Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,428
Reviews:
2,098
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
386
Gots:
1,604
For Trade:
24
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (bottled 3/18/2010, best by March 2015) into a chalice. Pours perfectly clear mahogany w/ a thin beige head that dissipates quickly to a thin film of sea foam. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma is rich and complex. Dark fruit, tart cherries, candi sugar, hints of oak and vanilla.

Taste is complex and intriguing too. Dark plums and raisins, candy-sweet malt, Belgian yeast, sour cherries. Love the interplay between the sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, finishes dry and satisfying.

Overall this is a really unique, enjoyable, beer.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml magnum from Harris Teeter of all places poured into a oversized pint glass.

Beautiful dark reddish-brown with a slight cloud adding to the aura. Reddish lace, probably reflective of the cherry, clings all down the side of the glass.

Smells slightly of cherry, malt and a light hint of alcohol.

Smooth on the palate. Sweet and malty taste with hints of chocolate.

A great sipping beer and certainly would go really well together with food. I drank mine with lamb and potatoes on Easter Day.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.43/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a ruddy, rustic brown color. Like some mudwater where the water has lots of iron in it. Like runoff. The yeast floaties don't help. It doesn't look bad, especially not with the two fingers of tan-inflected foam, foam the color of coffee with a lot of milk added.

The aroma was surprisingly... distant and closed. I pick up on the blended cherry sweetness, and there's a bit of raisin. But the malts are mostly lacking. The yeast strain gives off a lot of cloves, but that's it. It's an unrefined aroma, and I wasn't expecting that.

The taste is better: there's a richness to the malt profile that the aroma didn't at all hint at. Caramelized raisins, fruitcake, and cherry candy make for a sweet sipper. The beer lacks pizzazz, though. It lacks tastiness. It has positive flavor components, but they aren't in an optimal balance or level of intensity.

The mouthfeel is pretty spot-on, admittedly. The attenuation level is Belgian-appropriate. The body is in the medium range and lifted up by the active carbonation. It's super-sweet but balanced a bit by the yeast's phenols and spice. Overall, this is an above-average Quad. A damn fine American attempt at the style, but not a great example compared to the revered Belgian inspirations.

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,428 ratings.
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