You know you’re a lush when you roll through the grocery store
checkout line with a basketful of beer and little else. I try to
explain it away by saying I’m sharing, I don’t drink it all at once
and I have to taste test things. I’m a food blogger.
So I’m legitimizing the basketful of beer I brought home last
weekend with a review, though it be a well-warranted one.
I’m always looking to try something new, and I hit up several
grocery stores that often have good beer selections. One being the
beer aisles of Central Market in Poulsbo, the occasional gem found
at the Red Apple in Silverdale and on occasion Fred Meyer in
Bremerton. I’m also told the Albertson’s in Port Orchard also has a
top-notch selection, though I’ve not seen it for myself.
On this particular day, I was in Fred Meyer. Not actually for
beer, but while I was there … Their overall beer selection is OK,
but what makes this place stand out are the Belgians. I picked out
a few based on some vague memories of hearing the name from
friends, beer sites or maybe just walking through a beer aisle one
too many times.
But the first bottle we cracked, a Three Philosophers Belgian
Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New
York, was a delight. It was my first quadrupel, a Belgian ale that
isn’t as common as its sibling the Tripel ale. It’s more akin to
wine, and has the same ability to improve with age.
But to heck with the aging (for now), on to the opening:
The bottle has instructions for pouring. That’s how serious it
is. They mostly caution you to pour carefully so as not to disrupt
too much sediment from the bottom.
It pours out dark amber with ruby notes in the color. There’s a
fair amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle
Taking a good whiff before drinking, you get a malty fruity
note. This beer is blended (as the name implies) with cherry Lambic
(98-percent ale, 2-percent cherry) , but it’s not overt and it’s
not cloyingly sweet.
Overall, it’s a complex beer mixing creamy notes with a fresh
note from the cherry. It’s a fairly malty beer but doesn’t feel too
heavy. It’s warming and, without too much bitter tone, very
The slightly sweet and fruit tones paired well with the smoky,
kebabs I made. Heck, we may have thought it paired well
with anything after half a glass. The beer has 9.8 percent alcohol
But don’t just take my word for it. Try it yourself (assuming
you’re of drinking age, etc., etc.) or read reviews from more
experienced beer reviewers than I: the beer geeks over at
beeradvocate.com, have a fair set of
reviews. Of the more than 1,000 reviewers, Three
Philosphers got an overall A- rating.
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