Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, it's opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

The complexity of this beer make it a good candidate for ageing gracefully, as spicy sherry and port notes should intensify.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,867
Reviews:
2,145
Ratings:
6,585
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
399
Gots:
1,699
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,585 |  Reviews: 2,145
Photo of Sellen
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Weston64
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage (date smudged); drank 9/9/18 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/red rust appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice khaki head; almost no lace.

Cherry, caramel & leather notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Cherry juice & caramel flavors up front; strong clove notes & some leather on the finish.

Not bad, but that clove dominates the flavors underneath. Good, not great.

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Photo of Husky-Topper
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robotic_being
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lembeh
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of snapp1422
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jripley97
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Knickfan3
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ronl12
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CMA
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of peterpunk15
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VikingDAB
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaverCS
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I have no clue how I have not reviewed this beer before.

Experimented with a 4 year aged bottle (2014 vintage)

Pours murky brown with ample yeast sediment.

Aroma is of sweet malt, booze, and a bit of yeast. A little muted with age.

Taste is of a classic quad. Lots of dark fruits (figs and raisins). The beer is sweet. Borderline too much for the traditional style. Lots of honey, malt, and brown sugar. A little booze, tart cherry, and lemon peak through exciting the palate.

Overall, a good beer and one of the better American examples of the style. This did age significantly better than the sixth glass by boulevard. I see this pairing well with poached pears or filet with beef Demi glaze. It gets a 90/100.

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Photo of degueulasse
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The 2013 vintage of Three Philosophers is a smooth, thick beer that tastes malty and somewhat like caramel. It is a lighter brown and has a soft, sweet smell to it (though thankfully isn't too sweet to the taste).

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Photo of melikeymybeer
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful heavy head and nice dark brown color. Predominately molasses with a licorice hint. Very tasty and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of hophugger
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Liefmans Kriek and the Belgian Quad blend produces quite a bold and interesting beer. Color is brown with dark red tinges, especially along the extreme edges. Head is average and a slightly pink off-white color. Aroma is full of yeast, cherries and light sweet bready malts. Taste is sweet yet has a nice carbonation from the blending of the Kriek. Cherry, alcohol, yeast are players and this is a fine yeasty and bready example of a quad. Finish is slightly sweet and has touches of banana and cherry

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Photo of rhamning
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Every I have this beer I like something different. Today its the complexity in the nose. Yesterday it was the complex blend of so many different tastes. Tomorrow it might be the way it enhances and works in harmony with the seafood appetizer. It wasn't made to overwhelm the senses, and it certainly wasn't made by a team of shy, withdrawn folks. Just a nicely balanced, well made beer that always satisfies.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L-Pours a dark chestnut brown beer with some yeasty floaters. Massive three finger head
S-Oaky and yeasty spiciness. Dark fruit, cherry is please, phenolic and boozy.
T-Malty, malty sweet, caramelized malt, dark fruits including cherry, brown sugar, bitter hop, honey and molasses.
F- Chewy and heavy.
O- My first Omegang beer. Extremely well crafted beer. I enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly good beer but for its reputation and name I was expecting more. Nice amber-brown color with some nice head and lingering lacing. Smells of sweet dark fruit. Tastes of ripe fruit, caramel, malt, grain and that yeast so indicative of this style. Smooth mild mouthfeel with some mild carbonation. A little too sweet and cloying for me without much complexity or bitterness to balance the sweetness. Alcohol taste is well-hidden though.

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Photo of ArnoldBlumenthal
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billybrewer
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I found this on the beer list where I live about 7 hours away from Cooperstown and said Beer me. A friend from upstate ny introduced me to Ommegang many years ago and I’ve never been disappointed. Being a quadrupel, you expect a stronger beer with complex notes and flavor and this beer has all of that. I am not sure I understand the description above that includes a sour blend. I didn’t get that. I found it to be smooth and very indicative o& a quadrupel with one exception.. .it needed more carbonation. Delightfully enjoyable beer. My beer bottle label was brown and green, very different from above, but O probably just changed labels over the years. Prost

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Photo of JakeJChoi
4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional!

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Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,585 ratings