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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,159
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 209
Gots: 635 | FT: 15
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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 midnite2sixman
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as a special edition draft at Butch's in Holland, Michigan. Kudos to Lance for pulling in 2 sixth barrels from Ommegang!

Nice reddish brown color.

Big cherry smell on the nose. Not big in a bad way. Also some brown sugar.

Cherry on the tongue, nice smoothness. Black cherries, smooth, quad style.

Quite a wonderful beer!

midnite2sixman, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Newmerator
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. First time I tasted it actually.

A - Deep brown, reddish/copper in color. Cream color head. Good retention. Remarkable lace, sticks all over the glass.

S - cherry, smells like a lambic. A bit sour. Blegian yeast

T - cherries in the back. Definitely not what I expected. Not as sour as I'd thought. Black pepper. A bit yeasty. Some sugary malt taste. Fig. Spicy.

M - Sooo silky smooth and creamy! Full bodied.

D - great. I agree it would be good for pairing with cheeses or a meal instead of drinking alone. But, if there wasn't cheese in the fridge, I would exactly refrain from drinking it.

Newmerator, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-Deep brown with a redish tint and a nice creamy head that stay the entire time in the glass

S-Cherry dominates the nose with some richer malt and sugarey sweetness

T-The lack of cherries in the flavor was suprising more dominated by spices and a rich fig flavor. Cherries in the middle and finish

M-Medium body but I did find it a tad over carbonated. Is very smooth and a good nice finsih

D-Not something I would have alot but I will for sure have this again. High alchol makes it a little harder to drink on a regular basis

SpecialK088, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of naterock
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dokel. with a thick white head and a reddish pale color with a hue of brown and orange. really quite different than any other quad.

smell is rich malts and cherries some distant spices, cloves, cinnamon, some apricots, apples and figs.

Taste is quite different than the smell, some major apple notes and an array of malt flavors. This has almost a cheap Brandy kind of sweetness to it with a boozy tingle in the background.

mouth is crisp but oddly viscous. medium carbonation and a great finish. This beer drinks easy, too easy for 9.8% Great, Great beer. definitely not the best Quad but it's a great creative representation.

naterock, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML into a snifter/ 2008 version

P: Caramel brown from the bottle, bright crimson shaded plum in the glass. The two fingered khaki-colored head is thick & frothy, showing superb retention. Seriously, the head was around for more than 10 minutes! It faded in a somewhat rocky fashion and left plenty of webbed lacing behind.

A: Sweet malts, very pronounced sour cherries, candied sugar, alcohol, and yeast.

T: Whoa! You can definitely taste the Lambic characteristics in here. It lends that certain sour, kind of tart flavor to the beer. And I like it! Sweet, toasted malt bill takes center stage and never relinquishes the spotlight. The cherries are both deliciously sweet like maraschino juice, and tart like a Lambic. A moderate amount of candied sugar is there to make sure that sweet stomps the hell out of any bitter that might try to flare up. Slightly herbal hops are faint, but work nicely with the cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper-like spiciness on the back half and the finish.

M: Three Philosophers weighs in just a notch below full-bodied, but is rich & smooth nevertheless. It's also aggressively carbonated for an expansive feel on the palate.

D: Drinkability is well above average due to the great flavors. But like all Quads, it's too sweet and intoxicating to possibly partake of another.

Notes: Definitely on the sweet side (like a Quad should be) but not at all overwhelming. What really makes this beer standout to me is the Cherry Lambic that was blended in. It gives it that sour tartness that really plays well off of the sweetness, while providing the palate with a dazzling display of cherry brilliance. This is very, very good beer!

sweetbrew82, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of photomike
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2006 bottle poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Pours an ugly-lookin brown with a small, quickly dissipating, pillowy yellowish beige head that dies down to lumpy little leprosy-like patches of yeasty bubbles. Its so patchy, in fact, it is rivalled only by my moustache in patchiness.

Smell is nice though; Good amounts of cherry on the nose, sweet malts, hint of clove. Actually smelled really sour until it warmed up a bit.

Taste is great. Drinkable and smooth without showing the 9.8% ABV. Definitely a good amount of cherry from the blended lambic in there, but also some molasses or caramel and maybe even cinnamon, but malts are the real star here.

Mouthfeel is pretty darn smooth. Maybe the age has lightened up the effect of the alcohol sting other reviewers mention, because I really don't get much at all. A slight gummy feeling on the back of my tongue that is not altogether unpleasant.

Will buy again.

photomike, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of trbergman
2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Cloudy, tawny-garnet body with a dense, half-inch taupe head.

S - Aromatic with hints of brown sugar and cherries. Complex malt profile includes nuts and toast, with yeasty dried fruit esters.

T - Somewhat harsh on the palate with hot alcohol, and perhaps a bit phenolic. Tastes of dried apricots, raisins, and dried apples, with a touch of cloves.

M - On the one hand, smooth and creamy with full body and round mouthfeel - on the other, rather biting.

D - The look and smell are there, but in the mouth it's a boozy mess of a beer. Not recommended.

trbergman, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of jsapunor
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark red color. Not too much head. The smell give hints of the sweetness to follow.

Lots of malt taste here and then sweetness. The cherries make their presence felt along with hops in wonderful balance. The mouthfeel is very good with the proper amount of carbonation for the style.

All in all a great sipper with a lot of complexity to hold your interest. Lots of alcohol but it is well hidden.

Very, very nice!

jsapunor, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of OudErnest
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an original Three Philosophers 750ml (2002/maroon label)? The beer has aged surprisingly well. A nice pop of the cork, beautifully laced pours, and a delightful head retention immediately hint at a well-preserved ale. Oxidation has served it well. Old Ale qualities such as caramel, nuts (walnuts in this case) and, as one 2007 review of this 2002 vintage claimed, a beer that expresses an almost kriek-like lambic charcateristic. All in all, glad that I aged this one.

OudErnest, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Murky brownish red. Cloudy. Not much head on my pour. Virtually no lacing.

S = Sweet and malty. Definitely some dark fruits.

T = Very malty. Brown sugar and cherry with some spicy notes as well. Slight hop on the finish. Well balanced brew here. Nicely complex.

M = Nice medium mouth feel. Ample carbonation.

D = Nicely drinkable. High ABV is well hidden. Finishes pretty easy and goes down smooth.

Overall, very good American attempt at a Belgian quad.

JonMich13, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has the year 2007 on the neck. Poured into a chalice glass. Took forever and a day to get the damn cork out. That sucker didn't want to budge!

A: Dark brown and cloudy with an off-white bordering on tan head. Retained and laced very nicely.

S: Sweet dark malts and tangy dark fruits on the nose. Hints of cherries and raisins abound. Also a soft suggestion of chocolate. Very rich aromas.

T: Rich and malty up front with lots of fruity sweetness. Cut ever so slightly by a distinct tartness. It almost like tasting a good red wine. Very rich, very deep, VERY complex.

M: Rich and meaty mouthfeel that still manages to come off silky smooth. Carbonation is low but still enough to go around.

D: Very much the sipping brew. An ideal after-dinner beverage.

I found it hard at times to describe what I was sensing, because this is by far one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The combination of Quad and Kriek works very well for me, especially since I'm still developing my Lambic chops. If you've yet to try this, go and buy one now!

PirateUlf73, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rich amber. Two finger head, frothy and peach colored. Smells hugely malty, with a bit of fruity sweetness (strawberry, cherry). Also strongly smells of belgian yests. A pleasant smelling beer.

Tastes like a fruitier version of a belgian dark, really doesn't have the complexity or depth of malt as a quad. Nice in that while it has a strong malt presence, it isn't overbearingly sweet. Smooth if not overly deep, or creamy, or alluring. I just find the depth and flavor a little shallow. A rush of dark fruit at the end provides a slightly harsh (or a little bittersweet) ending. I much prefer this to other similar belgian cherry-inspired beers, like Mad Elf. This has a medicinal, cloying aspect to it as well, but the flavor works much better. Extremely drinkable, this seems as good a place as any as an introduction to the Belgian style.

damienblack, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of bfields4
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large three finger head. Gives way to a brown to amber hue.

Smells of rich cherries and malty sweetness.

Sweet dark malts carry over to the tongue. Some fruity notes are coupled with a mint, licorice, brown sugar spice plethora to make this beer a pleasure to drink. A medicinal crispness flows through the back of this beer.

Just flows down so smooth across the palate. I really enjoy this beer. One of the few American brewers to nail this style. Not quite as great as its Belgian brother's, but I would never turn one down.

bfields4, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

The color is a nice dark amber.

The smell is cherries, some barely flavor. Is sweet with a light malt flavor.

The taste is sweet sugar with a nice dark cherry taste. Some hints of malt, a little grain and some brown sugar.

My first Belgian quad and it was a great experience. The mouth feel to this beer was nice and light and was easy going down. Overall it was memorable beer experience.

Duhast500, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of diamondc
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinkin' this bad boy for a while. Time for a review.

The appearance is kind of unimpressive. There is a thick collar of foam but it doesn't stick around past a minute. Can't see that much carbonation. It's a dark, burgundy color. Head dissipates too quickly in my Chimay chalice.

The smell is more promising. Hints of licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, nutmeg, and vaguely citrus aromas lingers on. This is gonna turn out great, I bet.

Taste is so good. Very sweet of course. Chocolate is the first thing that comes to mind. A bit of hotness from the alcohol on the first sip. The aftertaste is divine. Cherries (as advertisted), maple syrup, brown sugar, black coffee. Hops are non-existant.

This one is definitely a sipper. It's better shared, of course. The alcohol rears its head when warmed up to room temperature. I still dig it though. Also, it is a bit wine-like too, which is a nice thing if you want to convert people to the wonders of beer.

The complexities of the initial taste and then the aftertaste make this one worth buying again and again (at $7.99 a bomber, who wouldn't?).

diamondc, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV: 9.80 % ("98% Ale - 7% Cherries")
Reviewed 11/11/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.5 - dark malty cloudy brown - opaque. Awesome head, retention and lacing.
S 4.0 - sweet malts, hints of spice and minor hops.
T 4.0 - Malt dominates on palate. Semi sweet with cherry notes, they creep up you as you sip this ale.
MF 4.0 Medium+ body, high carbonation
D 4.0 - note a session beer, a sipper for sure. If I was in the mood for a fruity Quad, this would cure the itch.

unclejimbay, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Brew33
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first Quad. 750 ml bottle, drank fresh. Very exciting. I was thrown by the explanation on the bottle but I went forward with it not really knowing what to expect.

What I got was a very complex, rich, sweet, almost vinous beer. Very luxurious head, murky brown/red color. The smell was sweet and slightly alcoholic.

I drank half of the 750 at around 40-45 degrees and the other half at around 50-55 degrees. It is much sweeter and more complex at the higher temp but also much more "boozy". I liked it much better at the warmer temp but the drinkability was punished at that temp.

Pretty tasty, I would drink it again but it's not my favorite style. A 12oz bottle would be the perfect amount, a 750 ml was too much.

I'm not a huge Belgian/Belgian style fan but this was good. I'd like to get my hands on a true Belgian example in the near future.

Brew33, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of xxHelderxx
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Good amounts of fizzy light brown head that receded rather quickly with little to no lacing. The color of this beer is an almost opaque dark amber

The dark cherries seemingly jump out of the glass. Very strong and up front upon first smell. I'm also picking up on some yeasty/alcohol notes but the cherries are the star of this ale.

The taste is again dominated by the sour cherry taste. The malty backbone of this beer can also be tasted along with the alcohol taste resulting from the high ABV.

The mouthfeel is decently smooth, with a dry bite at the end.

This beer is fairly drinkable, although I might have some problem finishing off the bottle immediately, I might have to give it a little while. Either way I would try this again and recommend it for its interesting character.

xxHelderxx, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of dpuia
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Ommegang anniversary glass, out of a home keg. Has a dark amber color, with little head. Smell is over the top very rich with fruity overtones. Taste is a full flavor and can clearly tell is of a higher ABV, but yet still suttle.

I would reccommend this beer over and over again.

dpuia, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours darker than I thought it would be with a nice tan head and no lacing. Head revives somewhat with a swirl.

S - Plenty of dark cherry, along with some alcohol, leather and a lot of yeast. Very nice actually.

T - Dark cherry that to me has a slightly medicinal quality. Clearly, a lot of effort went into this ale.

M - Slick but creamy; the ABV is obvious. Finish is dry.

D - Not my style - wife loved it. I would drink it again but it's nothing I gravitate to.

pinotboy007, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Nipitato
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark amber hue. Thin off white head with good retention. Opaque.

S: Very nice aroma. Cherry notes come across like cherry pie with some doughy character. Yeasty. Some booze. A light spice aroma is also noticeable.

T: Malty sweet. Lots of dark fruits with strong cherry character. Yeasty and boozy. Some light spiciness. Nice bitterness at the end.

MF: Chewy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is obvious.

D: A very good beer from a very good brewery.

Nipitato, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of SLeffler27
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine, creamy texture, heavy head leaves a coating of lace over this hazy red amber Quad. A ruby-red halo is apparent when the Ommegang Flute is put to the light.

The aroma is that of brandy soaked figs, raisins, plums and cherries. Very complex.

Three Philosophers' flavor follows its aroma, adding a long, dry finish and some musty earthiness. This one warms to reveal even more complexity and depth as it mellows.

Lively carbonation compliments the smooth, medium body of this beer with pleasant alcohol.

Sip or gulp as you please, Three Philosophers will reward any connoisseur. If you like the bottled version, seek out the draft as it is clearly superior.

SLeffler27, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice one-inch white head atop a beautiful dark rouge body. Raisins, cherries, candi sugar in the aroma. Tastes like a Belgian quad with a sour twist, which of course is exactly what the beer is. Sweet, complex, creamy up front and finishing perfectly with the light-sour bite. Smooth in the mouth with tight, intense carbonation and chewy goodness. The drinkability is above average considering the big abv -- and is a testament to the sweet/dry balance provided by the touch of sour. Good shit.

masterhomebrewer, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire on my 21st Birthday.

Pours a big fluffy tan head, that sat there and later reduced to practically nothing. Colour is an intriguing brown.

Smell is of dark fruit, some alcohol, and candi sugar.

Taste is big brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, faint cherry notes, vanilla. Alcohol is detectable as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- Not something that I would drink on a regular basis, or have more than one of in a sitting. A great treat.

darklordlager, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage

A - Cherry brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that quickly changes to a ring of lace around the rim.

S - Spicy belgian yeast with tart cherries, hints of dark fruits, raisins and licorice. Slightly sweet, brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Complex and subtle at the same time.

T - Nutty with dark fruits, raisins, prunes and figs. Molasses, sweet malts and tart black cherry. The cherry is much darker in taste than aroma. Fairly sweet and seems to get sweeter as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel and it is sweet enough to feel a touch syrupy. Alcohol is hidden in taste but has a slight warming feeling going down.

D - Better than I remember it but the sweetness would prevent me from having more than 1 12oz bottle. A 750 might be a bit much.

brewcrew76, Feb 06, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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