Brewery Ommegang For the Throne – Belgian Golden Strong Ale at 9.5% ABV | 30 IBU

Brewery Ommegang For the Throne Belgian Golden Strong Ale at 9.5% ABV | 30 IBU (C$19.21 at Collective, 750 ml, no packaging date or best before, acquired 12-Apr-2019, reviewed 27-Apr-2019)

Appearance: slightly hazy medium gold with two fat fingers of rocky white head, excellent retention and moderate soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: vinous grape, orchard and stone fruits, bready malt, citrus. (8/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter, mild tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, lively carbonation, crisp warming mildly tart finish. (4/5)

I couldn’t resist the opportunity to have a GoT beer, in a GoT glass, while watching GoT. Not that it’s all about branding: this thing is co-fermented with Pinot Grigio and Viognier grape juice, and though I’ve expressed my approbation for Pinot in the past, that’s more than offset by my approval of Viognier. Ommegang of course uses their house yeast here, so the family resemblance is pronounced – but that’s hardly a criticism. And the fact that I went from snorkelling in Hawaii yesterday, to a literal blizzard in Alberta today? Well, I might as well be in Winterfell, so I’m gonna go ahead and drink like Tyrion – maybe if I’m lucky the Night King will come along and put me out of my misery. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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