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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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Ratings: 5,720
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rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
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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 harrymel
2.93/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


A: pours a chocolate leather ale with two fingers of graham head which falls to a thick quilt in a couple minutes. The quilt dies down to a thin, broken sheet in a few more minutes. Where light can shine, clarity is excellent and reveals a nice caramel ale. Scantly spotty lacing.

S: Yeast is up front here and and maintains throughout as the baseline. There are some earthy hops and hints of candy sugar, but really seems one dimensional from this aspect. some hints of pear juice.

T: Yeast and pear juice. Some faint metallic flavors. The yeast is a little more subdued here but thrives once again in the finish. The alcohol here is well presented and only hints at it's presence. I keep going back to the pear flavor, it's interesting.

M: Thin with high carb. Slightly satiating finish.

O: I think this is just average for a quad, honestly there's nothing here.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Stella Tulip.

A - Pours a deep Amber with a Red hue. The head is off White and retains well.

S - Disapointing, metallic but not much else.

T - Big flavours up front, that prepare you for a big entrance statement of dark fruits, a little brown sugar that end with really nice lingering boiled cherry flavour.

M - Full and oily with medium carbonation.

O - The noise is disappointing, but the flavour is excellent and will not disappoint.

Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been so excited all day to finally have this beer, even though it was very expensive this has been on my MUST TRY list for awhile and was highly recommended to me by two friends who love good beers.

A - dark raisin in color, good fizzy head that fades quick, bubbly like champagne in the glass

S - not as sweet on the nose as I had anticipated, has a sweet undertone with light spice and malt

T - This is seriously the best beer I have ever had. It tastes like figs, banana bread, caramel, cherries, yeast...there is very slight orange in the aftertaste, mixed in with all of the subtle sweetness. This tastes like a beer you want to chew. Pure heaven.

M - Smooth smooth....carbonation is medium to high in the glass, but it really is so smooth feeling. it feels like it coated my mouth with goodness that is lasting for a very long time....(hope forever!). there is absolutely no burn of alcohol in the feel at all.

O - Best beer I have ever had. There is no way that anyone could NOT love this beer. I wish it was more affordable because I would make it my one and only. Made it 4.5 overall just because of the price factor.

Photo of renegadeburger
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

so excited to try this beer after hearing so many great things, paid a lot for it at my local bottle shop but heard its worth it so lets give it a shot

poured with crazy mousse head it looked like foam popping out of the goblet the foam had some brown specks in it looked like yeast to me

smelled like brown sugar and spices but wait i also smell some pepper and yeast in there too

wow intense taste! outstanding heavy dark rich syrup but acidic as well there is a complexity here that is outstanding really love what they have going on here this is the best heavy dark belgian beer i have had i think

silky mouthfeel a bit full bodied and heavy but nice carbonation helps to balance that out

overall really wicked oustanding beer i need to keep one of these all times as a special treat when i want to reward myself for good beer

Photo of mikereaser
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 7/1/11, the bottle is labeled 2007.

A - Pours a dark caramel brown with hints of red when held up to the light. There was about 3 fingers of off-white foam that receded very slowly and leaving some decent lacing
S - Aroma is a big malty sweetness, hints of cherry still around, some caramel and brown sugar, it has a somewhat sickeningly sweet aroma at first but i'm starting to like it alot
T - Wow, i'm surprised how much the cherries come through on this one, the overly malty sweetness i picked up in the nose isn't there at all and its a very drinkable and has a really nice flavor. cherries, brown sugar, some belgian spices, it all blends together nicely
M - lighter bodied than expected, good amount of carbonation leaving a bit of tingle in my mouth
D - This is very enjoyable and the almost 10% abv is not noticable at all. Not sure what the 4 years of cellaring has done to this one, so I think its time to get a fresh version and compare.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy color with dark red hues throughout, poured out of a very cool bottle. Nice light khaki head on top with decent lacing down the glass. Boozy cherries in the nose, caramel notes and vanilla. Mocha notes shine through as well, making this a complex and awesome aromatic beer.

A bourbon-like booze taste is what I get heavily out of the first sip. Dark malts shine through as well, mixed with dried fruits and fresh cherries. Its sweet, but so pleasant that it doesn't even register as sweet at first, just delicious and pleasant. It isn't cloyingly sweet at all, which is why the taste succeeds so well. The booziness isn't overwhelming at any point, even after warming, but is definitely present and accounted for. It slowly warms the body. The carbonation level is moderate to high, and fizzier more than smooth, but still the smoothness doesn't lack. It leaves a slight syrupy deposit in the back of the mouth, which can be distracting at times. Finishes like a dry wine, and leaves an almost wine-like aftertaste especially considering the booziness.

In the 2nd half of the bottle, there is more sediment floating around and an overall fuller taste. The higher carbonation is actually smoothed out really nicely. Still the same beer with the same characteristics, but the booziness is less noticeable and the tastes all seem a little more full-bodied and in your face. Interesting to see the effects of more of that Belgian style yeast in a pour.

Overall, this is a really good beer, and I'm glad to have picked it up. I bet this would only improve and mature if cellared, but its pretty darn good either way. I will undoubtedly pick this up again, especially at a decent price tag.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with some red highlights. The head was a bit foamy at first but settles quickly. The smell of the beer was lightly acidic but had a sweet fruity quality too. The the taste was a little tart upfront but then shifted into a yeasty dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was decent and and drinkable. Overall I would drink it again, especially now that it comes in 12oz. bottles.

Photo of KTCamm
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Champagne bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Purchased winter 2009, so aged about 18 months in my basement.

Pours a crimson red with thick creamy white foam that settles out. Malty plummy smell, some cherry. notes. Taste opens with hint of sour cherry, then evolves into a belgian yeasty taste. Ends sweet. Good carbonation. Tasty belgian, complex and fruity. Good use of cherries - in there, but not overt.

Photo of eat
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011. Poured gently as to not disturb the yeast, as recommended on the bottle. Three Philosophers pours a hazy, orangy-oak-brown colour with a thin cover of off-white head. The head recedes to a ring with minimal lacing.

Smells sweet and malty at first, opening up with soily, herbal hops, caramel, subtle slightly-sour cherries, light spices and a bit of roastiness. A little musty. Pretty great.

Big and malty in the mouth as well with quite a lot of alcohol, though it's well played. Sweet and bready with light-but-noticeable cherries, a soft spice blend and extremely earthy hops, which leave a somewhat powdery dryness on the finish (hinting toward cocoa). Definitely improves as it warms with some nice sourness from the cherries emerging.

Decent medium body with a light, prickly carbonation. I would appreciate a fuller body on this one.

Quite a nice quadrupel. This isn't my favorite style but I enjoyed this one. Very well-balanced and drinkable in spite of its noticeable ABV. I'd probably pick this up again given the chance if I were in the mood for a quad.

Photo of Harmzy00
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers, Belgian Style Blend, 2011 at The Office in Summit, NJ. A business trip has just gotten sweeter with the hint of cherry in this Cooperstown, NY brew. I would definitely recommend this beer for a lazy summer night. It is NOT on the light side with an excellent balance of strong flavors. This brew has a rather sweet finish reminiscent of summer nights. Cheers.

Photo of greybeardloon
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle packaged on February 3, 2011

A: Dark red with a big head that retains well.

S: Initially tart cherries, which I quickly lose and don't pick up again. Yeast and sweet malt. The nose is pretty subdued.

T: Again, starts with tart cherries, but I struggle to pick them up as I continue to drink. Brown-sugary (yet not very sweet) malt and yeast. The finish is dry and slightly bitter, and the alcohol is well hidden.

M: Medium with full carbonation. There's some alcohol warming.

O: I hadn't expected to like this beer as much as I did: I was afraid that the cherries would be less subtle and integrated and that the beer's sweetness would be too much. The drinkability is high for a beer of this abv.

Photo of brown2cu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice hazy mahogany and is topped off by a pillowly off white head. There is a far amount of carbonation seen rising to the surface; There is also a moderate amount of lacing present.

S:The smell is incredible! The hop present is not assertive but it is present, however, the malt and fruit takes the show. The cherry aroma is amazing incrediblt natural. No alcohol is present in the nose.

T: Incredibly smoothe, however, the fruit, again, dominates the palate. There is some hop bitterness that makes the overwhelming sweetness desirable. Overall I would characterize this beer as balanced, although, the alcohol is incredibly noticeable and creates a nice warming sensation in the core.

MF: Very well done. not syrupy or sticky but velvety and smoothe. A very low amount of carbonation is present but it makes the beer that much better.

O: A solid brew well worth the $4 spent!

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. My favorite glass for Belgium style brews. This bottle was from the 2010 production (neck band marked 2010) and well stored in a temperature controlled

Pours with a nice one finger head, head settles down to about a 1/8” cap. Very dark, brown color. There is considerable visible yeast throughout the pour. Some lacing but I expected more.

Very enjoyable aroma, yeast dominated of course, but less so than there regular Abby Dubble, malt and dark bread. When it warms up to at least 55 degrees you do detect just a hint of heat from the ABV. Lasts from the initial pour to the last sip.

Delicious, crisp, very full bodied entry in the mouth, followed by very rich deep malt, distinct Belgium yeast, and that wonderful mouth feel of champagne like carbonation. Just a hint of sweetness, very well balanced. There is not even the slightest hint of this beers 9.8% ABV. The Belgium style when well done is such a pleasure to drink and this brew certainly qualifies. Did I mention that this brew is delicious!

Long, rich, malt dominated finish, some lingering yeast.

This appears to be one of their “Flagship” beers so I was perhaps expecting a little more intensity, not that it is by any means an ordinary brew. There is a lot here to enjoy, it just did not wow! me in the way I expected. That being said I would never turn one down if offered to me.

Photo of DrewV
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Spiegelau Stemmed Pilsner (tulip) glass. A careful pour resulted in much residue remaining in the bottle.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color with a 3-finger khaki head. As the head recedes, it leaves a generous amount of lacing clinging all over the glass.

S: Restrained bready yeast aroma with a hint of cherries from the Kriek, but not overwhelming. I pick up some light fruit and banana from the yeast. Some alcohol in the nose following a deep whiff.

T: More light fruit up front, but a darker flavor profile overall. As the beer warms, the dark fruits and cherry become more prominent. A slight alcohol flavor and a warming brings up the rear.

M: Heavy body with moderate carbonation suits the beer well. Not a thick brew, but definitely a sipper.

O: A very nice malty quad and a solid choice for an evening sipper. Alcohol is well hidden. Would be good to pair this with some food, as it's a hearty brew to be sure.

Photo of dtivp
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a one finger golden tan head that fades quickly into a small ring, moderate lacing.

Aroma of dark cherries, malt, yeast and alcohol.

Taste is very complex with the bready malt, yeast with a sweet cheery caramel and hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel was medium body with moderate carbonation, very smooth with a very nice alcohol warming end.

Overall this is a great quad, to be enjoyed very carefully. After a few you can solve the worlds problems.

Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
2010 vintage

A: Clear, dark garnet-hued amber color with diminishing parchment-tinted foam residue that effervesces enthusiastically as it is poured. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very spirituous, with abundant dark fruit that shows elements of vinous as well as stone fruit. There is also a soft, almost soapy, earthiness that tries to balance the fruit, which borders on being cloying and artificial.

T: Begins nearly dry, with dark cherry fruit and airy carbonic acid. Malt surges on the palate toward the middle, first with grainy toast but then showing more refined toffee into the finish. Citric acidity toward the finish gives longevity to the prominent fruity flavors. A sharp mineral bite lingers, with the finish showing minimal bitterness. No alcohol is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidity is lively on the palate(a little too much so at times), with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a well-intentioned American-brewed take on the quadrupel style, worth a comparison to the more well-distributed Belgian standards. The involvement of cherries is evident, and does enhance the overall product. Acidity is a factor and could be less assertive, while less carbonation would help to make for a smoother and more velvety texture.

Photo of TamTamIam
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers brewed by Ommegang is a Belgian-style Quadrupel. This beer is brewed with 98% ale and 2% ale with cherries added. It drinks nicely in a chalice. The hazy, bright red, brew swirls into the glass, as the thick caramel head fills it to the rim then dissipates to a small layer of foam. Moderate carbonation rises to the top and releases the fruity aroma with a malty character. Each sip is smooth, and leaves your palate feeling fresh. This beer contains 9.8% alcohol, and you can taste it, but that's a good thing. It adds a nice bite at first, then mellows out gradually. A sweet cherry taste is noted with a good bit of dark Belgian yeast, followed by an unsweetened cocoa finish. Three Philosophers is a slightly different take on the Quad, but is a very well balanced beer. I would highly recommend it if you want something dark, fresh, and easy to drink.

(Forgive me if this sounds redundant. This is a copy of the review I wrote for the Village West Discount Liquors newsletter, Kansas City, KS.)

Photo of aleckpa
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Murky brown, like a dark iced-tea. slight head at first, looks like egg shell white. goes away shortly, and leaves a nice lacing throughout.

S- I smell raisins, figs, and a whiff of a granny smith green apple.

T- Sweet matly flavors. I taste raisins, sugar, caramel, with alcohol. It's not overwhelmingly sweet, however.

M- Creamy and full. Lot's of carbonation that tingles the tongue and throat. But, very very smooth.

O- I was expecting this to be sweeter and more distinct flavors. However, this wasn't the case, in my opinion. It isn't as sweet as say, Rochefort 10. It's a good beer in the end.

Photo of ajcobb24
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Ommegang Three Philosophers is very dark, not black like some breakfast stouts, but dark nonetheless. About a finger of head with an aggresive pour. Some stickage to the sides of the glass as it is swirled around.

Smell - Sweet, malty aromas with a hint of raisin and plum. Not the most overpowering smell in the world and not as strong as some other Quadrupels.

Taste - Overall, the taste was pretty underwhelming. The initial taste was a slight bitterness which transitioned into sweet near the end of the sip. With some retro-nasal breathing you could taste the raisins and plums and some maltiness. Maybe a slight caramel flavor too. Fairly complex taste.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied. Not much carbonation and very smooth. Could not feel the affects of the abv. until after I had drunk nearly the whole 750 mL bottle.

Overall - It was good, but not great. I have had better Quadrupels (from Rochefort) and better overall beers (Hopslam). The taste was very similar to the other Quadrupels, but not as strong and not nearly as sweet and pleasing near the end of the sip. I am going to be trying th Ommegang Abbey Ale next; let's hope that one blows me away.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (2010 year) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Very slow pour gave a ruby red slightly hazy beer with a very light tan foam across the top. Tiny delicate islands and lacing...although the lacing slides down a bit over time and doesn't stick to the glass that well. The bubbles near the surface keep coming up and building the foam back up as it slowly dissipates. Great looking beer.

Smell: Malt and a hint of phenol with cherry - but the cherry is what you would get with a backed tart or a crumble. Not medicinal, not overpowering, but just right. It's an accent at the end which makes the beer smell oh so very good. With a swirl though the cherry gets mixed up with some other sour smells - not as good then. Better when the foam dissipates a bit.

Taste: Definitely a Belgian quad. Malt is complex - with some caramel and sugary flavors, but there is some sour here, and the cherry is well in that sour flavor. It's that tart/sour cherry that you get when you bite into a fresh cherry that would typically be used for baking. Alcohol very well hidden. The smell and the taste are not connecting for me though...I'm expecting something sweeter based off the smell. Don't get me wrong, I like this, it's just a sensory disconnect.

Mouthfeel: Spicy carbonation on the tongue, but velvety smooth. There is some clinging sensation to the teeth though.

Overall / Drinkability: A slow sipping beer for savoring by itself, although I think it would work well with dessert. Interesting beer and worth trying out. Really impressed with the appearance and smell, but more sour than I expected.

Photo of MadCat
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with a 2010 date on it poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown, voluminous golden brown head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing.

Smell: Fruity, plums, cherries, a little grape, sweet malts, a little booze, anise

Taste: Fruity, with tart cherries up front, some plums and a little grape, some sweet malt, some anise, and some earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Full body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish

Overall: Excellent rendition of a classic Belgian style, honestly I think this is better than Rochefort 10. Lower abv probably helps it not get too boozy.

Photo of smakawhat
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Vintage 2011.

Same appearance as it's younger abbey ale sibling. Body color is a great dark ruby and somewhat clear. Snapping noises come from the bubbles of the head. Seems to leave a good puck as well on the top.

Mild cherry, malt muted, very similar to regular abbey ale but seems a little thicker... perhaps bolder. I was hoping for something more pronounced but it's just not happening.

Taste is virtually nearly identical to it's sibling, with maybe a hint of chocolate milk on the finish. I am missing or not getting the fruit background off this at all, or a big malt caramel back bone for a quad. Somewhat milkshake like in body with a little fizz which is a classic touch, but missing the flavor punch I think needed for this style.

Overall I am not really that impressed by this quad, but it's certainly a good passable brew. Not for me.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not a huge fan of dubbels, I really appreciate a good quad. This is a fantastic beer in my opinion, and the cherries make it all come together.

A - Pours a deep, murky ruby-mahogany with a two finger golden tan head. Good retention on the head with very sticky lacing.

S - Roasted malt and dark cherry with a good amount of bready character. Some brown sugar and alcohol in the aroma as well.

T - Sweet and fruity initially and then toasty tasting with a dry, slightly grassy finish. Cherry taste is fresh and tart. Hints of chocolate and caramel become more noticeable as the beer warms. Very rich and sweet with noticeable alcohol.

M - Creamy and moderately carbonated. Slightly slick on the lips.

D - This one should be a sipper, way too flavorful and potent for me to session. Spread out over the course of a half hour you really start noticing the other rich, intersting flavors that have been blended together here.

A really good quad overall and well worth trying.

Photo of megahurts4
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Three Philosphers

Appearance: cloudy dark red, medium head, and some good lacing.

Smell: strong wheat and yeast.

Taste: wheat, yeast, and cherries.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a very nicely balanced brew. The cherry flavor is minimal, but in great balance.

Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely ruby color with a thick cap of pillowy tan foam with great retention.

Rich and complex fruit fills the nose. Plenty of fruit, caramel and malt sweetness with some honey and belgian yeast notes.

Very deep and complex taste. Dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toffee, bitter hops, buckwheat honey and some warm rum-like alcohol. It's all there.

Dry and pretty close to full bodied. Feels a tad undercarbonated, but lends to a very smooth feel.

A very well rounded quad at a decent price. It's not mind blowing, but it will not be a disappointment at all.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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