Game Of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven
Brewery Ommegang

Game Of Thrones: Three-Eyed RavenGame Of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven
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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
7.2%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
711
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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  284
SCORE
87
Very Good
Game Of Thrones: Three-Eyed RavenGame Of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven
Notes: Push through the thick brambles and present yourself to the Three-Eyed Raven. Abiding in the shadows of the Three-Eyed Raven lies this deceptive Dark Saison. The ominous Three-Eyed Raven inspired us to brew a Dark Saison ale, a hybrid style open to brewer’s imagination. In the end it is neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses.

Three-Eyed Raven makes for perfect season premiere pairing.

On sale April 2015, available in 750ml bottles and 1/6 barrel kegs.
Reviews: 135 | Ratings: 711 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by k8kruk:
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k8kruk from New York

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

750ml poured into Pint Glass. Best Before 2017.

A - Milk chocolate brown with a glimmer of red. It's translucent rounding the bend to opaque. A thick, rich caramel head quickly reduces to a half inch of foam that lingers along with some lacing, throughout.

S - Sweet doughy notes dominate with dried fruits, cocoa powder and warm spices.

T - Really different here. Malty and warm, but spicy with some bitterness. The smell of sweet dough comes through in the flavors with raisins and dried figs, dark chocolate a tad of coffee, burnt citrus rind and cinnamon. A smack of hoppy bitterness at the finish comes in the form of cocoa powder, citrus pith and warm grains/grasses.

M - Smooth and velvety with the carbonation of a regular saison. A substantial beer that fills you up, but you'll want to keep drinking.

O - I really enjoyed this beer. With one foot firmly in each of its namesake traditions, it's a different flavor and a real treat.

Jan 06, 2016
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utopiajane from New York

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

So this beer is one of those that makes you wonder how to rate it. Dark saision has no templates. If you are rating to the saison style without allowing for the idea that this is going to be different by design then it's going to be very low.

The look is black beer all the way. Not saison. Is that necessarily wrong . No. Perhaps my score should be higher. It has a dark beer scent that is pretty mild. There is some fruitiness and a little saison yeast funk but coffee, chocolate and caramel dominate. The citrusy scent cannot compete against the maltiness. There is a bit of floral and herbal in the background. I did not observe anything peppery from hops because of all the malts. The taste is actually quite good and perhaps you could write the definition for this new style based on it. It has all that dark malt and those flavors, but it is crisp and dry. The fruitiness is in the mid palate and it's juicy but the tartness is lost to the mellow coffee and cocoa. There is no acidity at all. And my point here is that if there was it would not be favorable to the palate. The beer follows the nose all the way finished dry, and with a moderate bitterness from hops.

The beer tastes good. The reason I think it does is because the yeast is more mellow and does not sport a big funk to clash with those roasty flavors. It is that yeast that is the main saison aspect of the beer and it's not as prominent as it would be in a paler beer. There was a touch of char on this that really did not belong but once I started drinking the beer I forgot about it. As it warms the fruitiness wanes and the dark flavors remain which is no surprise. Mouthfeel is medium and this drinks light until the end when it drinks darker and a bit heavier.

Does this drink like a schwarzbier - not quite. Like a saison? Again, no. Is it a successful "dark" saision. I think it could be.

Apr 30, 2015
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jacksdad from Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Getting prepared for the season opener.

Brilliantly black as a crow's cloak with a tremendously thick head. Sweet and suprisingly light with slight carbonation. Easy to drink.

Careful with this. After a couple of these, white walkers start looking like Daenerys.

Apr 13, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Finely tailored to the ominous series, Ommegang's newest "Game of Thrones" recipe celebrates all of what's spicy and dry in the saison world, but does so on a bed of dark and dreary grain.

Three Eyed Raven would seem porter-like if not for the billowing tower of foam or its crimson margins. Yet the complex aromas side with the Belgian lowlands with the brightness of peppercorn and the tanginess of grilled citrus. Its arid early palate carries only brief sweetness as notions of campfire and toast carry the first impressions.

Yet somehow, the ale retains a creamy yogurt-like roundness that supports the roasted flavor to prevent ash or smoke to prevail. But toasted edges offer nuances of coffee, cocoa, smoldering embers and roasting walnut. With lemon, orange and apple all seeming of the burnt variety, the built in complexity of fresh-cracked peppercorn and mild vinous spice balance the toast and fruit.

Going from medium-light to bone-dry, the taste lightens considerably during the session as the char, spice, alcohol and hops easily overshadow the faintly lingering sweetness. A soft afterglow of burnt citrus and cocoa linger delightfully on the palate but only momentarily.

Apr 25, 2015
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Rhymkeeper from Alabama

3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours very dark. A Saison? Sniff & taste: yes, a saison. More a spicey than funky take and the toasted malt makes for an interesting (pleasant) ) variation in this hybrid. Refreshing and light but flavorful beer. Using my 3.0 equals "yes I'll have one" and 3.75+ equals "Yes! And more please!" system, I'd give this a 3.95. Only wish is for a bit more funk.

Jul 11, 2015
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CincyBrewTull from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was a complex beer. Three Eyed Raven hints at citrus, and spices both of which may or may not be the result of yeast. Wheat is noticeable as well. The nose on this beautiful beer is all spices.

Jul 13, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled as best before January 2017

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a one finger width, cocoa-powder colored head. Fair retention, leaving a decent film of suds stretching across the surface. Good lacing, with big chunks breaking off into broken webbing and further still into small spots.

Smell - Mild aroma. Wheaty aroma with subtle spices. A bit of wet cardboard (uh oh). Faint hints of darker malt character.

Taste - Follows the nose a bit. Mild wheat, subtle fruity esters and a touch of spice. Faint caramel and/or toffee near the finish. Spice, clove-like, builds on the finish and leaves a lasting impression in the aftertaste. Unfortunately there's also a hint of that wet cardboard near the end as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. Silky texture with a slightly dry finish. Easy drinker.

Overall - Though the bottle has a best by of 01/17, I think this one has seen its better days. Despite this, there's still some nice, nuanced flavors here. This was gifted to me, and despite my now-sudden desire to have tried a fresher sample, the fact is I wouldn't have paid the asking price for a beer that is nowhere near my favorite style.

Dec 08, 2016
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scottfrie from California

4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip. Lot 012015. Best by 1/2017.

A: Pours a very dark cola brown, near black with a huge, fluffy, dense, and creamy looking light tan head that slowly faded into an airy, rocky, film. Huge sticky chunks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Light yet spicy notes of clove, wintergreen, fruity esters and a hint of cola and anise.
T: Spicy notes of clove and earthy pepper mixed with fruity esters, banana, sassafras and slight vanilla. The finish is earthy with a kiss of mint and herbal hops, and the aftertaste has lingering flavors of toast, peppery spice, and mild leather. Mild anise as the beer warms.
M: Medium-full body, creamy and soft carbonation, slick and slightly chewy mouthfeel.
O: Drinks well, smooth mouthfeel and well executed flavors. I enjoyed this one.

Jul 30, 2015
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HattedClassic from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours an interesting head. The head is lightly tan and very foamy that sticks to the side of the glass. The beer itself is an opaque black. Although, the beer does look like a dark brown in a certain light.

The beer smell is close to that of a traditional saison. The beer has lemon citrus note from the hops and wheat notes that give it a more earthy smell. However, the overall saison taste is a bit weak. The dark part of the "dark saison" seems to be missing. The smell has a light chocolate note that is very hard to detect. Regardless, the beer has a nice smell.

The beer taste is interesting but only slightly more noteworthy than the smell. The beer has a nice lemon and acidic hop note with an earthy and musky wheat note. The chocolate is really light and barely detectable. Regardless, the beer tastes pretty good.

The mouthfeel is kind of a disappointment for a saison. The feel is surprisingly thin and light for a beer with a heavier than usual malt presence and a bit too watery for a saison. Still, the body has enough character to make it passable.

Overall, a decent brew on the merits but not really noteworthy with all the hype surrounding the beers. Still, if you've come this far and lost a friend to an undead skeleton, you should still carry on and get it. Also, Hodor. Hodor. Hodor HODOR!!!

Apr 22, 2015
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Beermanmiles from New York

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While the mouth feel may be a bit too fizzy this beer was a good experiment that was clearly a success. I love saisons, the fruitiness really makes a beer pop. With the dark notes of a stout and the fruity notes of the saison this beer is a force to be reckoned with. Buy it before it's gone because I haven't had anything like it. I was plenty happy after drinking it. I don't even like game of thrones.

Jul 30, 2015
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JasW from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not a saison, dark or otherwise, at least not in my book. But it is a sumptuous Belgian style brew, a Belgian dark ale really (and not a BSDA due to it "only" having a 7.2% ABV). The head is massive, explosive, almost like a nitro, even with a relatively gentle pour. It dissipates fairly rapidly, leaving Jackson Pollock lacing. The smell is gloriously yeast. The taste is somewhat saison-like, insofar as there is a hoppy undertone, but the rest strikes me as more abbey style than anything else, minus the sweetness one might expect. The mouthfeel is what confirms that impression, accurate or no, and it is indeed a sublime manifestation of that mouthpuffery that Belgian ale lovers crave.

Apr 26, 2015
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Billolick from New York

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical Omme bomber, caged and corked

Pours dark, looks like a robust porter

Dark malts and ripe fruits on the nose.

On the palate, I get some cola, some chalky malts, chocolate, vanilla, and a boat load of ripe fruits......I don't see how this is a "saison"...but I like it...complex and flavorful...worth a try....Probably would be great with a steak or a chocolate dessert

May 17, 2015
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Aisha from Massachusetts

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

Nov 14, 2015
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ppavlick from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apr 18, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black colored beer with a tall brown colored head.

Smells strongly floral with a bit of a chocolate scent. Mild coriander.

Starts out herbal and a bit bitter. Quite dry. Doesn't really taste floral like most Saisons. Gets a bit sweeter as you drink it but this is a very dry beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty but offbeat Saison,

Sep 24, 2015
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josh32219 from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 21, 2015
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Nucleosynthesis from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apr 18, 2015
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Hunter from Arizona

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 18, 2015
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chumpy from New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 11, 2015
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costanzo_mike from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sep 19, 2015
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Gagnonsux from Texas

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

Apr 10, 2015
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srw from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 16, 2015
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 15, 2015
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Vipsanius from Texas

3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Apr 22, 2015
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NOLANDMAN from Massachusetts

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

May 15, 2015
Game Of Thrones: Three-Eyed Raven from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 711 ratings