Imperial Blueberry Tart Ale
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Imperial Blueberry Tart AleImperial Blueberry Tart Ale
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Style:
Berliner Weisse
Ranked #509
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #22,433
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.98%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
61
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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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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Reviews by mvanaskie13:
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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={}

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep, but very clear burgundy blue color with a thin, but dense blue/pink lacing ring. Carbonation is almost non-existent.

S - Sour and tart, "twangy" blueberry, and blueberry skin. The aroma is pungent and be smelled from several feet away!

T - Blueberry skins, sour, puckering, some acidic twang, and a little "perfumey".

M - Medium body with delicate carbonation pricklies that die down quickly for a smooth, silky finish.

O - Not a huge fan of sours and glad to have tried this one. I'll share the remainder of the 4-pk with family and friends over the holidays, one is enough for me.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of buzzedup
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bcsbeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a ruby red color with purple tones and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Not a lot of lacing, though.

S: A powerful aroma (noticeable the second you open the bottle) of blueberries, wheat, and a vinous quality.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of wheat / malt (mostly in the finish), a bit of the aforementioned vinous quality, lots of blueberries, a crackery / biscuity quality, and light apple notes. Very much a sour beer, but not as much as others. Quite fruity and zesty with a lot of character.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a lively finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is a very solidly made sour beer, one worth checking out. Drinkable.

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Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of GravityKills
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IdrinkGas
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of teromous
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the upper-left of the label it says: "DOB 12/08/17 09:35AM"

Appearance: This beer has a beautiful pinkish-red body that pours light colored and picks up this nice dark hue as it fills the glass. The head is short and white with just a tint of lavender to it.

Aroma: After opening the bottle and just having it sit on my desk, the entire room started to smell like a blueberry scented candle was lit. Getting closer to the glass it retains a blueberry scent. It doesn't smell quite like fresh blueberries or even blueberry wine but it still gives off this blueberry scent. It actually smells more like blueberry the farther I get from the glass.

Taste: Up front there is a definite blueberry flavor that is pretty light. This is followed by a bit of wheat flavor after the fruitiness subsides. There is a touch of alcohol flavor and just a bit of a twiggy taste to the beer at the end. After drinking a sip of this beer it leaves a coating of blueberry flavor on the palate that is more pronounced than when drinking the beer. The wheat flavor starts to build up a little bit with each sip and it becomes far more enjoyable as the bottle is consumed. I would recommend that if you try this beer that you give it at least a full pour before deciding whether or not you like it.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice tartness to the beer but it feels like it could use with a little more carbonation. It feels a bit flat on the tongue and at odds with the fruit flavor and tartness. The beer itself has a body that leans on the heaver side of light and finishes wet. The tartness of the beer is moderately low so it would be a good beer for those who

Overall: It's a good beer that I think blueberry enthusiasts and fruity wheat beer lovers would enjoy. It has just a hint of wheat flavor so it's not just a one-dimensional beer. The beer picks up a lot of character throughout the drinking experience. I would recommend it only to those who enjoy blueberry flavor, because it leans heavily towards it, or those who enjoy trying interesting beers. I probably wouldn't drink it regularly but I might have a bottle of it again at some point in the future. It was certainly worth enjoying at least once.

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Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/13/2017. Pours lightly hazy ruby reddish orange; light pink/purple color with a 2 finger dense light pink head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big juicy/tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, lemon, pear, red/green apple, red grape, hay, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/acidic yeast, blueberries, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, lemon, pear, red/green apple, red grape, hay, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit/wheat tang, yeast spiciness, and light grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy blueberries, fruit skin, lemon, pear, red/green apple, red grape, hay, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, biscuit, light lacto funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blueberries, and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy/acidic, and fairly crisp/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a delicious fruited imperial Berliner weisse! All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic yeast, blueberries, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and pretty crisp/refreshing to drink; with the mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Great balance between the fruity Lacto and authentic berry flavors; with a nice wheat malt backbone. Not overly lactic. A very enjoyable offering, and great style example.

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Photo of tdm168
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sdm9465
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Imperial Blueberry Tart Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 61 ratings