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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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Ratings: 5,770
Reviews: 2,011
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 292
Gots: 1,074 | FT: 22
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Ratings: 5,770 | Reviews: 2,011
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Photo of BWED
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tulip at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia.

A- Amber with some light brown hues. A little hazy. Creamy light tan head, rather thin, and a slight bit of lacing.

S- A dry sweetness hits the nose, yeast esters, with a slight cherry malt combination.

T- Malty biscuit, with a slight tang. It may be cherry, but I think I'm just searching for the flavor since I know it's in there. It becomes more apparent with temperature increase.

M- Smooth, deceivingly high ABV is well hidden, but has a slight warming feel, and a stick bitter tang.

O- I think the combination with the kriek is very interesting. It adds tang to what would be a powerfully sweet beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – First off, I held up on the pour after the first couple of ounces came out of the bottle and the head started to roar. I was able to keep it down to two inches or so in my Chimay glass.

The body is a luscious, dirty brown with some good carbonation. [5 min later] The head’s still there so I’m suckin’ some foam and going in.

Smell – The big, bready yeast leads the way here at the nose. The dough is dark with lots of refined sugars along with some good fruits like bananas, peaches, and apricots. There’s a hint of tobacco to this one as well.

Taste – Boy, is this sweet. The darkened yeast is lighter at the taste; the sugars really take over this Quadrupel. The fruits from the nose come on very strong and the “hint of tobacco” (one of my favorite aspects of Belgian Ales) comes on much bigger still.

Everything is playing very well here now that the ale has warmed. The yeast base holds its own (surprisingly) and the complexity of the sugars is well-defined. This is really a terrific Belgian Ale.

Mouthfeel – This is the definition of “fluffiness”. The ale just dances in the cheeks. I’ve found it almost impossible to find an American brewery that can duplicate this mouthfeel – well done Ommegang!

Drinkability – I’m going to start referring to this brewery as OhMyGod. This offering was just incredible.

Comments – What a huge gesture from AleOha to send me not one, but two bottles of this incredible Belgian Ale. He’ll be happy to know that I’m spreading the wealth and will share the second bottle with some local BAs. Cheers to BeerAdvocate.com!

Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 9, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – About an inch-plus of light tan, moussy foam head, with moderate-long retention, sits on top a somewhat hazy deep amber to mahogany liquid. Appears a bit thick, with some viscosity, and some light lacing in the glass.

S – Bready, toasty malt, some toffee there as well, with some fruity esters of pear, and residual brown or candi sugar. A very light touch of cherry, and a bit of barnyard funk. Some dried raisins and plums in the background. Hops seem to be low, a somewhat woodsy or herbal impression from what I could find. No bitterness on the nose. Some impression of alcohol.

T – Very malty, again bready and toffee notes, and very sweet, with a lot of residual sugar, possibly dark candi sugar. The slightest hint of bittersweet chocolate. Very light impression of dark fruit, like plums or cherries, and little lambic/Brett character here. Hop flavor is basically non-existent, a touch of bitterness comes through in the finish.

M – Very high carbonation helps to offset the residual sweetness, actually lending some dryness on the palate and finish despite the sugar. A very light hop bitterness is present, but not very notable. Moderate-full body.

O – A complex, layered beer, a lot going on here, the residual sweetness needs to be balanced out a bit, but an excellent sipper.

Photo of oberon
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 version here,pours a nice chesnut brown with a real creamy head that lleaves very nice lacing,aroma ismalty sweet with a slight spicey note with candied sugar very evident.A very nice rounded beer taste wise softly sweet with some spicieness with the cherry taste that lingers in the background,wow what a great tasting beer!I could drink this pretty potent brew all night!

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

While im not a huge fan of Ommegang's beer, i think i've found my favorite of their offerings.

This was a dark orange/brown pour. Plenty of liveliness in the glass and a generous head. The nose was obviously spicey and sweet. Hints of caramel fudge an underlying spiciness. The taste was much of the same. Medium bodied with a full, lively mouthfeel. Sweet on the finish with a nice lingering touch.

Photo of Marty
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber and mostly cloudy. Head dissipated fairly quickly; this beer has very little carbonation by design. Smelled and tasted of all the fruits mentioned on the label, particularly raisins and apricots. The sweetness is much more prominent than the alcohol, which you can definitely feel coursing through your veins after a full glass. This is a very good strong beer that’s surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.4/5  rDev +6%

AMAZING when poured into a glass: that reddish hue looks absolutely beautiful. What I get on a few sips is a nice malt backbone, cherries, a very low amount of bitters to balance out the maltiness, smooth, and an alcohol warmth as it goes down into the stomach. I think I might be the first to say this (I really hope I am) but while I was drinking it what came to mind was "Dr. Pepper". Try drinking this and tell me you don't get that vibe too! That is definitely not a negative because if you don't like Dr. Pepper you don't deserve to be American. That's in the constitution. haha. It doesn't taste exactly like Dr. Pepper of course but it must be that blend of cherries and the maltiness that just reminds me of it. The drink is absolutely divine. Another home run from Ommegang. I've tried several of their beers now and they are among the elite breweries in America.

I drank the 2014 version in 2014 (for you people in the future reading this). Be aware that this drink is suggested by Ommegang to be cellared and many people reviewing it are drinking cellared versions from years ago. If you want to know what a fresh batch tastes like, look no further. That's what this review is about.

Photo of ricke
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage.

A: Dark reddish brown, almost more red than brown actually. Slightly hazy. A very big yellowish head fizzes away rather quickly but leaves stylish lacings.

S: An interesting smell that's kind of hard to pinpoint. Plenty of malts, dark bread yeast and prominent notes of berries. Quite a lot of chocolate as well, herbs and grass. After a while an unusual smell of roasted and tart aromas develops. This is really a complex smell with a wide range of different components. It's slightly edgy and perhaps it doesn't make it all the way, but it's still pleasant and interesting.

T: A nice character of sweet Belgian style dark ale in the fore, with the typical mix of powerful malts and vinous notes of cherries and other dark berries and spicy and herbal yeast. Some caramelized sugar, chocolate and grass. Faint notes of bubblegum and soft candy. In the middle, a gentle tartness develops (might this be the kriek lurking in the shadows?). The finish is slightly bitter with notes of coffee, iron and stale bread, perhaps even some hop notes. The alcohol is noticeable in a not entirely integrated way.

M: The body is not as big as I think I would have wanted it to be, and the lack of body results in the flavors coming out as a bit thin as well. The finish is slightly dry, whilst the mouthfeel is smooth.

D: An impressive tasty and complex beer which I enjoyed quite a bit. But it's slightly edgy and I don't think it really manages to succeed in the ambitious task it sets up for itself.

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 2/10/10.

A: Poured into an over-sized wine glass. Showed a deep mahogany color with an off-white/brownish colored 2-finger head. There was a bit of a reddish tint in the body from the 2% Kriek. Light lacing on the glass disappeared after a bit.

S: Lots of raisin, fig, fig newton (tehe) with a hearty yeast character supporting the fruitiness. There was an unmistakable aroma of maraschino cherries in the background. I don't really care for maraschinos, but it was not a dominant smell, so it didn't offend me that much. A caramel sweetness was also evident, and as the beer warmed, the cherry smell faded and some alcohol notes appeared.

T: Big, rich malt taste. I have to say that the fake cherry taste was just a little too much for me. There was, however, a pretty good balance between the fruity (raisin, fig) sweetness and a spicy, clean finish from the yeast and hops. The good fruit flavors became the dominant taste as the beer warmed.

M: Nice, full, tingly feel. It really nailed all of my taste buds and warmed my palate.

D: I like a lot about this beer, but that darned maraschino cherry flavor was just too heavy in the flavor mix for me. I shared the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. with my girlfriend and I'm not sure I would want much more than that.

Photo of MadScientist
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A medium amber with red highlights and excellent clarity. The very light tan head picks up a touch of the red hue and has long lasting creamy bubbles that form a thin head and leave fine lacing on the glass.

S: Cherries, Figs and some malt sweetness that kind of comes together like candy coated dried fruit. There is a light perfumey alcohol note and mild Belgian esters and very light peppery phenols.

T: A moderate cherry tartness with light fig flavors. The light malt sweetness is counter balanced by the fruit tartness and a light hops bitterness. There is a moderately-light peppery phenols. The balance is slightly tart and bitter. The finish is slightly sweet and the aftertaste is of dark dried fruit and a light hops bitterness.

M: medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. The is a moderately-light creaminess and a moderate alcohol warmth in the the back of the throat.

O: One of my favorite quads. Great for taking the chill out of a cool Autumn night.

Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

I'm greeted with a rather violent popping of the cork, though it was in transit earlier today so that could have something to do with it.

Pours reddish-brown with a tan head that doesn't look promising but stays for the duration of the glass. Looks as good as a Rochefort or Chimay in my opinion.

Subtle, yet interesting nose. Woody cherry, fig, toffee, prune, and mellow alcohol.

A slap of wood on the front palate, faint sour cherries, rum-raisin, bread dough, a little perfumey, a cola note. A lot of individual flavors that distinguish themselves well.

Full bodied, a bit of a CO2 bite that I could live without.

In the end, this is a great Quad and I can't wait to revisit this vintage in a couple more years.

Photo of kaimcm
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2003 poured into a Caracole tulip. Huge thanks to Jamie for this bottle. Reviewed 1/17/06

A: deep brown body, edges of dark garnet. a ruby hue but this is one dark brew. a light dusting of dirty beige head and even a nice lacing for a brew with this much age. agitation brings back a momentary but creamy 1/2 inch.

S: let me preface by saying im pretty stuffed up...but here goes. butter and raw pastry dough. spent cigarette filters, smoke, and some over ripe fruit. im searching for the cherry but it seems to have melded into the overall aroma. lingering malt, sugar.

T/M: soft and creamy, very smooth. medium bodied, rich malt, a blend of smashed almost rotten fruit (in a ripe way, not a bad way), and even some of that cigarette filter. lots of vinous qualities, grapey, reminiscent of 2 day old wine. back pallete presents a little bitterness, a touch of booze, and some toffee sweetness. sugar is nicely balanced and the finish is long enough to be interesting, but nothing spectacular.

D: goes down so soft and easy. a little dangerous at nearly 10%. allow this to warm up a bit and its one nice presentation. cheers.

this bottle has been preserved very well. i would prefer all my 3 philos to have a few years on them.

Photo of bluesoul
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an odd mud color into a glass, with a monumental four-finger high tan head.

S - Plenty of cherry, along with a metallic note and quite a lot of yeast. Quite a pleasant smell.

T - First thing I taste is a muted cherry, then a yeasty heart and the finish is almost entirely alcohol.

M - Super slick, but the ABV is quite apparent in the aftertaste. Finish is dry and, again, quite a bit of alcohol present.

D - Though I feel like the alcohol is a bit out of balance with the rest of the beer it's still a good brew, and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle during the summer of 2005 and opened it Apr. 2009. I poured the beer into the tulip-ish glass that accompanied the beer when I bought it. The ale poured an apple cider color with a brief ecru head. The ciderlike aroma set the tone for the rich cherry cider like taste and feel of the ale. There is a red wine like after taste that doesn't linger. The flavors are clean and to the point with a bigh show of cherry. The 9.8 ABV is definately there but blends well. Though the lacing is faint it sticks with the brew down to the final sip. there is a good amount of carbonation in this beer, you tell at a glance but the bubbly look doesn't convey exactly in the mouthfeel. This isn't really a "knock 'em back" beer for me but went well with dessert and cheese. THe coolest thing about the beer was the relatively substanital sediment hanging out in the bottom of the glass left behind just to reinforce the Belgian in this ale.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Three Philosophers Quad 9.8% alcohol. Poured into Ommegang goblet. 750ml bottled on 11/07/09 as stated on top of beer rim.

A- Pours a dark amber fluid that has a thick haze of sediment floating inside it. Quarter inch head falls to a light froth leaving random patches of lace.

S- Rich malts upfront with massive alcohol presence. This very forward scent is followed by dried plums, sweet raisins and figs.

T-M- Taste is one of a kind with a heavy dose of strong ale flavors of vanilla, oak, alcohol and fruit. In more depth i'd say the flavors are a yeasty plum, thick carmel malt, sweet raisin and a hell of a dose of grain alcohol warm. Great beer in the aspect of being almost 10% and drinking like a Dubbel. Mouthfeel is a bit raw with light carbonation leading to excessive alcohol warming on the tongue but hey its a Quad! Light Kriek flavors soothe the palete for a smooth feel.

D- Well I put down a 750ml I guess i'll say it pretty damn drinkable for the content and style.
I will buy more but being offered year-round i'll chill on the looking aspect.

Photo of Breen
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour/Appearance: Thick 1.5 finger head, full lacing on the glass. Dark brown, nearly brown in color, reddish when held to light.

Smell: Cherries, yeast, and hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, minimal carbonation.

Taste: Cherries and roasted malt, a hint of bitterness. The cherry flavor became more evident towards the middle and bottom of the pour, but were not overdone in my opinion.

This is a brew on a mission. The brewer sought to create a certain style and flavor and were quite successful in that goal. For that a I'll give this beer a 5/5.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, non-translucent, with a creamy uneven off-white head. Head reduces but stays with the brew, leaving nice foamy trails down the glass.

S: Rich, complex malts, mostly caramel. Dark sweet fruit smells too like fig or prune, and a sweet hint aroma of candied brown sugar.

T: Interesting malt flavors, sort of a mix of pale and caramel malts. It's interesting that the the flavors start out a little stronger and fade to quickly to something a bit less, but no less complex. A little fruity, but not really sweet. There is a mostly dry finish and a some warming during the linger.

M&D: Relatively heavy mouthfeel but less than most dark Belgian styles, especially of this ABV. Carbonation is relatively light, which lends well to the creamy texture. Goes down smooth. I enjoyed the brew but I don't know if I could drink more than one at a time. Good stuff overall.

Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer but not as good as I was expecting. This one poured a very dark brownish red color with a small bit of lacing around the glass. The smell was not to prominant and I could only detect a scent of alchohol and malty sweetness. The flavor was allmost too sweet for my liking and it left my mouth quite dry. Lots of malts dominated the scent, a little too much domination to me. Overall, try pairing it wilh a good cigar but drink slowly and wiith caution.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good amber brown pour with a healthy two finger khaki head. Deep caramel nose with candi sugar sweetness and a nice mellow cherry. Quite a nice nose...a bit yeasty.

Big caramel maltiness upfront with a bit of roasted nuts. Some spicy yeastiness works its way in there as well. The cherry lambic flavor compliments this brew nicely and rides along in the background. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is rich with good carbonation. Flows over the palate well. Just a tasty brew overall. Thanks to my dad for sharing this with me on Easter. I will most definetly have it again.

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

750ml brewed 2005 purchased fromCorridor Liquors in Laurel MD.

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish (almost cherry) copper. Little head which dissapates quickly. Some lacing, I expected much more. Head leaves and islands while sitting

Smells ligth barley, barely some malts. Very surprised no alcohol smell for 9.8abv. Also expected more smells at this point.

I am no quad expert, so bear with me on the taste. Taste some non-sweet dried fruit like curant or maybe date. Maybe oak and somewhat dry. Also not what I expected.

Mouthfeel is good, but I guess my expectations were much higher for this brew. Medium carbonation in the mouth, but much very dry and almost oak tasting (like in chard wine). Alcohol bite early in the mouth, but goes away quick with dryness.

I am worried about this bottle. I am hoping this was a bad bottle, its the first from this place. I guess I was expecting something different. Since it is so close, I am going to definately try again.

Let me finish with this thought: This beer reminds me of wine. A very dry chard with hops and barley. Not a barley wine, not that sweet. I would like to revisit this thought on another bottle.

Photo of elinash
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance is the least tempting quality of the beer. It's a deep ruby brown with minimal head and lacing after the initial pour.
Aroma is caramel and tart cherries.
Taste is rich with chocolate, plum and tart cherry, but the cherries are light and balanced with the overall complexity of the beer.
Mouthfeel is pretty good, if a little lght...and maybe that's alright for this one because it's pretty drinkable.
I've tried it as an ice cream float and I tried it at Ommegang's Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2007 with a ice cream laden tart. So, dessert pairings with it are necessary.

Three Philosophers is an excellent quad. I have many of these bottles, so I'm laying quite a few of them down and can't wait to see how they turn out.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Even when poured with care, this left a large head in the tulip glass. Smells of caramel, soy (!) and yeast, and the look stirs about some mysterious ideas.

In the mouth it is quite creamy and soft, and goes down easy enough for the circa 10 abv. The buttery joys of this mouthfeel are rarely felt. The taste lingers for awhile, so it is a slow drinker despite the good taste.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. It went over big on Valentine's Day. It poured a dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Some nice lacing. It had a sweet caramel odor with some fruit in the background. . It had a coffee/chocolate/dried fruit taste, with a lingering of the coffee. Very warm and complex in the mouth, lots of fun to drink.

Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - It is a pretty good looking beer, dark red with a light brown colored head that turns into a pretty lace.

S - Some hints of caramel, but mostly cherry.

T - Not as complex as I would like out of a quad. Mostly cherry flavors again with little other flavors from the dark fruits that I have come to expect from the style. The cherry flavor seemed syrupy and was not subtle at all. Although the alcohol comes through as a fairly nice taste in the beer.

M - A bit too carbonated, kind of like champagne.

D - For being almost 10%, the alcohol blends well with all the flavors so it is easier to drink than some beers with a similar abv.

Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 25.4 oz. bottle, cellar temperature, Belgian snifter.

Aroma: Black cherries, plums, dried currants/raisins, alcohol. In three words: Ximinez Sherry Lite. Flavor: Very big - the aforementioned fruits along with some Belgian yeast flavors, a hint of bitter chocolate and oak(?), with the alcohol present in proportion. Warms you to the soul going down. Very complex and delicious. This brew made me want to have an oxblood red reading chair in a dark panelled library - that is the kind of flavor it seemed to have.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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