Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Belgian Witbier
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 10.08%
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
153
From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  5
Gots
  35
SCORE
88
Very Good
Game Of Thrones: Winter Is HereGame Of Thrones: Winter Is Here
Notes: A Belgian style Imperial White Ale brewed with white wheat malt, seasoned with white pepper and sea salt and bottle conditioned with our house yeast. The beer pours hazy pale straw with an imposing head, while notes of banana, clove, and pronounced pepper accompany a subtle sweetness at 8.3% alc/vol. This beer arrives as forcefully as the Night King, himself. You have been warned.
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy light amber golden color with a nice head and lacing, and lots of floaties
A-Aroma has wheat malt and pepper hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat malt and pepper flavors
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A well done Belgian Witbier

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VABA from Virginia, Mar 08, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Belgiumwhite ale? Yep. Sea salt and white pepper ? Yep. I thought this might be a might be an OK beer hiding in a marketing campaign, I was wrong. I wish I could have more, much more.

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wl2bill from Wisconsin, Feb 29, 2020
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4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This excellent Christmas gift
pours a lightly murky and cloudy amber tinged yellow color with a
nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin clumping
layer, and sports some rather nice lacing. Nose of lemon zest, cracker,
soft wheat, banana, and subtle herbal spice notes with touches of
orange zest. Flavors make for the best white ale I have had EVER.
Mild orange zest and lemon zest touched with soft wheat and subtle
white pepper amongst a nice salinity from the sea salt that adds to
the depth of the flavors with subtle clove and coriander along
with elements of cardamon and faint hop herbal hop notes.
Nice mouth feel; medium to medium full body, smooth,
lightly spicy, medium light carbonation, and a rich
wheat and spice finish with a nice salt finish that
makes one yearn for another sip.

Excellence!

Rename this one and keep it going!

Cheers!

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4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 25.4 oz (750 ml) bottle into Ommegang/Game of Thrones tulip; no production information, but a 2019 release.
A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color (think tarnished brass) with a two to three finger, pilloyy, white head, nearly a finger of long term retention, and nice rings of lacing.
S: Tart side of tangy with aromas of sea salt (no question it's in there), lemon, cloves, white pepper, and cardamom. Caramel and banana notes, perhaps.
T: Semisweet. Flavors of follow the nose with the emphasis on the spices and banana esters much more in evidence. Lightly bitter, which is very much in balance with the rest of the flavor picture.
M: Light to medium bodied with robust effervescence. Actually impressively thirst-quenching, creamy, and rich.
O: I like Belgian Wits in general and this, in particular. Ommegang really gets this style and this is no exception.

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VoxRationis from New York, Jan 04, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a three inch white head that was well retained and left blotchy lacing. Smells of banana, clove, citrus, sweet malts and bread. Tastes of orange, lemon, banana, yeast, bread, clove, hints of pepper and honey. Light side of medium bodied, high carbonation, dry finish.

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EMH73 from New York, Dec 29, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a flute glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Semi cloudy gold color with medium bubbles on the body.

Smell: Lemongrass and malt aroma, has a light warm honey scent to go with but dissipates a bit right after first sniff.

Taste: sweet complex with hint of lemon and dose of banana skin and hard shot of malts. It's a bold beer which is hard to dislike.

Mouth: sticky beer with a light yeast tone in the finish.

Overall: Good brew, tasty...leaves palate cleansing feel in your mouth which makes it perfect for the beginner. Drink with love and always in a glass. Salud!

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BlurryVisi0n from New York, Apr 22, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml. bottle.
Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a slightly hazy golden body with some nice lacing. Nose of funk, bread, banana (after warming a bit), slight citrus, and a smidge of spice. Taste mirrors nose fairly closely with the spice and banana coming forward on the palate. Nice feel and finishing a tad dry. Overall, a great beer to pair with fish or fowl and would recommend. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Apr 22, 2019
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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a game of thrones glass (came with the beers)

A - really nice late spring California sunset golden orange with a slight copper hue, one finger off white head and some nice lacing

S - super sweet, tons of banana (yeast), nice mix of some slightly toasted malt/grains with tons of sweet malts/grains, very ripe orange, slightly sweet lemon, bright earth and a very slight but nice woodsy booze note

T - the sweet is up front, with a nice balance from the sweet and toasted malts/grains, nice banana bread (no nuts, haha), nice ripe citrus and the booze is smooth and sweet

M - medium body, very nice balance, great complexity, medium to medium plus acidity (on the backend) and nice medium to medium minus carbonation

D - super nice, very refreshing, easy to drink and great with anything sweet or salty. Really a big fan of Belgians and Belgian styles lately and this one is really nice. Not quite as hearty as a lot of others, but still extremely tasty and satisfiing.

Final thoughts - I don’t watch the show, except a couple episodes and the GOT telltales game but the beer is awesome, a nice 8.3% ABV and man, this would be rad on cask.

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whatthehull from California, Apr 15, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Bottle:
L - Golden with a decent amount of clarity with a large off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.
S - Lots of honey, cloves, banana, and bready yeast on the nose
T - Lots of honey up front and throughout along with cloves, banana, and breast yeast - hints of white pepper. Some hints of light fruits as well.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Crisp
O - A pretty nice, but somewhat boring Wit - definitely a good one, but not particularly interesting by any means besides the fact that I'm drinking this to celebrate the start of season 8.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL cork and cage bottle from the LCBO; best before Aug 30 2019 and served at cellar temperature. And in a coincidental, serendipitous turn of events, there's finally some snow on the ground here!

Pours a brilliant, crystal clear golden-yellow colour with plenty of effervescence - streams of bubbles continuously rush to the surface, reinforcing the inch of delicate, puffy white head situated there. It's extremely resilient, lasting well beyond the ten minute mark before finally beginning to recede; a rocky cap sticks around even longer, surrounded by a frothy collar and an elegant spattering of lace. The aroma is yeasty and a tad fruity, with notes of bready pale malts, candi sugar, and banana sweetness coming through alongside hints of wheat grains, orchard fruit, citrus peel, peppery spice, clove and coriander.

An agreeable strong Belgian ale - though certainly more boozy than your average wit, with the sea salt being a constant (albeit unobtrusive/background) presence for most of the sip. It tastes of bready malts and wheat grains at the forefront, with notes of candi sugar, banana, apple skin and stone fruit showing up soon thereafter. The flavours become increasingly spicy towards the tail end of the sip, with orange peel and white pepper coming through first, followed by coriander and clove; the finish adds some boozy sweetness to the mix, with very faint peppercorn spiciness lingering into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with assertive carbonation that prickles the palate and froths up a bit in the mouth; it does settle down over the course of the glass, becoming more smooth and almost plush-feeling. A treat to sip, though the alcohol content (and the spiciness) do limit its drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.13, an A-. Ommegang's Winter is Here did a fine job of warming the cockles of my cold, blackened heart on a chilly December's night. Truthfully, I'm not sure the salt was needed - it didn't exactly add a whole lot IMO, but I suppose it didn't detract much either, as it integrates nicely with the rest of the flavour profile. The white pepper is a nice addition, though, and overall this drinks more like a (spiced) Belgian strong pale ale rather than a traditional witbier. Not my favourite in this series of GoT beers, but well worth seeking out nonetheless.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Dec 30, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle

Ommegang Game of Thornes Winter is Here filled my tulip glass with a clear yellow body and atop sat a white foamy head that left behind clingy lacing. Carbonation is active as seen through the clear body. The nose is of fruity citrus, banana and peppery cloves. The taste buds are first hit with a peppery spice, cloves and then orange with a pleasant sweet finish. The body is medium with a moderate amount of carbonation.

The ale is an enjoyable, and drinkable "Imperial" Belgian Witbier.

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bushbeer75 from Michigan, Sep 21, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe the coolest label (the Night King) ever placed upon a beer bottle. Unfortunately Ommegang again failed to capitalize on the GoT licensure, at least as far as imagery is concerned, because they use subpar labeling materials. Even the newest and most delicately handled bottles come out of the box with labels falling off and/or otherwise deteriorated. And since the bottle is so dark that you can’t see the beer appearance, this is all you have to go on to judge the ‘look’.
Smell isn’t bad. Just isn’t remarkable one way or the other. I expected something more identifiable to the ...
Great taste! I’m partial to whites, but this one stands out as one of the best I can recall. Maybe I’m even more a fan of double whites and this is the one that introduced me. Either way this is a good one. Felt a bit heavier than the usual white ale without crossing the line into undesirably heavy territory. Even, citrusy flavor with just the right amount of muted sourness.

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Mass_hole from Massachusetts, Aug 08, 2018
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have really enjoyed all of the GOT beers, no duds in the lot. But to be honest, I could say the same about all the books, and all the shows, and all of Ommegang’s beers. This is a Wit that’s a little more interesting than most, with an ABV and Tripel-like quality making it well worth experiencing.

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mmilyko from Nevada, Jul 27, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: June 26, 2018... OCCASION: school year #19 down and out...a reasonable success... GLASSWARE: Chimay trappist glass... wanted to save this for the last installment of G of T, but January 2019 seems too far to wait... the cork pops a good twenty feet--still full of carbonation... a mostly opaque, steady orange yellow body with cloudy effervescence, churning a creamy, half-fingered soft white head all around... lemon grass, banana, coriander, orange, vanilla, aromatic flowers, simmering spices and a touch of honey--apparently, winter is coming on a breeze from Sunspear! Each sip is winning, a soft yet palpable bite at the teeth; its mouthfeel is light, especially for an 8.3% ABV, but its finish is effervescent and lasting, frothy and a bit chewy, with a drawn-out finish... honey is strong, with pepper, banana, and crisp malts wrap themselves in the citric lemon, orange, and light grapefruit... this is a worthwhile Belgian, warming and strong but unobtrusive in its character... another fine offering in the Game of Thrones line... and from Ommegang!

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Jun 27, 2018
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review from notes. Cork and cage 750 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase was around $12 CDN. Excited to see another Game of Thrones Beer up in these neck of the woods and an imperial Wit at that.

Appearance- Hazy, rich golden color, with two big fingers of frothy white head and medium retention time. Not a lot of lacing and a middling amount of effervescence.

Smell - Orange, coriander, wheat and peach. More tropical and fruity than most witbiers.

Taste - Wheat up front, with some obvious booziness and fruitiness. Orange and coriander are most prominent and plenty of yeastiness mixed in. Orchard fruits and even some vanilla show up towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, medium bodied, leaning towards the heavier side of things, but not unexpected given the Imperial nature of this brew. Finish is moderate too, more fruity and filling than dry. A touch of heat from the booze to close.

Overall - A fine enjoyable witbier that stacks up well in this collection of interesting Belgian brews with awesome labels. May pick up another bottle or two before they're gone as high ABV witbiers are in short supply around here.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Jun 03, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful pale golden brew with a stiff peak of foam in the tall, narrow glass. So fragrant with that yeasty and spicy aroma. Clove and something like cinnamon along with vanilla and pear. Brightly carbonated along with the sharp taste.

Quite wheaty and cereal tasting, as well as the distinct sweet bubblegum flavor. Even dried apricot. However it's quite tangy, and then eventually the pepper warms up the tongue. This is just really interesting, but more like a Tripel with some complex flavors. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Wash.

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mactrail from Washington, May 06, 2018
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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coriander spices are present in the nose along with notes of orange peels and hints of wheat.
T: The taste has flavors of orange peels with notes of coriander spices and hints of wheat.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This witbier does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste. The only indication that this beer is strong is that it's a little heavier in body compared to others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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metter98 from New York, May 05, 2018
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2.72/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, apricot-colored ale. A strong pour yields a decent head that thins out quickly; some lacking. Aroma of wheat and spice, and unfortunately something unpleasant. Taste is bitter and somewhat vacant. Alcoholic heat, dry hops, and little else. The mouthfeel is dry and light.

Overall not the best offering from the Game of Thrones lineup.

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Hunter from Arizona, Apr 28, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 8/23/17, had 4/13/18.

Pours a somewhat hazy bright yellow, with a two inch thick foamy head with good retention and thick foamy cling. Aromas of Belgian yeast, banana, cloves, coriander, white pepper, wheat, other spices, some honey, light black pepper. The taste is similar: Belgian yeast, cloves, coriander, white pepper, malt, wheat, a little bread, light vanilla, some sea salt when warm. Smooth, refreshing, a little creamy, a solid lighter body, well carbonated.

Really well done, a pleasant surprise of a Witbier with a higher ABV and some creativity. The white pepper jumps out in the flavor and aroma. Very enjoyable.

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stortore from Illinois, Apr 27, 2018
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright yellow with orange hues and a billowy white froth.

Smells of orange zest, wheat, cardamom and grapefruit.

Tastes of lemon zest, pear, white grape and a bit of grain in the background. There's an undercurrent of gum and candy.

Light to medium in body. Dry then creamier as it warms. Has a faint spicy alcohol heat in the finish.

Classic goodness.

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stephens101 from Oklahoma, Apr 21, 2018
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3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shimmering, lightly sparkling gold with a large khaki foam settling unevenly to a bubbly film and a thicker fuzzy collar.

Smell is clove, wheat toast, banana and a faint spritz of lemon.

Taste is bready, almost buttery, with banana that's cut by spicy, peppery and phenolic spiked notes of faint lemon and honey.

Soft and pillowy yet crisp and slightly tingly, the finish is spicy and semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 02, 2018
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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a tasty brew. It pours with a nice white head although the head retention could be better. The flavor is a nice slightly malty sweet that balances with just enough bitter. this is a strong beer at 8% so just beware

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white and foamy head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice cover on the surface of the beer. The beer itself is good looking clear medium gold color that is a little bit darker than a regular wit but it's an imperial one so it's expected to be a bit darker.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice smell of a yeasty bread note with some light clove and moderate banana. There is a very light citrus note but the banana, bread, and light spices come out strongest in the smell.

The taste is good. It shares the same notes as the smell but there is a more stronger orange hop note to add a little bit of bitterness to it. There is a slight alcohol note in the finish but it's barely noticeable.

The feel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with light and tingling carbonation that finishes quickly. There is also some slick alcohol feel towards the end.

Overall, this is a decent beer worth getting and very appropriate to have during a cold and snowing day.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Night after a huge nor'easter, power still out in many places, thought this would be relevant

Pours a mild fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a med to quicker pace, hazy buy clear very sediment laden blond beer.

Nose is basically a bit witbier, lots of esters, banana, fruity citrus, plenty of phenols pepper notes and clove, coriander, etc, creamy wheat, a little biscuity, doughy, pretty basic, a little green pepper

Taste again more of the same, some creamy wheat, biscuity doughy creamy wheat malts, toasted grain, etc, into mild esters, fruity, a little banana, citrus, etc, phenols as well clove, coriander, spices, a little tingly alcohol and booze flavors, mild bitterness, drier finish, bit more bitter, sweet candied bananas and citrus, tingly hot alcohol finishing the mouth

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, tingly alcohol especially late

Overall not bad, basically an imperialized version of a witbier, or maybe Belgian tripel.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Mar 10, 2018
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is not bad, but it has some flaws. One of the main flaws is the sweetness. This sweetness comes across too strong and persists. The beer looks good, like a witbier should, cloudyish and fluffy head. The smell is also a little too sweet for my liking. I did not pick up any of the coriander or pepper promised. Taste is similar to nose, with that sweetness.

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polloenfuego from Ontario (Canada), Feb 16, 2018
Game Of Thrones: Winter Is Here from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 153 ratings