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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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5,586 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,586
Reviews: 1,962
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 256
Gots: 896 | FT: 18
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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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Photo of tviz33
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, served in a goblet.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brownish red covered by a dense one finger off white head.

S- Not an overpowering nose, but enjoyable, filled with dark fruits and of course, cherries. The alcohol peaks in here.

T- Any alcohol noticed in the smell is not present in the taste. The mouth is filled with an awesome complex of sweet dark fruits, cherries, caramel, and Belgian yeast spice. I love this, plain and simple.

M- Mouthfeel is spot on. Full-bodied with a small amount of carbonation, but just enough to tickle the tongue. Creamy and delicious.

O- My favorite quad and one of my overall favorite beers in general. Simply a wonderful way to end a night.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: chestnut; cloudy; medium frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Light hops; peppery Belgian yeast smell; cherries; very interesting smell

Taste: Creamy on start with very quick kick from warming alcohol; light hop bite in the mid with lingering hops and cherries in finish; smooth and complex all around; excellent

Remarks: didn't score A, S, T, M at that time; please disregard those scores.

Photo of robear
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

A: Poured tawny brown with about 1-2 fingers of white head which dissipated into a thin layer that rimmed the glass.

S: Initial smell is dark raisons, figs and cherries with yeasty bread followed by molasses and dark honey.

T: Dark dried fruits, raisons, figs and plums, together with sweet malts. Finishes with a warming alcohol presence, smooth, not biting. Very similar to a good port.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with good level of carbonation.

O: This is a great sipping quad, very warming and cozy - perfect nightcap. The alcohol is warming but not biting. Very drinkable and well worth seeking out.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. The bottle comes with an intersting paper wrap around the neck showing the logos of Ommegang and Lindeman's since this is a blend of beers from the two breweries.

The beer pours a cloudy brown with a medium head that thins quickly to a thin lace of islands. The aroma is very sweet, like watered down molasses. Taste is excellent and filled with a spicy and sweet tangy flaor, roasty malt flavor, sour fruit ending and a touch of hops.

It is great in the mouth with a medium to full body.

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tmm313
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Sweet tea with foam... Pretty good lacing. Constant bubbles rising from the bottom.

S- Raisins, caramel, yeast, bubble gum, clove, and prunes.

T- Burnt bread, raisin, dark caramel, subtle cherry, a touch of banana, roasted malts, booze, earthy hop?, and spices. Dark chocolate peeks in from time to time. Strange aftertaste.

M- On the thicker side of medium, which is pretty cool considering how crisp it is. Drying.

O- I can't say I was the biggest fan of this one. I finished the bottle, which I don't always do when I'm not overly impressed, so it gets points for that. You could definitely tell it was a combination of styles. The flavors mixed together to form something kind of muddy to me. The aroma and mouthfeel were nice, though.

Photo of nkelley77
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip glass. The color is a hazy, dark, ruby/caramel color. Two fingers of slightly tanned head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a thin skim and ring around the edge. There is a little sedimentation at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Noticeable at first is the Belgian yeast, which is most prominent. Underneath are aromas of slightly roasted caramel, a little chocolate, and tart cherry, which is unfortunately reminiscent of cough syrup. There is also a little herbal spice (maybe clove?) and raspberry, too, but it is very faint and may have just been a part of my imagination. It is also a little on the boozy side; the alcohol definitely makes the nose hairs stand at attention.

Taste: Massive Belgian yeast character that shares the lead role with the cherry tartness, though it thankfully does not taste like cherry cough syrup because it is missing the cherry flavor; it is just a dark fruit tartness. I would much rather have a general tartness than full blown cough syrup, though. There is, however, a little bit of plum and clove spiciness. Flavors of chocolate and slightly roasted caramel are also present. Each sip leaves a hint of bitterness lingering on the cheeks, and the alcohol is very well hidden.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking and tasty, and also very well crafted. However, I don't really see what the big deal is. It's a great beer, but on par with and similar to other Belgians I have tried.

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of timotao
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2005 year 750 ml corked & caged bottle, a gift from my daughter.

Appearance is a hazy dark amber-mahogany body under an ample thick light tan head that fades to a solid lid and leaves lots of lacing.

Smell is malt-syrup, raisin bread dough, English toffee, dried cherries, cinnamon rolls and pepper. The aroma brightens up as it warms.

Taste is toffee and cherry, both tart & sweet. Bready and brandy-like. Pepper notes come up near the finish, which is crispy dry-sour, long and tingly. I want to say watermelon, but can that be?

Mouthfeel is tingly, warming, rich and smooth.

Drinkability is fine in consideration of the relatively stout ABV.

A real treat from this New York partner of Duvel.

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

Shared a 25 oz bottle at Zeno's. Pours a deep red with a nice head which leaves some very good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and cherries. Taste is sweet and tart with lots of cherry flavor with much complexity hidden underneath. Also a bit of alcohol is detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. This stuff is pretty drinkable. Almost like a fine wine (but better)- would be fantastic with a big homemade dinner or around the holidays. Very good beer.

Photo of Syraquse
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of lpayette
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

$3.49 for a single 12oz bottle, Winooski Beverage- behind the counter in the liqour section (a great find- didn't realize that they sold a few beers over 8% until I stumbled across them. I usually steer clear of that section of the store).

Appearance- Mohogany- nice red highlights. Big frothy head (surprised me) with good amount of brussels lace.

Smell- Strong banana and other fruit flavors (cherry maybe). Some musty notes that for me add to the appeal making it seem well-aged somehow. The label also looks pretty classical, so the mustiness is right at home. Some near earthy smells.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Strong banana and other fruity flavors again. Alcohol is perceptable but plays a background role. Malt is quite prevalent. Smooth mouthfeel with some light tingling sensations. Definitely a sipping brew. A good treat every now in then when looking for something strong.

Photo of Citadel82
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, deep, red-brown with a long lasting tan head. Leaves some sticky lacing and the head finishes as a thick lacy ring with a few self sustaining clouds.

Smell is rich dark dates and dried figs and the faintest of traces of dried cherries and a strong whiff of alcohol.

Taste is strongly alcoholic. Some medicine like notes. Dried sweet-tart cherries, dried cranberries, tawny port, iodine, alcohol, a little dried sweetness and a longish slightly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a brew of this gravity. Though overall it is a medium-heavy bodied brew.

Buy a few bottles, drink some, and cellar some for later.

Photo of Anthony1
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into two glasses. A snifter and a tulip.

Both glasses looked lovely, although the snifter brought out a slightly stronger aroma. Pours a beautiful cherry oak hue. The head was light and fluffy, showing a tint of red, that stuck around. The beer maintained a great level of lacing throughout the drink.

The aroma was herbal with some smells of spice and dark fruit. It tasted of dark fruits which was a great mix. I did not taste or smell an cheery, which the label said was added. The medium body maintained its mild level of carbonation and flowed very smoothly.

This beer was delicious. I would without a doubt purchase this beer again

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

Appearance: Pours into my snifter with a dark reddish-brown body and a thick one-finger off-white head. Head is foamy and viscous, sticks around leaving significant lacing.

Smell: Strongly fruity notes, nice cherries, dark, nutty, slightly yeasty. Complex, but slightly astringent.

Taste: Strongly yeasty, bready. Strong flavors of cherries, hints of chocolate. Belgian funkiness far in the background. Finishes clean and leaves me ready for more.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy due to yeast, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly astringent on the finish due to alcohol.

Drinkability: You'd think that a beer this sweet and this alcoholic would get cloying after awhile, but in general this is a very quaffable brew, finishing nicely and giving a nice warm feeling inside. Not the greatest quad ever, but then again it's a blend, so what can you do?

Photo of DMarlinJ
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of AWB3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of stomioka
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of timontheroad
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, fizzy light head that quickly faded, no lacing. Aroma was figs, plums, raisins with some tart black cherry and grassy notes. Taste was pretty close to the smell, with the tartness from the cherries melding with the candi sugar sweetness to form a nice complex mix, with just the right amount of yeasty funkiness to let you know it's a quad. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and silky smooth. Overall this was pretty good, but not quite up the stature of a Abt 12 or a Rochefort 10.

Photo of jordanimal
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of DaveAnderson
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,586 ratings.