Episode #216: The Bruery Oude Tart vs Oude Tart with Cherries

Brewery reserve societies are all the rage with hard-core beer nerds these days. For a price, you gain access to beers unavailable to the general public. But often, these beers are simply new takes on existing beers. Are they worth the price of admission? Today, we’ll taste two versions of the same beer, one off the shelf, and the other that was sold to beer society members.

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The Bruery Oude Tart w/ Cherries

Comments 5 

  1. From "Kenny B." :

    I have an Oude Tart I received from Christmas. It is currently in my cellar. Since I don’t have two to cellar & one to drink, would you recommend drinking it soon to avoid some of the characteristics you weren’t particularly fond of? Or do those characteristics just come with the beer? (2 part question.)

    Thanks Chris!

    Also, I echo Jeremy H’s idea. So many people “cellar” beers but don’t know that just leaving something in your fridge isn’t exactly cellaring.

  2. From "Peter" :

    Fun show Chris – I am at the shop often and chat with Aaron when he is there, it would be fun to have him on an episode. Perhaps one where you introduce him to some beers he has never had but are favorites of yours. I always find it fascinating when someone who has been digging through a flavor profile for years introduces that to someone new, there is often a great contrast of opinions. Just a thought! Cheers and keep up the great work.

  3. From "BlakeA" :

    Very nice comparison, Chris. I’m in LA so kind of close to the Bruery. If you have the right pocket change to spend on their societies then it “can” be worth it. Had some Black Tuesday for the game yesterday and it was spectacular not to mention really boozy haha. Like you said though they do experiment with these batches and have been known to get infected by some flaw in the brewing process. However, just like last year’s failed White Chocolate batch, the Bruery actually gave credit for the bottle back to everyone who got one, which says a lot to the company’s character. So more often than not, their reserve societies, as shown in your comparison, are crafted a bit more meticulously than their shelf beers. What they have on shelves most of the time are pretty good beers nonetheless.

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