January 25, 2010

Three Philosophers

From Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, Three Philosophers is a Belgian strong ale, or quadruple, married with kriek (cherry) lambic. It is 9.8% ABV. It pours reddish brown with a light head. You can immediately smell the cherry. The body is light and slightly viscous, with prickly carbonation. Flavors are dark fruit, vanilla, molasses, and a little caramel. The finish is dry and tart, but not overwhelmingly so. The yeastiness and cherry flavor will remind you of cherry pie. Actually, it's probably a good pairing for a slice of hot cherry pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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