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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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2006
GABF 2006: Purplish type color. Very fruity berry aroma. Both sweet and tart. Flavor matched. I seemed to get a little chocolate note in it. I liked the red and white better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Pour is opaque purple with a purple head...alcoholic and fruity nose...sweet flavorful with lots of fruit flavors...no real alcoholic flavor...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Pours a deep pink with some violet highlight with pretty much no head, although there was a light carbonation. Aroma is wine-like, very tanniny and woody, with sharp astringent grape must, and some aceto character- lightly fruity- moslty blueberry but it is under-defined and doesnt stand out. Tart berry flavor- raspberries, blueberries, more wine, red grapeskin. Finishes tart and slightly acidic with more tannin astringency. I didnt like this one too much.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biznizness (1097) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2006
On tap at the Rehoboth brewpub. Thick, with a deep red/purple color, looking almost like a fruit smoothy. Flavor is tart with a bitter finish. Don’t really have anything to compare this to, but I did enjoy it.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2006
Thanks to TomDecapolis for this... They don’t do growlers of this but this was a special circumstance were we could via the kind folks at Rehoboth. Appears a pinkish, purple toned, dense, muddy crimson with a small white head that quickly fizzles out. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass. Smell is very vinous, with notes of over ripened blackberries, and sugary corn syrup. I would’ve thought this was simply a wine that hadn’t fermented all the way out and had simply gone awry somewhere. Taste is of the same winey, tart aromas that I struggle to accept. Mouthfeel is tart, wine-like, mostly sour, and sticking to the sides of the tongue. There just doesn’t seem to be any sort of balance in this brew. It’s like bad medicine mixed with a caramelized, concentrated wine mix. This is worse than the sacramental wine that we would taste when we were alter boys...blech!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5364) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Poured a murky red color with a thin, off red color that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of blackberries, some buttercream, berry skins, cherry, and light alcohol. Taste of sweet berry, light tartness from berry skins, a sweet caramel, maybe vanilla, and faint alcohol in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2006
Sample from Growler via TomDecapolis thanks to egadjzis (thanks guys!). Poured a deeper reddish/purple color with a very small sized head. Aromas of black cherries, caramel and all around berries (cranberries, strawberries and more). Tastes of black berries and all around berries. Had a black cherry tartness in the finish. Light alcohol, that turned stronger as it warmed, in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Body is a deep purple with a small, pinkish head. Aroma is fruity and sour. Flavor is very tart, with a significant blueberry character. Some blackberries in there too. But unlike most fruit beers, this tastes like fresh fruit and not some syrupy extract. There’s a lot of alcohol in there too. Very unique and tasty, although I couldn’t drink more than one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4500) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 26, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 On tap at the Rehoboth location. Pours a cloudy deep maroon with a smaller pinkish white head that left some slight lacing. Aroma of hard candy sweetness, various berries, some red wine characteristics. Flavor was kind of a mix of various berries yet hard to really pick out distinctions. Some Belgian spices and yeast hidden in there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Via growler that my cousin brought back from the Rehoboth Brewpub. Pours a vibrant purple color, with aroma of berries and pepper. Taste of fresh berries with a warming alcohol character. Flavor of blueberries lingers on the palate. Very interesting brew; i hope i have the opportunity to sample it again.


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