The next beer in our countdown is perhaps more like a dessert than a beer, but what would Christmas be without splurging on some tasty treats? Like the three wise men of the East who brought gifts to baby Jesus on that first Christmas, Brewery Ommegang brings us their Three Philosophers from the East (Cooperstown, NY). Three Philosophers is a blend of their own Belgian dark, strong ale with Lindeman’s Kriek, a classic cherry-flavored lambic from Belgium. Given the popularity of both Belgian ales and sour/lambic-style beers during the Christmas season, this brew is a winner in all categories.
The Three Philosophers is a cave-aged quadrupel, meant to be served slightly chilled in a goblet or similar glass (a wine glass will even do, much to the chagrin of our more traditional readers). It pours up with a deep coppery color, and gives off the aroma and flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and cherries. Again, the Three Philosophers may seem more like a dessert liqueur than a beer, mostly due to the sweet flavor of the Kriek combined with the warming alcohol taste of the Belgian. But don’t let that sweetness fool you. The malty flavors of the dark ale have an amazing balancing effect, making the brew a delicious blend with a dry, satisfying finish. It’ll be the perfect complement to your Christmas meal, and will pair well with roasted meats, cheeses, and desserts.
For more info on Brewery Ommegang, or the Three Philosophers, please visit their website.