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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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5,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,016
Reviews: 1,893
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 198
Gots: 573 | FT: 14
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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 Hoagie1973

New York

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours a beautiful dark ruby color with a huge thick foamy cream colored head. Excellent retention and lacing.

Malty aroma with fruit, spicy clove, and ale yeast.

This is my first quad, and when I read the label I was expecting a strong lambic-cherry undercurrent, but it's very subtle and well blended. Flavor is big and complex with a prominant yeasty characteristic; malty with a slightly bitter spice kick at the end, which seems to increase slightly as you go. High ABV is well masked.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a warm alcohol finish.

This is the brandy of beers.

02-08-2008 22:50:11 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of bilyboy65


4.72/5  rDev +14%

This beer was cellared for 2 years. Was poored from the 750ml bottle from 2006 into a standard pint glass.

A: There was a thick creamy light brownish head that left a thick clear residue on the glass as it faded. The beer was a very dark red-brown. Even with the dark color of the beer seeing through the glass is no problem.

S: From the first poor and the froth of the head released a powerful cherry smell. The smell of the malts and yeasts used are not over powered by the cherries, but heightened.

T: The years were good to this beer as the flavors seemed to come together. The cherries seem to be of the dark variety. They mix well with a sweet, almost sugary, and a spicy yeast. The malts tend to give it a little sour backbone and keep it from being to fruity.

M: Feels very think on the tongue, but the carbonation keeps it from being flat and boring. There is enough carbonation to make it seem like the cherries are dancing in your mouth.

D: Very easy to drink. The flavors have balanced out well over the years. Smooth on the tongue and throat.

02-08-2008 04:17:43 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of BMan1113VR


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

I might have served it a bit colder than recommended, so the cherry taste might not have been as strong as others. The beer is beautiful, poors with a large off-white head that disappears. Cloudy color with tiny particles bubbling around, color is somewhere between amber and red. Nose is moderatly citrus-hoppy with light yeast undertones (dough). Can also smell elements of Cherry/Casis, port wine and cinnamon. Taste starts lightly bitter with elements of fruit and over the long duration finishes moderatly sweet. Wait even longer and there is a slight nutty aftertaste on the rear end. Texture is somewhere between dry and creamy (I know that sounds wierd, but it is true). Carbonation is lively on this light to medium-bodied beer. Alcoholic notes on the finish. Very refreshing, quite good!

02-07-2008 16:10:32 | More by BMan1113VR
Photo of seaoflament


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

The beer in this bottle was brewed in 2005.

A crimson liquid pours into my Chimay goblet. About a quarter inch of foam quickly settles to a ring with some activity in the center.

A wonderful combination of tart cherries and bread are the first notes I can detect. Then I get the spicy yeast with dark fruits. Clove, a bit of cinnamon, brown sugar, raisins, and a touch of alcohol is my attempt to make my description a little more detailed.

The taste is very similar to the nose of this beer. Cherries soaked in alcohol, heavy bread, spices, and dark fruits. As I continue sipping this beer it reminds me of the strawberry-walnut bread I make sometimes (it's good by the way).

Heavily carbonated and a little sharp on the tongue. There is also a touch of alcohol that hangs around for a while in the back of the throat. After the beer warms up a bit the mouthfeel is a little better but I still think it's a tad over-carbonated. Actually, now that the beer is at room temp. the mouthfeel has improved.

02-07-2008 03:34:04 | More by seaoflament
Photo of BigRedN


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Following the bottle suggested pour, I poured softly so as to not disturb the yeast (at least not too much). Still I was able to produce an off white head nearly two inches in height on top of the hazy, brownish red liquid. It takes a while for the head to fade to a solid cover which leaves some lacing.

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

Taste: Big and malty; a touch yeasty/bready and a bit sweet. The blend of a belgian style ale and a cherry lambic (thinking Sam Adams here, yech) had me dreading what this beer might be, but it turned out great. The cherry-ness does not overpower.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with what seems like a natural low carbonation. A clean (low aftertaste) finish. The alcohol burn comes through on this one.

Drinkability: A good beer, but a sipper. I do not know if I could get through a 750 ml bottle due to the alcohol (nearly 10%!). This bottle is nice on a cold, snowy night. However the price (about $13 bucks for a 4 pack here) is such that I don't know when I will purchase it again.

02-06-2008 05:17:32 | More by BigRedN
Photo of AMo


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Three Philosophers pours a dark, opaque, plumish amber. The smell is really pleasant and uniquely aromatic of malts and cherries. Taste wise, this is very different, offering a nice mellow cherry flavor with absolutely no bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium thick, moderately carbonated, and very smooth. This drinks suprisingly easy for the alcohol, but it does pack a good punch.

01-30-2008 23:13:33 | More by AMo
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%

On tap at Mahar's. 1/2 pint

A: Pours a wonderful red color with a finger of head in a 1/2 pint glass. Lacing from the top to the bottom.

S: Cherries. Honey and other assorted sweetness. Some yeast smell as well. Very complex and very nice.

T: I have had this from the bottle many times over the years and this tasted like an aged bottle. All the complexity came out and drank very nicely.

M: Again very smooth. I was sad when I was done with this beer. Wonderful feel on the mouth without being too thick or to thin. Just about perfect.

D: In the bottle the drinkability is probably a 4 but on tap this was amazing. This is actually better than quite a few Belgian quads I have tasted. Good job Ommegang/Duvel.

01-30-2008 00:02:37 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of PittBeerGirl


3.95/5  rDev -4.6%

From 750ml bottle-poured into my 25cl Chimay chalice.

A- Body is a very hazy-almost opaque medium reddish brown hue. Pours with a relativly thin slightly off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a fine white collar around the glass. Minimal lacing is left behind.

S- Nose is strong of cherries, alcohol, chocolate, caramel, and a spicy Belgian yeast strain.

T- Upfront is sour cherries with sweet caramel malt backbone. Spicy Belgian yeast and alcohol emerge for the finish and seem to make the initial flavor disappear. All of these components linger equally-which is the highlight of the flavor. The intricate complexity of all these characters that don't usually mix together plus the addition of sweet chocolate. It's good and it really makes you think.

M- Carbonation is low and mouthfeel is mostly smooth and yeasty with hints of an alcohol slickness/burn.

D- This is a very interesting and complex brew that I do enjoy-but the blatant booziness of it all keeps the drinkability above average-but less than "good." This is my 5th quad and it falls in the middle of the 5 for me. I love Ommegang and their brews and through this isn't my favorite quad I will certainly have it again.

01-25-2008 02:22:19 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of czfreeman


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Poured into my Ommegang chalice. Intial appearance-beautiful-dark brown-reddish color capped by a creamy head with a good retention.
Smells yeast, dark chocolate cherry bread oh my!
malts,very complex.Taste- caramel, cordial cherrys, dark breads,toffee, malts then the lambic cherry finish. The complexity is amazing, it initially tastes like a Dubbel-dark,bready rich, malty,then suddedenly transforms itself into a light crisp lambic on the back of your palate,with a very clean finish. What a great experience. I cant imagine anyone in the US doing a better job.

01-24-2008 04:37:09 | More by czfreeman
Photo of theopholis


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance- Fairly clear, deep, rich amber body with a huge tan head. the head has fairly good staying power, but leaves very little lacing. Lots of continuing effervescence. The head is tan, 2-3 finger with moderate retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell- Huge malt sweetness with some dar fruits, cherry, caramel. Just enough hops to let you know it's beer. Not as spicy as a lot of Belgians. It's fairly complex, but not as complex as I would think a quadrupel should be. Still, quite inviting.

Taste- A big malty, bready, taste up front with some yeast and spices in the background. Some dark fruits, but not at a level to where you could identify them. A nice subtle sourness as it slides down the gullet, with a nice hop flavor. Amazingly, there is little alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body. It's syrupy enough to give you a nice lingering after-taste. Yum. Not as carbonated as a lot of Belgians, but that is a good thing. This one is quite nice. A bit astringent towards the end.

Drinkability- Quite nice. I haven't tried a lot of quadrupels, bt if this one is a good example, I'll start seeking them out. This one gives you the impression of exceptional pipe tobacco and a fine old cheese when you are drinking it. Hmmmm...maybe I'll do all 3! Good for sipping on a rainy day.

01-23-2008 21:32:25 | More by theopholis
Photo of bonk420247


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Like the best ale I've had but with a slight hint of cherry lambic mixed in. Not like a Frambouise lambic which will carry a very direct fruit taste, this is truly an ale first with some of the lambic added. I would like this ale with a meal or late night snack, can be drank alone like I did but better with a Beef Strogenoff, or Chicken Fried Veil steak.

01-23-2008 17:34:50 | More by bonk420247
Photo of MSchae1017


4.43/5  rDev +7%

This beer was tasted in a goblet from a 750mL bottle.

This beer pours a deep copper-brown with a frothy off white head that dissipates to a ring with wisps of foam across the top of the beer. The beer leaves just a little lace. The smell is full of caramel and cherry notes. There is a lingering aroma of sherry as well. The taste is up front with sweetness initially, caramel and cherries. This is followed by a bit of hop bitterness and some phenolic and alcoholic flavors. The mouthfeel is nice for the style, medium-full bodied. Overall, a great beer. Maybe not a perfect quad, but an amazingly drinkable beer. While not as complex as some others, it brings enough to the table to keep you coming back for more.

01-21-2008 22:22:34 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of rxdrewthejew


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

2007 Vintage. First time I've had an Ommegang...

A: Hazy burgundy, really nice color. Lots of bubbles. The head is tan, 2-3 finger with moderate retention, plenty of sticky lacing.

S: The cherry really comes out in the smell, slightly sour. Aside from this, some caramel sweetness, spices and even some mild hops. Very complex.

T: Taste starts with a bready malt/yeast and plenty of spices as well. The cherry is very sublte, and comes out more in the end with a bit of sourness. The finish is dry with a mix of sour cherry and mild hops.

MF: This one is very bubbly, but the finish is super dry. Not much warming, but the alcohol is big and makes its presense known right away.

D: The flavor isn't a sweet and crazy as I had expected. It's quite complex, but it's not overpowering. Seems like this beer would age extremely well. I like this beer a lot, the flavor is nice and it's a bit unique. More of a sipper, and one bottle is plenty for one night.

01-21-2008 04:19:43 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

The latest brew that I've sampled from Ommegang, and this one is slighty over-the-top in terms of flavor and complexity... pours an outstanding dark, ruby-red color with immense foamy and frothy head with some staying power... smell is full of caramel malts and brown sugar... taste strongly complements the smell, with a thick and rich creaminess on the palate that hits home and is very overwhelming... taste is complete with esters, alcohol, malt, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and prunes.... extremely creamy mouthfeel with a compromised drinkability due to the rich and thick flavors and the hefty 9.8% ABV... overall, a very good brew that is definitely a sipper and should be enjoyed over a long period of time...in my opinion, Ommegang has produced better brews, but this is still a top-notch, quality sample... Recommended...

01-20-2008 21:12:48 | More by dsa7783
Photo of shabbtastic

New York

4.72/5  rDev +14%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into 10th anniversary Ommegang glass.

A - Murky brown with hints of Carmel color. 3 finger creamy head with exceptional lacing.

S - Rich and malty with cherry and chocolate notes. A very complex nose, which is very inviting.

T - Out of this world smooth. Malt up front not bitter at all. You initially taste the alcohol but quickly sweetens up as the cherry introduces itself and ushers the swig across the palate.

M - Rich and full, nothing negative here. Creamy and warm to the senses.

D - Very quick to enjoy, the high ABV clearly does not designate this as a session beer. Two is all you need. Sipper and enjoy!

01-20-2008 16:04:50 | More by shabbtastic
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thick white head on top. Solid lacing is left on the glass.

S: Tart, sour cherries are the dominant smell, with some sweet malt behind it. Very appealing.

T: The cherries aren't as dominant in the taste, very subtle, with a swell of flavor at the finish. The upfront taste is Belgian yeast, some breadiness, and a bit of warmth from the alcohol. Very tasty.

M: I'm not sure how to describe it - solid carbonation, almost a grainy mouthfeel, but not in an unpleasant way. I'd like it if it were a bit smoother, but this is still solid.

D: This is a unique take on a quad, but very well done. It's really enjoyable and I'd recommend it. I can definitely see keeping this around. It'll be interesting to see how it ages as well, since this is 2007 vintage.

01-18-2008 02:18:09 | More by YonderWanderer
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

750mL bottle, 2007 Vintage

Figured I would drown my sorrows at not going to the The Mars Volta NYC show with this brew after seeing them three times in four days.

A: A nice ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating head
S: Alcohol and cherries overwhelm the nostrils
T: Overall bland, even after warming up slight cherry taste, but nothing impressive.
M: Good carbonation and smooth feel.
D: Would have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Still wish I was in NYC, but found out the boys beer of choice is Heineken, I knew I should have offered them a Double Bastard from the trunk of my car.

01-15-2008 01:57:13 | More by Cedromar
Photo of iceviper22


4.18/5  rDev +1%

This one pours a real deep brown with a reddish tint to it. One to two finger head that seemed to stay around for most of the glass.
It smells of some sour cherries and other fruits like raisins or dates.
The taste starts with a strong sour fruitiness but quickly becomes full of bold complex malt and fruit tastes. It then ends with a slight warming sensation with the strength of the alcohol. As it warms a bit, the alcohol taste seems to come through a little more and bit more of the sour cherry taste sneeks in at the end of each sip. It consists of a nice full bodied mouthfeel that isn't real thin but not to overly thick either. Overall, it is a very good, full bodied complex and tasty brew that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

01-13-2008 07:30:02 | More by iceviper22
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4.1/5  rDev -1%

750 mL bottle. 2005 Vintage. Poured into an over-sized wine glass

Pours a nice, slightly murky, dark brown mahogany in color with just a half finger of tan head. Smells generally sour with cherries, caramel, chocolate and a bit of spiciness are present. Taste is complex. Big and malty with caramel and dark fruits, such as figs and dates. There are also some spices and esters (pepper, clove, coriander) in the background. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer. I found it interesting and complex and the flavors really had melded together well in the ~3 years since it was brewed. I will recommend this one with enthusiasm.

01-12-2008 00:15:52 | More by mnj21655
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New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Incredibly smooth beer. Aroma of black cherry and alcohol. Taste lacks an initial presence, but you're soon hit with another strong cherry flavor tinged with sweet, dark malt. Color is very dark and murky, slightly rosy when held up to the light but the center of the beer remains dark. Goes down incredibly easy with a silky mouthfeel. Would definitely buy again in the near future.

01-09-2008 05:17:40 | More by wiseguy142
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

'06 vintage poured at 50F into a snifter.

Rich brown color with some glowing orange and red tints. Tan head that produces good lace.

Dark cherries and sweet malts with classic Belgian yeast. Some carmelized sugars and vanilla as well.

An exposion of caramel malts and tart cherries. Some spicy pepper and earthy alcohol tones in the finish.

Thick texture with lots of carbonation. Nice and crisp.

Very unique brew based on an exellent Abbey Ale. Huge complexity yet balanced enough to drink with many pairings.

01-08-2008 03:27:39 | More by rye726
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

This beer was poured into a tulip glass to a ruby/copper color and no head to speak of, but nice lacing. The aroma is excellent with a sweet, malt and fruit smell. Similarly, the beer is sweetly malty and with a slight cheery flavor (as advertised), but the sweetness arrives first, but the rest of the finish carries the maltiness of the beer. Eminently drinkable with a medium mouthfeel, slightly carbonate, and a smooth texture. This beer actually meets expectations. Excellent.

01-05-2008 04:01:40 | More by Abita45
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a crystal clear deep caramel color with red highlights and has a two finger head that lasts forever. Lace almost coated the entire glass. Smells of caramel and dried fruit. Has that yeasty estery taste as well as the caramel and cherries. Has a high level of carbonation. Very nice sipper. I would have liked the cherries to be up front a little more, but still a very nice brew.

01-03-2008 23:35:11 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of ppoitras


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

750ml bottle from BeerTruth via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Cave-aged, corked and caged, 2006 vintage.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" tan head above the vigorously bubbling reddish brown brew. Very dense head stands tall, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet ,alts, sour cherries, and alcohol. Taste mirrors the nose, although the alcohol is brash at the end, in a rubbing alcohol sort of way, and shouts down some of the flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quashed for me due to that alcohol character as noted. Not quite what I expected this time around.

(5/4/4/4/4, 4/4/04)
750mL bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Presentation corked and caged, as illustrated in accompanying BA file photo.

Poured into an Ommegang gold-rimmed chalice, formed a dense inch tall tan head above the deeply reddish-brown brew. Aroma is quite yeasty, with it's other main essence being the whiff of the cherry lambic. Excellent lacing as drinking commenses, and the taste is pretty much as expected, with a heartier mouthfeel than you would expect and also a lessening for the tart mouthfeel that you would expect from the cherry lambic. It seems the quadrupel ale tastes are upfront, with the cherry flavors wandering along afterward, giving the aftertaste an interesting change. A novel product from Ommegang, and worth the trouble to obtain, for occasional enjoyment, but not an everyday in my book.

01-03-2008 01:00:39 | More by ppoitras
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3.05/5  rDev -26.3%

Three Philosopher's - Belgian Style Blend

Pours dark cola color with a light mocha head. Head remains with a consistent lace that lasts. Smell includes a honey richness. Small hints, minimal, cherry that appears after consumption. Is a thin mouthfeel, not heavy like other Quad's I've tried. Definitely a US interpretation of a Belgian quad. The high ABV is masked by a light taste. Overall decent. May try other Ommegang brews.

Bought at Binny's in Elmwood Park, IL

12-30-2007 23:20:01 | More by rmcnealy
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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