Three Philosophers is a remarkable limited edition strong ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang in response to a home brewer’s description of his dream beer. Realbeer.com, the internet’s largest beer website, hosted a contest called “Create a Great Beer.” Brewery Ommegang was chosen by Realbeer.com to brew the Belgian-style ale for the winning essayist. Noel Blake, a home brewer from Portland wrote the winning description for what his “dream beer” would be like.Isn't that fantastic? To write a description of your ideal beer and then a brewery goes a brews it for you. Three Philosophers is a real sipper, it's approaching wine strength at 9.7% so you want to savour it slowly.
We start off with a little cherry sweetness before a slight sour tang kicks in. As you might expect, it's pretty sweet but I didn't find it cloying or overpowering. No doubt there's a little more complexity going on than I was able to detect. Remember, I had been essentially drinking beer since 11am and it was now about 6pm so my palate was getting somewhat fatigued. A beautiful beer though.