The Bruery Oude Tart. Flemish Red Ale (Sour). Orange County, CA. 7.5% ABV.
Served at 50 degrees in a red wine glass. Pours a reddish brown color with very little head. The smells are of dark fruit, with a lot of acidity. There are hints of malt and oak, and after reading the bottle, I believe the one off-flavor I detect is leather. The carbonation is on the lighter side, and the taste is incredibly tart and sour, with a slight, puckering funk to it.
Overall this was a phenomenal sour from The Bruery. While I still prefer their Sour in the Rye, this ranks as my number 2 sour so far. I will definitely be on the lookout for more beers by them, and will continue to explore the genre.
Check out the description from BA. A well decorated ale indeed.
Oude Tart is our take on a Flanders Style red ale. It has won back to back gold medals in that category at the World Beer Cup (2010 & 2012) as well as a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2010. This sour red ale ages in oak barrels for anywhere from 6 to 18 months before being carefully blended to taste. The resulting beer is pleasantly sour with hints of leather, dark fruit and toasty oak.