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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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5,729 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,729
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,030 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Ratings: 5,729 | Reviews: 2,002
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3.67/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Murrhey
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the Ommegang mixed 8-pack

A- Dark reddish brown, slightly translucent, slightly above average carbonation, about 2 fingers foamy off-white head with good retention, some lacing.

S- Fairly aromatic, could smell while pouring. Malts, floral smell, slightly minty, dark fruits.

T- Dark fruit- cherries, plums, etc.; malts; slightly sweet; great aftertaste.

M- Medium Bodied, a tiny bit syrupy. Average carbonation, smooth, very drinkable at almost 10%, well balanced.

O- I definitely enjoyed this beer. It's very rare that you can get a mixed pack with such good beers. Definitely a good offering from Ommegang.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TheBigE5
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of head, very dark amber coloring. Lacing sticks to the glass for quite a while after sipping.

S - Pronounced cloves and malt. Dark fruits and a little yeast. Appropriate and consistent for a quadruple.

T - Bold malts. Not as sweet as i expected from the nose. Lots of other flavors in the background, complex. Spices, breads and a slight alcohol finish.

M - Heavy mouthfeel and pretty carbonated. More of a sipper.

O - Awesome beer. Very complex and has a ton of flavors to savor. I will look forward to drinking this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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