Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls - SweetWater Brewing Company

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by RustyDiamond:
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Nice hues of red, lavender & peach with a nice degree of clarity. Thick frothy active head, cream colored. Aroma of lavender, chamoile, whole blueberries.
Spicy, bready up front. Dry, subtle blueberry flavor in the middle. Nicely carbonated, warm mouthfeel.
Fruity hop taste in the middle back with a hint of wild mushrooms. Not syrupy blueberry, more of a full wild blueberry flavor. Good peppery spice in the back of the throat.
Very easy drinking with less blueberry than what I was expecting. This drinks like a very refined Belgian-style ale, with just a hint of fruit. Very interesting and challenging brew, well done.

More User Reviews:
Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears and sweet malts with a hint of blueberries. The nose on this is somewhere between a BSPA and a tripel.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The same amount of fruit flavors are here when compared with the aroma, however it's a bit sweeter, partly because of a larger amount of blueberry flavor than was intimated by the nose. Ending is mildly crisp and leaves a bit of sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber and could have another.

Overall this was much more on the Belgian side of things than I was expecting. This is a tasty beer as it is but I think the exclusion of blueberries would make it even more so. Anyways, it's certainly worth a shot as it is.

Photo of zplug123
2.99/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one of their experimental brews, this time with an uncharming backstory...pushing the envelop too far to be tasteful. But onto the beer; poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Great clarity, considerable head quickly dissipating. Light copper color

S: Not quite as strong in terms of aroma, esters and alcohol seem most apparent

T: Malt and estery sweetness thoughout, not much hops bitterness. No blueberries detected at all, I suppose the high alcohol masks the delicate fruit taste.

M: Alcohol warmness at the end of each sip, surprisingly full-bodied

D: Disturbingly sweet and alcohol laden, could probably sip this stuff but definitely not one of my favorites.

Photo of ImusBeer
4.67/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bad boy at home from a 22oz bottle.

It poured a hazy orange=copper color with some white head, about a finger that died in 5 minutes or so. Some lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank.

Aroma was mostly of wheat and citrus.

The bottle says it has blueberries and maybe it does but all I got was a sweet malty flavor with an alcohol bite and maybe some raisins as well. I feel as this warmed up it became mellower.

The mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. All in all a nice sipping beer. I'll need to cellar a few of these if I can get back to the liquour store and get more.

Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared thanks to Nick3 on BA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a white head and good retention.

Aroma is very Belgian - lots of yeast - as well as sweet malt and candi sugar. Maybe some blueberries.

Flavor is somewhat sweet with pale malt, Candi sugar, some blueberry, earthy notes, and some spice. A little bit of alcohol.

Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability is above average. Pretty good overall, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Freethyhops hooked me up with an unexpected box ... very cool.. this is a pretty big want. Thanks Riley.

Poured into my Delirium goblet... no real head despite a fairly vigorous pour... looks pretty flat... brew is clear orange.

Smell is pretty close to a German Hefe... more banana than what can only be described as hints of blueberry, that really I would only pick out because the label tells me they're used.

Yep... the brew is almost completely flat... only a subtle feel of carbonation when it hits your tongue... taste is very sweet... more berry flavor than the nose, but it is still really light... the banana is still the heavy hitter on the palate... a little bit of clove too.

Ehh.... only ehhh... This would certainly garner a higher score from me across the board had there been adequate carbonation... but no bubbles really hurt it in my mind. The expected fruitiness is nearly nonexistent and really hard to pick out.

Thanks again Riley... but this is no where near the best Sweetwater beer I've had.


Photo of spartan1
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark amber color, with a decent beige fluffy head which dissapates rather quickly. No real lacing.

S - A Belgian yeast smell. Perhaps a slight fruity aroma.

T - Mainly a belgian, bready taste. I expected more blueberry flavor based on the name. There is some, but not as much as I expected.

M - A medium, creamy mouthfeel.

D - Goes down fairly easy. Had no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall, not bad. As far as the Dank Tank goes, I much more enjoyed the DP Barleywine Ale.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The last of the series I needed to try, and the one I was most afraid of to be honest, lol. I decided to open this one up with my mother in law the other night and complete the run through the southern brews. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/02/2010.

The pour was decent, a odd golden amber color. Small head, fades quickly and leaves behind almost no lacing at all. Some carbonation could be seen coming up from the bottom, but nothing really bowling me over here in any way. Still decent though, Initial aroma is light berries, hints of grass and light grain, a touch of cereal as well. Warming really starts to bring out a ton of fruit notes now though and the flavor really starts to pick up a good bit. Nice light blueberries and light Belgian yeast, hints of light pears now as well. Light seems to be the theme here is nothing is really dominating in any way. Still though I think it has its purpose and the light body and feel lended it self to being nicely drinkable.

Overall I don't know about this one. On one hand it is very drinkable and easy to sip, and on the other rather light and not terribly inspiring. Oh well, you cannot have it both ways.

Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A bottle generously shared by crazeguy.

A: The pour is sort of lifeless and flat looking. The color is a muddled orange-brown color with no head to speak of.

S: The aroma is sweet and slightly tart. The blueberries don't seem all that present, to my disappointment. There are some yeasty and spicy smells, some of the typical "Belgian" aromas.

T: Where this beer was lacking in the appearance and aroma department, it is not in flavor. The blueberries really come through here and provide a nice sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. Overall, the taste is quite fruity and sweet, but I generally expect this from a fruit beer.

M: The body is fairly decent (medium), but the lack of any real carbonation really diminishes the experience.

D: Despite the lackluster mouthfeel, this beer is actually quite drinkable. While it is sweet, I don't find it cloying or sickening (like I often do). I found this beer to be (surprisingly) enjoyable.

Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that has been in the cellar for a long, long time. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Slight, blue-ish tint to an otherwise reddish amber body. A surprising finger of slightly fizzy, mostly foamy head that lingers for a minute and falls leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.

S - I'm somewhat shocked that there is still a noticeable blueberry presence. A bit fruity overall with some with the blueberry actually standing up towards the front of the aroma profile - pretty good considering the age of the bottle and the difficulty in getting blueberries to create much aroma in the first place. Also picking up a slight tartness, some wheat and cereal grain maltiness. So far, so good.

T - Blueberries survive into the flavor as well. Noticeable rye graininess and spicy aspects. Alcohol is very noticeable as well giving some warmth on the swallow. More than a little bit of oxidation, which is well expected for a bottle with this many years on it - detracts, but doesn't kill it completely. Lingering caramelly malt flavor on the finish.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a mid-level, somewhat foamy carbonation. Oxidation, yeast esters, fruit fading to an earthy caramelly finish.

O - Held up better than I expected but the oxidation is heavy and really affects the overall impression. Blueberries were amazing prominant in the nose and flavor still.

Photo of nanofreak
4.92/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is excellent. It is not as floral as many lighter belgians. The head is light, and quickly disappears, but some of that could be the pour (TMac on tap). The nose is floral, though mild and not overpowered by the fruit which is just a touch, not too strong. Very pleasent surprise from one of my local breweries. Will have to pick up a bottle or two.

Photo of drunkmonk
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thrown into to my bag as a freebie from the guys at Sam's Quick stop in Durham. Thanks John.

Pours a light amber, small head runs away quickly and forms spotty belgian lace. Very herbal aroma with some cardamon spice and maybe some faint blueberry. Taste follows the same pattern with some spicey clove notes maybe a hint of bannana on the finish. Finish leaves a sweet concentrate juice like taste in the mouth. Mouthfeel is moderate, with low carbonation. One glass is more than enough here. Not one of Sweetwaters crowning achievements.

Photo of Tiklmelmo
2.38/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Burnt orange, clear with a slight haze. Small amount of foam that disappears quickly. The orange color almost looks artificial when held up to the light.

S - Lots of sugary malt on the nose with maybe the faintest possible hint of blueberries. Pretty one-dimensional, maybe some prunes or raisins in there.

T - Belgian yeast with sweet caramel malt. Bordering on cloying. Some fruitiness that I'd attribute to the yeast, but I wouldn't have guessed there was any actual fruit in this beer.

M - Syrupy sweet with medium carbonation. Leaves a slick sweet aftertaste that's not entirely pleasant.

D - Having trouble finishing a tulip of it, much less the whole 22oz bottle. This one is not for me.

This one was a major disappointment.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Green's on Buford Highway and cracked it open on Saturday for football.

Pours a pale orange with a decent head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is slightly peppery. Slightly salty. Belgian-ish yeast present.

Taste is not what I was expecting. I was expecting to get a smack in the mouth with blueberries. Instead I got Belgian yeast, and a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Not too complex.

Overall, an okay beer, but I've had better.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with Yesac.

A: Clear amber in color, white head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles, fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. A few specks of lacing cling to the edges.

S: Belgian yeast profile, spicy, some sugary malty smells underneath, a hint of booze, can't really pull straight up blueberries out of this one but there is an underlying fruitiness. Not too shabby, but a little on the...meh...side.

T: Very sweet up front, definite Belgian yeast esters, sweet and spicy, specialty malts really shine in this one, slightly citrus tang of wheat, and just a few hints of rye as well. Slightly bitter from both the hops and the alcohol. Just a mild underlying sweet berry profile, not overdone and just enough to know its there. Tasty.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, slight booze heat and a pleasant dryness. Very nice.

D: Not extremely blueberry forward, but that's okay, nice flavors and a really nice balance between all the specialty malts. Pretty nice beer, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Thanks Casey!

Photo of Buebie
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Grant for this one!

Poured from a brown bomber into a pub glass. Off the pour a 1'' white head forms up, leaving a thin collar. Mild spotty lace is left. The color is a mostly transparent, mild haze golden copper.

Aroma is fruity with loads of bready wheat notes and mild berries, not easily distinguishable between blueberries and any other berry. A spicier aroma is there as well, I'm guessing its the rye. Some caramel butternut types of aroma also. But overall this is very bready with lots of wheat and sweet butter.

Wow, mouthfeel is rich and creamy with mild carbonation throughout. This has a very nice feel to it, almost delicate.

Taste is interesting, haven't had a beer quite like it. Alcohol is well hidden amongst fruit, big ol' bready balls, and spice, staying sweet in an appealing way and not over the top at all.
Starting out with sweet caramel butter filled malt, more fruit now becoming a bit easier to distinguish against other fruits and narrow in on the blueberries. Although its well blended and not some foofoo blueberry smothering type of thing.
Finishing with sweet delicious fruit, bread and a mineral water flavor. Hops are well hidden, but some mild grassyness is picked up into the swallow. This is not really bitter at any point, so its more aroma hops and mild fruitiness as far as that goes.

Delicious brew, easy to drink and a hilarious bottle.

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into two Chimay chalices.

A - Looks like there are two drops of standard red food coloring in a standard light beer. Maybe half a drop of the yellow. Tiny and quickly dissipating head.

S - Not much to smell here. A little bit of spicy yeast and sweet slightly fruity malt.

T &M - I'm enjoying it, but I'm a sucker for Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Both are represented here, and it makes for a rich flavor. Combining with just a hint of blueberry is unique, but there isn't anything else going on here. It's fairly one dimensional. A tasty dimension nonetheless.

D - I kind of feel like I've got sugar stuck to my teeth. It's sweet. It certainly hides the ABV, but half as much sweetness would have been balanced.

Photo of urwithdave
2.51/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gtreid shared this one with me.

A- golden in color. Little head that quickly fades. No lace left.

A- big willie wonka blueberries and a sweet smelling factor that I'm thinking is almost honey like. Smells very yummy.

T- the blueberries aren't wonka like at all. It almost tasted like artificial flavoring. It almost tastes like a wine cooler that I use to steal from my moms fridge when I was a kid. Way to sweet.liquid cotton candy. I need to brush my teeth just from reviewing my notes on this.

M- like a thin sugary syrup. Makes my teeth scream.

D- no tnx.

Photo of Petrislav
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Clear, almost hazy and full amber. The head is tight but very airy and light, off white.

S: Sweet, touch of flowers/honey, slight tartness

T: Sweet maltiness, hint of tartness which is prevalent in the after taste as well as a predominant toasted flavor. I can taste no alcohol at all, even though its 8%. Tastes like bread.

M: Coats the whole mouth, medium mouthfeel which gives texture to the brew.

This beer did not taste like blueberries like the name hinted. Other than that, an above average brew.

Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy amber color and a modest head that leaves a coating atop the liquid; not much lace

Smell: Vaguely Belgian sweet aromas

Taste: Very malty, up front with a growing peppery element by mid-palate; the blueberry flavor is detectable from the outset and persists into the finish, which is very sweet

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a rather prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Just too sweet for my palate, without any accompanying complexity

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased from Smokerise Package. The newest beer from Sweetwater's very interesting Dank Tank series. This is basically a Belgian Tripel in style, which is often a bit sweet in style. The addition of the blueberries just makes it sweeter. That being said, this is not super sweet and the blueberries are not overwhelming nor artificial tasting. Instead, what you get is a golden colored Tripel, with a slightly sweet, yeasty nose with a light, pure blueberry finish. The taste is interesting. Balanced Tripel notes of sweet clove and some yeastiness along with a full but integrated complex ripe blueberry flavor along with some stemminess and a touch of bitter skin that together add some light tanic structure to hang the sweet notes on. Just right in body, but finishes just a little sweeter than I'd like for this to be something I'd like a lot of. Still, a very nice effort.

Photo of becktone
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 1-16-10

Eye: Orange in color and clear with some red hues. Head is off white with what seems to be blueish tint, maybe its just me though knowing that there are blueberries in here. Head is a medium-thick blanket over the top of the beer. Looks good enough.

Nose: Overall pretty weak aroma. Belgian tripelish with some blueberries underneath. Aroma is very soft. Wheat does come through quite easily, rye isn't really noticeable. The aroma isn't bad, but I'd like something stronger a bit more potent.

Tongue: Right away blueberries on the soft palate. Very nice belgian pale which is the whole beer. Lots of that kinda light candied, butterscotch type of deal. Not like Duvel at all, more like Grimbergen Blonde, Leffe, or Affligem. Blueberry is hinted at, its barely there. The way it affects the beer is hard to describe. Blueberry is right on the tip of the tongue, once the beverage passes the tip and moves on to the middle and back of the tongue the blueberry is dimisnished. Small amounts of diacetyl. Soft flavor from the wheat and some rye charcter is picked up on as well, some dryness and hints at spiciness. Alcohol is well hidden. Some blueberry lingers on the back of the throat after its swallowed.

Feel and Drinkability: This is quite a dry beer, but easy to drink. Body is light and smooth, carbonation itself is higher and works well with the style. This is one I'll enjoy the rest of but I don't think that its one I'd seek out or readily buy now that I've tried it. Its not bad, but, for me, there would be no reason to come back to this beer. Worth trying but I see no reason why I'd come back to it even if it were available where I live. I am very glad that I got to try it though.

Photo of cavedave
3.37/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Even more thanks to mrandypandy, another Southern gem!

It pours the look of a peach into my Unibroue tulip, it's the right color, and its cloudiness gives the look of peach fuzz. A finger of white foam relaxes to a generous skim, finally floating islands. Nice.

Blueberry up front in the smell, but matched by yeasty esters of pear, apple for a fruity tart, with a caramely undernote sweetening the deal to make a fruity, luscious, medium-strength bouquet. The beer's best feature.

I don't like fruit beer, I'm trying this because it's a Dank Tank, and the other two DT styles I tried were magnificent. First sip the blueberries were strong, and it tasted like a sparkling fruit wine. Uh oh, another fruit beer I won't like. It was too cold (50 deg.), it turns out. As it warms this beer turns better, but no where near the quality of the other DT's. The fruity yeast esters usher the blueberry into a sip full of sweet, tart, and floral, but as the sweet subsides, the tart really takes on a strange aftertaste. It does pick up a bit of herbal bitter, but the finish is overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is not bad, nice light feel to it, carb. is o'kay, but the finish is really disappointing, a cloying mess.

Drinkability is o'kay, had little trouble finishing this. I don't know what else to add here.

Impression: Glad I tried it, proves even Sweetwater can't hit all home runs

Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish amber with a small off-white head that recedes to a tiny collar quickly and leaves no lacing at all.

For a beer with tons of blueberries, I don't smell much in the way of blueberries. There is a ton of Belgian yeast, candi sugar and bananas, lots of bananas.

Like the smell, sugary sweet with lots of bananas and Belgian yeast. I'm still not getting any blueberries, except maybe a little bit in the finish after it warms a bit.

The mouthfeel is slick with low carbonation and sticky sweet overall.

This is a big, sweet fruit beer with much less blueberries than I was expecting. It's a good beer, but a little bit too sweet to be extremely drinkable. Not Sweetwater's best effort honestly.

Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber acquired in trade from user yesac. thanks again. drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours a light golden amber colored body with a finger of fleeting eggshell colored head. the head leaves tiny spots of lacing behind.

S- very fruity. blueberries and other dark berries. raspberries, blackberries, maybe even strawberries. reminds me of a wine cooler. thats about it.

T- the taste is once again reminiscent of a wine cooler. very fruity and not much else. berries and more berries. blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

M- light bodied and very low level of carbonation. juice box like. no trace of booze.

D- this beer doesnt know weather to be a beer or some sort of harmless fruity juice drink. not really my thing. easy to finish and would probably be better in the summer.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls from SweetWater Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.