Review: The Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness

Review of The Bruery Terreux Tart of Darkness from The Bruery Terreux in Orange County, CA.

Beer Type: Sour Stout  ABV: 7.2%  IBUs: 5  Tried from bottle.

Their 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.”

The Reality: This beer presents itself black as night and has a ton of funk scent with oaky undertones. It has a huge sour funk flavor, made smooth by the oak aging. The finish is dry and tart. The stout flavors are lost until the aftertaste where the roasted notes come through and distinguish this beer from the pack. There is some tart plum, roasted coffee and oak tones, but I didn’t sense any vanilla.

Final Verdict: If you’re a sour beer lover that has been hesitant to try this beer, don’t be. This beer is 90% full-fledged funky sour and 10% stout. When you see it pour that midnight black color you’ll wonder what you’re in for, but the color is the most stout-like thing about it. Readers of this blog know I’m a huge sour beer lover and I loved this beer because it was a nice twist with a few distinctive flavor notes you don’t find in most sour beers. It doesn’t drink heavy and it’s not thick, so you can polish off a whole bottle by yourself if you choose! It also has minimal carbonation, so hopefully your bottle of Tart of Darkness won’t lead to a Fart of Darkness.