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Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 17
Gots: 101 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kojevergas on 03-11-2014)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

SeriousALEment, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of n2185
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown with three fingers of light khaki head that fades into a frothy cap with great lacing.

S: Caramel and crystal malts with sweet candy sugar notes up front with aromas of bubblegum and chilies underneath.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet malt and candy sugar flavors at first, though a light hop bitterness and slight chili heat come through towards the finish. There are also notes of biscuits and Belgian spices.

M: Medium-light body with moderately high, frothy carbonation, this beer is nicely drinkable.

O: A solid beer, overall. I'd like a bit more depth and presence from the chilies, but it's still enjoyable.

n2185, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

DerrickW, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 15, 2014
Photo of Cook82
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Cook82, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of dextermcgurk
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dextermcgurk, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of dmachado
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

dmachado, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of bigcolby
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bigcolby, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JeffTheJuice, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Bob402
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Bob402, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Moderate hand. The stamp reads PKG ON 01/29/14, BEST BY 01/20/16.

A: Slightly hazy body with an interesting color. Depending on the angle, it can appear golden yellow, amber, cherry or brown. 2-3 fingers of a markedly clean white head. Bit rocky. Good retention. Moderate lacing. This is an uncommonly cool-looking beer.

S: Belgian yeast falling on the sweeter side of the spectrum. Cardamom. Wheat-type scents, banana. Berry, apple. Bread. Touch of smoke.

T: Light, yeasty sweetness and rye spice transitions in to a smoky, more earthy malt and a brief flash of ancho heat. Fades quickly. Moderate bitterness in a dry finish. Subtle lingering yeast and malt in the aftertaste. slight alcohol. No significant capsaicin burn accumulates.

M: Moderate carbonation with a slight prickliness. Moderate body. A tad sticky.

O: Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Interesting meld of styles. A bit more hop forward than the average Ommegang offering and finishes like a Belgian pale/light IPA. Pleasant smokiness and some nice fruit/spice notes. The ancho presence is an excellent complement, if somewhat light on its own. This one worked much better than the Game of Thrones stout.


fourstringer, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ssgunbond, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark bronze amber with red-orange highlights and a big three finger ivory head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, mild clove, peppery and spicy. Flavor is lightly tart dark fruit, neutral malt, Belgian yeast, clove, hints of chili peppers; finishes with mildly tart light and dark fruit with a light chili dusting. Light to medium bodied with peppery carbonation that complements the light spiciness of the ale. An interesting hybrid of Americanred ale and Belgian pale with hints of chili that are not quite up to roasted by dragon intensity. Kind of doesn't know which direction it wants to go, I found myself wanting a bit more caramel malt or Belgian yeast or getting my tongue burned off. On second thought, after having a recent intense chili beer, maybe I'm glad this does not live up to firey dragon level. A pleasant, but not remarkable ale. Glad I tried it, but not disappointed it's a one-off brew.

LiquidAmber, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep, dark red. Tall, very effervescent tan head with reddish tint to it I swear. Head fades away very slowly with amazing retention. Huge walls of fluffy lacing everywhere.

S: Spicy up front. Mildly so, like it was dusted with chili powder. A bit herbal. Some light caramel and breadiness. Maybe even a touch of citrus and dark fruits?

T: Dark fruits up front, quickly joins with a little vegetal chili pepper. Then chili heat quickly kicks in. Not a huge amount but certainly noticeable. A little herbal quality in there too, maybe hops? Bready, caramel malt finish. Finish is a bit dry with a touch of lingering heat but mostly vegetal pepper flesh really. Sometimes get just a dusting of cocoa powder in the aftertaste too.

M: Medium body and HEAVILY carbonated. Dry finish.

O: Interesting brew. An amber ale with chili peppers, might be the first time I've seen something like this. The heat adds a nice touch but in the end I'm not sure it works all that well on the whole. It's decent, nothing mind boggling. Easily the best in the GoT series, regardless.

Dope, Apr 14, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

devilfluff, Apr 14, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rolltide8425, Apr 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Crafts_and_recreation, Apr 14, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang tulip. Proper glassware rules in effect...

A - Reddish-rust colored pour with a beige foam that is quite active. Lacing on this is pretty incredible as it clings the glass.

S - Smells of dark berries, bubblegum, and some lingering scent of cherry peppers.

T - Some sweet flavors of candied cherries is up front. There is some tangy notes from the yeast. The finish is clearly marked by some acidity of sweet and spicy peppers. While not overbearing, the peppery heat does accentuate the beer.

M - Very hard to have more than one of these. The heat from the peppers grows a bit tiresome for the palate. Balance is good and the finish leaves some tingling in the mouth.

O - This goes perfect with grilled pork, and of course, the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I like this the best of the GoT releases and top marks to Ommegang for their creative nature on this.

socon67, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of ksimons
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a dark amber with two fingers worth of creamy head that sticks to the glass

S-caramel malt backbone and a bit of a spicy finish

T-similar to the smell with a caramel and bready backbone, light dark fruit notes, Belgian yeast, and a peppery spicy finish

M-medium body, medium carbonation

Overall a fun beer to try, a fitting name of the beer with the chiles, but not something I would get again

ksimons, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Furlinator
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rust color with two inches of huge off-white head that remains as a thick cap on top and leaves thick curtains of lace.

The smell is of funk, plum, cherry and spices.

The flavor is of bread, cherry, plum and faint chili pepper spiciness.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

An interesting take on a Belgian ale. Bready malt, assorted dark fruits and a hint of chili heat.

Furlinator, Apr 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

CB_Crowe, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

marmstrong1212, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

user785335, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Gregvg, Apr 13, 2014
Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
82 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.