Saturday, December 15, 2007

25 Beers of Christmas, Day 15: Ommegang Three Philosophers 2004

Not a winter seasonal per se but just seems to call to me in the winter. Three Philosophers is an unusual ale in that Ommegang brews a big quadrupel (9.8% ABV) and then blends with it a portion of Lindemans Kriek before bottling.
This ale pours a murky brown with a quickly dissipating head. Big fruity malt aromas. Quite bready and hints of sour dark fruit.

Big malty and fruity flavors in the mouth. Dark fruit and oak, hints of vanilla. If I search I can still pick out the cherry from the Lindemans Kriek in there but as opposed to when fresh all the flavors have melded together. Whereas it was easy to taste that this one beer was once two, it is nearly imperceptible now. There is still some light sour flavors but the overall body is big and rich now with a sticky fruity finish.

A gem at three years. Wonderful.

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