Queen Of Tarts | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark sour ale with lightly roasted malts, dark fruit flavors, and a tart finish. Aged in American Oak barrels with Michigan tart cherries. Took home a gold medal at the 2016 Great American Beer Festival."

Added by HopHead84 on 03-05-2012

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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CScott12
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rickrem
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Karl Strauss brewing in Anaheim.

Paired up with chocolate brownie and ice cream.

In a nutshell, adult cherry cola.

A bit lighter in color than that, slightly more amber than red.
Very slight carbonation but enough to give it a bite.

Cherry comes through with a nice tartness without being too sour nor sweet.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is maybe the surprise of the year for me so far, never thought much about these types of local chain breweries, but this is outstanding. an oud bruin type, really funky and sour at the same time, super clean bacterially with a wooden funk as well, mature and dry and still very malty, aged in oak barrels with tart cherries, which add a few dimensions but dont overtake a very competently made base beer, this really impressed me, and i see why it won the gold medal that it did! some cocoa and wood on the nose, the brown ale aspect is still there despite how obviously sour this is. super citrusy sourness takes over in the taste, really puckers me up, but the cherry tartess is right there with it before the oak and the malt finally catch up. its cool because so much of the sourness is in the middle not the end. its not overly fruity, and has an almost brined character with it. sweeter to finish, and sort of thin in body with high carbonation. its cool how clear and refined this is, a lot of these look and feel sloppy, but this is majorly dialed in. i havent had many beers from these guys, but this one is awfully inspiring. gorgeous liquid, better than many old world takes on the style even. wow!

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Photo of rand
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerStud187
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Queen of tarts?!? More like Queen of Farts!!! Actually had twice. Once really good, once terrible. Not the same beer, different flavoring. The first was a well balanced, nice pumpkin sour, that highlighted the sour, not the pumpkin. The second was a sickly sweet cran/apple mess that was sour enough to be interesting, but not good enough to be memorable. I really didn't enjoy it, like I did the first time and don't believe they were the same thing. Never been a fan of KS beers, but their buildings are beautiful. I hope their beers can catch up some day.

Update: Had again at the brewery, not the seasonal release at Eureka. Very good. I rescind my former review. Maybe, not the most consistent release, as can be with many sours, but very good when done right. Nice tart cherry and oak flavor. Not sweet cherry at all, tart cherry. If you’ve only had cherry lollipops, this is a very different beast. Well done!

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Photo of retry4z
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, moderately tart sour, with notes of cherry, pomegranate, and lime.

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken during Churchill's 2012 Sour Fest.

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Photo of largadeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: A dark brown with a tinge of red. No head is present.

S: Extremely mild aroma. Almost nothing comes off this beer.

T: There is a caramel body with a tinge of tart and sour.

M: Thick silky body with decent carbonation.

O: A good beer but it could be better.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft into snifter at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego, Calif., on July 18, 2012. Dark mahogany color, a bit like prune juice. Less than a finger of head when I got it. Tan lacing. Quickly dissipated and poor retention.

Smelled Coca-Cola, Bottle Caps (the candy), Captain Morgan & Coke, bourbon, liquor, plum, dark fruits, cherry, Diet Cherry Coke.

Tasted a lot different (and better) than the smell. Got cranberry, blackberry, liquor, a mix of Captain & Coke and bourbon.

Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Very good beer, not what I was expecting at all.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a slightly murky crimson brown with a tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. No real lacing to speak of. Smell is of tart cranberry and apple aromas with some funky and woody notes as well. Taste is somewhat woody up front with tart and slightly funky cranberry and apple flavors on the finish. This beer really isn’t too sour however. There is a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too great.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Churchill's. Snifter. Imperial stout aged in oak barrels for 2 years with sour cherries added.

A: Very dark brown with a reddish tinge and an inch of beige froth.

S: Tart dark cherries with a pronounced lactic presence. Smells like tart cherry pie. Lower moderate sweetness. Light vinegar presence.

T: Cherry pie flavor with a light tartness and a light lactic sourness. The fruit is vibrant and expressive. Lightly acetic with a pleasant vinegar presence. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Upper full body with upper medium carbonation. Sticky smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Another good beer from Karl Strauss. This brewery is stepping up their game.

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Queen Of Tarts from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 24 ratings