Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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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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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance – The brew is poured a hazy ruby red –brown color brew with a nice two finger white head. The head fades over about a two minute time span to leave a moderate amount of lacing.

Smell - The aroma is of a yeasty and cherry nature. Mixed with these smells are nice aromas of a bready, sweet caramel, and a nice spicy nature. A rather tasty smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins rather large of a more bready and cherry flavor. As the taste advances the fruit flavor of cherry grows even stronger with some notes of a more yeasty as well as a lighter more “wild” sour and tart flavor coming to the tongue. Other sweet flavors of a more toffee nature then come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste. These when combined with some alcohol and a light toasted flavor leave a balanced, fruity Belgian flavor linger on the tongue as the taste commences.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the just above average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The creamy body is nice for the more yeasty and some of the fruit flavors. But yet with its carbonation the beer is still more on the refreshing and drinkable side (even at ~10% abv.)

Overall – A quite tasty beer. A nice quad with all its fruit, yeasty and boozy flavor, but mixed with a nice but balanced cherry flavor. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A medium amber with red highlights and excellent clarity. The very light tan head picks up a touch of the red hue and has long lasting creamy bubbles that form a thin head and leave fine lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries, Figs and some malt sweetness that kind of comes together like candy coated dried fruit. There is a light perfumey alcohol note and mild Belgian esters and very light peppery phenols.

T: A moderate cherry tartness with light fig flavors. The light malt sweetness is counter balanced by the fruit tartness and a light hops bitterness. There is a moderately-light peppery phenols. The balance is slightly tart and bitter. The finish is slightly sweet and the aftertaste is of dark dried fruit and a light hops bitterness.

M: medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. The is a moderately-light creaminess and a moderate alcohol warmth in the the back of the throat.

O: One of my favorite quads. Great for taking the chill out of a cool Autumn night.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber colored, partially cloudy, thick light colored two finger head with good retention, this is very nicely carbonated.
I smell caramel, toffee, cherries, alcohol, and yeast. The aroma from this beer is fairly strong and long lasting which I can appreciate.
The taste is mostly malts with rich caramel which is then followed slightly tart cherries. The cherries are not over the top but mesh just right.
This is a medium bodied beer and is smooth and coats my mouth. It finishes with some effervescence from the carbonation followed by cherries and leaves a toffee flavored aftertaste.
An excellent beer for a cool autumn day, rich flavors of caramel and toffee coupled with cherries are a fantastic way to keep my palate craving more. I will continue to purchase this beer from time to time and will even age some to see how it changes.

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

750mL bottle shared with my life-partner. 2011 vintage, pkg on 01/16/2012, best before 01/2017. Had it on 20 October 2012.

A - Pours a walnut color with off-white large head that disappears rather quickly leaving a thin topping that lasts forever.

S - Very nice blend of Quadrupel (strong Belgian yeast character, biscuity, dark fruits, estery, spicy) with obvious aromas from the Kriek (ciderish/tart notes from sour cherries).

T/M - Dominated by the Quad character at first but then blend nicely the wild flavors and finishes with a slightly tart feeling. Smooth palate and nice touch of alcohol which adds a warming feeling and spices to the mix. Sweetness is kept moderate to give space to other flavors to develop (esters and cherry).

O - Overall, a great beer which combines nicely two legendary Belgian styles in a delicate and balanced way. Highly recommended!

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. PKG ON 06/06/11, BEST BY 06/2016. 750ml into a Chimay goblet.

A - 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.

S - 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.

T - 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.

O - This is hands down the best American made quad I have ever tired. It really does compete with the big Belgian quads, and in my opinion is right up at the top. This beer is near perfect.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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