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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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4,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 4504
Reviews: 1869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%

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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of Furlinator


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 04/26/12.

Pours hazy rust color with a thin off-white head that quickly disappears to just a hint of a ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is of ripe dark cherries, burnt sugar and caramel with a hint of musty yeast. Very inviting.

Taste is bready malt, sweet dark fruit (plums, cherries and raisins) up front with toffee sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass during the drink down.

Sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I struggle to find a major flaw. Pleasant aroma, solid flavor yet, it falls just short of being a world class effort.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 20:58:51 | More by Furlinator
Photo of CochonKing

New York

4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep red tinged amber with a lasting two finger head. Excellent lacing. Very beautiful - 4.75

Smell - Malt forward with strong notes of cereal grain on the nose. Perfect belgian spicing technique, can't tell what it is, can just detect faint aromas of spice. Excellent. The cherry remains hidden but comes out on the rear of the nose. It becomes very floral when you warm a small amount up slightly. . - 4.5

Taste - The initial attack is all malt. Strong with caramel and roasted cereal notes, that flows into a more subtle cherry long finish. Very nice. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with small bubbles that completely coat the palate. - 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 04:36:37 | More by CochonKing
Photo of LI_PO12


4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into snifter

Appearance- mahogany, deep reddish brown, hazy, 1 finger tan head

Aroma- Molasses, caramel sweetness, dark fruit, figs, dates, bready malts, little to no hops

Flavor- Big dark fruits, sweet but not over the top, molasses, plum, some toastyness at the end. slight alcohol warmth

Mouthfeel- Medium/heavy, good carbonation, alcohol warmth

Overall- Very nice quad, have had better but this is up there as one of the best easy to find and solid beer. I should grab this more often. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 03:42:24 | More by LI_PO12
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4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is blended with a kriek???? Why didn't anyone tell me? I had to find out the old fashioned way: reading the label. :)

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep mahogany brown with red highlights at the sides. Nice 1/2" head quickly faded away to a thick swirly foam on top. Excellent lacing.

Smell 3.5: Very subdued nose on this brew. Slight barley notes and some brief hints of that wonderful Belgian yeast, but that's it.

Taste 4.25: Front is semi-sweet with some mild -yet delicious-- hints of barley. Middle is where a very slight cherry taste comes to the fore along with a lovely maltiness and a slight hint of hops. Finish is where a very subdued berry taste mingles with a big hit of Belgian yeast and some other elements of spiciness for a fantastic end note. Aftertaste is remarkably short and is focused on yet another hint of cherry and malt, blended together perfectly.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Creamy, smooth and balanced. The mouthfeel improved as the session continued.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. That old chestnut about the whole being greater than the "sum of the parts" comes to mind and is certainly applicable here (especially since it was uttered by one of the world's greatest philosophers). There are remarkable aspects of taste and other levels of enjoyment in this beer that would not be found in the individual beers of which it consists. I would recommend it, but with a warning: its high ABV will knock you on your nates. Great and unique Belgian Quad.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:40:50 | More by BeerDocT
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Quebec (Canada)

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tough-to-describe rusty tan color that is a striking ruby red when held in the light. Has a healthy yeast haze and topped with a fiercely effervescent tan head that pours big, but eventually lowers to an inch or so. Good retention; beautiful but sparse lacing.

Nutty and subtly boozy smells on the whole. Jerky, oak, nuts, overripe cherries.

Earthy and woody up front with a progressive sweetening with some tart cherry flavors and a long warm finish.

Dry and subtly sticky. Medium to full body with a prickly feel but a soft and creamy coating mouthfeel. Lingering alcohol finish, but no shuddering it is quite nice.

Fabulous beer.
Let me preface by saying that not 30 minutes ago I was lamenting the fact that I don't believe I have ever had what I would consider a Belgian style that was "up to snuff" brewed in the US.
This is a whole nother game. The beer pours looking just like a Quad should. The nose is the most peculiar part for me. The overall smell is rich and has a lot going on, but it kind of smells weird. Real smoky and something I can't put my finger on (their yeast, perhaps). Pleasantly, the taste is completely different from the smell and further fleshes out the beer. A pleasure to loosely swish in your mouth, this brew is a fine one for sipping on a winter's night by the fire. Share with friends.
Will find again; worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:25:27 | More by TheDoctor
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- a deep cloudy brown with a red tint. Creamy tan head has good retention and leaves nice lacing

S- mostly Belgian ale. Deep caramel malt and a hint of dark fruit

T- very much a Belgian strong dark ale. Dark fruit and spice

M- a smooth opening with some bite on the finish

O- primarily a big flavor dark ale with only some hints of the kriek

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 00:34:16 | More by delta490
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New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml Bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter. 2013 Vintage - 9.7% ABV

Bottle opens with a satisfying pop of the cork. Pours cloudy brown with a full two fingers of mocha foam. Aroma is full of Belgian phenolic and fruity yeast flavors. Foam lingers for several minutes after pouring.

First sip is a boozy, sour cherry, phenolic flavor with a fizzy mouthfeel. Sweet candi-sugar like flavors are present, sourness is very faint.

While this isn't my favorite style of beer, I can certainly appreciate its complexity and vibrant array of flavors. I should have aged this a few years to cut down on the hot, boozy flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 01:59:40 | More by FickleBeast
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013 bottle
A- mahogany color, looks syrupy on the glass. nice off white head about two fingers
S- banana
T- sweet upfront, dark cherries, some sourness in the middle, grainy, tart at the finish
M- fizzy on the mouth, boozy, some warmth on the swallow. I'm gonna aged the remaining 3 bottles I have and see how this beer develops
O- overall a good beer, It needs some aging to tone down the alcohol a bit in my opinion and to bring more its flavor

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 20:59:33 | More by potatojuice
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Alberta (Canada)

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at 1410 Bier Haus in Calgary, the sort of beer you'll pay a premium for if ordered out but worth it in this case. Looks like murky, hazy root beer with a little cream mixed into it, with ample brown foam. Aroma a sweet and heady mixture of rich toffee, floral tobacco, vanilla bourbon, and brown spices. Very sweet smell but there's a little bitter grain to provide balance. Palate is all rich sweet malts, dark fruits, and spice, minimal toast or roast. Milk chocolate, dates, nutmeg and clove, vanilla cream, a little banana, and licorice toffee with a semi-chewy, buttery mouthfeel. A small amount of ale brewed with Belgian kriek cherries imparts a subtle red fruit acidity from start to finish. Low to moderate carbonation. A very nice quad with a lot of complexity and character. I found the aroma to be sweeter than the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 02:34:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of Auraan


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy dark amber/brown with a one finger-off white head that receded leaving a bit of lacing. Very true to form for a quad, quite nice. Scents of bubblegum, Belgian yeast spiciness, candi sugar sweetness, cherry, caramel, sweet spices, raisins, dark fruit, prunes and a hint of alcohol. A very rich, complex aroma, fitting a Belgian Quad. Flavor begins with Belgian yeast spiciness, tart cherry and candi sugar, sustaining spice and tart cherry throughout the sip. The middle moves into raisin, plum, sweet spices, peppery spiciness in the background, some apricot pit-like bitterness, dark fruit and dark chocolate. There is faint alcohol towards the finish, which also has a yeasty, spicy and dark fruit quality. Very rich, sweet, spicy and complex. A well done mix of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with low carbonation and semi-drying finish. Very good for sipping, though almost smooth enough to gulp. Excellent feel. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Quad. The usual flavors are there and the addition of cherries during fermentation add a nice tartness in the back of the aroma and flavor that is quite pleasant. Its a very good beer that is rich, warming and complex. This is one to go out for.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2013 04:14:09 | More by Auraan
Photo of Florida9


4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2009 bottling

A: Dark brown in color. About 1/2 opaque. Forms a moderate sized head that falls to a thick tan ring around the edge. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is sweet and fruity, with notes of dark stone fruit, cherry, apple skin, and brown sugar.

T: Taste is moderately sweet. Caramel malts, brown sugar, lighter molasses notes. Moderate fruity quality, mostly cherry, but there are notes of raisin, prune, and tamarind in the mix as well. Finish is fairly quick, a little watery even, leaving a faint raisiny port wash in the mouth.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Actually expected this one to have a bit more body to it. Lower carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: Yeah, a very nice beer. Can't saw Quads are my favorite style, but this one is quite nice. A great beer to pair with (the right) food.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 02:17:44 | More by Florida9
Photo of MickeyD


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and cloudy in a good way. Finger width tall head.

Caramel malt with slight cherry notes. Slightly sweet the typical banana florels are subdued.

Smooth . And slightly thick leaves a great aftertaste.

Very nice beer. These quads have really grown on me and this one is great

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:24:02 | More by MickeyD
Photo of aaron72

New York

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big bottle poured into a cool ommegang 2007, "10 years of fine beers" glass.

the appearance is cloudy dark mahogany in color with a fat tan head. the head faded slowly into a 1/4" head with beautiful lacing on the glass. it looks very tasty with sediment floating suspended in the ale ( i rolled the bottle carefully before pouring)!

like all ommegang beers the smell is wild! fruity... cherries... but not your average cherries. deep & rich cherry tones & a sweet bread like spicy yeast smell. crazy!

the taste is pure ommegang but with some different flavor notes... mainly good quality cherries. the alcohol is up front but it is smooth. the malt & cherry tones are perfect together! im not tasting a lot of hops.... although, they are balanced perfectly. it's very sweet like a good quality desert & it's sticky like a syrup on my mustache. the gift that keeps on giving.

the mouthfeel keeps me coming back for more. it's a bit sharp on the tongue, creamy & almost syrup like. the carbonation is perfect!

overall a great sipping brew to really enjoy. i kinda wish i had a fireplace to sit by, a wedge of cherry/chocolate cake, a big dog & a smoking jacket! this brew makes me feel more important than i am! like a good ale it greatly improves as it warms. great job on a very complex drink!!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 22:13:11 | More by aaron72
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Ontario (Canada)

3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a goblet.

A: poured a reddish brown with a one to two finger head that broke down quickly leaving a small amount of lacing.

S: dark fruits, licorice, yeast and cane sugars.

T: sweet malts, dark fruits, some yeasts and a surprising alcohol finish.

M: higher carbonation with a nice full body. The alcohol leaves a bit of sting.

O: a decent impersonation of a Belgian quad, but I find this beer just lacks a little something on the flavor spectrum. Quads tend to be among my favorite beers, and I had expected a lot from this one, but in the end it just sort of left me feeling a little flat.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 21:50:44 | More by polloenfuego
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Barrel and Barley (Woodstock, GA). 2.99. Labeled 2012, best by 06/2018. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours hazy russet orange with a finger and a half sandy head. A thin wisp of head persists, leaving small patches of lace.

Aromas of pitted fruit, brown sugar and sweetened toast.

A good bit of tart cherry drifts in and among other flavors of raisin bread, yeast, mellow dark berries, whole grains, molasses and a little booze. Very sweet without being cloying. A nice malty blend that hides it's alcohol well.

Medium body with fairly strong carbonation. A bit thin and over carbed for my tastes. Sweet cherry aftertaste.

Not my favorite quad but it's good to know that I can swing by any decent beer store at any time to grab some when I'm craving the style. It's a solid brew with enough going for it that I revisit periodically.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 06:28:21 | More by ThickNStout
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4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, red-brown, with a heap of golden foam that lingers well, and leaves a fair lacing on the walls of the goblet.

S: Dark fruits (raisins, dates).Bourbon. In the background a faint evergreen aroma from the hops.

T: Malt is very sweet, hardly any graininess. Tart fruit flavors include green grapes and cherries. Mild, medicinal phenols show up late, and meld into the gently bitter hops of the finish.

M: heavily carbonated, and crisp. The booze is a little forward, and the finish just hints at dry.

O: A sipping beer, really more for sharing with a friend than finishing alone, and best when paired with a strong-flavored side (Ghirardelli Intense Dark chocolate worked for me). The next bottle will come out when we have friends over for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 01:05:30 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Three Philosophers was a great looking beer as well as great tasting, with big malts and little to no hop bitterness. I didn’t pick up any huge cherry flavor only a slight tartness on the end that gave this brew a nice complexity along with the Belgian yeasts and sweet malt. It’s a great gateway beer for someone unfamiliar with a Belgian Style or a stronger style of beer, as the cherry lambic helps to mellow out the Belgian Quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 17:32:18 | More by brurevu
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a deep burnt sienna. Held about a finger of light tan creamy head. Tight bubbles held to the side of the glass. The beer also produced decent lacing.

Smell: the nose is very strong in dark fruits and candied sugars. Think plums, figs, and raisins coated with sugar.

Mouthfeel: Three Philosophers holds a middle of the road mouthfeel. It’s us not a thick beer, but it is definitely not light. It is very effervescent in the carbonation as you would expect in a Belgian quad done in the style of the oh so wonderful Trappists.

Taste: I may be slightly biased as quads are my favorite styles of beers, but the combination of the mouthfeel and flavored of candied dark fruits makes this a pure joy. The beer also contains two percent ale with cherries added. This does not add a tart flavor, but rather it suggests the sweet notes in a maraschino cherry you’d find on ice cream or in a cocktail. It’s not overpowering and the small hop profile just balances out the sweetness. Nothing really here for hop heads as you’d expect.

Overall: This has always been one of my favorite beers especially when I’m thirsty for a Trappist ale, but either want to save a little money or can’t find what I’m looking for. It’s very accessible. It’s delicious. Go try one!

4.0 on the trusty five point oh scale.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 17:47:43 | More by TheBiercast
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North Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not going to lie, I was expecting a lot from this beer when I purchased it. However, it was still one of the better beers I have tried recently. The pour presented a dark copper color with a small, off-white head. Taste was smooth, I was expecting a more velvet mouthfeel. I will definitely purchase this in the future. Ommegang Brewery keeps me coming back to them.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 15:50:03 | More by Petey9790
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a Belgian bottle into a pint glass. Pours a copper, almost brown color, opaque from suspended yeast, visible carbonation, thin off white head. Smell is sweet and yeasty, some dark cherry and plum notes. Taste is alcoholic, and yeasty with some sweet cherry finish. Slight bitterness, maybe slight astrigency. Higher than expected carbonation, and not quite as thick as I was expecting. Overall, an excellent beer made in the Quad style, although not on par with some of the best Belgian Quad's.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 20:37:56 | More by scvance
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : dark red copper pour, aggressive 2 fingers of small bubbled head which relaxed but stuck around to a great creamy lace

S : sweet, malts, banana, peppermint, grapefruit

T : strong sour malty citrus and tart fruits, tang, peppermint, pineapple, lemon, a slight dry finish with the alcohol being more pronounced near the end

M : high carbonation, medium-full bodied, goes down smooth

O : A complex but well balanced beer with many unique and potent flavors. I will be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 12:05:26 | More by djoprahwinfrey
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- dark amber color with a cherry tint to it. It had a large off white head that stayed there.
S-dark cherry smell with some spice and sweet malt. It was like i could also smell the alcohol
T-the sweet malt can be tasted then it has a grapefruit aftertaste. The hops comes in also, and as the glass goes down the spices kicks in wi the warming pepper flavor.
M- high carbonation with a very creamy feel
O- outstanding beer

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 02:09:47 | More by a0lbudman
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of cherry and dark fruity aromas and flavors. Reddish tint to the glass and a decent amount of carbonation. Not too bitter or alcohol tasting. More of a dessert beer and hides the 9.7% abv very well. This beer gets better as it warms up out of the fridge. Very delicious quadruple.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 15:15:37 | More by zookerman182
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Updated review

A - pours a deep Burgundy with a decent tan head which fades slowly to a thin rim around the ring.

S - lots of sweet fruit esters. could easily be mistaken for fruit punch. raspberries, pomegranet, tart blackberries and cherry juice with a touch of medicinal cherry as well. The cherry aroma is deffinitaly made more potent by the kreik. Some faint yeasty spice which comes through as black pepper, coriander and earthy mushroom.

T - Faint malty flavors a lighty toasted grain base while tonsnof fruit esters take command. The fruit character follows the nose with strong notes of cherries/tart cherry jucie, pomegranet and tangy blackberry. Spicy black pepper, grains of paradise and coriander are present on the backend. Finish is spicy, fruity and sweet.

M - medium bodied with a watery mouthfeel. carbonation is high with tight champagin-like bubbles.

D - i forgot how good this beer was. A fanstastic and easily abtainable fall/winter drink. Gotta pick this up more often.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 03:08:28 | More by Teleweizen2
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5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my current favorite beer. I have not had a better beer in my 30 years of life. If you have any suggestions, please let me know! I welcome a challenger. But as of my 100 or so beers, this is my go to deliciousness. It's strong but not too alcohol tasting, it's fruity and dark. Just everything I've dreamed of a beer. Why is this not replacing water?

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 16:49:36 | More by thedaemon
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 4,504 ratings.