Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.01/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is blended with a kriek???? Why didn't anyone tell me? I had to find out the old fashioned way: reading the label. :)
Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep mahogany brown with red highlights at the sides. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded away to a thick swirly foam on top. Excellent lacing.
Smell 3.5: Very subdued nose on this brew. Slight barley notes and some brief hints of that wonderful Belgian yeast, but that's it.
Taste 4.25: Front is semi-sweet with some mild -yet delicious-- hints of barley. Middle is where a very slight cherry taste comes to the fore along with a lovely maltiness and a slight hint of hops. Finish is where a very subdued berry taste mingles with a big hit of Belgian yeast and some other elements of spiciness for a fantastic end note. Aftertaste is remarkably short and is focused on yet another hint of cherry and malt, blended together perfectly.
Mouthfeel 4.0: Creamy, smooth and balanced. The mouthfeel improved as the session continued.
Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. That old chestnut about the whole being greater than the "sum of the parts" comes to mind and is certainly applicable here (especially since it was uttered by one of the world's greatest philosophers). There are remarkable aspects of taste and other levels of enjoyment in this beer that would not be found in the individual beers of which it consists. I would recommend it, but with a warning: its high ABV will knock you on your nates. Great and unique Belgian Quad.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2014 05:40:50 | More by BeerDocT
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4.39/5 rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Nice deep mahogany color, hints of red in there, just barely lets some light through. Head sticks around, creamy and off white. Lace holds up nicely.
Smell: Licorice, sweet, malty, grape like (somewhat like wine), light alcohol. Toasty and warming, very full.
Taste: Sweet up front, tart wine-like grapeness. A little sour, with a nice warming finish from the alcohol. A little bitterness, hops/toasted malt/ licorice flavors contributing. A little sour plum/banana.
Mouthfeel: creamy and lightly carbonated, just enough. Really enjoyable.
Notes: Complex to say the least, each sip gives me something new. The alcohol is very present in this one. Oddly wine-esque, much more so than other quads I've had. This would be a great dessert beer. Also, it happened I was sipping this while snacking on some cantaloupe and for some reason that match up went really well.
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 04:40:50 | More by cambabeer
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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