Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (2006)

  • Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY; 9.8% ABV, Quadrupel, 98% ale, 2% ale with cherries added (kriek lambic)

    Poured into a snifter, the beer is a cloudy deep reddish-amber with a dense head of very tightly knit creamy-beige foam. Intriguing aroma with dark molasses-like malt, alcohol, and dark pit fruit. Another deep inhalation brings notes of cocoa and dark cherries. Fairly full-bodied with a rich and creamy texture. Taste is mellow, with smooth dark malt, baked pit fruits, some cocoa, and a faint hint of dark cherries. Bitterness is light, but there’s a mild tart edge instead which brings balance. Superb head retention.

    Overall impact is more restrained than I was expecting; perhaps it has mellowed a little too much with age. Flavours are sensitive to serving temperature to some degree, as they bit bigger all around closer to cellar temperature. Definite alcohol note and bite, and more cherry with tartness. Tasty, but still somewhat restrained and a bit alcoholy. Will have to try this year's bottling and compare.

    alt

3 comments
  • Mark
    Mark There is some nice age on that. Did you try the 2006 last year too?
    November 24, 2009
  • JayZeis
    JayZeis Ommegang has Cave-Aged beers out, and the Three Philosophers cave-Aged is amazing. Just way to hard to find.
    November 24, 2009
  • ironarrow42
    ironarrow42 Mark, Sadly, no. I only bought the 1 bottle over a year ago and sat on it. Would be interesting to see how it evolves over time.  Jay, I'll keep my eyes open for the cave-aged. Sounds great!
    December 2, 2009