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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,389 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,389
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 230
Gots: 735 | FT: 15
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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 Arbitrator
2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. 2008 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly murky amber / maroon body in my 1L Hofbrau mug. The first pour is literally more than half foam, with a fluffy 5-finger-thick cap enveloping most of the mug. It retains for over a minute, crackling and snapping all the while, leaving a few wispy trails of lacing in its wake.

S: Cherry up front, but in that artificial manner of Wild Cherry Pepsi; spices, toast, figs, and herbs.

T: Yup, definitely Wild Cherry Pepsi. Not a solid example of cherry flavor, but it's there, nonetheless. Caramel, brown sugar, rummy figs, light spices (cloves), chocolate. Cherries linger well into the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full body with a chewy feel to it. Slightly on the sticky side, with the seemingly artificial cherry giving it a syrupy aftertaste. Well-disguised ABV.

D: I kind of have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, it's a pretty solid mid-range quad. On the other hand, a few more bucks will get me a MUCH better beer. The heft of this body (and relatively affordable price) makes me want to use this for food pairing or cooking, but for plain ol' drinking, I think I'll stick with something else.

Arbitrator, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jamie2dope
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to find a bottle of the cave aged version of this beer from 2006 at a local store where nobody seems to buy craft beer. Color is a dark ruby, and comes with a quick to fade white head. Nose is wonderfully fruity, with the cherries really shining. At the same time the booze comes in with some chocolate, caramel, and brandy notes, and really makes for a great smelling brew. Taste is really full of fruit and dark malt goodness. You can tell that the age on this beer has mellowed some of the flavors in a good way. Body is full, and although you can taste the alcohol, it is really tame, and in the end adds depth to the whole experience. This beer reminds me a little bit of Brandy Angel's Share from Lost Abbey. I could sip this beer all day every day. I have to admit that I rarely go for this beer; instead usually opting for Hennepin or Ommegang. I really wish they would release the cave aged beers more, as I think I can tell a difference. All in all this is a sensational brew that has multiple layers of complexity. I have had a lot of the to[p rated Quads out there, and this one still sits close to the top. Cheers

jamie2dope, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of advill88
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Strong lacing clings all the way down the glass while I'm drinking.

Mainly a delicate smell of cherries with a bit of yeast in the background.

Taste is pleasingly complex with the same interplay of yeastiness and cherry flavors joined by a light malt and a touch of bitterness at the back end. Medium mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation.

Quite a nice brew, and my first from Ommegang. I can't say I've ever had a quad with so many lambic elements, but it's a good uniqueness, and the fruit is prominent in the brew, without being saccharine, or overtaking all the other elements. Alcohol is well hidden too; it doesn't taste like a 9.8 ABV brew.

advill88, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of cdrogers
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

Poured from bottle into Westmalle goblet. Nice thin, but creamy head. Reddish-brown in color. Definitely get an aroma of cherry, that also comes through faintly in the sip. Nice and smooth finish, exceptional.

Would buy again and would like to add one to storage for sure.

cdrogers, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of jhoban19
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle (2008 vintage) poured into a chalice

A: hazy and brownish / dark red with some floaters. Thin, tan foam that settles into a ring with moderate surface coverage. A good amount of lacing forms on the glass with each sip, but settles back into the glass as it waits for me to take another.

S: raisins, cherries, and brown sugar. Maple syrup, a bit of clove and alcohol as it warms.

T: tastes of raisins, cherries, and a bit of milk chocolate, with the cherry and brown sugar taking prominent roles as I make my way to the bottom of the glass. Just the right amount of warming alcohol presents itself with each subsequent sip.

M: full bodied, smooth and creamy, with a light finish. Leaves an oily, puckering feel on the sides of the cheeks. A good balance of sweet and sour that really has my mouth salivating for another sip. Carbonation feels just about right.

D: a quality after dinner beer. Right about now I'm wishing I'd sliced up some gouda and a few pieces of dark chocolate- good thing I have a couple more of these so I can try out that combination. I think I'll even cellar one of my remaining bottles and see how this tastes another year from now, though I should also probably grab a 2009 vintage to compare a fresh one to the 2008.

jhoban19, Nov 26, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle

Poured into smokestack glass

Pours about 1 finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby copper brown.

Aroma: Fresh cherries, a lot of malts, dark dried fruits, caramel. Just a ton of malts going on here. A very nice aroma for a quad.

Taste: Cherries, malts, caramel, some heat. Very strong. Dark dried fruits. Earthy hops. Very nice, but very dry.

Mouthfeel: Mediudm, almost full bodied, decent amount of carbonation, a little low. Very smooth and creamy, a little hot. Ends with a touch of alcohol in the mouth.

OVerall, a very nice quad. Easy drinking. I loved the cherry flavors in this beer. I split this bottle, but I think I could drink this over the course of an hour or two.

mothman, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of joev
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a 2009 750ml bottle I got at a very reasonable price at my local liquor store as part of an Ommegang gift pack. Paired with a nice rare filet.

A: A deep, deep red/brown color; very clear, pouring with a good amount of head that quickly dies off. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Rich and sweet, it reminds me of a tawny port. Raisin and prune notes.

T: A nice deep sweet taste, again, reminiscent of raisin and prune. The bottle mentions cherry/kriek, but I really can't notice it. A lot of "heat" from the alcohol is a little distracting, but such is the style of a quad. A nice touch of sour and bitterness.

M: Velvety smooth.

D: Take your time with this one, or share with a friend. The alcohol content forces you to take your time. This is a good thing.

Another hit from Ommegang.

joev, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - pours a deep ruddy brown with scarlet hues, 1 finger of slightly off-white bubbly head that recedes fairly quickly but maintains a nice layer of soapy foam that leaves some lacing
S - dark fruits, belgian yeast, alcohol, spices
T - dark cherries, belgian yeast, dates, alcohol, spices (ginger?), caramelized sugars, earthiness, toffee as it warms...wow
M - medium-bodied, sticky, nice moderate carbonation
D - this is a serious brew at 9.8 abv and is so easy to drink...I fell in love with this a long time ago and it's still great today. I could drink as many as it took for me to not be able to drink anymore...but I wouldn't ever do that because I respect beer....lol

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, dark brown in color, cloudy

Smell: milk chocolate and cherry

Taste: milk chocolate and cherry, other dark fruits, some funk

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, smooth, sweet, and prickly

Drinkability: My favorite from the brewery so far. It made me think I was drinking a cherry cordial with a bit of funk. I could have several if not for the high abv. Glad I bought the bomber.

tigg924, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ommefest on tap. I've ever only had this on tap but can't wait to open my 07 at home. Pours dark with a malty cheery chocolate nose and follows straight up on the pallet. Very complex and a great desert beer with dark chocolates. It's one of those beers I can't wait to see in 5 years. So damn great, my favorite ommegang.

Cakanator, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color that produced a thick and billowy orange-ish tan head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Ripe fruits; primarily cherries. A rich banana breadiness with clay.

(T)- Rich banana biscuits up front with some dark grape-like fruits. Finishes with tart, almost sour cherries & more banana biscuity-ness Earthy, yet fruity.

(M)- Great carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. A great balance & complexity. That small % of Kriek added really makes this interesting with its sour finish.

(D)- A great quad that is made even better by the addition of Kriek. Crisp & refreshing with that sour bite just at the end. Great stuff.

sweemzander, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is a 2009.

Pours a nice brown with a decent head that sticks around for a little while. Some lacing is also present.

Nice aroma. Smells of cherries, grapes, honey, and a little Belgian funk. Very complex.

Just as nice in the mouth. Lots of complex fruit and a little funk. I hate the fact that Belgians often have an underlying taste of onions to me, but I blame that on myself and not the beer.

In the mouth it has a ncie consistency, not too thick, not too thin. Great for the style.

This one is pretty damn drinkable. It was also my test bottle to see if I invest in the mini vertical I stumbled upon. Looks like that got a green light.

RomaniIteDomum, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of taigor
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25oz bottle into oversized wine glass.

A - Dark red/copper body with huge head.

S - Dark chocolate with cherry and some other fruits.

T - Predominantly malts with hint of cherry and raisins. Very complex flavors with little bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth with a lot of carbonation.

D - Definitely not a session beer but great beer because of its taste and complexity.

taigor, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of mcann2pu
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with about two fingers worth of a rich tan head,

Smell:I get a dark rich cherry and some yeast in this one,

Taste:dark fruit taste, mostly like a cherry, good strong taste come through for this one,

Mouthfeel: great feel, the feel provides an enjoyable experience

Drinkability: very high drinkability,

mcann2pu, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of microbrew52
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange and brown. Once out of the glass, the head is not billowy but sticks around till the end. It has a sour cherry smell from the lambic that is used with a little chocolate mixed in. I pick up a malt, bread, chocolate, cherry, and caramel. It has a nice long finish.

microbrew52, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

Poured into a chalice with a deep mahogany color and two fingers of tan head.

The aroma is of rum-soaked dark fruits, spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and toffee.

The taste is again full of dark fruits like plum, raisin, figs, and cherry. There's also fruity/spicy yeast and rich malts reminiscent of caramelized sugar, toffee, and molasses. Hop bitterness is low resulting in a semi-sweet finish. Some rummy booziness lets you know this ale has plenty of strength.

Overall, a nice American attempt at Belgian Quad. It falls short of the classics like Westvleteren and Rochefort, and even Chimay Grande Reserve for that matter, but it's easy on the wallet and still delivers plenty of enjoyment. It's excellent paired with cured meats, homemade mozzarella cheese, and olives.

Note: At 2 years, the 2% cherry ale really begins to stand out. I should buy this more often.

bump8628, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Huge tan head. Beautiful red/brown body. Decent head retention considering the abv.

Smell: Dark fruits and cherries. Rich and complex.

Taste: Slick, fruity, minty, and malty. In my opinion it's kind of tastes like a Scotch ale that's been fruited.

BierFan, Nov 03, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy deep brown color. It has a highly carbonated head that dissipates quickly. The aroma contains light hints of malt and fruit. On the front end of the first sip immediately noticed the higher carbonation of the beer. The flavor has a malty sweetness with a slight cherry flavor. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. Overall a decent beer. I was hoping for a little more, but definitely something I will get again. Look forward to trying more quads as I have only had a few.

ugaterrapin, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of gravytrain
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a mahogany color with a nice head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Has a very fruity smell with almost a pruney aroma.

Taste is of raisens or prunes with a nice alcohol ending.

Mouthfeel is a very dry sweet taste almost that of a dry wine.

Drinkability is very nice. Have no problem putting away a 750.

gravytrain, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Richardberg
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed straight from a 12oz.

Cherry smell is very dark & syrupy with notes of ethanol, almost like liqueur.

Full bodied feel and taste: like a stronger version of the Abbey dubble, featuring moderately toasty malts and lots of yeast. Cherry comes through, of course, but never makes the flavor overtly cloying nor tart.

Mouthfeel is less bubbly than other Belgians but makes up for it with an oily, almost sticky coating.

Drinkability remains pleasant but clearly not as easy as others, even among strong beers of comparable ABV.

Richardberg, Oct 27, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours an opaque mahogany color and has an off white head. The beer has good head retention keeping a frothy layer on top.

S: I pick up aromas of toffee and dark chocolate and cherry. It has notes of bread as well.

T: wow sooo much happening in the beer, layers of complexity. Starts with a spicy nutmeg/cinnamon flavor which turns into a coco powder sprinkled cookie like flavor. This beer has a long and fingering mouthfeel. There is a chocolate covered cherry finish on it as well. Im very impressed with this beer and at a stunning 8 dollars and 49 cents a bottle its a hell of a deal.

M: Long and fantastic finish on this beer. It has a prickly beginning and a creamy finish... quite a feat!
D: very drinkable, the alcohol is well masked with a multitude of flavors.

flannelman808, Oct 27, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a magnum to a snifter. Has a very appealing copper brown that has a nice tinge of orange when held to light. The head is a nice 2 finger length that has a nice retention and leaves a soapy foam.

Smell: Has a nice candied fruit chocolatey malt that is somewhat bready but all together pleasing. There is a slight amount of esters and alcohol but it isn't overpowering.

Taste: The nose was a great precursor for this one, there is a great deal of sweet dried dark fruits. There is touches of each from some figs, plums and even raisins. The breadiness really is a backbone to this one its almost like a fruitcake of the aforementioned ingredients. The phenols are present and although it isn't very strong for an almost 10% abv it's fume-like qualities make themselves known. Theres nothing bitter in sight from hops to any lingering off aftertastes. Throughout its a great complex flavor thats rich and balanced and nothing seems out of place. The finish is a nice sweet cherry touch to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Has a moderate carbonation that tickles the throat with each sip but is also robust enough to be a bit 'chewy' basically a few steps down from a stout but incredibly smooth. It coats the mouth with a slickness and leaves your mouth wet as it waters for the next sip.

Drinkability: Can't taste the alcohol at all in this one, and with an exceptional 'ability to drink' it means you should be able to limit yourself because it won't warn you.

Overall: Never been disappointed from Ommegang and it makes me proud to be a new yorker and have them as a home state representation. Is a homerun hit in its belgian style representation and as a whole. Is quite delicious and really is an example of a perfected craft that makes craft beer what it's known for.

craftaholic, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of nas5755
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A:
A wonderful deep reddish-brown with massive tones of red copper shinning out this wonderful looking beer as I hold it up to the light. The head is impressive, it maintains a solid 1/8 inch foam surrounding throughout my duvel glassware.

S:
A very light cherry tinge added to a ranging aroma of herbivorous goodness.

T:
Absolutely wonderful as this beer overtakes the mouth, the first wave of flavors reach into the mouth with a very thick, medium carbonated, herbal back-drop of light sweet cherries that extenuates the malts of this beer. The alcohol is crash of this beer is the main weak-point. Once the beer reaches back into the throat a slight burn begins to overtake the amazing first wave. I love the taste of this beer, but I wish it was finished with a stronger flavor profile that extended the wonderful complexities of this brew.

M:
Again the thickness and carbonation of this beer are fantastic. It is thick with a strong kick of medium carbonation that brings out the wonderful complexities of this brew(I just wished they hung-out on the palate). A great feel in the mouth.

D:
Solid, this beer doesn't beg me to drink it nor does it deter my sip rate.

Overall this beer could be one of my all-time favorites if it was able to finish. The first wave of taste combined with the mouth-feel are absolutely fantastic, it just lacking a smooth finish. The alcohol burn is a little much, but not enough to destroy this beer.

nas5755, Oct 15, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2007 vintage poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: thick, brown, opaque with a one-finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: somewhat subtle; sweet tree fruit and nutmeg. Quite like apple pie, really.

Taste: sweet with huge malt and tons of fruit flavors: pear, apple, plum, raisin, cherry. This reminds me strongly of an English barleywine, but slightly more approachable. This would make a fantastic dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: thick but with nice carbonation; not quite syrupy but definitely going down that road.

Drinkability: this is a delicious beer, but definitely a sipper. Extremely tasty, but it suffers in this category from its strength.

flagmantho, Oct 14, 2009
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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy ruby red color with a decent one finger off white head that retained very well.

S - Malty sweet smell with a bit of an alcoholic ester. Also some fig or raisin in the nose.

T - Malt and dark fruits, the raisin or fig taste I smelled came through with an alcohol warmth that seemed to linger for a while in my throat. 9.8% ABV is not very well masked but this is still one tasty brew. The cherry taste was very minute to me, but as the brew warmed it seemed to become a little more pronounced.

M & D - Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with a medium to full body. The ABV and cost preclude it from being highly drinkable, but overall this is a solid offering from Brewery Ommegang. One I will definitely recommend to all my friends.

drizzam, Oct 14, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,389 ratings.