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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber almost solid red. creamy white head, builds quickly and diminished to a thin lace and medium foam around the edges of the glass. Carbonation is visible in the amber liquid. .

S: Beer Yeast, malt and plum, slight caramel - very nice!

T: Malty, with hints of dart fruit a bit creamy and crisp finish. ABV is there but not overpowering. You know you are drinking a solid quality beer. very balance notes of malt and cherry, again not powerful. Oddly, for a beer with this high abv the flavors are not very alcoholic at all.

M: Great medium body, smooth with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Excellent beer and hope to have again.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, as always reviewed live and not from notes. Poured from 750mL bottle ($8.99) in to Chimay chalice with a soft hand. Cellared a bit too cold, warming to 50-60ºF as I write the review.

Appearance is good, but nothing special for the style. It is a mostly clear (very mildly cloudy) reddish brown, or deep brown with sharp blood-to-ruby-red highlights, almost approaching the best examples of the Irish Red such as Great Lakes' Conway's. A very thin head is left on a gentle pour, which recedes first rather quickly, and then a bit more slowly, to a small ring of a cap on the surface of the beer. Lacing appears to be minimal to nonexistent.

On a more vigorous pour, the head is larger, similar to the colour of the head of a Coca-Cola, with a similar sound from how quickly it recedes, in an uneven and "rocky" manner, within 15 seconds. Other characteristics remain the same.

Smell is of mustiness or funkiness, grape must, cherries, aldehydes, and some banana-like smells (ketones?). Some, but little, characteristic smells of either "beer" or "Belgian". A fresh bottle smells a bit better, IIRC.

Taste is of the best American replica of a Belgian beer I've ever had. It hits all the bases well, if not perfectly. Cherries are evident on the palate, and alcohol is virtually absent. Some warmth as it hits the stomach, but the 9.8% ABV is almost entirely occluded. Cherries and candied dark fruits predominate. It is definitely sweet -- but a thin sweetness, not a thick, sugary one. The sweetness does not seem to be all malt sweetness: maybe some comes from the kriek blend? It is sweet even to a regular drinker of dubbels and quads who dislikes hop-heavy brews. There are hops on the back-end to help modify the sweetness in the aftertaste, but they do little to keep it in check up front. It's not extraordinarily complex, but it does what it does with grace.

Mouthfeel is moderate. It seems to be low on the carbonation in appearance, but is well-balanced, and even feels lively on some sips. There's a sharpness to the drink which is surprising, and which I can't define. It does not coat the mouth unpleasantly, combining characteristics of light- and full-bodied. However, with this sort of malt and ABV, the body will tend to be heavy; not so much here. Again, very well-done. Combined with the occluded alcohol, drinkability is dangerously high, although the sweetness would likely deter from a second fifth.

Taste and mouthfeel are more important than smell, when it comes to beer, so I'm giving this one just below a 4.5 overall -- I'd probably put it at 85 for style (16e specialty), and 85 to taste.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88.6% out of 100 with 6,454 ratings
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