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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,400
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 232
Gots: 741 | FT: 17
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of cleeze
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite the unique brew. Toss up between this an Victory's V-Twelve.

Pours a nice mahogany hue with a frothy beige head that produced some bad ass lacing. Syrupy

I deffinatly picked up on the cherries right away. Not over powering though. Balanced well with the sweet malty goodness. Fruity overall

Taste was of malty goodness again with a kick of cherries. I deffinatly felt the kick it packs but the abv is very well masked. Very yummy

cleeze, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours nicely into a goblet, revealing a deep clear red that ranges to orange at the tapered neck of the glass. Three finger beige head.

s - It's al yeast,l malts, and cherries in there with a lingering hint of spice and the slightest touch of alcohol.

t - A peppery sweetness with a bit of cherry in the mildly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation hits in the right spot to mask the 9.8% ABV. Warming on the throat. A little numbing on the palate.

m - Good stuff. Malty, almost syrupy as it arrives but mellows after the swallow.

d - Great Belgian ale for a cold winters day. Hearty with a warming sensation. The only downside is that it seems to be a little bit over carbonated but I'll try a pour a little rougher to see if I can take care of that. Probably not a session beer but a fine sipper for its style. Seems to deliver its ABV pretty quickly - maybe the high carbonation helped? Nice touch with the 2% cherry lambic without overdoing it.

talkinghatrack, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of ruckzuck
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a hazy brown that turns sort of cherry colored when held up to light. Really nice beige head

S - candied pecans anyone? Definitely a nose full of cherries accompanied by brown sugar and a bit of Belgian yeast. There's also a hint of ABV in there. Nice

T - the cherry taste really jumps out initially and actually sticks around a fair bit in the aftertaste sort of in the roof of your mouth. I still get a bit of brown sugar and a lot of sweet dark malt. There's a bit of ABV present as well, but for almost 10% it's fairly well hidden. Also, it gives the beer that nice booze-soaked fig or raisin or plum taste us BA's are so fond of

M - creamy as all get out, yet the carbonation is just right to dance on your tongue as it massages it. Great

D - for a blend between a quad and a kriek it's quite good. I think this is the first time I've had this in like 4.5 years maybe, and it's still very enjoyable. Drinkable for what it is, but doing more than a couple of glasses would be intense

ruckzuck, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mil, 2008 vintage

A - Dark orange - somewhere between a dark red and brown in color. Head formation is very strong and thick - at about 5mm. It is darker in color, similar to a stout. Carbonation is quite obvious. Little hazing that I can find.

S - Very yeasty - dominated by the belgian earthy yet spicy yeast. Some malt sweetness in the background, almost reminding me of cherries.

T - Starts of with a smooth sweet flavor. Starts to develop a hair of balance mid-stream with the yeast. Not very assertive. At the end is a strong bitter bite that comes way out of left field for me. Aftertaste is a acidic sour bite associated with a sort of cherry flavor.

M - Very carbonated, which is leading towards alot of bite on the tongue. The body of the beer itself is moderate to perhaps a bit light.

D - A filling beer combined with a high ABV in a 750 ml container - that speaks volumes for it being a single and special occasion beer. I believe that is the brewers intent anyway.

katan, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark reddish-brown (almost like a carbonated 'black-strap rum'); inch and a half of cream-colored head that dissipated in a hurry; barely any lacing remaining on the inside of my wide-bottomed brandy snifter after it continued to slide in sticky strangles

hints of raisin, tart cherry, licorice in the nose; some interesting malty and fruity aromatics here

sweet and sour notes, bready with noticeable alcohol--long-lingering flavor; residual bitterness on the back of the tongue throughout and even after the finish

sloshy, frothy, and coating; medium-thick mouthfeel

decently drinkable for 'next-to-10%' ABV; love this Quad-Kriek combo--somewhat comparable to the more straightforward Cherry Quadzilla from Church Brew Works (Pittsburgh pride holding true!)

thecheapies, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Mazeraski
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a dark, opaque mahogany brown with a thin, foamy light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bit of sticky lacing.

S - Ripe cherries, sweet malt, hints of phenolic character and a tad bit of licorice on the nose initially, also accompanied by a bit of a general herb-like character.

T - Sweetness of the malt mixed with ripened cherries hit the palate first. This is followed by a bit of licorice and tiny hint of alcohol that combine with a small hit of phenols which leaves a sweet, dry cherry finish. Quite a taste that challenges the palate.

MF - On the lighter end of full-bodied with a smooth feel punctuated only by a twinge of the combination of slight alcohol and a higher carbonation.

D - Relatively drinkable although the ABV is on the higher side.

Notes - A good tasting Quad-blend and quite interesting with the addition of cherries, however I feel that this aspect would get too sweet too quick. Granted, I would really only have this as an aperitif or to compliment a cheese or chocolate. All in all though, a pretty tasty brew that shows the amount of craftsmanship of Ommegang and a definite recommendation to any fan of Belgian-styled beer.

Mazeraski, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle, purchased as part of the 2007 anniversary pack from Ommegang.

Pours a translucent garnet. Nice, solid head. Very fluffy.

Smell is of Belgian yeast, black cherries, brown sugar, and alcohol.

I was surprised to taste a good bit of rich and roasted nuttiness, much like a brown ale. The cherry is not overpowering at all, which is nice. Other dried fruits are apparent. Just a fantastic balance. The ABV isn't really that noticeable.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. Smooth and creamy throughout. Coats the mouth and leaves you begging for another sip. Just heavenly.

I think this is a highly drinkable beer. The ABV keeps it from being a 5.

Gyle41386, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You've got to be kidding me. What a great beer. I had no idea it had cherries in it till I opened the bottle and read it. What a fabulous beer.

appearance: deep dark brown, with orangish tint

smell: hint of hops, and a tad of fruit smell

taste: rich and slight nutty roasted flavors, good balance of flavors but not overwhelming as I expected. slight cherry.

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: quality but maybe 3 philosphers should be a tripel. J/k

CampusCrew, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of eewhiz
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Taco Mac at John's Creek. Always seen it at the liquor store, and decided to give it a try.

Poured a deep garnet color with some persistent lacing.

Wow, I was very impressed with the deep cherries and light malts molasses flavors. Very drinkable, I thought it was a cherry-porter, until I went to BA, and saw that it was a quadrupel with 9.8% ABV. Never would have guessed it, It felt more like a 6~7%, which goes more to the smoothness and drinkability.

I could have easily had another. I thought the ABV was well hidden, due to the richness of the other flavors.
Very nice, I was pleasantly surprised!

eewhiz, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of applky
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle...

Dark brown-red in color -- almost like bricks or mud, but translucent -- with three fingers of thick pale red head (don't know why some people weren't getting any foam on their pours) that lingers well after the pour.

Wow, that Belgian swirl of flavors... Really amazing for an American brewery, but then again Ommegang is owned (in part?) by Duvel and, let's face it, they're basically a brewery transplanted from Belgium to New York. The cherry flavor is light in the nose, and that phenolic blend so typical of a quad is really allowed to take the foreground.

On the taste, the cherry turns darker, almost becoming the backbone of the flavor palate. Alcohol burn is fairly pronounced -- definitely tastes like it has more alcohol than 9.8%. All sorts of dried fruits (apricots and prunes especially) with syrupy malts lingering around the sides. Feel is medium in the mouth -- about what you'd expect.

Definitely a sipping beer, but really great. I think the four packs are the way to go, as a 12oz bottle of this stuff is more than enough for one person, especially after having another beer to warm up on, which you should. This brew is incredibly complicated and is not to be trifled with. Considering that this is probably one of the most widely available quads out there, it's pretty incredible that Ommegang has been able to keep it of such high quality.

applky, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of jsanto
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

s - 750ml bottle. in a three philosophers glass.

a - root beer color, with no head at all. maybe i gat a old bottle or something.

s - the first thing that hit me was the alcohol, then black cherry.

t - at first i had a little carbonation with alot of alcohol flavor. and it finished fruity.

m - light carbonation that faded as i sipped it slowly.but still held the high alcohol feel.

d - this is hard to say, because last bottle was more drinkable than this bottle. i baught the glass because i liked it so much, and the price was good. but this batch was lacking the consistency of a quality drinkability.

jsanto, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Tone
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 1/2 inch head with slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong malt, high alcohol content, and some pungent fruit (possibly cherry). Definitely fits the style. Crisp and slightly thick mouth feel. High carbonation levels and a tartness from the fruit. Tastes of an earthy malt mostly with some of the fruit flavors and a noticeable hop kick. Overall, really tasty and I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this beer.

Tone, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first experience with Three Philosophers.

Presented in a small Three Philosophers goblet. Beautiful little glass, proof that great things can come in small packages.

Pours a clean, clear deep cherry/mahogany color with a small head. This is a great looking beer.

Smell is of melted brown sugar, alcohol and faint tart cherry.

Taste is lots of sweet sugary goodness. This one has that quad taste that keeps brining us back for more. The cherry blend adds some tart back to the very sweet, but not cloying, tones.

This is a smooth, easy sipping beer. I absolutely loved it. On a freezing cold night, this was very warming. I'll be getting a bottle soon!

indiapaleale, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of meday
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into two chalices.

A beautiful rich amber color with a thick off-white head. Long-standing head and lots of lace.

A very faint caramel smell. With a head like that, I was expecting more aroma.

Cinnamon and spice, honey, grass, but what was dominating was the black pepper. It was very biting in the flavor.

Decent mouthfeel considering the biting flavor. A bit of a bitter aftertaste.

meday, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark red body that almost looks brown. Orange around the edges. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. About a finger and a half of off-white head that doesn't last long at all. Doesn't really leave behind any lacing.

This one isn't sporting a big aroma by any means. There is some sugary sweetness and a good dash of cherry is also noticeable.

Not a bad tasting brew. Some dark fruits mixed with candied sugar and a very slight earthy hop flavor. A good splash of kriek-tasting cherry comes through also.

On the light side of medium body with a solidly medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, really sweet though.

Hojaminbag, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, 2008, poured into a chalice

Dark cherry in color with a thin off-white head that didn't last very long at all. No lacing at all.

The nose is of dark fruits (cherries and apples), figs, anise and slight hint of booze.

Damn. This is one fine beer. Soft and elegant while being assertive and bold at the same time. Dark cherries, apples and anise combine for a sweet, spicy character up front with an astringent dryness, almost herbal, finish.

Creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is perfect.

With such a fantastic mouthfeel and perfectly bittersweet flavor profile, this is a breeze to put down. The abv is pretty high, and I enjoyed taking my time with this one.

ColForbinBC, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with lots of yeast particles floating about, dark orange rust color, thin head of very fine foam, slow to dissolve, moderate lacing left behind. Sweet nose, the cherry fruit comes right through with honey, molasses, black licorice and candied orange peel accents, heavy on the malts, rum raisin cake, lingers for a long time. Full-bodied if not outright heavy, plops onto the tongue with all its weight. The sweetness of the cherry, raspberry, plum fruit not to be denied here either, even slightly cloaks the ginger, clove spice, licorice, brown sugar and honey. Syrupy texture has it clinging hard to the mouth pores, lack of lift makes it hard to get a clear impression of the malts, never mind the hops. Average carbonation. You damn well better have a sweet tooth to pop one open.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of BeTheBall
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a snifter, dark brown color with a creamy TF head that dissipated but left decent lacing. Smelled oaky to me at first, and fruity but complex. First few sips at cooler temp. also tasted oaky to me, but as the tmep. rose, cherries came through and smoothness increased, helping to mask the apparent high alcohol content. Definitely better as the glass warmed; going from "this is fair" to "this is great". Mouthfeel was typical for a Belgian, very active and smooth.

BeTheBall, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured with a thick, light caramel colored head. After the head dissipated there was minimal, but pretty lacing. A medium-deep brown with a slight reddish tint. A welcoming aroma featuring fruit and spice notes. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma closely, but the fruit flavors have a stronger presence. Enjoyably so. A well balanced, continually interesting flavor that opens up more and more as time goes on. The body is pleasingly full, smooth and and well-rounded. Very drinkable, but because this beer hides its alcohol so well, be aware of what you're involved with. A long time favorite from a well respected brewery.

beertunes, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of LeftonJackman
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this Quad! At first I thought that a Quad from New York would not be worth it. In my history, any attempt at a Belgian beer without being from Belgium was a flop.

This one pours a deep brown with glimmers of red and orange. The billowy head is very reminiscent of a Belgian. A whispy lace dances around the glass, just the right amount!

Strong cherry and roasted spice in the nose! Lovely presence in the nose that makes me start to salivate.

The cherry is very evident and just keeps this from being perfect, sadly. But what a taste! As excellent a Quad as I have had!

Just the perfect balance and body in the mouth and goes down with a kind warmth. An absolute gem of a beer!

LeftonJackman, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of taylor714914
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened up the bomber and poured it into a glass.

A- A cherry like color with a chunky head with large bubbles.

S- Bready, yeasty, with some fruit notes, a hint of sweetness, and an alcohol smell to round it out.

T- Lots of malt flavor with lingering fruit, a hint of bitterness, some sweetness in the back. Some alcohol lingered in the background along with some lightly toasted caramel note. It finished somewhat dry.

M- Good mouthfeel. Quite bubbly with high carbonation. Slick in the mouth. Not quite coating, somewhat thin.

D- Overall this is a somewhat drinkable beer. 2 or so would be plenty. I was done after drinking a bomber.

taylor714914, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber corked bottle.

Poured an amber color with a medium light brown head that diminished quickly with fair lacing.

Good sweet fruity aroma.

Medium to full body with a smooth texture.

Full fruity toffee flavor with a moderate to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. No alcohol bite at the finish.

Very good holiday brew that is one of my top rated bottled beers for style.

tmoneyba, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a delectable looking cherry colour with a fine beige head, quite dense but going away quite steadily. Thinly dispersed lacing, but that colour - if it didn't remind me so much of Timmerman's Kriek it would be outstanding.

Delicious nose, with burnt toffee, slight - although I'm probably wrong about this - smokey character with a lot of sweet dried fruit to boot. Sweet, blossoming and delicious. So much character, so much sublimity. Stop the presses, we have just discovered perfection.

Has that slightly, subtly smoked flavour on the very front palate, then trails off into a really full-bodied, sweet 'n' sour full mouth flavour. Has hints of lime mixed with raisins, cinnamon, wood smoke and treacle. Slightly too tart for me to absolutely cream my jeans, but it's delicious, complex, very flavoursome and has enough pleasantness to power a small jet-propelled shuttle to the moon and back.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, like bodily excretions. Overall a shit-hot beer, could drink a gallon of this without taking a breath and I'd be smiling all the way to the graveyard.

laituegonflable, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber sized bottle to goblet.

A: brown in its purest form with a more copper color towards the edges of the glass. One finger of off-white head formed from thick bubbles. Small amount of lacing, but chunky and scarce.

S: malty caramel scent with a bit fruits such as cherries, oranges and apples, also an overtone of yeast/bread.

T: Very fruity mostly cherries with a bit of apple. Caramel sweetens the drink while masking some of the alcohol which is still quite noticeable. It's pretty malty and has a strong yeast flavor.

Overall this is a great beer that gets better as it warms up.. maybe around 60 degrees? the flavor enhances as it gets warmer and the carbonation mellows out a bit.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of macster
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006/750 ml bottle. Hazy crimson-brown color under a dense, creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, black cherry, sour dough and yeast. Mouthfeel exceptionally smooth and silky. Initial sweet flavors of dark fruits, caramel, plum and very restrained cherry. Could have used a bit more cherry influence.Finishes with a late hit of some mildly harsh bitterness. Maybe would benefit from some further ageing in this regard. Overall a well done, classy Quad.

macster, Jan 11, 2009
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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