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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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5,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,125
Reviews: 1,905
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 206
Gots: 619 | 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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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NJ last weekend. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian style yeast, spices, pepper, dark fruits, cherries, fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts, and a little bit of molasses. Spice and yeast are up front, followed by the fruit. As it warms up, getting more cherries which is nice.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, Belgian yeast, cherries, dark fruits, alcohol, fruity malts, molasses, caramel malts, and toffee. Also some light toasted malts and bready malts. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of alcohol present, but doesn't make it too hard to drink or anything.

o - Overall a pretty nice quad. It's nice that it is available all over the place and year round, though I wish it was a tiny bit cheaper. At first I enjoyed the taste much more than the nose, but as it warmed up the nose got significantly, as more fruit and cherry came out. Worth checking out, and something I would have again. May buy one to age and see what happens.

mdfb79, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of jak
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jak, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of htrae2014
4/5  rDev -3.4%

htrae2014, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of DavidST
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 2011 version into a Ommegang tulip, I can't read the bottles date. This pours a hazy dark tea color with a massive tan head which doesn't last. The smells are of funky and sweet Belgian yeast esters, a hint of cherries, some dark fruit and loads of malts. The feel is medium with tons of carbonation which give it a tingling creamy feeling. The taste is how it smells and it'd excellent, a little dry but full of sweetness, cherries and dark fruit and a tad alcohol burn.

DavidST, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Microbrewtaster
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Microbrewtaster, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Skubaker
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Skubaker, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of fiveiron83321
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

fiveiron83321, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev -3.4%

cdwil, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Campuspartystore
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very delicious beer just mouth full of taste which other beers really don't have this one has a heck of flavor to it.Taste is rich ripe fruit. Sweet with a mild bitter finish. Mild carbonation. Very smooth. I really can't taste much cherry.Smell is really intense, often resembling molasses, chocolate, raisins and rum

Campuspartystore, Dec 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

EnkiduBrew, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DBoone
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DBoone, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "corked" Bomber bottle into pint glass. Deep cherry red/brown color. Lots of floating goodness...
thick head and decent to good lacing.
Amazing aroma. Belgian yeasts with rich cherry, oak/wood, banana. Its a real nose pleaser.
Taste is near perfect for a Quad (in my opinion). Very rich cherry and belgian yeasts, some banana, roasted caramel, and oakey notes...smooth yet full of lots of flavors and body. Alcohol is felt in the mouth, but not very intense. Its rated very well for a reason...go get one of you havent had before...in fact, go get any Ommegang; for the most part, they all rock!

DrinkSlurm, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

kmwilson76, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Lantern
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Rusty18
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Rusty18, Dec 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark reddish brown with one fingered off white head. Tons of stuff floating in it. Some lacing on the glass. Smells of bananas and plums. Maybe a hint of cherry but not real distinct. Taste is rich ripe fruit. Sweet with a mild bitter finish. Mild carbonation. Very smooth. I really can't taste much cherry. Overall this is good.

TrappistJohnMD, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Antnyd82, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mrebeka, Dec 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

jpd7374, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

If Ommegang is attempting to reach maximum authenticity of Belgian Trappist and Abbey styles here at home, they are successfully doing so with this beer. This is absolutely nearly identical to some of the top quads I've had in appearance. The darkened, nearly reddish and violet color of quads is in full form here, as well as having noticeable alcohol leggings and lacing all around the glass. Look at all those floaties as well! Not much carbonation or head, but I don't usually expect any with this much ABV.

Smell is really intense, often resembling molasses, chocolate, raisins and rum - yet more importantly, cherry. Indeed, the smell of dark cherries due to the lambic blend within the beer is so vivid and fantastic here that I may as well convince myself that I'm having a dark fruit drink spiked with tons of alcohol. Yes, there's some zestiness and acidity as well, but those cherries really wash the other flavors away. Not as authentic smell-wise, but fascinating nonetheless.

While I expected a cherry cascade with this beer's taste, some curious things happened upon consumption. At the front, there's tons of bitterness and carbonation that literally shoots out like a jet stream onto the tongue. In the middle, the roasted notes appear pretty openly and the alcohol takes its shape. However, it's what happens at the back of the tongue and throat that makes this beer worth a try: an entire explosion of cherries mellow out the bitterness and roastedness to create a fruity, warming sensation that is absolutely delicious. If not careful, someone could drink this like cherry cola. Still, while its fun to drink, it must be done while it's cold, as it literally becomes a cherry-based syrup when it fully warms up, which can produce nauseating results for those not into that sort of thing.

Ommegang seems to have developed a hybrid of Belgian styles that produces intriguing results. Quite an interesting and experimental beer, and definitely one that is suitable for grand occasions budget-wise - although a Belgian Trappist could do just has fine. Recommended a try.

magictacosinus, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Jakers90, Dec 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

AlexDank, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

4balance, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

andrewmonks, Dec 24, 2011
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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