Saturdays Suds: Baseball & Beer #59 – Ommegang Valar Morghulis

25 07 2015

My next beer is another from Ommegang.  I had one of their specialty brews earlier this year and, whenever I have a new Ommegang beer I do one of these posts!  This is one of those where you can only get this at a bar or in the 750 ml corked bottles.  Since this is Hall of Fame induction week – this felt appropriate

Ommegang Valar MorghulisBrewery:  Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, NY

(Now owned by the Duvel Belgian Brewery, though still operated out of Cooperstown)

Beer:  Ommegang Valar Morghulis

Description:  Ommegang struck a deal with HBO to brew various beers related to the Game of Thrones TV show.  The phrase means “all men must die”.

From the label:

“When confronted with the most feared saying in high Valyrian, take a sip and choose your words wisely, for all men must die, and all men must serve.  Enjoy rich aromas of caramel and ripe fruit with deep flavors of malty sweetness and fruity esters.”

This is a dubbel ale, meaning it’s a fairly strong and moderately heavy brown ale.  It has a dark cherry red color, and has a taste of darker colored fruit like cherry or raisins.  It was definitely hoppy, but the full body of the beer covers that taste up.  It’s a good beer, but not one to drink quickly!

Medium:  A large bottle (1 pint, 9.4 oz).  The bottle comes with a cork.  These were sold in Binny’s beer/liquor store in Chicago.  I think you can find them at some bars on tap.

How it’s related to baseball:  The beer itself isn’t really related at all.  The Ommegang Brewery is a Belgian-style brewery that has been around for 25 years.  But the bottom line?  It’s in Cooperstown – home of the baseball Hall of Fame.  I recently went to Cooperstown with my dad, and we didn’t stop here, but I’d had a couple of these beers when I went to Cooperstown for Rickey Henderson’s induction.  The brewing tradition in Cooperstown actually goes back much further than the baseball tradition does, and these have been my Saturday Suds posts over the Winter.  I’ve only got one more Ommegang to post about, unless I find one of the rarer beers they have!

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