Game Of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris
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Game Of Thrones: Valar DohaerisGame Of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris
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Style:
Tripel
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 8.09%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
230
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Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
90
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Game Of Thrones: Valar DohaerisGame Of Thrones: Valar Dohaeris
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teromous from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body is a cloudy golden-orange color. The head is large and slightly off-white. It has a creamy textured head that is marred with craters and large balloons of carbonation. Decent retention but not much for lacing.

Aroma: Spicy hops with wild grasses and wild flowers. White pepper and somewhat old cardboard aromas. It smells mature.

Taste: Pepper comes up first and it is whacked out of the way by a massive clove flavor. This is followed by a slightly sweet flavor of very, very light caramel. There are notes of bay leaf and a hint of thyme. There is an earthy moss flavor towards the last bit of the middle of the tongue and the first bit of the back of it. There are slightly toasted notes in the aftertaste, along with a stronger spicy pepper flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, effervescent, brisk and crisp, fuzzy, and enjoyable. Very easy to drink.

Overall: Ommegang really brought their A game to this beer. It's unbelievably good. The beer is expertly crafted and it delivers not only memorable flavors and aromas, but memory crafting flavors and aromas. If you want to put a stamp in time, this is the right beer for the job. I highly recommend it for any memorable events such as weddings or family reunions. It is likely to outshine or upscale the food you have planned. I highly recommend it and I would love to drink it again.

Jun 06, 2020
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sjrider from California

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle- murky dark orange/gold with lots of particulate matter and big fluffy white head leaving lots of foamy lacing. Not sure how old this is ,Costco special @$8. Nose is sweet and yeasty. Taste follows with banana, honey and spice. Finish is quite carbonated and then almost dry. ABV well hidden.Much better than expected.

May 14, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright yellow and clear bottle pour with a fluffy cap. The aroma is typically sweet for a tripel with banana esters included. The flavor is very full, and includes sweet malt, bubblegum, lemon and plum. The abv is not detectable. This is very good.

Jun 16, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour with thick fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Bready and sweet. Yeasty phenols, spice, and lemon citrus.

T/F: Follows the nose. Bread and yeast... sweet Belgian candi sugar, honey, and spice. Some buttery lemon and stone fruit. Hopping for balance... sticky on the tongue. Hides its ABV... medium bodied, with more complex sweets, fruit, and spice at the finish.

O: A tripel was right in Ommegang's wheelhouse and this is a great brew. One of the best in the GoT series.

Feb 10, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork and cage bottle purchased at the LCBO sometime this past winter (and cellared since). Best before Sept 15 2019 and served near cellar temperature.

Pours bright golden with immaculate clarity; quite a lot of effervescence, too, which supports the regal-looking inch of rocky, billowing white head as it dissipates at its agonizingly slow pace. A smooth curtain of lace is left behind as it recedes; this is a positively gorgeous beer. There's grainy pale malts and some light candi sugar sweetness on the nose, but other than that the yeast seems to be the main driving factor - I'm getting orchard fruit esters along the lines of apple, pear and banana, along with some mild spiciness. Faintly floral and herbal, too, with the alcohol being borderline detectable.

Oh man, this is just a lovely beer to sip - and a dangerous one, too. Moderately sweet, with candi sugar and honey overshadowing a grainy, bready pale malt backdrop as fruitier flavours develop by mid-sip. Suggestions of pear, banana, apricot and sultana raisins maintain the sweetness through to the back end, where they are joined by spicy hints of clove and pepper. Concludes with some booziness joining the fray, followed up with an off-dry note in the aftertaste. A full-bodied beer, with gentle carbonation that induces a light frothiness; its slick, smooth texture feels luxurious on the surface of the palate.

Final Grade: 4.33, a hard-earned A grade. Valar Dohaeris is a beer that will sneak up on you. It's also far more drinkable than a beer of this stripe has any business being, which is not at all a complaint - though I would've been better off saving this beer until the season premiere and splitting it with someone. Line this tripel up next to a bunch of unmarked glasses of the Trappist competition and it'd blend in shockingly well - and that's high praise, indeed, because that includes a few of my favourite beers of all time. If you're holding onto a bottle and haven't tried it yet, pop 'er open soon.

Sep 28, 2018
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BGDrock from Canada

3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Misty mandarin body, opaque, with frothy, pure white head that has a couple minutes retention.
Mild aroma (though my friends said it was vibrant, so maybe I had an off day), lightly fruity and sweet - pulp fruit and orange.
First thing is the buttery, silky mouthfeel, full and rich, luxurious; tastes of butterscotch, banana, peach, honey; plenty sweet and finish is medium dry, just enough to cut through the sugars; medium carbonation, fine and almost champagne like.

A big dessert beer, I'm liking the full richness of it and fruitiness that can only come from unfiltered yeast, it's just a touch too sugary for me.

Jan 01, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and cage bottle. LCBO purchase for about $12 CDN. Served fairly cold into a Chimay chalice. Best before September 2019.

Appearance - hazy, dark golden color with a touch of muddy brown. Brilliant two fingers of sparkling white head, good retention. Less lacing than expected, but like most beers in this style, a beautiful looking beer.

Smell - plenty of powdery and bready notes, sweet Belgian candi sugar, some subtle peaches and pears with hints of white pepper and lemon zest. Some booziness is present too.

Taste - dense and doughy, bread flavors, some sugar and peaches. Middling bitterness throughout, so sweet while also being bitter. Grape and raisin in there too.

Mouthfeel - robust and full, creamy and dense, carbonation is there and booze is not terribly disguised. Like a meal in a glass. The tiniest sliver from perfection.

Overall - one of the best Game of Thrones beers and a well made tripel. Wouldn't expect anything less from Ommegang. Improves substantially as it warms of course.

Nov 12, 2017
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another one from Ommegang that I've enjoyed. Pour is a coppery gold, with some yeast floaties swirling in the carbonation. Nice two fingers of light, active head, dissipating to a small cap with nice, spotty/streaky lacing. Aromas of pear, green apple, white grapes, biscuit /cracker malt. Flavor is fruity upfront, with crisp, tart apple, sweet pear, juicy white grapes and some spices showing up as the ale warms. Slight white pepper bite. Nice malt presence. Booze is well hidden. Shame this one is GoT themed, while the series is popular now, hopefully this ale will be around after the hype from the series is over.

Oct 24, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a chalice: color is copper, a bit hazy, head is off white and presents at least 1 inch thick, head dissipates to a thin top, some spot remnants on the glass.

Smell begins subtle, but warms and provides light pear, apple like scents, medium malt with toast.

Taste is a bit fuller, wheatier than most tripels, simple fruitiness, yeast flavor and dryness.

Mouthfeel is full, not sweet, not dry.

Overall a good tripel, a different take on the flavors, I dont pick up much honey or dryness but i like the fuller presence and flavors

Oct 15, 2017
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Stooven from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this bomber on a clearance rack in September 2017, bottle says it's best by 8/2018. Pours an apple-juice hued, semi hazy color. Head disappears instantly, which is unusual for just about any Ommegang beer I've ever remembered. Carbonation is stable in the mouth, however. Alcohol is extremely well hidden. Strong hop bitterness at the end. For a Tripel, surprisingly simple in taste. Some light fruits, but given the lack of booziness, I would have thought this a standard golden ale.

Oct 04, 2017
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Jtee from Canada

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle served almost straight from the fridge at 10 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 09/12/2018. I don't understand the suggested serving temperature of 5 degrees Celsius, I'd like to smell and taste something.

Look: The beer pours a slightly veiled deep gold/amber with 6cm of dense, rocky, tan head that settles into a solid cap within 3+ minutes. Good overall retention and lacing. Effervescent

Smell: Moderate strength and sweet. Fruity esters dominate and are followed by malts and surprisingly faint phenols. Complex esters with notes of dried fruit (golden raisins), berries (grape), stonefruit (peach), and citrus (orange). Faint phenolic vanilla and pale malts with a touch of caramel.

Taste: Hand in hand with the aroma. Strong and balancing towards sweet (however less so than the aroma). Again with dominating esters and more potent phenols. Grainy-sweet, wheat-like supporting malts. The finish is quite lengthy with medium intensity and good balance.

Feel: Medium-full body with high carbonation. Creamy with some prickliness and a restrained alcohol warmth.

Overall: Because I dislike the association with Game of Thrones, I was originally not buying Ommegang's GoT line of products. There really is no need for this gimmickry since “Valar Dohaeris” is a standalone excellent beer. A tripel worthy of comparing to its Belgian counterparts. Good craftsmanship, moderate drinkability, and somewhat complex brew. Ommegang knows how to make great beer.

Sep 29, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely gold with a nice finger and a half of head. Head lasts forever but when it starts to break it leaves some darn nice lacing. The smell is on point for a tripel, Belgian yeast, candi, spices and some nice banana. Taste is also on point, follows the nose almost to a T but I find the yeast a little mellow and the spices as well. Damn nice though. Feel is nice with medium body and carbonation.

Maybe the best of the Game of Thrones series yet. Might grab another bottle.

Sep 28, 2017
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BlurryVisi0n from New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet from the bottle.

Appearance: Clear Amber which comes off pretty translucent. Medium bubbles to the body creates a semi thick white head rising half a finger's length.

Smell: light yeast scent makes you think of raw bread just a bit.

Taste: Banana skin and lemon juice with a floral bitterness. Desirable feel which is definitely a descent compliment to any meat.

Mouth: Edwin carbonation and pretty sticky.

Overall: drinking this gem on the last episode of game of thrones. Winter came my friends and if you see this little monster you grab it. Salud.

Aug 28, 2017
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L -light golden amber - opaque with a thin tan head
S - very sweet dried fruit and honey with sweet bready, yeast mixed in.
T - Follows the nose. Sweet dried fruit and honey up from with a good amount of sweet bready, yeast, malt notes throughout. Notes of caramel as well. Alcohol is hidden well.
F - medium body with medium/high carbonation. Crisp.
O - A very, very nice triple. Outstanding honey and dried fruit flavors with a great amount of bready yeast and malt throughout to ground everything. Onto season 7, episode 2!

Jul 24, 2017
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L) It is incredibly light for a tripel, it pours a relatively translucent honey color. It has a creamy, white head with wonderful retention.

S) There is a clean sweetness to the nose, complimented by clove and straw. Nothing too funky, spicy, or candy-like here.

T) The taste is very clean. Everything in the nose can be detected on the tongue, although it does have just a wee bit of band-aid making an unwelcome addition. Still, the malt isn't cloyingly sweet, and the Belgian aspect isn't overly funky.

F) The beer has a medium carbonation and a silky mouth-feel. For the style it is near optimal.

O) Not a bad tripel at all. I have really come to enjoy Ommegang's Trappist style brews, they come across cleaner than most. Not a re-buy (convenient that it is a one-off), but also not a regret.

Jul 21, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gentle pour yields a 3/4 inch white head over a light amber body with minimal lacing. Nose of banana, slight citrus, honey, and spice (cloves and pepper.) Taste follows with more of the same with an almost thick mouthfeel. Overall, a Tripel worthy of Westeros. Cheers!

Jul 17, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Classic golden hue, vibrant carbonation & robust, foamy cap. Aroma features lots of Ommegang's house yeast, which is your typical peppery Belgian earthiness, along with some fruit esters & a soft honey. Simple & well done presentation.

The taste leans more towards the more robust, spicey yeast flavors than the fruity phenol some tripels do, with those notes being very subdued. There is certainly a vein of honey running through it, which is a nice depth note, but gets a little washed out by the hefty yeast notes. Pepper, clove and cardamom dominate the palate, which is fine as far as it goes, but it really could pull more from those phenols to get more diversity. Also, it is oddly viscous and almost gel-like on the tongue, which is a bit uncharacteristic for the style.

Jul 17, 2017
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Viaduck from California

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Careful, this beast shot the corkscrew out of my hands. Pours a lovely golden orange with a fluffy cream colored head. Aromas of Belgium yeast, banana & spice. Taste is sweet , slightly bitter, lots of grain like a wheat bread with a hint of alcohol heat. Plenty of grain flavor but it seems like something else could could be added to the flavor profile. Feels thicker than it looks, lots of carbonation. Still an excellent tripel.

Jul 04, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the large bottle that opened with a resounding "plop", it pours a clear solid amber with a modest head, that quickly diminishes to a ring and islands. Possibly some banana in the nose with the malt. The mouth gets the honeyish taste that is sharp with carbonation, along with malt and possibly cloves. Nice mouthfeel.

Jul 03, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A fairly clear golden amber with a two finger white head

S- Pears, some banana, cloves, earthy spice, some candies sugar.

T- Sweet, bananas, pears, hints of green apple, hints of cracked black pepper, candied sugar.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A solid tripel, a light bit on the sweet, easy to drink.

Jun 30, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had on 1/27/17.

Pours a hazy, golden color with a one and a half inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, honey, spices, light malt, white grapes, straw, light bread and banana, a bit of black pepper. The taste also leads with the Belgian yeast, then a good amount of malt for the style, candi sugar, spices- cloves for sure, honey. Wheaty. Definitely leans to the sweet side. Very smooth, a solid body that's a little heavier than the usual Tripel, refreshing, well carbonated.

This has been the best of the series, so far. A very good Tripel. Really like the wheatier flavor, the heavier body and the sweetness.

Jun 21, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Loved the idea of this series, and most of the beers so far have been pretty good, but a good tripel is one of my fav styles when done well, so I'm really excited for this. Somewhat celebrating purchase of my new house finally. Had to wash my Ommegang GoT chalice for this beer.

A slow chugging pour yields a large frothy fizzy 1.5 finger head that fades at a fair pace, a little soapy lacing, semi hazy golden nectar tan color.

Nose really nice tripel aromas, tons of fruity esters out front, lots of apple, pear and a touch of golden raisin, into sweet malts, toasted and golden malts, some phenol spices, a bit of citrus as well, some sweet grains almost porridge or some nutrient intensive gruel, fair sweetness, a little honey malt and nectar, maybe candi sugar as well, touch of booze wafts out with the peppery phenols and fruity esters, candied apple.

Taste starts with big sweet malts, candi sugar, a little syrupy and pretty sweet overall, washes in with booze, alcohol tingle and a touch fusel note, then into the phenols that come with it, peppery and some spices, malts are golden malts with some sweet cereal grains, again honey malt and raw nectar flavors, but big candi sugar and caramel notes, background brings mild fruity esters, again the apple, pear, and white raisin, a bit of brown sugar and caramel apple, with some spicy bitterness coming through on the back end. Finish is drier but sticky, fairly hot booze, a little fruity flavors, candi sugar and syrupy notes lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, tons of fluffy carbonation, too much carbonation as it gets distracting and tingly itself, hot tingly booze as well.

Overall not bad, nose was fantastic, but taste was too sweet and boozy, too much of the meh flavors and not enough of the great flavors, almost exact opposite proportions of the aroma which is unfortunate. Otherwise a pretty nice beer though.

Jun 16, 2017
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Pencible from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with lots of fluffy white head.
S: It smelled like lemon zest and grassy hops, with some clove and wild flower honey.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and lemon zest, with some spicy Belgian yeast and clove and banana. It had a clean bitter aftertaste with lingering sweetness.
M: It was oily with lots of fine natural carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice tripel with basic but refined scent and taste. The body was excellent, and the finish was smooth. It had well hidden alcohol too, so it was easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Not memorable or unique, but enjoyable to try once.

Jun 06, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring the beer at cellar temp from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my snifter. The beer pours a sparkling clear golden color with a minimal creamy bleached white head foaming up and remaining a densely packed edge layer on my glass.
The beer does have some suspended sediment in my glass and a few lazy streams of carbonation rise to the surface as the glass sits on my table.
The aroma is lots of fruit and yeast notes are very evident right from the pour. I get a lot of white grape and bready yeast and scone notes. I also get some green apple and honey notes with just a little bit of booze that hints at the size of this beer.
The first sip reveals an average to light body with fine tingly carbonation and a slightly slick mouthfeel. The flavor is some sweet malt and a bit caramel but then rolls to melon and white grapes. The beer is fairly sweet but not cloying and there is a bit of black peppery bite on the finish that reveals the fact that this is a boozy beer. I dont get any warming to accompany this hint of booziness, and otherwise the beer drinks fairly easy for a bigger beer.
An enjoyable tripel and drinkable for its size. Worth a purchase if find a bottle and tend to enjoy the Belgian side of the beer world.

May 13, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: May 7, 2017.... OCCASION: Game night is over, but Game of Thrones-themed beer never fails to deliver... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip snifter.... pours a medium amber body that floats some serious driftwood as sediment... the head is white as the North, just as resilient and foamy with appropriate lacing.... a swirling centrifuge twists violently in its midst... lacing is appreciable and organized... first aroma kicks of banana, bubblegum. candied apple, honey, and toasted oats--quite a nostril full... the impact of its sip is full on at the teeth, with an awakening of the throat as well... medium-bodied, but no fooling its 9% ABV--and no apologies, considering its namesake... the wheat is detectable, making for a deliciously soft balance between the oats and hops (which suggest Saaz or Tettnanger) that evokes a breezy, flowery setting--perfect for a spring night such as this... goodness, there is something strange at work in this one, like Arya Stark's time in the House of White and Black.... should this be celebrated as a tremendous one-off with distinctive character, or written off as simply another fine Ommegang Belgian that will sneak up and hammer my consciousness once I finish it? God bless Ommegang for their tireless work to bring savory Belgian fare with subtle variations that make each release a celebration in its own right.... short lived but highly recommended....

May 07, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 230 ratings