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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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4,824 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,824
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 174
Gots: 482 | FT: 14
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of jporf911


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. No freshness date provided, but this kind of brew could probably age for a year or two.

Appearance- 4 out of 5. The ruby-brown color is somewhat cloudy in the first glass and very cloudy in the second due to the yeast from the bottom being poured into the glass. It is very reminiscent of cherry skin held up to a light, which I suspect is a sign of things to come. The off-white head was two fingers tall and medium in body but left wonderful lacing all around the glass.

Smell- 4 out of 5. Dark fruit, light malt, and cherries dominate the nose of this beer. A deeper whiff brings hints of alcohol and hops, but the overall scent is sweet.

Taste- 4 out of 5. Sweet and smooth. The cherry ale may only embody 2% of the overall volume, but it definitely dominates the taste. Creamy yeast flows along the tongue, bringing tastes of sweet malt and a bit of brown sugar. Gentle hops tingle on the back of the tongue before giving way to a long-lasting sweet aftertaste. There's a reason that the word "sweet" is in five of the six sentences of this part of the review; that aspect best characterizes the taste. It's not bad at all, but it should be avoided if you don't have a taste for beers on the sweeter side of the fermented spectrum.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium and creamy, not at all crisp but pleasant on the tongue. The alcohol is warming but otherwise unnoticeable.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. This is an interesting change of pace from typical quadrupels, but it's only for those who can handle a burst of sweetness that's almost like a bunch of gang-banging cherries orgasmically exploding in your mouth.
I could down easily down the whole 750ml bottle, but this beer deserves to at least be sipped frequently instead of outright chugged.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 00:02:57 | More by jporf911
Photo of Spica66


2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle.

A: Medium amber color. One-finger head. Plenty of bubbles.

S: Smells like cherry wine.

T: Tastes like a Halls cherry throat lozenge. Could not finish it.

M: A little more carbonation than I have seen in a Quad before.

D: If you like sour cherry taste, there is nothing to stop you from drinking this. I wouldn't take another one for free...

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 14:44:22 | More by Spica66
Photo of gboy515duo


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

The first glass I poured was only a one finger head, but I chalked that up to it not being served at 50 degrees, it was closer to 40. The second glass was nice and frothy and 3 fingers tall.

The body was a dark cherry wood color with a very distinct beige froth on top. It smelled immediately of malt and cherry, with bigger sniffs making you aware of the high alcohol content in the brew.

At first taste, the beer is hoppy, but smooth, with hints of cherry, alcohol nowhere to be found. The malts break through and bring sweetness that leave your cheeks wondering where the next sip is and when it is coming. The cherry flavor slowly takes over with each sip, masking the ever present 10% ABV. You feel the warmth of the alcohol after a few sips, and it's not too overpowering at first. It has a slight burn that is almost unnoticeable. When you swallow it, it is extremely frothy and the flavor doesn't go anywhere. It sticks to your palate for a long period of time.

Considering such a high ABV, it is crazy easy to drink. It goes down so easy. The flavors break through as you keep drinking revealing tastes of caramel malts and the great taste and smell of a variety of nuts.

As you end up taking larger gulps further into the bottle, they bring a nasally alcohol filled feeling along with fruity aromas to make the flavors even bigger. The alcohol only comes out at the very bottom of the 750, and might I add that at this point, you're probably sufficiently inebriated where you just won't care.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Ommegang, and the whole 750ml to myself had me buzzed to a great point that didn't go away for a few hours. I drank it while I watched the MLB All-Star Game, and finished it before the 4th inning and I was feeling it well up until I went to bed.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 21:08:31 | More by gboy515duo
Photo of perrymarcus


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a chalice glass.

pours a deep reddish brown with a finger of beige head... middling retention; strong lacing. aroma is of cherries, plums, yeast, alcohol. taste follows the smell, except - and maybe this is me - you lose some of the yeast characters evident in the nose. some caramel and muted spice notes. mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. pretty drinkable and worth trying - interesting take on the style with the lambic addition - but imo not on par with the upper echelon (i.e. belgian/trappist brews).

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:39:02 | More by perrymarcus
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 brew. Deep red amber pour. Light head. Strong wine aroma -- alcoholic and fruity (cherry). Flavor comes in two stages. The primary stage is malty cherry and dark fruit. The secondary stage is alcoholic -- with a cherry base -- with some limited floral hints. The body is of medium thickness. The flavor and aroma are sophisticated and complex and lead into a delicate finish. If philosophy is an intellectual method of elucidation compared to a scientific doctrine of propositions, then beer philosophizing is too an activity that clarifies our thoughts of the fine brew. The Three Philosophers quadrupel exemplifies this activity.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:52:22 | More by Shakesbeere
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3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Just about red, appears to be more than 2% Kriek. When held up to light, the body shifts to a cloudy copper more-so than red. Bubbly, spritzy, two finger head into a white cap, no real lacing to speak of.

S: Rich buttery malt..cherries and spices. Cherry jam and butter spread on a warm biscuit. I would give the aroma a 5.0, if not for some distracting booze. Still, excellent.

T: Yeasty/spicy characteristics are more apparent than in the nose, but buttery malt and dark fruits reign supreme. Subtle hints of cherry set the overall tone, and also lend a surprisingly tart finish. Warming alcohol lingers.

M: Medium bodied, aggressively carbed - which lends it self pretty well to the tartness of the cherries, especially in the finish.

D: Although pretty easy to drink when it warms a bit, this beer remains around 10% ABV...and I can taste it. Its flavorful, surprisingly tart, sweet, and a bit boozy. 12oz is enough, but I am enjoying every bit of it!.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:26:30 | More by zoolzoo
Photo of jampics2


2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 (11.2?) oz bottle @ the Winking Lizard. Poured carefully into an open mouthed glass.

Looks really nice. Plum and brown with amber edges, a half finger white head sticks around forever (it's still there, they had to throw out the glass).

Smells lke some dark ripe fruit. Plum, cherry, raisins, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Some noticeable alcohol.

Taste is rather underwhelming. I've had this beer a ton in the past, I'm a fan of quads, but this is just too ambitious and too transparent for me. I'd love a bit more yeasty esters, but instead I get dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, booze, and puke. I'm not kidding. The aftertaste from this beer tastes like vomit from someone who has been drinking raisin vodka. Disgusting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy carb, and tons of heat from the obvious alcohol.

Drinkability suffers from the hotness. I have a 2006 bottle in the cellar and will re-rate, but this beer just falls waaaay short of the legends of quadrupel fame.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 19:34:55 | More by jampics2
Photo of Kelly88


3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a chalice.

A- dark leather brown with Ruby highlights at the fringes. Great white frothy head that stays around for a little while. Lacing is Good.

S- funky Belgian yeast dominates with only a small trace of fruity sweetness.

T- plums and raisins with the yeast really demanding your palates attention. Cherry kriek flavors finish it out cherries are a little over done for my taste

M- carbonation is high and creates a fizzy soda pop feel

D- if I really enjoyed this beer I could have two or three no problem. This is a well crafted beer Just not my thing, dont think I will ever be picking up another bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 01:00:35 | More by Kelly88
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - its a golden brown color, a very interesting color

Smell - a malty roasted smell

Taste - sweet and malty with a roasted flavor, its very interesting and different. this is the first quad I've had but have loved all the Belgian beers I've tried and this is no different. its very interesting and delicious. i want to try more quads now.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with good carbonation, with a great after taste that leaves this beer crisp

Drinkability - very drinkable, i'm about to drink this entire 750 and will def want another...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 01:05:45 | More by jmarvin4189
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. From a nice 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice light brown dark honey color with a nice solid .25 inch head that is dense and a bit of a light tan colored.

S - Absolutely lovely aromas of sweet malt with nice bready hints. Sourdough and some toasted spicy hints as well. Very nice aromas. Mild cloves and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Starts of with sweet almost honey like malt and nice bready hints. There is also some nice toasted character and flavors to it. Spicy flavors are abundant as well with some clove and some peppery hints. This is a very delicious beer comparable to Belgian produced Quads. The high ABV is not as perceivable as other 9.8 beers.

M & D - Nice and crisp and very well carbonated. Drinkability is good in terms of flavor but ABV is high.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 22:57:41 | More by JoEBoBpr
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Pours a dark brown with a 3+ finger off-white head that subsides to minimal after sitting a bit. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The only aromas I could pick up on were fruit wtih a trace of alcohol. The flavor followed the smell with only fruit and alcohol showing up. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not bad for a quad. It was very smooth and drinkable. I would definitely purchase more and drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 19:56:20 | More by thagr81us
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang chalice a reddish/purplish brown color with a solid half-inch of head.. perfect for the style.

Smells include plums, maraschino cherries, grapes, and sweet candy. Taste is again a sweet blend of fruits and fruity candy: cherries, plums, grapes, and apples are all prominent. This is really mellow with only a mild alcohol flavor that is hidden really well for something approaching 10% ABV.

All-in-all this one is very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2010 02:38:27 | More by webmanspidey
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Unique plumb color; small head forms then fades

S: Light brown sugar and a tart cherry and other stone fruit presence; pretty nice

T & M: Immediately struck by the mouthfeel--definitely Belgian level of carbonation and is light and airy, doubly impressive for a big beer. Taste is like brown sugar biscuits and cherries, but in a light enough way it's not too much of anything and is surprisingly balanced. Can't believe this beer is nearly 10%!

O: Such a pleasure to drink! What a unique beer. It's satisfyingly rich but isn't cloying or heavy. Lives up to the hype. Curious how it will age. Can't imagine it getting better actually, as I like how the flavors are now and don't see them improving with time.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 12:44:17 | More by JEdmund
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage from 22 oz Bottle

Poured a nice deep amber with hues of crimson/plum. Great two finger sized light brownish and red head that provided nice lacing throughout.

Nice nose with some malt notes and fruit notes. The fruit is not overwhelming on the olfactory senses, but nicely understated with some noticeable cherry hints along with some other fruits including plums and raisins.

The medium bodied mouthfeel hits you with some malt caramel upfront, moved smoothly into a lingering lightly tart cherry finish with a slight alcoholic warmth. Also noticeable on the palate are notes of vanilla and even some semblance of chocolate (?!) malt.

This was an enjoyable quadrupel and something I will revisit on an annual basis and maybe even head back to get another one to age at temperature for 9-12 months and see what happens then...

Definitely worth a try, an outstanding craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 16:56:07 | More by EnVinoVeritas
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my duvel tulip glass.

Pours deep burgundy/ruby. With about a finger of head on it that dissipates very quick.

The smell is figs, prunes and wine.

the taste is more of the same. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt. with a red wine semi dry finish.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer, is is super silky with a nice alcohol warmth that finishes.

Pretty good beer, will probably pick up some more.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 13:09:01 | More by pastradul
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick, frothy, light brown head at a more than an inch. The body is a deep copper color with a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Dates, bananas and and a hint of tooti-fruiti.

T - Dark brown sugar as if a bit was left by the yeast as unfermented. The flavors are abrupt and jagged at this time. I imagine time in the bottle will remedy this issue. As for right now, the flavors are there but they don't mead together in a smooth fashion.

M - Light and airy through until the finish where it gains some weight and stickiness.

~ This is a good beer. I have a feeling I'm drinking this bottle at a somewhat premature state. I have another bottle cellared that I will enjoy a few years down the road. At that time, I'll offer some more details.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 20:21:35 | More by cdkrenz
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer looks a deep reddish hue of brown; very mahogany. It smells of dark fruits, raisins, rum, bread pudding, and wood.

It has a nice vanilla character up front on the taste that turns to bread and raisins. It is highly carbonated, giving it a nice zing and a tart aftertaste. There is a definite alcohol burn on the end that is welcoming and not too overpowering.

Delicious beer, could not be happier with it.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 02:53:09 | More by tchenery
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an absolutely stunning hazy scarlet red-maroon with big creamy off-white head. This brew is a looker!!!

S - Nice smell of dark fruits - plums, cherries, grapes, dates, raisins, and maybe a little banana. Alcohol is detectable.

T - Good taste. Plums and cherries definitely come through the most. There is a nice malty backbone that gives this brew a warming sensation which is supplemented by the alcohol doing the same. Very very rich flavors - almost too rich - that interact very complexly.

M - Medium bodied. Limited carbonation. Very malty overall.

D - Fairly drinkable though not overly so. The sweetness becomes a bit much after a while. The aroma, flavor, and look of this beer are enough for me to buy it again though. If anything, buy this beer so that you can LOOK at it. It is a marvel to see.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 05:40:29 | More by jmerloni
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought in a 25.4 ounce corked bottle. Bought refrigerated. Poured into a tulip glass. Head covered two thirds of the glass. Smell strongly yeasty. Dark caramel color. Taste is fruity with a moderate level of carbonation. Definite aftertaste of cherries. Smooth. Highly drinkable

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:40:37 | More by brouwer
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Philosophers is artfully crafted blending rich malt with flavorful accents such as chocolate and cherries. For me it tasted like a chocolate covered cherry with liquor infused into it, which I do not find very appetizing but I can appreciate the complexity and subtleties of this Belgium style brew. I feel that it had great length from start to finish and the taste lingered long after my last sip. The color is a deep red with a nice rich head. With a slightly aggressive pour, the nose opens up and the aromas are exactly as they taste. The texture is very smooth, slightly thick and easy to drink, perhaps comparable to Guinness from tap but much larger in complexity and body. I believe that it would pair nicely with fruit or chocolate as an after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 02:24:32 | More by BarleyBoz
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2008 that I shared at dinner tonight.

Pouring a beautiful crimson with a dense, brown head with great retention and lacing, this beer looks gorgeous. The benefit of having been undisturbed for a month shows, the clarity is great.

The nose is solid. I'm not one to like sweeter quads, but this one is good. Fruity cherry and plums are apparent right away, with vanilla, brown sugar., caramel and a little yeast. In general, this is richer and sweeter than the best of the style. The kriek character doesn't really show, as IMO, the base beer is rather fruity to start with. There's some chocolate in there too. The palate opens with a rich brown sugar and vanilla sweetness with some bready character, along with a pronounced fruity character. The fruit nature strikes me as particularly yeasty, again, suggesting that it's from the base quad and less from the Lindemans Kriek. There might be a whisper of tartness in there as this beer finishes sweet with brown sugar and cherries. This medium-full bodied beer has a soft, smooth carbonation and feels lush on the palate. Solid stuff, I wonder how the 05 in my cellar is doing.

** 14 Mar 2014**

2006 vintage. Happy Pi day!

The nose is a blend of spice, dark fruit , a mild medicinal cherry character, a little Brett and warming booze. The palate is fruity, mildly brown sugar, honey, cherry, a little paper. A touch watery. 3.5/3.5/3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 02:39:30 | More by DefenCorps
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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that was long-lasting, before finally settling down to 1/2-finger. Body is a dark, ruby red color, and extremely clear.

S: Light alcohol aroma, but mainly surrounded by lots of dark fruit (especially plums and grapes).

T: Again, the dark fruit (esp. grapes) comes through in the flavor, lending a lightly sweet taste. Light spices scattered throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, highly carbonated, with a slight alcohol warmth present.

D: A really nice-drinking Belgian Dark Strong that is a fantastic sipping beer.. spread this one out over an hour or so, as the character really comes out on warming.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 15:10:43 | More by berley31
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Three Philosophers ABV: 9.8

A: Once I poured this beer, I thought to myself "WOW" this beer looks great! Pours very smoothly and leaves about a one inch head. The color is a redish brown and looks very advertising.

S: Smells very sweet. Has a scent that smells like an assortment of fruits (Mainly Cherries). The smell also reminds me of wine. Of course you get a hit of the 9.8% alcohol in the nose.

T-M: Has a very strong kick to the taste. Can taste the assortment of fruits (cherries). Kind of get a earthy bitter taste in the transition into the aftertaste. Pretty malty at the beginning.

D: This beer is a pretty strong beer. I do like this beer; however, I would probably only drink a couple in one night. This beer would be a good starter beer for a pregame for a long night.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 21:51:18 | More by chasebrownyeah1
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy crimson mahogany color with a thick foamy head. The aroma is understated, but notes of yeast and a dry cherry sweetness are discernible. The flavor is more of the same with notes of dried cherries, Belgian yeast, and grapes. The flavor is not overly sweet with the big cherry presence, though, and it has a bit of tartness to contrast the sweetness. Not quite as big in flavor or body as I would expect from a Belgian-style quad, but an interesting, flavorful, and satisfying beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 16:06:26 | More by devilben02
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is an exceptional beer. It was love at first sip, might I add this isn't my first time having it. Poured this 2009 vintage from a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. One of the most beautiful heads I've come across, light tan and very fluffy and smooth. The head isn't going anywhere and leaves thick, heavy lacing. The color is a dark auburn, beautiful. The smell is full of cherries, can't go wrong w/ that in my book. The taste is very warm and sweet, filled with cherries. The alcohol is present w/ every sip and leaves a slight tasty burn. This beer is very creamy and smooth. Although the alcohol is very present, the drinkabilty is dangerously good. Must respect this one.

You can NEVER go wrong w/ Three Philosophers, one of my all-time faves. Recommended to anyone who enjoys well crafted beer. The best use of cherries in a beer that I've come across. The availabilty is nice too.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:31:50 | More by BB1313
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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