Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale - Coors Brewing Company

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Ratings: 280
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 TMoney2591
2.72/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of mactrail
2.82/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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 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 mothman
2.74/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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 BucannonXC5
2.44/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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 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 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 SoCalBeerIdiot
3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in the Blue Moon Brewmaster's Seasonal Collection 12pk

A: Nice, dark amber color. Little bit of head, quickly dissipated.

S: Slight fruity smell. Blackberries do not have a pronounced smell or taste and that is evident in this beer.

T: Nothing jumps out at me. Not a ton of flavor. There is a definite fruit taste to it but hard to distinguish it if you didn't know it was a blackberry beer. The tartness certainly isn't pronounced.

M: Not horrible but rather thin and slightly fizzy.

O: About what you'd expect from a Blue Moon offshoot. Nothing great but nothing offensive. Not a beer I feel the need to try again.

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 tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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 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 dvmin98
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Moon has been my BMC of choice over the years, just due to having a bit of flavor. So, if there is nothing else to drink its Blue Moon or water.

Drank it straight from the bottle, so no appearance noted.

Smell was a slight berry smell, though not over powering

Taste had a decent berry taste, over the Belgian wheat. Aftertaste lingers only for a few seconds

Normal carbonation. Decent coating of tongue.

Have to say, this was pretty ok. Better than that Sweetwater Blue crap my wife likes.

Photo of puboflyons
2.99/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: OCT0713-F05102026. Sampled on June 13, 2013.

I liked looking at it. It was an attractive looking deep amber tone with a moderate but lingering beige head. Great clarity.

The aroma is more like toasted bread or biscuits rather than blackberry and zingy hops, which is what I expected given its title. But there was something a bit odd in the aroma too. It kind of reminded me of greasy french fries.

The body was light to medium and mildly astringent.

The blackberries were easier to find in the taste but they were merged into the toasty bread and sweetness. The hops finished clean.

This is not one of my favorite styles anyway but there are some I would have again unlike this one.

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 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.

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 Zorro
3.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red colored beer with a short lived tan colored head.

Smell is malty and yeasty with a mild blackberry aroma. Slight sour scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty with a mild blackberry taste. Tastes like an amber ale plus blackberries. And that is about it, berry and amber ale. Slight caramel tasted.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a forgettable beer. If you want a Blackberry beer try Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier instead.

Photo of shand
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.32/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best by September 16, 2013:

Pours mahogany with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing.

The smell is light - some caramel and a hint of blackberry juice.

The taste is sweet with caramel. Blackberry juice is more sweet than tart, though there is some tart in the finish. A hint of alcohol comes through late.

Light-bodied with medium carbonation, it is pretty smooth.

Not a bad fruit beer, but nothing particularly special, other than maybe more caramel than typical.

Photo of constantine_272
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of bmwats
3.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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