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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2566) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Reddish amber with a smallish head that rapidly diminshes, no lacing. Aroma is very fruity (real fruit) with notes of caramel and Belgian yeast. Flavor brings this with a medium body and a sweet finish. 10% ABV? Wouldn’t have guessed that high unless I knew it was DFH. Overall enjoyable but not that interesting despite all the stuff going on. It’s like the opposite of R + W.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5716) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2007
So I gave in to another over priced gimmick beer from DFH - so sue me! - red/amber pour with a purple-ish tint - minimal head - sweet, malty aroma, with very apparent raspberries and blueberries (quite inviting actually) wrapping around the malt base, making the aroma remind me of fruit-filled pastries or blueberry muffins - quite light, semi-tart, and crisp, lacking the boozy sweetness I was bracing myself for (as is so often the case with these high gravity DFH brews) - soft carbonation - the berry flavors are quite earthy and natural, and they combine pretty well with the light spiciness imparted by the yeast - some touches of wilflowers (lavender mostly) arrive late - the alcohol comes through in the finish a bit, giving the beer some unwelcome warmth considering that it is nice and airy up until that point - as with the red and white, they should have made the abv lower, but up until the alcohol burn in the finish, this is one of the more enjoyable DFH brews I’ve had in quite some time.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ungstrup (34246) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Bottled. An amber beer with a thick beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of alcohol and malt - quite simple. The flavor is sweet malty again with strong notes of alcohol, and some light berry notes. Too strong on the alcohol and too simple - for me.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Pale rust in color. 1/4" head. Lightly carbonated. Fruity, floral hints. Muted, nut as pungent as I expected. 2 part taste and a nice blent of malt and hops with faint berry note ringing through. Nice that they don’t hit you over the head with it. Dry finish. Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allfreej (555) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Bottled. Brown pour with reddish highlights and an off-white head. The nose is berry and malt, a bit sour smelling (good sour, not bad sour). The flavor is rich, with berry, malt, and wood, and the finish is bitter, hoppy, and dry with a hint of alcohol.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (25841) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2007
Bottle. Clear orange red coloured with a white head. Aroma of berries with notes of fruits and caramel. Flavour of berries with notes of fruits and caramel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Reminds me of their Punkin Ale, particularly the malt, alcohol, and spices. The berries tweak it a bit, obviously. Pours a rich reddish amber with a light grey head, thinning relatively rapidly. The nose is fruity with berries, a round malt sweetness and a bit of a twang. Surprisingly, no alcohol. On the tongue this feels rich and full and smooth. The flavor has that Dogfish head terrior. Rather sweet with those berries clearly hanging out, though also some of tha Punkin Ale spice profile, a bit of toast to the malt, and the hops of Aprihop. A bit creamy up front, going to a lingering berry aftertaste with a slight alcohol warmth, diacetyl, and some tartness in the finish. I’d like to actually see more berries in the flavor, less hops, less diacetyl, and maybe somehow more alcohol, and I think this could be a nice sipping brew. A good idea, just gone wrong somewhere.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cmr1517 (35) - New Haven, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
1pint 9.6 fl. oz bottle. Poured reddish more so than amber with a good lace. Aroma was of blueberries but not so much. Tasted similar to wine?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9108) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2007
Draft at Max’s. Dark clear red and purple body with a white head. Light sourness, very light in fact, but it tastes of actual blueberry and grape sourness, not sour yeast. Lightly creamy and frothy, with a good, solid use of fruit, not candy-like, although it still lacks a little something. More red grapes and blueberries in the nose, and the slightest hint of yogurt as well. Better than average, much better than the Red and White.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2007
750ml bottle pours dark ruby with a short pinkish offwhite head that stays for a bit and leaves a little lace. Aromas of bread, and some blueberry but overall pretty subtle. Flavor is blueberry, raspberry, some bready malts, a little caramel too. Very wine-like and quite fruity. Medium body with a dry finish. Quite unique but honestly not something I’d pay $12 for again.


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