Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Three PhilosophersThree Philosophers
6,547 Ratings
Three PhilosophersThree Philosophers

Brewed by:
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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 6,547 |  Reviews: 2,132
Photo of mgroothuis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BMBeerhead
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of durwood64
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rkcrozier
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Codytucker13
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of phrobi
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Zippie9999
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!

 752 characters

Photo of godmare
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of HopNelius
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.

 375 characters

Photo of sharemybeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MareInfinitus
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Faina
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into an RR -tion glass.

Appearance - Deep ruby body with an ample off-white head. Two to three fingers at least. Good retention and a smidgen of lacing.

Smell - Banana esters, cloves, some cherries. I feel like the cherries cover the malt aromas that would really round it out nicely.

Taste - Bananas, apple, and cherries again. A very nice fruit flavor that again lacks a bit of depth that some stronger caramel malt would solve. It's certainly more prevalent in the flavor than the taste, but still leaves a bit to be desired. Earthy dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very highly carbonated that distracts a bit from the flavor. Looking for more of a slick mouthfeel to enhance the depth of flavors.

Overall - Perhaps my review is a bit harsh, because it tastes great. American Quads are always missing just a hint of something, but I love the style, so it's tough to criticize too much.

 905 characters

Photo of Polycarp
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Retrocontent
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of liveKarl
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Siopisophy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Brewsed
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of videofrog
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of aliving1
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,547 ratings