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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,136
Reviews: 1,911
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 209
Gots: 629 | FT: 15
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of superswing123
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Dark chocolate color very inviting. Good head upon pour dropping to a thin coating. Lacing throughout.

Smell: Complex. As are all quads. With all the goodies in this one, even more complex. Very pleasant though. Inviting. Full of flavor and complex multiple smells. A good deal of alcohol involved here. Cherries, loads of dark malt, chocolate, raisens, a treat.

Taste: Predominatley... smooth. So smooth. Silky. The style of this beverage has been embraced by this brewer, and they have done well. So the rating is (5!) Can't get any better!

Mouth: Again, smooth. silky. Glides along the way like a feather with so many exceptional flavors along the way..I couldn't imagine anything better, so the rating is (5).

Drinkabilty: "Sessionable" to an extent. Hold onto your seats due the high alc rating. But if your drinking quality beverage like this you're not likely to be one to be silly or stupid. Do not attempt to drive anything short of a lawn tractor. You'll get busted. This is one of those "two's too many" beers. Exceptional quality involved with this brew.

Highly enjoyable, drinkable beer, well qualified of my (5) rating.

Kind of like being at the "top" of the beer world, when you find something like this beverage.

Get some, try some. Enjoy. Congrats to the brewmaster on this one.

...WIlly.. outa Wanaque, NJ

superswing123, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Zraly
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004 - Opened on December 1, 2007

After holding onto this gem for a few years, I decided to pop it open tonight. This is a wonderful treat and I have thoroughly enjoyed sipping on this through dinner and onto dessert. I had a steamed artichoke with mayo and worcestershire sauce as an appetizer. Dinner consisted of crusty french bread, brie, and a touch of slow roasted garlic olive oil. I am going to top off my evening with some liqueur-filled chocolate covered cherries. My advice is that this ale is best served with food.

The initial smell is a subtle funk. It pours a medium, opaque brown with a bit of a rusty red tinge to it. Minimal head, but with nice lacing in a St. Bernardus chalice.

The taste is out-of-this-world mellow, malt heaven. Dried fruits and a soft "leathery" note. The lambic holds its presence in the finish, with a tart, juicy hint of dark cherry juice. Some phenols float around to give some spice and fullness on the palate. Earthy, smooth, and warming to the belly. Carbonation sustains and prevents this from tasting too syrupy or having any cloying effect. Outstanding.

I love that this is a domestic selection. Ommegang has hit the mark with this Quad. Classy and classic. I suggest that you buy a few and cellar; this will be well worth your effort and patience.

**2007 Vintage -- Opened on November 12, 2010. I have aged this in a cool, dark place for almost three years.

Pours a deep, rich, dark burnt amber with a thin, but tightly-bubbled, head. Notes of rum-soaked cherries (or how I imagine them) and a whiff of alcohol up front.

Good God -- this is delicious. Smooth and deep. Rich flavors of dark rum and fruit. Slight sour note in the finish. Sour cherry. This drinks like a tawny port. Alcohol is completely hidden, which makes it dangerously good. A fabulous example of the Belgian Quad -- straight from Cooperstown.

This ale does wonderfully aged, as my previous review shows. I've actually yet to try it "fresh," and maybe need to put that task on my list. And for the price, this beats most wines, hands down.

I can drink this alone by the fireplace with my sweetie cuddled up next to me. Great with Flemish beef stew. Venison would go nice. I can also imagine it with dessert courses as well.

Zraly, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Ommegang's beautiful 10th anniversary glass. Body is UPS truck brown, with 2 fingers of dark tan head. Lacing abounds as the head recedes into a thin cap.

Quite a complex aroma, with a nice strong maltiness and very evident kriek influence. Standard quadrupel notes of dark fruits like raisin and prune.

The kriek manifests as a very dark black cherry flavor with a little bitterness to it. Again, the other 98% of the beer is quadrupel, so you get the standard raisin, prune, plum, dark strong malt, currant, and chocolate notes.

Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation. Rich and luxurious body. Not a lot of booziness despite the high alcohol. Very easy to drink.

illidurit, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of morimech
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown with a deep reddish tint. A large white head forms with very large bubbles that slowly fades to a ring. The lacing was rather spotty after consumption.

The smell is dark malt, cherries and other dark fruit, and alcohol. Really inviting aroma.

I was surpised how evident the alcohol was in this beer. I think it dominates with the malt and fruity elements only noticed in the background. It does have a bit of a wild funky taste that makes this beer rather unique. Medium bodied with good carbonation ease consumption but the alcohol warming may be a little too much. Definately a sipper.

morimech, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently put on tap at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Attractive argyle-pattern tap handle is recognized immediately as Ommegang, a slightly different color scheme than Hennepin, very classy. Pours with a small head into a tiny 3 Philosophers chalice. I'm guessing 10 oz., but wouldn't be surprised if it was 8 oz. Color glints ruby red through a chestnut body. Some lacing as this kiddie goblet is drained.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, and stewed cherries. Kind of funky, it's restrained but nice enough.

Caramel toffee flavors, black cherry, low bitterness in the finish is the only indication of hops in the finish. Medium bodied with perceivable drying alcohol. It's about what I remember from the bottle I had a year or so ago. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but worth trying if you find it on tap.

emerge077, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of HomeBrewJunkie
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Philosophy Begins in Wonder”

When poured I quickly took notice to the dark burnt orange, brown color. Hazy not allowing much light to penetrate thru the glass. A decent off white head fades rather quickly, however good sticky lacing. It looks so inviting.

After admiring its beauty I must take a long draw thru the nose. Not disappointed in the aroma, even after the magnificent view. It smells of dark fruits and sugars, I am also getting hints of licorice. A few more sniffs and I pick up on the alcohol aroma. Subtle hints at the yeast are also present.

Very smooth, full-body. Semi-sweet again with the dark sugars and fruits. The malts are very pleasant and the hops are on the mild side. The cherry-Lambic is present but very subtle. The balance is phenomenal. Along with the marvelous flavor you get a throat warming feeling from the 9.8% Alc./vol.

The mouthfeel is excellent as one should expect. It is so silky smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is low to moderate but complements the warmth very well. It is very pleasant to sip on.

Very very easy to drink. I was very impressed with this beer. I would not think twice on purchasing another bottle of this fine brew. Highly recommended to any BA. This Quadruple is cultured yet wild, curious yet wise.

HomeBrewJunkie, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Black7Blue
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium dark color, light head. Little froth on the head. Not very clear, but brown color was very original.

S - Light smell of cherries. Stong aroma. Very appetizing smell.

T - While my girlfriend felt it had an aftertaste of soy sauce, I felt the traditional Belgian ale flavor came through well. The taste of cherries came through only slightly, but the light carbonation made the flavor enhancement of the cherries come though a little more than usual.

M - the beer felt amazing. It was't too heavy. A light feel of the beer was great in the mouth and went down very easy.

D - It's a great beer to sample and try. A night of Three Philosophers would be tough to do, but a glass every know and then won't only be enjoyable, but reccomended.

Black7Blue, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of roblowther
2.93/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby black-brown with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is leather, baked cherries and phenols. Very different. The taste is bitter up front, then tart cherries, then a rum-fruit flavor. There are some raisins in there. Interesting but very odd. The finish is dusty dry. I love quadrupels and I really like lambics. This....is just not for me. The mouthfeel is silky and carbonated, right on the money. The drinkability is limited by the acidic leather taste up front and the dry dry finish. Nice try but I'd have to recommend several of their other beers over this one.

roblowther, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of Rzzzzz
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love these guys' beers! This one's less my style than some of their others but enjoyable nonetheless.

A - Pours dark red/brown. Nice creamy head.

S - Raisins, Malt, cherry.

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

M - A little too bubbly for me initially, but mellows as it warms a bit in the glass.

D - I won't be gulping this down at tailgate parties, but it's a nice after dinner beer. Or two.

Rzzzzz, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of armock
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark hazy amber with off whit head that leaves lacing

S - Cherry up front with some malt and alcohol

T - A cherry taste at first with some sweet malt and a little bit of alcohol

M - Theres a lot of carbonation but it goes with this beer it works out

D - A little high on the abv to drink a lot of but this is my second night with the bottle and its a great sipping beer to have and relax with

armock, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of BWH3
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers Quadrupel Brewery Ommegang
Large Corked 750mL Bottle from a Goblet at 50 F

Interesting concept of 98% Belgian Dark Strong Ale and 2% Lindeman's Kriek (a classic cherry lambic directly from Belgium) blended and bottle conditioned.

A: I have to give it to Ommegang the aesthetics of their beers are amazing. The beer pours a beautiful hazy amber brown ale with moderate carbonation creating a medium sized beige head. The head dissipates at a steady rate into gorgeous clinging ring and stable island of foam (5.0)

S: This beer has terrific aroma. The Special B is unmistakable. The raisin scent dominates the initial sniff. The cherry and sour aromas breathe up from the depths of the beer accompanied by a mineral/earthy note. A touch of caramel/bread-like sweetness rounds out the scent. Some detectable spiciness from the yeast or notes of Munich malt would make this beer more complex. Overall malt aromas could be bigger from a Quad. This seems to have the malt aromas of a Dubbel. (4.0)

T: Great translation of the scent to the palate. The prune/raisin and caramel sweetness hits the tongue first followed by the sour cherry note. The bitterness of the hops comes to neutralize the sweetness. The finish is not really strong. It is neither dry like the Trappists nor sweet like the Abbey styles. Bitterness perfectly balances sweetness. Again the overall strength of flavors could be stronger for a Quad. (4.0)

M: This is how a Belgian Ale should be. Good carbonation, accompanied by a light body compared to the sweetness and alcohol content. Well done. (5.0)

D: I really enjoyed this beer. I find this more in line with a Dubbel with a special twist than a Quad or Belgian Dark Strong in terms of richness of flavors. Everything is well balanced and very enjoyable. At less than ten dollars a bottle this is a terrific deal. (4.5)

BWH3, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I've ever had. This creamy, smooth flavorful Quadrupel from Ommegang comes in a 25.4 oz. as part of a pack that included Rare Vos and Hennepin, as well as a complementary 12 oz. Ommegang glass. What a delight. It pours a beautiful, rich, three-fingered head with a cloudy reddish amber body--gorgeous. The aroma is a melange of fruit and spice, mainly cherry and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is an excellent balance of the fruitiness of a Quadrupel, with modest spiciness. There is a slightly roasted flavor to it as well, yet nothing overbearing. Cherry is prominent, as is orange, and the fruit blends expertly with a modest amount of pepper. Its creamy texture makes for an easy beer to consume, though its high ABV (9.8%) is something of which to be mindful.

With Ommegang, this is my favorite product from the Cooperstown-based brewery. It does not disappoint, packs a smooth punch, and is right at the top of domestic Belgian-style beers. It's also great for sharing and sampling, and easy to make converts to it. Nearly perfect, in my humble opinion.

Gehrig, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured off the tap into a belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark red brown with a large head that rises all the way to the top of the glass. Lacing clings to the glass throughout.

Smell- Cherry upfront, then raspberry and candi sugar. Almost no hop presence whatsoever. A slight earthiness that I can only assume is hop.

Taste- Belgian sour cherries with candi sugar and lingering bittering hops. A slight hint of chocolate ties the beer together. I'm on the fence at this point on weather this or the bottle is better. Sugar content seems a bit more subdued in the bottle, but there is more freshness and hop on the tap.

Mouthfeel- Slightly sticky, creamy, full-bodied, slightly sour and fully carbonated. Suprisingly not warming considering the high gravity.

Drinkability- For me the drinkability on this one is high. I give it a 4.5 on these grounds. I'm not sure that others can handle all the belgian qualities of this beer, but I like it.

blakesell, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of NitroGen
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Corked and caged 750 ML. 9.8% alc/vol

A: Murky reddish amber pour, thick foamy off-white two fingered head that reduced to a ½ inch head and minimal lace.

S: Felt like I was a huffer, as I kept trying but all I could come up with was spicy, berry, malt and slight toffee.

T: Smooth and tart berry and then a deep caramel with a subtle wooden and savory aftertaste.

M: Was expecting a bit more punch and bouncing of a myriad of tastes fighting for attention but extremely smooth and well balanced, which was a letdown.

D:: Would have only one at a sitting but would choose another as a second choice just to wake up the tastebuds.

NitroGen, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of wardough
2.7/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle a week ago.

A: Pours a nice cherry / brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Looks great.

S: Smells of beautiful cherries. Slight smell of raisins and then alcohol.

T: My first taste was of metal, then cleaned up. First raisins, then cherries, then a dry finish with the alcohol at the end.

M: Carbonated too much for the styel

D: This is a sipping beer. I truly can't drink more than a few goblets.

Overall, an average quad.

wardough, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of TenSpoons
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A – A dark brown with ruby. Nice thick head.

S – Cherry, Malty, slight alcohol.

T – much like the aroma, but more alcohol.

M – Moderate mouthfeel, with fairly high carbonation, but not biting.

D – A nice sipping beer. I really enjoyed this beer, but drinking it won’t be a regular thing.

TenSpoons, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came part of an Ommegang 10th anniversary 3 pack. It poured a bright, hazy red into a flute glass, with nice head retention, but minimal lacing around the glass. Aroma was slightly sweet, with a hint of cherry, wood-like, with a hint of spice and alcohol. Very pleasant on both accounts.

Wow, what a beer. The cherry lambic certainly shines through first, with a stern tart cherry taste, but it is quickly followed up by a rigorous dose of cloves, flowers, and raisins. Everything is so complex, yet works in perfect harmony. The finish is sweet with a warming alcohol that isn't overbearing. Mouthfeel is full, and carbonation is kept at a minimum. I had no problem finishing off a bomber, despite the high ABV.

I'm in love. This is one of my favorite beers, and another notch on Ommegang's belt. Try it, you'll like it.

BBM, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rating the 2006 - Poured into a tulip glass with a thick off-white/light tan head that quickly dissipated into a thin layer of foam that skimmed the top of the brew. Good lacing adherence during the sampling. Color was a deep garnet red/brown color. Very subtle smell of dark fruit similar to a red wine bouquet. Complex flavor that was difficult to describe but pleasant to imbibe; flavors of dark fruit (plums, cherries, grapes). Nice tart mouthfeel with a pleasant bite to the tongue. Finished with a subtle feeling of alcohol astringency and mild carbonation. Very pleasant and not as strong as I anticipated from a 9+% abv.

Jwale73, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of JamesS
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a nice copper color with a godo head and a bit of lacing. Has a vaguely sweet smell with a hint of alcohol, which goes for the malty and alcholol taste, as well. Goes down fairly smoothly, with just a bit of roughness at the end. This would have been a great beer if the abv wasn't quite so noticable. While it's interesting to have a 9+% beer, if I wanted that much of the taste, I'd have scotch. Still worth a try, though, it's still quite good.

JamesS, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of likestoswallow
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Poured a gorgeous coffee brown with red around the edges, there is just a slight haze. Head is khaki colored, three fingers large, sudsy and long lingering. Aroma was light with cherries and allspice. Flavor is ripe with raisins, sour cherries, something floral, coffee, chocolate, and musty yeast. This brew has a good balance of spicy, sweet and sour. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying, carbonation is light and prickly. Finish is dry, weak and short with a bit of alcohol showing. Overall something is missing that would make this a truly great beer, even so, it commands a lot of respect.

likestoswallow, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of Tolann
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm trying another Belgian beer. I had pretty good luck with the few I've recently tried. I've read about this one and it sounded good. Clearly I don't have enough glassware. I know enough that this needs to be poured into a goblet or chalice. Well best I have is a nice crystal whiskey glass.

A - really dark color. it's really near opaque. Poured a nice head which dissipated in time. Kind of impressive.

S - really sweet, more like a wine. It's fruity and kinda boozy too.

T - more boozy than what I typically drink (pale ales and IPAs). Not as sweet as the smell. Taste doesn't hang too heavy. The cherry flavor is really subtle. this is more like a wine in taste as well. I'm not much of a wine drinker but I'm ok with this tonite. I was in the mood for something different.

M - Smooth and light for it's appearance. Slightly bubbly.

D - This bottle might be enough. Glad I experienced it tho. As mentioned this is very different than what I usually drink. I'll enjoy the bottle tonite, but I don't think this bottle will be a regular thing.

ok. If I were going to make a beer out of a cherry fruit roll-up, this would be it. Don't get me wrong, I used to love fruit roll-ups as a kid. This is a fruit roll-up in a bottle for adults. I think as I'm drinking more of it I'm having more fun, and I'm still on my first glass...

Tolann, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of domtronzero
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007; I have a 2006 in the cellar that I've never got around to trying. How is it that I went this long without trying it? Its gonna be hard saving it for very much longer. I'll try to hold out...

Deep ruby brown beer with a 2 finger creamy tan head. Little lacing. Aroma is of cherries and malty sweetness. Taste is pleasantly tart and cherry sweet up front, with a nice bitterness balancing out the background. Mouhtfeel is rather spritzy due to the carbonation, but is rather heavy on the palate. Much thanks to the Ommegang folks for another fabulous brew.

domtronzero, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of perfectkaos
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one the other day while waiting for my food at Mad Mex in Monroeville. Served in a wine glass... lemme dig out my cell phone so i can read my notes

poured a dark ruby color with very little, if any, head. not much aroma to it either... i could detect the alcohol, but not much else.

balanced flavor with malt up front and hops and alcohol on the back.

a heavy beer, not very drinkable in large quantities. reminds me of the Sprecher scotch ale i had in vegas in terms of heaviness. tasty, though and Id probably have it again.

perfectkaos, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown/amber color with generous off-white head. Aroma was a malty sweetness with a bit of fruit. Flavor is very much like the aroma except the cherry tartness is more evident. Mouthfeel is good. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. An enjoyable experience.

biggmike, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of arlugg
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the 750 ml bottle into a Duvel Chalice. It has a deep nice color with a very fluffy head, fluffy like i rarely see in a beer. It has a wonderful aroma, strong in malt and fruitiness. It tastes pretty good, a little too heavy on the cherry flavor, which is more tangy then sweet, and pretty crisp. I'd like it better if it was slightly thicker and maltier; its still slammin, dont get me wrong.

The first glass was right out of the fridge and a little too chilly, now I am on my second which is warmer. The malt and spices come through better, I'd recomend letting this one sit a while before drinking it. I feel the greatest part about this beer is it hides the alcohol very well. 9.8% and it tastes more like 6% or so even after it warms up, It did a good job at warming me up, too.

arlugg, Oct 09, 2007
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,136 ratings.