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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: 5,719
Reviews: 2,000
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 jifigz
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: A dark rich mahogany red/brown with a small cream/white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Some yeast sediment that seems suspended.

S: This brew has a thick cough syrup like cherry smell. The ethanol is noticeable in the aroma as well.

T: The cherry cough syrup and ethanol that are in the nose are most certainly evident in the taste as well. The aftertaste is alcohol and sweetness blended together.

M: This is a pretty heavy feeling beer in your mouth. The carbonation feels very minimal and the beer feels thick and viscous.

O: I don't overly enjoy this beer. The reminders I get of a cough medicine totally taint the quality of this beer for me. I believe it is a well crafted beer and very respectable, but I just don't go crazy over the taste. I wouldn't mind if I never had this one ever again. This is my second time with it and I remember not enjoying it very much the first time.

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

A nice quad, this beer right here. While I'd assume never to mess with a quad recipe, this blended beer is perddy good.

Pours a muddy-water brown, murky, rich. Nice thick off-brown head. Darn good looking. Filmy streaks though

Aroma is cherry and banana. Some baked caramel and dark chocolate. Some earthen spices and rich orchard fruits.

The cherry is there in the taste, but leaves the tannin quality behind. Thus we get the 'meat' of the cherry, dark and just a hint tart. The banana fades and the earthy spices come in, some nutmeg and soaked raisin. Dark plum subtleties on the end. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but does come in on the end.

Very nice quad, perhaps a touch on the "too fruity" side--if I had to pick something

Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

First sampled this on tap at a beer festival. To this day, it remains one of the finest brews I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. Awesome name, awesome bottle, awesome beer. It's definitely more on the "quad" side than on the "kriek" side, as the cherry taste is more implied than infused, as opposed to other stronger/actual krieks.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a fine, small layer of white bubbles for a head. Complex aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. Roasty malts in the taste, with flavors of cherry, plum, brown sugar, cloves, and rum. A little boozy, but not harsh. Medium mouthfeel, can be a bit syrupy. Can be enjoyed cold or closer to room temperature. Highly complex, highly recommended.

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

Got a 4 pack of these off a friend.

Pours a deep dark brownish red. Nice thin fizzy head. Aromas of yeast... dark fruit and spice. Cherries in the background too. Almost reminiscent of Mad Elf, but in this one, the cherries are a little more subdued.

Tastes great. Tastes like a typical dubbel I think. But it has those cherries in the background that adds that layer that makes this good. The cherries give a nice subtle tart surprise. Alcohol is warming, but really is hidden well for 9.8%.

Overall, a nice beer. I could drink a lot of these and find myself in trouble!

Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow another brew that i dont see too often im loving this lately anyway the brew pours a semi see through mahogany hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a two finger head that quickly recedes to a few islands of froth,the smell is aromas of whiskey,cherries,peated malts,brown sugar and alcohol,the mouthfeel is very smooth medium bodied and well carbonated and has tastes of whiskey soaked cherries,xmas pudding,dark fruits,peaty malts and finished with a sticky date finish and overall a very unique drop and very true to style.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip.
First impression is a bit of a letdown. Color is an average brown with a bit of amber tint. Small film of head forms and laces a bit. Smells fruity and sweet with a bit of must. Has a classic Belgian feel to the nose. Palate is sweet and tart with alot of different flavors meshing well. Cherry and spices from the yeast come to the forefront and the alcohol is felt in the finish. Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel. Very flavorful and quite drinkable for a beer of this strength.

Photo of birdman200
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark cherry color, 1 finger creamy head, sticky lacing.j
S: Dark chocolate and cherries, slight alcohol burn.
T: Sweet, but nice balance with malt. Interesting dry after taste. Cherry flavor may be a little too much for my liking.
M: Almost like a cognac or brandy mouthfeel.
D: Very nice, med-large bodied beer. Sip slow, enjoy cherry flavor to fullest.

Photo of lennerja
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost red copper tone with an off white head that dissipates to leave some lacing.

S- Smell is of sweet malts and some dark fruits along with a hint of cherry.

T- Sweet taste along with some dark fruit flavors and I get a bit of the cherry flavor as well as a slight bit of spice on the finish.

M- Medium bodied beer with nice carbonation.

O- A good quad that has some great flavors of dark fruit. The cherry comes through and is balanced nicely with a slight spice.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Ommegang tulip: 2010 vintage.
A: Pours a frothy two finger head, that grows out the top of the glass rim. The body is a reddish copper, with a very lively carbonation. The lacing is left in large sheets of sticky lace.

S: Deep caramel malts of classic Belgian Quad, with hints at figs and raisins. Hints pf cherry play well in the aroma as well.

T/M: An underlining Kriek note and subtle tart sourness. Body is nice and light for this style and very drinkable. The majority of this beer is quad sweetness, notes of plum light spicy character are found.

O: This is a great brew, and for the style and ABV, it is remarkably smooth, solid beer.

Photo of BigDRS
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads "PKG on 2/22/11"

Appearance - Pours a deep reddish/brown with about a fingers worth of head. Retention and lacing are both sub-par. Carbonation isn't very visible.

Smell - Dark cherries, brown sugar, and a bit of chocolate come through. The nose is a bit medicinal though ... a bit off from what I'm expecting.

Taste - Really thick tasting and the cherry flavor comes across pretty strong throughout each sip. It starts out really deep with strong malt and fruit flavors, then towards the end it really opens up and the alcohol reveals itself. Although the alcohol does show up, this beer does a really good job of hiding the fact that it's nearly 10%. It also leaves a bit of a tart/dry taste after each sip which I find to be really nice.

Mouthfeel - Again, this is really thick tasting. Carbonation is excellent.

Overall - A really great beer. This brew had the pleasure of being my first quad a few years back ... always a nice treat whenever I drink it.

Photo of srandycarter
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a somewhat clear brown with ruby highlights. Lots of head, very slow to leave and starting to get chunky. Leaves lots of cling lace.

S - Nice deep malt, juicy fruit and cherries.

T - Deep malt, right up front. Belgian yeast comes next followed by cooked cherries, very light. Bitters out well.

M - Rich, creamy, medium to full, good balance and not over the top on any particular element.

D - I like this one.

Photo of maximum12
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a bottle with a history. It's the very first bottle I picked up off of a store shelf with the specific intention of aging; so it's a bit of a historic bottle around here. Vintage 2007, popped open on a sultry May evening with heat, humidity, & wild storms all around. I slept through our four hours of Minnesota spring, I guess. Sticker says 7.49. Ha! Bet it's gone up significantly since '07.

Pours coppery red, carefully, carefully, to not let out the quad-mud at the bottom of the barrel. Smell pours forth from the open neck of the bottle; cherries, sweet sugar gum. Little licorice & tart, too.

Three Philosophers is good fresh, but this aged bottle has notched it up a level. The cherry is succulent, ripe, with an razor-edge of tartness that's much needed. Rock-candy sweetness anchors the cherry. Garden of Eden mix of fruits, both light & dark, with a nod towards the bananas. Bank-shot of yeast, & I believe it's the yeast that lends a flick of allspice. Mouthfeel is where this is at, very light & approachable for a quad. I'm draining my half of the bomber rather quickly; maybe drink a bit more water when it's 90 & I'm sweating out at third base. Nah.

Well, this beer could definitely go longer. I'm only sad I don't have a fresh one to bust open & compare, but that's not a very good idea on a school night. "Sorry, can't come in today, too much Philosophizing last night..." Hey, that might work! Excellent quad.

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted April 29th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - an opaque blood red/dark brown. Two finger deep tan head

S - sweet yeast, molasses, fruity hops, alcohol, baking spices, toasted malts and some wheat like notes

T - alcohol, oak, toasted malt and grains, yeast, molasses, slight hops pretty fruity, spices and more alcohol

M - sticky, nice acidity, long finish and very well balanced

D - for being almost 10%, this beer is highly drinkable. Awesome for it's genre

Final thought - this beer has a nice ABV, great taste and is very well balanced. Great beer

Photo of OlRasputin989
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009

Poured into tulip glass...

A: a muddy brown color with a decent irish cream color head.

S: german chocolate cake, raisins, chocolate covered cherries, maple syrup and vanilla. some bourbon-like booze aromas in the background. finishes out almost like it has been aged in oak whiskey barrels.

T: just as rich as the nose. raisins and vanilla up front, then more chocolate covered cherries that follows into the woodsy, sweet, and boozy finish.

M: medium full and velvety smooth. becomes bitter and increasingly dry when the wood flavors hit in the finish. adds another dimension to the entire profile of the beer.

Overall, a big, hearty beer only intended for the wise. I tend to stray from most fruit, spiced, or lambic beers so i haven't tried this one due to the fact that cherry ale is added. If you have been doing the same, you owe it to yourself to try this one. I plan to compare this one to the 2010 and 2011 i have.

2010

Poured into chalice...

A: poured slowly, it shows a big fluffy tan head atop a murky mahogany body. head settles really slow leaving lace.

S: rich aromas of sweet caramel and belgian candy sugar, roasted nuts, and a cherry cola aroma. only a light tingle on the nose hairs from the high alcohol

T: again, very rich, sweet brown sugar flavors up front, with a bittering woodsy character melding together with a hint of liquor soaked black cherries, finishing out sweet with flavors of dark fruit.

M: lush and full bodied upfront, countered by a soda pop-like fizziness, then finishing slick, warm, and off dry, and adding to the complexity of the flavor profile.

Overall, this version seems to be more boozy than the 2009. I say "seems to be" because I did not check the notes from my 2009 before I reviewed this 2010, and I did the 09 review several weeks ago. One thing this version shares with the 09 is the ability to improve as the beer temp rises. Good Stuff!

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

A: Pours a light chestnut brown with two fingers of pale tan head. Excellent retention and solid lace.

S: Mostly banana, some nutty aroma (pistachios?), and cloves. Nice. Vinous quality emerges about half-way through.

T: Vinous, with cinnamon. Pears join in. Not getting the cherry at all, but not missing it, either-- it's quite good. After a bit, some semi-sweet chocolate enters, also brown sugar. Now vanilla. Great complexity, yummy flavor

M: Extremely creamy, fantastic. Every quad should feel like this. Lasts until the very end-- oh yeah.

O: Quite nice. Very different take on the quad style, but very satisfying and worthy of revisiting often. Ommegang always does well, and this is no exception. Take note, the mouthfeel is truly oustanding, and that really helps the flavors come through.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy, dark brown with definite red tones. A slightly off-white, one finger head formed and dissolved to a small layer of foam on top. Thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet cherry aroma, some caramel, and a good bit of dark Belgian yeast.

T: A definite cherry flavor, mixed with some belgian yeast, some caramel, and brown sugar. Not much hop presence as expected and a slight sourness from the cherries.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It is smooth with a slightly sticky finish.

O: A different take on a quad, the cherries change the flavor profile, but in a good way. Sort of a cross between a Belgian and a light lambic/sour. Would be interesting to see it with a few more years on it.

Photo of alamere
4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass..

A - A beautiful cherry, red, glowing carmel colored clarity, pours a huge head if desired.

S - almost old ale, alchoholic, cherry, wine smelling

T - This is an intense flavor.. again, almost a light wine. It's fruity, earthy, cherry w/pear and plum notes. You can taste the alcohol, but in a good way.. very smooth.. Caramel, malt, cherry.. and unlike some Belgians, not so dry that it gives a chalky afterfeel.
I dig it.

M - it's got some body to it, and 3 minutes after tasting it I can still feel it in my mouth and esophagus.. in the best of ways. Warming, like a good wine.

Overall - this is the type of beer that made me fall in love w/beer. It's a big beer, an intense mouthful. If you're looking for a Belgian style beer to try though, this is a pretty great start. One of the better "Belgians" that I've held up to my lips.

Photo of joecast
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit lighter in color that I expected. Deep ruby red, cloudy. Head formed quite large, filling the Bruery tulip but settles to a thin tan cap. Medium carbonation with some sediment floating about.

Decent hit of cherries (or some light syrupy sweet stone fruit) for only a 2% blend. Sweet slight cloying malt and a touch of alcohol. Being the 2010 version maybe this hasn't had enough time to really meld together. Just seems a bit rough around the edges and uncoordinated.

Taste is a bit better put together once it warms. Slight cherry adds some lightness and complexity. Pretty intense overall with lots of dark malt character without being roast or chocolate. More towards the dark fruit character which may be a fermentation influence. Still quite young though as the flavors are more independent than working together as a unit.

Mouthfeel has some room for improvement with the carbonation and yeast adding some harshness which should mellow with age.

Quite nice but yet to reach its peak. I like the cherry aged blend and hopefully that remains as the rest of the beer mellows.

Photo of socon67
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, Bottle good until 2015.

A - Pours dark brown with reddish hue. Incredible thick lacing on the glass. Slight carbonation.

S - Smells of dark fruit, candy, and sour cherries.

T - Taste is very complex. Some bitterness in the initial taste gives way to sugary flavor of cherries and figs. Ends with a warm burn. Just awesome.

M - This is a dominant sipper and not to be consumed lightly. Heavy and potent, but in a good way.

O - My first and favorite Ommegang beer. I had this at Easter with family and some sliced manchego with fresh chorizo. Just a perfect pairing that made an exceptional beer even better. A true sign that america can make quality belgian styles.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a medium, clear brown color with a large cream-colored head. The aroma is a strong mix of Belgian sugar, yeast and dark fruit. The beer smells outstanding. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark fruit (mainly cherries) as well as some yeast, alcohol and dark candy sugar. Very sweet and fruity tasting beer. Very well balanced and very tasty. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great American-made quadruple.

Photo of rfgetz
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 Vintage

Pours a murky mahogany color, moderate cap of khaki head, sporrty retention and some lacing. Scent has strong notes of banana and bubblegum, sweet watery fruit, brown sugar and fresh yeasty bread, moderate amounts of spice and peppercorns. Taste leads with the banana and bubblegum, but not as strong as the nose would dictate, quite malty sweet with notes of brown sugar and carmel and fresh yeasty bread, light peppery spice, watery fruits such as plum, moderately bitter finnish underneath the sweetness. Despit being medium bodied, felt watery at times, lingering sweetness on the palate. A nice, strong, bold quad that would probably age nicely.

Photo of CPeterson
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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%
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 -7.2%
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 -9.2%
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.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,719 ratings.