Ommegang "Game of Thrones" Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale

I like the show, and it appears I like the beers. If Game of Thrones made pizza, I think I would be elbow deep in pizza right now. Ommegang has done right by the naming rights, and I want this to continue. Dubbels are not an easy style to get right, and the taste is certainly not for everyone, but I can definitely find good ones.

The brown beer definitely has a red cast added to the mix. The head is large enough that Jeoffrey would likely need two pikes to stick that thing up on the wall (#PoorSansa). The aroma is rich with sweet brown sugar and malty bread. It smells somewhat intimidating, but I will not shy away from this challenge.

First sip is Belgian ale. It's all kinds of dark fruits and caramel malt. The beer is like biting a solid chunk of beer and chewing the fruit of goodness. I'm going to have to break this down, and that works out, as that's my way.

Tip-in is light carbonation tingle with the dark fruits and yeast while the grains are more noticeable than you might expect. The middle saunters in with an airy lightness on top, but the bottom is lurking caramel, toffee, and lots more of the dark fruits. The finish is a quick jab of grains and bitterness. The trail-off is plumbs and tart fruits.

Bottom Line: It's a good beer with a rough edge that brings character to the beer.



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