Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart AleBlue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 298
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SoCalBeerIdiot on 04-15-2013

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Photo of mikeburd1128
2.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is not very good. Artificial raspberry and tons of bread on the nose. Tastes the same, but very very bready. It has the word "tart" in the name, but there is none to speak of in this beer. Finishes extremely medicinal and metallic - especially as it warms.

Was given this mixed 12 seasonal pack as a gift, and was reasonably excited to drink stuff that I normally wouldn't consider. But after this one, I'm not too eager to dive any deeper into the box. (460 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This had real potential. Why, Blue Moon, WHY?!

Enjoyed from the bottle.

First off, the smell was so mute, I'm not sure I can really rate the smell competently. I feel as if I would need to pour into a glass and almost stick my nose in the liquid to get a better idea. Taste wise, it follows the smell. Very muted flavors of blackberries and a slight tease of sour tartness. I say slight tease, but I'm giving it the benefit of doubt, because it was less than a tease. It was barely recognizably tart. The blackberry taste was muted, but present. This had real potential to be a quality beer, but it just wasn't. The mouthfeel was lacking, and the beer was quite watery. More so than the average Blue Moon even.

Overall, there was potential to make this good, but it just wasn't executed well. When you tame a beer down to make it appeal to the masses, you end up with a very boring beer. That's the case with this. Tame and boring. (936 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Part of a Blue Moon Summer sampler 12 pack. 2 bottles each of 6 beers. Pored in to a schooner.

Not what I expected. I had in mind a pale or blonde ale with some blackberry flavoring. This one looks, smells and tastes more like an Amber.

Pours a surprising abler color with a modest white head.

Smell is faint, but more like blackberry syrup that the fruit itself. And there is a strong amber malt scent.

Taste is also very much like an amber ale, brown sugar and blackberry flavors.

Mouthfeel is not bad, slightly cloying, and not what I was expecting for a summer beer.

Overall drinkable but I can't think of a reason to have this one again. Maybe as a desert beer at Thanksgiving or something? (707 characters)

Photo of wguy14
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass revealing a half inch head that disappeared quickly. The smell was exactly as advertised, blackberry tart. The taste was not as advertised. More artificial sweetener and fake blackberry flavoring. And no tart component. The feel was no existent. Very flat and too much carbonation. Overall I was disappointed. Blue moon could have done much more with this beer. (386 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
1.57/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a orangeish brown with a thin off-white head. Little retention and lacing.

S: Blackberry is definitely the dominant smell. There are also traces of other berries, dark fruits, and sweet malts.

T: Straight up blackberry. Seriously not much else. It tastes like a blackberry Smirnoff ice.

M: Feels like I'm drinking a wine cooler.

O: Not much to it. Too me it barely constitutes as beer. (428 characters)

Photo of GrahamDN
3.02/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium brown, showing red-orange in the light, with a just off-white top.

Given the Blue Moon line's reputation for artificial-tasting beers, this one is a nice break. Lush and fresh crushed blackberries on the nose along with some typical wit notes and a generic malty base.

Mostly dry on the palate with fresh, natural blackberry. The malt base is unremarkable--no real faults, but nothing special at all.

I doubt I'd buy it again, but I'd have no problem drinking it if offered to me. (494 characters)

Photo of CalebM
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is okay. The tartness is more than just a "hint," and while the finish is smooth, the combination makes it feel a little cheap. I'm glad it's not sweet, but it's not a must-have. Overall it's an enjoyable seasonal, an enjoyable fruit beer. (244 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice dark amber with a head that falls to a thin ring.. prob not gonna have much lacing. the smell is a adjunct yeastyness and its not very appealing. Not really any malt or blackberrys. The taste is a faint raspberry and dark fruit.. maybe a slight caramel malt. Thin body.. this beer is not what it says on the label.. I don't want to bash blue moon becasue some beers are pretty good.. but this is really lacking flavor. (423 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours clear dark amber with a hint of blackberry (purple). Decent head and lacing.

Fruity aroma clearly shows the blackberry addition.

Flavor follows with a nice addition of blackberries to the malts, but the aftertaste is not so good.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. (327 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz mug.

Appearance: Dark amber in color with a smaller, fizzy off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind little lace, but does yield a slick foam that remains on top of the beer.

Smell: Sweet bready malts with a touch of grain and, of course, tart blackberry.

Taste: Begins with tart blackberry flavor which rounds out to be sweeter through the drink. Toward the end bready malts come through with a finish that is faintly grainy. Good, but something is missing here...

Mouthfeel: Lighter body, crisp carbonation with a faintly dry finish.

Overall: Not a bad beer and a decent example of a fruit beer, especially for a macro brewer. Not something I would personally seek out, but a respectable offering. (753 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampling right now on 1/20/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a brandy snifter.

Pours a pretty copper/amber with a red hue in color. Has a very small off-white head that settles down to just around the top. Lots of spotty lacing is seen when sipped that stayed. The aroma is of mixed berries with a hint of grains. The taste is of blackberry & raspberry with a tart finish. Not as sweet as you would think at all. The finish is followed up by a touch of grassy grains. Perfect balance of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good 'seasonal brew'. (590 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 5/26/14; into a pint glass.
Appearance - red, appears flat; thin white head, minimal lacing.
Smell - dark fruit, though I'm not sure it's strictly blackberry.
Taste - follows the nose and is an easy drinking, refreshing fruit ale.
Feel - the tartness isn't typically my thing, but this is okay.
Overall - a cost effective fruit ale that might be nice on a hot day. (408 characters)

Photo of gotweid
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a nice looking lighter copper color with a small head that quickly dissipates. Very clear to see the slight carbonation. Looks good. Aroma is that of grains & funky fruit. First sip was of an awful, flat, fake fruit concentrate. However, after that first sip it was surprisingly rather nice. Taste is that of light malt with a not overbearing fruit taste. I vaguely picked up a light hop. Finishes a little dry with the light flavor of berries. I went from wondering if I could finish this to having another. It wasn't great, but not bad for a fruit beer (which is a style I don't care for) (597 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.47/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I attempt a more aggressive pour when the bottle's about halfway empty and I realize the head's not really developing. Even then, I get about half a finger of bubbly spritz that dies off within thirty seconds. Fortunately, it's not completely dead, as some continues to cling to the edges for a good while and a patch also remains in the middle for that time. It's also not at all flat, as bubbles continue to rise until the beer is gone. Tiny spots of lacing are all that remain on the glass. The beer itself is orange-brown with an ever-so-slightly purplish hue and a little bright orange in the edges.
The smell is light, consisting mostly of juice (yes, blackberry), some dusty/biscuity yeast notes, drier malt (possibly some caramel malt, too), and very slight floral notes.
The flavor brings out an artificially sweet element foremost , barely distinguishable as fruit, and with a creamed corn note to it. It's generally pretty unpleasant, and my stomach hurts a little. It's not terrible, but that has to be gotten past first. After that the dusty yeast takes hold, not overly grainy, until it goes back to an overly sweet finish that I think isn't helped by caramel malt. Hops are virtually undetectable.
I expect a light body and I get it, along with a sort of effervescence that adds a little crispness, though it doesn't stay firm. It has some smoothness do to a fluffiness after the carbonation edges off. With these beers, it seems the feel is never great but almost always the best aspect. (1,503 characters)

Photo of dhannes
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a single bottle that was 12 days past the date on the bottle.

A=Dark amber...maybe a purple hue? Nice foamy head.

S=A bit of a sourness present...sour berries with some bread.

T=Modestly sweet, but much less sweet than anticipated; very, very faint blackberry taste; a bit sour; also a hint of lemon present. Not really noticing any malt or hops.

M=Nice body but perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

O=Not bad, but really not much flavor to speak off...what is there is rather enjoyable, but it is more like a light AAL with a lemon wedge. If I ever come across this on a tap, I might try it again...I would have like a bit more blackberry and malt flavors, however. (682 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best before date of October 07, 2013 printed on the bottleneck. Acquired as part of the Blue Moon summer sampler variety pack. The premise sounds nice, but my expectations are relatively low based on what it is.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour conjures two fingers of fluffy khaki head on top of a dark coppery orange / amber colored body with purple / pinkish tint to it when held to the light. Some bubbles lazily floating topside. No lacing.

S - Smell is of dusty malts, grains, and some artificial blackberry juice concentrate. Smells about right. The blackberry & raspberry fade away quickly, and leave us with a nice showcase of amber malt.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose, only is a bit more drinkable than I had anticipated, thankfully. The grains / malts play nicely with the concentrated blackberry & raspberry juices. Not exactly what I would describe as "tart", but the crisp malts and carbonation paired with the fake blackberry goes over nicely, and then finishes long and grainy.

M - Feel is dry and grainy, with some carbonation dancing on the tongue, and a bit of stickiness.

Overall, it wasn't as awful as I thought it would be. I could definitely appreciate a couple of these with some summer / autumnal barbeque. Of course it is still bland and artificial in a lot of ways, but it's a step in the right direction for Blue Moon.

Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale ---3/5. (1,441 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Great Raft can-shaped pint glass.

A: Medium, dark brown. Pours a 1+ finger, foamy, brownish head. Settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: White bread, hay, and a hint of fruit.

T: Light earthy grain, with a slight tart from what must be the blackberry.

M: Light body with something of a synthetic-feeling bitter finish.

D: Consume session style.

Atmosphere is okay. Dark hue, solid head, no real lacing. Nose is light and bready with a hint of fruit. Earthy grains with a synthetic-feeling tartness. Overall, this is an okay quaff. (568 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Crafted with the help of our fans, this limited release fills your summer days (and glass) with the taste of rich blackberries, a smooth malty sweetness, and a hint of refreshing tartness." Brewed in the style of an amber ale with blackberries and raspberries added. Available exclusively within the Blue Moon Summer Variety 12-Pack in sets of 3.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Blue Moon pint glass. Served north of 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream head of a light frothy consistency over a bronze-amber body reminiscent of a sweet tea tone, with a moderate carbonation and high clarity. Retention is average at best, there is no lacing to speak of. The appearance isn't all that fantastic. 2.75

(Smell) Aromas of sweet blackberry puree, not much tart character, very sweet fruit syrup aroma over an modest biscuity malt aroma, very clean, which easily fades behind the fruit additions. Hints of raspberry peek in, but also sweet syrup. the fruit character isn't collectively as enjoyable as it should be, as it is overly syrupy sweet and heavy, not particularly light nor tart, which were two key aspects I were hoping would be kept in check with this beer. Potency is medium at best. 2.75

(Taste) The flavor suffers from a completely isolated series of setbacks. The flavor is very thin by comparison and what is there isn't all that memorable nor enjoyable. A light malt bed of biscuit malt with a drizzle of light blackberry puree, not very tart but light enough to be palatable, and far more sessionable than the aroma. I'd take the flavor of this beer over the aroma any day, as I'd prefer an under-sweet beer that's nearer water over a cloyingly syrupy fruit mess. Unfortunately, this beer, while decently drinkable, misses it's potential in how well it utilizes the berry flavors, with no notable tartness nor complexity in any other department. Add that to a mundane malt profile with little contributing body or balance and you've got something that's drinkable, but not memorable. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick with a very light thickness. Aside from some airiness, the carbonation doesn't impact the texture much at all. The body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. While the texture of the beer itself isn't overbearing, the way the carbonation is used is just a disappointment. It could have been much better in adding some creaminess or even crispness to the texture, but it's just undecided, and doesn't help the beer maintain focus any better. 3

(Overall) Considering that these limited release beers are the sole reason I give Coors' Blue Moon line a snowball's chance in hell, I'm surprised that not only are these beers generally not very good, but they're far less enjoyable than their year-round mainstays. This may be one of the most unfocused Blue Moon beers I've had in a while. The only part of the label that is true is Blackberry- don't mention that it's puree, exaggerate the tartness drastically and thicken the mix a touch with some syrup and you've got this beer. This beer rightly holds it's place as a one-off, unless it fixes balance of character big time, I don't see myself revisiting this beer in the near future. 3

Coors Brewing Company's
Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale
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Photo of constantine_272
3.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark amber. Light brown hues with a tinge of purple. Very clear and well well carbonated. Large diameter bubble foam that sticks around the edge edge of the glass. Looks great except for the off color.

S: Mild roasted grain and a little yeast. Sweet with a touch of vanilla.

T: Sweet at first with a hint of barley. Like unfurmented sugar. It follows with blackberry and a tangy tartness and a bit of light roasted hazelnut. Slight saltiness.

M: Sweetness has a mouth coating effect. Thin and milt dry.

O: Not too bad. It has its ups and downs. The smell was the best quality and the flavor profile was mellow. This was the best of the blue moon variety pack, but that's not saying much, since the other ones weren't so good. (732 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a pint glass.

A: pours a medium reddish-brown with a purplish tinge along with a half inch off white head that dissipates fast, leaving small amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of fruit, blackberries, strawberries, wheat, malt sugar

T: Has a strange artificial sweetener sweetness to it. Tastes of strawberries, wheat, barley, spices, funky after taste going on

M: medium carbonation along with a medium body, no tartness at all, just artificial sweetener

O: Overall, meh, was not horrible but was not the tangy fruit beer I was expecting, It was ok. I would not go out and buy this again but if there was nothing else to drink, I would take this, its not horrible enough for me to flat out reject it. (712 characters)

Photo of BigBrewStu
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear blueberry undertones. Weak blueberry performance overall though. Malty but not a good mix with these flavors. Nice darker amber color. Not too much carbonation happening though. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Sampled from a variety pack. Glad I tried it but won't purpusely buy it. (287 characters)

Photo of shand
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Blue Moon Blackberry Tart pours out an appealing purple-tinged amber. The aroma has blackberries along with that trademark Blue Moon twang that I'm deciding has to come with using a wit yeast in everything. The taste has nondescript berries, they really don't taste like an particular berry. That damn twang that tends to ruin the Blue Moon seasonals is here in full force too. The mouthfeel really seems off. Undercarbonated, or too thick, or something. It's not a good mouthfeel at all. Overall, Blue Moon Blackberry Tart is not a good stab at a fruited ale, and this is coming from someone who loves the majority of fruit beers set in front of him. It's not awful though. (674 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - dark , clear amber with a short, white heads that quickly fades

S - caramel, faint apples, blackberries

T - caramel, toasted malt, blackberries, faint burnt sugar notes in the finish

M - medium bodied, crisp

This beer isn't so bad. For a blackberry tart ale it doesn't do a great job of showcasing the blackberries nor is it tart in any sense. The malt character is enjoyable and a bit more complex than I had anticipated, but it dominates and leaves only slight room for the blackberries to be noticed. Overall, this isn't a terrible beer. It's probably one of the better beers in the spring mix pack. (610 characters)

Photo of LilBilly666
2.32/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this guy in a variety pack to split with my gal.

A: Poured out smooth, with a little head. Appeared very dark and I was quite excited to try.
S: Not much blackberry aroma at all. Disappointed...
T: This definitely left a lot to be desired. It is definitely a Blue Moon product and that taste is there. I wanted them to go a bit further with the berry. Make it more upfront...have it linger a bit. Like a fart...
MF: This was ok. Not too light, not too heavy. I nice "summer beer" quality.
Overall I'd say I'm disappointed again with Blue Moon. They continue to make average products at best. Though I'd definitely choose their product over a standard BMC. (661 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, pours amber with a foamy, ivory head that fades quickly. Aromas are earthy, bready malt, tart blackberry, yeast. Tastes are sweet, caramely, bready, blackberry, yeast, semi-tart but clean finish. Creamy, smooth, and medium bodied. Overall, nothing special here. Try it if you like Blue Moon and you like Blackberries. Don't get your hopes up for a whole lot of blackberry - it's there, but could use a little more. (427 characters)

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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