Brewer: Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY
Style: Belgian-style Red Ale
Description: The newest beer in Ommegang’s Game of Thrones collaboration series, this beer is named after the motto of House Targaryen – “Fire and Blood” – and comes with three labels that show the images of Daenerys Targaryen’s three dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. Like all Ommegang products, this red ale is brewed in the traditional Belgian style, has added spelt and rye malts, anchillo peppers, and is then refermented in the bottle.
Tasting Notes: Consistent with a Belgian-style red, this beer has a rich malt flavor, strong notes of yeast, and just enough malt and hop bitterness to challenge the taste buds. The addition of spelt and rye add a layer of complexity, as do the achillo peppers, contributing to a malt profile that is also dry and tangy in addition to fruity and quite smooth.
Appearance: Deep red, cloudy, good foam and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, strong yeast, mild floral hops
Taste: Deep smooth malt, yeast, notes of dates and plums, dry tang and rye bitterness
Aftertaste: Lingering rye bitterness, yeasts, and malt sweetness