Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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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:
Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, it's opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

The complexity of this beer make it a good candidate for ageing gracefully, as spicy sherry and port notes should intensify.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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

Appearance: Hazy, dark copper/reddish color with two fingers of off-white head that fades with a thick curtain of lace.

Aroma: Thick, syrupy sweetness, with molasses. raisin, ripe fruit and roasted malt in the background. Some estery alcohol mixes in and out.

Taste: Thick, creamy and sweet up front, with lots of ripe fruit and some yeastyness. The malt presence builds, with a nice toasted, nutty taste leading to the finish, where there's more cherry-syrup sweetness and a lingering caramel candy aftertaste.

The Rest: De-li-cious. A bomber of this is the perfect evening companion to relax and enjoy life.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

P: 750ml corked bottle into a tulip glass. 2012 bottling date.

A: Pours a beautiful, clean ruby red with a two finger off-white head. Lacing is generous and sticks all the way down the glass. First impressions in the glass are great.

S: Sweet malt, cherries, Belgian yeast and some slight medicinal aromas. A little alcohol and some caramel as well, more of both as the beer warms. No hop aroma.

T: Sweet, sweet caramel malt up front with some tartness in the finish. Mostly caramel and dark malt flavors. The cherries come through as a dark stone fruit but in my opinion wouldn't be immediately recognizable as cherries on the tongue. Hops are virtually no where to be found.

M: Heavy on the palate with moderate carbonation. This beer really coats your mouth and the sweet sugary flavors linger.

O: A solid beer overall but perhaps a bit too sweet for my tastes. The sweetness makes drinking a second glass a little tougher than I'd prefer Pairing this beer with something slightly bitter would be really nice. I feel like this beer would age nicely after a few years.

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

A - Absolutely beautiful beer. Completely opaque, dark, with a hint of red.

S - Smells like a quad. Slightest hint of malts and cherries. Slightly sweeter, and less overwhelming, than other quads and Dubbels. Good, two-finger head; extremely mild lacing.

T - Oh wow. Lovely, absolutely lovely. There are three distinct phases of flavor: the initial taste, a false aftertaste, and then the real aftertaste. The first taste is mildly sweet and a bit sharp with alcohol; the second hit is where the cherries come through, as well as prunes (or dates); the aftertaste allows the cherries to linger, and there's a bit of a nutty finish. Not extremely complex, but nice and layered. Very, very pleasant.

M - Not as thick as a quad could be, but very full in the mouth. Definitely sips designed to be savored, not at all gulped. Might be improved at a slightly lower temperature (mine was fresh from the fridge). The carbonation and alcohol combine to sting your palate and tongue a little bit, but not unpleasantly.

O - Very, very impressive. Smooth for a nearly 10% ABV beer. This is a fresh quad; I have two saved for aging in the cellar. This is truly among the best beers I have ever had. It's not the most incredibly complex, but there are some subtleties, and absolutely every flavor is complementary, clean, and lovely. There isn't a single aspect of this beer that I can criticize negatively.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,518 ratings