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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: 237
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 17.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: SoCalBeerIdiot on 04-15-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 37
Reviews by kojevergas:
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2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Best before August 26th, 2013. Expectations are really low; this seems like it's going to be a trainwreck. 5.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a seasonal Blue Moon variety box earlier tonight at my local Von's grocery store and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I think the 12 pack cost something like $14.99. I really enjoy Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier for what it was; I'm hoping this is as good as that.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor; overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger white colour head - fairly thin - without any cream, and of below average (~1 minute) retention. Lacing is sloppy and uneven. Body colour is a clear translucent dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's clearly filtered. Pretty high clarity. I don't notice any overt flaws, but it's far from unique or special. Somewhat inviting.

Sm: Uh-oh. A syrupy fruity slightly medicinal sweetness is prominent. Vaguely redolent of grape cough syrup. Blackberry fruit extract syrup, perhaps. Sugary and sweet. Sure, it's a bit tart - probably its best attribute. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. I'm worried about this one. Any hop character is unnoticeable - just generic floral. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Hm. Grape and blackberry fruity sweetness; not as syrupy as the aroma suggested but just as sugary. As for the tartness? It's as minimal as can be. Generic malting; generic hopping. Bland and boring. I'm glad it's not too syrupy; I was really worried there. But it is awfully simple and it's certainly not balanced - not that there are that many notes to balance in the first place. I'm not a big fan o this, but it's not as objectionable as it could be. It's so muted and tame that it comes off harmless. Meh. Mediocre stuff.

Mf: Way way too thin. Overcarbonated. Lightly coarse. Wet. Unrefreshing. Weak. Lacks body. Pathetic.

Dr: I'll happily down the bottles I have, but make no mistake - this is bland, pedestrian stuff. A very forgettable fruit beer from Blue Moon/Coors. I wouldn't get it again, but hopefully it helps someone make the leap to craft/micro beer. Decent value. Drinkable, but not recommended. I really wanted more tartness - even if it meant the beer would be a trainwreck. At least then it'd be memorable.

High D+

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Coors Brewing Company
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