Sunday, May 18, 2014

Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood Red Ale

This 6.8% ABV ale brewed with ancho chilies is from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. Ommegang is part of the Duvel family, and is essentially a Belgian brewery plopped down in New York State. It is one of their special releases tied to the HBO television series Game of Thrones. This is the third release and features the three dragons of Daenerys Targaryen on the labels. 

The beer pours a deep and dark amber in color, burnt umber, heading to ruby. There is a very tall, thick, foamy head that is off-white to very, very light tan in color. The aroma is yeast esters, lots of banana, floral, herbal, caramel malt, with earthy and spicy chilies, and earthy, leather, horse blanket yeast notes. The taste hits all the notes found in the aroma, with a very, very dry finish that has moderate to strong bitterness, a floral bitterness. The chilies are present but subtle, the beer itself is spicy and the chilies provide spice without much, if any, heat. It is intensely and finely carbonated in the bottle-conditioned style. There is a lot going on in this beer, some will love it, it left me wanting a more coherent whole. 

Drogon is believed to be the reincarnation of Balerion the Black Dread, but Daenerys decides to give him a new name for his new life. The largest and most aggressive of Daenerys's three dragons, Daenerys has problems reining him in.

The majority of Viserion's scales are cream, but his horns, wing bones and spinal crest are gold colored. His teeth are shining black daggers. His eyes are two pools of molten gold and his flame is pale gold shot through with red and orange. Viserion has a roar that would send a hundred lions running. Although his true color is cream he is often referred to as the white dragon. He knows his name.

Rhaegal is one of the dragons born on the Dothraki Sea, along with Drogon and Viserion. Commanded by Daenerys Targaryen, he was named for her brother, Rhaegar Targaryen. He is distinguishable by his green and bronze colored scales, and his yellow-orange colored wings.

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