Iron Throne - Brewery Ommegang

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85
very good

629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 72
Gots: 97 | FT: 2
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MadScientist on 03-21-2013)
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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Edgemont Beer

Served in the #properglassware Ommegang Game of Thrones tulip, a clear, straw-yellow pour with a large puff of frothy white head that soon settled to a thick collar, leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale malts, grainy, Belgian yeast, light fruit esters. Taste of toasted grains, Belgian yeast with a bit of clovey spice, earthy, leafy hops; a bit stale, but non-offensive. Not really my style, but for the style, I guess it's not too bad. Light-medium body, and pretty solid overall, but nothing I'd go for again.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of fmccormi
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 25.4oz / 1pt 9.4oz / 750ml cork-and-cage bottle to my Tired Hands stempiece; no bottling or freshness dates on this one, but this JUST came out so it’s pretty damn fresh. If you really care though, Ommegang gives (I believe) Witte and BPA a one-year freshness period, and Rare Vos and Hennepin a two-year freshness period; expect this beer to be best within two years of bottling, since there’s less focus on hops than in BPA.

Appearance (4.75): Not surprisingly, this yields a very generous head that takes a while to die down—falling from almost four fingers, it’s bone-white, stiff with tight foam, it leaves a thick, rocky cap and surprisingly chunky collars and wide lacing all around the glass. The body, meanwhile, is a glowing, perfectly hazy, orange-amber color, and gorgeous. Holy shit. This beer looks amazing.

Smell (4.25): Grains of paradise and lemony character definitely evident, as per classic Ommegang style, although there is a good deal of clove and biscuity, bready malt that kind of smells like pancake batter. More of that lovely lemon peel and springy, floral aroma as it warms, and it shows more and more apple juice and honeysuckle. Very, very nice.

Taste (4.25): The lemon peel is much more evident here, believe it or not, with a floral sweetness complementing this pale, modestly sweet, biscuity malt body, before sweeping through with a very pronounced lemon juice acidity which wipes the plate clean and leaves that bright, lingering, almost sour bitterness (though I am NOT in any way implying that this has been soured—absolutely no evidence of that). The malt body goes beyond just a plain, bready, biscuit-like character, though: the typical starchy feel and lightly fruity, lightly tart character of well-handled wheat malts is very clear, too. The yeast spiciness is also clear here, following the nose with grains of paradise and some light clove, but it’s surprisingly restrained. Some very modest hops presence is evident on the mid-palate, with some nice, grassy character. No alcohol detected; just oodles of lemon, a lovely blonde body, and Ommegang yeast.

Mouthfeel (4.75): Ohhh this is just lovely—soft, pillow foam all over the place, filling every space on top of a dry, light-side-of-medium feeling body that finishes with a nice, slightly tart dryness. And, the head sticks around well long enough to pass by the lips. The body feels slightly starchy and dry, and finishes with the clean bitterness and bright lemon character. Even though it’s at a relatively moderate ABV, it’s way too easy to drink.

Overall (4.25): Sometimes, I think people overlook restraint. I love intense, in-your-face hop-bombs and rich, smoky, chocolatey stouts as much as the next guy, but what I love about Belgian-style beers—particularly some saisons and Belgian Pales—is the complexity and craftsmanship that can be shown off by keeping it “simple.” This beer does not pretend to be some avant-garde neo-Belgian concoction of unpredictable yeast and rare treatment; instead, it goes for a “simple” style of beer, and nails it with excellent execution and a signature touch that makes Ommegang what it is. Others might be underwhelmed, but I appreciate the restraint, subtlety, and craftsmanship. Great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml split and poured into a snifter. Packaged on 2/18/13.

A: Pours a very cloudy light orangish yellow with a frothy 2 finger white head. A decent amount of visible carbonation in the glass. Leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: First thing I noticed was a pleasant belgian yeast. Grassy with some pale malts. Authentic to the belgian pale style.

T: As with the aroma this one holds true to the belgian pale style. A solid blend of yeast and pale malts but also a pretty substantial hop backing. Lemon and citrus qualities. Great American take on the style. Lingers in the aftertaste with a hoppy yeastiness.

M: Light mouthfeel with a mouthload of carbonation. Real easy drinking beer with a very crisp and clear finish.

Overall although I havent delved into the Game of Thrones series but was excited to try a new beer from Ommegang.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's so hard to objectively review a bottle of beer when it costs 9 bucks and what you get is a good solid belgian... ale. I do not know if my rating would have been higher if this bottle cost 5 dollars... I can say this for sure - if you are not a HUGE fan of the HBO TV series, take your money somewhere else. This beer is very very overpriced.

Anyway

A: Beautiful looking beer. Cloudy/hazy yellow/orange body with 3 finger frothy head that lasts a long time. Good amount of lacing

S: Belgian yeast, pepper, clove, lemon

T: Clove, spicy/peppery, lemon zest, sweet malt, some bittering hops. I thought this beer had a bit too much lemon zest flavor... it's like when you go and order a blue moon and the bartender dunk a lemon or orange twist into your glass... I shouldn't be comparing this beer to blue moon (and I am not trying to) but that's the thought that crossed m, y mind when I had the taste - Blue Moon with citrous and added spice. What I do like about the beer is the bittering hops toward the end. (okay... I am still bitter I paid 9 bucks for this bottle).

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation, dry finish.

O: Despite what I wrote above, this beer had lots of complexity and was enjoyable. HOWEVER, I will NEVER buy this bottle again.

Photo of muletrane
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack the cage and cork and pour a brew of dingy, pale straw coloring into our tasting snifters. It puts up a three finger head of massively creamy white bubbles, billowing out the top. Retention is forever, with vigorous patterns of lacing etched into the glass’ walls. A chill haze is noted, but no outright sediment made its way in. Carbonation is one of the highest we’ve ever seen. The aroma is fresh, Belgian, and very Ommegang. Malts are pale, metallic, toasty, wet, and wheaty, with support from sweet banana esters, clovey phenols, and bright lemon zest. Warmth brings a more chalky side to the pale, wheaty maltiness, with further pronunciation of the lemony bite, and grassy hops. Our first impression is that the flavoring is not as sweet as expected, with strong contrast between the spicy depth of malts and the raw lemony components. As we sip, bitter pale malts, dirty wet wheatiness, coppery metallics, milky creaminess, orange and lemon rind, and bittered clovey phenols start things off. Moving to the peak are heavy metallics, bready wheatiness, bitterly toasted pales, burnt poppy seed, more bittering lemon peel and sweet booziness. The finishing wash comes with more wet and watered wheat, mineral, stone, white wine grape, straw, penicillin bite, dirt, and further bittering grassy hoppiness. The aftertaste breathes very bitterly of toasty pale malts, metallics, under ripe strawberry stem, faint clove, mild char, and massive wheaty bite. The body is medium, and the carbonation is expectedly high. The mouth is coated with big, dripping wet creaminess, with final crisp and drying bite with the bittered pucker. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, cream, froth, pop, and glug to the lip and gullet. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks as more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the insanely well-retained head, and the fresh, crisp, and Belgian aroma. The pour on this guy is beautiful. While the color maintains that dirty yellowish hue, the head remains as a glorious crown throughout the tasting. The aroma follows expectantly, with massive representation of wheat, barley, and raw grain. This blends well with the generous inclusions of spice and citrus. The flavoring, too, follows nicely, but the “iron” metallic qualities of it are, at times, overbearing. This is a flavorful, well designed beer, and we are definitely excited to see more of this series (especially once we finally start the show!!).

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Iron Throne from Brewery Ommegang
85 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.