Saturday, December 3, 2016

Ommegang Game of Thrones Valar Dohaeris

This 9.0% ABV Belgian-style tripel ale is from the Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York. Ommegang is part of the Duvel family, and is essentially a Belgian brewery plopped down in New York State. It is one of their special releases tied to the HBO television series Game of Thrones. This is the counter saying to the coin (and beer) Valar Morghulis, a saying in High Valyrian meaning "all men must die," that when spoken guarantees you assistance from any person from Braavos. Valar Dohaeris means "all men must serve."

The beer pours a hazy very dark golden. There is an inch of raggedly foamy white head. The aroma is sweet, fruity and floral yeast esters, tangy and bright. The taste follows the aromas, a very balanced blending of sweet, tangy, and floral. There is a moderate floral bitterness on the finish. The beer drinks easy and smooth, with a tingling of carbonation. This is very nicely done, one of the tastiest that they have had in this series.  

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