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Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Black & Blue is a Belgian-style golden ale fermented with blackberries and blueberries. Because we dose Black & Blue with real berries -- rather than artificial flavoring -- the fruit comes through in the flavor, not just the aroma.
The pureed berries are added as the beer leaves the brewhouse. In fermentation, the yeast -- the same one we use in Red & White and Pangaea -- feeds on sugars from the barley and the berries, giving Black & Blue a unique complexity and a high ABV.
(Beer added by: ggaughan on 08-23-2006)
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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Only available on tap at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub location, which is a good thing. This is a sour beer, and not in a good lambic way. Sour as in an off-tasting, bad-wine kind of way. Black & Blue seems to have a lot of characteristics of bad cheap wine, actually. It comes across as not being aged enough. Maybe if it was left to sit for a while it would mellow out, but as it stands now, this is an offensive-tasting, intrusive beer. The Black & Blue's cousin beer, "Red & White" was completely sold out in under a month, whereas B&B was still available, which should tell you something. Overpriced, too alcoholic, and difficult to finish. Avoid.
Serving type: on-tap
09-07-2006 22:59:52 |
More by chOAKbarrell
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth. I took a day off from work to drive down to DFH to try both this and the Red & White. Worth the long trip. I categorized this beer as a fruit beer although DFH calls it a golden Belgian style ale. Since there was no option for that, I thought a fruit beer was the nearest thing.
The beer poured a deep red/purple color, very dense and with some fruit specs floating around in the body. It almost looked like the fruit was pureed in the beer. Very interesting look. There was a nice medium pink head which led to solid lacing on the glass. The head and body look very similar to what a Lindeman's Framboise would look like but the beers are no comparison as there is real fruit in this one.
Upon your first sniff of this beer it is pretty evident that it was brewed with a ton of fruit, about 300 lbs of fresh blackberries and blueberries to be exact. The taste is spicey, a bit tart and definitely led by blueberries and supported by the blackberries. You can also get a touch of the hops on the backend that round out this beer and a strong bit of carbonation running through. Although the fruit and spice blend well to form a pretty smooth, not too sweet beer, you definitely get the high abv burn on this one, more so than with the DFH Red & White. Although this beer is pretty extreme from the amount of fruit added and the high abv, it is suprisingly drinkable and smooth and worth a try if you can get it before it runs out.
Serving type: on-tap
08-23-2006 21:47:25 |
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