Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis | Brewery Ommegang

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3.87/5
Very Good
Game Of Thrones: Valar MorghulisGame Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first four seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.

In the world of Westeros, Valar Morghulis means “all men must die.” Fans of the hit HBO show chose the foreboding phrase as the name of the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. As part of a Facebook poll, fan voting determined the style and name of the next beer. An Abbey Dubbel was selected and it is perfectly represented by the “two- headed” coin given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, one of the “Faceless Men of Braavos” – legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will.

On sale October 1st, available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,305
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
912
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
67
Gots:
321
Trade:
6
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 912
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. No dating information found.
Murky, amber brown colored body. One finger of khaki colored head; this settles back to a partial cap and ring. Just a couple of spots of lacing left behind.
Aroma of caramel, malt, and fruit, with yeast.
Taste of yeast, caramel, fruit, and malt.
Medium mouth feel, with dry feel from the yeast. Very good (frothy) carbonation.
Expresses the tenets of a Dubbel. Crafted for balance and component expression.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this beer because I saw it on the table.
Look: Lots of foam
Smell: Aroma of molasses
Taste: Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis has a flavour of Dr. Pepper blended with an IPA.
Feel: Average amount of carbonation.
Overall: People who enjoy drinking soda mixed with beer may enjoy drinking Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis!

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

L - brown with some red hues around the edges when held to the light, opaque, with a medium tan head that leaves behind some lacing.
S - Yeasty, bready, and malty, with tones of dried fruit, and slight notes of caramel and vanilla.
T - Complex. Starts off with big yeast, bread, and malt flavors followed by a good amount dried fruit flavor with notes of vanilla, caramel, and molasses mixed in.
F - Medium to full body with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O - This is a very good dubbel. Complex flavors of yeast, malt, and bread mixed well with dried fruits, caramel, molasses, and vanilla. A great way to start season 7 of Games and a great dubbel overall. Well done Ommegang.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a mahogany color with a modest, thick head. The head lasts as you enjoy the beer. Sweetish brown sugar. The mouth gets some malt (but not overly sweet) and roasted malt flavor with a light coating on the tongue. Nice!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that took a super long time before it dissipated to a concave clingy and somewhat foamy lacing. The smell had a sweet sticky cherry to light chocolate. Belgian sugars dance underneath a sweet sticky caramel and a light spice (I can’t exactly tell what spice it is). The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined to a sweet flavoring. There’s a sweet sticky caramel to cherry aftertaste along with a sweet and dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but not overbearing. Sticky caramel coated my tongue nicely. Overall, I say this was a pretty good dubbel I could have again.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a beautiful cork and cage bomber with GoT artwork into a tulip

L: Semi-opaque mahogany brown pour. A bit of crimson around the edges as I hold it up to the light. 3 fingers of foamy head lasts forever. Moderate lacing.

S: Toasted sugars... caramel and molasses... candy and stone fruits.

T/F: Follows the nose. Rich caramel malts... toasted marshmallow and dark fruits.. cherry and plum mixed with clove and winter spices. Mild hop bitterness saves this from being too sweet. Medium in body.. creamy, light on the tongue. Finish is sticky with more dark fruit.

O: A very tasty Dubbel... good flavor and on point for the style. Really enjoyed this one, and looking forward to hitting its sister Valar Dohaeris.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like they brewed this again to package with the Game of Thrones Triple in this sweet Gift set. Poured into the chalice provided with the set.

A - Wow this is bursting with carbonation so much so the cork shot across the room! Pouring it slow I still managed about 2 inches plus in the glass that takes forever to clear. Color is a very hazy dark amber brown with a mocha tinted head.
S - Bready and sweet malty goodness just as expected sour dough and syrup like
T - Sry and not as sweet as I expected but still rather doughy with a fairly smooth yeasty finish. Repeated sips are more of the same if anything the finish does have some hops and fruity yeasts.
M - Quite smooth and bubbly I do feel some of the taste is lost under all that carbonation but for the ABV it drinks well.

Overall a simple Belgium Dubbel that doesn't hit you over the head with sweetness or dry yeasts. Not as flavorful as I hoped kind of bland if you ask me.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

**
04/12/15
On tap at Blend.
Aroma is brown sugar, brown bread, yeast.
Appearance is hazy medium brown, large thick white head.
Taste: Yeast, brandy, wine,
Feel: thick, meaty,

Pretty good.

**

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"When confronted with the most feared saying in high valyrian, take a sip and choose your words wisely, for all men must die, and all men must serve. Enjoy rich aromas of caramel and ripe fruit with deep flavors of malty sweetness and fruity esters." Brewed in the style of a dubbel ale, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Entry #4 in the Game of Thrones collaborative series.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a caramel tan tone over a moderately hazy copper brown body. with mild carbonation. Retention is above average and there is no visible lacing. 3.5

(Smell) Bread malts, caramel syrups, deep sweet fruity undertones of plum, grape and fig. Light grainy bitterness, a sweet aroma leads this beer. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Caramel and dark fruit syrups with a light tanginess and slight earthy grain bitterness. Clean, slightly dry finish, nicely balanced. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly syrupy, smooth, clean, fully dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to grainy, earthy bitter and tangy. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) An enjoyable Dubbel ale with a decent balance of characters makes for a complex, but drinkable ale. Another solid beer in the series, fairly on par for my expectations of the style. 3.5

Brewery Ommegang's
Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis
3.59/5.00

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, pours a hazey murky brown with a nice tannish head that disapates to a small ring. Aroma dark fruit, toffee. Taste dark fruit, toffee, caramel, malt. Oh it was worth the 30 dollars.

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Photo of Slack
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Copper to mahogany in color with ½ inch plus of head. Minor lacing.

Spice and toffee on the nose with some bread and fruit.

Taste fruit, sugar, yeast and minor citrus. Am also picking up an odd medicine like note.

Mouthful is medium and creamy. Carbonation is medium-high. Finish is bitter.

The beer is a decent take on the style but the medicinal flavor, higher sweetness and carbonation detracted from this beer. While it is easily drinkable, I would sample it on tap before buying.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark bronze. Huge tan head with thick sticky lacing.
smell: Yeast and spice. Dark fruits and candied sugar. Quite a rich nose.
taste: Much like the nose. A blended of dark fruits and malt up front with a slightly spicy finish.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a ommegang bomber into a bugle pint glass.

Look is a dark rusty brick red Amber with a bubbly head.

Slightly astringent malt and a bready sweet malt.

Lots of prunes cherries and dark fruit with a clear astringency.

A little intense for a
Dubbel but good.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark fruit and cherry flavours are very prevalent. My only complaint is that this was a bit boozy and unbalanced. A decent beer that was interesting - but could have been smoother.

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Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle into a pint glass

A - Tall 2 finger frothy khaki colored head that is also somewhat creamy as well. Moderate to high amount of carbonation with bubbles sticking to sides of glass and rising quickly. Beer is a deep brown and mahogany in color with a slight haze from the yeast. 4/5

S - Rich malty aroma that is paired with a deep dark stone fruit (raisins, dates, and plums). Hops seem to be floral in character the strength of their aroma pales in comparison to the fruity sweetness and the caramel notes. A bit yeasty on the nose as well. 4/5

T - Dark stone fruit, raspberries, and a deep rich maltiness assault my taste buds right away. Following these notes come a sweet caramelization as well as Grape-Nut-O's cereal and toasted wheat bread. Ever so slight pepperiness that leads into the finish of the tasting where I taste a combination of floral hops and grassy hops that lends a slight bitterness although this bitterness does not linger. No real booziness even with an 8% abv. 4.25/5

M - Big carbonation burn right off the bat showcases the amount of carbonation in this beer and why it has a cork in the bottle. Medium to full bodied beer that is nice and crisp with a slight drying astringency on the back end but not overly so. 4/5

O - Very good Dubbel style ale that has a very nice complexity of flavors and aromas to keep both the nose and palate interested throughout the entire profile. Balance wise, this beer leans heavily toward the sweet end of the spectrum but also has a slight bitterness that reigns it back in a bit. 4/5

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Photo of justinp444
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft into a snifter it's has a clear dark ruby red body with a thin half inch thick head of white. Smell of raspberry jam, stone fruit, plum, citrus, and some light malt. Taste is grapefruit citrus, grape, plum, slight raspberry, and some light light malt in the back. It has a nice slightly crisp and moderate mouth feel and a moderate body. A nice fruity abbey ale, taste is a lot like Welches grape.

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Photo of stephens101
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with cherry hues and a thick, shiny tan froth for a crown. The complex aroma goes on for days with persimmon, plum, cherry, burnt sugar, grain and chocolate. Smooth up front with a basket of dark fruits and a few bars of chocolate thrown in for good measure. Medium to heavy with a slight heat at the very end.

When a Belgian is done right it can be a magnificent thing.

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Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I don't speak a word of Valyrian but Valar Morghulis looks very familiar; it has that attractive reddish depth and, at least initially, the same large off-white head that characterizes the traditional beers of Belgium's abbeys. The name may be a pop culture reference but the appearance is timeless.

Dubbel is a style capable of satiating just through smell alone. The prune-y dried fruit and rich toffee malt aromas are ones you're not likely to easily forget - or ignore. I had to take a sip right away even though quite honestly I'd be content just sitting here and sniffing it all afternoon.

I hope you like Raisin Bran - that's essentially what Valar Morghulis tastes like. The flavour isn't limited to just raisins, brown sugar and cereal grain but those flavours do make up the bulk of it. Peppery spice is, well, peppered in there too as are bruised orchard fruits and confectionery, gingerbread-like notes.

That back-and-forth of sweetness and spice creates continuous desire for the next sip. Will this one be clove and peach or ginger and dried cherry? The 8% alcohol is noticeable but one ends up cozying up to it like a big blanket. And indeed this deep, rich, dark maltiness is perfect grey, wet weather comfort.

All the qualities that initially turned me off Belgian beers - the ultra-spicy yeast, sweet malt and rotted fruit notes - are the very things I've come to love about them. Somehow, mysteriously, all that intensity begets tranquility. Valar Morghulis is a shining example of this distinct phenomenon.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper with a large head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee, sultanas, prunes and soft spicy notes.
Similar flavours. Quite sweet with bready and sultana notes.
Carbonation is pretty aggressive.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and light lacing. Aroma of light spices with quite a bit of caramelized malt and residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by heavy caramelized malt with quite a bit of residual sugar notes with light spices notes. Body is full with medium to good carbonation. Short on attenuation and little bit too heavy for my taste.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's the tastiest Game of Thrones beer I've had from them (they sure do know how to make a dubbel), but it's no Ommegang Ale. The flavor just lacks the characteristic oomph that Dubbel has from them. It's still a solid beer and it was worth enjoying while watching the second to last episode, which was insane!

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Photo of BethanyB
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours a dark viscous copper, the color of maple syrup. The golden head is massive, yet loosely beaded. Little lace is left on the glass.

Smell: The nose matches the color, as there's plenty of maple mixed in with cloves and coriander. There are hints of chocolate truffles and dark stone fruit - plums, dates, and dark cherries, to name a few.

Taste: My first reaction is one of disappointment, as this Dubbel is less flavorful than I would like it to be. Game of Thrones is an epic series, so you'd think these beers would be a bit more dramatic. There's a soft mix of spice, molasses, and chocolate both up front and in the finish, but the middle feels somewhat hollow. The fruit from the aroma is less present in the taste, although there is an interesting marmalade tartness.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, with a medium-high body and lots of carbonation. I do think I may be a bit bothered by the high level of carbonation in Dubbels, as it seems to swallow up the flavor. The bubbles create a dry and tingly finish that brings out the moderate bitterness level.

Overall: This is the second GOT beer I've tried, and so far, I'm hardly a fan of the series (as in the beer, not the show). I suspect Ommegang's is toning things down a bit in order to appeal to the masses with these beers. While I would recommend giving the Three Eyed Raven a try, I would advise skipping this one. It's not distasteful, but there are many Dubbels out there with so much more to taste. Not a flop, but hardly the brewery's best, and not quite worthy of its dramatic name.

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Photo of TheAudioBuffet
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very fun novelty beer. The marketing is clever, especially since they don't drink beer on the show. We would call this a nice Belgian Trappist-style Ale, but mostly a novelty. Try it, but don't stock up.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany toned body with a even tan head. Head fades fast to leave just a skim. Nose is of sweet bread malts and a bit of vanilla taffy. With first sip i am really taken by how dry and spicy this dubbel is. Almost like charred malts. Solid beer but drink more on the room temperature side.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was going to suck. I only bought it because I wanted to sip on it during an epic battle scene during this present season and it served its intended purpose. It was surprisingly good, given what the beer is.

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Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 912 ratings