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RATINGS: 828   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Black & Blue is golden Belgian Ale made with over 300 lbs of fresh blackberries and blueberries. With a deep purple full body and a long-lasting lacy pink head, this ale is both attractive and delicious! It is tart and fruity, like our brewers! The subtle bitterness of Hallertau and Saaz hops shines through the fruit forward flavor and sets the palate aglow. (30 IBUs). This tasty brew has smooth but noticeable alcohol warmth. Belgian yeast gives this brew a characteristically dry spicy finish. The beautiful interplay of fruit, spice, and alcohol is complimented by a soft malt profile, and a high level of carbonation.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (963) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle from Coffee District in Delray Beach, FL. 750ml. Shared with friends in small snifters. Pours a deep amber with slight purple coloring (probably from the blueberry puree). Light thin head and very little lacing. Aroma was amazing with blackberries and blueberries. Slight tart smelling as well but not like a sour with brett. Taste was sweet berries..mostly blackberries and blueberries. (For the record blackberries are one of my favorite things in the world.) You get the berries mostly with a rather sweetness but it finishes ever so tart. Kind of wine-like and the 10% alcohol is very well masked. I LOVED IT!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1817) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
GCB: Great Beer. Tasted like a fine fruit wine. Very pleased with this guy.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tambrico (50) - New York, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Probably the sweetest beer Iíve ever had. Taste of berries is overwhelming and to me, the raspberry overpowered the blueberry (thatís not a criticism). The poster who said it tasted almost like wine is right on. Appearance is a deep copper with a thin head. What I love about the appearance is that my pour looked EXACTLY like the one the dude is holding on the label; thought that was pretty cool. Finish is a slight bitterness that transitions smoothly from and complements the tartness of the raspberry. This is a very drinkable beer thatís perfect for the summer. I just wish it was less than (a very well hidden) 10% abv so I could drink more of it!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
artmcd8 (1562) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Copper pour with a white head. Aroma of grape skins. Sweet taste with a sticky mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcclainc50 (171) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Pours a medium amber with medium head, medium almost purple lacing. Sweet aroma of berries (obviously) and grapes. Berry flavor is almost overwhelming, gives it a taste approaching wine rather than beer. So fruity its almost hard to get past it. For those who are fans of fruiting the beer it is a must have, for those who arenít I would pass on this one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (297) - rome, New York, USA - AUG 5, 2013
Reddish purple pour, little head and lacing. Aroma of fresh picked blueberries. Alcohol masked very well. Very smooth and light.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with Albatross - thanks, mate. Pours a nice amber with sediments in it and a thick, resilient white head. Aroma is caramel malts, fruits, especially blueberries. Flavor is fruity, caramel, overripe fruits, blue grapes. Finish is soft, somewhat boozey. Medium body, weak carbonation. Very strong, but very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1355) - SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2013
Pours red amber with medium blue red white head Aromas of caramel, blueberries, belgo yeast Taste has black and blueberries, belgo yeast, caramel malts It starts out quite sour and acidic moving into a sweet berry rich ending

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (3175) - Livermore, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours a golden orange color with a thick off white head. The aroma is thick with blueberries and a little sour wine. The flavor is sweet berries with a thick body, alcohol and a tiny bit of wine barrel with minor tart notes in the finish. Pretty tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Khaggerty118 (66) - Olney, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Compared to other beers where the first smell, taste, and overall first experience with the beer shines through, this beer took a number of sniffs and tastes before I really understood what was going on here. The aroma is the most disappointing aspect of this hybrid beer. It is quite lacking. The flavor is another story. After a couple of sips, allowing your mouth to really adjust to what it is experiencing, it comes through; blackberry, sweet blackcurrant, just overall berry explosion. It advertises as blueberry, but really its just a sweet berry flavor. I will agree that it is quite one dimensional and sweet, but for people who like this, cheers! Not my thing.


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