Game of Thrones: Bend the Knee

Belgian Strong Pale Ale Brewery Ommegang

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Game of Thrones: Bend the Knee, a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale by Brewery Ommegang

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Game of Thrones: Bend the Knee is a Belgian-style Strong Pale Ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thick off-white head of foam that recedes slowly. No lace is left on the glass.

Aroma

An inviting aroma consists of noble hops and pleasant, fruity esters from the Belgian yeast.

Flavor

The palate follows the nose, mixing banana, pear, apricot, and apple. The addition of wildflower honey provides a well-rounded sweetness to its malty base. Finishes dryly with a lingering bite from a trio of hops.

Mouthfeel

Feel is soft and silky with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. Really enhances the drinking experience.

Overall

Bend the Knee isn’t just a novelty. It’s damn good. Ommegang has brewed a Belgian Pale that’s fit for a king—even one who fancies themselves ruler of the Seven Kingdoms.

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About the Belgian Strong Pale Ale

The Belgian Strong Pale Ale was originally crafted by the Moortgat brewery after World War I as an alternative to the popular European Pilsner beers. Its color is a yellow gold with good clarity and visibly effervescent. Its aroma consists of fruity esters, some spice, and low to moderate amounts of hops and booze. The palate follows the nose with fruity flavors of pear, orange, and apple. Bitterness and spice are low to moderate. Its feel is light to medium, highly carbonated with a dry finish. High alcohol lends warmth. The Belgian Strong Pale Ale is similar to the Belgian Tripel but is lighter in color and feel, drier and crisper, with added hopping and fruity esters.