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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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5,292 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,292
Reviews: 1,921
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 218
Gots: 686 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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 minishfinish
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a fantastic malty bouquet with hints of cherry. It's a great bouquet,, and I would suggest the pouring instruction on the bottle be followed. The bottle I had didn't have an exception amount of yeast settlement by any means. Flavor very much malt driven with cherry undertones and strong yeast flavors. Well balanced with great structure. It's a malt bomb, with an almost buttery mouth feel. I love this beer. I must admit that this is my first Quadruple, and my my first from Ommegang. I am impressed though, and it was worth the four dollars I payed for it. I recommend it.

minishfinish, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle dated 3/21/10 which makes this 7 months old.

A: Murky reddish brown iced tea color. Minimal amount of tan off white head. Very thin maybe half a fingers worth.

S: Verynice chocolate toffee notes along with some sticky type fruits like dates and raisins. More so raisin. Nice belgian quality textbook quad nose.

T: alot of the cherry comes through initially and raisin. Most of the complexities from the nose don't seem to carry over to the taste.

M: Not overly impressed with the mouthfeel. A bit lighter and thinner then I like. Light carbonation and not difficult to drink.

Overall: Just a so so quad IMO. Not overly impressive. I expected this to be better.

BigMike, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of montyshoewalker
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Upon pour I was delighted by its nice dark tone, little bit of head, and everything settled nicely into our glass. Smell was pleasant with a few noticeable notes of cherry (which may have been partially influence by the liner notes on the bottle itself).

Taste - 8/10. I'd have to describe as creamy, large, and very heavy on the 'fruit'. Crispness not so much, but again much so on the cream dept. Good beer overall, just not my favorite. Definitely a decent Belgium, but again, not the best I've ever had. Drinkable 100%, but didn't really leave us talking about it.

montyshoewalker, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of aranheaney
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second weekend of Ommegang love (compliments of my lovely wife and Wegmans). Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter:

A-Beautiful, deep amber, nice finger of lacing that hangs around, awesome overall

S-cherry (duh), earthy of maybe root vegetables, very interesting

T-Awesome, very upfront, but it holds true to the smell throughout

M-very fluid, no unpleasant aftertaste

D-not for sessioning, but a wonderful nightcap

aranheaney, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer mug for maximum head enjoyment.

Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany (nearly-ruby) color with a lot of darkness. Head reaches the top of the glass, then recedes to about a half-finger remnant that is sure to stay throughout the drinking process. Lightly dimpled head. Moderate lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Heavy solvent odor which fares well against licorice, clove, nutmeg, etc. The hops are largely floral and hidden against the blanket of spices. Smells like a good autumn beer. Light-syrupy sweetness is also moderately perceivable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Piney, tingly flavor. The beer comes alive on the tongue, as earthy tones explode into citrus- or banana-like flashes of flavor. Only slightly sweet, with a medium-level of bitterness. Moderate carbonation allows for maximum enjoyment.

Drinkability: I could easily drink one every night. Two on weekends.

I first had Three Philosophers out of a 750 mL bottle, and wasn't cultured enough at the time to actually enjoy it...but even then, it tasted amazing. I bought a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles for about $16, and I think that was a pretty good deal for this brew. I think I might try aging one or two of the bottles, just to see what would come of that.

Lauthaha, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an extremely deep ruby color with about a finger and a half of caramel colored head. Retention is decent, and the lacing sticks around for a while.

Smell: Dark, ripe fruits, tons of estery alcohol notes, a hint of cherry, and some maltiness underneath all of that.

Taste: A medium amount of caramel malts, dark fruits, a bit of clove and cherry, and a ton of esters and booziness. There is a bunch of subtle complexities going on in this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Body is just under medium, carbonation is about right and leads to a bit of a peppery alcohol finish. This beer is nearly 10% ABV and honestly, I can tell. However, it seems to fit the beer about right; the other flavors mix well with it. Overall, nicely done quad by Ommegang.

zhanson88, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of wvsabbath
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 22oz Bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/yellowish brown. Little creamy head. Some yeast flotting around

Smell - Basic quad smell, malts, barley, tons of spices, yeast, floral overtones

Taste - Nice mild cherry bite at first. Lots of spices and malts. After it got warmer started to really get the floral taste, grapes, apples, cherrys

Mouthfeel - Pretty hard on the mouth for its bitterness and alcohol. Took away from enjoying the fruits cause the burn was a little much

Drinkabilty - Not bad, it cant tounch trappist 10 or chimay but its solid. I wouldnt run out and but again, but its decent.

wvsabbath, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice reddish brown with a light tan head that stays around at about half a finger and leaves some good lacing. Nose brings forward subtle hints of cherries along with some light caramel and dark fruits. Hints of molasses. The taste really doesn't bring much cherry flavor at all. Really, I can't detect it, and it was faint enough in the nose. The taste does bring some Belgian yeasty esters and some caramel. Good, sturdy body that is slightly creamy. Not nearly as complex as I'd like to see, but pretty good overall.

Thorpe429, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark red color with a fair size head that perisisted through out. It smells strong and there is a strong cherry smell. The taste is very complex, very heavy full flavor, cherry flavor really stands out. The flavor stays on your paletee and theres nothing wrong with that. Overall amzing, loved it must try.

vette2006c5r, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When poured from the bottle this brew produces a thick head with a slight reddish hue to it. The color of the beer is a truly phenomenal red color that is very cloudy. The overall appearance is a thing of beauty and only alludes to the overall quality of the brew. The first taste produces nice cherry hints which can also be smelled as it is being drank. Overall it is a great beer but lost points for me in the drinkability category because of the strong taste. I know this taste is precisely what the brewers at ommegang were going for and thus i cannot fault their genius. Hats off to ommegang once again.

BigPlay1824, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of JLeege
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 vintage. 12oz bottle into a chalice.

Appearance- pours a deep mohagany with a finger and a half off white head. Looks good, but I poured this one great! Good retention, some spotty lace left behind.

Smell- Dark malts, sweet, cherries are deffinitly in there. Carmalized sugar. A tad medicinal.

Taste- This is good. Cherry is hitting me right up front. It tastes Authentic, not medicinal or artifical in taste thankfully. Brown sugar and dark malt sweetness in middle. A subtle breadyness as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Sweet and creamy, but not over the top.

Overall- This is a great desert beer. Definitly a one and done, but you will want to revist this again and again.

JLeege, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is thick and nice....your typical quad smells, such as molasses, burnt sugar, alcohol and caramel. There's also some cherries present as well, which isn't a surprise given what it says on the label.

Pours a brown color in the glass...somewhat thin head.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for what I'd expected. Taste is an interesting mix between malts and sweetness...there's the obligatory molasses and caramel...and there's also a tart cherry taste in the background. The flavors are in pretty good harmony with one another. The sweet malt is pulled back a bit compared to other beers like this as to let the fruit show. In the finish, there's a bit of residual tartness along with a bit of brown sugar...but really, it finishes pretty clean without any astringency, bitterness or roasted character. Much cleaner than most beers like this. The cherry flavor is great in my opinion. Not overdone or fake. Alcohol very, very well hidden.

Absolutely delicious. I highly approve of this beer. Whereas some beers of this style may try to blow people away with flavor, this one has a nice harmony between two flavors which go together quite well.

NODAK, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App- Poured out a deep copper penny and ruby with a minute portion of head that stayed for a brief minute.

Sm- Smelled of sweet and sour cherries a hint of oranges and campfire wood was a surprise for both me and my old lady. Wish there was more Kriek to it.

Ta- Hints of cherries, walnut and garden vegetable, only a tad sweet for the first portion of the session then opened up quite well as it warmed. Slight alcohol in the finish nicely complimented the back flavors of yeast and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and pure, grabbed the tongue and walls of the mouth and made them beg the flavor to open up more.

Drinkability- Yes but not too much, it was a good beer at first and a great beer after about a half hour, I just don't think waiting that long for it to develop deserves too much. I would recommend it however if you've never tried, it is worth a visit.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Another brew I felt I had to revisit. It pours a ruby-tinted russet topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose is a menage-a-trois of black cherries, rye bread, and dried wheat. The taste begins with the wheat, burnt this time, then moves into a solid helping of slightly medicinal cherry. If it weren't for that bit o' cough medicine, this would have been great. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Overall, a solid outing, but falls a bit short of gem status.

TMoney2591, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with this one

This bottle pours a deep red color that borders on mahogany. There is no real foam. The aroma smells strongly of oranges in addition there is a cough syrup like aroma that is rather strong for my liking, but the pleasant aroma all together with the orangy booze is rather nice. The taste is really nice. There is the bready, banana yeast flavors that would be expected in a Belgian style. The mouthfeel is pretty darn smooth no harshness or bitterness from the alcohol like you would expect. It's pretty drinkable and an overall solid brew. I think that it's quite a nice brew overall.

Vdubb86, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of ambluhm
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review was from a 2007 Three Philosophers, 12 oz. bottle.

The color was a dark reddish color with brownish orange around the rim. There was a slight head, with big foam bubbles, but it disappeared quickly.

The nose was really gorgeous with hints of cherries and a definite touch of malty caramel to it. It was certainly inviting.

The mouthfeel was the winning aspect. I have tried a new Three Philosophers, and it appears that the time in the bottle softened the beer. It did not have as sharp of acidity, and the bitterness had all but dissipated. Many people might see this as a flaw, but it actually put the beer more into my preferred style.

Overall, I really enjoyed it. I wish I had more of it, this was simply a left over bottle from a while back. I really enjoyed the experience and it was neat to try the specific vintage. A truly delicious brew.

ambluhm, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice dark brownish red color.

S- Smell of cherries and hint of apples notes and bread dough background.

T- Taste of cherries and any others fruit notes like a apples and even a little mild doughy background of the yeast.

M- Semi-dry warmth from the alcohol and flavors of fruit linger throughout the sip.

D- Very darn good beer. My third quad style. This is a little more distinct with the cherries being in the front but have to try more. But I do like this beer alot. Worth a try to all.


SamuelJackson45, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a bubbly froth on the top. Leaves nice lacing as well.

Smell: Yeasty and malty with a subtle hint of cherries. Slight hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts mildly bitter with a hint of cherries. Develops a malty taste towards the back that finishes sweet, yeasty, and a bit tart. Leaves a tart aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth to drink.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Ommegang. This one is certainly a sipper but definitely enjoyable and something I'll look for again.

wahhmaster, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of fragilemacabre
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice, 2010 bottling (so a fresh specimen). This was the first craft beer I truly loved (Hennepin was my introduction), and I don't know how I've not reviewed it yet. No time like the present.

It's a gorgeous beer. Thick, pale, fluffy head (suitable for drawing smiley faces in) that eventually simmers down. Deep black-cherry red coloring (no wonder because of the cherry lambic and strong cherry scents and flavors that saturate the beer) that gets a bit lighter towards the bottom of my chalice. The boyfriend (resident beer nerd to my fledgling one) says young Ommegang beers have a distinctive taste, but I haven't had enough to tell. As it stands, the alcohol comes through most tellingly in its scent, though it isn't overpowering or offputting.

Tastewise, this is complex and nigh quaffable. I'm impressed by the cherry flavor coming through so strongly without it being cloying or saccharine, but the great yeasty mouthfeel and bitterness balance makes it so, so enjoyable.

fragilemacabre, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark copper/brown color with a staying 2 finger head with nice lacing looks good..smell is cherries ,fig,plum,raisins, ..taste is a market of fruit with cherries first then plum and other currant fruits..its really creamy and sweet very tasty..mouth feel is full and robust so much fruit mixed with sweet caramel lots of kriek flavors and candy so smooth and tasty..one of my favorite domestic quads

gatornation, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2008. Pours a earthy caramel brown with hints of garnet, a finger or so of head builds.

Odd profile, the malt and spice of a quad with a hint of cherry - creating almost a cherry cola note. Booze wafts up in the nose especially but time has obviously mellowed the flavor - earth, spice, toffee, quite dry almost astringent, touch of booze still in the finish, cherry but it borders on fake/syrup. Not all that impressed but it's hard to call it bad. Good carb for style, lush but not prickly.

ritzkiss, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Even when poured with care, this left a large head in the tulip glass. Smells of caramel, soy (!) and yeast, and the look stirs about some mysterious ideas.

In the mouth it is quite creamy and soft, and goes down easy enough for the circa 10 abv. The buttery joys of this mouthfeel are rarely felt. The taste lingers for awhile, so it is a slow drinker despite the good taste.

sellmeagod, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A- Deep reddish brown. Can see the carbonation rising. Luscious foamy head with some lacing evident. Looks wonderful!

S- "Fresh" bubble gum. Hint of cherries and raisins.

T- More fruitiness...hits the spot. can taste the alcohol but not too over powering.

M- Slightly syrupy, nice and creamy.

D/O- This would be a good beer (in a bomber) to have in celebration of something big. Drinking almost should be focused on this beer and this beer alone...meaning after this one anything else would seem to disappoint.

My first Quad...thanks Kirk from work!

Duff27, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Agold
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark reddish garnet color with a small amount of just off white head. The beer smells of Belgian yeast, plums, and a bit of cherries. The fruityness is what is most prevalent in the taste of this beer. Plums and dried cherries dominate. The alcohol is very well hidden. Good medium to heavy mouthfeel with solid carbonation. A good drinkable belgian beer with definite replay value.

Agold, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of adam42381
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Release. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. Packaged on 12/21/09. Best by 12/2014.

Appearance: Pours an opaque chocolate brown with a 1/2 finger foamy white head which dissipates almost instantly. No lacing. A little disappointing.

Smell: Dried fruits with cherries being the most dominant. Just a hint of alcohol in the background.

Taste: Delicious flavor which mixes sweet dried fruits and spices. The alcohol is evident at the finish and provides a nice warming sensation. Mildly phenolic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation and a mild alcohol bite.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability, especially considering the very high ABV. This is one to drink slowly and savor.

Overall: An excellent beer overall. The style doesn't get much better if it's not brewed in Belgium.

adam42381, Sep 19, 2010
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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