Three Philsophers Belgian Style Blend 2011 – Brewery Ommegang (NY, USA)

Three Philsophers Belgian Style Blend 2011 – Brewery Ommegang, 9.8% ABV, (Cooperstown, NY) (listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die”)

On the back label:

“98% Ale – 2% Ale with cherries added (ie. 98% their brew + 2% Belgium kriek)

Created by blending a rich, malty, Belgian-style ale with authentic Kriek, a classic cherry ale from Belgium, our Quadrupel is cultured yet wild, curious yet wise.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: rich malty backbone with a multitude of other flavours
  • Where I got it: St. Johns Liquor, Oct/2011
  • How much: $16, 1 pt 9.4 fl. oz. (750ml)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours dark mahogany red/brown, minimal head, thin ringed retention, small CO2, runny lacing, sporadic mix of slow and fast moving CO2 streams. Unfiltered and some sediment in the glass. Malty dark fruit on the nose. Burst of dark malts up front,predominantly chocolate, coffee, mixed with sour cherriesraisins, slightly nutty, minor 4/10-level bitterness finish. The alcohol is initially masked by the flavours but hits in the mid until the end. Medium-high complexity, med-high depth, great carry, good transitions, quite good drinkability. A very strong and heavy ale, can be difficult to drink the whole bottle solo as a session beer.