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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a ruby garnet color with a finger of light tan head. Pour retention.

S- rich doughy bready malt with a note of sticky caramel. The Belgian yeast imparts alot of dark fruit that brings to mind raisin and plum. Finishes with a hint of cherry and spicy phenolic alchohol.

T- starts out with a foundation of doughy malt and sticky caramel. Soft Belgian yeast that imparts raisin and plum. The cherry gives a touch of tartness with a cherry pit character. A rum like alchohol brings some warmth and some spicy notes. Finishes with a Belgian candy and a dry caramel that lingers on the palate.

MF- rich smooth mouthfeel with a full body and fine but bubbly carbonation.

D- above average drinkability.

Overall a style that American breweries have trouble doing. Ommegang does quite an excellent job! Great brew.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ommegang really knows it's Belgians. Three Philosophers is no exception.

Appearance in the glass is stunning. The body is the color of blood orange marmalade...a deep vermillion that begins almost transparent, but quickly reveals loads of sediment for an organic and cloudy presentation. The two finger whipped, ivory head fades with moderate effort and leaves virtually no lacing behind. More lacing and I'd give this a 5 for looks.

Aroma upon opening presents strong yeast, a lovely bread-like smell, that slowly glides into fruit, alcohol, and a touch of hop. Once sipped the bread disappears for me, revealing more of the represented "cherry-like" odor, a touch of woodiness, and an increased alcohol presence.

Flavors are rich, sweet, and robust. Plum, vanilla, malt, and raw cherry in the finish, with a citrus hop in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is bright, but not too sharp. I prefer smoother ales, but the representation here is authentic for the style.

This is a dessert beer, through and through. Sip it, enjoy it, take your time with it. Ommegang is full of quality brews, with a penchant for creative Belgian goodness. That said, Three Philosophers is Ommegang's grand slam...befitting for the Cooperstown brewery.

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After the pour this one is a translucent reddish brown color with a bit of an off white head.
The aroma is a hard to pick apart blend of cherry and malts, it is very rounded and uniform. The cherries at this stage seem to be notably tart, at least i expect them to be to an extend, and the malt aspect is rather indecipherable.
The bottle says that only 2% are with cherry added before blending, and i think2% is a good amount, any more might be too much, but as it sits right now it adds depth to this beer that would be hard to achieve otherwise. I can tell from the taste that this beer without the tart cherry would have a lot of various dark fruit notes anyway imparted by the malt base, otherwise added to a toasty bread and chocolate nibs.

The cherries really make this what it is, the tartness completes this beer and makes it very good. This is however far from a St Bernadus or Rochefort in complexity.

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A-Deep ruby red, two finger head with a light red head, yeast is present.

S-Cherries, malt and some oak.

T-Cherries, some malt, little bit of oak, sweet, dark fruit and raisins.

M-Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

O-A solid beer, decent quad. Should also try the beer fresh.

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Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,559 ratings