Ommegang Game of Thrones Bend the Knee Golden Ale

The Ommegang beers I've had in the past have made me pretty much go out of my way to try new ones - I even bought a few for friends and relatives. This latest one comes just before Game of Thrones comes back on, and it makes me want to watch that show just by looking at this bottle.

The clear, golden beer cascades very heavily, and it has one of the more resilient heads that I've ever seen. It fell to about half an inch after a soft pour, and it is not going down any more than that. I respect that kind of stick-to-it-iveness. The aroma is floral honey and dusty yeast.

First sip is honey sweet and that dusty yeast with even a bit of fruit to straighten things out. As a sip, it isn't overly complex, but it's still pretty nice. I could see sipping this for a while and enjoying it well enough. But swigging is what I do.

Tip-in is lemon and honey - very sweet with carbonation tingle. The middle brings the yeast into the mix, but it maintains the sweetness without being covered in dust. The finish is where the dust comes in, but it doesn't overwhelm. There is a tartness under the sweet, but the sweet is carrying the day, and it can carry it for the bottle.

Bottom Line: Golden ales are a finicky lot, but this one is pretty darn good.

3.75/5

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