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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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5,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,504
Reviews: 1,943
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 241
Gots: 812 | FT: 17
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of monitorpop
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel with ruby glow.

S: Faint sweet fruit.

T: Starts rich, fades to sweet and ends a bit tart. Flavors include toasted caramel malt and cherry. Improves as it warms.

M: Starts smooth, then forms a nice carbonation with warming alcohol.

O: Complex, unique and enjoyable.

Photo of kjyost
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same batch as below aged 1+ year.

Notes are similar except cherry has dropped off leaving molasses, brown sugar, raisins, dried cherries on the nose and palate. Lingering alcoholic warmth. More enjoyable than last time around...

Purchased at the brewery 2 months ago. Bottled Aug 8, 2010. Poured into a Duvel tulip (also from the brewery).

Pours a nice clear reddish brown with a nice head and light cap with too little head. Aromas of sweet malt, cherry & raisin. Fantastic, though not mindblowing. The taste though is a little too dominated by the cherry, with a thick maltiness also sticking to the tongue. A nice beer to drink, though the thickness slows you down. I have 4 x 12oz in the cellar and hoping to see how this one ages...

Interestingly at the brewery they said that BA gave this an A+. Perhaps in the mag?

Photo of pijiu
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Caramel color with a beige head, poured slowly, so not a lot of head

S: Definitely a caramel and dark stone fruit smell.

T: Stone fruit and caramel on the palate, really opened up after sitting for a while. Complex and pleasurable flavors. Slight bitter flavor on the finish.

M: Full bodied and moderately carbonated.

D: Enjoyable bouquet, higher alcohol volume. Easy to drink.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 2010 caged and corked 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a turbid tea tinged orange color topped off with 2 fingers of popping eggshell head that hangs around for a few minutes before vanishing. Slight lace on the glass.

Aroma is nice. Sweet molasses and simmering fruits like plums, cherries, oranges, apples. Some honey and slight lemon with a bit of bourbon.

Flavors are off color and out of balance for my taste. I get a metallic overtone as I have with other Ommegang brews. I can't get over that. I shared this with some friends and they said the same thing. The cherries are there, just very subtle. I do get some apple, pear, and plum along with some warming booze. Not terribly bad, but not terribly good either.

Feel is medium bite with a bit more fizzy carb than I'd like from a quad. Maybe that's what they were going for.

Overall, I was kind of disappointed in this beer. I'm a big fan of the quad style. It gets a lot of hype, but I just don't see why.

Edited on 02/12/13:
After encountering 3P on several more occasions since my initial review, I have raised some of my scoring. I find 3P to be insconsistent from batch to batch and my initial impression was likely made from an off batch even though now I can appreciate the beer only slightly more. Cheers.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Beautiful clear red/dark amber color topped by a thick 2 finger off-white head.

S: Unfortunetly, I don't get ANYTHING but a tad of caramel on the smell. I expected a LOT more from this beer. The only reason why I didn't give the smell a 1, was because I just don't smell anything. Its not offensive, it's just not there.

T: Improves on the taste quite a bit, but I think it's still on the weak side. I get figs and plums right up front, and some toffee in the mid palate. The finish is dominated by alcohol presence and residual flavors.

M: Full bodied and moderately carbonated. This beer is nothing special on the palate.

D: It's okay at best, due to the alcohol. I would never have more than one of these. I bet it's good with a cigar.

Photo of chuck19
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was excellent. They tell you how to pour right on the bottle. That helps! But besides that the pour does look good.

The smell is a hint of cherries but besides that I don't pick up much. That is while I give it a smaller rating.

The taste is great. First the aftertaste, I think it taste like a barely wine at least that is the flavors I taste. It has a slightly fruity, with a wheat-y taste.

Mouthfeel is fine. It was full and did not seem overpowering.

Overall it is a great beer. I could see myself buying this beer in a store. It was very pleasant and satisfying

Photo of Paincane
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber-colored with thick tan two fingered head leaving an incredible amount of lace.
S: Malty with dark fruity flavor largely cherries.
T: Cherry tinged flavor with roasted malt taste. Warming alcohol sneaks up on you.
M: Full-bodied with warming sensation produced by alcohol. Mild carbonation.
O: Big flavor in a big beer. Very enjoyable brew. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of Claudius424
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel that the best way to have this beer is on tap. That being said it is definitely advisable to "sip" this beer because it is equally strong and thick. Almost has that abbey-ale feel to it with that cherry flavoring added in to make it drinkable.

Photo of capeannbass36
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- 2011 750 ml gentle pour into an Ommegang goblet. Pours a see through, slightly red tinted, maple syrup color with a one finger Baileys Irish Cream colored head. Not a lot of lacing. After a second pour, noticed some sediment in bottle. I do not like "floaties" in my drinks. Avoiding the last inch in bottle....for now.

S- A difficult to determine faint "smell". Some sweet malt. A little medicinal-like odor.

T- What a surprise. Did not expect such a great taste due to the faint "smell". I am getting sweet malt, some bread, a little clove spice, just a tinge of cherry. Very rich, yummy taste. Like it a lot. Warm on the swallow.

M- One of the better mouthfeels in quite some time. Rich and creamy. Smooth and sticky. Warms the throat and belly. Tingly carbonation.

O- Have sat on this for atleast 6 months. Now I have to run out and find another.

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish brown color with thick tan head. The smell is slightly sweet dark fruits a hint of booze. The flavor is a little Belgian yeasty flavor followed by a big dark fruit and alcohol presence. The mouhfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated. Not a stellar representation of the style but a veery good one none the less

Photo of Phelps
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011, poured into a Chimay goblet.

Pours an opaque maroon, like maple syrup peppered with lighter snowflakes of yeast. An inch of pillowy tan foam descends to half its size, then stops, remaining as creamy, soft merengue. Glorious ebbed lace.

Sweet aroma. Raisins, bubble gum, brown sugar, hints of banana and pear.

Very raisiny flavor. Sweet, with a hint of the metallic when cold. As it warms, I get molasses, a bit of sherry or brandy (lots of ethanol here), dark cherries, some toasted bread and maple syrup. Complex aromas travel through the nose after the swallow. Layers and layers of flavor emerge as the thing becomes sweeter and more complex as it warms. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damn close and earns every point.

The creamy, expansive medium body gets steadily bigger in the mouth as it moves, foaming densely. Plenty of booze in the nose and gentle carbonation.

Much passed over; too-rarely purchased. Three Philosophers has always been available, and now that I know how high-caliber this is, I’ll be purchasing more often. A fantastic Belgian dark that I imagine would benefit from some cellar time.

Photo of enzocc
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very cloud head. A nutty, clear color almost clarifying itself after being poured. A nice sweet olor with an essence of a balance toast and smoked, honey and fruity. Spectacular flavor. malty, a hint of oaked caramel. A balance between light and heavy. Excellent mouthfeel, letting you know that it's balanced and you can drink it without problems. Wonderfull Quadrupel.

Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

200th review- at the Ommegang Brewery

A- Pours a dark brown w/ a slight red tinge to it. Excellent one finger chocolate head. Decent carbonation and lacing on this beer. Really dark, and impossible to see through.

S- Malt, rum soaked figs, cherry, clove, some chocolate. Gets better the warmer it gets. Nice, but not in the realm of my favorite Quads.

T- Same profile as the nose. It's not bad, but I really feel this beer could be outstanding if it was aged 4 years or so. It's just got a rawness to it that needs to mellow.

M- Big time malt bomb here. I'd like a little more balance on this brew for a higher score.

O- I really enjoyed this beer, and feel it could be outstanding if aged. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jimmys
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a bustling carbonation can be seen among a deep, dark red body. head nearly topples my glass, nearly doubling the size of the beer. retention is thorough. so is the lacing.

S: cherries and plums. a woodyness that reminds me of soaked cedar. not just cedar, but also oak. a smokey oak. the more it warms, i actually notice more smoke.

T: black cherries. similar woodiness to the nose. a mild tartness follows. finish has a significant residual sugar eliminating dryness. good complexity between flavors.

M: tiny, vivid carbonation. full body.

D: very tasty brew. my opinion of ommegang has gone up immensely lately. maybe im having most of the hits, but its seems like everything the put in a bottle is delicious. this might be my new favorite.

Photo of DaveBlack
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 batch

A: Cloudy brown with very little in the way of head; just a thin layer on the surface which disappears quickly. Retention of the head is very short, and almost no lacing.

S: Malt sweetness, and heavy on the alcohol. Some cherry comes through, but not as much as I expected. Alcohol pretty much overwhelms everything else in the smell.

T: BIG flavor in this beer. Malty sweetness, some candied fruits, Belgian yeast all under a nice gentle umbrella of alcohol. Cherry on the aftertaste. Complex and balanced.

M: Surprisingly light for a quad, which is to say medium bodied with a fair amount of stickiness, especially in the back of the throat. Lots of carbonation.

O: Definitely a sipper, and good with food. Sweetness and alcohol get pretty overwhelming and need to be cut but something sharp and/or vinegary. I was a little annoyed when I looked at the bottle and saw "cherries added" but I am pleasantly surprised. Really tasty beer, and different from your average Belgian in a nice, refreshing way.

Photo of DirtyPenny
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12-oz bottle poured into a wine goblet and absolutely worth the fuss.

A: Rich, opaque cherrywood. Gentle pour revealed a 1-finger off-white head that quickly dissipated over the course of the next minute. Somebody drew pretty bridges and waves in the lacing on the side of the glass. Was it you?

S: Yeasty, medicinal and earthy with tangy dark cherries intertwined with the malt. The alcohol is plain even in the nose.

T: Mind blown. This is delicious and not as strong as I'd expected. Cherry and toasted caramel malt with a slight nuttiness as it waves bye bye down your esophagus. Getting a slightly woody flavor and a touch of bitterness as it warms.

M: Reminds me of sparkling cider. Crisp and bubbly but smooth and even a little slick.

O: I wish my palate were advanced enough to describe this. An amazing, incredibly balanced beer that has to be tasted to be believed.

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 750mL bottle to Jackie O's stemmed tulip glass on 7/12/11
*From notes

A: Gorgeous sunset red in color. Rich and robust to the eye, like a ruby port. A big three finger, crimson head is the product of a hearty pour. The lacing here is beyond descirption. Just thick and unyielding.

S: Wonderful, warm nose of red vine fruit, toasted golden malt and booze. The damn thing is awesome.

T: Wildly complex. Fruit, malt, alcohol, vanilla bean, black cherries and char. Somehow all of these elements merge together in the mouth to create a sublimely balanced yet agressive brew.

M: Surprising bubbles here. It's got a bit more carbonation then typical for the quad style, but it doesn't drop the ball. It's drinkable and approachable.

O: I hadn't quaffed an Ommegang Three Philosophers in ages, and I'm thrilled to have returned to it. Luckily for me, this is still one of the best American quads being brewed today. It's lost a bit of the "wow" factor, as it's readily available in most US markets. Too bad, as this needs to be mentioned on page one of craft beer 101.

Simply brilliant.

Photo of Wreckoncile
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate so hazy that it almost completely obstructs light. A thin head leaves limited lacing, but maintains the quintessential center foam.

S - Although ale with cherries is added on this one, the fruits I get in the nose are different. A definite fig note pierces through the maltiness, and some other, more confectionary flavors, possibly caramel. A sweet scent.

T - The taste departs from the scent a lot. The cherry is out front, but sours a bit towards the end of the sip. A sweet maltiness pleasantly balances and counters the sourness of the cherry, creating an ideal compliment, and leaving the overall aftertaste as slightly grassy, but in a distinctly non-hoppy way.

M - Drinkable mouthfeel with some bite and a lingering alochol flavor. The malt softens the mouthfeel and the low overall carbonation makes it an enjoyable sipping drink.

O - A solid offering from one of America's premier Belgian style brewers. The sourness from the Kreik addition really matches well and balances the sweetness of the malt. A solid yeasty flavor, a good mouthfeel, and an excellent and complex scent make this a reliablely good brew.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 24 oz Glass Mug

A - Absolutely gorgeous 2 inch head. Deep brown and cherry coloring. Almost no activity and almost impossible to see through the glass

S - Sweet and sour cherry. Roasted wheat and yeasty

T - Mmmm love that yeasty goodness. Sweet candied fruits and phenols, almost like a liquor. Sour finish from the kriek addition

M - Deceptively smooth for a 9.8 abv, the yeast gives it a bit of a chew.

O - a most unique brew and something worth a try. Not something that I would want all the time, but a most delicious and unique treat.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dubble brown body with a soft micro bubbled layer ontop. reddish tints like a Flemish sour.

S - Flanders red notes, red and dry, sour and tart kriek bouquet. Slight syrup and malt scents. Faintly acidic, sweet and well balanced nose.

T - Warming and slightly bitter at first, with a dash of hops and malt. Muted cherry twang with a little champagne dryness. The cherry smell is stronger than the cherry flavor here. The middle and end bring an alcohol bite.

M - Full bodied, sturdy and numbing carbonation, dry and warming alcohol. Clean, effervescent finish.

O - Warming, strong quad with a hint of cherry. Im a fan of quads, krieks and sours so I liked this addition.

Photo of cmq103
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a rich murky raisin flesh color with a tan, bubbly and lively 1/2" head that diminished to a thin ring after about a minute or so of sitting. Lacing, with a cascade of tiny formed bubbles, clung tightly to the sides as the glass is tilted.

Smell: Belgian yeast hits the nose right away, followed by mild booziness with sweet apple cider, cherry, and spicy undertones.

Taste: Belgian yeast finds its way up front first followed by sweet plums, malty spice, raisins, mild cherry tartness, finishing with just the right amount of alcohol warmth for the style. Flavors are more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but lively as it rolls across the tongue. Perfect carbonation that lends to the creamy, but boozy texture.

Overall: A complex and unique beer for sure. This is a slow sipper to be enjoyed over an extended period of time. I had no problem finishing the bottle with two separate glass pours. Ommegang hasn't disappointed me yet. I really enjoyed the Kriek style.

Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks amazing in the chalice I'm using. It's a rich, cloudy brown with a thick khaki head. The retention is above average, but as it dissipates, there's no lacing. Makes no difference, it looks majestic.

Again, there's a richness to this beer. Spices are prevalent in the nose, as well as some toffee notes and the sweet fruits from the kriek.

While the taste isn't bad, it's a bit disappointing as the flavors don't shine through over the power of the high ABV. Mostly, I can only detect some cloves and alcohol in the taste.

The alcohol is just a bit too strong for this to score higher in the mouth. The heat from the ABV is ever present and overpowers everything else. There's slight sweetness, but the finish is both hot and ever so slightly tart and dry.

I had high hopes for this beer, but it didn't really deliver. The alcohol needs to be toned down a bit so the cherry plays more of a factor.

Photo of scottfrie
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Portsmouth tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours a deep woody-redish color with a huge, dense and oily dark tan head that took forever to fade into a thick fuzzy film that left some decent patches of lacing down the glass.
S: Sweet and spicy notes of dark fruits, green apples, red pears, cardamom, Belgian yeast and the cherry kriek it’s blended with. It’s lightly tart smelling, and just a tad musty.
T: Follows the nose with a complex blend of fruits, Belgian style spices, and tart cherry skins. I definitely get flavors of plums and rich buttery toffee. The finish is herbal and a bit syrupy.
M: Very airy and fluffy carbonation over a medium-thick body create a full yet soft mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but it’s not all that warm or distracting.
O: A very enjoyable and unique version of the style with the addition of the kriek. It wasn’t as bold or complex as the greatest of the quads, but I loved drinking this nonetheless. This would age nicely, and I may have to re-review after I sit on a bottle for a couple years. I bet the alcohol would become more integrated and the flavors would become deeper.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I already know that I'm a fan of this beer and this is the first Quad I ever had.

Appearance-Murky brown with a 3 finger french vanilla ice cream head. Small tight bubbles that slowly reduces to a thin film atop the swamp.

Smell-Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dark fruits with some sourness. Black Pepper. Whats great about the aroma is that it's not overbearing, just very inviting.

Taste-Tart cherries up front. Sweet malts along with some pepper. Towards the end you still get some cherries along with the other dark fruits and some nice spices from the yeast. The sour cherries definitely adds an extra element I really enjoy.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, light booze. Medium bodied with lower carbonation that I prefer.

Overall-I prefer this over St. Bernardus. The light tartness adds that extra ummmphhh that I like. The lower carbonation level really lets the flavors shine as well. Great beer.

Photo of shand
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

Boom! Uncorking this bottle, the cork absolutely flew all the way across my apartment. There was no gushing though, guess the yeast has done plenty of munching over the past four years. This brew pours a hazy deep ruby color with a modest head that quickly drops down to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is big on sweet and dark fruits, and not too much else.

The taste is excellent, this bottle progressed very well. The sweet fruit flavors, especially cherry, are still dominant, but lacking their sharp edge. The dark fruits and chocolate get their chance to shine on the finish. There's a nice backing provided by the yeast. The alcohol sometimes present in fresher bottles has now completely mellowed, this is now a super-easy drinker. The mouthfeel is solid, it's lightly carbonated and goes down very smoothly. The drinkability? Off-the-charts. This brew just goes down so easily, any hint of alcohol this beer presented is completely gone, making this one very dangerous. Overall, I'm very happy with this beer. It's just straight-up delicious.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,504 ratings.