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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,468
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 239
Gots: 776 | FT: 17
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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 rosmhuire
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass..

A: Significant lacing. Coloring is a very dark amber.

S: Definitely smelling the toasty malts, but I'm also able to smell the heat of the alcohol.

T: Obviously, very malty, as the style would indicate. Also getting a wee bit of bitterness from the hops on the back end.

M: Very smooth and weighty on the palate. This beer does not F around.

D: This is a strong beer, so it's not going to rate highly on the drinkability scale. However, for this style, you're not supposed to throw back a bunch of them, right?

Photo of baos
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 ounces into Barrila jar.

A: Very nice to look at, deep mahogany with 4 finger ecru head on pour. Head dissipates down to nice 2 millimeter layer. Good head retention with excellent lacing.

S: Yum Yeasty pink bubble gum-cherry-banana-candi sugar yumminess. A nice caramel maltiness as well.

T: Comes on like a good strong Belgian Ale. Banana-bubble gum wheatiness. And a nice booziness that isn't overpowering. Ends with a nice wheat-straw dryness. This is a nice complex taster.

M: Very nice medium feel.

D: A strong ale but isn't that what we are made for... drink away boys

Photo of chrishart74
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A. Very little head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin tan foam. Deep amber/Ruby color

S. Ripe cherries with a hint of molasses and chocalate.

T. There is definitely the chocolate cherry flavor but not cloying. Great malt backbone. As it warms, alcohol is more present but very well balanced.

M. Excellent. Carbonation is low which works well with the flavor and ABV.

D. Goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew and would pair very well with pork loin!

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

12oz capped bottle, dated 2009. Best looking of all the Ommegang artwork. Probably drank a bit too warm and poured too much yeast into the glass.

Pours with a great looking off-white, rocky head, but receedes down to a thin layer of dense foam, void of any head in the center. A deep ruby color with some chill haze that cleared up by the time I got around to drinking it. No visible carbonation.

All I can think about when smelling this is chocolate covered cherries. Tart cherries. It also may smell of cardboard a bit, tough to tell.

Fruity at the start. Then hits you with the alcohol and finishes oxidized. Very sweet. Leaves a sugary residue and a warming sensation.

Body is juicy, with just a tingle of carbonation.

Average drinkability for a 9.8%'er. The heat really makes this beer limited. A nice, interesting beer, capable of being outstanding in the right circumstances.

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

got an ommegang holiday set for christmas with three beers and a glass.

poured a dark brown with a tint of red.

Very nice head. tan in color and about an inch in size. There was a hint of a cherry smell. smelled a little like a wine or champagne.
had a very dry mouth feel.

The carbonation was very nice, not too much.

very drinkable beer. it was almost 10% so one was pretty good. My first ommegang, and very impressive.

Photo of bob3701
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy dark chestnut brown with a tan head with no real lacing. Great Belgian fruity spicy aroma. Tasted even better than the scent. This is full of flavor, cherries of course but chocolate, rasins, maybe coffee and other sour type fruits are rolling around in your mouth. You also do detect the alcohol in this. Was not sure what to expect but it was a truely excellent experiance.

Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a big tan head. Smells of ripe cherries. Taste is woody and earthy up front, with a dextriny, chocolatey middle, and a slightly tart finish. A hint of earthy hops in the aftertaste. You can also barely taste a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is super lush, carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is good, though not as good as some Quad's. Overall I would get this again, but only on sale.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark red color with a long lasting head. Aroma fills the immediate area with sweet scents. Smells like a red wine, slight alcoholic aroma with light cherry notes, a yeasty character and a little bit of banana. Tastes of roasted malts, with fruit at the tip of the tongue. Very dry, heavy mouthfeel. I enjoyed it.

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

poured from a 750mL into an ommegang tulip glass

A - Pours as a deep rich cherry with a nice foamy head. Inviting and appetizing with lacing that hugs the glass!

S - Smells great. Hints of cherry and spices and (alcohol which I like the smell of).

T - This is where I'm bowled over. A medley of spices with a touch of cherry and sweetness. There is a lot going on with the flavor of this beer. You can definitely taste that 9.8% ABV, but I'm a fan of that...especially the way it sits with the other flavors.

M - Really comes alive it your mouth and lights up your taste buds.

D - Although this is one of my favorite beers, the ABV content is a bit much to drink too much of it at one time. Typically a 750mL bottle does it just right for me.

Another fine offering from Brewery Ommegang. Have yet to find one of these that I don't love. Highly recommend everything that they brew.

Photo of julian1117
2.33/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Heard great things about this beer, so I was SO disappointed. I was expecting a fruity holiday beer and was confronted by an antagonistic, obnoxiously alcoholic (read: yank-loving) stinkbomb. Smelled like rotten, fermented cherries and a musty basement in Jersey. Just awful. Tasted like pancake syrup that had been sitting at the bottom of my trashcan for a week. Thank Nature I did NOT save this for X-Mas Eve as I would have been even more disappointed.

Photo of Kromes
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown with reddish/orange highlights. A thin line of bubbles rests on top.

S: Raisin, fig, molasses, brown sugar, cherry and alcohol. This beer smells great.

T:There is a very nice molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt flavor. The alcohol is present but blends nicely into the flavors of the beer. The cherry flavor comes through in the finish and blends with the other flavors to give the finish a sweetness.

M: There's a slightly spicy feel from the carbonation and warming feel from the alcohol. The beer starts surprisingly light.

D: Excellent beer. That's all I can say....

Photo of brownbeer
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

I'm greeted with a rather violent popping of the cork, though it was in transit earlier today so that could have something to do with it.

Pours reddish-brown with a tan head that doesn't look promising but stays for the duration of the glass. Looks as good as a Rochefort or Chimay in my opinion.

Subtle, yet interesting nose. Woody cherry, fig, toffee, prune, and mellow alcohol.

A slap of wood on the front palate, faint sour cherries, rum-raisin, bread dough, a little perfumey, a cola note. A lot of individual flavors that distinguish themselves well.

Full bodied, a bit of a CO2 bite that I could live without.

In the end, this is a great Quad and I can't wait to revisit this vintage in a couple more years.

Photo of mikeborglum
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is great stuff. Poured from a 750ml corked bottle: dark clear amber with a light tightly lace head. Did not stir up the sediment from the bottom. Aroma is light with caramel, banana and hops. Taste is complex with malt, hops, toast and some citrus and yeast. An expensive beer but well worth it.

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Brown with a reddish tinge and good clarity. A thick tan head that sticks around a while.

S - Brown sugar, cherries and a touch of chocolate.

T - Lots of tart cherries with a firm alcohol presence. It's not dry or sweet but somewhere in between. The tartness lingers nicely.

M - Very light and airy. It seems to evaporate in your mouth. It's a bit thin but appropriate.

D - This beer is flavorful, smooth and easy to drink. It's a nice American brewed Belgian.

Photo of scottyb88
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-poured a dark brown color with a nice off white head that lasted for quite awhile, when held up to the light the bottom of the glass has a bright cherry color

S-yeast, malt, cherry scones perhaps, alcohol

T-similar to smell, the cherry is at the end of the sip for me

M-quite a bit of carbonation but that worked for me, had a nice silky texture

D-while at 9.8% the alcohol isn't too overbearing. one bottle of 750ml is enough for an evening. i wish it had a tiny bit more sweetness.

Photo of MrStark
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (2009) into a snifter glass.

Appearance is brownish red with a one-finger head that slowly dissipates into a small cap.

Smell is of malts, cherries and a hint of spices making a pleasant and fairly sweet aroma.

Taste has a nice blend of cherries and spices with a fairly heavy malt backbone. A hint of oak in there as well. Overall a nice well blended and complex sweet flavor. A bit of the alcohol is found in the end as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation leaving a little bite on the tongue.

Drinkability is great! It goes down pretty easy and smooth. I wouldn't mind having a couple at a time but don't think I'd session it. It may not be the truest form of the style, but it is quite a tasty and well blended brew!

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'll have to review this beer based on what I like more than based on style. This is quite a departure from all of the traditional quads Ive had.

A- Big eggshell white head from what perhaps was an overly rough pour into my Unibroue tulip. :- Theres lots of lacing as it slowly subsides. The beer is a totally clouded ruby/brown color. Similar color to many barleywines I've had.

S- Cherry, malt, caramel, alcohol and some other fruits. Again, its nice but pretty un-quad-like, but thats the goal here.

T- This was too cold at first, I let it warm and had to bump up the score here a notch.That said, I think this beer is better with more of a chill on it that regular quads (I like my trappist quads really close to room temp). Im getting cherry,spice, some oakiness and alcohol similar to cognac.

M- Low, fluffy carbonation, medium body, slightly dry finish. This is some what of a sticky beer.

D- The ABV seems bigger than it is, making this a really nice, sweet, warming sipper. Its quite a nice beer, pretty creative.

Photo of jeepboy76
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass. Deep, rich amber color with a medium head. Smell had a lot of fruity undertones. Nice lacing on the glass. Good mouth presence; doesn't scream of the 9.8% ABV like some brews. Very drinkable beer for a casual evening out (well, anytime really). I have had Three Philosophers in bottle form several times.

I was very excited to have the opportunity to sample this on tap, as I currently reside half way across the country from Brewery Ommegang. I was not disappointed. I am a believer in Belgian style brews, and while Ommegang is not in Belgium, I believe they have represented the style well.

Photo of Vixie
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep ruby color, with a solid 1" head that slowly dissipates. The beer is a bit on the cloudy side, not a clear ruby.

The smell is very malty, with a touch of fruit, and there is some spice there as well.

Taste is very much what I expect from this style, fruity and sweet, with a pronounced Belgian candy sugar flavor. There is raisin there, and a decent amount of malt. There is a bit of alcohol warming at the end as well.

Feel is nice and solid, nothing wimpy about this one. Maybe a touch thinner than others of this style, but still nice.

Considering the alcohol content and strength of the style, this is very drinkable. I could easily down more than one of these at a sitting, such a nice mix of flavors, makes me wish I had a lot more of this.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle dated 2009.

A: Deep crimson hue with a cream colored head that is thick at first, and slowly settles to a few millimeters thick. Lacing is nice with good head retention.

S: Some cherry on the nose, but maltiness dominates, with aromas of caramel, fig, rasin and spice.

T: The cherry is definitely more present in the flavor of this beer, but the quad characteristics shine through. Spice, caramel, maple, some oakiness, and dried dark fruits make their way across the palate. The brew has a very nice drying hop finish.

Mouthfeel is decent, being medium to full-bodied, and quite viscous.

D: This beer is very drinkable, and makes a good sipper on these cold december nights. This beer may evolve nicely with a year or two of age.

Photo of cdizinno
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml brown magnum. PKG ON 08/06/09 and BEST BY 08/2014.

A: Mahogany brownish-red with light tan head. Almost blood red when held to a light. Medium lacing.

S: Light medicinal/herbal/licorice in the aroma. Heavy malt sweetness.

T&M: Smooth within a full body. Mild cherry, but heavy licorice up front to an ending that is bitter cherry and alcohol. Thick sweetness of dark malts, nothing roasted. Bitter phenols balance well with the hops. Very herbal.

Very complex. I usually love cherry flavors, but this one is kind of odd. If you like dark belgian styles, this one may be for you.

Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A rich and malty brew with a distinctive Kriek presence. A stately appearance with a quality head, retention, covering and lacing. A garnet brown and light cloudiness. A deep carmel aroma with cherries and light alcohol. Taste is a bigger version of the nose. Big caramel malt backbone supports a unique take on a quad. Kriek lambic notes fuse with the hops and create a one of a kind finish and balance. Multifaceted layers of flavor including some belgian spice notes. Some alcohol in the finish gives a wine like quality that is gently pushed away by the cherries and lambic tartness. An earthy, clean dryness in the finish as well. Malt lingers with light Begian spiciness. Fell is full and velvety a creamy carbonation is the "Cherry on Top". Easy drinking but you don't want to go to fast as the complexity calls for a long savoring with each swallow.

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange brown color with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Left very thick lacing on the glass.

S: Clean pine, earthy smell with a nice hint of cherries.

T: Good strong cherry flavor mixed with hints of vanilla. Good flavor blends well with this belgian quad style beer.

M: Very creamy velvet feel blended the flavors together nicely.

D: Drinkability is good. Flavors are an interesting blend that keep you coming back for another.

Overall this is a solid beer. Interesting flavor combination mixes well together, very balanced and solid beer.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into the ommegang tulip

Appearance; Pours a dark red/brown semi opaque color with a nice 2 finger head and some lacing down the glass. Almost an amber brown that looks thick.

Smell: Smells like rich buttery caramel with chocolate laced through it. A nice dose of liquid cherries. Warm smelling and it has a sweet, chocolate covered cherry aroma.

Taste: tastes similar to the smell. Great complexity and dryness at the finish. Upfront sweet cherry attack. Mid palate is the chocolate caramel/toffee flavors with solid malts and a good bit of depth. Drying sensation at the backend.

Mouthfeel: A tad bit too carbonated for my palate. This would do very well at a much warmer temp I think, mine is out of the fridge witth 15 mins resting. Its got a smooth rich mouthfeel that is a bit sweet but good.

Drinkability: High abv, and a bit too sweet to make this a more than 1 bottle session in this size format. Great tasting and a super great winter beer for me.

Photo of jjanega08
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice dark brown color. Completely opaque in my Duvel tulip glass. But there are some amber to solid red highlights on the edges of the glass. The head is a darker white color nearly what I would call mocha but not quite there. The head is a great 4 fingers high and leaves great lacing on the glass. The retention is good and lasts about one finger throughout the entire drink.
S= Cherries of course but theres a lot more than that. It really smells a lot like a chocolate covered cherry to me.... One of those ones you get around Easter time with the cream in the middle. There are a lot of apple notes in it as well with some dark fruit like plums and figs but they sit in the back seat to the nice Easter chocolate cherry smell. Almost perfumey smelling.
T= Werid. again it tastes like one of those Easter cherries with the chocolate and cream. There are the same notes that I smelled but they take the back seat. I don't know if they used real cherries in this but it tastes like they used the candy cherries you find on top if ice cream sundaes. Really unique for a quad and delicious none the less. I love the taste but it isn't regual Quad flavors by any stretch of the imagination. The dark fruits take the back seat in this one and still play a roll in balancing out the sweet candy cherry flavors. When I burp up some I notice how much cherry there really is in this. Delicious and well balanced between a quad and fruit beer.
M= Wet and coating. This one isn't a lick of dry. Instead it has a nice coating wet delicious feel.
D= solid. well balanced and smooth. A good sipper with some nice strong cheese or a solid meal. This one is really a great quad but not a beginners quad at all. This stretches what I would define as a quad but still has the same characteristics. Unique to say the least.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,468 ratings.