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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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1,990 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,990
Hads: 5,937
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,227 | 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 Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer. (443 characters)

Photo of sinistrsam
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared between a friend and myself, and that was certainly a good idea. I poured half of this 750 mL bottle into each snifter (as indicated on the back of the bottle) and observed a beautiful huge tan head rise form the dark, almost ruby body.
The lacing was phenomenal, and the head took minutes to dissapate. When it finally died down, the aroma was of dark fruits, perhaps sour cherry, malts, yeasts and subtle hops. The taste was certaily Belgian, with extremely complex flavors, a lot of alcohol (yet not overpowering) and yeasts. the feel was somwaht carbonated as it pased the tongue, and slightly acidic and puckering, but overall very pleasant. I recommend this one ot anyone and everyone. (709 characters)

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers poured from a 750 ml brown bottle that read "brewed in 2005" (I know... I know... but the girlfriend and I couldn't wait and we have access to more). Nice detailing on the back of the bottle explained the best way to pour this bottle-conditioned ale, which I poured into a snifter.

Three Philosophers poured a very dark brown with an inch or so of tan, large bubbled head. The head retained well and left big, holey lacing on the side of the glass. The beer's nose was of a doughy smell along with undertones of fruitiness: a truly excellent smelling beer. A complex flavor with some sourness to the medium body that predominated with malt and cherry. Pretty drinakble, although a sipping beer for sure.

Notes: I paired mine with some havarty and sesame things, which was a decadent treat. I salute the Bros for those selections on the Three Philosophers page, dead on. (895 characters)

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml 2004 edition...Belgian ale blended with Kriek Lambic

A-Hazy, murky orange color with straw yellow head formed of tightly packed carbonation from the bottom.

A-Sweet, dried orange aroma is dominant. Yeasty, fruity esthers fill the nose very nicely. I can tell this is going to be sweetened by the kriek lambic

T&M-Sweet up front followed by an intense malt backbone. A huge belgian yeast characteristic punches through past the lambic sweetness. The overall kriek presence is a bit cloying for my taste.

D-Very interesting to say the least. I have not come across anything like this before and I think the concept is very unique. This can be interpreted either way, but for me, I will probably go for others over this. Probably my least favorite from Ommegang, but that is still better than most. (815 characters)

Photo of gotbeer
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,088 characters)

Photo of cracgor
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown to black with tawny/ruby edges. Nice velvety head with retention that lasts forever. Smells fruity and grassy. A little like cherries. But just a little to sour for my smell. Tastes remarkable. Charred malts, like coffee, chocolate, and pie cherries. Quite good. Could be stronger in my opinion though. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium to full body. Very drinkable. Complex. Light, no huge alcohol flavor. Can drink this very well...even if I shouldn't. (479 characters)

Photo of scriabin
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a decent head and a dark amber color with a hint of cherry red. The smell is very nice, sweet with very strong cherry overtones. The cherry flavor is not quite as strong in the flavor although it is certainly front and center. There also hints of caramel and an aftertaste of bitterness that makes it interesting. A very nice begianish style beer that is a treat on a friday night after a long week. (410 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 25 oz bottle at Zeno's. Pours a deep red with a nice head which leaves some very good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and cherries. Taste is sweet and tart with lots of cherry flavor with much complexity hidden underneath. Also a bit of alcohol is detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. This stuff is pretty drinkable. Almost like a fine wine (but better)- would be fantastic with a big homemade dinner or around the holidays. Very good beer. (468 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Philosophers from Ommegang poured a deep ruby/mahogany in body topped by a very tall cream colored head. Aromas of chocolate, cherries, and vanilla emerged. Flavors of cocoa, cherries and vanilla were also joined by dark rum and a moderately bitter finish. There was just a hint of tartness from the lambic, but it was just a hint. It had medium body and carbonation. A very slight alcohol warmth came in the finish.

I enjoyed this very much. Brewery Ommegang delivers high quality at reasonable prices. They might be the biggest bargain in craft beer. (561 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~brewed in 2005 and served from a chilled 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass~

L- Dark maroon color with 1 1/2" of a pretty, tan, fluffy, & clingy head. Pretty clear to look through (clean). The head settles to a thin surface layer.

A- Lots of oak aromas to me strike first. Cherries come through as well along with some caramel and lots of alcohol that tingles my sinuses a bit.

T- Lots of cherries! WOW! Up front lots of cherries, and as it moves across my palate the caramel malts come through. On the swallow more cherries hit my tongue and a drying alcohol finish in which chocolate comes through as the aftertaste.

F- Wonderful for the style. Maybe a bit much alcohol...stingy carb up front and a nice full body...warming!

D- A very nice warming brew. I've had this one before in a smaller bottle, but this is the first time I've had a chance to review it. Recommend! (887 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 version picked up across the border. Thank you Wisconsin!
Hmmmm...a Belgian ale with cherry lambic. Sounds interesting.
Aroma presents with a sour fruitiness backed by a malty sweetness. Nice complexity and mix.
Appealing cherry red admists a brownish amber. Full, somewhat dense head that leaves pretty weakly.
Flavor is less intense than the aroma and not quite as pleasing. Sourness is stronger, but with less of the fruitiness or sweetness. Yeasty quality is strong and not blended as well as I'd like. Alcohol flavors are low, but non-exsistent.
Full carbonation that's fairly soft and not quite effervescent. Medium body.
Pretty intense drink. As Jason noted it really calls for something to be eaten with it. I think I tried a piece of cheese and/or dark chocolate. (783 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark reddish color with a one finger head make this offering from Ommegang a very good looking beer.A real malty fruit smell,cherry,apple,and maybe pear.This is very earthy.This tastes very much like the smell.Full of fruit and malt this also has a warm alcohol finish.A medium m/f,this isn't too sugary or thick.This is very drinkable a I would love to have another one or two. (380 characters)

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

Got this a Julio's in Westboro, MA, about 4 months ago and I've been waiting for a good time to drink it. Well, Scooter Libby just got indicted and hopefully Rove is on the way, so I'm celebrating.

Coloring is a dark, amber-rose. Light passes through the hazy body. Soft, frothy head has good retention , which you'd expect from a well-made quadrupel

Nose is sweet, spicy overripe fruit. Apples and Pears and cherry, tempered just a little by a hint of alcohol.

Taste starts out with an open, tart sweetness that quickly reveals just a hint of cherries. Tartness and the sharp alcohol edge give way to a subtle smokiness that lingers around for quite a while. Lots of undulations happening here, but not as many as some of the more complex belgians. In fact, I was expecting a little more complexity.

Full chewy mouthfeel. Soft with little pricks of alcohol and carbination. Carbination may be just a bit more than ideal.

Overall a very accomplished belgian. I really appreciate the fact that the people of Ommegang have been able to produce beer of such quality.

Next day note: Upon finishing this thing I was pretty well down for the night. Quite a lot of alcohol, it would seem. (1,202 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle brewed in 2005 pours a bright hazy reddish brown with a nice creamy light brown head that leave nice sheets of lace in my glass. Aroma of baked apple, plums and raisins. Chocolate, cherry and caramel flavors, full bodied with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes sweet and sour. (306 characters)

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

I got this as a single at Peconic Beverage in Southampton, L.I., N.Y. Had 2005 on the label. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy mahogany/red with a one finger head of tan foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing. It looks effervescent.

Aroma is dark cherries, sweet, yeasty caramel, rich and slightly phenolic. As it warms, the alcohol presents itself.

The flavor is incredibly rich and luxurious, with notes of dark, dusty cherries and raisins, dark caramel candy, yeast, phenols, and some solvent-like alcohol in the aftertaste. These flavors increase as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, and tingly from carbonation. This beer is a mouthfull. Finish is long and hot and sweet.

This is a damn tasty brew, somewhat diminished by the solvent-like quality of the finish. At 9.8%, it'll knock your dick in the dirt, but it would be worth it. A very fine beer, well designed and well made. If you look up the style profile, it is right on. (984 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty potent beer. I had it poured into a glass. It was a dark color with hints of red. It had a fruity smell. The taste reminded me of wine. I don't think I could drink this every day but I may try it again in the future. This is a fairly complex beer. (264 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the first High Gravity beers I bought in NC since they popped the cap. So much better than the Chimay I purchased a few weeks back. I was disappointed with the Lindeman's Kriek by itself, but mixed in works for this Quadrupel is great, both for the taste and overwhelming smell. Great combination of cherries, caramel, and malts with one of the best mouthfeel sensations out there. A touch of alcohol in the aftertaste but nothing to back away. (459 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep, red caramel colored beer, with some degree of haze and a dense head of average longevity.
Aroma: Impressive. notes of fruit, chocolate and wine underscore sweet malt and grassy hops. Subdued, not overly aggressive, but still nice.

Taste: Sharp on the tonuge, high notes of alcohol and some bittersweet fruit/molasses notes. Aftertaste is more of the same, only intensified with kickbacks of molasses. Not terribly smooth or pleasant. It's complex, deep, and interesting...but somewhat stale.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, a little chewy like dried fruit. It has character, I'll give it that.

Drinkability: I don't know. I'm inclined to want to score this low, but I wonder whether the sourness of lambic and the sweetness of the malt are incompatible. (771 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber mahogany hue with the yeast pour. A creamy tan head rises above three fingers, then very slowly turns to sticky lace. Burnt chocolate malt and dark fruit aromas, followed by a light floral hops in the back. A toasty malt-driven palate; baker's chocolate upfront, with phenolic date and raisin tartness pulling through that balances the noble hop bitterness. Rich flavor cloaks the high alcohol, and mild german hops in the aftertaste dry the mouthfeel leaving a semi-residual finish. tasted very-well attentuated and rich with complexity. Fine, medium carbonation and a thick, chewy body enhance the mouthfeel. This pairs exceptionally well with chocolate-covered cherries, especially when aged for a few years. Slight alcohol warmth and pleasent inebriation, an outstanding quadrupel. (814 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been cellaring this for some time. Pours a deep mahogany color with a very tall tan head that has a strong retention but ever so slowly fades into thick rings of lace. Nose is rather complex with aromas of sweet fruity malts, a black cherry tartness, a touch of lambic sourness, and rummy alcohol in the background. Fairly full-bodied and rather creamy in texture. Taste begins with sweet plumy fruit and candied sugar (with just a hint of vanilla) followed by bready yeasts and a bit of liquorish. Some herbal notes follow as well as warming alcohol with a touch of rum-soaked raisins. Quite smooth despite the level of alcohol. Very nice—you could certainly do some wonderful cheese pairings with this brew. Thanks to Carmen for the sample! (749 characters)

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

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged. Brewed in 2005, with cellaring instructions clearly listed. Described as a malty belgian mixed with Lindemans Kriek.

Appearance: Dark brown with bright red around the edges. Nice head at first that fades away to leave a decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of yeast and candi sugar, with some caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with candi sugar and raisins. Finish comes on with more chocolate and just a hint of cherry. Just a hint of alcohol.

Overall impression: Nice belgian style ale with some added complexity from the kriek. Very enjoyable. (608 characters)

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

10/02/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle from 2004. Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Top of the pour is a darker brown, while the bottom is a dark cherry red color. 3/4 inch off white head with above average sticky clinging lace.

Smell- Sweet dull caramel malt scent with dark cherry with maybe a touch of chocolate in the background.

Taste- Slight sour lambic taste. Barleywine-esque caramel flavor with super dark cherries. Medium bitter hops finish. Alcohol shows itself about 1/2 the bottle in.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, medium thickness and light warming.

Drinkability- Let this one warm to room temp before drinking. The flavors come out so much better. Haven't really had a beer that taste like this one before. This one would go great with a dessert with fruit. Will have again in the future. (871 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark burgundy in color. Little head & lacing. Kind of a spicy caramel oder with a slight wiff of alcohol. Taste is strong and complex. Spicy and Fruity. A bit too strong and complex for me, but some may love this. For such a strong taste mouthfeel is thin, but well carbonated. This beer really sneaks up on you. I like that. Certainly not a beer I would buy everyday, but maybe one purchasing for that special occasion or to age in the cellar. (449 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into watou chalice.

Appearance: Dark red brown, whitish tan head.

Smell: Belgian yeast fest, some cherry hues.

Taste: I can't say the taste is everything I hoped for. I think this has kriek mixed in with a quad, so I expected a more interesting mix of flavors. Nonetheless, this had a decidedly Belgian style bent to it.

Notes: OK, actually very good for the price (<$5.00 for 750mL). Probably will buy again. (466 characters)

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

Good beige head with light lace. A cross between a dark amber and brown ale in color.

First impression, strong vanilla aromas. The cherry is subtle, but present, in this largely malt smelling ale.

Very strong alcohol oiliness in the taste. The malt appears in the form of mildly sweet caramel. Although a lambic was introduced to this beer, there is none of the sourness associated with that style. Moderate body for this style (which is to say that it is very, very rich) and the carbonation is relatively low.

I'm not typically a fan of this style, but this was a treat--certainly a well made Belgian style ale. (622 characters)

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.