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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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5,593 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,593
Reviews: 1,964
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 256
Gots: 900 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. 2011 bottle bought at Stein's in New Orleans. A nightcap.

A: Dark amber with maybe a finger of head that's gone almost instantly. The head drops into a blanket of bubbles and creamy, lacy haze covering the surface. Lacing doesn't cling, but descends. Very active bubbles.

S: Kriek whiff is overwhelming at first, then mellows gradually. Candied cherries, grapes. This is admittedly less insane smelling than expected.

T: Wow. Cherries on the front end (slightly medicinal), then it slowly develops into a malty, rich, beautifully complicated taste. Incredible as it warms; every sip is different.

M: Pretty carbonated -- it dances around on your palate. Slightly numbing. A little sticky as it warms.

O: Three Philosophers is exciting and anyone with access owes themselves to at least a single. Obviously you're probably not going to drink the four-pack. This is the ideal nightcapper and does what an excellent beer is supposed to do: make you feel alive and aware.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy yummy yummy

Though the pour from the glass and the smell not is something to write about the taste and overall diamention of this beer is.

The taste was pleasant and pairs well with both meat & fish.

Compaired to other whites, it left a wonderful after taste that makes you want more. The Belgians really know their beer!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The beer looks beautiful! It is clear and dark reddish-amber in color with a huge chunky off-white head that has excellent retention. The nose is fruit-forward and gives notes of toast, cherries, apples, and grapes.

The beer is medium bodied, highly carbonated, and very drinkable. The first taste is sweet cherries and some rich, malty notes (like shortbread cookies). At mid-palate, the cherries get tart and the beer takes on a wonderfully appetizing, wine-like acidity all the way to the finish. Despite the nearly 10% abv, there isn't even a trace of alcohol in the flavor.

This is one unique beer. I have never had anything quite like it. It seems to combine the complex maltiness of a quad with the tangy acidity of a kriek. Lots of the maltiness is lost, but it is still delicious. I will keep a couple bottles for a while and see how it ages. My only gripe with this stuff is the price. It must be a difficult beer to make.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,593 ratings.