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RATINGS: 831   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7919) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2007
Bottle from Capone’s. Clear deep ruby pour, with light pinkish head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was very berry, black and blue, with some earthy yeasty hints, but the berries predominate. The mouthfeel was medium, not hot at all, with a solid blue and mostly blackberry flavor, approaching that of a fine merlot, but not quite as fruity. Really goes down smooth for the ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2007
Pours a very clear reddish amber with a medium off white head. Smells kind of spicy, some cinnamon, some dark berries, and various other spices. Taste is fairly similar to the smell. Not as much berry as I thought there would be, but you definitely get it a little bit. I got more cinnamon and spicyness than anything. Finish is relatively smooth and the alcohol is masked pretty well. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 750 ml-Pours a cherry red with a small pink bubbly head-Complex yet hard to detect specific aroma. Taste of berries.Finally noticable. Much better in scent than aroma. Finishes quite good. Gets better as you drink it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2007
750 mL bottle. Clear red/copper with a large, just off-white (pink) head. Spare lacing. Aroma of banana-clove type yeast, caramel and lighter malt and berries. I probably wouldn’t have guessed which kind of berries, but being that the label tells me, I can definitely imagine that I taste blackberries and blueberries. Although, the berries are a bit more subtle than I expected. I can’t decide what makes the biggest taste impression; yeast, malts or fruit.
Alcohol is well covered. Tart, spicy finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2723) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2007
I really enjoyed this. It is very refreshing. It’s very fruity in aroma and taste. A little burn tips off the alcohol content. I had it very cold at it didn’t have a chance to warm up because it went down so smooth. .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1719) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2007
Read/copper pour, with a white head. Aroma is a mix of berries, some spices, and alcohol. Flavor is mixed berries, wine, spices, and alcohol. A decent brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a clear purplish ruby red color with a medium white fluffy head. Aroma is of faint berries, grapes,raspberries, spice and boo berry cereal. Taste is berryish with hints of blueberry,raspberry, spicy hops and grapes. Slightly similar to Midas Touch minus the strong honey presence. Alcohol well hidden. Interesting brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BrockLanders (774) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Had to go through a few samples of this at the DFH booth (GABF 2006) before deciding upon a rating. Dark purple magenta...no head. Nose is full of dark fruits, berries, and the like. Initial taste is lightly sweet backed by an intense tartness. Thin bodied..vinous and winey with a mild flat carbonation...some alcohol in there too. Interesting it was...probably not a style I’d go back to much, but well worth the try.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2006
On tap at brewpub. Pour was a deep purple. Aroma was cherries, blackberries, and mild alcohol. Flavor was tart cherries. dark berries, cranberries, and a little alcohol.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (5292) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
GABF 2006. Came out almost like grape juice but maybe a bit darker. Nose is berries/fruits, tough I couldn’t pick out which berry, and to me has some wine-like notes. Taste is big fruit, some tartness due to the berries, more wine-like notes and soft alcohol. Body is light-medium with mild carbonation and minimal warmth. Ends with more fruit and some tartness. I really didn’t care much for this.


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