Unibroue La Resolution

La_Resolution_Unibroue_410x4351Brewer: Unibroue, Chambly QC
Style: Spiced Ale
ABV: 10%
IBU: 21.5

Description: This limited-release beer was inspired by a special recipe that brew master Jerry Vietz concocted for his friends, and which is now available for a limited time. This spiced ale is extra strong, and like all Unibroue products, is refermented in the bottle using active yeast cultures.

Tasting Notes: This is the first time since I tried Unibroue Grand Reserve 17 about two years ago that I’ve had anything new from this brewery. And this was a certainly familiar territory, coming from Unibroue. Despite its strength, this beer is rather mellow in character. The spices are present, but subdued, the rich malt strikes a nice balance between strength and sweetness, and the yeast backbone provides some nice effervescence.

Appearance: Deep brown, near-opaque, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Strong malts, figgy pudding, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, allspice
Taste: Roasted malt, good tang, brown sugar, mild yeast, notes of allspice
Aftertaste: Lingering yeasts, malt bitterness, spices
Overall: 8.5/10

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Ommegang Fire And Blood Red Ale

https://i2.wp.com/www.ommegang.com/got/img/bottle-3-fab.pngBrewer: Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY
Style: Belgian-style Red Ale
Alc/Vol: 6.8%

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
Overall: 9/10