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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,130 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,130
Reviews: 1,907
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 208
Gots: 622 | FT: 15
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dhd1491
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Combo of Belgian-style strong dark ale and cherry lambic.

Nice appearance, slightly cloudy coppery red with a creamy tan head of dense bubbles. Malty aroma. Taste is interesting and different. Sweet and yeasty with lots of caramelized chocolate malts and a definite note of fresh cherries. Some background smoke. Little bitterness, but the high alcohol backbone balances the sweetness. Very easy to drink considering the high ABV. Definitely sneaks up on you if you're not careful.

Only dis is that cherry flavor always makes me mindful of cough syrup.

I loved this anonymous quote from Ommegang web site: "I drank it once, very soon after I bought a case. I drank it again and now I will build a beer cellar. I don't know if I will share it with anyone. No I will not share it with anyone. I am sorry."

dhd1491, May 07, 2008
Photo of hyland24
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to have this as my 100th review. I received this bottle from two of my buddies who went to the Ommegang brewery. It is actually the cave aged version which was cave aged in the Howe Caverns in upstate NY. According to the label attached to this bottle it was cave aged in 2006 at a depth of a 156 feet for 9 months at a constant temperature of 52 degrees. It also states that this brewery is the only American brewery that has cave-aged in over a century. They sampled both the regular and cave aged and said there is a huge difference.

The beer from a 750 ml corked bomber poured a dark brown/amber with a half inch creamy tan head leaving behind a nice layer of sticky webbed lacing covering the glass.

The smell was malty and fruity sweet with a nice earthy alcohol finish.

The taste was phenominal, an easy 5.0. Started with sweet/sour cherries mixed with raisins followed by a nice bready, earthy malt mix. Finished with a perfect alcohol warm finish.

Nice thick chewy mouthfeel with a sweet sticky mouthcoat. A great complex beer that is unbelievably smooth for the 9.8 ABV. Without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever had. If you have the opportunity to score one of these cave aged beauties jump on it.

hyland24, May 06, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a recent trip to the Baseball H.O.F. I stopped by the Ommegang Brewery and picked up a 750ml. bottle of this cave aged ale. Like most people I was skeptical with the "Cave Aging", in which the ale is cellered in near by Howe Caverns for 9 months, but after sampling this ale I had to get some more to bring home. As good as Three Philospheres is, this cave aged varity is even better!

A - Poured a dark amber (sweet tea)color with a creamy tan head. Lacing clung to the glass in a circular pattern.

S - Fruity to the nose with strong notes of chocolate covered cherry and raisins and a good amount of alcohol.

T - Sweet and slightly bready. Complex, with a good amount for fruit and chocolate. Finishes slightly dry with a nice, but not over powering alcohol kick.

MF&D - Creamy and full bodied. The high alcohol content makes this one a definite sipper. This is a special ale, I highly recommend this one , if you can find it.

nasty15108, May 06, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-brown with a decent head that retains a long lasting lace. The aroma is of dark fruits,yeast ,alcohol and malts. The taste is sweet malts,chocolate,caramel and spicy notes with the obvious taste of cherries. The alcohol is dominant and the feel is smooth and crisp. Slightly bitter finish yet sweet and high in carbonation.
Overall a fine brew that one can not take lightly. Not for sessions as this one will mess you up!

Notes: Too much of a good thing is bad for you,too much of a great thing could kill you! That said,try this beer because it is so well balanced. If I have more than two, the cherry sweetness gets to me.
Alcohol smell and taste could be toned down.

Lexluthor33, May 06, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into an Ommegang flute. 05/05/08. Only date info on the label is 2007.

Pours an orangish-brown color with a finger of off-white head. The head quickly faded leaving no lacing. Somewhat of a sour/tart aroma, some yeast and fig/prune also.

Taste is a bit sweet, very malty and spicy, with dark fruits (raisin, fig, date) and a yeasty bread-like quality. A slight cherry flavor is also present, as well as some caramel. The alcohol is nowhere to be found in the taste.

It' full bodied, yet the high carbonation makes it feel lighter. Very clean finish. Also very drinkable, though the alcohol sneaks up on me quickly.

bkilpatr, May 06, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep hazy magenta, like the color of bing cherries. head is creamy and rich and beige with some plum undertones. already waves of lace are forming on my tulip as the foam creeps down to a thick edged disk.

S- aroma is outer space. sweet and fruity with a smooth milk chocolate. tart cherry, plum, and other red fruits with a creamy marshmallow toffee and floral herbal hops in the background. some banana and clove is in there, as is the enjoyable funkiness i typically associate with belgian beers. some white pepper or grains of paradise come out as it warms and the spiciness of the aroma seems to become more complex. grape juice, toasted grains, cedar, vanilla, and fruity wine such as lambrusco.

T- flavor is nearly as nuts as the aroma, only with more chocolate. i would have like to taste a bit more of the lambic, but i'm sure the geniuses made it this way for a reason. tart cherry fruit up front is then slowly covered by melted chocolate and bitter cocoa powder and a dash of spearmint. malt is nice and roasted and the flavor profile is deep and with a noticeable cognac type alcohol bite, other references of this beer tasting like bourbon soaked fruit pretty much hits it on the money. the fruity sourness and the malt seem to blend seamlessly and is more than backed up by earthy limestone, damp rotting wood, compost, plum skin, and roasted nuts. the finish may be the best part, as roasted malt bitterness, melted dark chocolate, and faint black cherries seem to go on forever, bouncing off all facets of the palate.

MF- velvety smooth feel, a slight menthol coolness, perfect amount of fizz. leaves me with a real dessert feeling in my mouth without cloying, i guess the same as a rich chocolate cake topped with cherries, garnished with a sprig of mint and washed down with a russian imperial stout would feel...

D- dessert in a bottle? definitely. not usually a fan of blends, aside from a certain froggy black-n-tan, next time seek out this decadent treat will be around the holidays, to share with people, as i'm sure this is a beer almost everyone can enjoy.

hustlesworth, May 05, 2008
Photo of gfreed
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from Ommegang. This one's very complex: lots of fruit, lots of spice, including cloves and nutmeg. Extremely drinkable. A nice head that lasts a while and smells wonderful. Take plenty of time to enjoy the aroma. You cannot go wrong with this.

gfreed, May 05, 2008
Photo of HugoGrim
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - 2007 vintage.

Poured into a chalice, a body of deep ruby with a nice head which dissipates rather quickly. A thin wisp remains with dots of bubble clusters stemming from a central spot of remaining foam, looking oddly like a fractal. Lace is spotty.

Aroma is excellent. Sweet fruits including cherries and creamy banana. Subdued Belgian spices accent toffee and nutty malts. Black cherry clings to the only slightly noticeable alcohol.

An exquisitely complex flavor. Sweet and sour dark fruits blend with an Earthy nuttiness. Spice lingers on the tongue after swallowing. Richly bitter hints of black coffee in the finish. Flavors become darker and malt richens as it warms. This is apparently a blend of 98% Quad and 2% Cherry Lambic, which is interesting. The cherry flavor is perfectly subtle, adding another layer to the as previously stated vastly complex flavor.

HugoGrim, May 04, 2008
Photo of zdk9
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a nice brown color- like the color of black cherry wood. Not much head, and not much lacing.

S- Warm bready notes, like freshly baked puffy whole wheat bread. A touch of fruitiness, and a touch of alcohol.

T- Quite a complex taste which is greatly appealing to my tongue. There's a strong malt presence. And then some fruit swoops in from the wings- cherry, like kirsch. Very well blended. And then the aftertaste lingers on as the malt subsides, and the cherries take over, using the power of alcohols.

M- Too sharp for my taste, and though the bitterness in the aftertaste is okay, I would prefer more while I'm tasting.

D- Delicious tasting and I would happily have another.

zdk9, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of quad07
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$6.49 from UFS for a single 1pt, 9.4oz dark brown bottle with a cork. 9.8 ABV Bottled date 2007.

It was very exciting when the cork was popped. This beer poured into my large 23oz beer glass a dark brown murky color with a vigorous & tight large off white tan head. I was very careful not to stir up or pour the sediment from the bottom of the bottle.
When the glass was held up to the light you could see dark cheery red highlights that sparkled around the outer edge of the glass. Lots of carbonation rising to the top.

This Belgium had a very pleasant but faint floral smell with hints of sweet fruit and nutty malt.

After my first sip I could taste rich caramel malt with a slight sweet fruity finish. The more I drank of it the fruity taste was similar to cherry and raisin. There caramel malt & some vanilla coming through also. There was no hop flavor to it that I noticed and the alcohol taste was not there either but I could start to feel affects of it very quickly.

This was a real treat for me because every thing was well balanced which made it very drinkable. I only wished I purchased two bottles because I was ready for more.

Cheers

quad07, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice reddish amber with off-white head. Left faint lacing on rims of glass.
S-Light malt, spicy yeast, faint coffee and chocolate.
T-Slightly sweet specialty malt in attack with faint cherry and bittersweet chocolate and coffee midpalate, and warming alcohol in the finish.
M-A little on the lighter side for style, with strong carbonation that creates an interesting blend of fizz and alcohol at the end.
D-Good, but I don't feel the body was sufficient to carry through the strong malt character. Paired with Morbier, which carbonation and malt complemented well.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired this bottle at Whole Foods in Buckhead burrow of Atlanta, GA. Poured into a goblet.

App: Poured a dark amber with a cloudy body. Had a full, off white head that remained for duration of the tasting.

S: Clean, slight black cherry aroma with malt.

T: Malt is the initial flavor with the slightest amount of alcohol. Cherries finish it off.

M: Smooth and rich on the palate. No lingering flavors and carbonation is perfect. The added lambic did not create too much carbonation.

D: I could drink this all day. From start to finish, this beer is almost perfect.

Be careful with cooling this beer, it loses a lot if it is too cold. If you don't have a way to regulate temperature, I would cool in fridge and leave out until it is a bit above the 50 degree cellar temp. The flavors really pop when the beer is warm.

everetends, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An outstanding quadrupel that's on par with the best beers from Belgium. It pours a dark reddish brown with a dark and cloudy body. The head builds up to a thick pale tan head that bubbles down to a thinner layer that just covers the body. An inviting aroma of sweet dark cherries, caramel, malts and alcohol leads you to the first sip. Sweet dried cherries mixes with caramel and chocolaty malts, sour cherries, plum and raisins. All of these flavors are surrounded by a warming alcohol that fades off slowly with some bitter notes into the finish. The palate is full bodied, smooth and a little sticky. Overall an extraordinary beer that only gets better and more complex with age.

generallee, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby/brown color that is super clear. Modest head that is fed by some intense carbonation. Slight lacing as I work through the glass. Smells of sweet figs, yeast, bread, and a little alcohol. A sweet tartness noticable right away, not overpowering but its there. Good maltiness. Nice fruity esters upon swallowing. It may be the powers of suggestion but I can tell there is a slight cherry influence, really well balanced. Slight malty/grainy finish. Light mouthfeel. Alcohol warms rather quickly. A really nice Quad and worth seeking out.

timbro81, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of ledemie
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head

S: Citrus / caramel l/ toffee.

T: The malty characteristics predominate a little sweet... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... a hint of sweet in the finish

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

D: this is a good quadrupel, a little expensive for what it is, I would rather have a Ommegang Abbey. but still a nice beer.

ledemie, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of praufs01
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Cloudy ice tea looking brew with a creamy tan head.

Aroma - Black cherries.

Palate - Fizzy carbonation.

Flavor - Noticeable alcohol up front. Sour cherry flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste.

Final thoughts - Very tart. A little to much noticeable alcohol for me to enjoy.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear reddish brown with a nice head that laced well

Smell - pleasant, first step of happiness that prepped the awesome taste

Taste - absolutely beautiful Belgian style blend/quadrupel, or whatever they want to call it, perfectly balanced with a light touch of cherry sweetness to top if off

Mouthfeel - very nice and smooth

Drinkabilty - very enjoyable, I want more, stock up if you find it

SaltyLime, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured dark red brown, clear,with a thick head. The beer wasn't too lively, and sort of resembled english tea... a dark cup of PG Tips (pre-obligitory milk and sug, obviously)
Smelled like tart cherries.
Taste was rich and sweet, complex with overtones of burnt malt, a gorgeous toffee finish.
Mouthfeel was smooth and lively. Balanced
So dang drinkable if you like the style.

1759Girl, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

bort11, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of pheggeseth
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

pheggeseth, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of TheTrevor
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

TheTrevor, Apr 06, 2008
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4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

jenbys2001, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 ;)

tai4ji2x, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of GeoffW
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GeoffW, Apr 01, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kevman527, Apr 01, 2008
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,130 ratings.