Black & Blue Grass | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States
newalbanian.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with blue agave nectar, toasted black pepper, and lemongrass.

Added by emerge077 on 06-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,059
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
75
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of TheElectricOne
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Split a 25oz bottle of this with a friend (who paid for it, luckily). Poured into tulips:

Appearance: copper-Amber in color, with a translucent body, and a purely white head comprised of larger bubbles. Quickly dissipated, probably under a minute. Not much lacing, if any.

Aroma: some spice, but very mild. Mostly smells like malt. Don't get any of the additives here-listed as agave, peppercorn, and lemongrass.

Taste: this was very nearly a drain pour. Not sure how this beer is listed as a saison, because it has none of the wheaty, grassy, funky, or sour flavors that normally come with a saison. It has one note, and that is malt, maybe with a tiny bit of spice mixed in. Tastes more than an amber ale.

Feel: lightly sticky, with much less carbonation than I'd expect.

Overall: would not drink again, even for free. The calories and opportunity cost of drinking a better beer instead are not to be wasted on this one.

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Photo of Jaewoo
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of casey0287
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thebigredone
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andyjeigh
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tykechandler
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sellen
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SackBlabbath
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I like lemongrass in my food, but this is way over done.

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Photo of -Rick
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kaufmaal
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of suckaj
2.52/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of schoolboy
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one was a unique experience, and that isn't always a good thing.

It a cloudy dark yellow with big head and big bubbles. The aroma was skunky-funky.

The taste was malty yet dry with a bitter aftertaste.

It was definitely unique, with an odd grassy feel to it, but not something I would want again.

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Photo of Cpastor1119
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Robrawr
2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of KevinmusPrime
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of unimatrix1
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of SuziG
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of morebeergood
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of ThaJokerWild
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of RyanPoff
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Had on tap here in Indy a few months ago. Rating the bottle I bought at Costco today.

A: Clear, "shiny penny" copper. About a finger of quickly retreating head, little to no retention.

S: Floral and herby, spring field like smell. Smells good, but doesn't jibe with the look, at all.

T: Not a lot of the herbs I smelled, and this is definitely not a saison. It tastes more like an amber. It is not exciting.

M: Medium bodied, but seems flat/old.

Just not a good brew overall and I have no idea what they were shooting for.

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Photo of IAmHollywood13
4/5  rDev +17.3%

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Black & Blue Grass from New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 75 ratings