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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,128
Reviews: 1,907
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 208
Gots: 621 | FT: 15
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of avaccani
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky brown with deep shades of red under light. Extremely think 2 finger tan head that is creamy in the center. Leaves wonderful lacing along the glass.

S - Getting some candi sugar, plum, raison, perhaps some figs or dates. Also smelling some phenols from the yeast as well.

T - First on the tounge I am getting the yeast. Some phenols, but not overpowering. Next comes the cherry. It has a slight medicinal flavor. Could just be the warmth from the alcohol. It leaves a spicy note on the palate. Very enjoyable.

M - Carbonation is much lower than I anticipated. Light and creamy off the bat, but ends dry. Some cherry flavors remain on your tounge.

D - Outstanding beer. I enjoyed sipping on this one for about an hour. Really comes to life once it's warmed up a tad.

avaccani, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding dark amber body with a rich, creamy, thick and sticky light-tan head. Smell emits rich caramel malt notes intertwined with spicy phenols. Heavy, smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of light carbonation. Taste comes at you with a wild mixture of sweet malts, alcohol warmth, and subtle bitterness.

I do like wild and complex beers. This one meets that description. I thought the alcohol presence made itself a tad too apparent, but not enough to rate this as anything less than an exceptional beer all around. A beer taste treat no matter how you approach this one.

beergoot, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Brabander
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got three bottles in the last two months of this Belgium styled Quad. Bottle from 2010.

Poured in two little Westvleteren glasses, one for me and one for my buddy.

A very nice dark beer with a lightbrown head. Good smell and good carbonation. The taste is as goos as a Belgian quad, brave Ommegang.

Sweet taste with spices. To be honest i could not taste the cherries. One the many good qauds i have tasted untill now.

Brabander, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of deruiz10
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 release, bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - A hazy mahogany brown with a slightly red tinge, "luxurious" light brown head which fades fairly quickly. No lacing observed.

S - Mild with slightly spicy yeast and cherries interlaced beautifully. A fair alcohol presence, but overall quite tame.

T - Full and complex. The cherry flavor is beautifully integrated into the entire taste profile, from the broad malt flavor to the slightly spicy finish of yeast. Dark fruits and malts best describe the flavor, not too many exotic flavors but what's there comes together very well. The nice thing about this beer is that the cherry flavor does not come across as syrupy as is the case in many other cherry-infused beers. Not much alcohol for a 10% brew.

M - Creamy yet light and crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. I feel that it could use a slightly heavier feel to really shine, but it is far from a detractor.

D - An excellently complex Belgian-style, quite delightful. I have been saving this beer for just over a year and it was worth the wait. I'd be happy to drink more of this.

deruiz10, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Abita Baloon glass.
This beer poured a beautiful deep mahogany color, with deep ruby highlights when held to light. It poured with a magnificent crest of pillowy, slighty pinkish foam. It was nearly three fingers worth. Big gobs of lace clung to the sides of the glass.
The aroma was big and Belgian, with medicinal phenols, cherries, sweet malts, hints of spice, and alcohol. Very complex and quite pleasing. The cherry becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.
I'm loving the taste of this beer. It is a complex affair, with sweet malts, dark fruit, tart cherries, a splash of bitterness near the end, and quite a dry finish. There is a definite booziness to the beer, and not in a bad way. The alcohol warms as it goes down. As with the nose, the cherry starts to shine as the beer warms.
The beer had good carbonation, and a full, creamy feel. It wasn't as heavy as I was anticipating, but that doesn't take away from the beer.
A wonderful offering from Brewery Ommegang. I fist sampled this beer at the brewery a few days ago, and I highly recommend to anyone to take their tour. It was a good experience.

KrisPaulk77, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of samiam32
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good Glory this was great.

The color was dark, but when put to the light, revealed itself as a dark rich red similar to a perfect Michigan cherry or Red Delicious apple.

The foam begins as a crown, but quickly recedes into the darkness that is the Three Philosophers.

The smell gave a strong, but not overwhelming presence of alcohol. The fruity cherry scent begins to foreshadow itself during this stage of the experience.

When it encircles your taste buds, the dark fruit flavor begin to awaken you to a very familiar taste as a Michigander... Cherries. Although I'm not a huge fan of the fruit, this flavor is very welcoming to my palate.

The feel in the mouth is velvet. The sharp sting of alcohol is absent as the warming Belgium Quadrupel warms and pleasantly tickles your now smiling lips.

I recommend this to someone who would like to introduce someone to fine beer. It is not overwhelming, but still rich in flavor and feel. Enjoy with friends to get the most out of it!

samiam32, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of JohnG190
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in snifter at 50 degrees.

Appearance - hazy chestnut brown with two finger tan head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Aroma - cherries, caramel and sweet malt waft from the snifter.

Taste - hint of funk. Cherries, malt, and toffee finish off sweet.

Mouthfeel - smooth, medium body with lively carbonation.

Overall - well crafted ale that makes a perfect after dinner digestive.

JohnG190, May 19, 2013
Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangish brown...tan head on top....lots of yeast floaties..I should have poured it better but I kind of like them and said "fuck it"...I like the nose...big burgandy cherries soaked in rum aroma...also a little leather/tobacco spiciness...nose also seems bready...great aroma...body is fulll....solid carbonation....flavors are complex and quite enjoyable....the cherries now seem a little more sour....they seem to be soaking in a good dose of vodka now rather than rum...also some rich, sweet bready flavors are present...finishes dry...

Overall I like a few of this breweries beers better than this but that is personal preference....I would consider this a nice Thanksgiving Day meal brew....would seem to mesh well with a lot of foods...as a sipper it is good but I'd take a few others over this for just sitting back and sipping on..

ZAP, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle marked 2008 into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a rich, murky mahogany amber brown color with a glowing ember edge and a bubbly three-finger head of dark butterscotch foam. Lacing is terrific, leaving walls of sugary suds on the glass.

S: Smells slightly fruity and medicinal. Cherries and sugary fruits combine with an alcoholic ester bite.

T: A bit of earthy, herbal spiciness flows so smoothly with the full, rich malt profile of this quad. There is a fruity ester flavor with that semisweet dextrose maltiness. A little hop spice rounds out the otherwise smooth, malty alcoholic dark cherry flavors.

M: A bit harsh at first, but given a minute to warm a bit and this quad flows beautifully with a creamy, medium body with the superior smoothness.

D: Very flavorful, the nearly 10% ABV is masked fairly well, and when this quad warmed a bit, I could have drank the magnum by by lonesome. A very well-crafted sipping Belgian ale.

The alcohol flavors are a little harsh and biting with the sugary fruits if you have it straight away. Let it sit for a minuet or two and watch the lace swirl while studying the mysterious murk of the body. Then, sit back, sip and enjoy this taste of Belgium right from the states.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of milesfan76
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this today at University Pizzeria in Youngstown. I love this place. Poured in a Weizen Glass (I know, not optimum for this style, but that's what they had.)

A: Pours a translucent reddish-brown. About a three finger whitish head that lasts and lasts.

S: Malt and caramel, a touch of cherry. Could be stronger in the smell.

T: Cherries are the first thing I notice- not overly tart, not too sweet either. Caramel and malts follow. Cherries become even more prominent as the beer warms. Nice.

M: A little thin for a quad, probably due to the kriek blended in. Carbonation is good.

D: Obviously, if I hadn't had another 9+% beer before this one, it wouldn't have hit me so hard. Still, though, one big bottle will be plenty under most circumstances.

Yeah, I like this one.

milesfan76, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Satchboogie
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle (10/28/10) poured into a chalice

A: Fairly dark brown with red hues, mostly opaque with a lot of haze. One finger light brown head that was frothy with insanely tight bubbles; the head slowly dissipated to about a half finger and then stuck around for at least 5+ minutes. Left a good amount of lacing. Very impressive.

S: Lots of dark fruit esters (prune, plum, raisin), brown sugar, and a slightly cherry tart/funk.

T: A lot like the nose, but more intense and complex. Starts off with a ton of dark fruit and moves into brown sugar, fruitcake like malt, and slight belgian funk in the middle. The finish is where the cherries take over, lots of tart cherries, red wine characteristics, dry and sweet. The aftertaste is strikingly long, mostly with the sweet tart cherries/dark fruits. The alcohol has a strong presence, especially upfront with some hot phenols. There's a bit of a licorice quality between the sweetness and dark fruit esters that my buddy noted. Complex, fairly intense, and I loved how the flavor profile changed throughout the taste to the tart cherry finish.

M: Very effervescent , medium body. It's a little light and heavily carbonated for the style. Dry and sweet. Seemed more to fit a Triple or sour than a Quad, though it was still quite pleasant and made it a bit easier to drink.

D: The alcohol doesn't hide itself, but the light body and heavy carbonation make it very easy to drink, not to mention how delicious it is. It's a sipper, but one that can go quickly if you're not paying attention.

While this isn't my favorite quad, it is a fairly unique and delicious. Easily one of the most affordable quads too, under $10 for a 750ml bottle.

Satchboogie, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Hibernator
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers: 2003

I had this out of 750 ML brown bottle with cage and cork. Labeled as an "ale with cherry-lambic added". I paid $7.99 for this at a local speciality store. Overpriced at $7.99, but I have been eager to try this out. I served this beer in a goblet at room temperature with a slight chill out of the fridge as suggested on the bottle.

Appearance is very appealing to the eye. A ruby brown color with alot of mini carbonation bubbles. An incredible, fluffy head with spectacular lacings on the sides of the glass.

Smell is earthy and sweet. Smells like a powerful and interesting beer.

The major flavors of sweet malts and ripe cherries with an alcohol warmth finish. Creamy and complex. This is amazingly smooth for a 9.8% ABV quadrupel.

Hibernator, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of fbone
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A:brown with noticeable yeast content,medium carbonation,thin head.

S:yeasty,slightly fruity aroma.

T:complex fruit,rasin,and/or date flavor balanced with bitter hops.Strong alc. content dominates.

M:medium body.

D:I like this beer.It's interesting,It has a good burn to it.It keeps you guessing.And it's very easy to drink!

fbone, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed a bottle from the original batch, with the old burgundy label, about 2 years old...

Pours a very deep burgundy, so deep its only revealed when held to the light. No real head, no lace, and otherwise a bit quiet in a chalice.

Smells bready with good fruity esters over a vinous and sour kriek tone. Rounding out these is a smooth rum accent. Solid and unwavering, and an interesting mix of malt, yeast, lambic, and candi sugar notes.

Taste begins burnt and roasty over snap of kriek flavor, settling into a moderate malty core. Some loose rummy flavors float about and eventually fine fig and cherry notes abound, too. Its the opening that makes it interesting, as all these bits and pieces push forward and then harmonize, supported by an even further graininess similar to fruit pits. Mouthfeel is moderate and smooth, aiding drinkability some.

Out of the many bottles I've had of this beer, I much preferred it aged, at least two years. Even better is to get a hand on some of the cellar-aged bottles - I'm not sure where and if these are available, but I enjoyed some at a Ommegang party at Monk's Cafe a year ago and it was spectacular.

nomad, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of srroos
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Found one last bottle marked 2005 and picked it up. Poured a slightly cloudy reddish brown with little head (there was more of a head when I poured more after the bottle had warmed a little). Smells absolutely incredible, hard to describe other than distinctly Belgian with a hint of cherries. Taste reminds me of Chimay Blue plus the sour taste of the cherry lambic. Very good beer, but found myself wishing I had someone to share the bottle with. Aside from the drinkability, a top notch beer!

srroos, Aug 30, 2007
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07 vintage

A: It's a darker shade of crimson with a fluffy, frothy head that doesn't retain as well as some others in the style.

S: Very sweet and malty, but with some additional harshness from the alcohol. Dark fruits, some candy-like sweetness, but also a slight hint of musky, herbal, and "funky" aroma. I feel like the alcohol could be masked better, while still increasing some of the other aromatics.

T&M: Full and intense. Strong toasted, yet intensely sweet malt flavors with a tartness from the added lambic that provides a welcome addition to the complexity. Rather intense fruit flavors--some fig, plum, raisin, apple, all blended with a kind of earthy, nutty undertone. I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. The body is fuller than average, but still adequate. Fine carbonation creates a tingling, lovely effect.

BamaBeerBuff, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle

Three Philosophers poured a muddy copper. Bright ruby highlights when held to the light. There was 1 finger off white head that faded fairly quickly to a light sprinkling of foam along the top. Looks like it will be very flavorful. Kind of mysterious and inviting. I cant wait to see what flavors will come out of this.

When I popped the cork I smelled the bottle and it smelled exactly like a chocolate covered cherry. When poured into the glass a lot more scents came along. I still smell the chocolat although it did die down slightly. Theres damp soil, spice from the yeasts, a sweetness, and cherries coming through faintly at the end. For some reason every now and then I'll smell it and get scents I associate with a spiced cider but only occasionally.

The taste is really good. There's so much going on it's hard to describe but I'll give it a shot. There is a punch in the mouth right up front which quickly mellows into all kinds of flavors. I'm picking up sweet malts, an earthiness/musty, spice, chocolate every now and then, and cherries. I pick up something new with every drink. As it warms there's a touch of alcohol. Just enough so it warms your throat. Very complex.

The mouthfeel is perfect. Velvety and creamy. A nice touch of carbonation. Hits quickly and vanishes. Coats my mouth and is slick as I drink.

Drinkability is ridiculous. This beer is so smooth and so easy drinking for a 9+%.

This is a really great beer. I have a few more I'm going to celler but I think I'm going to have to pick up some more to drink in the meantime. Excellent!

Reviewed 10/10/07

joe1510, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times and loved it. This one was poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Aggressive pour yielded a thick, foamy head that dissipated slowly. Fruity, spicy aroma with a very dark, reddish color. Taste is very complex that leaves a tingly mouthfeel. Good carbonation without a serious bite. These guys specialize in Belgian ales and it shows. Who knew Americans from New York could pull it off so well? According to the label they're part of the Duvel family of beers... Ah, it makes sense now. If you like the abbey ale style as I do, you'll love the Ommegang offerings. Cheers!

SoupKitchenBeerSnob, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

orbitalr0x, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of beerman240
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Deep red cherry cola, with a caramel hue

S. Smell is awesome,sweet cherry plums with a smokiness. The carbonation makes my nose smile.. Reminds me of a barley wine like a.J.W. Lees 2005!!

T. Similar to smell, But with alcohol. With the cherry smell in my nose and beer in mouth, getting an apricot not pomegranate euphoria. Just delightful with malty citrus

M. Surprisingly carbonated! Warm with alcohol (9.8%). no bad afterlife

O. Really enjoyed this bottle. As close to wine as it is, still would go well with a Rocky Patel(cigar). Will buy another bottle

Alabamian who is stoked about all the new beers "Free the hops" is getting in the state.. thanx guys!

beerman240, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a golden brown color with a foamy two-finger off-white head. There's a little bit of suspended yeast and the head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly of molasses and Belgian sugar, but as it warms the cherries become more apparent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Molasses and Belgian sugar up front, with a very slight cherry taste coming in at the end. There's a dry finish with little bitterness and a hint of the ABV at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness and grainy carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The slight cherry flavors make this one interesting. It's certainly a solid quad with or without the cherries, and I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber.

Overall this is a good Belgian ale. There are better ones out there, but this is certainly worth a try.

glid02, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of mhillard
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had a deep rich color with a lasting tan head. A nearly overwhelming variety of scents greets the nose, with a malty sweetness above all others. Has wine-like aromas at times. It is extremely smooth going down, no bitterness or bite to speak of and the alcoholic nature of this beer is masked by its complicated taste. I wasn't able to find many cherry lambic flavors in the blend, the quadrupel flavor seemed to overpower most of it, but occasionally I found a hint of oak or cherry in the background. Overall it is a beer that I would highly recommend, easily my favorite of the style. This will surely be on my shopping list from now on.

mhillard, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep brown color with ruby tints. A creamy tan head faded fast but left some nice lacing and a frothy cap that lasted throughout.

Smell: Bready, yeasty and fruity with deep plum and dark cherry accents. Very nice.

Taste: Much like it smells, dark malts and Belgian yeast gives way to an underlying sweetness with the dark cherry flavors lingering on the tongue. A very deep and warming brew with a little alcohol heat on the first couple sips, but no overpowering alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Smooth, creamy with that nice cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Some may not like the cherry flavor, but I think it's what gives this excellent Quad it's edge. Very tasty and easy to down a 750 ml bottle in one sitting. Although at 10% ABV, I'd probably stop my session after one big bottle. I will definitely seek this one out again.

ChopperSmith, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich and malty brew with a distinctive Kriek presence. A stately appearance with a quality head, retention, covering and lacing. A garnet brown and light cloudiness. A deep carmel aroma with cherries and light alcohol. Taste is a bigger version of the nose. Big caramel malt backbone supports a unique take on a quad. Kriek lambic notes fuse with the hops and create a one of a kind finish and balance. Multifaceted layers of flavor including some belgian spice notes. Some alcohol in the finish gives a wine like quality that is gently pushed away by the cherries and lambic tartness. An earthy, clean dryness in the finish as well. Malt lingers with light Begian spiciness. Fell is full and velvety a creamy carbonation is the "Cherry on Top". Easy drinking but you don't want to go to fast as the complexity calls for a long savoring with each swallow.

scootny, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of bum732
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Dark fruits, raisins in particular, dark cherries, touch of belgian clove yeast, plums, touch of molasses, touch of bubblegum.

L: Cloudy amber brown, nice quarter inch head.

T: Belgian spice up front, wave of dark fruit. Med-low spicy bitterness followed by big wave of dark cherry fruitiness. Finishes with just a touch of roast and molasses like breadiness. Residual brown sugar on finish, fairly neutral.

M: Creamy mouthfeel, enough bitterness to pop the flavors. Carbonation is low.

A great interpretation of a Belgian quad, really loved how all the components came together.

bum732, Aug 26, 2010
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,128 ratings.