Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

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

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1/5  rDev -75.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a a local tap bar.

A: clear mahogany liquid with a moderate beige head that produced some lacing.

S: fruity, some smoky notes.

T: fruity, pineapple, caramel, smoky, metallic notes initially but they faded after a couple of minutes. Moderate hop bittering lingers into finish.

M: very low residual sweetness, medium body.

O: Hmmm... I've had 3P many times before - this one seemed to be a lighter body (not a big bold Quad). Pleasant pineapple notes in the flavor might indicate Brettanomyces Claussini - producing a fruity Brett character that is quite different from the more common Brett. Somewhat disappointed in this particular batch.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a mountain of thick, dense, fizzy, brownish head that has great retention. The nose has notes of apples, Belgian yeast, faint cloves, and some subtle cherries. The flavor is spicy with some clove-like spice, there are some malty qualities that are close to chocolaty, and there is a faint bitterness in the finish. The cherries are noticeable throughout but are very subtle. The mouthfeel is warm, full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty solid Quad all around. It's flavorful and drinkable. I return to it again and again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (bottled 3/18/2010, best by March 2015) into a chalice. Pours perfectly clear mahogany w/ a thin beige head that dissipates quickly to a thin film of sea foam. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma is rich and complex. Dark fruit, tart cherries, candi sugar, hints of oak and vanilla.

Taste is complex and intriguing too. Dark plums and raisins, candy-sweet malt, Belgian yeast, sour cherries. Love the interplay between the sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, finishes dry and satisfying.

Overall this is a really unique, enjoyable, beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml magnum from Harris Teeter of all places poured into a oversized pint glass.

Beautiful dark reddish-brown with a slight cloud adding to the aura. Reddish lace, probably reflective of the cherry, clings all down the side of the glass.

Smells slightly of cherry, malt and a light hint of alcohol.

Smooth on the palate. Sweet and malty taste with hints of chocolate.

A great sipping beer and certainly would go really well together with food. I drank mine with lamb and potatoes on Easter Day.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a ruddy, rustic brown color. Like some mudwater where the water has lots of iron in it. Like runoff. The yeast floaties don't help. It doesn't look bad, especially not with the two fingers of tan-inflected foam, foam the color of coffee with a lot of milk added.

The aroma was surprisingly... distant and closed. I pick up on the blended cherry sweetness, and there's a bit of raisin. But the malts are mostly lacking. The yeast strain gives off a lot of cloves, but that's it. It's an unrefined aroma, and I wasn't expecting that.

The taste is better: there's a richness to the malt profile that the aroma didn't at all hint at. Caramelized raisins, fruitcake, and cherry candy make for a sweet sipper. The beer lacks pizzazz, though. It lacks tastiness. It has positive flavor components, but they aren't in an optimal balance or level of intensity.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot-on, admittedly. The attenuation level is Belgian-appropriate. The body is in the medium range and lifted up by the active carbonation. It's super-sweet but balanced a bit by the yeast's phenols and spice. Overall, this is an above-average Quad. A damn fine American attempt at the style, but not a great example compared to the revered Belgian inspirations.

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Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,560 ratings