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Black & Blue Grass - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with blue agave nectar, toasted black pepper, and lemongrass.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 06-04-2012)
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Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit darker than other saisons I've had, almost a light orange/amber combo. Relatively clear. Gave it a good pour, but there's little head and what's there isn't there long. No lacing.

Has an interesting smell. Very floral and moderately fruity. You can almost make out the lemon grass. As another reviewer notes, it has an artificial sweetener-like smell to it, likely the agave.

There's something good happening on the tongue. The strange smell works well on the taste buds. Slightly unique taste, probably the house yeast blend, lemon grass and agave. The pepper is almost imperceptible and is only a secondary player.

All feelings are a bit duller than I care for, almost watered-down, kind or lager-ish. There's certainly some sweetness and a bit of spice, but the spice is muted and everything has a 'loose' feel to it. No carbonation and anything but a dry finish, I'm left licking my lips because it's got a wet finish.

An unusual beer, but not too bad. Very easy to drink, just not world class.

RickS95, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewed with blue agave nectar, toasted black pepper, and lemongrass"

Big ups to the one and only Howard for laying this one on me.
Saison Sunday in effect...

Pours a dark rosy orange color, fully saturated, approaching a burnished copper. Frothy creamy white foam on top, a nest of larger bubbles clings to one side. Retention is ok, eventually the surface skim breaks after a few minutes. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is lightly sweet and herbal from the agave, with a hint of spice from the pepper.

Clean and smooth feel, flavor is a little muted but pleasant. Medium body, lower carbonation. Lightly sweet, some Belgian yeast traces and light pepper at first, clearing up fast on the palate, leaving behind a dry finish. Earthiness from the lemongrass, though it is muddled in the mix. Could be a little more crisp and zesty. Overall it was fun to try, definitely enjoyed the bomber. Thanks again Howard!

emerge077, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of suckaj
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%

suckaj, Nov 17, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one was a unique experience, and that isn't always a good thing.

It a cloudy dark yellow with big head and big bubbles. The aroma was skunky-funky.

The taste was malty yet dry with a bitter aftertaste.

It was definitely unique, with an odd grassy feel to it, but not something I would want again.

schoolboy, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Cpastor1119
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%

Cpastor1119, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Robrawr
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Robrawr, Oct 18, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

KevinmusPrime, Oct 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

spycow, Oct 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

unimatrix1, Sep 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Lare453, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of SuziG
4/5  rDev +17.3%

SuziG, Aug 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

morebeergood, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

ThaJokerWild, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of RyanPoff
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap here in Indy a few months ago. Rating the bottle I bought at Costco today.

A: Clear, "shiny penny" copper. About a finger of quickly retreating head, little to no retention.

S: Floral and herby, spring field like smell. Smells good, but doesn't jibe with the look, at all.

T: Not a lot of the herbs I smelled, and this is definitely not a saison. It tastes more like an amber. It is not exciting.

M: Medium bodied, but seems flat/old.

Just not a good brew overall and I have no idea what they were shooting for.

RyanPoff, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of IAmHollywood13
4/5  rDev +17.3%

IAmHollywood13, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of zachpaschal
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

zachpaschal, Jun 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

neckbracesub, May 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

Wsherry1, May 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12%

Schlafly33, May 05, 2014
Photo of KevBot89
3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I dont see why this beer is so poorly rated. I enjoyed it a lot.

Lots of nose including lemongrass, spice, belgian yeast, blueberry (pr blue agave based on description)

The flavor follows the nose. Lots of belgian yeast, lemon, peppery notes, blue agave/blueberry, bready malts, sweet butter.

Overall an enjoyable beer. A lot happening and it may conflict and clash a bit, might explain the lower rating. But i enjoyed this beer.

KevBot89, May 05, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

lilsmizzul1225, Apr 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

rxthree, Feb 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

zrab11, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ONUMello
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a 1/2-finger head
S: Sweet, some spice, some light wheat notes
T: Lots of spice initially followed by some florals/potpourri, not a lot in the way of malty/hoppy characteristics
M: Light-bodied, a fair amount of carbonation
O: Meh. Not what I'd call a saison but not sure what style it would be... a unique/interesting beer but not one I'd buy again

ONUMello, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of target88
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

target88, Dec 05, 2013
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Black & Blue Grass from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
79 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.