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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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4,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 4501
Reviews: 1869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of PatandDavid


2.58/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sorry to be a sore thumb, but I didn't think this beer was that tasty at all. I used a nice glass, like the one on the bottle and filled it half with beer, dark cherry and opaque in color. The other half was full of thick tan frothy head. The head did die down rather quickly. I have this around for about an hour now, and it really hasn't improved that much. The smell is of sweet cherry cough syrup or drops (remember Ludens?). What strikes me with the taste is that the cherry syrup is on one side of the room, and the ale is on the other. I am actually shocked that the flavors are not that well blended. It's almost as if someone took one beer and poured it into another. The flavors do seem to blend more the longer it warms, but the aftertaste is bitter, and not bitter in a pleasant hoppy way (medicine theme comes to mind again). I still have one bottle of this, anyone want it?

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2004 00:09:35 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of clvand0


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a red color with a moderate head and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very busy and pleasing. Smelled of sweetness/sugar, cherries, yeast, and some other fruits. The taste is great. Tastes of cherries, other fruits, sweetness (but not too sweet), caramel, and malts. Very well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 20:09:35 | More by clvand0
Photo of fdrich29


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bomber poured a deep blood red in my glass with a thick lingering head. Sweet smell of cherries filled my nose as I brought the glass up to my lips. The sweet fruity taste is earned after your mouth deals with the carbination and strong taste of alcohol. Once the carbination and alcohol feel dissapated I greatly enjoyed each sip of this quad. I'd love this one with a big slice of New York cheesecake, that's some good living. This one is definitely enjoyed in small doses however.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 22:37:20 | More by fdrich29
Photo of mickeymac


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3P finally arrived in southern California after much anticipation. It pours a glowing red with a foamy head that lingers, leaving little mounds of bubbles all over the top of the beer. The cherry smell is very subtle at the start but becomes more pronounced after sitting a while. It tastes nice but never seems to go quite where it seems it should. The cherry is just hiding in the background and never makes a full appearance. It's tantalizing in its tartness but just remains tantalizing. All in all, it's an interesting and enjoyable beer; it's just a bit disappointing after the wait.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2004 05:47:01 | More by mickeymac
Photo of Midfielder


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber colour. A bit of bready malt, load of caramel and some cherries in aroma. Blending is made in heaven! Creamy, fruity and malty body. Surprisingly powerful carbonation. Load of chocolate flavors. Dry finish. Actually this very vinous beer. People who likes Australian plummy Shiraz wll like this beer. Great brewery, awesome beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2004 19:15:37 | More by Midfielder
Photo of ark57


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another great beer from a great brewery. It is wonderful now and I image it will only get better with age. It is a clear dark-ruby color. The aroma is fruity and there is some trace of the alcohol. It is fairly complex with tastes of cherry, some caramel, and choclate. It is very malty, but is spicy enough to ropund it out. Definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2004 14:04:42 | More by ark57
Photo of BierReise


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle brewed 2003. This Quad poured a cloudy reddish brown with a head that settled down to a thin tan layer just like others in the style.Underneath the bready malt aroma lies subtle notes of cherries giving this a fantastic malty fruitiness that is a delight to the nose. One of the best aromas I can remember at the moment. The body is soft and full with a crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. The flavor has everything you'd expect in the style. Fruit, malt, yeast and an asortment of spices that all add up to a complex and completely satisfying ale. Overall I found this ale an exceptional example of fine craft brewing that I highly recommend giving a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2004 21:38:41 | More by BierReise
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

In a chimay chalice, 3P is deep brown with a light brown smallish head, fully diminishing. Bottle-conditioned with a few yeast particules. Deep malt aroma, most herbal from our ABT lineup (sage, basil). Malt profile is caramelic, but also fruity. Now I know this is made with cherry lambic and I can find the cherry aspect to it, but I'm not confident I would've without searching it. On the other hand, there's a definite peachy profile into this, together with bready yeast and maple. The body is outstanding, better than any ABT from belgium I've had, decadent creaminess and perfectly mouth-filling. Finish is chocolatey and malty. A fine-tuned desert beer, a most excellent rendition by Ommegang, who would have thought a New York State brewer could make a beer to match the monks' legendary big guns. 2 thumbs up Martin!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 16:52:04 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a light tan head. Head quickly dissipates but it has lots of lace. Rounded cherry aromas, malty sourness and baked apple.

Taste is lightly sour with some underlying cherry sweetness. Eases into a fruity maltiness with alcohol flavors underpinning all of this. Some port flavors in there too. Lots of flavor and complexity. Almost like two beers at once (oh yeah, it is!) Lots of sour/sweet cherry up front finsihed with a strong belgian dark ale in the finish. very nice and a great candidate for aging. It'll be even better in 6 months I'll bet.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 14:46:22 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of barleysangel


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a red-brown with a golden hue. You can see the carbonation. The head was a light tan that laces. It smells more like cherries than in tastes like cherries. It's a typical Belgian-style in it’s carbonation. It's slightly bitter, but the bitterness doesn't linger in your mouth. It's pretty smooth considering the carbonation. I might have another one again, but it is a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 00:00:17 | More by barleysangel
Photo of bigbubba


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The cork almost came out by itself once I uncaged it. It has an extremely dark reddish-amber color with lots of carbonation. Very yeasty, malty, and fruity smelling and tasting. A bit of sourness too. I can also smell and taste the cherry, I wonder what this would be like without the Lambic added. Mouthfeel is very good for this style with alcohol and carbonation standing out. It's a very good beer when you are in a sipping mood or with a meal. It's not something I'll drink a lot of, but it would be a great, fairly tame way to introduce newcomers to the Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 23:35:48 | More by bigbubba
Photo of SetarconeX


4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried as best I could not to have the Plato quote on the side of the bottle influence my rating...but the quality of this beer more than makes up for it. This is a truly inspiring brew. Let's go item by item...

Appearance: Very dark, but holding the glass to the light reveals that it is, in fact, one of the deepest reds I've ever seen in a beer. It also produces a huge head, almost perfectly formed. This one looks just perfect.

Smell: Begians usually have just a tad too harsh a scent for my tastes, and this one isn't too different, however there is an undercurrent that makes this much more complicated than just another Belgian. The Cherry Lambic comes through strongly, as does a distinct maltiness, and perhaps a half-dozen other things that I just can't identify. Nice and complex.

Taste: Absolutely lives up to the smell. This is no standard Belgian, but a blend off fruit and spices so complicated that I could spend the whole night naming what I think is in it, and probably not get anywhere near the true recipie. For philosophers? Hell yes, who else could take a guess at the ingredients? Sweet, malty, cherry, acidic, some kind of yeast unlike anything I've tasted before, this one's got everything.

Mouthfeel: This is usually where I knock Belgians a few points, but this one goes down nice and smooth. There's a thickness and heaviness I'm not used to in the style, but which pleasently surprises me.

Derinkability: Perhaps the most drinkable Belgian Ale I've ever had. A tad expensive, as the entire style seems to be sometimes, but if I had an everlasting supply of this, I think I'd be a happy man.

This one needs to be tried. Get one at the earliest opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 03:51:23 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber hue nice creamy tan head leaves uneven coats of lacing. Aroma: Strong vinous alcohol infused malts with semi tart hints of Lindemann's Kriek that will only mellow with time. Tones of honey wrapped in mild chocolate this is beautiful, finishes with brown sugar awesome stuff. Taste: The taste is a bit rough shows some signs of being young needs to be put away for a few years, the alcohol shines through pretty bright with chocolate covered cherries. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent Belgian style. Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, by about next year this is going to be so smooth watchout for the 9.8 abv.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2004 03:55:47 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of marc77


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 release. Murky deep crimson hue, with copious animated yeast aggregates. Spritzy carbonation. Tall, fluffy tan head leaves sparse lace. After an initial snap of ethanol, the aroma settles into a balanced, subtle combination of cocoa dusted prune, underripe cherry and banana esters. Becomes more herbaceous as it breathes, with oily hints of myrrh and trace coriander surfacing. In flavor, toffeeish dark candi sugar notes upfront yields to a melange of raisin, semi sweet chocolate and buttery oak hints. Suspended yeast makes its presence known in a complementary, gentle, underbaked bread and must undertone. Ethanol character is subdued, and is discernible by a subtle black pepper and licorice presence. Once sufficient CO2 is released from solution, the mouthfeel is revealed to be firmly dextrinous and agreeably creamy. A slight nutty, brittle like note emerges late concomitantly with a soft, pleasant, dilute bourbon like alcohol presence. Finishes protracted and complex with lingering notes of buttery, cocoa tinged toffee coupled with a prune like acidity. A highly enjoyable, continously morphing brew. After all is said and done, it's reminescent of a English barleywine / Dark Strong hybrid. Surprisingly shy in outright yeast ester presence. I am quite curious as to how this compares to a "fresh" 2003 version. I noticed very little kriek character in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 02:13:38 | More by marc77
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice semi-cloudy brown-amber colour with a moderate tan head that looks nice at first but dissolves rather quickly. smells of cherry twizzlers, malt, bread, bit of alcohol and a general fruit aroma. the taste, while complex, just isn't balanced enough. starts off with a sweet cherry flavouring, then goes into a malty alochol middle, which, combined with the cherry is more medicinal in flavour than anything else. finally, this one finishes with a bold dry, alcohol finish that hints at some spice flavour as well. the alcohol is simply too dominant here. it's warmth is nice, but it's flavour isn't as welcome, which also makes for an unbalanced mouthfeel. this one wasn't bad overall, but could use some subtlety in the alcohol department and even tone down the cherry flavouring an ever so slight notch.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 04:26:11 | More by guinness33
Photo of beergeek279


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 750 mL bottle, into a goblet. The color is a dark amber, with a nice white head. The smell is a nice dry maltiness along with the slight hint of kriek. The taste is a very dry malt, with a yeastiness, and the cherry adds a slight tartness to the flavor and keeps the beer from being far too harsh. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could probably have a couple.

A good quad, with just the right hint of tart cherry to make it slightly sweet. One I've been looking for, and though slightly disappointing (was picturing slightly below Westlveteren, to be fair) this is still a nice year round offering to add to the Ommegang line, and I'll probably have this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 23:20:10 | More by beergeek279
Photo of counselor


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Popped the cork and a nice swosh of CO2 escapes. Th ebeer pours a dark reddish brown with a fairly thin head. The aromas on this beer are thick, caramel, apples, maple, rich and heady. Also, some musty, wet barn like aromas. The flavors are the same, dark rich plums and sauted cherry, caramel, melted butter. Deep malt flavors conceal the alcohol until I drew some air across my tongue and got an ethanol shot in the back of my nose. I have another that I'm going ot cellar, but I'll be buyin more of this years

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 19:01:46 | More by counselor
Photo of granger10


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I popped the cork a rush of foam followed. Very carbonated. Upon the pour a semi-massive head ensued but it stayed controlled for the most part. Dark red, slightly purple in color with a thick, dark tan head. Bubbles race to the top. Explosive in appearance. Smell is mellow and very vinous. I can't get much more than that. Taste is intensely complex. Obviously cherries are present and are the first thing that comes to my mind while drinking this beer. Many more vinous, dark fruits are there such as plums, grapes, figs, red apples, and maybe even pears. The malt backbone though is caramel, a sweet caramel taste and that holds everything together. Hop taste is a little on the weak side but it is very floral when it comes out. Yeast is strong and a little overbearing at times. Very dry finish. Alcohol flavor is also very noticeable and sometimes too much. Super thick in body. Maximum effervescence. This beer is definitely is sipper and finishing 750ml will take awhile. However the flavors are amazingly complex and they fit together very well. A unique and intriging brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 17:34:00 | More by granger10
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 2003, Sampled February 2004
As I pop the cork I get an immediate aroma of cherries. The cork did not pop very vigorously though, so it seems that this may not be very highly carbonated. It pours though with a vigourous carbonation. It is a muddy amber-ruby color and is toppped by a light brown thick head. There are meaty, malty, cherry, and alcoholic notes in the aroma. As my nose incorporates the aroma the smell of cherries fades and one is left with a spicy Belgian ale nose.

This beer has a creamy mouthfeel to it, but it is not too thick for a Belgian quadrupel, in fact it would be on the light side for some of that designation. It is fairly sweet, and finishes with an alcoholic astringency which is not all that strong. There is definitely some cherries in this beer, but I like that it is fairly subtle and is only one component of this beer. This beer has a soft acidity to it, that is not directly traceable to the Kriek addition. There are fruit notes of raisins, plums, and fig. Though it is sweet up front it finishes with a spicy astringent dryness that is evocative of some herb/ spice that I can't quite think of.

This is a very well made beer. You can tell that a world class brewer put this beer together. Having said that it is missing something; though it is quite complex a couple of other dimensions would be wonderful here. Perhaps a bit of acidity & a bit of Brettanomyces character would be wonderful (I know this is a ridiculous request as these things are not too controllable, but De Dolle gets some of this right, at least sometimes). A very rich beer that is quite satisfying, I definitely like this best of the Ommegang products.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 23:09:15 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mschofield


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bronzed brown, with a small tan head. Laces stickily. Well carbonated.
Cherry aroma with malt under, a slight plastic note, and anise.
Very fruity plum, apple, apricot, cherry, pear, and raisin!. Malty sweetness with a little spice and clove, quite sweet.
Very varied in the taste and aroma, a lot of different flavors come out here, then hide away for another to appear.
Medium-full feel, smooth.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 18:09:43 | More by mschofield
Photo of Crosling


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been waiting to try this one for awhile now. Finally I got my hands on a 12 OZ bottle...Boy do I wish this was a big fat 750. I'll live though.

Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet.

Deep rustic burgundy in color with a full dense Ommegang head. The head is dying but is leaving a dense moss of foam completely covering the liquid. Lacing is very very sexy. A thin layer sticks after each sip. Wa hoo!

Nose is full. Sweet dark malts, plums, raisins and lots of cherries.

Tasted it.

I'm going to go get some crackers and cheese. This ale definately needs some sort of food to go with it.

No cheese but I did find some wheatables. Anyway, onto the tasting.

First things first, the alcohol just hit my palate hard which is very disappointing. I really am trying to like this but I just can't. Some red licorice and plum flavors but where is the black cherry from the Kriek? A nice malt backbone but damn this is hard to finish. Finish is dry, leathery and lingering but very unpleasant. I really thought this would be my brew but oh well.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 05:53:01 | More by Crosling
Photo of merlin48


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice presentation in a corked and caged 750ml bottle, served at cellar temperature into a goblet. I had to use a corkscrew to get the cork out. Pours a deep mahogany with a moderate beige head that has good retention. Looks like a fine sherry when the head settles down. No lacing was noted. Aroma is intriguing, with a spicy background of clove and coriander, and various fruits up front. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, not much carbonation. Taste is smooth, with a caramel flavored background that reminds me of chocolate covered cherries. Although this is blended with Lindemann's Kriek, I taste a lot more fruits than cherries. Plums, apricots, raisins, and prunes, stand out more than cherries. I really can't taste the Kriek at all, but this one has an abundance of fruitiness. Not a lot of hops here, but I love the flavors. I hope I can resist the urge to uncork my other bottle for awhile. This is a very interesting American effort at a Belgian quadruple, and I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 22:27:53 | More by merlin48
Photo of edchicma


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent brew, but somehow I was looking for more. It started with a beautiful burgundy color and a great head. Smell was fruity with a light malt essence and very little alcohol presence. I had hoped for a bit more. Taste was initially sweet, then burst into a strong cherry presence....definite alcohol notes. Mouthfeel: after initial sweetness. a very, very dry, alomost wine-like presence that was nice. Easy to drink for a high abv...but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 15:18:58 | More by edchicma
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-fingered head that doesn't leave any lace. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Nose has black cherry overtones, starts on the sweet side finishes smooth and mellow. A very good quadrupel too bad this limited brew is no longer available. $7.50 for a 500ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2004 01:45:38 | More by jdhilt
Photo of SheepNutz


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish brown color with three fingers of light tan head. There is a fair amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of fruit, including cherry and plum. It is a sweet smell, that has a hint of alcohol in it as well. The taste is malty and sweet, with only a hint of cherry. There is more of other fruits in there; raisins, dates, and currants. The finish is fairly sweet, a little tart. The mouthfeel is extremely thick and fairly smooth. The drinkability also fairs well for a beer of such high alcohol. A new wintertime treat for me!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2004 04:11:59 | More by SheepNutz
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 4,501 ratings.