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?
That’s what I thought.