Sunday, March 15, 2009

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend

Beware the Ides of March (is that the Arrogant Bastard bottle speaking?). Oh no, it's from Shakespeare.

Well it was no sooner than midnight hit and the clock switched us to the 15th, and my little one was calling me. Dinner revisited, lots of late laundry, lots of fabric cleaner and finally bed. A trip to Chuck E. Cheese's (no fights this time) and another revisited lunch clean up and repeat of last night, and I'm ready to call it a day.

I'm not the type to get all philosophical. I have some friends that I normally do that with. And now seems I have a bottle of beer looking to join the club. Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend, a Quadrupel brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, and part of the Duvel family. I will always have fond memories of visiting Cooperstown as a kid and visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hopefully this beer will create new reasons to love the little town.

So this is a Belgian-style ale with 98% ale with 2% ale with Kriek cherry Lambic blended in. Alcohol content is high at 9.8% and there are a bunch of other drinking and pouring rules on the bottle, including serving it at 50 degrees F. I don't have a thermometer or temperature controlled fridge, but based on my long laboratory experience, I'm about to open it right at 50.

This is a really nice beer. There is a cherry and alcohol aroma, slightly floral. The taste, however, really is a home run (pretty good considering Mike Schmidt's bust is watching in Cooperstown). Sweet, malty and cherry flavors dominate the beer right up front, but there is definitely a subtle taste of nuts and raisins in the background. There is also a strong alcohol presence and a nice burn from that, but it's really nice and not overpowering. This beer is best sipped a little at a time, to really enjoy its very complex flavors and bite. Rich and creamy and a beer that I'd have many times over. I'm putting it up for Best Sixer nomination right now.

The bottle ends with a Plato quote. "Philosophy Begins in Wonder." So I will end with one of my own favorite quotes. "My noggin is hoggin all kinds of thoughts" and hopefully I can share more with you later.

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