This bottle had been in my refrigerator for a little while and finally found time the other night to revisit another old friend of mine. I was really into this beer a few years ago, but hadn’t gotten around to drinking it since I’ve been blogging here. Time to change that.
Beer Name: Three Philosophers
Brewery: Brewery Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY)
Style: Quadrupel Ale
Description: The brewers describe this as a unique blend of a Belgian dark ale and Liefman’s Kriek, a traditional Belgian cherry ale.
Appearance: It had a reddish/brown body topped by a thin, fizzy layer of light tan foam.
Smell: On the sweeter side with dark fruit and cherry standing out against undertones of malt and yeast.
Taste: Opened sweet with notes of cherry, plum, and caramel malts. These flavors carried into the finish where they were joined by a slightly spicy bubblegum yeast, a minor clove presence, and a nice little kick of heat. As the beer settled into the glass it blended into a warm combination of cherry, caramel, and Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel: Roughly medium bodied with a slightly effervescent finish.
Hype: Not particularly hyped at all. Just another example of a readily available, high quality beverage that is way too easy to walk by.
Overall: I enjoyed this and once again had a wonderful time drinking a beer I haven’t had in a while. The cherry aspect of the Kriek blend really gave the beer a delicious sweetness that makes this standout for me.