Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
mikesaum (644) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
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.
Borup (7909) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, malt and blackberries.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
ajtrupp (307) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Fruit beers make me nervous, but this is a subtle, well-done example. Not syrupy or overly sweet. I was impressed.
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joeneugs (4220) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dwyerpg (4874) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.