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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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BA SCORE
92
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4,881 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,881
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 182
Gots: 505 | FT: 14
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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jhu1995

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2005, caged cork bottle.

Was given this one as a gift and could not wait to try, so I opened it up and gave it a whirl. I absolutely loved the color, a beautiful dark red, cherry wood color that was very crisp and clear. Outstanding. A sweet cherry aroma that was very subtle and smooth. Also noticed a slight medicinal smell, but did not think it was very overpowering or consuming. Taste was a bit rough, and would probably be better with a year of aging. Cherry taste was very noticeable and was quite interesting since it did not have the lambic-like tartness. I would purchase this one and probably let it age a year or two to smooth out some of the rough edges and let some of the malt characters come though. Overall, a very interesting and original beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 02:11:09 | More by jhu1995
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kbub6f

New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There are two good inches of dense, fizzy, tan head. Color is a cloudy, dark brown with pale sediment. Wow: rich, tangy nose has dark toffee syrup, chocolate and cherries. The front is tangy toffee, spicy with butter. In the middle there is dark, rich malt and tangy fruit. Lots of alcohol in the finish, with some buried cherries and bitter chocolate. Nice cherries push forward in the aftertaste, with some biscuit and spice. Wow. What a great use for Lindemans Kriek. Delicious, spicy, dark, fruity brew with a quite bitter finish. Brilliant.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 16:09:37 | More by kbub6f
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Brewed 2004”

Dark amber-ruby in hue with some brown coloring in the mix. The color of the liquid is very attractive. It is mysterious. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was fair; it steadily faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not widespread. This is a damn pleasing beer to look at.

The nose is a tropical array of luscious malts and dark fruits. I love the strong blend of dark cherries, dates, figs, raisins, and the very appetizing maltiness. There is great power in the nose, plus there is plenty of depth. There are hints of wood, clove, pepper, and a smattering of medicinal qualities and even a hint of tobacco leaf. I’ve smelled this beer many times and I enjoy every sniff… every time. Lovely. Inviting.

The palate is fun. It is like a really good summer blockbuster. No, this beer is not Oscar worthy but it is something you’d see in the theaters two or three times and then buy the DVD. It is fun. It is enjoyable. So is this beer. The nose cued me in and the palate delivered on a strong malty blast that holds up to the firm and deep dark fruitiness. The flavors pop… dark cherries, oaky, cloves, band-aids, figs, dates, apples, rum, and a kiss of candy sugar, brown sugar, and chocolate. This is a very well constructed beer. This is a real gem from Ommegang. You know… maybe… this beer is Oscar worthy after all, now that I really think about it. Yeah, it is that good.

Medium in body, active carbonation, the bubbles are compact and tiny but jumpy. It is plenty firm and healthy. Long aftertaste. This beer begs to be paired with complex cheeses and rich, creamy foods.

What a wonderful beer. Wonderful. It could be improved but I’m not sure how, exactly. Its not lacking… I drink this beer often but not often enough. This bottle has been in my cellar for a few months. My 750ml bottle was purchased in Milwaukee, MN. Now the smaller bottles are available in Omaha. Hell Yeah!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 14:30:58 | More by bditty187
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bceaglejoe

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a rich, dark amber-brown color into a tulip glass, producing a thick tan head with very good retention. A nice cascade showed off a decent amount of carbonation. This could be one of the best-looking beers out there. Strong red wine characteristics came across on the nose, with some alcohol scent. A fruity aroma was balanced by a strong malt presence.

Tasting: Very strong alcohol flavors hit the tongue and came across in the aftertaste. After the initial sip, which left a strong impression, some malt flavors started to come through. Faint cherry flavors were present, and they were rather sweet as well (hence the "cherry lambic added" note on the label). A silky smooth mouthfeel and a medium body are very positive aspects of this beer. It's also a very drinkable beer, although the alcohol content may discourage drinking more than one or two of it. It would go well with food or as an after-dinner beer with some cheese and crackers.

This is a good Quadrupel. I would recommend this beer (as well as other Ommegang products) to someone who would like an introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:08:10 | More by bceaglejoe
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby brown with a small tan head that slowly dissapates. Lots of sediment rests in the bottom of the glass. Some sticky lacing clings to the glass.
Smell is of sweet chocolate covered cherries and syrup.
Taste is richly of chocolate cherries, caramel, candy sugar, and yeast.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, tingly, with a bit of a sugary sweetness lingering towards the front of the tongue. Seems to have a rich, truffle like finish.
Drinkability is a little less than good b/c it was hard for me to enjoy it while sipping. The alcohol is very evident and it made it difficult for me to want to finish the big bottle or look for any more. If you split this amongst 3 or 4 people to cap the night off, that's more like the speed of this one.

Finger licking good.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 16:33:53 | More by weeare138
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear burgundy color. Poured carefully as per the bottle as to not agitate the sediment. Head was nice, can't really speak to lacing d/t the swirling I'm doing to get that nice aroma.

S: Malty, sweet, just a bare hint of the lambic used, gives it a very subdued funky cherry smell. Dark fruity aromas of raisins and black cherry. Alcohol smell was powerful at first sip but has since mellowed to a faint medicinal smell in the background.

T: Not sweet per se, but fruity with a little bit of the cherry flavor. Tastes of alcohol soaked fruits. Can't really taste any hops. Definitely a beer to savor as you sip.

M: Fairly strong alcohol warming, not surprising considering the stated ABV%. Nice level of carbonation, the fizziness of it helps carry the aromas and flavors. Smooth. Medium body.

D&N: Very nice beer here, wish it were packaged in a smaller bottle, this big bottle will take me a few hours to enjoy. Very complex, drinks more like a nice wine than a beer. Worthy of trying if you like quads.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2005 05:25:29 | More by JackTheRipper
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Snagged this bottle from Wild Oats on my way out of Omaha, and I am once again in the comfort of my own home in Iowa City and drinking from my chalice. This is a very interesting beer. I can't quite decide if I like it or not. It's not quite as good as the beer who's chalice this one now occupies (St. Bernardus), that's for sure, but it is tasty nonetheless.

The appearance is awesome. A very dark plum color which lets absolutely no light pass through. This is topped by a huge fluffy brownish head that lasts forever, leaving a spotty lace as the glass empties.

Smells very tart, like figs, plums, etc. A bit floral, a small hint of cherry when well aerated. Even seems to have an oak aged aroma to it, which I would probably be happier without. The sweetness of the malts and candi sugars kicks the olfactory senses into high gear. Smells very alcoholic.

The taste is very well connected with the smell, only adding a bit of a spicy bitterness from a slightly hopped aftertaste. Also worth noting is the hard metallic taste from the foam licked from off my upper lip after each tip.

The mouthfeel is very thick. This is obviously a beer with a huge alcohol content, as can be judged from the sweetness and incredible body, but not necessarily from the ethanol taste (though that taste is quite noticable).

This isn't the most highly drinkable beer obviously, intended more for sipping and pondering I suppose. In this sense, I really enjoyed the brew, but there was also a side to it that I found to be too much for me. Also slightly disappointing was that I couldn't even detect a hint of the kriek blend on the label until very late in the aftertaste (well after the brew is finished). Worth a drink, but make sure you are able to be alone with your beer and your thoughts, or at least in the company of a few like minded and intelligent drunkards.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 05:23:28 | More by neonbrown82
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GIVEMEBACKMYSON

Alaska

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm smelling apple tree branches, carrots, caramel, peat moss, and canned pears.

Pours a translucent cider color with good head display and retention. Looks quite good in this "borrowed" tulip glass i've got here.

Initially this comes off with a dry, tart vinous flavor. This quickly gives way to a more cherry pit type of bitterness. Sticky sweet with a mild notion of molasses. Molasses is quickly forgotten and replaced by a sense of some other burnt sugariness. Overall it comes to a meeting of two forces. The bitter side of various fruits (apple peels, orange pulp, cherry pits, plum pits, various others) vs. the sweet side of malts drenched in candy.

Mouthfeel is bubbly. No shit. But the attacking carbonation really wakes up my tongue. But it's groggy, unsure if it is really awake or still in the dreamworld. Thick and sticky yet light. Hmmm.

Drinkability and notes: I think I understand this beer, and by that I mean that I don't really understand it. The name, Three Philosopheres, that I get. Different ideas, different lives, clashing persona. That is definitely a theme here. This beer clashes different senses. Bitter vs. candy, abrasive CO2, complacent candy sugar malt body. But it makes it a tough beer to figure. That's fine, as I sense this was the intention. For the money, I think this is pretty enjoyable, thinker and all.

Addendum: Review was written during 1st 12-14 oz. Upon finishing the bottle, I stand by the review. But I say that this beer, although a thinker by nature, is best if you just drink and let it be what it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 16:58:08 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
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kegerator

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice offering.
pours a deep brown/ruby color with a nice 1 inch head that sits and leaves good lacing.
aroma was chocolate covered cherries with hints of caramel, very slight spice and some raisiny fruitiness.
taste started with a slightly sour cherry hit then finishes with a fairly smooth caramel malt and some spice from the belgian side of it. very wine like. it finished slightly dry with a nice alcohol tinge in the throat. quite warming as it went down. all in all a solid brew

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 14:13:50 | More by kegerator
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watermelonman

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring to a great dark ruby, this beer looks good even considering the minimal head and lack of lace.

The smell is extremely nice, giving a smooth cherry flavor on top an otherwise strong and appealing combination of malts. The taste brings layers of caramel and dark malts, with cherry more blended than simply added to the rest of the flavor. The mouthfeel is a little light, as might be expected after blending lambic in. This stuff is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 18:23:55 | More by watermelonman
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Chadbrew

Delaware

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a beautiful deep, deep caramel color topped by a fairly tight beige head that just never says die. I swear the carbonation doesn't get in the way of the taste or the mouthfeel but is ever present in the appearance. Smells like plums mostly, definitely some alcohol in there too. About three quarters of the way through this and I can't decide whether it tastes more like cherries or grapes. Either way it is incredibly fruity and almost wine-like. Oh yeah... did I mention there is some alcohol in this. The mouthfeel is very good, lots of body but still light, kinda like eating fruity marshmallows. Drinkability, hmmm... well as much as I would like to keep tossin' this back it's very rich and got quite a kick. It will definitely be something to stash in the cellar for future desserts.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 01:41:35 | More by Chadbrew
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Dmann

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer but not as good as I was expecting. This one poured a very dark brownish red color with a small bit of lacing around the glass. The smell was not to prominant and I could only detect a scent of alchohol and malty sweetness. The flavor was allmost too sweet for my liking and it left my mouth quite dry. Lots of malts dominated the scent, a little too much domination to me. Overall, try pairing it wilh a good cigar but drink slowly and wiith caution.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 11:12:47 | More by Dmann
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Gaisgeil

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I walked into this one not expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Pours a deep ruby red, very clear and shimmering with a thick and fluffy tan head that had excellent retention. Lots of lacing throughout. Nose is very rich, intensely malty with a generous waft of cherries, very attractive! Taste follows suit to a large degree, hints of clove, tons of malt, caramel and of course, cherries. The Lindeman's does wonders for this brew adding just enough of cherry flavor to make it stand out but not take over. Slight alcohol bite, but nothing near what you'd expect by the ABV.

A very, very enjoyable brew. I'm quite impressed.

Slàinte!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 09:06:43 | More by Gaisgeil
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TongoRad

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a cloudy yet rich copper/brown with a dense, albeit not so long lasting, tan head. The head easily resurrects itself with a little swirl of the glass.

Bouquet is luxuriously malty with a good helping of cherries and caramel. Hints of a spicy nature in the background suggest coriander and perhaps sweet orange peel. Overall very inviting- nothing even remotely out of place- and possibly this beer's best feature.

Flavors are dominated by the caramel first and cherries second- essentially following through on the nose. Mouthfeel is moderately full. A sharp whack of bitterness and acidity brings it all home, minimizing any cloying tendencies the beer might have. The finish is a lingering sensation of dried cherries. Alcohol (9.8%) is barely noticible.

A tremendous effort- very well concieved and executed. Any thoughts one might have of a gimmick concept should quickly disappear upon the first sniff of this wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2005 01:14:48 | More by TongoRad
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HogHill

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 2004 edition into its proper glass. It has a murky brown body which has some dark ruby tones when held up to the light. A small tan head faded to lace around the rim of the glass.

A little bit of a chocolate and mocha aroma. Since I know it's blended with Lindeman's Kriek, I want to say cherry cordials too. But I don't if I'd pick up on that in the nose or on my palate, very subtle.

Very rich/sweet malt flavor, complex. Perhaps the sweetness stems from the lambic it is blended with, or maybe it's just the dark fruit flavor from the malts (I'm a beer drinker Jim, not a sommelier!) Rummy.

Feels a bit cloying at first, but it was quickly cut up by the carbonation. Medium to heavy body.

Drinkability: this is so rich I don't think I could handle multiple offerings over the short term, but as for long term, I will definitely confer with the Three Philosophers as they are quite affordable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 02:31:09 | More by HogHill
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a medium thick dark beige head. Thin, slippery lacing. The aroma is fruity and spicy, with a pinch of malt. Medium-bodied with a tart but subtle cherry character. Sweet malt, spice and yeast flavors are offset nicely by the added Lambic. The finish is lively and long and fruity. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 22:04:14 | More by Dogbrick
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good amber brown pour with a healthy two finger khaki head. Deep caramel nose with candi sugar sweetness and a nice mellow cherry. Quite a nice nose...a bit yeasty.

Big caramel maltiness upfront with a bit of roasted nuts. Some spicy yeastiness works its way in there as well. The cherry lambic flavor compliments this brew nicely and rides along in the background. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich with good carbonation. Flows over the palate well. Just a tasty brew overall. Thanks to my dad for sharing this with me on Easter. I will most definetly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2005 04:53:29 | More by orbitalr0x
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Stimack

New York

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided that this would be a good brew to go along with Easter dinner but actually finished the brew before we sat down for dinner. The brew poured to a dark amber color with some highlights of red/burgundy showing through. The brew had a nice sized tan head that had smaller bubbles and stuck around for the entire brew leaving a fair amount of lacing along the sides of the glass. The aromas form this brew are of dark fruit, mostly cherries but can also plums and raisins I think. Also pick up a caramel like malt aromas along with a nice alcohol scent that seems to compliment the brew very well. This is a very smooth brew with a creamy like body. I can taste a lot of malt that lends it to having a sweet taste that does along with the slight cherry flavors. Also seems to have a nut like taste to it along with a slight hop that accent this brew really well. Has a alcohol flavor that gets more pronounced as the brew warms. This beer seems to be very complex as I am sure I am not capturing all of the scents and tastes from this brew adequately, but I can say that this is an extremely good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2005 15:41:05 | More by Stimack
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DESTRO

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big bad quadrupel, slightly hazy, very deep ruby in color with a gorgeous head. smells sweet and spicy, alcohol upfront. maple syrup all over the place, big sweetness taken down a notch by a tart fruitiness (the lambic i presume). a touch yeasty with some nutmet spice. once again the alcohol is there, a slight burn in the nostrils and a nice warming sensation in the tummy. well carbonated and crisp, not heavy at all. a delightful brew that REALLY comes to life as it warms. top notch.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 01:35:05 | More by DESTRO
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really quite good. The beer poured a average brown with a string red tinge to it. A sticky film formed a head on top that stuck to the edges of the glass. The aroma is sweet and fruity--cherries. The flavor is quite quite sweet. The malts and hops are pushed aside by the cherry from the lambic. There are other fruit tones: prunes, apples and pear. The mouthfeel and drinkability is surprisingly rich and bold. The alcohol is nicely hidden, and I feel I must be wary of the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 02:00:29 | More by MuddyFeet
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woemad

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle purchased from Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane for $4.07.

Poured a dark red amber color, very hazy, and with minimal tan head that disappeared quickly.

Smell was spicy and bitter, like dark, brandied fruits, similar to what one encounters in a fruitcake, though more subtle. There was also a scent of something like black licorice, and an underlying malty sweetness. Lurking in the background are unmistakable notes of a strong alcohol presence.

The taste was quite complex. Sweet yet bitter, with the bitterness winning out in the end. There is also a substantial warming sensation from the high percentage of alcohol. Definitely a sipper. While the bitterness includes the expected cherry flavor from the kriek lambic, there is also a flavor similar to figs or raisins. All comes with a thin cloak of sweet maltiness that simply underscores the other flavors.

This is a full bodied, creamy beer that should not be taken lightly. This is a big ‘un.

This was a fine dessert beer, which I paired with some dark chocolate. It seemed a good combination. This is most certainly NOT a session beer. Drink this last, but only if you’ve drank a moderate amount and can still grasp the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 05:51:58 | More by woemad
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twelvsies

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't really delved into the realm of lambics beyond the gueze genre because I never really liked the idea of fruit in beers. Reminds me of a wine cooler or someting. Although I really like little fruity notes that I get in the finer dark ales and quads, etc... So call me a hypocrite. But I really really liked this beer and found it to be not too overly cherryish as I thought it would be. First of all, really nice red amber color with a big poofy tan head, leaving some intricate lacing. Smell and taste are both a world of complexity. The main event really is the dark cherry flavor but there's plenty of other fruity spicy notes in there. Nutmeg, dates, figs, the list goes on and on. Really smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very warming at almost 10%. I had this beer immediately following an Allagash Four and I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would compared to Allagash, one of my favorite breweries. But this beer is definately unique and can hold it's own. I'll probably go back to this one and I encourage anyone who is skeptical about fruit to check it out because it's really not overdone. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 00:39:01 | More by twelvsies
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ChrisBowers

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favorite beer from Ommegang. Poured from a 750ml into a chalice glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with about 1/2 inch of head. Smell is of ripe fruits and alcohol. Taste is rich, malty, slightly sweet up front with a slightly sour finish with some definite warming from the alcohol present. Ripe fruits and sugars are present. This is one of the best US produced Belgian style beers I've had, and I'd put it up there with other Belgian quads and strong ales out there. Pretty drinkable, even though it has a high ABV and the alcohol is definitely apparent. Also, don't be shy about cellaring this one... The bottle I just consumed was cellared for about 9 months and it aged quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2005 01:54:50 | More by ChrisBowers
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

2.58/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearence: Pours a nice ruby red with a thin, beige head.

Smell: The smell is an incredibly spicy alcohol and fruity malt mix. The alcohol is a bit too overwhelming.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is an odd mix of sweet malts and fruits. Tastes almost like a barleywine, only less balanced and mellow. The intesnity and complexity is huge, and is overboard in my opinion. Too much going on to really enjoy the flavor. The mouthfeel is decently creamy and full.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer is too out of control for me. It's not horrible, but the alcohol is really overwhelming, way too much for a 9.8% beer. There are much smoother Quadrupels coming out of Belgium. Try those instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 04:41:47 | More by santoslhalper
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Unibroue tulip from a 750ml with a neck ring that says it was brewed in '04.

Dark amber with some orange hues. Nice medium tan head that hangs around and leaves lots of lacing.

Smells of yeasty bread, raisins and some alcohol. Nice aromas that all work very well together.

Tastes of yeast and some malt with the alcohol warming the finish. Very complex, there's a lot going on here. The cherry becomes more pronounced in the finish as it warms.

Thick but not oily mouthfeel. Drinkable as far as a "big beer" goes, but that alcohol can get on top of you.

Wow! This one looks, smells and tastes like what I would expect a true belgian to be. This is my first time trying an Ommegang product and I'm looking forward to trying others.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 05:39:40 | More by ypsifly
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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