Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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4.53/5 rDev +24.8%
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.
07-17-2014 12:19:43 | More by MaddestHatter
4.51/5 rDev +24.2%
Pours a rustic mahogany color with a very impressive head, extremely frothy and lacy.
Aroma is classic Ommegang/Belgian spices, rye, and dark fruit.
Taste is very nicely blended. All of the different elements play off each other, yet complement at the same time. The Belgian spices and dark fruit hit first, then a smooth, pleasantly drying bitterness takes over and finishes with the slightest hint of chili. It's very subtle. Personally I'm a big fan of a little heat in my chocolate and I was hoping for a little more punch in this beer, but it doesn't detract from it at all.
As a HUGE Game of Thrones fan, Ommegang has done a perfect job of portraying a representation of Daenerys and her dragons. It starts fiery and spicy akin to the breath and fire of a dragon and ends with a fitting dryness reminiscent of ash and the aftermath. It's quite beautifully done.
Can I say, this brew is fit for a Khaleesi? :)
Two thumbs up, Ommegang!
04-04-2014 21:14:42 | More by Abra
4.5/5 rDev +24%
I'm giving this a solid 4.50 across the board.
Occasion: Because I damn well feel like it.
It pours a very beautiful deep-deep-crimson red. Very active, spacy head, that is 3 fingers, and will disappear pretty quickly. Smell is what you would expect from a standard duvel, spiced, bready, dark fruits such as fig, ends with that spotting banana smell. TASTE - The taste is very mellow, great balance of fruits, malt, and a mellow hop profile. I must not that the taste does change with temperature. When cold, it is very refreshing and in generally a drinkable beer to the standard palate. However, letting this beer warm up, it almost becomes a sour. The flavors mild out substantially, and ends with a bit of sourness. MOUTHFEEL - I would say this beer is medium bodied, silk to oil, and ends with a tingle around the lips from the chili.
Overall - This is a solid brew, especially to this particular style of beer. They definitely added their own spin on a great style. Novelties aside, this beer is worth trying. I wish this was available at more bars, while they had a showing for GoT. That would be awesome, a GoT themed beer and a bar full of avid viewers. Cheers! Dracarys!
06-19-2014 20:45:29 | More by santomark
4.43/5 rDev +22%
A - As a GOT fan, I love the bottle design. Makes you feel like you're drinking from an alehouse in Westeros! All jokes aside, it's a amber color, a little cloudy and frothy, but I think it fits in the theme of the book and show.
S - Smell is interesting. A light blend of fruit and spices. I found it very welcoming and build the excitement to drinking it.
T - May be a little light for those expecting a full punch of spices, but I enjoyed it. A hint of bitters at the beginning, then it warms up to you.
M - Relatively smooth going down. Like drinking water.
O - I suppose it's my fanboyism talking, but I was very excited to drink this beer, and it didn't disappoint.
06-12-2014 18:26:53 | More by avwrite
4.3/5 rDev +18.5%
Picked up a bottle of this at my local establishment, Civera's Deli in Drexel Hill. Never watched the show, but I'm ALWAYS down for a Brewery Ommegang new release. Let's see how this goes up.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, chocolate-looking malty coloring. Holding up to a bright light source, carbonation can easily be seen as the bubbles rise to the top. Leaves behind a pretty damn thick froathy white head of at least 2 inches of foam.
Smell: Heavy aroma of roasted, caramel malt. Cloves and some chili peppers are noticeable, but are pretty much underlining. Towards the end dark fruits are also noticed. Cherry, figs and a slight kick of rye is apparent. Pretty good for a Belgian Ale. Delicious to the taste.
Taste: Upon first sips, a sweet tone of dark fruits are the first thing noticed. Caramel is also noticed in a pretty good balance with the dark fruit, but I'm somewhat expecting more. The further down the brew goes, the presence of chili comes into play. Not too bad, but as the brew goes down, the chocolate flavor comes into play, just a little bit. Has very similar tastes to the first Game of Thrones beer. Not too bad, but could be better.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. Chili betters make it somewhat balanced. Not bad
Overall: Came into this beer with somewhat high expectations, but it was probably the hype of the show and all. This brew was good, just not great. Ommegang has delievered some impressive beers and continue to do so. This one was a bold step with the addition of the chili peppers. Turned out this one was only somewhat impressive. But it was an interesting beer to make and I hope all the future beers are continued to be impressive.
04-06-2014 00:05:29 | More by DMXLOX22
4.29/5 rDev +18.2%
750ml bottle into imperial pint.
A: Pours a woody deep reddish brown with a huge, airy, frothy and thick light tan cream colored head that I finally had to break down and sip because it wasn't receding. Very good head retention. Thick streaks of rocky lace were left down the glass.
S: Sweet and nutty notes of stone fruits, dried apricots, cardamon, cinnamon, chili, and earthy yeast. Dry and bready smelling with an interesting layer of spices.
T: Much sweeter than the nose led on, with flavors of sweet fruit juices, candied fruits, candied sugar, and bread crust yeast. There is a nuttiness and woodiness overall. More fruit flavors of spices pear, apricots and canned peaches come through in the finish, and I finally get some chili spice poking through in the aftertaste. It's not hot or very lingering though. Maybe a subtle tingly after a few sips.
M: Medium-full body, frothy and splashy but very soft and fluffy carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
O: A really solid red ale. Very complex and flavorful with various layers of sweet and spicy. Better than expected. Chili could have been slightly more prominent though.
06-30-2014 22:42:32 | More by scottfrie
Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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