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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,399 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,399
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 738 | FT: 17
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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 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
Photo of ugaterrapin
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
Photo of flannelman808
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
Photo of craftaholic
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
Photo of flagmantho
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
Photo of drizzam
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
Photo of Daniellobo
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid, relatively complex- if a bit too fizzy - US quad.

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Classic iconic design with subdued old fashion fonts and classic aiming icons. Side displays serving notes, brewery references, and a brief brew description. Shows brewing date as 2009 on the neck label, and Alc. by Vol. (9.8) Poured into a snifter.

A - Amber brown - deep scarlet hue, with a large smooth head that shrinks softly to a stubborn cap and small touches of lacing.

S - Sweet malt with some fruitiness, it might be the noted cherries but it is not clear to my nose. A Belgium distinctive blend takes the last and persistent presence.

T - Malty sweetness with an interesting mix of fruitiness that comes like one package, not too subtle but is there in a straight forward form: figs? raisins? Maybe eve the cherries? Maybe, but in the most distant of notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation, although with the way it comes together it feels a bit fizzy and asking for more body, or flavor, or both... Pleasing but a bit soft for the style.

D - Goes down well but it is actually nothing that extraordinary and since it is a nicely crafted brew it requires no effort it also feels a bit dull the more one progresses.

Notes: Hmmm, this is a good approach to a great quad but for me it falls a bit short of the extraordinary. A bit too fizzy, and unfortunately in my palate the range of notes that would make it really memorable do not show up. Better than most US attempts at the style I´ve tried but still not reaching the source of original inspiration. On the other hand the type of quality offered by Ommegang at the range of prices compared to the imports is tremendous so they have a totally deserved spot in cellars across the US, and in that context I am sure I´ll be revisiting sometimes in the future.

Daniellobo, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of kylejohnson03
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and Caged 2009 Vintage. Poured into a chalice on Oct 12 2009.

A: Pours a muddy red, very cloudy. One finger of head on the initial pour, but settles into nothing. A quick swirl of the glass leaves no lacing on the sides.

S: Cherries are the first to hit, as I expected. Tobacco and alcohol round it out to make it very pleasant on the nose.

T: Taste of cherries and raisins. The more I drink, the darker malts come out. Finishes with a little alcohol burn on the throat, sweetness on the palate, and a desire to drink more.

First of the Ommegang beers that I have tried, the others are soon to follow. 3P definately lives up to the hype that surrounded it's arrival to Oklahoma. The cherries aren't exactly "my thing" but I can appreciate this beer for exactly what it is... A very well done Quad with a unique twist.

kylejohnson03, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Grille, amazing beers and prices. Pours a dark blood red with a half finger head that leaves almost no lacing. A nice cloud coats the beer. Smells of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol bite. Taste is dark fruits, malts, citrus, raisins, alcohol and cherries keep coming to mind. Mouth feel is moderate bodied, low carbonation, a good warming and a real nice oily coat of flavor on the tongue. Drinkability is good, good taste, decent price, alcohol may kill this one over time, a very nice twist on a quad.

cbutova, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet :

A: Pours a dark red color with a cream coloured head, lots of molecular lacing and big head retention - WOW !!

S: Smells of dark fruits like raisins and plums and walnuts

T: Little tart with loads of raisins, plums and cherries. Really big and complex taste here.

M: Very silky and optimal carbonation

D: A great beer, to savour - can go on and on - nice and slow. This is a big favorite

BeerSingh, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

caged corked bottle, dated 2008

A: Poured dark ruby red into chimay goblet. 1-1/2 finger head
S: Sweet malt. light cherry aroma.
T: light tart cherry, sweet malt slightly bready like a sweet bread.
M: very smooth, light carbonation, a light syrup feeling as well
D: will be finishing by myself, not the first time Ive had this beer.
would reccomend this. This was also my first craft beer i ever drank, I had it on tap on my birthday.

rootbeerman, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of HopBacchus
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage

A: This Pours a murky ruddy brown color, very little head, very little lacing

S: Smells like it should, dark red fruit spices and rich malt. Alcohol presence is strong in the nose.

T: Caremel, Toffee, Cherry RICH MALTS and ALCOHOL

This medium bodied beer becomes a sipper because of its lack of ability to conceal its abp this does thin the body a bit however this beer is certainly less drinkable than it should be

ehhh this beer was extremely overpriced if its offered to you for free i wouldn't say no to it, however i won't be ordering this beer again

HopBacchus, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of allboutbierge
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Rich deep mahogany color with reddish hues and lots of fat sticky lace. Lots of malt in the aroma..some raisin, lots of dark cherry malted, very rich. Flavor is much the same with the malted cherries taking the forefront and the raisin, fig notes sticking more in the back. Some Belgian yeastiness comes through but its faint. Theres just a lot of rich malt flavors going on here and its wonderful. Id only expect this one to get better after a few years as the cherry would probably round out and the raisin notes would come more firmly through. Alcohol is not detectable.

allboutbierge, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 3P's pours with a light dissipating foamy head. At first glance, it appears mahogany, but a little backlighting shows its true ruby tones

S- Malty with a tartness that is similar to notes in a sweeter chardonnay

T- I taste so many flavors they are hard to pick out. Definitely a high gravity beer, the alcohol hits you upon first sip. I can pick out raisons, and cherry (not sour more like the cherries were mulled). I would call this beer sweet AND savory

M-Very light but not thin

D- I could not see myself drinking more than one at a time. Just the abv% alone would wipe me out but the flavor too I find is better in smaller doses

Notes- Amazing creaminess with warming qualities, the lacing is consistent throughout. I want to wait a few months until it's cold and I have a fire going to retry this one.

smallbatchbrewer, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of stephens101
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown with random hues of red. Poured slowly, as instructed on the bottle, and a two-finger dirty white head appeared quickly and skeddadled. A few fat fingers of lace jut upwards and a few dots speckle the perimeter of the glass. The complex aroma involves big dark fruits, sweet malts, grain, spice and bubblegum. Closer inspection reveals some diacetyls, faint hops and a note of distant caramel. Taste isn't quite as complex, but big and bold just the same with a graininess up front followed by ripened dark fruit (cherries and plums) some sour fruit, a welcomed hop hit, some sweet malts and spice. Goes slightly rough with a ubiquitous alcohol heat, which never bothers me. It's a bit airy with a good amount of carbonation, and the mouth-feel lies right between medium and heavy.

stephens101, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Deep copper color, almost no head at all, probably due to the danty pour as indicated by the bottle. No lacing.

S: Deep, complex aroma. Hit by the alcohol first off, then the dark fruits - cherries and plums. Third, the malt, which in combination smells absolutely fantastic.

T: Very rich and vinous, cherries and alcohol are at the forefront. The cherries give off a slightly sour taste. The malt is subtle and gives a bit of sweetness. Alcohol definitely leaves a warming sensation in the aftertaste.

M/D: Alcohol comes in strong, fitting to the style. Carbonation is spot on. Medium to medium-full body.

TheViolator666, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to temper my personal preference during my review, and try to judge this beer simply for what it is: and that is, an excellent quad.

The color was a deep, dark reddish. Very nice head that retained. My major qualm with this beer was the overwhelming taste of cherries. Maybe it was a psychological thing, but all I could taste every time I took a sip was cherries. However, that's not a fault in the beer - it's just personal preference.

The ABV was disguised nicely and it went down very easily.

It won't be among my personal favorites, but this is an excellent beer nonetheless.

Mavajo, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. My first Ommegang, always see them, today I decided to buy one. I went with the 9.8% ABV bottle.... what does that say about me? Oh well.

Pours a rusty copper with almost no head, although this was slow-poured as per bottle indications. Coloration is nice.

S- Smells like a red wine. Deep, tangy and tart. Hmm.

T- Follows the nose. Tart, sweet, a bit dry, tangy, mildly puckering. Not what I expected, although still pretty good.

As I get about 1/2 way in, the tart cherries come out to play and this beer dances across my tongue. Not for the novice, this beer has several different levels of flavors that really beg to be combed through and catalog. I'll just call them tasty.

M- Crisp, full, thick, healthy carbonation considering, and no alcohol detected besides a residual warming. Very intense, very good.

D- A 750 went down easy. At 9.8%, you know that's a good beer. I'd buy this again, and while this beer was not what I was expecting, it was very good and has me excited for future Ommegang purchases.

ShogoKawada, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium brown, little darker than a coca-cola but in the light its an amber. There is lots of carbonation with a light tan head 2 fingers that lasts awhile with good lacing. When you swirl head comes back quickly and stays for a while again.

The aroma is sweet hints of raisins, chocolate, can really smell the malts.

The taste is a bit of a letdown, its ok, but drinking next to a R10 its quite lacking. There are notes of chocolate, with a little bitter end.

Has a nice mouthfeel, lasts several seconds. Decent drinkabiliyt.

jrallen34, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ommegang is easily one of the premier American-Belgian style brewers. I have had a few of their brews in the past, and was not too impressed. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. Here is my review of their Quad.

A: Pours a murky brownish red. Head fizzes away rather quickly. No lacing present.

S/T: Smells like a typical dark Belgian Ale. Dark fruits, spice and alcohol. Taste is actually a little too harsh for my taste. Not a smooth beer at all. Alcohol is quite prominant in the taste. There is also quite a bit of malt. Caramel and toffee. Cherry and cherry pits along with an oaky and woody character. A touch of banana in there as well. Flavors do not seem very well blended it is just a bit too unremarkable overall.

M/D: Medium bodied with a very fizzy and bubbly mouthfeel. Quite a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Definetly a sipper. Too harsh to gulp.

I will admit, I am not the biggest Quad fan. But compared to others I have had, this one is pretty middle-of-the-road. Flavor needs more refinement and the alcohol presence needs to be more masked. Probably not one I would drink again. I recommend it if you are a big Belgian Quad fan. If not, then you might want to pass.

OldSchoolGamer, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz beer poured into a fancy glass.

Pours a dark brown with some reddish hues. Very little head. Smell is somewhat malty and a little sweet and slightly sour, you can notice the cherries.

Taste is very complex. Not very warming but a bit sharp from the alcohol. The taste is sour and a bit sweet from the cherries, but not too harsh, very good for someone trying to get into sours. There are also some oaky and woody notes to it, reminds me of Bourbon.Nice amount of carbonation. For a Quad, this is really drinkable and quite smooth for such a complex beer.

kingcrowing, Sep 11, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,399 ratings.