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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: 5,679
Reviews: 1,988
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
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Gots: 983 | FT: 18
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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 gopens44
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark and kind of plum colored with a thin whispy head. Some floaties hanging around in there as well.

S - The most overpowering smell at first was that of raisins, which gave way to more of a cherry aroma backed by a yeasty note

T - First swig was similar to sour cherries. Kind of like sour cherry candy, only less pucker factor. After the first few gulps, the sourness mellowed out quite a bit and left behind a rich, malty cherry taste that was reminiscent of cherry coke. Very well balanced with almost no alcohol presence despite the relatively high ABV.

M - Fairly well carbonated, a little creamy and fairly light on the tongue.

Quite enjoyable this one was. I'll pick this up for a diversion whenever I feel as if I need, well, diverted....

Photo of Enigmaticgesture
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Like walking into a brisk spring garden at dusk.

Appearance: A beautiful amber tone that filled my favorite stone drinking glass with a healthy head. Compliments the smell of the beer, if I dare say.

Taste: Exceptional. Smooth and strong with a hint of sweetness and fruit. Hits in two waves: a slight alcoholic assault followed by a blissful fruit overtone.

Overall Impression: One of the best tasting and most delightful beers that I have ever sampled. Best enjoyed in relatively small quantities with tasty food that compliments its refined and delicious taste.

A true personal favorite!

Photo of bobsy
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle drank on Christmas Day 2010.

Mahogany pour with a light tan head that left a few spots of lace as its settled to a film. Wondeful clarity. Sweet, spicy and yeasty nose. Lots of sweet cherry, baker's yeast, chocolate and a whiff of alcohol and spice. More or less spot on for the style and in the upper tier. Very decent quad flavour - sweet, bready grains, prominent spicy yeast. Hints of sour cherry and chocolate malt. Warming alcohol. Cherries not as prominent as I thought they'd be. The dregs of the bottle really add a whole new level to the brew and elevate it. Fairly full, sticky mouthfeel, with a great billowy carbonation.

Another spot-on Ommegang beer. I wouldn't say this one is in the same class as St. Bernardus, Westy or Rochefort, but its cetainly in the top 5 I've come across so far. Awesome stuff!

Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A - Seved in tulip glass. Cloudy orangish red/brown body. Two fingers of tan head.

S -- Tart cherries, alcohol, yeast and spices

T - Spices, alcohol, tart cherry

M - Medium. Seems to have an effervescent bite to it.

D - I've had this before and I think it's a wonderful beer. I think some age would make this beer even better.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy deep red with brown hues thrown in the mix. Real thick, two-finger, white head and no visible carbonation.

S - Has a sour aroma to it with very light/subtle cherries. All this backed up by a yeast funk and light grains.

T - Cherries are definitely well used, not too over the top and not too tart to destroy the beer style. Yeast phenols yield a pleasant refreshing funk at the end.

M/D - Medium to light body, thought it would be heavier for the style, but has good use of carbonation. Finishes sour on the palate and the alcohol is nowhere to be found other than making you feel light on your feet after drinking a 750mL bottle. Sums up as really good flavor, easy to drink, and a great twist on a Quad.

Photo of Ryanm1
4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from a bottle into a glass, served chilled. The beer appears to be amber in color with a frosty head. Fruity sweet smell.

The taste is typical of quad style beers. Very high alcohol content. The taste has hints of cherry.

This beer is to be savored in smaller servings.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a deep brown color with a ruby tint when held under light. Thin, tan foam and little lace. The aroma is chocolate with hints of banana and toast. Well balanced. It's flavor is mainly chocolate with raisin notes and is again well balanced. The mouthfeel is full, smooth, and filling. While meant to be sipped it would be hard to drink more than one at a time. Ommegang Three Philosophers is a very good beer, highly recommended.

Photo of haddon
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it's Christmas Eve... just emptied our stockings, read my daughters "Twas the Night Before Christmas," and now popped the cork on a bomber of Three Philosophers (Ah, the holidays!)

pours a fig brown color with a decent off-white head. lots of carbonation bubbles released... almost effervescent

traditional quad smells on the nose: malt, brown sugar, raisin, dates & light cherries. was expecting to pick up more of the lambic on the nose. again, the effervescence is noticeable if you leave the nose in the glass.

OK, there's the cherry. what was lacking on the nose is in the taste. it hits intentions right on the bullseye... tastes just like a quad with kriek added:
fruity malts & green apples with a nutty finish. ends with alcohol and a dry finish

little light on the body for a quad. heavy carbonation (is that the kriek causing that or just Ommegang's calling card?)

I know this is quite an accomplishment to find such a good mix between a quad and a lambic but this is not what I expected. was looking for a quad with a hint of cherry and got a sweet cherry mess. not a huge fan of the sours but trying not to let that ding my rating. interesting experience and glad I tried it.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear burgundy with ruby highlights and a crustacean white cap. Thin collar retention left a lacey trickle that looked like a Pacman ghost.

Aroma is sugar coated cherries, ripe dark fruit, licorice, and caramel. A hearty sniff belies subtle alcoholic heat.

Tastes like black cherry and brownies. Black forest cake beer. Typical bubbly yet creamy Ommegang carbonation that they do so well.

Photo of axeman9182
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle of 2010 Three Philosophers, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a rich blend of mahogany and maroon, with some ruby spots shining through upon direct lighting. The off white head is monstrous, filling top half of the glass. Retention is great, and so is lacing, even for a style where I expect a bit of each. I took 3 Philosophers out of the fridge and served immediately, and cold the kriek comes through very strongly, cherry and earthy notes. It takes a long time to open up and let the caramel, plum, and fig notes really shine through as well. The taste rounded into shape much sooner, and Ommegang really did nail the blend of quad and kriek. Sour cherry is a slight, but very welcome addition to the standard quad flavors. The only thing holding it back is some alcohol on the close that passes from a pleasant warming to a bit of harsh heat. The mouthfeel is superb, a rich and full body that stops short of stout like viscosity. The carbonation seems muted at first, but by the time it hits the back of my tongue it's exploded, refreshing my palate and highlighting some of the otherwise more background notes (specifically some of the spicy yeast phenols). The aforementioned slight booziness hurts the drinkability some, but other than that it's a great beer, and the cherry kriek blend helps distinguish it from most of the rest of the quads.

Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2009

A: The pour is a hazed dark amber color with a finger and a half worth of fluffy tan head.

S: Smells like slightly tart cherries and cherry pie. There's some nice caramel and toffee notes as well. A touch of chocolate malt, raisins, and plums, too.

T: A definite alcohol taste to begin with which is followed by cherry skins, raisins, and plum skins. There's a nice maltiness that I would describe as toffee, and a bit of brown sugar. The same subtle chocolate character that was present on the nose.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not quite as boozy and overly intense as I remember, but something I'd still have a bit of trouble drinking a significant quantity of.

Photo of RiverheadBev
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dark amber/red with a very light tan head that hangs out for a while. Smells of cherries up front followed by malts and alcohol. This is a truly well-balanced beer. The alcohol is there (and it packs a punch), but the drink managed to stay smooth and not too sweet. The cherry lambic does add a bit to the sweetness, but when later revisited discovered the tartness it brings to the table. This beer will warm you up. This is easily one of my favorites, though it's out of my comfort zone of dark brews, I'll be coming back to this one until its pulled off of the market.

Photo of BMoldy
4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown, with a very fluffy and prominent light brown head. The retention is amazing and leaves a nice sticky lacing with every sip. Smells strongly of Belgian abbey yeast, with a strong sweetness and slight cherry notes woven in between. The beer is incredibly full-bodied (as it damn well should be) and packs a punch. A formidable malt/yeast combo combines with the alcohol to give the brew a strong yet creamy feel, while the addition of kriek gives it a lasting sweetness all the way through and one doesn't have to try hard to taste the cherries. It finishes with a faintly tart, tangy bite on the sides of tongue.

As a New Yorker by birth and a Belgian in spirit, Ommegang has long been at the top of my list of must-try American breweries, and needless to say this beer did not disappoint. All this beer needed was a French/Dutch label and I would have been convinced it was an import. The deep yet pronounced flavors mixed well with the beer's high ABV, making it a great example of the style. Top-notch, no question about it.

Photo of mikeg67
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours hazy dark red with a small, short lived head. Nose is very fruity, sweet malt and alcohol. Full body with sweet malt, brown sugar, yeast and cherry flavor in the beginning, with floral hops pleasantly kick in the finish. Wonderful beer.

Photo of sprucetip
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, very active, auburn/amber, thinnish/modest tan head but with very good retention due to the intense activity feeding it.

Boozy mostly at first...Revisited later there is mild malty and woody (though I don't think it was in wood) notes are next. light floral hops and tart fruity accents come on strong late.

Very balanced with faint malty sweetness and woody flavors laying down the foundation for the dark fruity (cherry) and hoppy accents. Mild bitterness is more noticeable in the late middle and finish. Booze is present, but not dominant.

Well carbonated, full bodied, modest warming, balanced finish. pleasant, luxurious texture.

Can't believe I haven't tried (or don't remember having tried) this one before. Wow. Super complex, unique, smooth and balanced. I like that the finish isn't dry, but I'd like a bit more sweet maltyness...No I wouldn't, it's great just the way it is!

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky and deep reddish/brown in colour. A fair amount of carbonation is present. Creates a thin but full creamy tan-coloured head with great retention. The lacing is nothing special but certainly exists in small amounts.

S - When you let it sit still it smells like a typical quad with some slight fruitiness. You can certainly smell the spices and yeast with a very gentle touch of an alcoholic freshness and subtle yet sweet fruits. Upon agitating the beer by swirling, the smell becomes engulfed by absolutely great smelling cherries that come straight to the forefront and smell very fresh.

T - The taste has a sort of depth to it that is a welcome change from many beers. Sitting on the tongue you get the spices and yeast with a tinge of rich, dark fruits upfront. The beer is simply fantastic when you swish it around your mouth though, the cherries jump through from the background and blend with the quad perfectly. I'm not tasting any of the alcohol that others mentioned at a slightly cool temperature. Fantastic taste, nice complexity despite the seemingly simple number of notable flavours.

M/D - Quite light bodied and pleasant on the tongue. The drinkability suffers slightly because of the carbonation. A few sips in and I am already feeling the carbonation building up within. Still, it's a great tasting beer that is definitely worth trying. I will be picking up some more of this on my next run to the US.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep burgundy color, slightly hazy with a nice, long lasting head that very slowly turns into a thick blanket on top, ample lacing that leaves a beautiful sheen on the glass, lots of fine bubbles rising to the top. Splendid looking brew.

Initial smell is nothing like the taste. Some alcoholic, yeasty, sweet, dark fruits (prunes? grapes?) and a somewhat non-descript aroma that reminds me of an olympic swimming pool.

You can definitely taste the cherries, and I like it. Mellow yet noticeable cherry flavors accent a strongly caramel malt / dark fruity backdrop, complete with a spicy bitterness, but few to no hops. A bit of yeast. Could have more cherries and I wouldn't be at all upset as they seem to be the strong point of this brew. Alcohol isn't concealed all that well but the cherries balance it out to a 4 on taste.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, thick, rich, with a slight dryness and medium bitter follow-through that's just a tad overpowering. Warming as the high ABV permeates the gullet.

Drinks nicely but definitely a slow drinking, sampling/sharing/pairing with food type of brew.

I love quads, but this one isn't my favorite. A fine brew to be sure tho, no complaints. If dry is your thing this might be the quad for you.

Photo of radioscooter
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang is one of my least favorite Faux Belgian breweries. Haven't liked any of them yet. I read a few reviews of this one and listened to the crew comment on it on Beer School podcast, so it seemed like I had to try it anyway.

Poured from a 750 into a goblet.

Appearance is slightly cloudy mahogany, occluded lets say, the head is complex and multi-colored and dissipates quickly into puddles.

The nose is unpromising. It has the Belgian spice smell for sure, but it smells more like it's heading to a midweight Chimay style. That's great, but this is supposed to be a Quad/Blend so I am skeptical.

Flavor is what the nose hinted at. Overpowering alcohol taste, if you can get past the waaay-high carbonation there's some nice flavors there that apparently start with Kriek, but they're being overshadowed by alcohol and carbonation.

The flavors are very promising, but the blend is off. I taste the cherry and the Belgian yeast but there's a bit of a cough syrup thing going on.

Someone described this as syrupy - it's really not. Here's what it is: Take a goblet of Chimay Blue, add 2 tbs. of Cherry Robitussin to the glass, then an unflavored Alka Seltzer tablet for more carbonation. Presto - 3 Philosophers.

For those who like sours or lambics or Kriek - I'm sure this is tasty as all get out. I can drink it, but I wouldn't order it twice.

Not bad, just not a great Quad style example. If you make a couple great ales and at least one standard Quad - then sure, have fun with a blend like this. But don't make this your one Quad entry.

Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang is one of my favorite breweries and I thought I would try this one.

A: Yellow to amber single finger head that doesn't last too long. Very little lacing but nice cherry wood color with slight cloudiness. Lots of little bubbles. There is a slight yeast coating to the bottom of the bottle...I am very excited

S: Interesting almost a champagne smell to this brew. Fruits and cherry? Ok, this is not what I expected, but I am still looking forward to the taste of this one.

T: Very interesting taste and similar to champagne, fruity more than malty, and not very hoppy. You can taste a bit of the 9.8% alcohol in this one. It is very interesting, you should try this beer

M: Highly carbonated, think champagne. Almost too much

D: More of a sipping beer than a drinking beer.

I am going to have to remember this one for New Years. Would rather toast to beer than to champagne and this beer would really fit the bill.

Photo of peanut070478
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for some time. Finally found it, so I thought I would give it a try.

A: dark yellow head that doesn't last too long. very little lacing. beautiful mahogany color with slight cloudiness.

S: At first smell, it had a hint of wine smell to it. Smelled a hint of fruits and char.

T: Interesting taste. Yeast came through right away. Slightly bitter, but not too bad. Faint cherry taste at times. Last mouthful I had a very distinct taste of cherries. Very Good.

M: I would say a medium carbonation. At first mouthful, it had an almost numbing effect, my wife tried it and she had the same effect. Could have been the carbonation. Left my mouth feeling "coated", but in a good way. Very Interesting.

D: Very drinkable. Needs to be sipped to enjoy the mouthfeel and aftertaste. This one is going into by beer cellar. Want to age it and try it again. Definately a good beer.

Photo of slayer3604
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-HOLY CRAP. Look at that head. That freakin cranium is HUUUUGE! Take a look at that dome! Hey spudnik! MOOVE! Nice maroon body with a fat fat fat off white head that leaves a mess on my stone 13th/Lucky Baldwin's glass. SHAME ON YOU!

S-Faint stinky cherries, some rum raisin, and plum. Has a whiff of cough syrup, but guess what, I loved that shit growing up.

T-OH MAN. Definitely get to taste the different beers in this one! On one hand you have a typically awesome quad, with some dark fruit, bold spiciness and some fig/chocolate in the mid-ground, but in no-mans land, there is over ripe cherry and an uplifting bit of carbonation to the symphony.

M- Could be a little thicker, but it delivers a well balanced brewski.

Drinks like a champ at 9.8%. I want to keep a bottle around to see what a year can do, but guess what, I suck at aging beers.


Photo of birdyone
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A creamy hazel brown. Nice head. Very opaque. How I think a good beer should look.

Fruity and warm aroma. Very inviting.

Taste is better than some Belgian Quads I've had, but not the best. The best ones were ones I had on tap, had too many of, and can't remember the names of. . . I've had this beer cellared for about 2 years and that was really good. Fruity notes, which are typical to the style.

It's very smooth for a 9.8% beer.

Drinkability suffers from price, and a little from alcohol content. I enjoy Belgian Quads, but their high alcohol and smooth taste are a deadly combination. . . Best part about this beer is the availability.

Photo of gskitt
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep mahogany red and head retains for a bit before receding with some stick.
S- Smells of vanilla, red grapes, and is very yeasty.
T- Yeast aspect comes through right away, picked up some vanilla and late aged char. Very deep and complex. Fruity. Very good!
M- Somewhat bitter, not unpleasant.
D- Great beer but its a sipper.
Really enjoying this beer. Saved this to share with Dad.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a silty brown, with a thin skim of head swirling like an eddy in a current.

Has a malty, almost bready smell, with notes of leather, plum, currants, dried cherries, and other dark fruits.

Has a sweet, malty taste, with plenty of fruit hitting the palette. Dark tasting, with decent tanins, clear cherry and raspberry tart, faint yeast, and some honey.

Medium mouthfeel, with plenty of tart to keep the tongue honest.

Wonderful tasting, this is reminiscent of Troegg's Mad Elf, one of my favorite Christmas beers. Cheers!

Photo of dahlen22
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a decent head (if poured correctly).

Aroma: Candied fruits, cherries, mint, and malts.

Taste: Very smooth and creamy with some fruits, a slight bit of tart cherries, and deep malts and cloves.

Overall: Had this on tap at a sports bar (it was the only thing worth while on tap) and am very happy I did. Easy to sip, but the alcohol is deceiving, so I suggest pairing with some cheese or pizza (that is what I did), because 3 of these bad boys went down very easily, and the alcohol content caught me off guard in a good way. Cheers!!

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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