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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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93
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5,398 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,398
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 737 | FT: 17
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice oud cherry colour, good lacing. Like a good wine in appearance. Good yeast aroma. Bit of plum- more action in sediment at end.
It is undeniably fresh yet found it bland. Watered down cherry and not a full punch of a quad. Could it have been dusty glasses?

Sammy, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a number of times now and each time it is a little different. Not sure if they've been abused or what but some of them didn't impress me. I'll review the newest one that I've tried.

The beer pours a brown color, there are hints of red but its mostly brown. Nice head retention and some lacing. Relatively clear.

The smell is of dark malts, sugar, and cherries. Theres also some alcohol present in the nose. The taste is a little bitter but thats intentional (from the kriek). Theres some nice cherry flavor as well as a ton of sweetness coming from all the malt. As the beer warms more and more alcohol comes out. But if its too cold then you can't taste the cherries. There is definitely an optimum temperature at wich to drink this beer,

The body is heavy and I can feel it in my stomach. Not exactly a low calorie beer or anything but its great if you take care not to ruin the beer.

t0rin0, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

spycow, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and some slight sour cherry aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight roast flavor and an alcohol kick on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but fairly strong.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

djrn2, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -27.5%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice reddish brown with a light tan head that stays around at about half a finger and leaves some good lacing. Nose brings forward subtle hints of cherries along with some light caramel and dark fruits. Hints of molasses. The taste really doesn't bring much cherry flavor at all. Really, I can't detect it, and it was faint enough in the nose. The taste does bring some Belgian yeasty esters and some caramel. Good, sturdy body that is slightly creamy. Not nearly as complex as I'd like to see, but pretty good overall.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

From a bottle, pours a dark ruby/copper color with a light than head. Very carbonated, lots of active bubbles. The head is airy and very fizzy. It dissipates similar to how soda does.

The nose is citrus and dark fruit, belgian yeast, and molasses. A little toffee and rustic funk. Personally, I get raisins instead of cherries, but could be just my nose. The flavor is much more tart than I anticipated and the kriek blend really is present here. More dark fruit, plums, grapes and moderately sweet molasses. This is a great blend, enjoying the sour element to it. The only negative for me is the over carbonation. Great beer, just less fizz.

nmann08, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark reddish brown into a snifter glass with a generous creamy brownish head. The head died down and became lacy. The beer is very dark, and I had to hold it up to a light to confirm that there was a moderate level of carbonation.
S: Light, pleasant aroma of cherries with raisins, spices, and other dark fruits. The aroma increases as the beer warms up, after which you can start to smell some of the alcohol.
T: Cherries are very apparent in the taste along with hints of raisins and spices. There's a nice malty sweetness in the finish. The taste isn't very complex, but it's an interesting combination of cherries and malt unique for this particular style.
M; It feels smooth, creamy and well balanced. A medium-bodied beer.
D: The alcohol isn't very apparent in the taste but it definitely hits you later on.

metter98, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 dated 12 fl. oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown with a short off white head that quickly fades.

Nose is very assertive and fruity with huge cherry charmal character and big malt tones.

Mouthfeel is big, rich and creamy and elegantly carbonated with good balance.

Flavors are big, full and rich cherry carmel and big malt, light whiskey tones.

This is a big rich quad and amost sweet enough in caracter to have with dessert or even as a sipper.

GRG1313, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with ruby highlights and a thick head of beige foam; leaves a smattering of lacing here and there

Smell: Cherries jump out, with hints of chocolate and caramel; also, some rum-soaked dried dark fruit and a strand of red licorice

Taste: Starts out with a touch of caramel sweetness with the chocolate and tart cherry flavors quickly making their presence known; in the middle, the tart lambic flavors build to a crescendo; amazing how balanced this brew stays..never too sweet nor too sour; finishes with a woody tone

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation

Overall: A distinctive beer that is always worth re-visiting

brentk56, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite terrific American rendition to a Belgian Quad. Pours a viscous brown-ish red with golden highlights. Dainty white, fizzy head that fades quickly, but laces well. Smells sweetly with caramel, fruits, and spices. Tastes big on malt, and mildly caramelly, brown sugary, fig-ey, date-ey, and cherry-ey. Sweet spices of clove, corriander, pepper, and estery. Becomes more alcoholic through the body. Sweet and powdery finish. A good Belgian replica. A great buy for the buck.

BEERchitect, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer.

Phyl21ca, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had."

--Friedrich Nietzsche


"Do what is right though the world may perish."

--Emmanuel Kant


"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself."

--Soren Kierkegaard


Brewed 2004. Softly glowing coral with ripe orange trim, a beautiful color that reminds me of a tropical sunset in a glass. The Belgianesque head is at least as gorgeous as the beer with its tangerine caramel color and its sticky, whipped frothiness. A meager amount of lace is the only thing keeps the appearance from perfection.

The aroma is musty and funky and spicy and herbal and all kinds of interesting; I just wish that it was more cherry-like. I would never have guessed that that particular fruit was added if it didn't say so on the label. My hope is that the cherry lambic will be more evident on the palate than it is in the nose.

This is fabulous beer! I haven't had too many quadrupels yet, but I've had enough to know what to expect. Three Philosophers is an excellent version with the added benefit of sour cherries. There's so much complexity here that my mouth doesn't know where to start, it just wants to enjoy for a while.

The malt is on the border between heavily toasted and lightly roasted, delivering such flavors as dark toffee, plum pudding, rum-soaked figs and even a little dark chocolate. Can't forget the black cherries. And the raisins. And the ground clove. This beer tastes like liquified dark Christmas fruitcake. It can't possibly become more delicious with warming, can it?

I wish now that I had poured the beer into a snifter. It deserves to be philosophized over because I'm sure that the meaning of life is in here somewhere. I'm enjoying the tartness provided by the cherry lambic, but am glad that it wasn't added with a heavier hand. No sense in turning this stately beer into a cherry fruit beer with quadrupel accents.

The body/mouthfeel is the best of both worlds. There's enough malt on hand to give the beer a mouthfillingness and a finishing stickiness, yet the energetic amount of carbonation keeps things brisk and amazingly supple. Drinkability didn't need any help, but was provided with it anyway by virtue of an outstanding mouthfeel.

I need to revisit what Brewery Ommegang has to offer since I reviewed most of their regular offerings prior to knowing what the hell I was tasting. Still though, it's hard to believe that anything in their oeuvre can compare to Three Philosophers. This is a stunning creation that was a steal at only $5.99 per bottle. I'm seriously considering buying a case because I'm sure that this nectar will age like a dream. Highly recommended.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jaydoc, Aug 24, 2013
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.

kylehay2004, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 vintage bottle, the cave aged edition, I could not wait to dig into this one. It had been sitting in my fridge for what seemed like forever waiting for me to get close to it. Decided to pop it open the other night. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 12/05/2008.

The pour was very nice with a rich brown color that was loaded down with ruby highlights that abounded. Huge off white head rose up from the depths and clung to the sides of the glass for what seemed like forever before finally settling back down and relaxing.

The aroma was rich, nice notes of dark fruity yeast, hints of swet cherry notes and an herbal tone that prickled at the nose quite nicely. Rich malts lying underneath provided a nice level of sweetness. The flavor was about as big and rich as you could get. Most of the alcohol was well hidden under rich fruit notes. Huge flavor here that dissolves and transforms with each passing sip. Nice touches of cherry and unique sour notes. Smooth, incredibly smooth with a rich carbonation and velvet like touch to it.

Overall an outstanding beer that was much more tame then the regular version and just a thing of beauty. I was very glad to have tried this one, very glad indeed.

mikesgroove, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2009

A: The pour is a hazed dark amber color with a finger and a half worth of fluffy tan head.

S: Smells like slightly tart cherries and cherry pie. There's some nice caramel and toffee notes as well. A touch of chocolate malt, raisins, and plums, too.

T: A definite alcohol taste to begin with which is followed by cherry skins, raisins, and plum skins. There's a nice maltiness that I would describe as toffee, and a bit of brown sugar. The same subtle chocolate character that was present on the nose.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not quite as boozy and overly intense as I remember, but something I'd still have a bit of trouble drinking a significant quantity of.

womencantsail, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with some red highlights. The head was a bit foamy at first but settles quickly. The smell of the beer was lightly acidic but had a sweet fruity quality too. The the taste was a little tart upfront but then shifted into a yeasty dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was decent and and drinkable. Overall I would drink it again, especially now that it comes in 12oz. bottles.

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2012
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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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