Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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3.59/5 rDev -1.1%
Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, rye, fruit, and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness and a slight chile heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid spicy qualities from the rye and chiles used.
04-17-2014 04:39:39 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast, dark fruits and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that hints of spicy ancho peppers and rye are noticeable towards the finish. The chili peppers seem to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. As the beer warms up, the chilies lend a little heat towards the mouthfeel in the finish.
O: This beer may start out seeming a little bland, but once it warms up and the peppery finish kicks in, the taste becomes interesting.
05-14-2014 03:08:29 | More by metter98
3.59/5 rDev -1.1%
The latest season premiere of of the famed HBO show- Game of Thrones kicks off with heightened anticipation, partially fueled by the release of Ommegang's "red" ale. Fire And Blood is a spicy Belgian red with a floral, fruity, and peppery note to entice onlookers of the turbulent series.
Fire And Blood pours with a dark, russet brown color with threads of rust, crimson and chestnut slivering through. Its large and billowing head is stained with mocha as it climbs toward the rim. Its slow settling gives the ale a rocky appearance with frothy texture and lacing to define each drink taken.
Its spicy and toasted aromas are chocked full of bread crust, buttered toast and flaked croissant. Even with a floral waft that seems of chamomile and honey, its dominant pepper character is of natural peppercorn and of faint chipotle.
Any sweetness is short-lived as its mild malt character quickly favors the toasted, crusted and slight savory taste of moderatly kilned barley- nutty, semi-rich and somewhat winey. Its middle turns to dryness as the sweetness fades and allows a dry fruit presence to balance against the spice. But as its red apple and cherry tone commence, its the cracked peppercorn and chili pepper flavor that pulls ahead, ever so slightly. Its finish is spiced with alcohol, capsaicin and toasted dryness as the fruit fades and its malt structure is arid to close.
Medium-light in body, the beer's high effervescence lifts the malt and propels its spicy attitude. A decline of malt ensures that pepper, wood spice and toasty dryness prevails in finish. Echoes of spice and chamomile waft about as as a thin coat of oil is left behind on the palate.
Fire And Ice is an toasty red ale with influences heavily favoring Belgian Dubbel, but with impressions of pale ale, red ale and spiced beer playing a part in the background- likely an ideal choice for the symbolic nature of the whimsical show.
04-07-2014 05:01:23 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
750ml bottle. I got the one with the fire-spewing dragon on the label, and not because I know a whit about the books or series. Oh, and strange how the name is only weird to me, in the sense that it normally would be rendered in Dutch, or perhaps as the moniker of yer local English pub.
This beer pours a rather murky, dark orange brick amber colour, with a thoroughly encompassing tower of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat creamy tan head, which leaves some random globs of patchy, sudsy, invading alien race lace around the glass as things indubitably bleed off.
It smells of crackery pale and caramel malt, toasted brown rye bread, musty dry yeast, muddled overripe orchard fruit (so, raisins and prune, mostly), white pepper, a bit of acrid clove, hollow stale nuts, and the suggestion of metallic warming alcohol. The taste is much more sweet, relatively, with a bready caramel malt that seems capable of going the distance, up against the hegemony of tacky yeast, dry, almost zombie-like black fruit, mixed, and yet underwhelming, stateful savoury spice, a lazy in its arrival, soft smoky spiciness, and plainly leafy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is quite heady, frothy, and a bit overwrought, the body an adequate medium weight, and tangentially smooth, with too many caveats to proclaim it as such throughout the kingdom, or even down the block. It finishes off-dry, the dry, crackery and biscuity caramel malt doing well by the supposed red ale heritage of this increasingly commercial offering.
Better than usual for Ommegang, at least by this particular limited (I do so hope) series - yeasty - yep, dry - oh yeah, but with enough malty goodness to keep the rest of us entertained and engaged, to a certain point. A Belgian Red Ale, in the end, which is not really a thing 'round these parts, of course, but, well, but nothing. Sorry, I'm more taken by the Monster Magnet playing in my background, whose sultry tales of general indulgence, sex, and the supernatural move me way the fuck more than this fanboy wankery does.
06-17-2014 05:57:59 | More by biboergosum
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
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
Opens with a pop, cork really wanted out!
Pours a very effervescent orange with 4+ fingers of eggshell white head. Above average head retention & average lacing
T: Juicyfruit, phenols, white pepper & some plum notes up front. Cloves, juicy fruit & dirty phenol notes & just a little bit of black currant & dryness as this warms & a kiss of boozeyness. Finishes with some green appleskins, pears, & faint lemony hops & juicy fruit & dryness & green bananas
MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation
I really wanted to like this, maybe I did a little, but nothing I would buy again. Was expecting more
04-11-2014 04:26:27 | More by russpowell
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
I had this on tap at Stone Grille in York PA , served chilled in a goblet.
The color is dark red with crimson hue and has good clarity with white cap which creates a web of lace w/ fine bead. The smell is yeast phenols with light toast and slight smell of malt and spice. The feel is toasted in texture with dry body and moderately carbonated with light sweetness and mineral element with low alcohol influence.
The flavor is yeast driven with more of a mineral taste than the nose lets on with light malt flavor that has a dry and toasted grain accent to the spice and phenolic yeast dominance in the taste with gentle nuttiness and light herbal and twiggy essence toward the finish. Overall I was not thrilled with the flavor, a bit lacking in body and balance it is a very dry red ale which is ok, but I would not purchase this again either on draft or in the bottle.
05-07-2014 13:53:56 | More by Slatetank
3.76/5 rDev +3.6%
Big creamy frothy head hits almost 2 fingers before fading fairly quickly like a typical Belgian then stops. Hazy mahogany brown color.
Nose nice Belgian, plenty of fruity esters, big peppery spices phenols, sweet candy malts, hint caramel like, very faint ancho chili.
Taste brings sweet candi sugar and candy malts, caramel, mild creamy fluffy malt too, creamy wheat I think. Then esters and phenols, fruit esters, nice peppery zesty phenols, mild booze warmth and very faint pepper heat, but don't really get ancho chili flavor. Little yeasty note, typical Belgian strong our tripel like. Finish is sticky syrupy, mild peppery heat and peppery phenols, little yeast and candy sugar lingering.
Mouth is fuller bod, sticky syrupy, lots of effervescent carb maybe too much, touch of booze warmth and pepper heat.
Overall ok, nice for a Belgian strong or tripel but not much for ancho chili flavor, just a hint of heat.
06-05-2014 02:14:40 | More by jlindros
3.35/5 rDev -7.7%
From 04/06/14 notes. 750ml bottle
Pours a dark amber-brown color with three fingers plus of fluffy off white head and high carbonation evident. Tobs of head that lasts a long time.
s - Smells of toasted malts, fruity malts, bready malts, spices, yeast, cloves, and caramel malts. Decent nose.
t - Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts, burnt malts, spices, yeast, cloves, bananas, apples, dough, and biscuit malts. Super malty, a little bit bland. Step down from the nose. Light vegetables.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. No bitterness and pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall an about average beer. Personally I did not get any of the chili peppers, and got light vegetables in the taste. Pretty plain, would recommend passing on unless you want to keep the bottle.
04-07-2014 18:41:44 | More by mdfb79
Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
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