Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#1,593
Reviews:
2,138
Ratings:
6,564
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
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397
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Ratings: 6,564 |  Reviews: 2,138
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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Photo of ArrogantBasstard
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I remember my first beer. Murky, foamy pour. Disturbing sediment floating. Grainy, corn syrup smell. Lord help me.

Wait! I taste delicious black cherries and chocolate. All is forgiven. I'll close my eyes and enjoy.

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Photo of skiking70
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jkblr
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750mL corked bottle 2015 vintage poured into a Chimay chalice at 55F 9.7% ABV. The beer pours bright reddish brown with light brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is ripe fruit, more cherry, and brown sugar. The taste is a wonderful mixture of barely tart cherry, caramel, dried fruit, and dark sugar. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium plus carbonation and mostly dry in the finish. There is no appreciable bitterness, but it's not cloying. Overall, excellent. This is a great beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mchegash
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Quackershnoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: beautiful beer; copper/ruby glow; nice creamy off-white head that hangs around

Aroma: caramel malt; cherry, grape, banana; spice; sweet; licorice; yeast…kind of like biscuits

Taste: starts with some cherry and some caramel malt sweetness; moves into a nice biscuit yeasty flavor; ends on some licorice and spice notes; cranberry, raisin and banana get in there too; aftertaste kind of brings them all together (cherry/cranberry, yeast, and spice)

Mouthfeel: a little clingy; sticky; syrupy; great carbonation

Overall Impression: enjoyable beer for sure; rich and nice; great big flavors; nice, sweet flavors; a great sipper

From notes taken on 1/13/2013

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Photo of HipCzech
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 750 mL bottle poured into a Spiegelau 15.5 oz beer tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy medium brown with a frothy head of tan foam and spotty lace.

Smell: Earth, burnt brown sugar, licorice, and tobacco. Hints of alcohol as it warms.

Taste: Rich, malty flavor that never gets too sweet. Dark chocolate, banana, burnt sugar, Belgian yeast, and a balancing, herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with lively, frothy carbonation.

Overall: Dreamily smooth and complex.

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Photo of Lampro
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A tasty Belgian ale, malty and a bit spiced. I think I hyped it up to myself a bit too much!

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Photo of deereless
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ronniebruner
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyjohnson55
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chilmer
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gambyt20
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pontzie
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought from the alewife store in a 4 pack.

L: Pours a dark brownish amber. Opaque. Solid golden head rhat lasted fairly long. Didnt leave any lacing.

S: Yeasty bread and alcohol scented. The sourdough smell had me excited for the first taste.

T: hits that palatte flat and sort of bitter in a stale way. After a few sips and some warming up I start to see more appeal. It holds the high alvobol content well and does start to display a bit of heartiness.

F: The first sip hit all up front and didn't maintain any structure to the back of the palette. Finish is weak and not noteworthy. It does wotk better as it warmed up a bit

O: It is ok. probably not worth going back to as there are other options at this price that have more appeal to me.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy dark brown with orange and red highlights, short tan head fading quickly, no real lacing.

S - Strong fruit, pear and sugar, bubble gum and raisins. A bit of funk, grass and phenols.

T - Brown sugar and oversteeped tea to start, bread and honey in the center, and a trailing bitter bite in the close.

M - Moderate carbonation, slightly sticky on the tongue, but a scrubbing dry finish keeps the palate clean.

O - Delicious punchy Quad, with lots of great flavor notes, and a well-integrated whole. Superb.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.84/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samlover55
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 5/2022
L- pours a dark red almost brown with light brown head
S- brown sugar, dark fruit, cherries
T- brown sugar, cherries, and yeast
F- medium-bodied, overly carbonated
Overall it's interesting how the Kriek added changes the dark fruit characteristics of the Quad and makes it all cherry

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich and toasty. This one is pretty much comfort food in a bottle.

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

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Samples 12oz bottles of the 2016 vintage in 2018. Highly carbonated; 2.5 finger head. Very fruity beer. While I do get the expected cherries in the taste there seems to be a lot of apple as well. Woody and smoky undertones. Alcohol is hidden very well and this brew is very drinkable despite the relatively high ABV

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Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,564 ratings