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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Photo of DaveBlack
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch

A: Cloudy brown with very little in the way of head; just a thin layer on the surface which disappears quickly. Retention of the head is very short, and almost no lacing.

S: Malt sweetness, and heavy on the alcohol. Some cherry comes through, but not as much as I expected. Alcohol pretty much overwhelms everything else in the smell.

T: BIG flavor in this beer. Malty sweetness, some candied fruits, Belgian yeast all under a nice gentle umbrella of alcohol. Cherry on the aftertaste. Complex and balanced.

M: Surprisingly light for a quad, which is to say medium bodied with a fair amount of stickiness, especially in the back of the throat. Lots of carbonation.

O: Definitely a sipper, and good with food. Sweetness and alcohol get pretty overwhelming and need to be cut but something sharp and/or vinegary. I was a little annoyed when I looked at the bottle and saw "cherries added" but I am pleasantly surprised. Really tasty beer, and different from your average Belgian in a nice, refreshing way.

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

12-oz bottle poured into a wine goblet and absolutely worth the fuss.

A: Rich, opaque cherrywood. Gentle pour revealed a 1-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated over the course of the next minute. Somebody drew pretty bridges and waves in the lacing on the side of the glass. Was it you?

S: Yeasty, medicinal and earthy with tangy dark cherries intertwined with the malt. The alcohol is plain even in the nose.

T: Mind blown. This is delicious and not as strong as I'd expected. Cherry and toasted caramel malt with a slight nuttiness as it waves bye bye down your esophagus. Getting a slightly woody flavor and a touch of bitterness as it warms.

M: Reminds me of sparkling cider. Crisp and bubbly but smooth and even a little slick.

O: I wish my palate were advanced enough to describe this. An amazing, incredibly balanced beer that has to be tasted to be believed.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Jackie O's stemmed tulip glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

A: Gorgeous sunset red in color. Rich and robust to the eye, like a ruby port. A big three finger, crimson head is the product of a hearty pour. The lacing here is beyond descirption. Just thick and unyielding.

S: Wonderful, warm nose of red vine fruit, toasted golden malt and booze. The damn thing is awesome.

T: Wildly complex. Fruit, malt, alcohol, vanilla bean, black cherries and char. Somehow all of these elements merge together in the mouth to create a sublimely balanced yet agressive brew.

M: Surprising bubbles here. It's got a bit more carbonation then typical for the quad style, but it doesn't drop the ball. It's drinkable and approachable.

O: I hadn't quaffed an Ommegang Three Philosophers in ages, and I'm thrilled to have returned to it. Luckily for me, this is still one of the best American quads being brewed today. It's lost a bit of the "wow" factor, as it's readily available in most US markets. Too bad, as this needs to be mentioned on page one of craft beer 101.

Simply brilliant.

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Photo of Wreckoncile
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate so hazy that it almost completely obstructs light. A thin head leaves limited lacing, but maintains the quintessential center foam.

S - Although ale with cherries is added on this one, the fruits I get in the nose are different. A definite fig note pierces through the maltiness, and some other, more confectionary flavors, possibly caramel. A sweet scent.

T - The taste departs from the scent a lot. The cherry is out front, but sours a bit towards the end of the sip. A sweet maltiness pleasantly balances and counters the sourness of the cherry, creating an ideal compliment, and leaving the overall aftertaste as slightly grassy, but in a distinctly non-hoppy way.

M - Drinkable mouthfeel with some bite and a lingering alochol flavor. The malt softens the mouthfeel and the low overall carbonation makes it an enjoyable sipping drink.

O - A solid offering from one of America's premier Belgian style brewers. The sourness from the Kreik addition really matches well and balances the sweetness of the malt. A solid yeasty flavor, a good mouthfeel, and an excellent and complex scent make this a reliablely good brew.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 24 oz Glass Mug

A - Absolutely gorgeous 2 inch head. Deep brown and cherry coloring. Almost no activity and almost impossible to see through the glass

S - Sweet and sour cherry. Roasted wheat and yeasty

T - Mmmm love that yeasty goodness. Sweet candied fruits and phenols, almost like a liquor. Sour finish from the kriek addition

M - Deceptively smooth for a 9.8 abv, the yeast gives it a bit of a chew.

O - a most unique brew and something worth a try. Not something that I would want all the time, but a most delicious and unique treat.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dubble brown body with a soft micro bubbled layer ontop. reddish tints like a Flemish sour.

S - Flanders red notes, red and dry, sour and tart kriek bouquet. Slight syrup and malt scents. Faintly acidic, sweet and well balanced nose.

T - Warming and slightly bitter at first, with a dash of hops and malt. Muted cherry twang with a little champagne dryness. The cherry smell is stronger than the cherry flavor here. The middle and end bring an alcohol bite.

M - Full bodied, sturdy and numbing carbonation, dry and warming alcohol. Clean, effervescent finish.

O - Warming, strong quad with a hint of cherry. Im a fan of quads, krieks and sours so I liked this addition.

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Photo of cmq103
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a rich murky raisin flesh color with a tan, bubbly and lively 1/2" head that diminished to a thin ring after about a minute or so of sitting. Lacing, with a cascade of tiny formed bubbles, clung tightly to the sides as the glass is tilted.

Smell: Belgian yeast hits the nose right away, followed by mild booziness with sweet apple cider, cherry, and spicy undertones.

Taste: Belgian yeast finds its way up front first followed by sweet plums, malty spice, raisins, mild cherry tartness, finishing with just the right amount of alcohol warmth for the style. Flavors are more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but lively as it rolls across the tongue. Perfect carbonation that lends to the creamy, but boozy texture.

Overall: A complex and unique beer for sure. This is a slow sipper to be enjoyed over an extended period of time. I had no problem finishing the bottle with two separate glass pours. Ommegang hasn't disappointed me yet. I really enjoyed the Kriek style.

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Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks amazing in the chalice I'm using. It's a rich, cloudy brown with a thick khaki head. The retention is above average, but as it dissipates, there's no lacing. Makes no difference, it looks majestic.

Again, there's a richness to this beer. Spices are prevalent in the nose, as well as some toffee notes and the sweet fruits from the kriek.

While the taste isn't bad, it's a bit disappointing as the flavors don't shine through over the power of the high ABV. Mostly, I can only detect some cloves and alcohol in the taste.

The alcohol is just a bit too strong for this to score higher in the mouth. The heat from the ABV is ever present and overpowers everything else. There's slight sweetness, but the finish is both hot and ever so slightly tart and dry.

I had high hopes for this beer, but it didn't really deliver. The alcohol needs to be toned down a bit so the cherry plays more of a factor.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a deep woody-redish color with a huge, dense and oily dark tan head that took forever to fade into a thick fuzzy film that left some decent patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet and spicy notes of dark fruits, green apples, red pears, cardamom, Belgian yeast and the cherry kriek it’s blended with. It’s lightly tart smelling, and just a tad musty.
T: Follows the nose with a complex blend of fruits, Belgian style spices, and tart cherry skins. I definitely get flavors of plums and rich buttery toffee. The finish is herbal and a bit syrupy.
M: Very airy and fluffy carbonation over a medium-thick body create a full yet soft mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but it’s not all that warm or distracting.
O: A very enjoyable and unique version of the style with the addition of the kriek. It wasn’t as bold or complex as the greatest of the quads, but I loved drinking this nonetheless. This would age nicely, and I may have to re-review after I sit on a bottle for a couple years. I bet the alcohol would become more integrated and the flavors would become deeper.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I already know that I'm a fan of this beer and this is the first Quad I ever had.

Appearance-Murky brown with a 3 finger french vanilla ice cream head. Small tight bubbles that slowly reduces to a thin film atop the swamp.

Smell-Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dark fruits with some sourness. Black Pepper. Whats great about the aroma is that it's not overbearing, just very inviting.

Taste-Tart cherries up front. Sweet malts along with some pepper. Towards the end you still get some cherries along with the other dark fruits and some nice spices from the yeast. The sour cherries definitely adds an extra element I really enjoy.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, light booze. Medium bodied with lower carbonation that I prefer.

Overall-I prefer this over St. Bernardus. The light tartness adds that extra ummmphhh that I like. The lower carbonation level really lets the flavors shine as well. Great beer.

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Photo of shand
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

Boom! Uncorking this bottle, the cork absolutely flew all the way across my apartment. There was no gushing though, guess the yeast has done plenty of munching over the past four years. This brew pours a hazy deep ruby color with a modest head that quickly drops down to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is big on sweet and dark fruits, and not too much else.

The taste is excellent, this bottle progressed very well. The sweet fruit flavors, especially cherry, are still dominant, but lacking their sharp edge. The dark fruits and chocolate get their chance to shine on the finish. There's a nice backing provided by the yeast. The alcohol sometimes present in fresher bottles has now completely mellowed, this is now a super-easy drinker. The mouthfeel is solid, it's lightly carbonated and goes down very smoothly. The drinkability? Off-the-charts. This brew just goes down so easily, any hint of alcohol this beer presented is completely gone, making this one very dangerous. Overall, I'm very happy with this beer. It's just straight-up delicious.

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

pretty darn good. poured with a very strong head but almost too much. excellent carbonation. good lacing down the glass. smell is fruity with a scent of alcohol. taste was good but a bit strong and could taste the alcohol. nice finish to a strong beer. this would be an excellent winter by the fire beer.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of Kuromaru
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance--Pours an opaque, lightish tawny/ caramel with a full, creamy two-finger head. Very complex in appearance, with an array of colors presenting themselves in the light. Retention wasn't fantastic, but otherwise very, very nice to look at.

Smell--Sweet bread with notes of cherry, fig, apricot and toffee up front, followed by spice and lightly zesty citrus. Alcohol presence detected at the end. Nice, delicately complex in the nose.

Mouthfeel--It's pretty important to let this beer warm up. While still chilled, the alcohol presence seems to jump out a bit more, and the finish is stickier. However, as the beer warms, it becomes very pleasantly creamy, working better with the warming alcohol. Pretty full-bodied.

Taste--Toasty sweetness. Cherries, plum, alcohol, lightly bitter chocolately malts, some spice and distant orange zest. Delicately complex balance. Sweetness up front, followed by alcohol and finishes with some spice. Even warmed up, alcohol presence is distinct.

Overall--Kind of surprising alcohol presence, considering the strength of the other flavors. Even when warmed up and creamy, alcohol presence is strong. I was a bit dubious about the presence of cherries here at first, but it is not at all dominant, and adds very nicely to this beer's complexity.

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Photo of BeforeNoon
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 12oz. bottle poured into Smuttynose tulip

A: Poured a dark amber with 2 finger off white head.

S: Sour cherries, warm alcohol, dried fruit

T: Slight caramel sweetness at the front rounded off by sour fruit sweetness towards the back. Also hints of black pepper.

M: Medium/high carbonation, full bodied with slight hop bitterness on the finish.

O: Well balanced malt sweetness with sour finish. Alcohol is never overpowering, but evident. Very great Quad.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is a 2010 vintage and has aged in my cellar a year. 12 oz. bottle.

Body is a translucent reddish brown. Poured to a half inch head in a Gouden Carolus chalice, the head is at first lumpy with big bubbles, but then settles down to a thin, but creamy foam head, leaving little curtains of lace. Eventually settles to a ring.

Smells of dark malt--sort of old aleish, muted spice, a bit of cola, and dark cherries.

I believe this beer is a little sweeter when fresh. Aged, it has mellowed in sweetness a bit, and has become drier. Both the quad and the kriek profiles are amply evident. First taste is sweet cola and dark fruit, with the swallow, there comes a wave of cherry which lingers into the long dry finish. The roasted malt gives this a dry taste sensation, amplified by cellaring. There is a metallic cola taste in the finish as is often present in quads. As it warms, the fruit flavor intensifies.

Body is medium and the carbonation is sufficient to give this a slightly creamy mouthfeel. There is a bit of prickly sensation on the tongue which also spices up the experience.

Overall, a good beer. Alcohol is well masked by the complexity of flavors. This has benefited a bit from aging. Of course, Ommegang knows that as they have cave aged this beer. Could age this longer before cracking it open.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was initially reviewed on 7/15/11 in Bad Genie Lounge in Milwaukee--the bottle is dated 2011.

Pours a foggy, semi-translucent burnt sienna. Held to the light, it's a nice plum color. Begins with a decent 3/4 inch head that falls to a resilient lace that clings well. It has a cherry-forward nose--with additional notes of yeasty wheat and caramel malts--but it seems a fairly muted bouquet, overall. The taste is cherry right out of the gates, hitting the front of the tongue with a reserved yet potent sweetness. From here, the flavor meanders around the palate with a nice toasted malt sweetness and an ever-so-subtle sourness that reveals wonderful balance and craftsmanship. The feel is medium-bodied, creamy, effervescent, slightly syrupy, and very well balanced.

This beer is quite impressive: It has a balance, feel, and flavor that are very engaging and, almost contradictorily, very comfortable. I can't imagine a way they could have brewed this quad differently that would have improved the final taste. I think that's one of the marks of a really great beer, which this certainly is. It should not be missed.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So looking forward to this one. Was built up for me by friends and hype. Here we go. Poured with a crazy cream head like a cappuccino. Smelled like raisins. And rum. And fruit. Plums and cinnamon. Spices. Almost tasted like a fruitcake or raisin toast. Unreal and sublime. Wow, what a delicacy.


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Photo of mulder1010
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle in my Denver cellar. 2010 vintage. Aged over a year now.
750 corked and caged, poured into a wine glass.

A-- Poured a deep, dark ruby color. Got a massive head that slowly died down to film. Left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. not much head retention on swirling.

S-- Candied black cherry mixed in with some bread. Cherry fruitcake might be a good description on this. Slightly syrupy quality in the nose, still quite nice though.

T-- Black cherry. Not candied at all. really sort of thin in a way. lacking the bread quality that it needs.

M-- Get a slight amount of bread in the mouth but this is about cherry and more cherry. Starts as black cherry and changes to red ruby sweet cherry with small bit of sourness. Not that it is infected or anything like that. Finishes as sweet cherry. Has a bit of an alcohol burn to finish but the cherry sweetness does hide it a bit.

O-- to me this is still the bar standard for US Quads. Like the addition of cherry to this, as it adds a fruity dimension to this. Thin taste besides cherries but the mouth does pick up the beer.

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Photo of tbern007
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Says on the bottle: 98% ale and 2% ale with cherries.
Pours a very thick head that lasts a long time. Very good lacing. Dark ruby color. Very nice to look at.
Scent is of light cherry and yeast, malt.
Tastes a tad bit sweet but not too much, mild cherry, yeasty, very nice.
Good balance, good carbonation, refreshes. ABV there but alchohol flavor not noticeable. Very good, I'd have this again.

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Photo of weller1js
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a bold reddish brown, light on carbonation but very cloudy with significant yeast sediment suspended throughout, offwhite finger-thick foam dissipates into moderate ring of foamly lacing; yeast begins to settle at a moderate pace.

smell: light yet complex, elements of dark fruit, floral hops, and velvety with notes of yeast as well.

taste: begins mellow, with notes of malts and yeast building quickly into the tastes of cherry and fruit, which is accented by the character of the hops; finishes with a tangy bitterness with a light yeast lingering; it is also worth noticing that even at 9.8% abv, the taste of the alcohol is not particularly strong.

overall: a very mellow Belgian-style quadrupel, well developed in all aspects, well balanced and not overbearing, high abv without the punch of the taste, very enjoyable.

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Photo of harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


A: pours a chocolate leather ale with two fingers of graham head which falls to a thick quilt in a couple minutes. The quilt dies down to a thin, broken sheet in a few more minutes. Where light can shine, clarity is excellent and reveals a nice caramel ale. Scantly spotty lacing.

S: Yeast is up front here and and maintains throughout as the baseline. There are some earthy hops and hints of candy sugar, but really seems one dimensional from this aspect. some hints of pear juice.

T: Yeast and pear juice. Some faint metallic flavors. The yeast is a little more subdued here but thrives once again in the finish. The alcohol here is well presented and only hints at it's presence. I keep going back to the pear flavor, it's interesting.

M: Thin with high carb. Slightly satiating finish.

O: I think this is just average for a quad, honestly there's nothing here.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella Tulip.

A - Pours a deep Amber with a Red hue. The head is off White and retains well.

S - Disapointing, metallic but not much else.

T - Big flavours up front, that prepare you for a big entrance statement of dark fruits, a little brown sugar that end with really nice lingering boiled cherry flavour.

M - Full and oily with medium carbonation.

O - The noise is disappointing, but the flavour is excellent and will not disappoint.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been so excited all day to finally have this beer, even though it was very expensive this has been on my MUST TRY list for awhile and was highly recommended to me by two friends who love good beers.

A - dark raisin in color, good fizzy head that fades quick, bubbly like champagne in the glass

S - not as sweet on the nose as I had anticipated, has a sweet undertone with light spice and malt

T - This is seriously the best beer I have ever had. It tastes like figs, banana bread, caramel, cherries, yeast...there is very slight orange in the aftertaste, mixed in with all of the subtle sweetness. This tastes like a beer you want to chew. Pure heaven.

M - Smooth smooth....carbonation is medium to high in the glass, but it really is so smooth feeling. it feels like it coated my mouth with goodness that is lasting for a very long time....(hope forever!). there is absolutely no burn of alcohol in the feel at all.

O - Best beer I have ever had. There is no way that anyone could NOT love this beer. I wish it was more affordable because I would make it my one and only. Made it 4.5 overall just because of the price factor.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.65/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so excited to try this beer after hearing so many great things, paid a lot for it at my local bottle shop but heard its worth it so lets give it a shot

poured with crazy mousse head it looked like foam popping out of the goblet the foam had some brown specks in it looked like yeast to me

smelled like brown sugar and spices but wait i also smell some pepper and yeast in there too

wow intense taste! outstanding heavy dark rich syrup but acidic as well there is a complexity here that is outstanding really love what they have going on here this is the best heavy dark belgian beer i have had i think

silky mouthfeel a bit full bodied and heavy but nice carbonation helps to balance that out

overall really wicked oustanding beer i need to keep one of these all times as a special treat when i want to reward myself for good beer

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Photo of mikereaser
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/1/11, the bottle is labeled 2007.

A - Pours a dark caramel brown with hints of red when held up to the light. There was about 3 fingers of off-white foam that receded very slowly and leaving some decent lacing
S - Aroma is a big malty sweetness, hints of cherry still around, some caramel and brown sugar, it has a somewhat sickeningly sweet aroma at first but i'm starting to like it alot
T - Wow, i'm surprised how much the cherries come through on this one, the overly malty sweetness i picked up in the nose isn't there at all and its a very drinkable and has a really nice flavor. cherries, brown sugar, some belgian spices, it all blends together nicely
M - lighter bodied than expected, good amount of carbonation leaving a bit of tingle in my mouth
D - This is very enjoyable and the almost 10% abv is not noticable at all. Not sure what the 4 years of cellaring has done to this one, so I think its time to get a fresh version and compare.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,413 ratings.
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