Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang
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4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
02-05-2004 23:09:15 | More by Gueuzedude
4.22/5 rDev +1.9%
Good beige head with light lace. A cross between a dark amber and brown ale in color.
First impression, strong vanilla aromas. The cherry is subtle, but present, in this largely malt smelling ale.
Very strong alcohol oiliness in the taste. The malt appears in the form of mildly sweet caramel. Although a lambic was introduced to this beer, there is none of the sourness associated with that style. Moderate body for this style (which is to say that it is very, very rich) and the carbonation is relatively low.
I'm not typically a fan of this style, but this was a treat--certainly a well made Belgian style ale.
09-25-2005 20:09:10 | More by smcolw
3.78/5 rDev -8.7%
12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage,
A: Pours red-brown with a solid off-white head with excellent retention, some lacing.
S: A lot of sweet molasses with a hint of cherry.
T: Nice light brown sugar mixed with a lot a dark malt. The kriek, while being only 2% of the beer plays a more substantial role, adding a bit of fruit and medicinal character.
M: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for a close to 10% ale, off-dry finish, not bad.
D: Another quality ale and blend from the fellows at Ommegang, I wish it wasn't so pricey, it's good stuff. One of the very first beers I ever had, back in '05 I had it without knowing what it was and it really opened my eyes up to Belgian styles along with Orval, so I'm very thankful.
10-23-2008 03:04:56 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.09/5 rDev -1.2%
Finally got my hands on a bottle of this on 31st Jan 2014: had to share it though. Someone very kind (unknown) had brought it to a bottle exchange in De Bierboom, lucky me (I had two medium sized samples, which came to about half a pint).
Deep amber with a slight haze (been poured a few times before I grabbed it), tanned head on both my pours.
Malty molasses hit the nose and taste buds straight away, this is a true malty brew, but there is so much more to it than just a heavy hand of maltiness. Dark berries, chocolate and cherry hints are easy to find in the mouth, some people will pick up other notes with the flavours but my taste buds were aching from all the wonderful beers I was gorging on during the bottle swap and I most likely missed a few subtle esters and tastes.
I need a bottle all to myself!
02-19-2014 12:11:50 | More by BlackHaddock
4.6/5 rDev +11.1%
This was a great find. The ale poured a hazy bronze color with a relatively thin head. The aroma was unique. Earthy tones, cherries, other fruits, and lovely sweetness were easily detectable in the nose.
The flavor was exceptional and complex, as sweet malt and cherries were most dominant, but some spiciness and bitterness rounded out the flavor. Alcohol was slighlty noticeable. Flavors slighlty changed while the ale warmed during the session, keeping this a very interesting beer rating session.
Very smooth mouthfeel. The malt and cherries rode the tongue after swallowing for a short time. A slow drinking ale.
01-08-2004 12:54:11 | More by Gavage
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass in a gastropub in Orange, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I've been pretty impressed with Ommegang in the past.
A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a textbook copper; nontransparent.
Sm: Caramel, milk, lovely amber hops, and incredible dark fruit - the best aspect of the aroma. A mild strength aroma.
T: Lovely candied sugar, dark fruit (albeit unfortunately light in the balance), dominant heavy amber hops, and cream. The promise of the aroma, unfortunately, is unfulfilled. I do love the dark fruit that is present, but I wish there was more. Overall, it's complex, well-balanced, and nicely built.
Mf: Smooth, pleasant, and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. A bit too milky.
Dr: Extremely drinkable. Very flavourful and pleasant. Quite nice.
12-18-2011 23:00:21 | More by kojevergas
4.08/5 rDev -1.4%
10/02/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA
Presentation- 750ml bottle from 2004. Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.
Appearance- Top of the pour is a darker brown, while the bottom is a dark cherry red color. 3/4 inch off white head with above average sticky clinging lace.
Smell- Sweet dull caramel malt scent with dark cherry with maybe a touch of chocolate in the background.
Taste- Slight sour lambic taste. Barleywine-esque caramel flavor with super dark cherries. Medium bitter hops finish. Alcohol shows itself about 1/2 the bottle in.
Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, medium thickness and light warming.
Drinkability- Let this one warm to room temp before drinking. The flavors come out so much better. Haven't really had a beer that taste like this one before. This one would go great with a dessert with fruit. Will have again in the future.
10-02-2005 23:50:07 | More by GClarkage
4.4/5 rDev +6.3%
Hard to believe that after close to 650 beers I haven't tried this one, but here it goes. Pours a cloudy ruby red color, nice thick head.. looks great in the glass. Estery smell with some dark fruit aromas. Taste is medium bodied and super complex. It takes a couple of sips and some real patience to even dissect them all. Prunes, grapes, chocolate, coffee, cherry.. all blended together in a hearty tasty brew. Finishes super smooth a tinge of alcohol. A great sipping and night cap beer, will definitely try it again in the future, worthy getting for sure.
01-10-2012 02:07:32 | More by oriolesfan4
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
06-11-2005 16:33:53 | More by weeare138
4.7/5 rDev +13.5%
2007 Vintage. Wonderful looking bottle. Caged and corked, decorks with a sucking thunk sound. Love it.
Pours thick as treacle, a gorgeous burgundy red colour with excellent clarity. Head is a consistent almost-pure-white crown of filmy bubbles. This is a majestic, serious looking beer - the colour is magnificent, and it looks like a wonderful, wonderful brew.
Coppery sour on the nose. Beautiful notes of Belgian yeast, roasted malt, and a citrus/fruit acidity that sets all the rest off nicely. Not overtly strong, but subtle and complex. Wonderful.
There's layers to the palate, all delicate, but intermingling in a wonderful way. An initial hint of alcohol heat is mellowed by a sweet, slick character like melted candi sugar. This in turn dries out a little, leaving a residual cherry-sour character that explores the taste-buds. Aside from this, there's a tessitura of citrus sitting above all, and a darker spicy undertone to everything. What a wonderful harmony of so many disparate elements - this is a magnificent brew, thoroughly delicious.
Mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect, like the strong Belgian ales in this regard. Doesn't leave the palate overwhelmed, which is what is required of an ale this strong.
Despite the strength, the lightness of the body, and the lighter, fruitier characteristics of this beer make it supremely drinkable. This is a truly wonderful brew. Not just one of the best Belgium ales brewed outside Belgium, but one of the best Belgian ales period.
09-30-2008 00:24:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.85/5 rDev -7%
The only blended quad I've had and it was interesting to same the least. I poured a dark brown with a tinge of red. As it warms, the sour cherry smell really comes out. In general I found the lambic to dominate this beer, losing some of the more subtle flavors. There were still some good dark fruit flavors, but I'd prefer more focus on them. Only actual negative is that more the longest time the beer was overcarbonated to the point of making it hard to taste.
10-20-2006 16:10:51 | More by tempest
2.68/5 rDev -35.3%
A: Poured a reddish gold with good carbonation and a white head with reddish hues
S: Cherries, peppers, Earthy with some booze
T: Immediate cherries, too much here. Some dark fruits muted by cherries, Earthy notes with elements of pepper and wood
Mouthfeel: Thin, a little hot and to much cherry going on.
O: Cherry overkill
05-10-2012 17:01:13 | More by barleywinefiend
3.9/5 rDev -5.8%
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a moderate head that sticks around but leaves no lacing.
Smellis complex and winey, but with a sharp stewed sour cherry smell in the background. This isn't unpleasant, but it could be more well integrated.
Taste is better, and more balanced. Here the fruit is more subtle and doesn't predominate. Instead you have a nice layered malt profile with sweet sour underpinning of cherry and some slight hops to give a little spiciness.
Mouthfeel is also quite balanced somewhat crisp, somewhat creamy, nice carbonation level.
Quite drinkable- refreshing, but just complicated enough to keep your interest.
11-12-2006 22:09:35 | More by Georgiabeer
4.72/5 rDev +14%
enjoyed from a growler from Half time in Poughkeepsie
Growler sat in my fridge for about a month (they said it would only be good for a week, Ha.)
very dark, very flavorful, wonderful taste, mouthfeel and long finish.
Nice lingering cherry finish. Srong malt, candi sugar and burnt fruit flavors. Exceptional creation in brewing, seek this one out if youre a Belgian lover.
01-12-2004 02:29:11 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
This is a 2005 bottle served chilled to room temperature in a Troegenator seidel.
A: The ale has a thick luxurious head that does not lace. It is a hazy light brown color with abundant sediment.
S: Smell is malty-cherry mix, with the cherry being more of a sour (liefmans) than sweet (lindemans).
T: The taste is cherry and chewy malts. The malts are dominant but give way to a certain heat from hops. The malt finish is long and the formidble alcohol is well hidden. Maybe its just me, but the malts have a muscat grape and chocolate finish.
M: The depth of the quad and the cherry hints makes this a beer that thoroughly confuses the tastebuds.
D: Even at 9.8%, this is a strong drinkable ale.
08-29-2006 13:42:12 | More by akorsak
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Pours a dark reddish brown in color with some ruby red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visibel carbonation when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall medium creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits (raisins and cherries) along with some spices. The smell intensifies as the beer warms and the presence of the alcohol can be observed at that point.
T: The flavor is similar to the smell but with a very strong sweet malt body. There is a heavy presence of dark fruits (raisin) as well as a strong amount of cherry flavors. Some light notes of spices can be detected as well. Unique flavor combination.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.
O: This is a really enjoyable beer and was probably my first introduction to the style - I still really enjoy the addition of the cherries. A wonderful sipping beer but this one will sneak up on you.
06-26-2012 23:05:46 | More by dbrauneis
4.33/5 rDev +4.6%
(Served in a chalice)
A-The beer pours a deep hazy brown body with a creamy tan head and a strong carbonation.
S- The dark toasted malt with caramel notes and some sweetness. A faint cherry note becomes stronger as it warms.
T- A rich toasted slightly sweet malt body with a faint cherry and alcohol warmth at the finish. This has a nice tartness to the finish but it is very faint.
M- This has a medium full mouthfeel with some slight fizz. A faint hint of alcohol warmth hangs on the mouthfeel.
D- This is a very well designed beer. It is a quad first and the cherry lambic is a very subtle flavor.
08-28-2005 22:33:05 | More by rhoadsrage
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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