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Taste test: Three-Eyed Raven, Brewery Ommegang’s new ‘Game of Thrones’ beer

Brewery Ommegang’s new “Game of Thrones” beer was inspired by the Three-Eyed Raven from Bran Stark’s visions. The label features a concept design illustration from the HBO series.
Brewery Ommegang’s new “Game of Thrones” beer was inspired by the Three-Eyed Raven from Bran Stark’s visions. The label features a concept design illustration from the HBO series. The Kansas City Star

In the Season 4 finale of “Game of Thrones,” Bran Stark comes face-to-face with the Three-Eyed Raven from his visions, who turns out to be an old man trapped in the tangled roots of a weirwood tree beyond the wall.

The mysterious figure was the inspiration behind Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale, the latest installment in Brewery Ommegang’s series of beers inspired by the crazy-popular HBO series, which just returned for Season 5. (Brewery Ommegang is Boulevard Brewing Co.’s sister brewery; both are owned by Duvel Moortgat).

Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale is now available on draft and in 25.4-ounce bottles in Kansas and Missouri. The mysterious beer has the fruity, floral flavors of a saison. Its deep color — as dark as the Night’s Watch’s capes — comes from midnight wheat malt. Pour the beer into a goblet and you’ll see a head of fine foam as gold as Cersei Lannister’s long locks.

The beer’s flavor is as mysterious as Jon Snow’s parentage: It’s fruity, spicy and yeasty, with a hint of roastiness and a crisp finish.

Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale is the fifth in Ommegang’s popular series of “Game of Thrones” beers. Previous releases include Iron Throne Blonde Ale in spring 2013, Take the Black Stout in fall 2013, Blood Red Ale in spring 2014 and Valar Morghalis Dubbel Ale, which is also available now.

Ommegang has yet to announce the next beer in its “Game of Thrones” series. I’m crossing my fingers for a strong ale called The Mountain or a barrel-aged beer packaged in Tyrion Lannister’s empty wine jugs.

You can find stores and bars that sell Ommegang beer using the beer finder on ommegang.com.

Read The Kansas City Star’s preview of Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” here.

Contact Sarah Gish via email at sgish@kcstar.com or tweet @sarah_gish.

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