Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart AleBlue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SoCalBeerIdiot on 04-15-2013

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2/5  rDev -34.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.43/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to August 26, 2013.

Aroma is indeed fruity and berries. Pours an odd blush/brown shade, no head at all.
Taste: This brew can not decide if it is a beer or a berry wine cooler or malternative! Overly sweet and tart, leaves an unpleasant backbite in the mouth. Was this an attempt at a Lambic?
f you like berry sodas or wine coolers you might enjoy this.

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3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of bnes09
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color and mostly transparent. Descent head on the pour recedes quickly leaving a thin films with a few lace spots.

Wheat toast and blackberry jam in the nose.

Descent malt character, toasty. Touch of sweet and tart blackberries and blueberries. Can't detect any hops.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slick feel.

Slightly better than others in the style. Fruit flavors are not overdone, flavor is not too sweet and actually tastes like beer. Has a descent alcohol content as well thanks to the fuller malt bill. Not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +30.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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3.02/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber color with hints of a purplish tint running through. Upon pouring there is a one finger white head that fades rather fast to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a blackberry smell with some notes of a bready aroma mixed within. Along with these aromas are more subtle aromas of a more grassy and spiced aroma.

Taste – The taste begins big of a sweet blackberry taste that largely dominates the tastes of the brew. There is a bit of a bready flavor that is present upfront that over times loses its strength. As the flavor advances more toward the end, more blackberry sweetness comes to the tongue as well as a little bit of a sour flavor leaving a very sweet and smooth blackberry flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. While a little more carbonation may have better suited the sweet and smooth flavors of the brew, it was overall a rather refreshing feel on the tongue.

Overall – Sweet and rather refreshing, although not tart like the name would imply (well maybe a very little bit at the end). The flavors are on the simpler side and would make for a nice drinker on a hot summer day, while outside chatting with friends.

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3.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red colored beer with a short lived tan colored head.

Smell is malty and yeasty with a mild blackberry aroma. Slight sour scent.

Starts out mildly sweet and malty with a mild blackberry taste. Tastes like an amber ale plus blackberries. And that is about it, berry and amber ale. Slight caramel tasted.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a forgettable beer. If you want a Blackberry beer try Sam Adams Blackberry Witbier instead.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +14%

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2.44/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Target in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for the Brewmaster’s Seasonal Sampler variety 12-pack
Purchased: April 17, 2013
Consumed: April 19, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark caramel amber with 2-3 fingers of khaki white frothy head. Fairly bubbly and could hear the foam bubbling. Minimal foggy lacing on the sides, average-to-above average retention on the top all the way down.

Was tough to get a good whiff, really had to work for it. Got dark fruits, faint blackberries and some sweet sugary malts. Really thought there would be more here.

Tasted a little more flavorful than the nose, but not that much. Got blackberry, reminding me of blackberry jam, albeit with just a small amount of jam. Some tartness on the tongue after, but not strong enough for me.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish.

Maybe something was wrong with this batch, but just no flavor. Very bland, nothing something I think of when I see blackberry tart.

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2.9/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a deep amber brown, slightest berry red tint when held to light. Slightly yellowish head is a quarter inch thick and pillowy, retains as a film.

Smells of caramel malt and saccharine berry sweetness. More raspberry than blueberry.

Tastes of mild bready malts with a soft hint of raspberry sweetness. On the sugary side.

Medium to light body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Pretty decent looking beer that, as a fruity malt beverage, isn't half bad as a thirst quencher. As a beer, though, it's pretty blah. Average taste at best, fruit flavor is artificial, and disappointing body. Not terrible, but not very good.

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4.25/5  rDev +38.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +46.6%

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2.46/5  rDev -19.9%
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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2.82/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

They seem to have the color down nicely. I have been tasting some lovely coppery colored beers lately, which seems to be good marketing. But this one has a dark berry stain to it along with the crystal clarity. Nice foam along with the plentiful sudsy carbonation in the mouth. Not much aroma but at least the usual beery caramel smell.

The taste is fairly agreeable but it has a peculiar aftertaste that I can only describe as burnt berry pie. Hop aromatics are apparently lacking, though there is some bitterness for the finish. A bit sweet, and it is somewhat appealing at first sip. Hints of caramel and a slight fruity tanginess. As it warms it tastes more dirty and malt liquorish. In case you were reading the name and thinking there was some tart sensation, forget it. From the 12 oz bottle purchased in Phoenix.

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Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 326 ratings