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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: 5,729
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
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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 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!

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy deep brown color with ruby tints. A creamy tan head faded fast but left some nice lacing and a frothy cap that lasted throughout.

Smell: Bready, yeasty and fruity with deep plum and dark cherry accents. Very nice.

Taste: Much like it smells, dark malts and Belgian yeast gives way to an underlying sweetness with the dark cherry flavors lingering on the tongue. A very deep and warming brew with a little alcohol heat on the first couple sips, but no overpowering alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Smooth, creamy with that nice cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Some may not like the cherry flavor, but I think it's what gives this excellent Quad it's edge. Very tasty and easy to down a 750 ml bottle in one sitting. Although at 10% ABV, I'd probably stop my session after one big bottle. I will definitely seek this one out again.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The color was brown with lots of red hues, ther is a lofty tan head with loose bubbles that you could hear dissipating.

I could smell white wine, cherries, grapes, and a hint of wood.

When you take a sip there is a sour bite on the back of the tongue, you can taste white grapes, tart cherries and a hint of raisin.

This beer is light with soft carbonation, it warms you up and leaves your mouth dry.

This beer blew my mind, you better sip on this one.

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

A - Pours a translucent dark brown color into an Achel chalice yielding just a thin layer of tan foam which quickly reduces to just a ring around the glass (3.5)

S - Nose is predominantly cherries and plums, blended with alcoholic phenols; some yeast is present as well. Aromas are pleasing albeit a tad subdued (4)

T - Brown sugar sweetness upfront lifting to reveal dark fruity notes with suggestions of plums and raisins blended with phenols in the middle; flavors of cherries were detected towards the finish where a tart and dark fruity after taste ensues (4.5)

M - Between thin and medium bodied thickness with an apt amount of carbonation; goes down smooth, dry and with a pleasant warming. However it's probably a tad thin for a Quadrupel (3.5)

D - Very delectable fruity flavors with interesting lambic qualities in a Quadrupel; however the mouthfeel was a little too thin in my opinion. Nonetheless, this brew is very easy drinking with the alcohol hardly showing through (4)

I had pretty high expectations on this Quadrupel as it is from the Ommegang brewery which I have heard and read so much about and this Quadrupel, a bottle from 2009, happens to be my first beer from Ommegang. In general, the flavors were very good, not yet great, but the mouthfeel failed to hold up effectively. I am not sure if the blame goes to age though 2009 is not exactly "old". Will revisit with a fresh bottle when the chance comes by.

Photo of brianandpiper
3.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a wide mouth wine glass

A: Medium red in color. Sediments make it look cloudy. One finger head that settles quickly leaving little lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling. Cherries and plums.

T: It is alright. Nothing special for a quad. Seems to have light carbonation, could stand more. Bitter sweet and tangy up front which fades to a more bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Tingles the mouth. A bit lacking.

D: The slighty sour and bitter finish makes it more difficult to enjoy for me. It just tastes like a belgian that has been infused.

Photo of crayolahalls
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served a pint bottle to self pour at Winking Lizard in Akron, Ohio. Had this with a spicy chicken sandwich and fries.

Appearance: Light brown. Like a glass of coke with ice after the ice melts. Very obvious carbonation in glass. Nice to look at.

Smell - Somewhat masked. A nice richness, but I did not let it develop well or take notes.

Taste - This is the first that I have had of the style. I like it a lot, but have a hard time finding something to compare it to. The flavor was complex and I look forward to sipping more to develop a better feel for it. Despite its lighter brown color, I found it to be complicated (a bias I should learn to get over).

Mouthfeel - This hit the spot. I liked the thickness and abundant carbonation. Left a clean feeling in my mouth.

Drinkability - Not a summertime slamming beer, but perfect for a meal with strong flavors or a night of relaxing with brews and heady conversation.

*** Edit on 2/18/11 (original 2/2/11): Had a couple more of these and I am even more impressed than originally. I am bumping my smell and taste reviews from 4.0 to 4.5 and my drinkability to 5.0. This is definitely going to be one of my favorites. I was actually saddened when I got the bottom of my last glass. Maybe a trip to the NY brewery is in order?

Photo of jdb8507
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall good beer. Cherry on the nose, dry finish, but great drinkability. A mild beer overall, but the more you think about it the more complex it seems. I could drink a lot of this, although I prefer more of an IPA myself. I purchased a growler on a whim, and do not regret my decision.

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

2011 bottle. Dark ruby color; clear. Thick tan head. Smells like toasted bread, yeast, sweet fruit, and a little bit of the cherry. Taste is very malty. Caramel, and yeast. Some fig and raisin. The fruit flavor is a cross between cherry and apple cider, a little bitterness but also pretty sweet. Some of the alcohol comes through as also. Big body; kind of sticky. Very nice drink.

Photo of MattyV
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Ruddy dark amber/brown colour with a quickly disappearing off-white head that leaves bits of lacing.
S: Very interesting-- there's the presence of dark fruit and Belgian yeast that is sort of shrouded with tart/sweet cherry that is slightly medicinal and boozy, but altogether very complex and unique.
T: Not as fruity as the nose suggests, but rather a mix of roasted malt and dark fruit and first, and then some fruitiness leading to a dry/tart finish. The cherry flavours still come across as a bit cough-syrup like, but still rather enjoyable. Alcohol apparent, but not over-the-top.
M: Slightly tart aftertaste that may be due to the lambic component. Medium-bodied and nice prickly carbonation.
D: While I loved the layers of complexity that the cherry added, I think that this beer would improve dramatically with a bit of age on it. I think that the sometimes harsh/medicinal cherry notes will round out a bit and push this beer to greatness.

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

I got three bottles in the last two months of this Belgium styled Quad. Bottle from 2010.

Poured in two little Westvleteren glasses, one for me and one for my buddy.

A very nice dark beer with a lightbrown head. Good smell and good carbonation. The taste is as goos as a Belgian quad, brave Ommegang.

Sweet taste with spices. To be honest i could not taste the cherries. One the many good qauds i have tasted untill now.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into heavy chalice glass. Pours a deep brown with garnet tints and a super tight beige head. Aroma is loaded with fruity esters that fill the room before the first sniffs even transpire. Plum, prune, dates, raisin, caramel, toasty sweet malt, molasses, brown sugar and light fruity notes that seem to proliferate with the accompanying of some mild alcoholic warming notes. Fruity esters that showed up in the aroma make a similar impression in terms of the light fruit flavor profile. Dark fruits, however, take the day with nearly every facet making its respective way in the swirling dark sugar torrent that is so prevalent. Dark syrup like sugars are complemented nicely by a wholly evident alcohol note that warms the nasals but doesn't detract from the experience. Palate is effervescent with lots of bubbly prickling amongst a high viscosity torrent. Mouthfeel is thick and quite rich- even chewy with warming booze and an ever so slight roasty dryness. This is only very subtle, though, for the overall theme of the finish strays away from attenuation and presents itself with a sticky smacking fullness. I was pleasantly surprised by this American example of a style that American brewers rarely edge out the Belgians in...

Photo of RossCain
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet

A: Pours a slightly dark, opaque amber/garnet hue with about 1" of a frothy, cappuccino colored head. The head features tight lacing with tiny foamy bubbles abound which cling to the side of the glass. The head settles into about a quarter inch cap after a while which simply persist for the entire duration of the beer. Attractive presentation overall.

S: The beer has a strong throw which even from arms length you can pick up right away on the phenolic smell of bananas with a certain mild clove spice tossed in the mix. Closer in, there is a (very) subtle undertone of tart cherries and thick, bready malts with a kiss of sweetness in the finish of the aroma. A tad too phenolic upfront, though, in my opinion which was actually reminiscent of Jack Daniels in the aroma.

T: A complex brew with dominant spicy and phenolic notes upfront which delicately blend into a thick concoction of flavors in the middle. Dashes of tart fruity notes from the cherry, sweet doughy notes from the malts, and touches of thick molasses and brown sugar topped upon toasted bread as the beer moves into the finish. Well blended flavor profile which really coats the palate upon the finish imparting a semi-sweet and slightly smokey aftertaste.

M: Thick, full bodied and chewy. Well done carbonation with a pleasing mouth feel with a good blend of warming alcohol in the back of the throat. The aftertaste could have been slightly better with a certain smokiness drying out the back of the throat for 5 to 10 seconds after sipping.

D: As mentioned, Three Philosophers is a complex, sippable brew that in my opinion was a good value for the money and fine example of a Belgian style quad. However, this one lacked just a tad in the drinkability due to the aftertaste; I'm glad I shared this bottle as it is unlikely I could have finished the full 750ml without going to another drink in between.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.18/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep red to burgundy color, fairly dark, not much light can be seen through it, but enough to see some sediment. a fair half inch of head results from the pour.

Smells of sweet cherries, some malts, and alcohol. that's about it.

As in the smell, there is a strong tart cherry taste with sweetness. spicy Belgian yeast flavors are tucked behind some malt, pungent cinnamon and booze. The dominant alcoholic- cherry flavor tastes medicinal and reminds me somewhat of cough syrup, it's a little too much.

medium bodied and highly carbonated and crisp.

I don't find this beer to be very drinkable. Honestly, it doesn't go down too easy for me, but it is more of a sipping beer to enjoy over the course of an hour. I bought a 4 pack and didn't drink the last beer until a month and a half later. A good beer to try, but I don't think I'll be buying it again.

Photo of acehart1
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage, sampled on Jan. 22, 2011

I really like this beer, but I wish they would ramp down the alcohol just a tad. The alcohol up front really dominates the beer, however. There are some sharp fruit flavors that is followed by a smoother caramel flavor. But I am still bothered by the almost overpowering booziness of the beer. Great stuff, nonetheless.

Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a murky mahagony reddish brown color with a tight light tan head. An interesting aroma; a mix between cherry fruit, grape, plum, slight smokiness, alcohol, caramel, and an almost bubblegum type note. Medium/light mouthfeel. Wow! This thing has quite the boozy punch. The booze really takes away from the other flavors for me but it still is pretty nice. Sharp fruit type flavors up front followed by a smooth caramel flavor. Some roast type notes as well. Hmm, it's flavorful but for me, as I said, the booziness sort of dominates this beer.

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

A - Pours a murky brown with deep shades of red under light. Extremely think 2 finger tan head that is creamy in the center. Leaves wonderful lacing along the glass.

S - Getting some candi sugar, plum, raison, perhaps some figs or dates. Also smelling some phenols from the yeast as well.

T - First on the tounge I am getting the yeast. Some phenols, but not overpowering. Next comes the cherry. It has a slight medicinal flavor. Could just be the warmth from the alcohol. It leaves a spicy note on the palate. Very enjoyable.

M - Carbonation is much lower than I anticipated. Light and creamy off the bat, but ends dry. Some cherry flavors remain on your tounge.

D - Outstanding beer. I enjoyed sipping on this one for about an hour. Really comes to life once it's warmed up a tad.

Photo of psuKinger
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/6 barrel keg downstairs in my kegerator poured into my Ommegang snifter glass. I've had this beer numerous times, and I know I like it a lot, but I've never gone through the formal "review process" with it, so I'm excited to see how this goes.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy reddish-brown with a thick 2 finger head on top. The bubbly head looks like pancake batter in the middle. Perfect.

The lacing clings to the glass with each sip I take.

S: Yeasty smells of dark fruits and candied sugars are of near-ideal amplitude here.

T: Sweet creamy flavors of candied sugars, figs, and prunes balance out subtly and perfectly. This beer starts warm with the candied sugars before the dark fruits rush in to say hello. It finishes with a nice balance of yeasty-flavors and a nice touch of sweet cherry syrupy flavors.

M: Light, creamy, and bubbly initially, but this beer finishes dry, with the sugars and the cherry syrup coating the tongue nicely.

D: High. Thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would gladly quaff it all evening long.

Photo of modernartblues
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed From Notes

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel Tulip

A: deep dark amber red, 2" head recedes leaving a substantial lacing....very pleasant

N: cherries, toffee, touch of funk and spices...not as complex as I would have thought, but interesting

T: cherries is the predominant note, but as the beer warms other tastes come to the forefront including a complex maltiness with raisins, plums, and figs all making appearances....the funk is not as strong as I would prefer, but this makes sense given the wild aspect of the beer is just 2%

M: light and smooth, this one feels very pleasant and light on the palate, the way I prefer my Belgian styled beers

D: good, not sure how I feel about repeat purchases, but may attempt ageing this one for comparison

Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but was not impressed as I thought I would be. I enjoyed Hennepin and Rare Vos more, but this is still a quality brew.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance; dark, somewhat cloudy tawny color, remaineds me of tea. Light tan head with some so so retention and lacing. A little pillow of foam remains in the center as the carbonation constantly fizzes upward.

smell; upfront spicy hops and some dark fruity sweetness. I want to say cherry but that may be what I read on the bottle manipulating my mind. A bit of sour perhaps with a refreshing fermenting odor and yeast. Complex yet bland...

taste; I can definitely taste sour cherries upfront, much like the small black type that grow in my yard. That sourness fights with some fruity sweet flavors until it takes control and becomes a little bitter in the finish. Overall the flavors are just like the smell, complex yet bland. This beer teases me and makes me drink further as a good book pulls one into reading more than they plan. Yes the flavors are a little muted but in a good, curious way.

mouthfeel; very slick and a bit creamy with alcohol warmth. Some puckering and numbing effects of the alcohol remain in the mouth.

drinkability; one is enough for me, the mouthfeel can get annoying after 2 glasses. The alcohol, although well hidden, is to be respected.

A very good beer that I recommend, not the best of the style but an example to be revered, well done!

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,729 ratings.