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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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2147) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 18, 2009
You can definately smell the berries on this but they are very balanced and enjoyable. Refreshing but with a nice kick from the high ABV.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"can’t tell it’s 10% but for the thickness of it. hides the alcohol pretty well. smell is nice...lots of fruit obviously. a little tart, sweet, and a little funky. flavor is much the same. not bad, not great. doubt i’d drop the big price tag on this one."

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Salmoniform (831) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2014
GABF. Purple reddish hue with pinkish white head. Aroma is straw, berries, slight medicinal. Medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness with a slight phenolic finish. Overall this brew was ok but not really fruit forward.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tricyclist (790) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Pours light purplish blue. Aroma of light wheat, purple, and fruit notes... Berry like... Flavor is similar with alcohol notes... Not a favorite to be honest.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2274) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Pours out an interesting reddish/purple shade with slight thin head. Aroma is of fruit with slight yeast. Blueberry and blackberry are in the background the whole time, with some spice, yeast and slight alcohol and bitterness on the finish. Interesting combination of flavors

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (978) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Pleasant and different. Another that treads the line between fruit beer and sour. Sweet and tart berry aroma with a sense of yeast. Dark ruby color with an off-white head. Light palate but it easily coats the mouth. Finishes somewhat dry. Tart fruit flavors up front with a solid malt back ground. Hops presence was low while adding a hint of spice. Alcohol was well-hidden. Good sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - JUN 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-20-12- Poured from bottle into snifter Appearance – Pours a ruby red – pink color with a fluffy pink hued head. The head fades rather quickly to give a moderate amount of lacing. Smell – The aroma is very berry-white wine in nature. There is a big presence of a green grape/white wine aroma mixed with a moderately strong blackberry smell. There are lighter hints of some blueberry and yeast mixed in as well. As stated before, quite white wine like. Taste - Just like the nose hinted at, the flavor is very semi-sweet white wine like. Its starts out with a white grape flavor some breadiness and a strong presence of tannins. These flavors create a base for the beer which lasts the whole taste through. The berry flavors come more toward the middle. They begin lighter, but strengthen throughout the taste experience. At the end a bitter sweet berry flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – Very light in body with a slightly higher than average level of carbonation. It is appropriate and very nice for the wine like flavors of the beer. Overall – Not really what I am looking for when I am looking for a beer. It is a good wine alternative if that is what you are looking for; sorta a white wine-beer hybrid.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Tap @ The BeerMongers during their DFH Heaven & Hell event... Poured deep amber/reddish with a thin, khaki head. No oxidation here and nothing to lend to its age. Aroma of perfumy, vinous fruits. Fizzy mouthfeel with a decent attenuation and carbonation level. Tasted of wine-like booze, vinous & berry fruits, candied grape bubblelicious, and loads of alcohol warmth even with a couple of years on it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BOSSbrewer (1683) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Well for what it is it is ok pours a pinkish hue with a thin head. Aroma is berries. Body is thin and tastes a bit like an alcoholic blueberry soda. Refreshing but just ok. Very thin bodied and very carbonated.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnielsen13 (246) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2014
Bottle @ home. Pours reddish-orange with a light head. Aroma is fruity, tangy, a little begiany. Flavor is tangy with some berries and spice. Not bad at all

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chucklemation (509) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with lots of pulpy sediments and a foamy off-white head. Has a wonderfully sweet fruit aroma. Flavor is less on the sweet side and more on the tart fruit side, which is just fine. Has a full body feel with some carbonation. This is very good, with a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness and a strong blend of blueberry and blackberry flavors. Delicious.


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