Black & Blue Grass - New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
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4.15/5 rDev +21.7%
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
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
Well, the dude from "The Winetree" in Evansville loved this and spoke very highly of it. Let's see.
Served in an Olde Hickory glass.
A: I thought this was going to be one of those black saisons, but from the look of it, it looks like a DIPA. Cloudy, chilled hazed gold, with a 1/4 finger head that melted into a mere ring in 5 seconds flat.
S: More of an "Herb/Spiced Beer" just based on the nose. Coriander, flower petals, thyme, and white pepper. Interesting...
T: Okay, this DEFINITELY doesn't read saison to me.... more like either the aforementioned style from the nose, or one of Dogfish's foo-foo historic brews. Definitely wheat-based, floral, and sweet, but not too. I got crushed "Sweet Tarts."
M: The flatest farmhouse brew I've ever tasted, but as an "Herb/Spiced Beer" this was fine. The lacing was mildly splotchy and the sweetness wasn't in-line with the farmhouse style at all.
O: Not to sound like a broken record, but this is NOT as saison. It's more of a blend of several styles and I found it very creative. I know BA calls it a saison, but New Albanian makes no such claim. Very good beer.
01-12-2013 05:33:25 | More by Chaney
3.8/5 rDev +11.4%
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
3.79/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
05-05-2014 02:00:46 | More by KevBot89
3.74/5 rDev +9.7%
Had a 25 oz of this On-Tap in Louisville.
Made great for the large quantity. I drank it rather quickly.
The small head faded quickly.
Some spicyness. Dry, but not as much as the other saison's I've had. Very pleasant.
I would say this does not have all the characteristics of a saison, but then again I haven't had too many. Could have used a touch more carbonation.
08-19-2013 22:47:22 | More by TastyAdventure
3.73/5 rDev +9.4%
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
3.7/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
08-06-2012 03:11:34 | More by RickS95
3.6/5 rDev +5.6%
"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
Black & Blue Grass from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
79 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.