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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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5,059 Ratings

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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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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

A: Pours a nice hazy mahogany and is topped off by a pillowly off white head. There is a far amount of carbonation seen rising to the surface; There is also a moderate amount of lacing present.

S:The smell is incredible! The hop present is not assertive but it is present, however, the malt and fruit takes the show. The cherry aroma is amazing incrediblt natural. No alcohol is present in the nose.

T: Incredibly smoothe, however, the fruit, again, dominates the palate. There is some hop bitterness that makes the overwhelming sweetness desirable. Overall I would characterize this beer as balanced, although, the alcohol is incredibly noticeable and creates a nice warming sensation in the core.

MF: Very well done. not syrupy or sticky but velvety and smoothe. A very low amount of carbonation is present but it makes the beer that much better.

O: A solid brew well worth the $4 spent!

06-13-2011 03:55:28 | More by brown2cu
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. My favorite glass for Belgium style brews. This bottle was from the 2010 production (neck band marked 2010) and well stored in a temperature controlled

Pours with a nice one finger head, head settles down to about a 1/8” cap. Very dark, brown color. There is considerable visible yeast throughout the pour. Some lacing but I expected more.

Very enjoyable aroma, yeast dominated of course, but less so than there regular Abby Dubble, malt and dark bread. When it warms up to at least 55 degrees you do detect just a hint of heat from the ABV. Lasts from the initial pour to the last sip.

Delicious, crisp, very full bodied entry in the mouth, followed by very rich deep malt, distinct Belgium yeast, and that wonderful mouth feel of champagne like carbonation. Just a hint of sweetness, very well balanced. There is not even the slightest hint of this beers 9.8% ABV. The Belgium style when well done is such a pleasure to drink and this brew certainly qualifies. Did I mention that this brew is delicious!

Long, rich, malt dominated finish, some lingering yeast.

This appears to be one of their “Flagship” beers so I was perhaps expecting a little more intensity, not that it is by any means an ordinary brew. There is a lot here to enjoy, it just did not wow! me in the way I expected. That being said I would never turn one down if offered to me.

06-13-2011 00:35:25 | More by JTSbeerislife
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. A careful pour resulted in much residue remaining in the bottle.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with a 3-finger khaki head. As the head recedes, it leaves a generous amount of lacing clinging all over the glass.

S: Restrained bready yeast aroma with a hint of cherries from the Kriek, but not overwhelming. I pick up some light fruit and banana from the yeast. Some alcohol in the nose following a deep whiff.

T: More light fruit up front, but a darker flavor profile overall. As the beer warms, the dark fruits and cherry become more prominent. A slight alcohol flavor and a warming brings up the rear.

M: Heavy body with moderate carbonation suits the beer well. Not a thick brew, but definitely a sipper.

O: A very nice malty quad and a solid choice for an evening sipper. Alcohol is well hidden. Would be good to pair this with some food, as it's a hearty brew to be sure.

06-12-2011 02:00:37 | More by DrewV
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4.43/5  rDev +7%

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger golden tan head that fades quickly into a small ring, moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark cherries, malt, yeast and alcohol.

Taste is very complex with the bready malt, yeast with a sweet cheery caramel and hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth with a very nice alcohol warming end.

Overall this is a great quad, to be enjoyed very carefully. After a few you can solve the worlds problems.

06-12-2011 01:51:22 | More by dtivp
Photo of beagle75


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2010 vintage

A: Clear, dark garnet-hued amber color with diminishing parchment-tinted foam residue that effervesces enthusiastically as it is poured. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spirituous, with abundant dark fruit that shows elements of vinous as well as stone fruit. There is also a soft, almost soapy, earthiness that tries to balance the fruit, which borders on being cloying and artificial.

T: Begins nearly dry, with dark cherry fruit and airy carbonic acid. Malt surges on the palate toward the middle, first with grainy toast but then showing more refined toffee into the finish. Citric acidity toward the finish gives longevity to the prominent fruity flavors. A sharp mineral bite lingers, with the finish showing minimal bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidity is lively on the palate(a little too much so at times), with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a well-intentioned American-brewed take on the quadrupel style, worth a comparison to the more well-distributed Belgian standards. The involvement of cherries is evident, and does enhance the overall product. Acidity is a factor and could be less assertive, while less carbonation would help to make for a smoother and more velvety texture.

06-11-2011 15:32:39 | More by beagle75
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Three Philosophers brewed by Ommegang is a Belgian-style Quadrupel. This beer is brewed with 98% ale and 2% ale with cherries added. It drinks nicely in a chalice. The hazy, bright red, brew swirls into the glass, as the thick caramel head fills it to the rim then dissipates to a small layer of foam. Moderate carbonation rises to the top and releases the fruity aroma with a malty character. Each sip is smooth, and leaves your palate feeling fresh. This beer contains 9.8% alcohol, and you can taste it, but that's a good thing. It adds a nice bite at first, then mellows out gradually. A sweet cherry taste is noted with a good bit of dark Belgian yeast, followed by an unsweetened cocoa finish. Three Philosophers is a slightly different take on the Quad, but is a very well balanced beer. I would highly recommend it if you want something dark, fresh, and easy to drink.

(Forgive me if this sounds redundant. This is a copy of the review I wrote for the Village West Discount Liquors newsletter, Kansas City, KS.)

06-11-2011 06:03:26 | More by TamTamIam
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North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Murky brown, like a dark iced-tea. slight head at first, looks like egg shell white. goes away shortly, and leaves a nice lacing throughout.

S- I smell raisins, figs, and a whiff of a granny smith green apple.

T- Sweet matly flavors. I taste raisins, sugar, caramel, with alcohol. It's not overwhelmingly sweet, however.

M- Creamy and full. Lot's of carbonation that tingles the tongue and throat. But, very very smooth.

O- I was expecting this to be sweeter and more distinct flavors. However, this wasn't the case, in my opinion. It isn't as sweet as say, Rochefort 10. It's a good beer in the end.

06-09-2011 23:51:12 | More by aleckpa
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3.6/5  rDev -13%

Appearance - Ommegang Three Philosophers is very dark, not black like some breakfast stouts, but dark nonetheless. About a finger of head with an aggresive pour. Some stickage to the sides of the glass as it is swirled around.

Smell - Sweet, malty aromas with a hint of raisin and plum. Not the most overpowering smell in the world and not as strong as some other Quadrupels.

Taste - Overall, the taste was pretty underwhelming. The initial taste was a slight bitterness which transitioned into sweet near the end of the sip. With some retro-nasal breathing you could taste the raisins and plums and some maltiness. Maybe a slight caramel flavor too. Fairly complex taste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. Not much carbonation and very smooth. Could not feel the affects of the abv. until after I had drunk nearly the whole 750 mL bottle.

Overall - It was good, but not great. I have had better Quadrupels (from Rochefort) and better overall beers (Hopslam). The taste was very similar to the other Quadrupels, but not as strong and not nearly as sweet and pleasing near the end of the sip. I am going to be trying th Ommegang Abbey Ale next; let's hope that one blows me away.

06-06-2011 02:27:02 | More by ajcobb24
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

12oz bottle (2010 year) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very slow pour gave a ruby red slightly hazy beer with a very light tan foam across the top. Tiny delicate islands and lacing...although the lacing slides down a bit over time and doesn't stick to the glass that well. The bubbles near the surface keep coming up and building the foam back up as it slowly dissipates. Great looking beer.

Smell: Malt and a hint of phenol with cherry - but the cherry is what you would get with a backed tart or a crumble. Not medicinal, not overpowering, but just right. It's an accent at the end which makes the beer smell oh so very good. With a swirl though the cherry gets mixed up with some other sour smells - not as good then. Better when the foam dissipates a bit.

Taste: Definitely a Belgian quad. Malt is complex - with some caramel and sugary flavors, but there is some sour here, and the cherry is well in that sour flavor. It's that tart/sour cherry that you get when you bite into a fresh cherry that would typically be used for baking. Alcohol very well hidden. The smell and the taste are not connecting for me though...I'm expecting something sweeter based off the smell. Don't get me wrong, I like this, it's just a sensory disconnect.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, but velvety smooth. There is some clinging sensation to the teeth though.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer for savoring by itself, although I think it would work well with dessert. Interesting beer and worth trying out. Really impressed with the appearance and smell, but more sour than I expected.

06-02-2011 22:26:11 | More by damndirtyape
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New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +14%

12oz bottle with a 2010 date on it poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, voluminous golden brown head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing.

Smell: Fruity, plums, cherries, a little grape, sweet malts, a little booze, anise

Taste: Fruity, with tart cherries up front, some plums and a little grape, some sweet malt, some anise, and some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Full body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish

Overall: Excellent rendition of a classic Belgian style, honestly I think this is better than Rochefort 10. Lower abv probably helps it not get too boozy.

06-02-2011 00:45:36 | More by MadCat
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Vintage 2011.

Same appearance as it's younger abbey ale sibling. Body color is a great dark ruby and somewhat clear. Snapping noises come from the bubbles of the head. Seems to leave a good puck as well on the top.

Mild cherry, malt muted, very similar to regular abbey ale but seems a little thicker... perhaps bolder. I was hoping for something more pronounced but it's just not happening.

Taste is virtually nearly identical to it's sibling, with maybe a hint of chocolate milk on the finish. I am missing or not getting the fruit background off this at all, or a big malt caramel back bone for a quad. Somewhat milkshake like in body with a little fizz which is a classic touch, but missing the flavor punch I think needed for this style.

Overall I am not really that impressed by this quad, but it's certainly a good passable brew. Not for me.

05-31-2011 01:10:51 | More by smakawhat
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

While not a huge fan of dubbels, I really appreciate a good quad. This is a fantastic beer in my opinion, and the cherries make it all come together.

A - Pours a deep, murky ruby-mahogany with a two finger golden tan head. Good retention on the head with very sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt and dark cherry with a good amount of bready character. Some brown sugar and alcohol in the aroma as well.

T - Sweet and fruity initially and then toasty tasting with a dry, slightly grassy finish. Cherry taste is fresh and tart. Hints of chocolate and caramel become more noticeable as the beer warms. Very rich and sweet with noticeable alcohol.

M - Creamy and moderately carbonated. Slightly slick on the lips.

D - This one should be a sipper, way too flavorful and potent for me to session. Spread out over the course of a half hour you really start noticing the other rich, intersting flavors that have been blended together here.

A really good quad overall and well worth trying.

05-29-2011 00:34:51 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Ommegang Three Philosphers

Appearance: cloudy dark red, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: strong wheat and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a very nicely balanced brew. The cherry flavor is minimal, but in great balance.

05-27-2011 05:15:59 | More by megahurts4
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Lovely ruby color with a thick cap of pillowy tan foam with great retention.

Rich and complex fruit fills the nose. Plenty of fruit, caramel and malt sweetness with some honey and belgian yeast notes.

Very deep and complex taste. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toffee, bitter hops, buckwheat honey and some warm rum-like alcohol. It's all there.

Dry and pretty close to full bodied. Feels a tad undercarbonated, but lends to a very smooth feel.

A very well rounded quad at a decent price. It's not mind blowing, but it will not be a disappointment at all.

05-26-2011 00:52:54 | More by jera1350
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

Three Philosophers: a beer that has intrigued me for quite a while. I love Duvel, and I’m more than happy to be trying anything from their line. Thanks to Bill from Kahn’s on 86th, whose trade for this has been the highlight of my beer journey so far!

A: Pours a thick, gorgeous red. Like Duvel, the head is foamy and white, rising very quickly to make a big first impression. Although it fades after only a few minutes, it’s huge out of the gate – you definitely can’t be too aggressive with your pour. I also can make out a few bits of yeast leftovers in the bottom of the bottle, and the bottom of my tulip. These guys definitely know the unfiltered glory that makes a Belgian a Belgian.

S: Hmmm; a modest dryness in the nose presents a merlot sort of feel. In fact, given a blind smell test, I’m sure most people would identify this as wine instead of beer. The cherries are subtle, but hard to miss, providing a sweet ambience to a rather heavy alcoholic presence.

T: This is one hell of a sweet quad. Like Duvel, the malts are a ripe, tangy testament to Belgian quality. The yeast tries to overtake the palate after the malts have their moment, and it does give a slight estery pronouncement. However, it is soon pushed out of the way in favor of a Kriek cherry kick. And the best part is, it’s real – the cherry is genuine flavor, not the overly-sweet cherry tastes that you find in candies and pie fillings. Now, it’s not quite the flavor of the freshest fruit, but it’s definitely enjoyable.

M: Goes down unbelievably smooth, and even has a distinct warming on the first few sips. It’s probably due to the softness of the carbonation, but I don’t feel like I’m drinking a quad at all. It’s good, but it suffers from the tragedy of easy-drinking beers: causing me to drink it faster than I expected! Damn, where did the rest of that bottle go?

O: To me, this is every bit the little brother of Rochefort 10. It’s great, but not quite as thick, not quite as warming, not quite as flavorful. It’s more of an everyday beer, and I’m more than ok with that. If I ever, and I mean EVER find this on-tap, you can be sure that I’ll be at least two or three glasses deep by the end of the night. This stuff is great.

05-24-2011 20:58:01 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark rich mahogany red/brown with a small cream/white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Some yeast sediment that seems suspended.

S: This brew has a thick cough syrup like cherry smell. The ethanol is noticeable in the aroma as well.

T: The cherry cough syrup and ethanol that are in the nose are most certainly evident in the taste as well. The aftertaste is alcohol and sweetness blended together.

M: This is a pretty heavy feeling beer in your mouth. The carbonation feels very minimal and the beer feels thick and viscous.

O: I don't overly enjoy this beer. The reminders I get of a cough medicine totally taint the quality of this beer for me. I believe it is a well crafted beer and very respectable, but I just don't go crazy over the taste. I wouldn't mind if I never had this one ever again. This is my second time with it and I remember not enjoying it very much the first time.

05-23-2011 14:42:16 | More by jifigz
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A nice quad, this beer right here. While I'd assume never to mess with a quad recipe, this blended beer is perddy good.

Pours a muddy-water brown, murky, rich. Nice thick off-brown head. Darn good looking. Filmy streaks though

Aroma is cherry and banana. Some baked caramel and dark chocolate. Some earthen spices and rich orchard fruits.

The cherry is there in the taste, but leaves the tannin quality behind. Thus we get the 'meat' of the cherry, dark and just a hint tart. The banana fades and the earthy spices come in, some nutmeg and soaked raisin. Dark plum subtleties on the end. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but does come in on the end.

Very nice quad, perhaps a touch on the "too fruity" side--if I had to pick something

05-23-2011 07:09:27 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

First sampled this on tap at a beer festival. To this day, it remains one of the finest brews I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. Awesome name, awesome bottle, awesome beer. It's definitely more on the "quad" side than on the "kriek" side, as the cherry taste is more implied than infused, as opposed to other stronger/actual krieks.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a fine, small layer of white bubbles for a head. Complex aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. Roasty malts in the taste, with flavors of cherry, plum, brown sugar, cloves, and rum. A little boozy, but not harsh. Medium mouthfeel, can be a bit syrupy. Can be enjoyed cold or closer to room temperature. Highly complex, highly recommended.

05-22-2011 19:24:01 | More by Rifugium
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Got a 4 pack of these off a friend.

Pours a deep dark brownish red. Nice thin fizzy head. Aromas of yeast... dark fruit and spice. Cherries in the background too. Almost reminiscent of Mad Elf, but in this one, the cherries are a little more subdued.

Tastes great. Tastes like a typical dubbel I think. But it has those cherries in the background that adds that layer that makes this good. The cherries give a nice subtle tart surprise. Alcohol is warming, but really is hidden well for 9.8%.

Overall, a nice beer. I could drink a lot of these and find myself in trouble!

05-18-2011 20:26:22 | More by Buggies
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Wow another brew that i dont see too often im loving this lately anyway the brew pours a semi see through mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that quickly recedes to a few islands of froth,the smell is aromas of whiskey,cherries,peated malts,brown sugar and alcohol,the mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied and well carbonated and has tastes of whiskey soaked cherries,xmas pudding,dark fruits,peaty malts and finished with a sticky date finish and overall a very unique drop and very true to style.

05-18-2011 14:44:40 | More by ADZA
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

12oz bottle into tulip.
First impression is a bit of a letdown. Color is an average brown with a bit of amber tint. Small film of head forms and laces a bit. Smells fruity and sweet with a bit of must. Has a classic Belgian feel to the nose. Palate is sweet and tart with alot of different flavors meshing well. Cherry and spices from the yeast come to the forefront and the alcohol is felt in the finish. Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Very flavorful and quite drinkable for a beer of this strength.

05-17-2011 18:41:01 | More by JunkYardJake
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Very dark cherry color, 1 finger creamy head, sticky lacing.j
S: Dark chocolate and cherries, slight alcohol burn.
T: Sweet, but nice balance with malt. Interesting dry after taste. Cherry flavor may be a little too much for my liking.
M: Almost like a cognac or brandy mouthfeel.
D: Very nice, med-large bodied beer. Sip slow, enjoy cherry flavor to fullest.

05-17-2011 17:34:42 | More by birdman200
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A- Pours an almost red copper tone with an off white head that dissipates to leave some lacing.

S- Smell is of sweet malts and some dark fruits along with a hint of cherry.

T- Sweet taste along with some dark fruit flavors and I get a bit of the cherry flavor as well as a slight bit of spice on the finish.

M- Medium bodied beer with nice carbonation.

O- A good quad that has some great flavors of dark fruit. The cherry comes through and is balanced nicely with a slight spice.

05-16-2011 22:04:34 | More by lennerja


4/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz bottle into Ommegang tulip: 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a frothy two finger head, that grows out the top of the glass rim. The body is a reddish copper, with a very lively carbonation. The lacing is left in large sheets of sticky lace.

S: Deep caramel malts of classic Belgian Quad, with hints at figs and raisins. Hints pf cherry play well in the aroma as well.

T/M: An underlining Kriek note and subtle tart sourness. Body is nice and light for this style and very drinkable. The majority of this beer is quad sweetness, notes of plum light spicy character are found.

O: This is a great brew, and for the style and ABV, it is remarkably smooth, solid beer.

05-16-2011 19:33:19 | More by GDBEERMAN
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bottle reads "PKG on 2/22/11"

Appearance - Pours a deep reddish/brown with about a fingers worth of head. Retention and lacing are both sub-par. Carbonation isn't very visible.

Smell - Dark cherries, brown sugar, and a bit of chocolate come through. The nose is a bit medicinal though ... a bit off from what I'm expecting.

Taste - Really thick tasting and the cherry flavor comes across pretty strong throughout each sip. It starts out really deep with strong malt and fruit flavors, then towards the end it really opens up and the alcohol reveals itself. Although the alcohol does show up, this beer does a really good job of hiding the fact that it's nearly 10%. It also leaves a bit of a tart/dry taste after each sip which I find to be really nice.

Mouthfeel - Again, this is really thick tasting. Carbonation is excellent.

Overall - A really great beer. This brew had the pleasure of being my first quad a few years back ... always a nice treat whenever I drink it.

05-14-2011 01:46:50 | More by BigDRS
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,059 ratings.