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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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Reviews: 2,009
Hads: 6,029
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 341
Gots: 1,308 | FT: 21
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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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Reviews: 2,009 | Hads: 6,029
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Covers the glass in lacing. The thick tanned head holds up well. Has a dark brown color with glimmers of ruby.

Smells of caramel, fruits, yeast, spices, sugars and must.

Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, a sting of bitterness and some alcohol for warmth. This was one hell of a treat.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - its a golden brown color, a very interesting color

Smell - a malty roasted smell

Taste - sweet and malty with a roasted flavor, its very interesting and different. this is the first quad I've had but have loved all the Belgian beers I've tried and this is no different. its very interesting and delicious. i want to try more quads now.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with good carbonation, with a great after taste that leaves this beer crisp

Drinkability - very drinkable, i'm about to drink this entire 750 and will def want another...

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Photo of jacksdad
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Good, really good, but not my favorite quad. Rich and malty, but more carbonation than I had been hoping for. Perhaps it was my error in not letting it breath for a bit. Overall an enjoyable quad, not as much "wow" as Rochefort 10, but more drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of StevieW
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark chesnut or murkey muddy water brown ? Either way, deep full brown color with burgundy edges. Light tan full creamy head. Full gamut of pleasing aromas. Plums, figs, raisans, and subtleness of cherries, which I thought would be right up front. Taste is an awesome blend of the traditional belgian brown ale flavors. Yeasty, full flavored sweetness. Sticky, carmel, brown sugar, hints of chocolate in the back, and nice tart cherry lambic undertone. A beer lover's fantasy league in one glass. Unbelievable complexity, I swear I taste hints of chocolate in the back.
Light, airy, nearly bubbly body. Creamy feel. Much less heavy than I anticipated, but very very pleasant. Supersmooth and very drinkable, paired this with roasted pork loin, sweet peas, carmelized onions with grilled mushrooms and chocolate truffle dessert. A typical Monday night at the Wayne household. :)

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. The beer looks beautiful! It is clear and dark reddish-amber in color with a huge chunky off-white head that has excellent retention. The nose is fruit-forward and gives notes of toast, cherries, apples, and grapes.

The beer is medium bodied, highly carbonated, and very drinkable. The first taste is sweet cherries and some rich, malty notes (like shortbread cookies). At mid-palate, the cherries get tart and the beer takes on a wonderfully appetizing, wine-like acidity all the way to the finish. Despite the nearly 10% abv, there isn't even a trace of alcohol in the flavor.

This is one unique beer. I have never had anything quite like it. It seems to combine the complex maltiness of a quad with the tangy acidity of a kriek. Lots of the maltiness is lost, but it is still delicious. I will keep a couple bottles for a while and see how it ages. My only gripe with this stuff is the price. It must be a difficult beer to make.

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Photo of SaltyLime
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear reddish brown with a nice head that laced well

Smell - pleasant, first step of happiness that prepped the awesome taste

Taste - absolutely beautiful Belgian style blend/quadrupel, or whatever they want to call it, perfectly balanced with a light touch of cherry sweetness to top if off

Mouthfeel - very nice and smooth

Drinkabilty - very enjoyable, I want more, stock up if you find it

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Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. 2011 bottle.

A - Dark ruby brown with a modest tan head.

S - Plum, black cherry, and other assorted dark fruit. Some booze and malt in the aroma too. Nice!

T - Sweet malts and dark fruit hit the palate first, followed by a tart cherry and caramel like flavor. Has a strong malt backbone that lingers on into the aftertaste. I'm definitely picking up the alcohol, but the overall taste is balanced and delicious.

M - Medium-full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Moderate carbonation with warming alcohol. Dry finish.

D - Three Philosophers is an exceptional beer/Belgian Quad. It's easy to drink, has a complex flavor, and is extremely enjoyable. Great brew.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, reddish-brown color, with a moderate, quite dense white head, with thick, unbroken lacing, and small streams of fine carbonation.

Aroma: Deep fruit and alcohol notes, with hints of wood, rather like cognac, also subtle dark cherry notes.

Taste: Opens with a wave of dark cherries and wood, with a strong undercurrent of spicy phenolic alcohol. Finishes with lingering notes of mild hops and earth. The flavor is both extraordinarily complex and superbly well-balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very soft, and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Superb in its complexity, rivals the very best Belgian-brewed beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750ml brown glass Belgian-style bomber, sealed with a cork and wire cage, served in a Belgian chalice.

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is a 12 oz bottle of the 2008 release.

Appearance: Mahogony in color with a ¾" thick light tan head that recedes eventually to leave behind a small ring of foam around the glass and some fine spots of lacing.

Smell: The first impression is of dark brown sugar or dark caramel malt, dark fruits and cherry. Repeated samplings of the aroma reveal a hint of alcohol but it is not so strong as to be really noticeable at first.

Taste: The dark brown sugar and caramel hit the tongue first with a light tart cherry flavor following on. There is plum in here along with some other dark fruit. The alcohol comes through in the finish but is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation. The finish is lightly sweet with dark brown sugar taste and cherry tartness that goes on and on and on.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful beer for sipping on a cold winter night but I'll not want more than one. Much too rich to drink more than one. While different from it this beer seems the equal of the Rochefort 10 I had last night.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad has a deep amber red color with a ½ inch light brown head of thick carbonization in my chalice-style glass. The smell is of aromatic fermented fruit with light cherry overtones. The taste is smooth with a bit of ethereal warming qualities. The flavor is a woody and cherry experience with a hint of caramel. The mouth feel is full and slightly fizzy with that ethereal feel after the swallow. This beer was one of my early “Belgium” favorites.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruby color, fast-fading head, but lots of champagne-like carbonation.

Dark fruit, alcohol, maltiness in the aroma.

Sour lambic flavor, cherries, big maltiness, fruitiness, definite flavor of alcohol, some chocolately notes.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy bodied, just the right level of carbonation. Nice alcohol presence.

Highly drinkable...if it were available in my area, I'd always have some on hand.

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Photo of davey101
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. PKG ON 06/06/11, BEST BY 06/2016. 750ml into a Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a clear dark red/brown body. Excellent two finger light khaki head forms. Very dense and creamy in appearance, a swirl produces some nice lacing and retention as well as some alcohol legs.

S - Cherries initially, then comes a wave of rich malts, caramel, dark candied fruits, toffee, brown sugar and spicy yeast. A touch of warming alcohol on the finish. Smooth and rich.

T - Ripe cherries, caramelized dark fruits, oak, brown sugar, and a yeasty finish. Incredibly delicious and smooth with all the right Quad notes. The finish has a light lactic twang, almost in the form of oxidation...but its very pleasant and complimentary. Mouth feel is creamy and medium bodied with the alcohol very well hidden.

O - This is hands down the best American made quad I have ever tired. It really does compete with the big Belgian quads, and in my opinion is right up at the top. This beer is near perfect.

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Photo of kegerator
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nice offering.
pours a deep brown/ruby color with a nice 1 inch head that sits and leaves good lacing.
aroma was chocolate covered cherries with hints of caramel, very slight spice and some raisiny fruitiness.
taste started with a slightly sour cherry hit then finishes with a fairly smooth caramel malt and some spice from the belgian side of it. very wine like. it finished slightly dry with a nice alcohol tinge in the throat. quite warming as it went down. all in all a solid brew

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottle 3/2014

Great lookin beer out the bottle into 25oz. Goblet
Smell has faint cherry & maybe figs/raisins, if I hadnt seen the bottle I would've thought it was from Belgium.

Taste is big boquet of dark fruit some molasses but not overly sweet, Im really impressed of the slight tang/tart cherry hidden in this.

Solid mouthfeel, not overly carbonated great feel going down.

Overall, Im impressed with this beer, would love to do a 3-5 year tasting, I cant think of a better American made Quad, I wonder if they serve a 96/4 ratio on their premise in Cooperstown. Great job!!
Consumed 8/23/2014

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Photo of mac31
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

I give this a 4.3/4.35

Bomber to a tulip

Plum, pruny, cherry-slight tartness reminiscent of the tartness of a cranberry, concord grape also prominent as well. Mild malty sweetness. Slight cooked caramel notes along with some hints of light toasted notes. Boozy notes present off the grape flavor. Soft earthy, hoppy bitterness balances the malt sweetness nicely. Second time I've had this brew in 10 days, it just keeps getting better. A nice end of summer, start of fall beer. I am glad this is s year around brew.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mr. Klain for the export of this from USA to Spain. I've been trying my share of quadrupels from Belgian while over here and it's nice to see that we have some superior Belgian style to look forward to when I return home in 2013. Pours a dark brownish red into my Affligem chalice. Mild head, certainly nothing too crazy and some mild lacing. Didn't check the glass for wetness so maybe I detracted from the head others write about or maybe the cork got beat up on its journey?! Smell is what I like about belgian quads - brown sugar figs apricot and plums I suppose. The alcohol is prevalent in both smell and taste. Tastes great- some of the belgian yeast, alcohol is prevalent, dark fruits, and a tad sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and warming (alcohol). Overall, I would try again and recommend to friends. Recommended for promotion and retention.

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Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Philosophy Begins in Wonder”

When poured I quickly took notice to the dark burnt orange, brown color. Hazy not allowing much light to penetrate thru the glass. A decent off white head fades rather quickly, however good sticky lacing. It looks so inviting.

After admiring its beauty I must take a long draw thru the nose. Not disappointed in the aroma, even after the magnificent view. It smells of dark fruits and sugars, I am also getting hints of licorice. A few more sniffs and I pick up on the alcohol aroma. Subtle hints at the yeast are also present.

Very smooth, full-body. Semi-sweet again with the dark sugars and fruits. The malts are very pleasant and the hops are on the mild side. The cherry-Lambic is present but very subtle. The balance is phenomenal. Along with the marvelous flavor you get a throat warming feeling from the 9.8% Alc./vol.

The mouthfeel is excellent as one should expect. It is so silky smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is low to moderate but complements the warmth very well. It is very pleasant to sip on.

Very very easy to drink. I was very impressed with this beer. I would not think twice on purchasing another bottle of this fine brew. Highly recommended to any BA. This Quadruple is cultured yet wild, curious yet wise.

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Photo of berpwillie
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy amber brownish color with large off-white fluffy head and good lacing. lots of fizzy carbonation. smell a slight floral, fruity, hoppy smell. cherries are very apparent in the smell and taste. carmel nutty malt hints as well, very sweet. sour chalky and slightly bitter finish. medium body and creamy texture. fantastic beer i was very impressed with. waited a while to try this beer because it is available everywhere i go for beer. i will most definitely be purchasing this fantastic brew again in the near future.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers pours a mahogany red color. Deep and luscious with four fingers of foam that really last. Off the nose is grass and a subtle sweetness, cherry. Complex. Excellent retention and lacing. The first sip has no alcohol taste, a little spice and a bit of warmth. Creamy and balanced. The body is perfectly carbonated and soft. Medium body. The cherry from the Kriek is exquisitely stated. Little bit of a dry finish to remind you that the hops are in there. This beer is truly "cordial." Ommegang is near perfect as usual.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep brown body/tan head, amazing retention w/ some lacing

S - belgian yeast, sweet malts, dark fruits, also some dark chocolate??

T very malty, not quite as flavorful as the nose suggests, but still, it doesn't lack. more dark fruits, some tart apple, and carmel malts, raisins, and a bit of cherries(not as much as i expected) the alcohol is just the right amount too, not too much,but just enough to give the beer warmth and more dynamic.

MF - very smooth and easy to drink, full bodied w/ low carbonation - perfect sipper

D - i found it quite easy(maybe too easy) to cap off my night w/ a 750, obviously this isn't really a session beer, but in all honestly, one bottle satisfied but i can't say i would turn down a second.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang - Three Philosophers - 1pt 9.4fl oz "bomber"

Look - Excellent re-branding, the pictures here on BA haven't been updated yet, but I love the new marketing. This brew pours like a dark burnt caramel with a thick, frothy head. When held up, only a faint glow is seen. When held directly in front of a light, the entire brew illuminates red.

Smell - Sweet scent of cherries with a hint of malt, smells hearty and big.

Taste - Malty bite with a smooth cherry finish, the first thing that came to mind from the bite was nicknaming it a "cherry porter".

Mouthfeel - Leaves a bit of a burnt taste, pleasing though, but depends on your preferences I would say. This brew would definitely pair well with something creamy or cheesy.

Overall - Another one of Ommegang's great brews (I don't think I have ever had one I didn't like). This particular brew is a little heartier than my usual preference, but nonetheless, if I had to choose a full bodied brew of this style, I'd pick this one.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a chalice

Poured with a one finger thick fizzy head, with a dark reddish brown color, that when is held up to light displays reddish , garnett hues. Head settled into a thin coat of lacing over the entire surface, fairly sticky the lacing clings to the side of the glass and retreats slowly after each sip.

The scent of alchohol is subtly present on the nose mingling with lovely fruity notes (the cherry lambic is present though subtle) Also present on the nose are scents of caramel and faint scent of perhaps milk chocolate. Also earthy scents and some medicinal properties

Taste of cooked fruit, slight carmel malt character. The cherry lambic is definitly present. Not as many other notes that are present on the nose appear in the taste. A bit sugary...with some earthy flavors

Strong ammount of carbonation, very effervescent with a light and round mouth feel. A crisp and slightly dry finish.

An absolute pleasure to enjoy on it's own. Swirl it around in your glass a bit, it will bring out some really amazing scents

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Photo of joefuzz
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

09 vintage poured into goblet.

Pours a very slight redish brown with a thick looking tan head, great lacing. Smells slightly of cherries and sweet malts. Taste is right on for a great quad, some sweet caramel like malty taste with darker sweet fruit aftertaste. None of the cherries really come through in the taste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on.

Overall i did not like this beer when i tried it fresh a few months ago but this bottle i have been sitting on for 2 years has turned from an overly sweet mess to an amazing beer.

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Photo of Fugazme
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Philosopher's pours a deep, deep brown with amber hues on the edges and some copper tones. Very cloudy and looks great. The head is about 1/4" and hasn't moved in the near 10 minutes since the pour... sticks to the chalice very well.

Big aromas all over. Complex as hell. Cherry notes in the nose with molasses and large maple. Malt and alcohol. Brown sugar. Anise and cinnamon. A note: I walked out of the room for a few minutes... when I returned the room smelled slightly of the beer.

Excellent flavor. Alcohol and malt up front followed by a small rush of cherries and finished with tiny hops. A smooth beer, easy on the palate. Sugary. Syrupy. Terrific.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! Distinctive, fruity taste, get's better with every sip. I noticed the cherry taste, but not much. The dark fruit notes are prevalent. Great balance, sweet (but not overly so). ABV not noticed in the taste at all. Doesn't taste "just like" anything. Smooth, creamy and satisfying. I will purchase this beer every time I get the chance. This was the 12oz. version, I will have to try the 750. Great brewery, great beer.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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