The Bruery Tart of Darkness - Cherries & Vanilla

Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Sour Stout aged in oak barrels with cherries and vanilla beans. With a roasty aroma and a tart finish, this sour black ale is a contortion of style and flavor.

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portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2015
2014 bottle. Pours brown murky with a khaki tight sudsy head that fades to a wispy film. Aroma is tart malt dark fruit tobacco. Taste is tart sour with vanilla malt showing up right at the finish. Palate full fizzy and drying.

Dogbrick (14389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Sample during the 10th Annual Day Before Labor Day Party on 09/06/2015. Cloudy dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of tart fruit, vanilla and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of cherries, roast malt and vanilla. The finish is mildly tart and fruity with a cherry vanilla aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Sampled March 2015
A steady pour into my glass produces a two finger thick, pale brown tinged, dark tan colored head. The beer is a chocolate brown color that shows a clearish, lighter brown version of the same when held up to the light. The aroma, as I pour this beer, smells of vanilla and cherries, and a more focused look sees a solid tart aroma that accentuates the cherry character. The cherry character is quite bright, and reminds me of a cherry candy. There is perhaps a hint of dusty, roasted, cocoa-leaning, dark grain character towards the finish.

Nicely sour as the beer first hits my tongue, and it only gets more so as the sourness from the cherries kicks in. This is paired with an astringency that is derived from the dark grain, and perhaps even from some cherry skin notes. The sourness here is mouth puckering, though there is some vanilla character that lingers in the finish that makes a weak attempt at tempering the sour bite. As my palate adjusts to this beer more of a fruited, cherry character becomes noticeable; it is not just all tartness, there are some floral cherry fruit flavors here, and perhaps even a perceived sweetness from the bright fruit character after a bit. The roast character is quite a bit more muted than it is in the original beer, but there is a soft, supporting, somewhat subtle, roasted, whole grain character to this beer if you are looking for it.

This is solidly sour, more so than some Lambics, and if you like that sort of thing (sour) then you might enjoy this. I am definitely enjoying this, though I think the straight versions I have had of this are better balanced and tasty.

after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2015
750, capped. Thanks, a! Pours a murky purply black with fizzy dark pink head. Big sweet insulin shock heavy vanilla nose, plus pie cherries and oak. Fizzy thick body. Heavy vanilla, cherries back, huge tart red wine vinegar pucker and some oak. Quiveringly sharp and tart finish.

Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma is full of cherries, vanilla and roasted malt. The flavor is similar with some nice tart cherries, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice beer.

j12601 (13473) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Pouring at EBF 2015. Pours a hazed brown with a thin tan head. Soft sweetness, vanilla and fruit on the nose, roast. Medium bodied, roast, chocolate, big and sweet, acid. Tart fruit, beautiful.

aleigator (945) - GERMANY - MAY 11, 2015
Tart of Darkness with Cherries and Vanilla ’14 vintage - many thanks to Marcel Pours a mourky, cloudy brown color, with a small, fizzy head. Smells of vinous, ripe cherries, revealing a stony quality among glue and a tart funkiness. Faint notes of vanilla illustrate the leather, together with wooden oak. The sourness blends beautifully into the fruits, exhibiting a vinegar peak, with earthy malts and flowery vanilla. Has a lower carbonation, complimenting the beers sourness very well. Tastes of an acidic, lemon stones infused sourness, with a fair amount of fermented cherry skin to it. The barrel lends leather, dust and flowery vanilla to the flavors. Vanilla, even though its not too prominent, plays an important role, as it provides a gentle sweet peak to beer, balancing the acrid sourness. The brew ends with sweeter malts, toasted earth and a tooth numbing sourness, staying for a longer while on the palate. Highly acidic beer, with an untamed sourness, accompanied by a tasty flavor of cherries and a small portion of vanilla. Those flavors illustrate the extreme, dry sourness, which is dominant throughout, based on its vinous, fernented foundation, almost overpowering all the orher flavours.

rodenbach99 (4571) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
EBF 2015. Une bouteille. Une robe brune. Un nez de chocolat, de cerises, de bois. La bouche est près du vinaigre de framboise, c’est acide en ta ! Mais c’est bon. Contrairement à mon collègue, j’ai aimé le mélange de chocolat avec cette acidité vivante.

GenDV138 (7963) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle at the Charlottesville Tasting. Dark brown with beige head. Aromas of cherries, vanilla, tart dark fruit. Tastes of cherries, tart dark fruit, light vanilla. Medium-light body with a dry and sour puckering finish.

Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Bottle shared by GenDV38 at the C’Ville Foxy Knoxy Tasting. Hazy dark brown, medium sized fizzy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of tart cherry, vanilla, honey, hints of chocolate. The taste is strong tart cherries, grape, cranberry. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, strong lingering tartness.

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