Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by teromous:
3.75/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-26-2014 21:40:01 | More by teromous
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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 557 ratings.