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:
6,429
Reviews:
2,098
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
386
Gots:
1,604
For Trade:
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a thick, hazy red-brown. Tan head gives way to brief clumpy lacing.

S - Sweet malts. Candied fruit esters. Raisin. Cherry. Alcohol.

T - It is what one expects, a classic Ommegang Belgian-syle--with a touch of cherry lambic. Rich. Full of spice (clove, nutmeg), sweet malts (toasted but not so dark to be roasted), fruit (plum, fig, cherry, raisins), and a booziness that can catch you off-guard.

M - Medium; rich malty body. Lively carbonation throughout.

O - I have had this ale many times before reviewing. Each time lends more and more awareness. Complex and wild. I am sure to pick up more flavor specifics with my next bottle. A must try.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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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%

Photo of Nuke77
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark orange red color with a voluninous white head. Typical quad scent with dark fruits and a touch of dark cherry. The taste followed the scent but no cherry flavor was present. The mouthfeel was pleasant with a touch of effervescence. Not a bad beer but there are better quads out there for sure.

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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  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bnes09
3.03/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber-cherry in color. Thin, soda-like, off-white head with poor retention. Not much lacing either.

Can't get much in the smell department. Pretty clean and grainy.

Bread grains in the flavor. Cherry character adds sweetness and tartness to the mix. Mild herbal hop.

Medium to full bodied. Harsh, soda-like bubbles. Way overcarbonated!

I was thoroughly disappointed with this beer. I expected something exceptional and got a beer which is average at best. Nothing about this impressed me. Lacked depth and character.

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

This is a 12 ounce bottle labelled 2011 from an variety 8 pack of Ommegang brews.

Poured a dark reddish brown with a thick, dense, creamy head that fell back slowly. Smell was of candied fruit. Taste was also candied, with an aftertaste of alcohol. I'm not getting a sense of balancing malts though - wonder if i'm drinking this too soon.

Not a great beer, at least not yet. I'll save the second bottle for a while and see if a little age makes this a better beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Aml42000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a pretty red tint on the bottom of the glass bowl. Frothy, but quickly disappearing head.

S- Malt, some cherry and other herbal notes. Pleasant, but not anything mind-blowing.

T- Deep brooding flavors showing nutty malts and dark fruit. This needs more bottle age to show the sour components.

M- Heavy carbonation and full bodied. The alcohol adds a bit of heat at the end.

O- This is a serious beer and it bears that weight literally and figuratively. This is the 2011 version and I believe that ignoring this for several months will yield rewards as the complex components come together.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of uno99
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 edition.

A: I actually grabbed this from my cellar expecting a tripel (I assumed "three" philosophers meant tripel), so I was surprised to pour a dark beer into my Tripel Karmeliet glass. Body is deep mahogany with one finger off white head. head disappears quickly but laces well.

S: A bit less traditional quad here. Not as meaty as its old world Belgian counterparts. Instead, its a bit medicinal and clove forward. Maybe it's the cherries that brings this out.

T: Most of the usual Quad prune and dark fruit flavors are quite muted. One again it's leafy and bright with a cherry a kreik cherry finish.

M: A bit smooth, almost no dryness at all. carbonation is well leveled.

Overall this is an interesting and tasty beer. One of my first from Ommegang.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,429 ratings.
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