This is the 3rd instalment of the Game of Thrones series from Ommegang. We missed out on the first one, but the second, Take the Black Stout was great. This one was much anticipated. When Ken told me it was on the shelves of the LCBO I said I would pick up a few. I did not get the chance to do it right away, but according to the LCBO website, 2 stores in London still had a few.
Everywhere was sold out, and the only response I got from the LCBO is that their website does not reflect real-time inventory. Why not? That is a pretty basic expectation. If it is not real-time why show the inventory levels at all? I guess that is what you get when your government controls the availability of alcohol. (that is also why I never feel bad about buying most of my beer in the US)
So how did I get my hands on some? Well, a friend of mine just happens to be married to a LCBO store manager who pulled a few strings and got me 2 bottles! You rock Gibbler!
Now, to the beer. It was wheaty, robust and a little spicy. It was worth the wait. It is a beer that should be enjoyed slowly, and ideally not on a deck in the sunshine. This beer had a lot of flavors, and made them all work. Ommegang did a great job again!
We had this beer on Father’s day, when we celebrated with dragon (this beer) and Geese (Pepe Nero and Pere Jacques from Goose Island). It was a hot day and probably not the best time to be drinking a beer that was brewed with chili peppers.
Since we waited so long for it to make its way to Canada, and then had to wait for it to actually be in London, and then we had to wait to get our hands on one, we made sure it was the first one to be enjoyed. It poured out dark red and was full of bits. The smell was pure Ommegang wheatiness…..or is it Unibroue wheatiness? I swear they are either the same brewery or they share the same base and go from there.
It tasted like a great wheat based amber beer with just a hint of spice. Not enough to be hot, but enough to know that it’s in there. It was a fantastic beer.
And best of all……we have a second one in the fridge!
Country of Origin: United States
Alcohol Content: 6.8%
Vessel: Glass by way of bottle