour, but recedes quickly. Dark, dark color. Smooth chocolate and cherry, and very sour. Body is surprisingly light, if I couldn't see the beer I wouldn't have thought it was a dark beer at all.

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is so pleasant! I have had it from the bottle before, and was lucky enough to find it on tap in Northampton, MA.

It pours a dark dark brown. Appearing as if it may be a stout!

Once you smell it, that is when you know that you are getting into something really nice.
So much of a sour fruit smell.

The taste! It's great! Its got that sour and tart cherry taste. With a nice creamy finish.

There is so much going on in the mouthfeel of this beer. It has so much character.

I want to drink more and more of this.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of SDean82
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of JHop
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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