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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4.53/5 rDev +24.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2014 12:19:43 | More by MaddestHatter
Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
82 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.