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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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5,733 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,733
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,037 | FT: 18
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Ratings: 5,733 | Reviews: 2,003
Photo of hopfacebrew
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Based on a recommendation by the beer guy I purchased a 2011 bottle. Poured to tulip the beer arrives a fairly clear dark amber with a decent 2 finger off-white head. Good retention and lacing. A lot of yeast particles though, even after proper handling and aging in the cellar. The nose is fruity sweet with cherry as well as hints of toffee, caramel malts, and plum character. The flavor follows the nose with caramel malty sweetness that doesn't display the cherry flavor as indicated with the nose. More fig. Alcohol warmth is noticeable. Hints of banana from the yeast. Full bodied and well carbonated but unremarkable. Overall, this is very average in my opinion. Nothing really remarkable to review and at $10 I can find better Quads.

Photo of StaveHooks
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2011
12oz bottle served into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a purple garnet with a thick creamy off white head that acts like it's the Terminator. A solid 1/4" collar that stays forever.

S - Sweet but tart cherries, bready yeast, brown sugar, rum alcohol, raisins, strawberries.

T - Cherry and raisins bigtime. Sweet grapes, peaches, figs, strawberries, full and robust earthy malt, sugary bananas, wood

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth feel, full bodied.

This is fruit forward but everything really works together to create a well rounded Quad. Love the cherry presence, while a green banana flavor really adds a layer to the robust caramel malt.

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Breen
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour/Appearance: Thick 1.5 finger head, full lacing on the glass. Dark brown, nearly brown in color, reddish when held to light.

Smell: Cherries, yeast, and hint of alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, minimal carbonation.

Taste: Cherries and roasted malt, a hint of bitterness. The cherry flavor became more evident towards the middle and bottom of the pour, but were not overdone in my opinion.

This is a brew on a mission. The brewer sought to create a certain style and flavor and were quite successful in that goal. For that a I'll give this beer a 5/5.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3/5  rDev -27.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 750ml bottle poured into a Trappist glass.
Pours a reddish-orange with ample carbonation and a beige head. Laces like a champ.
The addition of the cherry ale is noticeable as is the alcohol. Sweet brown sugariness.
Lovely bouquet of dark fruits, a lot of sweetness, and bread. Just like in the nose the alcohol isn’t hiding here. A nice pop of kriek. At only 2% it seems to assert itself. It’s definitely aiding the sweetness going on. There is also some sort of medicinal/cough syrupy thing going on.
Very tingly on the tongue. Medium bodied. Dry. A little sticky on the palate and lips.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of garnesa
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts out great, every aspect would start with a high score. But before finishing the bottle, the taste starts to build in an uneven direction. Not quite sure how that happens, but I've consumed four bottles and it was the same each time: I loved it at the start and was ready to put it down half-way in. I'm a fan of Belgian Quadrupels and there are other brands I'm going to score next, this one just didn't do it for me.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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2/5  rDev -51.8%

Photo of martyl1000
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cooper's Tavern, tail end of Madison Craft Beer Week. Was great to get to try all these Ommegang beers on tap.

I think I"m having to downgrade from previous rating (that one, also on tap, at Hobbit Cafe in Houston, rated 4.75). Not sure if it was the varied context this time that has me enjoying it less than before: this time, it was preceded by the sour "Aphrodite" that I liked so much, as well as "Seduction" (not as much) and "Art of Darkness". I think by the time the Three Philosophers came to the table, my taste buds were pretty much asleep.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/14/12

Note: 2011 bottle

Appearance: Dark amber/light brown, mostly clear - nicely sized off-white head, fades to a larger than average ring, leaves streaks of lacing

Smell: Malts and cherries - caramel and cooked malts, toffee, fruity sugar - slightly tart cherries, actually a lot of cherry aroma considering this is "2% ale with cherries added" - some other dark fruits as well, and the usual Ommegang yeast strain

Taste: Caramel malts, cooked malts, toffee, and some musty grains - cherries are quite prominent, some other fruit flavors like raisins, figs, and plums - definitely on the sweet side, with candi sugar and plenty of sugary alcohol - phenolic, with some bananas and clove from the yeast

Mouthfeel: Nearly heavy, with nice carbonation, but still too sticky to be remarkable

Overall: Good, not great

If I can remember correctly (and the 9.8% ABV makes it a challenge), this is my third time really sitting down with a bottle of this. I really enjoyed it the first time, the second time I thought it tasted like "sugary blood" (according to my notes), and now I'm just not impressed. It's not a bad beer, but it's too sugary for me to really enjoy it. It doesn't help that I've recently had some great Quads.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StogiesandBrews
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750ML Bottle poured into an oversized wineglass. Picked up a bottle from 2009 for 50% off at fred meyer. This is the same one I got 2 bottles of Widmer Brrbon for 70% off. Silly grocery store, not understanding how beer ages.

A- Beautiful dark amber/copper color. There are quite a few streams of bubbles coming up but the head is minimal and fades quickly.

S- Barley and cherries. Little bit of a malt coming through but there iS a good kick of alcohol hiding the lighter flavours.

T- Wow, cherries. That's about it. It tastes like a quad with cherries. Also, it tastes pretty hot. Lotta booze coming through. The weird thing is how fresh it tastes in spite of being 3 years old, most quads that have been aged for a few years get a sweet malty taste, but if you told me that this had been bottled yesterday I would have believed you and saved a bottle for a few years.

M- This was not a good mouthfeel in my opinion. It was way too light. A lot of carbonation mixed with a light body made it feel like I was drinking a club soda. I was pretty disapointed here.

O- Good. I will pick up another few bottles to save and see how the flavor changes. I was expecting it too be aged enough after 3 years but this was still pretty hot. Maybe in 3 more years. I have a feeling they had it in a cooler for 3 years, maybe a bit too cold to age well.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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