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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 2,001
Hads: 5,986
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 327
Gots: 1,267 | FT: 22
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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 AleDrinkToThat
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue under a healthy two finger beige head.

Smell: All sorts of maltiness, as well as dark fruit and some spiciness, and a little bit of the hops.

Taste: Good and complex. Rich dark caramel malt and dark fruit hit up front, with some raisin and herbal notes mixed therein. The hops finish nicely, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy, with lots of sweet, tart, and spicy notes dancing around. Very low carbonation. The floral hops give a pleasant dry finish, and the alcohol warms well.

Drinkability: Yay for complex beers. This is a good and worthy adaptation of the Belgian quad style, and meant for slow enjoyment. I paired it with some rosemary & olive oil bread and a couple of mild Italian cheeses, and was quite satisfied.

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Photo of dino213aa
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown with a tan rocky head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasty fruit aromas with the Kriek being most notable.

T&M: Starts off with cherry fruitiness of the Kriek and slowly melts into a warm maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.

D: This is one my favorite colder weather brews.. warm and inviting. However, at 9.8% ABV not sure I'd call this a session brew. A little patience helps with this one, but overall one of the better offerings from Ommegang.

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Photo of runningjoke
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.
Coppery-brown color with a tightly-packed, creme-brûlée colored head that transformed into a seafoam consistency before turning into lace.
Smells of fermented cherries and malt.
Tart at first, this fills the mouth with an incredible consistancy. Slight bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste.
For what it is, this is a great beer. Incredibly filling an highly alcohlic, this beer is best when savored.

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Photo of EricMichael
4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to chalice.

Appearance - A rich, cloudy red-brown with a two to three finger head of creme foam. Lacing that glistens and clings throughout the session.

Smell - Sweet malt blend. Licorice, some herbal notes and a medicinal feel. Yeast with a faint alcohol.

Taste & Mouthfeel - It's complicated. Herbal and earthy. Hint of a cherry lambic. I'm really having difficulty being more specific than that. Very soft in the hop department. Yeasty thickness. Smooth, creamy, light carbonation.

Overall - Medicinal beers are a bit rare in our household and this was balanced enough to be very enjoyable though the yeast seemed a bit much for the malts.

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Photo of BWE
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer. The appearance is as should be with a Belgian Quad. Pours a thick off white head that recedes rather fast. Very dark, but crisp if you let it sit for a while. The smell is rich and caramel like.

Taste is much like the smell. Very rich with an upfront caramel note. The aftertaste houses a Lambic or Saison hint. Not overpowering... the perfect blend. Very smooth on the tongue. All and all, an incredible beer.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a tannish three finger head that quickly dissapates with zero lacing. Smell is sweet, malty and pastoral. Flavors are rich, roasty, malts, the perfect notes of hops. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter, the complexity of this beer is on par with a fine wine. Fantastic brew on all levels, never heard of it and decided to give it a go. High abv is completly overshadowed by the depth of flavor. Definatly reccomend drinking at 50 degrees F as the bottle suggest to fully appreciate the beer. First class.

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Photo of Likeburning
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep translucent woody maroon brown color with a thich tan creamy head. The aroma is a bit fruity (cherry aroma) The aroma is reminiscent of chocolate covered carries, like when you break open a chocolate covered cherry and the filling pours out. Just like that. The flavor is similar to other Belgian style strong ales but significantly darker with a distinct hint of cherries. Memories of pleasant Valentine's days past come to mind with the first taste. Definitely a beer to be savored.

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Photo of Tomhet
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a very dark brown with some ruby tinges when held up to light. A 1.5-finger tan head rests atop the body and dissipates rather quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing that continues to cling to the glass. Spiced cherries obviously hit the nose first, but this mellows into an blend of herbs, figs, and roasted malts. When digging deep, that cherry note is so fresh and organic that any sort of harsh alcohol presence is immediately cast aside. Some banana is faint along with the overall breadiness that provides a nice foundation for the nose.

The first thing that hits the nose is a mix of the sweet, organic cherries found in the aroma and a bitter earthy hop note with a touch of alcohol. This mellows into a very smooth bready malt taste that gradually caresses the tongue until finishing with a subdued Belgian yeast note with some of the downplayed banana mentioned earlier. Carbonation is medium to low, though the high point of the mouthfeel is the gradual way in which the brew continually reveals itself, as opposed to the typically discrete tripartite view of "front, middle, finish". Overall, a very nice quad and a great go-to beer if you want something a little sweeter than St. Bernardus Abt 12 for a readily accessible quad.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this for a while, finally decided to splurge and get it for my birthday.

Pours an extraordinarily dark amber color. A thick, robust, and foamy forms.

Cherries and sourness up front. Some grainy and musty aromas also make themselves known, but they are more subtle.

Tastes of dark fruit (more specifically, cherries), and is quite yeasty. A mild spiciness is in the background, but it is still pretty grainy/sweet. Great complexity here.

Extremely well balanced. The alcohol is masked, but the warming quality is still there. Good carbonation lends a crispness to the beer, but it is still full bodied. The mouthfeel is the best aspect.

I had high expectations, and was not disappointed. This is a fine product and I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of bewley
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 2003, 750 ml

Nose: hints of caramel and bourbon soaked cherries.

Nice white head subsides to a reddish amber colored liquid that is redolent of dark, berry filled forests and pathways strewn with mulch and wildflowers. As far as fruit flavored brews are concerned, this stuff blows away that insipid Sam Adams Cranberry Lambic that I tried last week. (Just thought I'd add that bit.) An interesting and very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of custardcb
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany and red color. Even when held up to the light the body is so rich hardly any light comes crawling through. The head is a bit foamy then settles down to a nice thin head that retains is structure the entire time it is being consumed.

The nose has notes of stone fruit and sweet alcohol. The yeast comes through nicely as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly smoothe and rich. The cheeries are prominent and go well with the rest of the blend.

This should be enjoyed sparsly with friends and would be fantastic at the end of a good meal.

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Photo of beerogre
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As a general rule, when I visit the beer store after finishing work on Friday and make my selections for the weekend, I like to look for something new. Something a little bit different, something of an experiment. After sampling this beer for the second time (the first was several weeks ago) I have already decided that this will definitely be one of next Friday's purchases and thus, once again, one of next weekend's highlights.

It's hard to put into words how impressed I am with Brewery Ommegang's products and drinking this beer once more only serves to reinforce how highly I rate them.

I've been trying quite a lot of Belgian beers in the last few months and as great of a time as I've had with that (and it has been wonderful) I really don't think I've enjoyed any of them more than the pleasure I derive from the Ommegang beers.

Comparing this beer to other Quadrupels, I've had St. Bernardus Abt 12 many times, Trappistes Rochefort 10 several times recently, and Avery's The Reverend (read my other reviews to see how highly I rate Avery) and to be honest I'm reaching for the shelf with the Ommegang.

It reminds me of when I used to go to the horse races back in England. Sometimes a famous owner like the Aga Khan IV would have horses at the event and you always knew they were going to be class horses. Well, for me, I always know it's going to be a class beer when it says Ommegang on the label.

Ommegang beers: First past the post.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The least head I've ever seen on any belgian-style beer, but a beautiful dark, mahogany colored brew. Smells tight and pointedly fruity--kind of a flat and musty fruit. It's actual taste is not as fruity as I expected, especially since I still cringe at the thought of sickly-sweet lambic style, and I figured it would be a moderated version of that. Really, it's more of a sour, compromised version of a fairly good belgian ale. It's pretty good and definitely worth trying and enjoying, but it wouldn't be a priority for my personal future purchasing schedule. It's very different and interesting, and the 9.8% in this bomber is going to knock me out for the night. Judged for style against other belgians/quadrupels.

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Photo of Newmerator
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. First time I tasted it actually.

A - Deep brown, reddish/copper in color. Cream color head. Good retention. Remarkable lace, sticks all over the glass.

S - cherry, smells like a lambic. A bit sour. Blegian yeast

T - cherries in the back. Definitely not what I expected. Not as sour as I'd thought. Black pepper. A bit yeasty. Some sugary malt taste. Fig. Spicy.

M - Sooo silky smooth and creamy! Full bodied.

D - great. I agree it would be good for pairing with cheeses or a meal instead of drinking alone. But, if there wasn't cheese in the fridge, I would exactly refrain from drinking it.

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Photo of Nuke77
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful dark orange red color with a voluninous white head. Typical quad scent with dark fruits and a touch of dark cherry. The taste followed the scent but no cherry flavor was present. The mouthfeel was pleasant with a touch of effervescence. Not a bad beer but there are better quads out there for sure.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 3P's pours with a light dissipating foamy head. At first glance, it appears mahogany, but a little backlighting shows its true ruby tones

S- Malty with a tartness that is similar to notes in a sweeter chardonnay

T- I taste so many flavors they are hard to pick out. Definitely a high gravity beer, the alcohol hits you upon first sip. I can pick out raisons, and cherry (not sour more like the cherries were mulled). I would call this beer sweet AND savory

M-Very light but not thin

D- I could not see myself drinking more than one at a time. Just the abv% alone would wipe me out but the flavor too I find is better in smaller doses

Notes- Amazing creaminess with warming qualities, the lacing is consistent throughout. I want to wait a few months until it's cold and I have a fire going to retry this one.

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Photo of sellmeagod
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Even when poured with care, this left a large head in the tulip glass. Smells of caramel, soy (!) and yeast, and the look stirs about some mysterious ideas.

In the mouth it is quite creamy and soft, and goes down easy enough for the circa 10 abv. The buttery joys of this mouthfeel are rarely felt. The taste lingers for awhile, so it is a slow drinker despite the good taste.

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Photo of OF001
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL btl. Poured at just below cellar temp.

clear bronzy brown with a light ruby hue. Thick dimpled head with amazing lacing. Lively carbonation maintains head extremely well.

Smells warm and boozy, candy sugars and herbal notes. Lacks a punch that wows me.

Quad sweet with a candy cherry and hints of cocoa. surprisingly effervescent fruitiness. Light herbs, but it comes more from the body rather than real flavours pushing through. Ever so slight cherry lambic tartness that comes and goes. long clingy sweet and lightly bitter finish of fruit sugars and very little hop resin. Great yeasty-ness that will only grow in time.

Heavy and syrupy. Smooth and creamy with a hugely warming alcoholic evaporation quality.

Great quad, the lambic addition gives a relative lightness at points but at 2% I is just enough; but it could have used .5-1% more. It will age amazingly. Both in the yeasty depth and lightness from the lambic. Good now but great later. Overall is just under a 4 but not quite worth it yet.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark Amber, thin head

S: Caramel, chocolate,

T/F: A good amount of caramel, slight chocolate, and a fruity taste comes in towards the end. Thin light body feel, creaminess

O: Very good beer, would buy again and again.

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Photo of fromage
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle

Frothy tan head coming out of the bottle with a mahogany hue. Head was soon gone and left with a mere trace of lacing.

Very complex. Smells of leather, burnt caramel, a bit of alcohol, perhaps a hint of cherries and raisins, grass.

Taste begins with leather and grass, quickly fades to warming fruits, but has an acrid, vegetal finish. Really only the aftertaste brings out the spice of the yeast matched with toffee. Alcohol is not too noticeable

Nice, full mouthfeel, well carbonated. A bit sticky.

Good drinkability for the style. It's not often I drink a whole bottle of this

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, 2010 bottling (so a fresh specimen). This was the first craft beer I truly loved (Hennepin was my introduction), and I don't know how I've not reviewed it yet. No time like the present.

It's a gorgeous beer. Thick, pale, fluffy head (suitable for drawing smiley faces in) that eventually simmers down. Deep black-cherry red coloring (no wonder because of the cherry lambic and strong cherry scents and flavors that saturate the beer) that gets a bit lighter towards the bottom of my chalice. The boyfriend (resident beer nerd to my fledgling one) says young Ommegang beers have a distinctive taste, but I haven't had enough to tell. As it stands, the alcohol comes through most tellingly in its scent, though it isn't overpowering or offputting.

Tastewise, this is complex and nigh quaffable. I'm impressed by the cherry flavor coming through so strongly without it being cloying or saccharine, but the great yeasty mouthfeel and bitterness balance makes it so, so enjoyable.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass at close to 50 degrees.

A- Pours deep amber brown, nontransparent, with a thick 1-2 finger offwhite/yellow creamy head. Minimal carbonation up the sides with fantastic full coat lacing.

S- Sweet, very mild toffee and earthiness in the final moments of inhalation. Slight sourness from cherries, strong presence of astringent/rubbing alcohol scent. As it warmed cherry smell became more prominent.

T- Presence of alcohol but blended and finished nicely by the sweet/sour cherry flavor. A good presence of malts, not roasty but the slightest hint of semi sweet chocolate. Licking the lips is full of candy sweetness.

M- especially smooth, not thick. Bleand of frothy head gives creaminess with loads of residue left in the mouth to stimulate the mind to pinpoint the complexity of the taste.

D- not a style of beer I usually drink but am trying to expose myself to. Enjoyed the smoothness and complexity, high alcohol was blended well in the taste and detectable by my fuzzy feeling face after consumption. It worked as a great slow sipping compliment to my slow paced reading.

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Photo of chasebrownyeah1
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Three Philosophers ABV: 9.8

A: Once I poured this beer, I thought to myself "WOW" this beer looks great! Pours very smoothly and leaves about a one inch head. The color is a redish brown and looks very advertising.

S: Smells very sweet. Has a scent that smells like an assortment of fruits (Mainly Cherries). The smell also reminds me of wine. Of course you get a hit of the 9.8% alcohol in the nose.

T-M: Has a very strong kick to the taste. Can taste the assortment of fruits (cherries). Kind of get a earthy bitter taste in the transition into the aftertaste. Pretty malty at the beginning.

D: This beer is a pretty strong beer. I do like this beer; however, I would probably only drink a couple in one night. This beer would be a good starter beer for a pregame for a long night.

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Photo of knm
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice steam rose as the cork popped, with an immediate sweet cheery smell coming off. Pours a dark red color with a nice head. Lacing hangs around for its entirety.
Very oakey with a strong alcoholic flavor. Not much fruit, but very acidic. I would have liked some more sweetness for this variety.

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Photo of Drogon
5/5  rDev +21.7%

This is a great Quad for an American Brewery, it's up to the standards of any Belgian ale but with a little bit of uniqueness of American style. Ive tried the sampler which as three different years with the oldest being the 2010 if I remember right. Saving that for a special occasion!

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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