While there’s no such thing as too much rosé, this year there’s some serious competition for the drink of the summer. Brewery Ommegang and HBO have teamed up to create the Game of Thrones Royal Reserve Collection, a series of four special, limited release beers – each designed and brewed as an homage to one of the four epic figures in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms. The second and latest Game of Thrones beer in the partnership is Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, inspired by none other than Cersei Lannister.
To know Cersei is to be on the receiving end of her acerbic wit, and Brewery Ommegang has created the perfect counterpart in Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. It’s an amazing blend of Belgian sour ale and Belgian-style blonde ale – evoking Cersei’s iconic blonde hair and sharp nature.
HBO and Brewery Ommegang sent us a couple of bottles to try, along with the perfect pairing: a Funko! Dorbz Cersei Lannister figurine. Before we got to pouring, we had to snap a few photos:
While I’m not normally much of a sour ale fan, there was no way I was going to pass up the chance to try this Cersei-inspired brew. I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor – while the sour element certainly comes through, it’s not overpowering at all. You get the great blonde ale and yeast taste, as well as plenty of fruit, with just a little bite on the finish.
Here are the official tasting notes:
Queen of the Seven Kingdoms pours a pale gold color with a brilliant white head. Aromas of melon, citrus, and lactic acidity meld together with fruity esters from the Belgian yeast. Tart citrus flavors soften to sweet malt flavors with notes of apricots. The finish is dry and crisp with a subtle citrus bite from the lemon peel. Queen of the Seven Kingdoms pairs well with sharp aged cheeses and salty cured meats, red meat or dark poultry, and spiced desserts like pumpkin pie or apple tarts.
As a wannabe Westeros resident and beer fan, I’ve tried a variety of Ommegang’s Game of Thrones beer offerings over the years. None of them have disappointed, even when not my usual style – and this one is no exception. This is a great beer to enjoy during the summer, and of course while watching Game of Thrones. (I mean, don’t those pairing recommendations sound like they could be straight out of the series?) Whether or not sours are usually your jam, get your Lannister on and give it a try.
Queen of the Seven Kingdoms is available now through Ommegang’s distribution network, offered both on draft and in 750ml bottles. The suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99.
Stay tuned for details on the remaining two beers in the Royal Reserve Collection, coming in October and December 2018.
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