Review: Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale

Author: Jason Harris
October 23, 2009

As a self-certified Beer Snob, I’m always on the lookout for new brews to try. A recent Men’s Journal highlighted the world’s best beers, and among them was a brew that definintely piqued my interest: Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale. This beer was in the same magazine as the recently reviewed DogFish Head 120 Minute IPA.

Brewed by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York, this ale is a Belgian Style Blend that comes in a distinctive brown bottle with a cork on top. The label describes the beer in this way: “Created by blending a rich, malty Belgian-style ale with authentic Kriek, a classic cherry-Lambic from Belgium, our Qaudrpeled is cultured yet wild, curious yet wise.”

This specific brew is 98% ale with the 2% cherry Lambic mixed in for balance and flavor. Upon reading about the cherry mix, I expected a sweet, overpowering flavor. However, upon pouring – I found a dark amber beer with a vew ruby hues in the coloring.

When you take your first sip, you notice the malty flavor, softened by the mild sweet taste of the cherry. However, the cherry flavor is only a hint, not overpowering or too sweet.

Quadrupel Ale has hints of malt, cherry, and a little creamyness to it, all without feeling too heavy or overpowering. It’s a very drinkable beer that has a wonderful aroma to it.

Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale is 9.8% alcohol and is available at fine retailers everywhere.

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