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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of head, very dark amber coloring. Lacing sticks to the glass for quite a while after sipping.

S - Pronounced cloves and malt. Dark fruits and a little yeast. Appropriate and consistent for a quadruple.

T - Bold malts. Not as sweet as i expected from the nose. Lots of other flavors in the background, complex. Spices, breads and a slight alcohol finish.

M - Heavy mouthfeel and pretty carbonated. More of a sipper.

O - Awesome beer. Very complex and has a ton of flavors to savor. I will look forward to drinking this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: almost opaque, dark orange in color. Lots of yeast floating around in there. Creamy head dissapating fast, but not as fast as some.. No lacing whatsoever.

S: First thing that comes up is the alcohol burn. Smells very strongly of alcohol. Smells very sweet and fruity

T: A very complex beer. Tastes of cherry (obviously), Spices. Tastes very strongly of alcohol (not surprising at almost 10%). Lot's of bready tastes. Chocolate, carmel, but more fruits than anything.

M: Highly carbonated, medium bodied. Not Thick and syrupy as I thought it would be from the super sweet scent.

O: Very complex beer, very unique. Loved it, would and will try this one again. Funny enough, picked it up at a World Market, along with a Bison Chocolate Stout. Would much rather drink this beer though. Not an everyday beer, but definitely one to keep around for the right night. (By the way this beer kicked my ass haha. Happy drinking)

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a murky reddish brown with a chestnut head that is very fizzy & dissipates quickly. 3.5

S-Candied sugar, plum, raisin, cherry cough syrup? Very sweet. 3.0

T- Lots of dark fruits, noticeable alcohol bite right off the bat. Artificial cherry but not in a bad way. If the alcohol wasn't so hot this would be wayyyy better, but im still enjoying it. Caramel and chocolate as well, a lot going on with this one. 4

M_very slick. Medium thickness and high carbonation. This is a quad for sure, and one that I have not had before 3.5

O-Solid example of a quad, but not great. A little too hot and a little sweet, but I did enjoy it. The reveal- Ommegang Three Philosophers. Would drink again if I had the chance. Thanks Kevin! 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 01/17/12
Type: 750ml. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: Ommegang Chalice

Pours a brown mahoghany in color w/ ruby red highlights, w/ a big 2 finger head that left heavy lacing on the glass. Beautiful beer in the glass! Aromas of frsh cut wheat/straw, fresh baked bread, and cherry essence. The taste starts w/ wheat and a touch of caramel, which leads into dark fruits, and finishes w/ cherry skins and some hop bitterness. Medium bodied and lush w/ perfect carbonation for the style. Finishes pretty dry. Very easy drinking quad as the ABV is well masked.

Overall, classic Belgian transplant brewery that I am thankfull we have in the US! Obviously, they know how to nail a quad, and they did just that.

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4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I freely and willingly admit that I am borrowing this from my house mate. Hey at least she has good taste in beer.
One of my favorite styles. Poured into my Orval chalice, half finger light tan head that retreats faster then a French regiment (I kid). Lots of floaties, opaque deep reddish brown, an ugly beer. Nice bready aroma. I also detect bubblegum, raisin, clove and brown sugar. Reminds be alot of a dubbel I just brewed. The cherry comes through nicely in the flavor but doesn't steel the show. Malty, brown sugar, and cooked fruity sweetness. Lots of yeast charecter in the taste. Not as smooth in flavor as I usually like in a quad. Velvety mouthfeel, a little more prickly then typical carbonation, like liquid candy. Great little beer here, glad I borrowed it.

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4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - first time getting this in the 12 oz four pack, sorta forgot about the sediment, whoops... still looks fantastic, bright crimson, nice clarity and an off-white head that holds throughout

s - cherries, dates, roasty malts, subtle alcohol burn, sweet but subtle... very inviting

t - really just a fantastic beer, all the wonderful complexities of the best Belgian quad - dark chocolate, dark malts, toffee/caramel - with the lively fruit and tartness of a Belgian kriek sprinkled on top - it's amazing the amount of character that the lambic offers to the beer at only a 2% blend

m - velvet, thick and cloying and it allows for the cherry finish to linger, I love it

o - this beer is solely responsible for my love of Belgian style beers, it introduced me to a style that now represents a large portion of my beer budget and I'm just as impressed by it today

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

Brown with a reddish hue. A fat, white head starts off that eventually reduces to the splattering across the surface. Sweet, and tart aroma. Flavor has some sweetness, sugar and dark fruits, cut very nicely with a little tartness from the cherries, not sour though. Very lively mouth feel from the carbonation, medium bodied. I wasn't sure what I would think of this, as quad's can often be a little too sweet for me, but the presence of the cherries is a great addition and really cuts into the sweetness so it never becomes too overbearing for me. Very nice take on a quad.

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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very murky brown, with a slight reddish tint to it. A slightly aggressive pour resulted in a thick, off white, three finger head that faded over a few minutes with little to no lacing.

S - The smell is not overly strong. It took some swirling of the beer to get a good whiff. After doing this, I could pick up breads, raisins, grapes, and sugar.

T - The thing I notice on the first sip is its tartness. The tartness is definitely on the back end, as it starts off sweet. But the tartness fades as the beer warms. After a dozen more sips, the taste is mostly sweet. The sweetness tastes like dark fruits and sugar.

M - Nice and smooth mouthfeel. It is fairly carbonated, but not too much

O - Overall, I am really enjoying this quad. It is not at the level of Rochefort 10, but this is very solid.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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