Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, New York) and HBO Global Licensing recently announced that Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale has been officially released as the latest offering in the brewery’s series of Game of Thrones-inspired beers.
With a name that any Game of Thrones fan will tell you means “All Men Must Serve” in High Valyrian, Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale is a new offering from Ommegang that “pays homage to Arya’s season-long struggles within and around the House of Black and White.” This Belgian-style Tripel was “brewed with pils, wheat and oats, flaked barley, and hopped with noble hops.” Presenting itself as copper in color, this Tripel boasts aromatics of “sweet grain and honey” which support a bright, sweet flavor thanks to the use of Belgian candi sugar during the brewing process. Although the beer weighs in at 9% ABV, it remains relatively easy drinking and finishes “moderately dry and effervescent.”
Originally released by Ommegang back in 2014, Valar Morghulis Belgian-style Dubbel means “All Men Must Die” and acts as the sister brew to Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale. Since “Valar Dohaeris” is the traditional answer to the phrase “Valar Morghulis,” it was obvious to the brewery that they had to resurrect this Dubbel to join Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale during its release. You will be able to find both of these offerings in a collectible gift pack containing a 750ml bottle of each beer along with a commemorative glass.
“Of the classic Belgian styles, the dubbel and the tripel are two of our favorites to brew, and both are styles we’re particularly well known for,” says Ommegang Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “I love the idea of releasing them together side-by-side. It is such a great way to experience them. They are also pretty hearty and should age nicely over time, so fans can stock up to last them through the winter and to fill the void until next season.”
Bottles of Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale officially released at the brewery on Saturday, October 8. The beer will then be released within Ommegang’s full distribution footprint (includes Alabama and Florida) starting on Monday, October 10. If you are interested in tracking this one down, look for it to be available at craft beer friendly establishments on draft, in 750ml single bottles for the suggested retail price of $9.99, and in the collectible gift pack mentioned above for the suggested retail price of $22.99. These Game of Thrones beers have proven to be wildly popular with each and every release, so be sure to secure your bottles whenever you happen upon them. Prost!
Vital Information on Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale from Brewery Ommegang
Release – Limited
Style – Belgian-style Tripel
ABV – 9%
Malt – Pils, Wheat, Oats & Flaked Barley
Hops – Noble Varieties
Availability – draft, 750ml single bottles, and in a collectible gift pack with Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale
Food Pairings – “Pairs with rich pasta dishes like fettuccine alfredo and penne alla vodka. Complements roasted and cured meats nicely as well as moderately sharp cheeses. A perfect accompaniment for charcuterie.”
Fun Fact – “Label art for both bottles – Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale & Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale – features the two-headed coin, given to Arya Stark by Jaqen H’ghar, which gained her passage to Braavos at the end of Season 5. Arya spent most of Season 6 in Braavos training to become a faceless assassin, making the naming of the latest beer and the decision to re-release Valar Morghulis a no-brainer.”
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