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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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5,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,113
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 206
Gots: 613 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of kylejohnson03
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Corked and Caged 2009 Vintage. Poured into a chalice on Oct 12 2009.

A: Pours a muddy red, very cloudy. One finger of head on the initial pour, but settles into nothing. A quick swirl of the glass leaves no lacing on the sides.

S: Cherries are the first to hit, as I expected. Tobacco and alcohol round it out to make it very pleasant on the nose.

T: Taste of cherries and raisins. The more I drink, the darker malts come out. Finishes with a little alcohol burn on the throat, sweetness on the palate, and a desire to drink more.

First of the Ommegang beers that I have tried, the others are soon to follow. 3P definately lives up to the hype that surrounded it's arrival to Oklahoma. The cherries aren't exactly "my thing" but I can appreciate this beer for exactly what it is... A very well done Quad with a unique twist.

kylejohnson03, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at the Sierra Grille, amazing beers and prices. Pours a dark blood red with a half finger head that leaves almost no lacing. A nice cloud coats the beer. Smells of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol bite. Taste is dark fruits, malts, citrus, raisins, alcohol and cherries keep coming to mind. Mouth feel is moderate bodied, low carbonation, a good warming and a real nice oily coat of flavor on the tongue. Drinkability is good, good taste, decent price, alcohol may kill this one over time, a very nice twist on a quad.

cbutova, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet :

A: Pours a dark red color with a cream coloured head, lots of molecular lacing and big head retention - WOW !!

S: Smells of dark fruits like raisins and plums and walnuts

T: Little tart with loads of raisins, plums and cherries. Really big and complex taste here.

M: Very silky and optimal carbonation

D: A great beer, to savour - can go on and on - nice and slow. This is a big favorite

BeerSingh, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
4.72/5  rDev +14%

caged corked bottle, dated 2008

A: Poured dark ruby red into chimay goblet. 1-1/2 finger head
S: Sweet malt. light cherry aroma.
T: light tart cherry, sweet malt slightly bready like a sweet bread.
M: very smooth, light carbonation, a light syrup feeling as well
D: will be finishing by myself, not the first time Ive had this beer.
would reccomend this. This was also my first craft beer i ever drank, I had it on tap on my birthday.

rootbeerman, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of HopBacchus
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

2008 Vintage

A: This Pours a murky ruddy brown color, very little head, very little lacing

S: Smells like it should, dark red fruit spices and rich malt. Alcohol presence is strong in the nose.

T: Caremel, Toffee, Cherry RICH MALTS and ALCOHOL

This medium bodied beer becomes a sipper because of its lack of ability to conceal its abp this does thin the body a bit however this beer is certainly less drinkable than it should be

ehhh this beer was extremely overpriced if its offered to you for free i wouldn't say no to it, however i won't be ordering this beer again

HopBacchus, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4.43/5  rDev +7%

2009 Vintage

Rich deep mahogany color with reddish hues and lots of fat sticky lace. Lots of malt in the aroma..some raisin, lots of dark cherry malted, very rich. Flavor is much the same with the malted cherries taking the forefront and the raisin, fig notes sticking more in the back. Some Belgian yeastiness comes through but its faint. Theres just a lot of rich malt flavors going on here and its wonderful. Id only expect this one to get better after a few years as the cherry would probably round out and the raisin notes would come more firmly through. Alcohol is not detectable.

allboutbierge, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A- 3P's pours with a light dissipating foamy head. At first glance, it appears mahogany, but a little backlighting shows its true ruby tones

S- Malty with a tartness that is similar to notes in a sweeter chardonnay

T- I taste so many flavors they are hard to pick out. Definitely a high gravity beer, the alcohol hits you upon first sip. I can pick out raisons, and cherry (not sour more like the cherries were mulled). I would call this beer sweet AND savory

M-Very light but not thin

D- I could not see myself drinking more than one at a time. Just the abv% alone would wipe me out but the flavor too I find is better in smaller doses

Notes- Amazing creaminess with warming qualities, the lacing is consistent throughout. I want to wait a few months until it's cold and I have a fire going to retry this one.

smallbatchbrewer, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Color is dark brown with random hues of red. Poured slowly, as instructed on the bottle, and a two-finger dirty white head appeared quickly and skeddadled. A few fat fingers of lace jut upwards and a few dots speckle the perimeter of the glass. The complex aroma involves big dark fruits, sweet malts, grain, spice and bubblegum. Closer inspection reveals some diacetyls, faint hops and a note of distant caramel. Taste isn't quite as complex, but big and bold just the same with a graininess up front followed by ripened dark fruit (cherries and plums) some sour fruit, a welcomed hop hit, some sweet malts and spice. Goes slightly rough with a ubiquitous alcohol heat, which never bothers me. It's a bit airy with a good amount of carbonation, and the mouth-feel lies right between medium and heavy.

stephens101, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Deep copper color, almost no head at all, probably due to the danty pour as indicated by the bottle. No lacing.

S: Deep, complex aroma. Hit by the alcohol first off, then the dark fruits - cherries and plums. Third, the malt, which in combination smells absolutely fantastic.

T: Very rich and vinous, cherries and alcohol are at the forefront. The cherries give off a slightly sour taste. The malt is subtle and gives a bit of sweetness. Alcohol definitely leaves a warming sensation in the aftertaste.

M/D: Alcohol comes in strong, fitting to the style. Carbonation is spot on. Medium to medium-full body.

TheViolator666, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

I'm going to temper my personal preference during my review, and try to judge this beer simply for what it is: and that is, an excellent quad.

The color was a deep, dark reddish. Very nice head that retained. My major qualm with this beer was the overwhelming taste of cherries. Maybe it was a psychological thing, but all I could taste every time I took a sip was cherries. However, that's not a fault in the beer - it's just personal preference.

The ABV was disguised nicely and it went down very easily.

It won't be among my personal favorites, but this is an excellent beer nonetheless.

Mavajo, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml. My first Ommegang, always see them, today I decided to buy one. I went with the 9.8% ABV bottle.... what does that say about me? Oh well.

Pours a rusty copper with almost no head, although this was slow-poured as per bottle indications. Coloration is nice.

S- Smells like a red wine. Deep, tangy and tart. Hmm.

T- Follows the nose. Tart, sweet, a bit dry, tangy, mildly puckering. Not what I expected, although still pretty good.

As I get about 1/2 way in, the tart cherries come out to play and this beer dances across my tongue. Not for the novice, this beer has several different levels of flavors that really beg to be combed through and catalog. I'll just call them tasty.

M- Crisp, full, thick, healthy carbonation considering, and no alcohol detected besides a residual warming. Very intense, very good.

D- A 750 went down easy. At 9.8%, you know that's a good beer. I'd buy this again, and while this beer was not what I was expecting, it was very good and has me excited for future Ommegang purchases.

ShogoKawada, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown, little darker than a coca-cola but in the light its an amber. There is lots of carbonation with a light tan head 2 fingers that lasts awhile with good lacing. When you swirl head comes back quickly and stays for a while again.

The aroma is sweet hints of raisins, chocolate, can really smell the malts.

The taste is a bit of a letdown, its ok, but drinking next to a R10 its quite lacking. There are notes of chocolate, with a little bitter end.

Has a nice mouthfeel, lasts several seconds. Decent drinkabiliyt.

jrallen34, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%

Ommegang is easily one of the premier American-Belgian style brewers. I have had a few of their brews in the past, and was not too impressed. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. Here is my review of their Quad.

A: Pours a murky brownish red. Head fizzes away rather quickly. No lacing present.

S/T: Smells like a typical dark Belgian Ale. Dark fruits, spice and alcohol. Taste is actually a little too harsh for my taste. Not a smooth beer at all. Alcohol is quite prominant in the taste. There is also quite a bit of malt. Caramel and toffee. Cherry and cherry pits along with an oaky and woody character. A touch of banana in there as well. Flavors do not seem very well blended it is just a bit too unremarkable overall.

M/D: Medium bodied with a very fizzy and bubbly mouthfeel. Quite a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Definetly a sipper. Too harsh to gulp.

I will admit, I am not the biggest Quad fan. But compared to others I have had, this one is pretty middle-of-the-road. Flavor needs more refinement and the alcohol presence needs to be more masked. Probably not one I would drink again. I recommend it if you are a big Belgian Quad fan. If not, then you might want to pass.

OldSchoolGamer, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

12oz beer poured into a fancy glass.

Pours a dark brown with some reddish hues. Very little head. Smell is somewhat malty and a little sweet and slightly sour, you can notice the cherries.

Taste is very complex. Not very warming but a bit sharp from the alcohol. The taste is sour and a bit sweet from the cherries, but not too harsh, very good for someone trying to get into sours. There are also some oaky and woody notes to it, reminds me of Bourbon.Nice amount of carbonation. For a Quad, this is really drinkable and quite smooth for such a complex beer.

kingcrowing, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of r0nyn
3.6/5  rDev -13%

Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

A hazy, mellow reddish liquid filled the glass as I poured it. It looks rather pretty, especially when held up to the light. There's a large-ish head that bubbles up as the glass is filled, then slowly dissipates into a paper-thin layer floating at the top. The smell is definitely alcoholic, with subtle nuances of berries wafting through as well.

Has a tangy, tart bite that masks the alcohol at first, but then the 9.8% asserts itself. It's not overpowering by any means, but definitely evident. The finish has some of that alcoholic taste, along with some of the berries from the smell. Mouthfeel is decent, has a medium body which, combined with the alcohol content, definitely makes it a sipper.

Overall, a good beer. Perhaps a bit too alcoholic for my tastes, but quite drinkable all the same.

r0nyn, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Overlord
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%

Decided to re-try a few of these Ommegang brews and put in some reviews.

Pours a hazy/cloudy brown with ruddy hues when held to light. Gigantic billowing off-white foam head.

Smells like fruit laden yeasty bread, surprising amount of cherry, and some spice.

Flavor adds add in Belgian candi, a strange astringent ... yeasty spiciness. A bit watery and thin, but some bubbling carbonation. I don't know. It's basically a sweet Belgian dark ale with a bit of puckery cherry to it. Just too astringent, yet cloyingly spicy sweet at same time.

As you work through the bottle (Even a 12 oz.er), it gets wearisome.

Overlord, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of badesign
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours the dark reddish-brown of dried blood with garnet highlights. Aroma is very strong and consists of big brown sugar and molasses notes, cherries, of course, and sticky dark fruits, namely raisin and fig.

In tasting this beer I started with it far too cold; don't make the same mistake! Don't bother taking a sip till it warms to maybe 55-60 degrees or more; it doesn't taste very good, and frankly doesn't taste like much of anything. When the temperature comes around, the flavor is of hard candy with lightly medicinal cherry notes, lemon and white bread. There is some alcohol, especially in the strong, lingering aftertaste, but not much associated warming sensation.

The carbonation is tight and effervescent, very pleasing. Drinkability is great insfar as you'll enjoy the beer so much that you'll wish you had more, but the alcohol will catch up eventually.

A truly great beer that represents a compromise between tradition and innovation and pulls it off with aplomb. I only got one to try but would buy it again in a heartbeat.

badesign, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of mjaskula
4.47/5  rDev +8%

12 oz. bottle served in a large wine glass. Pours a dark amber brown with a thin tan head. I don't think I poured it as vigorously as i should have, the head was thin and there was no lacing. Otherwise looks great.

The aroma from this beer is excellent, sweet dark fruits, cherries, spices and alcohol. The flavor doesn't disappoint either, more sweetness, full of raisin and cherries, a tiny bit of hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. Carbonation is perfect and mouth feel is clean and dry.

This is easily one of my favorite beers.

mjaskula, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

Bottle pours a rich amber/copper color with less than a half finger of head. Smell is rich caramel malt and huge spice notes, hints of raisin and chocolate, stinging alcohol, and some floral hop notes.

Taste up front is overripe dark fruit with a splash of spices washing it down. Reminds me quite a bit of a less-boozy version of Rochefort 10....which means I "sort of" like it. There is a lot of flavor here, but it is not a flavor that is particularly appealing to me.

Drinkability suffers because after a while the flavor begins to get boring and it becomes a task to finish the bottle. Not a bad quad by any stretch of the imagination, but not one that I will be seeking again.

alcstradamus, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

750ml corked and caged, 2009 vintage, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, dark, translucent ruby body with lively, fine carbonation from the bottom of the tulip (thanks, Duvel, for the etched "D"); big, foamy, off-white head slowly dissipates into a cap, leaving lots of lacing. Great-looking brew.

S: Staying strong. Ripe cherries dominate the nose, backed up by sweet dark fruits (raisins, for the most part - maybe some prunes as well). Hugely malty and fruity, with just a faint whiff of yeast.

T: Starts out as a straightforward continuation of the smell: rich, sweet, fruity malts, with cherries predominant. Tastes great. Unfortunately, upon the finish the flavors devolve from rich and mellow to harsh and cloying - a strongly bitter, astringent cherry aftertaste keeps this from being a truly top-notch quad. Perhaps some age would help mellow this out, but for now this beer fails to follow through on the potential of its aroma and initial flavors.

M: A little thinner than I expected, but nice and smooth with abundant, fine carbonation.

D: I'm doing fine finishing off the 750 by myself, but the harsh aftertaste keeps me from wanting to quaff this intense brew.

Notes: I was really looking forward to trying this, and I'm very glad I did - yet another strong offering from Ommegang. I wish they would offer this beer without the 2% Kriek portion - the rich malts and alcohol of the quad base were blowing me away, but the bitter astringency of the lambic left me disappointed. Still, an extremely tasty beer, and at least a couple bucks cheaper than any Belgian quad - although, having had both recently, I'd gladly pay the extra 2.50 to get St. Bernardus Abt 12.


woosterbill, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Thought this would be a good one for my 80th review.

A - brown hazy copper color small lingering head.

S - light smell of cherry

T - cherries with slight fig a bit acidic.

M - creamy smooth really nice

D - even with the higher ABV enjoyed this quite a bit and look forward to the next one.

Casey10, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of alkemy
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

2009 bottle
Poured deep, dark coppery brown with a slight red hint around the edges of the glass. The thick head was a bit fleeting, but laced my glass nicely. Spicy Belgian yeast smell with sour cherries in the background. Nice alcohol and cherry flavor at first, then you get the bready sweet malts. Damn, this stuff is good! Very drinkable despite the ABV. Luckily, I only had one 750, because if more was at my disposal it would have been downed as well.

alkemy, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a tulip with a one finger head, no lacing to be seen. Copper color.

The smell is vinous with a berry esther. The malts are of the dark fruit variety. There's no problem picking up any scent. It's very robust and pronounced.

This is a very distinct tasting quad. The esthers come through as a mix of berries and black cherries. The finish is medicinal and has a numbing effect.

Mouthfeel is slightly tannic and bitter, leaving a very dry feeling on the palate. By then end of this 750ml I was in dire need of a glass of water, but that was expected.

Definitely a sipper, but no problem finishing a bottle solo. Very tastey with a complex variety of dark fruits.

Vonerichs, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of scottbrew4u
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

A 2008 that I picked up recently.

A: Poured a dark amber to light brown in color with ruby hues and good clarity. Head was a tall frothy tan mass with good retention and lacing.

S: Molasses, dried cherries, and black currants compliment the rich caramel and roasted malt aroma. Hops come through only slightly as a spicy pepper aroma. Fruity yeast and fusel alcohol are present too.

T: Sweet nuttiness, caramel and slightly burnt sugar fill the malt profile. Dried cherries are a wonderful compliment to the rich malts. Yeast ads a bit more fruity esters.

M: Smooth medium body with some alcohol warmth. Carbonation tight.

D: A sipper but a lovely flavorful beer to experience. I would definitely have this one again.

scottbrew4u, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of majesticsock
5/5  rDev +20.8%

The beer has a red & brown tint to it. Pours with a medium head that looks great and incredibly rich.

The smell on this is amazing. Smells like a true Belgian ale with a hint of cherry.

Has a sweet and a bit heavy taste. Difficult to taste the 9.8% alcohol, but I can definitely feel it.

Mouthfeel was a bit thicker than I expected and foams up quick when swooshing around, but has a nice soft texture to it.

Drinkability is exceptional. I could easily stick with this the whole night.

majesticsock, Aug 25, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,113 ratings.