Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Ratings: 6,455 |  Reviews: 2,107
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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken exactly 3 nights ago - winter 2012. I've been overly impressed with Brewery Ommegang's gift box deals I've recently found. An 8 pack with 2x 4 year round offerings and a 3 pack of huge abbey style bottles with a signature glass. Top notch stuff!

12 oz brown bottle poured into a Stemmed Belgian style tulip as the bottle recommends. Label is very appealing and clean cut. The 3 Philosophers themselves make an appearance at the bottom and im spending way too much time wondering who these gentlemen actually are.. Let's get started.

A - Rich ruby brown with an excellent Tan head that dissapates slowly and settles to a solid ring of lace. Lacing offers some superb effects on the glass.

S - Aroma is of dark fruits, licorice, sugary malts, hints of cherry, tobacco, small whiff of wheat, and a good lick of alcohol spice. Top notch Belgian style yeast notes.

T - flavor has some dark fruit up front with faint soft dark chocolate(very faint). Cherry and candied sugar notes are excellent. Hints of peach in the depths. Baked bread character with a semi sweet molasses note. Peppery spices creep in toward the finish. Very complex flavor that's sweet, spicey and tart with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Ommegang's Belgian yeast strains are scary good.

M - fairly Smooth and full bodied. Very complex mouthfeel that's moderately drinkable. Very enjoyable brew nonetheless.

O - I have grown fond of Brewery Ommegang and even more so recently. This Quad is a Very unique brew that screams complexity with the blending method Ommegang uses. Three Philosophers is unbelievably unique with its complexity yet remaining wise with its tasty character. It's a true work of class from a brewery who doesn't pretend to give you Belgian style ales for the fact that they do give you Belgian ales and quality. I'm definitely putting one of these in the cellar as I know for certain it will sit nicely as time passes on. However I will buy a few more to enjoy now. 3 philosophers is one of the greatest quads ever brewed and luckily the majority of us can grab a bottle of this.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'd been itching to try this one, just had to wait for pay day to enjoy it!

Appearance - A really smart reddish brown, i guess a bit of the fruit coming out in it. Also, a heavy cream head that tops it off.

Smell - Cherries, tobacco, wheat tones. Really top of the line scents

Taste - Smooth, luscious, and complex.

Mouthfeel - Good feel that sticks around but only seems like the cherry taste is there. I wish the complexity could have stuck around

Overall - This is a nice beer, I would make this a daily drinker if I won the lottery

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yumm, yumm. Malted banana nut bread in a bottle. This is a very acceptable and drinkable beer, far from excellent but very good. The first scents of both banana and with a nutty subaroma make this one intriguing. Upon further review as I enjoy this beer, it does hang in to a nice flavor, well worth giving a try. I have developed a big soft spot for quads anyway, so anytime I try one this accomplished and up front I just relax, enjoy and don't overanalyze. The Liefmans Kreik is right there and adds a bit of mystery to the overall finish, Enjoy this one with a friend, it's special, different and I'll comment later on it's aging properties.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL served into a Golden Monkey Goblet. This is a 2012, so still relatively young.

Appearance: This beer pours a lovely cherry-wood color and leaves about a half-inch of off-white head. The beer's deep, rich, dark mahogany color is one to behold, I am a fan of the look.

Smell: Surprising underwhelming, but not in a bad way. Definitely some cherry in there, but not overpowering by any means. Some oak, caramel, pleasant.

Taste: Woody, the alcohol definitely isn't overbearing but adds to the taste. Finishes with a crisp cherry flavor. The cherry really ties this beer together, and separates it from other, more traditional quads.

Mouth-feel: A good amount of carbonation in this one, pretty smooth for this type of beer. I am a big fan of the feel of this one, the carbonation is very well balanced - not light but lighter than most quads.

Overall: A great version of a Belgian Quad. I really think the cherries add to this beer and make it a strong, unique brew.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88.6% out of 100 with 6,455 ratings
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