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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5,498 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,498
Reviews: 1,941
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 243
Gots: 802 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into tulip glass. Being a fan of anything Belgian, I was excited when a friend brought this over. First thing I thought of the flavor was that it tasted like a mix of cigar smoke and burnt wood chips (the kind hamsters shit on). Color to match. A great beer that I would drink again but only with help, as a full pint of this is too much for me.

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4.1/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jhu1995
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2005, caged cork bottle.

Was given this one as a gift and could not wait to try, so I opened it up and gave it a whirl. I absolutely loved the color, a beautiful dark red, cherry wood color that was very crisp and clear. Outstanding. A sweet cherry aroma that was very subtle and smooth. Also noticed a slight medicinal smell, but did not think it was very overpowering or consuming. Taste was a bit rough, and would probably be better with a year of aging. Cherry taste was very noticeable and was quite interesting since it did not have the lambic-like tartness. I would purchase this one and probably let it age a year or two to smooth out some of the rough edges and let some of the malt characters come though. Overall, a very interesting and original beer that I would recommend.

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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as a special edition draft at Butch's in Holland, Michigan. Kudos to Lance for pulling in 2 sixth barrels from Ommegang!

Nice reddish brown color.

Big cherry smell on the nose. Not big in a bad way. Also some brown sugar.

Cherry on the tongue, nice smoothness. Black cherries, smooth, quad style.

Quite a wonderful beer!

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

Murky deep copper in color with a thin tan head that slowly fades.

Sweet dark fruits (cherries, dates), apples, and sweet malt. There is also a moderate toffee aroma.

A fantastic combination of light roasted toffee with tart dark cherries. plums and figs with an earthy woody finish.

Moderate mouthfeel with intense carbonation.

Wow, at 9.8% it feels a bit boozy, but all in all it is a fantastic beer. The combination of dark sweet malts and tart cherries is outstanding. I'm glad that I have another one of these in the basement.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

750 mL bottle into a pint snifter shared with friends.

A: brownish red amber. Off white head has good retention and lacing.

S: very fruit-forward, cherry, dark fruit rot, molasses and brown sugar as well.

T: distinctly a Belgian Quad, not nearly as fruity as the nose. Certainly some brown sugar and roasty malt notes, very mild in the fruit.

M: medium bodied, good carbonation, pretty smooth with a fair amount of crispness.

O: good ale, Quad is not my favorite style but I certainly appreciate the intricacies of this one. Would recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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


I think you probably have to drink an entire 750 to truly appreciate this beer. The foremost quality of Three Philosophers can best be described as tart and dry. I never realized that this beer included a few shots of cherry lambic, but thank goodness it does, for this is definitely what I'd consider a quadrupel golden boy. The label says that it "inspires your mind" and it really does... quite the vehicle for a fantastic voyage.

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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a review for a 2004 edition bottle that was sampled in Nov. 05, almost 2 years after it's release date.

When I sampled the 2005 I knew that I wanted to taste this beer with a little time on it to see what developed. Luckily I found a 2004 bottle since then to find out.

The beer still looks incredible with a deep brownish-red color and a decent head that dissapates as you sip it.

The smell stills hints at cherries, and is a little astringent.

The taste also has more cherry flavor than I would have imagined at this point in time. I guessed this would have mellowed somewhat more, but it compliments the beer well. There are earthly flavors and some phenols. Although it has mellowed somewhat, the ABV is still noticeable at the end of every sip. The beer appears to have blended it's flavors, and it still boasts incredible complexity. This brew has stood up well to the time, and I think it would be good for some time to come in the cellar.

Drinkablity is still a little low. It's a sipping beer for sure to me.

Very much worth putting one in the cellar.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a chalice.

A- dark leather brown with Ruby highlights at the fringes. Great white frothy head that stays around for a little while. Lacing is Good.

S- funky Belgian yeast dominates with only a small trace of fruity sweetness.

T- plums and raisins with the yeast really demanding your palates attention. Cherry kriek flavors finish it out cherries are a little over done for my taste

M- carbonation is high and creates a fizzy soda pop feel

D- if I really enjoyed this beer I could have two or three no problem. This is a well crafted beer Just not my thing, dont think I will ever be picking up another bottle

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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