Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by ThePaintedGrey:
3.84/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle poured into tulip glass.
A: Pours a quite murky crimson-brown hue with a towering cream colored head that impressively lasts a long time and leaves absurd amounts of lacing behind as it settles. Head retention is nothing short of spectacular. I'm not usually one to rave about aesthetics, but this is a gorgeous beer.
S: Lots of fruitiness upfront, reminds me of apples and pears. A hint of spice: clove mostly and just a touch of chile pepper. A nice bit of earthy malts coming through as well. This is fairly complex to my nose, and I quite like the aroma.
T: A bit of a notch down from the nose, admittedly. Lots of bready malts in the forefront with some strong Belgian yeast flavors. Fruitiness is quite strong; fresh apple skins, pears, a hint of lemon and banana. There's a lot of spice in the middle as well—cloves, some peppery alcohol, I guess I'm detecting some of those chile peppers this is supposedly brewed with. The finish is a bit of apple, bread, and a nice wave of some hop bitterness. My main complaint here, however, is the aftertaste. It's a bit of a weird metallic alcohol flavor with some lingering yeast. It's borderline unpleasant. If you can get past that, the beer itself is quite tasty.
M: A very solid medium body. An effervescent, slightly strong carbonation definitely heightens the spice notes and really tingles the palate. A touch of creaminess, and just a notch below a silky texture. Drinks fairly easy. Doesn't finish too dry—leaves a bit of a coating on the tongue.
O: I'm a huge fan of Game of Thrones, to say the least. I've unfortunately missed out on their previous themed offerings, so I made sure I didn't pass this one up. The style is admittedly not my favorite and it's not something I rave about, but I can appreciate how well done this brew is. There's some complex aromas, an above average flavor profile, all packed inside an easy to drink beverage. I'm looking forward to drinking the second half of this bottle as I watch the new episode of Game of Thrones!
Serving type: bottle
04-21-2014 01:20:57 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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