Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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Reviews by zhanson88:
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours an extremely deep ruby color with about a finger and a half of caramel colored head. Retention is decent, and the lacing sticks around for a while.
Smell: Dark, ripe fruits, tons of estery alcohol notes, a hint of cherry, and some maltiness underneath all of that.
Taste: A medium amount of caramel malts, dark fruits, a bit of clove and cherry, and a ton of esters and booziness. There is a bunch of subtle complexities going on in this beer.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is just under medium, carbonation is about right and leads to a bit of a peppery alcohol finish. This beer is nearly 10% ABV and honestly, I can tell. However, it seems to fit the beer about right; the other flavors mix well with it. Overall, nicely done quad by Ommegang.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2010 02:10:28 | More by zhanson88
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4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2012 vintage, as always reviewed live and not from notes. Poured from 750mL bottle ($8.99) in to Chimay chalice with a soft hand. Cellared a bit too cold, warming to 50-60ºF as I write the review.
Appearance is good, but nothing special for the style. It is a mostly clear (very mildly cloudy) reddish brown, or deep brown with sharp blood-to-ruby-red highlights, almost approaching the best examples of the Irish Red such as Great Lakes' Conway's. A very thin head is left on a gentle pour, which recedes first rather quickly, and then a bit more slowly, to a small ring of a cap on the surface of the beer. Lacing appears to be minimal to nonexistent.
On a more vigorous pour, the head is larger, similar to the colour of the head of a Coca-Cola, with a similar sound from how quickly it recedes, in an uneven and "rocky" manner, within 15 seconds. Other characteristics remain the same.
Smell is of mustiness or funkiness, grape must, cherries, aldehydes, and some banana-like smells (ketones?). Some, but little, characteristic smells of either "beer" or "Belgian". A fresh bottle smells a bit better, IIRC.
Taste is of the best American replica of a Belgian beer I've ever had. It hits all the bases well, if not perfectly. Cherries are evident on the palate, and alcohol is virtually absent. Some warmth as it hits the stomach, but the 9.8% ABV is almost entirely occluded. Cherries and candied dark fruits predominate. It is definitely sweet -- but a thin sweetness, not a thick, sugary one. The sweetness does not seem to be all malt sweetness: maybe some comes from the kriek blend? It is sweet even to a regular drinker of dubbels and quads who dislikes hop-heavy brews. There are hops on the back-end to help modify the sweetness in the aftertaste, but they do little to keep it in check up front. It's not extraordinarily complex, but it does what it does with grace.
Mouthfeel is moderate. It seems to be low on the carbonation in appearance, but is well-balanced, and even feels lively on some sips. There's a sharpness to the drink which is surprising, and which I can't define. It does not coat the mouth unpleasantly, combining characteristics of light- and full-bodied. However, with this sort of malt and ABV, the body will tend to be heavy; not so much here. Again, very well-done. Combined with the occluded alcohol, drinkability is dangerously high, although the sweetness would likely deter from a second fifth.
Taste and mouthfeel are more important than smell, when it comes to beer, so I'm giving this one just below a 4.5 overall -- I'd probably put it at 85 for style (16e specialty), and 85 to taste.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 15:17:03 | More by Chrysostom
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.55/5 rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
355ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope.co.uk (£5.39):
Amber with brownish red tinges throughout the body and topped with a decent sized, foamy beige head that is nice considering the abv. but sadly is doesn't hold all that well, turning to a single patch in the centre of the surface after a little under a minute.
Sweet with a solid fruity aroma that is dominated by cherries yet doesn't overpower the senses. There is some spice with lots of darker, ripe fruits. Dates and some figs feature and there is plenty of sugary sweetness & the alcohol is very well hidden too.
Sweet with the lambic style cherries & some spice, a little sugar and various other sweet fruits and malts plus a touch of yeast. The alcohol comes through a little stronger here but again it doesn't overpower or spoil the taste.
Sweet & very well balanced with the alcohol hidden quite well, coming through just enough to give the beer a nice feel to it. The finish is dry but not overly whilst carbonation is good and the beer is smooth, creamy and frighteningly easy to drink.
Very nice beer that starts off excellent and seems to get better and better after it's had a little time to settle and open up. It's smooth, well balanced and bursting with flavour. An incredible beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 13:16:33 | More by flyingpig
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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