Back in March of this year, Jenn and I received this Game of Thrones-themed beer as a gift at our engagement party, and last night, we finally cracked it open. We actually popped it open, as the bottled was corked instead of capped. In honor of the show that she loves and I have zero interest in ever watching (I just inadvertently found out what Valar Morghulis means in the context of the show – “all men must die”), we slowly sipped this dubbel ale that was brewed only once by the New York-based Ommegang Brewery and then retired.
The beer had a beautiful reddish-brown color as it was poured, and it smelled incredible. I’m not one to sit and sniff my beers for any length of time, but I would have just stuck my nose in this one for hours. I almost didn’t even want to drink it. This Belgian dubbel is one of the better ones that I’ve had, with a great balance between fruit, spice and yeast. Upon the first few sips, I couldn’t quite put my finger on what fruits I was tasting, but eventually, the taste of cherry and plum came out (two of my favorite fruits, so I was jazzed about that). The fruits lent a bit of a sour taste to the brew, which I like in a beer. The bitterness was only slight to me, but it was present. The carbonation is considerable, and the beer is fairly heavy on the mouthfeel. That is to be expected with this style of beer though, and the 8% ABV will keep you nice and warm. Jenn did not like this one at all, so I ended up drinking almost the entire bottle myself, and I was a bit tossed by the end of it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, despite the fact that I may be the only person left in America who harbors such an abject disinterest in Game of Thrones. I’m almost kind of sad that this was likely the only time I’ll ever have this beer. I know, how inconsiderate of me to recommend a beer that you probably can’t get anymore. So, if you were lucky enough to get your hands on it, I hope you enjoyed it as well, and if there’s any way you can still find a bottle of it somewhere (which could be entirely possible), don’t hesitate if you like Belgian dubbels. Swing back over to The No Seatbelt Blog next Sunday for another rap sheet on an awesome beer!