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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,059 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 5,059
Reviews: 1,900
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 201
Gots: 593 | FT: 15
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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alohaspicoli

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -7%

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish red/amber. Not much of a head or lacing.

S: Sweetness via dark fruits. Not sure I'm picking up cherry exactly but I could definitely see it being in the mix.

T: A nice, full flavor... sweet but a little tart. I can pick up the cherry flavor but it's very faint. But overall it's a nice balance of the sweetness and spice.

M: Medium body and moderately carbonated. Dry finish without much alcohol burn.

O: A solid quad that's definitely worth a try.

10-20-2011 14:26:13 | More by alohaspicoli
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy, deep tea like brown with a hint of red. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Some floating sediment can be seen. Solid three fingers of lightly tan head that fades into a small thin layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a big aroma of cherries and dark fruits. Some raisins, plums, prunes, and brown sugar. Also some hints of clove spice, bananas, and caramel malts. Smells fairly balanced with none of the fruits dominating the others.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast up front with a full flavor of cherries that are sweet and lightly sour. The dark fruits follow with notes of raisins, plums, and prunes blending in. Also some caramel malts and hints of banana and clove. Cherries stand out the most in the flavors but they are mild enough to blend in with everything else and avoid being too tart or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very nice take on a Quad. Full flavored and well balanced.

10-19-2011 04:48:27 | More by MattyG85
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a deep amber red too brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, but more cherry than anything. In the taste, dark fruit, cherry, and a pinch of alcohol. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit and sweet cherry in the aftertaste. Very easy to get lost in this one, sweet cherry makes it not as abrasive as some quads.

10-18-2011 19:46:33 | More by OWSLEY069
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abrand

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1%

2008 750 mL bottle shared with friend in belgian glassware.

This pours a hazy copper color with a very small quick fading head and plenty of carbonation left in the aged bottle. Smells of plums, malts, raisins, and sugared molasses. Strong smelling beer. Taste is very nice up front with a somewhat alcoholic finish. Lots of dark berries and plums on the palate with a nice malt backbone. Slow drinking beer but very good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a great quad. Aged very nicely but think it could go a few more years to mellow out further.

10-18-2011 14:09:34 | More by abrand
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plfahey

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz. bottle (2011 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Ruby-amber-brown in color with a slight cast of haze. A moderate dollop of tan foam sits contentedly atop the surface and clings to the sides of the glass when swirled.

Aroma-Alcohol soaked cherries with a sort of rum raisin note close behind. Absolutely redolent of dark and dried fruit, with plum, prune, and black currant all coming to mind, with an occasional whiff of caramelly malt and rich bread pudding peeking through. Banana and slight clove spice appear for an instant, and spicy alcohols round out the profile. Smells fantastic.

Flavor-Lightly sweet up front with caramel and dark candi syrup leading the way. Flavor moves quickly through some rummy raisins and prunes before being consumed by licorice and drying alcohol. Finishes with a burst of black cherries and sweeping alcohol. Dry and almost acrid in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full mouthfeel is tempered by typical, moderate to moderately high carbonation, which lifts the beer from the palate. Hefty alcohol warming on the palate hints at how devastingly boozy this beverage can be.

A strong example of an American-brewed Belgian-Style quad-in fact, this does a decent job of standing up to its Belgian counterparts, and I can't think of another American brewer that does it better, at least not as part of their standard line-up. Great stuff.

10-17-2011 05:51:24 | More by plfahey
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark copper, bordering on a ruby brown with a thin, but quite dense head. Sweet cherries, candi sugar, big malts, light wine hints in the nose. Very light hops.

Kriek takes the forefront in the taste, but there's still a very nice quad style ale in there. Sweet cherries that turn lightly sour. Malty, light wine hints, raisins, faint spice. Light bitter aftertaste. Very mild alcohol presence.

Nice, smooth body. Alcohol presence is light, but you can feel it. A really nice beer, but the bottle size and alcohol make this a one off.

10-17-2011 04:52:28 | More by BDTyre
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a roasty amber brown with a 1.5 finger vanilla ice cream head.

Nose is barny, sweet, honeyish, and smells of red berries.

Taste is medicinal, oaky, chocolatey, cherryish, and peat-like.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and crisp. Lots of complex flavor that changes during and after drinking.

Overall a very interesting beer that I'm glad I was finally able to try. Very complex - I definitely will drink it again!

10-16-2011 04:35:58 | More by syrupjoe
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soju6

Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A: Pours a mahogany color with a small creamy head and nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of spice, dark fruits hint of coffee and chocolate.

T: taste of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. There is a mild coffee and chocolate in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth, velvety texture. Very well balanced. Nice character.

O: First Quad, really enjoyed it. Will have to add this to my shopping list.

10-14-2011 11:09:44 | More by soju6
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -22.7%

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Pours rust brown with a dark tan colored big, creamy head. Medium retention, medium lacing.

The aroma is dominated by Kriek than anything else in my opinion. Some malty/caramel-y/candi sugar goodness dances in the background. Nowhere as massive as the best examples in its malts or spices though.

I loathed the taste initially but it seems to be growing on me. I am still having a hard time deciding whether the addition of Kriek works or not and I am leaning more towards the idea that it does. Still not sure if I would want Kriek in my Rochefort. Sweet caramel, slightly tart, definitely too bitter and appropriately tannic. A bit boozy at times.

The mouthfeel is certainly good with low carbonation and good presence on the palate, as one would expect from a bigger beer. All in all it's a pretty mediocre Quadrupel but then it's priced right. I doubt if I will drink it again.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 3

10-10-2011 07:06:59 | More by tewaris
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a slightly murky red/brown color with a thin white head that leaves a wisp of lacing.

S- Rich dark fruits (brandied cherries, plums, dates, beet sugar) and sweet caramel malt. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be but instead they blend in with the other scents nicely.

T- Similar to the nose except the cherries pull their wight a bit more in the flavor profile. Slightly tart cherry flavor initially with lots of spice, alcohol, and sweet malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit more sprtizy for a Belgian style beer.

O- A very decent brew and one that I could see aging. A few tweaks and this could be very tasty.

10-09-2011 23:52:16 | More by projectflam86
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

A-cloudy dark chestnut with a nice thin light cream colored head

S-strong scent of dark fruit and caramel malts. dark belgian sugars as well. this is a really good smelling beer.

T-comes in with a dark, warming, and sweet taste of dark fruits. the taste starts as strong and good but quickly dies down and starts an odd bitterness. the after-taste of fruity caramel taste. its a good but underwhelming taste.

M-medium to high carbonation with a very dry finish

O-not an outstanding quad, but it is a very good beer. i'm enjoying this a lot. its a little more cleaned up than many of the Belgian quads, though maybe not as complex. it doesn't have too many negative qualities. overall, this is a decent cheaper alternative to many quads.

10-08-2011 05:18:36 | More by AdamBear
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark red amber with a big creamy off-white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma caramel malts, dark fruits and sweet cherries and some alcohol.

The flavor is toffee malt, figs, and some cherry with a little roast bitterness and some noticeable alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a bit pricey ($16 a 4 pack), but I like. It's a decent quad with added fruitiness from the kriek.

10-06-2011 05:46:57 | More by Beaver13
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maleman

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured into a pint glass (sorry, didn't have a clean chalice). The pour was dark amber, almost red with a creamy, tan-colored two-finger head. Lacing was thick and clingy. The nose was leaning heavily to the malt side with some phenol notes detectable. The taste included some subdued clove with a touch of cherry. Not malty at all as I would have anticipated from the smell. I didn't detect any alcohol in the taste, either. It was medium bodied with higher than average carbonation. Overall, not as much punch as I had expected from a quad, but not bad.

10-05-2011 23:53:38 | More by maleman
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aquaderek

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Poured this beer into a tulip Duvel glass. The appearance of this beer is very nice. It looks like a hearty reddish brown, with noticeable yeast and large bubbles of carbonation. The nose is complex, and changes as the beer the warms. It is sweet and spicy, figs and nutmeg, with the slightest bit of caramel. The alcohol and bitterness is up front followed by a balanced spiciness. Definitely some ying and yang, going on here. Good beer, will drink a few this winter.

10-05-2011 02:00:44 | More by aquaderek
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nppeders

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

appearance - murky, brownish, and hints of purple.

smell - cherries, bready malt, raisins and fruity belgian yeast

taste - caramel, dark fruit, plums, fairly sweet.

mouthfeel - nice carbonation, thick mouthfeel, syrupy, with a ton of spritzy carbonation on the end.

overall - tons of dark fruits, caramel, bread, and toffee. Haven't had many quads but this is fantastic. Extremely complex. You gotta love when the smell of a beer is similar, yet different then the flavor. This beer works on all levels for me.

10-05-2011 01:40:12 | More by nppeders
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Jemonster

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Copper/rust brown/red body. Kind of sweet tea colored. Tan lingering head with moderate looking carbonation.

S: Mildly sweet but kind of faint. Wine-like smell. The alcohol is apparent.

T: Sour up front with sweet dark cherries. Slight spices, and the alcohol comes through heavily. Heavily roasted malt and some fruity hops come out. Yeasty.

M: Heavy and warming. A cold day kind of body. Just enough carbonation to stay interesting.

O: A great beer for sure. It's unique and unbalanced. Different from any other quad I've ever had...but quads are all pretty different.

10-04-2011 04:44:36 | More by Jemonster
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a New Belgium balloon glass. 2009 vintage. The beer was a rich, deep amber color with a modest, fine, tan head. Minimal lace.

The smell was of aluminum and raisins. Walnuts and dark bread. Cherries as it warmed.

The taste was fruity and syrupy malts. Brown sugar notes but not too sweet. Muted cherries. Finishes a bit lighter/dryer with some fruits and a bit of tartness. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, understated carbonation. Easy to drink, not too sweet and far from boozy.

10-03-2011 17:04:59 | More by Cresant
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Callaghan

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. I got two full glasses out of this bottle, and both were excellent.

A: Pouring gently yielded a nice off white head, about 1 finger height. A rusty colored brew, with hints of ruby around the edge. Cloudy and almost translucent, it intrigued my wife. The head dies after a few sips, leaving moderate, sticky lacing. I have become accustomed to this, but others that haven't (present company) called it "beautiful."

S: Confectioners sugar, Sweet fruit like cherries and , more sugar...it smells really sweet. Digging deeper, I get some floral hints, and a malty sweetness, giving me the impression of chewy bread. An alcohol scent keeps everything in check. I've had this beer before, so I know it doesn't taste this sweet, but if this was my first time, I would think I was in for a sip of Kool-aid.

T: Cherries, like a Kriek. But then the ale overpowers, and this I prefer. It pushes the cherry to the background, but it's still present all the way to the end. I get lots of caramel malts, a little alcohol, and then that familiar Belgian yeast. I would not guess this was 9.5%...but then again, most Belgian styles seem to hide the alcohol well, in my experience. On the aftertaste, it resembles a good Dark Belgian Ale, mixed with a Kriek. Apparently, this is what is stated on the label, and it certainly tastes like it. The alcohol is there, but mild, bringing everything together.

M: At first it seemed like it coated my mouth and tongue quite heavily, but I think this is a result of the sugar. After a few seconds, that feeling went away, and it became silky smooth, with a decent amount of carbonation. I would like just a little more bubbles. It almost feels too smooth, as if it is missing some bite, however; this may be due to the fact that I poured it cold, and let it warm in the glass.

O: Another good brew from Ommegang. I have enjoyed this beer thoroughly. It is a simple beer in some aspects, but is complex enough to capture your attention. It does not overwhelm your senses, and pack quite a punch. If you are not careful (or if you like it that much...) it can get you pretty tipsy by itself. You can pair it with a hearty meal, or drink it by itself.

10-02-2011 05:09:10 | More by Callaghan
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

- from the notes
A - short head atop a reddish brown clear beer.
S - a little fruity with plenty of sweetness.
T - a touch of yeasty flavors and a big dose of sweetness with a bit of cherry.
M - sticky sweetness overall.
I wasn't satisfied for the price and the hype.

09-28-2011 23:17:45 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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BeerManDanNYC

New York

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%

From the home of the baseball hall of fame comes this exquisite and unique rendition of a Belgian ale. A really caramel-sweet aroma leads to an extremely complex flavor with a full mouth-feel and finishes in grand fashion. Careful though...this beer packs a punch to the tune of 9.5% ABV so definitely not for the light-weights!!

09-27-2011 23:22:38 | More by BeerManDanNYC
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Kendo

New York

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

2007 bottle (750 ml). Consumed on 9/24/11.

A: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is slightly hazy dark amber with mahogany hues when backlit. A 1-finger tan head is on top, settles fairly quickly.

S: Caramel malt and toffee or brown sugar is noted. Lots of fruit too - raisins, plums, berries and cherries are all there. Waft of alcohol at the finish.

T: Nice fruity and sweet maltiness up front - cherries, berries, toffee and caramel malt all do battle for the general impression, but play nicely together. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth, but I suspect it would've been stronger had this one not been laid down for over 4 years.

M: Call it medium-to-full in heft. Moderate carbonation with a nice fizziness.

O: Not as boozy as I remember from past experiences with fresher bottles; I think the age mellowed this one nicely. Went amazingly well with a steak from the grill.

09-27-2011 15:24:01 | More by Kendo
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KMcG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

A: Poured a deep brown iced-tea color with tan head. The head disappears quickly and the remnants are lacey.

S: The aroma is black cherries, molasses, woody.

T: complex, rich, semi-sweet, alcohol is your face, dried cherry, ends with a Belgian yeast

M: Full body, rich, surprising fine carbonation.

09-25-2011 13:32:33 | More by KMcG
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. Head is a tan, not long lasting, but with decent lacing.

S: Dark fruits, like ripe cherries, dominate the senses. There are some caramel and perhaps chocolate malts in there balanced with some sweet brown sugar and a bit of spice.

T: Very similar to the nose, dark fruits play the main role in the flavor. A lot of raisins and cherry with notes of molasses and caramel. Finishes slightly warm in the end from the high ABV. Overall, a nice complex flavor.

M: Nice creamy texture; full body; mild carbonation.

O: This is one of that beer for me- the one that turned me into a craft beer lover. Definitely one of my favorites and I recommend it whenever someone asks what's a good beer. One of the best quads I've ever had.

09-24-2011 03:07:33 | More by BrewCrew2010
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lancecenter

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%

A - very cloudy brown with a thick creamy head. Good retention on the head. Nice lacing.

S - Strong phenols and sweet malts. The phenols are more apparent after swirling the glass while the maltiness is more apparent after letting it sit. Lots of complexity. I cannot stop smelling this beer.

T - Cherry and dark, sweet malts. Strong alcohol aftertaste.

M - Creamy and amazingly smooth for a beer this complex.

O - Wow. If God is a beer drinker, this would be in both his fridge and his cellar. It would be hard to improve on this brew.

09-22-2011 01:23:19 | More by lancecenter
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xuptygm

Nebraska

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Slight cherry flavor, large fizzy cream colored head which recedes quickly. Dark amber brown in color. Smells great--malty sweetness . Tastes great. Lots of delicious sediment in the bottom. Lots of lacing. Really smooth full bodied ale. This one is so complex, I love beers like this. They are hard to describe but simply awesome. This one is worth seeking out.

09-21-2011 13:01:36 | More by xuptygm
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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