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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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Ratings: 5,722
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,025 | FT: 19
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Soilid reddish-brown, clear beautiful color. Head has decent retention.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, overall sweet smell.

T: Tastes like it smells - strong caramel up front. Some faint leafy hops. The cherry character develops more as it warms, and definitely lingers in the aftertaste

M: Good body, slightly sticky on the tongue. Carbonation is fine.

D: Pretty tasty ale. The ABV makes it a nice stay-home on a cold day type beer. The cherry aftertaste was quite enjoyable, would drink again.

Photo of Aiptasia
4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last beer of a four beer tasting evening. Poured at home into a 16 oz. glass pint.

A: The pour of this beer was perfect. Just the right amount of beautiful cotton head (1") at the top of the glass. Body is a frosty deep cherry red. Incredible cling to the lacing. Very creamy head. Very pleased.

S: Smells of ripe bing cherries and rich caramels with hints of chocolate, cocoa and cloves.

T: Excellent dried cherry taste with a well balanced mix of fruity hops. No bitters. Succulent sugars that end with a dry finish. Lush with dryness. Yum. That's all, yum.

M: Creamy, full bodied. Micro carbonated and alcohol is well balanced with the hops. Very good beer.

D: If it wasn't for the alcohol you could drink these all night long. Pair with pork dishes, vanilla ice cream or panna cotta.

Photo of bworley
4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours slightly cloudy, tall head that dissapates rather quickly.
dark fruit and alcohol.
The taste is sweet and fruity.
Im a stout guy so i thought it was a bit thin, but it is great for the style.
Good beer. if it wasn't so strong, i'd drink it all day.

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque cherry mahogany color with a thick, creamy, off-white colored head and small streams of tiny bubbles.

S - This beer smells very rich and bready with complex dark fruit. Toasted caramel toffee, dark fruits, cherries, and Belgian candy sugar.

T - Lots of toasted malt flavor with dark fruit blended in, cherries, and a slight warming in the back of the throat from the alcohol.

M - Thick, heavy body, lip smacking sticky sugar coating on the lips,and gentle creamy carbonation tickling the tongue.

D - A heavy and enjoyable sipper.

Photo of Shrews629
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A dark cherry red type of color with an off white head that had some pretty good size, average retention and some real, real nice lacing. The head was creamy looking also.

Smell - Smelled the alcohol and booze right off. Smells like a red wine. Dark fruit. A bit of dark cherry in there.

Taste - The taste provided a very strong booze presence with a noticable burn at the back. Again, I'm gathering the dark fruit flavors. Cherry and prune. Mostly tart. Even getting some toasted malt. This is very reminiscent of red wine.

Mouthfeel - Medium/full mouthfeel. Really covers the palate. A significant amount of alcohol warmth. Sort of rough around the edges going down. Leaves a tremendous amount of flavor on the palate.

Drinkability - I'm sure that this brew has a tremendous following. A bit much on the alcohol flavoring for me however. Not something I would want over and over. It's definitely a "sipper." A little too much of the wine characteristics for my liking. I want a beer that leaves me wanting for another sip. This beer did not provide that for me.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, so this one is just a baby.

Appearance - Ruby brown body with slight haze and some floaters. Two finger caramel head with decent retention and some lacing.

Smell - Sweet coffee smell, with caramel. The alcohol is noticeable in the smell towards the end.

Taste - Complex, but then again it's a quad. Starts off sweet with an alcoholic finish. Coffee and tea in between. Very mild grass undertones.

Drinkability - Enough of this and you'll numb your gums. Not a session beer by any means, but very drinkable for its style.

Photo of heebes
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 2010. Best by: 6.

Pours a dark ruby brown colour with huge light tan foamy head into a tulip. Lacing heavy along the glass. Nose is Belgian yeast, caramel malts, dark fruit; figs & plums, light fruit; grape & pear. Buttery and phenol auroma lingers. Taste follows the nose; big malt and yeast flavours, dark fruits provide some bitterness / tartness. Heavily bodied mouthfeel, leaves a dry sensation. Big abv. here limits consumption, though pretty standard for the style and one would want to enjoy and warm over a period of time.

Photo of zeledonia
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, Jan 2011.

Pours a gorgeous, slightly cloudy mahoganny reddish-brown, with a buoyant three-finger head that slowly dissipates. Smell is fruity with that typical Belgian yeasty aroma. Taste is a very nice malty sweetness with cherries and other dark fruit, backed up nicely by a bit of alcoholic punch. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but smooth. Overall, delicious, and very drinkable (though at 9.8% ABV, gotta be careful).

Photo of engagechad
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This bottle was purchased as a 3 pack with other ommegang beers. Poured into an ommegang glass.

Poured wonderfully with great head. Head looked like pancake batter. Deep ruby mahogany in color, similar to the arrogant bastard. Smelled of bread, biscuits and spices. Taste was mighty boozy for me and difficult to enjoy because of the booze affect. Felt good and wasn't very drinkable for mer personally.

*I may revisit this beer in a year or two as my palate refines

Photo of thedoubler55
2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Mahogany in color, that leaves about a finger of head, that leaves no lacing at all

S - Sweet, lots of dark fruit as well as strong hint of cherries.

T - First sip is like cough sipper, not to fond of this one, lots of maltiness as well as strong cherry flavor.

M -Light and creamy not as much carbonation as I thought.

D - Not really my type of beer.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle to a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: A beautiful clear and dark cherry red. The bottle was right that one should be careful when pouring. The head starts forming immediately and grows big pretty fast. Leaves a decent amount of lacing after wards on the glass.

Smell: Cherry mixed with other fruit or sugar of some sort. I'm going to guess plum but I can't really tell except for that it's mixed with cherry.

Taste: Cherries! Dark cherry flavor definitely dominates the taste, which gives it tart and sour taste. After letting the beer warm a little bit, I've noticed that the beer also has some sweetness either sugar or another fruit. I'm going to guess probably another fruit, which may be the plum I smelled. I can't taste any alcohol in this brew!

Mouthfeel: Light constant carbonation with a smooth finish.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable especially if alone. I plan on pairing this with a slice of sweet chocolate cake in the future just to see what happens.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bottle (10/28/10) poured into a chalice

A: Fairly dark brown with red hues, mostly opaque with a lot of haze. One finger light brown head that was frothy with insanely tight bubbles; the head slowly dissipated to about a half finger and then stuck around for at least 5+ minutes. Left a good amount of lacing. Very impressive.

S: Lots of dark fruit esters (prune, plum, raisin), brown sugar, and a slightly cherry tart/funk.

T: A lot like the nose, but more intense and complex. Starts off with a ton of dark fruit and moves into brown sugar, fruitcake like malt, and slight belgian funk in the middle. The finish is where the cherries take over, lots of tart cherries, red wine characteristics, dry and sweet. The aftertaste is strikingly long, mostly with the sweet tart cherries/dark fruits. The alcohol has a strong presence, especially upfront with some hot phenols. There's a bit of a licorice quality between the sweetness and dark fruit esters that my buddy noted. Complex, fairly intense, and I loved how the flavor profile changed throughout the taste to the tart cherry finish.

M: Very effervescent , medium body. It's a little light and heavily carbonated for the style. Dry and sweet. Seemed more to fit a Triple or sour than a Quad, though it was still quite pleasant and made it a bit easier to drink.

D: The alcohol doesn't hide itself, but the light body and heavy carbonation make it very easy to drink, not to mention how delicious it is. It's a sipper, but one that can go quickly if you're not paying attention.

While this isn't my favorite quad, it is a fairly unique and delicious. Easily one of the most affordable quads too, under $10 for a 750ml bottle.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I bought this beer, I did not know what to expect from a beer with cherry as an ingredient. But then I remembered the way back in Germany, when we drowned a shotglas of kirschliquor into a glas of beer.
Three philosophers pours a mahogany red color with a creamy beige brown head which leaves good lacing.
Smelling a very fruity aroma, you get prepared for a pleasant first taste.
Up front you feel the very rich fruit, cherry dominant of course, but also plum, fig. Caramel, honey in the middle is being checked by some nice hops in the end. Great balance, the fantastic mouthfeel continoues to stay with you in form of a very pleasant bittersweet linger.
Great , very drinkable beer, alcohol very well hidden, loved it !

Photo of rodney45
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: says 2009 on the bottle, and im drinking it in feb 2011... I assume time has mellowed this Quad.

A: A dark brown walnut coffee color. With a dark cream thick head.

S: Smells like toasted chocolate malt with a hint of scotch whiskey ethers.

t: A complex blend of malt, walnut, hazelnut and alcohol and cherry.

m: Creamy dextrose mouthfeel.

d: Dangerously drinkable at 9.8% abv.

I like this trappist style Quad

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a 750 ml bottle of this as a Valentine's Day gift surrounded by a heart of red velvet cupcakes, kudos to the wifey!
WOW, talk about a beer that that knocks your taste buds out!
A kinda dark red that filled my perfect pour glass with an ominous presence. The aroma had cherry with maybe some winter spices thrown in. The taste, extraordinarily robust. There's that cherry you can pick out from all the malty alcohol. The flavor borders on overbearing, but becomes much more acceptable as it warms up, I'd say that slightly chilled is the ideal temperature to serve this at. The body is thick but not chewy. It leaves very little tartness on the way down. I'd say let it warm up and this becomes a great brew.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There's a certain feeling when you crack open a beer in a champagne-bottle (75 cl) with a natrual cork and a steel cage.

A: Pour is murky burgundy with a medium large off-white compact head that dissipates into great lacings.

S: Lots of fruityness and berries, obviously cherries (since they put that in the bottle). Yeast and some spices. Some tart. A malty backbone.

T: Complex! Rich thick sweet maltyness balanced with bitter cherries (I don't now a better way to describe it in English, sorry). Lots of dark dried frutis. Vineous. Some yeast and spices are present.

M: Aftertaste stays for some time and holds a nice blend between bitter and sweet. Full body and moderate carboantion.

D: The cherries was the thing that made this American Quad great - the balance between sweetness and dry bitterness was great. Usaually I find the Brett instantly, but here I had to read the label to understand that some Kriek-style beer was an ingredient. Really interasting beer - try it!

Photo of ehammond1
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark cherry wood in color. Thin head. Sufficient lacing. Unspectacular appearance.

Nose is heavy in cherry and some chocolate. Fruity and sweet.

Tastes of tart cherry, chocolate and wood. Very sweet. Alcohol is hidden. Not as complex (or interesting?) as other quads.

Full-bodied. Velvety and rich. Spectacular!

Simple and sweet quad with some cherry tartness and a rich mouthfeel. Delicious, though a bit too sweet for my particularly tastes.

Photo of rarbring
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is clouded with quite some sediments, dark brown with orange nuances, an off-white solid head, some lacing and nice curtains.

The smell is very much berries and sour fruits, cherries, and spicy yeast.

Upfront a cherry sweetness with sour fruit notes, some light vinegar, a yeasty spiciness with some cherry seed bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a fresh body and some balancing dryness.

Well balanced, nice that the sweetness is modest.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Poured a nice dark amberish brown with red hues on the edges, came with about 3 fingers worth of tan head that left nice lacing all the way down the glass to the finish.

S: Dark fruits and belgian yeast are very strong with this one. The blended cherry lambic plays nicely with the other aromas. Slight alcohol and sweetness but not over powering.

T: Plums, Figs, and black currents are really complemented by the cherry qualities. Cherry character is nice and not tart (does a way better job then the BBQ-FAIL by Boulevard). Slightly sweet.

M: Really nice carbonation with a medium mouth feel. Alcohol good and not over powering. There but not a problem.

D: Excellent with this beer!! One of my go to available quads, and one of the best made quads not made in Belgium.

Boulevard take note - This is how to add cherries to a quad. BBQ is a FAIL compared to this.

Photo of ramseye4
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lengthy description of the beer and how to pour on the bottle. Poured into my Ommegang glass, the beer has a beautiful dark brown color and a two finger head that gradually fades away. Plums, figs, cherries, and alcohol are present in the aroma. Taste is comprised of the dark fruit from the smell, with some raisin. The cherries make a subtle appearance, and they complement the taste very well. Mouthfeel is light bodied, and probably the weak point of this beer. Drinkability is dangerously high as the ABV is nearly hidden. Great beer.

Photo of Brewbro000
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Karmeliet Tripel glass, with a 2 finger off white head of fine bubbles that resides fairly quickly after a minute or two. When held to the light it is deeply red and lacing is minimal. Cherries and currants are apparent in the nose with the aroma of yeast on the back end. First sip begins tart but drops to a sweetness. Overall the taste finishes dry with some heat on the back end probably due to the 9.5% alcohol. Yeast makes the texture that much better and the tart dryness blends well with the malt. For being a quad this beer is dangerously drinkable and doesn't come off too fruity despite being blended with cherries. Great beer overall.

Photo of tbeckett
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Consumed for Valentine's Day for my cherry loving Girlfriend.

A - Two fingers of thick, tan head top a dark brown, hazy body with lot's of sediment. Great looking stuff. Head is pillowy and inviting, staying around and leaving average lacing. A good amount of carbonation is coming up the sides of the Chimay chalice, moving sediment around that I just barely see.

S - Very subtle, like many Quads I've had. Aromas are often deceptive I've found with this style, but their subtlety for what they are and what they become with more investigation is lovely. I get some caramelized or sugary dark fruits, rich malty aromas, breadiness, a little bit of booze, and a molasses character.

T - More boozy fruits, like fruitcake with alcohol. Dark fruits are great with a little tiny bit of chery. There's some yeast and rich maltiness too. It takes some effort to pull out everything that's there but it's worth the investigation. Quality Quads take time.

M - Coats the mouth great, good amount of carbonation, full bodied.

D - Really tasty stuff. A great combination of warming alcohol and depth of flavour on a beer that drinks easy and looks great.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber with friends; poured in snifter glass

A: dark brownish orange; light head; little carbonation; good lacing
S: almost paint thinner, indubitably from the high ABV; that's good paint thinner, by the way
T: cherry (a la Kriek), lemon overtones; powerful quadruppel flavor forced me to go very slowly and enjoy over time; the intensity of the flavor makes this a great beer to end a night on

Very fine, high-quality, thoughtful, complex beer.

Photo of ehagedorn
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark amber color but the head was not as creamy as I anticipated (this may be due to tap settings). Nevertheless, wonderful complex flavor! I was afraid the Belgian Kriek (cherry lambic) would be overpowering, but it was present with wonderful subtlety.

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Three Philosophers, 750-ml bottle, poured into a large snifter/oversize wine glass/Viking cup.

Appearance: A beautiful pour that produces a luxurious tan head indeed; three fingers rapidly receding into one, with considerable retention, great carbonation and no lacing at all. Color is ruby dark, like raisin puree or some very old liquor that was just unearthed from a centuries-old cellar.

Smell: Yeast, fruit, dark juices. Sweetness, sugar. Must, old wine. Some bitterness and booze as it warms up. Very timid, though, compared to the amazing taste.

Taste: Follows nose, only intensified, with more of those dark fruits, sour cherries and some burnt/liquefied sugar. Tart and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin for such a huge quadrupel. Maybe the lambic part of the beer? Nice tingly carbonation and chewy finish, but really, I would expect a bomb.

Drinkability: Very nice. A sipper, yes, but a delectable one. I'm not a huge fan of Belgians but love this one.

I also recently had an aged Philosophers from 2008 on tap at Blind Tiger. Very smooth, creamy, subdued. I enjoyed this 2011 super fresh and new version better, believe it or not!

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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