Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,578
Reviews:
2,135
Ratings:
6,560
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
396
Gots:
1,686
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,560 |  Reviews: 2,135
Photo of Holderness
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L — Pours a ruby-hued amber body with a two-finger light tan head produced with moderate pour. The head is very fizzy and dissipates incredibly quickly for the style. Zero retention or lacing
S — Sweet cherry, caramel, doughy malt, banana, honey. The cherry character is on the verge of being cough syrupy
T — Banana bread, toffee, cherry, roast, clove, and a touch of yeasty bitterness
F — Mouthfeel is somewhat fluffy and has a prickly carbonation. Slightly astringent on the tail end

82/100

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Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Devonking
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BennyProfane
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slarson7
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScubaLeon
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerInspector
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenHoppy
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vetbidder
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice deep opaque color with a slight tan head that settles to a ring with slight cap. The nose is not the highlight of this beer with a malty and slightly sweet scent with some slight dark fruits on the edge. Flavor is nice, smooth with slight caramel malts, dark fruits and some sweet and bitter on the end. These flavor blend to almost create a red wine type flavor. This beer has less carbonation and a medium thick feel. Alcohol is pretty well hidden for the high ABV. Decent quad here. May be a bit better than the parts that make it up.

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Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of watchman001
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good quad, not much for a foamy head, very sweet taste, nice amber/red color. I normally don't like fruity beer types, but this is a good one. Can see myself buying more of these.

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Photo of spahlstrom
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gbiello
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manthon
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Heftklammer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OompaMentor
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TerryMills
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared set 2013,14,15 and this is the start of 2018, so ,they have some decent age..

The oldest is very very mellow, mostly sweet raisin taste , not so much yeast or cherry flavor ..

From there they basically get a brighter fresher flavor with more pronounced fresh cherry flavor..

The 2013 is my favorite , these (like all quads I'm sure) are great beers to age.. I would say another couple years easily .

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Photo of JohnW1
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely phenomenal offering from a phenomenal brewery. Eclipsed only by one other of their masterpieces. A rich, very complex taste with strong notes of cherry and toffee that lingers deliciously on your tongue after drinking. A well balanced head tops it’s dark, deep amber hue.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great balance of carmel and malt; alcohol is well hidden

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Photo of Keeling
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,560 ratings