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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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5,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,483
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 240
Gots: 790 | FT: 17
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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 deruiz10
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 release, bomber bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - A hazy mahogany brown with a slightly red tinge, "luxurious" light brown head which fades fairly quickly. No lacing observed.

S - Mild with slightly spicy yeast and cherries interlaced beautifully. A fair alcohol presence, but overall quite tame.

T - Full and complex. The cherry flavor is beautifully integrated into the entire taste profile, from the broad malt flavor to the slightly spicy finish of yeast. Dark fruits and malts best describe the flavor, not too many exotic flavors but what's there comes together very well. The nice thing about this beer is that the cherry flavor does not come across as syrupy as is the case in many other cherry-infused beers. Not much alcohol for a 10% brew.

M - Creamy yet light and crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. I feel that it could use a slightly heavier feel to really shine, but it is far from a detractor.

D - An excellently complex Belgian-style, quite delightful. I have been saving this beer for just over a year and it was worth the wait. I'd be happy to drink more of this.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into snifter

A: clear, dark brown with a fluffy tan head.

S: cherries, lots of alcohol, malt smells like toasted brown bread.

T/M: sweetness and some tartness from the cherries up front. Finishes with the toasted bread flavor from the malt. Alcohol is slightly spicy and can be medicinal when too cold. Alcohol slightly warming. Carbonation is tight and cuts some of the sweetness from the cherries.

D: For a beer this strong, very drinkable.

Photo of NCBeernut
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark ruby red. Creamy bone colored head starts out thick but sticks around as a thin but solid layer of cream. Dark fruits and dark rich cherry aroma. The flavor follows the aroma almost exactly. The same dark fruit and cherry, along with some sweet brown sugar. Downsides are a slight metallic taste and the lack of dimension - the cherry and sugary sweetness keep the malt complexities from being noticed. Finishes sweet and a little thin.

Photo of bogus564
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

It's pretty dark - what one would expect from a quadrupel. Dark caramel color, nice and clear, with a wheat-colored head that only lasts for a minute before dissolving into lace.

Smell - Dominant: sour cherry. Submissive: hops, lemon, grass. There's a bit there to keep one's nose interested.

Taste - Doesn't disappoint. I'm catching banana, sweet cherry rather than sour cherry, and prune. It's a very nice blend of flavors, which I must admit I like more than I thought I might. Always good to be pleasantly surprised.

Mouthfeel is nice - the carbonation is not overdone, and the aftertaste is a tad sweet if anything.

Drinkability is good, though I wouldn't drink more than a couple if I had major plans. This is a delightful offering from Ommegang. Cooperstown knows Belgians.

Photo of impending
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a tulip. Pours a rich dark garnet brown. The belgian style just can't be beat for their consistently superb heads and this meets all expectations.

Taste follows the nose exactly, no surprises and that is just fine! Some brews fit the type that I tend to hold the glass close, much aromatic enjoyment as the smell is intoxicating then I follow with a small sip, many small sips - I can nurse a glass for quite a while.

excellent brew

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Murky,brown with moments of deep crimson.Pours out a one-finger cap of dirty white that leaves limited lacing and light carbonation.

S-Kirsch,dates and earthy yeastiness.Caramel malt and pipe tobacco.

T-Red currant,plum and dried fruit(mainly fig and cherries).A little booze and definite Belgian yeast.

M-Full,tart and warm.A well constructed quad.

D-Surprisingly good for a quad.The insistence of the cherry flavor might be it's only drawback.

Photo of nova009
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Chimay chalice

A- pours a very cloudy brown, red tints are present, one finger fluffy white head dissipates after a few minutes, spotty lacing

S- fruity, tart cherries, almost a smooth buttery note that lingers afterward

T- dark fruits particularly cherries, some apple notes as well, slight alcohol burn, belgian yeast

M- nice medium-heavy mouthfeel, coats the palate nicely, good balance of carbonation, slight burn in the mouth

D- a solid belgian quad, the alcohol is present but not overbearing, the flavors mix well even if the smell doesn't make it all that attractive, overall a nice beer worth picking up again

Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Very dark mahogany with thick cream-colored head and great lacing.

Smell: Quite pungent with figs, plum, toffee, clove and tart cherry.

Taste: Semi-sweet figs and plum upfront with a nice clove and earthy yeast counterbalance. Cherry tartness rears its head after the initial sip and lasts for a long time. Seems as if this is more than 2% cherry-infused.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, chewy full body, quite warming.

Drinkability: Nice, alternative take on a Quad with the addition of cherry. Personally, I may have enjoyed it more without the cherry, but personal taste aside, this really is a great beer.

Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber-brown colour that starts off with a lot of head, but it quickly dissipates without any lacing. Smell is cherry, plum, raisin and faint Belgian yeast. Taste is a bit tart. Has the cherry that this beer advertises, but not enough of everything else I'd expect in a quad. Carbonation level is nice. A tad boozy, but I still had no trouble finishing my half of this bottle.

Photo of jporf911
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. No freshness date provided, but this kind of brew could probably age for a year or two.

Appearance- 4 out of 5. The ruby-brown color is somewhat cloudy in the first glass and very cloudy in the second due to the yeast from the bottom being poured into the glass. It is very reminiscent of cherry skin held up to a light, which I suspect is a sign of things to come. The off-white head was two fingers tall and medium in body but left wonderful lacing all around the glass.

Smell- 4 out of 5. Dark fruit, light malt, and cherries dominate the nose of this beer. A deeper whiff brings hints of alcohol and hops, but the overall scent is sweet.

Taste- 4 out of 5. Sweet and smooth. The cherry ale may only embody 2% of the overall volume, but it definitely dominates the taste. Creamy yeast flows along the tongue, bringing tastes of sweet malt and a bit of brown sugar. Gentle hops tingle on the back of the tongue before giving way to a long-lasting sweet aftertaste. There's a reason that the word "sweet" is in five of the six sentences of this part of the review; that aspect best characterizes the taste. It's not bad at all, but it should be avoided if you don't have a taste for beers on the sweeter side of the fermented spectrum.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium and creamy, not at all crisp but pleasant on the tongue. The alcohol is warming but otherwise unnoticeable.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. This is an interesting change of pace from typical quadrupels, but it's only for those who can handle a burst of sweetness that's almost like a bunch of gang-banging cherries orgasmically exploding in your mouth.
I could down easily down the whole 750ml bottle, but this beer deserves to at least be sipped frequently instead of outright chugged.

Photo of Spica66
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 bottle.

A: Medium amber color. One-finger head. Plenty of bubbles.

S: Smells like cherry wine.

T: Tastes like a Halls cherry throat lozenge. Could not finish it.

M: A little more carbonation than I have seen in a Quad before.

D: If you like sour cherry taste, there is nothing to stop you from drinking this. I wouldn't take another one for free...

Photo of gboy515duo
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice.

The first glass I poured was only a one finger head, but I chalked that up to it not being served at 50 degrees, it was closer to 40. The second glass was nice and frothy and 3 fingers tall.

The body was a dark cherry wood color with a very distinct beige froth on top. It smelled immediately of malt and cherry, with bigger sniffs making you aware of the high alcohol content in the brew.

At first taste, the beer is hoppy, but smooth, with hints of cherry, alcohol nowhere to be found. The malts break through and bring sweetness that leave your cheeks wondering where the next sip is and when it is coming. The cherry flavor slowly takes over with each sip, masking the ever present 10% ABV. You feel the warmth of the alcohol after a few sips, and it's not too overpowering at first. It has a slight burn that is almost unnoticeable. When you swallow it, it is extremely frothy and the flavor doesn't go anywhere. It sticks to your palate for a long period of time.

Considering such a high ABV, it is crazy easy to drink. It goes down so easy. The flavors break through as you keep drinking revealing tastes of caramel malts and the great taste and smell of a variety of nuts.

As you end up taking larger gulps further into the bottle, they bring a nasally alcohol filled feeling along with fruity aromas to make the flavors even bigger. The alcohol only comes out at the very bottom of the 750, and might I add that at this point, you're probably sufficiently inebriated where you just won't care.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this offering from Ommegang, and the whole 750ml to myself had me buzzed to a great point that didn't go away for a few hours. I drank it while I watched the MLB All-Star Game, and finished it before the 4th inning and I was feeling it well up until I went to bed.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a chalice glass.

pours a deep reddish brown with a finger of beige head... middling retention; strong lacing. aroma is of cherries, plums, yeast, alcohol. taste follows the smell, except - and maybe this is me - you lose some of the yeast characters evident in the nose. some caramel and muted spice notes. mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. pretty drinkable and worth trying - interesting take on the style with the lambic addition - but imo not on par with the upper echelon (i.e. belgian/trappist brews).

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

2008 brew. Deep red amber pour. Light head. Strong wine aroma -- alcoholic and fruity (cherry). Flavor comes in two stages. The primary stage is malty cherry and dark fruit. The secondary stage is alcoholic -- with a cherry base -- with some limited floral hints. The body is of medium thickness. The flavor and aroma are sophisticated and complex and lead into a delicate finish. If philosophy is an intellectual method of elucidation compared to a scientific doctrine of propositions, then beer philosophizing is too an activity that clarifies our thoughts of the fine brew. The Three Philosophers quadrupel exemplifies this activity.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Just about red, appears to be more than 2% Kriek. When held up to light, the body shifts to a cloudy copper more-so than red. Bubbly, spritzy, two finger head into a white cap, no real lacing to speak of.

S: Rich buttery malt..cherries and spices. Cherry jam and butter spread on a warm biscuit. I would give the aroma a 5.0, if not for some distracting booze. Still, excellent.

T: Yeasty/spicy characteristics are more apparent than in the nose, but buttery malt and dark fruits reign supreme. Subtle hints of cherry set the overall tone, and also lend a surprisingly tart finish. Warming alcohol lingers.

M: Medium bodied, aggressively carbed - which lends it self pretty well to the tartness of the cherries, especially in the finish.

D: Although pretty easy to drink when it warms a bit, this beer remains around 10% ABV...and I can taste it. Its flavorful, surprisingly tart, sweet, and a bit boozy. 12oz is enough, but I am enjoying every bit of it!.

Photo of jampics2
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 (11.2?) oz bottle @ the Winking Lizard. Poured carefully into an open mouthed glass.

Looks really nice. Plum and brown with amber edges, a half finger white head sticks around forever (it's still there, they had to throw out the glass).

Smells lke some dark ripe fruit. Plum, cherry, raisins, brown sugar and Belgian yeast. Some noticeable alcohol.

Taste is rather underwhelming. I've had this beer a ton in the past, I'm a fan of quads, but this is just too ambitious and too transparent for me. I'd love a bit more yeasty esters, but instead I get dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, booze, and puke. I'm not kidding. The aftertaste from this beer tastes like vomit from someone who has been drinking raisin vodka. Disgusting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy carb, and tons of heat from the obvious alcohol.

Drinkability suffers from the hotness. I have a 2006 bottle in the cellar and will re-rate, but this beer just falls waaaay short of the legends of quadrupel fame.

Photo of Kelly88
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve oz bottle into a chalice.

A- dark leather brown with Ruby highlights at the fringes. Great white frothy head that stays around for a little while. Lacing is Good.

S- funky Belgian yeast dominates with only a small trace of fruity sweetness.

T- plums and raisins with the yeast really demanding your palates attention. Cherry kriek flavors finish it out cherries are a little over done for my taste

M- carbonation is high and creates a fizzy soda pop feel

D- if I really enjoyed this beer I could have two or three no problem. This is a well crafted beer Just not my thing, dont think I will ever be picking up another bottle

Photo of jmarvin4189
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - its a golden brown color, a very interesting color

Smell - a malty roasted smell

Taste - sweet and malty with a roasted flavor, its very interesting and different. this is the first quad I've had but have loved all the Belgian beers I've tried and this is no different. its very interesting and delicious. i want to try more quads now.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with good carbonation, with a great after taste that leaves this beer crisp

Drinkability - very drinkable, i'm about to drink this entire 750 and will def want another...

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet. From a nice 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice light brown dark honey color with a nice solid .25 inch head that is dense and a bit of a light tan colored.

S - Absolutely lovely aromas of sweet malt with nice bready hints. Sourdough and some toasted spicy hints as well. Very nice aromas. Mild cloves and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Starts of with sweet almost honey like malt and nice bready hints. There is also some nice toasted character and flavors to it. Spicy flavors are abundant as well with some clove and some peppery hints. This is a very delicious beer comparable to Belgian produced Quads. The high ABV is not as perceivable as other 9.8 beers.

M & D - Nice and crisp and very well carbonated. Drinkability is good in terms of flavor but ABV is high.

Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Pours a dark brown with a 3+ finger off-white head that subsides to minimal after sitting a bit. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The only aromas I could pick up on were fruit wtih a trace of alcohol. The flavor followed the smell with only fruit and alcohol showing up. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not bad for a quad. It was very smooth and drinkable. I would definitely purchase more and drink it again.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Ommegang chalice a reddish/purplish brown color with a solid half-inch of head.. perfect for the style.

Smells include plums, maraschino cherries, grapes, and sweet candy. Taste is again a sweet blend of fruits and fruity candy: cherries, plums, grapes, and apples are all prominent. This is really mellow with only a mild alcohol flavor that is hidden really well for something approaching 10% ABV.

All-in-all this one is very satisfying.

Photo of JEdmund
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Unique plumb color; small head forms then fades

S: Light brown sugar and a tart cherry and other stone fruit presence; pretty nice

T & M: Immediately struck by the mouthfeel--definitely Belgian level of carbonation and is light and airy, doubly impressive for a big beer. Taste is like brown sugar biscuits and cherries, but in a light enough way it's not too much of anything and is surprisingly balanced. Can't believe this beer is nearly 10%!

O: Such a pleasure to drink! What a unique beer. It's satisfyingly rich but isn't cloying or heavy. Lives up to the hype. Curious how it will age. Can't imagine it getting better actually, as I like how the flavors are now and don't see them improving with time.

Photo of EnVinoVeritas
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage from 22 oz Bottle

Poured a nice deep amber with hues of crimson/plum. Great two finger sized light brownish and red head that provided nice lacing throughout.

Nice nose with some malt notes and fruit notes. The fruit is not overwhelming on the olfactory senses, but nicely understated with some noticeable cherry hints along with some other fruits including plums and raisins.

The medium bodied mouthfeel hits you with some malt caramel upfront, moved smoothly into a lingering lightly tart cherry finish with a slight alcoholic warmth. Also noticeable on the palate are notes of vanilla and even some semblance of chocolate (?!) malt.

This was an enjoyable quadrupel and something I will revisit on an annual basis and maybe even head back to get another one to age at temperature for 9-12 months and see what happens then...

Definitely worth a try, an outstanding craft brew.

Photo of pastradul
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my duvel tulip glass.

Pours deep burgundy/ruby. With about a finger of head on it that dissipates very quick.

The smell is figs, prunes and wine.

the taste is more of the same. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt. with a red wine semi dry finish.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer, is is super silky with a nice alcohol warmth that finishes.

Pretty good beer, will probably pick up some more.

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

A - Thick, frothy, light brown head at a more than an inch. The body is a deep copper color with a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Dates, bananas and and a hint of tooti-fruiti.

T - Dark brown sugar as if a bit was left by the yeast as unfermented. The flavors are abrupt and jagged at this time. I imagine time in the bottle will remedy this issue. As for right now, the flavors are there but they don't mead together in a smooth fashion.

M - Light and airy through until the finish where it gains some weight and stickiness.

~ This is a good beer. I have a feeling I'm drinking this bottle at a somewhat premature state. I have another bottle cellared that I will enjoy a few years down the road. At that time, I'll offer some more details.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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