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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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5,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,673
Reviews: 1,987
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 264
Gots: 975 | FT: 19
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of korguy123
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz 2010 vintage into snifter.
Review from notes.

A- Hazy brown/copper with rich ruby red hue. Finger width light beige head just sits there minding it's own business. Lacing is sheeting.

S- Sweet dark fruits. Tart cherries, Belgian yeast, faint cloves and all spice. Brown sugar and vanilla sweeten the mix. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Almost has a butter tart aroma to it.

T- Typical quad (stone fruits and sugar) Yeast, cloves, and faint cinnamon. Cherries are sweet with a quick tart finish. Warming alcohol is minimal.

M- Creamy and silky with a low carbonation. Slight warming from the alcohol.

O- This is an excellent style representation with a new twist. It's a go to in the fridge and I have several in the cellar for years to come.

Photo of Stocean1
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger head from a big bottle into a tulip, nice orange cherry colour, quickly down to a nice collar of foam.

Smell is yeasty, cherry, sweet tarts.

Taste follows the nose with some malt and dark fruits.

Mouth is medium body with little carbonation, not overly bitter but tart and dry.

Overall a great brew with plenty of complexity and one I will always grab when I can. The abv is well masked although it comes through in your head during the second half of the bottle.

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

My second quad, I really enjoyed it!

A: Opaque, orange bodied brew that produced a single fingered head with decent retention from a hard pour into a snifter glass. Was glad to see some nice strings of lacing wrap the glass following each sip.

S: Had a cold so my nose was a bit stuffed, but I was able to detect some dark fruits and herbs, with hints of spice on the tail end.

T/M: Lots of fruits, with a great undertone of spice. Sweet caramel malts back up the fruit and accompany nicely, a slight burn from the alcohol resonates on the tongue after each sip of this medium/heavy brew.

O: I really enjoyed the experience and am now more interested to try more of this variety.

Photo of zimm421
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Appears a dark copper color, that is almost brown. Has a nice three fingers of head. The head is tan and thick and has decent staying power.

Nose is full of sweetness. Notes of dark fruit, some cherries and the nice heavy malts. There is some spiciness, but nothing that noticeable. Taste is very sweet upfront. Lots of dark fruits, cherries and sweet, dark malts. This is what dominates the flavor. Not a lot of balance, but it does finish with some tartness from the fruits.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium-full with that nice smooth carbonation feel that also leaves a little bite on your tongue. Overall, a good brew. Not the best quad I've ever had, but still satisfying. The cherry adds an interesting note to the beer. Definitely worth having around.

Photo of MsRif
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on-tap as well as bottled. Had from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, NY. Poured a burgundy color with a bit of haze to it. Small head that mostly receded, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma of spices, fruit, yeast, roasty malts and just general goodness. Tastes of dark fruits, primarily cherries and plums. Notes of brown sugar, yeast and spices. You can taste the alcohol a bit, but not much.

Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Well-balanced brew that is drinkable. I also love the design and name of this one. I'll have more of it in the future, I'm sure. Recommended!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: This is an awesome looking beer. It pours a solid brown with deep red, sort of purple, and beautiful garnet hues. Light bubble streams rise from the bottom to give it an inviting and lively appearance. Its huge, and I mean massive, light khaki colored head leaves solid lacing and has great retention.

S: Sweet dark fruits (plums, dates, and of course cherries) and your typical belgian phenols provide the foundation for the aroma. A bit of sweet malts and a slight medicinal scent round out the aroma, while a significant touch of alcohol finishes it off.

T: The taste is very similar to the aroma with significant sweet cherry and dark fruits. Belgian yeast is also noticeable with a bit of alcohol at the end.

M: This is very smooth with the perfect amount of carbonation. It is medium bodied and leaves a slight alcoholic warming effect.

O: This is a very solid example of a quad. I particularly enjoyed the role of the kriek in this one to give it that dark fruit and cherry input. I will definitely revisit this when I can get my hands on it.

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

A - Dark red, burgundy heavy body that was poured slowly into a chalice. Gave a little bit of a head with an impressive ring. Some yeast sediment slowly orbits around within the glass.

S - Strong cherry and wooden tones with a robust sweetness and very pushy pungent alcoholic aroma.

T - Dark plum and cherry of course - all the fixings of a solid Belgian quad. A warm, yeasty characteristic in the backbone with a soothing yet rather strong finish in alcohol.

M - Yeasty, soothing creaminess that persists the whole way.

O - A very valuable Belgian like all of the other beers from Ommegang. A true sipper that some may find a little difficult to get through, especially a 750ml bottle. If I had known what this would have taken, I would have shared with someone else.

Save for an occasion with others, and spread the happiness of this great beer.

Photo of mooseo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip. 2011 bottle.

A - Dark ruby brown with a modest tan head.

S - Plum, black cherry, and other assorted dark fruit. Some booze and malt in the aroma too. Nice!

T - Sweet malts and dark fruit hit the palate first, followed by a tart cherry and caramel like flavor. Has a strong malt backbone that lingers on into the aftertaste. I'm definitely picking up the alcohol, but the overall taste is balanced and delicious.

M - Medium-full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Moderate carbonation with warming alcohol. Dry finish.

D - Three Philosophers is an exceptional beer/Belgian Quad. It's easy to drink, has a complex flavor, and is extremely enjoyable. Great brew.

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

The beer poured a lovely ruby red color that seemed to change shades every time it moved in and out of the light. There was a nice off white and somewhat pink head that soon turned into a skirt around the glass.

The aroma was a dark rich malts with a slight hint of fruit and Belgian yeast.

The beer tasted wonderful. It was complex as rich malt flavors provided a backbone that included molasses, dark fruits, and raisins. It was accented nicely by a fruity cherry taste and left my pallet begging for another sip and warmed by the alcohol.

Overall this was a wonderful beer that you could sip on for hours as the flavor profile changes as the beer warms.

Photo of firedog23
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a see through glass of cylindric proportions.

Just when you think you love beer you find something that redefines your love of beer.

Pours a ruby red with a slight head. Nose has an obvious fruit smell but not overpowering. Tastes of heaven, cherries and a strong malt presentation. Continues to change with temperature and should be shared with friends and family. This beer is a great presentation of Belgium style beers brewed in America.

I hope the Flemish have found this one.

Photo of tony223366
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: really gorgeous looking beer. Dark brown with just a hint of amber. Fluffy two fingers of tan head. Extraordinary lacing. Great retention. Reduces to one finger. Great

S: molasses and rich malts. Brown sugar. Spices that I can't quite pinpoint. Raisins.

T: dark fruits with a rich malty sweetness. Lightly sour dark cherries. Toffee, light bitterness, warm alcohol and spices. Exquisite

M: mouth is rich and creamy. Perfect carbonation.

O: Delicious complexity and a great deal to boot. Let this one heat up a bit. That is, if you can hold out

Photo of cooler4life
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 Bottle

A: Spicy brown, rustic overtones. Poured a beautiful one finger head that very slowly settles. Lacing is extreme with nice retention. The micro bubbles are a standout.

S: Dominates the nose with brown sugar, plum, raison, dark fruits, touches of oak. The cherries aren’t at the forefront for me. Nevertheless, intoxicating.

T: Right up front, hoppy, bitterness. Transitions to a double punch. First, I'm hit with the black cherries. Then the sweet finish takes over which tastes of maple, caramel, toffee, and smoke. The warming undertones of the ABV is really nice.

M: Up front a whirl of flavor, speaking to this beer's complexity. Carbonation is perfect; it matures to almost a creaminess with the fineness. Sticky.

O: I could only wish I lived in Belgium. This bottle needs to be shared with a friend.

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

A: Reddish Chestnut color. Poured a 2 finger beige head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced the glass in wide rings.

S: Rich, dark fruits; dark cherries, raisin, plum, prune. Carmel malt in the background. Clove and spice. Alcohol tingle. Deliciously complex

T: Like the nose with sweet malt character and candi sugar p front. Finishes with a sweet black cherry flavor that transitions very quickly to licorice and drying alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet then very dry and warming.

O: Super Quad. Lots of malt and yeast character.

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

Intro: 750ml bottle shared with a friend in a tulip glass

Appearance: Full head, with micro bubbles, that recedes to a cap that seems to last and good lacing that stays. It is reddish rusty color like an Irish Setter. It looks the same as my favorite quads like Rochefort 10 or St. Benardus 12.

Smell: Subtle dark fruit smell like a date, fig or even a plum with a minor alcohol smell as well.

Taste: More like a Rochefort 10 than a St. Benardus, more of a tart citrus than a rich spicy flavor, this is more crisp and closer to Rochefort 10.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel, but there is a flat aftertaste with this beer. Other than that I would compare this beer to Rochefort in its smooth and rich feel/

Overall: For the value minded BA, this is very close to a Rochefort 10, but at a third of the price. I would rate this very close to Rochefort 10 and St. Benardus, of the different quads I have had, this would be my third favorite. This actually has a better head and lacing than the previous mentioned beers, the coloring is closer, maybe a little bit more ale-ish, clearer than the those two. But it does not have the same depth of flavors as a St. Benardus or Rochefort, still a great bang for the buck.

Photo of alohaspicoli
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish red/amber. Not much of a head or lacing.

S: Sweetness via dark fruits. Not sure I'm picking up cherry exactly but I could definitely see it being in the mix.

T: A nice, full flavor... sweet but a little tart. I can pick up the cherry flavor but it's very faint. But overall it's a nice balance of the sweetness and spice.

M: Medium body and moderately carbonated. Dry finish without much alcohol burn.

O: A solid quad that's definitely worth a try.

Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy, deep tea like brown with a hint of red. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Some floating sediment can be seen. Solid three fingers of lightly tan head that fades into a small thin layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a big aroma of cherries and dark fruits. Some raisins, plums, prunes, and brown sugar. Also some hints of clove spice, bananas, and caramel malts. Smells fairly balanced with none of the fruits dominating the others.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast up front with a full flavor of cherries that are sweet and lightly sour. The dark fruits follow with notes of raisins, plums, and prunes blending in. Also some caramel malts and hints of banana and clove. Cherries stand out the most in the flavors but they are mild enough to blend in with everything else and avoid being too tart or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very nice take on a Quad. Full flavored and well balanced.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red too brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, but more cherry than anything. In the taste, dark fruit, cherry, and a pinch of alcohol. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit and sweet cherry in the aftertaste. Very easy to get lost in this one, sweet cherry makes it not as abrasive as some quads.

Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750 mL bottle shared with friend in belgian glassware.

This pours a hazy copper color with a very small quick fading head and plenty of carbonation left in the aged bottle. Smells of plums, malts, raisins, and sugared molasses. Strong smelling beer. Taste is very nice up front with a somewhat alcoholic finish. Lots of dark berries and plums on the palate with a nice malt backbone. Slow drinking beer but very good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a great quad. Aged very nicely but think it could go a few more years to mellow out further.

Photo of plfahey
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (2011 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Ruby-amber-brown in color with a slight cast of haze. A moderate dollop of tan foam sits contentedly atop the surface and clings to the sides of the glass when swirled.

Aroma-Alcohol soaked cherries with a sort of rum raisin note close behind. Absolutely redolent of dark and dried fruit, with plum, prune, and black currant all coming to mind, with an occasional whiff of caramelly malt and rich bread pudding peeking through. Banana and slight clove spice appear for an instant, and spicy alcohols round out the profile. Smells fantastic.

Flavor-Lightly sweet up front with caramel and dark candi syrup leading the way. Flavor moves quickly through some rummy raisins and prunes before being consumed by licorice and drying alcohol. Finishes with a burst of black cherries and sweeping alcohol. Dry and almost acrid in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full mouthfeel is tempered by typical, moderate to moderately high carbonation, which lifts the beer from the palate. Hefty alcohol warming on the palate hints at how devastingly boozy this beverage can be.

A strong example of an American-brewed Belgian-Style quad-in fact, this does a decent job of standing up to its Belgian counterparts, and I can't think of another American brewer that does it better, at least not as part of their standard line-up. Great stuff.

Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, bordering on a ruby brown with a thin, but quite dense head. Sweet cherries, candi sugar, big malts, light wine hints in the nose. Very light hops.

Kriek takes the forefront in the taste, but there's still a very nice quad style ale in there. Sweet cherries that turn lightly sour. Malty, light wine hints, raisins, faint spice. Light bitter aftertaste. Very mild alcohol presence.

Nice, smooth body. Alcohol presence is light, but you can feel it. A really nice beer, but the bottle size and alcohol make this a one off.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a roasty amber brown with a 1.5 finger vanilla ice cream head.

Nose is barny, sweet, honeyish, and smells of red berries.

Taste is medicinal, oaky, chocolatey, cherryish, and peat-like.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and crisp. Lots of complex flavor that changes during and after drinking.

Overall a very interesting beer that I'm glad I was finally able to try. Very complex - I definitely will drink it again!

Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a small creamy head and nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of spice, dark fruits hint of coffee and chocolate.

T: taste of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. There is a mild coffee and chocolate in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth, velvety texture. Very well balanced. Nice character.

O: First Quad, really enjoyed it. Will have to add this to my shopping list.

Photo of tewaris
3.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Pours rust brown with a dark tan colored big, creamy head. Medium retention, medium lacing.

The aroma is dominated by Kriek than anything else in my opinion. Some malty/caramel-y/candi sugar goodness dances in the background. Nowhere as massive as the best examples in its malts or spices though.

I loathed the taste initially but it seems to be growing on me. I am still having a hard time deciding whether the addition of Kriek works or not and I am leaning more towards the idea that it does. Still not sure if I would want Kriek in my Rochefort. Sweet caramel, slightly tart, definitely too bitter and appropriately tannic. A bit boozy at times.

The mouthfeel is certainly good with low carbonation and good presence on the palate, as one would expect from a bigger beer. All in all it's a pretty mediocre Quadrupel but then it's priced right. I doubt if I will drink it again.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 3

Photo of projectflam86
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a slightly murky red/brown color with a thin white head that leaves a wisp of lacing.

S- Rich dark fruits (brandied cherries, plums, dates, beet sugar) and sweet caramel malt. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be but instead they blend in with the other scents nicely.

T- Similar to the nose except the cherries pull their wight a bit more in the flavor profile. Slightly tart cherry flavor initially with lots of spice, alcohol, and sweet malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit more sprtizy for a Belgian style beer.

O- A very decent brew and one that I could see aging. A few tweaks and this could be very tasty.

Photo of AdamBear
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-cloudy dark chestnut with a nice thin light cream colored head

S-strong scent of dark fruit and caramel malts. dark belgian sugars as well. this is a really good smelling beer.

T-comes in with a dark, warming, and sweet taste of dark fruits. the taste starts as strong and good but quickly dies down and starts an odd bitterness. the after-taste of fruity caramel taste. its a good but underwhelming taste.

M-medium to high carbonation with a very dry finish

O-not an outstanding quad, but it is a very good beer. i'm enjoying this a lot. its a little more cleaned up than many of the Belgian quads, though maybe not as complex. it doesn't have too many negative qualities. overall, this is a decent cheaper alternative to many quads.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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