Blueberry Flanders - Side Project Brewing
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4.36/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 02:05:18 | More by ThePorterSorter
4.45/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 01:33:29 | More by boilermakerbrew
Blueberry Flanders from Side Project Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.