Daenerys Targaryen famously promised the Spice King of Qarth that she will take what is hers with fire and blood, and now you can too — in the form of knocking back a beer brewed with Dany in mind. Brewery Ommegang and HBO are continuing their Royal Reserve Collection of beers this year with Mother of Dragons, a smoked porter and Belgian kriek blend meant to represent “the smoke and fire that Daenerys has unleashed on her opponents.”
Mother of Dragons is the third of four limited release beers, “each designed and brewed as an homage to one of four epic figures engaged in the battle for the Seven Kingdoms,” according to a press release from HBO. It’s a rich, complex, sweet and smoky — just like Dany herself, some might say:
Mother of Dragons pours a deep ruby-tinted mahogany with a creamy tan head. Aromas of chocolate covered cherries intertwine with subtle smoke and roasted malt. The flavor is rich with tart cherry up front leading to a center palate of semi-sweet chocolate then resolving to subtle smoke and mild sweetness. The mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and full, and the finish is semi-dry with lingering notes of smoke and cherry sweetness. Mother of Dragons is 6.5% ABV and pairs well with smoked gouda and charcuterie, braised meats, and rich desserts like flourless chocolate cake and cherry cheese cake.
Ommegang — which has released Thrones-themed beers every year since 2013 — has paid homage to many elements of the series, from the Iron Throne itself to the Night’s Watch, and it seemed only natural for them to bend the knee to the Rightful Queen of the Seven Kingdoms.
“Mother of Dragons represents in beer one of our favorite characters from Game of Thrones. Daenerys’s ascent from obscurity has been one of the most inspiring storylines of the show, and we’re thrilled to release a blend that embodies the character traits that have underpinned that rise,” said Doug Campbell, Brewery Ommegang president.
The beer will be available throughout Ommegang’s distribution network on September 28th, both on draft and in 750ml bottles, and the suggested retail price for a bottle is $12.99. The final brew in the Royal Reserve Collection will be announced later this year.