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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,247 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,247
Reviews: 1,919
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 217
Gots: 668 | 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 ecorrado
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

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
Photo of halfP1NT
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of Strix
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red/brown with a good head.

Smells bready, with dark fruits and cherries.

Taste is nice. The 2% cherries do come through, blended wth apple and other fruity flavors, and a warming alcohol finish. Not the most complex quad I've had, but solid and tasty.

Mouthfeel nice and substantial.

I was quite impressed with this, my first from Ommegang, I'll have to try more.

Strix, May 20, 2008
Photo of danielharper
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours into my snifter with a dark reddish-brown body and a thick one-finger off-white head. Head is foamy and viscous, sticks around leaving significant lacing.

Smell: Strongly fruity notes, nice cherries, dark, nutty, slightly yeasty. Complex, but slightly astringent.

Taste: Strongly yeasty, bready. Strong flavors of cherries, hints of chocolate. Belgian funkiness far in the background. Finishes clean and leaves me ready for more.

Mouthfeel: Thick, chewy due to yeast, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly astringent on the finish due to alcohol.

Drinkability: You'd think that a beer this sweet and this alcoholic would get cloying after awhile, but in general this is a very quaffable brew, finishing nicely and giving a nice warm feeling inside. Not the greatest quad ever, but then again it's a blend, so what can you do?

danielharper, May 18, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear ruby color with a little brown and a beautiful creamy white head. Smell of yeast and malts, some cherry and spices. Initial taste is a cherry sugary sweetness finishing with some yeast and matliness. Lingering taste of malts and cherries. Mouthfeel is pretty tart, but very nice. Drinkability is not bad at all, matches the beer very well.

An excellent balance and flavor make this beer absolutely great. I would recommend this beer in an instant. I am not the biggest fan of the Belgian style, but I could drink this for a long time to come.

paco1029384756, May 16, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007. Poured a brown with orange hints. Beautiful creamy brown head with good lasting power. Tons of small carbonation rising. Good lacing. Very nice to look at.

Aroma is rather yeasty, sweet, flowery and some fruit [tangerine].

Taste is surprisingly light. Some light fruitiness [pear, apple, fig], malts, flowery. Not offensive in any way, but nothing really jumps out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and cleansing. Slightly sticky at the end.

Overall, an interesting brew. Rather complex. Definitely worth a try.

atigerlife, May 14, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, it's a dark amber color and is very clear with plenty of carbonation, a very thick, bubbly tan head with some good lacing. There are some strong cherry aromas mixed in with some spices, some mild fruit aromas like apple and some hints of alcohol as well. This is very smooth full bodied ale that's very sweet all around, it just has a very complex taste to it, some bitterness that keeps the sweetness in check, a mild alcohol aftertaste, some fruits but no cherry flavor. It really warms up your mouth and doesn't leave you wanting...

After letting it warm up for a few minutes some of the alcohol taste becomes a bit more noticeable, its also more apparent in the aroma as well, but it is not offending in any way.

vickersspitfire, May 12, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with light fluffy head, quickly dissapate leaving nice lacing.

smells like malt, yeast and cherries. Very pleasant.

Taste down right wonderful. Initial sweet and spiciness on the front end, the cherry flavor comes through on the back end. Very light chocolate after taste. Nice complex brew, flavors layer exceptionally.

Definintely full bodied, carbonation helps it from being to thick and syrupy.

Very drinkable, if you have patience. This is too good of a brew to rush through. This may limit the number you would drink in a sitting. Good for the cellar to pull and savor on ocassion.

kzoobrew, May 12, 2008
Photo of beeragent
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a snifter. The beer pours a dark amber, forming a thick and creamy 1 inch tan head. Light spots of lace slowly slide down the glass. The aroma is rich and complex, consisting of a strong mix of candy sugar and dark fruit, along with a hint of alcohol. The taste begins with the Belgian candy sugar taste, along with the dark fruit flavors, followed by a slight taste of cherries, and ending with a light smooth malt finish. As described on the bottle, 2% is cherry lambic, but for only 2%, the cherry lambic is very present in the taste! Clean mouthfeel and finish. IMO, this is an exceptionally drinkable ale. Full complex flavors. Whats not to love about this? Overall, I was truly impressed by this ale. I think the addition of the cherry lambic enhances the flavor, giving it a very unique taste. Definitely my favorite offering from Ommegang!!!

beeragent, May 11, 2008
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a few bottles of this at the brewery. Was recommended as I'm a fan of trappist ales.

Poured a deep solid brown with a rocky/fluffy tan head. After a few minutes it calmed down and completely dissapated.

Smelled very much like "liquid bread". Very yeasty, fruity, cherry tones and gives you a bit of a tarty cringe.

Taste overpowered me! The thing that makes this one special is that although the flavor remains the same, you taste a bit of something new every time. Sour cherry, raisins, nutmeg, cloves, and alot of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very heavy, fits perfectly with the style, could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is about average. Although this is a fantastic beer it is by no means a session beer. Very rich in feel and flavor, and at 10$ a bottle..you get the point.

LumpyGuitar, May 10, 2008
Photo of jayb
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber, brownish almost. 2 fingers of khaki colored foamy head that settles to a thin film, but sticks around. Lacing is a bit of a letdown. plenty of carbonation.

Yeasty, bready, tangy with a tart cherry undertone. Of course its going to smell like cherries! obvious statement. smells like fruity pizza dough.

peppery, cloves, sour, warming alcohol at the roof of my mouth. cherry isn't as apparent in taste as it is in smell. sharp carbonation. perceptible bitterness, but welcome. hard for me to grasp, its sweet, as i expected, but the sourness combats it.

medium bodied and pleasantly smooth. bitterness hangs around for a bit. maybe its the sourness coming from the lambic. Doesn't feel like it, but i don't want to rule it out.

very sipable. i don't think i could have more than a couple glasses, but one glass is enough and very enjoyable. A blend, but well blended. Nicely done.

jayb, May 08, 2008
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
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,247 ratings.