The Gold & White Belgian-style ale by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery could very easily be mistaken for wine by the untrained eye (especially if said eye is in a condition similar to the pilgrim’s on the bottle). Dogfish Head brews are notoriously creative/unique, and the quality is consistently high. For this reason, I rarely pass up an opportunity to sample one of their offerings regardless of the price tag. Full disclosure: I rarely pass up an opportunity to sample any beer.
Black & Blue pours a gold tinted dark raspberry. The thin, wispy head disappears quickly after the pour like pizza at a frat party. The aroma begins with hints of bubble gum and banana typical of Belgian style ales. The blueberry and black raspberry aromas are unmistakably present with a grainy base of fresh bread. The berry characteristics are overtly dominant, but there is a high level of complexity intermingled in the background.
The blueberry and raspberry aspects are even more pronounced in the flavor. If the appearance doesn’t trick you into thinking this ale is a wine, the flavor may come close. The profile is intensely fruity with a sharp sour grape/unripe melon kick that catches you off guard mid-sip. The biscuity malt undertone is the only thing that reels this beverage back into beer territory. The consistency is deceptively light considering the high ABV.
Black & Blue is a an interesting spin on the Belgian ale style. This brew is a great way to get your self-professed sommelier friends into beer. It’s also a great way to get your 2-4 daily servings of fruit. Once again, Dogfish Head does not disappoint. Get a few of your wine sipping friends together and take this ale through the grid #SommSlang.
- Appearance: Gold, dark raspberry
- Aroma: Bubblegum, blueberry, raspberry, banana, bread
- Flavor: Blueberry, raspberry, sour grapes, unripe melon, biscuity malt
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 10%
- Size/Price: 25.4 oz. / $13
- Score: 88