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Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Fire And Blood Red AleFire And Blood Red Ale

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665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 18
Gots: 101 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kojevergas on 03-11-2014)
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zp6167a, Today at 03:34 AM
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire and Blood looks a little like each; a viscous looking dark crimson fills the glass but flickers of fiery orange-amber lick the sides. Its surface looks something like a puff of smoke and coats the glass like plastic wrap. A nice looking ale indeed - just be sure to keep the sediment out!

Despite some interesting ingredients (spelt, rye, ancho chillies) this smells, as is customary for Belgian-style ales, predominantly like one: yeast. Granted, these strains of yeast offer far more than just one flavour; a variety of pantry herbs and baker's rack spices blend with a few different kinds of over-ripe orchard fruits. There's some nutty maltiness too.

For something brewed with rye and anchos I can't help but feel a little letdown in the spice department. I wouldn't be any happier were my nose running and face turning red, but for a beer with "fire" in its name and spicy peppers on its ingredients list this has a disappointing amount of 'pop' (even with the boost of an inherently zestful of the yeast). There is zero heat.

To its credit, the rye does its part; that grainy, whiskey brand of spice can be appreciated. It makes a great pairing to the toasty, nutty sweetness of the amber malts and the mulled apple cider notes. Beyond that, however, there's not a ton of flavour to grasp onto. By and large it's dry cereal grain, phenols, and orchard fruit esters - plain and pedestrian.

It's rare that I ever say a bad thing about Ommegang, but there's little to Fire and Blood beyond its marketing. Look, I love the labels too, but this brewery offers many far better options - don't be duped. The rye and ancho chillies, were they more prominent, might present some interesting food pairing options but otherwise there's little to recommend this by.

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Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
82 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.