Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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3.91/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
From a 355 ml bottle (dated 2013) into a chalice.
A-A normal pour produces about one and one-half fingers of khaki head. The retention is so-so...maybe a minute before it settles into a cap. The brew is murky and reddish-hued dark brown. It is not as dark as many quads.
S-The smell is interesting and lighter than I remember it (although it has been a few years since I had this beer). I get some musty white grapes, golden raison, clove spice, and just a bit of sour cherries. Nice, but not mind-blowing.
T-The taste, like the smell, is lighter than some quads. I taste a lot of holiday spices (clove, cinnamon, and ginger), some molasses, as well as the aforementioned golden raisin and kiss of sour cherry. There is a light hit of bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is well-integrated/concealed.
M-The feel, as you might expect, is pretty soft, but the carbonation is more active here than in many Belgian examples of the style. Medium to full body.
O-This is a pretty good beer, just not a great one. I thought it was a bit overly-spiced and carried too much light fruit and bitterness to compare against the Belgians. I could have used more raisin/plum/fig/prune. On the plus side, the alcohol is nicely concealed and, if you're into spices, there are a plenty here.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2013 01:59:14 | More by spoony
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