I LOVE Black Sheep beers and ruby is my favourite ale so I was over the moon to get my hands on a bottle of Blitzen, a ruby Christmas ale from my favourite North Yorkshire brewery.
It's a dark ruby coloured ale with the thick, tight beige head that we know and love from Black Sheep. The aroma is AMAZING, it's very fruitcake-like with treacle, dark fruit and malts combining to create a mouth-watering smell.
My first sip took me to beer heaven. It is so malty with a hint of sweet treacle at first then there was a layer of liquorice and caramel followed by a dark chocolate and zesty bitter orange finish. It is exactly like biting into a Christmas cake as each layer of flavour hits your taste buds.
With a medium body, it's so very smooth to drink and I would have guessed it was a Black Sheep ale if I'd drank it with my eyes closed. The trademark Black Sheep head was even more robust than usual as it clung to my lip and left me with a frothy moustache.
Blitzen is a lovely ruby ale that you could drink all year round as it's not a spicy Christmas ale, it's just a lovely fruity ruby. I loved it and I can most definitely say Ale Be Seeing You again, Blitzen.
Brewed by Black Sheep Brewery, Masham, North Yorkshire4% ABV
My Untappd score: 4.25/5