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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,281
Reviews: 1,920
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 216
Gots: 683 | FT: 15
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mwilbur
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to finally pop open my 2004 (after about 5 yrs cellaring). Poured from 750 mL corked and caged bottle into my Three Philosophers chalice.
A: Pours a very dark and very cloudy burnt orange with 1 inch tan head. Some sediment in the bottom of the glass. Very little light comes through with backlighting. A very nice looking brew!
S: Cherry, malt, hint of belgian spice, and maybe a bit of black pepper.
T: The first thing that comes to mind is fine port. This has aged very well. Softened and deepened in taste and texture. Mild and soft cherry and sweet malt. Background backbone of caramel malt.
M: Very soft and smooth. Matures a bit, but wish it did more. Very nice lingering aftertaste.
D: Highly drinkable, especially for style. One of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries. At times I wish it had a bit more (strength, complexity, depth), but then I take another sip and savor the goodness.
I am pleasantly surprised by how well this one ages. I would definitely let another one of these go 5 yrs or more. In fact I would highly recommend it.

mwilbur, May 09, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled one of two 2008 750 ml's from the cellar.

Cork popped with a familiar hiss. Pours a deep crimson color. Large pluming tan Belgian head produced. Excellent clarity, however the deep crimson color prevents the brew from being transparent. Soft carbonation that is barely noticeable.

I'm having a hard time picking up the cherries on the nose. I hope that the lambic will be more forthcoming in the taste department. Honestly, if it didn't say it on the bottle, I would have never pegged this beer for having cherries in it. Aroma is sweet maltyness and a spicey quality. I'm also getting some dark fruits, maybe this is from the combination of the cherries and spices. Unfortunately, I am picking up the high ABV in the nose.

Wow, what a fantastic beer! The taste is so complex, there is a party going on in my mouth. Malty sweetness is dominant, then I get earthy tones. Almost medicinal. There is a hint of alcohol, but it's not overpowering at all. Unfortunately, I'm also having a hard time picking up the cherries in the taste department as well, but thats ok. This is one incredibly complex and interesting brew. I can only assume that time will make this brew better.

Mouthfeel is medium. Sticky almost. Incredibly smooth and creamy. Carbonation is barely noticeable in the mouth. Incredibly drinkable. I'm glad I had one of these fresh(er), but now I'm curious as to what a couple years will do to this. Only time will tell!

Mistofminn, May 08, 2009
Photo of Shikitohno
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale from Ommegang strikes me as there more subdued offering, although that isn't a bad thing. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass, it produces a thick head. Very dark red in colour, almost opaque when held up to a light. It states on the label that it's a blend of a traditional ale and cherry ale (I believe it's 96%:4%), and this shows.

The cherry scent lingers there, along with a smell somewhat akin to fragrant wood. Unlike the other Ommegang ales I've had, this one has a suitably simple taste, not as complex as the Abbey Ale or Rare Vos. Initially, it tastes like a normal ale, but after swallowing the cherry flavour comes out in full force. One thing my friends and I agree on (although I'm not sure Ommegang would want people going around saying this) is that this and the Abbey Ale have the most delicious beer burps. What I mean is, it doesn't taste absolutely vile as many brews do (Guinness comes to mind), but sort of tastes like the beer.

This ale doesn't strike as being as heavy as the others produced by Ommegang, but it does have a kick. Unfortunately, it's between $8-$9/bottle around here, so I reserve this one for occaisional purchases. Still, a fairly good ale.

Shikitohno, May 06, 2009
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Julio's in Westborough. Clear, brown ale with a thin foamy head.

Aroma was of sweet caramel malts and cherries. Definite fruit presence.

Taste was of deep rich malt, with notes of chocolate. No cherries at all in the flavor. Wow. Interesting switch from the cherries to the chocolate.

Mouthfeel was nice, not heavy, but it definitely lets you know it's a big beer. Loaded with flavor.

Deceptively high drinkability. The ABV is well hidden, and it's not overpowering. You could go through this quickly without even trying.

connecticutpoet, May 06, 2009
Photo of iNHaze
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750mL to a wine glass

This beer pours a deep garnet with excellent clarity and ruby highlights. I had a nice 1/4" creamy head on mine.

The smell is spectacular. Cherries, first and foremost, followed by honey, alcohol, and an olfactory wallop of caramel.

Taste is a nice malty caramel, decently sweet without being overpowering, and a slight hint of cherries, also not overpowering or cough syrupy. This is chased by a slight bitter hoppiness, which progresses to a distinctive metallic hop taste and then rounds back out with caramel. The way the flavors move across the palette is pretty impressive here.

Mouthfeel is very full and round, with a hint of yeasty carbonation. You can feel the alcohol going down, like a sip of brandy.

Drinkability really goes two ways for me. This is a great brew to drink in moderation, a glass with a meal, possibly a dessert, or even a nice cut of prime rib. But I could also see, on one of those nights when drinking just for the sake of drinking, killing quite a few glasses of this beer in a sitting. Impressive.

iNHaze, May 05, 2009
Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear reddish brown. Nice, bubbly tan head that hangs around for a little while.
Nice, complex aroma. Lots of dark fruit, raisins, dark cherries. Good whiff of chocolate. Lots of Belgian yeast aromas. Bourbon and brandy aromas from the alcohol.
Lots of fruit flavors. The cherries really come out in the flavor, along with the other dark fruit. Raisins, bits of stone fruit. Chocolate and hints of spice. The alcohol is better hidden in the taste, but there are still some bourbon/brandy flavors present.
Fairly thick mouthfeel. Syrupy and a little sticky, but not cloying sweet.
Good drinkability. But, at almost 10%, it would be tough to have more than 2 in a night. Great dessert beer.
This is one of my favorite beers and I always thoroughly enjoy it whenever I pick it up. Highly recommended.

gabeerfan, May 05, 2009
Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep and dark ruby/ orange with a tall tan head.

S- Toffee malt, raisins, dried cherries, big Belgian yeast twang. A touch of rich sherry/ bourbon alcohol.

T- Rich chocolate taste up front, roasted malts and dried fruits on the midpalate. Finishes with cherry tartness and heavily roasted grain bitterness.

M- Rich and full, moderately heavy carbonation.

D- This beer is highly complex and enjoyable to drink. For the high abv it is very smooth. There are so many nuances in the palate of this beer its like a little adventure for you mouth.

UA8, May 04, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Dark Reddish, brown body with an off-white almost tan head. Head sticks well to the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of malty aromas, some rock sugar scents stick out. Slight notes of alcohol; not much hop aroma at all.

T- Layered malt flavors; each malt flavor lends itself to the coming one. Dark fruit and rock sugary sweet notes jump out at me. Alcohol notes are present toward the end and some slight phenols linger.

M- Smooth and full body; almost creamy feel toward the back of the tongue. Carbonation is higher up front and mellows towards the finish.

D- Really an awesome quad. Good representation of the style. I'd drink this as I often as I can.

TommyW, May 02, 2009
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Big well carbonated bubbly head, that disappears almost immeadiately. Some lacing left on glass. Ruby/Brown color.

S. Malt, yeast, dark fruit, spices, alochol, and a hint of cherries.

T. Cherries up front. Spice and alcohol. Less complexity than other quads, altough the 2% Lambic adds another dimension to the taste.

M. Medium-full bodied. Well Carbonated. Smooth finish.

D. A very drinkable beer. Interesting twist on the quad style. A Good Beer.

siradmiralnelson, May 02, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle during the summer of 2005 and opened it Apr. 2009. I poured the beer into the tulip-ish glass that accompanied the beer when I bought it. The ale poured an apple cider color with a brief ecru head. The ciderlike aroma set the tone for the rich cherry cider like taste and feel of the ale. There is a red wine like after taste that doesn't linger. The flavors are clean and to the point with a bigh show of cherry. The 9.8 ABV is definately there but blends well. Though the lacing is faint it sticks with the brew down to the final sip. there is a good amount of carbonation in this beer, you tell at a glance but the bubbly look doesn't convey exactly in the mouthfeel. This isn't really a "knock 'em back" beer for me but went well with dessert and cheese. THe coolest thing about the beer was the relatively substanital sediment hanging out in the bottom of the glass left behind just to reinforce the Belgian in this ale.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark ruby with a slight brown tint. A good centimeter of head on the top.
S: Sweet and estery with a cherry hint. A great balance between the two.
T:Sweet fruity esters and cherries mixed together in a great balanced. Very tasty.
M: Full bodied. A lot of carbonation.
D: Good

swizzlenuts, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet

A - red/brown color with 0.5cm of head

S - yeasty bread aroma, grass, caramel, apples, and a slight earthiness

T - tart cherries, dry grass flavor, sweet caramel/honey-like malt, a touch of grass hoppiness and apple esters.

M - fairly carbonated, which I've found is normal for quads. medium bodied.

D - it definitely doesn't compare to any of the trappist quads or to St. Bernardus. it isn't bad, but its price is not that much less than a bottle of St. Bernardus 12, which I would definitely prefer

bowersdm, Apr 27, 2009
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
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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