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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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.


2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
OdinUSMC (7) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2007 does not count
Wow. Abismal. I dropped $32 at a bar for this and it was worth maybe 5 bucks. An empty and thin taste. Like a light beer with a few berries and a dirty syringe floating in it. Sure, the color of the head was nice but food coloring could accomplish the same thing for a lofty 35 cents. The only positive was that the 10% ABV was almost unnoticible so if your trying to get a bunch of 10 year olds wasted, skip the Mikes Hard and try this.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
dwyerpg (5538) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Okay, so my first real big disappointment from this company. Little to no aroma from the fruits at all, and no lasting head at all. Bubbly in character. Taste is a bit thick and strong, but without much fruit notes (which is ok) but mostly just bland and icky. And way too much money!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2007
750 ml bottle

The packaging for this fooled me into dropping $11.99 for a 750 ml bottle. At half the price it would have been worth it - Dogfish Head is on their last strike before I stop picking up special releases. Let’s hope whatever is next in line is better than this or the Red and White. While not a bad beer it is just a so-so hybrid of a fruit beer and Belgian wit. If it could make up its mind to be one or the other it would be an improvement.

Aroma / Appearance - A half finger bleached white head surged to the top of the glass and settled. Underneath was a colorful raspberry hued body which let about half the light filter through. The nose was very fruity - raspberries, blueberries and blackberries - with a hint of yeast underneath. I was expecting either a little stronger profile of one or the other; the mixture weakened the quality of both.

Flavor / Palate - The fruit wave hit the palate on the first sip. A combination of blackberries, blueberries and watermelon created a summery mouthfeel. The aftertaste of yeast and vanilla brought it back into the realm of the Belgian wit. It was an interesting experiment but one that I would not be likely to pick up again. After all, I can pick up Belgian Red for a few dollars less and get a much higher quality experience.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 21, 2007
750 ml bottle. Bottled on 2/13/07. Poured out a clear, bright garnet color. Minimal head. Aromas are of berries, slight Belgian funk, dry straw, some malts, damp basement. Flavors are of malts mostly, with a hint of berries & earthy hops rounding out the flavors. medium mouthfeel, decent body. Good beer, but needs more fruit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Thanks to Badgerben for sharing. Nice red orange color with lots of foamy white head. Smells a lot like a berry potpourri my mother used to have when I was younger Thick fizzy mouth feel with faint blueberry taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Shared by someone at DLD. Not much at all in the ways of an aroma, only a light berry. A slight reddish color. Flavor was nothing special either but not offensive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2007
tawny copper color, amber at edges. pinkish white tall thick foamy head. aroma is malty sweet and a little raisiny like a BSA, maybe some faint dried berry skins too. flavor starts out watery surprisingly, then a strong dry malt flavor kicks in and is a bit ginny. berry flaors come up late, but dry not sweet. lively carbonation. very dry and bitter malt finish. dry vermouth aftertaste. another overpriced experiment.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skinnyviking (8645) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2007
Bottle. High creamy off-white lasting head. Clear and wonderful red brown body. Herbal barley malt aroma. Sweet flavor of plus raisins berries and carramel. Suitable amount of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2007
(Bottle 75 cl) Pours a clear, reddish amber with a small, off-white head. Sweetish, berry like notes in the aroma. Fairly full-bodied dominated by the sweet berry notes that lead to a warming, alcoholic finish. Quite delicate. 120507

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle @ Københavnske Øldage. Nice colour, red copper golden amber, yup it’s all of those. Fruity, hoppy aroma with some vegetation too, cabbage? Rather sugary and bland in the mouth. Too sweet.


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