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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

5,111 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,111
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 206
Gots: 613 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

rippedflesh89, Mar 11, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

AndrewRoecker, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev -1%

For whatever reason I only bought a single of this when there was a 750ml available... That was a mistake.

A - Pours a slightly hazy ruby red, thumb of golden amber head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Sweet cherries, musty caramel, hints of cloves, dark fruits, dried raisins, grape skins and earthy leafy green hop notes.

T - Full flavoured and very rich, loads of caramel, hints of musty grapes, raisin notes and the cherries are subdued but come through nonetheless. The ABV is well hidden and hints of fruity yeast linger on the palette.

M - Light bodied ale, smooth going down and finishes wet.

O - Top notch quad, full flavoured, hint of ABV warmes the belly, and the cherries add a nice touch on the finish. I certainly won't make the same mistake twice.

andrenaline, Mar 10, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

dampfire, Mar 09, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

zonker17, Mar 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

TheRuss9585, Mar 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Norsican, Mar 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

mcphish22, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

KnightRider, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

twowheelssoar, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

DustyGreen, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

cspinoso, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

hoppymcgee, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of samie85
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Pours a reddish cherry juice color with dark red specks that I can only assume are from the Kriek.

Smells of tart cherry and rich dark fruit including fig and plum with a bit of ethanol aroma.

The cherry is the first thing you taste with a nice tart, acidic character as this melds into the quad part with burnt sugar, fig and plum notes.

Thin yet mouth-coating with light-medium body and a drying, crisp finish.

The quad part of this very solid, but I would like more of the Kriek to be blended in on this one.

samie85, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of YouSkeete
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark ruby red, almost brown. Short off-white head with nice lacing. Pale malts, dark roasted rye malts, brown sugared fruits like cherries and figs on the aroma. The taste mimics the aroma quite well: Pale malts, dark roasted rye spices, sourdough bread and black cherries on the first sip. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and orange rind follow the malty sweetness of the rest of the body. Syrupy, mildly bitter, tangy mouthfeel. Moderate to high carbonation with a medium sized body. Beautiful brew.

YouSkeete, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Catching up. Notes are recent and thorough.

The color is a thick red-brown. A nice, large, dense light brown head rests on top for quite a while and dissipates very slowly, never fading entirely, and leaves some good, chunky patches of lacing.
Cherry is more tart than sweet and quite prevalent in the inital aroma and in the taste. Malt lays down a thick, strong backbone without much roast to it. Chocolate malts? There's something a bit like anise in the smell, and the interplay allows for notes of other dark fruits. Lightly hopped, there's a light hops bitterness with an herbal edge to it underneath the big malt foundation. Once in the flavor, I can't quite get over the tartness of the cherry, as it tends to dominate the other flavors. Sweet, yes, though not very, but the tangy element draws from other flavors. Alcohol is pretty well-masked but quite warming.
This is a pretty thick quad, though that may be more an effect of the heavier carbonation than the body itself. in fact it's both, as the body proves to be on the heftier side of medium. There's a crisp nip and a pretty smooth flow to it.
I absolutely love Ommegang and everything they do. What I really want is for the tangy tartness to be lowered ever so slightly, and everything comes together for this one.

Brenden, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

homebruontap, Mar 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Whiskeyjack, Mar 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

PKing, Mar 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

joshtrich, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of beerhan
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

A-Pours a bold maroon color with a huge cocoa two finger head. Lots of carbonation that dissipates fast but a nice creamy lacing remains.

A-Initially there is a lot of dark cherry and some must up front. This is followed by some plum, fig, candied sugar and grape.

T-Very sweet, some grape juice flavor and a little chocolate covered cherryness to it.

M-Rather carbonated for a quad in my opinion. Could be a bit less but overall not bad. Really thick and viscious.

O-I think for how available this beer is and for what it has to offer it is pretty incredible. That being said, quads are not really my thing but I really like the touch of kriek added to it. It is an incredibly drinkable beer for what its worth and I am not sure if I would buy it again but I do think it was worth trying.

beerhan, Mar 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

MoDunc, Mar 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

bhawk1, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

nicholas527, Mar 04, 2012
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,111 ratings.