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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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5,012 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,012
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 197
Gots: 572 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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Photo of JEdmund


4.47/5  rDev +8%

A: Unique plumb color; small head forms then fades

S: Light brown sugar and a tart cherry and other stone fruit presence; pretty nice

T & M: Immediately struck by the mouthfeel--definitely Belgian level of carbonation and is light and airy, doubly impressive for a big beer. Taste is like brown sugar biscuits and cherries, but in a light enough way it's not too much of anything and is surprisingly balanced. Can't believe this beer is nearly 10%!

O: Such a pleasure to drink! What a unique beer. It's satisfyingly rich but isn't cloying or heavy. Lives up to the hype. Curious how it will age. Can't imagine it getting better actually, as I like how the flavors are now and don't see them improving with time.

06-09-2010 12:44:17 | More by JEdmund
Photo of EnVinoVeritas


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

2009 Vintage from 22 oz Bottle

Poured a nice deep amber with hues of crimson/plum. Great two finger sized light brownish and red head that provided nice lacing throughout.

Nice nose with some malt notes and fruit notes. The fruit is not overwhelming on the olfactory senses, but nicely understated with some noticeable cherry hints along with some other fruits including plums and raisins.

The medium bodied mouthfeel hits you with some malt caramel upfront, moved smoothly into a lingering lightly tart cherry finish with a slight alcoholic warmth. Also noticeable on the palate are notes of vanilla and even some semblance of chocolate (?!) malt.

This was an enjoyable quadrupel and something I will revisit on an annual basis and maybe even head back to get another one to age at temperature for 9-12 months and see what happens then...

Definitely worth a try, an outstanding craft brew.

06-06-2010 16:56:07 | More by EnVinoVeritas
Photo of pastradul


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured from a 12oz into my duvel tulip glass.

Pours deep burgundy/ruby. With about a finger of head on it that dissipates very quick.

The smell is figs, prunes and wine.

the taste is more of the same. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt. with a red wine semi dry finish.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer, is is super silky with a nice alcohol warmth that finishes.

Pretty good beer, will probably pick up some more.

06-04-2010 13:09:01 | More by pastradul
Photo of cdkrenz


3.85/5  rDev -7%

A - Thick, frothy, light brown head at a more than an inch. The body is a deep copper color with a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Dates, bananas and and a hint of tooti-fruiti.

T - Dark brown sugar as if a bit was left by the yeast as unfermented. The flavors are abrupt and jagged at this time. I imagine time in the bottle will remedy this issue. As for right now, the flavors are there but they don't mead together in a smooth fashion.

M - Light and airy through until the finish where it gains some weight and stickiness.

~ This is a good beer. I have a feeling I'm drinking this bottle at a somewhat premature state. I have another bottle cellared that I will enjoy a few years down the road. At that time, I'll offer some more details.

06-03-2010 20:21:35 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of tchenery


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Beer looks a deep reddish hue of brown; very mahogany. It smells of dark fruits, raisins, rum, bread pudding, and wood.

It has a nice vanilla character up front on the taste that turns to bread and raisins. It is highly carbonated, giving it a nice zing and a tart aftertaste. There is a definite alcohol burn on the end that is welcoming and not too overpowering.

Delicious beer, could not be happier with it.

06-03-2010 02:53:09 | More by tchenery
Photo of jmerloni


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

A - Pours an absolutely stunning hazy scarlet red-maroon with big creamy off-white head. This brew is a looker!!!

S - Nice smell of dark fruits - plums, cherries, grapes, dates, raisins, and maybe a little banana. Alcohol is detectable.

T - Good taste. Plums and cherries definitely come through the most. There is a nice malty backbone that gives this brew a warming sensation which is supplemented by the alcohol doing the same. Very very rich flavors - almost too rich - that interact very complexly.

M - Medium bodied. Limited carbonation. Very malty overall.

D - Fairly drinkable though not overly so. The sweetness becomes a bit much after a while. The aroma, flavor, and look of this beer are enough for me to buy it again though. If anything, buy this beer so that you can LOOK at it. It is a marvel to see.

05-31-2010 05:40:29 | More by jmerloni
Photo of brouwer


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Bought in a 25.4 ounce corked bottle. Bought refrigerated. Poured into a tulip glass. Head covered two thirds of the glass. Smell strongly yeasty. Dark caramel color. Taste is fruity with a moderate level of carbonation. Definite aftertaste of cherries. Smooth. Highly drinkable

05-31-2010 01:40:37 | More by brouwer
Photo of BarleyBoz

New York

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

Three Philosophers is artfully crafted blending rich malt with flavorful accents such as chocolate and cherries. For me it tasted like a chocolate covered cherry with liquor infused into it, which I do not find very appetizing but I can appreciate the complexity and subtleties of this Belgium style brew. I feel that it had great length from start to finish and the taste lingered long after my last sip. The color is a deep red with a nice rich head. With a slightly aggressive pour, the nose opens up and the aromas are exactly as they taste. The texture is very smooth, slightly thick and easy to drink, perhaps comparable to Guinness from tap but much larger in complexity and body. I believe that it would pair nicely with fruit or chocolate as an after dinner drink.

05-30-2010 02:24:32 | More by BarleyBoz
Photo of DefenCorps


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle from 2008 that I shared at dinner tonight.

Pouring a beautiful crimson with a dense, brown head with great retention and lacing, this beer looks gorgeous. The benefit of having been undisturbed for a month shows, the clarity is great.

The nose is solid. I'm not one to like sweeter quads, but this one is good. Fruity cherry and plums are apparent right away, with vanilla, brown sugar., caramel and a little yeast. In general, this is richer and sweeter than the best of the style. The kriek character doesn't really show, as IMO, the base beer is rather fruity to start with. There's some chocolate in there too. The palate opens with a rich brown sugar and vanilla sweetness with some bready character, along with a pronounced fruity character. The fruit nature strikes me as particularly yeasty, again, suggesting that it's from the base quad and less from the Lindemans Kriek. There might be a whisper of tartness in there as this beer finishes sweet with brown sugar and cherries. This medium-full bodied beer has a soft, smooth carbonation and feels lush on the palate. Solid stuff, I wonder how the 05 in my cellar is doing.

** 14 Mar 2014**

2006 vintage. Happy Pi day!

The nose is a blend of spice, dark fruit , a mild medicinal cherry character, a little Brett and warming booze. The palate is fruity, mildly brown sugar, honey, cherry, a little paper. A touch watery. 3.5/3.5/3.5

05-28-2010 02:39:30 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that was long-lasting, before finally settling down to 1/2-finger. Body is a dark, ruby red color, and extremely clear.

S: Light alcohol aroma, but mainly surrounded by lots of dark fruit (especially plums and grapes).

T: Again, the dark fruit (esp. grapes) comes through in the flavor, lending a lightly sweet taste. Light spices scattered throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, highly carbonated, with a slight alcohol warmth present.

D: A really nice-drinking Belgian Dark Strong that is a fantastic sipping beer.. spread this one out over an hour or so, as the character really comes out on warming.

05-26-2010 15:10:43 | More by berley31
Photo of chasebrownyeah1


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

Ommegang Three Philosophers ABV: 9.8

A: Once I poured this beer, I thought to myself "WOW" this beer looks great! Pours very smoothly and leaves about a one inch head. The color is a redish brown and looks very advertising.

S: Smells very sweet. Has a scent that smells like an assortment of fruits (Mainly Cherries). The smell also reminds me of wine. Of course you get a hit of the 9.8% alcohol in the nose.

T-M: Has a very strong kick to the taste. Can taste the assortment of fruits (cherries). Kind of get a earthy bitter taste in the transition into the aftertaste. Pretty malty at the beginning.

D: This beer is a pretty strong beer. I do like this beer; however, I would probably only drink a couple in one night. This beer would be a good starter beer for a pregame for a long night.

05-24-2010 21:51:18 | More by chasebrownyeah1
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a cloudy crimson mahogany color with a thick foamy head. The aroma is understated, but notes of yeast and a dry cherry sweetness are discernible. The flavor is more of the same with notes of dried cherries, Belgian yeast, and grapes. The flavor is not overly sweet with the big cherry presence, though, and it has a bit of tartness to contrast the sweetness. Not quite as big in flavor or body as I would expect from a Belgian-style quad, but an interesting, flavorful, and satisfying beer nonetheless.

05-24-2010 16:06:26 | More by devilben02
Photo of BB1313


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Man, this is an exceptional beer. It was love at first sip, might I add this isn't my first time having it. Poured this 2009 vintage from a 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass. One of the most beautiful heads I've come across, light tan and very fluffy and smooth. The head isn't going anywhere and leaves thick, heavy lacing. The color is a dark auburn, beautiful. The smell is full of cherries, can't go wrong w/ that in my book. The taste is very warm and sweet, filled with cherries. The alcohol is present w/ every sip and leaves a slight tasty burn. This beer is very creamy and smooth. Although the alcohol is very present, the drinkabilty is dangerously good. Must respect this one.

You can NEVER go wrong w/ Three Philosophers, one of my all-time faves. Recommended to anyone who enjoys well crafted beer. The best use of cherries in a beer that I've come across. The availabilty is nice too.

05-23-2010 06:31:50 | More by BB1313
Photo of DrewS667


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

poured from a 12oz bottle to a 24oz wide mouthed mug...

A - poured to a luscious 2 1/2 finger head, consistent lacing throughout. Color is dark, chocolate brown to cherry amber, truly a sight to see...

S - rich malts, caramel toffee, cherry, grassy and choppy

T - amazing rich deep and complex, really get the beautiful combination of cherry and toffee.

M - Smooth as silk, wonderful yeasty wheat bite

D - The taste allows you to drink it all day, but the 9.8% abv will definitely hold you back.

All in all an exceptional brew and one that on one should miss

05-22-2010 03:03:32 | More by DrewS667
Photo of VWBuggirl

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

This is a dark mahogany color that is fairly murky. The head was thick and creamy.

It smells like it tastes, fairly sweet with strong cherry and fruit flavors. You can really taste the alcohol as well, but the sweetness cuts it well. It isn't sickeningly sweet.

This was delicious, and I highly recommend it.

05-20-2010 05:40:27 | More by VWBuggirl
Photo of SpdKilz


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance - Pours a murky dark reddish brown color into my sniffer. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour though it quickly recedes, leaving moderate lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits such as cherries (obviously), plums, raisins, and alcohol on the initial sniff. As it warms up spices and caramel become more prevalent.

Taste - Surprisingly this has quite a kick to it. Malty up front with a massive kick of cherry flavor though not in the "fake" sense. Honestly, it reminds me of Michigan cherries. A refreshing yet malty sensation oddly (for such a heavy and high abv beer). Also, heavy fig and raisin presence after the cherry flavor dissipates.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation (a bit low but fits the style) and a sweet finish.

Drinkability - I will no doubt seek this out again. I have been drinking this for the past forty five minutes or so and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Honestly, the cherry taste in it just makes my day. This is a great tasting quad and for a style I have not really enjoyed in the past, this has made me look highly upon Brewery Ommegang. Very drinkable for such a high abv and very enjoyable.

05-20-2010 04:04:41 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of Japerrault


4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A: Hazy brown with a thick tan head.

S: Toffee and caramel, with wine-like aromas.

T: Sweet but crisp. caramel and mild cherry and a little of the alcohol showing through.

M: Medium body, crisp with somewhat high carbonation.

D: Smooth nice drinking ale. Even with higher alcohol it goes down well.

05-20-2010 01:30:18 | More by Japerrault
Photo of wikk3d


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Appearance - Darker than I thought it would be for a Belgian Style brew. Dark amber body with a very light tan foam head that fills the glass pretty thick. The lacing was also very "wet" for a Belgian style. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Aroma - Very robust smell, hint of fruit, cherry, and alcohol. I almost got a hint chocolate, although it's very subtle.

Taste - Very sweet for it's color and smell, cherry is noticeable as well as the strong alcohol taste. Almost bitter like a red wine. There was also a slight woodyness that lingers as it goes down.

Mouth - Much like a wine, this tasted a little dry as I sipped on it. Very full bodied flavor however. You can tell once you pour it by the color that it's going to be a heft beer. The after taste lingered for a while on my tongue. Again the bitter and woody flavors come out the most.

Drinkability - This is a very good beer that has a style of it's own as far as most other Belgian style beers I have had. The dark body and taste give it a very rich, full bodied flavor that lingers for a while. This is a good beer to sip on, but I'm not sure if it's something I could drink a whole bottle of in one sitting.

05-16-2010 23:03:43 | More by wikk3d
Photo of bamadog


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Finally picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this to try. I've had a 2008 750 mL in my closet for a while now and was wondering when a good time to crack it would be, so I figured this would at least give me some frame of reference. Review is from notes taken on 5/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a deep dark mahogany with ruby highlights; starts with a massive 3 finger light tan (cinnamon colored) head with solid retention that takes a while to fade; body is hard to see through, but it shows moderately strong carbonation; a nice, nearly full curtain of lacing is left behind.

Smell: Sweet Belgian-style candi malts with wonderful dark and rich spiciness; there are deep and dark fruits as well, like raisins, plums and figs; nice caramel maltiness and a bit of a tart cherry scent; at the end of whiff, there's a definite presence of an alcoholic vapor, but at 9.8%, this should be expected.

Taste: What a wonderful quad, and I'm sorry that I've waited this long to sample it. The tart cherries are definitely present, as well as deep, dark caramel malts with strong hints of chocolate and sweet dark fruits; nice Belgian yeast and spiciness (coriander); definite presence of alcohol; the bottle is from 2009, and I may give my '08 another year to let it mellow out a bit more, but even if I didn't, I'd still really enjoy it.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight; a thick, moist and sticky coating hangs on the roof of the mouth; a warm drying vaporous air is left, leaving the cheeks tingly and the belly especially warm; carbonation is soft and smooth.

Drinkability: While I really enjoyed all the aspects about this beer, it sits a tad heavy and the higher ABV definitely made itself known by the end. I really think 12 oz. is a great serving size of this as it allows for moderate indulgence, so when I do crack my '08, it will HAVE to be in the presence of friends.

05-16-2010 17:52:36 | More by bamadog
Photo of hbis2gut

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

I'm a big fan of this brewery, but this particular offering falls a bit flat for me. There's something particularly cloying to me in the aftertaste. It claims a small percentage of cherry added, but I don't pick that up at all. I think some tartness or sourness could really perk up or balance the heavy malt character.

Granted, I don't know if "Quadruple" is even a real category, and if so, whether or not this fits the style. It's simply ok. The flagship and the Hennepin are far better.

05-13-2010 18:18:11 | More by hbis2gut
Photo of berpwillie


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a cloudy amber brownish color with large off-white fluffy head and good lacing. lots of fizzy carbonation. smell a slight floral, fruity, hoppy smell. cherries are very apparent in the smell and taste. carmel nutty malt hints as well, very sweet. sour chalky and slightly bitter finish. medium body and creamy texture. fantastic beer i was very impressed with. waited a while to try this beer because it is available everywhere i go for beer. i will most definitely be purchasing this fantastic brew again in the near future.

05-13-2010 18:09:19 | More by berpwillie
Photo of TheGordianKnot


4.18/5  rDev +1%

A- I almost couldn't believe how beautiful the color of this beer was. A very dark amber/maroon colors that looked so dark and mysterious, yet delicious, it made me want to dive right in. The head was nice and creamy with great lacing. This beer's appearance beckoned me to delve further...

S- Has a very warming smell with a deep sweet malty aroma. The most prominent distinction of smell though came from a very dry wine/cherry-like aroma that most likely came from the high alcohol and 2% kriek

T/M- Taste is very similar to smell but with much more alcohol than the nose alluded to, I was quite surprised actually. The malts come through in the full body with a very strong cherry flavor throughout the entire experience. The aftertaste settles from a cherry to an oak or other woody taste that subdues nicely and balances out the whole tongue and feel...

D- This beer is good, but I'm glad I shared this two others. I usually compare all categories of my reviews I can to other beers of the same style, but this is my first quad- so I must say, I'm not sure how this one should drink per the style. With that said, I would love to have again (quite often actually!) but will always make sure I have someone else to enjoy with me!

05-13-2010 01:28:20 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of omnigrits


4.18/5  rDev +1%

750ml bottle into a tulip.

A rich, dark colour. not quite opaque, with a typical Belgian style head and plenty of lace. The aroma is sweet and malty; there's a hint of the cherries within. It almost reminds me of my favourite cough syrup from when I was a kid, but nowhere near as medicinal. Taste is a little on the sweet side for my palate, but I'm sure that if I was pairing this with a dessert or some fine cheese I'd enjoy it a whole lot more. This is a very well made beer to be sure.

05-12-2010 02:52:35 | More by omnigrits
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

750 mL bottle tried 8 Dec 2009. Gift from L&D, thanks!

Served in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Cork comes out with a big 'POP'! Thick full amber head, well carbonated, very effervescent. Dark russet brown color. Smells like brown suagr and tart cherries, but overall aroma is light. Starts with molasses and dried fruit, dates, prues. Finishes herbal, caramel and with a fair amount of heat from the ethanol. Light to medium body.

Would definitely get this one again.

05-09-2010 14:37:02 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of Zekezilla


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance-2 finger head, didn't linger. Not much lacing either. I'm torn on this beer, overall. I had very high expectations based on what I've read a/b this brewery but I'm a little disappointed. The taste is good (cherries, raisins, warmth) but the booziness in the taste is just too prominent for me to really enjoy it. As others have mentioned, this one is definitely a sipper and best with food.

05-07-2010 23:27:28 | More by Zekezilla
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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