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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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4,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,918
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 523 | FT: 14
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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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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A slightly different (and weak) quadrupel.
Poured a very dark purple/black, but translucent, unlike a stout. The color alone told me this would be different!! Very good taste, definite black cherry in there, reminded me slightly of Dr. Pepper. Minimal aftertase, and no lingereing alcohol burn. Very drinkable, can do more than one if you're careful!! Would recommend, and WILL buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 04:37:46 | More by fav920
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 2007 in to a goblet.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber/brown with a somewhat thin offwhite head.

Smell is powerful, sweet candy and malt, alcohol, and a mellow fruit.

Very sharp, biting taste that is very complex. The initial tartness mellows and a more mellow fizzle finishes.

One of the more interesting beers I have had. Great beer from ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 00:22:52 | More by aubuc1
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle

A: Dark reddish/mahogany that pours with a large frothy white head. Amazing lacing

S: Fruitcake, cinnamon, brown sugar, even some mint

T/M: Smooth, creamy body. Dark malt, cherries, cinnamon and nutmeg. This is a seriously complex beer. Awesome stuff

D: A sipper, with great layers of flavor.

Really good beer. Glad they're making these in 12oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 01:02:54 | More by abfraser
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 23.4 oz bottle into my DFH snifter. No born on date on this corked bottle.

Color is a dark mahogany, completely opaque to light. Head was a frothy beige, with nice lacing and good retention. Nose is quite complex - picking up cinnamon, some alcohol, and of course the great fruit bouquet of a nice Belgian.

The taste begins with a nice bready malt that really smothers the back of your tongue. There's a big punch of fig as well as some hints of plum. Ends with a nice warming yet subtle alcohol. The consistency is really quite nice as well, medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Definitely a sipper, but a very enjoyable sipper. Not the best quad I've ever had, but still a great show at a great value. This will definitely become a staple in my rotation.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 19:33:42 | More by bigkahunas4
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

07 vintage

A: It's a darker shade of crimson with a fluffy, frothy head that doesn't retain as well as some others in the style.

S: Very sweet and malty, but with some additional harshness from the alcohol. Dark fruits, some candy-like sweetness, but also a slight hint of musky, herbal, and "funky" aroma. I feel like the alcohol could be masked better, while still increasing some of the other aromatics.

T&M: Full and intense. Strong toasted, yet intensely sweet malt flavors with a tartness from the added lambic that provides a welcome addition to the complexity. Rather intense fruit flavors--some fig, plum, raisin, apple, all blended with a kind of earthy, nutty undertone. I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. The body is fuller than average, but still adequate. Fine carbonation creates a tingling, lovely effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 22:52:55 | More by BamaBeerBuff
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint 9 bottle.

Beautiful cloudy reddish brown color.

Smells of fruit, specifically cherries and figs, maybe a hint of licorice.

Taste starts hoppy and ends a little sweet. There's a bit of alcohol apparent as it goes down.

The mouthfeel is good, mildly bubbly but very smooth going down.

Overall, great drinkability. Not my type of a beer but I'd definitely have one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 22:50:36 | More by Cylinsier
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Aged 2 years.

Reddish brown with an off-white head that leaves a bit too quickly, but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is a nice combination of dark fruits, with some cherries, but likely given the aging, not as much as in some other reviews.
Medium, nearing full body, the flavor has a lot of dark fruits, some candy sweetness, more cherries than the aroma, adding a nice twist with a little tartness to balance the fruity sweetness.
Certainly worth trying, a good take on a classic style.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 15:29:05 | More by brdc
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this into my goblet glass. Poured a nice deep amber color with a nice 2 finger head. Bubbles on top with nice lacing.

It smelled malty, caramel like, sweet and sugary.

Tasted citrusy, then mild like hops, a slight bitterness and at the end a nice creamy cherry like flavor.

Bit carbonated, light, abv nicely hidden.

This is a good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 21:14:52 | More by tr4nc3d
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4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Vintage. Wonderful looking bottle. Caged and corked, decorks with a sucking thunk sound. Love it.

Pours thick as treacle, a gorgeous burgundy red colour with excellent clarity. Head is a consistent almost-pure-white crown of filmy bubbles. This is a majestic, serious looking beer - the colour is magnificent, and it looks like a wonderful, wonderful brew.

Coppery sour on the nose. Beautiful notes of Belgian yeast, roasted malt, and a citrus/fruit acidity that sets all the rest off nicely. Not overtly strong, but subtle and complex. Wonderful.

There's layers to the palate, all delicate, but intermingling in a wonderful way. An initial hint of alcohol heat is mellowed by a sweet, slick character like melted candi sugar. This in turn dries out a little, leaving a residual cherry-sour character that explores the taste-buds. Aside from this, there's a tessitura of citrus sitting above all, and a darker spicy undertone to everything. What a wonderful harmony of so many disparate elements - this is a magnificent brew, thoroughly delicious.

Mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect, like the strong Belgian ales in this regard. Doesn't leave the palate overwhelmed, which is what is required of an ale this strong.

Despite the strength, the lightness of the body, and the lighter, fruitier characteristics of this beer make it supremely drinkable. This is a truly wonderful brew. Not just one of the best Belgium ales brewed outside Belgium, but one of the best Belgian ales period.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 00:24:46 | More by lacqueredmouse
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District of Columbia

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

750ml poured in a goblet.

Outstanding lacing, beautiful murky brown color.

Buttery and creamy smooth, amazing carbonation that you continue to feel as you let it linger on the tongue. Heavy smoothness. A bit earthy, but sweet. Lingers like a good bourbon. I can't get over the quality of the carbonation or the taste and finish. Tops Bernardus for me. The cherries can be a bit medicinal.

Very complex. Cloves, toffee, cherries, apricot, plum. The cherries really come out as you get closer to the bottom.

Lots of loose yeast in the bottom.

Fabulous beer; I really enjoyed it.

On further review I prefer the large bottles to the small ones, more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 15:34:37 | More by craytonic
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750 ml, standard Belgian bottle into a red wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of head that settles to just a ring of light ran with the occasional island of foam. Nice lacing. The beer itself is a rich mahogany color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Sour cherries and green apples with a slight muskiness. Slight acidity reminds me of some German white wines. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Taste: Wheat twang flows smoothly into the typical caramel maltiness of a Belgian Ale. Mild aged hops are next, riding on the backbone of slightly cloying alcohol. Some cherries in the finish, but I find them only because I know to look.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation level, appropriate for the style. Body is good.

Drinkability: An interesting spin on the Belgian Classic. Cherry flavor manifests itself as an almost hidden aftertaste, hidden if not looking.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 01:10:47 | More by beveritt
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Warm redish brown in color. Small half finger head that quickly dissipated.

S: Slightly sweet malty smell.

T: Malty taste that melts into a beautiful chocolate-cherry finish. The high octane alcohol is nicely hidden by the malty sweetness.

M: Warm, silky and smooth from front to back.

D: I love sipping this beer on a night of solace or contemplation. Tonight it's chilling with Metallica in the background. Cliff Burton RIP. I've got a couple of other '08 bottles I plan to age and open in '09 & '10.

Bottle Date: 2008.

Serving type: 1 Pt 9.4 ounce bottle.

Served: in an oversized wine glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:14:16 | More by eljefe21
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North Carolina

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

I like this beer very much. It's my first from Ommegang. Impressive smell, nice head and an appealing amber color. Delicious taste, really well done. The quadrupel isn't my favorite style, but I do enjoy it. Works well with a fine piece of stake, some football, and whatever else you might have handy. A bit pricey, which I'll factor into the drinkability to knock it down a tad.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 19:38:04 | More by andrewm190
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 27 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: pours dark amber/brown, cloudy, red highlights. tan head about 1-2 fingers thick, forms craters and dissipates. Good lacing.

S: strong malt/caramel aroma from the beginning, with a bit of sweet cherry finding its way in.

T: strong malty flavor, caramel, with a slight amount of woody cherry in the background. somewhat raisiny as it finishes, with bitterness that comes from alcohol. yeasty character also detected, combines with a dark dried fruit flavor that is washed down by the dry alcohol ending.

M: light in body, a little sticky; carbonation is medium to light for the style. alcohol character also contributes lightness and a little dryness, although very smooth and no alcohol "bite" present.

D: very enjoyable and drinkable; limits sobriety so must be enjoyed within its boundaries, but nonetheless worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:07:22 | More by joeysmokedporter
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Three Philosophers poured a dark red/brown with a nice 2 finger foam head.

The smell was brown sugar, malt and cherries. The taste was nice as you were hit with a smooth maltiness and the cherries kicked in. The mouth feel was similar to a stout, real comforting. You get a good spiciness in the drink. It is a real interesting drink, it reminds me of Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I found it to be very enjoyable and will most likely buy one of these a year.

It would be a good one to enjoy around Christmas as it has that sort of feeling.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:20:40 | More by cswhitehorse
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer, I love this style. Good looks, deep brown with a nice head that walks all the way down. Malty and fruity, well balances, the alcohol was succesfully hiden behind the complex flavor of the beer. The cherries added to this beer come up in the aroma, the taste is not heavily modified. It hits the style perfectly.

Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 19:29:52 | More by Albinoh
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy dark cherry brown with quickly dissipating tan head. It smelled like sour cherries and light floral hops. It tasted like sour cherry and floral hops malt undertones. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a rather tart aftertaste. Overall this beer was very well balanced. The flavor hid the alcohol well, making this surprisingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:26:59 | More by Jayli
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass for a dark brown body that included a constant one-finger tan head that left laces as it dropped. A mix of malts in the smell, caramel, maybe something like honey (think sweet), a touch or roasted malt and possibly some figs. They say cherries on the label, and you can pick up a hint of them. A heavy malt taste, kind of sweet, has a dry finish but there's only a hint of roasted malts. ABV hidden well in this medium-bodied beer as there is no alcohol burn or warming sensation, just a smooth passing that contains said sweetness along with dark fruit taste. I couldn't session this because it's a sipper, but that doesn't mean it isn't a great Quad that everyone should try once.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 18:50:34 | More by clayrock81
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3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cherry Wood color with a beautiful sand colored 1 inch head. Lacing is very good.

S- Very malty with dried fruit and cherries and you can smell a fair bit of alcohol.

T- Malty with great dried fruit flavor and the perfect amount of cherry. The only downfall is the alcohol in my opinion is quite harsh, a year or two of aging would be great for this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

D- With the great flavors but harsh alcohol this is a great beer to share with a friend (25oz bottle). It is also very good with a pairing of sharp cheese.

Overall, a good beer. Maybe my taste buds are not avanced enough for this Belgian brew, I don't know but you should buy it and try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 06:11:24 | More by JBuff41413
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours an opaque deep-amber color with a decent amount of head that resembles the color of sand. The head settles to a thick layer that leaves some thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts and sugary dark fruits are supported by a moderate amount of alcohol with a trace of dark cherries off in the distance.

T- The taste is primarily of bready malts, Belgian yeast and candied dark fruits like raisins, dates, figs and dark cherries. The medium-dry finish yields a fruity flavor coupled with a malty sweetness. The cherry aspect of the flavor is beautifully understated.

M- The mouthfeel is generally full-bodied and smooth, but it's just a tad thin for the style and the carbonation is fairly aggressive. Everything evens out quite a bit as the beer hits room temperature though.

D- The 9.8% ABV is well-hidden. Nothing gets in the way of enjoying a couple goblets full of this beer.

My favorite beer from Ommegang thus far and definitely a must try for those who are a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 05:04:52 | More by Tdizzle
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4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle- consumed May 2008

Highly carnonated, it poured a rich garnet color with a healthy head, and a brilliant lace of bubbles on the glass.

Aroma is that of cherry cola, no hop nose whatsoever. Right on the money for the style.

Taste of cherries, currants, raisins. Almost rummy. Rich, but not overbearing. Malty ayet well balanced.

Very smooth medium bodied beer that has aged well. Not so chewy but very warming.

It's highly drinkable, but not something to over indulge in!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 03:03:10 | More by deanhead
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4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 22oz bottle, into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark red, almost ruby, with a head so thick, looks like you could walk across it!

Smells almost like a brandy, a sweet, fruity smell, with what my wife said "you can smell the booze!"

Taste- WOW! A sweet, malty taste. Taste some of fruit in the finish as well. Man, this one surprised me. Awesome beer! I will make sure if I can, to always have some of this in the house! If I can keep a bottle long enough without drinking it!

A very drinkable, flavorful beer, one of my instant favorites!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 16:12:58 | More by buffettfan
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I get on a Belgian kick, this is my staple. It is such a nice blend of flavors, and they pre-age it for you. I have not aged any of this any further (there may be some in my storage, but I have not drank any really old ones). I would guess that it smooths out a bit with age, as it can be a little harsh and boozy. But this is definitely one of my favorites. I buy it over and over!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 23:22:40 | More by schoolboy
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4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, unfortunately don't have the best glassware for this style. Large head, with great retention. Don't know if the glass or my pour was bad but a very large head. maybe 2in length. The color a nice dark amber. Its laces pretty well and the head has stayed with me through most of the beer.

The smell is quite awesome, the smell of sweet fruits/cherries is quite abundant. The alcohol is noticeable as well.

Very sweet and malty. Don't let that fool you, you can taste some hops in there as well, along with that alcohol kick. A thick and syrupy mouth taste, rich indeed.

Quite a tasty Quad here, this ain't no session beer though, a enough of these and they'll knock you off your bar stool.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 23:01:26 | More by DeepSix
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours up a cloudy amber with a dense creamy head.

S - Dark fruit notes like raisins and plums, with alcohol aroma in the background

T & M - Lots of Malt sweetness, with that tart cherry, kriek flavor. Very seductive. Alcohol is there, but not overwhelming. Thick mouthfeel.

D - I liked it, but it was a little too strong for two.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 17:53:19 | More by hiikeeba
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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