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Blueberry Flanders - Side Project Brewing

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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 280
Gots: 20 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thebigredone on 08-11-2013

Flanders Style Red Ale that was fermented in Missouri oak Chambourcin barrels and then aged on Missouri grown blueberries.
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Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 19
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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Thanks JR. Poured into a mini-snifter 8/9/2014.

A- Darker brown-reddish body, half finger white head with fair retention, not much lacing.

S- Wow. Smells like a ton of lacto, just like every other Side Project beer I've had; with the exception of a nice touch of blueberries. Really, really good stuff considering that blueberry is a subtle fruit. It's not Blueberry Flora, though, but I can't complain.

F- More tart than fruity; some maltiness mixed in with a very lactic sourness with a nice parotid-shivering vinegar finish that carries through. It's got a lot of shock value, I'll tell ya that much. More of the blueberry comes across here vs Blueberry Flora, though.

M- Medium in body, well carbonated and substantial. Finish is that pleasantly acidic salivary gland killer.

O- Very good, I'm not sure its worth what it trades for, but I'm very glad to have tried this one. Very good stuff, but I'm starting to get the sense that Side Project has that particular lacto flavour in all of their beers so far.

Photo of jeonseh
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S - Dark blueberry juice. Smells of tart blueberries and funk like a wet blanket

T - Tart lemon juice, soft blue cheese funk, and tart blueberry. The finish is tart with a lingering lemon juice presence

M - Lots of carbonation in a lively mouthfeel that tickles the tongue. Leaves a tart, dry finish on the tongue

O - Overall, this is a really good and tart sour full of fresh blueberry juice. I was really impressed by this and thought it was one of the better blueberry sours that I've ever had. Usually, blueberry sours don't have a lot of blueberry presence but this one was loaded with juicy blueberry goodness

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -22.4%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red, kinda purple. Small white head that settles to nothing. Chunks floating in the beer.

Smell - Berry aroma. I suppose blueberry. Vinegary acidity.

Taste - Intense vinegar. Dominates the blueberry flavor. Some berry, but it's very vinegary. I don't get any malt out of it either.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Extremely sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - The sourness is just too intense and unpleasant for me.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

Maroon color with swirls of cloudy haze and chunky floaters. It's not much of a looker.

Heavy vinegar scent. Blueberries and cranberry sauce. Apple cider.

One of the more sour beers I've had. The puckering effect is everlasting. Sour, blueberry, and again cranberries.

Mouthfeel is medium, effervescent carbonation. Puckering.

It's a fantastic beer. Extremely sour, so if that's not your thing you probably won't like it. The blueberries are well done and don't overpower, though I'm not sure anything can overpower the pucker.

Photo of emerge077
4.02/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full pour on cask at GTMW '13. One of few early full pours that day.

Deep purple, very dark and impenetrable with a thin layer of spotty foam on the surface.
The color was very nice despite the understandable lack of head on cask.

Aromas of blueberry and some acetic sharpness, lightly funky.

Taste was similarly fruity and acetic, with a very firm sourness, blueberries lend plenty of fruitiness and tannins from the skins, though there's an odd plastic off note that takes away from it quite a bit, especially when compared to Perennial's excellent batch last year. Medium bodied, vinous, and puckering. Enjoyed drinking it, but that odd plastic note was hard to get past.

Fobab 2013 draft serving:
Improved aroma and taste, no plastic or acetic notes. Fruit juice and melted Popsicle, very sour, hard to drink in quantity, but good. Raising scores across the board.

Photo of Stum-pub
4.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

So jammy. Very impressed with all SP beers thus far. Sour was puckering.

Photo of Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Paul for the trade.

Brownish-purple color, some haze, and a good amount of floaties in suspension. No head, just a few wandering bubbles on top, and evidently low carbonation. Acetic acid in the nose, some berry tartness. The taste was similar, berry tartness, not a very clean blueberry flavor, lots of acetic/vinegar, notes of red wine tannins, some earthiness, yogurt. Kind of reminiscent of a Russian River sour, but not nearly as good. Medium body, slick and sour, with a dryness in the finish. Decent, but not great.

After drinking this, I have major trader's regret for giving up a far better beer, but oh well...at least I got to try it. Fuzzy got my expectations up a little too much I suppose.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jared for this long time want!

375ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

poured into SP Wine Stem.

Appearance: Dark purple bodied beer with a red hue. 1 full finger of egg shell white head that quickly drops down to a thick ring around the glass. Lots of small chunks of blueberry floaties are found suspended in the beer that eventually fall to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: This is going to be sour! Wow you can definately tell that without even putting your nose in the glass. Acetic sourness. Also a very strong smell of blueberries and blueberry skins. Hint of oakiness with not a whole lot of funk that my nose can find. Very fruit forward sour ale in reguards to the aroma.

Taste: A little stronger than moderate sourness. A hard 7/10 in reguards to the level of sourness found in this beer. The beer goes like this: a pleasant punch in the face of sourness, fruity, juicy, and slightly sweet blueberries, tannic/winey note of blueberry skins with some oak barrel in the middle, and a mild lingering sourness with a cheesy / greek yogert funky note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Surprisingly the beer has a slightly syrupy mouthfeel to it. The sourness level of this beer makes your mouth water. Which gives an illusion of a watery mouthfeel, but that is not the case at all. This beer is actually fairly dry in its finish, definately at a higher level than semi-dry, but not quite a "full on" high level of dryness.

Overall: I missed trying a sample of this beer a few years back when it made an appearance at 2012 FoBAB under the Perennial Artisan Ales brand. It haunted me until today. Really glad that I got a chance to try this beer! Nice twist on the Flanders Red style using blueberries, it actually makes this beer smell and taste more like a fruit lambic that of a Flanders Red style sour ale. Irreguardless what a fantastic sour beer! It did not dissapoint at all.

Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -8.7%

A: dark rich blue with no head, looks like juice
S: lots of blueberry, sour cherry, some sharp vinegar
T: lots of blueberry, tart yogurt, acetic, vinegar, nice balance but a sipper for sure
M: creamy and yogurty, heavy on the tongue, dry on the finish
O: tastes like Fuzzy but with blueberries. The blueberries really come through which is nice. The yogurty, vinegary taste is a bit harsh but unique. If you like blueberry yogurt, this is the beer for you.

Photo of thebigredone
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a cask at the Real Ale tent at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Dark bluish/purple in color.

Smell is very lactic, some blueberry notes make themselves present.

Taste is a big punch of sour right. Some tart blueberry notes. Not a whole lot of complexity, the strong sour presence really makes it difficult to experience much else.

All the acid is a little harsh on the tongue.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I like strong sour beers and this delivered.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

oh yeah! enjoyed from side project stem.

a - pours a maroon color w cream colored head. spotty lace.

s - nose is really well balanced sour. plastic end of the spectrum but in a good way w a blueberry vibe.

t/m/o - in a word, wow. tart blueberry w a balaton cherry sourness. drinks fantastic. super awesome. one of if not the best blueberry beers I have had.

Photo of unclejazz
4.61/5  rDev +5.3%

Pour a reddish purple hazy carbonated rocket ship. Very pleasant nose with soft blueberry over ripe tart bacterio-flora. Nice hints of leather and tobacco, similar soft hand as Elabortive #1. Great showcase of blueberry, maybe my favorite yet.

Good introduction to the Cory King way, cheers!

Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle. Pours a chunky purplish red with visible remnants of blueberry flesh and skins, somewhat hazy appearance. Not sure if all bottles pour this way or if this needed more time in the fridge to settle out. Appearance isn't the prettiest but I'm going to let that slide due to the strengths in the other categories. The nose has a very classic flanders red nose with heavy oak, strong acetic qualities as well as some tannic notes. Tart blueberries bring a brightness to the acidity and pair well with the wine character. The taste is expertly balance as per Side Project fashion. Blueberries come through with strong tartness and a hint of juicy muffin like sweetness. This quickly gives way to heavy oak and Chardonnay notes. Finish is tart and leaves the palate wanting more. Mouthfeel is well carbonated with a medium body. Overall, delicious. The fruited brews that Side Project has released so far are ridiculously tastey (as are the others) and I will continue to seek out the future releases.

Photo of cpetrone84
2.5/5  rDev -42.9%

Pour is a murky muddy purple with a thin pink head that dissipates immediately. Not really much blueberry in the nose, tons of rubber, acetic acid, and plastic. There is a faint blueberry skin in there, but not the dominant aroma. Taste has a bit more blueberry, fairly juicy, a touch meaty. Acetic acid isn't as strong as I thought from the nose, a fair bit of it through the finish. Some rubbery notes mid palate. Fuller body, a bit granule, very dry and moderate carb.

Photo of drmcleod10
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured on Friday the day of the release. Popped 2 of these bad boys back to back.

A - Poured into a side project stem. This pours a deep reddish brownish blue hue. You do see some of the blueberry colors coming through. Small white foam head that recedes quickly back into the glass.

S - Smell is pretty classic for Cory's sours, but this one definitely containing more acidity. Very tart nose up front. The blueberry aromas definitely come out as this warms and falls more on the back end of the nose.

T - Taste pretty much follows the nose with a huge blast of tart dryness. Followed by the blueberry flavors that come on the back end. When cold, this beer's acidity covers the blueberry flavors but once it warms, they really start to come through on the back end and definitely adds a little sweetness to the finish of this beer.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty consistent with his other brews with a light-medium bodied wild that is really crisp and clean. The tartness is awesome in this and is definitely the most acidic tart beer he has made thus far.

O - While this isn't drinking at its peak right now, nor is it a top 5 SP beer, this beer will develop amazingly in the coming months. I think once the tart starts to mellow out, this beer will really shine.

Re-review:

Bottle opened and shared on premise yesterday for Side Project cellar opening day.

This has developed nicely, the sharp acidity and tartness has died quite a bit which is a good think for this beer. Starting to get a little more blueberry flavors on the finish and it's actually moving towards tasting like blueberry pie-esque. I think more time will help this beer out even more. Really happy with the progress in taste on this beer.

Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%

375ml bottle poured into a Side Project wine glass.

The beer pours a deep garnet color, purple-red color, cloudy, hazy, opaque with thin, bone colored head that vanishes immediately and yields no lace or film. The aroma is of funk, sour berries, lightly acetic, mild vinegar and oakiness and some vinous qualities. The nose is a bit muddled and confused at times, but good berry showing. The flavors really pop and are a marked improvement over the nose. Jammy blueberries, layered red wine, oak, just a touch of vinegar with some richer, heartier berries like blackberry or raspberry, maybe even stone fruits like cherry or plum, loads and loads of fruit that really opens up as the beer warms with just a touch of bretty funk that creeps out towards the back. The mouthfeel is nice, crisp carbonation that was a surprise given the lack of any head that coats the mouth well with just the perfect pucker at the finish that also has a touch of dryness.

Verdict: A very, very enjoyable blueberry sour from Side Project. The base beer carries the fruit superbly well and stays bright and delicate rather than heavy and muddled. It's complex, balanced and very well developed and that pucker sensation at the finish is perfection itself.

Photo of jaasen64
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into HF wine glass, thanks Tom (airfoil) for the bottle!

A- Pours a dark mostly opaque slightly brownish purple, a thin white head forms that quickly recedes to a flat top rimmed with bubbles, carbonation seems to be fairly lively but starts to die halfway through the glass.

S- Sharp blueberries, acidic vinegar, malts, a bit of wine and oak.

T- Fairly tart blueberries up front balanced with with a malty flanders red ale presence, finishes with a fairly acidic vinegar presence, light blueberries, and a hint of oak.

M- Tart with a very acidic finish, spritzy carbonation that fades fast after a few sips, fairly dry on the finish.

O- Not bad with a nice unique twist on a traditional Flanders Red throwing in a fruity blueberry presence. The base beer however was fairly average for me with a little bit too much acidity.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up from today's release
The beer pours a dark garnet maroon color speckled by coarse sediment and topped by a thin off white head that fades quickly. The nose has a slight blueberry/cherry acetic kick, some funk and saline, and bb muffiny malts as it warms. There is mostly Flanders upfront, but it finishes with lingering tart, acidic blueberry skin. It's a surprisingly tart and acidic, medium bodied, and minimally carbonated Flanders, that has a subtle, yet distinct blueberry profile. I don't pick up tremendous oak, and the expected cherry-like fruitiness is neck-and-neck with the blueberries. I would gladly drink this beer again and expect it to develop in a really fantastic way.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep and leathery reddish-brown in color. Plenty of head up to about 3 fingers forms and retains a little while before reducing to wisps of foam on the top and edges of the body. Definite tones of blueberry purple color in the body, but it is more red and hazy brown when held to the light. Lacing is minimal due to the lack of a lasting head.

S- Juicy and pretty tart fruit flavor hit the nose right up front. Blueberry is in there, but the primary flavor in the scent is a fairly powerfully tart flanders scent. Blueberry steps up a little bit after the initial sour blast off with a touch of fruity sweetness and a jam like quality.

T- Starts off with a tart bang just like in the scent with an acidic and somewhat oaky sourness and dryness combined. Sour and moderately strong blueberries come in next and provide a little balance of sweetness to all of the tart flavors. Blueberry flavor takes over for a brief moment from the traditional flanders sour profile before a tiny bit of Chambourcin comes back from the barrel. The lasting impression of this beer on the tongue is tart blueberry and a touch of lasting sourness.

M- When this beer hits the tongue, it's not really the weight or the carbonation that gets your attention; it's the level of tartness. The carbonation is just middle of the road, but is really only detectable if you really search for it. If you can feel through the acidic sourness on your tongue, the actual weight and consistency of the beer is quite light and a little syrupy.

Overall, this is a very good beer, but I really have no frame of reference with another blueberry sour to compare it to. Personally, I would have liked to see this one stray a little more towards the blueberry profile and away from the flanders acidic sour qualities, but that being said, it is still among the best flanders reds I've had. And the blueberries add a great dimension.

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Blueberry Flanders from Side Project Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.