Ommegang Brewing Three Philosophers

Happy (Not a) Father’s Day ya’ll! I know I’ve been majorly slacking this summer, but between weddings and trips, I haven’t had much time to write.

Yesterday was spent enjoying Blue Spring State Park with the wife and our friend, then checking out Blue Spring Brewing (which I highly recommend).

Today I was supposed to be fishing but weather scrubbed our trip, so I figure I’d make up for it with a nicer beer than what I’m used to.

Ommegang Brewing Three Philosophers comes in a 750 ml bottle and is the price of a six-pack, but I do enjoy treating myself to a higher end beer. It’s a blend of a Belgian-style Quad and an authentic Kriek which leads to some really unique flavors.

Appearance: This pours like a cherry, root beer-colored dark ale but has a ton of carbonation and head for something pushing 10% ABV. It settles out to a nice root beer color with a latte-colored head.

Aroma: I’m getting notes of heavy dates, cherries, and a port-like finish. It smells like it’s a slow sipper, and at 9.7% ABV, I hope for my sake it is.

Taste: This is where my better half and I disagree. She can’t stand it whereas I love the cherry and raisin notes with an almost glazed-pineapple-like finish. It is super smooth and silky with a nice, port bite on the end.

Mouthfeel: Like I mentioned before, this is super smooth and way too drinkable for someone as irresponsible as I am. I think the carbonation helps cut the heaviness Belgian Quads are prone to. It is a little syrupy, but that is to be expected.

Value: It was $10.49 for a Bomber aka a 750mL bottle, so not a steal but better than two Bud Lights at the bar.

Overall: As a quad, it isn’t my favorite. Don’t get me wrong, as an overall beer, I really enjoy it. However, there are many other choices such as St. Bernardus Abt 12 or their Christmas Quad.

So based on that, I would give it a 6/10 as a quad. However, for beer lovers, this is a great beer overall and should work itself into your rotation, especially in the fall. Well, that’s about it for this review!

Hopefully, next time I’ll have an offshore update.

But until next time, tight lines and cheers!

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