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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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5,244 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,244
Reviews: 1,919
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 216
Gots: 665 | 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 1fastz28
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

well, i bought this for the fiancee hoping she would like it, but alas she doesn't, maybe a bit to strong for her, or the aftertaste, but i'll finish it off.

smell is strong, has a big yeast spicy smell to it, with some fruit in there.

taste is ok, not my fave though, i really dont like fruit beers, i feel i may of wasted 8 dollars on this, considering the fiancee wont drink it, and i dont know if i want to drink the whole bomber.

its not that its a bad beer, just not my style.

1fastz28, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of cooncat
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted into my Stone crystal tulip, for maximum enjoyment.

On the pour, you get a nearly opaque garnet colored brew, with orange around the edges. The mountainous head is fig colored, and quite nice, though not long lived. Some lacing is left on the glass. A beautiful beer to look at.

The nose is very malty; sweet dark breads and fruit come to mind. Hidden behind this malt is a little hint of cherries. I noticed them, because it is mentioned on the bottle.

The taste is huge and awesome. Plenty of complex malt flavors come to mind. As mentioned, dark breads, dark fruits, and figs figure prominently. The dark cherries are more noticeable in the taste, along with a very hidden funk. The mouthfeel is medium to full, and the carbonation makes this Quad do a happy dance on your palate. Each sip makes you want to take another. The 9.8% abv is well hidden, but you can feel some warming in the stomach.

Another dangerously drinkable beer, which is highly recommended. Very complex, and you could easily spend an hour with the corked bomber and the time would fly by. By all means, give this one a try!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks good, though not much in the way of head, something a belgian usually takes for granted. Nice color though.

Smells of bread and cherries, with some other malty goodness in the mix. Very good.

Tastes bready and dry, I have a difficult time discerning the flavors added by the lambic. Very good however.

Mouth is again very crisp and dry, medium in body, and high in carbonation. Perhaps my pour was the reason for the lack of head, because the bubbles are there.

Overall, this is a great, cheap example of the style.

sonicdescent, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Barely translucent and nearly opaque with many active streams of little bubbles HEAD- Big, tan, and active. Interesting, sporadic lacing. COLOR: Deep purple/brown color common to darker Belgian sugars.

S- Fruity and herbal. Medicinal flavors like menthol, licorice and alcohol in the background. MALTS: Aromatic Belgian malts.

T- Very complex. Dark fruit, berries, light fruits, candi sugar. TONGUE: Sweetness balanced with tart herbal characters and a low level of bitter hops.

M- BODY: Medium and slightly alcoholic. CARBONATION: Active and tingly with many small bubbles.

D- I gotta say, I didn't think I'd be able to taste the "2% ale brewed with cherries"(LAMBIC), but it was really brought out by the simplistic yet complex, "dark quad" base. The 10% alcohol makes me happy. Worth it at 9.29$ for a 750ml.

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of seand
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a large red wine glass.

A: Pours a dark clear reddish brown, with a little over a finger of off white head. Looks very nice, great color. Head doesn't stick around long, but leaves reasonable lacing.

S: Rich and malty, pretty big on the nose. Hints of honey, cherries, brown sugar.

T: Malty and interesting. There's a hint of sourness. The alcohol is there, but muted.

M: Lots of carbonation but drinks pretty smoothly as it warms, and actually a fairly light mouthfeel overall.

D: Easy to drink, but needs to be taken slow due to the high ABV.

seand, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one at Uno in Langhorne PA.The bottle was 2008.Poured into a pint glass. Pours an auburn color with an off white colored heading that disapates quickly. Lacing globs throughout the tasting.

Smell is very rich malts a little chocolate and a heavy sweet fruitiness.

Taste is big with malt with a again a heavy fruity taste that quickly turns to booze. A subtle hop right in the middle.

Mouth is a little bit harsh on the palate.Creamy, Full bodied and ridiculously carbonated.

Drink is very easy going and a nice bubbly warm feeling in the gullet.

All and all a great beer !!!!

TheFightfan1, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 release acquired with the help of howl1309, so a big "Thank You" goes out him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of cherries, caramel, brown sugar, some spice, roasted malts & Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise has a strong burst of sour cherries that is tempered by the sweetness of caramel & brown sugar. There's a good Belgian yeast background and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild as to be expected any beer that's 5-years-old and particularly in this style. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good high-powered Belgian that adds the tartness of a lambic. Five years might have been a little too long for this one, but it's still worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle marked 2008 into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a rich, murky mahogany amber brown color with a glowing ember edge and a bubbly three-finger head of dark butterscotch foam. Lacing is terrific, leaving walls of sugary suds on the glass.

S: Smells slightly fruity and medicinal. Cherries and sugary fruits combine with an alcoholic ester bite.

T: A bit of earthy, herbal spiciness flows so smoothly with the full, rich malt profile of this quad. There is a fruity ester flavor with that semisweet dextrose maltiness. A little hop spice rounds out the otherwise smooth, malty alcoholic dark cherry flavors.

M: A bit harsh at first, but given a minute to warm a bit and this quad flows beautifully with a creamy, medium body with the superior smoothness.

D: Very flavorful, the nearly 10% ABV is masked fairly well, and when this quad warmed a bit, I could have drank the magnum by by lonesome. A very well-crafted sipping Belgian ale.

The alcohol flavors are a little harsh and biting with the sugary fruits if you have it straight away. Let it sit for a minuet or two and watch the lace swirl while studying the mysterious murk of the body. Then, sit back, sip and enjoy this taste of Belgium right from the states.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Celt44
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was fortunate enough to pick this one up directly from Brewery Ommegang today on my way home from the Hall of Fame. The wife gave me a 30 minute pass while she waited in the car with the kids - no one under 15 inside!

Appearance is a very dark copper. Clear. Good creamy head and lacing that lasts throughout.

Aroma - Malts and cherry up front and strong. Hints of Ginger spice it up.

Taste - I'm not a fan of Lambics at all but the 2% Cherry Lambic is a nice touch. Malts and spice up front with a nice fruity cherry finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel - Slight carbonation , nice and smooth. Slight alcohol finish & burn.

Overall an excellent Quad - I've stayed away from this one due to the Lambic but I have to say I'm pleasantly suprised. I'll definitely get this one again! Many thanks to Phil at Ommegang's tasting bar....

Celt44, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a cellar temperature (maybe slightly higher) caged and corked 750 into brandy snifter. Labelled Beligian Style Quad 2008. Who are these three Philosophers? If you are going to give the beer some pretense, give me some background....

Oh well...lets drink.

A-Deep garnet/ ruby with marked clarity. This is not at all what I was expecting from a Quad. Eggshell head that settles rapidly. A very attractive brew, but the head settles into nothingness even poured at warmer temperatures. Kudos for the coloration on this, however, it is beautiful.

S-Belgian malts, alcohol, and a hint of cherry

T-Utterly smooth and creamy...the cherry hits you immediately, and while it seems a bit artificial, it works and is enjoyable. ABV very well hidden here. Much lighter in the taste than I was expecting, and frankly, I am a little let down...I thought this would be utterly rich, but it is simply pleasing. But you know something? It works, and is just fine.

M-On the light side of the Belgian spectrum, both on mouthfeel, and on carbonation.

D-The ABV is so well hidden that this is a very drinkable brew, and drink it I did....bring on another!

I like this, and will definately pick up another bottle, but I can't help wondering what this would taste like with a bit more moxie...ie a real quad taste with a real cherry kicker. I was expecting a dark ABT 12-like brew with marachino cherrys thrown in. This reminds me more of a triple with a bit of cherry lambic flavoring but there is something rather pleasing about its lighter taste.

caddybuyer, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of jsp2
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a dense foam head of good thickness. Aromas of sugar, figs, intense raisin, and cloves. Very pleasant.

Taste is incredible. sweet attack, followed by sour raisin cherry balance, followed up by dry nuttiness almost. butter on the finish? Very impressed with the aftertaste as well as the balance between the intense sweetness and fruity sourness. Complex and very satisfying flavor.

Low carbonation and oily feel complements the alcohol dryness well. This brew could be sipped for quite a long time. I let mine warm up for a good while from the fridge, since the label says to enjoy at 50 degrees. I think they were right, and enjoy I did! Highly recommended.

jsp2, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber and red. Nice light tan head on it...

S: Alcohol. Slightly sweet like overripe fruit.. a little yeasty.. not getting a lot off this one.

T: Whoa! Big surprise.. Yeasty malty, slightly tart and fruity.. and an alcohol kick..

M: I don't even know what to say..

D: Dunno.. My initial take it that it is like someone took a perfectly good triple, and dropped a shot of cherry vodka in it..

As I continue to drink, it mellows a bit..

Beejay, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep near black color with a cherry red tint that is barely noticeable but very nice in it's subtlety.
Our smell gives off a strong roasted flavor with some notes of cherry, very nice.
There is some solid malt with some smooth roasted sour taste and the taste of cherries really come through well.
The taste covers my taste buds with a fantastic aftertaste.
The alcohol in this heavy hitter is barely there with how drinkable this is.

ThaBobfather, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A=deep brown, one finger of head, slightly off white

S=interesting smell almost creamy, some fruitiness

T=similar to smell, creamy, some maltiness and fruitiness

M=thick and fluffy, good carbonation feel

D=overall too creamy and sweet to be very drinkable.

Not one of my favorites

jacobseyb, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of aeminter
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber with tan head

Very estery and a little funky, but in a good way.

Complex doesn't even begin to describe this beer. Full bodied, spicy, rich, smooth, dark fruit flavors, dense malts, mmm mmm mmm.

I had been saving this for some occasion, but nothing out of the ordinary has occurred in a while. So, I'm celebrating the beautiful weather we had today.
Slainte va!

aeminter, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this for the second time last night with much better results.
a- A reddish beer with a very thin head

s- Smells, very fruity and malty, and can smell the cherry

t- Maybe my palate has gotten better, but this went down very smooth this time. I could also taste the Cherry Lambic and it's perfect. Adds just enough sweetness to cool the alcohol

m- great taste it leaves in your mouth...sweet and sassy

d- I did a complete 360 on this beer. I absolutely love 3 Philosophers and is now my favorite beer by Ommegang

greg202stewart, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep red with a tight foamy head that laced the glass. Smelled sweet, sour, spicy, and a hint of cherries--but maybe that was just because the bottle mentions that it is brewed with cherries. Taste is very sweet with a pretty strong alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is well balanced.

merryjoulton, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of BeenJammin
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque brown with a large head that has good retention. Wild, fruity, and yeast aromas. The taste is very sweet and fruity malts. It also has a nice cherry flavor to it. It's really good. It gives a slight creamy texture in its medium body. It is very drinkable for such a big quad.

BeenJammin, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 2008 bomber into a Chimay chalice. Slightly chilled to about 50 degrees as instructed on the label

Opaque mahogany, with about a ½ finger head.

Banana bread and raisin. Didn't smell cherry as much as I thought I would. I think I smelled more of a fig/date/clove bouquet.

Nicely bittersweet. Definitely some dark berry flavor in there, which I know is supposed to be cherry, but without knowing it was brewed with 2% cherry lambic, I would say it was a medley of dark berries that included plum as well as cherry.

Not very heavy, but still full-bodied. Crisp, but with no bite back. Carbonation seemed proper.

I had no problem drinking it! The alcohol level gave me no problem at 9.8%. This is a delightful brew, and would definitely drink it again.

jbertsch, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle in to a snifter. Very dark brown or mahogany color with one finger of frothy off white head.

This brew has a lot of different aromas in it. Very malty and fruity. Cherries, dates, raisins, brown sugar just to name a few. I was expecting an alcohol phenol aroma, but it never really comes in to play.

The taste is similar to the smell. Big caramel malt, sweet brown sugar, raisin and cherry flavor up front with undertones of raisins and dates. Alcohol phenols are a lot more prevalent than I was expecting from the nose.

I'd call it more of a heavier medium body than an actual full bodied brew. Carbonated, and creamy.

All around a solid offering. Not my favorite quad, but it didn't let me down at all. Definitely something I would drink again at another time.

KBoudreau66, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of SShelly
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at verdugo, first pour off of a new keg (whoohoo?)

dark mahogany, with 2" white foam (wall behind me is dark wood so who knows what color the beer really is...)

Dark and malty with a hint of fruit, possibly the cherries in the nose.

Malt forward with a slightly tart finish, I feel like the cherries have blunted my favorite part of a quad, the malty sweet finish, and left it slightly tart.

overall very tasty but probably not something I would have all of the time.

SShelly, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Opaque amber brown color. Head is hard to create and falls very quickly. A bit of lacing.

4.5 S: Dark fruits (raisin is big) hit first, then dark cherries. Sweet caramel malt. No hops.

4.0 T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Plum, raisin, dark cherries, caramel. A lot of flavor, but not all of it meshes that well. Still, very good. Belgian yeastiness

4.0 M: Heavy Medium body. Good carbonation, but could be creamier.

4.0 D: This isn't boring at all, but it isn't the greatest tasting, which works out to pretty good drinkability but not great.

DavoleBomb, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a beautiful ruby-red color that's dark enough, it at first appears to be brown. Solid one-finger plus head of light tan foam. Not extremely dense, but fairly tight. Retention is very good. Lacing is fairly full and nicely sticky.

Big, bold nose of dark fruits. The cherry scent does indeed stand out, which surprises me, slightly, since it's only 2% of the blend. Big presence of banana. Solid yeasty presence. Nice hints of caramel malts.
This smells like candy. Yummy.

Not quite as sweet as the nose would imply. This is still a good thing. Dark fruits are still dominant, but the cherries are more blended. Big belgian yeastiness. Slight funk. Mild hints of caramel malts. Light spiciness of corriander and clove.

This one is light and smooth, with a medium body. Carbonation is very good, with lots of tiny little bubbles that like to dance on your tongue. Very good spring/summer drinker.

Very drinkable, as long as you aren't expecting a huge, full-bodied, Quad. Very tasty and well-hidden alcohol.

coldmeat23, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to petrus chalice and had a medium head at first and then died quite quickly with small lacing. Has a brown color but with light is a very nice looking amber.

The smell is of fruits and yeast mostly cherries and bananas can definitely pick up the alcohol after it has sat for a min. Slight yeast smells can also be detected.

The taste is amazing for a quadruple and that is saying alot for me i am not a fan of any belgian style. The cherries definately add alot to this beer. The alcohol is hidden very well despite the abv. It has great fruity notes along with the yeast in the back ground.

The mouthfeel is good heavy carbonation and the whole thing feels a bit heavy to me but over all good.

I couldnt handle more than one of these mostly because i am not a big fan of the style but for the type it is i think it is one of the best by far. Thought i would try something new and while still not my style it is a great beer.

BringusKilkenney, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of mobyfann
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $18.99 for the three-pack gift set...

The beer pours a cloudy brown base, moderate sized head, very good head retention, minimum lacing on the glass. Aroma: oh my malt, sweet caramel malts, fresh fresh fresh, smells like some candy right out of the oven, elegant!

The taste hits the spot, light in the mouth, moderate carbonation, starts off a little smokey, sweet and fresh malts through delivery, smooth finish, excellent aftertaste, no sign of alcohol as other quads usually fault here; very nice! Excellent in the mouth for a beer that acts like a wine and at 9.8% the bomber is an ideal sized session brew!

Final Thought: Best Quad to date, it contains no faults except a little less flavor that one would expect. Classic!

mobyfann, Apr 01, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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