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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled on 8-2-11 best by 8-2016.

A: Pours a deep ruby color. 1 finger off white head. Lots of visible carbonation and looks like I poured some yeast in too. Head remains an 1/8" until the end.

S: Lots of cherry upfront. Smell of alcohol. Hints of oak wood and other dark fruits. Seem to be able to taste the smell.

T: Strong cherry up front, balanced by belgian yeast. Notes of oak wood in the middle. Carmel/molasses malt finish. Not a big fan of cherries so the best part for me is the aftertaste.

M: Fairly light on the palette. Pretty high carbonation. Smooth and drinkable. Doesn't leave any sticky resins on the palette.

Overall a damn good beer. Not a big cherry fan or I would have rated this a little higher.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy brown with a red tint, pieces of fruit visible and recirculated by the carbonation. Thin tan head.

S: Fruit forward with a strong cherry leading the way. Picking up banana and spice notes also. Alcohol undertones tickle the nose.

T: dull fruit sweetness, banana pronounced. The creamy malts flow well into the balanced fruit flavors.

M: steady warming with a direct bitter end. Nice late winter feel.

O: one of the best quads you'll find. A fruity high grav Belgian that is smooth enough at the start for your girlfriend and bitter enough at the end for your mother-in-law.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This pours a nice mahogany dark cherry body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: This has a very nice strong cherry sweetness with a strong amount alocohol.

T: This has a nice quad taste with a good amount of cherries. The beer lingers and has a nice malty tea smell.

M: the mouthfeel is pretty crisp on the back of the mouth and tongue.

O: this beer is great. This is one of the best quads I have ever had. It just has so much flavor and looks amazing.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into an Ommegang tulip...

A: cloudy brown, with some red when held to light; rich, 2-finger beige head dies down pretty fast - not much retention or lace.

S: rich, bready aroma; toast and caramel; dark fruits; some phenolic notes; gets even better as it warms.

T: complex... dark fruit / prunish; medicinal; figgy sweetness; a touch of heat on the end; a touch of tartness from the kriek.

M: close to full, but pretty high carbo; slick, yet peppy.

O: a very nice, enjoyable quad; the kriek mixes things up a bit, but doesn't overpower.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +14.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,518 ratings