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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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4,885 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,885
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 183
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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zeff80

Missouri

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

2006 Version -- poured into a chalice
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. Left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and cherries. It also had a spicy smell. Alcohol aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted of malt and cherry. Very sweet. It also had a hint of hop spiciness.

M - Mouthfeel was soft and smooth. It is a heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a fasinating beer. I love the kriek taste added to a quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 01:38:43 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-28-2011 15:10:27 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Burgundy-colored, with a formidable head that dissipates into a light cake on the surface.

S - Spicy/sweet alcohol, chocolate, and cherries of course. Kind of reminds me of those alcoholic chocolate covered cherries (go figure).

T - Exceptionally mellow and smooth, like a nice cognac. The cherry lambic is pretty subdued in this bottle; it's there in the background, adding a bit of tart sourness, but it's blended evenly with flavors of dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. I'm curious to see if the kriek is more prominent in fresher bottles. I would guess that aging mellows out the lambic and blends the flavors a bit.

M - On the fuller side of medium-bodied. The long-lasting head gives it some creaminess. This is a rich, heavy, filling beer.

D - Surprisingly good considering how rich and alcoholic it is, largely thanks to the rather mellow flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 02:15:06 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:47:20 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. A carefull pour renders a clear, reddish-brown body with crimson and orange highlights. An off-white, creamy but short-lived head leaves only very minor lace (possibly due to the high level of alcohol, or maybe the need for some more conditioning). The nose displays dark fruit (raisins, fig) and some alcohol. The medium body is lightened by a moderate, but still gently effervescent (very fine bubbled), carbonation. True to the description on the label, the flavor is rich with raisins and pears; as well as some apricot and slightly tart apple. It's mildly sweet maltiness also lends a nutty quality (hazelnut?) that becomes more obvious in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but far from intrusive. It finishes dry with some residual sweet fruity malt. Quite enjoyable. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 19:08:28 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-11-2013 01:31:54 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a slightly hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of tart cherries and spicy caramel malt.

T - Tart pie cherries up front with some sweet caramel. The caramel is joined in the middle by toasted grain and spicy yeast. Clove and coriander notes remain though the finish with some increasingly medicinal cherry.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This certainly isn't a drain pour, but I am kind of disappointed. I hadn't had this beer in a couple of years and I remembered it being much better than this. The aroma is spot on, but the flavor is dissonant and unpleasant. The spicy yeast character seems inappropriate for a dark belgian and it clashes with the cherry. Maybe it its just that this beer is better in the bottle or maybe it has lost something in the last couple of years, but it seems like a shadow of what I remember it as.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 04:55:36 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

2004 release acquired with the help of howl1309, so a big "Thank You" goes out him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of cherries, caramel, brown sugar, some spice, roasted malts & Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise has a strong burst of sour cherries that is tempered by the sweetness of caramel & brown sugar. There's a good Belgian yeast background and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild as to be expected any beer that's 5-years-old and particularly in this style. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good high-powered Belgian that adds the tartness of a lambic. Five years might have been a little too long for this one, but it's still worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:47:43 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded ruby with a light tan head. Nose is heavy with sugar and alcohol. Flavor is extremely sweet. Pungent cherry tones. Strong quad tones with that very noticeable cherry lambic presence. Feel is thin. Lacks body and grace. Drinkability stays low due to extreme mix of flavors. Overall it is an “okay” brew IMO. I don’t feel as though it holds any character that helps it stand out against the rest of those of its kind. Ommegang is good, but this time for me they are not good enough to warrant a return to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 12:45:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown magnum, no freshness date but this beer will hold up for years to come. The yeast was very loose so about a third of the bottle was left and swirled into a separate glass.

Appearance: Outstanding lacing, clinging action all over the glass. The clouded brown colour leaves a bit of mystery.

Smell: Light medicinal, herbal, minty, and licorice in the aroma. Hint of solvent alcohol and a layered malt sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Heavenly smoothness within the full body, creamy from middle to end. Thickly sweet of dark malts, nothing roasted. Deceiving alcohol leaves little warmth until the finish. Bitter phenols and a trace hop help to balance. Very herbal and a bit earthy as well.

Notes: Drop dead in complexity, a sipping brew and certainly something you would want to pair with rather than drinking it alone. I varied my pairings from a creamy Danish Blue Cheese with water crackers to dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 03:37:13 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark plum to eggplant in color, with visible "floaties" swimming about, a bit lighter near the bottom and around the sides, so far a very good approximation of the trappist abbey dubbel look, with a small, dunnish head, settling swiftly into a negligible collar.
Aroma: sheer intoxication, the first sniff brings such myriad complex flavors that I have to reel back from it...rustic, raisins, cured meats?, dark spices and fruits, soft leather, moss...deep, dank, and transendently indulgent..oh, goodness, oh, WOW!...so much going on here, that's it's extraordinarily difficult to pretend to be detached or objective, this beer unfolds and envelops me, it knows it has me where I want to be had!
..now, how about a taste of it? Simply amazing! A sweet, treacly dose of fruit (grapes, plums, cherries) welcome hops, and a thick, powerful malt backbone, pulling it all together.
Can't quite taste the "dried apricot in the nose" and "pear on the palate" as noted on the label, at least I can't claim to have discovered it on my own.
I now relax, sit back, sip, savor...full-bodied as can be, long, rich, residing finish...no, "finish" is incorrect, for it never leaves the mouth, and I would never wish it to!
A beer so powerful and seductive it consumes every sensory receptor, every inch of the head, all across the brain, down the fingers and toes...I nearly want to "cut & paste" my review of Westveleteren or St. Bernardus, for this experience so closely resembled that which I had with those fine Trappist ales.
Another beer after this would be a tremendous let down, so that's it for tonight...(Notes taken in mid-August)
Abundant gratitude to purplehops for breaking this out of his cellar for me...it was magnificent!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 18:41:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition

Pours dark burgundy red into my Chimnay goblet with a 3 fingers tan head. Great "Belgian" lacing & very good head retention

Smell: Sourness & then woody, lactic notes.

Taste: Sour oaky notes up front, hints of cherry & choclate follow. Finishes tart & a vanilla oakyness

MF: Medium with a slight spritzyness.

Drinks pretty good, I think this is one to lay down for years. Worth it ($9.00 a bottle)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 04:24:47 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my Bruery tulip. Beer is brown to red and forms a thin off white head of small bubbles that breaks quickly and goes to the walls of the glass quickly. No lacing was left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet, caramel, mild roast, cherries.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty smooth, its almost tart. Its mostly sweet, the cherry tartness is interesting. Not my favorite beer, its odd. Not terrible just OK.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 23:45:08 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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

Appearance: Dark amber hue nice creamy tan head leaves uneven coats of lacing. Aroma: Strong vinous alcohol infused malts with semi tart hints of Lindemann's Kriek that will only mellow with time. Tones of honey wrapped in mild chocolate this is beautiful, finishes with brown sugar awesome stuff. Taste: The taste is a bit rough shows some signs of being young needs to be put away for a few years, the alcohol shines through pretty bright with chocolate covered cherries. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent Belgian style. Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, by about next year this is going to be so smooth watchout for the 9.8 abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 03:55:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prestentation - An eye catching 12oz brown bottle with a quad colored label: white/black/red/gold apropos for a unique quad.

A - Strawberry blond colored ale when backlit with an eggshell hued head the generates a moderate amount of lace from the appealing microfoam.

S - a mellifluous, unctuous blend of aromas: cherry, spice, belgian yeast, wood and caramel.

M - an extremely active and yet gentle bouyancy is felt. Sweetness steps up, as it fades creamy and bitter textures are felt in the finish.

T -- A spicy yeast flavor gives way to sweet fruit flavors as very subtle cherry tastes are surrounded with effervescence and a sweet tangy essence presents itself with a natural caramel/sugar flavor. Vanilla is another pleasant spice that is interwoven into the enticing tapestry. It is like art in a bottle-subtle shades of tart and bitter combine with hues of sweet and fruity. Only as the ale becomes warm does the alcoholic muscle stretch out and dazzle the palette. A clean but earthy woodiness is experienced which ties in well with the quote imprinted on the label: "Philosophy begins in wonder" I have no doubt of the inspiration for the splendor contained in this ale. The complexity and dexterity of Three Philosophers is a true tribute to the skill of the brewers and blending at Ommegang

D - A great pleasure for my taste buds. Sweet, strong, balanced and complex - a great example of a hybrid of styles done with inspiration and skill. A superb fruit blend with Quadruple punch. Not gentle in heft, but graceful and sophisticated all the while. Perhaps the most drinkable Quad I have had. Versatile to the extreme. Could be poured and enjoyed with desserts or a variety of main courses. A really delicious brew that can be enjoyed easily all by itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 23:04:05 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with an ample white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the traditional dark Belgian aroma; malts, spices, yeast, etc., but there is a lingering aroma of cherries added by combining a Tripel with a lambic, producing a Quad. The taste is brilliant. It is a strong beer, but you wouldn't know it. It has a dark feel to it. It tastes like the regular Ommegang, but with a nice cherry aftertaste that really compliments the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with low carbonation, which suits it perfect. This is a great beer. It drinks well. I wish it wasn't a seasonal brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2004 00:16:52 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a medium, clear brown color with a large cream-colored head. The aroma is a strong mix of Belgian sugar, yeast and dark fruit. The beer smells outstanding. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark fruit (mainly cherries) as well as some yeast, alcohol and dark candy sugar. Very sweet and fruity tasting beer. Very well balanced and very tasty. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great American-made quadruple.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 02:58:18 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

First sampled this on tap at a beer festival. To this day, it remains one of the finest brews I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. Awesome name, awesome bottle, awesome beer. It's definitely more on the "quad" side than on the "kriek" side, as the cherry taste is more implied than infused, as opposed to other stronger/actual krieks.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a fine, small layer of white bubbles for a head. Complex aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. Roasty malts in the taste, with flavors of cherry, plum, brown sugar, cloves, and rum. A little boozy, but not harsh. Medium mouthfeel, can be a bit syrupy. Can be enjoyed cold or closer to room temperature. Highly complex, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 19:24:01 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-26-2012 01:10:30 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the best, a real unique quad. the beer pours a hazy and pale red to brown color, with a huge rising white head courtesy of the belgian yeast. the nose is very complex, some chocolate, sour cherry, funky yeast, and spices. i taste cherry first, but it isnt sweet or sour, sort of neutral in terms of feel, layered in is cocoa powder, peppery yeast, and some brown sugar. lots going on here, and i feel like this beer may have changed a little over the years. real bright mouthfeel, lots of bubbles and a surprisingly dry finish for a bigger and sweeter beer. the alcohol content is barely perceptible at all. overall this is much different than most quads ive come across, and one of the classic beers from the state of new york. id be happy to make a night on this, really tasty, and i figure more out about it each time i enjoy one. not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 00:58:01 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NJ last weekend. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian style yeast, spices, pepper, dark fruits, cherries, fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts, and a little bit of molasses. Spice and yeast are up front, followed by the fruit. As it warms up, getting more cherries which is nice.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, Belgian yeast, cherries, dark fruits, alcohol, fruity malts, molasses, caramel malts, and toffee. Also some light toasted malts and bready malts. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of alcohol present, but doesn't make it too hard to drink or anything.

o - Overall a pretty nice quad. It's nice that it is available all over the place and year round, though I wish it was a tiny bit cheaper. At first I enjoyed the taste much more than the nose, but as it warmed up the nose got significantly, as more fruit and cherry came out. Worth checking out, and something I would have again. May buy one to age and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 23:13:45 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive pour in the St. Bernardus chalice. Dark golden-tinged amber with a full head and lots of lacing. Nice foam with every splash to top up the glass. Mouthfeel is sudsy and rich, with the hot alcohol trickling down your throat.

The dark fruity flavor is definitely there, though it's not my favorite. Some very dark roasted flavors. Malty and scratchy with some non-hoppy bitterness. The long aftertaste is like burnt raisins and gets stronger as you sip. Less of the dry Belgian character though maybe that is more typical for these sweet Quads.

Intriguing, full of character, but not one for sipping more than a small glass at a time. This probably would be better with a bold-flavored snack. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 05:22:28 | More by mactrail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Brewed 2003, Sampled February 2004
As I pop the cork I get an immediate aroma of cherries. The cork did not pop very vigorously though, so it seems that this may not be very highly carbonated. It pours though with a vigourous carbonation. It is a muddy amber-ruby color and is toppped by a light brown thick head. There are meaty, malty, cherry, and alcoholic notes in the aroma. As my nose incorporates the aroma the smell of cherries fades and one is left with a spicy Belgian ale nose.

This beer has a creamy mouthfeel to it, but it is not too thick for a Belgian quadrupel, in fact it would be on the light side for some of that designation. It is fairly sweet, and finishes with an alcoholic astringency which is not all that strong. There is definitely some cherries in this beer, but I like that it is fairly subtle and is only one component of this beer. This beer has a soft acidity to it, that is not directly traceable to the Kriek addition. There are fruit notes of raisins, plums, and fig. Though it is sweet up front it finishes with a spicy astringent dryness that is evocative of some herb/ spice that I can't quite think of.

This is a very well made beer. You can tell that a world class brewer put this beer together. Having said that it is missing something; though it is quite complex a couple of other dimensions would be wonderful here. Perhaps a bit of acidity & a bit of Brettanomyces character would be wonderful (I know this is a ridiculous request as these things are not too controllable, but De Dolle gets some of this right, at least sometimes). A very rich beer that is quite satisfying, I definitely like this best of the Ommegang products.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 23:09:15 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

12 oz. bottle

Pours deeep reddish-brown with ruby highlights. The thick, creamy head descends to a lasting cover.

The smell is of cherry and sweet malt. A pleasant aroma.

A sweet brown sugar coats a barley breadiness and an underlying cherry taste. Some spiciness is present, but not sharp. The sweetness is offset by a touch of tartness. A warming alcohol adds to the mild spiciness. Medium to full-bodied.

Rich and complex, it's very smooth.

This is a wonderful, unique brew. The mixture of barley malt and cherry lambic makes this one interesting and delicious. As the bottle states, this one is better to have when at room temperature or slightly chilled. It's a very nice occassional "sipping" brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 20:23:16 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.4%

11-26-2011 01:00:47 | More by Rochefort10nh
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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