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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,399
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 737 | FT: 17
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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 irishking1977
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Three Philosophers is an interesting blend of a Belgian quad and cherry lambic. I haven't had too many quads nor have I had too many lambics, but it seems the combination of the two might be interesting.

A: A deep amber/ebony with an immense head that leaves tons of lacing. This is a fine looking brew.

S: Malt and cherries with a hint of alcohol. No surprise; this one clocks in at a hefty 9.8% ABV.

T: Malt at the forefront along with mild cherries and other dark fruits. In addition, alcohol can be slightly detected, but hidden fairly well. On one hand that is good, since a heavy alcohol profile can detract from enjoying a beer (who really likes the taste of alcohol?) but it is quite sneaky.

M: Smooth, thick and creamy with good carbonation.

D: This one is somewhat complex, and also has a somewhat heavy feel to it. The malt and cherry aspects might wear a bit after two. I think I could drink a maximum of two of these before I would want to move on to something else. Nonetheless, a good and interesting brew.

irishking1977, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Kallessin
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle (12oz):

Pours a deep hazy brown color with dark amber highlights. Has a somewhat smallish off-white head. A little sediment made it into the glass.

Has a fruity and spicy aroma with the cherries being the most prominent. Very malty and the alcohol is present along with some oakey/woody aromas.

Has a very rich, malty flavor with lots of cherries, with some molasses and brown sugar. The alcohol is not as prominent as the aroma would suggest and is very well hidden. This really has a fantastic flavor with the cherries pairing very well with the maltiness.

It's a lot lighter body then I expected, but it works very well. Smooth up front, followed by tingly carbonation. It has almost a juicy feel to it.

A really amazing beer. Very rich and flavorful. A perfect combination of cherries and full flavored malt. One of the those rare experiences with beer that makes you say wow when you taste it.

2009 Bottle (22oz):

This pours very similar to the 2008, but has much more of a head. A foamy cream color that stuck around for a short time.

It has much more grainy malt and sweet caramel in the aroma. The alcohol and the oakiness are still there, but the cherries are not as obvious.

The cherries are not as prominent in the flavor either. This flavor is much more fleeting. The malt is much more prevalent with some bready flavors and more bitterness.

It's a little more dry in the mouth, but otherwise it's much the same.

I happened to have both a 12oz bottle from 2008, which came in a mixed 12 pack and a 22oz bottle of 2009 from another gift pack that I received this Christmas (2009). I have to say the 2008 was much better. I'm thinking the extra year of aging much improved the flavor. My rating is based on the 2008 bottle, but both were great beers.

Kallessin, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan foamy head and good lacing.

Some nice deep sugary malt aromas, with some herbal notes.

A bit more dry than expected, but still has great brown sugar and booze-soaked frui elements. Nice toasty malt, tons of herbal notes, and no real chemical alcohol bite. Very nice.

Not as full bodied as expected. Some decent carbonation lightens this one and makes it quite drinkable. Not as heavy, complex, or dense as other quads, but worth the try.

OtherShoe2, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a 2005 vintage from Brewfan in a recent BIF. Not my first experience with this beer, but it is my first experience with a four year old vintage. Interested to see what cellaring does to this one. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a ruby brown with a huge three finger beige head rising off of a very mild pour. Lots of beading and great head retention, with about a quarter finger sticking around throughout the entire drink. A small amount of lace left on the side of the glass as well.

Smell- Smells of bread and caramel malt dominating. A bit of tart character and dark fruit remain in the background despite four years in the cellar. Reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries and dates.

Taste- Very malt forward with sweet malt and dark candy sugar up front on the palate. A strong breadiness is retained in the flavor profile for me as well, along with more sweet, dark fruits. Some minor tartness remains from the addition of the Lindemans Kriek, though in combination with the malt and having mellowed out in the cellar the cherry flavors come out more in the dark fruit profile. Very nice and mellow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is great with excellent levels of carbonation, being both smooth and effervescent. Carbonation retained very well despite length of cellaring. Drinkability is a touch lowered given the sweetness of this one but still quite good for a quad.

Overall, a very good interpretation of a quadrupel. Also very reasonably priced for the style as well.

boatshoes, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red amber and has a head that sizzles and fills a bit of the glass.
Smells of alcohol esters and cherries but barely.
Tastes a bit sweet but refreshing almost like a palette cleanser because of the taste of the cherries.
Fills the mouth with flavor but does not have a serious carbonation.

I really enjoy this! I will buy it many times again.

Spineypanda, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of runningjoke
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.
Coppery-brown color with a tightly-packed, creme-brûlée colored head that transformed into a seafoam consistency before turning into lace.
Smells of fermented cherries and malt.
Tart at first, this fills the mouth with an incredible consistancy. Slight bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste.
For what it is, this is a great beer. Incredibly filling an highly alcohlic, this beer is best when savored.

runningjoke, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of rosmhuire
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass..

A: Significant lacing. Coloring is a very dark amber.

S: Definitely smelling the toasty malts, but I'm also able to smell the heat of the alcohol.

T: Obviously, very malty, as the style would indicate. Also getting a wee bit of bitterness from the hops on the back end.

M: Very smooth and weighty on the palate. This beer does not F around.

D: This is a strong beer, so it's not going to rate highly on the drinkability scale. However, for this style, you're not supposed to throw back a bunch of them, right?

rosmhuire, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of baos
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 ounces into Barrila jar.

A: Very nice to look at, deep mahogany with 4 finger ecru head on pour. Head dissipates down to nice 2 millimeter layer. Good head retention with excellent lacing.

S: Yum Yeasty pink bubble gum-cherry-banana-candi sugar yumminess. A nice caramel maltiness as well.

T: Comes on like a good strong Belgian Ale. Banana-bubble gum wheatiness. And a nice booziness that isn't overpowering. Ends with a nice wheat-straw dryness. This is a nice complex taster.

M: Very nice medium feel.

D: A strong ale but isn't that what we are made for... drink away boys

baos, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of chrishart74
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A. Very little head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin tan foam. Deep amber/Ruby color

S. Ripe cherries with a hint of molasses and chocalate.

T. There is definitely the chocolate cherry flavor but not cloying. Great malt backbone. As it warms, alcohol is more present but very well balanced.

M. Excellent. Carbonation is low which works well with the flavor and ABV.

D. Goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew and would pair very well with pork loin!

chrishart74, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Pecorasc
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz capped bottle, dated 2009. Best looking of all the Ommegang artwork. Probably drank a bit too warm and poured too much yeast into the glass.

Pours with a great looking off-white, rocky head, but receedes down to a thin layer of dense foam, void of any head in the center. A deep ruby color with some chill haze that cleared up by the time I got around to drinking it. No visible carbonation.

All I can think about when smelling this is chocolate covered cherries. Tart cherries. It also may smell of cardboard a bit, tough to tell.

Fruity at the start. Then hits you with the alcohol and finishes oxidized. Very sweet. Leaves a sugary residue and a warming sensation.

Body is juicy, with just a tingle of carbonation.

Average drinkability for a 9.8%'er. The heat really makes this beer limited. A nice, interesting beer, capable of being outstanding in the right circumstances.

Pecorasc, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of duffmanrob
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got an ommegang holiday set for christmas with three beers and a glass.

poured a dark brown with a tint of red.

Very nice head. tan in color and about an inch in size. There was a hint of a cherry smell. smelled a little like a wine or champagne.
had a very dry mouth feel.

The carbonation was very nice, not too much.

very drinkable beer. it was almost 10% so one was pretty good. My first ommegang, and very impressive.

duffmanrob, Dec 29, 2009
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
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,399 ratings.