GoT Three-eyed Raven – Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY, USA)

Game of Thrones #5 Three-eyed Raven (Dark Saison Ale), 7.2% ABV, 750 ml., (Cooperstown, NY, USA)

-What does beer and Game of Thrones have to do with each other? Absolutely nothing; do I care? Absolutely not! I love GoT and Ommegang so of course I have to try this.

on the front-right label:

“From the darkness I watch you. All of you, all of your lives, with a thousand eyes, and one. Abiding in the shadows of this dark saison lie beguiling and entrancing aromas and flavors – girded by crisp, lasting herbal hop notes, and a yeasty, spicy finish. Pour slowly, to not disturb yeast sediment, but with vigor to make a luxurious head and free the bouquet.


  • Style: (Dark) Saison
  • Taste: Sour tangy panela barley malt banana wheat malt airy toasty prune roasted exhale
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $12.40 CAD – 750 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: interesting but not memorable

Visual: Hefty bottle, corked with a twisty steel cap. Pours dark cola brown with a large frothy head, good retention, just a bit of lacing, clusters of active streams.

Nose: lightly caramelized banana wheat malt, slight cotton candy (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-smooth, light tingly fizzy

Mid-palate: panela barley malt, tangy banana wheat airy, (lvl-7-sweetness), toasty bready, dark fruit-prune, medium tangy-sour

Finish: light roasted malt exhale

Summary: Quite an interesting taste profile of tangy brown sugary banana wheat malt – all the while smooth and at a potent ABV. It’s just a bit too sour-tangy in the mids for my liking.

Belgian-style Pale Ale – Ommegang (USA)

Belgian-style Pale Ale (BPA) – Ommegang, 6.2% ABV – 1 PT 9.4 fl.oz., (Cooperstown, NY, USA)

On the side label:

“This fine pale ale offers citrus and tropical fruit aromatics coming from a well balanced – yet ample – hop character. It uses our own Belgian yeast, five malts, two hops, and plenty of patience. Finishing touches include dry-hopping with Cascade hops, and warm-cellaring.”

  • My Rating: C-
  • Why I it’s okay: very aggressive dry & hoppy finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$10, Jan/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent beer bottle orange with a large thick foamy-creamy head, lots of active CO2 streams. Inviting orange/tangerine citrus on the nose. Ultra creamy mouthfeel, sharp sweetness (8/10) up front, tastes of grapefruit peel, medium malts, caramel, and quickly transitions in a very aggressive dry & hoppy finish which tires out my palate too quickly. Medium complexity, medium depth, okay transitions, good carry, okay drinkability. 1/4 through and my palate is exhausted.

Seduction – Ommegang (NY, USA)

Seduction – Ommegang, 6.8% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY)

On the side label:

“Ommegang seduction is a temptingly roasted ale brewed with five dark barley malts, Belgian chocolatier Callebut provides the chocolate , while Liefmans cuvee brut brings the cherries. With alluring aromas and flavors of fine Belgian chocolate and an underlying flavor note of tart cherries, Ommegang seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced . Undeniably rich and smooth , seduction is also true and warm-hearted. Lightly hopped, it harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.”

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: nice chocolate coffee
  • Where I got it: Sherbrooke
  • How much: $24 (after 10%), 75cl, May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark cloudy brown with sediment and a massive creamy head, sticky lacing. Thick malts on the nose. Tastes of roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, malts, red cherries, and a invasive alcoholic backdrop. Pretty good, once is enough.

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison Ale) – Ommegang (NY, USA)

Hennepin (Farmhouse Saison Ale) – Ommegang, 7.7% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY, USA)

On the back label:

“Father Hennepin was the Belgian missionary who discovered Niagara Falls. Our Hennepin is a rare Saison Farmhouse Ale – pale, hoppy, crisp, and rustic – like Tintin, Magritte, and Audrey Hepburn, Hennepin is famous, but not for being Belgian!”

  • My Rating: B (re-tasted 7/2/2015)
  • Why I like it: crisp + fruity apricot and creamy finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$14, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz, Oct/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours light amber with a good thick head and layered retention,  sticky lacing, small CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Hybrid banana & apricot on the nose. Drinks silky creamy up front, tastes of banana, apricot, medium hops, light malt, 6/10-level sweetness, hints of coriander, and transitions into a sharp-aggressive lingering tart, citrus, bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Very nice and balanced for its ABV.

Re-tasted July 2, 2015 (new label):

Visual: (Ingredients include grains of paradise, coriander, ginger and sweet orange peel as listed on the front label.) Pours golden orange with a decent super-fine foamy lasting head, lots of singular streams of activity.

Nose: apple juice, light sweet-sour honey malt, a bit of yeast. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, full-fizzy-foamy mouthfeel, metallic bite

Mid-palate: medium sour acidity, (MAIN) dry wheat malt, banana, honey-chamomile

Finish: burpy, ginger dryness mixed with dry hoppy soft bitterness, sweet orange peel and coriander exhale, bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Great full body, complex structure and flavours, partially heavy on the finish.

Rare Vos (Belgian-style Amber Ale) – Brewery Ommegang (NY, USA)

Rare Vos (Belgian-style Amber Ale) – Brewery Ommegang, 6.5% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY)

On the back label:

“Rare Vos is Flemish for “Sly Fox” and the name of one of Brussels’ great cafés. It is also the name of our cunning Belgian-style Amber, which sports a mellow, fruity character and an elusive spiciness.”

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: medium citrus sweet with a creamy bitter backdrop
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$14, 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz, Oct/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy orange-brown with a nice decent frothy head, good retention and sticky lacing, many very active CO2 streams. Aromas of orange citrus and sweet malts on the nose. Creamy and crisp texture up front, mellow tangy apricot, 5/10-level sweetness, medium malts, hints of cinnamon, honeycane sugar, and finishes mildly bitter and crisp. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, good length, very good drinkability. A solid beer.

Witte – Brewery Ommegang (NY, USA)

Witte – Brewery Ommegang, 5.1% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY)

On the side label:

“Ommegang Witte is a traditional Belgian-style white ale. Its light bod, frothy head, and quenching taste blend coriander, sweet orange peel, and unmalted wheat into a flavor as bright and soft as summer clouds over a Flanders field.”

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: crisp and easy-drinking
  • Where I got it: W. 16th Liquor store
  • How much: $12 (after 10%) , 1 Pint 9.4 fl.oz., Nov/2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Sure

Tasting notes: pours slightly cloudy amber yellow, small head, ringed retention, runny lacing, some slow-moving CO2 streams. Other than a bit of citrus on the nose, it is rather muted. Clean orange peel, mild tang, coriander, lemon, white pepper, banana, low malt, 1/10 bitterness and clean finish. Medium complexity, medium-depth, needs more carry, good transitions, great drinkability. It goes great with spicy food – you get a prolonged firey finish.

Three Philsophers Belgian Style Blend 2011 – Brewery Ommegang (NY, USA)

Three Philsophers Belgian Style Blend 2011 – Brewery Ommegang, 9.8% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY) (listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die”)

On the back label:

“98% Ale – 2% Ale with cherries added (ie. 98% their brew + 2% Belgium kriek)

Created by blending a rich, malty, Belgian-style ale with authentic Kriek, a classic cherry ale from Belgium, our Quadrupel is cultured yet wild, curious yet wise.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: rich malty backbone with a multitude of other flavours
  • Where I got it: St. Johns Liquor, Oct/2011
  • How much: $16, 1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. (750ml)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours dark mahogany red/brown, minimal head, thin ringed retention, small CO2, runny lacing, sporadic mix of slow and fast moving CO2 streams. Unfiltered and some sediment in the glass. Malty dark fruit on the nose. Burst of dark malts up front,predominantly chocolate, coffee, mixed with sour cherriesraisins, slightly nutty, minor 4/10-level bitterness finish. The alcohol is initially masked by the flavours but hits in the mid until the end. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, great carry, good transitions, quite good drinkability. A very strong and heavy ale, can be difficult to drink the whole bottle solo as a session beer.

Ommegang Abbey Ale – Brewery Ommegang

Ommegang Abbey Ale – Brewery Ommegang, 8.5% ABV, (Puurs, Belgium) *(Listed in the “1001 Beers you must taste before you die”)

On the front and back label:

“Brewed and bottled exceptionally in Belgium for Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown, NY. Ommegang is a Belgian Abbey Ale-top fermented and bottle conditioned, yielding a rich, fruity, aromatic, burgundian brew. Ommegang Abbey Dubbel is inspired by the centuries-old brewing traditions of Belgian Trappist monks.Named after Belgium’s oldest medieval fest, every bottle of Ommegang is cause for celebration.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: deep, sweet, fruity, and bitter all-in-one
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek, Oct-2011
  • How much: $14, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours maroon-red/brown, 1-inch foamy head, sticky lacing, long retention, ultra-active fast moving CO2 streams. A bit of malt on the nose, muted. Initial creamy mouthfeel, predominantly 6/10 sweet red fruit (cassis), quickly transitions in to a dark fruit fig and 4/10 bitter dryness that is soft at first but grows stronger. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, long length, excellent transitions, full-bodied, great carry, excellent drinkability. Overall very smooth and drinkable, gets you buzzed quite fast.