Game Of Thrones: Bend The Knee | Brewery Ommegang

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Game Of Thrones: Bend The KneeGame Of Thrones: Bend The Knee

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BEERchitect on 05-22-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 133 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by jlindros:
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bending but not breaking, the delicate, floral and fruity taste of Ommegang and HBO's collaboration of Game of Thrones preludes a season of whimsy, delicacy and lightness. But there's a strong side that packs a breadth of power and a sweet side to bring balance. Like the show, this beer is no less shy with complexity.

Bend the Knee pours a generous golden color with a creamy froth that whips about the rim. Fruit aromas abound with orchard, citrus and vinous perfumes, and with a counter of pepper, herb and spice for a balanced but winy note. Honey and biscuit sweet to taste, the grain profile is redolent with bread dough and honeysuckle. Sweet to start, the beer's early palate picks up on those honey and cracker flavors with particular confidence.

As the middle palate develops, the beer's sweetness relaxes and its fruit and spice duality plays out in strong fashion. Orange, pear, peach and apple frame a fruity bulk taste while its nearly even-keel balance brings aspects of clove, white pepper, vanilla and caraway. While the bubbly beer brings the taste to a close, a bitter lemongrass, sassafras and rye spice combine for a winey finish and a pep of perfume and soap.

Medium bodied and medium full in flavor, the beer's light fruit profile brings a notion of lightness that's endorsed by expressive efforvescence. But its those bubble that embed in the creamy structures for a bready and rounded session. A medium long aftertaste of pepper and grass outlast the malts and floral character for a finish of creamy white wine and sourdough.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of WickedBeer
3.97/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
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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Photo of socon67
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

10oz draft poured into a snifter displays a bright gold body and briefly floats a tight 1/4in white head that disippates to an edge hugging ring leaving spotted lacing with legs.
Aroma is yeasty banana and booze.
Flavors match and add spice. The booze seems almost overpowering and the yeast makes the mouthfeel seem heavy and thin at the same time.
Overall, it's not my style, but it is clearly well crafted.

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Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of Rammed96
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walleybeer
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kkmiller76
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of stortore
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of NeoClassicist
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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