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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

5,109 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 5,109
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 205
Gots: 611 | 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 farrago
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Cloudy with lots of yeast particles floating about, dark orange rust color, thin head of very fine foam, slow to dissolve, moderate lacing left behind. Sweet nose, the cherry fruit comes right through with honey, molasses, black licorice and candied orange peel accents, heavy on the malts, rum raisin cake, lingers for a long time. Full-bodied if not outright heavy, plops onto the tongue with all its weight. The sweetness of the cherry, raspberry, plum fruit not to be denied here either, even slightly cloaks the ginger, clove spice, licorice, brown sugar and honey. Syrupy texture has it clinging hard to the mouth pores, lack of lift makes it hard to get a clear impression of the malts, never mind the hops. Average carbonation. You damn well better have a sweet tooth to pop one open.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BeTheBall
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a snifter, dark brown color with a creamy TF head that dissipated but left decent lacing. Smelled oaky to me at first, and fruity but complex. First few sips at cooler temp. also tasted oaky to me, but as the tmep. rose, cherries came through and smoothness increased, helping to mask the apparent high alcohol content. Definitely better as the glass warmed; going from "this is fair" to "this is great". Mouthfeel was typical for a Belgian, very active and smooth.

BeTheBall, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured with a thick, light caramel colored head. After the head dissipated there was minimal, but pretty lacing. A medium-deep brown with a slight reddish tint. A welcoming aroma featuring fruit and spice notes. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma closely, but the fruit flavors have a stronger presence. Enjoyably so. A well balanced, continually interesting flavor that opens up more and more as time goes on. The body is pleasingly full, smooth and and well-rounded. Very drinkable, but because this beer hides its alcohol so well, be aware of what you're involved with. A long time favorite from a well respected brewery.

beertunes, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of LeftonJackman
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%

I love this Quad! At first I thought that a Quad from New York would not be worth it. In my history, any attempt at a Belgian beer without being from Belgium was a flop.

This one pours a deep brown with glimmers of red and orange. The billowy head is very reminiscent of a Belgian. A whispy lace dances around the glass, just the right amount!

Strong cherry and roasted spice in the nose! Lovely presence in the nose that makes me start to salivate.

The cherry is very evident and just keeps this from being perfect, sadly. But what a taste! As excellent a Quad as I have had!

Just the perfect balance and body in the mouth and goes down with a kind warmth. An absolute gem of a beer!

LeftonJackman, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Opened up the bomber and poured it into a glass.

A- A cherry like color with a chunky head with large bubbles.

S- Bready, yeasty, with some fruit notes, a hint of sweetness, and an alcohol smell to round it out.

T- Lots of malt flavor with lingering fruit, a hint of bitterness, some sweetness in the back. Some alcohol lingered in the background along with some lightly toasted caramel note. It finished somewhat dry.

M- Good mouthfeel. Quite bubbly with high carbonation. Slick in the mouth. Not quite coating, somewhat thin.

D- Overall this is a somewhat drinkable beer. 2 or so would be plenty. I was done after drinking a bomber.

taylor714914, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Bomber corked bottle.

Poured an amber color with a medium light brown head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Good sweet fruity aroma.

Medium to full body with a smooth texture.

Full fruity toffee flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. No alcohol bite at the finish.

Very good holiday brew that is one of my top rated bottled beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a delectable looking cherry colour with a fine beige head, quite dense but going away quite steadily. Thinly dispersed lacing, but that colour - if it didn't remind me so much of Timmerman's Kriek it would be outstanding.

Delicious nose, with burnt toffee, slight - although I'm probably wrong about this - smokey character with a lot of sweet dried fruit to boot. Sweet, blossoming and delicious. So much character, so much sublimity. Stop the presses, we have just discovered perfection.

Has that slightly, subtly smoked flavour on the very front palate, then trails off into a really full-bodied, sweet 'n' sour full mouth flavour. Has hints of lime mixed with raisins, cinnamon, wood smoke and treacle. Slightly too tart for me to absolutely cream my jeans, but it's delicious, complex, very flavoursome and has enough pleasantness to power a small jet-propelled shuttle to the moon and back.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, like bodily excretions. Overall a shit-hot beer, could drink a gallon of this without taking a breath and I'd be smiling all the way to the graveyard.

laituegonflable, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from bomber sized bottle to goblet.

A: brown in its purest form with a more copper color towards the edges of the glass. One finger of off-white head formed from thick bubbles. Small amount of lacing, but chunky and scarce.

S: malty caramel scent with a bit fruits such as cherries, oranges and apples, also an overtone of yeast/bread.

T: Very fruity mostly cherries with a bit of apple. Caramel sweetens the drink while masking some of the alcohol which is still quite noticeable. It's pretty malty and has a strong yeast flavor.

Overall this is a great beer that gets better as it warms up.. maybe around 60 degrees? the flavor enhances as it gets warmer and the carbonation mellows out a bit.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of macster
4.1/5  rDev -1%

2006/750 ml bottle. Hazy crimson-brown color under a dense, creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, black cherry, sour dough and yeast. Mouthfeel exceptionally smooth and silky. Initial sweet flavors of dark fruits, caramel, plum and very restrained cherry. Could have used a bit more cherry influence.Finishes with a late hit of some mildly harsh bitterness. Maybe would benefit from some further ageing in this regard. Overall a well done, classy Quad.

macster, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

pours a semi-clear dark burgundy, almost purplish with a large tan head, and really good lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, malts, burnt caramel, freshly cut firewood, a little cocoa, and cherry-cola.

taste is complex, there is a lot there, its fruity (dark pitted fruit), tingles the tongue, some roasted nuts, a cherry or two, somewhat sour, caramel, and malts, leaves the mouth dry, slightly bitter in the end.

froghop, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of JoeBloe
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

i agree with all of the good points here -i recognize the lambic flavor and aroma from, dare i say, sam adams cranberry lambic -
although the flavor balance here is far superior - certainly better as it warms, the 3rd glass from this bomber was the best -
it's pairing nicely with the pecan log roll i'm munching on now.
in front of the the fireplace on a snowy afternoon.

JoeBloe, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

From a 12oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Glendale... with a few comments from a "cave-aged" 2006 vintage tasted over the holidays

Let it be said first of all that this is a damn beautiful beer. It pours a rich ruby brown with a thick thick thick creamy head with TIGHT bubbles that claws tenaciously to the steapest of glasses. Love it.

The beer itself is a mildly sweet quad with wonderful complexity. Notes of fig and dark cherries predominate against a backdrop of candied fruit and lightly toasted brown bread. Roast is moderate.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and rich, moderately full.

Could drink this any time, although it doesn't inspire the devotion I feel towards some of the most superior quads I've ever tried... it's accessibility, price, and availability make it a must try, a classic, and a worthy respect garnerer. Cheers

errantnight, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of Dirty1
4.43/5  rDev +7%

I picked up a 750ml. of this a few nights ago and poured it into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a nice cloudy dark amber with a strong red tint when held to the light. 2 finger thick white head that settled rather slowly. It also left a good bit of lace around the glass.

S- It had that typicaly strong Belgian yeast smell that is so lovely. It also had a nice chocolate malt and roasted grain pressence with a nice subtle sour cherry note. It smells delicious!

T- Taste is similar to the smell. The yeast is up front with sweat chocolate malts and subtle caramel. Then comes the tart cherries and a subtle spice. The cherries become more pronounced as the beer warmes a bit. It has a wonderfull balance about it that is a thing of beauty! Some alcohol warming is present but hidden pretty well.

M- Medium body with a lively carbonation thats not over done. It has a nice crisp finish that is slightly dry with not much aftertaste.

D- This beer is great! Its a unique blend that works really well for me. Its very drinkable despite the 9.8%. It did sneak up on me a little by the end of the bottle. I will definatly add this to my frequent rotation list! Cheers!

Dirty1, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of ncstateplaya
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

This is typically my beer of choice when I go to 5 Star in Raleigh, its one of the few places in Raleigh I have been able to find it. This review is for the bottle I had on Saturday night.

Appearance: Wow, a beautiful hazy mahogany with an outstanding head. The head appears to be extremely soft and fluffy, upon further inspection, it holds true. The head is an oatmeal/cookie dough color and was easily an inch thick in my chalice. Of course there was yeast floating in the glass.

Smell: The cherries speak loud and clear to the senses. Dark malts and sweet caramel rush the nose. There is a yeasty funk that goes along with the alcohol esters. The smell is very inviting.

Taste: There is a dark brown sugar sweetness that pairs extremely well with the tart cherries. Through the fruit and maltiness, the alcohol sneaks by unnoticed (almost undetected).

Mouthfeel: This beer is extremely smooth and pretty chewy. Coats the mouth very soothingly. I would almost say it is biscuity, but not quite. The carbonation is great.

Drinkability: As with my earlier spill, of course I think the drinkability is high. It goes down so smooth and easy for the ABV. A little sweet, but that only detracts slightly from the drinkability of this brew.

ncstateplaya, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Opened a 2007 bottle this past New Year's Eve. Poured into a Three Philosophers glass that I purchased at the brewery a while back. Hazy red color. Large white head at first but that burned off quickly. Some bits of sediment noticed at the bottom of the glass. Smelled nice and spicy, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg present. Tasted very smooth. Some aging did this bottle well. The alcohol was definitely more mellow, but also, the cherry flavor was less noticeable than fresher bottles I have had. The two glasses that I got out of this bottle went down very easily. While the taste made have been smoothed out a bit more than I would have expected, some aging definitely changed this beer in a good way.

morebeergood, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Picked up a single 750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Approximately $8.

A: Poured with care so as to not disturb the dregs. Hazy brown/red cherry colored with an enormous off white head. At least two inches thick. Slowly recedes.

S: There is a definite alcohol characteristic with this one, slight hint of cherries and some big malty smells too, some nice apple smells, and a lot of Belgian spiciness.

T: Big hit of cinnamon and spices up front, and a slightly tart cherry flavor as well, though not as pronounced as in the nose, nice lingering coffee aftertaste, and somewhat of a buttery flavor as well. Very spicy, and quite boozey. As it warms, cherry flavor become more up front, still quite malty and alcoholic though.

M: Relatively thin, nicely carbonated, and really hot from the alcohol, this one burninates the gullet. Relatively smooth, and a nice dry finish.

D: This one is sneaky. Lots of alcohol, but it drinks quite easily, goes down nicely and I could easily see popping open another 750 if I had one on hand. Great beer.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of kellsean
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Could not stop drinking these while at my parents' house in upstate NY.

Poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. A rich two finger head lingers for a minute then gives way to some decent lacing. The ruby/copper cloudiness of this brew makes me curious.

Smell is quite malty with some sour fruit (cherries) and alcohol.

The beer initially has a soda-like taste (and mouthfeel) and is almost too sweet. Letting this one warm does wonders; the cherry aftertaste really stands out and the alcohol seems to become more well hidden.

For me, this beer is somewhere in between a session beer and a sipper. Three Philosophers is a great, different take on a quad.

kellsean, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter:

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky reddish brown. A thin white, half-finger head formed, that dissipated very quickly. A little bit of the head continued to float on the beer the entire time. Tiny bit of lacing on the sides

Smell: Sour cherries, and other fruits, against a background of malt. The cherry smell grew sweeter as the beer warmed. The 'Belgian' nature of this brew was also evident.

Taste: Cherries hit the tongue first, by a background of malt. The cherry taste is very faint, and replaces the initial 'hop bite' you might normally find in a beer. Hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of coffee. The aftertaste lingered for quite some time. Hides the alcohol content very well.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, almost like soda or champagne. Also surprisingly thin bodied, which in this case, I felt was a good thing. It prevented the malt from becoming cloyingly sweet and feeling 'syrupy'.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the beer. I liked it more the more I got into it, as the beer warmed and the flavors began to come out more. Definitely a sipper, as it is fairly sweet. This is my first real introduction into Belgian beers, so I can't really compare this to any others.

Once I have more quads and Belgians, I might modify this review I would probably buy this at some point, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

StarlightSeraph, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of oddfire
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Wow this beer is good! Had it in a 750mL corked bottle. The smell is nutty with a hint of fruit. The taste is very strong. You get notes of cherries and raspberries with a hint of nut brown ale. The finish is clean and refreshing but it could be the alcohol evaporating. This beer is one you need to savor the flavour with. The alcohol content will sneak up on you. Very well worth the money in either a bar or store.

oddfire, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of lessthanhadley
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

2008 bottle brought home from BCTC and cellared for the past few months.

A: Amber/Dark brown in color with thin head around the edges of the goblet remaining throughout.

S: Alcohol and dark fruits primarily

T: Dead on for a quad, very malty with a carmel/fruity taste throughout with just a hint of alcohol

M: High carbonation, very bubbly on the front of the tongue but thicker and more syrupy in the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste

D: Fairly drinkable for the style but definitely a sipper as a quad should be.

lessthanhadley, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of jpiper
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

From a 2007 (not my cellar) 12oz into a water glass at fridge temp... I'm on vacation.

Dark amber brown with an offwhite head which quickly turns to a tiny bubbly lace with several areas of slightly larger bubbles.

Smells of spices, mint, bubble gum, licorice, and alcohol.

Lots of sweet malt, some dried fruits, caramelized sugars.
Spices and bananas - some yeasty notes as well. The flavor is a bit thinner than I'd like, at least given the mouthfeel. There's some bitterness. The finish is too sweet and carries that bubblegum flavor with it.

Hit immediately with a cloying, sticky mouthfeel. Plenty of
carbonation, but it didn't clean up the feel on this.

This will get old before the bottle is done. A bit too sweet to be
terribly drinkable on this nearly 10% ABV sipper.

jpiper, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of nsmartell
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 120z bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a small off white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet with fruits and alcohol dominating.

Taste: Very sweet with a strong alcohol presence that dominated this beer for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very good brew despite the dominance of the alcohol. Would seek out again.

nsmartell, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of JayNH
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

A- pours a deep burgundy with a solid frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet, raisins and cherries. A noticeable alcohol scent.

T- starts sweet slightly cherry. There also seems to be a somewhat smokey/coffee taste that follows. Leaves a mild grassy hop aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth...

M- full bodied and creamy. The alcohol gives a little zip to the tongue and throat. A little less carbonation would be a plus.

D- This goes back smooth but is definitely a "sipper".

JayNH, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of sliverX
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

found this at a holiday gathering located at a "wine" bar, paid $12 for the 750mL bottle which isn't that much more than the local stores if I recall properly
poured a light copper/amber color with a nice head that hung around
smell was sweet with a bit of malt
taste was sweet, cider/champagne like very pleasant slight bite at the end and as the beer got warmer the alcohol began to make its appearance
mouthfeel was smooth
could sit around and drink this all night
will do a more sophisticated review at a later date in the comfort of my home, I was in a bar trying to be social with more than my glass

sliverX, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a dark brown in color with no clarity. Develops a thick brownish head that does not dissipate, but slowly develops into a nice collar. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, slight hints of alcohol. Taste is good and complex. Very strong alcohol unlike other Belgain quads with a tart finish. Good texture and body. The taste was good and I would recommend this as a good session beer. If I had a choice I would take other quads over this one, but it was not bad at all.

tbeck, Dec 22, 2008
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,109 ratings.