Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Dubbel
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Reviews:
136
Ratings:
917
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  66
Gots
  321
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 917 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Pours a nice mahogany color with a one finger head that slowly recedes into a rocky foam. Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass.

S: Light on the nose with notes of dark fruits, some Belgian yeast and a light bready maltiness.

T: Also light on the taste, again, some dark fruits are present, the distinctly Belgian yeast is present but somewhat muted. A breadiness is present but not a whole lot else is going here.

M: Mild on the tongue, low carbonation, somewhat slick. Seems milder than other dubbel style beers.

O: Enjoyable if on the lighter side, I would have it again.

Oct 12, 2014
More User Reviews:
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +8%

As the new season of Game of Thrones embarks, the new flavor of the season rises in the stern sweetness of Belgian dubbel ale that's equipped with spice, vinous and tarnish bark bite. If the new season shapes up like the beer, then there's twists, turns and rewards with every sampling.

Its rusty garnet pour bring a zesty carbonation that billows to the top of the snifter. Its delightful aromas are bountiful with concord grape, lesser raspberry puree, plum and soft prune. An undercurrent of steely caramel and horehound candy pave the way into the middle palate.

That's where the sweetness and fruitiness balance with bright wine-line balance of burgundy and cabernet sauvignon. A peppery bite rises to greet the palate with black pepper, aniseed and dried orange peel while a softer cashew nuttiness soothes the palate just before drying.

Strong effervescence pulls from a lush creaminess as the medium-bodied beer dries swiftly. Dry red wine character decorates the finish as the sweetness quivers and a woodish hop bite provides a subtle balance to the lingering candied sweetness. Its simply a masterful beer with grape overtones early and late.

Oct 05, 2014
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, medium orange amber with a twon finger tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet bready and candi malt, fresh dark stone fruit,Belgian yeast, root spices. Flavor is mildly caramel malt, plums, figs, dates, brown sugar, clove and pepper. Finishes with a slight, but appropriate astringent bitterness fromt the spices. Medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. A very nice spicy dubbel and easily the best of this series. I was somewhat underwhelmed by the GoT ales so far, to my surprise because I know what Ommegang is capable of. This is an excellent comestic dubbel that is a bit spicier (some winter warmer elements here), but very Belgian. I liked this a lot.

Oct 11, 2014
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a creamy tan head that does not dissipate very quickly. In fact, the head tends to stay active for quite a long while. The beer itself is a opaque beer that only lets light pass through it but can't really make out anything on the other side. The beer itself is a dark purple, ruby color that is similar to a wine.

The smell is extremely fruity and sweet. The fruit notes are mainly dark fruit notes such as plums, red grapes, and raisins. The sweet notes mainly consist of candy sugar along side some Belgian spices. The beer also has a very light bread that is very well hidden by all the other notes and a very slight hop note to add a little bit of bitterness.

The taste is primarily dominated by dark fruit flavors and sweet sugar notes. The bitter hop note is more noticeable in the taste but still obscured by the other notes. The sweet notes now include a caramel taste from malts. In addition to the yeast note from the smell, the beer also has a burnt caramel taste to it as well.

The mouthfeel is fairly heavy bodied with a bit of carbonation. The beer is a tad thick and slightly too heavy to be smooth. The beer certainly has a slight thickness to it, which isn't common to this type of beer.

Overall, a decent dubbel and worth getting while it's available and before Arya Stark takes out her revenge on you.

Dec 09, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased from LCBO for about $10 CDN. Served fairly cold into a glass.

Appearance - dark amber color with mahogany hues. Nice two fingers of tan head, but dissipates into a thin layer fairly quickly. An incredible amount of bubbles rise tithe surface. Very clear for such a dark hued beer.

Smell - cherry, caramel and something akin to a Belgian funky yeast I usually find in sours. A hint of vanilla too.

Taste - pretty much like the nose, but the Belgian funk is turned down in the flavor. Surprisingly bitterness is turned up to a medium level especially mid taste. Nice cherry aftertaste with some cooked sugars. Taste is a bit on the thin side for my expectations.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and well carbonated, full bodied. Dry finish and abbreviated aftertaste. Definitely a bunch of warmth in the back of the throat letting you know this dubbel has a punch.

Overall - a well crafted and enjoyable dubbel worth a try. Not much else to say other than it's quite good across the board.

Dec 11, 2014
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Slack from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Feb 14, 2016
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Brenden from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This Dubbel is an orange-brown-red color, deep with a few different hues coming out in the body. It has a big head of tan foam that rises fairly high, leaving some lace without sticking as hard as expected just from its tightness and seeming strength.
The nose shows perfume, honeyed dark fruits and steel with a spicy bite. A bit of leaf and some drier spiciness emerge with time, as does a bit more citrus-like pith.
It's tangy on the tongue with lots of fruits and a flash of caramel before herbal dryness and leafy bitterness come in. It's not heavily hopped but more so than a traditional Dubbel.
Tanginess translates to the feel with a lasting effect on the tongue. It feels like champage with its effervescence and strong vinous and dry crispness with the exception of its firm medium body. Creamy carbonation moves smoothly to support.

Oct 11, 2014
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thegreatnicoli from Texas

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I've had this in storage for several years and finally decided to pop it open for a special occasion. I may have let it sit too long as it was filled with the particulates after opening and airing out. It was a little too sweet for my liking, but it's retired now anyway.

Aug 21, 2019
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atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -22.9%

Oct 07, 2014
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mmilyko from Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 19, 2014
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Skud from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 22, 2014
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PJCarnell from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 22, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jan 17, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

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

Apr 13, 2015
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hozersr from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jun 13, 2015
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Jaydee01 from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 02, 2016
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brauseboof from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 12, 2014
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rfreed from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Nov 02, 2014
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Beastcpa from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

This beer is not that great. For a special release, they need to work harder. Very disappointed in what is usually a great brewer.

Oct 19, 2014
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blackbranches from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 06, 2015
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jdkitchi from Wisconsin

4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 19, 2015
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freemanj from Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 17, 2014
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SinjaminBentek from Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 21, 2015
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Punkiz from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 16, 2015
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jkermitj from Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 09, 2017
Game Of Thrones: Valar Morghulis from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 917 ratings