Ommegang Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale

ommegang_valar_morghulisBrewer: Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY
Style: Dubbel Ale
ABV: 8%
IBUs: Unlisted

Description: As part of Ommegang’s limited edition Game of Thrones theme, this beer’s name is a tribute to the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, specifically the continent of Essos where these words are a popular saying (meaning “all men must die”). This beer is brewed in the Belgian Dubbel-style, employing a dark, rich malt base and fermented in the bottle with active yeast cultures.

Tasting Notes: This is my third sampling from the GOT lineup, which has now grown to five beers. And it was really quite good, and consistent with what a Belgian Dubbel usually has to offer. The dark malts possess a rich, brown sugar-like sweetness and a slight mineral tang, plenty of yeasty goodness and some trace amounts of spice. And of course, there were lots of dark fruit esters to accompany it. It was smoother than I am used to, but this was hardly a bad thing. Looking forward to the next two!

Appearance: Deep amber.brown, clear, thick foamy head, good carbonation
Nose: Smooth malt, yeast, oak, hint of spice, cherry and dark fruit, minerals
Taste: Rich malt, mild tang, brown sugar, plums, raisins, yeast, hint of clove, minerality
Aftertaste: Lingering malt, yeast, and mineral finish, quite smooth
Overall: 8.5/10