Block (1400) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Overly synthetic. It had a slight blackberry aroma but besides that it was just a forced "fruitier" beer.
Darkmagus82 (1234) - - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-24-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė Pours an amber color with hints of a purplish tint running through. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that fades rather fast to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma is strongest of a blackberry smell with some notes of a bready aroma mixed within. Along with these aromas are more subtle aromas of a more grassy and spiced aroma.
Taste Ė The taste begins big of a sweet blackberry taste that largely dominates the tastes of the brew. There is a bit of a bready flavor that is present upfront that over times loses its strength. As the flavor advances more toward the end, more blackberry sweetness comes to the tongue as well as a little bit of a sour flavor leaving a very sweet and smooth blackberry flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. While a little more carbonation may have better suited the sweet and smooth flavors of the brew, it was overall a rather refreshing feel on the tongue.
Overall Ė Sweet and rather refreshing, although not tart like the name would imply (well maybe a very little bit at the end). The flavors are on the simpler side and would make for a nice drinker on a hot summer day, while outside chatting with friends.
1guywith_aboat (227) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Some berries on the nose... nothing else really going on. I do not care for this much but it is easy drinking. Not harsh or offensive.
BlackHaddock (3763) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2014
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
355ml Bottle consumed in a garden close to Newport Beach, California on 13th March 2014. I didnít like it much! I prefer my beers to have the basic ingredients and not have fruit/herbs/flowers/sugar/pastry/vegetables/grits or whatever thrown in the mask a poor brew.
This obviously had something added to make it taste slight sour yet blackberry sweet (like a blackberry?). It was sunny and warm outside so this did me no harm but it isnít my thing: the Short Strawberry beer I had next was even worse (IMHO).
kidobutai (357) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting aroma but not much of a distinct taste. The fruit comes out more as an aftertaste, which isnít what I was hoping for. Looks like a pilsner, I wouldnít buy a 6 pack of this.
Chudwick (2145) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hooray for party beer! 12oz bottle into transparent contempt. Nose is dark berries as in preserves, but not marmalade. Sip introduces facial contortions and thoughts of people making faces while having heavy things dropped on their feet via a Bill Hicks reference. Latent wheat and cardboard. I love fruity beer and this was bad. At least the aftertaste is decent. Cheesy post-latent presence ŗ la Hudepohl.
chinchill (1867) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.
Pours clear dark amber with a hint of blackberry (purple). Decent head and lacing.
Fruity aroma clearly shows the blackberry addition.
Flavor follows with a nice addition of blackberries to the malts, but the aftertaste is not so good.
Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation.
rr314 (9) - Freedom, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kind of disappointed in the overall taste, expecting more of a blackberry flavor. Great smell and finishes well
Janicki2006 (7) - Beaver Fall, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014 does not count
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clean tasting but lacking full flavor............................................
ben4321 (3916) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Location: 12 oz bottle at a Super Bowl Party, 2/2/14
Aroma: The nose is fruity/blackbeery, wheat, and some other malty notes
Appearance: It pours a reddish-amber color with a fizzy beige head and minimal lace
Flavor: The taste is more sweet than it is tart, berries, wheat, and not much else
Palate: The body is light and a little watery, with a fizzy carbonation
This beer was about as good as the game was... All kidding aside, this is fine for what it is, but itís a little mislabeled. It just isnít all that tart. Itís a blackberry fruit beer.
Chad9976 (1178) - 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.