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RATINGS: 879   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.


4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Bottle: This one poured a reddish brown color with a slightly reddish hue head. I definitely smell mixed berries in this one. I can smell a pretty prevelant amount of blueberry. The taste is indeed warm, as the description says. The flavor seems a tad lacking here. As I continue to drink this one, I definitely begin to taste the blueberry flavor make itself known. I notice just a hint of a banana flavor on the palate as I continue to take sips from this one, but itís mild at best and gone as soon as I taste it. I am not a big fruit beer fan, but this is enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Very expensive, but has its place as an after-dinner beer with dessert. The fruit flavors arenít readily apparent, but make themselves known in the aftertaste. Pours a very rich, deep caramel color with little to no head.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Ruby colour with a light red head. Faint berries and a bit of cider to the nose. Kind of an oily character to the palate. Faint berries and acidic flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Reddish purple color, pinkish head. Nose of mild berries, malt. Almost medium bodied, slight tart/sweet flavor, mild fruitness and spicy bitterness, decent interplay of elements. Very understated in most aspects, hard to believe its 10% but I did feel it. Was fairly enjoyable. Maybe a nice one to start the ladies with:) But all in all, for $12 a pop, I expect more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cab (866) - DENMARK - MAY 13, 2007
Bottle.66cl. The flavor profile is sweet fruits thick pinkish white head little thin, but pretty nice. clean finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badgerben (4794) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5464) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shadey (2067) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 9, 2007
This bottle was exceptionally expensive. Next time I donít think I will be dropping the $13 for a 750ml. Pour is orange/amber (Iím 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.

3.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7049) - 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. Canít figure out if the guy on the label looks more like Dustin Hoffman or Huey Lewis?


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