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RATINGS: 874   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Copper color with a thick head. Strong aroma of wheat with something that reminded me of carrots. Lots of wheat and blueberries. The coriander jumps out a little too much for me. Okay, but so not worth a 750mL bottle and its price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2007
Pours a clear ruby red brown brew with a thick pinkish white head. Fast dissolving head and leaves a sparce lacing. Aroma is sweet berries, roasted malt, and a touch of pepper. Taste is highly carbonated, tart berries, more spice and hints of coriander & cinnamon. Finish is medium body, a little dry and a tart aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shadey (2020) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2007
This bottle was exceptionally expensive. Next time I don’t think I will be dropping the $13 for a 750ml. Pour is orange/amber (I’m not seeing the purple) with only wisps of small white bubbles. Aroma is mild fruit with just a touch of Belgian character, mostly sweetness. Flavor is light and sweet with a noticeable but mild blue/black berry flavor. Body is actually a bit watery, with a sticky finish. Nothing special here. The base Belgian beer could be better, and the fruit character could be better. Overall a disappointment for such an expensive beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Clear reddish-purple-brown pour with a short, sticky head. Alcoholic fruity aroma. The blueberries and blackberries hit you immediately, but are soon followed by a malt-liquor like flavor mixed with fake sugary fruits. The alcohol is not masked at all. Somewhat disappointing. I thought the guy on the bottle looked like Jimmy Stewart with a black eye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6534) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 750 ml bottle. Ruby red pour - like a red zinfandel - with a tight white head - sticky lacing. Faint fruity aroma with brief hints of alcohol. Some intial berry flavors are encountered and after a while some toffee notes take over. Sweet, malty back end with some nutty accents. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and the 10% abv is hidden well. A nice one to savor over and spend some time with. Can’t figure out if the guy on the label looks more like Dustin Hoffman or Huey Lewis?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2663) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Mahogany pour with very thin head. Mild fruity berry like aroma. Black beery taste which definetly gets better as it is warmed. This was just ok for me as I have never been a big fruit beer lover.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2007
750 ml bottle ($10 + tax) and served in my other NB worthy glass: DISCLAIMER: I LOVE BLUEBERRIES...

This beer has a deep purple and brown hue with little head nor lace. The nose detects ripened farm fresh blueberry, blackberry, and some grainy malts along with a dash of sugary Belgian character. The flavor profile is sweet fruits over a layer of malt and grassy hops. Simple and flavorful, a joy to the palate. The mouth feel is sticky and playful with a aggressive carbonation level.

I knew I would like this more than your average ratebeerian. Disregard this rating for I am a Blueberry whore...RUMPH

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho (2329) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle bought for me by McBeer at Chicone’s in Hudson, WI. I can get it in Chicago, but it was a buck cheaper. Any time I can save some money on DFH, I’m going to do it! Sweet aroma, with nothing overly special about it. Nice, white head. Contrived peach color. Subtle flavor. Alcohol well hidden. Took some time for my palate to adjust to it. A little thin, but pretty good. Overpriced.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirpsycho (393) - Murrysville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2007
750 ml. bottle. Poured an medium amber. Aroma was almost non exsistent. Couldn’t distinguish any blackberry’s or blueberry’s, nor could my wife. Had a medicinal taste to it. The only positive I could say is that the alcohol was well hidden. I have a bottle that I will cellar and try at a later date, hopefully for a better a review.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2490) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Pours a one-finger white head that fades immediately leaving no lace. Clear amber with red tinge color. Sweet fruity nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet and sour, slightly fruity with raspberry, blueberry is hidden and so is the high ABV. Nice clean finish. Bottled 2/12/2007, $11.19 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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