Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls
SweetWater Brewing Company

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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
8%
Score:
80
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 18.52%
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
62
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SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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80
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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by mklinger:
Photo of mklinger
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head snifter. Poured a slightly purple amber; a very pale beer with a bit of blueberry purple. Very little very white head developed that dissipated quickly. Somewhat cloudy appearance.

Very bready sweet aroma. Just a hint of Belgian fruit flavors. Fairly typical Belgian aromas with a bit of extra fruity sweetness. Quite nice.

Complex flavor. Dominated by Belgian flavors. This would be very much like a sweeter Belgian Golden Strong but with the blueberry addition. Sweetness & fruit hits first followed by cloves and tart apples and other Belgian phenols and esters. A nice bit of hop bitterness at the end to balance things out.

Highly carbonated and a slightly thick mouthfeel. This is a surprisingly good, really pleasant Belgian with just a hint of blueberry. This beer was 9 months old when tasted -- I wish I would have bought a couple more -- very nice beer.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with Yesac.

A: Clear amber in color, white head that recedes to a thin layer of bubbles, fair amount of carbonation moving through the glass. A few specks of lacing cling to the edges.

S: Belgian yeast profile, spicy, some sugary malty smells underneath, a hint of booze, can't really pull straight up blueberries out of this one but there is an underlying fruitiness. Not too shabby, but a little on the...meh...side.

T: Very sweet up front, definite Belgian yeast esters, sweet and spicy, specialty malts really shine in this one, slightly citrus tang of wheat, and just a few hints of rye as well. Slightly bitter from both the hops and the alcohol. Just a mild underlying sweet berry profile, not overdone and just enough to know its there. Tasty.

M: Medium body, mild carbonation, slight booze heat and a pleasant dryness. Very nice.

D: Not extremely blueberry forward, but that's okay, nice flavors and a really nice balance between all the specialty malts. Pretty nice beer, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

Thanks Casey!

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Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy orange-gold color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears and sweet malts with a hint of blueberries. The nose on this is somewhere between a BSPA and a tripel.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The same amount of fruit flavors are here when compared with the aroma, however it's a bit sweeter, partly because of a larger amount of blueberry flavor than was intimated by the nose. Ending is mildly crisp and leaves a bit of sweetness on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber and could have another.

Overall this was much more on the Belgian side of things than I was expecting. This is a tasty beer as it is but I think the exclusion of blueberries would make it even more so. Anyways, it's certainly worth a shot as it is.

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Photo of Pullen
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The second bottled beer from the Dank Tank series.

Smell - Faint caramel with a hint of alcohol.

Appearance - Amber; very clean.

Taste - Sweet. honey-like sweet. The finish coats your tongue. No berry flavor at all.

Drinkability - Too sweet for my taste...Half a pint did me just fine.

Overall,

SW makes great beer, but I'm not impressed with this one at all.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip,nice slightly hazy orange color.nose is slightly medicinal, bit of sweetness. big banana/clove flavor upfront, wheat in the middle.bit of blueberry skins in the middle,finishes with a bit of a hot phenolic note. the rye really sits on the tongue in the finish with a bit of blueberry,not in a bad way.

medium bodied.decent.worth trying if you're into belgians in anyway/shape/form.

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Photo of Gtreid
2.11/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz. bomber split with urwithdave. This one was part of the BA Bowling winning hauls.

A: Dark copper, orange color. The pour leaves a very small off white head that dosen't leave much lace.

A: Wow, sugar all the way. Sweet berries, I'm guessing they are the blueberries. Probably some honey in there as well.

T: Man, this was a sweet beer. I didn't think the flavors went well at all. The sweetness was just overbearing. I got a small Belgian influence, but just couldn't get by the sugar in the brew.

M: Thick and syurpy. Very little carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is very poor. Overall, this beer didn't do it for me at all. Way too sweet, way too syrupy, way too many berries. These guys have made much better beer. Will not try again. Skal.

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Photo of billab914
2.11/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a very thin white lacing on top. The head faded pretty quickly and left very little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very sweet and strong with sugar. It also has some Belgian yeast and maybe some faint blueberries. It's really hard to get past anything except the sugary sweetness.

The taste is unfortunately a lot like the nose, overwhelming sweetness. I can taste a little more blueberry flavor but overall it's mostly a sugary and sweet malt taste. it's definitely too much sweetness for me with nothing really interesting to redeem it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is not good, I'm not sure I can even drink much more if it. I really didn't enjoy this beer, it tasted like a sugary mess to me with very little blueberry, which was disappointing.

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Photo of everetends
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle picked up at Green's off Buford on the way back in from our Asheville trip a few weeks ago. I think the bottle was under $6 a pop, which was very nice considering I think I paid 2 bucks more per bottle for the Dank Tank DP. Served up in a goblet because it was all I could find.

A: Color is a light amber, kinda looks like a slightly darker apple juice type color with a little bit of oranges and yellows in here. Held to the light it is clear that this brew is . . . well clear. Can see all the way through and has no haze or cloud to it. Don't know if this is a better quality goblet I found at my folks house or if its the beer, but this brew has a very steady stream of active carbonation down the middle of the body. Had to get aggressive with the pour to get some head, which was about a finger or a bit less. Sadly, the head has no retention and pretty much fades completely except for a very thin white ring. Not as impressive as I guess it could be.

S: Right off the pop of the cap, a nice and light fruity smell comes out. Oddly, the smell is not very definitive as blueberry though. Its sweet and fruity but its almost ambiguous. Kinda weird. There is a good amout of Belgian yeast aroma along with a good amount of sugars as well. It does also have a light wheat presence but it is no way a shining star here. This is all about the sugars and the fruit, even if I may not be 100% sure that they are blueberries.

T: Oh this is nice, but just slightly different from the nose. This beer starts off with a really nice and up front wheat presence. Very summery and light tasting in a big beer. Then comes that almost ambiguous blueberry flavor. I am not absolutely sure that if I didn't know there were blueberries in this that I would pick them out in the flavor profile. The fruit is very berry at times but also almost apple and pear like. This may be the playing and mingling of the blueberries and the Belgian yeast. Light residual sugars coming through on the back end but still very nice and even complimentary. Touch of peppery spice peaking out from time to time. I think if I could get a bit more of blueberry, I would have jumped this up a bit in score. With that said, still quite tasty.

M: Medium in body with a nice dose of carbonation. Even with a good sized carbonation, this beer keeps a nice thickness to it that is quite silky at times. ABV is well hidden if you ask me. If it wasn't for a little bit of red coming up on my cheeks and some warmth in the belly, it would be almost completely unnoticed. This does sit slightly sweet on the palate but on the most part cleans up pretty quickly after each sip. Aftertaste is a bit of sweet sugars and fruits.

D: You know, this is much better than I was expecting to be honest. I wasn't very keen on this one when I heard about it. I figured it was just going to be an Imperial Sweetwater Blue. Not like that in the least. Sweetwater suprised me here. This is a very well crafted beer that may be a bit ambiguous at times, but it still very well put together and damned tasty. Glad I picked a bottle for myself instead of just the few my girlfriend picked out for herself. Actually wish I had a few more of these to see how they develop with some age. Well played, Sweetwater. Well played.

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Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber shared thanks to Nick3 on BA.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a white head and good retention.

Aroma is very Belgian - lots of yeast - as well as sweet malt and candi sugar. Maybe some blueberries.

Flavor is somewhat sweet with pale malt, Candi sugar, some blueberry, earthy notes, and some spice. A little bit of alcohol.

Medium-full bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Drinkability is above average. Pretty good overall, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a moment, and I mean moment there is a ¼ inch of foam that quickly vanishes. Then there is a tiny ring of foam around the edge of the glass. The foam has a slight purple tone to it. The beer itself is amber with a purple tint, clearly from the blueberries.

Honestly smells like dirty dishwater at first. Then you do get some blueberries and Belgian yeast. (slightly sour & metallic)

Yep, this is brewed with Belgian Yeast. What struck me is that it tasted like a poor man's Troeg's Mad Elf. There is a touch of a honey in the flavor, in fact, much more than any blueberry. Lots of yeast notes and a bit of black pepper. Lots of fruity esters.

Medium bodied with some prickly carbonation. (like a soda)

I think it's ok. What's interesting is that Dank is a perfect description of the beer.

I know it's a one time release and I see no reason to bring it back.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber acquired in trade from user yesac. thanks again. drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours a light golden amber colored body with a finger of fleeting eggshell colored head. the head leaves tiny spots of lacing behind.

S- very fruity. blueberries and other dark berries. raspberries, blackberries, maybe even strawberries. reminds me of a wine cooler. thats about it.

T- the taste is once again reminiscent of a wine cooler. very fruity and not much else. berries and more berries. blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

M- light bodied and very low level of carbonation. juice box like. no trace of booze.

D- this beer doesnt know weather to be a beer or some sort of harmless fruity juice drink. not really my thing. easy to finish and would probably be better in the summer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.82/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A bottle generously shared by crazeguy.

A: The pour is sort of lifeless and flat looking. The color is a muddled orange-brown color with no head to speak of.

S: The aroma is sweet and slightly tart. The blueberries don't seem all that present, to my disappointment. There are some yeasty and spicy smells, some of the typical "Belgian" aromas.

T: Where this beer was lacking in the appearance and aroma department, it is not in flavor. The blueberries really come through here and provide a nice sweetness and a bit of tartness as well. Overall, the taste is quite fruity and sweet, but I generally expect this from a fruit beer.

M: The body is fairly decent (medium), but the lack of any real carbonation really diminishes the experience.

D: Despite the lackluster mouthfeel, this beer is actually quite drinkable. While it is sweet, I don't find it cloying or sickening (like I often do). I found this beer to be (surprisingly) enjoyable.

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Photo of urwithdave
2.51/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Gtreid shared this one with me.

A- golden in color. Little head that quickly fades. No lace left.

A- big willie wonka blueberries and a sweet smelling factor that I'm thinking is almost honey like. Smells very yummy.

T- the blueberries aren't wonka like at all. It almost tasted like artificial flavoring. It almost tastes like a wine cooler that I use to steal from my moms fridge when I was a kid. Way to sweet.liquid cotton candy. I need to brush my teeth just from reviewing my notes on this.

M- like a thin sugary syrup. Makes my teeth scream.

D- no tnx.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: A clear medium to dark amber, with a slightly off-white 1-2 finger head.

S: Smells kind of yeasty with a hint of flowers, a definite fruit tartness however not necessarily blueberries.

T: Taste is sweet malts with almost a syrupy like sweetness as well. Big bready malts dominate without much bitter hop balance even in the finish.

M: Medium to full-ish mouthfeel, kind of bready almost, taste adds to this feeling. Has a distinct texture to it.

D: Could use a little balance here to help it out. A little too malty to be really drinkable.

Notes: Overall pretty good. Not as much emphasis on the fruit as I would have thought especially from Sweetwater who makes Blue. It isn't really a fruit sweet/tartness, it has a syrupy flavor almost. Not a bad beer, but a little bit of a let down.

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Photo of portia99
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that has been in the cellar for a long, long time. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Slight, blue-ish tint to an otherwise reddish amber body. A surprising finger of slightly fizzy, mostly foamy head that lingers for a minute and falls leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass.

S - I'm somewhat shocked that there is still a noticeable blueberry presence. A bit fruity overall with some with the blueberry actually standing up towards the front of the aroma profile - pretty good considering the age of the bottle and the difficulty in getting blueberries to create much aroma in the first place. Also picking up a slight tartness, some wheat and cereal grain maltiness. So far, so good.

T - Blueberries survive into the flavor as well. Noticeable rye graininess and spicy aspects. Alcohol is very noticeable as well giving some warmth on the swallow. More than a little bit of oxidation, which is well expected for a bottle with this many years on it - detracts, but doesn't kill it completely. Lingering caramelly malt flavor on the finish.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with a mid-level, somewhat foamy carbonation. Oxidation, yeast esters, fruit fading to an earthy caramelly finish.

O - Held up better than I expected but the oxidation is heavy and really affects the overall impression. Blueberries were amazing prominant in the nose and flavor still.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: reddish amber color, clear, no head retention or lacing

S: although you get the belgian yeast banana and spicy notes, in the background you can notice the subtle blueberry aroma of real blueberries, not some extract. also notice a little alcohol in the aroma.

T: the higher alcohol comes through initially, then the banana and clove flavor follows. the blueberry flavor is there, but in the background and toned down, which mutes the banana/clove notes typically found in a hefe type of beer. alcohol warmth is there in a big way to finish to go with the sweet finish.

MF: medium bodied, high carbonation, kind of a syrupy finish.

Drinkability: this beer is ok. it is all of 8%, kind of like a hefeweizen with blueberries. can't say i would buy it again over other sweetwater brews.

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Photo of nanofreak
4.92/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is excellent. It is not as floral as many lighter belgians. The head is light, and quickly disappears, but some of that could be the pour (TMac on tap). The nose is floral, though mild and not overpowered by the fruit which is just a touch, not too strong. Very pleasent surprise from one of my local breweries. Will have to pick up a bottle or two.

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Photo of nerdrocker101
2.9/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear gold, orange with a small bubbly head. The blueberries aren't overwhelming which I find to be a relieve. However, it's pretty much what I expected to be. More or less a bigger version of the Blue

Review from tasting notes on Sep 28, 2009.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
2.38/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Burnt orange, clear with a slight haze. Small amount of foam that disappears quickly. The orange color almost looks artificial when held up to the light.

S - Lots of sugary malt on the nose with maybe the faintest possible hint of blueberries. Pretty one-dimensional, maybe some prunes or raisins in there.

T - Belgian yeast with sweet caramel malt. Bordering on cloying. Some fruitiness that I'd attribute to the yeast, but I wouldn't have guessed there was any actual fruit in this beer.

M - Syrupy sweet with medium carbonation. Leaves a slick sweet aftertaste that's not entirely pleasant.

D - Having trouble finishing a tulip of it, much less the whole 22oz bottle. This one is not for me.

This one was a major disappointment.

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Photo of cavedave
3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Even more thanks to mrandypandy, another Southern gem!

It pours the look of a peach into my Unibroue tulip, it's the right color, and its cloudiness gives the look of peach fuzz. A finger of white foam relaxes to a generous skim, finally floating islands. Nice.

Blueberry up front in the smell, but matched by yeasty esters of pear, apple for a fruity tart, with a caramely undernote sweetening the deal to make a fruity, luscious, medium-strength bouquet. The beer's best feature.

I don't like fruit beer, I'm trying this because it's a Dank Tank, and the other two DT styles I tried were magnificent. First sip the blueberries were strong, and it tasted like a sparkling fruit wine. Uh oh, another fruit beer I won't like. It was too cold (50 deg.), it turns out. As it warms this beer turns better, but no where near the quality of the other DT's. The fruity yeast esters usher the blueberry into a sip full of sweet, tart, and floral, but as the sweet subsides, the tart really takes on a strange aftertaste. It does pick up a bit of herbal bitter, but the finish is overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is not bad, nice light feel to it, carb. is o'kay, but the finish is really disappointing, a cloying mess.

Drinkability is o'kay, had little trouble finishing this. I don't know what else to add here.

Impression: Glad I tried it, proves even Sweetwater can't hit all home runs

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Photo of ImusBeer
4.67/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this bad boy at home from a 22oz bottle.

It poured a hazy orange=copper color with some white head, about a finger that died in 5 minutes or so. Some lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank.

Aroma was mostly of wheat and citrus.

The bottle says it has blueberries and maybe it does but all I got was a sweet malty flavor with an alcohol bite and maybe some raisins as well. I feel as this warmed up it became mellower.

The mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. All in all a nice sipping beer. I'll need to cellar a few of these if I can get back to the liquour store and get more.

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Photo of zplug123
2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another one of their experimental brews, this time with an uncharming backstory...pushing the envelop too far to be tasteful. But onto the beer; poured from a 22 oz bomber into a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Great clarity, considerable head quickly dissipating. Light copper color

S: Not quite as strong in terms of aroma, esters and alcohol seem most apparent

T: Malt and estery sweetness thoughout, not much hops bitterness. No blueberries detected at all, I suppose the high alcohol masks the delicate fruit taste.

M: Alcohol warmness at the end of each sip, surprisingly full-bodied

D: Disturbingly sweet and alcohol laden, could probably sip this stuff but definitely not one of my favorites.

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Photo of spartan1
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A clear dark amber color, with a decent beige fluffy head which dissapates rather quickly. No real lacing.

S - A Belgian yeast smell. Perhaps a slight fruity aroma.

T - Mainly a belgian, bready taste. I expected more blueberry flavor based on the name. There is some, but not as much as I expected.

M - A medium, creamy mouthfeel.

D - Goes down fairly easy. Had no problem finishing the bomber.

Overall, not bad. As far as the Dank Tank goes, I much more enjoyed the DP Barleywine Ale.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice color, caught between red and pink (though much closer to red). i double checked the label, and it definitely says "Belgian wheat", and as such the one finger white crown that has no staying power and leaves no lace is a disappointment. The nose is of blueberries and fruit juice (I want to say apple juice, but that's not quite right), with a faint smell of alcohol present as well. The taste follows suit, but the rye mentioned on the bottle finally makes an appearance. The rye influence was a pleasant surprise, I'm not a big fan of beers that go heavy on rye, but this beer did it subtly and it added a nice spiciness in the background. BOBBB has a nice smoothness to it, courtesy of the wheat, and surprisingly has a decent amount of carbonation given the appearance. The drinkability suffers from something that I didn't touch on above, but the alcohol is way too present in this beer, especially for one that's only 8%. I think with a little refinement this could be a pretty good beer, but for now it's just average all things considered.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.76/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A: Clear, almost hazy and full amber. The head is tight but very airy and light, off white.

S: Sweet, touch of flowers/honey, slight tartness

T: Sweet maltiness, hint of tartness which is prevalent in the after taste as well as a predominant toasted flavor. I can taste no alcohol at all, even though its 8%. Tastes like bread.

M: Coats the whole mouth, medium mouthfeel which gives texture to the brew.

This beer did not taste like blueberries like the name hinted. Other than that, an above average brew.

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Sweetwater Dank Tank Big Ol' Belgian Blue Balls from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 62 ratings