Black & Blue | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black & Blue is a Belgian-style golden ale fermented with blackberries and blueberries. Because we dose Black & Blue with real berries -- rather than artificial flavoring -- the fruit comes through in the flavor, not just the aroma.

The pureed berries are added as the beer leaves the brewhouse. In fermentation, the yeast -- the same one we use in Red & White and Pangaea -- feeds on sugars from the barley and the berries, giving Black & Blue a unique complexity and a high ABV.

25 IBU

Added by ggaughan on 08-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,619
Reviews:
528
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
294
For Trade:
9
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Ratings: 1,619 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of epyon396
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterKilderkin
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JackieTH
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish hued gold beer kicked up foam. Smells very fruity certainly of blueberries and blackberries sweet and a bit tart in odor akin to a natural mixed berry jam. Taste is more on the tart side with a bit of sweetness around the edges. Definitely getting the 'real' blueberries and raspberries. The Belgian elements of this beer stays well under the radar and the only presence is a subtle crackers malt. Medium body. Overall this is enjoyable. I don't find it too sweet and I get the real berry taste, it's not seeming cloying or sugary. I'd revisit this beer occasionally.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 50marathons
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer!! Great fruit aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Domvan
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TimHitchings
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stermax
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of homebrew311
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a snifter, appears a deep purple/red with decent clarity and sticky white head. Aroma feature Belgian esters paired with mild indiscernible berry character. Some tannic like red wine notes come through as well. Taste again feature mild berry with a mellow tartness. The fruit has a syrupy flavor and clashes with the base beer. Notes of a Belgian pale are present, not a whole lot of character. Overall, this beer is kind of blah, the fruit character comes across as syrupy and almost medicinal while the base beer is rather mom descript. Mouthfeel is highly carbed and somewhat heavy on the feel. Overall, would not come back to this one.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rebel-fist
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
2.25/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tastes like a blend of Chimay and NyQuil.

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Photo of Cook82
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dactrius
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AuntBea
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This sounded good but, I was disappointed with the taste.

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Photo of npachl
2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

I can get into the fruity beers (see New Glarus Serendipity), but this guy just lacks great flavor and feel. Dollars are better spent on other D-Fish beers.

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Photo of Wilshade
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Style Golden Ale
ABV: 10%
Glassware: Tulip

Appearance: A beautiful translucent amber with a thick, creamy, off white head with substantial staying power. (Yes, I was careful with my pour.) Very active effervescence in the head and body.

Smell: Berries and more berries. Very pleasant.

Taste: Definitely tasting the berries with some floral hints. Very flavorful and surprisingly well balanced. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Tingly on the tongue, but smooth on the whole palette.

Overall: Pretty beer with a nice bouquet and a distinct berry taste. High ABV is very well hidden. .

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Photo of cbuijs
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle:
Pours a rose to amber in color, with a fair amount of clarity. Light pink head billows on the pour, receding eventually to thin surface, medium edge head. Lacing is significant.
Nose is Belgian yeast, banana-y esters, mainly. As the beer warms, there is a flower blossom scent that comes on. Some whiffs I get some berry, but not all and not strong. Others times there is a strange mix of tart and funk that has a wet cardboard note to it.

Taste starts like a Belgian pale or saison, dry with light carbonation, and an earthy, lightly herbal taste. Little banana, but that is replaced with blackberry tartness - lightly combined with a sweeter blueberry taste. These flavors are nicely represented, but they combine with the farmhouse taste (yeast funkiness?) in a slightly odd way. This becomes less noticeable at warmer temps. Feel also improves at a certain temp, carbonation is fine throughout, but the palate is treated to a smooth beer as the carbonation fades a tad later in the pour.

A decent offering, but the combination of Belgian yeast with the berries created a slightly too weird taste to get a better score from me.

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Photo of seabeetastetest
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Bright red-orange. A little hazy--a close look reveals many small particles in the beer. Lots of head (though I may have poured it a little too quickly). Head is tan colored with the tiniest hint of red to it. Visible carbonation is sparse

Smell - 4.25/5
Smells like a Belgian (I don't know all the terms to describe that). It's got that light malt taste with a little spiciness. Also slightly sweet, and I think I can get tiny hints of that berry fruit flavor. The sweetness of the fruit combined with the belgian aspects makes this smells almost like a trippel or a quad.

Taste - 3.75/5
Strong blueberry and blackberry flavor tempered by a yeasty belgian malt flavor. Hints of spices typical in a Belgian. A high level of sweetness, but very well balanced by the rest of the beer. Overall this tastes like a Belgian Dubbel/Trippel/Quad/something in that ballpark. It's a nice Belgian, but nothing special. I would have liked stronger berry flavors. The berry flavors are quite weak.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Fairly smooth, has a medium amount of medium-light carbonation. Moderately crisp.

Overall - 4/5
This was a tasty beer but the blueberry and blackberry flavors were a little too subtle for my liking. I would have liked a stronger berry flavor. Besides the berry aspect, it's a quite nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled upstairs at Coopers Tavern

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Photo of 2Bstout
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black & Blue from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 1,619 ratings.
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