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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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92
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4,909 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 189
Gots: 516 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Antnyd82

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2011 23:59:53 | More by Antnyd82
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mrebeka

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-26-2011 18:53:59 | More by mrebeka
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-26-2011 13:32:57 | More by jpd7374
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magictacosinus

California

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
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Jakers90

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-25-2011 21:06:08 | More by Jakers90
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AlexDank

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

12-25-2011 17:42:08 | More by AlexDank
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4balance


4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-24-2011 17:14:55 | More by 4balance
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andrewmonks

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2011 09:03:47 | More by andrewmonks
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FeliciousDoyle

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2011 06:46:26 | More by FeliciousDoyle
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jtw21

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-24-2011 06:19:21 | More by jtw21
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

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
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amrozga

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2011 21:43:26 | More by amrozga
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-23-2011 20:36:00 | More by ShemRahBoo
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casualfan

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-23-2011 13:42:26 | More by casualfan
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cbgbslev

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-23-2011 02:52:22 | More by cbgbslev
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hyprlt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2011 18:46:52 | More by hyprlt
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newenglandontap

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2011 00:42:11 | More by newenglandontap
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PthPndr

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-21-2011 23:57:29 | More by PthPndr
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-21-2011 05:38:10 | More by CelticAleMan
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acanovas

New York

1/5  rDev -75.8%

12-21-2011 01:28:41 | More by acanovas
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -27.5%

12-20-2011 23:26:13 | More by BobZ
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-20-2011 21:31:09 | More by xdefeatsy
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.8%

12-20-2011 19:46:54 | More by weaselchew
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StRocco

New Hampshire

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
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Dotterr1

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

12-19-2011 22:27:27 | More by Dotterr1
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 4,909 ratings.