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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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Ratings: 5,730
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this at a local Wegman's back in October and knew it would be my beer to enjoy after Thanksgiving dinner this year.

Pours a hazy mahogany color with a very slight head that remained throughout. Fair amount of lacing left along the glass. The smell was terrific -- cherry, plum, malt, a subtle hint of alcohol, and an overall light roasted oak aroma. The taste was crisp, sweet, and full-bodied. For a beer with 9.80 ABV, this was not too overpowering.

Might just make this a Thanksgiving tradition...

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750ml caged and corked, solid bottle, 2011 edition.

This beer pours, after an ethereal snaking of post-pop ethereal smoke, a dark, hazy, red brick colour, with one finger of loosely foamy off-white head, which wisps away rather quickly, leaving a few specks of wayward clouds in the way of lace.

It smells of sweet bready malt, with hints of cherry cough syrup, a sturdy dark fleshy black fruitiness, some middling bready caramel malt, and soft notes of salty licorice. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, one readily consumed by a wallop of sassy dark fruit (plums and prunes, mostly), all mildly sour in their bearing, a subtle yeastiness, more Halls-esque medicinal cherry, some almost hidden clove notes, with the big-boy ABV quite well obfuscated.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just an updraft here and there, the body a plucky medium weight, and innocuously smooth. It finishes rather off-dry, the fruity malt the life of the party, and Big Cherry the ringleader.

Well, at only 2% of the blend, the cherry kriek component does well to represent, spurring other thoughts of comparative low number, high value providers in our cultural midst - I only somewhat kid. I sense here a decent ode to a strong Belgian dark ale, but going all upstart colony with the cherry juicing gag. Once past the academic firsties, I can say that they've succeeded in their melange of traditional Belgian flavours - my oblivious initial confusion slowly turns to gentle appreciation.

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The bottle opened with a lot of smoke. Creamy creamy beer with good head. I love *good* head. Plenty of healthy lacing. I love the look of this brew. One of the prettiest out there.

Strong sweet fruit scent. Cherry, but subtle cherry. Not cherry cough drop like Sam Adams Cherry Wheat.

Taste is warm and wonderful. Creamy with good body. A favorite of mine. May have a peppery like spice, but sweet heavy fruit undertone. Compares well against St. B and Rochefort 10 in head to head tasting, but this is a unique and different animal. This is radical.

Classic in the Belgian sense of darker brews. Very cool bottle championing the words "Three Philosophers" which is a "reference to a William Blake’s An Island in the Moon, a satire written in 1784 and published posthumously. In the novel, there are three main characters: Quid the Cynic --- Suction the Epicurean ---- Sipsop the Pythagorean!" courtesy of youtube BEERGEEKNATION beer reviewer guy.

I drink this beer with the best of the gentle music that is beautiful 20th century music and especially the 60s radicals such as AMM's electronic atmospheres.

Anyway 3 Philosophers is world class top quality brew. America has brewed its Guiness.

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A - a deep purple brown, half finger of head dissipated to some random lacing
S - big in plumb and cherry aromas with some phenolic and licorice
T - very sweet and dark maltiness, fruity dark cherry, phenolic, and a hint of hoppiness with some alcohol heat
M - creamy smooth start with a mild alcohol tingle, rich syrupy sweet finish
O - a silky smooth big belgian, that cherry accent adds an extra kick of sweetness that makes this almost wine like in some ways but still all brew, so glad we have a few from this brewer in town now

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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