Pours red-gold with a generous head mixing large and small foam bubbles. On the nose it leads with a bit of sour apple moving quickly to dark bread and Belgian yeasty goodness. There’s an earthiness to it and some hop spikes popping through. Mouth-filling and fizzy but deeper and–again–earthier than, say, a hefeweizen. Strong fruitiness to it, like plums, dates, and apple, then a chocolate note comes in and the malt backbone makes itself felt. There’s a certain sweetness, and notes of clove and other spices. The finish continues these notes like a musical theme, and there’s a dark undertone well-suited to the name.
For those who don’t know, the translation from High Valyrian: “All Men Must Die.” I’d rather put that off for a long time, and meanwhile pair this with some rich cheeses. This is the fourth in the series of Ommegang’s collaborations with HBO for “Game of Thrones.” I did not have the first of these, the pale ale Iron Throne. I had and enjoyed the Take the Black Stout. I had and *really* enjoyed Fire and Blood, called a “specialty grain” beer where the bill includes wheat, rye, and spelt. Now we move on to a Dubbel Ale, and my love for Belgian styles makes this my favorite of the series. This is a beer to go with a hearty meal, or it can be a hearty meal in its own right. 8% ABV