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

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79
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

LJWalker, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Theniz, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bzach, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

bkonk10, May 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Envelopes, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

TreeBeard, May 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Bandi, May 18, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, May 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

MiamiRedSkins13, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

smellandsip37, Jan 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

MordorMongo, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Chaney, Jan 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

freduardo, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17%

Stoutlad, Dec 01, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

weonfire, Nov 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of bulldog91
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a slight head
Smells sweet - nothing overwhelming, just a subtle sweet touch
Has a little bite, but very bland. More lemon than pepper
Mouthfeel is - eh, OK. No pop from any pepper or much else. Just kind of there
Overall, I think I might have expected too much? Just thought it would be complex, with pepper and lemon, but the lemon overruled the pepper to make what was basically a simple, basic summer beer

bulldog91, Nov 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.5%

Steimie, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

JohnnyHopps, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

kuestegg, Aug 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

denimdemon, Aug 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Cresant, Aug 02, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bluejacket74, Jul 21, 2012
Black & Blue Grass from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
79 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.