Blueberry Flanders | Side Project Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
sideprojectbrewing.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders Style Red Ale that was fermented in Missouri oak Chambourcin barrels and then aged on Missouri grown blueberries.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
278
pDev:
10.16%
 
 
Wants:
328
Gots:
23
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 278
Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a side project wine-style glass.

Pours a deep maroon, lightly cloudy body with a small light purple head that reduces to leave little lacing and no retention.

Aromas of blueberry jam, red wine, tart fruit purée, tannic berry skins, light oak.

On the tongue it’s dry and tannic with lots of tart berry skins and red grapes, underripe blueberries, earthy, vinegar. Finishes dry and lightly astringent. Mouthfeel is light, more of a sipper with the acidity but refreshing nonetheless.

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Photo of Holderness
4.16/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L -- Literally looks like blueberry juice. Plum-hued body with good clarity and a miniscule off-white head produced with moderate pour. Zero retention or lacing
S -- Blueberry puree, fruit leather, musky floral, strawberry candy, perfume, red grape, acetic lacto notes
T -- Blueberry jam, blueberry pie filling, tart raspberry, lemon peel, husky graininess, apple cider vinegar, plum, unripe peach, oak
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Lively and pretty light for the ABV
O -- Pretty nice balance between acidity and fruitiness. Has an immense jammy quality throughout. A lacto-heavy sour through and through

84/100

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Photo of Rristow
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark ruby. Bug berry aroma with some sour aroma notes. Tastes moderately sour. Lots of blueberry flavors mixed with sour funk. Not overly puckery. Very well done.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark muddled copper-purple with a fizzy mauve head that quickly dissipates away completely.

Smell is a little charred oak and vinegar with notes of purple grape and blueberry.

Christ on a crutch that's sour! It certainly is Flanders first and foremost, and not a very subtle or balanced take at that. While the aftertaste does bring green apple and blueberry, the up front cost to enjoy that is pretty high. Taste is pretty damn close to vinegar, with some red wine like oakiness and Welch's grape juice that are hard to dig into.

A tingly, bubbly carbonation runs through a medium slick body, finishing semi-dry.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with a friend onsite at SP, from a 375ML bottle into their sour tasters.

L: Reddish-purple with a cream-colored head that goes away quickly in the middle but stuck around a bit on the sides.
S: Light blueberry funk
T: Wonderful melding of blueberry with red wine tannins. I'm not big into wine but this sure works. I think it's because the blueberry just seems so authentic. It's a tad more sour/acidic than I would prefer, otherwise I'd be going 5 on the taste.
F: Light body with some carbonation, but another point where it's working very well with this particular beer.
O: A very enjoyable brew from Side Project, I'd get it again for sure!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.63/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

this is among the best blueberry beers i have ever had, and absolutely one of the best from side project. surprising personally, because generally i find a classic flanders red to be vinegar driven and still kind of sweet from the grain, it isnt my favorite style of wild beer, but with all these blueberries and the side project flare, its absurdly good, frankly a beer of the year candidate for me right now! grossly expensive, but you get what you pay for here and i certainly do no regret picking this up. the color is a deep purple meets mahogany, with a lazy tan head that settles fast and a nose that i cant pull my face away from, tannic blueberry skins, sweet jelly, and red wine, less vinegar than i am used to in the base style, but a ton of sourness, side project has gotten so acidic over the last year or so, man. my mouth waters like crazy to taste it, and it keeps watering after i do, blueberries to the dome, maxed out blueberry really, it is the absolute most honest expression of a real blueberry that i have ever known in a beer, hands down. its like a handful of blueberries, but somehow exponential, its insane, and i hold it in my mouth as long as i can before i swallow. huge oak and red and port wine notes too, a lot more grain than i am used to in their stuff as well, dymanic and complete, i dont need a ton of it, its intense with the acidity rising with the temperature, but the flavor is as good as it gets for me, truly blown away. the blueberry with the flanders, the intensity of the fruit, the light vanilla note in the oak, the plum and blackberry elements, its all just brilliant. i would put this up against any blueberry beer ever made for authenticity of the fruit and depth of flavor. truly one of the best in the world, a new high for these guys! i need another bottle...

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Photo of Livyatan1996
4.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Blend #2. Never been happier that I picked up a beer.
Pours a deeeep red, almost purple color that has zero light coming through, a half a finger of reddish head fizzed up and away, with some bits floating atop leftover. No lace. Smells like funk, white wine and hints of blueberries. Tastes the same, with a good kick of tart, and it's phenomenal. Blueberries really shine on the backend. Makes me remember why I enjoy beer.

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Photo of gibgink
4.34/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another surprised tasting at the Side Project Brewery's 1 year Anniversary party. Pours a reddish hue, but there is an influence of blue in there. By now, I will echo other people's reviews in that there is just a hint of blueberry on the back end. Still packs a tart punch though. I enjoyed this one immensely,

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Photo of ljc973
4.49/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had been trying to land this beer for so long that I thought it might never happen. The blueberries have faded, but they've left behind one of the cleanest tasting sours I've ever had. The acidity is sharp, but enjoyable if you like sour beers. Overall, really glad I got to try this.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really well balanced Flanders base. Blueberry has generally faded but brings a crisp acidity to the forefront. None of the off flavors some get from Flanders. Rich and sharp tasting like a well aged cheese. Plenty of funk.

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Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice blueberry flavor in the aroma, sourness is a little sharp. Sour and moderately acidic taste, but the blueberries are really nice. Moderate funk to it. Really nice overall.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This drinks with some great tones of sour, tart and tangy with that balsamic and mineral personality. The fruit does tend more to a dark sour cherry and less to blueberries but it's still delicious.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.99/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fun sour bite. Not much blue berry but there is a fantastic sour base making this beer is very drinkable. Very similar to all other side project sours, and that is a very good compliment.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.5/5  rDev -43.6%

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.4/5  rDev -23.3%

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.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.61/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

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Photo of IrishColonial
4/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.17/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.52/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.47/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Blueberry Flanders from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 278 ratings