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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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5,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,114
Reviews: 1,902
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 206
Gots: 615 | FT: 15
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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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Photo of Pencible
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

This poured a hazy dark cherry brown with quickly dissipating tan head. It smelled like sour cherries and light floral hops, with Belgian lemon grass yeast. It tasted like sour cherry and floral hops with wild Belgian yeast and some molasses malt. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a tart aftertaste. Overall this had an interesting flavor, and was very delicate and well balanced. The flavor hid the alcohol well, making this surprisingly easy to drink. All in all, this was a very good Belgian.

Pencible, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

750ml bottle received as a gift from my brother... Cheers Adam! 2006 vintage I noticed after I cracked it open. No idea how well it was cared for where he bought it so I am interested to find out.

Reddish brown color, thick off-white head of big bubbles. Tons of sticky lacing.

Caramel and toffee sweet malt smell with dark cherries. A slightly sour smell.

Sweet malt up front followed by tart cherries with notes of apples, plums, and raisins. Alcohol is well-hidden for 9.8% ABV. Definitely sour in the finish.

Medium body, or a little over, smooth and crisp at the same time.

A damn fine beer, it has clearly held up well. I am pleasantly surprised.

Tasted on 6/23/08.

tmitch75, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev -1%

A- Pours a very dark red color. A creamy white head, that has a decent retention and left a good amount of lacing.

S- Rich malt aromas, still somewhat yeasty as well, bready, with cherries, (black cherries). Also comes off a bit boozy.

T- Nice blend of malt & cherries, hint of caramel. Just the right combination of sweet and tang. Both linger on the palate.

M- Medium to full in body.

D- A good brew just don't think I could have a few of this in one night.

nrbw23, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%

A: A dark brownish/amber color with a creamy beige head. The head takes a minute to recede and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Lots of malt and fruits (banana, orange, apples and cherry). Some doughy yeast aroma. Also some alcohol as the aroma lingers.
T: Again, lots of malty and fruity flavors. Mostly a big apple and cherry sweetness. Tart and just a bit of alcohol tingle with a metallic aftertaste.
M/D: Syrupy sweet and very creamy with a medium body. The alcohol comes through more as the beer warms up, but for the most part a very smooth and easy drinking 9.8 ABV beer. A beer to sip and savor.

I really enjoy this. I am not that familiar with Quadruple's, but it seems spot on from what I have tried. Something I would recommend.

champ103, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Smell is one of the most pleasing of any beer I have had. Chocolate, cherry, soy sauce, smoke, coffee, brown sugar, fruit esters, alchohol, and more. Taste had very similar aspects as the smell. It was sweeter than the smell hinted at but not too sweet. Nice bitterness. Very delicious. Finish is long lasting and bitter.

gonzo46and2, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance - This beer poured a nice amber color with a nice off white head. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell - Huge smells present. Orange, lemon cherries and spices. The fruit smells dominate. Also a hint of alcohol.

Taste- Man this is a good beer. Great spices and fruits clearly present. I do get a sour cherry taste along with citrus fruits as well. Very complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - Incredible beer. Not something I could drink on a regular basis and would love to taste this aged. I'm glad it came in a 12oz bottle also because the 750ml would have been a bit much.

Beerbuddha, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of bigchiefbc
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into a chalice from a 25.4 ounce corked bottle, purchased from Liquor World in Milford, MA. Deep chestnut brown, not-too-thick head, no lacing but good retension.

Aroma is spicy and slightly sweet. Initial taste is immediate cherry, followed by good malt and spice, either nutmeg or cinnamon. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is not intrusive. Fantastically satisfying taste, but you're not going to have more than one or two glasses.

One of my favorite Belgians

bigchiefbc, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of TheDragonTony
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer pours a walnut brown with a nice off white lacing that sticks around throughout. The smell is mostly malty as I drink this, though it is summer and the cut grass outside can't be helping my nose any.

This is delicious, and smooth and full bodied and creamy. I get very little alcohol from this beer, which makes it quite deceptive at nearly 10%. This is spicy and malty with a little hop bitterness at the end.

This beer is delicious and very refreshing on this rainy summer evening, I'm glad that I gave this beer another chance (I tried it once not knowing at all what it was or what to expect and was sorely disappointed...).

I recently purchased this in a Magnum as part of an Ommegang 10 year anniversary pack (with commemorative glass), so this is at least one year old.

TheDragonTony, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

750ml bottle into a snifter. Hazy dark brown in color with a beige colored 1 inch head that leaves no lacing. Aroma of dry yeast and funky tartness. very strong alcohol presence as it warms. Taste is much better than the smell. The hint of tart cherry lambic is the first thing to notice, but it's not overpowering. Followed up by some nice dark fruity malts, dry Belgian yeast character and a little bit of funkiness. Hop character is in the background with only a slight hint of bitterness in the finish. Apples, cherries, and a small amount of candy sugar and dry chocolate are present. Strong alcohol heat becomes present as it warms. Highly complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is slick and well-carbonated. Excellent brew, and fairly easy to drink despite the high ABV. Another winner from Ommegang.

KeefD, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of callmescraps
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Been holding on to this one until the special lady friend finished yet another architecture licensing test. Needless to say, we're both relieved it's over; this guy has been taunting me for months.

Appearance - A very deep amber with a solid quarter inch of head that sticks around for the duration.

Smell - A hint of orange peel and lemon, the belgian hopness is in effect. Also a little maltiness, with almost a hint of nutmeg.

Taste- Comes with a bitter orange taste, with some definite spice. It's got that nice belgian spice/citrus balance with some definite malt. Kind of a lemon bitterness on the finish balanced out by some more spice. A lot smoother and less bitter than many quadruples, but not sacrificing anything in terms of depth or complexity.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, but smooth. Almost tingles on the tongue.

Drinkability - Pretty easy going down. Glad I'm spitting this guy, since I'd easily polish off the bottle on my own.

Dammit, I just love Ommegang. They make such fantastic beers (including the heavenly Hennepin). This is just another feather in their cap. Probably my favorite American brewery, and for good reason.

callmescraps, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.1/5  rDev -1%

2007 corked bottle. Served at refrigerator temperature, allowed to warm throughout the (60 minute) review. Let round one commence:

Pleasantly tart/sour Belgian yeast with massive fruitiness. Vanilla caramel sweetness. Rich maltiness. Minor alcohol. Minor spicy yeast aromas. Smells both soft and sharp.

Dark ruby-tinted brown color, highly translucent. Moderate head with poor retention.

First sip brings a swift tart pucker to the jaws. Follows with delicately soft sweetness that tastes like malt, bread, and sugar (hard to describe exactly, stay tuned for updates). Wild sour flavors dance about the palate and tease the tastebuds. I can dig the cherry, especially really tart cherry. Powdery yeast flavors come and go, as do various fruits that I can't yet pin down. A soft, dull bitterness rises that reminds me of the peaceful earth-grounding tannins in green tea. Cantaloupe suddenly jumps out at me with musty melon flavors. More cherry sensation presents itself in the finish and aftertaste - kind of a fruit skin feeling. More sweetness, still hard to describe.

I just got a taste of hop tartness. Way down deep, hidden amongst the yeast flavors and alcohol, this tartness adds to the already roaring barrage against the malt. The malt, which is still quite shy, holds a steady footing against this attack.

What a kick in the palate! The flavor evolves so quickly and is different on each sip. Fruit, fruit, fruit. Almost makes it taste healthy ;-). Now, on to my second glass and I feel great; let round two begin:

Deep, richer, darker roasted sugar becomes pronounced. Dark and bright fruit too - grape, cherry, kiwi, and so on (maybe it would be easier to list off the fruits that this beer doesn't remind me of). More tannic bitterness juxtapositions itself against the sweet malty malt. With all the tart and bitter yeast and hops working against the seemingly submissive malt and sweetness, one would think the balance was to the former. The balance, though, is quite even (perhaps even skewed a bit towards the malt).

For most of the tasting and sipping I get way more tart, sour, and bitter yeast/hop flavors than I do sweet or malt flavors, but the malt/sweet characters stay fairly constant throughout the entire sitting and the contradictory flavors are constantly changing, jumping around, and evolving in every sip. It's like I'm sitting in a racing malt boxcar watching the yeast/hop scenery go by. At every point throughout the journey, the view is balanced, but when I recollect over the time spent watching the hops and yeast speed by, my boxcar gets lost in the sea of memories.

Medium-to-medium-thick body, ample carbonation.

Final Thoughts-
It's hard to believe this is 9.8% alcohol, because the alcohol flavor/feeling sure is well hidden. I really like that the label tells me strait out that this beer is "98% Ale - 2% Ale with Cherries Added." It's a proud brewer what can boast the blending of his beer.

The Verdict:
A fruity, dark Belgian ale, different with each sip. Time spent interacting with this beer is phenomenally better than time spent just watching tv. The only conceivable downside is that with 1.5875 pints of anything 9.8% abv, one tends to have a hard time logging memories. I had a good time.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +8%

A- thin 1 fing head that slowly recedes. Ruby color, nice sediment.

S- Fresh cherry, light alcohol, raisin, fresh apple, spiciness, and hop bite.

T- Delicious authentic unibroue beer infused with a nice belgian lambic (kriek really, but it tasted lambic-esque), nice tart sour cherry, big funk and a bit of chocolate.

M- Nice tart sourness from kriek and very impressive funk.

D- Definitely need to split the bottle as it hides the 9.8% really well.

Greggy, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of doubleipa
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%

This review is for an '04 bottle that had been cellared correctly. Nice creamy, light brown head. Light malt and bread, with flower, dough, grape, and big cherry. Big pop when it opned. Very sweet. This beer was OK. I expected more of a quad taste, but it seemed a bit thin. Mostly just cherry.

doubleipa, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

750 ml cork-in-caged bottle, poured into a goblet yields a hazy chestnut body with a brilliant sparkle of honey-gold in the highlights. A nice creamy finger of pale ivory foam settles atop the drink at a fat sheet that clings stubbornly to the glass leaving abstract swatches of fine lacing.

Smells of brown sugar-covered raisins and ripe plums, plus spicy cherries and a tangy yeasty note. Warm brown bread and cherry liqueur notes emerge as the beer moves toward room temperature.

Taste is sweet, fruity and rich with a substantial alcohol bite. Fruity flavors of cherry and plum are dried quickly by an astringent bitterness; dry, biscuity malt and tangy yeast complement a warm alcohol burn. Caramel flavors emerge and take center stage as the drink warms, as does a bitter crabapple note of alcohol plus another toasty, dry malt note.

Crisp when cold, the drink warms, seeming smoother and more medium-full bodied, even a touch syrupy and sticky in the mouth. A definite sipper, and plenty sippable.

As the drink warms further, the rich brown sugar evident in the aroma sidles up to the caramel leader, bringing an evolving alcohol flavor now much more smoky, grapefruity, and citric. A juicy flavor of ripe golden apples makes an appearance, rolling around with sweet, grassy hops and Granny Smith tartness.

I could go on, but as brevity is the soul of wit, I'll just dumb it down and say, "This beer kicks a lot of ass in a lot of different ways."


cvstrickland, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

I poured this unique ale from a 750ml brown bottle into my Gulden Draak snifter.

A= This ale poured a cloudy, hazy, dark mahogany color with tons of yeast particulates in suspension. The initial pour produced a big 3" tan head which slowly dropped to a 1/4 of an inch. Moderate lacing down the glass.

S= I got funky Belgian yeast, phenols, black licorice, and faint cherries in the aroma. When swirled, this ale also released alcohol aromas.

T= This one tasted of sweet malts and Belgian yeast coupled with faint cherry flavors. The cherry was in there, but not overpoweringly so. Surprisingly little alcohol in the taste, but a bit of faint sour/tartness did show up in the finish.

MF= Medium-high carbonation gave this a lighter body and mouthfeel than it would have otherwise. Despite this carbonation, it felt creamy on the tongue.

D= I was pleasantly surprised by this ale. I was hoping it would not be cloyingly sweet or dominated by the cherries and I was not disappointed. A fantastic ale!

spointon, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of chileman13
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

a-deep red mahogany with 2 inches creamy white head that falls into about 1/4 inch foam.
a- carmel malt,light vanilla(?) with cherry top notes.
t- as it smells. Carmel malt with light cherry. well balanced. I am unsure but do they use the same yeast as Duvel?
m- medium silky with a lot of carbonation.
d- this is a very drinkable beer and I'm sure I'll buy another....

chileman13, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%


Appearance: Pours with a huge tan-colored head, about three fingers worth. Settles very quickly, however, into a half-finger. Lacing is voluminous, craggy and long, but, again, lasts for less of a time than one might expect. Body is a dark brown with hints of cherry amber, appropriate for the blend, I suppose.

Smell: Dark cherries pervade, with some apple cider on the back end. Candy sugar, alcohol, dates, grapes (less vinous-ish, more table grapes), banana, clove, cork wood.

Taste: Taste brings forth an almost medicinal kriek taste on the front end with some solventy alcohol. Behind that is apple juice, banana, pear. A bit of a let down.

Mouthfeel: Thick and fluffy.

Drinkability: Perfectly drinkable, but a little one-note ish.

RidiculedDisplay, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of ecorrado
5/5  rDev +20.8%

2007, 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle reviewed.

OK. I really didn't want to rate a beer all "5.0" as I understand that this should be really rare. However, honestly, there is nothing wrong with this beer. It is an excellent brew and all people that like Belgian beer should give this beer brewed over 3000 miles form Belgian a try. It has a nice dark color, pours nicely, smells good, and has a taste to die for. Unlike other Belgians I have enjoyed, this also has a great drinkability (sometimes I enjoy my initial tastes of a Belgian and i grows old half way through - but not this one). I don't see how anyone who likes Belgian Ales wouldn't enjoy this brew. Maybe they won;t give it as high praise as I do, but I can't see them not enjoying it.

ecorrado, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of julian
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Bought at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA - bottle - 9.4FL. OZ.

A: Pours a deep rich mahogany color with 2 fingers frothy tan head. minimal to no apparent lacing. head dwindles away after a few minutes.

S: heavy malted scent with lots of fruit on the nose. almost smells like a dunkelweizen (ie. bananas, bread...) but with cherry and and slightly alcoholic phenol odor

T: this is a 2007 bottle, very carbonated, sweet taste of cherries and roasted malt. toffee flavor lingers with a slight alcoholic aftertaste. very crisp beer. nice mix with cherries, very robust and well balanced beer!

M: very bubbly, bloats you quickly. this is a really well balanced beer as stated above, not too sweet, no bitterness and alcoholic element almost unnoticeable to the palette.

D: very tasty beer, goes down easy. nice fruity flavor definitely keeps you coming back for more.

julian, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a huge amazing head. Nice amber/brown color. Retention never leaves the edge of the glass.

Smell is some candy sugar, belgian caramel malts and cherries.

Taste has a dryness to it. A nice sweet caramel malt mixes with a little candy sugar and a nice undertone of cherry.

Slightly creamy mouthfeel that is incredibly smooth.

A very nicely balanced quadrupel. I like that it's not as boozy as others in the style. It lacks a little complexity and has a little less of a flavor profile than others in the style, but is very drinkable and a nice ale that I could have a few of.

jasonjlewis, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%

2007, 12oz bottle.

A- dark reddish brown, beige and yellowish head.

S- dark fruit, Belgian yeast, smells like most dubbels to me, maybe a bit sweeter.

T- Stars out tasting sweet almost like a mild fruit juice. The cherry is pretty muted but its there in the middle. finishes dry and with a real earthy, dirt taste. I really like the start of the taste but do not like the aftertaste much.

M/D- pretty good here. Medium, has a bit of body on it but for a big beer it's still relatively light. Interesting beer but not something I would probably order again.

MiScusi, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of ewpgolf2
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured 355 ml. bottle into a fishbowl chalice. This Qaud presents itself w/ a deep ruby hue and off-white foamy head that settles quickly to a 1/8" film. You get a waft of sweet fruit compote followed by a hint of the booze. first impression w/ taste was that of sugared caramel-like well-done toast with butter and sugar on it-less the cinnamon. Throughout the rest, you get fruit teasings (not necessarily the 2% added cherries though?) This finishes strong; and as usual, you get more alcohol towards the end. The best part about this brew is how well the mouthfeel adds to the drinkability. The aftertaste keeps you wanting more-even more than the taste itself! This can get syrupy after a few but doesn't sit heavy. The 9.8% ABV is a sneaker so watch out. I would have liked this to offer a little more on the front end but overall, I enjoyed just drinking this one!

ewpgolf2, May 26, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a very very dark ruby color that is clear with tons of carbonation under the two and a half finger thick light tan head. When held to light thisthing looks lke a jewel. Great looking beer.

Smell: Sweet, almost sugary aroma that has a subtle yeastiness that prevents this smell from going over the edge. Underlying dark fruit flavor where a slight hint of the cherries comes in, but it's not very strong at all. There is a nice rich maltiness that helps hold the whole thing together, including caramel.

Taste: Introduction was slightly medicinal, but then things sweeten up as sugar and dark fruits come into play, including the cherry flavor. Dark chocolate makes an appearance to help balance things out. Finishes with a slight hint of alcohol and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth with a slight carbonation that is heavenly. The beer leaves a slight tingle in the mouth after swallowing.

Drinkability: One glass is a very rich drink, and I took it relatively slow with a paring of dark chocolate. Good experience, but not one to drink several of.

BucBasil, May 23, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev +1%

Appearance was dark ruby with a bubbly, off-white head that didn't need an aggressive pour to form. The head dissipated into a foamy ring, leaving some thin lacing behind.

Smell is musty fruit; raisins, pear, dark cherry, dried apricot, apple. There is a very yeasty, bready presence as well, and the alcohol comes through just a bit.

Taste is very bready and yeasty along with mostly dark fruit; cherry, raisin. Also, some brown sugar. It finishes with a slight hop bite. The taste is sweet, although more dark fruit than the aroma led on. I was expecting to taste sweet light pear and apple judging by the aroma.

This brew is very full-bodied and complex with a nice, velvety mouthfeel. There are many layers of flavors. Although the sweetness coats my mouth and becomes a bit much after the first glass, this is a wonderful quadruple to sip on.

halfP1NT, May 21, 2008
Photo of nkwarrior
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

I have been reluctant to try "Belgian Style" brews, mostly sticking to the true Belgian Breweries. This one was very good, smooth. Do not taste the alcohol, the hint of cherries is very subtle. Appearance is wonderful clear, coppery. Will have again.

nkwarrior, May 21, 2008
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,114 ratings.