Monday, November 18, 2013

Review: The Bruery Oude Tart

The Bruery Oude Tart
7.5% ABV
The Bruery, Placentia, CA
25.4 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head signature glass
Date on bottle: Bottled on 7/31/13
Reviewed on 10/26/13

This Flemish-style red ale pours a solid reddish brown color with a decent beige head that quickly dissipates. Moderate lacing.

Smell consists of sour fruit, alcohol, berries, mild malt, mild hops, garden flowers, touch of spice, pungent honey.

Taste has sour, tart citrus, grapefruit, mild berry, oaky alcohol, honey, herbal/floral notes.  The sourness is quite strong.

Mouthfeel is quite sour and bitter on the palate.  Some wine-like alcohol dryness emerges.

Overall, this is an exquisite Flemish-style red ale that is quite sour.  Solid flavors of sour citrus, particularly grapefruit, dominate the palate, with flavors of berry, honey, and flowers providing complexity.  Sours have recently entered my radar, and I'm finding this one to be quite a treat.  It's a bit expensive, but worth trying at least once as it's quite distinct.

My score: 94

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