Game Of Thrones: Bend The Knee
Brewery Ommegang

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
4.04 | pDev: 8.91%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a GoT flute glass.

Appearance: Semi Cloudy gold with medium bubbles Les.

Smell: Yeast and floral hops with dose of warm honey aroma.

Taste:ight Yeast and honey with light dose of floral. Juicy sweet citrus accompanied with light spicy nutmeg and malts.

Mouth: sticky, medium carbonation.

Overall: Good brew, would consider buying it over and over again unfortunately I messed up and didn't grab more. Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Apr 29, 2019
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4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Golden with a decent amount of clarity/some haze with a nice white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Bready yeast, some light fruits - hints of banana, pils malt, some citrus, sweet honey
T - Follows the nose with bready Belgian yeast up front and throughout followed by notes of sweet honey, citrus, banana, pils malt to hold it all together - slight grassy hops
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O - Overall a quality Belgian golden ale that doesn't do anything wrong, but doesn't really do anything to stand out. That said, these GOT beers from Ommegang always impress on the night of an episode!

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3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks good. Clear, golden, with an impressive cap of foam. Highly carbonated--the cork came out with no hesitation. Estery aroma, with a bit of coriander zestiness and a honeyed funk. The taste misses the mark, with the lingering residue of fermented honey throwing it off balance. At 9.4% it's a heavy hitter. Might be on the floor before you're able to bend the knee after this one.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL cork and cage bottle (adorned with the Targaryen dragon coat-of-arms) bought at the LCBO earlier this year; best before Apr 24 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours with a clear, effervescent body that is golden-hued, and topped with nearly two inches of billowing, sparkling white head that gradually dissipates over the course of the next ten-plus minutes. A smooth cap of creamy, meringue-like foam lasts on for considerably longer; lots of gorgeous lacing, too, with spider-webbed patterns higher up, and thick, substantial bands of froth lower down. Belgian yeast phenolics are the first thing I pick out from the nose - somewhat spicy and earthy, accompanied by doughy malts, mead-like honey sweetness, as well as a perfumey-floral, grassy hop note and perhaps just a hint of lemony pith.

A quality Belgian pale ale; the honey imparts a mead-like sweetness to the profile that may or may not be your cup of tea - personally, I quite enjoy it. The honey comes through alongside some doughy, bready pale malt notes; these are followed up by orchard fruit flavours reminiscent of apple, apricot and plum. On the back end, the hops impart a grassy note - slightly floral and herbal, with a spicy clove aspect coming through amidst a yeasty finish. Boozy-sweet, with the alcohol becoming increasingly noticeable as the glass approaches room temperature... it imparts a mildly warming quality that builds upon itself. Definitely a brew better off sipped slowly. Medium-full in body - the carbonation is resilient and assertive, resulting in a lively, frothy, rather prickly texture.

Final Grade: 4.18, an A-. Ommegang's Bend the Knee is not a beer to be taken lightly, with an unrelentingly bold flavour that does not do a whole lot to mask its strength. As a mead lover, that doesn't bother me very much, but it's something to keep in mind - this bottle is really better off split with a friend (or two). Fairly sweet, but the continental hops do a reasonably good job at balancing the profile out. I don't think I'd take this over stylistic stalwarts such as Duvel, but it's still a strong effort that I'm glad to have tried.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Sep 18, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque orange-yellow with a thick, foamy white head that dissipates after a few minutes.

Smell: Not unlike mead, actually! Fruity sweet, a tinge of honey, some citrus zest, spiciness, and just enough malt to know it's beer.

Taste: Also not unlike mead! Sweet, fruity honey and malt with a mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and decently carbonated.

Overall: While I'm not a fan of Game of Thrones and would otherwise avoid tie-in products, this is a fine beer and I'd like to see Ommegang brew it again.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Jul 30, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy pale amber color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet cereal notes with some bready yeast notes with light peppery notes is quite nice. Taste is a nice mix sweet cereal notes, light honey notes with some bready notes and light spicy/peppery undertones. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol notes. Solid rendition of the style with excellent drinkability.

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Phyl21ca from Quebec (Canada), Apr 16, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden and hazy with lots of large bubbled carbonation, and six fingers of yellowish head.

Smells of Belgian yeasts, phenols, peaches hay, light malts Creme brûlée.

The taste follows the nose, and adds hints of malt syrup, honey, and a complex floral bouquet.

Thick and syrupy body with loads of carbonation.

Got at LCBO in Toronto, drinking in downtown Toronto March 3rd, 2018.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Mar 05, 2018
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had 6/23/17.

Pours a cloudy, bright yellow, with a two inch head and lots of foamy lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast, malt, wheat, spices- cloves, for one, black pepper. A bready aroma. The taste is malt, Belgian yeast, wheat, spices, honey, light vanilla. A bit of a sweet spot, slight hop bitterness. Smooth, creamy, refreshing, a solid body, well carbonated.

Very good. Straightforward, but strong flavors and aromas. Well developed.

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stortore from Illinois, Feb 16, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cork and cage bottle served well chilled into a Chimay goblet. An LCBO purchase for about $11 CDN, excited to see this latest Game of Thrones beer. Best before April 24, 2019.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange and golden colored beer with a fine looking two finger soft and fluffy white cap. Great head retention and loads of sparkly lacing sticking to the glass. The head coalesces into about a pinkie finger's worth of foam, where it promptly refuses to move for the next 10 minutes or so.

Smell - Honey, bits of lemon zest and grapefruit with a very floral bouquet accompanying. Fresh flowers from the garden in spring, namely roses. Some doughiness that is bread-like stays around in the background. Quite reminiscent of a tripel in all actuality. Lemon spiciness at the back end.

Taste - Some light subtle fruits, peaches and apricots mostly wit some lemon zest. The dense bready aroma comes through in the flavor too. Quite boozy, no disguising the 18 proof sauce in this one. A little hot across the board. Honey is ever present but well integrated, being noticeable but not too noticeable at the same time.

Mouthfeel - Very fizzy, not over-carbonated given the style, but close to verging on it. Body is still pretty smooth and easy drinking, lots of heat in the back of the mouth from the booze. Medium-full bodied.

Overall - An enjoyable tipple, but after an incredible start, the taste falls a bit short for me. Not the best GoT beer by Ommegang, but well executed and certainly a beer worth sampling.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Feb 03, 2018
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is golden in color with a decent thumb a perhaps a little more head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is spot on for a Belgian Strong Pale, with the yeasts, spices and candi really working together.

Flavor is much like the nose, with the spices, especially clove, working up front, and then some yeasty candi finishing this off.

The feel is nice at medium body with a fine fizzy carbonation. The sweetness of this beer gives a nice coat on the mouth.

Perhaps the best of the series so far, I think Ommegang dialed this one in perfectly. I may have to grab an extra bottle or two of this.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Dec 10, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bend the Knee, House Targaryen Bottle!

Pours a deep golden orange, nice tall head of creamy white foam. Medium lace clings to the bottle.

On the nose it’s all spice and clove. You get those nice yeast notes in there as well. A very “typical” Belgian golden strong nose.

More of the same. Clove, spice, a slight yeastiness, and sweet notes of honey that rounds it out in a pleasant and unique way.

Crisp, clean, slightly medium bodied.. seltzery.

Although not a whole lot differentiates this from other beers of the same style, it is very good. The honey is also a very pleasant round out to the overall experience.

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WickedBeer from Alabama, Nov 25, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked black bottle (attractive enough, I gotta say) - I don't give a shit about the TV series, but I do like me some strong Belgian ale, so to throw some shade over all those bullshit YouTube comments: what do you think it was that brought me here?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fairly creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of limestone grotto cave profile lace around the glass as it eventually subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy pale cereal malt, generically fruity Belgian yeast, some clove, white pepper, and coriander spiciness, faint earthy honey, a further simple syrup sweetness, and some laid-back (laissez-faire?) leafy, weedy, and gently perfumed floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, brown sugar, a sort of phenolic old-school yeastiness, some mixed apple, pear, orange, and green grape fruity esters, clover honey, more indistinct ground pepper and coriander spice, and some plain leafy, earthy, and musky floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-raiding frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and sort of smooth, but for an edgy fruity Yuk-a-Flux character reminding me of inadvisable past alcohol indulgences. It finishes off-dry, the malt, fruity yeast, spice, and honey essences making for one swell-ass after-party.

Overall - well, leave it to Ommegang to do a bang-up job of emulating the big Belgians with style and acute aplomb. Very well rendered, with the honey more noticeable than the 18-proof wowee sauce regiment, which is always a good thing. I wonder if Colin Kaepernick has tried this one yet?

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Nov 07, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

House Targaryen (as if it matters, they're all the same, and they're all going to die anyway)--with a moderate pour, this yields an eager and aggressive foam head that fills an entire pint glass from a single finger of liquid, which is hazy straw yellow.

Fairly balanced and light for what it is, the elements I get are wheat, pear, grass and honey where a light phenolic spice along with some alcohol provides a little burn on the swallow.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Sep 20, 2017
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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy honey-golden, with a big head of fine, off-white suds yet very little lace.

Aroma: Belgian spices and yeasts all the way, with hints of dried fruit. Very nice and traditional.

Taste: Very fruit and spice-oriented again, transforming into a sweet honey tone before a warm and dry finish. Superb.

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4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang beers have a distinctive aroma. Not sure what it is but you can definitely tell it's Ommegang. Got this one as a father's day gift from my wife. 9% alcohol with this one but the booze taste doesn't show through. Very well balanced. Pours golden with a ton of thick head (that's what she said). The honey is really bold and shows through. Great taste with a clean dry finish. That 9% creeps up on you so watch out. It also has a nice hoppy citrus taste. Another winner from Ommegang.

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GStone899 from Minnesota, Aug 20, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another winner from Ommegang!!! Pours a hazy straw yellow color from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into my Chimay goblet. The medium sized bubbly white head shows very good retention. There is some light lacing on the glass. Aroma and taste feature Belgian yeast and sweetness from the honey. There is some light fruit presence and a little bitterness as well but the yeast and the sweetness are the main drivers. Mouthfeel is light with absolutely no hint of 9% abv. The "feel" is pillowy soft with a touch of bitterness. This is not that complicated a beer, but it goes down real easy and tastes good.

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JayQue from Virginia, Aug 12, 2017
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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gentle to moderate pour yields an almost two inch off white head over a slightly hazy light golden body with some lacing. Nose of sweet herb, flower, honey, and some spice. Sweet taste of honey, floral spice, and slight citrus hop finish. Good feel and overall a real pleasure, but might be too sweet for some. Hey, it says "with honey" on the label! Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Aug 07, 2017
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3.31/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic pour - golden, fluffy cap, great lacing. Aroma features lots of warm earthy notes - Belgian yeast, ground clove, grassy hops, a little sweetness from the honey. Upfront starts with a stab of hops - clean, not super bitter - with the body of the beer bringing back those traditional Belgian notes. It transitions towards sweetness at the end undercuts those flavors, and the thick honey flavor isn't married particularly well with the rest of the beer, especially the back palate as it finishes with more hop bitterness that really clashes with the honey. The Pils yeast helped support those Belgian notes, but the honey & hops steer it into the wrong direction. Good but not outstanding.

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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania, Aug 07, 2017
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4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Simply because this beer is brewed with honey it makes this pale ale very smooth and tasty. I was very surprised! At 9.0%/vol it was very good with bacon wrapped filet mignon on the grill with same day corn on the cob with dinner. After finishing the pint after dinner it was a very good evening.

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baitcastman from Pennsylvania, Jul 29, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L) Pours a hazy, straw color, with a very healthy white head. Good retention.

S) Smells of straw, spice, herbal hops, and light honey. It isn't super strong, just nice and soothing.

T) The taste is lovely. There is a smidgen of "rainy barnyard" straw taste in there, balanced with a slight citrus, sappiness from the hops and the light honey taste from the malt and actual honey additions. It has a very wet, lingering presence.

F) The beer has medium-high carbonation with a somewhat silky feel for how light it is. It's a pleasure to drink.

O) Quite nice overall. I thoroughly enjoyed drinking this and watching s7e2.

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Dewsby from Kentucky, Jul 25, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic Belgian Pale Ale. Pours golden, slightly hazy with a half inch head and light lacing. Honey influence balanced with malts and yeasts. Medium to high carbonation. Citrus, bread, fruit influences an easy mouthfeel. Ommegang always does excellent work. 9.0% ABV in a near 25 oz bottle.

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4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drinking in honor of the beginning of season 7, enjoyed from my Ommegang game of thrones chalice

Pours a decent fizzy foamy head that fades pretty quickly, some lacing, murky golden honey color

Nose nice sweet floral malt and yeast, sweet honey malt, golden malt, candy notes, straight up honey, lots if saison yeast characters, peppery phenols, big pepper, fruity esters, apple pear ands floral dandelion flower, biscuit bread dough

Taste lots of sweet honey, sweet candy malt, blond and golden malts, little syrupy note, big peppery phenols as well, fruity esters pear and apple, a little citrus, candied jellied fruit, some booze warmth with the esters and a little fusel note, floral flowery characters as well, lots of sweet honey, raw honey.

mouth is med bod, bod, little syrupy sweet, plenty of tingly warming booze, decent carb

Overall pretty good, big heavy tripel or saison like beer, plenty of booze, great honey and overall flavors, excited for the new season too.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Jul 17, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

House Lannister bottle, even though I would have much rather had a Stark or Baratheon bottle. regardless, go Tyrion and Davos.

pours a clear gold with a thick head, this thing foamed up crazy when i poured it.

smell is airy and clean, nothing special. fruity yet plain.

taste is super sweet, full of candy sugar and belgian yeast. goes down crazy smooth for 9% but this is real easy. has a slight spice to it but it is mostly sweet and easy. damn nice drinker.

i'm enjoying this, a damn good Belgian Pale Ale

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Wiffler27 from New Jersey, Jul 17, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very nice looking and very vigorous head that dissipates very slowly. The head is fluffy and white and foamy. The beer itself is a very attractive clear medium gold with a very nice metallic hue. The smell and taste are both very good. The mixture of the Belgian yeast and the honey is fantastic but is offset by a mild orange bitterness. The pilsner malt adds a slight sweetness and the oat give a very subtle milk cream that combines well with the honey and yeast.

The feel is decently good. It's a medium bodied beer that is on the heavier side but has a nice bite from the carbonation. There is a slight thickness resembling honey but feels lacking and does not quite there. There is also a lot of fluffy feeling from the carbonation.

Bend the Knee and choose your side by buying this beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very lightly hazy pale gold in color with a finger+ of fluffy white head. Aroma is a touch of grainy pale malt, floral honey, apple and pear esters, and lightly spicy phenols. Taste hits the same notes as the aroma but adds a hint of alcohol in the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall a very tasty and drinkable beer. Both my fiancé and I really enjoyed this.

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mnj21655 from Massachusetts, Jul 17, 2017
Game Of Thrones: Bend The Knee from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 144 ratings