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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,254
Reviews: 1,920
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 217
Gots: 672 | 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 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
Photo of mackd
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2008 Bottle into an Ommegang Tulip.

A: When held to the light the beer has a rich amber color with the fine beads of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Upon initial pour the beer formed a rich, beige head about 2.5 fingers in height. The head reduced to a fine layer of bubbles which would stick with the beer throughout.

S: Following a quick pass of the glass under the nose, the first smell that comes to mind is bananas. However, allowing the head to die down, giving the beer a slight swirl reveals hints of a smell reminiscent of a sweet Bing cherry's taste, yeasty dough,mashed ripe banana and if you smell immediately after swirling you can catch a hint of vanilla that seems to be intertwined with the banana.

T: The first taste thing you taste are the cherries, and not the overly sweet Maraschinos, but rather the restrained sweetness of a perfectly ripe Bing and its a big flavor that will influence the rest of the of your experience. If you can move beyond the tingling being experienced by the tip of your tongue thanks to both the sweet cherries and fine carbonation, you'll find your mid palette treated to a bitter-sweet cocoa, espresso and maybe a touch of clove. If you hold the beer in your mouth and allow the vapors to trail through your sinuses and into your nose, allowing for an interpretation of the smell enhanced by the taste, you'll notice sweeter cherry and chocolate notes, making a smell which reminds me of the taste of a chocolate covered cherry. The beer finishes strong on the back of the palette, bitter with a hint of restrained sweetness, reminding me very much of pumpernickel raisin bread. There is a hint of mashed banana as it makes it's way out of your mouth. For a beer with a rather high ABV at 9.8%, the beer manages to hide the alcohol taste quite well, though the slight alcoholic warmth could be felt, it was an entirely enjoyable experience. My only real complaint is that this delicious beer, which starts and finishes so well, leaves an unpleasant and extremely bitter aftertaste in the back of your mouth, should you take too long between sips.

M: the beer has a light, frothy feel thanks to its fine bubble carbonation. I can imagine that this beer would go exceptionally well with a nice ripe brie.

D: While I would never turn down a glass, I don't really feel that this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. The taste, while at first exceptional and delicious, becomes almost burdensome over the course of the 1pt 9.4oz bottle. I see this as a sipping beer for special occasions with a group of people who appreciate and unique and delicious beer, though I don't see it as something meriting more then one bottle for an evening.

All in all, this was a delicious beer and something quite different from the Quadrupels I've had in the past. That said, if I decide to pick up a few more bottles, they will definitely be for aging and special gatherings, rather than regular consumption.

mackd, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of alpinebryant
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 750 ml bottle with a twist top and a cork

Appears a reddish Amber, Clear see through - morning on the ocean with a pink sky.

Yeasty bread smell / slight fruit scent

Tastes of Cherry with a bready yeast, relatively strong alcohol flavor, with some spices, possibly nutmeg and Clove

Mouthfeel is medium body, slightly alchy feel, not chewy, slightly sugary

Drinkable, however when you get this in a 750 ml bottle , you need to be dedicated to it. Takes some getting used to , I have not had a beer like this one before.

alpinebryant, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Nowhereman529
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice hazel color from the bottle with a little haziness. A small amount of sudsy head formed only to dissipate a moment later.

S: Smell is heavy on yeasty bread dough, a little phenol and a little clove. Less fruity than I would have expected from a quad.

T: Yeasty, very much like a bread dough. There's also a little bit of lemony citrus in the background. As the beer warms to room temperature a spicier flavor comes out with nutmeg or allspice coming to mind. A little berry (cherry?) flavor comes through with the warming as well.

M: Medium body, not quite as dry as I had expected. Reasonable amount of carbonation.

D: This is a pretty drinkable draught. Nicely crafted and pretty unique in flavor. Would pick this up again.

Nowhereman529, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of stlsportster
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2008 vintage 750 ml with a corktop and cage, poured into an Ommegang glass.

Poured reddish amber with a healthy head, which hung around and left nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell is strong with cherries. You can really get a feel for the lambic.

Low carbination, not a lot of bite, but a strong taste of the cherry lambic on the finish, which gets much stronger as the beer warms. (as does the taste of alchohol).

Overall not crazy about this beer.

stlsportster, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of rayjay
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage just screaming to be drank. Poured into the 60's era Chimay chalice...why not, I figure it needs some action too.

Stunning raspberry red color, a fine slightly hazy brew that stirs up a small but long-lived white foam. Aroma of deep sweet malts and cherry Slurpee; no Smarties aroma like many other quads including Westy 12.

Slightly sweet like a good quad should be, with malt dominance and good drinkability for the strength. Alcohol is no where to be found, but an experienced beerie could tell it's there from the esters and sheet malt presence, which is slightly sticky. Faint hop bitterness gets sidelined almost as fast as it appears by the sheer malt mayhem.

Mouthfeel is deceptive, because despite the beer's weight and stickiness the body still doesn't seem that big. Mineral content is present in the water and comes through similar to a fine Scotch.

As for the age, I suspect this beer is past it's prime and is probably better around a year old and not with the 4 years this one has on it. Still remarkable and very authentic for the Belgian style. Very different from others in it's class, though.

Carbonation is fairly low, even for my standards. I'd care for a tiny bit more. No where near the typical Belgian foamer that you need to let settle (I'm thinking especially of Chimay and Orval).

A very good beer for quad lovers. Would make an excellent pairing with mussels, especially if cooked with them as well. Cheers!

rayjay, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml cork & cage bottle of the 2008 release served in a goblet.

L - dark reddish-brown color with a beige head that stays around as a layer leaving blotchy spots of lacing.

S - sour cherries and earthiness.

T - tart cherry flavor upfront, yeasty midway, finishing dry with a hint of alcohol.

F - medium/full bodied with a velvety smooth feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Nick3
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer poured into a Rochefort chalice. Beer is a beautiful dark brown color with a purple hue. Beer has a pleasing cherry molasses boquet. Taste is pretty good but a bit of let down after the look and smell. Beer springs onto your palate nicely with good carbonation. However, the finish loses some points with me as the cherries just aren't balanced out well with the alchohol and other flavors. Overall, a pretty good beer but I was hoping for a bit more out of an Ommegang quad.

Nick3, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

She pours a coppery color with little head to speak of that goes away a bit too quickly. I would say that this beer was a bit old, but given the style I wouldn't think that would be a bad thing.
The smell is strong cherries and alcohol, with some yeasty esters lingering in the back.
The taste is cherries at first, which quickly fades into a yeasty malty balance that is quite nice.
The mouthfeel is nice, a bit thin, but layered quite nicely between the cherry and the malt.
The drinkability is a little low, this is a definite sipper to be shared with a couple of people.
A nice example of a strong fruit beer, the cherries blend quite well with the overall flavor of the beer.

grayburn, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This is a 12 oz bottle of the 2008 release.

Appearance: Mahogony in color with a ¾" think light tan head that recedes quickly to leave behind a small ring of foam around the glass and some fine spots of lacing.

Smell: The first impression is of dark brown sugar or dark caramel malt, dark fruits and cherry. Repeated samplings of the aroma reveal a hint of alcohol but it is not so strong as to be really noticeable at first.

Taste: The dark brown sugar and caramel hit the tongue first with a light tart cherry flavor following on. There is plum in here along with some other dark fruit. The alcohol comes through in the finish but is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with minimal carbonation. The finish is lightly sweet with dark brown sugar taste and cherry tartness that goes on and on and on.

Drinkability: This is a wonderful beer for sipping on a cold winter night but I'll not want more than one. Much too rich to drink more than one. While different from it this beer seems the equal of the Rochefort 10 I had last night.

drtth, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of RichT73
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Andy's Corner Tavern in Northern Jersey, one of my favorite places to go for great beer. While I'm not usually a fan of this type of beer, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. For the amount of alcohol in this beer, it was very drinkable. There was a strong aroma of cherry on every sip, which I really wasn't crazy about, but I could have definitely knocked back a couple more easily. Would love to have this one again, but wouldn't rush back for it.

RichT73, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of midnite2sixman
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one as a special edition draft at Butch's in Holland, Michigan. Kudos to Lance for pulling in 2 sixth barrels from Ommegang!

Nice reddish brown color.

Big cherry smell on the nose. Not big in a bad way. Also some brown sugar.

Cherry on the tongue, nice smoothness. Black cherries, smooth, quad style.

Quite a wonderful beer!

midnite2sixman, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of Newmerator
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an amazing beer. First time I tasted it actually.

A - Deep brown, reddish/copper in color. Cream color head. Good retention. Remarkable lace, sticks all over the glass.

S - cherry, smells like a lambic. A bit sour. Blegian yeast

T - cherries in the back. Definitely not what I expected. Not as sour as I'd thought. Black pepper. A bit yeasty. Some sugary malt taste. Fig. Spicy.

M - Sooo silky smooth and creamy! Full bodied.

D - great. I agree it would be good for pairing with cheeses or a meal instead of drinking alone. But, if there wasn't cheese in the fridge, I would exactly refrain from drinking it.

Newmerator, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-Deep brown with a redish tint and a nice creamy head that stay the entire time in the glass

S-Cherry dominates the nose with some richer malt and sugarey sweetness

T-The lack of cherries in the flavor was suprising more dominated by spices and a rich fig flavor. Cherries in the middle and finish

M-Medium body but I did find it a tad over carbonated. Is very smooth and a good nice finsih

D-Not something I would have alot but I will for sure have this again. High alchol makes it a little harder to drink on a regular basis

SpecialK088, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of naterock
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a dokel. with a thick white head and a reddish pale color with a hue of brown and orange. really quite different than any other quad.

smell is rich malts and cherries some distant spices, cloves, cinnamon, some apricots, apples and figs.

Taste is quite different than the smell, some major apple notes and an array of malt flavors. This has almost a cheap Brandy kind of sweetness to it with a boozy tingle in the background.

mouth is crisp but oddly viscous. medium carbonation and a great finish. This beer drinks easy, too easy for 9.8% Great, Great beer. definitely not the best Quad but it's a great creative representation.

naterock, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML into a snifter/ 2008 version

P: Caramel brown from the bottle, bright crimson shaded plum in the glass. The two fingered khaki-colored head is thick & frothy, showing superb retention. Seriously, the head was around for more than 10 minutes! It faded in a somewhat rocky fashion and left plenty of webbed lacing behind.

A: Sweet malts, very pronounced sour cherries, candied sugar, alcohol, and yeast.

T: Whoa! You can definitely taste the Lambic characteristics in here. It lends that certain sour, kind of tart flavor to the beer. And I like it! Sweet, toasted malt bill takes center stage and never relinquishes the spotlight. The cherries are both deliciously sweet like maraschino juice, and tart like a Lambic. A moderate amount of candied sugar is there to make sure that sweet stomps the hell out of any bitter that might try to flare up. Slightly herbal hops are faint, but work nicely with the cloves, cinnamon, and black pepper-like spiciness on the back half and the finish.

M: Three Philosophers weighs in just a notch below full-bodied, but is rich & smooth nevertheless. It's also aggressively carbonated for an expansive feel on the palate.

D: Drinkability is well above average due to the great flavors. But like all Quads, it's too sweet and intoxicating to possibly partake of another.

Notes: Definitely on the sweet side (like a Quad should be) but not at all overwhelming. What really makes this beer standout to me is the Cherry Lambic that was blended in. It gives it that sour tartness that really plays well off of the sweetness, while providing the palate with a dazzling display of cherry brilliance. This is very, very good beer!

sweetbrew82, Mar 16, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,254 ratings.