Brewery Ommegang from Cooperstown, NY is known for brewing high quality Belgian-style ales. Fire and Blood was released on March 31st to coincide with the fourth season of HBO’s smash hit Game of Thrones. There are 3 different labels each with one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons prominently featured. It is available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs in 44 states.
Style: Red Ale ABV: 6.8% Bottled On: 02.19.2014
Appearance- Initially I could only find this beer in bottles, so I poured myself a pint from the 750ml bottle. For a red ale this beer is very dark and cloudy. There are more shades of brown than red. On my pour there was a healthy head of about 3/4 inch with a yellow tinge. Since the name of this beer is Fire and Blood I thought it would have a deeper red tint. I was also able to find this on tap a few days later, the color stayed consistent, but there was no head on the pour I received.
Aroma- A sweet smell of dark fruits and a hint of spice from the ancho chilies wafts from the glass. There is also a heavy scent of malty Belgium brewed ale similar to other Ommegang brews.
Palate- This ale is light on the palate and washes down quickly. I’d say Fire and Blood is a medium bodied beer with a fair amount of carbonation that helps to accent the chili flavoring.
Taste- When I tasted this ale poured from the bottle, the spice hits your tongue first. My first thought was, “Wow this going to be outrageously spicy!” but as soon as the ancho chilies hit you the fruit flavor quickly calms the spice. The pour I had from tap didn’t have nearly the punch of spice and was almost disappointing. Once the spice is calmed there are sweet tastes of raisins and prunes. The after taste is a bit bitter and hoppy.
Ommegang prides themselves of brewing traditional Belgium beer and this ale fits perfectly in to that tradition with a bit of a spicy twist. This beer is eerily similar to Ommegang’s Rare Vos Amber Ale with the ancho chilies mixed in. If you are a fan Belgian-style beers or simply love Game of Thrones this is a must try.