Last night we finished off the Sopranos. Kinda sad. I can see why people were pissed off about the finale. WTF was that?!?! We’ve moved onto Weeds, which is on the tube right now. Earlier today we watched the Patriots. Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL. I wasn’t feeling great about the Patriot’s playoff chances BEFORE the injury.
I’m trying to free up some room in the fridge, so this huge 1pt 9.4oz bottle of Ommegang Three Philosophers has to come out. At 9.8% ABV, I fully expect to have my state of mind altered by the time I’m done. No worries though…I’ll have the review banged out way before I’m on the floor.
Three Philosophers is a quad. I’m going to be honest and tell you I still don’t understand the difference between a double, triple, and a quad. A brief google did not clarify matters for me. The beer is also a cherry lambic. My only experience with lambics is Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic, which I recall as being pure poison. People keep telling me that Ommegang is incredible, so I’m sure this lambic will be better.
The beer is a deep dark reddish brown. I followed instructions on the label, “pouring slowly as to not disturb the yeast sediment” and ended up with a pretty pour. Only a small layer of head, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in durations. 10 minutes later it doesn’t look like the head has dissipated at all!!!
According to the bottle, I’m supposed to wait until this warms up to 50 degrees. I don’t have a thermometer, and at this stage of my beer life, I really have no need for that much attention to the finer details. The beer has been warming up for 20 minutes, and it will continue to warm as I taste it. Good enough!
The aroma is full-on cherry. Upon the first sip, I find that I’m terribly worried that the taste reminds me too much of cherry cough syrup. I’ve had this problem in the past with cherry flavored beers. I figure the best policy is to sip slow and let this puppy continue to warm.
It definitely, 100% without question, gets more mild as it warms up. The cherry flavor ends up being much less cough-syrupy tasting, and more like straight-up sweet cherries. I wish I had someone to share this bottle with; while I’ll have no problem finishing the glass, I’m probably going to struggle with the rest of the bottle.
On a final note, I want to thank some fellow beer twits who participated in a lively conversation about lambics in real-time while I reviewed this one.