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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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Reviews: 2,009
Hads: 6,028
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,307 | FT: 21
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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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Reviews: 2,009 | Hads: 6,028
Photo of mlockman
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Granted, my sense of smell is rather poor, but this didn't have much aroma. Overall, crisp and refreshing without much of a lengthy finish to speak of though the mouthfeel is supremely creamy. Reminds me a bit of Unibroe's Maudite.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yum! Dried plum, anise, cinnamon with a long toffee finish. I love the layers of flavor! Beautiful nut brown and cloudy color with a nice body. Love this brew!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer several years ago on tap, but it was in a different era in which the artful act of drinking and reviewing beers had not yet been found upon me. Per the request of my dear brother, I have renewed my enthusiasm in this Quadrupel ale by one of the greatest brewers around which is, of course, Ommegang. It boasts a powerful 9.7% ABV and a rather rare one at that, as it is not even. It promises depth and beauty, it tells tales of flavors unspoken, and qualities rare to find in the world of beers dominated by tree-swinging monkeys with zero palate and even less brains (hello Coors, Bud Light, Miller, and Milwaukee).

Look-This beer pours an enigma of color. This means to me that it has a plethora of hues available to those who wish to gaze upon the beauty of this brew. In its natural state, it has a cola-dark and brown ale primary hue. However, in different lights, it will shimmer with a variety of flavor colors. You get copper and amber and also dark freckled beauty with hues that make you want to jump into a syrup tree in Vermont. It leaves thick foamy off-white lacing on the glass that is so heavy that it droops under its own weight.

Smell-I get toffee, nutmeg, spices, brown sugar, and of course a smokey oak and cedar. I get a malt-forward aroma that is laced with a smokey pleasantry that shows up again in the flavor. The smell tells no tales of any alcohol content to speak of. This spins silky tales of deception, for the tongue picks up a different story in the alcohol department.

Taste-The flavor is dynamic and dynamite and complex. It has no hops that are discernable, and a malt-forward medium-bodied complexity that does well on the palate. It plays a game with your nose, but the flavors can be captured by the following description. It has a candied cherry, sherry wine, molasses, smoked cedar, brown sugar, candied plum, red wine like a pinot noir, an earthy pepperiness, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, fruit, and for the holidays a strong note of fruit cake. It was not overly sweet nor distractingly syrupy.

Mouthfeel-The feel is creamy and sweet with a tinge of tartness. It has a high carbonation content that results in a perfectly effervescent component that plays well with the variety of flavors. If you have no tongue to taste, then don’t even bother with this one because it will only tease you.

Overall-This brew is absolutely off the hook. If you normally drink the beer of a moron, then don’t even bother for you are not even close to worthy. If you want a beer that is drinkable and crisp, then this one is for you, but give it a chance and a cold glass to pour into. I think that this one will give a different variety of flavor in each sip so treat her well and pay attention. Cheers!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red brown colored with a large tan head that lingers leaving good lacing, clear

S: bready spicy yeast, clove, coriander, light sour cherry

T: quite dry up front, heavy flavors of yeast, cinnamon, slight tart cherry, earthy peppery hops, quite complex range of flavors

M: medium bodied, higher carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: complex flavor profile coupled with a surprising easy drinkability, light cherry flavor pairs well with the yeast reminding me of breakfast bread

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant russet with a persistent, clingy 3” cream colored foam collar.
S: Big spice nose, cinnamon, blended with Liefman’s Kriek and the cherry is very obvious.
T: Very spicy with cinnamon, a hint of cardamom and a third spice – possibly anice, over a fruit cakey bread spiked with cherries that dries on the finish – maybe a hint of licorice in there somewhere.
F: Highly effervescent with above average carbonation, medium to a little above on the body, very creamy
O: A full flavored Quad for all occaisions.

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Photo of tyjudd
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark bet with quickly dissipating head. Bubbles longer on top throughout with minimal lacing. The nose is strong with molasses and dark cherries, as well as figs. Taste begins with caramel, brown sugar, and toffee but the slightly tart cherries finish it off nicely. Good quad for a relatively cheap price.

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Photo of Bsterner4
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great aroma that matches the taste, which is what you want. Fruit - currents, figs, dates, a little licorice when warmed, nice alcohol warmth. Perfectly carbonated, although would be very interesting in Nitro. Extremely well balanced.

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Photo of GrinkoN
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark Amber, thin head

S: Caramel, chocolate,

T/F: A good amount of caramel, slight chocolate, and a fruity taste comes in towards the end. Thin light body feel, creaminess

O: Very good beer, would buy again and again.

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Photo of samshaw
4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Half-clear ruddy dark amber with a slightly thin beige head and a moderate stream of small suds.

S: Moderate caramel and chocolate. A hint of sour cherries complements the aroma nicely.

T: Medium caramel and brown sugar take a strong presence in the flavor with a moderate note of chocolate. Sour cherry taste comes through more heavily on the tongue, almost so much so as the chocolate.

M: Relatively thin for a quadrupel with very little carbonation. The lightness goes well with the cherry flavor, leaving only a bit of creaminess to be desired.

O: A slight departure from your typical quadrupel, this one is well-crafted with a cherry flare. Very drinkable with almost no medicinal qualities.

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Photo of Prasm
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yeast and malt dominate the nose with sour cherry undertones. Big and powerful in the mouth; malt, yeast, and chocolate flavors dominate the palate. It takes a lot of heft to keep 9.7 abv in check, this does it pretty well.

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A taste of Belgium from the good old USA! Nicely done quad from Ommegang. Chocolatey brown with thin beige head, and rich, tangy flavor. Nice aroma greets you at the pop of the cork. Makes me miss Brussels....

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Photo of kendall83
4.81/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

All I can say is wow. Was not expecting this from a quad, but I'm not disappointed.
Look: clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Nice dark amber, two finger caramel head.
Nose: Smells just like Port wine. Caramel, cherries and port wine. I could just sniff this till it evaporated it's smells that good.
Taste: Brown sugar and caramel up front. Lots of cherries on the middle of the tongue. Nice malty bread finish.
Overall: This is a fantastic beer. A Lil outside the box for a quad but we'll executed. If this was rated like wine I'd give it a 95. One of my new favorite and now in my top 5. Go get one, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Scott17taylor
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look dark ruby red with 2 fingers head
Smell sweet malt yeast funkyness with alcohol
Taste really sweet mostly dark fruit but finishes with alcohol drying
Mouthfeel medium it costs the mouth but isn't enough to be full
Overall solid quad

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage into a stemmed chalice, the beer is a deep, ruby-tinted mahogany coloring with a foamy, bubbly, dense, off-white head. Aromas of date, fig, tart cherry, molasses, caramel, toffee, nutty highlights, and a spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and all spice, all on a bready backbone. Flavors are very rich and sweet forward, with toffee and rich caramel blending with a tart and slightly sour cherry character. The old world fruit richness comes in shortly after, providing depth and layering alongside the spice blend and a slowly building booze warmth. As you continue to drink, you start to pick up some earthy tones, as well as subtle funky yeast characteristics. Heavy beer, with a full, slick feel. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruit notes, slightly cloying but very balanced, lingering on through the slick, slow finish. Great beer!

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Photo of hophead723
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

After doing some research I decided to give this one a try. I poured it from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet. The bottle was dated 2014 so this is a relatively fresh example of this beer, which can be aged like wine.

Look: It pours a dark chestnut but when held to the light it shimmers a plethora of the finest amber hues; ranging from dark ruby to light clover honey. The edges shine like an eclipsed sun. I witness a lively stream of bubbles coming from the base of the glass, as well as some that flutter around erratically. The lacing left distinctive and amorphous rings down the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Candied banana, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, fig, and plum are present in the exquisite aroma of this high quality brew. As it warms to around 50 °F more overripe banana becomes apparent as well as flourishes of spiced rum. It is an absolutely delicious smell.

Taste: The taste is robust and full: candied banana, dark fruits like plumb, and lots of fruity yeast characteristics. It has a tannin rich touch of Granny Smith tartness at the end accompanying a lingering bourbon-like sweetness. The alcohol reveals itself in flashes of warmth like sunlight peeking through the branches of a tree. Exquisite.

Feel: The texture is satiny smooth and full bodied, luscious and satisfying, luxurious and rich. There is coating that lingers as long as the taste itself does. The carbonation is there to support the richness of it all.

Overall: This is definitely one of the most exquisite beers I have had. It is amazingly good and quite the accomplishment, because it shows the great balance, character, and quality. Cheers.

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Photo of m_hall
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked and caged 750 ml bottle (2014 bottling) into a tulip. Pours a dark reddish, almost tea-like hue, cloudy, topped by a tan head that fell away quickly. Very light spotty lacing

Aroma is fairly intense- big fruit notes (banana, dark berries, apricot, cherries) with wine-like highlights.

Flavors are big with the fruits, as well - the expected ripe cherries, also plum and fig-like notes, augmented with spicy cloves. There are also hints of toasted bread, burnt sugar and a rum-like booziness. The finish is fairly tart and a bit dry.

Mouthfeel is moderately full, alcohol is not overbearing but definitely present. There's enough carbonation to give this a bit of a tingle on the palate.

A fine Quad, and a good offering from Ommegang, if not perhaps my personal favorite from them. The flavors are nicely balanced, though I could go for just a touch more complexity in a 'big' beer like this one. Though this is a year-round beer, I see this working well as a winter-warmer, and would be interested in seeing how this one ages long-term.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork&caged bottle – 2014 Chimay Chalice glass
Notes taken from 12/24/2014

A: Three Philosophers pours a russet brown body with some cloudy yeast haze stirring about. Smallish bubbles form a thin layer of khaki cream across the brim. Moderate stay power to this one with only a few light swaths of lace left hanging around.

S: Deep dark fruity malts invoke a mélange of darkened breads and plumy fruits with dried currants, cherries, and figs. Not super aromatic I would say but fairly pleasant and inviting. I get some weak chocolate and dark caramel or molasses like sweetness to this. Finishes with a dusty mineral quality and earthy spices. Definite clove there and more dark fruits shown in the close.

T: Bready dark crust soaked in rum and molasses with raisin, fig, and mild cherry or dark berry. The Belgian style yeast conjures up some nice clovey spice flavors with a touch of bubblegum and light smoky phenols. Earthy minerals and more spice with a moderately low amount of bitterness. Alcohol is well masked only asserting a touch in the finish. What’s here is nice but is most certainly restrained. I am not getting a real deep dive to this one at all.

M: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of heftiness to it. Could use to have a bit more carbonation. Rests a bit heavy on the palate for the style these are usually more bouncy and soft. Slight drying attempts in the finish. Pretty clean balance overall.

D: A nice year round offering that is easily obtainable but just doesn’t hold up to its Belgian counterparts. And I really wanted to love this one however it falls a bit short of expectations and mostly in the flavor department. Not nearly as complex or in depth as it should take you. That said I found the beer to be well crafted with nice balance and some tasty flavors. Not going to be my favorite Quad, nor will it be my last go with the Philosophers of Three.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy copper with a large head.
Aroma can be described as rum and raisin chocolate fudge, with some rose-like perfumous notes too.
Flavours are not as complex or rounded. Some sultana notes, brown sugar and peppery phenols and booze. Pretty hot.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with lasting tan foam. Rich malt and yeast aroma with some yeast and alcohol. Flavors of near-wine grape, with less sweet than the style typically, with bitterness and tartness starting mid-sip and lasting with a dryness. As this warms, the cherry is detectable, but it seems more detrimental to the style than beneficial. I'd like to try exactly this without the kriek.

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Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into beer. had it at an upscale downtown pub, and i've been trying micro brews ever since.

this beer defines "good beer" for me.

perfect balance of sweet beginning and hop finish. thick, but not syrupy. typical color of an abby

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Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Oliver's in Madison, Wisconsin.

Appears medium brown with a purple hue, half finger white head that dies down quickly. No retention, no lacing. After a while, it looks quite still. Smell is of plums and figs, sweet toffee, yeasty esters bringing forth banana and clove. Minerals. Sugary sweetness, caramel. Flavour is pronounced dark fruit, of figs and plums and dates; sugary sweet toffee, banana, cloves, spices, a slight bit of sulfur. Mild ground peppercorn. Mild dry tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, sticky, lower carbonation, a bit hot, nice intense sweetness and dark fruit flavours on the backend. Overall, a solid Quad that packs a lot of flavour and complexity. If I was more into Belgian ales, this would be a staple beer, although I don't think it compares favourably to Westy 12 and Rochefort 10.

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Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark mahogany, cloudy/opaque with a moderate creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Mild lacing of the glass.

S: Belgian yeasts and dark fruits on the nose. Cherry and plum... sweet and alcoholic.

T/F: It tastes like it smells... dark fruits and toasted bread. Complex yeast flavors abound, and there's a nice warmth from the alcohol. Moderately carbonated. Thick and smooth... very nice on the palate.

O: A very nice quad from Ommegang and a solid American interpretation of the style. It's not a trappist offering, but it doesn't need to be in order to be a great beer. I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. This is a lovely, honey-colored beer with a thick, creamy white head. Very fragrant, with abundant fruit. The taste is complex with cherry, spice. Quite tangy and slightly sour. Medium bodied and pleasant to drink. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. I'm not very familiar with this style and cannot readily compare Three Philosophers to other Belgian quads but I enjoyed it and would drink it again as a change of pace.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: ruby brown with a thin, pale head. Moderate lacing and quick dissipation of the head.

S: dark cherry and plum, with a slight medicinal aspect. Very similar to the smell of buckwheat honey, with the same strength and bold character.

T: medicinal dark cherry up front, filled out by caramel and toasty malt notes.

M: medium bodied, with accurate carbonation levels for the style. Can't complain, but not particularly noteworthy either.

O: not a fan of the medicinal, buckwheat honey-esque theme; but then again, also not a fan of buckwheat honey. Not bad for what it is, just doesn't suit my palate.

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Photo of bborche
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome quad. Best american quad i can find. A little better than boulevard sixth glass. This is definitely a sipper. Very fruity and perfect for a spring night.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 2,009 ratings.