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Game Of Thrones: Fire & Blood - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 929
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 4.24%
Wants: 33
Gots: 147 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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New York, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kojevergas on 03-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys' feared dragons. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles.

On sale March 31, in time for the debut of Season 4, Fire and Blood makes for the perfect season premiere pairing. The beer is available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on tap at the pig & Fiddle. L: Fills the glass with a bright brown liquid 3” light tan foam cap, rocky and lacy.
S: a touch of ancho, malt, spice and fruit.
T: More of a subtle heat than a big fire. There is malt, spice some of the ancho flavor, a hint of caramel, some dark sugar. The heat is in the finish but it is not outrageous – anchos are hot but not hot like a habanero or even a jalapeno – anchos have more of a sweet hot.
F: Creamy, fine soft carbonation, medium full body
O: Interesting and drinkable but not a favorite. (558 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a red ale with spices, and I enjoyed it while watching the 4th season of GoT back in 2014. The spices are more in the back end, thankfully (Theobroma left a bad taste in my mouth still to this day), but the overall flavor just seems a bit weak. It's kind of like a light Dubbel, if there is such a thing (I guess amber ale, right?). Worth trying but not worth seeking out. The Valar Morghulis is much better. (416 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed form the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This spiced red ale pours a bright reddish mahogany with a very nice white foamed head and solid lacing. Nose of dark sugars, spice, and that's about it. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with caramel and brown sugars mingling heavily with smoked peppers. Good carbonation makes it an easy drinker with a moderately dry aftertaste and a persistent spiciness. Good if you are into peppered brews, and while I like hot foods, I do not particularly find it as complex as it should be given the others in the series. (560 characters)

Photo of dwmson1
1/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So much sediment.... i dont know if it was old or what.... not a good experience at all... this is not their fault... but mine... i knew better when i bought it than to buy a beer named after a TV show... btw... the show is outstanding and quite addictive...

This beer was not a good choice by be... (301 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance does have a persistent creamy head, lace, and a clear orange amber color. Aroma is malt, spice, yeast , wine, caramel. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, carbonic tang up front, lots of spice in back. Great body; i think the warmth is coming from the chilies. Very good finish too. (289 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark colored brew with a soapy white head that leaves lacing on the glassware. Slightly cloudy but free of sediment.

SMELL: The aroma is malty, has some yeast esters, and a touch of smoke.

TASTE: Lively and bright on the palate, Belgian yeast is factoring in big, perhaps even Brettanomyces at play here. Light herbal hops and a kiss of Poblano in the finish. Balanced, dry, almost neutral on that point. Then again, you have farmhouse flavor, more than fair amount of hops, and the peppers adding a slight tang and spiciness. Finishes clean with just a hint of spice.

OVERALL: Not your everyday Red ale by a long shot. (636 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local grocery store has a special price on this bomber so I grabbed one.
A - Pours a dark brown with a 1" head of tight bubbles that settles quickly.
S - Typical Belgian yeast aroma.
T - I don't think I have ever worked so hard to figure out the flavors in a beer. With every sip I moved this around my mouth, trying to hit all my taste buds and come up with something. The ancho chillies came through once like a bullet but then it was gone. Good flavor but it must be attributed to the malts and the yeast.
M - Medium mouth feel and very carbonated.
O - Not the best Ommegang has to offer but solid. Good but not Very Good. (629 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber color to it. It has a nice fluffy off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready Belgian yeast, peppery spices, faint ancho chilies and some tart lemon. (Some definite Saison characteristics)

Taste: Like the aromas, it has Belgian yeast, some breadiness, peppery spices, faint chilies and a faint tartness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smoot drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle (630 characters)

Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark murky brown amber colour. Two inches of head formed by mixed sized bubbles that comes from the wheat and spelt grain. Very good lacing and retention.

A steely, grassy aroma with strong Belgian yeast smell. But still weak compared to the taste.

Lots of flavour. Good rye taste but not too harsh. I am not sure what the spelt should taste like. The chili taste is handled well and does not dominate the taste. The chilli is moderated by the sweet malts and yeast. All of these different tastes are integrated well together.

Heavy mouthfell and a great carbonation nip.

Excellent ale. Well-made with lots of flavours. (625 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy grass and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean waxy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an ok Belgian ale, but the scent and taste didn't have any unique character. The body was good, and the finish was smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not bad, but very forgettable brew. (530 characters)

Photo of bmeehan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

When I first saw the Valar Morghulis brew, I asked the cashier where I was buying the beer if he'd had it. He told me he had not, but that it was probably the best Game of Thrones beer because it was closest to their regular Dubbel, and that some of the other Game of Thrones beers were "brewed with some crazy stuff." This one is like that in that it incorporated Ancho Chiles, and they can be tasted just as you swallow, and they're there just enough to take a point off. The rest of the experience is great; strong but not too strong, rich in color, and smells great. (570 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light spicy rye notes with some caramelized malt notes is OKish. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some caramelized malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation doesn’t’ really stand out and chiles notes are way too subtle. (376 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nice dark body with a thick head.
Aroma has dark fruit compents
taste has a dark fruit flavor and yeasty
mouthfeel is nice and overall a darn good beer. (154 characters)

Photo of TerryW
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very tasty brew. Gently spicy and yeasty. Nose is gently yeasty. A bit of an alcohol/yeast bit going, sweet up front finishing somewhat drier. Hint of dark fruit. Slightly thin-bodied. Belgian, but not overpoweringly so. Handsome to look at. Big long-lived head, reddish tea colour. Well done. (295 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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. (1,766 characters)

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

A - pours deep brown-red, fairly thick light off-white head; dissipates quickly

S - sweet malts, hint of red fruit

T - toasted malts up front with some sweet, caramel notes throughout. Smokey peppers towards the end, but subtle

M - fairly thick for a red, very smooth

O - overall very good. Perhaps a bit overpriced given what it is, but a very solid beer (360 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From notes on 6/16/14

Drank this while watching the season finally last night. It was much better than I expected. I didn't care for last years GoT beer, so I didn't have high hopes for this. Had a nice malty aroma. Taste was malty, slight spice, not spicy (hot), but spice. Very sweet. Beer poured with a lot of head. Even the last glass poured an hour after the bottle was opened still had a good foamy creamy head. (418 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the abv at 6.8%.

Appearance: The body has a dark garnet red color with a light haze and a tall light tan head. The head builds up quickly and settles slowly. The head also makes some nice glass lacing.

Smell: Overall the nose is fairly light but I get some light malt with mild Belgian yeast notes. It’s mild fruity and funky come out more as it warms. I also pick up some mineral notes and some spicy vegetable like spicy notes from the Ancho chillies.

Taste / Palate: Up front I get mildly sweet maltiness bring bready and fruity notes across the tongue. Apple, red pears and plums stand out here. Mild spicy notes as well as yeast notes move in and add some dryness. The finish has more dry spice as well as some light hop bitterness. (878 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky red/amber with prodigious head of off-white suds. Sloppy but thick lace.

Nose is spicy and yeasty Belgian-style, all the way. A little hint of peppery spice, too, which is fitting.

Taste is bright and fruity — an explosion of dark berry notes and a tint of chili pepper (actually Ancho chilies) that meld well with the spicy Belgian yeast. Finishes an almost funky sour flavor. This is a complex, subtle, and well-rounded brew that’s delicious and unique. Bravo, Ommegang, for twisting the traditional Belgian into something unusual yet delicious. (567 characters)

Photo of Sinfull
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Hazy amber/brown color , huge off-white head. Aroma of rye malt , yeast and caramel. Grainy , yeasty and spicy taste with moderate hops bitterness . Long bitterness in aftertaste. (179 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

The beer pours a very bubbly whitish head that dissipates quickly but leaves a film and quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is a blood red and opaque with a bit of copper. The beer smell is strongly malty and yeasty. The yeast is very strong and occasionally covers the other notes. One other note is the pepper who adds a nice burning scent to the beer. As the beer warms, the yeast begins to take a backseat to the hops and peppers. The hops have a bitter smell that pairs well with the pepper and light dark fruit notes become visible. The taste has the same notes but in different strengths. The taste is more malty and caramel and the peppers are much more noticeable than in the smell. The taste still has the strong yeast presence but is still more complex. The pepper is strong but it's not burning. As the beer warms, the hops become more noticeable as do the dark fruits. The dark fruits in particular improve the taste and mix well with the pepper and hops. The mouthfeel is pretty light with quite a bit of carbonation. The beer leaves a pretty dry mouth afterwards. Overall, a decent beer. It's worth getting at least once, but I wouldn't crawl into a burning funeral pyre to hatch three dragon eggs for it. (1,223 characters)

Photo of jam_fanz
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Ok Beer. THe head seems to be sticking around for me. Light brown color, seems very bubbly. It has a very Clove heaver after taste. Not my Favorite Ommegang Beer, But i like it more then the Take the Black Stout. (213 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

750 ml bottle, packaged on 12/23/13, best by 12/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/brown color with a couple inch light tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like cloves, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), dark bread and peppery spice (not chili pepper spice). Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some nuttiness, apple, earthiness and very light chili pepper flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy and it's also well carbonated. I think it's an OK overall brew, however if you're expecting any chili pepper spicy heat in this brew you're going to be disappointed. But if you look at this as being a red ale or a Belgian dark ale, it's not a bad brew at all. With that being said, it's not one of my favorite Ommegang selections but it was nice to try once. $7.99 a bottle. (920 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into oversized snifter
Served: 30 July 2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy, ugly brown color with a dirty off-white head. Beer has a sickly brown color that really makes it look awful. Head doesn't stick around very long and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: Soft notes of caramel, pecan, and toffee, much like a dubbel actually.

Taste: Similar to the smell but with a strange herbal astringency which I attribute to the inclusion of chili peppers in the brew. The taste isn't awful, but the strange non-beery, herbal bitterness is somewhat offputting. If the brewery is going to include chili peppers, it should have played a much bigger role so there's at least something interesting about their inclusion.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation results in a relatively soft brew on the tongue.

Overall: In general, this is a beer I really can't rap my head around. Uninspiring at best. (888 characters)

Photo of MaddestHatter
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just awe-inspiring. I had heard good tales told of Ommegang and its Belgian roots, but had never had the opportunity to try any of their offerings until I saw this at my local Total Wine. I was immediately intrigued at least by the novelty of a Game of Thrones inspired beer, but when I read that it was a Belgian style red ale with a good BA score and heard that it came highly recommended by the employee doing tastings of various other beers that day I knew I had to try it. This beer looks incredible. It pours an amazing dark ruby color and formed three or four fingers of fluffy white head that passed the rim of a large glass and did not even hint at disappearing until I myself drank the beer, which left gorgeous lacing all the way down. The taste was also something truly unique as it combined the malty profile of a very flavorful red ale with the unique taste of Belgian yeast, one of my favorite things about Belgian style beers. Altogether this is a truly unique beer which looks, feels, smells, and tastes incredible. Utterly beyond comparison. (1,072 characters)

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Game Of Thrones: Fire & Blood from Brewery Ommegang
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