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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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4,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,918
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 523 | FT: 14
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% 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 TimBeaulieu


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

11-17-2013 19:53:17 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

05-05-2014 02:39:36 | More by wilfmaster
Photo of JTbrue


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

07-02-2014 07:21:04 | More by JTbrue
Photo of veggiemafia


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle shared between a couple folks.

This is by far the most carbonated beer I've ever encountered, the cork definitely did not fool around and kind of shot off with a little bit of twisting. Head is as you'd expect it, huge and foamy and rocky. Nice color, dark, translucent, good wall color.

Smell is huge, Belgian yeast, sugar, not a lot of the cherry thing, but tart smelling from the yeast maybe? Really well balanced, sweet, but with a really nice spine of tartness.

Taste is more of the same, but the Kriek makes a notable appearance and this works really well. Balance is the key, and this totally has that going on in many good ways.

Mouthfeel is thick, but very alive with carbonation, really crisp and refreshing.

This might be a little too big, flavor-wise, to drink too much of, but a really great interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 04:32:57 | More by veggiemafia
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip shaped glass. Cloudy and dark brick red with a tall frothy slow moving head. Sticks to glass really nicely.
Very aromatic floral and spice. Malts and fruits are evident. Alcohol permiates the nose. Taste: Grains and alcohol make a splash right away, then is met with the sweet fruits and malts. Cherries, raisins and more alcohol remains for extended stay, warming with every sip. The mouthfeel is part of the taste. The carbonation expands on the palate and opens the taste buds, exposing the flavors. Creamy and velvety. Easier to drink with every sip as it warms and the initial shock of the style settles in. This really good. I like the cherry ale blended in. Pairs nicely with beef or lamb.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 17:08:59 | More by JohnWaynes44
Photo of pheggeseth


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

A: three finger white head, reddish clear brown with decent lacing
S: bready yeast with acidic alcohol, cherry at the end
T: roasted malt aftertaste mixed with tartness, cherry in the middle, bready yeast in the beginning
M: smooth, rich
D: my first Belgain quad and still one of my favorites, the blend with the lambic is a nice touch

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 14:47:37 | More by pheggeseth
Photo of Cakanator


4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ommefest on tap. I've ever only had this on tap but can't wait to open my 07 at home. Pours dark with a malty cheery chocolate nose and follows straight up on the pallet. Very complex and a great desert beer with dark chocolates. It's one of those beers I can't wait to see in 5 years. So damn great, my favorite ommegang.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 04:51:24 | More by Cakanator
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked out one of my '09 bottles to review. Cork and caged, pours into chalice very dark brownish red, hazy with not much head and spotty lacing. Given, this was the initial pour, and it is slightly chilled.

This has a strange, sour smell, predominately cherry in nature. Surprising considering the 2% addition, but it is very pronounced. Too me, this has a hard liquor scent, very strong alcohol in the nose, though it is still slightly chilled. Who knows, this may calm itself as it warms a bit. We will see. Dark malts and cherries, slight bit of sugary sweetness also present in the nose, though it's overwhelmed by this hot alcohol nose.

Taste has that odd cherry front, followed by a nice, malt backbone. Not overly sweet on the palate, though a bit of sweetness can be detected on aftertaste. This sweetness seems to be washed away with the alcohol burn, shortly after consumption. Not a major burn, more like a gentle, warming of the stomach once it hits. Still, crazy how the 2% of cherries can add such a pronounced, cherry flavour to this brew. Not unpleaseant, if you like cherries, but may be a bit too much for some who are not used to the whole "cherry" thing. It is good, in my opinion.

Feel is very unlively. Not much carbonation to be had, and agitation of the brew does not seem to help much. Feels a bit flat on the palate, though it may just be my bottle. Still, this is smooth, not sticky or oily in the least, and a very easy drinker, if you can get past the up front cherry characteristics of the ale. Drinkability is slightly above the average for me, though I'll keep the rest of my bottles for evaluation further down the road. My opinion, if you see this one, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 02:12:50 | More by BabyBastard
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New York

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 release.

A: Absolutely beautiful in a tulip glass. Big head gives to a good lacing. Clings to cup well. Reddish brown color.

S: Smells of malt and a bit of cherry. Plenty of alcohol present in the nose. A bit medicinal.

T: Heavy and complex flavors make a great profile. Lots of unroasted malts create a meld of flavor. A trace amount of hops and the heat of the alcohol balance it well. Cherries are noticeable, but not over the top. Very typical of Ommegang to put out such a well balanced beer.

M: Thick and smooth. Has a medium finish that I had expected to be a bit dryer due to the ABV.

D: Thick in body and flavor profile. Definitely goes best with food.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 03:58:21 | More by ryantaussig
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New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%

03-11-2012 05:19:07 | More by rippedflesh89
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

08-28-2013 02:49:59 | More by strib
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-23-2013 02:48:27 | More by Isotope
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New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 16 oz ommegang tulip.

A - poured a dark red with a beige head that fades down quick. you can see that this is unfiltered too

S - Smell a hint of cherries and sweet fruit. not getting any hops.

T - This is a real tasty beer, very mild at first then towards the middle i got mixed dark fruit. slightly spicy finish with a dark cherry undertone that lingers. smooth, drinkable, and dangerous.

M - well carbonated and a little sticky. that lingering cherry on your tongue leaves you wanting more.

Overall, Im generally a west coast style IPA kind of guy, love the whole hoppy citruisy bomb type beers ( stone ipa, green flash west coast ipa, ballast points sculpin ipa), but for what this beer is, I really enjoyed it. Has those dark fruits which im not a fan of, but they are very mild and enjoyable, and that little bit of spiciness you get that dies out quick and just leaves you with cherries. for 9.7abv, this is dangerous and delicious. i enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:05:43 | More by Glennlawless
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

07-14-2014 17:26:49 | More by Photchkiss
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a rich, dark amber-brown color into a tulip glass, producing a thick tan head with very good retention. A nice cascade showed off a decent amount of carbonation. This could be one of the best-looking beers out there. Strong red wine characteristics came across on the nose, with some alcohol scent. A fruity aroma was balanced by a strong malt presence.

Tasting: Very strong alcohol flavors hit the tongue and came across in the aftertaste. After the initial sip, which left a strong impression, some malt flavors started to come through. Faint cherry flavors were present, and they were rather sweet as well (hence the "cherry lambic added" note on the label). A silky smooth mouthfeel and a medium body are very positive aspects of this beer. It's also a very drinkable beer, although the alcohol content may discourage drinking more than one or two of it. It would go well with food or as an after-dinner beer with some cheese and crackers.

This is a good Quadrupel. I would recommend this beer (as well as other Ommegang products) to someone who would like an introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 01:08:10 | More by bceaglejoe
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a three finger head, dark amber color and good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet belgian aroma...

Taste: Malt sweetness and hot alcohol, cherries, chocolate with just a touch of bitter chocolate in the finish. Complexity is not there like I'd hoped. Still no disrespect to the brewers it's a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: My first quad, and it's thick and rich but not comparable to the Old Rasputin from last night.

Drinkablity: 7.99 at a local liqour store which is cheaper than I normally see it at 9.99 very tasty, but at practically 10% alcohol it's a sipping brew. However I'm going to enjoy the rest of this 750 in the bath and probably after. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 21:55:23 | More by Stonebreaker
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a slightly dark, opaque amber/garnet hue with about 1" of a frothy, cappuccino colored head. The head features tight lacing with tiny foamy bubbles abound which cling to the side of the glass. The head settles into about a quarter inch cap after a while which simply persist for the entire duration of the beer. Attractive presentation overall.

S: The beer has a strong throw which even from arms length you can pick up right away on the phenolic smell of bananas with a certain mild clove spice tossed in the mix. Closer in, there is a (very) subtle undertone of tart cherries and thick, bready malts with a kiss of sweetness in the finish of the aroma. A tad too phenolic upfront, though, in my opinion which was actually reminiscent of Jack Daniels in the aroma.

T: A complex brew with dominant spicy and phenolic notes upfront which delicately blend into a thick concoction of flavors in the middle. Dashes of tart fruity notes from the cherry, sweet doughy notes from the malts, and touches of thick molasses and brown sugar topped upon toasted bread as the beer moves into the finish. Well blended flavor profile which really coats the palate upon the finish imparting a semi-sweet and slightly smokey aftertaste.

M: Thick, full bodied and chewy. Well done carbonation with a pleasing mouth feel with a good blend of warming alcohol in the back of the throat. The aftertaste could have been slightly better with a certain smokiness drying out the back of the throat for 5 to 10 seconds after sipping.

D: As mentioned, Three Philosophers is a complex, sippable brew that in my opinion was a good value for the money and fine example of a Belgian style quad. However, this one lacked just a tad in the drinkability due to the aftertaste; I'm glad I shared this bottle as it is unlikely I could have finished the full 750ml without going to another drink in between.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 18:06:23 | More by RossCain
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

06-06-2012 03:04:16 | More by t3hPl4gu3
Photo of Edwaka01

New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 3phils snifter from 2011 750ml

A - Brown, with golden red-orange gleams when held to the light. Less than 1 finger head, very effervescent, receding quickly, leaving no lace.

S - Maltiness, cherry, but mostly a strong, harsh alcohol burn.

T - Much smoother than the smell - almost no alcohol. No cherries like expected from the Liefman's blend, but a nice sweetness that I assume is partially malt bill, partially the Leifman's.

M - Full bodied for sure. Also very smooth per the 9.8% abv.

O - A favorite. This review is a fresh bottle, but this beer ages magnificently. Highly recommended and something I come back to often.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 23:59:17 | More by Edwaka01
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

09-24-2012 21:17:01 | More by JonIrabagon
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-10-2013 17:57:20 | More by Conceptuallogic
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

06-27-2014 04:40:56 | More by zacalabeer76
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

05-18-2014 03:38:47 | More by Phoneguy
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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Philosophers goblet from a 750ml bottle received for being in Jaysus' wedding.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby red/brown with a nice little tan head. A beauty to behold.

Smell - A fruity, grainy blend. I think I smell a hint of banana, but that could be just me. Some caramel in there. Love it.

Taste - Awesome. Cherry-like notes with an alcohol and malty tinge. Has a bread-like wine taste to it. Sweet and bitter at the same time. I love this brew.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth. Goes down easy with some alcohol burn.

Drinkability - One or two max, but definitely high on my list when available. Gotta dock points here for the sheer power.

Overall - I loved it. An inspired brew that has a great flavor and a nice balance. I Cracked it for PSU/FSU. Go Lions!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2006 01:11:58 | More by Edwin
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, ruby red/brown with no head to speak of. Smells like deep chocolate...but not that horrible, fake, burnt smell. It's much more subtle. I think it's the presence of a milky-ness. There's a pleasant subtle grainy taste (along with the smooth chocolate), and a pleasant hoppy bite. A delicious beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2005 04:04:33 | More by Opethsprite
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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