Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale

Yes, this beer brings up a lot of questions. Let me answer the first: I got it because it was part of a sampler pack. I am not a huge fan of raspberries, elderberries, or any other berries in my beer. If you want to call me a purist, I wouldn't disagree, but there have been plenty of beers that I liked, even though they broke my rule.

I'm not going to complain about the length of the name, as I complained the last two times. This time, I'll list the name without comment: Coors Brewing Blue Moon Brewing Company's Limited Release Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale.

It pours a deep, clear amber color with a decent head. It's aroma is overwhelmed with blackberry (not unexpectedly) and a hint of malt. Not much in way of hops, and I had hoped that the "ale" wasn't just tacked onto the label to let you know it is a beverage with alcohol like some beverages do. Well, you can't judge a book by its cover, and you can't judge a beer by its aroma, so let's have a taste.

The first sip is definitely blackberry, but I thought the word "tart" in the name was more like a strawberry tart or some other "tart" pastry. You know, maybe it was implying some kind of sweet or even a wheat taste added to the beer. Nope. It actually meant that there was a tart finish to the beer. It's not overwhelming, but neither is the blackberry, really. The whole thing is a bit watery.

I'm going to go in for a big draught. Gimmie a sec...

Well, more of the same. It didn't really change the taste at all. I have even tried letting it warm up a bit, and it doesn't seem like the taste is particularly mutable. It's not overtly offensive, but it's also not impressive by itself. I took a look at some other reviewer's comments, and I don't know what they are finding in it that they like so much more than I do. Wish I could like it that much.



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