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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
93
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5,484 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,484
Reviews: 1,941
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 239
Gots: 792 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of AAG
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle with a cork...served in a room-temperature pint glass and paired with a couple morsels of dark chocolate...I recommend this pairing.

A - Reddish-brown, carbonation consistently streaming to the top, nice 1-2 finger head initially which dissipated throughout but laced nicely on the edges of the pint glass...looks delicious.

S - Medicinal, alcohol, malt-like, honey, and fruit.

T - Tremendous; complex; creamy throughout; very smooth; deceiving given that it is 9.8% ABV; has a slight bite but very manageable overall.

M - Smooth, creamy, very easy on the palate.

O - One of a kind; a very complex beer; I really enjoyed this belgian quadrupel; I recommend pairing with something sharp (dessert, cheese, or dark chocolate). I highly recommend this beer; so complex that it is hard for me to capture its essence in my review. Great beer...

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
2005

Three Philosophers poured a muddy copper. Bright ruby highlights when held to the light. There was 1 finger off white head that faded fairly quickly to a light sprinkling of foam along the top. Looks like it will be very flavorful. Kind of mysterious and inviting. I cant wait to see what flavors will come out of this.

When I popped the cork I smelled the bottle and it smelled exactly like a chocolate covered cherry. When poured into the glass a lot more scents came along. I still smell the chocolat although it did die down slightly. Theres damp soil, spice from the yeasts, a sweetness, and cherries coming through faintly at the end. For some reason every now and then I'll smell it and get scents I associate with a spiced cider but only occasionally.

The taste is really good. There's so much going on it's hard to describe but I'll give it a shot. There is a punch in the mouth right up front which quickly mellows into all kinds of flavors. I'm picking up sweet malts, an earthiness/musty, spice, chocolate every now and then, and cherries. I pick up something new with every drink. As it warms there's a touch of alcohol. Just enough so it warms your throat. Very complex.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety and creamy. A nice touch of carbonation. Hits quickly and vanishes. Coats my mouth and is slick as I drink.

Drinkability is ridiculous. This beer is so smooth and so easy drinking for a 9+%.

This is a really great beer. I have a few more I'm going to celler but I think I'm going to have to pick up some more to drink in the meantime. Excellent!

Reviewed 10/10/07

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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2/5  rDev -51.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a snifter over 35 minutes.
Pours a thick rosy-brown with pink corona under an ivory-tan cream cap. retention is long, leaving patchwork quilt of cell-like swirls of head. Too opaque to notice much else. Laces in sheets that slip down fast.
Smells festive and sweet with cherries, raisins, bubble gum, banana, and brandy. There's some clove and a dash of both cinnamon and ginger. It's potently heady. Big sniffs bring out a campfire smokiness underneath, as well as rubber, petrol, and baked macadam. While sitting with the aftertaste, I feel pumpernickel bread working its way from the back of my tongue up into my nose. The complexity is worth pausing to unravel.
There's a spiciness right up front that's accentuated by the carbonation. It's a pleasant slice through what would otherwise be a very heavy fruitcake. It is sweet with flavors matching the nose, but tart acids (tasting of apricot) also aide with balance that promotes drinkability. With nose deep in the glass, there's a Stilton essence that comes up and also later lingers on the tongue, but it's mild and in check with a malt foundation, caramel shell, hint of espresso, and a dash of pepper.
Surprisingly, this heavy brew doesn't linger in the mouth. And I find it a relief that it slides by in a blend of tart and cream without being too chewy or sticky. The bright carbonation early and late-gulp lightness offset the heft of flavors. Warmth in the belly warns that it will catch up with you, though.
Overall, I like this creation even more that many Belgian counterparts. It's the mouthfeel that really makes that happen for me--as a contrast to the syrupy cordial character that can make these beers intriguing, but tiring to try to consume. I'd drink this one too long for my health, especially on a chilly evening.

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red brown; cloudy. Pours with a medium head with somewhat little retention. Though a nice thin and uniform lace lines the side of the glass throughout the drinking experience.

S: Dark dried fruits. Strong aroma of fig and malt, with cherries layered behind - while a bright acidity lays atop the overall experience. There is a funk smell of cheese as well.

T: Toasty flavor and malt richness envelop the tastebuds first - then dark cherries come through soon after, followed by a more subdued fig appearance.

M: Medium to full bodied - highly carbonated, which makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise. Surprisingly stimulating on the tongue and palate. A full mouth experience.

O: Overall a very nice creation. For the ethanol content- as well as the true richness of its flavor components, this is an incredibly drinkable beer, and surprisingly somewhat refreshing as well. Not insanely filling, as many beers with similar flavor profiles can be - and also does not scream winter warming seasonal brew. This can shine on its own, but wonderfully also accompany food as well. Definitely worth a try!! I will absolutely have this again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jeff1973
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Three Philosophers snifter. Bottled 1/13/13, so roughly 8 mos old.

A - Hazy reddish brown. Off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Dried cherry, date, fig. Bright raspberry.

T - You get all the dried fruits, plus a nice dose of brown sugar along w/ a little Belgian funk. Everything melds well. Dries out nicely on the end.

M - Medium-full. Medium carbonation that fits perfect.

O - Great beer! Everything you want in a nice Quad, and dangerously Uber-drinkable. Great price point.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Trappist glass. Minimal head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is rich with ripe apricot, banana and lemon.
The taste is complex and nicely balanced. Lots of fruit which brings a moderate sweetness to the overall flavor. It has a slight sour finish.
The texture is crisper with moderate carbonation.
Nicely done.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,484 ratings.