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Ommegang Three Philosophers

Posted in Ale, Strong Ale with tags , , , , on September 21, 2012 by Steve

Ommegang Three Philosophers – Brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. – 9.8% abv

Let me preface this review by saying, I love Ommegang. I’ve only had a handful of brews by them (look for a review of their amazing Rare Vos next week) and they’ve all been great. Until now… (I can already hear the beer snobs at Beer Advocate digging for their pitchforks now)

Three Philosophers is a “unique blend of a Belgian-style strong dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium.” It’s described as being 98% ale, 2% ale with cherries. Naturally, I purchased the bottle based on the reputation of Ommegang, the other brews by them I’ve enjoyed, and all the good things I’ve heard about Three Philosophers. It’s cherries for gods sake, who doesn’t like cherries?!

Well, I can honestly say I can’t remember the last time I cringed at the first taste of a beer. I can also honestly say, I can’t remember that last time I couldn’t force myself to muscle down the rest of it. I got to about half a glass before I tapped out. It’s something about the taste. It reminds me of the Dogfish Head 120 min IPA, with it’s real strong alcohol taste, but 120 min IPA is closing in at 20% alcohol for god’s sake, not 9.8. You expect it with the DFH 120 min. I’ve had PLENTY of beers around the 9-10% range that don’t give you that pure alcohol taste. Maybe my man card isn’t up to snuff, but I like to enjoy my beers, and my palate just wasn’t ready for this one.

Please though, don’t take my word for it. Give it a try. Despite them being beer snobs, they are pretty knowledgeable, and Beer Advocate currently has this as one of the top rated beers there. Maybe you’ll enjoy it, plenty of people do! For me, though, thank goodness I had a bottle of Rare Vos on hand to help fix my thirstiness.

Ommegang, if you read this, I still love you. Your Rare Vos and Witte are delicious!

Final Rating – (1 Pint)