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RATINGS: 659   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.

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Camons (13520) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle @ Århus / Randers newyears tasting at Hansen and Zita. Pours hazy dark brown, light redtone, and a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, caramel, tartness, light vinegar, cherries, dark fruits. Flavor is malt, lightly tart and rather sour, vinegar, hints of chocolate, caramel, cherry and some dark fruits. Thin to medium body, lively carbonation, dry and rather sour and acidic finish. 281212

4.1
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a very short lived thin fizzy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted grain, berries, sour dark fruit, lactic acid, and tart citrus. Taste is very tart and acidic forward with chocolate, dark fruit, berries, and dough flavors hiding underneath with a lip puckering dry sour lemon finish. The palate is lively and very bright. Interesting brew.

3.9
chrisv10 (18734) - DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle, 5.6%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is malt, vinegar and dark fruits. Flavour is malt, dark fruits, tart, vinegar, chocolate, little sweet, oak and a little acid.

3.9
Rasmus40 (22171) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle @ Hansen/Zita tasting. Clear dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, berries, wood and light acetone. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 281212

3.8
HenrikSoegaard (14710) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice sour aroma. Moderate bitter nice flavor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate.

4
saxo (19583) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are brett, acetone, citrus, malt, berries and hops. Great plaque remover.

4.1
KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2012
750ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with a ruby hue making it look almost dark purple, and had an average (1-2 finger) light tan fizzy head that dissipated in seconds and left behind virtually no lacing. The aroma was rather tart right up front along with some chocolate malts and a musty sour Brett yeast with notes of dark chocolate, berries, a slight red wine odor and a bit of cask. The taste was very tart from the get go with a slightly sweet roasty taste and a hint of chocolate that almost went unnoticed, and then became very sour and extremely fruity which lasted pretty much throughout with a mild woody taste at the very end. The flavor hung around for an average duration following the swallow, with a fruity roasty tartness fading away at a slow steady pace. Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry in texture with a mildly soft carbonation. Overall this is a brew that is not for everyone, but if you enjoy a good Sour Ale with a really dark side this one is for you. I found it to be exceptionally tasty and quite sour with a really smooth drinkability. I am definitely getting more of this before I no longer can....

3.8
DialSquare (5188) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2012
750ml bottle from Andersons in Sylvania. Dark near black pour with a slight tan head. Aroma is sour cherry and mixed berries with some oak. Taste is sour - very sour - vinous, oak. Seems like there may be a stout deep down in there somewhere - cocoa and dark fruit. The sour is the show. Never a bad thing with me, but any subtleties are a little lost.

3.5
jackl (8557) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Naples. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is balsamic vinegar, cherry, funky yeast. Light cocoa powder, sweet marshmallow, salt. The taste is tart sour cherries, oak, wild yeast. Some cocoa puffs. General funky flavors, vinegar, light acidity. The taste is much like an oud bruin. Soft palate, light body. Overall, pretty solid. Interesting.

3.8
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Black pour with a light tan sheen of foam and steady carbonation. Aroma is dense tart and wine-like sour with currants and grapes. Taste is dominated by sharp and chewy vinegar sour with grapes, cherry, and vinuous notes and in the back I do get some roast but it is mostly buried underneath the intense sour. I taste a similarity between the heavy vinegar, sharp dark fruit sour flavors of this beer and other Bruery sours I’ve had and enjoyed. Good beer and I’d be curious to see what they could do with this style if they dialed back on the heavy vinegar aspect and dried the beer out a touch.


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