Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

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4.15/5
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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:
#1,546
Reviews:
2,127
Ratings:
6,535
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
393
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Trade:
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Photo of MinerBob
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pirateclem
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really great Quad with carmely sweetness and depth. The cherry flavor on the end is great, it's not sweet or fake tasting, just like some home grown sour cherries were lightly brewed with it. Just really wonderful.

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Photo of DrBass
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a great reddish brown color and has a light tan/khaki colored head. The crown is bubbling vigorously for about a minute until it calms down and completes into a very dense, tightly formed land of very small bubbles.
The smell is cherries with some esters. Some banana as well. Almost like a banana cherry milkshake.
The taste is very much the same. Beautiful cherries mix well with banana notes.
The feeling is well carbonated making the cherries bounce. Slightly tart from the cherries as well.
Overall, good representation of the style. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pizzabutt
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a stout glass.

appearance: a nice reddish brown with about 1-finger tan head. head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a thin layer on top with a ring. leaves a bit of lacing that rapidly falls down the sides of the glass.

smell: dark cherries and a bit of spice. a hit of brown sugar.

taste: cherry is the first flavor i get. follows the nose pretty well with some slight spiciness. a bit of a brown sugar/molasses taste, with a touch of sweetness.

feel: light-to-medium bodied, well carbonated. a little bit of a sting. dry.

overall: a nice take on a quad. i wasn't expecting the fruitiness of it but i can certainly say it was enjoyable. i would buy this again.

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Photo of zaardvark
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Diekvoss6121
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid head. Great body. Nice belgian

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Photo of Luckydog91
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep brown color with beautiful bright red highlights when held directly up to the light. The head is two fingers, dense, foamy and khaki colored. This is my first Quad so I'm not sure about retention for the style, but after about a minute all that was left is a 1/4 inch ring around the edge of the glass. There are a few filmy chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is very nice. Sweet and tart cherry, raisins, caramel, molasses, brown sugar and a touch of spice. Complex and not overly sweet.

Taste is similar, but a bit more sweet. The finish in particular is very heavy on the sweet caramel, but the cherries hold their own and help round it out throughout most of the sip.

Feel is medium bodied and slightly sticky with prickly carbonation.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. By the end of the glass it became a touch too sweet for me (not sure if that's just the beer or par for the style) but I still really liked it.

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

Had this on 2018-03-01 in Bolingbrook, IL at The Beer Market on-tap.

Had a sample taste from Pat B. It's a brilliant beer. Need to seek this out and do a full review.

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

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

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Portland on Tap

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Photo of Djsean911
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Absolutly Love the flavor of this beer and nearly everything about it

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

Photo of 0Nyxee
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ADKbeerguy
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Excellent Belgian quad. Multiple layers of flavor to savor and ponder with each sip. One of my favorites to pair with aged cheeses and peppery steaks.

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

Photo of tomb_ride
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,535 ratings