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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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 17.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
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 RJLarse
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
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?

Photo of wguy14
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of WckdVbz
1.59/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not tart and no blackberry present.

Photo of Safa1
2.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not so good al. Not so good. But not bad.

Photo of Cannibalgasm
1.57/5  rDev -48.9%
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.

Photo of BakaGaijin
2.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice nose, but the taste is reminiscent of aspritame. This is not pleasant at all. Drain poured this.

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.18/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The only thing this beer has going for it is its look and that is it.

Photo of tainohawk
3.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

blue moon blackberry tart ale was cool.

Photo of GrahamDN
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of MikeDL
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this brew in a variety pack, never really tasted a beer like this before. It has a sweet mellow taste that tastes like blackberry's.

Photo of CalebM
3.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of Hoganlaw
2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer tastes pretty tarted.

Photo of BeerLoverCRM
4.3/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackberry is my favorite fruit flavor

Photo of ALC82
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Actually enjoyed this variation blue moon

Photo of JonSC
1.75/5  rDev -43%

Just don't do it. I mean, I've had worse beers, but this one just isn't that good. The blackberry is a bit overpowering.

Photo of dvk2z14
5/5  rDev +62.9%

LOVE this beer. can't be specific about what i like, but it's fantastic.

Photo of DrewsBrews450
2.56/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +14%
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'.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.5/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of gotweid
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
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)

Photo of Brenden
2.47/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of dhannes
3.22/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.