Sweet Tarts: Maine Blueberry Sour Ale
Peak Organic Brewing Company

Sweet Tarts: Maine Blueberry Sour AleSweet Tarts: Maine Blueberry Sour Ale
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Style:
Sour - Fruited Kettle Sour
Ranked #456
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
85
Ranked #35,948
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 16.58%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
28
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Peak Organic Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Sweet Tarts: Maine Blueberry Sour AleSweet Tarts: Maine Blueberry Sour Ale
Notes: Sweet Tart Blueberry marries crisp, fruity goodness with a touch of sour that is entirely refreshing. With a rosé-like effervescence and a tartness that teases your taste buds, Sweet Tart Blueberry hits you with the right amount of flavor in a perfectly light body. The blueberries in Sweet Tart Blueberry are grown by our friends Jon and Briar Fishman on their farm Elderflower Farm in Lincolnville, Maine. Enjoy!
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officerbill from New York

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purplish amber with a dark tan head that dissolves into a ring.
Mild, but definite blueberry smell
Blueberries are definitely there. Well balanced between sweet ripe berries and almost ripe berries.
This is a fine summer beer. It's like grabbing a handful of blueberries without checking to make sure they are all ripe. A nice summer beer.

Jul 18, 2020
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. can with a best by date of 02/06/2019. Sampled on November 4, 2018.

It pours a kind of pinkish-amber tone with a quick burst of fizzy white head.

Definite aroma of blueberry with a more muted bready malt character. The wild yeast seems to appear in the nose too.

Light to medium body.

The taste is blueberry forward with a tart, sour finish and perhaps a buried a breadiness.

Nov 04, 2018
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metter98 from New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear pinkish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a narrow collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose along with a slight amount of sourness.
T: The taste has flavors of blueberry syrup—much like the kind they have in syrup jars at a pancake house—along with a light amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found the blueberry syrup-like flavors of this beer to be interesting, but it was very light on the body and easy to drink and the subtle amount of sourness masked any sweetness from the taste. It was very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

Sep 24, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a touch of pink playing against a light hue of copper. Nice color! Just a film of a little white foamy head slid off fairly quick. Concave lace slid with the sips.
The aroma meshes the sweet to the tart blueberry flesh to skin-like character very nicely.
The flavor, once again, carries the sweet to the tart together very nicely and adds an underscored element of sour into the mix ever so slightly. Mild tart to sweet blueberry aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Slight tart to sweet to sour finish being all about the blueberries.
Overall, wonderful blueberry sour ale. I'd love to have again and wouldn't mind with a piece of cheesecake for dessert.

Jun 22, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper/violet color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sour berries. Taste is blue berries, some wheat, a bit sour, dry at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is ok, but nothing special.

May 12, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I must be losing what is left of my tiny mind! I usually eschew tart/sour beers, but I have somehow gotten onto a streak in which I am drinking one after the other tonight. The CANQuest (tm) CAN sometimes have these types of unexpected effects! Be warned if you embark on one of your own.

From the CAN: "Local Sourcing[;] Tart and Tasty[;] Certified Organic[;] The best ingredients in beer".

I Crack!ed the CAN open & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. I was VERY curious to see its color & clarity & I was not disappointed. An in-glass swirl raised just over a finger of foamy, fizzy, pinkish-white head with decent retention that slowly fell back to wisps, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was a pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was actually quite sweet, despite its name, with an obvious blueberry presence. I love blueberries, although they are a CANponent of Maine's four seasons: 1) Winter; 2) Blueberry; 3) Black Fly; 4) Tourist. Ha! I loved my summer of 1990 spent in Portland. Mouthfeel was a little light, not quite watery, but in the neighborhood. The taste was mildly tart, not sour at all, and very evocative of blueberries. Mmm. I am not a big tart/sour ale guy to begin with, so this was about my speed. I really liked the way that the blueberries shined through whatever sour ale they were using as its base. I got a lot of dry cracker-like maltiness, almost like blueberry pancakes or my initial thought - blueberry syrup on buckwheat pancakes, which have a bitterness all their own. I don't want to oversell the bitterness/sourness in this one since it was very light and almost imperceptible. Finish was semi-dry, lots of blueberry, but tempered so as not to be sweet. Overall, it was unquestionably a "Fruit Beer", but it lacked as a "Tart/Sour Ale". The lack of truth in advertising is less bothersome when reviewing, since we are to review to style, not to taste. It tasted of fruit! 'Nuff said.

Feb 24, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

Slightly orange to light touches of brown for the body, and faily clear. Head creation is pretty minimal at a little more than a standard finger and with an off white color, slightly orange in tinge as well.

Sweet touches on the aroma, mild blueberry but touches of powdery malt and a touch of light sourness. Tart and sweet true, but doesn’t come with much fruit quality. Has a slight bile quality but nothing too large or off putting.

Palate seems a bit ordinary. Touches of flour malt but with far more body. Juiced up fruit but with a wet flavor of sour candy, and less so on actual fruit. Finishes with a bit of supportive malt and even caramel backbone.

An interesting take on a fruit beer, true to name, but comes off more like cheap candy than anything real enjoyable. Drinkable at least.

Jan 15, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pinkish red color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Tart blueberries and bready, crackery malt up front along with a general berry undertone. Definitely on the fruitier side

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the tart blueberry and goes into the moderately sweet maltiness. Some lactic sour notes but definitely restrained on the sour meter. Fruity, berry undertones throughout. Finishes with light lingering blueberry notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice tart blueberry beer that doesn't over-do the sour and remains fairly drinkable. Not something I'd drink more than a couple of in a sitting, but nice every once in a while

Dec 17, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-pours an orange copper color with a white head that fades fairly quick
S-lots of blueberry, sugary sweetness, slight funk
T-tart blueberry, herbal/bitter hops, followed by sweet malt, more tart blueberry in the finish
M-medium-light bodied, high-tight carbonation
O-tastes alot like a sweet tart, well balanced fruit sour. I really enjoyed it

Oct 13, 2017
Sweet Tarts: Maine Blueberry Sour Ale from Peak Organic Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 28 ratings