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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,828 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,828
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 176
Gots: 484 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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SurfboardCollector


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from corked bottle into Duvel chalice.
Dark brown color with creamy one thumb head that quickly diminished.
Strong smell of cherry at first, settling down to a malty chocolate by the third taste.
Taste of chocolate covered cherries with slight alcohol.
Mouthfeel is dessert like, unlike the Belgian Quads which have usually one strong characteristic that defines them.
Overall, I think the price keeps me coming back to this beer. A comparable Belgian costs about 50 percent more in my area.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 23:49:40 | More by SurfboardCollector
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BelgiumBill

Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 uncorked today and poured into an Ommegang tulip glass. The cork came out easily and poured with a 3/4 inch beige head which receded to a ring and thin blanket. The color was nutmeg brown and translucent at the edges.
Smelled of ripe fruits, date, raisin, brown bread. It has candied sweet aromas.
Fruit cake and a little booze as you sip it. A viscous body with some light but lively carbonation. Lingering sweetness in the mouth.
I had this when it first came out and liked it but I was concerned it might not be so good after sitting in my cabinet for over a year. It held up really well. I don't recall all the characteristics of it when I first had it but I feel like it is more complex and subtle than I remember.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 17:45:16 | More by BelgiumBill
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BrockGibson31

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-23-2013 20:49:56 | More by BrockGibson31
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tulip at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia.

A- Amber with some light brown hues. A little hazy. Creamy light tan head, rather thin, and a slight bit of lacing.

S- A dry sweetness hits the nose, yeast esters, with a slight cherry malt combination.

T- Malty biscuit, with a slight tang. It may be cherry, but I think I'm just searching for the flavor since I know it's in there. It becomes more apparent with temperature increase.

M- Smooth, deceivingly high ABV is well hidden, but has a slight warming feel, and a stick bitter tang.

O- I think the combination with the kriek is very interesting. It adds tang to what would be a powerfully sweet beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 19:40:28 | More by BWED
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JSkone09

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-23-2013 19:12:59 | More by JSkone09
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KingEdward

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-23-2013 01:32:52 | More by KingEdward
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ScottHeidrich119

Maine

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 22:44:41 | More by ScottHeidrich119
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dokupe

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-22-2013 21:57:04 | More by dokupe
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JWing

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-22-2013 15:25:15 | More by JWing
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rallyr32

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

02-22-2013 04:12:07 | More by rallyr32
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DenverLogan

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From corked bottle...packaged 9/6/2012. Label is different from one in BA stock photo...newer design. Says best by 9/2017...I guess I'm jumping the gun a tad!
Significant pop...poured into big Gulden Draak chalice.
Dark copper brown with big tan head.
Big aroma of oak, oats, booze, candy sugar, roasted malts, chestnuts, fresh baked sugar doughnuts.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of tropical fruit rind, powdered sugar, roasted malts, chestnuts, alcohol..let's give this 5 minutest to open up...
OK...small head remains...big aroma of alcohol, caramel, roasted malts. Flavors of molassas, bitter tropical fruit rind, alcohol, burnt malts...I'll give this another 5 minutes...
Yeah...this is a big, bad, rough & tough and complex quad...the aroma and flavors stay strong from start to finish. Twenty minutes into the brew it's mellowed only a little, which is fine for a quad. What kinda puts me back is the strong fruit melon compared to sweet malts that I might expect from, say, a Koningshoeven, which has varied quit a bit over the years. Not to be rough, and with quads the flavor profile can vary greatly, but, perhaps largely because of the yeast, this brew doesn't have the taste appeal of a St Bernardus Abt 12, Westy, Pannepot, or Allagash Four, depending what you call a quad. Those beer I love, this one is challenging, but also enjoyable for the big beer seeker.
Re-edit...50 minutes into this beer it's fully opened up. I'm upping the overall & taste categories, but note, it takes at last half an hour for this brew, even in a big chalice, to fully open and start to resemble the qualities of the above mentioned brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:33:14 | More by DenverLogan
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bsopko

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-21-2013 06:07:21 | More by bsopko
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mikeweimer

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

02-21-2013 02:57:11 | More by mikeweimer
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Gschaf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-21-2013 00:10:28 | More by Gschaf
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-21-2013 00:09:38 | More by Pensfan0782
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Smile

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-20-2013 21:23:57 | More by Smile
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laxer8811

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-20-2013 00:20:17 | More by laxer8811
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2013 21:19:20 | More by Phillyz
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Theklub


4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-19-2013 07:04:38 | More by Theklub
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Michigan

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-19-2013 04:52:08 | More by Michigan
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OleDixie

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

02-18-2013 23:54:32 | More by OleDixie
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.4%

02-18-2013 19:18:29 | More by DIPAFAN
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Danielr26

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-18-2013 17:18:16 | More by Danielr26
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stobliss

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-18-2013 06:07:51 | More by stobliss
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.1.13
2011

A - Pours a carmel brown with a fizzy light tan head that is gone almost instantly.

S - Ripe fruit, raisin, carmels.

T - Old dark fruit, carmel, bready.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet and dark fruit, not my favorite right now.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 05:16:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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