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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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5,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,037
Reviews: 1,895
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 199
Gots: 580 | FT: 15
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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 ttfreek


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

My favorite beer. Strong, yet sensitive. Brash, yet reluctant. A high alcohol beer, strong on malts and hops but also a very strong dark cherry aftertaste. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed, but also wanting a little more. Pours a dark red/mahogany. You only need one for a night, if that. It is heavy and filling, but the taste is very complex and surprisingly smooth.

02-14-2007 17:06:52 | More by ttfreek
Photo of dieselboy914

New York

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%

I bought this beer, looking to somehow celebrate the raise I'd just received from work. This gem was the latest arrival on the shelves of my supermarket, so I jumped at the opportunity.

The bottle is fun to look at, as you can tell by the supplied pic here. It makes you look smart just by carrying it.

Poured it into a glass goblet, and boy did the head grow! Very quickly, indeed, considering the fastest I've seen to date was a Duvel. But then again, I'm new at this...
The color was a beautiful amber, dark and opaque, with the foam think and receding very slowly. Wait 5 minutes...
The taste is somewhat predictable, very malty, with caramel and apple undertones. The alcohol breaks through immediately, and disturbs the pleasure that you were experiencing from that breif second there.
The mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation that you can barely see, give the beer an exciting feel, and makes you want to finish the whole pint yourself. But the taste, again, is slightly discouraging.

A pretty decent beer in the end, but would need a good reason to drink it again. Maybe with a good food pairing?

02-10-2007 18:33:14 | More by dieselboy914
Photo of isaac


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

750 ml bottle to chalice.

A - Amazing, cake of a head sits on top of a dark brown, sort of reddish body. head never fades and coats the glass on the way down.

S - Herbal and boozey in the nose with complex layers of bready malts, hinting at caramel and dark fruits.

T - Creamy, sweet, and bready - this beer starts on the herbal side of things, then fades into a more savory, almost soy-sauce like finish with strongly warming alcohol.

M - Smooth and full bodied, a wonderful coating sensation in the back of the mouth and throat.

D - a little too sweet to want a lot of this, but overall a very nice brew!

02-10-2007 04:23:48 | More by isaac
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Appears a dark mahogany with a finger of dark tan foam. Smells of dried fruits and sweet caramel malt. Tastes of dried sweet dark fruits such as cherry and plum. Spicy notes and then the sweet malt comes through. Moderate carbonation and slightly heavy on the tongue. This is a great dessert beer, one of the best. Definitely one to sip. Cheers.

02-09-2007 17:42:02 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of ndekke39


4.55/5  rDev +9.9%

Shared the 750 ml bottle with a very good friend of mine (actually it was his beer that I gave him for Christmas). This is the 2005 batch. Appearance of a golden-tan cider/straw color. Very thin head - great retention. Wonderfully complex smells: brown sugar, cider, cherry, apple, molasses, bread. Overall smells like a delicious apple crumble or apple pie. Tastes of the apple, with tangy cherry in the center and aftertaste. I really enjoy the addition of the cherry lambic to the quadrupel - it complements the apple and sugar flavors without overpowering them. Good thickness to the mouthfeel - like a thick cider. Overall, a wonderful beer. Lots of light, complex flavors and aromas. Would gladly buy another for my friend so I could split it with him (just kidding!)

02-07-2007 18:00:49 | More by ndekke39
Photo of ccrida


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 2005 750ml bottle into an Ommegang cervoise, the quad is a deep mahogany that has a bottled conditioned cloudiness, although I didn't purposely swirl the yeast. A vigorous pour produced a large tan head with medium bubbles, that quickly subsided to a 1 finger collar, leaving some thick, sticky lace. The aroma is very rich and complex, earthy and vinous and mainly sour cherries. The taste is sweet, rich malt, caramel, prunes and yeast, reminiscent of Gulden Drak, but with a very pleasant tartness from the Cherry lambic and brett. that really takes it to the next level, before fading to a boozy and slightly dry finish. The 3 Philosophers had a moderate mouthfeel and a great flavor profile that takes a while to unlock, but is a bit rich to drink more then a bottle or too of...that said, it is choice for enjoying with a robust cigar, such as a Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real # 2 Belicoso, which is suburb.

02-03-2007 07:58:27 | More by ccrida
Photo of eberkman


3.93/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured a beautiful mahogany red into a snifter with a one-finger light-tan head that diminished in a couple of minutes, but produced a healthy, clingy lacing.

The nose produced a sweet-sour aroma of dark cherries and plums with a strong alcohol finish.

The taste was a complex blend of malty sweetness with notes of sour cherry in the background all the way through. Some slight alcohol warming on the way down with a lingering medicinal finish. Very sour, tart aftertaste.

It felt fairly assertive in the mouth with good carbonation.

OK drinkability for 9.8% ABV, but I'd probably want this one in limited doses.

A bit of a poor man's St. Bernardus Abt 12 but at a pretty nice price for a decent quadrupel.

02-03-2007 03:40:43 | More by eberkman
Photo of Kudashov


3.23/5  rDev -22%

Poured in my trusty Stella Artois glass ...

A-Dark brownish / red color with nice vanilla head , lacing is lasting ,

S- Cherry , Fruity ....Citrus ...

T- after smelling the brew I thought it would be overly sweet which it is not . Not being a fan of my last quad I was apprehensive . This brew fills my mouth with flavor .

M- pleasant , good .

D- Wonderful , will have again ..

02-01-2007 19:05:46 | More by Kudashov
Photo of koolchas


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%

bomber bottle brewed in 2006 poured in a goblet.

a: rosewood color, not much of head, ample carbonation with bubbles racing to the top of the goblet.

s: yeast, malt, with a hint of cherry. more spicy than fruity/floral.

t: hint of bing cherry in the background. the taste of this is complex with noticeable cherry flavor lingering. a bit tart but, more like a cherry tart vs. bitter.

m: carbonation galore. champane like. flavorful spices. i finish drinking this about an half an hour ago with nothing else in my mouth. the aftertaste is somewhat like i bit into a hostess cherry pie.

d: very drinkable. goes down very easy that you would not know this brew is 9.8% abv.

overall a solid brew but, not one of my favorites. this brew may be much better if in the cellar for a year or two.


01-31-2007 07:15:11 | More by koolchas
Photo of torchedpunk

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%

Came across this guy while in a store I only heard about and wanted to see what they offered. I picked up cause I never got my hands on a quadrupel before and I was dying to give it a try.

Appearance- pours dark and solid, I didn't expect much of a head, and there wasnt much to offer. But looked beautiful in a nice wide mouth glass.

Smell- Contained what seemed to be an endless amount of aroma. I was hardly able to put my finger on anything but really just enjoyed the full blend of it all. The most noticeable that i could catch was the dark malt, subtle but bold from its strengh.

Taste- Sip it real slow. It took a good 5 seconds before all the flavor developed. Strong malt taste of different kinds, definetly some fruit mixed in it. Resembled a barley wine.

Mouthfeel- Not extrememly thick, but definetly heavy. Slow and steady is best. Personally I spent a little less then an hour enjoying this guy.

Drinkability- I would love to bring this with me to a bring your own restaurant. This easily takes the place of a wine when accompanied by any high end meat. Beautiful for long romantic nights, or a very quiet elegant sitting. Really is a mood maker. I'll buy it again when I have an occasion for it.

01-27-2007 20:39:58 | More by torchedpunk
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Excellent, excellent beer. Tried it on a whim at RFD in downtown DC. Saw it listed on tap, and selected it because it was the most expensive one on the menu! Was pleasantly surprised.. it was very smooth and rich. Complex in taste, with lots of sugar, caramel, apple, pepper, honey, cinnamon, and anise coming through. Had another glass just to make sure I liked it as much as I had initially thought.. and oh yeah, it's an excellent, excellent beer.

01-23-2007 22:12:03 | More by alysmith4
Photo of Atron67


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

Served from a 750 ml bottle, into an oversized wine glass,

A- This is one dark beer, slightly red note around edges, creamy foam forms upon pour, head stays well but not as long as hoped for such a heavybodied quadrupel, but still good

S- The caramel and bread-like qualities adding pleasing complexity. the 10% acohol is well hidden in this deeply scented beer.

T- very complex, multiple different scents noted with each new sip, warms very nicely. the intense taste of caramel and cherry lambic (as stated on bottle) make you stop and ponder, slight spice noted however tough to work out.

M- very intense creamy bodied, lingering warming sensation throughout, carbonation is well noted.

D- great beer to sit around and sip on, and think, encourages to drink whole bottle all at once

makes a great afternoon by sitting around sipping the whole bottle.

01-21-2007 23:07:14 | More by Atron67
Photo of Infamous7100


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

I am new to this site and also to the art of beer reviewing, so please forgive this review if it is a bit rudimentary. Three Philo's, quite simply, is outstanding. It is a full bodied, dark and very tasty. This brew also packs a 10%ABV punch, so be careful. It tastes so good, you tend not to realize that once glass of this potion equals about 3 of your domestic beers. The main reason this beer strikes my fancy is the intense taste that it brings to the table. It's not something that you can just drink and not give it a second thought. It makes you stop to realize the quality of beverage that is flooding your palate. It makes you sit up and recognize that this is not just another beer. Thats all for now!

01-18-2007 21:29:28 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of kaimcm


4.1/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle from 2003 poured into a Caracole tulip. Huge thanks to Jamie for this bottle. Reviewed 1/17/06

A: deep brown body, edges of dark garnet. a ruby hue but this is one dark brew. a light dusting of dirty beige head and even a nice lacing for a brew with this much age. agitation brings back a momentary but creamy 1/2 inch.

S: let me preface by saying im pretty stuffed up...but here goes. butter and raw pastry dough. spent cigarette filters, smoke, and some over ripe fruit. im searching for the cherry but it seems to have melded into the overall aroma. lingering malt, sugar.

T/M: soft and creamy, very smooth. medium bodied, rich malt, a blend of smashed almost rotten fruit (in a ripe way, not a bad way), and even some of that cigarette filter. lots of vinous qualities, grapey, reminiscent of 2 day old wine. back pallete presents a little bitterness, a touch of booze, and some toffee sweetness. sugar is nicely balanced and the finish is long enough to be interesting, but nothing spectacular.

D: goes down so soft and easy. a little dangerous at nearly 10%. allow this to warm up a bit and its one nice presentation. cheers.

this bottle has been preserved very well. i would prefer all my 3 philos to have a few years on them.

01-18-2007 04:33:26 | More by kaimcm
Photo of JohnnyM2002


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a medium white head; foamy, but didn't take too long until it became a small white ring that followed the brew all the way down the glass. No real lacing along the glass, but the color stayed intact as it got warmer.

S - Powerful aroma; black cherries and malt dominate the initial whiff. The more I drank (also, as it warmed up), more of a spiced scent came through, with traces of alcohol. For a higher ABV brew, I expected to smell more of it up front, but it blended very well with the stronger scents. A very enjoyable aroma.

T - Black cherries with some pretty intense malt and a touch of honey. Alcohol begins to poke through the bittersweet flavors. Noticed some plum and a little peppery spice. I'm struggling to find the words to express the complexity of flavors, but they elude me. There is a wonderful warming sensation that combines the flavors extremely nicely and makes the experience much more enjoyable.

M - Creamy and medium in body...finishes very strong with a long-lasting warming sensation. Alcohol lingers for a little while, which I was hoping for.

D - This is my first time trying an entire bottle of this, and as expected, Ommegang nailed it again. I consider them a great alternative to wine for those special occasions, but they also make for a great relaxation beer...I sampled this one after a pretty rough day at work, when I just wanted to relax. An excellent Quad from a great brewery. I'm going to pick up some more to cellar them, because I'm sure this ages beautifully!

01-12-2007 01:21:21 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of Byeast


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance: Poured a very deep , dark, ruby red color , clear , with a small powdery tan head.

Smell: some light cherry cobbler mixes with some crusty malt to make a bit of a cherry pie nose , slight must , yeast and light herb.

Taste: A hefty amount of dark malt flavor with a hint of nuttiness , some candied sweetness , plum , black cherries that leave just a hint of tart flavor in the finish , bit of powdery yeast , very smooth and complex taste that changes quite a bit throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: smooth , full bodied , soft but mouthfilling carbonation.

Drinkability: This is 9.8% ABV? Cannot taste the alcohol at all. The mixing of the cherry lambic and quad makes for an interesting and nice flavor. Different tastes dart in all over in flashes , some of which stay for awhile in the long lingering finish , complex - but delicately so.

01-11-2007 05:14:07 | More by Byeast
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%

Nice. Better than average all the way around. The appearance especially was very nice, indeed. Poured a wark cooked plum colour with a very pretty sand coloured foamy head that stayed in place for a very long time. This looks fantastic! Smell was warm brown sugar, stewed dark fruit and candied cherries, a touch of vanilla bean and a slightly noticeable trace of warm alcohol hiding in the background. Very nice. Taste was sweeter than I was anticipating. Cooked fruit up front, brown sugary sweetness in the middle which seemed to be followed up rather quickly with warm alcohol, and then a mild bitterness on the finish.
CO2 level seemed to be just right for this brew, and mouthfeel was smooth and very drinkable. A fantastic quad that is so easy to acquire, I cannot believe that this is my first time trying it.

01-11-2007 00:15:08 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

A - Deep cloudy reddish burgundy with a big head and thick rings of lacing.

S - Fresh cherries, faint toffee malt and alcohol.

T - Cherries and malt with a powerfully bitter malty aftertaste.

M - Smooth, pretty refreshing and thick.

D - Good. It is a very enjoyable quad. I've had it before and I will have it again.

01-08-2007 19:23:02 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Onibubba


3.48/5  rDev -15.9%

Label indicates 2005. Let this set for about 30 minutes after removing from the fridge. Healthy "pop" and pours with about a 2 inch pink head into my tulip. Nice deep brown color. Head diminishes into fair lacing. Head and lacing is the same for each subsequent pour. Nice looking beer. The cherry comes through heavily in the smell, as well as in the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and on the mark for a quad. Thick and chewy, alcohol was not very noticeable at first, but began to assert itself about halfway through. As this warmed, the dominant cherry flavors began to take on a more medecinal taste - cherry cough syrup. At this point, the beer lost its appeal for me. Drinking the entire bottle became a bit of a chore. Score for taste would have marked higher if I had just had a small glass. By the end of the bottle, it was becoming offensive, so I had to score somewhere in the middle.

If someone offered me a 12 oz, or a glass of this beer, I would gladly accept, but nothing more. I'd like to revisit this beer again sometime, but only in a smaller portion.

01-08-2007 13:48:15 | More by Onibubba
Photo of jdg204


3.88/5  rDev -6.3%

Picked a 4 Pack of this bad boy up on a trip to the Hudson Valley a few weeks ago, after hearing some much about the famed Ommegang brewery.

Appearance - Wonderful Deep Brown/ Red Ruby color with a nice white head. Also had the wheat particles that Ommegang is famous for.

Smell - A deep roasted malt and cherry flavor comes through most prevelantly.

Taste - STRONG flavor, the cherries and roasted flavor is almost overpowering. The complexity is amazing, but as said earlier it might come on a little strong.

Mouthfeel - Very thick texture, you definetly won't be gulping this bad boy down in a hurry, a sipping beer if there ever was one.

Drinkability - Definetly a unique brew that I'm glad I tried, though a bit too strong/ meaty to have on a regular basis. Have this one on an empty stomach as it is very filling. Definetly a brew all serious beer drinkers need to try and one I look forward to trying again a year or 2 from now.

01-07-2007 06:38:29 | More by jdg204
Photo of BurnsTau


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours deep amber/brown, nice foamy head, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity. Taste is malty up front, candy like, slightly cherry. Good medium body, a little creamy, nice dry alchohol finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew, as far as belgian style beers go though there are many that are better. Worth a try at the very least.

01-05-2007 05:40:55 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of Romulus141


5/5  rDev +20.8%

Poured from a 3-Liter bottle (wax-sealed and corked) into a clear pub glass. I received this as a Christmas gift, and the presentation was nice. I opened it for New Year's Eve to share with my family.

Appearance: Pours a deep, beautiful red with a fluffy white head. The warmer the beer, the better the head is retained. Lacing stains the edges of the glass, and will not let go. The glow of this beer when held up to a light is a sight to behold. Truly a wonderful looking brew.

Smell: A nice malty smell intermixed with grains (particularly a sweet wheaty aroma). This reminds me of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel, but even better in the smell department. The smell is quite present, and easy to detect, and delightful. You cannot smell the alcohol. All around one of the best beers I've smelled.

Taste: This is some great stuff. Very complex, and it would be tough to list all the different flavors I experience. There is the wheaty taste, which is followed up with an almost chocolately sweetness. The finish is crisp and smooth. I even detect some citrus style flavors in here from time to time. This beer also goes great with food. Pair it with cheese and crackers, or spicy food. Very versatile.

Mouthfeel: It has a good weight to it, and the carbonation balance is just right. Like a proper ale, it is thicker than most lagers, but not on the degree of a stout. It really caresses the tongue, and is incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: I needed to check the bottle again to remind myself that the ABV is almost 10%. You can't taste the alcohol at all! This is a sipping beer, but if you respect it, it can last you the entire evening, along with a nice meal. You'll probably reach for more afterwards, as I did.

I can't recommend this enough. Definitely one of my favorite beers, and probably the best I've reviewed thus far. For complexity and versatility, you can't beat this.

01-01-2007 03:00:18 | More by Romulus141
Photo of ghostmech007


3.53/5  rDev -14.7%

Awesome 1 pint bottle with very handsome labeling and my first corked brew. When you pop that cork it smells great. I don't have a snifter or tulip available so it went with an extremely flared pilsner.

Very dark brown with no head at all. Kinda disappointing. You can really see the yeast though.

Lots of different smells to sort through. Mint, herbs, and wine like aromas. Very overbearing.

Very smooth but definitly a sipper. Has a nice creaminess from middle to end. Sweet malts and lots of alcohol. Hops level out the brew. Tastes a little bit like communion wine.

You really can't take this one in a half hour. Need to pair it with something, cheese of any variety I think will do.

01-01-2007 02:46:21 | More by ghostmech007
Photo of cheers2beers


3.78/5  rDev -8.7%

2005 vintage served from a 750ml bottle into a tall wiesen glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby bronze hue with a two finger head that died down to a half inch layer within a few minutes. Slightly cloudy with a medium amount of beading.

Smell: A waft of sour tartness is observed along with a rose like malty sweetness. Bready and floral notes are all mixed into the aroma, different but nice.

Taste: The flavor reminds me of a sour cherry mead with an almost sharp alcohol bite. It has a fresh homeade banana nut bread taste, but without the bananas. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation with a medium body. A smoothness flows throughout with a bubblely finish. Almost has a spritzy mouthfeel but it may have lost this character with age.

Drinkability: This is a good beer in my own opinion.It's not on my tops list, but it is well worth a try. Top to bottom.


12-29-2006 21:03:24 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of Will46andbrew


4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

I'm very new to Belgian style beers and I don't know too much about them, but I know that I really like this one! It's a Quadrupel mixed with a cherry lambic. It is on the sweet side, but not too sweet, it's a nice blend.
This is one of my personal favorites and I usually have a 750ml in my fridge at all times. A great buy, if you get a chance, try it!

12-27-2006 21:04:27 | More by Will46andbrew
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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