Since I’ve been watching Game of Thrones and knew that Ommegang produced Game of Thrones themed beers I’ve been drinking the new ones every chance I get. With the latest season starting recently, I purchased the “Bend the Knee” release to try. While I haven’t had every beer they’ve released for Game of Thrones, the ones I’ve had were very good. I did not even look at the beer other than to see that it was Game of Thrones when I purchased it. It is a Belgian strong pale ale and came in a 25 fluid ounce (750 mL) bottle and is 9.0% alcohol by volume. It was purchased individually at a local liquor store.
Before I make this beer seem like a terrible beer, I have to disclose that I’m not a huge fan of strong Belgian beers. I do try them, and this one was purchased more for Game of Thrones than the style. The beer had a smooth pour, but with a LOT of head. After pouring, the head was over a third of the glass and continued to rise and eventually made the glass overflow. It took a few minutes for it to settle down so I could start drinking something other than head. The color is a nice golden with some haze like what you would expect from a Belgian. The smell was gave a lot of yeast and some malt and wasn’t very sweet considering it has Honey in it. The taste was very similar to the smell and I can’t say I was a huge fan. This definitely wasn’t a bad beer, but not to my liking. I did finish what I had poured so that says something.
If you know any strong Belgians that even I may like, let me know in the comments!