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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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4,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 189
Gots: 516 | FT: 14
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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 umustdrink


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

750 ml bottle purchased back in February for around $6
Brewed in 2005

A - Clear, mostly opaque dark ruby color. Head is dark white and fades to an eighth inch with very good retention. Lacing is minimal but still there.

S - Rich, bready and caramely malts with cherry and dark grape fruits.

T - Starts fruity, both light and sweet and also a deeper oily fruitiness. The deeper oily fruitiness retains through the whole taste, but becomes slightly sour toward the end. Fruitiness shares the spotlight with the same rich and caramely malt character as mentioned in the smell.

M - Consistency is a bit thinner than I would have liked, but its not terrible. Carbonation is medium.

D - This beer can be described in one word: luxurious. Very complex, tasty beer that will leave few dissatisfied. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 04:26:52 | More by umustdrink
Photo of Brad007


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

Beer poured a decent brown color into my Schlitz chalice. Not much head. Aroma is very strong, malty with definite raisin smell to it. A bit of chocolate essence but not much. Taste is very strong with a coffee/caramel essence and alcohol in the background. The alcohol is subdued here, which is nice. I really like the taste though. It's also roasty with a black coffee edge to it. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 20:02:42 | More by Brad007
Photo of jdubjacket


2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Stella Artois chalice.

Color was a murky brown with hints of amber.

Smell was sweet and tart. Very powerful aroma that I could smell even when the bottle was a couple feet away.

Taste starts off sweet and alcoholic and quickly disappears into a watery taste. Not much to write home about here.

Overall drinkability was average. The high ABV is masked fairly well and the beer goes down easy. However, the lack of taste doesn't make the beer particularly enjoyable or unenjoyable.

This is one of the more disappointing quads I've had. You should definitely spend a couple more dollars to get the good stuff if you're in the market.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:50:11 | More by jdubjacket
Photo of jar2574


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. I got this beer on the first day the store put it on display. I was quite excited to see a new belgian style beer.

Had to pour this lovely beer into an oversized wineglass, it's the best I could do. Nice dark brown color. Nice head, and lacing coats the glass all the way down.

Smells great, I can smell the alcohol and some sweetness. It has a nice, warm taste that gets a bit hot if you take a deep gulp. The alcohol isn't overpowering though. A touch of sweetness, perhaps from the cherry lambic they add to this beer. A bit yeasty upfront, and if you roll it to the back of your tongue you'll get a cola flavor. That's a lot of flavors rolled into one beer!

Nice level of carbonation. Quite a chewy mouthfeel. A slight buildup in the back of the throat is my only downer with this beer.

Very enjoyable. I'll buy it again as an excellent and cheaper alternative to more expensive Belgian style beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 12:33:27 | More by jar2574
Photo of Melchizedek


3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lovely deep ruby with a big poofy beige head that subsides into an uneven cap.

A little lambic tartness evident in the nose, otherwise sweet and boozy, with background grain. In the mouth, rather thin, with pretty obvious strength, a bit of cola bite, some medicinal/tea bitterness, some dark cherry, and then little hints of malt action, but not all that much. Not objectionable, but I think I was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 03:13:37 | More by Melchizedek
Photo of letsgopens


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

This quadrupel pours an amazingly deep amber/burgundy, nearly black when settled with small bubbles. The off white head thins but lasts with great lacing.

The aroma is sweet and bitter with strong cherry notes. Pleasurably sharp to the nose; very aromatic.

The flavor includes an appetizing fruitiness: apple, citrus, and obviously woody cherry. A great and unexpected hoppiness is present during the finish.

A smooth texture is lightened significantly by a mellow epervesent carbonation. Very complex in flavor and high in drinkability. Better than I expected, an awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 21:18:57 | More by letsgopens
Photo of geexploitation


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

Pours a murky, nutty brown with just the vaguest of amber highlights, along with an off-white dusting of a head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, dark candi sugar, pear and cherry fruits, and some yeast. On the palate, bitter cherry fruits felt on the sides of the tongue, matched by figgy malt sweetness before a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fulsome carbonation. Overall, this beer is better than I remember it being. Nice fruit, rich malts, high ABV that doesn't burn. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 03:28:34 | More by geexploitation
Photo of Slatetank


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prestentation - An eye catching 12oz brown bottle with a quad colored label: white/black/red/gold apropos for a unique quad.

A - Strawberry blond colored ale when backlit with an eggshell hued head the generates a moderate amount of lace from the appealing microfoam.

S - a mellifluous, unctuous blend of aromas: cherry, spice, belgian yeast, wood and caramel.

M - an extremely active and yet gentle bouyancy is felt. Sweetness steps up, as it fades creamy and bitter textures are felt in the finish.

T -- A spicy yeast flavor gives way to sweet fruit flavors as very subtle cherry tastes are surrounded with effervescence and a sweet tangy essence presents itself with a natural caramel/sugar flavor. Vanilla is another pleasant spice that is interwoven into the enticing tapestry. It is like art in a bottle-subtle shades of tart and bitter combine with hues of sweet and fruity. Only as the ale becomes warm does the alcoholic muscle stretch out and dazzle the palette. A clean but earthy woodiness is experienced which ties in well with the quote imprinted on the label: "Philosophy begins in wonder" I have no doubt of the inspiration for the splendor contained in this ale. The complexity and dexterity of Three Philosophers is a true tribute to the skill of the brewers and blending at Ommegang

D - A great pleasure for my taste buds. Sweet, strong, balanced and complex - a great example of a hybrid of styles done with inspiration and skill. A superb fruit blend with Quadruple punch. Not gentle in heft, but graceful and sophisticated all the while. Perhaps the most drinkable Quad I have had. Versatile to the extreme. Could be poured and enjoyed with desserts or a variety of main courses. A really delicious brew that can be enjoyed easily all by itself.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 23:04:05 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Redwood21


4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Extremely dark, with a brown red hue in it. Very interesting, head could last longer, but not suprising with this style beer
S: Great dark fruit,berry aromasom ester is noted as well. very very interesting aroma, more aromatic than a normal beer for sure.
T: Darke fruit and berry travel throughout. there is some alcohol and bitter chocolote taste as well. very complex, very smooth.
This is a very wine like beer, i think it it would be a suprise to those sad folks who hate beer and like wine, especially darker earthier wines. This is a very good and suprising beer. drinkability takes a hit. but its extremely good

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 07:50:11 | More by Redwood21
Photo of bosco7


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 Vintage ("Cellared" at BevMo at 72 F in partial sun; was not paying attention to the label this could be interesting).

Opaque dark brown with a lasting silk like head.

Aromas include sour cherry, oak, roasted malt, boozy, and some apple.

Sweetness very apparent. Chocolate malt, roast malt, some fig, upfront with some light cherry ( I remember the cherry being more pronounced in the past). Slightly astringent.

Smooth and slick mouthfeel.

Not as attenuated as something like Rochefort 10, but is still very digestable. I remember the taste of this beer being more "bright" I think with time and poor storage the beer seems to have take a dull like quality. Still very good though.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 04:47:07 | More by bosco7
Photo of Contra

New York

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

Three Philosophers is a Quad blended with cherry lambic. It's extremely complex, and a nice idea on what can be done with the Quad style.

Three Philosophers pours like dark amber-maple syrup, and while sipping it, it's almost as thick. About the only beer I've had which is thicker would be various barley-wines. The aroma is complementary to the flavor in that you get a hint of the cherries, but it comes out when sipping it. I say sipping it because it's kind of like a bourbon, too strong to quaff, but the characteristics come out when sipping it. It's quite sweet, which means that it's hard to drink a lot of it... but somehow, it leaves me wanting more anyway.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 00:30:32 | More by Contra
Photo of irishtimepiece


4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired with egg rolls and Transfiguration of Vincent by M. Ward.

Poured a murky brown with a huge head into my snifter. Given some time, the head settles to a cap and leaves significant spider web like lacing.
Smell is fruity for sure. Raisins and cherries. No hint of alcohol.
Taste is slightly sour, definitely fruity, with a respectable hop bitterness, and a slightly sweet but dry finish. Alcohol is covered well in the taste as well. The slight blending of cherry lambic into this beer seems to be responsible for much of this beers unique flavor.
The only place this beer loses points it the mouthfeel. Feels sharp. Too much carbonation. The good news is that by the time I got to second half of the bottle, the carbonation had calmed down considerably. I would definitely recommend opening this and letting it sit for a few minutes before pouring. You can tell your wine drinking friends that you're letting it "breathe".
This is an incredibly tasty and well made brew. Barely being able to perceive the alcohol makes a brew this tasty dangerously drinkable...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 07:40:20 | More by irishtimepiece
Photo of flexabull


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

2005 Vintage (courtesy of jasonm... thanks!)

Pours a nice clear dark brown color with a big head.

Aroma is tart, cherry like, and with a hint of roasted malts.

Flavor is thick, sweet, malty, brown sugar like, and with a tart cherry finish. All the flavors balance nicely, and this is smooth and surprisingly subtle.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Very nice and full, thick, and it really coats your mouth nicely.

Drinkability is good. This is a nice and interesting Quadrupel. Fairly easy to drink, especially at 9.8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 06:24:33 | More by flexabull
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, 2005 vintage. Murky brown bottle with slight ruby-red highlights and a half an inch of light tan head. Smells like raisin, roasty caramel and brown sugar. Tastes like raisin, caramel, with a bit of a woody character. Full creamy mouthfeel with a fair bit of carbonation. Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. By far and away one of the finest beers I have ever had the pleasure of having and the best Quad I have ever had. Practically perfect in every way.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2007 02:30:15 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of theWrkncacnter

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked bottle. 2006 edition.

A - Hazy copper, similar to apple cider. Large head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Some sweetness with a little alcohol coming across.

T - Good, but maybe a little too much alcohol taste. There's a nice dry, sweet finish, no doubt from the cherry lambic that's been added to it.

M - Fairly smooth, although the alcohol comes across here again and hurts it, IMO.

D - Very drinkable for something that is almost 10% ABV, but I know of other beers near the same content that are much more drinkable than this.

Overall it's a very good brew, I'm not disappointed but I don't know if I'd pick this up again. It was good, just nothing that overly impressed me. It pretty much tastes exactly like it should, like a belgian that had some cherry lambic added to it. I think I'd be more happy to just have the quadruple part of the beer and skip the cherry lambic. Might be something good to serve to someone who doesn't really like beer who usually sticks to wines or sweeter drinks.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 18:44:24 | More by theWrkncacnter
Photo of Onslow


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

Pours a quite dark ruby colour..very smooth..has a nice amount of bitters..has a regal sweetness to it..lacing is low, but present..intriguing smell..quadrific!..cherries add a different twist...wl cross off...Had been on my wishlist for a while, and it didn't really disappoint me..

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 17:19:32 | More by Onslow
Photo of number1bum


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From NEPA BC Split #2.

750ml bottle pours into a tulip glass a very nice reddish brown with a 1/2" tan head. Decent retention and some sticky lacing. Smell is black cherries and some other dark fruits, malt and a little bit of alcohol. Also a bit of a medicinal scent. The taste begins with tart cherries, tart to the point of almost being a bit sour, then gives way to some complex malts, a nice hop bitterness to balance things out and a pleasant black cherry finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy yet also crisply carobnated. Overall an enjoyable and interesting brew.

1/2/08 Edit: About a month and a half ago I had a cave aged bottle of Three Philosophers, 2006 vintage, and it was absolutely incredible. So smooth, so tasty. Today I'm enjoying a bottle, 2005 vintage, that has been in my own cellar for about 9 months, and it too has smoothed out and is really nicce. Negligible tartness and a smoother, more pleasant cherry flavor. Ratings have been upgraded accordingly. This is a great brew with some age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 21:57:29 | More by number1bum
Photo of mithrascruor


3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy brown-reddish-copper color with a small, foamy light-tan head. Gradually becomes a film, but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of malts (sweet), a bit of dark fruits, and some spices.

Taste: Rich and malty, but there's very little complexity or other flavors here. Has a proper amount of sweetness. The other flavors (though minimal) tend to not come out until the aftertaste with cherries and some bitterness... plus the occasional hint of alcohol. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is more than I would like -- it's intense, but thankfully not sharp. Medium-bodied and rather smooth.

Drinkability: Though strong alcohol-wise, it seems to be generally well-masked. The carbonation is a turn-off.

An okay attempt at a Belgian ale. Flavor is pretty lacking, but it's not bad. I was just hoping for something more. Worth trying if you're curious.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 03:05:32 | More by mithrascruor
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to chalice, with a rich dark plum-like appearance with a large head and very nice retention. The smell of good, trademark quadrupel spices with a light cherry scent. The taste begins with a thin mixing of the contents, spicy yet smooth with rich, thick dark cherry finish. Interesting how the cherries are light in the scent, but strong and dark in the taste. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and creamy, chewy enough to bite down into. A good sipper, but the dark cherry aftertaste puts a very slight damper on the drinkability but not enough to keep me from going for this one on several occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 01:05:28 | More by Neehan
Photo of BretSikkink


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

Hazy brown brew, look quite dark but then the yeast sediment added a little lighter brown. Good head retention and lacing, pretty nice for a quadrupel.

I get some herb-earth aromas, aniseed and clove. The malt is present but nothing is overpowering, dark fruits mostly.

The flavor is quite incredible, there's milky chocolate malts which leads to a noticeable black cherry presence, creamy clove (almost weissbier-like) in finish. Also some medicinal alcohol tempered by flavors of sweet lighter fruit peel. This was served quite warm, almost room temperature when opened. I slam all the sediment in after a vigorous shake with the bottle, which may account for the bubble gum and clove flavors here, I remember it cold as having good balancing hop characteristics, popping carbonation, and being a thick but inviting kiln-malt cherry bomb - slight bitterness, a little sour, and not too much sweetness. But there's huge flavor nonetheless: it has the fruity yeast component of a tripel, the dark fruit and sweet malt of a complex Belgian strong dark, and a silky smooth hefeweiss finish for drinkability.

Wonderfully complex and drinkable beer, I would love to see this on cask and if I can put it down I'll save a bottle or two for next winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 05:53:41 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of BuckSpin


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

Presentation: c.2005 750ml wiretop bottle in an oversized crystal snifter

Poured lush & hushed, with a semi-thickness and a subtle crackle. Deep, dark nose, full of fruits like dark cherry, raisins, fig, dried currants. Malts are thickly & deeply caramelized, deeply sweet but not sugary or burnt, traces of yeast bread. Soft spice is noticeable, but no where near what one usually encounters in a Belgian style ale, or from Ommegang. A fat finger of mixed, crackled, slightly sculpted cream hued foam snapped subtly, eventually fading to a thin sheen, then a glass ring that laced faintly. The body is a deep, brassy-rudy mahogany amber, looks thicker than it is, a striking hue, made even more so with the slow dance of bubbles rising thru it. Thus far Ommegang has crafted some nice eye candy.

Its so beautifully filled with caramelized malts and lush dried fruit, bordering on the edge of a mild cordial. Many of the fruited nose qualities carry over onto the tongue - raisin, dark cherry, dried currant, even some fig and maybe a whisper of apricot hiding in that caramel. This is a malt bomb, a real lush sipper, but the slight spicy crispness (echo of black pepper) and the carbonation keep it balanced. Some faint spice is there (clove, nutmeg, ginger), but very faint. Bready, but more quick breads like a muffin or pound cake in feel, thick, not so yeasty. As it warms on the palate a wonderful semi-sweet milk chocolate quality emerges from the malts, mixing with the other tastes (now subdued but still present) in a slightly syrupy sweet elixir that can best be described as a lightly spiced, aged properly, and well "soaked" with fruit cordial Xmas fruitcake. Not that abomination full of whatever the hell those green fruit thingamabobs are, but a REAL fruitcake made months ago from a handed down recipe and aged in someone's cellar until Christmas Eve. This is like that in a glass.

It finishes as it started, but with a warm coating of the mouth in a semi-syrupy bath of all the aforementioned, only now you add in the pleasing warmth of the alcohol to "bake" everything, with a slight lean to the fruited qualities & the caramel.

Amazingly, pared with some triple chocolate cake as a match, the cake triggered a lot of the hidden spices to ROAR to the front, as well as the alcohol...not what I expected but very nice!

This was just luscious. A beauty in every respect, a true malt lover's brew and as close as you can get to a great Holiday dessert in liquid form. Outstanding. Will definitely keep a bottle or two around for special meals or a great treat. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2007 00:59:20 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of Tyrawlings


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

750 ml. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown in color with ruby red hues. Dense off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Sheets of beautiful lacing that cover the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts. Grain. Dark fruit. Herbs. Cherry. Asprin. Alcohol.

T: Very thick and sweet malts dominate the front end of the sample. Some spicy bitterness is followed by a soft balancing hop presence. Tea like or herbal wash is taken over by a soft touch of tart cherry and an earthy dry alcohol finish.

M: Silky smooth and creamy rich. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A beautiful brew to behold and quite complex. A dinner beer that is to be sipped and enjoyed. Tastes flourish was the beer warms. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 22:43:43 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of sleazo

New York

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

A-Pours a ruddy/reddish hue with a thick creamy head that lingers. Decent lacing

S-Deep rich bready, dark cherries, almost winelike

T-Sweet maltiness, and cherries followed up by a sourness that hits you with the aftertaste along with some bitterness. Very nice.

M-Rich, viscous with a nice carbonation level.

D-Dangerously good for the %. This one is a winner and one i will revisit especially with Fresh Direct delivering.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 22:33:59 | More by sleazo
Photo of stephendr


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

brewed in 2005 – 750 ml. bottle- color of deep reddish mahogany , with a thick frothy tan head - nose of malt , dark cherries , white flowers , and assorted red fruit – taste of deep red cherries , bitter chocolate , roasted , dried apricots , slightly sour , and milky - body is medium , and well carbonated – aftertaste of sweet/ sour , red fruit , berries , and hints of chocolate

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 06:11:38 | More by stephendr
Photo of kenito799

New York

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Bottled 2006. 98% ale 2% cherries.

Dark chestnut brown with big foamy tan head, recedes slowly leaving little wisps of lace here and there.

Nose has lots of malty sweetness, root beer/cola notes, and soem underlying winy black cherry notes.

On the palate it is not as complex as I recall from an on-tap serving I had last year...rich and malty, fairly sweet but not cloying, a solid example of a dark brown Belgian ale but doesn't thrill me. At least it's cheaper than an import.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2007 01:19:40 | More by kenito799
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 4,909 ratings.