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

2009 Vintage, 12oz bottle poured into oversize snifter.

A: 1 finger of cream colored head clings to glass and leaves spotty lacing. The beer itself is a deep ruby color with caramel highlights around the edges.

S: This is one of the most fragrant beers I can remember. It smells slightly vinous with overripe stone fruits, and a distinct smell of caramelized brown sugar. Just a hint of alcohol comes through at the tail end of each whiff.

T: Quite sweet, reminiscent of brown sugar, definitely not cloying. Lots of flavors of plum and cherry throughout, a hint of tartness possibly from the cherry. Slightest hint of pleasant warming alcohol comes through and the finish is earthy, woody and lingers very pleasantly. Finishes much drier than I thought it would.

M: Low carbonation, full-bodied coats the mouth but is washed away quickly by the drying finish

O: Really a fantastic beer that age has been very kind to. This beer could definitely go much longer in the cellar. Very rich and great on a cold fall or winter evening.

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Bottle is approximately 2-2.5 years old, dated 2010 on the label.

A: Pours a very dark brown with just some hints of red around the edges. Big fizzy light brown head. Fades somewhat quickly. Moderate lacing but good head retention.

S: Really nice strong and sweet chocolate. Hints of caramel and dark fruits. Some earthy yeastiness with a little spice.

T: Lots of sweet chocolate and cherries up front. Dries out and becomes more bitter with some tart cherries instead. Chalky cocoa, char and earth in the middle. Spicy and quite dry on the back end with hints of smoke.

M: Fairly effervescent, cuts it down a bit. Very dry.

O: Not a bad quad, the cherries add some nice complexity without overpowering it. Has some roasty aspects even though I don't think it actually has any roasted malt. Chocolate and char and smoke in there for sure though. A nice semi-tart and quite dry quad, if that's you thing. I have to admit, I liked the beginning of the beer more than the finish.

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2011 25.4 Oz Bottle, cork in cage, poured into a brandy snifter

A - A wonderful deep copper color. only small amounts of light coming through the beer

S - Great traditional Quad smell. A nice bled of sweetness and booze, with the malt sweetness in the forefront. Just the right amount of booziness for my nose.

T - This is what I want my quads to taste like. slightly sweet, with notes of mild winter spices and smoke. Has a boozy finish, but one which is just right for a Quad. I often find quads too boozy, such as I prefer the Westy 8 to the 12, and this booze taste feels just right. I would give the taste a five, but I would like some more complexity to the flavor such as those found in Westvleteren 12, Rochefort 10, and St. Bernardos 12.

Feel - smooth and lightly carbonated. The blending in the the Kriek seems to make it extra smooth.

O - Fantastic beer. I was skeptical to buy it at first because of the blend, but the Kriek seems to be only a slight addition of it, and it truly does balance the beer out; it mellows out the booziness of the beer that can sometimes mask the complexity that quads should (and mostly do) have. If you see this beer, pick it up. Even if you don't usually like the style, this one might surprise you.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,504 ratings
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