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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tart of Darkness is a traditional stout that we aged in used oak barrels from The Bruery that had previously housed beers such as Cuivre™ or Black Tuesday®. We then brought them over to Bruery Terreux, added our special blend of souring bacterias and wild yeasts and watched nature take its course. The result is a perfectly tart yet awesomely dark and roasty, sour stout. Not a style you will see very often, and in our opinion, not a style seen often enough. This unique stout has notes of tart plums, roasted coffee, vanilla and oak.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikesaum (711) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Pours like a stout, but the head fades crazy quick. Aroma is oaky, and fruity, no roastiness, lactic. Holy shit, this is possibly the most lactic, sour brew i’ve ever had, taste like super tart black berries, lots of lactic acid, some vinegar, super oaky, flavor, dry puckering woody finish,I don’t see any stout here, but this is one fantastic brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle thanks to grownfool. Smells like a chocolate covered cherry. Nicely tart , fruity notes blended with a dark chocolate flavor. Some subtle woody notes as it warms. Hints of coffee, as well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2014 My Bottom Line:
This elegantly lactic and fruity brew leaves a tantalizing trail onto subtle chocolatey malts. A beautiful creation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brown-hued darkness.
-The fruitiness is reminiscent of black grapes and grapefruit.
-This is one of those rare dark beers which would make many tasters do a double take.
-The finish’s sourness will please those looking for intensity at that level.

Bottles.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle, courtesy of Meilby. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of chocolate, sour berries, cellar and wood. Flavor is sour and sweet with some vinegar, caramel, malt, sour berries, funk and wood. Nice tart finish.Medium body, average carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10789) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle 750ml @ yngwie
Pours clear reddish dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma is sour with notes of roasted malt, vinegar and hint of wood. Taste is light sweet and medium sour with a long sour, dry and hint of roasted malt. Body is medium, texture is thin, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16392) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle, 75cl. It pours a reddish dark brown body and a small, dense, light beige head. Raisins, some chocolate, berries, hints of vinegar and some woody hints. There’s some roasted notes, both in the aroma and the flavor. The flavor is quite lemony, with dried fruits, vinegar and some wood. Full to medium body, a bit too heavy on the carbonation, dry and tart. It’s a nice beer, but I have to say I’m a little bit disappointed. 121124

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5371) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Pours mahogany-tinged black into a snifter. Tan head with little retention recedes to mottle rim. Dark caramel, dusty chocolate and sour cherry aromas. Sharp with puckering chocolate-covered sour cherries front to back. Lasting sour pit fruit finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (6157) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2012
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; Pours dark brown with a slight purple tinge thin off white head, sour fruity aroma, lip puckerring sourness in the taste with plum and a very dry finish, really enjoyed this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (8957) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
75cl bottle, thanks Sean for hauling this from PA to Belgium. Brune foncée, opaque, col léger beige laissant un filament huileux transparent/doré au verre. Arôme présente un beau bouquet malté grillé, le tout présente bouquet de cola, entre fruité noir et aigreur sur un profile boisé/épicé. Palais donne de suite le ton, aigreur et brett partout qui en mettent plein la bouche. Cette aigreur s’accompagne qui reste omniprésente durant tout la dégustation s’accompagne de notes maltées grillées, caramel et chocolat le tout suivi de note de barrique. L’aigreur se retrouve dans ce profile fruité noir et de ce mûrissement en barrique de chêne. Le résultat est un profile de bouche très effervescence/aigre qui risque de mettre un palais non-initié à rude épreuve. Une approche intéressante qui allie une aigreur très prenante avec ce profile plus malté/stout tout en restant très léger.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (7353) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2012
75 cl. fles dankzij, gedeeld met Sebletitje @ Belgian Ratebeer Winter Gathering of Ultimate Evil. Donkerbruin, beetje zwart met een snel verdwijnende cola kraag. Ruikt naar zoete chocolade, mokka, cola, hout, een beetje donker fruit en een azijn toets. Smaak is een lichte stout, melkchocola, cacao, cacao instant poeder, zoete en lichte roost, wat hout, cola toets gemengd moderate, azijn, lacto, wat bessen, de zuur cultuur is gelijkaardig aan het enige andere zure bier dat ik van hen gehad. Jij moet hier redelijk wat van drinken want het duurde een tijdje voordat ik volledig in geraakte – in dit geval is een 75 cl. ideaal. Een aangename zure sessiebier, dit zou op een goede prijspunt in grotere aantalen verkocht moeten worden plaats van gelimiteerd en “special”. Beetje cola en instant poeder mondgevoel – een leuk biertje.


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