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

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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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

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1/5  rDev -70.7%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Photo of bulldog91
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with a slight head
Smells sweet - nothing overwhelming, just a subtle sweet touch
Has a little bite, but very bland. More lemon than pepper
Mouthfeel is - eh, OK. No pop from any pepper or much else. Just kind of there
Overall, I think I might have expected too much? Just thought it would be complex, with pepper and lemon, but the lemon overruled the pepper to make what was basically a simple, basic summer beer

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Photo of lilsmizzul1225
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.52/5  rDev -26.1%

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 sabitu
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Cresant
2.77/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I served this 22 oz. bottle in a large tulip glass. No date on the bottle. The pour was vigorous but the head was modest and faded quickly. The body was deep gold with ruby highlights.

The smell was interesting. Very herbal and fresh. I see from the label that there is lemongrass, so I smell that I guess. Also, maybe cilantro and other grassy aromas. An artificial sweetener like smell is detectable. This must be the blue agave (not artificial).

The taste had a mild Belgian yeast earthiness but also cucumbers and sweet tea. Hints of black pepper but not much spiciness or bite. Green and mild. The texture is rather smooth and slick and mildly carbonated.

This beer reminds me more of an Asian tea than a Farmhouse Ale. While not rigid about brewing to style I think this beer could benefit from more Saison like spiciness and fluffy carbonation. Interesting but this is not one I would return to again and again.

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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 JohnnyHopps
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with a testing group, the beer was poured into a small goblet. The appearance was a pale yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma was pretty typicaly for a saison, demonstrating a funky flower scent with a measure of spice. The bubbly nature of the mouthfeel immediately stood out, before yielding to a soapy taste. We joked about calling this one Ajax Light. It made me wonder if something went wrong with this bottle. There was a certain lavendery soapy taste with a hint of spice. I was unable to detect much of the advertised Belgian yeast or blue agave. In the aftertaste, the taste grew more tart but still had a general soapiness to it. I would pass on this one in the future.

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

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

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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

Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Experimental to its core, it's unlikely that the fusion of agave, peppercorn, and lemongrass have ever come together with such as savory sweet overtone.

Amber through and through, the beer has a slightly hazed appearance as if looking at straight honey. A struggling foam stance is followed by the same effort from retention and lace. The oils, sugars, and carbonated void doesn't allow for any meaningful head character.

Honey, fruit, vegetable, and spice deliver a broadly sweet scent that's of light caramel and corn syrup followed by apple, dried peach, citrus, aloe, pepper, and an earthy flower scent. No real hop impact to mention, the beer relies on heavy malt aromatics that's decorated with spice and fruit.

Floral honey manifests in taste with a sweet caramel and agave topping. Earthy and lightly of aloe juices, the vegetal taste causes my taste buds to want to register hops, but instead a quickly rebuttal of fresh cracked peppercorn, herbal grasses, and citrus intervene and ride the beer's sweetness directly through to finish. Estery with peaches, apples, cherries, and a hint of cinamon and nutmeg seem modestly of English strong ales.

The sweet taste resonates in texture as well, leaving a lot of unresolved sweetness from malt and agave to clinch heavily to the mouth and prevents the malty-dry mouth feel that would have otherwise held higher drinkability. Instead the persistent sugary weight causes the beer to be a sipping beer with little malt development from initial taste to it's lumbering finish. Spicy, peppery, and light alcohol dryness assists the malt but never accomplishes it's drying goals.

The flavors of lemongrass, peppercorn, and agave create a very interesting dialogue, but it's simplified underlying palate limits the beer on all fronts: aroma, taste, and especially its mouthfeel

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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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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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