Blueberry (Sour w/ Cacao Nibs)
Collective Arts Brewing

Blueberry (Sour w/ Cacao Nibs)Blueberry (Sour w/ Cacao Nibs)
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From:
Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #645
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
90
Ranked #9,444
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 6.4%
Ratings:
42
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 10, 2021
Added:
Jan 17, 2020
Wants:
  1
Gots:
  4
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Blueberry (Sour w/ Cacao Nibs)Blueberry (Sour w/ Cacao Nibs)
Notes: Rich, chocolatey flavours typically belong to porters and stouts. We're throwing you a curveball; a rich, chocolatey...sour. It may sound strange - until you try it. Our winter seasonal sour features sweet blueberries and decadent cocoa, balanced with just the right amount of tart acidity.
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Photo of Whyteboar
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Whyteboar from Michigan

I think I might have cellared this one too long- it was very good but the chocolate all but disappeared.
Poured that raspberry red color with a bright pink head and smelled of blueberries.
The taste was straight up blueberry sour and it was nice. Would like to have been able to taste the chocolate as others have, but it was really good without it.
The feel was excellent, surprisingly viscous and it worked for me.
I’d be happy to drink it again, but want to try it fresh next time!

Aug 10, 2021
 
3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jul 22, 2021
Photo of VoodooBear
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date on the bottom. Served in a Sensorik glass.

Appearance: The light pink, bubbly, two finger head stays around for a bit and leaves behind a tiny bit of lacing in small dots. It's a murky, bright garnet color.

Smell: It's a fruity aroma of fresh blueberries and lemon.

Taste: The acidic fruit hits the palate first with some blueberry tartness and a strong, lemon juice flavor in there too. The warm, cocoa note shows up as it goes down and lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: It's moderately thick and mostly smooth but a pinch of carbonation comes through as it does down. It starts getting a bit cloying after a while too. 

Overall: An interesting combination of flavors that's just a treat to enjoy. A nice surprise from Collective Arts.

Jun 23, 2021
 
3.71 by SFHbeerME from Maine on May 03, 2021
 
4.27 by valianes from Canada (ON) on Mar 08, 2021
 
4.17 by Satsuma from Florida on Mar 07, 2021
 
3.79 by yancot from Canada (ON) on Nov 17, 2020
 
4.56 by CXBrad from Canada (ON) on Nov 13, 2020
 
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Sep 29, 2020
 
3.67 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Sep 20, 2020
 
4 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON) on Jul 21, 2020
Photo of JamFuel
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a dark purple with soft, pink head.

Smell is sweet and tart with notes of blueberries, raspberries and dark chocolate.

Taste starts sweet with plenty of dark chocolate, then transitions into a sweet and tart vibe with notes of blueberries, raspberries and a hint of orange. The chocolate and the berries work very well together, as does the slight acidity.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very tasty, interesting sour.

Jul 14, 2020
 
3.25 by aztraz from Sweden on Jun 24, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

473ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a hazy red-purple with one finger of puffy lavender head that leaves a decent sheet of lace as it recedes.

Smells lovely. Blueberry pancakes with chocolate syrup, toffee candy and some red wine tartness.

Tastes of tart blueberries and raspberries, biscuity caramel malt, semisweet chocolate chips, and more soft red wine.

Feels light and airy, like a blueberry pancake. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Soft chocolatey sweetness on the finish.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Really tasty and doesn't overdo it on the additions.

Jun 13, 2020
Photo of Ghrymm
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

Poured from a 473ml can. Canned on 07/Feb/2020.
A nice dark purple pour with a thin white head. The nose is berries and a whiff of chocolate.
A very smooth sour with lots of flavor.

May 27, 2020
 
4.13 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on May 10, 2020
 
4.14 by bikko from Canada (ON) on Apr 30, 2020
Photo of REVZEB
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by REVZEB from Illinois

Had on tap. Opaque violet with a pinkish cap, fun. Smell features sour blueberry puree, with a hug of chocolate and a hint of other tart berries. Taste is mostly blueberry until the finish with cocoa dust, slight lemon and dried dark cherry in the background. Feel is lighter but more playful, a dessert sour for warmer months, well made.

Apr 18, 2020
Photo of Mysticmage
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

Easter in wild times....calls for something a little wild. Let’s see what this beast has to say. Pour into a Spiegelau glass from a Feb brew can. Pours cream soda purple with decent collar to start that settled quickly. Dank, thick and opaque. Nose is indeed front forward cocoa and blueberry, a tart cherry undertone emerges as well. Taste is also front forward sour cherry with chocolate finish. Pucker up goodness here. Recommend for dessert and sipping. Christ would be proud.

Apr 12, 2020
 
3.98 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Apr 07, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Can stamped 01/09/20 on the bottom.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a dark purple in my glass while it poured more of a pink color and left more of a pink color in the head. Some foaminess and it dissipated stealthily to leave a modest little bit of lace.
The aroma had the sweet to tart blueberry up front then a semi-sweet to small bitter tone of cacao nibs.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side at first but developed a keen blend with the cacao nibs, some bitterness and then a slight tartness from the blueberries. Quick aftertaste of blueberries and bitter cacao nibs.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a certain dryness. I see this more as a sipper. Some smoothness but with a dry sort of touch to it. Finishes with a nice blend of blueberries and cacao nibs.
Overall, can we say dessert fruit sour ale! And one to come back to.

Apr 03, 2020
 
4.13 by SteveWeiler from Canada (ON) on Apr 02, 2020
 
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Mar 14, 2020
Photo of Roguer
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

Beautiful red brew with pink and purple highlights. Head production for a sour is quite good, as is retention, with plenty of light pink foam lingering for a decent while after the pour.

Despite the color coming across more raspberry or cherry, the nose is definitely blueberry, wrapped in a chocolate blanket. Nuts, cherry, and toffee round out the straightforward but pleasant aroma.

Sharp, sour, and tart on the aroma, but almost immediately balanced by chocolate. It's a lovely overall balance, with tart blueberries up front and lasting through the aftertaste, and chocolate giving a delectable, dessert-like depth.

A touch thicker and more syrupy than the relatively modest ABV would suggest. Mildly puckering.

Mar 09, 2020
 
4.03 by nmann08 from Virginia on Mar 07, 2020
 
3.97 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Mar 02, 2020
 
4.34 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Feb 28, 2020
 
4 by nullbort from Canada (ON) on Feb 27, 2020
 
3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Feb 22, 2020
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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

473 ml can served cold into a goblet. LCBO purchase for $4.25CDN per can.

Appearance - Pours a pinkish - purple hued brew with lots of haze and a two finger pink head on top. Pretty good staying power too.

Smell - Mostly berries, blueberries in particular with something like raspberry mixed in. A sweet hint at the end is chocolaty, more like cocoa powder.

Taste - Initially tart and sour quite fruity, then mid sip the chocolate takes over for a split second become creamy and sweet and then reverts back to the tart and sour berry flavors. Interesting progression of flavor as it sits on the tongue and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, quite creamy, carbonation is just a touch less than average. Vionous qualities dry up the tongue.

Overall - This brew executes what it is intended to do blueberriess with hints of chocolate in a sour beer, push the envelope, yet through all this, I wonder if they are pushing it to far. Enjoyable brew, yet not one I'm likely to be in the mood for on a regular basis.

Feb 18, 2020
 
Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Jan 13 2020 and served barely chilled.

Pours an opaque, dark purplish colour akin to blueberry juice; seated atop is one finger of pinkish-lavender coloured head that wilts within a couple of minutes, leaving behind a modest collar that surrounds a circular islet of film. A decent swath of lacing has also been deposited; looks fantastic. Notes of blueberry, currant and red wine dominate the aroma, with hints of tart raspberry and lemon acidity also apparent. The cacao is discernible, but not a driving factor, at least not on the nose.

Whoa - I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I do, not being a huge fan of blueberry beer - not to mention the fact that a sour with cacao nibs sounded bizarre from the get-go. Yet somehow it all comes together exquisitely, with plenty of blueberry, lemon and raspberry flavours coming through at the front end, as well as a hint of dark chocolate that remains a steady background presence throughout the sip. More blueberry, lactic acidity and cocoa linger past the finish and into the aftertaste; the cocoa hangs on the longest, supplying a lovely, lightly bitter contrast to this beer's generally tart & sweet-leaning profile. Medium in body, with moderately low carbonation levels that gently tickle the surface of the palate; feels very smooth and a little soft, with superb drinkability for a sour ale.

Final Grade: 4.31, an impressive A grade. I'll admit that a Blueberry Sour w/ Cacao Nibs did not immediately sound all that appealing, but I'll be darned if Collective Arts hasn't managed to make a seriously tasty one. The chocolate note on the back end perfectly complements the blueberry-sour forefront of the sip, and the end result is a well-crafted, delicious and unique sour that I must heartily recommend to any and all BAs who see it on the shelf - it's absolutely worth the premium price tag. I haven't tried all of CA's sours, but this is one of the best I've had so far, and it'd be a shame if they didn't bring it back on a rotating basis.

Feb 14, 2020
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Feb 13, 2020
 
3.75 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2020
 
4.13 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey on Feb 04, 2020
 
4.41 by gallaghercm from Canada (ON) on Feb 02, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

Firstly, this beer is blueish-purple, just like a blueberry. The smell is mostly sour blueberry with hints of chocolate. Underlying that all is some maltiness. The taste is blueberries at first, then sour notes, and ending the cacao. It plays out really well. It is not a very sour beer though. The mouthfeel is pleasant but it is not very carbonated. It is thick. Overall, this a quirky beer that I think really has experimentation pay off.

Feb 01, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GoGata from Florida

Randomly decided to try this beer and what a nice surprise. A nice sour option for the winter time.

Taste: starts off with a moderate sour flavor and finishes with a hint of bitterness from the cacao. The blueberry flavor is mild which I really like. A lot of sours can’t balance the sweet and sour profile, but this balance is nearly perfect IMO.

Color: The color is your usual ruby color you see in a lot of sours.

Feel: nice medium feel to it.

Jan 31, 2020
 
4.28 by Malarchy77 from Connecticut on Jan 31, 2020
 
3.96 by Scottsbeer from Florida on Jan 27, 2020
Blueberry (Sour w/ Cacao Nibs) from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 42 ratings