Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by teromous:
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Way, way, way over-carbonated. The cork practically popped itself off, and pouring only a bare trickle caused the entire glass to foam up. Beneath the mountainous off-white head of fluffy foam, there is a very nice, clear, dark shade reddish-brown body. Tons of lacing because it eats my glass from tip to tail. Anyway the beer looks really good. It has too much head though. I never thought I'd say that about any beer.
S: Spicy. There's a lot of spice on this one. It's very yeasty smelling. Smells like cedar and some noble hops, some scents that I really can't place, but it has a spicy earthy character to it. Very interesting. I'd say it's pretty amazing to sit here and smell it trying to figure it out.
T: More of what I got on the nose. Lots of cedar like chewing on a pencil, fresh hop flavor but very low on bitterness. Yeast flavor. It's a very rich tasting beer. Not something I could drink more than one of. It has decent hop flavor but it seems to get pushed out of the way by the other spices, or at least muddied by the other flavors.
M: Very good mouthfeel. Spritzy with good bitterness. Definitely an American Red with the hop bitterness and everything else going on.
O: This is a very interesting beer to drink. It's not something I got bored of drinking, because it had so much going on. I don't know that I would recommend it as an American Red Ale, but rather a spiced or herb ale. It has quite a bit of spicy herbal flavor to it. It certainly has the American Red style going on, but I think the forward focus seems to be on the spice. It's very hard for me to really pin a score on this so I'm just going to go with my gut. It's a very fun beer to drink. The head is huge and can literally float out of the top of the glass without causing spillage, the scent is very inciting, and the flavor is confusing enough to the palate to make it an interesting beer to taste, much like reading a big novel.It's a beer that I would recommend a person try at least once, but it really isn't something I could drink more than one of. It's like a meal that has numerous good flavors, but is just too rich and has too much going on. The fact that I've been thinking so hardly about how to rate this beer should say something about its complexity but also about the caution the drinker should take. It is complex and tasty, but very rich and rambunctious.
04-26-2014 21:40:01 | More by teromous
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
Pours into my Ommegang chalice a clear deep auburn color with a nicely formed craggie light tannish colored atop that sticks like glue to the glass.Aromas of toasted cereal grain,light spiced phenols,and maybe a touch of vanilla.Quite dry on the palate with more spiced phenols,and mild nuttiness in the finish,the anchos don't provide much fruitiness but still a decent flavor profile.Not bad but not an overly complex beer,nice to to try another one of the "Game of Thrones" projects.
04-06-2014 21:53:23 | More by oberon
4.24/5 rDev +16.8%
Caution, treat the cork like you've got champagne here as the cork came flying out with an enthusiastic pop, then ricocheted of my thumb to find my chin and that was from a well chilled bottle. No harm done so moving on.
A lightly hazy, medium copper colored ale; the chill haze fades as it warms. The persistent head is creamy to rock, pouring about a finger think and leaving thick ropes of lacing on the glass.
A mix of lightly smokey, dried chile peppers and rye spicy notes dominates the aroma. There is a supporting Belgian yeast spice note and a caramel malt aroma.
The chile flavor is there but restrained with just a hint of heat. The flavor of the rye and nutty, graininess of the spelt almost dominate. There is a medium malt sweetness with a light hops bitterness. Some moderate fruit flavors are coming through that are somewhere around the orange, light fruit with some raisin territory. The finish is medium with a light chile pepper and smoke aftertaste.
A creamy, medium bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.
Think of a Dubble blended with a rustic grain Saison and a light touch of smoked dried chiles. There is a lot of flavors in here but it does become overwhelming as the flavors are medium to light in intensity and well balanced.
03-30-2014 01:10:33 | More by MadScientist
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep amber red with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.
Smell: A toasty and yeasty malt forward aroma with good hints of caramel and spices. Belgian yeast with hints of pepper, clove, and the added chilies. Toasted malt with hints of wheat, grains, rye, caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Fruit hints of banana, apple, lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Dark fruit hints of raisin and fig. Floral and earthy hops with hints of grass. A very solid aroma.
Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and toasty Belgian tinged red ale taste with big notes of spice and caramel. Upfront Belgian yeast along with notes of clove, pepper, and chilies. Sweet toasted malt with notes of wheat, grains, caramel, toffee, rye, and biscuit. Fruity esters of banana, apple, and dark cherry and raisin. Citrus hop notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Earthy notes of grass. A pretty good taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly drying.
Overall: A pretty good twist on a red ale. Big Belgian yeast and spice presence with the red malt notes.
06-24-2014 05:33:10 | More by MattyG85
4.01/5 rDev +10.5%
I loved the last version of the Game of Thrones beers, I've never seen a single episode and guess what I'm still liking the Ommegang/HBO concept of teaming up for special release beers based on a TV series/movie like this. I've smoked Soprano cigars from CAO, why not a Brewery Ommegang Game of Thrones beer, look at the concept based on three different labels I've seen there is a connection to me for an amber ale brewed with ancho chilies to represent a fire breathing dragon from the series on all three labels.
Appears a deep muddled dark amber body with off white cream colored head layers up like a textured milk shake very thick and fine bubbled carbonation streams to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma has smoked chilies, deep amber bready qualities, cherry and fresh sliced green apple tartness...maybe hints of burnt wood and a slightly smokey chocolate character from the deep roasted amber malts.
Darrk bitter cherry skins hit with a fruit note, very much earthy herbal bitterness rolled into the yeast dryness, spicy black pepper and finish of controlled but vegetable heat of the ancho chilies creats a nice mix of flavors.
My suggestion is to start out cold and let it warm up to brighten up even more flavor aspects, very complex and well thought out beer from Brewery Ommegang. Super dry finish, hard to believe they added the chilies on top of the deep tree bark like earthiness I'm getting from the hops and spice combination available in this beer already, the heat is slow and low barely lights a flame on the palate but it's in the backend and evident with each burp I've let out...However I've had a lot of Mexican food today including a mango pico de gallo with serrano and jalapeno chilies so I'm not sure what direction the spice is hitting my palate. All I know is it's a different type of heat, well integrated into the flavors of the beer, I'm okay with it.
On the mouthfeel it does slap the palate around a bit from the super dry end of the spectrum, to bitter/tart dark fruits, and finished with the chilies in the nares and back of the throat there's multiple challenging aspects of this beer, but I'm a fan carbonation is super heavy like most effervescent big bottled offerings from Ommegang or any other Belgian style brewery who knows what they are doing.
Overall very impressive, a complex beer that makes it feel like something new that hasn't been done yet or all that often. A new style not overdone or done in a unique way adds to the excitement and rating of a beer for me quite a lot, especially if it's something I like to taste and talk about the next day as well.
04-14-2014 03:07:01 | More by WVbeergeek
Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
82 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.