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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 6   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Oude Tart is a Flemish-Style Red Ale aged in red wine barrels for 18 months. Itís pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak. While this is one of the more classic beer styles that we make, itís not a style that you can find too often in the United States. Originating in style from the Flanders region of Belgium, near the French boarder, this dark, sour ale has roots deep in brewing history and predates most of the ales that have become popular in contemporary culture. Weíre doing our best to keep the tradition alive by brewing and aging this beer here on the west coast.


4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Right off the bat, thereís an awesome combination of both tart cherry and sweet and spicy black cherry. This is followed by a lot of the stuff mentioned above. Leather, green apple, vinegar, and oak are joined by tart red grape, spices, tangy berry, and bitter citrus. Floating underneath all of this is a layer of sweetness that binds and compliments everything happening here

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5919) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Very dark, murky ruby pour with a short, bubbly tan head. Strong aromas of sour fruit, grape skins, wet wood, leather, damp earth and funky yeast notes. Taste is sour fruit, light leather, hints of balsamic vinegar, funky yeast, wet wood, red wine, grape skins and earthy notes. Body is light-medium with only spotty, bubbly carbonation. Lots of acidity to this as well as a bone dry finish. Ends with more red wine, balsamic vinegar, sour fruit, wet leather, damp woody notes, funky yeast, earthiness and unripe berries.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jar72404 (426) - USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bomber. Pours red with thin white head. Aroma is sour cherries, apple, and a little funk. Flavor is the same plus some plum. Very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Pours dark chestnut brown. Light head but its there. Carbonation level really is perfect. Notes of celery salt. Black pepper. Fresh radishes. Red wine. Wet wood. Fish sauce. Excellent long clean finish. Tart but not too funky. Really open well as it warms amazing beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2012
(bottle - 750 ml) Dark red pour with a fizzy tan head. Tart and fruity aroma. Some acidic notes that are counter-balanced by very sweet and fruity notes. Caramel notes at the start of the flavor that moves to a tart and sour funky note that goes back to fruity and sweet then to oaky and more sour. Layers of complex flavors with a funky and tart aftertaste. Big fan.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
On tap at Blind Tiger for VSK. Fruity notes seem to jump out at random points, leading to an incoherent flavor profile. Slightly medicinal with an unrefined overall structure. Iíve given Oude Tart a number of chances from various bottled batches, and having it on tap again at Blind Tiger the other day confirms: Iím not a fan of this beer. This is a very tough style to nail -- even moreso than fruit lambics IMO. Oude Tart is a great example of a brewery with a well-regarded sour program struggling with the Oude Bruin style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2012
A very nice blood red color with a moderate, creamy, khaki head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some frothy lace; much better head than most Flemishís. The nose is nice with worn leather, some balsamic, figs, Craisins, certainly toasty oak and caramel, subtle spice, and hints at some sweet basil. The flavor is more tart than the nose led on with Craisins and tart bing cherries, still a balsamic note, very slight sour funk, dry and toast oak, and a more than moderate acidity. The palate is somewhat puckering with a quenching acidity, light to medium, and lively. Not overly complex, overly acidic, overly sweet, overly funky, or overly oaky, but very well balanced between all aspects. The acidity makes is a sipper but every finish leaves me wanting another sip. A nice beer to drink now but I am curious what a few years would do with the complexity?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle: Poured a reddish/brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of tart notes with some light cherries and some wood with light vinous feels. Taste is a good mix between some tart cherries notes with clear oak notes and some wood with limited acidity level. Funky notes are clearly distinguishable. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Not bad but still quite a way behind other Flanders Red such as Rodenbach.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
jsquire (4097) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
First off, I have not traditionally enjoyed sour beers. I have been getting better about Brett. That being said, I did not enjoy this beer. Deep amber color out of the bottle with a small off white head. The smell reminded me of rotten lemon rinds and Brett. Real sweet tart flavor with white sugar, moldy hay and really old citrus rinds. There is some fruity raspberry, current and swedish fish notes, all of which are bludgeoned by the tart. I can see what they are doing here, but it is not for me.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 20, 2012
75cl bottle. Small beige head atop cola red-brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, tart/sour cherry, wood, light vanilla. Taste is moderately sweet, sour/tart cherry, some wood. Medium body, fairly acidic, undercarbonated.


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