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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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5,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,013
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 198
Gots: 573 | 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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Photo of danielharper


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Appearance: Pours into my snifter with a dark reddish-brown body and a thick one-finger off-white head. Head is foamy and viscous, sticks around leaving significant lacing.

Smell: Strongly fruity notes, nice cherries, dark, nutty, slightly yeasty. Complex, but slightly astringent.

Taste: Strongly yeasty, bready. Strong flavors of cherries, hints of chocolate. Belgian funkiness far in the background. Finishes clean and leaves me ready for more.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy due to yeast, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly astringent on the finish due to alcohol.

Drinkability: You'd think that a beer this sweet and this alcoholic would get cloying after awhile, but in general this is a very quaffable brew, finishing nicely and giving a nice warm feeling inside. Not the greatest quad ever, but then again it's a blend, so what can you do?

05-18-2008 02:53:48 | More by danielharper
Photo of paco1029384756


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Pour is clear ruby color with a little brown and a beautiful creamy white head. Smell of yeast and malts, some cherry and spices. Initial taste is a cherry sugary sweetness finishing with some yeast and matliness. Lingering taste of malts and cherries. Mouthfeel is pretty tart, but very nice. Drinkability is not bad at all, matches the beer very well.

An excellent balance and flavor make this beer absolutely great. I would recommend this beer in an instant. I am not the biggest fan of the Belgian style, but I could drink this for a long time to come.

05-16-2008 01:27:10 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of atigerlife


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

2007. Poured a brown with orange hints. Beautiful creamy brown head with good lasting power. Tons of small carbonation rising. Good lacing. Very nice to look at.

Aroma is rather yeasty, sweet, flowery and some fruit [tangerine].

Taste is surprisingly light. Some light fruitiness [pear, apple, fig], malts, flowery. Not offensive in any way, but nothing really jumps out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and cleansing. Slightly sticky at the end.

Overall, an interesting brew. Rather complex. Definitely worth a try.

05-14-2008 04:57:57 | More by atigerlife
Photo of vickersspitfire


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured into a snifter, it's a dark amber color and is very clear with plenty of carbonation, a very thick, bubbly tan head with some good lacing. There are some strong cherry aromas mixed in with some spices, some mild fruit aromas like apple and some hints of alcohol as well. This is very smooth full bodied ale that's very sweet all around, it just has a very complex taste to it, some bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check, a mild alcohol aftertaste, some fruits but no cherry flavor. It really warms up your mouth and doesn't leave you wanting...

After letting it warm up for a few minutes some of the alcohol taste becomes a bit more noticeable, its also more apparent in the aroma as well, but it is not offending in any way.

05-12-2008 05:56:45 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of kzoobrew


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a deep amber with light fluffy head, quickly dissapate leaving nice lacing.

smells like malt, yeast and cherries. Very pleasant.

Taste down right wonderful. Initial sweet and spiciness on the front end, the cherry flavor comes through on the back end. Very light chocolate after taste. Nice complex brew, flavors layer exceptionally.

Definintely full bodied, carbonation helps it from being to thick and syrupy.

Very drinkable, if you have patience. This is too good of a brew to rush through. This may limit the number you would drink in a sitting. Good for the cellar to pull and savor on ocassion.

05-11-2008 23:53:26 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of beeragent


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Served in a snifter. The beer pours a dark amber, forming a thick and creamy 1 inch tan head. Light spots of lace slowly slide down the glass. The aroma is rich and complex, consisting of a strong mix of candy sugar and dark fruit, along with a hint of alcohol. The taste begins with the Belgian candy sugar taste, along with the dark fruit flavors, followed by a slight taste of cherries, and ending with a light smooth malt finish. As described on the bottle, 2% is cherry lambic, but for only 2%, the cherry lambic is very present in the taste! Clean mouthfeel and finish. IMO, this is an exceptionally drinkable ale. Full complex flavors. Whats not to love about this? Overall, I was truly impressed by this ale. I think the addition of the cherry lambic enhances the flavor, giving it a very unique taste. Definitely my favorite offering from Ommegang!!!

05-11-2008 01:47:50 | More by beeragent
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Snagged a few bottles of this at the brewery. Was recommended as I'm a fan of trappist ales.

Poured a deep solid brown with a rocky/fluffy tan head. After a few minutes it calmed down and completely dissapated.

Smelled very much like "liquid bread". Very yeasty, fruity, cherry tones and gives you a bit of a tarty cringe.

Taste overpowered me! The thing that makes this one special is that although the flavor remains the same, you taste a bit of something new every time. Sour cherry, raisins, nutmeg, cloves, and alot of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very heavy, fits perfectly with the style, could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is about average. Although this is a fantastic beer it is by no means a session beer. Very rich in feel and flavor, and at 10$ a bottle..you get the point.

05-10-2008 03:40:42 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of jayb


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

pours a hazy amber, brownish almost. 2 fingers of khaki colored foamy head that settles to a thin film, but sticks around. Lacing is a bit of a letdown. plenty of carbonation.

Yeasty, bready, tangy with a tart cherry undertone. Of course its going to smell like cherries! obvious statement. smells like fruity pizza dough.

peppery, cloves, sour, warming alcohol at the roof of my mouth. cherry isn't as apparent in taste as it is in smell. sharp carbonation. perceptible bitterness, but welcome. hard for me to grasp, its sweet, as i expected, but the sourness combats it.

medium bodied and pleasantly smooth. bitterness hangs around for a bit. maybe its the sourness coming from the lambic. Doesn't feel like it, but i don't want to rule it out.

very sipable. i don't think i could have more than a couple glasses, but one glass is enough and very enjoyable. A blend, but well blended. Nicely done.

05-08-2008 02:27:02 | More by jayb
Photo of dhd1491


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Combo of Belgian-style strong dark ale and cherry lambic.

Nice appearance, slightly cloudy coppery red with a creamy tan head of dense bubbles. Malty aroma. Taste is interesting and different. Sweet and yeasty with lots of caramelized chocolate malts and a definite note of fresh cherries. Some background smoke. Little bitterness, but the high alcohol backbone balances the sweetness. Very easy to drink considering the high ABV. Definitely sneaks up on you if you're not careful.

Only dis is that cherry flavor always makes me mindful of cough syrup.

I loved this anonymous quote from Ommegang web site: "I drank it once, very soon after I bought a case. I drank it again and now I will build a beer cellar. I don't know if I will share it with anyone. No I will not share it with anyone. I am sorry."

05-07-2008 21:12:13 | More by dhd1491
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.72/5  rDev +14%

Very happy to have this as my 100th review. I received this bottle from two of my buddies who went to the Ommegang brewery. It is actually the cave aged version which was cave aged in the Howe Caverns in upstate NY. According to the label attached to this bottle it was cave aged in 2006 at a depth of a 156 feet for 9 months at a constant temperature of 52 degrees. It also states that this brewery is the only American brewery that has cave-aged in over a century. They sampled both the regular and cave aged and said there is a huge difference.

The beer from a 750 ml corked bomber poured a dark brown/amber with a half inch creamy tan head leaving behind a nice layer of sticky webbed lacing covering the glass.

The smell was malty and fruity sweet with a nice earthy alcohol finish.

The taste was phenominal, an easy 5.0. Started with sweet/sour cherries mixed with raisins followed by a nice bready, earthy malt mix. Finished with a perfect alcohol warm finish.

Nice thick chewy mouthfeel with a sweet sticky mouthcoat. A great complex beer that is unbelievably smooth for the 9.8 ABV. Without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever had. If you have the opportunity to score one of these cave aged beauties jump on it.

05-06-2008 05:45:05 | More by hyland24
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

On a recent trip to the Baseball H.O.F. I stopped by the Ommegang Brewery and picked up a 750ml. bottle of this cave aged ale. Like most people I was skeptical with the "Cave Aging", in which the ale is cellered in near by Howe Caverns for 9 months, but after sampling this ale I had to get some more to bring home. As good as Three Philospheres is, this cave aged varity is even better!

A - Poured a dark amber (sweet tea)color with a creamy tan head. Lacing clung to the glass in a circular pattern.

S - Fruity to the nose with strong notes of chocolate covered cherry and raisins and a good amount of alcohol.

T - Sweet and slightly bready. Complex, with a good amount for fruit and chocolate. Finishes slightly dry with a nice, but not over powering alcohol kick.

MF&D - Creamy and full bodied. The high alcohol content makes this one a definite sipper. This is a special ale, I highly recommend this one , if you can find it.

05-06-2008 05:39:10 | More by nasty15108
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours reddish-brown with a decent head that retains a long lasting lace. The aroma is of dark fruits,yeast ,alcohol and malts. The taste is sweet malts,chocolate,caramel and spicy notes with the obvious taste of cherries. The alcohol is dominant and the feel is smooth and crisp. Slightly bitter finish yet sweet and high in carbonation.
Overall a fine brew that one can not take lightly. Not for sessions as this one will mess you up!

Notes: Too much of a good thing is bad for you,too much of a great thing could kill you! That said,try this beer because it is so well balanced. If I have more than two, the cherry sweetness gets to me.
Alcohol smell and taste could be toned down.

05-06-2008 04:35:09 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of bkilpatr


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang flute. 05/05/08. Only date info on the label is 2007.

Pours an orangish-brown color with a finger of off-white head. The head quickly faded leaving no lacing. Somewhat of a sour/tart aroma, some yeast and fig/prune also.

Taste is a bit sweet, very malty and spicy, with dark fruits (raisin, fig, date) and a yeasty bread-like quality. A slight cherry flavor is also present, as well as some caramel. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

It' full bodied, yet the high carbonation makes it feel lighter. Very clean finish. Also very drinkable, though the alcohol sneaks up on me quickly.

05-06-2008 00:06:33 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of hustlesworth


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A- deep hazy magenta, like the color of bing cherries. head is creamy and rich and beige with some plum undertones. already waves of lace are forming on my tulip as the foam creeps down to a thick edged disk.

S- aroma is outer space. sweet and fruity with a smooth milk chocolate. tart cherry, plum, and other red fruits with a creamy marshmallow toffee and floral herbal hops in the background. some banana and clove is in there, as is the enjoyable funkiness i typically associate with belgian beers. some white pepper or grains of paradise come out as it warms and the spiciness of the aroma seems to become more complex. grape juice, toasted grains, cedar, vanilla, and fruity wine such as lambrusco.

T- flavor is nearly as nuts as the aroma, only with more chocolate. i would have like to taste a bit more of the lambic, but i'm sure the geniuses made it this way for a reason. tart cherry fruit up front is then slowly covered by melted chocolate and bitter cocoa powder and a dash of spearmint. malt is nice and roasted and the flavor profile is deep and with a noticeable cognac type alcohol bite, other references of this beer tasting like bourbon soaked fruit pretty much hits it on the money. the fruity sourness and the malt seem to blend seamlessly and is more than backed up by earthy limestone, damp rotting wood, compost, plum skin, and roasted nuts. the finish may be the best part, as roasted malt bitterness, melted dark chocolate, and faint black cherries seem to go on forever, bouncing off all facets of the palate.

MF- velvety smooth feel, a slight menthol coolness, perfect amount of fizz. leaves me with a real dessert feeling in my mouth without cloying, i guess the same as a rich chocolate cake topped with cherries, garnished with a sprig of mint and washed down with a russian imperial stout would feel...

D- dessert in a bottle? definitely. not usually a fan of blends, aside from a certain froggy black-n-tan, next time seek out this decadent treat will be around the holidays, to share with people, as i'm sure this is a beer almost everyone can enjoy.

05-05-2008 03:59:25 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of gfreed


4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

Another great beer from Ommegang. This one's very complex: lots of fruit, lots of spice, including cloves and nutmeg. Extremely drinkable. A nice head that lasts a while and smells wonderful. Take plenty of time to enjoy the aroma. You cannot go wrong with this.

05-05-2008 00:57:06 | More by gfreed
Photo of HugoGrim


4.43/5  rDev +7%

750ml bottle - 2007 vintage.

Poured into a chalice, a body of deep ruby with a nice head which dissipates rather quickly. A thin wisp remains with dots of bubble clusters stemming from a central spot of remaining foam, looking oddly like a fractal. Lace is spotty.

Aroma is excellent. Sweet fruits including cherries and creamy banana. Subdued Belgian spices accent toffee and nutty malts. Black cherry clings to the only slightly noticeable alcohol.

An exquisitely complex flavor. Sweet and sour dark fruits blend with an Earthy nuttiness. Spice lingers on the tongue after swallowing. Richly bitter hints of black coffee in the finish. Flavors become darker and malt richens as it warms. This is apparently a blend of 98% Quad and 2% Cherry Lambic, which is interesting. The cherry flavor is perfectly subtle, adding another layer to the as previously stated vastly complex flavor.

05-04-2008 02:06:18 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of zdk9


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

A- Pours out a nice brown color- like the color of black cherry wood. Not much head, and not much lacing.

S- Warm bready notes, like freshly baked puffy whole wheat bread. A touch of fruitiness, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Quite a complex taste which is greatly appealing to my tongue. There's a strong malt presence. And then some fruit swoops in from the wings- cherry, like kirsch. Very well blended. And then the aftertaste lingers on as the malt subsides, and the cherries take over, using the power of alcohols.

M- Too sharp for my taste, and though the bitterness in the aftertaste is okay, I would prefer more while I'm tasting.

D- Delicious tasting and I would happily have another.

04-27-2008 02:24:59 | More by zdk9
Photo of quad07


4.58/5  rDev +10.6%

$6.49 from UFS for a single 1pt, 9.4oz dark brown bottle with a cork. 9.8 ABV Bottled date 2007.

It was very exciting when the cork was popped. This beer poured into my large 23oz beer glass a dark brown murky color with a vigorous & tight large off white tan head. I was very careful not to stir up or pour the sediment from the bottom of the bottle.
When the glass was held up to the light you could see dark cheery red highlights that sparkled around the outer edge of the glass. Lots of carbonation rising to the top.

This Belgium had a very pleasant but faint floral smell with hints of sweet fruit and nutty malt.

After my first sip I could taste rich caramel malt with a slight sweet fruity finish. The more I drank of it the fruity taste was similar to cherry and raisin. There caramel malt & some vanilla coming through also. There was no hop flavor to it that I noticed and the alcohol taste was not there either but I could start to feel affects of it very quickly.

This was a real treat for me because every thing was well balanced which made it very drinkable. I only wished I purchased two bottles because I was ready for more.


04-26-2008 19:56:48 | More by quad07
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

A-Nice reddish amber with off-white head. Left faint lacing on rims of glass.
S-Light malt, spicy yeast, faint coffee and chocolate.
T-Slightly sweet specialty malt in attack with faint cherry and bittersweet chocolate and coffee midpalate, and warming alcohol in the finish.
M-A little on the lighter side for style, with strong carbonation that creates an interesting blend of fizz and alcohol at the end.
D-Good, but I don't feel the body was sufficient to carry through the strong malt character. Paired with Morbier, which carbonation and malt complemented well.

04-25-2008 08:04:34 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of everetends


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Acquired this bottle at Whole Foods in Buckhead burrow of Atlanta, GA. Poured into a goblet.

App: Poured a dark amber with a cloudy body. Had a full, off white head that remained for duration of the tasting.

S: Clean, slight black cherry aroma with malt.

T: Malt is the initial flavor with the slightest amount of alcohol. Cherries finish it off.

M: Smooth and rich on the palate. No lingering flavors and carbonation is perfect. The added lambic did not create too much carbonation.

D: I could drink this all day. From start to finish, this beer is almost perfect.

Be careful with cooling this beer, it loses a lot if it is too cold. If you don't have a way to regulate temperature, I would cool in fridge and leave out until it is a bit above the 50 degree cellar temp. The flavors really pop when the beer is warm.

04-24-2008 21:37:14 | More by everetends
Photo of generallee

New York

4.97/5  rDev +20%

An outstanding quadrupel that's on par with the best beers from Belgium. It pours a dark reddish brown with a dark and cloudy body. The head builds up to a thick pale tan head that bubbles down to a thinner layer that just covers the body. An inviting aroma of sweet dark cherries, caramel, malts and alcohol leads you to the first sip. Sweet dried cherries mixes with caramel and chocolaty malts, sour cherries, plum and raisins. All of these flavors are surrounded by a warming alcohol that fades off slowly with some bitter notes into the finish. The palate is full bodied, smooth and a little sticky. Overall an extraordinary beer that only gets better and more complex with age.

04-21-2008 15:29:02 | More by generallee
Photo of timbro81


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a deep ruby/brown color that is super clear. Modest head that is fed by some intense carbonation. Slight lacing as I work through the glass. Smells of sweet figs, yeast, bread, and a little alcohol. A sweet tartness noticable right away, not overpowering but its there. Good maltiness. Nice fruity esters upon swallowing. It may be the powers of suggestion but I can tell there is a slight cherry influence, really well balanced. Slight malty/grainy finish. Light mouthfeel. Alcohol warms rather quickly. A really nice Quad and worth seeking out.

04-19-2008 04:02:21 | More by timbro81
Photo of ledemie

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head

S: Citrus / caramel l/ toffee.

T: The malty characteristics predominate a little sweet... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... a hint of sweet in the finish

M: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation... clean and crisp flavors pass shortly after finishing the sip

D: this is a good quadrupel, a little expensive for what it is, I would rather have a Ommegang Abbey. but still a nice beer.

04-18-2008 20:02:27 | More by ledemie
Photo of praufs01


2.78/5  rDev -32.9%

Appearance - Cloudy ice tea looking brew with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Black cherries.

Palate - Fizzy carbonation.

Flavor - Noticeable alcohol up front. Sour cherry flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Very tart. A little to much noticeable alcohol for me to enjoy.

04-14-2008 19:51:54 | More by praufs01
Photo of SaltyLime


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance - clear reddish brown with a nice head that laced well

Smell - pleasant, first step of happiness that prepped the awesome taste

Taste - absolutely beautiful Belgian style blend/quadrupel, or whatever they want to call it, perfectly balanced with a light touch of cherry sweetness to top if off

Mouthfeel - very nice and smooth

Drinkabilty - very enjoyable, I want more, stock up if you find it

04-13-2008 12:45:08 | More by SaltyLime
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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