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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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5,666 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,666
Reviews: 1,986
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 263
Gots: 969 | FT: 18
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 BlackAngus
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, ruby color, fast-fading head, but lots of champagne-like carbonation.

Dark fruit, alcohol, maltiness in the aroma.

Sour lambic flavor, cherries, big maltiness, fruitiness, definite flavor of alcohol, some chocolately notes.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy bodied, just the right level of carbonation. Nice alcohol presence.

Highly drinkable...if it were available in my area, I'd always have some on hand.

Photo of Fatduck
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle on a whim, it was only $7 and I voted today, so I deserve it.

It pours a dark copper color, much darker than I expected. A fully tan head that lasts for years. 2% Blended with a cherry lambic style, its great, you can really taste they tartness of the cherry. Its a very malty chewy beer, smooth and rich all the way down, this bottle would have been hard to finish without my drinking partner.

Photo of KingEdward
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of slasich
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TobinMitnick
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of N3ptune
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of ChugMan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times and loved it. This one was poured from a 750ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Aggressive pour yielded a thick, foamy head that dissipated slowly. Fruity, spicy aroma with a very dark, reddish color. Taste is very complex that leaves a tingly mouthfeel. Good carbonation without a serious bite. These guys specialize in Belgian ales and it shows. Who knew Americans from New York could pull it off so well? According to the label they're part of the Duvel family of beers... Ah, it makes sense now. If you like the abbey ale style as I do, you'll love the Ommegang offerings. Cheers!

Photo of 30MinutesSouth
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wide, but light head on top that quickly dissolves into the deep, hazy, brown beer. Only faint light comes through the goblet. A nice looking beer, indeed. The smell is not very strong, but a nice fruity, sweetness, though. The taste is excellent, a sweet, but surprisingly light quad. All this adds to the smooth, and deceiving considering the alcohol, drinkability. I could very easily drink too many, its almost like a candy goodness with its sweetness

Photo of RepMichigan
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of TheDarkKnight
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Mosul
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

To begin, this is the most incredible looking beer I've seen. It pours a deep ruby red with a beautiful frothy smooth head, with light draping lace. The bubbles stream up from the side of the glass, reminiscent of champagne, and the minute specks of sediment float in stasis. The smell is very fruity, with cherry, apple, and fig immediately evident. The fruity smell is underscored by the smell of alcohol which is a bit overbearing. The flavor of fruit is mirrored from the smell, but it is more mellow, beneath layers of toasted malt, hops and the everpresent alcohol. The mouthfeel is probably too smooth and pleasant for its own good, enticing the drinker to drink more, quickly, creating possible problems with overintoxication. Served from a jeroboam (3 liter).

Photo of Contra
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers is a Quad blended with cherry lambic. It's extremely complex, and a nice idea on what can be done with the Quad style.

Three Philosophers pours like dark amber-maple syrup, and while sipping it, it's almost as thick. About the only beer I've had which is thicker would be various barley-wines. The aroma is complementary to the flavor in that you get a hint of the cherries, but it comes out when sipping it. I say sipping it because it's kind of like a bourbon, too strong to quaff, but the characteristics come out when sipping it. It's quite sweet, which means that it's hard to drink a lot of it... but somehow, it leaves me wanting more anyway.

Photo of wchesak
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Val-Dieu glass.

A - very dark ruby red, poured a big head, and left a thick ring of off white head

S - cherry of course, some oaky/bourbon notes

T - tart cherry, as the beer warms the alcohol presence shows however it is not hot but more fruit brandy like

M - finishes rather smooth and abruptly, only leftover flavor is cherry on the sides of the tongue, really great carbonation that keeps feeding the ring of head

D - with the great finish, not overly sweet, and well hidden alcohol, its just about perfect on drinkability

Photo of astebelton
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Omensetter
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Ianleesrivette
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of letshaveanother
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of mikemikemike
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,666 ratings.