Review: Ommegang Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale

Review of Ommegang Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale from Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY

Beer Type: Dark Saison  ABV: 7.2%  Tried on Draught.

Their Description: “Three-Eyed Raven harbors a deep dark brown, almost jet-black color with a light tan head. Yeast forward aromas are packed with peppery phenolics and fruity esters. Despite what you might expect from a dark hued beer, the flavor brings to mind a traditional saison: a light, malty body with a hint of sweetness, and roast accentuated by herbal and spicy hops, yet underpinned by pleasant yeastiness. Finish is crisp, with lingering notes of herbal hops and Belgian yeast.”

The Reality: The color is almost jet black with a light tan head that has an aroma of dark fruit and spice notes. It does have a malty sweetness with background flavors of plum & raisin with a touch of tartness. The finish becomes more hoppy with herbal notes in the aftertaste that linger on the tongue. Their description is pretty accurate except for the “brings to mind a traditional sasion”. This beer is nothing like a traditional saison, it drinks heavier and has a much more roasted, robust and rich flavors, not to mention the obvious color difference.

Final Verdict: I’m usually leery of sponsored/themed beers, such as ones that promote a TV show, but I know Ommegang is a quality brewery and finding a limited release on draught is tough, so I decided to give it a go. For those of you not familiar with Game of Thrones, the three-eyed raven is a part of Bran Stark’s story line, so what would Bran think of this beer? Who Cares?!? He is the lamest character on the whole show! As for me, I really liked it. The “saison” tag is really a misnomer, but the “dark” part is right on. It has many characteristics of darker beers, with a ton of complexity but not as much density. If this is what dark saisons are all about I’d like to try more of them. What do you think, Hodor?

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That’s what I thought.