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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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4,923 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,923
Reviews: 1,887
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 191
Gots: 527 | FT: 14
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% 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 slvrmon82


4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is another one of my favorites. It pours a thick dark red with a 2 finger head that stays for a while then clings. Smell is that of dark fruits and malts with the cherry lambic very present. The taste is right there. Sweet not to roasted with a great mixture of the ale and lambic. Mouthfeel is a little heavy but creamy at the end. Drinkability is up there. I love it. A must pickup whenever I can find a big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 01:53:14 | More by slvrmon82
Photo of RedBeerHead


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, heavy, amber- red color. Very light, carbonated head that disappears entirely. Very sweet fruity taste, can't quite nail it down. But it's not excessively sweet. It has a good balance with a yeasty/tart. Really good taste.

Note: I tried to cellar this beer and it didn't turn out to well. I think the ABV is too high. I purchased another and drank the same evening. much better.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 02:15:08 | More by RedBeerHead
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this from my local Total Wine in the pint bottle (do they not make this in the 12 oz. form?). Poured to a goblet. Has a dark brown color with a definite, thick consistency. Had a nice quarter inch head and some lacing that lasted throughout.

Had a sweet, fruity smell, also some yeasts.

The cherries were the main taste component I picked up. Also a bit of malt and Belgian yeast in it as well. A little overly tart for my taste.

Had a zesty mouthfeel due to typically high carbonation rate.

Like most of Ommegang's beers, Three Philosophers is a drinkable beer. Although it's not my favorite example of a quadrupel, it's still a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 14:09:09 | More by avalon07
Photo of steelcutoats


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I spent the night down at the Headkeeper for my best buddy's birthday and picked up a bottle for a nightcap. I have had this fine Belgium-style quad before and felt it fitting to offer my humble opinion now. The fine people at the Brewery Ommegang have really out done themselves with The Three Philosophers. I truly believe that their beers are very much in sync with their Belgium counterparts.

The Three Philosophers poured a deep rusty reddish color, wish a creamy off white head that quickly dissipated. There was no lacing on the inside of the crystal snifter, which has been the medium that I sample all of my beers in. The smell was sweet with hints of sour cherries and yeast. The taste was suburb both hoppy and fruity with a sour finish. This beer is a wonderful American take on a traditional Belgium quadruple. I would recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 04:23:25 | More by steelcutoats
Photo of Junnila


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep burgandy color with a nice head that is well retained. Slight hints of cherry lambic, mint, caramel, and sweet sugars smell. Complex flavors of sweetness, sourness, bitterness, dryness, and herbal accents. Alcohol is hidden in the array of flavors and smells but is evident in it's drinkability. Overall a fine quadrupel from an outstanding brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:57:06 | More by Junnila
Photo of CHADMC3


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers

A: Pours a walnut brown with a supple tan head. Light lacing throughout the beer.
A: Cherries & malt are most prominent, with yeast and other dark fruits.
T: Great malt, cherries, and perhaps caramel and bread.
M: Great character, lighter than I'm used to for the style and excellent carbonation.
D: Very Nice. Easy to drink with a little kick on the back of the throat.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 03:05:28 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of gkatsoris

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

A: Dark, slightly murky brownish in color. Beautiful big head that lasted for over three minutes. (Absolutely worth the wait!!)

S: Tangy. Raisiny. Soury. Hops. Malts. Alcoholy. Slight vanilla.

T: Crisp and hoppy. Sweet and light. Malts and sugar. Vanilla and roasted nuts w/ vanilla.

M: Again, crisp and light. Good carbonation.

D: Crisp, clean and light. For me a good starter beer, but maybe not a good finisher beer for the night

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 02:41:26 | More by gkatsoris
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

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

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a huge thick foamy cream colored head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Malty aroma with fruit, spicy clove, and ale yeast.

This is my first quad, and when I read the label I was expecting a strong lambic-cherry undercurrent, but it's very subtle and well blended. Flavor is big and complex with a prominant yeasty characteristic; malty with a slightly bitter spice kick at the end, which seems to increase slightly as you go. High ABV is well masked.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a warm alcohol finish.

This is the brandy of beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 22:50:11 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of bilyboy65


4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was cellared for 2 years. Was poored from the 750ml bottle from 2006 into a standard pint glass.

A: There was a thick creamy light brownish head that left a thick clear residue on the glass as it faded. The beer was a very dark red-brown. Even with the dark color of the beer seeing through the glass is no problem.

S: From the first poor and the froth of the head released a powerful cherry smell. The smell of the malts and yeasts used are not over powered by the cherries, but heightened.

T: The years were good to this beer as the flavors seemed to come together. The cherries seem to be of the dark variety. They mix well with a sweet, almost sugary, and a spicy yeast. The malts tend to give it a little sour backbone and keep it from being to fruity.

M: Feels very think on the tongue, but the carbonation keeps it from being flat and boring. There is enough carbonation to make it seem like the cherries are dancing in your mouth.

D: Very easy to drink. The flavors have balanced out well over the years. Smooth on the tongue and throat.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 04:17:43 | More by bilyboy65
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I might have served it a bit colder than recommended, so the cherry taste might not have been as strong as others. The beer is beautiful, poors with a large off-white head that disappears. Cloudy color with tiny particles bubbling around, color is somewhere between amber and red. Nose is moderatly citrus-hoppy with light yeast undertones (dough). Can also smell elements of Cherry/Casis, port wine and cinnamon. Taste starts lightly bitter with elements of fruit and over the long duration finishes moderatly sweet. Wait even longer and there is a slight nutty aftertaste on the rear end. Texture is somewhere between dry and creamy (I know that sounds wierd, but it is true). Carbonation is lively on this light to medium-bodied beer. Alcoholic notes on the finish. Very refreshing, quite good!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:10:32 | More by BMan1113VR
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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer in this bottle was brewed in 2005.

A crimson liquid pours into my Chimay goblet. About a quarter inch of foam quickly settles to a ring with some activity in the center.

A wonderful combination of tart cherries and bread are the first notes I can detect. Then I get the spicy yeast with dark fruits. Clove, a bit of cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, and a touch of alcohol is my attempt to make my description a little more detailed.

The taste is very similar to the nose of this beer. Cherries soaked in alcohol, heavy bread, spices, and dark fruits. As I continue sipping this beer it reminds me of the strawberry-walnut bread I make sometimes (it's good by the way).

Heavily carbonated and a little sharp on the tongue. There is also a touch of alcohol that hangs around for a while in the back of the throat. After the beer warms up a bit the mouthfeel is a little better but I still think it's a tad over-carbonated. Actually, now that the beer is at room temp. the mouthfeel has improved.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 03:34:04 | More by seaoflament
Photo of BigRedN


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Following the bottle suggested pour, I poured softly so as to not disturb the yeast (at least not too much). Still I was able to produce an off white head nearly two inches in height on top of the hazy, brownish red liquid. It takes a while for the head to fade to a solid cover which leaves some lacing.

Smell: Rich malt aromas, still somewhat yeasty as well, bready, with cherries, (black cherries). Also comes off a bit boozy.

Taste: Big and malty; a touch yeasty/bready and a bit sweet. The blend of a belgian style ale and a cherry lambic (thinking Sam Adams here, yech) had me dreading what this beer might be, but it turned out great. The cherry-ness does not overpower.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with what seems like a natural low carbonation. A clean (low aftertaste) finish. The alcohol burn comes through on this one.

Drinkability: A good beer, but a sipper. I do not know if I could get through a 750 ml bottle due to the alcohol (nearly 10%!). This bottle is nice on a cold, snowy night. However the price (about $13 bucks for a 4 pack here) is such that I don't know when I will purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 05:17:32 | More by BigRedN
Photo of AMo


4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers pours a dark, opaque, plumish amber. The smell is really pleasant and uniquely aromatic of malts and cherries. Taste wise, this is very different, offering a nice mellow cherry flavor with absolutely no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium thick, moderately carbonated, and very smooth. This drinks suprisingly easy for the alcohol, but it does pack a good punch.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 23:13:33 | More by AMo
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mahar's. 1/2 pint

A: Pours a wonderful red color with a finger of head in a 1/2 pint glass. Lacing from the top to the bottom.

S: Cherries. Honey and other assorted sweetness. Some yeast smell as well. Very complex and very nice.

T: I have had this from the bottle many times over the years and this tasted like an aged bottle. All the complexity came out and drank very nicely.

M: Again very smooth. I was sad when I was done with this beer. Wonderful feel on the mouth without being too thick or to thin. Just about perfect.

D: In the bottle the drinkability is probably a 4 but on tap this was amazing. This is actually better than quite a few Belgian quads I have tasted. Good job Ommegang/Duvel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 00:02:37 | More by aerozeppl
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3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From 750ml bottle-poured into my 25cl Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a very hazy-almost opaque medium reddish brown hue. Pours with a relativly thin slightly off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a fine white collar around the glass. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Nose is strong of cherries, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, and a spicy Belgian yeast strain.

T- Upfront is sour cherries with sweet caramel malt backbone. Spicy Belgian yeast and alcohol emerge for the finish and seem to make the initial flavor disappear. All of these components linger equally-which is the highlight of the flavor. The intricate complexity of all these characters that don't usually mix together plus the addition of sweet chocolate. It's good and it really makes you think.

M- Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is mostly smooth and yeasty with hints of an alcohol slickness/burn.

D- This is a very interesting and complex brew that I do enjoy-but the blatant booziness of it all keeps the drinkability above average-but less than "good." This is my 5th quad and it falls in the middle of the 5 for me. I love Ommegang and their brews and through this isn't my favorite quad I will certainly have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 02:22:19 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of czfreeman


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang chalice. Intial appearance-beautiful-dark brown-reddish color capped by a creamy head with a good retention.
Smells yeast, dark chocolate cherry bread oh my!
malts,very complex.Taste- caramel, cordial cherrys, dark breads,toffee, malts then the lambic cherry finish. The complexity is amazing, it initially tastes like a Dubbel-dark,bready rich, malty,then suddedenly transforms itself into a light crisp lambic on the back of your palate,with a very clean finish. What a great experience. I cant imagine anyone in the US doing a better job.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:37:09 | More by czfreeman
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4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Fairly clear, deep, rich amber body with a huge tan head. the head has fairly good staying power, but leaves very little lacing. Lots of continuing effervescence. The head is tan, 2-3 finger with moderate retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell- Huge malt sweetness with some dar fruits, cherry, caramel. Just enough hops to let you know it's beer. Not as spicy as a lot of Belgians. It's fairly complex, but not as complex as I would think a quadrupel should be. Still, quite inviting.

Taste- A big malty, bready, taste up front with some yeast and spices in the background. Some dark fruits, but not at a level to where you could identify them. A nice subtle sourness as it slides down the gullet, with a nice hop flavor. Amazingly, there is little alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body. It's syrupy enough to give you a nice lingering after-taste. Yum. Not as carbonated as a lot of Belgians, but that is a good thing. This one is quite nice. A bit astringent towards the end.

Drinkability- Quite nice. I haven't tried a lot of quadrupels, bt if this one is a good example, I'll start seeking them out. This one gives you the impression of exceptional pipe tobacco and a fine old cheese when you are drinking it. Hmmmm...maybe I'll do all 3! Good for sipping on a rainy day.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 21:32:25 | More by theopholis
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like the best ale I've had but with a slight hint of cherry lambic mixed in. Not like a Frambouise lambic which will carry a very direct fruit taste, this is truly an ale first with some of the lambic added. I would like this ale with a meal or late night snack, can be drank alone like I did but better with a Beef Strogenoff, or Chicken Fried Veil steak.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 17:34:50 | More by bonk420247
Photo of MSchae1017


4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a goblet from a 750mL bottle.

This beer pours a deep copper-brown with a frothy off white head that dissipates to a ring with wisps of foam across the top of the beer. The beer leaves just a little lace. The smell is full of caramel and cherry notes. There is a lingering aroma of sherry as well. The taste is up front with sweetness initially, caramel and cherries. This is followed by a bit of hop bitterness and some phenolic and alcoholic flavors. The mouthfeel is nice for the style, medium-full bodied. Overall, a great beer. Maybe not a perfect quad, but an amazingly drinkable beer. While not as complex as some others, it brings enough to the table to keep you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 22:22:34 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of rxdrewthejew


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

2007 Vintage. First time I've had an Ommegang...

A: Hazy burgundy, really nice color. Lots of bubbles. The head is tan, 2-3 finger with moderate retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

S: The cherry really comes out in the smell, slightly sour. Aside from this, some caramel sweetness, spices and even some mild hops. Very complex.

T: Taste starts with a bready malt/yeast and plenty of spices as well. The cherry is very sublte, and comes out more in the end with a bit of sourness. The finish is dry with a mix of sour cherry and mild hops.

MF: This one is very bubbly, but the finish is super dry. Not much warming, but the alcohol is big and makes its presense known right away.

D: The flavor isn't a sweet and crazy as I had expected. It's quite complex, but it's not overpowering. Seems like this beer would age extremely well. I like this beer a lot, the flavor is nice and it's a bit unique. More of a sipper, and one bottle is plenty for one night.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 04:19:43 | More by rxdrewthejew
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The latest brew that I've sampled from Ommegang, and this one is slighty over-the-top in terms of flavor and complexity... pours an outstanding dark, ruby-red color with immense foamy and frothy head with some staying power... smell is full of caramel malts and brown sugar... taste strongly complements the smell, with a thick and rich creaminess on the palate that hits home and is very overwhelming... taste is complete with esters, alcohol, malt, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and prunes.... extremely creamy mouthfeel with a compromised drinkability due to the rich and thick flavors and the hefty 9.8% ABV... overall, a very good brew that is definitely a sipper and should be enjoyed over a long period of time...in my opinion, Ommegang has produced better brews, but this is still a top-notch, quality sample... Recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:12:48 | More by dsa7783
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New York

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into 10th anniversary Ommegang glass.

A - Murky brown with hints of Carmel color. 3 finger creamy head with exceptional lacing.

S - Rich and malty with cherry and chocolate notes. A very complex nose, which is very inviting.

T - Out of this world smooth. Malt up front not bitter at all. You initially taste the alcohol but quickly sweetens up as the cherry introduces itself and ushers the swig across the palate.

M - Rich and full, nothing negative here. Creamy and warm to the senses.

D - Very quick to enjoy, the high ABV clearly does not designate this as a session beer. Two is all you need. Sipper and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 16:04:50 | More by shabbtastic
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thick white head on top. Solid lacing is left on the glass.

S: Tart, sour cherries are the dominant smell, with some sweet malt behind it. Very appealing.

T: The cherries aren't as dominant in the taste, very subtle, with a swell of flavor at the finish. The upfront taste is Belgian yeast, some breadiness, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very tasty.

M: I'm not sure how to describe it - solid carbonation, almost a grainy mouthfeel, but not in an unpleasant way. I'd like it if it were a bit smoother, but this is still solid.

D: This is a unique take on a quad, but very well done. It's really enjoyable and I'd recommend it. I can definitely see keeping this around. It'll be interesting to see how it ages as well, since this is 2007 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 02:18:09 | More by YonderWanderer
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, 2007 Vintage

Figured I would drown my sorrows at not going to the The Mars Volta NYC show with this brew after seeing them three times in four days.

A: A nice ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating head
S: Alcohol and cherries overwhelm the nostrils
T: Overall bland, even after warming up slight cherry taste, but nothing impressive.
M: Good carbonation and smooth feel.
D: Would have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Still wish I was in NYC, but found out the boys beer of choice is Heineken, I knew I should have offered them a Double Bastard from the trunk of my car.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 01:57:13 | More by Cedromar
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a real deep brown with a reddish tint to it. One to two finger head that seemed to stay around for most of the glass.
It smells of some sour cherries and other fruits like raisins or dates.
The taste starts with a strong sour fruitiness but quickly becomes full of bold complex malt and fruit tastes. It then ends with a slight warming sensation with the strength of the alcohol. As it warms a bit, the alcohol taste seems to come through a little more and bit more of the sour cherry taste sneeks in at the end of each sip. It consists of a nice full bodied mouthfeel that isn't real thin but not to overly thick either. Overall, it is a very good, full bodied complex and tasty brew that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 07:30:02 | More by iceviper22
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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