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Fire and Blood – Ommegang

GoTbeer_bttl6.8% ABV
Purchased at Taylor’s Market ($9.99/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into tulip glasses.

This third Game of Thrones-themed beer from Cooperstown, New York-based Ommegang pours a rusty red with a massive, persistent, off-white head.  Through the thick froth, you can make out an interesting nose of dark fruits (especially plums) and chili peppers, along with some notes of Belgian spice.  Although this hoppy Belgian red ale has been spiced up with the addition of Ancho chiles (as well as spelt and rye), there is no major heat on the tongue or in the throat, just a consistent chile flavor accenting the base taste of apple, plum, and berry.  Fire and Blood is far more drinkable than you would expect from the description, offering delicious but relatively restrained Belgian-style flavors with a lot of depth and nuance.

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Three Philosophers (Ommegang)

9.8% ABV
Purchased at Corti Brothers ($7.69/25.4 oz. bottle) and poured into wine glasses.

His Notes:

This highly regarded concept beer from Cooperstown-based brewery Ommegang pours a reddish-brown with a sandy brown head.  The smell is of wood, berries, cherries, and wild yeast, and indeed it’s strong and tangy on the tongue, barely bothering to hide its hefty alcohol content.  Sour cherry flavors seep in as the alcohol wallop fades, moving the taste from the brutish darkness of a strong Belgian quad into a mild dessert wine with a sour ale kick.  The skeleton of wood barrels is present throughout, as is the hint of cherries and wild yeast.  Three Philosophers is a little too strong to favorably complement the fruit flavors, and much like a good dessert wine, a little bit of it goes a long way.

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