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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ommegang - Three Philosophers

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Ommegang Three Philosophers
Brewery Ommegang
656 County Highway 33
Cooperstown, NY USA 
Est. 1997  

Brain Damage Quotient = 9.8 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Dark red/copper color.
Cherry and chocolate aromas.
Full caramel head that lasts
and leaves good lacing.
RIch tasting cherry and other dark fruits; figs or raisins?
bodied.  Complex flavors under the cherry. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Cooperstown, NY is famous for two things. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and the author James Fennimore Cooper, after which the town was named.  Actually, after his father.  We now need to make it three things.

Ommegang is crafting a reputation in the Belgian style of ales, in that sleepy little neck of the woods.  This Quadrupel  is as far out as the location. If you have ever driven to Cooperstown, you'll know what I mean.  First off, there is no getting around the fact that you'll be driving to the town.  Local airports are way more than a hoot and a holler from here.  Secondly, after you've driven for miles, you'll find that you can't go the last mile or so into town.  You have to park and ride public transportation to arrive.  But once you have arrived, it is evident that the trip was worth every sacrifice.  Don't believe me?  Ask any 'hall-of-famer' who has made the journey, literally and metaphorically.

The idyllic setting by Otsego Lake, the pastoral ball field and baseball museum/shrine, are worth driving to see.  Thank goodness the brewery doesn't make us come all the way to them to enjoy their craft.  Although, the ale is similar to the burb's park-like setting and the 'Hall', so it too would be worth the trip.  And at a mighty 9.8% ABV, the Quad can knock one outta' the park.

In conclusion we find, in one small out of the way town, you can ponder:
  • classic American literature 
  • the art of throwing a curveball 
  • and crafted Belgian Style brews
Perhaps those are the things Ommegang's 'Three Philosopers' discuss at great lengths in Cooperstown.

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