Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang
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4.05/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
So, what would a viking drink? Or a medieval wench? Or any of the characters of the hit series "Game of Thrones"? I'm thinking Imperial Stout, or a mead, or a rustic dark ale of some sorts, right? Nope- It's this dainty, smooth, and floral bit that crawls out of the Brewery Ommegang.
Rusty gold in color, the air casts a lightened sense to the rim of the tulip with a tall fluffy column of foam. Loosely knit and cottony white the foam character shows great persistent and laces intricately as the beer fades.
Delicate floral scents of honey-suckle start the show while raw barley malt and fresh baking bread add a slight richness and depth to the aromas. Peppery, spicy and lightly wine-like, esters of oranges, white grapes, dried limes all decorate the periphery but the nose is grounded with rye-like earthen spice.
The beer's racy taste is a balance of fruit and spice. The back-and-forth from lemon to pepper, oranges to clove, grape to anise all play out on a soft bed of confectioner's sweetness. Finishing clean and refreshing the beer echoes with white wine tartness and a somewhat grassy hop bitterness.
Medium-light in body, the beer seems to float just above the tongue from the carbonation that lifts the beer and carries it to a quick dryness and satisfying finish filled with light honey, pepper, and lemongrass. undertow of sweetness.
With the masculine intensity of "Game of Thrones" and "Iron Throne" I didn't see such a finesse beer coming. But once it hits the tongue, the beer calms the senses and rewards the palate.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2013 02:55:12 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into an Ommegang flute glass. Pours a light golden amber with a massive half glass head the slowly dissipates into larger bubbles, leaving pillowy lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, Belgian yeast and a faint hair perm component (what is the proper term for that?). Flavor follows with sweet malt, Belgian yeast and spicing, particularly clove and coriander; turning rather drier and finishing with light stone fruit, bittering hops and biscuit malt. Light bodied, but nice mouth feel from active carbonation. A pleasant light Belgian pale, nothing stands out, but well made and fun to drink.
Serving type: bottle
03-22-2013 03:56:30 | More by LiquidAmber
4.65/5 rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A: This beer pours a pale golden with a touch of haze. The off-white head is persistant with two fingers of creamy, somewhat rocky foam settling slightly.
S: There is a peppery note right up front with a spicy, citrus aroma. A moderate floral hops aroma and a some Belgian yeast fruit and spice aroma. The yeast aromas blend really well with the grains of paradise spicy citrus notes. The malt aroma is light with a simple clean sweetness that teams up with something else in there to give a light cotton candy note in the background.
T: The malt and spice are what you taste at first reflecting the aroma with a citrus spiciness. The malt bring a medium amount of sweetness which is balance by mix of moderately-light hops bitterness and some of the spice. The yeast is again bring a mix of light colored fruit flavors like orange and nectarine along with a black pepper quality. The light hops flavor is a bit more in the back behind the rest being earthy and spicy. The balance is about even depending on the temperature. The finish is off-dry with an aftertaste of peppery, citrus spice and clean sweetness.
M: It's a bit fluffy being a light bodied beer with a moderately strong carbonation.
O: An elegant, well balanced blonde beer with a touch of a spicy edge, which reflects the House of Lannister. There's all the elements promised here; that Belgian Blonde light with it's almost lager like profile while still having a light touch of Belgian qualities along with a citrusy, peppery spice. It's a great beer whether you like the show or not and perfect for when you you want a flavorful complex beer that is still refreshing for a sweltering hot day.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2013 23:22:36 | More by MadScientist
Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
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