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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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92
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5,108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,108
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 205
Gots: 611 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of Rudgers73
3.6/5  rDev -13%

This is my second review of this beer. The reason that I am reviewing it again is because I just opened a new bottle of it (same year as the last one: 2005) and I noticed a DRASTIC difference in taste.

It poured a deep reddish brown color. Fizzy thick head that took a while to settle down. Smell was similar, but more fruity. Then the first taste--BANG. This is completely different than my last experience. The black cherry flavor was overwhelmingly strong and it finished much more bitter than dry. It's incredible to see such variation. Wow.

Still very good, but not as good as my first bottle.

Rudgers73, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

A-Nice reddish amber with off-white head. Left faint lacing on rims of glass.
S-Light malt, spicy yeast, faint coffee and chocolate.
T-Slightly sweet specialty malt in attack with faint cherry and bittersweet chocolate and coffee midpalate, and warming alcohol in the finish.
M-A little on the lighter side for style, with strong carbonation that creates an interesting blend of fizz and alcohol at the end.
D-Good, but I don't feel the body was sufficient to carry through the strong malt character. Paired with Morbier, which carbonation and malt complemented well.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of keithmurray
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

75ml poured into a chalice

appearance is a deep mahogany brown with beige head that lasts

aroma - i'm picking up caramel, cherries, malt,

flavor - cherries, malt, caramel, tobacco

mouthfeel - good carbonation on this full bodied, smooth, sweet but not overwhelmingly so

drinkability - at nearly 10%, one bottle should suffice

keithmurray, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Shmeal
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Shmeal, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of davesway10
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Ommegang, what a nice find for me. To the rest of the BA world this is old news, but to me it is a wonderful brand new find. For the money this may be the best quad i've had. Poured from a 12oz bottle in a Duinen chalice. Lovely Dark red amber in color with a nice tan head which quickly recedes into the glass. The taste is awsome. Fruit, cherries. I'll buy this for as long as I can.

davesway10, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Iowacraft
3/5  rDev -27.5%

Iowacraft, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.43/5  rDev +7%

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.

FondueVoodoo, May 28, 2012
Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

jpd026, May 12, 2014
Photo of sbanacho
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

sbanacho, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of King_KongDCO93
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%

Cracked opened a 12oz bottle today, a 2012. 9.8 abv

A: reddish amber with a nice off white head that is still lingering. Can't see through the glass.

S: Massive fruity notes especially cherries, I'm getting some notes of raisins, plums, figs, and grapefruit. also getting some caramel aroma. The aroma is amazing!!!! it has that gunk dirty aroma that you need in a Belgian style quad.... and Ommegang hit it spot.

T: Cherry, caramel, and toffee goodness. It is nicely balanced and all the flavors mellow out. It has a hint of butterscotch (just a bit not over powering). The drink-ability on this beer is amazing. at 9.8% abv. It is hard to tell. The cherry is truly bold and great.

M: feels cleansed, zesty, refreshed. It a bit tangy from the mild bitterness, but over all a great feeling

O: Where I am you can usually get a 4pack for around $15 or a bomber for around $10.99. So is it worth it? Yes. this is one of the best sipping beers you will find.

King_KongDCO93, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of fsck
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

fsck, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Naes
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%

The appearance is cloudy brown with a light tan head that is quite sticky and frothy.

Smell is of cherries and other fruitiness.

The flavor is earthy and sweet. This beer has quite a unique and complex taste. Alcohol is also present.

Its mouth feel is full bodied and almost syrupy.

Drinkability is low. This is a sipping beer for sure and at 9.8% you had better take your time with this one.

Naes, Jul 04, 2005
Photo of sneezye
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sneezye, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured out of a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle into my Duvel.

A - Nice deep cherry brown pour. Big creamy head with a solid amount of sticky lacing that stays throughout the duration.

S - Nice herby smell with definite cherry in it. I get some black licorice smell as well.

T - Nice warming beer. She is very creamy. Also a smooth ale indeed. You get a hint of cherry but less then the smell. A bit dry.

M - Medium to full bodied. Creamy and just damn tasty. Carbonation is just right.

D - Yes but don't think you are going to have a few. This is a great sipping beer. I wish it got colder in Florida. My ass would be outside getting a chill and chasing it away with the warmness this provides.

GallowsThief, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev -3.4%

rondufresne, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ReeseMax3, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of chodinheaven
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Deep burgundy color with dark red hues throughout, poured out of a very cool bottle. Nice light khaki head on top with decent lacing down the glass. Boozy cherries in the nose, caramel notes and vanilla. Mocha notes shine through as well, making this a complex and awesome aromatic beer.

A bourbon-like booze taste is what I get heavily out of the first sip. Dark malts shine through as well, mixed with dried fruits and fresh cherries. Its sweet, but so pleasant that it doesn't even register as sweet at first, just delicious and pleasant. It isn't cloyingly sweet at all, which is why the taste succeeds so well. The booziness isn't overwhelming at any point, even after warming, but is definitely present and accounted for. It slowly warms the body. The carbonation level is moderate to high, and fizzier more than smooth, but still the smoothness doesn't lack. It leaves a slight syrupy deposit in the back of the mouth, which can be distracting at times. Finishes like a dry wine, and leaves an almost wine-like aftertaste especially considering the booziness.

In the 2nd half of the bottle, there is more sediment floating around and an overall fuller taste. The higher carbonation is actually smoothed out really nicely. Still the same beer with the same characteristics, but the booziness is less noticeable and the tastes all seem a little more full-bodied and in your face. Interesting to see the effects of more of that Belgian style yeast in a pour.

Overall, this is a really good beer, and I'm glad to have picked it up. I bet this would only improve and mature if cellared, but its pretty darn good either way. I will undoubtedly pick this up again, especially at a decent price tag.

chodinheaven, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Larrydoherty
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Larrydoherty, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of roblowther
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%

Pours a ruby black-brown with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is leather, baked cherries and phenols. Very different. The taste is bitter up front, then tart cherries, then a rum-fruit flavor. There are some raisins in there. Interesting but very odd. The finish is dusty dry. I love quadrupels and I really like lambics. This....is just not for me. The mouthfeel is silky and carbonated, right on the money. The drinkability is limited by the acidic leather taste up front and the dry dry finish. Nice try but I'd have to recommend several of their other beers over this one.

roblowther, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of JHendu
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JHendu, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of a0lbudman
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A- dark amber color with a cherry tint to it. It had a large off white head that stayed there.
S-dark cherry smell with some spice and sweet malt. It was like i could also smell the alcohol
T-the sweet malt can be tasted then it has a grapefruit aftertaste. The hops comes in also, and as the glass goes down the spices kicks in wi the warming pepper flavor.
M- high carbonation with a very creamy feel
O- outstanding beer

a0lbudman, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of jlindsey
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

jlindsey, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bustersuess, May 14, 2013
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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