TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Ethan. Reddish brown with little to no head. Nose is dusty, cherry, leather. Flavor is simialr, sort of blah-ish, very light in every way which is strange for this brewery. Kinda of like a watered down Rodenbach.
maximum12 (24) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to the f-in man, msulinski, for including this bottle in a wintertime trade. Had a sip of this at a tasting & needed a bigger bottle & lo! one shows up on my doorstep. 750ML bottle split with my wife after living at Town Hall & suckling on barrels all week.
Pour is wildly divergent: mine is dark brown, my wife’s is dark red, from different levels of the bottle. Nose is big oak, raspberries, cherries, tart. Nice start.
Oude Tart cuts through the barrels like a German tank division through Polish cavalry. Huge oak notes trade light chatter with the searing tartness that lines the brew. Drought-dry. Fruit so present in the nose is tame to the point of absence. Earthy, slight vinegar, green apple, a bit leathery. Sippable.
Targeted to sourheads? No idea. But this is one fine, approachable sour, that doesn’t cross the line into folding my face into right angles. Excellent beer & a standard for Flanders ales.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma of dark fruit, oak, some acid. Great flavor. Slightly acidic and a great Flemish Red. I wish I could get this again.
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared by colonelforbin. Thanks Mike. Pours a dark brown with a small off white head that has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is cherry, oak, lactic acid, and a bit of funkiness. The initial taste is sweet with cherry and has a lactic tartness to it. The oak also comes through as well is some acetic acid. The finish has a bit of astringency and leaves some lingering oak on the palate. Medium body. Low carbonation.
alpar (160) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks Dave! Nice orange color not a lot of sediment. Very pungent nose of sour cherry or grapefruit. Taste is really smooth and nice. I thought this was going to be way more sour than it was. Perfect amount of tartness and a little sweet, not too much vinegar (I appreciate that). Looking forward to getting more of this, fantastic.
TheEpeeist (3364) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25.4 oz bottle. Just clear garnet brown with a coating beige head. Nose is oak and earthy sour cherry with hints of toffee and dates. Juicy medium body with a lively sparkle. Taste is dull cherry, sour raspberry, green plum, leather and wood.
Peacehammer (621) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in the Bruery’s tasting room, and at the Provisions.
Dark mahogany pour. Minimal head. Smells of Pinot noir with Flemish sour notes. Taste is very similar to a red wine. Smooth and easy to drink. I don’t drink sours often but this is an enjoyable beer I’d drink again.
jtclockwork (8461) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to PeteinSD. Pours dark reddish brown - almost black - with tan brown head. Nose/taste of aged cheese, wild yeast, oak, tart red fruits and light cocoa with some vinous notes. Moderate acidity. Well balanced.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a tan head. Tart/sour aroma with oak, earth, malt, and light fruitiness. Tart/sour flavor with earth, oak, malt, green apples, and red fruit. Medium bodied. Tart/sour notes linger with light acetic tones, oak, green apple, and red fruit.
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
b>In short: A Flemish Sour style ale with a focus on red-wine barrels and vinegar. Decent sipper, below average for the style.
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when approximately 1 year of age. Bottle sent to me by kegbear, thanks a lot Craig
The look: Cloudy ruby-copper body topped by a medium beige head that quickly recedes to a ring of foam
In long: Nose is very tannic, red-wine barrels, cherry skin, a bit musty, light port wine notes. Basically it does smell like a classic Flemish Sour but with a focus on the oak/red-wine barrels. Taste follows through. A lot of oak, a lot of tannins, vinegar, berries, cherry skin, raspberry seeds, grains, lots of lacto and all that tied together by a nice caramel. Sour level is pretty high. The beer is unfortunately too much vinegary to be considered an good example of the style, I’m talking pure acetic acid here. I found that drinking a full 750ml to be a challenge, by the end I was really looking forward to opening something totally different. Intense it is, easy to drink it is not. The fruity version (Bruery Sour Cherry Oude Tart) was a lot better despite its lack of carbonation. Anyway, to me this is just another example that any vinegary American Sour Ale gets good ratings. But trends come and go, times change, thirty years from now some TV show is going to make our current shitty decade seem like the most awesome time ever.