Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by Dantes:
4.72/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Package: 750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Familiar-looking Ommegang burgundy label. Not dated, but per Liquid Solutions, was from the second bottling of the first batch. Unlike the current, white-labeled bottle, this is marked “Guaranteed Cellared at the Brewery.” White Label (WL) bottles are marked bottle-conditioned.
Cost: $7.05 per bottle from Liquid Solutions (ex shipping); WL bottles, $5.99 at Gary’s
Presentation: Chalice at ~50º
Appearance: Copious gunsmoke on opening, with vigorous cork “pop.” Medium pour resulted in a voluminously pillowy, off-white head, which persisted, leaving heavy lace. Opaque, oxblood body is slightly darker than WL and the bottle contains a good ¼” of lees on the bottom compared to the WL’s light dusting.
Smell: Very rich aroma. Dried plum and currant fruitiness leavened by some yeastiness and toasted, caramel malts. Kriek addition not apparent on the nose. Nose is drier than the WL’s, with more complexity and an earthier profile.
Taste: Everything the aroma promised and more! The dark malts are very apparent on the palate, and the fruitiness is broad and deep. I don’t really perceive “pear,” (or cherries for that matter) but there is a crisply sweet note that underlies the darker currant, raspberry, plum notes. All the flavors are unmolested by what one might expect to be a heavy alcohol footprint. Only a subtle warmth penetrates and carries out the long, moderately dry finish. The WL is lighter overall, with more tartness and less of the deeper, fruitier elements. Somehow, I “sense” the kriek much more in this younger version.
Mouthfeel: Classically elegant Ommegang bottle-conditioning serves this beer beautifully! The older version is super-silky with very fine, persistent carbonation. Mouthfilling, warming, and roundly fruity in the mouth. The WL again is lighter and a bit coarser, with more noticeable carbonation. The alcohol is a bit harsher.
Drinkability: Absolutely knocked my socks off. One of the ultimate fireside, cheese & crackers beers, along with Quelque Chose. Although high in ABV, this really drinks easily.
Backwash: A more fair comparison will have to come when the WL has more age, but for now I’ll have to go with the “original.” A very impressive beer that vaults to the top of my list, and a great value as well. I hope the WL improves to this level, because I'd love to have it regularly. I also tried an “old” 3P after trying a Terrible, and this blew it away. Although similar in style, 3P was much more complex (even the WL), with much better integration of alcohol. Perhaps the Terrible will improve with age, but for now, it pales in comparison.
Serving type: bottle
12-21-2003 18:39:47 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Sometimes with Ommegang, I don't know what to expect. White the 3 philosophers, I was thinking it'd be a bittery type of beer, but once I poured it, and saw a nice dark, caramel color, I knew it'd be different. It's sweet. Reminds me of amaretto, while my friends said it was like so co. Nice to drink of the bat, but gets heavy later on. I could see myself drinking this with a dessert, which I rarely do.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 16:57:44 | More by avwrite
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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