Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.1/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
750ml bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a clear dark amber color with two fingers of off white head.
S: Strong prune aroma in this beer - dark fruits really dominate the smell. As i keep smelling, i get some dark cherry and a hint of sour cherry with the prines. I get a bit of clove and orange bitters in the background, but it's faint.
T: Prunes are still quite strong in the flavor, but the beer is a bit brighter than I expected based on the aroma. I get dark cherries, a bit of toffee, and a nice, subtle sour cherry finish. Spices are fairly restrained until the finish, where I get a nice clove flavor to add some complexity and balance. As the beer warms up, I get more and more spices - cloves, cardamom, and orange bitters. No hint of ABV.
M: Medium thickness for the style with strong carbonation.
O: Age has done this beer well. I got no boozy taste whatsoever, and the yeast brought out some nice spiciness, particularly in the aftertaste. This is the best American Quad I've ever had, but I don't think that's as good of a compliment as most would.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2013 03:06:00 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance is a very dark brown with some ruby tinges when held up to light. A 1.5-finger tan head rests atop the body and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing that continues to cling to the glass. Spiced cherries obviously hit the nose first, but this mellows into an blend of herbs, figs, and roasted malts. When digging deep, that cherry note is so fresh and organic that any sort of harsh alcohol presence is immediately cast aside. Some banana is faint along with the overall breadiness that provides a nice foundation for the nose.
The first thing that hits the nose is a mix of the sweet, organic cherries found in the aroma and a bitter earthy hop note with a touch of alcohol. This mellows into a very smooth bready malt taste that gradually caresses the tongue until finishing with a subdued Belgian yeast note with some of the downplayed banana mentioned earlier. Carbonation is medium to low, though the high point of the mouthfeel is the gradual way in which the brew continually reveals itself, as opposed to the typically discrete tripartite view of "front, middle, finish". Overall, a very nice quad and a great go-to beer if you want something a little sweeter than St. Bernardus Abt 12 for a readily accessible quad.
Serving type: bottle
02-06-2013 10:52:53 | More by Tomhet
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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