Tell-Tale Tart | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Deriving its name from Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale of madness and murder, our newest Smokestack Series release takes a predictably lighthearted approach to the subject of sourness. The subtle acidity of Tell-Tale Tart is answered by a soft, biscuity malt character, making this a sour ale that suggests, rather than announcing its tartness. Beginning with a bracing sharpness at first sip, the ale mellows on the palate to a smooth and faintly lingering finish.

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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 578
Photo of iguanodon
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Original rating 2016-06-10] 12 oz. bottle. Pours clear dark orange with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is just not good, rotting vegetables and chlorine. Taste is not as bad, it’s sour. Starts tart, finish is a little bitter. But I’d go with a real sour if that’s what you are looking for.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Brewery: this one pours a somewhat darker amber color. Absolutely no head or lacing on it. Some sour apples and lemon to the nose. Some biscuit also. The taste is good. Some tart apples and lemon, biscuity malts. A milder (perhaps starter sour for some), decent middle of the road sour.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle - dated October 1 2016

Boulevard Tell-Tale-Tart poured a dark amber color with an off-white head that was bubbly. The head had a good retention. The aroma of tart fruit, i.e., green apples and lemon dominated . The taste begins with a sharp bite of sourness and acidity then the ale sourness mellows a bit. The aftertaste is one of tartness that lingers. The body is medium with a good amount of almost fizzy carbonation. There is a puckering finish.

Overall, this is my first taste of a sour beer style. This ale reminds me of the SweetTart candy I used to eat as a child;

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Photo of Picky-when-paying-89
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tell-Tale Tart:

12 oz bottle. Pours a clean, clear, burnt orange (think Dodge Charger, or pumpkin), with a seashell white head about a finger and a half on a hard pour. Poured into my usual snifter. No lacing when the head dissipates

Pear, rice wine vinegar, dandelions, white wine

Butter, saltines, white wine, apricot

Well carbonated, thin, ciderlike texture. Slight lemon juice finish.

Not quite as sour as expected. Light on the acidic pucker. Not my favorite of the Smokestack series (which I adore) but still a solid sip. Fairly new to sours in general (IPAs are the beer of choice in town) but it's in the upper ranks of sours for me. Would definitely buy again!

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Grizzarky for this one, from NBS BIF#5. 12oz bottle (bottled on12Feb2017) poured into 12oz Bearded Iris goblet. Poured lightly hazy reddish amber color with about a half-inch of white head that had moderate retention, and left no lace.

A light tartness hits the nose first, with some light grain in the background. Same on the tongue, grain and light sourness. No fruit or backing notes. Body was crisp and smooth, would be refreshing on a warm day. Drinkability was good, would have a gain. Overall, a pleasant little beer, and a good choice as an introduction to the world of sours.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The commercial review was pretty spot on. Slightly tart, well balanced if there is such a thing for a sour. Smooth, not as sweet as I expected. A must try if sours are a style you seek out regularly.

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Photo of TheeBeardedEMT
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma - Starts sour and acidic. A slight malt flavor follows.

Appearance - Pours a nice Gold with good carbonation. A thin white head fades quickly.

Flavor - Tart and sweet all at the same time. Green apple and cherry. Make your eye twitch a bit.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Good amount of carbonation. Has a nice smooth finish.

Overall - This beer is slightly more sour then I expected.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I haven't had many wild ales or sour beers so I don't have much to compare this too. But I really do love it. I saw a review saying it tastes like an unflavored sweet tart, and now that I think of it, that's the perfect description.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug: color is amber, a bit hazy, brighter white head that presents about 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a ring.

Smell is sour, acidic at first, then light malt/biscuit.

Taste is similar with sour/acidic start then transitions to a subtle malt based flavor with a lingering acidity. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel is not overly acidic, well balanced sweetness and tart flavor, moderate carbonation and crispness.

Overall just a well executed sour ale with crisp, tart flavors and mouthfeel and moderate maltiness.

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Photo of Chasebrks
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appears a clear red/brown with a light tan head. Light pucker to a crisp malt finish with a nose that suggests significantly more acidity than is present. Finishes with metallic overtones (not unpleasant). Little to no hop presence, acid to malt with no distinct bitterness. Big fan of the balance of acidity here, something missing from a lot of warheads in the American sour market right now.

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Photo of Hackattack
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice change from the norm. Not my favorite from Boulevard and not as tart as Lagunitas Brewery's Aunt Sally. But the fruity tartness, if there is such a word, comes through in its taste.

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Photo of FrauTotenkinder
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber. Medium mouth feel. Tastes slightly funky sour and like apple. Clean finish.
Slightly sour as advertised. Good intro if you're not sure you like sour.

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Photo of donspublic
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best buy date of 1-26-2016, rescued from an obscure location in my fridge, wouldn't normally rate something 1 year past expiration, but it held up well
Poured from bottle into tulip nice 1 finger pale tan head, recedes rather quickly to a pool, no lacing. Dark clear amber in the glass. Smells tart, apple, some malt coming thru the nose along with some slight funkiness. Taste is initially tart, not bracing, then there is some apple character in the middle, know it isn't there, but reminds me of cinnamon, and then it has a real smooth finish, a little on the dry side. This is a very drinkable beer, not a one trick pony that will burn you out after a few.

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber. Thin, white head. Sweet apple nose with a strong tanginess. Also yeast notes. Great tart/sweet flavor goes from start to finish. At the end, there's a mild, balancing hop presence. Still leans to the malt, but makes for a crisp, refreshing beer. Strong tanginess lingers.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle stamped "best by 12 Jan 2017" poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy copper with a off-white two finger head that rapidly disintegrates into nothing.

Smell: Malts fading into a slightly sour, funky finish.

Taste: Very sour but in a good way.

Feel: Light, crisp and refreshing with a dry finish. Balances well with the flavor profile.

Overall: A very good beer. Would be a great change of pace once in a while especially in the summer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze in color with an orange tinge; less than 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: vinegar, apple, and cherry with a bit of tartness;

T: vinegary for a moment, then mostly apple and cherry through the finish; mild bitterness and a touch of tartness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; very dry finish;

O: very approachable flavor;

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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, I forgot to record freshness date
A - creamy beige head quickly fades to a foam atop an amber colored ale
S - tart, fruity aroma
T - fruity & tart with grape, apple, and pear notes
M - lighter side of medium, very dry, tart & sour finish
O - pretty straight forward wild ale. It's good but doesn't blow me away. I doubt I'd buy it again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Tell-Tale Tart"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BY 05/07/16" but not sampled until 12/21/16
$2.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ on 10/08/16

Notes: I don't feel that an extra 7 months in the bottle has really hurt this beer, although at the same time I wouldn't suggest it as a beer to lay down. The maltiness, or more specifically, the caramel side of the maltiness may have increased a bit, but not by much. There is a bit of an almond character that may be due to oxidation however, yet I find it charming. The tartness, as others have suggested, is just that, tartness not sourness, so yes, as the label suggests, it's "...slightly sour...". I find some strawberry, a hint of cherry, green apple, and some dark skinned fruits (maybe plum) over a biscuity and honeyish malt with an edge of mid-range caramel. If, indeed, the almond note is due to oxidation it's almost a bonus as it works well with the cherry and caramel. Another thing to note is the low carbonation, which leaves it smooth and softens the acidity by not adding any additional carbonic acid or bristle on the tongue. Because of its character it reminds me of an old ale, and I think of it as more of a sipper that you relax with rather than a beer you'd have with dinner or while out at the bar. Quite nice. Well worth trying.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.56/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


Bottle to pint glass.
Aroma is barley,rice,light citrus.
Taste is tart fruit. Not bad, but too much pucker without any great flavor to match.
Low carbonation.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle that was purchased at the brewery itself, but consumed at home, on to the beer:

This tart ale is dark copper colored and topped with a half-inch of whispy head. A wee tart is the aroma, but also on the sweet side too. It smells like strawberries mixed with caramel, although it's low with the intensity. Tell-Tale is modest and offers pleasing notes of caramel, pineapple, strawberry, and a piney finish, scoring about a 55 on the 20-80 scouting scale of tartness. It's light/medium bodied, and as it stands, is a safe beer for those trying to go down the tart road.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark amber color with a modest head that soon disapates.
In the aroma there is a bouquet of moderately tart fruit such as prunes and berries. There is also a hint of biscuity malt.
Like the aroma, the tart fruits dominate, yet, unlike other sours they are mild and subtle. There is also a honey malt like sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium and with an iced tea like texture. Dry in the finish. The carbonation is soft and slightly crisp.
An interesting take on wild ale that is not too sour or acidic. Would be a nice introduction to the style for those who want to start off with something more accessible.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into an unmarked snifter glass.

A: Gold and clear, with good visible carbonation and a thin white head that fades quickly.

S: Apple and cherry fruity tartness. Part of this I’m guessing from Belgian yeast esters? Light malts. Not a lot else.

T: Follows the nose. Light crisp apple, pale cracker and a touch of pilsner malts. Faint tart cherriess, and a bigger sour punch near the end.

M: A light crisp body, decent carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: Not particularly good, though certainly not offensive. Maybe a starter "sour" beer with a cider-ish kick for someone. But I think this is a bit lacking.

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Photo of m_hall
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz longneck into a tulip. Pours a hazy orange-amber, topped by two fingers of dense khaki head with decent retention. Lacing is light and spotty.

Aroma has notes of cider, berries (strawberry, tart cherry,) along with a hint of vinegar-like acidity. The nose overall is very understated.

On the tongue the beer starts out with a light apple cider-like sweetness augmented with just a touch of caramel malt, before progressing into a wave of smooth tart notes of raspberry, lemon-y citrus, and just-ripened strawberry. The finish is dry and slightly woody.

Mouth-feel is medium-bodied, but lightened a bit by prickly carbonation Quite drinkable for the style. Alcohol is a fairly modest 6.2%

Boulevard Brewing touts this on the label as "a slightly sour ale" and they've delivered exactly that. Wild Ales can definitely be an acquired taste, as the sourness can be down-right tongue-destroying at times, but Tell-Tale Tart is very nicely balanced, with it's sourness having the worst of the jagged edges rounded off while still being nicely bracing. A good intro to the style for a neophyte, but even Wild Ale aficionados can find something to like in this easy-drinking take on the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful reddish copper body with great clarity and a small head of off white foam. A slightly tart aroma with a hint of pie cherry and biscuity malt. The flavor is milder with little sourness and just a bit of malt thickness. Nicely drinkable, if a bit on the safe side.

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Photo of Beejay
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber in color with a light tan head that dissipates quickly to a ring.

S: A little bit of a sweet tart thing going on here. Strawberry or cherry in there, caramel perhaps a bit of chocolate, and possibly just a touch of chemical.

T: Caramel with a nice sour hit. Interesting. It's like a belgian/british amber ale with a little bit of sour.

M: Medium light in body, with moderately high carbonation.

O: It has an odd but enticing blend of flavors, a bit of a sipper.. I think if the flavors were amped up a bit it would be killer, as is, it is an interesting brew to ponder as you sip and relax.

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Tell-Tale Tart from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 578 ratings