Ommegang – Game of Thrones – Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale
By Bill Lau
Posted May 3, 2016
6.9% ABV, Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with citrusy, herbal American hops
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY
Another season of my current favorite TV series Game of Thrones is upon us, and with it another special release from Brewery Ommegang, makers of fine Belgian-style beers. Fans of the show quickly learn to expect the unexpected, never knowing what plot twists and turns may affect their favorite characters. In a similar vein, Ommegang delivers some interesting and unexpected variations on established styles with these show-inspired brews (happily without killing anyone named Stark).
You don’t need to be a fan of the show to appreciate the beers, either, just a fan of good craft beer, particularly Belgian-style brews. If you are a fan, though, what could be better than pairing Seven Kingdoms with the current episode of Game of Thrones? (Other than bringing back [redacted – no spoilers here!] who died so tragically and…unexpectedly.)
Happy watching and cheers!
Appearance (5/5): Bright, clear, light golden hue (champagne-like when held up to the light) capped with a thick, dense pile of white foam. Voluminous bubbles rise to feed and sustain the head. Excellent lacing left on glass with each sip.
Aroma (9/10): Notes of fresh orange peel/zest, coriander, and citric-floral hops. Inviting!
Palate (4/5): Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation that delivers a nice bite.
Taste (9/10): Zesty and flavorful, delivering plenty of citrusy flavor up front. Orange peel note includes a mildly bitter, pithy edge. Citric hops blend seamlessly, adding a touch of lemon, with a light coriander note in the background. Bittering gradually builds towards the finish with increasing herbal and spice component joining in. Malt base is clean and fresh and brings balance to the overall profile. Leaves behind a lengthy aftertaste of bright, zippy citrus and lingering pithy bitterness. Crisp and refreshing.
Overall (18/20): A worthy entry in the series of GOT-inspired beers. I’ll definitely be picking up some more to enjoy through the rest of Spring and into Summer! (Maybe even an extra bottle or two to cellar – I have a feeling it will age nicely.)
Disclosure: The author has received no reimbursement or compensation for this article. All opinions and remarks are those of the author alone.