Three Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Brewery Ommegang

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From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #42
ABV:
12.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,704
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 7.23%
Ratings:
168
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 24, 2022
Added:
Apr 22, 2016
Wants:
  10
Gots:
  36
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Three Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThree Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Notes: We have a new twist on an old favorite coming out in February. Our unique Three Philosophers Quardupel Ale is universally-known as the preferred elixir of life’s meditators, thinkers and theorizers. Now, thanks to Brewmaster Phil Leinhart and the 24 bourbon barrels he got his hands on, mullers of life’s mysteries can ponder all the more deeply.

“We’ve experimented with barrel aging in the past and had great success,” said Brewmaster Phil Leinhart. “Three Philosophers is such a lovely, complex beer and it ages so beautifully that we thought it the perfect fit for pairing with bourbon barrels. The result is exactly what we hoped for: even more complex flavors and a slightly fuller body than the standard. We’re sure this’ll be a crowd pleaser.”

Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle, 11.4% ABV.

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4.67 by Greg_ehr from New York on Apr 24, 2022
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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by BucannonXC5 from California

Type: 16-oz. can
Reviewed as: Quadruple (Quad)
Glass: Westvleteren 12 trappist glass
Price: $3.29
From: Windmill Farms in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: May 3, 2021
Consumed: May 22, 2021
Misc.: Canned on July 13, 2020; Best by July 13, 2023

Went over to Windmill Farms to pick up a few beers and came across this one. I think the price must have been a misprint at $3.29. Partial Beer Advocate description calls this “Like the original, Bourbon Barrel-aged Three Philosophers pours a deep burgundy hue with a fluffy, off-white head. Patience through the aging process rewarded the brewers with flavors of caramel, raisin, dried fruit, molasses, and vanilla and aromas of oak, vanilla, and subtle hints of cherry. The body is ample but still finishes faintly dry with lingering hints of malt, bourbon, and cherry. The effects of barrel-aging, eliciting remnant alcohol from the cooperage during the aging process, escalated the ABV of the beer from 9.7% to a significant, yet sneakily subtle.” Can’t believe I haven’t had this one OR the base beer.

Poured a medium garnet color with two fingers of khaki frothy head. Lots of bubbles coming up along the sides of the glass. Very good lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled bourbon, oak, raisin, fig, plum, caramel, vanilla and hints of cinnamon. A little better out of the can. (Smell - 4.25)

Tasted just as good as the nose. Damn this is a good quad, then again I haven’t had a lot of bad ones. Got bourbon, oak, raisin, fig, plum, prune, purple grape, caramel, vanilla, clove and all-spice. Super smooth for 9.5 pct. ABV. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, spicy finish. (Feel - 4.75)

Really liked this one. Just an excellent Quad. (Overall - 4.25)

4.32 | 96 | A

Apr 20, 2022
 
4.35 by WynnO from Florida on Feb 25, 2022
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4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

One of my favorite bourbon barrel aged beers. Dark fruit, caramel, and spice on the smell. Very similar on the palate with a warm ,sweet texture and bourbon after notes. Very partial to this beer and highly recommend

Feb 21, 2022
 
3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 22, 2022
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3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by maddogruss from New Jersey

Had this at the brewery.
A: pours a dark amber body with red hues with an off-white head with nice retention and lacing.
S: sweet cherry notes
T: strong alcohol notes with hints of bourbon; sweet vanilla finish.
M: thick and smooth
O: alcohol a little too prevalente but still pretty good.

Jun 05, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

2019 can - listed at 9.5%.
Slightly cloudy reddish brown pour with a finger + of creamy khaki head.
Aroma is malty with dates, raisins, molasses and a fruity note of cherry that is not overpowering - hints of the bourbon barrel/alcohol.
Taste follows with dark fruit - date, molasses, sweet bread, and again a subtle hit of the cherry; Belgian yeast, bourbon and hints of spice.
Appropriately medium bodied with decent carbonation - warming notes of sweet bourbon. I was worried the cherry would overwhelm but it does not - delicious sipper.

May 23, 2021
 
4.31 by Maillard from Ohio on May 23, 2021
 
4.2 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Apr 17, 2021
 
4.13 by samEBC from Belgium on Apr 10, 2021
 
4.28 by HopBelT from Belgium on Apr 02, 2021
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3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Alieniloquium from Florida

16 oz. can. Brown with a reddish tinge and a medium khaki head. Smells of bourbon, dark fruits, and brown bread. Butter? Not like diacetyl. Like real butter. Tastes much more straightforward. Dark fruits, bread, earthy yeast, bourbon. Vanilla and creamy up front, but earthy and oak in the finish. Medium heavy. I was excited for this, but I don't think the bourbon elevates the base beer. The wine version was more dynamic.

Mar 19, 2021
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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Continuing to apply an American overlay on the Belgian Dark Ale, Ommegang brewers show that there's an update in taste with every opportunity. And this opportunity means bourbon.

With a deep russet brown pour, Bourbon Barrel Age Three Philosophers builds a dense and tarnish meringue before teasing the senses with impressions of sweetness, spiciness, stone fruit and a twinge of booze. Smooth and malty on the early palate, the initial taste is dense with spice cake, brown sugar, toffy and vanilla.

As the esters open up, the middle palate celebrates the fruitiness of dates, fig, raisin, prune and dried cherry; all seemingly soaked in brandy and rum. Not to be outdone, the subdued spices of clove, allspice, peppercorn and cinnamon bring a certain "Christmas" spice to the session. Low in bitterness, the beer's persistent malts linger into the late palate with a sweeter, winey tone along with those warming whisky, vanilla, light coconut and caramel charms.

Medium full in body, the persistence of the grains and their associated starches play out cream and candied on the finish with a simmering warmth of whisky on the after palate. Ommegang's house flavor has always been about restrained flavors and a richer malt body and these play out very well with the added complexity of the bourbon and oak.

Mar 16, 2021
 
4 by RickS95 from Indiana on Mar 14, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz bottled 7-10-20, best by 7-10-23. Opened 2-14-21.
2 finger sand colored head with a frothy chocolate milk like cap. Dense foam with excellent retention.
Amber and mostly opaque. Full sheet of lacing.
Sweet red cherry to start. Toffee, wood spice.
Cherry, weak bourbon, caramel apple, tart fruit, late vanilla.
Medium body, low + carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Some warming. Semi-sweet and lengthy finish.
Very Good.

Feb 15, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

Tasted a little like a sweet bruised apple at first with a boozy note. The bourbon barrel showed a bit later and it has in cherry in the aftertaste. Not bad.

Feb 13, 2021
 
4.25 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Feb 04, 2021
 
4.29 by Edy-Cantarero from New York on Jan 24, 2021
 
3.5 by prisdefer from New York on Jan 15, 2021
 
4.06 by chiefz1 from New York on Jan 15, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

Cloudy murky,reddish brown color. Around a medium body with at keystone a medium amount of champagne like carbonation
Aroma is a strong mix of dark fruit, malt,candi sugar, molasses, alcohol, and sweet rolls.
Taste is similar to aroma but with mild sweetness at the same time it comes off almost dry like. Dark fruit and molasses foremost but followed by everything else that showed up in the aroma.
Overall this was a really excellent, flavorful beer that is an excellent sipper on a cold evening.

Jan 06, 2021
 
4.21 by tofs from Montana on Jan 04, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BeachRunner from Washington

Look - clear, chestnut brown with a very long lasting light tan head.

Smell - toffee/molasses sweetness and dark fruit (raisin? plum?) with a hint of vanilla,

Taste - very sweet dark molasses/caramel and dark fruits. Cherry in aftertaste.

Feel - medium to thick mouthfeel , creamy.

From The Three philosophers sampler pack. Wonderful Quad rivals real Belgians like Chimay.

Jan 04, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a bottle into a Ommegang tulip glass
Appearance – The beer pours a rusty reddish-brown color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a decent showing of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very heavy of a bourbon smell mixed with a rather decent showing of cherry as well as a nice bit of oak and some toasted malt. Along with those aromas come some smells of funk and hay and a little bit of yeast and char. Overall, rather boozy, yet inviting.
Taste – The taste begins strong of a toasted malt flavor mixed with some candied sugar sweetness as well as some dark fruits of plum and raisin. Along with these flavors are some tastes of cherry as well as a bit of yeast and spice of coriander and clove. As the taste advances the cherry grows stronger and is joined by some tastes of funk and hay. Along with the funk and hay, so too comes some of the bourbon that was detected in the nose, with it accompanied by some oakiness and a touch of smoke. With the increase in the cherry, arrival of the funk and bourbon, and the slight loss of the roastiness, one is left with a warming and very smooth and flavorful taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is medium to slightly thinner in body (for a 10.5 % Abv brew) and slightly higher in carbonation. For the mix of funk and quad, as well as waring bourbon tastes the feel is great and makes for a nice easy sipper.
Overall – A very nice renditioning of the classic. I think this is one par with or surpassing the original. Quite a nice varietal.

Jan 03, 2021
 
3.84 by Vylo from New Jersey on Dec 27, 2020
 
4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 25, 2020
 
4.26 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Dec 16, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mycousinvinny from New York

pours deep mahogany with a lasting 2 inch frosty head
smells well balanced between cherries and bourbon,
taste is of cherry, vanilla, and oak, cherry is dominant with caramel in the background
Medium bodied, semi dry
great winter brew

Dec 09, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by sjrider from California

Poured from a can - dark carmine/mahogany color with thick off white head leaving scads of lacing. Nose is dark stone fruit with whiffs of barrel and alcohol. Taste follows with more dark/dried fruit sweetness and slight alcohol creep. Finishes a bit thin and slightly dry/woody.

Nov 18, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tripel_Threat from Michigan

Quite excellent variant. Barrel aging adds a nice vanilla, wood, and slight booze notes to the already excellent base. Much dark fruit sweetness still abounds in aroma and flavor, with a richness of feel.

Nov 18, 2020
 
4.5 by powdersoldier from Washington on Nov 15, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

I had the regular version a long time ago before keeping track, I don't remember but think that I like that better than this barrel version. That said, this is still rather tasty but I think this fits better with stouts than tripel/quadruple beers. It masks the original taste rather than add to it. I'm glad I had it although unlikely to buy this again.

Oct 23, 2020
 
4.35 by Branlott42 from Missouri on Oct 17, 2020
 
4.24 by Calraven from Michigan on Oct 09, 2020
 
4.15 by smb71481 from Vermont on Sep 08, 2020
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by oberon from North Carolina

Pours into a Hennepin stemmed glass a rich mahogany color with a near two finger light beige head atop,very pillow-like,it settles very slowly into a frothy mass.Mainly bourbon and toasted oak in the nose,mild alcohol sweetness comes thru as it warms.Dark fruits,spiced phenols with a peppery bite up front on the palate,the vanilla-tinged bourbon comes late into the finish.It's good but not great,I thought it might have more complexity,again not great but good.

Sep 05, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by dapatriot1 from New York

pours deep mahogany with a amazing 2 inch frosty head
smells well balanced between cherries and bourbon,
taste is of cherry, vanilla, and oak up front;, cherry is dominant with caramel in the background
Medium bodied, semi dry
very good night time or even fall brew!

Aug 23, 2020
 
3.68 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Jul 07, 2020
 
4.46 by generallee from Virginia on Jul 01, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by theBubba from New York

This was one of a 3 Philosophers four pack sampler with free glass. For $10!!!. I immediately cornered the local market. But on to the beer. Poured dark with a snowy white head. Not a huge head but the cleanest, whitest head I remember seeing. The lace was white and clingy to the end. The taste was an amazing blend of raisons, caramel, dark fruit and sour mash bourbon. Good body and great mouthfeel. The high ABV was a welcome addition to the mix. It was there but never overwhelming. Like the candles on the cake. Well done, Ommegang.

Jun 19, 2020
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