Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
6,499 Ratings
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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Quads of Fame Blind Taste Test

12oz bottle, born May 2012

A - Light amber with virtually no head. Acceptable for a High alcohol beer.
S - Raisin, caramel and hints of sugar plum. Pretty great nose actually.
T - One of the sweeter of the four. Brown sugar and green apple. Also a solid amount of alcohol burn.
M - Thinest mouthfeel, dry and champagne like.
O - We did the tasting blind, but we could totally tell which wasn't from Belgian. It's very good, but next to the other heavy weights, it can't compare.

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Pours a clear dark red-brown body. Excellent two finger light khaki head forms. Very dense and creamy in appearance, a swirl produces some nice lacing and retention as well as some alcohol legs. Aroma of cherries initially, then comes a wave of rich malts, caramel, dark candied fruits, toffee, brown sugar and spicy yeast. A touch of warming alcohol on the finish. Smooth and rich. Taste is ripe cherries, caramelized dark fruits, oak, brown sugar, and a yeasty finish. Incredibly delicious and smooth with all the right Quad notes. The finish has a light lactic twang, almost in the form of oxidation, but its very pleasant and complimentary. Mouth feel is creamy and medium bodied with the alcohol very well hidden. Overall this is hands down the best American made quad I have personally tired. It really does compete with the big Belgian quads.

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2012 Vintage...

A: Pours a ruby red/brown with a half finger of khaki colored head. The foam fades quickly, and leaves only spotty lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is bread, yeast, slight berries, and booze. I get some over-ripened banana, but the notes listed above are the main scents.

T: It starts out sweet and boozy. I pick up the over-ripe banana, berry, and soaked bread notes right after. The finish is bread and booze.

M: Full bodied beer. This beer has some serious heft. It's like liquid alcoholic bread. Sweet and wet to start, semi-cloying, and the alcohol heat dries up the palate in the finish.

O: I'm not too enthused by this beer. Maybe quads just aren't my thing, but there are many a beer that I would rather drink. That being said... I suppose it is pretty spot on for the style.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,499 ratings
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