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  rDev -3.6%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that originally attracted me to good beer.

A - Darkish brown brew that has an opaque character representative of the style. About a half inch of khaki head that lasts throughout the session and produces a nice lace profile. Some sediment is seen floating near the bottom of the chalice indicative of Belgian yeast strains.

S - As expected for a Quad, negligible hop contribution/bitterness. The sweetness of darker fruits is the dominant element here. Some licorice, caramel, and hints of cinnamon are present.

T - Foreshadowed by the aroma, dark fruit represents most of the flavor. Plum, red pear, raisin, fig, and some faint grape make up this niche. Some hop bitterness is present, but barely noticeable.

M - The blatant pioneers of this beer (dark fruits) are what linger in the aftertaste. Complex Belgian yeasts fill in any gaps to make this a truly full-bodied beer. Some sweet malt character presents itself here as well.

O - Despite not being made in Belgium, this beer represents the accuracy and precision with which Ommegang produces tasty Belgian-style ales. Three Philosophers is better than many Belgian quads despite being US-made and it is definitely my favorite American quad.

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Appearance: dark copper color, pours a nice one finger head (i poured into a chalice so it was very wide).

Aroma: thick, yeasty, fermented apples and maybe raisins

palate: heavy in the mouth, very strong yeasty taste with a little bit of chocolate and mostly fermented and fruity. It is brewed with a little bit of cherry and that is definitely apparent in the aftertaste. not prominent but detectable

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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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of XanderCruz
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer may be my favorite quad i ever had. I have had several bottles since my first one, and they have such a smooth hint of cherry on the back end with no boozy taste that can be found in other quads. As the beer warms the flavors really start to open up. It poured amber colored into a belgian tulip with a nice two finger head. First sip and i knew i was hooked.

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

Nice hazy light garnet pour creates a lofty three finger head that didn't seem to be in a rush to leave. Lace decorated the glass long after the beer was gone.

Nose hints of dark cherries among other fruity scents along with a slight bit of a musty aroma.

Fruity flavor, slightly sweet, a bit of octane and caramel and a genteel finish. Velvety mouthfeel with mild carbonation...A cultured brew to be sure. Very nice.

If I ever win Lotto, this would have a designated spot on my shelves forevermore.

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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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

Served: 750 ml. bottle brewed in 2006 and cave aged in Howe Caverns in upstate New York from 1/07-9/07.
A: Hazy with a mahogany, brown/garnet red color. No head with minimal lacing, almost no carbonation.
S:Dark fruits, cherries, figs, and bready aromas
T: Port, dark fruits, figs, cherries, and undertones of chocolates.
M: Full to medium creamy mouthfeel. The minimal carbonation gives this almost a cordial feel.
O: Holy shit! I can't believe how well this beer ages. A fucking treat for sure! Almost five years in the making! Seeing one of my all time favorite quads aged for almost five years is completely mindblowing. Age one and see for yourself. I hope I don't offend too many people with the f-bombs. This is an absolutely amazing revelation!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving:served from a 12 oz bottle into a small tulip glass.
Appearance: dark amber color with a nice head.
Smell:immediate heavy notes of cherry and lighter notes of fig, also a malty smell.
Taste: earthy, heavy notes of fig, cherries, dates. Great beer.
Overall- A great Belgium style beer, not too shabby considering it is made in the heart of NY state.

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