Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
If Ommegang is attempting to reach maximum authenticity of Belgian Trappist and Abbey styles here at home, they are successfully doing so with this beer. This is absolutely nearly identical to some of the top quads I've had in appearance. The darkened, nearly reddish and violet color of quads is in full form here, as well as having noticeable alcohol leggings and lacing all around the glass. Look at all those floaties as well! Not much carbonation or head, but I don't usually expect any with this much ABV.
Smell is really intense, often resembling molasses, chocolate, raisins and rum - yet more importantly, cherry. Indeed, the smell of dark cherries due to the lambic blend within the beer is so vivid and fantastic here that I may as well convince myself that I'm having a dark fruit drink spiked with tons of alcohol. Yes, there's some zestiness and acidity as well, but those cherries really wash the other flavors away. Not as authentic smell-wise, but fascinating nonetheless.
While I expected a cherry cascade with this beer's taste, some curious things happened upon consumption. At the front, there's tons of bitterness and carbonation that literally shoots out like a jet stream onto the tongue. In the middle, the roasted notes appear pretty openly and the alcohol takes its shape. However, it's what happens at the back of the tongue and throat that makes this beer worth a try: an entire explosion of cherries mellow out the bitterness and roastedness to create a fruity, warming sensation that is absolutely delicious. If not careful, someone could drink this like cherry cola. Still, while its fun to drink, it must be done while it's cold, as it literally becomes a cherry-based syrup when it fully warms up, which can produce nauseating results for those not into that sort of thing.
Ommegang seems to have developed a hybrid of Belgian styles that produces intriguing results. Quite an interesting and experimental beer, and definitely one that is suitable for grand occasions budget-wise - although a Belgian Trappist could do just has fine. Recommended a try.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 07:27:48 | More by magictacosinus
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 mL bottle into a pint snifter shared with friends.
A: brownish red amber. Off white head has good retention and lacing.
S: very fruit-forward, cherry, dark fruit rot, molasses and brown sugar as well.
T: distinctly a Belgian Quad, not nearly as fruity as the nose. Certainly some brown sugar and roasty malt notes, very mild in the fruit.
M: medium bodied, good carbonation, pretty smooth with a fair amount of crispness.
O: good ale, Quad is not my favorite style but I certainly appreciate the intricacies of this one. Would recommend.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2011 01:15:07 | More by beerbiatchMD
3.83/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A - very nice ruby color with brighter hints of red around the edges. Head is a frothy off white that seems to want to stick around
S - smell is of dark fruits like raisons and plums. Has a small hint of alcohol but nothing overbearing
T - a lot more alcohol in the taste. It actually overpowers the fruit a bit. The fruit taste that does come through does not hang around for too long. It's still a very good tasting beer though.
M - does not really coat the mouth but does leave a spicy sensation on the lips after having a few sips. The aftertaste lingers from quite some time on this brew.
O - overall, another nice beer from Ommegang. It's a beer I would drink if it were available but wouldn't be jumping over the bar to get at like a Trappistes Rochefort
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2011 01:14:09 | More by StRocco
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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