Game of Thrones beer: Three-Eyed Raven is dark, but the ‘darkness will make you strong’


“The strongest trees are rooted in the dark places of the earth. Darkness will be your cloak, your shield, your mother’s milk. Darkness will make you strong” – Three-Eyed Raven

As a big fan of Game of Thrones and breweries, I was excited about the two mixing together. Brewery Ommegang and HBO teamed up to create some amazing mixtures – The Iron Throne (Blonde Ale), Take the Black Stout (Black Stout), Fire and Blood (Red Ale), Valar Moghulis (Dubbel Ale), and now their new brew – Three-Eyed Raven (Dark Saison Ale).

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The Three-Eyed Raven represents the actual raven/man who has been watching over Bran Stark throughout the series. Bran has finally reached him at the weirwood tree last season. In honor of the raven/man, Ommegang and HBO created the Three-Eyed Raven.

As described by Ommegang, “the ominous Three-Eyed Raven inspired us to brew a Dark Saison ale, a hybrid style open to brewer’s imagination. In the end it is neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses.” 

According to the tasting notes provided, the “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.” 

GOT beer

After tasting the brew, I found myself really enjoying this one despite not really being a fan of dark beers.  The hops were added before and after the process to provide a little character and provide a spicy, fruity flavor. The taste is not bitter like many dark beers on the market. Instead, the dark brew had a malty sweetness that calmed the roasted bitter taste. It had a nice crispness and a smooth aftertaste, which was not bitter at all. I was pleasantly surprised with the flavors. Ommegang mentioned using a special malt called midnight wheat to provide a darker color and that may have been why the flavor felt lighter and less roasted (which is, honestly, what I prefer).

I’d have to say, after being a Dubbel Ale fan for many years and favoring the last brew, Valar Moghulis, this Dark Saison may have won me over as a favorite. If you weren’t a fan of dark brews and malts, this may change your mind.

The Three-Eyed Raven will be available starting today April 6th in selected markets nationwide. You can search for locations here.

Game of Thrones returns for the fifth season on April 12th on HBO.

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