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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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6,480 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,454
Reviews:
2,114
Ratings:
6,480
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
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390
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1,640
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The beer looks beautiful! It is clear and dark reddish-amber in color with a huge chunky off-white head that has excellent retention. The nose is fruit-forward and gives notes of toast, cherries, apples, and grapes.

The beer is medium bodied, highly carbonated, and very drinkable. The first taste is sweet cherries and some rich, malty notes (like shortbread cookies). At mid-palate, the cherries get tart and the beer takes on a wonderfully appetizing, wine-like acidity all the way to the finish. Despite the nearly 10% abv, there isn't even a trace of alcohol in the flavor.

This is one unique beer. I have never had anything quite like it. It seems to combine the complex maltiness of a quad with the tangy acidity of a kriek. Lots of the maltiness is lost, but it is still delicious. I will keep a couple bottles for a while and see how it ages. My only gripe with this stuff is the price. It must be a difficult beer to make.

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

A- Sweet cherry and ripe grape. Minimal pepper and clove. As it warms I get some of the alcohol sweetness I smell in sherry.

A- Deep red tones, almost like a burgundy. Thin yellowish head. Good lacing in the glass.

F- Complex to say the least. Upfront there's a grape and wine-like flavor. Also some mild pepper and perhaps a little clove. No perceptible bitterness. The fruit sweetness is really present, but not totally dominant, such as you see in the Lindeman's Kriek. The malty base beer is here as well. The finish does have a touch of warming alcohol, but no harshness is present.

M- Bright high carbonation. Very full body, but not cloying.

O- A fun beer to experience. A sipping after dinner beer. This could really sneak up on you otherwise. I like having one every once in a while. Certainly a beer that expands horizons.

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

1st time: Bottle into Duvel tulip glass on June 30, 2011
2nd time: Bottle into Duvel glass on March 18, 2011

Appearance - 4
Cherry brown/auburn color. ½ inch of yellow brown head that fades into a thin but complete covering. Mild lacing. Visible presence of yeast, offers slight haziness.

Smell – 4
Very prominent fruity and spicy smell from the yeast . Notes of cherries, plum, raisin. Sweet bready smell, almost like a fruitcake. Also notes of brown sugar.

Taste – 4
Starts with a very yeasty, fruitiness and some bitterness from the hops. Transitions so that the spiciness of the yeast comes through with the warmth of the alcohol. Finishes on notes of dark cherries. Leaves a lingering cherry flavor on palate that is a little sour.

Mouthfeel – 4.5
Really excellent. Perfect amount of carbonation to give it crispness, but fullness off body without being overly heavy. Carbonation breaks up the flavors of the beer so that is doesn’t become overpowering. Really a great balance.

Overall – 4
Better than expected when I had it the first time. But the second time I had it, it didn't wow me as much.

As such, I adjusted my scores a bit. Different than most quads I’ve had before, but despite being distinct with the element of cherries, it doesn’t deviate too far form the style to feel unfamiliar. Sneaky, at 9.8%; cannot detect that amount of alcohol by any means. Very easy to drink, but complex and interesting. Worth seeking out.

Recommend

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,480 ratings
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