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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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/14/12

Note: 2011 bottle

Appearance: Dark amber/light brown, mostly clear - nicely sized off-white head, fades to a larger than average ring, leaves streaks of lacing

Smell: Malts and cherries - caramel and cooked malts, toffee, fruity sugar - slightly tart cherries, actually a lot of cherry aroma considering this is "2% ale with cherries added" - some other dark fruits as well, and the usual Ommegang yeast strain

Taste: Caramel malts, cooked malts, toffee, and some musty grains - cherries are quite prominent, some other fruit flavors like raisins, figs, and plums - definitely on the sweet side, with candi sugar and plenty of sugary alcohol - phenolic, with some bananas and clove from the yeast

Mouthfeel: Nearly heavy, with nice carbonation, but still too sticky to be remarkable

Overall: Good, not great

If I can remember correctly (and the 9.8% ABV makes it a challenge), this is my third time really sitting down with a bottle of this. I really enjoyed it the first time, the second time I thought it tasted like "sugary blood" (according to my notes), and now I'm just not impressed. It's not a bad beer, but it's too sugary for me to really enjoy it. It doesn't help that I've recently had some great Quads.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of StogiesandBrews
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ML Bottle poured into an oversized wineglass. Picked up a bottle from 2009 for 50% off at fred meyer. This is the same one I got 2 bottles of Widmer Brrbon for 70% off. Silly grocery store, not understanding how beer ages.

A- Beautiful dark amber/copper color. There are quite a few streams of bubbles coming up but the head is minimal and fades quickly.

S- Barley and cherries. Little bit of a malt coming through but there iS a good kick of alcohol hiding the lighter flavours.

T- Wow, cherries. That's about it. It tastes like a quad with cherries. Also, it tastes pretty hot. Lotta booze coming through. The weird thing is how fresh it tastes in spite of being 3 years old, most quads that have been aged for a few years get a sweet malty taste, but if you told me that this had been bottled yesterday I would have believed you and saved a bottle for a few years.

M- This was not a good mouthfeel in my opinion. It was way too light. A lot of carbonation mixed with a light body made it feel like I was drinking a club soda. I was pretty disapointed here.

O- Good. I will pick up another few bottles to save and see how the flavor changes. I was expecting it too be aged enough after 3 years but this was still pretty hot. Maybe in 3 more years. I have a feeling they had it in a cooler for 3 years, maybe a bit too cold to age well.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a reddish gold with good carbonation and a white head with reddish hues

S: Cherries, peppers, Earthy with some booze

T: Immediate cherries, too much here. Some dark fruits muted by cherries, Earthy notes with elements of pepper and wood

Mouthfeel: Thin, a little hot and to much cherry going on.

O: Cherry overkill

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Photo of One2Remeber
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color tied between a light murky brown and bright amber. Head is rich, micro carbonated bubbles, creamy.

S: Red candy licorice, strawberry/banana yeast reminds me of creamy pudding, hints of musky raw hide.

T/M: Ultra sweet for a Belgian, heavy body feel like syrup. Raw hide comes out in the end. Soapy, estery yeast dominates. Tons of complex flavors. Slightly bitter like a champagne , lacks an expected boozy touch.

O: An incredibly smooth QUAD that keeps me coming back for more! I love the Lambic aspect to put the complexity over the top. A must try.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single for $3.50 at the Beermuda with a "2011" bottled date.

A - Dark amber, cloudy with sediment floaties. Head is impressive with a 1/2 inch of mocha colored head.

S - Smells of a pretty decent quad. Notable dark fruits and some tart cherries. Fruity yeasts and fairly mild alcohol esters.

T - Quite a weird Quad the cherries make it very tart clashing with the alcohol giving it a acidic finish. Mild fruits and yeasts make it kind of enjoyable but ABV is very noticeable.

M - Heavy bodied and acidic.

Overall it's really not worth buying again and kind of cloying. Not that's its bad it's just a bit much.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a chalice.

here is an example of a highly regarded beer that, while good - definitely above averge - just didn't live up to expectations for me. well, to each his own.

pours a deep reddish brown with a finger of beige head; middling retention, strong lacing. aroma offers cherries, plums, yeast, alcohol. taste follows the nose, except - and maybe this is me - you lose some of the yeast characters evident in the nose. some caramel and muted spice notes. mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation... pretty drinkable and worth trying - interesting take on the style with the lambic addition - but not on par with the upper echelon (i.e. belgian/trappist brews).

original review: 07-13-2010

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 750mL bottle into a oversized wine glass. 2011 on sticker on bottle neck. Sampled courtesy of good friend Nate.

A: Dusty chestnut brown with skimpy cap of off-white head that leaves only bits of lace.

S: Chocolate, dark malt with fruity tones like fig, currant, and raisin, and solid yeast character. I don't get much if any cherry aside from some acidic tartness.

T: The flavor is a little raw with a lot of alcohol blasting through but receding to figgy dark malt with some cookie-ish sweetness countered smartly with the tartness of the cherries. The yeast character is blended in just enough to add more complexity. I would like this more if it was less boozy, which makes me excited to try the cellared bottles I have.

M: The tart dry mouthfeel is excellently done and helps this drink a bit lighter than the ~10%. The carbonation is lively as it should be which also improves drinkability.

O: I liked this beer but I think I'll like the cellared version even more. Planning to crack the 2008 without delay.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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