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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 UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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 pedestrian 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 sort of fanboy wankery does.

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

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 12/19/2013. Pours slightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 3 finger fairly dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, toast, brown bread, rye, light caramel, herbal, pepper, light clove, light chile, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt, yeast ester, and light chile notes; with solid strength. Taste of pear, toast, brown bread, rye, light caramel, pepper, herbal, light clove, light chile, and yeast earthiness. Moderate peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pear, apple, toast, brown bread, rye, light caramel, pepper, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian amber ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. I would have liked much more presence from the ancho chiles that were advertised, but otherwise this was a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S: Bubblegum

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

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

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.

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Photo of smcolw
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Deep dark amber color. It appears to be clear. Good ring lace from the moderate head.

A bit of beef stew to the aroma. No real malt or hop smells.

Highly yeasty flavor. Very thin body that is exacerbated by the high carbonation level. The swallow is malty while the aftertaste brings some bitterness to the otherwise biscuity flavor.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cork and cage into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, dark, amber-tinted toffee coloring with a tall, foamy, frothy, big bubbled, off-white head. Aromas of nut and caramel sweetness, with only a subtle hint of pepper heat in the backbone and some floral highlights. Flavors are roasted and sweet forward, with more of the caramel characteristics coming forward, a slight fruity yeast characteristic, floral highlights, and a very subtle pepper spice and heat in the backbone. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a light feel from the carbonation. The aftertaste has a bit more of the pepper spicing, with a heavy dose of floral notes, also. Smooth and peppery linger on a light, crisp finish. Very drinkable, with a decent twist of flavors.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

3 oz sample pour at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

Pours a blood red, as I would expect. One inch head, and some good lacing.

Smells include toasty bread, Belgian yeast, some spices, and earthy hops.

Tastes like it smells- toasty, yeasty bread, spices, earthy hops, some dark fruits (raisins, mainly), a little bit of sourness, and some chili heat very mildly on the back end.

Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp.

The best of the series so far.

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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 plaid75
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger frothy bone white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and caramel.

The taste consisted of a clean, dry caramel with a healthy dose of esters and a lingering sourness. Herbal hop detected at the finish.

The mouthfeel was clean.

Overall a tasty and complex offering.

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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 puboflyons
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the corked caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 27, 2014.

Explosive cork turns into a deep chestnut brown pour with reddish hues and a long-lasting fluffy off-white head.

Plenty of Belgian yeast and toasted biscuit malts on the nose. A touch of spice in the background.

Body is thin to medium but the texture collapses to carbonation bubbles quickly.

The taste is also nice and toasty with a dash of spice but not as obvious as I thought it could be. Slightly sharp bitterness to end. It has many of the Belgian characteristics I would expect but it seemed a little thin.

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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 VelvetExtract
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a crimson and copper color. Head expands and continues to grow. The head is a tan color. Not much lacing due to the consistency of the head.

S-I did not initially know this beer had chilies in it. I didn't pick any up ton the nose. To me, it was a relatively light aroma of yeasty fruits, and some red malt. Pretty mild.

T-Fire & Blood is surprisingly agreeable. Before talking about the chilies, I find this beer to be a pretty basic amber ale with Belgian influences. Some fruitiness and spice with a relaxed red maltiness. The spice of the chilies lightly tickles the back of my tongue during the finish. I find the use of such heat (or lack thereof) to be a nice way to use chilies in beer.

M-Fairly light bodied. I thankfully don't get too much lingering affects from the chilies. The feel turned out to be a success.

O-I don't enjoy when a beer's flavor is dominated or even greatly affected by the use of peppers. Omega nb used it as a mild intricacy rather than the focal point and I was appreciative of that.

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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 bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

750 ml bottle, packaged on 12/23/13, best by 12/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy ruby red/brown color with a couple inch light tan head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is yeasty, the brew smells like cloves, dark fruit (raisins, cherries), dark bread and peppery spice (not chili pepper spice). Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some nuttiness, apple, earthiness and very light chili pepper flavor noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy and it's also well carbonated. I think it's an OK overall brew, however if you're expecting any chili pepper spicy heat in this brew you're going to be disappointed. But if you look at this as being a red ale or a Belgian dark ale, it's not a bad brew at all. With that being said, it's not one of my favorite Ommegang selections but it was nice to try once. $7.99 a bottle.

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

Beautiful in appearance, this is a good Belgian style ale. It has a thick off white head and a dark, murky reddish body. The aroma has an undercurrent of biscotti-like malt and a lot of floral, herbal, so iciness. Belgian esters and yeastiness are present but restrained. Not as dry as I expected, but lots of lingering and sharp bitterness. It is not as good as other Ommegang brews, but is still quite good.

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