Black Orchard | The Bruery

312 Ratings
Black OrchardBlack Orchard

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoubleJ on 05-11-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of jsanford
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into a Bruery Tulip Glass.

A - Pours a dark black with a fluffy khaki-colored head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Subdued aromas of wheat, banana, chocolate, carob and perhaps just a touch of spice (cinnamon maybe?).
T - Similar to the nose, nice flavors of chocolate, banana. and wheat. Definitely an "off" metallic character to this, though, not surprising given the age of this one.
M - Crisp and a bit fizzy with a medium body and too-high carbonation (again contributed to the age).
O - Not a bad beer, I just wish I had been able to try it fresh.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of AgentZero
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cola colored beer with a bit of tannish foam. Didn't really love much on the sides.

S - A lot of malt, with some earth. Weird spice. Not a great start.

T - This beer is average at best. Kind of strange and bad tasting. A bit of caramel, some spice, strange tea flavors. Don't care for it.

M - Too much carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Not a particularly good beer. Seems like something they either just made to made, or perhaps some sort of experiment that didn't go well. I'll pass in the future.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Black Orchard from The Bruery
3.59 out of 5 based on 312 ratings.
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