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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: 974 | 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 CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- An opaque garnet brown brew that pours into a three finger off white head that dissipates into a thin skim and leaves wispy, clingy lacing.

S -- A complex malt sweetness that is lightly augmented by the acidic background. Hints of dark fruits and sour cherry.

T -- Full malt profile, toffee, earthy tones countered by slight acid and sweetness. Rich and layered in flavor. A little bitter on the back end, works to cleanse the palate a bit between sips.

M -- Medium to heavy body, good carbonation for the style, adds to the level of balance between sweet and dry.

D -- Solid brew, worth a pickup and a revisit. Very interesting and complex.

Photo of allanplaysguitar
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - Dark with a deep ruby hue. Head retention is normal.
Nose - Sweet and sour cherry notes and complimented by rich sweet malt
Taste - Dark fruits and spices come up front very strong, yet the sour and twang of Belgium yeast is not lost nor conflicts. The blended styles work well together.
Aftertaste - The cherry cling but is followed by a little bit of alcohol burn.
Mouth Feel - Velvety smooth with perfect carbonation.
Overall - This beer is what is great with beer blending! The cherry taste may throw some off, but works well in this beer. This is a true dessert beer and I would give this to any fan of late harvest Zins/Chards.

Photo of n2185
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A: Pours a surprisingly clear, coppery red with a finger of tan head. Head retention is pretty good fading to a thin cap with some lacing.

S: Some light spice notes up front followed by a strong bubblegum aroma. There are some dark, dry fruits in there as well like plums and dark cherries. In the background is a light Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Spices and bubblegum at first followed by dark fruits. There are some tart cherries in there as well. The finish has a strong bitter and hearty bread flavor with a touch of the tart cherries as well. There's a decent alcohol burn at the finish as well.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nicely attenuated with a crispness that goes well with the Belgian styles.

O: Overall a decent quad--a bit too hot fresh and the yeast seem to dominate the flavor despite decanting the glass, but one of the cheapest out there and better than many more expensive versions I've had.

Photo of KAP1356
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found my note book I thought I lost last year! Reviewed from notes - tasted 3/1/2010. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours a hazy brown color with some nice ruby highlights where the light shines through. An eggshell white color head forms about .5 fingers thick and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Candi sugars, chocolate malts, some caramel all up front. The cherry is present but it is more of a medicinal aroma than I would like.

T - Cherry flavors are up front which tastes better than they smell. Plums, raisins, and dark fruits follow along with some subdued Quad like characteristics. Slightly bland and much less complex than I thought it would be.

M - Slick beer and a bit creamy, but there is a little sourness to it from the cherries. A little hot, which I didn't see coming.

O - Not bad, but I feel like they were going for more than they should've been. A nice beer to try, but being a HUGE fan of quads, I was a bit let down by what this could've been.

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

A: Poured a deep brown with reddish hues with a decent tan head. Retention was okay, and it left a nice lacing as well.

S: Great smell. Sweet dark fruits and malts, and a little tinge of alcohol.

T: Taste is much like the smell at first. Dark fruits (like plums and raisins) dominate, with an unexpected tartness. The taste of alcohol comes afterwards but somehow mixes well with the other flavors.

M: Thick, smooth and nicely carbonated.

D: The flavors were nicely balanced. The sweetness combined well with the slight tartness, and it's dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Great brew overall.

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

12oz capped bottle, 2011, poured into chalice. Served cellar temperature (55F)

Beautiful dark ruby brown hue. Huge fluffy white head fills my St Bernardus chalice and fades to a healthy layer.

Aroma is sweet, tart, and complex. It is inviting me for a sip!

Taste is kind of musty and a lot more cherry than I expected considering. Hints of cholocate and fruit cake. Hops shine lightly.

Mouth feel is magnificent. High carbonation and a lively feel. Lingers gently with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall this is the best American Quad I've had yet far.... although I wish it was available sans cherry juice, or with less cherry per my preferences.

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into my snifter...brown body that is quite clear underneath a surging cap...the head just keeps rising. Good carbonation for such a huge beer. I catch a whiff of alcohol in the nose, along with big malts and cherries, but it still hides the booze decently. It scores points on uniqueness and I like that there are a few different things going on here.

It's big on the tongue, but the alcohol is still pretty well hidden. It's a little sweet for my taste, and not really bitter at all, but there is some desirable sourness from the cherries...not as much as I would like though, I think the blend could be a little heavier on the kriek side of life. Scores points on uniqueness alone though.

Good mouthfeel, smooth. Big beer that goes down easy. Points.

Definitely worth a try or two. It's its own beer, which is huge. Nice sipper.

Photo of Ralphus
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Ommegang brew (that I can remember).

A: It pours a dark and murky brown color. The large bubbled head receded to a ring of foam leaving some lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The smell is slightly muted but dark fruits, raisins and cherries are present. Fairly average really.

T: Much bigger and more enjoyable. Chocolate, dark fruit, cherries and spice all come through. It lively and demands your attention but at the same time it's balance is sublime. Really well done.

M: Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation is crisp but not dominating and the beer drinks goes down really well.

O: A really solid quad - especially if you like cherries!

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Color is a cloudy reddish brown, with a fairly minimal head given the hard pour. Retention and lacing are decent, but not great. A bit of carbonation is visible, but it's mostly obscured by the presence of lots of yeasty chunks in the glass.

Smell: Lots of fig, raisin, brown sugar, molasses, plumb, licorice, funky yeast, mineral water, and a touch of tartness. Some alcohol character is present, and a substantial malt punch gives this one a pretty sweet aroma.

Taste: Very creamy and smooth. Nice dark fruit presence and just the right amount of sweetness are balanced by the influence from the Kriek. I honestly thought there would be a bit more sourness with the blend and all, but this really just tasted like a well-balanced, delicious quad.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and delicious. Nice malt body, and touch of dryness from the Kriek, and a slight warming from the alcohol at the end.

Overall: This beer actually exceeded my expectations going in. I wasn't sure whether or not the Kriek addition would be to my liking, but it seems as though the blend was quite judicious and the unique quad character was preserved. I will definitely go back to this one again in the future!

Photo of bskrtz
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served very cold in Chimay glass beer challis @ 'Fork' in Chicago

A) Very dark cola -- deep reddish brown with slight off white head that disolved quickly. The beer is very dark but clear -- no yeasties or floaties

S) Sweet bready malts, cinamon spice, root beer, alcohol

T) Sweet dark fruits, fresh red cherries, candy sugar, caramel & baked pastrey. It's all there and it's delicious.

M) Thick & sticky but well balanced with robust effervescent carbonation

O) Three Philosophers is an excellent attempt at the Belgian Quad -- a very competitive class that includes the greats from the Trappists & the Abbeys.

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

Thanks to Mr. Klain for the export of this from USA to Spain. I've been trying my share of quadrupels from Belgian while over here and it's nice to see that we have some superior Belgian style to look forward to when I return home in 2013. Pours a dark brownish red into my Affligem chalice. Mild head, certainly nothing too crazy and some mild lacing. Didn't check the glass for wetness so maybe I detracted from the head others write about or maybe the cork got beat up on its journey?! Smell is what I like about belgian quads - brown sugar figs apricot and plums I suppose. The alcohol is prevalent in both smell and taste. Tastes great- some of the belgian yeast, alcohol is prevalent, dark fruits, and a tad sweet. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and warming (alcohol). Overall, I would try again and recommend to friends. Recommended for promotion and retention.

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

Lots of head action, four finger head that overtook the top of the glass, causing me to take drastic measures to keep from loosing good beer. Head is dense light brown foam, with moderate clinging lace. Color is a 27 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is crisp, and has aromas of chocolate, honey, fudge, roasted coffee, apricot, and pepper. Taste is intense, with flavors of caramel, molasses, green tea, licorice, pepper, and chives. The flavor is remarkable and wonderful blend of melon, green tea, clover, watermelon rind, licorice, coco, rye, and overcooked lamb. Mouthfeel is a great experience of creamy and prickly flow over tongue and soft palate. This is one of my top 10, great for the price, good buy itself or with cheese and prime beef.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with a 2010 production year printed on the neck. This beer has plenty of years to age but I'm being impatient.

A - Dark brown. Almost mahogony. Plenty of thick creamy head. Lots of sticky lace.

S - Banana bread, sweet dark fruits, multiple layers of dark malt, a hint of wood. The aroma is very good, but not exceptional.

T/M - Very smooth with a heavy body, but not as heavy as I expected from such a big dark beer.
The sensation of the high carbonation hits the senses before you're able to taste anything, but once the flavor comes through the tastebuds are hit with big mix of dark malty sweetness. Toward the middle the taste is somewhat medicinal, with the sweet and tart cherries making their appearance but not stealing the show, and an earthy/herbal hop bitterness helping to round out the finish. The high carbonation goes well with the tart cherry flavor in the middle. The the tingly, tart, sweetness stays with you in the aftertaste, but it's hidden behind the earthy and herbal hops.

D - I keep finding new flavors with every sip, and the beer takes on a completely new character as it warms. You just want to sit down and sip on this all day.

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

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Medium brown with an amber tone. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, off-white head. Settles fairly slowly leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Some nice spiderweb lacing remains.

S: Baked bread, wood, and cherry.

T: Pungent malty flavor. Yeast is prominent. Woody and lightly sweet cherry. Nothing overpowering though. Well balanced.

M: Light body, despite high alcohol profile. Pungent and sweet, with a dry finish. Soft and subtle.

D: Mmmm... Sip and enjoy.

Great atmosphere. Nice appearance including a decent head and some fair lacing. Nose is not strong, but a really well-done combination of grain, wood, and cherry. Flavor, similarly, is a great combination of yeasty grain tone, and a subtly sweet cherry. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of gabedivision
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a Duvel Tulip glass.

A- A nice cherry mahogany. With a brownish amber hue in the right light, and a fantastic head that grows with the glass and quickly settles. Such a sight.

S- Strong Belgian yeast with a strong fruity and hoppy cheery scent. Deep rich figs, rasins with a very thick bready yeast to take the final scent into the nose.

T- WOW, Rich fruits, figs, apricots, dates, sweet sugary kindness, thick belgian yeast touch, and cherries of course, dominate, and in charge. Phenomenal.

M- Medium to heavy feel, strong on sugary side, cannot recognize the alcohol at all.

O- Overall, This is one of the best American quad that there is imo. It rivals the Belgian Quads that have been around for centuries. This a total A+, in my book.

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

Had on tap at Crunchy's in east lansing.

A:Pours brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Light roasted malt and slight tart cherry.

T: Sweet wine like taste, vinous and small hints of malt. Alcohol comes out as it warms. Reminds me of Quelque Chose.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

O: More of an after dinner beer for me.

Photo of sturner26
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a goblet.

A: Dark brown with red hues. Nearly opaque with a lot of haze. One finger light brown head that was frothy with lots of tight bubbles. Good head retention and a good amount of lacing as well. Very impressive.

S: Lots of dark fruit esters (prune, plum, raisin), brown sugar, and a nice suprising tart cherry.

T: A lot like the nose, but more intense and complex. Very fruity, mainly dark fruits and wonderfully tart cherry. The alcohol has a strong presence, especially upfront.

M: Very effervescent, medium body.

D: Strong alcohol presence but it is paired nicely with the fruity taste. This is my first quad and I will certainly be revisiting the style.

Photo of ebby82
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light cherry hue into a tulip glass with a significant, long lasting 2 finger head.

A- Tart cherries, other dark fruits, perhaps plum. Belgian yeast. Very sweet.

T- A little bit of tartness from the cherries. Very sweet, the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Very fruity.

It's not a beer to be drank quickly, because of the tartness and because of the alcohol, but its a very drinkable beer.

Overall, this is just an excellent quad. I really love cherries in beer, so that makes this even more enjoyable to me.

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

I like the label here...its classic and simple. Pours a pretty reddish amber color. It is somewhat cloudy but that doesn't affect the overall experience for me. The head is off white and a little frothy. The aroma is a little bready and also the cherries come through. The flavor is complex: cherry, biscuit, apricot, raisin and ripe fruit in the backend, a hint of of toffee? The finish is bold and lingers for a bit, and maybe there was just a hint of strawberry? I think this beer is a classic and I'm so proud it is from NY. I especially like it when barrel aged in caves.

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

Deep brownish red.

Rich fruits, alcohol, grains and hints of citrus.

Complex blend of dark fruit, mixed spices, raisins and caramel. Hints of tart cherries compliment well. Alcohol is present but well blended and actually works well with the other flavors.

Creamy and crisp carbonation. Felt a bit more alive than many Belgian style beers.

Definitely worth trying. Maybe not my favorite of the style but an interesting take.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red - amber color with a moderate off-white head, ok retention.

The scent is sweet, dark fruits, some alcohol.

The taste is also sweet, belgian sugar, dark fruits, some cherry notes, and a little alcoholic.

Full body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

this was a very tasty beer, good, balanced flavor. Wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of KajII
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a nice rich murky brown with a large frothy light brown head that lasted throughout and had some really excellent lacing that remained on the glass until the end.

The aroma was nice and enticing with a moderate dose of sweet malts, a smidgen of resin hops and a nice sweet yeast with notes of caramel and dried fruit and a mild alcohol tinge.

It tasted quite sweet and a little acidic with a note of caramel and maybe a little brown sugar at first and finished with a nice sweet-bitter flavor and had hints of dried fruit and a slight alcohol flavor at the end with the flavor staying with you for a nice enjoyable duration.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry yet slightly oily in texture with a mild carbonation.

Overall a superb Belgian Ale with the sweet flavors meeting the bitter ones very nicely with just a hint of alcohol. Not one flavor in this brew overpowers another, giving you a tremendous taste.

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

2010 bottle, opened 03/2011.

Poured a muddy reddish amber into a tulip with a minimal film of off-white head. Mild aroma of slightly sour cherry, caramel, and a fair amount of boozy heat.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, slightly sugary mouthfeel. Sticky toffee sweetness up front with biscuit, gently spicy hops, dark fruit, and a sweet cherry finish that escalates to a mild tartness.

Very tasty with a definite but not limiting alcohol presence. I'd prefer the flavor to be skewed just a touch more to the tart side, but I ain't complain' too loud...!

Photo of THECPJ
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: dark brown with an orange hue when held to the light, 1 finger tan head, spotty lacing

Smell: sour, malts, boozey, lots of dark fruits, cherries among them

Taste: tart from the sourness of the cherries, very boozey

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, well balanced

Drinkability: a good blend between the tartness of the cherries and the ABV; any more or less of either would disrupt that perfect balance of flavors.


Photo of knm
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice steam rose as the cork popped, with an immediate sweet cheery smell coming off. Pours a dark red color with a nice head. Lacing hangs around for its entirety.
Very oakey with a strong alcoholic flavor. Not much fruit, but very acidic. I would have liked some more sweetness for this variety.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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