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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.69   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 9   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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The aroma of rich blackberries sets up the slightly sweet yet tart taste thatís balanced by the subtle malt character.

Malts: Pale, Munich, Cara 8, Chocolate, White Wheat
Hops: Chinook
Our Twist: Blackberries

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1269) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It had a best before date of 5/26/14 and came as part of a mix pack for $14.47 ($1.20 per bottle or $0.10 per ounce).

Appearance: A fairly pretty shade of burgundy with a faint purple hue. Clear body, but no visible carbonation. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which retains and laces poorly.

Smell: Authentic blackberry aroma, though mild. A hint of earthy twang.

Taste: Itís been years since Iíve drank or reviewed a Blue Moon brew, Coorsí attempt at making crafty-style beers. Though only one sip into Blackberry Tart Ale and I could immediately identify that distinct faux craft character so many macros like this tend to have. In fact, that first sip was actually pretty good. But then it was all downhill from there.

The first taste is, not surprisingly, blackberry. It seems authentic in that itís not overly sweet and does have some tartness to it. I also get a hint of blueberry and even some raspberry too. My friend Jason described it as "alcoholic Juicy Juice." Iíd agree, though itís much less flavorful than that. The berry taste fades quickly and the palette becomes rustic with a distinct twang on the finish - much like that of a sorghum-based brew. Otherwise, there isnít much in the way of true malt character. Thereís a touch of additional fruit and a faint wisp of tartness as it goes down. It finishes fairly clean, though there is a bit of an earthy, peanut shell flavor in the aftertaste. Iím not sure how they can deliberately brew a beer with this kind of taste. While not horrible, this is most definitely not good (not even average).

Drinkability: Thereís no challenge to Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale, other than its palette. The mouthfeel is thin and nearly flat which makes it easy to quaff, though I would not describe it as refreshing. For a 5.8% ABV brew itís definitely missing a lot of body and flavor. This is more of an alcopop than a beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
mikesaum (598) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Pours a dark amber color with a short lived beige head. Aroma is almost non existent, faint malt and blackberry. Taste is mild berry, watery. this sucks.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borup (6434) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, malt and blackberries.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Amber with a medium off-white receding scalp. Aroma of bready yeast, caramel and blackberries. Taste of caramel, blackberries, bready yeast and sugar. Reminds me a bit of kool-aid with a light tart finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
I have had this beer in my fridge for several months as I have not looked forward to drinking it. Pours a dark amber with very little carbonation. Light sweet aroma. Taste is really not that bad for a fruit beer, but a little weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ajtrupp (292) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Fruit beers make me nervous, but this is a subtle, well-done example. Not syrupy or overly sweet. I was impressed. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeneugs (3555) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a disappearing off white head. The aroma is sweet caramelly and bready with strong sweet blackberries. Flavor is the same. Stronger with the blackberries and caramel, wheat...way too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Taste was faint blackberries. The taste doesnít really come out until you are half way done and then the smell of blackberries start coming in from the with each small sip. It is an amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2013
This is actually a pretty good beer. Its not all that fruity or wheaty but quite well balanced. Probably one of the best blackberry beers Iíve had.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrhoppy (1287) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
I was not expecting much but I was suprised that it was not horrible. Faint tart berry nose. Nice reddish brown color. Real blackberry flavor. 5.8% is nice. Malt honey lager yeast.

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