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

Appearance: Dark Brown with deep plums and caramels when held to light. Light fine head the dissipates rather quickly. Some sediment.

Smell: Raisins, cranberry and other dark fruit. Mild alcohol, and full malt. Very little hop profile is evident.

Taste: Bitter, cherries and plum first with some malt notes. A lasting malt profile. Finishes with evolving sweetness from the cherries and dark notes.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin for a quad. Spreads quickly across the palate with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: A very different take on the Belgian quad. The cherries make for prominent fruit notes and a much more bitter taste. Not enough sweetness to balance out the bitter. Certainly not my favorite but a very interesting take on the quad.

Pouring type: Bottle into chalice.

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

A: Pours a dark ruby color with some nice cherry colored head that disappears quickly but has lively carbonation

S: Lots of plum, cherry, other assorted dark fruits, some booze soaked cake sweetness.

T: Again, lots of plum and cherry up front, a switch to a malty sweetness in the middle, and a sort of metallic taste towards the end, but not unpleasant.

O: This one is pretty good, I'm quite surprised. I guess I should revisit ommegang.

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A Pours a muddy brown color that is topped with a off white head.

S The is fruity and sweet with cherries, raisins and a hint of spicy clove.

T Very spicy clove notes with some tart cherry. Also a bit of an herbal note. The ABV is very well hidden.

M Full and smooth with a bit of a coating quality with a bit of a warming feeling as it goes down.

Overall this is an excellent American made quad that is well worth drinking.

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

Enjoyed at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton. Poured from a bomber into a narrow chalice.

A - cloudy, dark amber brew with a light tan single finger head

S - really delightful on the nose with very fresh floral and grassy notes

T - very light hop character overtaken by complex floral and fruit. Dried apricots and peach. Super tangy and ultra lip-smacking. Sticks in the back of the throat. Some medicinal notes in the finish.

M - fairly heavy with moderate carbonation - not oily, but definitely coats the mouth and throat; delightfully warming throughout

D - powerful but drinkable; leans a little toward being a sipper as one would expect with the big alcohol profile

Great beer - competes will with the Belgian and delivers a powerful and complex punch.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:Slightly hazy...dark amber/ ice tea with mahogany hues.. A 1-finger tan head is on top, settles fairly quickly, minimal lace.

S: Nice! Tart cherry, dark fruits, malt, sweet, brown sugar. Typical quad with cherry kicker.

T: Excellent. A top level quad. All that you would expect (dark fruits, malt, brown sugar sweet, toffee) in a quad...with a nice tart cherry addition. This is a very nice surprise.

M: Medium heavy...chewy...creamy. Strong carbonation with a nice fizziness lends to nicehead after each swirl.

O: I love it, A great quad with the addition of cherry. The cherry is perfect. Not overt as in many a fruit beer. Perfect harmony. I am sold.

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