Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by hyuga:
3.45/5 rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served in my Trois Pistoles chalice - a very dark red, but still noticeably red brew with a thinning off-white head that, as it goes down, kind of looks like the surface of the moon if I look straight down from above into the chalice.
At first it smells a little like cough syrup and reminds me in a way of cherry-chocolate ice cream. A bit of lambicky wildness comes out with further inspection. Fruitcake and yeast spiciness are in there too. Chocolate cherry is ever-present.
Dark fruits abound on the tongue, certainly fruitcakey. A bit spicy, but harshly sweet. Cherry is big in the middle, not so much lambic character as the aroma suggested, but certainly a lot of cherry. Kind of medicinal. Bitterness in the finish, leaving syrupy cherry coating behind.
Carbonation cuts the syrupy sweetness of this beer, which is a good thing. Allows the spiciness to come out more, also good.
This is the second time I've had this beer, and I'm not sure I'm much of a fan of it. First of all, I am no fan of most cherry-flavored things, and this reminds me too much of the negative aspects of a lot of those things. I'm also not a fan of sweetened lambics. I think I'd like it better if it had a chance to mellow out some, maybe for a year or two.
Serving type: bottle
09-13-2005 00:55:24 | More by hyuga
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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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