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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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5,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,895
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 199
Gots: 580 | FT: 15
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% 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 bort11


3.68/5  rDev -11.1%

Received from sirk0rebreg as part of the Brews-n-Tunes 3 BIF. Bit thanks!

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series goblet. Mild egg custard head that quickly dissipates to spotty flecks on the surface. It is the color of black cherries.

Smell is mildly sweet and malty with a hint of yeast spices. Taste has a solid malt base with a mild sourness from the blended lambic. Cherry skins are hinted at but never overwhelming. Alcohol is hinted at as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Not too dry and pretty drinkable. This would be a good Belgian style beer to introduce people to the style.

04-09-2008 01:10:55 | More by bort11
Photo of pheggeseth


4.43/5  rDev +7%

A: three finger white head, reddish clear brown with decent lacing
S: bready yeast with acidic alcohol, cherry at the end
T: roasted malt aftertaste mixed with tartness, cherry in the middle, bready yeast in the beginning
M: smooth, rich
D: my first Belgain quad and still one of my favorites, the blend with the lambic is a nice touch

04-08-2008 14:47:37 | More by pheggeseth
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

This beer poured a dark opaque brown with a dark tan single-finger head. The scent is mostly sweet malt with some caramel and fruity hints. The taste is sweet caramel malts that are cut fairly quickly by a some tart cherries that leads to some warming and a nice dry finish. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with a decent amount of carbonation and some pleasant alcohol warming. This is very tasty sipping beer, but it's not exactly something I would down a couple of bottles of back to back. This beer was even better than I expected, I'll definitely be picking up some more in the future.

04-06-2008 21:51:28 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of jenbys2001


4.9/5  rDev +18.4%

This is one of those beers that makes me smile when I see a bottle of it. It's one of the brews that ignited my passion for good beer. Anyways, what I enjoy about Three Philosophers it that it's a heavy complicated beer, but it's so balanced and drinkable. It pours a deep mahogany color, which most closely resembles a dark tea, with a foamy light tan head. It has a very subtle scent, with slight cherry notes and a maple sweetness to it. The flavor ranges from a caramel nuttiness to an oaky barrel character. The finish is crisp and brings home the cherry undertones. All around this is just a great beer and one of my favorite domestic selections.

04-05-2008 16:45:36 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of tai4ji2x


4.43/5  rDev +7%

brought back a bottle here to beijing. 2007.

orangy brown, decent head fades to thin layer, then ring. lacing is minimal. becomes more and more hazy towards the end of the bottle.

aroma is sweetly phenolic and alcoholic, with the cherry lambic and woody characters coming through. some herbal and earthy notes.

flavors are complex, ranging from dark caramel, hint of coffee, more woodiness, with nice touch of sour cherry acidity. bitterness is moderate and evenly smooth all the way through.

feel is slightly watery, but has substance, esp. on finish. moderate carbonation gives things a nice lift.

paired with a decent home-made attempt at carbonnade flammande with limited locally available ingredients. the belgian buddy i shared this with was impressed with both ;)

04-04-2008 17:37:24 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of GeoffW


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured from a 750 bottle into a tulip glass. Very dark color with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell is nice and malty with a touch of yeast to it. A little sweet, but I can't make out the 2% lambic in the nose of this one.

Taste is outstanding. Nice toasted malt flavors, and a hint of sweet that suggests maybe a touch of honey. Not extremely complex, but what is there is good. The beer does become more complex as it warms up a bit. The cherry lambic is a nice treat that comes out in the aftertaste if you look for it. Mouthfeel was very nice. This stuff is really smooth and is content to sit in your mouth in a civilized manner. Doing so also lets the cherry flavor out.

As with most Belgians, the drinkability is excellent. A great session beer for someone who can really hold their booze. I wouldn't recommend going and having a good piss up with beer of this quality, but it is easy going enough to where I could easily have 3 of them in an afternoon and enjoy them all.

04-01-2008 03:47:57 | More by GeoffW
Photo of kevman527

New York

4.43/5  rDev +7%

Had this beer at the brewery, cave aged in Howe Caverns. Unfortunately this tasting wasn't cave aged. Poured into a room temperature pint glass.

Appearance: Decent amount of head, which settled into a thin layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Cherries and Butterscotch. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Kind of malty, with a brandy like taste. Couldn't detect much hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Would definitely drink again, and again, but that 9.8% abv might catch up to you very quickly.

04-01-2008 03:03:57 | More by kevman527
Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance- Pours deep amber color with good head retention. Carbonation is moderate and gives the beer an active look.

Smell- Sweet candied fruit and alcohol really jump off the nose, quite pleasant.

Taste- Begins with a sweet fruit-malt flavor that spreads a lot of warmth through its alcohol. As the expirience progresses the alcohol begins to really assert itself as the sweetness begins to subside. Sweet, fruity and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Fairly good palate coverage, very smooth over the mouth and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability- A most drinkable beer, reasonably priced and not overpoweringly complex but with interesting notes, buy again.

03-28-2008 22:15:03 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, non-translucent, with a creamy uneven off-white head. Head reduces but stays with the brew, leaving nice foamy trails down the glass.

S: Rich, complex malts, mostly caramel. Dark sweet fruit smells too like fig or prune, and a sweet hint aroma of candied brown sugar.

T: Interesting malt flavors, sort of a mix of pale and caramel malts. It's interesting that the the flavors start out a little stronger and fade to quickly to something a bit less, but no less complex. A little fruity, but not really sweet. There is a mostly dry finish and a some warming during the linger.

M&D: Relatively heavy mouthfeel but less than most dark Belgian styles, especially of this ABV. Carbonation is relatively light, which lends well to the creamy texture. Goes down smooth. I enjoyed the brew but I don't know if I could drink more than one at a time. Good stuff overall.

03-25-2008 01:42:24 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

This was the 3rd brew from Ommegang that I've tried... so far so good... a very solid brewery. Big bottle, 2007 edition... wonderful bottle... corked. *3 finger frothy head pours and refuses to disappear... Dark burgondy, some visible sediment... perfect carbonation. Impressive looking. Yeasty nose... nice malt, dark fruits... sweet. Taste is quite complex... malty.. (Ommegang beers all share a similar malt backbone... kinda a brewery signature I suppose). Cherries stand out more and more the deeper you get into the glass. The alcohol warms you up, and the fruits really start to show their face. 9.8% abv is noticeable, but adds character. Medium body, with a creamy finish. Delicious brew... quite drinkable for such a strong beer.

03-24-2008 06:23:03 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of choyhosoi


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a bomber into a glass.

A: Mohagany colored Ale with a thick white/brown head.

S: Big cherry smell, with hence of other fruits, raisins, plums, etc.

T: Very smooth, with just a little bite of after-taste of wine flavor.

M/D: Overall very good Ale, I would definitely buy this again, enjoy.

03-23-2008 02:29:12 | More by choyhosoi
Photo of DmanGTR


4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Never heard about this until I went into the Pittsford Wegmans' beer center, for $4.99 I couldn't resist... and I was not disappointed!

A - poured a lovely clear reddish brown copper color with a creamy white head that kept well until the last drop from the wine glass.

S - like many other reviews, I concur with a distinct initial cherry aroma, but I also get a hint of malts, grapes, and yeast, all adding towards a complex mixture with a touch of spices and burn of alcohol

T - where to begin?! The malty tartness is complemented with a dash of cherries and a kick of alcohol that is actually well hidden in the flavor. You get more of an alcohol "texture" than an alcohol "taste". Complex and bold.

M - medium bodied, texture is well emphasized especially by the generous carbonation.

D - I feel that this is a beer that we should consider for quality, not quantity. With that said, I daresay this is a most drinkable beer that is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a beer for the chugger. This is a classy beer that should be treated with respect and care.

Overall - After the first bottle was emptied, I bought another 3: 2 for cellaring and 1 for immediate use. This beer was the first Ommegang product I've had the pleasure to try and I was not disappointed. I hope their other brews are as good, if not better!

btw, I found this to go well at cellar temperature (or room temperature too!) with a light dinner (perhaps some Greek food or a chicken caesar salad) and mild cheddar cheese :)

03-18-2008 08:40:06 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of Tilley4


3.83/5  rDev -7.5%

This is a new addition to the local liquor store here so I picked some up.

Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a fizzy cream colored head that is very persistent...

Aroma of dark sweet fruit and yeast with a definite cherry influence. A bit like a Belgian but then again, there is a bit different aroma going on here.

Sweet and fruity with a bit of a booziness present that even the sweet tang of those cherries can't hide. The cherries add a nice sweet tartness to it that isn't present in other quads so this one is unique.

I'm not the biggest Belgian fan so I can't say that this is one of my favorites but it is nice and I actually enjoyed this bottle.

03-15-2008 04:19:35 | More by Tilley4
Photo of stace


4.88/5  rDev +17.9%

Wonderful, all-around.

A strong beer, no question, but with a complex flavor, smooth and light mouth feel, extremely pleasant aroma, and very drinkable, provided you know how to appreciate a beer of this strength and style.

It's strong, which is evident in every aspect, but the flavors do not let the alcohol take over. Reddish-brown in color, with a minimal head and carbonation make this a fine sipping beer.

This particular bar serves it in its official glass, which is a small 9 oz. wine glass. All aspects of drinking this fine brew are a treat, without question.

If you have the opportunity to enjoy this beer on tap, by all means take it. It's worth it.

03-14-2008 01:12:09 | More by stace
Photo of IBUnit63


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Black cherry/copper color with thick, bready head. Well-carbonated; allows light to shine through.

Smells of heavy yeast and malt with stewed cherries. Aroma is bountiful and pleasant.

A little tight at first; alcohol is present with a little breadiness. Needs time to open up. Alcohol, coffee and malt come along with warmth.

Brings about great warmth and a little pucker from the cherries.

A well-made effort; definitely a sipper.

03-12-2008 12:15:38 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of DIM


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

a: This is a clear golden amber color. It pours with a big fizzy light tan head.

s: Cherry smells dominate. Some strong alcohol smells pop up at times. Also, some earthy, sour grains emerge.

t: Quads often have sour fruit flavors, courtesy of the yeast, without the addition of 2% cherry lambic. I'm not sure why the addition was necessary. It blots out the subtlties found in quads, and it lacks the kick of a full-blown lambic. I found myself constantly trying to see beyond the cherries, but it was difficult. I did find some sour apples, mild candied sugar, and alcohol. It does have a nice sour, dry finish.

m: Good syrupy body, but the carbonation is a bit fizzy.

d: This is by no means a bad beer, I'd just rather have a quad OR a lambic, not both. This combination diminishes both styles, I think.

03-12-2008 11:53:49 | More by DIM
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

2006 Vintage 750ml.

Poured a deep reddish brown with a fluffy off-white head. Smelled of sour tart cherries and some other fruit esters and a slight alcohol astringency. The taste is malty with a sour tart cherry flavor. This is the best year I have had of this but the first time I have reviewed. The cherries really come out in this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with great carbonation that plays on the tartness very well. I have one other 2006 bottle and two 2007 to taste in the future. Hopefully the "06 will keep the amazing complexity it has right now.

03-12-2008 02:39:35 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of rajendra82


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

The neck label indicated a 2007 bottling date, and the pouring instructions on the side of the label were helpful. It didn't take much vigor to create a luxurious head as suggested there. The body was deep red and brown, and the head was quite stable and frothy. Quite a bit of lace formed each time the glass was tilted. The smell was floral sweet with a ton of dark fruit character showing through as well. The taste wavered between sweet and dry and finished spicy. The blended nature of the beer was apparent in a mellow smoothness that muted some of the edgier and earthier tones found typically in Quadrupels. The alcohol was more of a factor in the taste than I initially expected it to be, and the warmth was quite noticeable after each sip. This was a well built Quadrupel with a lot of good facets. None of the qualities was really best in class, but the sum was greater than the parts, as it was a nice cohesive whole.

03-08-2008 06:31:43 | More by rajendra82
Photo of faernt


2.55/5  rDev -38.4%

2003/750ml. I've saved this for a while. I guess that late Winter is when I deliberate over my aged stock. It pours well. It has a decent head and looks like a good one. The smell is not that revealing to me. The taste is somewhat bitter. Bitter? I then get too sweet and bitter. The carbonation is right but the metallic bitterness is quite a distraction. I wouldn't buy this again.

03-08-2008 02:51:08 | More by faernt
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head which fades quickly

S: Citrus and caramel/toffee malts hints of alcohol (surprise!)

T: The malty characteristics predominate... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... nice... smooth finish

M: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation... clean and crisp flavors pass shortly after finishing the sip

D: For a quad, this is good.. its no St. Bernardus 12... but its a good alternative

03-06-2008 19:52:10 | More by callmemickey
Photo of mnstorm99


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Just when Ommegang was starting to lose me, I but one of these bottles.
Nice clear burnt orange pour, nice white head that doesn't go away easily.
Beautiful, spicy, sweet aroma, and a great floral hop arrangment to round it out.
Taste is a little different, a little less sweet, and a little more boozy but well managed. spices are nice, citrus, and floral hops round it out.
This is a great beer, and the first one that lived up (for me) from Brewery Ommegang, well done Quad, and I am a little more picky when it comes to big beers.

03-03-2008 14:50:36 | More by mnstorm99
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4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Split a bottle of this with my brother and cousin at a christmas party. It had a purplish red appearance with a white head. The taste was complicated like a fruit cake having tastes of wheat, fruits and spices. It felt creamy to the toungue and was quite pleasent going down. I found it exceptionally drinkable, however I don't think I could drink an entire 750 of it on my own.

03-03-2008 08:58:46 | More by hdofu
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3.3/5  rDev -20.3%

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Dark golden brown, cloudy, 1-2 finger tan head, stays till finish
S: couldn't pick up much, malts, earthy
T: lots of maltyness the whole way through, unique alcohol flavor, a very very small hint of cherry on finish
M: tongue is coated with maltyness even through aftertatse, not thick but a full beer
D: decent, wouldn't be able to throw this one back, but a good sipper

Good beer. One problem. The price.
I won't be getting it again, but just becuase of that.

03-02-2008 23:00:35 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of Asher1982


4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

The beer was a nice cloudy brown in color with a strong earthy fruit smell. The taste of cherries is very subtle yet still notable. Mildly sweet with a slight bitterness, possibly from the almost herbal notes. You can definitely pick up on the alcohol but it is not out of place for this beer. It provides a nice warmth in the sip. This is a very enjoyable beer as I've come to expect from the Ommegang Brewery.

03-01-2008 01:52:21 | More by Asher1982
Photo of BeerLover729

New York

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Off white, fizzy one finger head on this light brown dark copper brew.

S: Caramel maltiness fills the nose with a distinct sourness finished out with a faint cherry fruitiness. Nice, although subtle, complexity.

T: Big sweet malty taste that fades to a mild creaminess while it transitions to a lightly sour finish.

M: Suprisingly less heavy--light medium, medium--than expected. Fizzy but soft carbonation. Light smooth texture.

D: Despite sweetness and sourness there is minimal cloyingness. Goes down well.

Notes: Mix a Kriek and a Quard, great!

02-28-2008 02:14:16 | More by BeerLover729
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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