Mathew Dapkins

MASSIVE BEER REVIEWS: Comparing Brewery Ommegang’s Three Philosophers aged from 2014 vs. 2017

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Beer: Three Philosophers

Brewery: Brewery Ommegang

Style: Belgian Quadrupel Ale

Age: Early 2014 vs. late 2017

ABV: 9.70%

IBU: 19

Just about two hours from here in Cooperstown, New York, Brewery Ommegang brews some solid beers and even holds some concerts, festivals, and other events throughout the year.

Ommegang’s Three Philosophers blends a “Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium” with “flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins, and chocolate” with “notable sweetness with low hop bitterness.” The description also says that “the complexity of this beer makes it a good candidate for ageing gracefully, as spicy sherry and port notes should intensify,” so we’re putting that to the test today.

What are the differences between a late 2017 batch of Three Philosophers and an aged bottle from early 2014? Let’s not sit around and ponder this question any longer!

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