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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

5,117 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,117
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 206
Gots: 616 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

MichaelBuck, Feb 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Dduquette, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

getbehindthemule, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

brewbaker, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

ThunderEagle, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tigrstylz, Feb 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

AaronKashtan, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of nmbr0ne
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in goblet.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown color with thick off-white head. Good retention.

Smell: Spices like cinnamon and cloves. Bananas, apples, cherries. Smells tarty.

Taste: The bananas, apples, and cherries are definitely present in the taste too. Not too sweet, which I like. Dry, hoppier finish that is only the slightest bit bitter. Good flavors overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: A delicious quad indeed. I really enjoyed the mixtures of the different fruit flavors that balanced off with the light-bitterness finish.

nmbr0ne, Feb 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Andrew4321, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage...

A - Pours a lovely deep mahogany body with a creamy caramel-coloured head. Amazing (and I mean AMAZING) head retention and lacing.

S - Quite fruity on the nose, with hints of cherry, strawberry and red grapes. I'm also getting some chocolate, caramel, and some clove.

T - The taste builds up from a bursting complex fruitiness, with hints of cherries, plums, dates, grapes, even strawberries. Then enter the bready caramel malts, with a slight funkiness from the yeast. Moderate sweetness. The finish is slight tart and bitter, with lingering cherry and caramel notes.

M - Medium (or maybe medium-to-full) body. Medium level of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy texture to it. A bit of clovey spiciness on the palate. There is some alcohol in the flavour, but it does not take away from the amazing drinkability of the beer.

O - This is one of the most drinkable quads I've had. Complex, not too thick or boozy, and quite original as well. Well recommended!

NightINgale, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of stckhndlr
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD

A- Mahogany brown red with a 1 finger tan head. Cloudy with great lacing.

S- Dark fruit, currents, raisins, cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar.... Needless to say this one is very complex.

T- Smooth malty taste with sugars, nice spice on the back end with a dark fruit bitterness, cloves, and maybe even a touch of banana.

M- Starts smooth and works to a creamy texture with the clove spice tingling the tongue on the finish.

)- Fantastic beer, easy drinking, the complexity works. It's like Asian cooking (a ton of different flavors working together in harmony to form one great flavor.)

stckhndlr, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

chevre, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a rich, tawny brew showing maroon and reddish hues when held to the light. It holds a half finger tall head of tan bubbles, but this recedes quickly to leave a smoky film over the top of the liquid. Lacing is spotty and wet, dripping down the sides of the glass. There is serious haze with little yeasty chunks. Carbonation appears active. The kriek inclusions are obvious immediately on smelling. These are sour, with big fresh cherries and booze. Otherwise, the aroma is a total malt bomb, with deep caramel, light molasses, and sweet sugars. Clovey phenols add to the cherry as a bittering complement. As we sip, a souring grain mash mixes with fermented cherries and bready yeast. Sweet banana esters add a sugary component, softening the front. The middle moves with those sweet esters, and more white sugar and steely grain. The finish is boozy, but not overly so. The tartness of the cherries finally swoops in, with more steely yeast, and darker, more caramel grain. There is the faintest grassiness of hops as the final drops leave your mouth. The aftertaste is of steely yeast, strong kriek flavors, and lactic milkiness. The body is full, broad, and chewy, while the carbonation is medium. There is big coating, with wet grain and slight metallics affording slickness. There is great froth and cream to each sip, with good slurpability. The abv is appropriate and the beer is very warming. The beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. The aroma sets things up nicely, but the tastes showcased a creative way to present a Quad. The blend of the malty base with the sweeter and tarter fruit was very nice, and unique for the style.

TheBrewo, Jan 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

BlueTrace, Jan 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

joshwalt, Jan 31, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of a flight at Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA. Expectations were high. Poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep reddish brown, thin head. Exquisite lacing.

S- Hoppy with sour and lighter fruits. Typical Quad.

T- Light fruits, light malts and boozy. It's damn good.

M- Pretty thick bodied, well carbonated.

O- Great beer!

Murrhey, Jan 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

ystazi, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

TobinMitnick, Jan 30, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage Jan 9 2012

Pours a hazy amberish color with a 1 finger head that fades very quickly.

Smell is sweet with small fruit presence.

Tasts has a lot of dark fruit going on, you can really taste the cherry lambic in there. You get a small hop precence in the end. Alcohol is present just not as much as I would have thought.

Mouthfeel is average, maybe a little over carbonated.

A good beer that everyone should have at least once.

nickapalooza86, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

senorscientist, Jan 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

viker, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

felixljr, Jan 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

MaddDogg84, Jan 29, 2012
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,117 ratings.