Imperial Blueberry Tart Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Imperial Blueberry Tart AleImperial Blueberry Tart Ale
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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Fruited Kettle Sour
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.04%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
41
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 15, 2020
Added:
Aug 24, 2017
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  18
SCORE
86
Very Good
Imperial Blueberry Tart AleImperial Blueberry Tart Ale
Notes: Blueberry Tart is the result of two beers blended into one. The first beer is a kettle soured blonde ale. The second is a simple imperial wheat ale into which we add a whole lot of blueberry puree. This process achieves a bright and juicy blueberry aroma and a complex flavor character throughout each sip. At first it is bright and juicy, followed by sweet and round in the middle, and ending with a mild tartness that en-courages another mouthful. Slight notes of pie crust emerge in the aftertaste of this imperial ale.
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Rated: 4.21 by Satsuma from Florida

Apr 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Sewercap from New York

4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Liked this way more than I thought I was going to. Wasn’t sour at all (thank god) but had a delicious tartness to it. Was quite strong, but you would swear you were drinking a much lighter beer. Not really into these fruity beers, but this was quite good.
Dec 03, 2018
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Reviewed by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
I am continuing my New Southern Tier Beer Sunday (Week 713) by delving into my Bottle Backlog.

From the Bottle: "Imperial Sour Wheat Ale Brewed with Blueberry Puree and with Natural Blueberry Flavor added"; "Why the hell not?"

Why the hell not, indeed. I Pop!ped the cap & having agitated it in the bottle, I followed all of that up with a heavy-handed C-Line pour. I got a brief moment with its finger of fizzy, foamy, pinkish head before it retreated into wisps. Color was a slightly hazy Pinkish-Amber (SRM = N/A). The new Style descriptors really do this one a favor! It was stylistically beautiful. I could smell the blueberries even as I poured. Fantastiche! Mouthfeel was rather thin & watery. The taste was less crackery than bready or doughy, but when coupled with the blueberry flavor, I could only think of blueberry pancakes. Yum! My favorite. Even this was still within the guidelines! I tend to eschew syrups in Berliner Weisse, but this one had it built in. Finish was semi-dry to dry & do not be fooled into thinking that the blueberry was going to sweeten the pot. This was pretty daggum TART, not sour! There is a difference! 8={}
Oct 22, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS)

Sep 22, 2018
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured into a chalice: color is indigo with a red hue, head presents a quick 1/4 inch top and then dissipates to nothing, limited lacing, fairly typical for the base style (or part of the base style in this case).

Smell might be the highlight of the ale - even for this brew that had a brewed date of 12/2017 - big blueberry tart, hints of bread and toast, reminds me of some high quality blueberry pies. As noted by some the aroma fills the nearby space near the glass.

Taste upfront is obviously blueberry, then some subtle undertones of biscuit, yogurt, crushed grapes; sour tart notes are not overdone, but thin from the kettle souring.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, tart upfront and lingering tart sourness with drying on the tongue.

Overall a good fruit beer, plays to the subtleties of berlinner weisse and blueberries hiding the strong abv.
Aug 11, 2018
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours an effervescent blush color with a thumb of sand colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Blueberries in spades

T: Sweet Blueberries with a little tartness, plus dryness up front. Tartness picks up as this warms, more of a sour blueberry, Finishes tart with a little berry sourness & just a little sweetness on the edges

MF: Medium body, subdued carbonation, a little acidity as this warms

Interesting take on the style, drank easy enough
Jul 26, 2018
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Rated by RJbeer7 from California

4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Very refreshing, with the tastes complimenting each other quite nicely. Good for a hot day outside.
Jul 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by BlueKurenai from Vermont

Jun 20, 2018
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a sour glass

This beer pours a deep rosy hue and is crystal clear. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is fresh blueberries and is slightly tart.

It starts out like a blueberry ale up front. The tartness comes through the middle. There is a bitter flavor in the finish with lingering tartness in the aftertaste.

Thin mouthfeel and dry

It a decent beer. I would drink it again.
May 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.85 by BarrelAgedG from California

May 05, 2018
 
Rated: 4.05 by Dpotter1991 from New Jersey

May 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by Whitey_from_Remedy from Pennsylvania

May 03, 2018
 
Rated: 3.53 by deonreds from New York

May 02, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: The beer is hazy purplish red in color. It poured with a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blueberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste has strong flavors of blueberries with hints of yogurt and a light amount of sourness.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t as sour compared to other beers in the style and packs in a punch of blueberry flavors.

Serving type: bottle
Apr 28, 2018
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle into a pint glass. DOB 12/13/17, so 4 months old.

kind of a deep rose' wine colored body. decent flow of carbonation. head quickly dissipates to a ring and faint covering.

strong blueberry aroma.

sweet blueberry flavor, a little sour. not bad.

mouth is close to full, finish is a little tart at first, then unfortunately leaves a metallic taste on the back of the mouth, which spoils the drink somewhat.

overall, a decent fruit beer slightly spoiled by the late metallic finish. this kinda forces you to take the next mouthful quickly, which at 8.5abv, is not a good idea.
Apr 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by pm0719 from New Jersey

Apr 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Apr 18, 2018
 
Rated: 3.73 by bcsbeer from Florida

Apr 03, 2018
 
Rated: 4.09 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2018
 
Rated: 4.22 by Briggsy43 from South Carolina

Mar 26, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the bottle, it pours a hazy purple with virtually no head, not unexpected for a sour. Definite blueberry in the nose, even to mine. The flavor is also blueberry with a very very light tartness. Nice!
Mar 21, 2018
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Southern Tier Brewing Company "Blueberry Tart"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 12/13/17 12:22PM"
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So this is an "Imperial Sour Wheat Ale"? How strong is it? 8.5%... not bad. It's got the typical pinkish-ruby coloring to its slightly hazy body, and no head to speak of. It smells like blueberries, not like that artificial blueberry aroma, although it does note on the label that it has "natural blueberry flavor added". The taste follows, and it's not really that tart, at least not puckering. Maybe because it's balanced by sweetness. I don't find a lot of bitterness, nor alcohol, it's pretty much just the sweet and tart authentic blueberry flavor. It's good, I like it. It's nicely balanced. Well that was easy. It's medium bodied and delicately crisp giving a light bristle on the tongue. Nicely done.
Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A-Pours a nice reddish amber color with a nice head and minimal lacing
A-Aroma has nice blueberry hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice blueberry flavor and a nice tartness
M-A light bodied very well carbonated beer
O-A nice refreshing beer
Mar 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4.11 by brother_rebus from Maine

Mar 15, 2018
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Reviewed by Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12 oz bottle

Pours slightly hazy berry color, somewhere between pink and purple. Head is sugar white and retains as a bit of lacing.

Smells of fresh sweet berry jam, hints of sugar and sweet biscuit.

Flavor is of blueberry, raspberry, wheat, cracker, and medicinal grape. Medicinal bitter finish.

Light to medium body, fizzy carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty meh. Tastes too close to cough syrup to ignore the similarities. Body is fine although surprisingly light for the abv. Barely sour despite the marketing. More of a sweet fruit beer. It's not drain pour but I probably won't bother with it again. Also drinks very light for the abv. Basically a bitter soda pop you can't believe is almost 9%. The killer for this beer is the ST themselves do far better fruit beers and sour beers.
Mar 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.67 by dsshuck from Delaware

Mar 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.43 by Maudrey from New Hampshire

Mar 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.67 by Bloodsnot77 from New Hampshire

Mar 04, 2018
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Into a standard pint
As expected very dark pinkish purple in color with just a 1/4 inch of foam that settles to a good ring. Wow it smells like strong fruity pebbles in the bottle! In the glass more tart fruit puree and a touch of lemon tartness. Taste is semi tart blueberries a touch of wheat and a semi sweet finish. Not sure why its "Berliner Weissbier" as it's clearly a wheat ale with slight acidic lemon flavor but no salty taste as one would expect for the style. Body is smooth not watery but easy going for the octane.

Overall not terrible but I would rather have a Cherry Gose or even better the 3 Citrus Peel Out over this any day.
Feb 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Feb 17, 2018
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

2.16/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Dark but shiny clear red with a minimal spotty, fuzzy film and a thicker collar.

This smells freakishly close to a hangover--cheesy poofs dipped in sticky blueberry syrup and cherry Robitussin.

Taste seems like it will bring more natural blueberry at first, but that quickly turns somewhat medicinal and a little vegetal with cherry skin, toasted bread, and astringent Tums, finishing with a touch of Colby cheese. Calling this weird would be an understatement.

A medium round body has a semi-frothy carbonation and a semi-sticky, wet finish. This is barely tart, and more like a fruited Wheat--funky in the wrong way.
Feb 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.9 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Feb 13, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hendry from Vermont

Feb 12, 2018
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear light purple in color with ¾ inch head. Smells wonderful…like fresh blueberry patch. Taste is big tart blueberry. Medium-light bodied, very tart, high carbonation. Loads of blueberry flavor, but way more sour than I was expecting. Delivers what it says it will. Will probably get this one again.
Feb 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Mantooth from North Carolina

Feb 12, 2018
 
Rated: 3.78 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2018
 
Rated: 4.06 by ogman from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2018
Imperial Blueberry Tart Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 62 ratings