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Franciscan Well Rebel Red

Rating: 3.1

Another bottle that I picked up and tried on a recent trip to the north of Ireland over Christmas and New Year, this one coming from the south and Cork. The beer is brewed by Franciscan Well, a microbrewery that was founded in 1998 and was sold to the Molson Coors UK & Ireland group in 2013; the 1219 on the bottle indicating that there has been a brewery on the same site in Cork since then and not when the Franciscan Well brewery was founded. Whilst probably not a craft beer any longer, in the truest sense of the term at least, the beer is still brewed in Cork at the original micro brewery and is apparently also available in Tesco stores around Ireland. This is one of two beers from the brewery that I tried whilst in Ireland, a review of their Friar Weisse wheat beer will follow this one.

Franciscan Well Rebel Red

Appearance (3/5): Pours a deep red to copper amber colour with a slightly opaque body and a thin, foamy lacing on top that just about covers the beers surface and no more.
Aroma (7/10): Bittersweet on the nose with some caramel malts starting things off before some sugar follows on. There is some grain on the nose and a few earthy notes as well before some background fruits, a toasted biscuit aroma and some faint hops see things out.
Taste (6/10): Lots of malts come through early on in the taste with some caramel and a lot of grain too. There was a sweetness as a result of this and some biscuit and light hops soon followed. The taste was a lot like the nose in truth but also a slight disappointment, coming across quite basic.
Palate (3/5): Quite a bitter beer on the palate, there is some sweetness to it as well though and a bit of grain as well. The body was a light-medium and carbonation was about average but the beer almost seemed too sweet in places and I wasn’t particularly impressed with the balance of this one.

Overall (12/20): This one was a pretty average beer in truth and not really doing anything to dispel my initial belief that this one doesn’t really count as a craft beer. Whilst the beer definitely wasn’t a bad one, it didn’t do much to impress either and seemed to be missing that spark to get me excited about it. Not all that complex a beer, the beer seemed a little sweet but it remained drinkable throughout at least.

Brewed In: Cork, Ireland
Brewery: Franciscan Well
First Brewed: Brewery since 1998
Type: Irish Red Ale
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Reilly’s (Lisnaskea)
Price: £1.79


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