Black & Blue Grass - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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Reviews by JohnnyHopps:
2.85/5 rDev -16.7%
Shared with a testing group, the beer was poured into a small goblet. The appearance was a pale yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma was pretty typicaly for a saison, demonstrating a funky flower scent with a measure of spice. The bubbly nature of the mouthfeel immediately stood out, before yielding to a soapy taste. We joked about calling this one Ajax Light. It made me wonder if something went wrong with this bottle. There was a certain lavendery soapy taste with a hint of spice. I was unable to detect much of the advertised Belgian yeast or blue agave. In the aftertaste, the taste grew more tart but still had a general soapiness to it. I would pass on this one in the future.
09-02-2012 15:07:05 | More by JohnnyHopps
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +21.3%
A - Golden brown- almost a deep red. pencil thin head. dissipates almost immediately. thin layer of head clings to the rim of glass.
S - very nice. Lemon. belgian yeast. pepper, a sweet citrus/nectar. great floral scents.
T - Lemon, orange? more of that nectar taste. medium carbonation. hint of grass as the brew goes down the throat.
M - full flavor, frothy, viscosity is high.
O - I really like this. belgian lemon and carbonation combine really nicely. Floral notes are excellent. I will certainly buy this again.
11-24-2012 03:38:59 | More by weonfire
3.7/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
08-06-2012 03:11:34 | More by RickS95
3.6/5 rDev +5.3%
"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!
06-04-2012 01:39:34 | More by emerge077
3.8/5 rDev +11.1%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like honey/blue agave, lemongrass, citrus, apples and some peppery spice. The brew tastes like honey/blue agave, peppercorns, lemongrass and some citrus. I liked the taste of this brew more and more the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and smooth with low carbonation. I think this is a good overall brew, I liked it.
07-21-2012 23:05:09 | More by bluejacket74
3.73/5 rDev +9.1%
A: The beer is hazy light amber orange in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down a bit, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of lemongrass are present in the nose along with some notes of blue agave nectar.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong. Faint hints of peppery spices are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The mixture of lemongrass and blue agave nectar provides for a very interesting smell.
05-18-2013 01:26:02 | More by metter98
2.75/5 rDev -19.6%
I served this 22 oz. bottle in a large tulip glass. No date on the bottle. The pour was vigorous but the head was modest and faded quickly. The body was deep gold with ruby highlights.
The smell was interesting. Very herbal and fresh. I see from the label that there is lemongrass, so I smell that I guess. Also, maybe cilantro and other grassy aromas. An artificial sweetener like smell is detectable. This must be the blue agave (not artificial).
The taste had a mild Belgian yeast earthiness but also cucumbers and sweet tea. Hints of black pepper but not much spiciness or bite. Green and mild. The texture is rather smooth and slick and mildly carbonated.
This beer reminds me more of an Asian tea than a Farmhouse Ale. While not rigid about brewing to style I think this beer could benefit from more Saison like spiciness and fluffy carbonation. Interesting but this is not one I would return to again and again.
08-02-2012 13:37:08 | More by Cresant
Black & Blue Grass from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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