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Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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569 Ratings
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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%


Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MadScientist on 03-21-2013)
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a fairly decent foamy head that disappears quickly. The beer itself is very opaque with an orangish yellow color. The color resembles the color of orange juice and the top surface appears to be a bit watery. The smell has strong bready malt notes that balance out the orange hop smell. Small hints of spice show through as well as some fruitiness but are too small to be noticeable and dominated by the hop and malt smell. The taste is similar to the smell but more complex. The hops still have an orange smell but the fruity notes are a bit more present and the malts are more subdued to the point that they slightly balance out the hops. The mouthfeel is particularly heavy and thick with biting carbonation. Overall, a decent brew but nothing I would decapitate a noble and start a war or consort with dark forces for.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 21:06:42 | More by HattedClassic
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow color with straw/banana hues and a frothy, pillowy white head.  Great retention, only slowly settling into a lasting cap/ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.  

Strong bready yeast character in the aroma with zesty spice, banana and cirus fruit notes.  Some bubblegum character along with a strong banana and yeast presence.  Peppery spice with hints of clove, coriander, lemon zest and grains of paradise.  Somewhat inviting aroma but the yeast and banana are really strong, negatively affecting the aroma, in my opinion.

On the fuller end of medium body with lots of bread/yeast and zesty spice flavor.  Again, there's a very strong banana bread flavor along with some bubblegum, clove, coriander, pepper and grains of paradise followed by zesty orange peel.  The spice character is strong and his beer has some good zesty citrus fruit sweetness but the yeast and bubbllegum/banana flavors are too strong for my liking.  Decent but a bit disappointing given the pedigree of the brewery and my excitement over the possibility of this series.  Hopefully the other beers in the series turn out better.  

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 19:50:54 | More by corby112
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JayQue

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good one from Ommegang. I know nothing about Game of Thrones, but I am a sucker for Beer Series...especially from a brewery as good as Ommegang.

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Poured into my Chimay goblet, a hazy straw gold color. Big, delicately bubbly white head with excellent head retention and more lacing than most Belgian-style beers.

Aroma is fairly mild, Belgian yeast is most prominent, some lemon and Grains of Paradise (but not nearly as much as Sam Adams Summer Ale).

Flavor is good. The taste is stronger than the aroma, but mostly the same elements. Yeast, lemon, some pepper, Grains of Paradise are the strongest flavors. All blended very nicely. More up front flavor than a lot of Belgian Pale Ales.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Low alcohol presence helps, this beer goes down smooth. Light and refreshing.

Good take on a Belgian Pale Ale. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 02:13:06 | More by JayQue
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Iron Throne looks fit for a king - it pours a polished golden colour, big crown and pearls of lacing. Yeast sediment may cloud the complexion slightly but this rather pretty beer is a far cry from the dark, sludgy ales they drank in the Middle Ages (and presumably in Westeros too).

The aroma is subtlety perfumed by the grains of paradise but is also suggestive of white pepper, dried garden herbs and lemon myrtle. It could almost double as a potpourri were it not for the strong smell of fresh-baked bread. It's zesty but, all in all, is rather modest.

It's true of beer just as it is of food: good ingredients used correctly make for deliciousness. A very wholesome, clean taste, this ale has a sort of honeyed grain flavour as well as fruity nuances of apple and pear. The yeast contributes both a piquancy and savoriness.

The rather heavy honey-oat maltiness is made a little lighter by a sprightly effervescence. The bubbles lend a degree of refreshment to what is certainly not a delicate beer. The extra little dosage of alcohol will go unnoticed by most, although the spice can at times be a bit intense.

I'd love to have filled this review with Game of Thrones references but I've never read the books and, frankly, am often confused watching the show. What I am sure about, however, is that I enjoyed Iron Throne Blonde Ale and that it, despite cashing in on a marketing opportunity, is every bit on par with Ommegang's usual standards of quality and craftsmanship.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 19:40:02 | More by biegaman
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my Captain Lawrence stemware. Pours a hazy, golden-orange with a fluffy, rocky, two-inch, bright white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent skim - strands of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses sweet citrus, belgian yeast and a spicy quality (perhaps coriander). Taste consistent with nose; however, there is also a mild wet-cardboard character in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation that leaves a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, not a bad beer, but somewhat more reminiscent of a witbier than a BPA in my opinion. That said, the carbonation was just a bit too prickly and coarse for my general sensibilities.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 14:46:59 | More by Jwale73
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured in to teku glass.

A - Translucent golden yellow with one finger of foamy white head.

S - Belgian yeast, spice, citrus and a big peppery aroma. Lighter lemon zest and clove.

T - Mild bitterness with a big spice presence (peppery), lemon zest and a bready malt sweetness. Lighter clove taste in the background.

M - Light body; slightly creamy. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:37:27 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2/15/13, poured into a snifter

A- pours a bright and clear golden-hay color with a big rocky and foamy white head with good retention, reduces to a solid layer floating on top, leaving patches of lace behind

S- tart lemon with some grainy notes from the grains of paradise, light phelonic notes withb some musty Belgian yeast aromas, fruit notes as well. Aromas are there, but a bit subdued

T- light and fruity with some floral notes, lemon zest, earthy yeasty notes. The finish is lightly tart-yet-dry with more lemon flavor on the linger

M- light bodied with spritzy carbonation creates a fizzy mouthfeel and provides a bubbly finish

O- flavors were a bit more subdued than typically expected from Ommegang. I think it's probably because if the mass audience this is advertised for, which works well. Still a solid, well balanced beer

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:34:59 | More by Treyliff
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle packaged on 2/6/13, poured into the associated Ommegang Game of Thrones glass
A: Hazy with a color that borders on dark yellow/light orange, with a billowy three-finger head that slowly settles and a steady stream of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Really quite impressive
S: Lemon, herbs, pale malt, a hint of toffee & light hops
T: Mostly light malt and herbs with hints of lemon, light hops, an herbed foccacia finish
M: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, fairly crisp with a noticeable dry herby-malty finish
O: Definitely solid, balanced, decent complexity, with a bit more complexity/intensity it would be outstanding. Definitely more effort than just a marketing play

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:28:05 | More by ONUMello
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a very improper short pint glass (all that was on hand).

A: a nice yellow gold hue, slightly cloudy, with a good head that retained nicely and left lacing upon dissipation.

S: I can pick up citrus, spice, yeast

T: follows the aroma

M: slightly better than average carbonation, and a good mouth feel

O: I found this blonde ale a little different from many of the others I have had in this style. I am not sure what it was that makes it different, but it was not a bad thing. I enjoyed this beer on a cool summer evening at the cottage and it was a pleasant experience. It was my first beer from Ommegang, and it makes me want to try others if I can get them (road trip!).

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:23:02 | More by polloenfuego
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Poured golden with strong carbonation. Thick two finger white head. Bright. One finger of retention with a good amount of lace.

S - Orange, zesty, lemon, sweet malt.

T - Sweet malt, honey, yeast, orange, some sweet spice.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, dry finish with some orange.

O/D - Nice Belgian Blonde. Nothing outrageous or out of the ordinary, but I enjoyed it. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 00:29:06 | More by tbeckett
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a special thanks to my brother steve for procuring this from the source, and saving it for my visit. even though we both agree this would be cool to save for a whole series tasting, we crack the cork and cage rig with exuberance. a hazy pale straw colored liquid bursts forth, filling our glasses with a nice capping of white lacey head, dense and lasting. the nose on this is uniquely floral, spring seasonal feeling, with light grassy notes, funky yeast approaching tart, and a lot of wheat malt. the flavor reveals a more balanced brew than the nose lets on, with a tropical fruit sort of hop complex which is a fantastic combination with the yeast. the floral element is still there, although now in the background. finish is long and drawn out over light dry malts and piquant yeast. carbonated brilliantly and drinking easy, this is a special treat I am very thankful to have participated in. I wish they would make this one regularly available, its quality is consistent with their other beers, and its really different. I don't know what game of thrones is, and I don't care. this beer rocks.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 14:58:54 | More by StonedTrippin
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cage/cork bottle poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass.

A- Hazy golden color with a 2-plus finger head, pure white, that slowly fades to a heavy film leaving generous lacing. Effervescent.

S- Citrus rinds, lemon zest, clove, spice. Some yeasty must and funk. There's a give and take between the lemon and alcohol aromas that make for a nice dance routine.

T- A touch of malt sweetness balances the sharp spicy hops and yeast dryness. There's no denying the lemon, but it does not overpower.

M- Lots of carbonation, tingly. Tart at first, dry finish.

O- Highly drinkable and flavorful American take on a BPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:47:14 | More by NiceTaps
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a cage and cork bottle into a snifter, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, honey-gold coloring that is almost opaque with a steady stream of carbonation throughout the body. Tall, frothy, small bubbled head starts out around 2 inches on the pour, and steadily settles into a quarter inch of head that retains nicely as you drink. Nose of biscuits, honey sweetness, lemon zest, all spice, grains of paradise, and an overall roasted character. Smells tasty. Flavors are tangy sweet forward, with a tart lemon character that puckers slightly. Toasted bread backbone supports, with a charge of spices coming in to the mid-tongue to calm the sweet and robust flavors. The end of the palate tastes like a lemon-bread, with a heavy does of all spice, clove, and grains of paradise. The body starts smooth, but quickly becomes light and effervescent as it passes across the tongue. The aftertaste is short-lived, with a roasted and sweet blend leading into a clean, frothy, effervescent finish. Tasty brew, and extremely easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:00:16 | More by GarthDanielson
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden color in a tulip. Nice lacing with a 3 F head.

Very floral aroma combined with clove and lemon.

The beer was quite carbonated, usual for the style.

The spicy taste was similar to the aroma: clove and lemon, but not as strong.

A pleasant puckering finish.

Overall, a very good beer and one of the better Blonde Belgian ales I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:52:44 | More by brureview
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dar482

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy golden with a big amount of white head.

The aroma has tons of lemon, breadiness and yeast, some grass, and spiciness.

The flavor follows with the spice and bready Belgian qualities, then there’s some lemon peel, then tons of grass on the dry finish.

The mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of carbonation to keep things rolling.

This is a really good beginner beer for those trying to get into craft or Belgian beers. It’s toned down for some, but really amped up for a blonde ale. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 18:19:55 | More by dar482
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Daktyls

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into an Ommegang glass. Pours a hazy amber color with a full, rocky two fingered head that dissipates slowly leaving a solid lacing on the outside edge of the glass.

S: There is definitely a yeasty smell to the aroma with a little bit of spice, some light notes of citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: Definitely a bit of wheat in there with a little bit of citrusy lemon and a bit of spice. There's a certain amount of that distinctly belgian yeast as well.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, definitely seems to mute the flavors a little bit. Lighter than I initially expected, but worked well with the flavors that are there.

O: Overall, a good beer, very enjoyable, good for summer, an excellent beer to drink to Joffrey's demise.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 16:06:46 | More by Daktyls
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my bro for purchasing this brew... 1,111th review and likely one of my last full reviews...

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale golden colour, three fingers of head with solid mountainous lacing.

S - Musty yeast, peppered cloves, citrus rind and hints of grassy hops.

T - Peppery spice comes through alongside citrus rind and sweet cloves. The grassy hops come through on the finish with a hint of wheat.

M - Lighter bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew that fits the bill, solid flavour profile and another winner from the Ommegang brewery. Super stoked to have had the opportunity to try it, and will hopefully be able to snatch up another bottle before they're all gone.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 01:53:05 | More by andrenaline
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on April 9, 2013.

Beer is a bright translucent golden with a very large white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell contains yeast, light fruits, lemon a touch of bubblegum and some spices.

Taste contains yeast, lemon and spices. Somewhat bready. On the sweet side, but not overly. Decent but nothing exciting is going on here.

Medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. A bit heavy for what can be a nice refreshing style.

Overall, fine but not worth revisiting. Plenty of better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 00:18:42 | More by jrenihan
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mevett89

Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pale gold, hazy, with a luxurious white head.

Aroma: sweet, spicy and just a bit hoppy.

Taste: plenty of sweet malt up front with some prominent spice from the seeds of paradise, and some fruit notes from the Belgian yeast. Enough floral and bitter notes from the hops to balance things out at the end.

Mouth Feel: fairly smooth, but with enough carbonation to keep things sparkly.

Overall: good, though not quite great.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 17:51:16 | More by mevett89
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from the Orleans LCBO for $9.50

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow colour with a large size frothy white coloured head. There is a very high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 6-7minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, hops, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is a very high amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some hop and herbal flavours. It ends with a spicy and lightly tart aftertaste.

Overall - A bit toned down, but I guess that is to be expected when trying to appeal to a mass audience. It has a nice amount of tartness and spiciness and it very drinkable and refreshing. Perhaps a bit pricy considering duvel, chimay white etc. can be had for half the price, but well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:36:08 | More by spinrsx
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themind

New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This brew pours a beautiful full head thats mouthwatering to look at. The aroma is subtle but interesting. The taste is decent, not the best brew I have had by any means but very much drinkable. The mouthfeel is crisp, this beer for what it is is worth a look. Ommegang makes some awesome brews but in the end I bought this for the bottle.

Bottom Line: cool bottle...average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 23:54:12 | More by themind
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy yellow, well carbonated, three finger light fluffy head.

S-Wheat, grass, lemon and orange. Something is slightly off though.

T-Very wheat heavy, however the balance is off. The lemon, orange and grass do not really go together.

M-Light to medium bodied, well carbonated but a tad watery,

O-Ommegang doesn't usually miss, but maybe because of the wide audience they toned it down a little bit?

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:47:58 | More by rlee1390
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utopiajane

New York

4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours fantastic. Light straw yellow, turbid, hazy and with a fluffy white head of foam that never fell off completely. Left plenty of soft lace all over the glass. Champagne bubbles too, this is visual perfection. Nose is superb. Belgian yeast, tart lemon, floral and earthy. A touch of banana, bubblegum, clove, those grains of paradise and underneath- good bread and soft malt sweetness. So perfectly light. It’s buoyant on the palate. All components have a brightness of character that is full but never maxed out. Taste is smooth, bubblegum and sweet bread. Malt is no stranger in this drink. It’s flavorful but delicate. Leaves just dry with a hint of hop oil bitter to make your mouth water and a lingering sweetness.

This is a visually stunning ale that is soft and silky and drinks like it was made to be drunk. It’s Belgian spice character that doesn’t overwhelm with the sheer number of things, it’s hops that aren’t blown all out of proportion & sweet malt at it’s full and subtle best. Ommegang treats you to some finesse with this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 10:39:00 | More by utopiajane
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750ml. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Golden yellow, quite blonde. Completely translucent with a decent head that diminished rapidly.

S: Slightly citrusy with your standard beer scents right in there. You can really smell the grains of paradise and lemon peel here. Nothing complex here.

T: A bit of citrus but really no complexity here to me. It is your standard belgian pale ale. You can taste both the belgian part and the pale ale part.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation there but not surprising considering it was corked and caged, which made quite a nice pop sound when opened. Crisp throughout.

O: Eh. I am not a big fan of regular pale ales (or Belgian ones either, but they are a bit better) but I had to get it because of the Game of Thrones tie in. Either going to turn it into some bread or give it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 03:31:38 | More by gillagorilla
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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. Ample many fingers head and needs to be poured carefully. Head retention is great. Chunky lacing is present on the glass.

S: Malts, subtle hops, garden spices, flowers.

T: Clean drinking. Well balanced but not distinct in any particular category. Some spicing is present on the finish. Tastes great.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing as one would expect.

O: Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:55:55 | More by Oakenator
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Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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