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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,388
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 230
Gots: 735 | 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 bob3701
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy dark chestnut brown with a tan head with no real lacing. Great Belgian fruity spicy aroma. Tasted even better than the scent. This is full of flavor, cherries of course but chocolate, rasins, maybe coffee and other sour type fruits are rolling around in your mouth. You also do detect the alcohol in this. Was not sure what to expect but it was a truely excellent experiance.

bob3701, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a big tan head. Smells of ripe cherries. Taste is woody and earthy up front, with a dextriny, chocolatey middle, and a slightly tart finish. A hint of earthy hops in the aftertaste. You can also barely taste a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is super lush, carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is good, though not as good as some Quad's. Overall I would get this again, but only on sale.

tronester, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark red color with a long lasting head. Aroma fills the immediate area with sweet scents. Smells like a red wine, slight alcoholic aroma with light cherry notes, a yeasty character and a little bit of banana. Tastes of roasted malts, with fruit at the tip of the tongue. Very dry, heavy mouthfeel. I enjoyed it.

whtguitarguy, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of cosmicevan
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 750mL into an ommegang tulip glass

A - Pours as a deep rich cherry with a nice foamy head. Inviting and appetizing with lacing that hugs the glass!

S - Smells great. Hints of cherry and spices and (alcohol which I like the smell of).

T - This is where I'm bowled over. A medley of spices with a touch of cherry and sweetness. There is a lot going on with the flavor of this beer. You can definitely taste that 9.8% ABV, but I'm a fan of that...especially the way it sits with the other flavors.

M - Really comes alive it your mouth and lights up your taste buds.

D - Although this is one of my favorite beers, the ABV content is a bit much to drink too much of it at one time. Typically a 750mL bottle does it just right for me.

Another fine offering from Brewery Ommegang. Have yet to find one of these that I don't love. Highly recommend everything that they brew.

cosmicevan, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of julian1117
2.33/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Heard great things about this beer, so I was SO disappointed. I was expecting a fruity holiday beer and was confronted by an antagonistic, obnoxiously alcoholic (read: yank-loving) stinkbomb. Smelled like rotten, fermented cherries and a musty basement in Jersey. Just awful. Tasted like pancake syrup that had been sitting at the bottom of my trashcan for a week. Thank Nature I did NOT save this for X-Mas Eve as I would have been even more disappointed.

julian1117, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of Kromes
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown with reddish/orange highlights. A thin line of bubbles rests on top.

S: Raisin, fig, molasses, brown sugar, cherry and alcohol. This beer smells great.

T:There is a very nice molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt flavor. The alcohol is present but blends nicely into the flavors of the beer. The cherry flavor comes through in the finish and blends with the other flavors to give the finish a sweetness.

M: There's a slightly spicy feel from the carbonation and warming feel from the alcohol. The beer starts surprisingly light.

D: Excellent beer. That's all I can say....

Kromes, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

I'm greeted with a rather violent popping of the cork, though it was in transit earlier today so that could have something to do with it.

Pours reddish-brown with a tan head that doesn't look promising but stays for the duration of the glass. Looks as good as a Rochefort or Chimay in my opinion.

Subtle, yet interesting nose. Woody cherry, fig, toffee, prune, and mellow alcohol.

A slap of wood on the front palate, faint sour cherries, rum-raisin, bread dough, a little perfumey, a cola note. A lot of individual flavors that distinguish themselves well.

Full bodied, a bit of a CO2 bite that I could live without.

In the end, this is a great Quad and I can't wait to revisit this vintage in a couple more years.

brownbeer, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of mikeborglum
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is great stuff. Poured from a 750ml corked bottle: dark clear amber with a light tightly lace head. Did not stir up the sediment from the bottom. Aroma is light with caramel, banana and hops. Taste is complex with malt, hops, toast and some citrus and yeast. An expensive beer but well worth it.

mikeborglum, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Brown with a reddish tinge and good clarity. A thick tan head that sticks around a while.

S - Brown sugar, cherries and a touch of chocolate.

T - Lots of tart cherries with a firm alcohol presence. It's not dry or sweet but somewhere in between. The tartness lingers nicely.

M - Very light and airy. It seems to evaporate in your mouth. It's a bit thin but appropriate.

D - This beer is flavorful, smooth and easy to drink. It's a nice American brewed Belgian.

GJ40, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of scottyb88
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-poured a dark brown color with a nice off white head that lasted for quite awhile, when held up to the light the bottom of the glass has a bright cherry color

S-yeast, malt, cherry scones perhaps, alcohol

T-similar to smell, the cherry is at the end of the sip for me

M-quite a bit of carbonation but that worked for me, had a nice silky texture

D-while at 9.8% the alcohol isn't too overbearing. one bottle of 750ml is enough for an evening. i wish it had a tiny bit more sweetness.

scottyb88, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of MrStark
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (2009) into a snifter glass.

Appearance is brownish red with a one-finger head that slowly dissipates into a small cap.

Smell is of malts, cherries and a hint of spices making a pleasant and fairly sweet aroma.

Taste has a nice blend of cherries and spices with a fairly heavy malt backbone. A hint of oak in there as well. Overall a nice well blended and complex sweet flavor. A bit of the alcohol is found in the end as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation leaving a little bite on the tongue.

Drinkability is great! It goes down pretty easy and smooth. I wouldn't mind having a couple at a time but don't think I'd session it. It may not be the truest form of the style, but it is quite a tasty and well blended brew!

MrStark, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll have to review this beer based on what I like more than based on style. This is quite a departure from all of the traditional quads Ive had.

A- Big eggshell white head from what perhaps was an overly rough pour into my Unibroue tulip. :- Theres lots of lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a totally clouded ruby/brown color. Similar color to many barleywines I've had.

S- Cherry, malt, caramel, alcohol and some other fruits. Again, its nice but pretty un-quad-like, but thats the goal here.

T- This was too cold at first, I let it warm and had to bump up the score here a notch.That said, I think this beer is better with more of a chill on it that regular quads (I like my trappist quads really close to room temp). Im getting cherry,spice, some oakiness and alcohol similar to cognac.

M- Low, fluffy carbonation, medium body, slightly dry finish. This is some what of a sticky beer.

D- The ABV seems bigger than it is, making this a really nice, sweet, warming sipper. Its quite a nice beer, pretty creative.

MbpBugeye, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of jeepboy76
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass. Deep, rich amber color with a medium head. Smell had a lot of fruity undertones. Nice lacing on the glass. Good mouth presence; doesn't scream of the 9.8% ABV like some brews. Very drinkable beer for a casual evening out (well, anytime really). I have had Three Philosophers in bottle form several times.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to sample this on tap, as I currently reside half way across the country from Brewery Ommegang. I was not disappointed. I am a believer in Belgian style brews, and while Ommegang is not in Belgium, I believe they have represented the style well.

jeepboy76, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Vixie
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep ruby color, with a solid 1" head that slowly dissipates. The beer is a bit on the cloudy side, not a clear ruby.

The smell is very malty, with a touch of fruit, and there is some spice there as well.

Taste is very much what I expect from this style, fruity and sweet, with a pronounced Belgian candy sugar flavor. There is raisin there, and a decent amount of malt. There is a bit of alcohol warming at the end as well.

Feel is nice and solid, nothing wimpy about this one. Maybe a touch thinner than others of this style, but still nice.

Considering the alcohol content and strength of the style, this is very drinkable. I could easily down more than one of these at a sitting, such a nice mix of flavors, makes me wish I had a lot more of this.

Vixie, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 2009.

A: Deep crimson hue with a cream colored head that is thick at first, and slowly settles to a few millimeters thick. Lacing is nice with good head retention.

S: Some cherry on the nose, but maltiness dominates, with aromas of caramel, fig, rasin and spice.

T: The cherry is definitely more present in the flavor of this beer, but the quad characteristics shine through. Spice, caramel, maple, some oakiness, and dried dark fruits make their way across the palate. The brew has a very nice drying hop finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, being medium to full-bodied, and quite viscous.

D: This beer is very drinkable, and makes a good sipper on these cold december nights. This beer may evolve nicely with a year or two of age.

WYVYRN527, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml brown magnum. PKG ON 08/06/09 and BEST BY 08/2014.

A: Mahogany brownish-red with light tan head. Almost blood red when held to a light. Medium lacing.

S: Light medicinal/herbal/licorice in the aroma. Heavy malt sweetness.

T&M: Smooth within a full body. Mild cherry, but heavy licorice up front to an ending that is bitter cherry and alcohol. Thick sweetness of dark malts, nothing roasted. Bitter phenols balance well with the hops. Very herbal.

Very complex. I usually love cherry flavors, but this one is kind of odd. If you like dark belgian styles, this one may be for you.

cdizinno, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich and malty brew with a distinctive Kriek presence. A stately appearance with a quality head, retention, covering and lacing. A garnet brown and light cloudiness. A deep carmel aroma with cherries and light alcohol. Taste is a bigger version of the nose. Big caramel malt backbone supports a unique take on a quad. Kriek lambic notes fuse with the hops and create a one of a kind finish and balance. Multifaceted layers of flavor including some belgian spice notes. Some alcohol in the finish gives a wine like quality that is gently pushed away by the cherries and lambic tartness. An earthy, clean dryness in the finish as well. Malt lingers with light Begian spiciness. Fell is full and velvety a creamy carbonation is the "Cherry on Top". Easy drinking but you don't want to go to fast as the complexity calls for a long savoring with each swallow.

scootny, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange brown color with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Left very thick lacing on the glass.

S: Clean pine, earthy smell with a nice hint of cherries.

T: Good strong cherry flavor mixed with hints of vanilla. Good flavor blends well with this belgian quad style beer.

M: Very creamy velvet feel blended the flavors together nicely.

D: Drinkability is good. Flavors are an interesting blend that keep you coming back for another.

Overall this is a solid beer. Interesting flavor combination mixes well together, very balanced and solid beer.

Crazy4LegMoose, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the ommegang tulip

Appearance; Pours a dark red/brown semi opaque color with a nice 2 finger head and some lacing down the glass. Almost an amber brown that looks thick.

Smell: Smells like rich buttery caramel with chocolate laced through it. A nice dose of liquid cherries. Warm smelling and it has a sweet, chocolate covered cherry aroma.

Taste: tastes similar to the smell. Great complexity and dryness at the finish. Upfront sweet cherry attack. Mid palate is the chocolate caramel/toffee flavors with solid malts and a good bit of depth. Drying sensation at the backend.

Mouthfeel: A tad bit too carbonated for my palate. This would do very well at a much warmer temp I think, mine is out of the fridge witth 15 mins resting. Its got a smooth rich mouthfeel that is a bit sweet but good.

Drinkability: High abv, and a bit too sweet to make this a more than 1 bottle session in this size format. Great tasting and a super great winter beer for me.

Augustiner719, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice dark brown color. Completely opaque in my Duvel tulip glass. But there are some amber to solid red highlights on the edges of the glass. The head is a darker white color nearly what I would call mocha but not quite there. The head is a great 4 fingers high and leaves great lacing on the glass. The retention is good and lasts about one finger throughout the entire drink.
S= Cherries of course but theres a lot more than that. It really smells a lot like a chocolate covered cherry to me.... One of those ones you get around Easter time with the cream in the middle. There are a lot of apple notes in it as well with some dark fruit like plums and figs but they sit in the back seat to the nice Easter chocolate cherry smell. Almost perfumey smelling.
T= Werid. again it tastes like one of those Easter cherries with the chocolate and cream. There are the same notes that I smelled but they take the back seat. I don't know if they used real cherries in this but it tastes like they used the candy cherries you find on top if ice cream sundaes. Really unique for a quad and delicious none the less. I love the taste but it isn't regual Quad flavors by any stretch of the imagination. The dark fruits take the back seat in this one and still play a roll in balancing out the sweet candy cherry flavors. When I burp up some I notice how much cherry there really is in this. Delicious and well balanced between a quad and fruit beer.
M= Wet and coating. This one isn't a lick of dry. Instead it has a nice coating wet delicious feel.
D= solid. well balanced and smooth. A good sipper with some nice strong cheese or a solid meal. This one is really a great quad but not a beginners quad at all. This stretches what I would define as a quad but still has the same characteristics. Unique to say the least.

jjanega08, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with ruddy hues and an ample, foamy off-white head.

S: Nutty, with hints of toffee, brown sugar, cacao powder, port, and lots and lots of warming alcohol.

T: Some dark fruits and a general nutty sweetness, followed by a very strong blast of phenols, some boozy sweetness, a medicinal hop flavor, and a diacetyl character.

M: Medium mouthfeel as it goes down that seems heavy as it settles into the gut. Carbonation is present but nothing special.

D: Decent domestic quad imitation which lacks all the niceties of a Belgian quad. I remember liking this one better the first time I tried it, but my opinion of it seems to have lessened purely based on the fact that I've tried a lot of other Belgian quads since then. Still, a solid brew.

thekanna, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Mit
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a dark hazy red with a very abundant long lasting head.

S-Sweet smell with some wine type notes, dark fruits with an alcohol finish.

T-Cherry sweetness from the kriek is what hit me first although not overwhelming, nice malt character followed and finishes with a nice warmth.

M-Pretty heavy as one would expect a quad to be.

D-I think the alcohol could get to me after a while so I think drinkability would be about average.

Mit, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage, reviewed at the back end of '09. 12oz bottle.

A. A rich and full, lacy and dense light brown head caps off this dingy, burgundy-brown beast. Pretty. Hmm, wasn't Dingy Brown Beast a Zappa album?

S. Arbitrator here mentioned "Cherry Pepsi" and he's not far off. The cherry here is more pronounced than I recall it being, and along with the alcohol heat gives it a cherry-brandy character. Further down, nuts, deeply singed sugars, toffee, and hints of cocoa swirl. Unusual, there is a sweetness present but it's complex and understated.

T. Either this has dried out a good bit in 2 years (likely) or the recipe has changed; either way this is a rewarding, if subtle and very-cherry beer. Big cherry notes up front, Robotussin, cherry Icee, that sort of thing. There's a meaty malt backbone that goes throughout, with chocolate and deep brown malt flavors popping out, evident alcohol (still), and a woodsy, dry-sweet flavor. It's warming and ultimately a bit soured by the cherry finish. The flavor is not particularly "Belgian", and lacks a certain memorable house character that the best Quads have, but this is still quite solid.

M / D. Fine, reserved carbonation, medium-full mouthfeel, finish is sour cherry and dry brown sugar booze. Rather enjoyable, I could have another 12 ounces of this...

Ultimately, I'm not sure that the aging helped this particular beer, but I quite clearly need to have it again fresh and compare. The not-quite real cherry seems much more prominent and the beer as a whole more dried out and a bit exhausted; that said, Three Philosophers is still on my short list of top American Quads.

kkipple, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of crunkonthereg
2.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle into a Duvel type tulip. Foamy head gives way to thin slick of head. Smells like dark fruit and lots of alcohol. Slight fake cherry taste mixed other fruits. Maybe raisons. What stands out to me is the heat of the alcohol and the bitter finish. Taste smooths a bit as it rests/breathes. I didnt find this beer very enjoyable. I do not plan on purchasing it again.

crunkonthereg, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. 2008 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly murky amber / maroon body in my 1L Hofbrau mug. The first pour is literally more than half foam, with a fluffy 5-finger-thick cap enveloping most of the mug. It retains for over a minute, crackling and snapping all the while, leaving a few wispy trails of lacing in its wake.

S: Cherry up front, but in that artificial manner of Wild Cherry Pepsi; spices, toast, figs, and herbs.

T: Yup, definitely Wild Cherry Pepsi. Not a solid example of cherry flavor, but it's there, nonetheless. Caramel, brown sugar, rummy figs, light spices (cloves), chocolate. Cherries linger well into the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full body with a chewy feel to it. Slightly on the sticky side, with the seemingly artificial cherry giving it a syrupy aftertaste. Well-disguised ABV.

D: I kind of have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, it's a pretty solid mid-range quad. On the other hand, a few more bucks will get me a MUCH better beer. The heft of this body (and relatively affordable price) makes me want to use this for food pairing or cooking, but for plain ol' drinking, I think I'll stick with something else.

Arbitrator, Nov 30, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,388 ratings.