From Brewery Ommegang, the outpost of Belgian beer making in Cooperstown, New York, comes Three Philosophers Quadrupel Belgian-Style Ale, a blend of Lindemans Kriek Lambic and Belgian-style ale. According to Brewery Ommegang Brewmaster Randy Thiel,
A bit of magic occurs when the Lindemans Kriek is blended into the beer; the cherry flavors marry wonderfully with the chocolate and caramel malt flavors; the leathery lambic notes harmonize beautifully with the port-like notes; and the Kriek's acidity softens the sharp acridness of the dark roasted malts.
This special addition to Brewery Ommegang's regular lineup of Belgian-style beers was first released in fall 2003. Three Philosophers is a rich and complex beer, with the distinct flavor of cherry and caramel. The beer has a deep, dark reddish-brown color that gives it the appearance of a bubbly, full-bodied red wine.
Brewery Ommegang's Three Philosophers Quadrupel Belgian-Style Ale is $11.99 for a 750 ml. bottle at Gourmet Garage.