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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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4,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 4493
Reviews: 1867
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 Auraan


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy dark amber/brown with a one finger-off white head that receded leaving a bit of lacing. Very true to form for a quad, quite nice. Scents of bubblegum, Belgian yeast spiciness, candi sugar sweetness, cherry, caramel, sweet spices, raisins, dark fruit, prunes and a hint of alcohol. A very rich, complex aroma, fitting a Belgian Quad. Flavor begins with Belgian yeast spiciness, tart cherry and candi sugar, sustaining spice and tart cherry throughout the sip. The middle moves into raisin, plum, sweet spices, peppery spiciness in the background, some apricot pit-like bitterness, dark fruit and dark chocolate. There is faint alcohol towards the finish, which also has a yeasty, spicy and dark fruit quality. Very rich, sweet, spicy and complex. A well done mix of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with low carbonation and semi-drying finish. Very good for sipping, though almost smooth enough to gulp. Excellent feel. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Quad. The usual flavors are there and the addition of cherries during fermentation add a nice tartness in the back of the aroma and flavor that is quite pleasant. Its a very good beer that is rich, warming and complex. This is one to go out for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 04:14:09 | More by Auraan
Photo of Jayman931


3.64/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Tap 42 in Fort lauderdale

A- Dark reddish brown with an off white lingering perfect head.

S- Banana Esters....very mild light caramel

T- Hmmm malty....lil sour...nice light malt...good carb..I'm not that experienced all that much with Belgians
Trying my best with this review

M- Light crisp...feel the carbonation

O- Again I'm not a big Belgian fan but this was on draft so I had to.
I enjoyed it more than most Belgians

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 20:07:45 | More by Jayman931
Photo of DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: slight cream colored head over hazy brown liquid.

S: Cherries and yeast aromatics of figs and pears.

T: Caramel, wood, cherries, raisins and plums.

M: Medium and thin viscosity simultaneously with a creamy mouth feel.

O: This blended beer is an interesting creation and worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 23:26:46 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of CDGoin


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

IF you are like me and love Oktoberfests and find it hard to find a Marzen in the spring Summer.. then this would be a great choice. More body, and and ale instead of a lager. BUt the flavor and aromas are close.

A fairly dry beer due to the high ABV, but also a robust and malty one with only the most needed amount of hops. Sweet but not overly so, a very balanced beer for the malt lovers out there.

So if you are NOT a fan of heavily hopped beers and IPAs, then this is a great choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2013 22:05:33 | More by CDGoin
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has a great dark amber color. Sweet fruity aroma with hints of banana. Sweet toasted caramel taste--almost a bit burnt. Spicy also. Strong flavors and mild to moderate carbonation. The 9.8% alcohol level really hits you. Great complexity and a strong beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 19:02:16 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of BWED


3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 19:40:28 | More by BWED
Photo of martyl1000


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Was great to get to try all these Ommegang beers on tap.

I think I"m having to downgrade from previous rating (that one, also on tap, at Hobbit Cafe in Houston, rated 4.75). Not sure if it was the varied context this time that has me enjoying it less than before: this time, it was preceded by the sour "Aphrodite" that I liked so much, as well as "Seduction" (not as much) and "Art of Darkness". I think by the time the Three Philosophers came to the table, my taste buds were pretty much asleep.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 07:29:34 | More by martyl1000
Photo of One2Remeber


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color tied between a light murky brown and bright amber. Head is rich, micro carbonated bubbles, creamy.

S: Red candy licorice, strawberry/banana yeast reminds me of creamy pudding, hints of musky raw hide.

T/M: Ultra sweet for a Belgian, heavy body feel like syrup. Raw hide comes out in the end. Soapy, estery yeast dominates. Tons of complex flavors. Slightly bitter like a champagne , lacks an expected boozy touch.

O: An incredibly smooth QUAD that keeps me coming back for more! I love the Lambic aspect to put the complexity over the top. A must try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 02:26:50 | More by One2Remeber
Photo of HamFon


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a a local tap bar.

A: clear mahogany liquid with a moderate beige head that produced some lacing.

S: fruity, some smoky notes.

T: fruity, pineapple, caramel, smoky, metallic notes initially but they faded after a couple of minutes. Moderate hop bittering lingers into finish.

M: very low residual sweetness, medium body.

O: Hmmm... I've had 3P many times before - this one seemed to be a lighter body (not a big bold Quad). Pleasant pineapple notes in the flavor might indicate Brettanomyces Claussini - producing a fruity Brett character that is quite different from the more common Brett. Somewhat disappointed in this particular batch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2012 15:43:17 | More by HamFon
Photo of kylehay2004


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head and not much lacing on a cloudy amber with yellow hues body. Sweet and maple syrup like smell with dark fruit notes. Initially this one is very boozy and bitter but it mellows out some. Still too boozy. Takes away from the dried fruit glavor in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall just too much alcohol taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 00:41:26 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of stckhndlr


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore, MD

A- Mahogany brown red with a 1 finger tan head. Cloudy with great lacing.

S- Dark fruit, currents, raisins, cherries, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar.... Needless to say this one is very complex.

T- Smooth malty taste with sugars, nice spice on the back end with a dark fruit bitterness, cloves, and maybe even a touch of banana.

M- Starts smooth and works to a creamy texture with the clove spice tingling the tongue on the finish.

)- Fantastic beer, easy drinking, the complexity works. It's like Asian cooking (a ton of different flavors working together in harmony to form one great flavor.)

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 04:27:30 | More by stckhndlr
Photo of Murrhey


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as part of a flight at Haven Gastropub in Orange, CA. Expectations were high. Poured in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Deep reddish brown, thin head. Exquisite lacing.

S- Hoppy with sour and lighter fruits. Typical Quad.

T- Light fruits, light malts and boozy. It's damn good.

M- Pretty thick bodied, well carbonated.

O- Great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2012 00:51:53 | More by Murrhey
Photo of kojevergas


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass in a gastropub in Orange, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I've been pretty impressed with Ommegang in the past.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a textbook copper; nontransparent.

Sm: Caramel, milk, lovely amber hops, and incredible dark fruit - the best aspect of the aroma. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lovely candied sugar, dark fruit (albeit unfortunately light in the balance), dominant heavy amber hops, and cream. The promise of the aroma, unfortunately, is unfulfilled. I do love the dark fruit that is present, but I wish there was more. Overall, it's complex, well-balanced, and nicely built.

Mf: Smooth, pleasant, and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. A bit too milky.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Very flavourful and pleasant. Quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 23:00:21 | More by kojevergas
Photo of hippityhops85


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft poured into a tulip.

Pours a deep, almost opaque purple with brilliant purple highlights where the light catches the glass. Pours with an offwhite/eggshell thin head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving an oilslick-type head on top.

The nose has tons of dark fruits: plums, dates, figs. I'm really trying to pull out the cherries on the nose but I'm not getting a whole lot though there is an ever-so slight acidic note there as well.

The taste is again dark fruits, very slight acidity, dates, plums, belgian yeast. Pretty nice

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected but it's actually really nice.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer. I'd love to be able to just dates the quad base without the addition of the lambic as I think it would be really freaking good.


Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 13:51:58 | More by hippityhops85
Photo of Claudius424


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel that the best way to have this beer is on tap. That being said it is definitely advisable to "sip" this beer because it is equally strong and thick. Almost has that abbey-ale feel to it with that cherry flavoring added in to make it drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 05:15:02 | More by Claudius424
Photo of Rifugium


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

First sampled this on tap at a beer festival. To this day, it remains one of the finest brews I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. Awesome name, awesome bottle, awesome beer. It's definitely more on the "quad" side than on the "kriek" side, as the cherry taste is more implied than infused, as opposed to other stronger/actual krieks.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a fine, small layer of white bubbles for a head. Complex aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. Roasty malts in the taste, with flavors of cherry, plum, brown sugar, cloves, and rum. A little boozy, but not harsh. Medium mouthfeel, can be a bit syrupy. Can be enjoyed cold or closer to room temperature. Highly complex, highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 19:24:01 | More by Rifugium
Photo of jale


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

Had on tap at Crunchy's in east lansing.

A:Pours brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Light roasted malt and slight tart cherry.

T: Sweet wine like taste, vinous and small hints of malt. Alcohol comes out as it warms. Reminds me of Quelque Chose.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

O: More of an after dinner beer for me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2011 02:03:49 | More by jale
Photo of BeerCon5


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

Pours a dark red - amber color with a moderate off-white head, ok retention.

The scent is sweet, dark fruits, some alcohol.

The taste is also sweet, belgian sugar, dark fruits, some cherry notes, and a little alcoholic.

Full body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

this was a very tasty beer, good, balanced flavor. Wouldn't mind having this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2011 18:27:04 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of ehammond1

3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark cherry wood in color. Thin head. Sufficient lacing. Unspectacular appearance.

Nose is heavy in cherry and some chocolate. Fruity and sweet.

Tastes of tart cherry, chocolate and wood. Very sweet. Alcohol is hidden. Not as complex (or interesting?) as other quads.

Full-bodied. Velvety and rich. Spectacular!

Simple and sweet quad with some cherry tartness and a rich mouthfeel. Delicious, though a bit too sweet for my particularly tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 03:25:05 | More by ehammond1
Photo of ehagedorn


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark amber color but the head was not as creamy as I anticipated (this may be due to tap settings). Nevertheless, wonderful complex flavor! I was afraid the Belgian Kriek (cherry lambic) would be overpowering, but it was present with wonderful subtlety.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 02:37:03 | More by ehagedorn
Photo of psuKinger


4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/6 barrel keg downstairs in my kegerator poured into my Ommegang snifter glass. I've had this beer numerous times, and I know I like it a lot, but I've never gone through the formal "review process" with it, so I'm excited to see how this goes.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy reddish-brown with a thick 2 finger head on top. The bubbly head looks like pancake batter in the middle. Perfect.

The lacing clings to the glass with each sip I take.

S: Yeasty smells of dark fruits and candied sugars are of near-ideal amplitude here.

T: Sweet creamy flavors of candied sugars, figs, and prunes balance out subtly and perfectly. This beer starts warm with the candied sugars before the dark fruits rush in to say hello. It finishes with a nice balance of yeasty-flavors and a nice touch of sweet cherry syrupy flavors.

M: Light, creamy, and bubbly initially, but this beer finishes dry, with the sugars and the cherry syrup coating the tongue nicely.

D: High. Thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would gladly quaff it all evening long.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 19:12:26 | More by psuKinger
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1-11-11
On tap at Zenos in State College, PA

A - Dark amber with red glow. Small amount of cream coloured head

S - Yeast, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar

T - Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, hop bitterness, strawberry, raspberry

M - Medium body, silky, smooth

D - A touch boozy but very drinkable for a quad.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2011 01:06:28 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of lordredsnake


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

A: Served in a Chimay goblet at the Terrace Taproom. Cloudy deep reddish amber color, without much head. Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Malty, yeasty, slightly fruity.

T: Definitely malty, I could not taste any cherry as hard as I tried, but it did have more of a sweet caramel flavor than the bottle I had before.

M: Carbonated but still smooth and creamy.

D: I tried this on tap a few days after being quite disappointed by a bottle serving. I usually prefer the taste of bottle-conditioned beers being served from the bottle, but this seemed quite a bit more appealing to me on tap. I'll give the bottle a re-review some day. The draft serving lacked the carbonation and alcohol burn that turned me off from the bottled serving and seemed maltier which I enjoyed. It seemed also to have lost the slight cherry taste it had from the bottle, but this could be due to the bar serving it too cold. I tried to let it warm up but had a hard time resisting. All in all an enjoyable quad but unlikely to be a regular choice for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2011 17:44:02 | More by lordredsnake
Photo of dahlen22

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a decent head (if poured correctly).

Aroma: Candied fruits, cherries, mint, and malts.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with some fruits, a slight bit of tart cherries, and deep malts and cloves.

Overall: Had this on tap at a sports bar (it was the only thing worth while on tap) and am very happy I did. Easy to sip, but the alcohol is deceiving, so I suggest pairing with some cheese or pizza (that is what I did), because 3 of these bad boys went down very easily, and the alcohol content caught me off guard in a good way. Cheers!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2010 01:48:40 | More by dahlen22
Photo of nickfl


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a slightly hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of tart cherries and spicy caramel malt.

T - Tart pie cherries up front with some sweet caramel. The caramel is joined in the middle by toasted grain and spicy yeast. Clove and coriander notes remain though the finish with some increasingly medicinal cherry.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This certainly isn't a drain pour, but I am kind of disappointed. I hadn't had this beer in a couple of years and I remembered it being much better than this. The aroma is spot on, but the flavor is dissonant and unpleasant. The spicy yeast character seems inappropriate for a dark belgian and it clashes with the cherry. Maybe it its just that this beer is better in the bottle or maybe it has lost something in the last couple of years, but it seems like a shadow of what I remember it as.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2010 04:55:36 | More by nickfl
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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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