This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Blue Moon's new limited release - Blackberry Tart Ale.
Continuing their recent trend of bringing new beer straight from R&D to the public, Blue Moon has released three new beers in this season's Brewmasters Sampler Box. Unlike past mix boxes which have contained three or four different beers, the Summer 2013 Brewmasters Sampler Box contains five different beers: Blue Moon Belgian White (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/07/sunday-night-suds-blue-moon-belgian.html); Rounder Belgian Style Pale Ale; Short Straw Farmhouse Style Red Ale; Agave Pale Ale (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2012/05/sunday-night-suds-blue-moon-agave.html) and the Blackberry Tart Ale.
But while Blue Moon gives with one hand it takes away with the other. My absolute favorite Blue Moon product, the Summer Honey Wheat Ale (f/k/a Honey Moon) has been retired. And according to the Blue Moon website there are even odder sounding seasonals and limited editions on the horizon including Raspberry Cream Ale and Peanut Butter Ale.
The Blackberry Tart Ale is mellow in flavor and the added blackberries although tart, do not overwhelm the palate. This is not the Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier (reviewed here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/08/sunday-night-suds-samuel-adams.html) which hits you over the head with fruit and drowns every sip with sweetness. Instead, the Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale gives a little fruit at the end of each sip and provides just a little tartness. The result is a beer which can be enjoyed with meals such as rich beef dishes.
Blue Moon Blackberry Tart Ale is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union. For the experts take on the Blackberry Tart Ale, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/306/92402.
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