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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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5,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,285
Reviews: 1,921
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 216
Gots: 685 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

gtown_operator, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

GreatPumpkin, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

PG2G, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with lots of sediment floating around in the body. I'm pretty impressed with its head, it's a tan color with decent retention and lacing.

S: It's a bit hard for me to evaluate the smell, but it nonetheless has some notes of cherry, mint, darker fruit, and licorice. I like it, but it's not as complex or intense smelling as it could be.

T: I enjoy its flavors and complexity...but there's something missing. I can't put my finger on it, but there's just something lacking. Even still, it has some nice notes going on, and it improves with subsequent sips. I can taste plenty of raisin, fig, mint, cherry, chocolate, and licorice. Good balance and complexity, but it kind of lacks the 'oomph' I wanted it to have. Still, it's a good sipper to cap the night off.

M: It has a fairly thick body with average carbonation. The yeasty aftertaste lingers nicely, and doesn't get in the way of the rest of the beer.

O: I cant figure this one out. In some aspects, it's a great beer, but in the aspect of simply sipping and enjoying it piece by piece, it unfortunately isn't. There's just something hindering its drinkability. Still a very nice drink, though.

ThisWangsChung, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Jimbolikesbeer, Mar 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

robieobie1, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Cheezus, Mar 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mitchellaneous, Mar 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Hack72, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

warelphant, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear deep amber/copper. Head is khaki and drops to a thin, creamy cap in short order. Nice solid carbonation.

Smell: Cherry, cough syrup, Belgian spice, mint. Slightly boozy. Bit malt component. Chewy biscuits with caramel and even a mild hint of toffee. Red licorice. Sweet and malty with enough Belgian character to give it life.

Taste: Candi sugar and cherry cough syrup. Minty with a touch of something akin to solvent. Malts are just as big as the nose. Deep caramel wrapped around a cherry. Biscuit dough rounds out the back. Sweetness is cloying on a big sip. Belgian yeast adds a peppery clove finish. Lots going on. Dark heavy malts.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy. A higher than anticipated carbonation prevents it from treading in to syrupy (in large part because of the cherry thing). Creamy too.

Overall: Every time I try this beer I have a different reaction. The first time it was mindblowing. The second time it was a giant piece of crap. This time, it's solid. It's not my favorite by any means, but the ability to blend a medicinal cherry flavor with a Belgian ale is impressive...considering the fact that it never becomes exhausting.

Goblinmunkey7, Mar 15, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One and half finger head into a Tulip glass. Yeast swimming around in the glass and the bottle was kept in a safe minimul movement area. Dark copper colored bottle.

S- Potent smells of the typical dried fruits. Some stick out more then others, such as; plums and raisins. Other aromas include sweet sugar,purple grapes and a small presense of alcohol. One of the strong points of this Quad is the smell.

T- Delicious, complex, bitter and sweet. The sweetness from the grapes and sugar starts this quad up, quickly followed by the more deeper taste of the dark fruits. Alcohol has a bit of presense, but it does not spoil the party.

M- Oily, full bodied, low carbonation.

Overall: Deeply flavoured, aromatic, and full bodied Quad that makes me enjoy every sip. Don't pass the chance to pick this up if its available.

intensify, Mar 15, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Bottled in June of 2010. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Ruby hued body with excellent clarity and head retention. A thick moderately creamy cap of tan foam presents very well in the glass.

Smell - The aroma is a rich mix of raisins, fig, a touch of cherry, and a deep brooding malt sweetness. Everything is rounded off by Belgian yeast notes. Wonderful pinch of spice.

Taste - Spicy clove up front with rich waves of malt sweetness that is accented by a lightly tart touch of cherry. The cherry blend is perfectly balanced and adds just enough character. As this beer warms, the dark fruit become deliciously complete and the complexity of the malt leads into a long sweet finish with cherry and spice lingering for a long time. Fig and raisin are the most prominent fruit tones.

Mouthfeel - Light fluffy carbonation accent a medium body. Really pleasant as it warns and becomes a bit more juicy and full.

Overall - This beer is a great dessert by itself. Very rich, complex, sweet, and interesting. Ommegang does a great job with this beer and the nearly two years of age have brought the raisiny sweetness even more to the forefront. The yeasty spice is the perfect accent to this sweetness and really helps this beer shine. Simply fantastic!

Sam21, Mar 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

cheefdaddy1, Mar 14, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Trumbullout, Mar 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Leschber, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

buddyvelt, Mar 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

MichaelDobbins, Mar 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bubbalito, Mar 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

bluntedboywonder, Mar 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 03-11-2012
Freshness: 2011 Vintage
Packaging: 750 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Ommegang cervoise glass
Purchased: Received as a gift

Got this for Christmas in a gift box with 2 other bottles and the elegant glass.

Appearance: Dark copper color, hazy clarity, with a big off-white head. Retention is good with a beautiful Belgian lace.

Smell: Malty sweet caramel and molasses aromas. Also smells of wood/oak and dark fruits: cherry, raisin and figs.

Taste: Rich and malty, with caramel and brown sugar. Sweet cherries, oak, and ripened dark fruits. Nice Belgian yeast flavor; the beer gets more complex as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with medium to high carbonation. Finishes sweet, malty and rich, with oak and dark cherry notes. The alcohol is hidden well in this beer.

Overall: A rich malty treat; a superb ale I would recommend.

sommersb, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

thegerm87, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

mtrog313, Mar 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

rippedflesh89, Mar 11, 2012
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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