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:
#3,031
Reviews:
2,153
Ratings:
6,616
pDev:
11.33%
 
 
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398
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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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3.02/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I cellared this brew since fall 2016 and This Quad holds up to pour a nice rich slight hazy redish brown with a still very thick body tan head... that holds up with fairly nice lacing.
For the aroma...it has a nice slightly nutty/cherry fruit note to it and maybe a bit plum/prunes hint maybe on the burnt side tho.
Taste is also still up front and personal...with a mild edge with the fruity cherry/prune coming thru & a mild sweetness to it along with some mild funk & a slight roasty edge.
The feel follows the taste and I feel better with age...being on the edgey side, but maybe from the nice ABV & carbonation it has...that holds up thru-out that may give the edge as well.
All in all it is a very nice Belgian brew that I will continue to enjoy and cellar for years hopefully.

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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

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4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - 2 finger head from a 750ml bottle and to a Belgian glass. Deep brown with a slight ruby hue. Great head retention. Thick foam - nice Khaki color. Quite opaque, but not cloudy

Smell - Not very aromatic. Some Fig and Plum aroma. Some Belgian spice and yeast

Taste - Quick bite of booze up front. Sweet fruit rush in - cherry, prune, raisin. Some malt sweetness. There's an amazing Belgian richness (slight funk, spices, yeast, sharp tang). Sweetness and fruitiness fade, then the beer dries out and gets a roasty / slightly charred wood flavor

Feel - Medium + / Fairly full - Thick and a bit syrupy. Stasy fairly active throughout the entire bottle and doesn't totally flatten out

Overall - This is a very good Quad with cherry that is rich and flavorful. More cherry may have been a bit better. This one definitely got better as it warmed up. Strong Belgian yeast flavors and spices. Very happy with this one. Doesn't get much better than this.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Reddish brown color with a good head with some retention and so-so lacing.

S---Cherries, brown sugar and a touch of booziness.

T---Again, cherries & brown sugar. Caramel malts & dark fruit.

F---A touch boozy, but not as much as the alcohol content would lead you to believe. Good carbonation. It feels like a serious beer.

O---Excellent offering from an excellent brewery. This is Wifey's single favorite beer. It's always in the rotation as a treat for both of us.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
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4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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Sunday, October 28, 2018 7:56 PM
1 pint 9.4 fluid ounces/750 mL bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: dark amber, medium off white foam, hazy
Smell: very good fragrant, fruity, nice aroma
Taste: very good, balance - medium to high bitterness
Mouthfeel: very good, long follow through, bitter after taste
Overall: excellent beer, repeat, look for yes

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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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A: Pours a thick 2 finger tan head. Color is a pomegranate maroon. Nice lacing. Bits of yeast floating about.

S: Chocolate, cherries, some sort of port wine. Caramel, rich, sweet

T: Flavor immediate jumps out. Dark deep rich maltiness with brown sugar, chocolate, and spices literally rises into the roof of your mouth. Transitions to some dark fruit, and alcoholic. Super smooth for 9.7%.

O: Incredibly complex beer that has it's own style. A mish mash of flavors that create one beautiful experience. This is definitely a sipping beer.

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4.19/5  rDev +1%
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A - Pours a murky brown with a large foamy tan head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, toffee, dates and dark cherries.

T - The taste is brown sugar, caramel, molasses, dark cherries, prune, raisins and figs.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Very solid American made Quad. The flavors are rich and inviting. Very nice.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
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5/5  rDev +20.5%
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