Game Of Thrones: Fire & Blood | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Fire & BloodGame Of Thrones: Fire & Blood

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys' feared dragons. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles.

On sale March 31, in time for the debut of Season 4, Fire and Blood makes for the perfect season premiere pairing. The beer is available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.

Fire & Blood is a 6.8% ABV Red ale, brewed with pilsner, Cara-60, Midnight Wheat, flaked rye and spelt. Assertive hopping includes CTZ, Styrian Golding and German Tettnang hops. Spiced with de-seeded Ancho chilies. Fire & Blood has a deep, dark red hue with a persistent, creamy, off-white head. Aromas of ripe fruit, raisins, malt & slight spice, followed by a slightly floral and spicy hop character. A fruity, sweetish malt taste gives way to faint drying provided by the hops & rye.

Added by kojevergas on 03-11-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Yeast, pepper, banana, clove.
Appearance: dark red brown. Creamy white head. Dark but Pretty clear.
Taste: yeast ,ash , spicy aftertaste. Dark fruit, banana, a lot going on here, like a 3-Headed Dragon.
Feel: Smooth , despite the complexity . Very nice.


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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Born of fire, like daenery' dragons, this ale's deep dark-red hue evokes their every blazing breath. Sweet malt succumbs to wispy dryness, tinged with nutty spelt. Spicy hops and rye, as ancho chilies portend piquant dark fruit." Brewed in the style of an American Red Ale brewed with ancho chilies. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Collaboration entry #3 in the Game of Thrones series.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours an ecru-cream head of a frothy foam consistency over a rich copper body with high clarity and ample, lively carbonation. Retention is good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Toasted bread malts, caramel syrups, light fruit sugars, slightly nutty and peppery. Faint hop presence with a mild bitterness, light, simple yeast character. Potency is modest. 3.5

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with bread and caramel malts leading the flavor, undertones of fruit sugars and roasted fruit spiciness from the ancho chiles. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, silky, lightly chewy, smooth. Carbonation is moderate, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly grainy, earthy bitter over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters overall. 3.75

(Overall) This one is decent drinking, but nothing too exceptional. The ancho chilies would be its biggest attribute for originality and they don't generate much additional character for this beer. Not a bad ale but not particularly exciting either. 3.75

Brewery Ommegang's
Game Of Thrones: Fire And Blood Red Ale

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Photo of Danny_Brewstein
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two year old bottle. Didn't age well.
Lost all notes of chilies and hardly any yest character remained.
Finished really dry and light on the mouth.
Thinking something else besides yeast might have made its way into the bottle.

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Photo of corby112
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, deep golden amber color with mahogany edges and a massive off-white foam head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Possibly over carbonated with visible bubbles rising up rapidly. Sporadic spotty lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly spicy malt aroma with hints of bread, biscuit, caramel and toffee followed by subtle vinous fruit, ground peppers and spicy rye. Subtle earthy pine needle with grass, straw and oily resins. Peppers stand out as it warns along with the toffee, caramel and biscuit. Some rose water and flower petal along with dark berry sweetness. Smells pretty interesting.

Medium body with a strong peppery spice presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and earthy hop bitterness into a lingering dry finish. Lots of crushed chili pepper(but not overly hot/spicy) and spicy rye character giving this beer some uniqueness but it somewhat overpowers the other elements of the style. Muted sweetness but it comes to the forefront as it warms. Some dark berries and candy apple flavor along with caramel and toffee. Yeast character with bread and biscuit before hops come on strong toward the back of the palate. Dry piney bitterness with earthy resins and a touch of citrus sweetness. Oily, dry and bitter complimenting the rye/peppers and balancing the sweetner notes. Nothing to extraordinary but it's an interesting take on the style. I'm a fan of the strong rye and pepper notes but they tend to overshadow the other flavors.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Had on tap at the pig & Fiddle. L: Fills the glass with a bright brown liquid 3” light tan foam cap, rocky and lacy.
S: a touch of ancho, malt, spice and fruit.
T: More of a subtle heat than a big fire. There is malt, spice some of the ancho flavor, a hint of caramel, some dark sugar. The heat is in the finish but it is not outrageous – anchos are hot but not hot like a habanero or even a jalapeno – anchos have more of a sweet hot.
F: Creamy, fine soft carbonation, medium full body
O: Interesting and drinkable but not a favorite.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a red ale with spices, and I enjoyed it while watching the 4th season of GoT back in 2014. The spices are more in the back end, thankfully (Theobroma left a bad taste in my mouth still to this day), but the overall flavor just seems a bit weak. It's kind of like a light Dubbel, if there is such a thing (I guess amber ale, right?). Worth trying but not worth seeking out. The Valar Morghulis is much better.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed form the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This spiced red ale pours a bright reddish mahogany with a very nice white foamed head and solid lacing. Nose of dark sugars, spice, and that's about it. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with caramel and brown sugars mingling heavily with smoked peppers. Good carbonation makes it an easy drinker with a moderately dry aftertaste and a persistent spiciness. Good if you are into peppered brews, and while I like hot foods, I do not particularly find it as complex as it should be given the others in the series.

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Photo of dwmson1
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So much sediment.... i dont know if it was old or what.... not a good experience at all... this is not their fault... but mine... i knew better when i bought it than to buy a beer named after a TV show... btw... the show is outstanding and quite addictive...

This beer was not a good choice by be...

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance does have a persistent creamy head, lace, and a clear orange amber color. Aroma is malt, spice, yeast , wine, caramel. Flavor's like nose, fairly dry, carbonic tang up front, lots of spice in back. Great body; i think the warmth is coming from the chilies. Very good finish too.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Dark colored brew with a soapy white head that leaves lacing on the glassware. Slightly cloudy but free of sediment.

SMELL: The aroma is malty, has some yeast esters, and a touch of smoke.

TASTE: Lively and bright on the palate, Belgian yeast is factoring in big, perhaps even Brettanomyces at play here. Light herbal hops and a kiss of Poblano in the finish. Balanced, dry, almost neutral on that point. Then again, you have farmhouse flavor, more than fair amount of hops, and the peppers adding a slight tang and spiciness. Finishes clean with just a hint of spice.

OVERALL: Not your everyday Red ale by a long shot.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local grocery store has a special price on this bomber so I grabbed one.
A - Pours a dark brown with a 1" head of tight bubbles that settles quickly.
S - Typical Belgian yeast aroma.
T - I don't think I have ever worked so hard to figure out the flavors in a beer. With every sip I moved this around my mouth, trying to hit all my taste buds and come up with something. The ancho chillies came through once like a bullet but then it was gone. Good flavor but it must be attributed to the malts and the yeast.
M - Medium mouth feel and very carbonated.
O - Not the best Ommegang has to offer but solid. Good but not Very Good.

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Photo of SebD
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice copper/amber color to it. It has a nice fluffy off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready Belgian yeast, peppery spices, faint ancho chilies and some tart lemon. (Some definite Saison characteristics)

Taste: Like the aromas, it has Belgian yeast, some breadiness, peppery spices, faint chilies and a faint tartness.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smoot drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ssmack
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A dark murky brown amber colour. Two inches of head formed by mixed sized bubbles that comes from the wheat and spelt grain. Very good lacing and retention.

A steely, grassy aroma with strong Belgian yeast smell. But still weak compared to the taste.

Lots of flavour. Good rye taste but not too harsh. I am not sure what the spelt should taste like. The chili taste is handled well and does not dominate the taste. The chilli is moderated by the sweet malts and yeast. All of these different tastes are integrated well together.

Heavy mouthfell and a great carbonation nip.

Excellent ale. Well-made with lots of flavours.

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Photo of Pencible
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like earthy grass and waxy hops, with some spicy Belgian yeast. It had a clean waxy aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an ok Belgian ale, but the scent and taste didn't have any unique character. The body was good, and the finish was smooth, so it was pretty easy to drink. Not bad, but very forgettable brew.

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Photo of bmeehan
4/5  rDev +7%

When I first saw the Valar Morghulis brew, I asked the cashier where I was buying the beer if he'd had it. He told me he had not, but that it was probably the best Game of Thrones beer because it was closest to their regular Dubbel, and that some of the other Game of Thrones beers were "brewed with some crazy stuff." This one is like that in that it incorporated Ancho Chiles, and they can be tasted just as you swallow, and they're there just enough to take a point off. The rest of the experience is great; strong but not too strong, rich in color, and smells great.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a nice thick off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light spicy rye notes with some caramelized malt notes is OKish. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some caramelized malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation doesn’t’ really stand out and chiles notes are way too subtle.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7%

Nice dark body with a thick head.
Aroma has dark fruit compents
taste has a dark fruit flavor and yeasty
mouthfeel is nice and overall a darn good beer.

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Photo of TerryW
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very tasty brew. Gently spicy and yeasty. Nose is gently yeasty. A bit of an alcohol/yeast bit going, sweet up front finishing somewhat drier. Hint of dark fruit. Slightly thin-bodied. Belgian, but not overpoweringly so. Handsome to look at. Big long-lived head, reddish tea colour. Well done.

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Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fire and Blood looks a little like each; a viscous looking dark crimson fills the glass but flickers of fiery orange-amber lick the sides. Its surface looks something like a puff of smoke and coats the glass like plastic wrap. A nice looking ale indeed - just be sure to keep the sediment out!

Despite some interesting ingredients (spelt, rye, ancho chillies) this smells, as is customary for Belgian-style ales, predominantly like one: yeast. Granted, these strains of yeast offer far more than just one flavour; a variety of pantry herbs and baker's rack spices blend with a few different kinds of over-ripe orchard fruits. There's some nutty maltiness too.

For something brewed with rye and anchos I can't help but feel a little letdown in the spice department. I wouldn't be any happier were my nose running and face turning red, but for a beer with "fire" in its name and spicy peppers on its ingredients list this has a disappointing amount of 'pop' (even with the boost of an inherently zestful yeast). There is zero heat.

To its credit, the rye does its part; that grainy, whiskey brand of spice can be appreciated. It makes a great pairing to the toasty, nutty sweetness of the amber malts and the mulled apple cider notes. Beyond that, however, there's not a ton of flavour to grasp onto. By and large it's dry cereal grain, phenols, and orchard fruit esters - plain and pedestrian.

It's rare that I ever say a bad thing about Ommegang, but there's little to Fire and Blood beyond its marketing. Look, I love the labels too, but this brewery offers many far better options - don't be duped. The rye and ancho chillies, were they more prominent, might present some interesting food pairing options but otherwise there's little to recommend this by.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

A - pours deep brown-red, fairly thick light off-white head; dissipates quickly

S - sweet malts, hint of red fruit

T - toasted malts up front with some sweet, caramel notes throughout. Smokey peppers towards the end, but subtle

M - fairly thick for a red, very smooth

O - overall very good. Perhaps a bit overpriced given what it is, but a very solid beer

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Photo of kkleu357
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From notes on 6/16/14

Drank this while watching the season finally last night. It was much better than I expected. I didn't care for last years GoT beer, so I didn't have high hopes for this. Had a nice malty aroma. Taste was malty, slight spice, not spicy (hot), but spice. Very sweet. Beer poured with a lot of head. Even the last glass poured an hour after the bottle was opened still had a good foamy creamy head.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description of the beer and it lists the abv at 6.8%.

Appearance: The body has a dark garnet red color with a light haze and a tall light tan head. The head builds up quickly and settles slowly. The head also makes some nice glass lacing.

Smell: Overall the nose is fairly light but I get some light malt with mild Belgian yeast notes. It’s mild fruity and funky come out more as it warms. I also pick up some mineral notes and some spicy vegetable like spicy notes from the Ancho chillies.

Taste / Palate: Up front I get mildly sweet maltiness bring bready and fruity notes across the tongue. Apple, red pears and plums stand out here. Mild spicy notes as well as yeast notes move in and add some dryness. The finish has more dry spice as well as some light hop bitterness.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky red/amber with prodigious head of off-white suds. Sloppy but thick lace.

Nose is spicy and yeasty Belgian-style, all the way. A little hint of peppery spice, too, which is fitting.

Taste is bright and fruity — an explosion of dark berry notes and a tint of chili pepper (actually Ancho chilies) that meld well with the spicy Belgian yeast. Finishes an almost funky sour flavor. This is a complex, subtle, and well-rounded brew that’s delicious and unique. Bravo, Ommegang, for twisting the traditional Belgian into something unusual yet delicious.

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Photo of Sinfull
4/5  rDev +7%

Hazy amber/brown color , huge off-white head. Aroma of rye malt , yeast and caramel. Grainy , yeasty and spicy taste with moderate hops bitterness . Long bitterness in aftertaste.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

The beer pours a very bubbly whitish head that dissipates quickly but leaves a film and quite a bit of lacing. The beer itself is a blood red and opaque with a bit of copper. The beer smell is strongly malty and yeasty. The yeast is very strong and occasionally covers the other notes. One other note is the pepper who adds a nice burning scent to the beer. As the beer warms, the yeast begins to take a backseat to the hops and peppers. The hops have a bitter smell that pairs well with the pepper and light dark fruit notes become visible. The taste has the same notes but in different strengths. The taste is more malty and caramel and the peppers are much more noticeable than in the smell. The taste still has the strong yeast presence but is still more complex. The pepper is strong but it's not burning. As the beer warms, the hops become more noticeable as do the dark fruits. The dark fruits in particular improve the taste and mix well with the pepper and hops. The mouthfeel is pretty light with quite a bit of carbonation. The beer leaves a pretty dry mouth afterwards. Overall, a decent beer. It's worth getting at least once, but I wouldn't crawl into a burning funeral pyre to hatch three dragon eggs for it.

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