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RATINGS: 832   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4381) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Label looks like a young Dustin Hoffman in a Little Lord Fauntleroy. Good bronze cap with the shark. Beer pours clear and looks like tawny port. Head is tinged tutti-fruity. Buttery tangy flavor, moderately astringent, pretty fruity. Nothing special - none of the DFH special brews are particularly satisfying, they’re just wierd. Berry pie aroma. Off the beaten path, unfinished in a lot of ways, not worth the $14 that I paid for the bottle though.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Pours a ruby red color with a white head. Aroma is slightly fruity. Flavor is lightly malty with a light fruity finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2007
Let me just say right off the bat that this beer certainly does not live up to the Fantasyland commercial description above. "Purple?" "Long-lasting head?" "High level of carbonation?" "Hops??????" Nice bit of fiction up there...

Pours a melon-hued copper body with faint carbonation and a short-lived, pink tinged head. Mild nutty, wheaty aroma with fruit playing second-fiddle. Sure there’s berries, but there are also metallic notes and you don’t see DFH fawning over that quality. Flavor turns out to be quite pleasant with a nice complement of yeast versus fruit, but the combination also contributes to a finish which is a bit thick and sour. Alcohol remains hidden in flavor yet noticable via a light warmth and astringence. Overall, Black & Blue is a nice fruit beer, but I’m seldom looking for "a nice fruit beer". (Although I should mention that this would make a good transition for the "Berry Weiss" crowd into dubbel territory.)

<font size=-4>750 ml from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL 60453</font>

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2007
On draught at the Gaithersburg DFH Ale House. Great reddish-purple color (paler than I expected and very clear) with little head and a somewhat sharp level of carbonation. Mild berry aroma closer to blueberry. Quite a dry beer with little flavor of the berries left - like wine is to grapes, this beer is to the berries in it. A good beer and in balance despite DFH’s reputation for reckless experimentation. I would have appreciated a little more intensity in the flavor.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Light, clean, airy aroma. Pours dark purple with a light, white, bubbly head. Solid mouth feel with a light sour twinge behind it. Very fruity sort of finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2007
750 bottle purchased @ Riverside in Kent OH: Redish purple body w/ a lasting pinkish/purplish head. Strong bready and toasty malt aroma and a light raspberry fruitiness up front. Also hints of blue berry. Flavor I can describe in 3 words... Boo Beery Cereal! Toasted cereal malt flavor w/ blue berry fruitiness. Well balanced w/ a dry finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter w/a lingering raspberry flavor. Hints of herbal hops in the aftertaste as well. Fuller medium body, well hidden alcohol, smooth body, medium carbonation. Not as fruity as I had expected (a good thing) and still acts like a beer (also a good thing). NIce malt and fruit balanced by bitterness to keep it from being sugary sweet. A bit 2 dimensional, but good for what it is. Would be a good dessert beer w/ cheescake I think!

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Bottle. Tasting at Dilly Deil in Mariemont. A nice brew but nothing tremendous. Medium body - a bit more substance than most fruit beers. Not an overwhemling presence of black and blueberries but the aroma and tartness are definately there. A nice hoppy finish which is uncharacteristic of many fruit beers - Dogfish’s take on this type I suppose. An interesting beer that was tasty but certainy not worth the price @ $10.99 for a big bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
eaglefan538 (2911) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 30, 2007
Pour was red-hued, somewhat amber like base. The head was big bubbled frothy upon pouring, yet it settled to a thin covering, off-white in color, solid retention as a thin covering. Lacing was near nil. The aroma was berry-like, blueberry pie. Flavor was black and blueberries both, hopefully not just cuz that’s what the label said. Unfortunately, this thing took on a blueberry pie (definitely some spicing underneath, cinnamon?) and puree type flavor, a little phoney, yet not over the top in fruitiness. Almost came across like the base beer behind the DFH punkin’ ale, but with berries instead. Interesting, but not great. Finest point may be the hiding of the 10%ABV, couldn’t believe it. Slightly acidic mouthfeel, light body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2007
Poured from 750 bottle, a reddish color with a small,quickly dissappearing head.The aroma is of fruit and berries.The taste most definetly had blueberry and blackberry and some malt with a spicy finish.Ok beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2083) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2007
Bottle shared at DLD. Thanks to whoever bought this b/c I didn’t want to have to buy a whole bottle. Pours a clear amber purple with a fruity nose mostly blueberries and evidently that’s blackberries too. Fruity flavors that black and blue with carmel, pepper, and not much else. The carbonation is really prickly on this. I like fruit beers, but i’m not too into this one.


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