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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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5,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,108
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 205
Gots: 611 | FT: 15
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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 sevopie
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance - Thick muddy brown with faint hints of red, light brown head thats somewhat rocky.

Smell - Dark roasted malts with some brown sugar smells, and faint fruity aromas.

Taste - The malts take over here, caramel and chocolate notable. The lambic barely shows its head on the finish with a slight tart. A few spices mull around as well, namely cinnamon and ginger, as well as the alcohol showing its head on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a moderately light amount of carbonation for a Belgian-style brew.

Drinkability - This won't be a staple as something doesn't quite sit right, but its definitely tasty. Bottle looks like a one and done though.

sevopie, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of dino213aa
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

A: Reddish brown with a tan rocky head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasty fruit aromas with the Kriek being most notable.

T&M: Starts off with cherry fruitiness of the Kriek and slowly melts into a warm maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.

D: This is one my favorite colder weather brews.. warm and inviting. However, at 9.8% ABV not sure I'd call this a session brew. A little patience helps with this one, but overall one of the better offerings from Ommegang.

dino213aa, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a hazy dark brownish amber with a creamy two-finger head that shows very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with candy sugar and caramel malts dominating. There are generous amounts of dark fruits as well, raisins and the like.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests, tons of caramelized sugar, dark fruits and caramel malts. Cherries are in there as well, with a hint of sourness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. It may be just a tad thin.

This is a decent example of a quad despite not being extremely complex. Very drinkable.

gford217, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Got this bottle on a whim, it was only $7 and I voted today, so I deserve it.

It pours a dark copper color, much darker than I expected. A fully tan head that lasts for years. 2% Blended with a cherry lambic style, its great, you can really taste they tartness of the cherry. Its a very malty chewy beer, smooth and rich all the way down, this bottle would have been hard to finish without my drinking partner.

Fatduck, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of CoolJosh
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

A 4 finger head that dissolves to 1 finger very quickly. Hazy nectar brown, with no light coming through

S Brown Sugar, some apricot, lots of cherries, peaches, very fruity and sweet.

T Very tart all around. Smooth start, fruits kick in with cherry being the most prominent. The apricot and peaches come through but very subtly. Kind of bite to it, but not in a pleasing way.

All in all, I really can't recommend this beer. I didn't enjoy it very much from the get go do to its lack of smoothness and semi tart flavors. I really felt as though it was being forced down half way through.

CoolJosh, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Jyubei
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%

A. Pours a cherry wood color with a 1 in. head.

S. Creamy lambic aroma with undertones of malt, hops, and cherries.

T. Definite cherries with a strong almost ale taste behind. Other fruits and spices are hinted at in the aftertaste.

M. Syrupy and a wonderful bit of carbonation at the back of the throat.

D. Not a session beer, but great as a brew to be enjoyed slowly and with contemplation.

Jyubei, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A pretty pour of copper and ruby topped with a tan head. Fine retention but minimal lacing.

Smell consists of dark fruits, cabernet, molasses, spicy yeast.

Taste is cherry, plum, whiskey, brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel doesn't hide the abv very well but the warming alcohol adds to the taste. Full and smooth.

Another great beer from Ommegang. This is one hell of a quadrupel from an American brewery. It's big, warm and tasty. Perfect for this odd cold spell in Houston (42˚ today!)

itcomesnpints, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a golden brown color with a foamy two-finger off-white head. There's a little bit of suspended yeast and the head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly of molasses and Belgian sugar, but as it warms the cherries become more apparent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Molasses and Belgian sugar up front, with a very slight cherry taste coming in at the end. There's a dry finish with little bitterness and a hint of the ABV at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness and grainy carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The slight cherry flavors make this one interesting. It's certainly a solid quad with or without the cherries, and I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber.

Overall this is a good Belgian ale. There are better ones out there, but this is certainly worth a try.

glid02, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage,

A: Pours red-brown with a solid off-white head with excellent retention, some lacing.

S: A lot of sweet molasses with a hint of cherry.

T: Nice light brown sugar mixed with a lot a dark malt. The kriek, while being only 2% of the beer plays a more substantial role, adding a bit of fruit and medicinal character.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for a close to 10% ale, off-dry finish, not bad.

D: Another quality ale and blend from the fellows at Ommegang, I wish it wasn't so pricey, it's good stuff. One of the very first beers I ever had, back in '05 I had it without knowing what it was and it really opened my eyes up to Belgian styles along with Orval, so I'm very thankful.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%

A - Cloudy brown with a mixed head of tan foam. Not particularly long lasting.

S - Definite fruity cherry with rich toffee, vanilla, and molasses. Touch of funky Belgian yeast.

T - Sweet, rich and fruity. Cherry isn't that prominent, with much of the flavour being caramelized sugars and molasses. Not overly tart, but with a hint of acidity. Malt is huge and works well with the kiss of hop bitterness in the back end. Alcohols well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with a slight chewiness and mild carbonation/

D- Heck yeah. Probably not sessionable, but I wouldn't mind trying. Huge flavours and well balanced. Very complex.

allergictomacros, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

A: Poured a dark mahogany-cola color with a creamy beige head which fell slightly to a thin pancake layering leaving a moderate lacing. Some sediment was noticed suspended in the medium carbonation.

S: The nose yielded fresh ripe fruit, cherries being the most prominent with some supporting aromas of plums, candi-sugar sweetness and dates. Some alcohol fusels were also present.

T: The beer starts out with nice burnt carmalized sugar notes with light smoky hints. Some dried cherries, dates, alcohol fusels (cinnamon) and a good yeasty character rounds things out. There was a nice bitterness and some chocolate notes detected before the finish which was dry and velvety.

M: thick and viscous, with a light-medium carbonation with a very smooth texture. Slight alcohol presence but otherwise well hidden for such a high content (9.8%).

D: Very nicely done bursting with dried fruit flavors and a easy drinking quad despite its abv and thick viscous nature.

beerthulhu, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

2007 vintage.

The cork pops on this one with almost no effort. Pours a dark redish brown with a good amount of head. The head doesn't stay long but it leaves nice lacing. There are small particles of yeast in suspension but nothing to get concerned about.

Aroma is rich and spicy with a little bit of fruit and a little bit of funk.

Flavor is big and strong, nice layers of black cherries, cloves, and raisins. There's an underlying funky flavor there that isn't familiar and makes me wonder if this is normal. It's a little earthy, a little sour, and a little unpleasant. Perhaps it's the yeast because their saison is similar in that respect.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, medium-full body, good carbonation.

Drinkability is okay but not the best. High alcohol and unusual esters and funk make it a bit of a mystery. I want to like it but I'm a bit disappointed.

GilGarp, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of Hophead101
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

drank at home 5.12.08 poured into wide mouth chalice type glass.

nice brownish color with subtle copper colors sparkling throughout. not much head on the pour, nice lite tan color, but didn't last long either.

super aromatic, very sweet and malty, a good bit of spice in the nose as well. great flavor. slight cherry, good caramel malt flavor all surrounded by a good alcohol taste. the caramel come out even more as the beer warms up.

Hophead101, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Appearance: Pours a deep hazy chocolate brown with nice lighter highlights, and a bubbly, foamy, volcanic-looking tan-colored head that gades into non-existence fairly quickly, as is typical for a quadrupel. Good start.

Aroma: Malty sweetness starts off strong - brown sugar, chocolate, a lot of nondescript dark fruit, some faint leafyness ... interesting, and I suppose inviting.

Taste: An initial burst of sweetness, but then the cherry really cuts the edge on this one, at least initially. It definitely mellows out and sweetens as it warms. I can definitely see the Dr. Pepper comparison, though I can't quite county 23 flavors - I get definitely black cherry (though that could be several distinct flavors tossed into one), vanilla, sweet, sweet chocolate, brown sugar, toffee, raisins and other dark fruits that are tough to differentiate from the other lighter stone fruit notes at times, and a leafy hop note that's as interesting as it is out-of-place. No heavier notes, and I gradually knocked this one up as I reviewed it.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, fluffy, and spritzy, but it fades way and collapses too quickly to be considered a true Belgian "sublimation" kinda feel, in my book. Almost like soda. Ok, this one's getting a lot better as it warms. I served it waaaay too cold. Knocking it up a few points as it smooths and evens out. Pretty good, actually.

Drinkability: Ok, I really didn't like this one at first, but as it warmed (or as I got progressively more intoxicated?), it grew on me, though my score may not reflect that. This is one seriously strange brew - malty, fruity, light, dark, sweet, dry. It's definitely a study in contrasts, all with a hefty alcohol bill, though perhaps not for the style. I slowly but surely appreciated this one more as it warmed.

CrellMoset, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of hoppymeal
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

2006 Cave aged. Pours a murky rusty brown in color with a massive cream head that very slowly recedes with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is a nice breadiness, spice, cinnamon, rich caramel, raisins, and belgian yeast. Taste follows the aroma with some good yeastiness and breadiness, some sweet fruit, good dose of cherry and vanilla, dry hoppiness towards the finish leads into a spicey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy in body, carbonation is light and soft, good dryness and a little pepperiness towards the finish at the back of the throat. A great beer that could easily go another few years and see improvement from it. Many thanks to Todd for the opportunity.

hoppymeal, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of fav920
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

A slightly different (and weak) quadrupel.
Poured a very dark purple/black, but translucent, unlike a stout. The color alone told me this would be different!! Very good taste, definite black cherry in there, reminded me slightly of Dr. Pepper. Minimal aftertase, and no lingereing alcohol burn. Very drinkable, can do more than one if you're careful!! Would recommend, and WILL buy again.

fav920, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 2007 in to a goblet.

Pours a somewhat hazy amber/brown with a somewhat thin offwhite head.

Smell is powerful, sweet candy and malt, alcohol, and a mellow fruit.

Very sharp, biting taste that is very complex. The initial tartness mellows and a more mellow fizzle finishes.

One of the more interesting beers I have had. Great beer from ommegang.

aubuc1, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

120z bottle

A: Dark reddish/mahogany that pours with a large frothy white head. Amazing lacing

S: Fruitcake, cinnamon, brown sugar, even some mint

T/M: Smooth, creamy body. Dark malt, cherries, cinnamon and nutmeg. This is a seriously complex beer. Awesome stuff

D: A sipper, with great layers of flavor.

Really good beer. Glad they're making these in 12oz bottles.

abfraser, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from 23.4 oz bottle into my DFH snifter. No born on date on this corked bottle.

Color is a dark mahogany, completely opaque to light. Head was a frothy beige, with nice lacing and good retention. Nose is quite complex - picking up cinnamon, some alcohol, and of course the great fruit bouquet of a nice Belgian.

The taste begins with a nice bready malt that really smothers the back of your tongue. There's a big punch of fig as well as some hints of plum. Ends with a nice warming yet subtle alcohol. The consistency is really quite nice as well, medium bodied with solid carbonation.

Definitely a sipper, but a very enjoyable sipper. Not the best quad I've ever had, but still a great show at a great value. This will definitely become a staple in my rotation.

bigkahunas4, Oct 11, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

07 vintage

A: It's a darker shade of crimson with a fluffy, frothy head that doesn't retain as well as some others in the style.

S: Very sweet and malty, but with some additional harshness from the alcohol. Dark fruits, some candy-like sweetness, but also a slight hint of musky, herbal, and "funky" aroma. I feel like the alcohol could be masked better, while still increasing some of the other aromatics.

T&M: Full and intense. Strong toasted, yet intensely sweet malt flavors with a tartness from the added lambic that provides a welcome addition to the complexity. Rather intense fruit flavors--some fig, plum, raisin, apple, all blended with a kind of earthy, nutty undertone. I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. The body is fuller than average, but still adequate. Fine carbonation creates a tingling, lovely effect.

BamaBeerBuff, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Cylinsier
4.18/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a pint 9 bottle.

Beautiful cloudy reddish brown color.

Smells of fruit, specifically cherries and figs, maybe a hint of licorice.

Taste starts hoppy and ends a little sweet. There's a bit of alcohol apparent as it goes down.

The mouthfeel is good, mildly bubbly but very smooth going down.

Overall, great drinkability. Not my type of a beer but I'd definitely have one again.

Cylinsier, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of brdc
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Small capped bottle, poured into a goblet. Aged 2 years.

Reddish brown with an off-white head that leaves a bit too quickly, but leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is a nice combination of dark fruits, with some cherries, but likely given the aging, not as much as in some other reviews.
Medium, nearing full body, the flavor has a lot of dark fruits, some candy sweetness, more cherries than the aroma, adding a nice twist with a little tartness to balance the fruity sweetness.
Certainly worth trying, a good take on a classic style.

brdc, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured this into my goblet glass. Poured a nice deep amber color with a nice 2 finger head. Bubbles on top with nice lacing.

It smelled malty, caramel like, sweet and sugary.

Tasted citrusy, then mild like hops, a slight bitterness and at the end a nice creamy cherry like flavor.

Bit carbonated, light, abv nicely hidden.

This is a good drinkable beer.

tr4nc3d, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%

2007 Vintage. Wonderful looking bottle. Caged and corked, decorks with a sucking thunk sound. Love it.

Pours thick as treacle, a gorgeous burgundy red colour with excellent clarity. Head is a consistent almost-pure-white crown of filmy bubbles. This is a majestic, serious looking beer - the colour is magnificent, and it looks like a wonderful, wonderful brew.

Coppery sour on the nose. Beautiful notes of Belgian yeast, roasted malt, and a citrus/fruit acidity that sets all the rest off nicely. Not overtly strong, but subtle and complex. Wonderful.

There's layers to the palate, all delicate, but intermingling in a wonderful way. An initial hint of alcohol heat is mellowed by a sweet, slick character like melted candi sugar. This in turn dries out a little, leaving a residual cherry-sour character that explores the taste-buds. Aside from this, there's a tessitura of citrus sitting above all, and a darker spicy undertone to everything. What a wonderful harmony of so many disparate elements - this is a magnificent brew, thoroughly delicious.

Mouthfeel is lighter than you would expect, like the strong Belgian ales in this regard. Doesn't leave the palate overwhelmed, which is what is required of an ale this strong.

Despite the strength, the lightness of the body, and the lighter, fruitier characteristics of this beer make it supremely drinkable. This is a truly wonderful brew. Not just one of the best Belgium ales brewed outside Belgium, but one of the best Belgian ales period.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of craytonic
4.18/5  rDev +1%

750ml poured in a goblet.

Outstanding lacing, beautiful murky brown color.

Buttery and creamy smooth, amazing carbonation that you continue to feel as you let it linger on the tongue. Heavy smoothness. A bit earthy, but sweet. Lingers like a good bourbon. I can't get over the quality of the carbonation or the taste and finish. Tops Bernardus for me. The cherries can be a bit medicinal.

Very complex. Cloves, toffee, cherries, apricot, plum. The cherries really come out as you get closer to the bottom.

Lots of loose yeast in the bottom.

Fabulous beer; I really enjoyed it.

On further review I prefer the large bottles to the small ones, more flavor.

craytonic, Sep 28, 2008
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,108 ratings.