DDB is Gentlemanly Productions’ resident food and beverages expert. This former Undisputed Gentleman of the Year has a palate that can not be matched. Over the years, many Gentlemen across the country have looked to him for insight on everything from pumpkin beers to tea and from steaks to salad dressings. Today, on the premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones, he appropriately reviews Ommegang’s Iron Throne Blonde Ale
I was thinking about writing this in the first person of the current occupant of the Iron Throne, but Joffrey is even a bigger douche than I am. He’s also not very quotable, so I found channeling him difficult at best and I have to cook dinner in a few (butternut squash and sage risotto in case you were wondering).
Appearance: Pours with an aggressively sized light head that laces on the way down. The head also lingers for a while (unlike Ned Stark’s). The beer itself is a bright but nearly opaque, amber that also appears cloudy (like the weather in Wintefell).
Smell: It is obvious that a good deal of Belgian brewer’s spice was included in this beer. There is also hint of orange and yeast as this beer is alive (unlike those guys at the wall are going to be once the white walkers get there).
Taste: It isn’t bad. I don’t generally love blonde ales to begin with, so I’ll do the best I can. It starts with the spice and citrus on the front end of the palate. The malts kick in not too long. It finishes with a little of the bitterness of the hops and the warmth of the alcohol.