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RATINGS: 821   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kryon (1104) - 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 (2932) - 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 (65) - 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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (596) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2013
On tap @ Noble Fir. Pours bright purple/reddish amber with thick lacey white head. Aroma is oaky malt, Belgian yeast, and a bit of berries. Taste is sweet thick pale malt, dry yeasty finish, and tons of tart and fruity blueberries and raspberries throughout. Big malt body, big sweet fruit, big abv to match. Well balanced. Perhaps a bit extreme but what else would you expect? I always look forward to this bottle coming out and the draft is perhaps even better.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
closey22 (648) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Reddish amber with lasting lacy slightly pinkish head; sweet fruity aroma of berries; Flava is softly tart and sweet wild berries blended with a caramelly maltiness; feels surprisingly rich and thick with fizz; finishes tart

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BSchnab (118) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Aroma is of fruits berries, appearance is red taste is fruity and tart sits well on palate overall pretty good

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (5526) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2013
Tap at the Distillery, Savannah. It pours clear red with a medium pink-white head. The nose is rather sweet....fruit syrup, tang and blackcurrant. The taste is also sweet... blackcurrant cordial, blueberry, cherry tunes, faint tang and candy with a dryish finish. Medium+ body, fine carbonation and sticky mouth-feel. Hides alcohol well. A bit one-dimensional and sweet for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hookemwahoo (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Pours a purplish pink with slight head. Hits you like a Tripel, crisp, but has a refreshing sweetness and tartness from the fruit. Very refreshing on a hot day and an interesting take on a Tripel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Brandman (1992) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
copper body white head. Aroma has sweet malt and some flowers yeast. Really much berries. Hard to say which berries exactly. Quite unbalanced and really disappointing brew from dogfish head.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rosenbergh (6095) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 750 ml bottle. From Dogfish Head, Rehoboth Beach, DE.
Cloudy amber colour with a small white head. Berries, red berries and some more berries in the aroma. The flavour is bitterness, berries, malt and some tartness. Strong. Some alcohol.


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