Blueberry Flanders
Side Project Brewing

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #452
4.42 | pDev: 9.73%
Side Project Brewing
Missouri, United States
Blueberry FlandersBlueberry Flanders
Notes: Flanders Style Red Ale that was fermented in Missouri oak Chambourcin barrels and then aged on Missouri grown blueberries.
Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 303 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Blend #3 Bottle.

Rich blueberry, balsamic vinegar, and oak on the nose. The palate is incredibly sour; enamel-stripping almost, but pretty true to style. As it opens up the sour punch mellows and allows really nice notes of dry oak & blueberry jam to shine through.

Oct 06, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark purple blue color with soapy, dense, pink lacing.

S - Sticky blueberry jam with some sour funk on the nose.

T - Blueberry puckering tartness for days, like the kind of tartness that punches you in the head and then comes back for a few more rounds.

M - Thick body that's soft and dries out the back of the palate while the tip of the tongue waters like crazy.

O - This one is a palate crusher.

Aug 11, 2021
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolute standout in its class...

Blueberries are the star of this show and it's must see TV... the sourness tempers the sweetness of the berries...

Looks terrific...smells nice and tart and slightly sweet. The flavor profile ranges from "Damn, that's sour" to "This is perfectly done" and I'm ok with that range...

It's a sipper due to the shock of tartness but it never overwhelms the beer...

Terrific work!

Jun 11, 2021
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber to ruby in color with a fingernail of pinkish white around the rim. The aroma is of barnyard funk, blueberries, and horse blanket. I’m tasting brettanomyces, hose blanket, and blueberries. The mouth is highly carbonated, crisp, and dry.

Jun 06, 2021
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

May 12, 2019
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
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


Jan 11, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Dec 16, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.39/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Sep 04, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
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...

Aug 10, 2018
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 375mL bottle into a stemmed wine glass. pours a deep purple with a thin layer of off-white foam. blueberries and vinegar on the nose. always get that vinegar in the flanders style. same with the taste, however, the blueberries and oak help mask that vinegar component. medium full mouthfeel with an extremely dry, oaky finish. it’s an excellent flanders and the blueberries work perfectly to compliment (and other times, mask) the flanders base.

Jul 11, 2018
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Livyatan1996 from Missouri

4.95/5  rDev +12%
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.

Jul 08, 2018
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gibgink from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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,

Dec 20, 2017
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ljc973 from Michigan

4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Feb 22, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Aug 11, 2016
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billab914 from Virginia

4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Aug 15, 2015
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KYGunner from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Jun 04, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.77/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Mar 31, 2015
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jaasen64 from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Dec 06, 2014
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mrn1ceguy from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Sep 27, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -43.4%

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.

Sep 27, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.4/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

Sep 09, 2014
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unclejazz from New York

4.61/5  rDev +4.3%

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!

Sep 08, 2014
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IrishColonial from Texas

4/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

Sep 07, 2014
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kevanb from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

Sep 01, 2014
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