Dogfish Head frequently boasts that it makes “off-centered ales for off-centered people.”
This amusing adage is true yet again with Dogfish’s latest release, Black & Blue. This Belgian-style golden ale is crafted with 300 pounds of pureed black raspberries and blueberries per batch and tastes like summer in a glass.
The pour reveals that Black & Blue is neither black nor blue. It has a transparent light pink color, with a slight carbonation and pinkish head.
It possesses aromas of fresh-baked bread with refreshing notes of berries and exotic Belgian spices. On the palate, flavors of blackberries, cherries, coriander and lavender linger and blend seamlessly with the blueberry notes on the slightly tart finish.
Black & Blue clocks in at a robust 10 percent alcohol by volume, which is surprising because the alcohol is masked quite well. For your wine drinking friends, this brew would be an excellent substitute for a prosecco or any light sparkler. Pair it with fresh fruit for a nice al fresco brunch. Black & Blue is available in 750 milliliter bottles and retails for $11.99.
Rob Neal is a home-brewing consultant at Gentile’s, the Wine Sellers. Check out his blog at brewski-bros.blogspot.com.