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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two fingers of tan head rise and fall gracefully upon a reddish brown body, head retention and lacing are poor. as luck would have it the rest of the beer is far from poor. big fruit aromas of cerries, plums and raisins lead you to a very well balanced malt presence with flavors of caramel and toffee. and you cant ignore the ever present warmth of alochol. this is a well balanced and very smooth drinkin full bodied beer. this one is best sipped over a period of time. highly recommend this one.

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Poured into 3phils snifter from 2011 750ml

A - Brown, with golden red-orange gleams when held to the light. Less than 1 finger head, very effervescent, receding quickly, leaving no lace.

S - Maltiness, cherry, but mostly a strong, harsh alcohol burn.

T - Much smoother than the smell - almost no alcohol. No cherries like expected from the Liefman's blend, but a nice sweetness that I assume is partially malt bill, partially the Leifman's.

M - Full bodied for sure. Also very smooth per the 9.8% abv.

O - A favorite. This review is a fresh bottle, but this beer ages magnificently. Highly recommended and something I come back to often.

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1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, murky, amber brown color with a tan, decently creamy head of 2.5 fingers. Retention is decent. Pretty much what was expected.

S - Candied sugar, raisins, tart cherry, spice, and reserved malt and yeast tones. It's a modest strength aroma, if a bit reserved, but nice all together.

T - Spicy and tart fruits open. Dark cherries and raisins build over sweet malt and candy. Yeast comes through near the climax, with a bit of tart funk. The well handled alcohol peeks through near then end, but it's far from obtrusive. Well built, and the addition of the kriek is a nice compliment to the beers understated complexity.

M - Medium bodied, surprisingly creamy, and smooth.

D - My first brew from Ommegang, and it didn't disappoint. A bit timid, but quite complex and highly drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I look forward to more beers from Ommegang.

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Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,536 ratings