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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73
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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 297
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | 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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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 297
Reviews by Taz_Michael:
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3/5  rDev -1%

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.72/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Nice to see Blue Moon branching out into more experimental stuff, right? This stuff pours a clear copper-amber topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises perfume-y and waxy berries (mostly on the sweet end of the spectrum) backed by some buttery biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, though that whole waxiness is now more of a syrupiness (and there's a twinge of actual tartness now), and there's an aftertaste of vinyl now. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this was an interesting idea, but it seems like it was executed pretty poorly, especially considering the name. (709 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

They seem to have the color down nicely. I have been tasting some lovely coppery colored beers lately, which seems to be good marketing. But this one has a dark berry stain to it along with the crystal clarity. Nice foam along with the plentiful sudsy carbonation in the mouth. Not much aroma but at least the usual beery caramel smell.

The taste is fairly agreeable but it has a peculiar aftertaste that I can only describe as burnt berry pie. Hop aromatics are apparently lacking, though there is some bitterness for the finish. A bit sweet, and it is somewhat appealing at first sip. Hints of caramel and a slight fruity tanginess. As it warms it tastes more dirty and malt liquorish. In case you were reading the name and thinking there was some tart sensation, forget it. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in Phoenix. (821 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 BeerLoverCRM
4.3/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blackberry is my favorite fruit flavor (38 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.74/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber copper in color. Beige head. Decent retention.

Flavor profile is light blackberries. Very faint. No tartness at all. Reminds me of some sort of Belgian pale ale with fruit added. A bit of wheat and some spices.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Easy to drink. Light bodied.

Overall, an okay beer, but nothing what the label suggests. I wouldn't drink a lot of this. Kind of sweet for me. (392 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 BucannonXC5
2.44/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Target in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for the Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler variety 12-pack
Purchased: April 17, 2013
Consumed: April 19, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel amber with 2-3 fingers of khaki white frothy head. Fairly bubbly and could hear the foam bubbling. Minimal foggy lacing on the sides, average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down.

Was tough to get a good whiff, really had to work for it. Got dark fruits, faint blackberries and some sweet sugary malts. Really thought there would be more here.

Tasted a little more flavorful than the nose, but not that much. Got blackberry, reminding me of blackberry jam, albeit with just a small amount of jam. Some tartness on the tongue after, but not strong enough for me.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Maybe something was wrong with this batch, but just no flavor. Very bland, nothing something I think of when I see blackberry tart. (1,032 characters)

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Andnkuhn
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chip26
1.5/5  rDev -50.5%

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jiffymon
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Mikkiicky
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Atom_Bomb
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of williamjbauer
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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 schoon
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of JonSC
1.75/5  rDev -42.2%

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. (120 characters)

Photo of richkrull
2.25/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of Bingja18
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Tastes cheap guys. No likey. (28 characters)

Photo of Cobrabob428
2.36/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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)

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Coors Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.