[Iron Throne Blonde Ale]
So, I’m trying this new thing, procuring the latest deets on new beers that are coming out, so I can share them with you! My husband and I are always hunting beer establishments in the new cities we visit, and seeking out the new beers put out by breweries that we love. I want to make this a regular column, so you can get the heads up on enjoying them too!
This week, and admittedly I’m not sure if you can still find it anywhere, I want to introduce to you a beer from the Brewery Ommegang. This particular beer came out the week before the Game of Thrones premiere on HBO, and I was ON IT. Quite a bit of beer hype travels through word of mouth, and a friend had tipped me off to it.
It showed up at a place that wasn’t the local “tucked-away-in-a-cranny-of-the-city” craft beer joint either. We’re talkin’ Cost Plus World Market! Doesn’t every city have those?! They’re definitely stepping up their craft beer game, and I ain’t mad at ’em. Without further ado, I present you with Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale.
You can tell that it’s a Belgian-style beer right away with the citrus-y notes imparted by the yeast. The lemon peel is very prevalent too, which is nice, and reminds me of SUMMER!!! It was a “Stark” (haha pun intended) contrast to the wintry scenes of the journey of the Night’s Watch throughout the series.
There is a lacy, very full head, and a teeny hint of spice and hop flavors. Overall, it’s a very enjoyable beer, and at 6.5%, it’s one that won’t get you totally smashed while you’re trying to follow the Game of Thrones epsiodes.
Though I am branching out into different styles of beer, I am an IPA lover. This beer was an easy, and enjoyable drinker even for a hop-head like me. Ommegang slayed this one. So good!
hey Nat – everyone raves about GoT but we don’t have HBO so I downloaded the book series it was based on and got hooked on that — but it’s over 4,000 pages (seriously). So I’ve been reading that for like over 4 months now… Perhaps when I break the 3,000 page mark I’ll crack one of these beers to celebrate!
Natalie Wiser-Orozco says
Wow, 4000 pages!? I’m in the middle of Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series… six books, and the last 3 of them are Looooo-oooooonnnnggg! Yeah, crack that ish! It will not disappoint!
Got to try this last night at dinner… and had it on draft. At first when I heard about this beer I thought it was going to be some cheap gimmick to get people to buy a lot of this one beer. So when I finally tasted it, I was glad that I still had a bottle sitting in my fridge that I just picked up a coupe of weeks ago. Cannot wait to open my lone bottle… ^_^
Natalie Wiser-Orozco says
I hear you, Niekon. Seems like Ommegang wouldn’t want to disappoint their loyal followers either. It was a win-win for fans of GoT & Ommegang alike!
The best part of this GoT’s/Ommegang Brewing Co. gimmick is that the Blonde Ale was mighty delicious!! Nice post Natalie!