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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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5,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,598
Reviews: 1,966
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 255
Gots: 907 | FT: 18
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a ruddy, rustic brown color. Like some mudwater where the water has lots of iron in it. Like runoff. The yeast floaties don't help. It doesn't look bad, especially not with the two fingers of tan-inflected foam, foam the color of coffee with a lot of milk added.

The aroma was surprisingly... distant and closed. I pick up on the blended cherry sweetness, and there's a bit of raisin. But the malts are mostly lacking. The yeast strain gives off a lot of cloves, but that's it. It's an unrefined aroma, and I wasn't expecting that.

The taste is better: there's a richness to the malt profile that the aroma didn't at all hint at. Caramelized raisins, fruitcake, and cherry candy make for a sweet sipper. The beer lacks pizzazz, though. It lacks tastiness. It has positive flavor components, but they aren't in an optimal balance or level of intensity.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot-on, admittedly. The attenuation level is Belgian-appropriate. The body is in the medium range and lifted up by the active carbonation. It's super-sweet but balanced a bit by the yeast's phenols and spice. Overall, this is an above-average Quad. A damn fine American attempt at the style, but not a great example compared to the revered Belgian inspirations.

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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice muddied burgandy in brooklyn my tulip glass, nice finger of caramel colored head, acceptable retention, ok lacing.

S - Dark fruit, cherry/grapes/raisins, some musty belgian funk, grainy.

T - Mildy sour, dark fruits, strong cherry like flavors up front, grape like flavors and maltyness afterwards. Slightly dry finish.

M - Quite drinkable at near 10%, appropriate carbonation. Decent brew for sure

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep burgundy, good clarity with a fair bit of sediment. Big head at first that melts away after a few minutes.

S: Raisins, candies, toffee, burnt sugar, rochefort-esque phenolic profile, alcohol.

T: Lots more raisins and candy, very smooth and rounded. Something about it just doesn't quite 'pop' enough, but it's a very solid quad.

M: The dryness makes this strong beer very easy to drink.

O: A nice example of the style that never quite reaches the greatness of it's inspiration.

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4.52/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this for a while, finally decided to splurge and get it for my birthday.

Pours an extraordinarily dark amber color. A thick, robust, and foamy forms.

Cherries and sourness up front. Some grainy and musty aromas also make themselves known, but they are more subtle.

Tastes of dark fruit (more specifically, cherries), and is quite yeasty. A mild spiciness is in the background, but it is still pretty grainy/sweet. Great complexity here.

Extremely well balanced. The alcohol is masked, but the warming quality is still there. Good carbonation lends a crispness to the beer, but it is still full bodied. The mouthfeel is the best aspect.

I had high expectations, and was not disappointed. This is a fine product and I definitely recommend it.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,598 ratings.