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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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4,917 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,917
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 190
Gots: 522 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of xxHelderxx


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Good amounts of fizzy light brown head that receded rather quickly with little to no lacing. The color of this beer is an almost opaque dark amber

The dark cherries seemingly jump out of the glass. Very strong and up front upon first smell. I'm also picking up on some yeasty/alcohol notes but the cherries are the star of this ale.

The taste is again dominated by the sour cherry taste. The malty backbone of this beer can also be tasted along with the alcohol taste resulting from the high ABV.

The mouthfeel is decently smooth, with a dry bite at the end.

This beer is fairly drinkable, although I might have some problem finishing off the bottle immediately, I might have to give it a little while. Either way I would try this again and recommend it for its interesting character.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 21:39:36 | More by xxHelderxx
Photo of dpuia


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

Drank from a Ommegang anniversary glass, out of a home keg. Has a dark amber color, with little head. Smell is over the top very rich with fruity overtones. Taste is a full flavor and can clearly tell is of a higher ABV, but yet still suttle.

I would reccommend this beer over and over again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2009 04:21:20 | More by dpuia
Photo of pinotboy007


3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours darker than I thought it would be with a nice tan head and no lacing. Head revives somewhat with a swirl.

S - Plenty of dark cherry, along with some alcohol, leather and a lot of yeast. Very nice actually.

T - Dark cherry that to me has a slightly medicinal quality. Clearly, a lot of effort went into this ale.

M - Slick but creamy; the ABV is obvious. Finish is dry.

D - Not my style - wife loved it. I would drink it again but it's nothing I gravitate to.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 22:55:36 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of Nipitato


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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark amber hue. Thin off white head with good retention. Opaque.

S: Very nice aroma. Cherry notes come across like cherry pie with some doughy character. Yeasty. Some booze. A light spice aroma is also noticeable.

T: Malty sweet. Lots of dark fruits with strong cherry character. Yeasty and boozy. Some light spiciness. Nice bitterness at the end.

MF: Chewy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is obvious.

D: A very good beer from a very good brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 17:23:08 | More by Nipitato
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

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

A fine, creamy texture, heavy head leaves a coating of lace over this hazy red amber Quad. A ruby-red halo is apparent when the Ommegang Flute is put to the light.

The aroma is that of brandy soaked figs, raisins, plums and cherries. Very complex.

Three Philosophers' flavor follows its aroma, adding a long, dry finish and some musty earthiness. This one warms to reveal even more complexity and depth as it mellows.

Lively carbonation compliments the smooth, medium body of this beer with pleasant alcohol.

Sip or gulp as you please, Three Philosophers will reward any connoisseur. If you like the bottled version, seek out the draft as it is clearly superior.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2009 21:35:23 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of masterhomebrewer


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

Nice one-inch white head atop a beautiful dark rouge body. Raisins, cherries, candi sugar in the aroma. Tastes like a Belgian quad with a sour twist, which of course is exactly what the beer is. Sweet, complex, creamy up front and finishing perfectly with the light-sour bite. Smooth in the mouth with tight, intense carbonation and chewy goodness. The drinkability is above average considering the big abv -- and is a testament to the sweet/dry balance provided by the touch of sour. Good shit.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 22:17:15 | More by masterhomebrewer
Photo of darklordlager


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire on my 21st Birthday.

Pours a big fluffy tan head, that sat there and later reduced to practically nothing. Colour is an intriguing brown.

Smell is of dark fruit, some alcohol, and candi sugar.

Taste is big brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, faint cherry notes, vanilla. Alcohol is detectable as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- Not something that I would drink on a regular basis, or have more than one of in a sitting. A great treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 01:31:45 | More by darklordlager
Photo of brewcrew76


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage

A - Cherry brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that quickly changes to a ring of lace around the rim.

S - Spicy belgian yeast with tart cherries, hints of dark fruits, raisins and licorice. Slightly sweet, brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Complex and subtle at the same time.

T - Nutty with dark fruits, raisins, prunes and figs. Molasses, sweet malts and tart black cherry. The cherry is much darker in taste than aroma. Fairly sweet and seems to get sweeter as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel and it is sweet enough to feel a touch syrupy. Alcohol is hidden in taste but has a slight warming feeling going down.

D - Better than I remember it but the sweetness would prevent me from having more than 1 12oz bottle. A 750 might be a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 23:11:41 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/9/2007 (750mL bottle, brewed 2006, @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX)

Pours a dark red color ruby, light reddish head, diminishing. Some sour cherry aroma, but hard to distinguish in the bar. Sour, fizzy some cherry taste. Floral, dark fruit like plums, only some cherry, weakish. A dark heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 03:40:06 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of lamarr04


4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured gently into a tulip glass

A: deep mahogany color with inch and a half pillowy off white head

S: smell is sweet sugar with a hint of sour cherry. bready yeast also comes across the nose

T: again sweet sugar, yeast, dark fruit like notes of raisin or prune, just a hint of the kirek in the backgorund

M: mouthfeel is super smooth. beer has a medium body and nice carbonation. finishes extremely clean.

D: this beer is a sipper, but an easy one. not hard to put back a glass.

Notes: paired amazingly well with 75% dark chocolate and it is probably the most successful beer and food pairing i have managed to pull off.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 14:00:53 | More by lamarr04
Photo of MerkinMan


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

A: Dark opaque brown. Fluffy head that settles slowly.

S: Yeasty, cherry, and sweetness. Slightly sour scent too.

T: A strange dry spiciness stands out. The cherry flavor is noticeable in the aftertaste, and is quite sour. I am not immediately sold. A bit plainer that what I expect from Quad (hard to keep Trappist examples out of mind), but the addition of the sour lambic is nice.

MF: Light bodied, especially considering the ABV. Nice carbonation.

D: Not bad at all, but not a "wow" either. Lacks a bit of expected complexity. A good beer, but there are more preferred examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 20:38:33 | More by MerkinMan
Photo of jockstrappy


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

Pours a blackberry brandy color with a thin off-white head. Aromas noticed are mainly fruit, with cherries coming through the most. Main flavors noticed are cherry, plum, clove, and a little yeast....all with sweet and sugary malt backbone behind it, with a little alcohol in the finish. Good complexity here. Alcohol warmth becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. With the exception of the alcohol, this beer is not too heavy in the mouth, but I probably couldn't drink more then one in a sitting. Another good one by Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:12:44 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of MrIncognito


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle from Total Wine while in Carey, NC.

A - Poured into a stemless wine glass, the beer is opague reddish-brown with a nice fluffy tan head of about 2 fingers. Head lasts for a very long time and settles to a nice 1/4-inch film and leaves great sticky lacing on the glass.

S - The smell of cherries hits me up front with a nice tartness followed by that nice belgian yeast and dark malt. Bready yet sweet at the same time with hints of chocolate and alcohol in the back.

T&M - Very much like the smell but with less of a cherry presence than expected. Nice and malty with dark fruits and then the sweet and somewhat tart cherries following suit. Alohol is smooth and evens out the slightly high carbonation. Nice and warming with a great flavor.

D - I could sip on this all night. A great brew and a definite sipper. I was a little wierded out when I read it was a kriek and quad blend, but it came out nice. They compliment each other well. Will definite cellar one next time.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 21:12:39 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of JohnQVegas


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


Cloudy red-brown, decent light-khaki head, sifts down in short order to a tiny smattering of bubbles.

Aroma is fantastic - pureed raisins and brown sugar, fresh baked spice bread, loads of gingerbread.

Dry body, very well executed - brown sugar coated, lightly sour cherries up front, light breadcrust and spicebread notes, bit of tingly alcohol, with that effervescent, dry, ethereal lightness the best Belgian Quads & Strong Darks have. Finish lingers with perfect cherry on the tongue, just a bit of spicy brown sugar, hints of that breadcrusty bitterness. Beautifully done.

Lively carbonation, full bodied, seems to expand beautifully on the swallow, coating the throat and leaving behind some fantastic lingering flavors. Fantastic beer.

Nicely drinkable for such a huge beer, surprisingly so - a world class Quad.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 15:23:30 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of fingerlaker

New York

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little note before starting- buy a bottle of this and put it in your basement for a year. This dessert beer tastes much better after some time to mature.

Bottle is a 750 (Imperial)

Blasting the cork off 20 feet straight into the air, I pour it into a glass and get a soda-like fizz. TERRIBLE! So I give it a "top pour" and that leaves a nice, two finger head that sticks around a bit. I guess the first time around I poured it wrong. The head leaves tiny bands on the glass.

The smell is of wood, the sweetness of carmel and a little bit of medicine smell. Heavy alcohol scent. Quite nice.

Taste is a TON sweeter than expected, but still fantastic. This is a dessert beer. You have it after a meal as a treat. Taste is of a good toffee, carmel with nice spicing. A wee hop infusion in the middle- this beer wasn't designed to be bitter, so that is fine. The alcohol is VERY prominent and will kick your ass if you don't respect this 9.8% brew.

Despite it's heavy body and quite rich flavor, it's not grating or polarizing. It is very drinkable and is one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 15:04:22 | More by fingerlaker
Photo of WalterSobchak


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours reddish amber color with a fluffy 2-3 finger head.
S=Yeast, candy apple, and a background of cherry
T=Big carbonation with some bite/spice. Rhubarb or cherry with a tart and toasted malty followup that lingers for a long time.

This one is a bit over the top but I really like it. Very complex and not quite balanced but surprisingly drinkable. ABV and taste limits how much I pour.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:43:41 | More by WalterSobchak
Photo of bluesoul


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an odd mud color into a glass, with a monumental four-finger high tan head.

S - Plenty of cherry, along with a metallic note and quite a lot of yeast. Quite a pleasant smell.

T - First thing I taste is a muted cherry, then a yeasty heart and the finish is almost entirely alcohol.

M - Super slick, but the ABV is quite apparent in the aftertaste. Finish is dry and, again, quite a bit of alcohol present.

D - Though I feel like the alcohol is a bit out of balance with the rest of the beer it's still a good brew, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:39:40 | More by bluesoul
Photo of cleeze


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite the unique brew. Toss up between this an Victory's V-Twelve.

Pours a nice mahogany hue with a frothy beige head that produced some bad ass lacing. Syrupy

I deffinatly picked up on the cherries right away. Not over powering though. Balanced well with the sweet malty goodness. Fruity overall

Taste was of malty goodness again with a kick of cherries. I deffinatly felt the kick it packs but the abv is very well masked. Very yummy

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 05:13:47 | More by cleeze
Photo of talkinghatrack

New Jersey

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

a - Pours nicely into a goblet, revealing a deep clear red that ranges to orange at the tapered neck of the glass. Three finger beige head.

s - It's al yeast,l malts, and cherries in there with a lingering hint of spice and the slightest touch of alcohol.

t - A peppery sweetness with a bit of cherry in the mildly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation hits in the right spot to mask the 9.8% ABV. Warming on the throat. A little numbing on the palate.

m - Good stuff. Malty, almost syrupy as it arrives but mellows after the swallow.

d - Great Belgian ale for a cold winters day. Hearty with a warming sensation. The only downside is that it seems to be a little bit over carbonated but I'll try a pour a little rougher to see if I can take care of that. Probably not a session beer but a fine sipper for its style. Seems to deliver its ABV pretty quickly - maybe the high carbonation helped? Nice touch with the 2% cherry lambic without overdoing it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 20:53:34 | More by talkinghatrack
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy brown that turns sort of cherry colored when held up to light. Really nice beige head

S - candied pecans anyone? Definitely a nose full of cherries accompanied by brown sugar and a bit of Belgian yeast. There's also a hint of ABV in there. Nice

T - the cherry taste really jumps out initially and actually sticks around a fair bit in the aftertaste sort of in the roof of your mouth. I still get a bit of brown sugar and a lot of sweet dark malt. There's a bit of ABV present as well, but for almost 10% it's fairly well hidden. Also, it gives the beer that nice booze-soaked fig or raisin or plum taste us BA's are so fond of

M - creamy as all get out, yet the carbonation is just right to dance on your tongue as it massages it. Great

D - for a blend between a quad and a kriek it's quite good. I think this is the first time I've had this in like 4.5 years maybe, and it's still very enjoyable. Drinkable for what it is, but doing more than a couple of glasses would be intense

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:57:54 | More by ruckzuck
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mil, 2008 vintage

A - Dark orange - somewhere between a dark red and brown in color. Head formation is very strong and thick - at about 5mm. It is darker in color, similar to a stout. Carbonation is quite obvious. Little hazing that I can find.

S - Very yeasty - dominated by the belgian earthy yet spicy yeast. Some malt sweetness in the background, almost reminding me of cherries.

T - Starts of with a smooth sweet flavor. Starts to develop a hair of balance mid-stream with the yeast. Not very assertive. At the end is a strong bitter bite that comes way out of left field for me. Aftertaste is a acidic sour bite associated with a sort of cherry flavor.

M - Very carbonated, which is leading towards alot of bite on the tongue. The body of the beer itself is moderate to perhaps a bit light.

D - A filling beer combined with a high ABV in a 750 ml container - that speaks volumes for it being a single and special occasion beer. I believe that is the brewers intent anyway.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:39:58 | More by katan
Photo of thecheapies


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark reddish-brown (almost like a carbonated 'black-strap rum'); inch and a half of cream-colored head that dissipated in a hurry; barely any lacing remaining on the inside of my wide-bottomed brandy snifter after it continued to slide in sticky strangles

hints of raisin, tart cherry, licorice in the nose; some interesting malty and fruity aromatics here

sweet and sour notes, bready with noticeable alcohol--long-lingering flavor; residual bitterness on the back of the tongue throughout and even after the finish

sloshy, frothy, and coating; medium-thick mouthfeel

decently drinkable for 'next-to-10%' ABV; love this Quad-Kriek combo--somewhat comparable to the more straightforward Cherry Quadzilla from Church Brew Works (Pittsburgh pride holding true!)

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 01:55:27 | More by thecheapies
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a dark, opaque mahogany brown with a thin, foamy light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bit of sticky lacing.

S - Ripe cherries, sweet malt, hints of phenolic character and a tad bit of licorice on the nose initially, also accompanied by a bit of a general herb-like character.

T - Sweetness of the malt mixed with ripened cherries hit the palate first. This is followed by a bit of licorice and tiny hint of alcohol that combine with a small hit of phenols which leaves a sweet, dry cherry finish. Quite a taste that challenges the palate.

MF - On the lighter end of full-bodied with a smooth feel punctuated only by a twinge of the combination of slight alcohol and a higher carbonation.

D - Relatively drinkable although the ABV is on the higher side.

Notes - A good tasting Quad-blend and quite interesting with the addition of cherries, however I feel that this aspect would get too sweet too quick. Granted, I would really only have this as an aperitif or to compliment a cheese or chocolate. All in all though, a pretty tasty brew that shows the amount of craftsmanship of Ommegang and a definite recommendation to any fan of Belgian-styled beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:45:42 | More by Mazeraski
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South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle, purchased as part of the 2007 anniversary pack from Ommegang.

Pours a translucent garnet. Nice, solid head. Very fluffy.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, black cherries, brown sugar, and alcohol.

I was surprised to taste a good bit of rich and roasted nuttiness, much like a brown ale. The cherry is not overpowering at all, which is nice. Other dried fruits are apparent. Just a fantastic balance. The ABV isn't really that noticeable.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and creamy throughout. Coats the mouth and leaves you begging for another sip. Just heavenly.

I think this is a highly drinkable beer. The ABV keeps it from being a 5.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:02:01 | More by Gyle41386
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You've got to be kidding me. What a great beer. I had no idea it had cherries in it till I opened the bottle and read it. What a fabulous beer.

appearance: deep dark brown, with orangish tint

smell: hint of hops, and a tad of fruit smell

taste: rich and slight nutty roasted flavors, good balance of flavors but not overwhelming as I expected. slight cherry.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: quality but maybe 3 philosphers should be a tripel. J/k

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:00:36 | More by CampusCrew
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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