Three Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-AgedThree Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
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From:
Brewery Ommegang
 
New York, United States
Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #44
ABV:
12.3%
Score:
92
Ranked #5,087
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 7.25%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
171
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 24, 2023
Added:
Apr 22, 2016
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  35
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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Rated: 4.31 by craigbelly from Iowa

Sep 24, 2023
 
Rated: 4.1 by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

May 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.67 by Greg_ehr from New York

Apr 24, 2022
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Reviewed by BucannonXC5 from California

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.35 by WynnO from Florida

Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
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
 
Rated: 3.52 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 22, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4.31 by Maillard from Ohio

May 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Apr 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by samEBC from Belgium

Apr 10, 2021
 
Rated: 4.28 by HopBelT from Belgium

Apr 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
 
Rated: 4 by RickS95 from Indiana

Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Feb 04, 2021
Three Philosophers - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 171 ratings