Style: Quick Sour
Great Notion Blueberry Muffin
What the brewers say
“A tart beer made with real blueberry muffins and locally sourced blueberries from Sauvie Island, fermented with Lactobacillus and wild yeast.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Blueberry bagel and muffin aroma, with light spiciness and poppyseed, with some background caramel notes and malty bread-like sweetness that are unexpected given the typical beer color.”
Flavor: “Moderate sour with big blueberry muffin sweetness that’s kept in check by the acidity and carbonation. The base beer is simple, with a clean primary (not kettle) fermentation that’s clean and neutral. The bready sweetness carries the assertive blueberry flavor, and the tartness comes through more in the finish.”
Overall: “The fruit is so assertive that it demands your attention with every sip, and the carbonation and sourness keep the blueberries from taking over completely. This beer is enjoyable and fun to drink, but I would probably not order a lot of it because of its big sweetness and strong sourness—it’s great for a dessert beer.”
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