Fire And Blood Red Ale - Brewery Ommegang
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4/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a rich cloudy reddish brown, similar to unfiltered apple juice, with a two finger white head that receded to a ring of white leaving lacing down the glass. Quite beautiful looking, quite nice. Scents of phenolic Belgian yeast with strong notes of clove and a faint hint of sourness, a nice vegetal aroma in the background from the Ancho chilies, which also add a pleasant chili heat and spicy aroma that is detectable in the nose. There is also a noticeable malt presence taking the form of bready and biscuit-like aromas. Quite the nice aroma profile. Unique due to the presence of the chilies but still very Belgian in character. Taste begins quite Belgian, with strong notes of clove and a slight sourness mingling with a hint of malt sweetness and dark fruit. This moves into a rather dry middle with notes of clove, spicy herbal hops, hints of dark fruit and some nutty malt. Finish is dry with notes of clove, spicy herbal hops, nutty, toasted malt, and the faintest hint of spicy chilies. Aftertaste is dry with notes of clove, spicy herbal hops, vegetal, slightly spicy Ancho chilies and toasted malt. As it warms a flavor reminiscent of apples is added to the flavor profile at the beginning and middle of the sip along with note of warming alcohol throughout. A good all around flavor profile that is again, very Belgian in style, nicely dry, with a complex fruitiness underneath, a spicy phenolic yeast character, a bit of chili and a nice warming alcohol. Warm would best describe this beer's flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with hints of chili spice and alcohol warmth in the mouth, moderate carbonation and a semi-dry feel. Very nicely done, again best described as warm, with a pleasant, sip able character. Overall this is a fine beer. It marries the character imparted by Belgian yeast with some unique character of it's own to make a wonderfully different, warm feeling sipping beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-01-2014 07:58:24 | More by Auraan
4.29/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 22:42:32 | More by scottfrie
British Columbia (Canada)
3.49/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Served from a 650 ml bottle
Appearance: Probably the most appealing part of the beer. Lots of yeast in the beer that contributed tons of carbonation. Poured into a tulip glass. Nice fairly loose light-cream coloured head. Great retention. Plenty of lacing down the glass. A nice opaque copper amber colour with some nice floating yeast visible.
Smell: Sweet malt but with a tang of spiciness available during smell. Chilli's certainly contribute to the aroma. A little bit of dried cherries or orange. Toasty caramel notes as well.
Taste: Much like the aroma. A nice sweetness upfront but the ancho chilies to counter it. The taste fails to follow through. The malt doesn't produce the desired sweetness. Lacking in nice body.
Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation available to play on the tongue. Mild body to compliment it. A creamier mouthfeel may have improved it.
Overall: A good beer from Ommegang. The malt balanced fairly nicely with the chilies but the mouthfeel and body were lagging.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2014 02:29:07 | More by Ericbeech_87
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-24-2014 05:33:10 | More by MattyG85
Fire And Blood Red Ale from Brewery Ommegang
82 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.