Friday, April 27, 2012

Ommegang's Three Philosophers


  • SRM Color : 22
  • Brewer: Brewery Ommegang
  • Brewer's Description: Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style strong 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 strength and complexity of this beer make it a good candidate for ageing gracefully, as spicy sherry and port notes should intensify.
  • Recommended Glassware: A Tulip
  • Russ' rating: 9.5 of 10
  • With the brew: Adventure
  • Comments: Recommended to me by a Reddit friend, I must admit I was hesitant to try this brew. I am not a fan of Cherries, and tend to avoid them as a beer ingredient. I must admit I was wrong in this case. The scent of the beer was that of a good Quadrupel, but with just a slight smoothing of the sharp yeast smell. The pour was faster than I was prepared for but the head settled enough to top off the glass. The bubbles were of average size (0.5mm-0.7mm) and the ring lasted the entire glass. The flavor was special. I love the complexity of a good Quad... the dark fruity base, and the rich spicy bite of the yeast. This one however had a barely perceptible note of cherries that smoothed the edges around the sharp yeast taste and made for one of the most easy drinking Quads I have ever had. This bottle was from 2011 and aged beautifully. I will be adding a few to my cellar over the next weeks.

Do you agree? Do you think I completely missed on this one? Feel free to leave a comment below, give me a +1, or "Like" my post!

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