Tartare Rouge | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released from Foeder Number Two in our spontaneous ale program, Tartare Rouge is a sour red ale fermented using only airborne wild yeast and bacteria native to Alexander Valley in Sonoma County.

Added by SkiBum22 on 03-01-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
193
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 193
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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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Photo of kojevergas
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tartare was excellent, so I had to try this when I saw it (and when does Bear Republic fail to deliver?).

On-draught @ a bar in Brooklyn. $10 per small pour. 6% ABV.

HEAD: None whatsoever. No lacing.

BODY: Dull dark red. No yeast/lees visible within.

Appears sparsely carbonated. A nice looking sour ale in spite of its lack of vibrance.

AROMA: Tart cherries and redcurrants, bacterial sourness (mild, maybe a 3/10 in terms of intensity), leathery. More tart than sour, but the bacterial intangibles are there. Average aromatic intensity.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Smacky in mouthfeel with plenty of bacterial intricacy and high acidity married to tart red fruit (cherries, redcurrants, cranberries) and subtle wood. Avoids any medicinal territory, sticking to authentic tart fruit without suffering from cloying sweetness or artificial cherry notes.

Smooth, wet, refreshing, soft, aptly medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, harsh, rough, scratchy, hot, boozy, or astringent.

The harmony of smacky Lactobacillus and acidic tart fruit is wonderful. Well-built.

OVERALL: Ludicrously drinkable, though sour fanatics may crave more bacteria, more sourness, and more fruit. I for one quite fancy this stuff. Incredibly well balanced even if there's room for more intricacy. Depth of flavour is stellar; this is a vivid evocative beer.

It's rare an American brewery gets a sour ale this right.

A- (4.15) / EXCELLENT

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4.7/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tartar rouge "American wild red ale" 6.0% on tap at the brewpub in Healdsburg.

Deep amber with a decent head but minimal lacing.

Aroma. Floral and tart sour ale.

Moderately complex and tart; not significantly bitter. Very fruity with ripe soft fruits.

Feel: Medium body. Low but adequate carbonation.

O: quote nice and recommended, but not up with the Russian River Supplication from earlier today.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

SOUR. Tasty barrel notes peaking through, a little musty, a little woody, but then the acidity and sourness take the reigns again. It'll satisfy the sour lover, but the acidicty get a touch rough by the end of the glass.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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Tartare Rouge from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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