Side Project Brewing Coexpressionalism Blauw
What the brewers say
Oak-aged Missouri and Oregon wild ale with blueberries.
What our panel thought
Good blackberry, blueberry aroma—blueberry cobbler comes to mind. Fruit is paired with a bit of delicately spiced graham cracker. Flavor is drier than expected from the nose, losing some of the malt and shifting the balance to the tart and slightly bitter fruit. Medium acidity and mild earth funk. Dry, puckering finish.
What our editors thought
Deep blackberry and raspberry notes on the nose suggest a wine-like fruit luxury. On the sip, the blueberry comes forward with a chunky mid-tone push, sweetness pitched against the significant acid, braced by berry tannins. Like a fuzzed-out guitar riff, it’s in your face and energetic, trading subtlety for a manic energy.