Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
From corked bottle...packaged 9/6/2012. Label is different from one in BA stock photo...newer design. Says best by 9/2017...I guess I'm jumping the gun a tad!
Significant pop...poured into big Gulden Draak chalice.
Dark copper brown with big tan head.
Big aroma of oak, oats, booze, candy sugar, roasted malts, chestnuts, fresh baked sugar doughnuts.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of tropical fruit rind, powdered sugar, roasted malts, chestnuts, alcohol..let's give this 5 minutest to open up...
OK...small head remains...big aroma of alcohol, caramel, roasted malts. Flavors of molassas, bitter tropical fruit rind, alcohol, burnt malts...I'll give this another 5 minutes...
Yeah...this is a big, bad, rough & tough and complex quad...the aroma and flavors stay strong from start to finish. Twenty minutes into the brew it's mellowed only a little, which is fine for a quad. What kinda puts me back is the strong fruit melon compared to sweet malts that I might expect from, say, a Koningshoeven, which has varied quit a bit over the years. Not to be rough, and with quads the flavor profile can vary greatly, but, perhaps largely because of the yeast, this brew doesn't have the taste appeal of a St Bernardus Abt 12, Westy, Pannepot, or Allagash Four, depending what you call a quad. Those beer I love, this one is challenging, but also enjoyable for the big beer seeker.
Re-edit...50 minutes into this beer it's fully opened up. I'm upping the overall & taste categories, but note, it takes at last half an hour for this brew, even in a big chalice, to fully open and start to resemble the qualities of the above mentioned brews.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2013 02:33:14 | More by DenverLogan
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