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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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5,670 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,670
Reviews: 1,987
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 264
Gots: 972 | FT: 19
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of david18
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not the biggest quadrupel fan, preferring the paler belgian ales like strong pale, blonde, tripel, etc. But this is one of my favorite dark belgians. Very good malty aroma without too much dark fruit, extremely drinkable for 10%. This is the ultimate winter beer for me.

Photo of drcarver
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep amber body with a fluffy light brown head. Great lacing that clings down the glass (and is a pain to get off if you let it dry) and sticks together.

S - bit of alcohol. medicinal with a bit of fruitiness

T/M - fantastic. great smooth, creamy texture. cherries come through a bit at the end. dark maltiness but no roasted burnt flavors

D - sipping but its a nice sipping.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a chalice.

Poured a deep brown with a half inch of toasty colored foam. Some lacing, but nothing like the classic Quads. I poured the sediment into a shot glass and drank it as well...

Toasty malts and light prunes with a light cherry overtone from the Kriek that is blended in. A hint of peppery spice, but not much.

Not sweet, but going in that direction. There's no question the beers are well blended - it's hard to figure out where one of the blended beers begins, and the other ends. Warm malts with some toast and a hint of butter, cherry, hints of prunes, and a clean finish. Great beer.

Enough carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, not to heavy in the mouth. Exceptional.

One is enough - for one day. Still, worth revisiting as often as one would like.

Photo of bark
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage 2007.

The colour is brown-red, the liquid is clear. The low head disappears quickly into a very thing white lid. No lacing.

The strong and luxurious smell is dry-sweet with fresh fruity notes. Fresh and preserved cherries. Some tart hints in the background and a hint of toffee.

The taste is dry and fruity with a touch of lambic tartness. Yeast, minerals, chocolate and a hint of fruit candy. Weak body. The aftertaste is very dry and clean with notes of cherries, alcohol, salt and a touch of shortbread.

The carbonation is strong with lots of small almost sharp bubbles. The liquid is a bit light for the style.
I had thought that this one would mature with a lot more grace than it actually did: Low sweetness, low body and a bit unbalanced.

Photo of nukem5
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the reason for drinking beer! Exceptional brew. From the time you here the cork "Pop" till you see it pour... You start to feel giddy like Christmas. I recieved this and two others in a gift box set with nice glass. When poured its like a deep cherry waterfall into your glass. The smell that comes from the glass is like Heaven on Earth. When the taste first hit the tongue you get that bubbly belgian classic tast and then cherry flavors wash the palate.Mouth feels like its full of micro bubbles washing around. Overall a very drinkable beer.

Photo of GLM0011
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is currently my favorite beer. I wish I had this on tap at home.Kind of pricey. I love this beer. Cherry beginning with an abbey ale finish. Complex.Color,smell,taste,overall a wonderful beer made in the U.S. This is better than the Chimays,sorry guys.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 25.4oz bottle into Ommegang tulip.

Appearance: Pours deep cherry-mahogany with a large beige head that dissipates quickly and leaves only a bit of lace.

Smell: Lots of sweet malts with hints of cherry and yeast, with a bit of alcohol.

Taste: Fruity sweetness and bread, finishing with alcohol and cherry, with hints of yeast. This beer tastes much like a red wine.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with natural carbonation and a dry finish. Warming alcohol.

Drinkability: A very tasty sipping beer and a beer with much character. True to its Belgian inspiration.

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

Beautiful deep-brown color with with an orange highlight. The head is thick and fluffy with a caramelized tint. The nose is pretty complex with a tart fruitiness taking the lead. Cherries and rum-soaked raisins are most noticeable. Also, an herbal spiciness that seems to underpin the fruit character is also present. These all carry through onto the palate with the addition of a pleasant malt preasant that peaks through. Flavors of sweet caramel and even a light chocolate note show through and interweave with the raisin/cherry fruitiness. I wouldn't mind a little more cherry presence but given the overall balance and complexity I'm not too upset about it. Very smooth with a lively carbonation. Nearly perfect mouthfeel with maybe a tad too much alcohol present. I'd have to say that of the American Belgian-style beers that I've tried this is easily a top three, maybe my favorite so far. Highly recommended.

Photo of fastsrt
2.8/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

poured 750 ml to chalice
A: pours ruby brown, impressive head
S: booze, lots of fruit.
T: artificial cherry taste, kind of like cherry cough syrup. tastes like the brewer used cherry extract, threw off the whole beer in my opinion.
M: nicely carbonated lifting the sweetness making way for a light feel.
D: will never buy again belgian Quads are among my top styles and this one was off for me. I did not like it at all, had half the bottle and dumped it, it would have been good, but it could not get over that Cherry flavor that i hated as a kid.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Three Philosophers poured deep cloudy copper with a thick bubbly tan head. It left rings of slippery lace on the glass. The color was fascinating as it seemed to change with the lighting, from near-black to copper to pale orange.

The smell was acidic and full of alcohol, while the taste was typical "Belgian," with sweet alcohol-soaked fruit, eventually dominated by dried tart cherries, with a slightly metallic finish. The feel was fantastic, as it exploded in the mouth with bubbles and bitterness and a long-lasting presence on the tongue.

Three Philosophers adds a nice cherry finish to the sweet malty feel of a Belgian Quadrupel. It's delicious, aggressive, and a great warmer.

Photo of Minotaur
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent, not exceedingly dark quad poured from the bottle to an Ommegang glass. Red-mahogany with a luxurious finger high head that sits perfectly at the top of the glass. It leaves an enduring lacing as it fades into the ruddy beer. Though dark clear and bubbly.

The aroma is prune, raisiny malts, yeast, sour dough, and a little bit of cherry. There is a little bit of mineral aroma.

The flavor is a heavy, dark malt flavor with bread undertones. There is a faint hop bitterness and some grassy flavors which balance out what could be a one dimensional beer. The cherry flavor provides just enough brightness and sourness to offset the sweetness. This is a top ranking Quad with complexity, power, and subtle layers. There is some alcohol presence as the beer warms, and a caramel-like soda flavor.

The mouthfeel is the right combination of bubbles and smoothness. The beer maintains an effervescence.

For the strength and thickness of this beer it is very drinkable.

Photo of fjordhook
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dark brownish color that fades to a red at the bottom. I was surprised that the body was so clear considering the color was so dark. I could definitely see my fingers clearly through the glass. It smelled exactly the way it should, a nice strong ale with hints of cherries. The taste was reciprocated but the cherries definitely added a nice flavor to the ale. My only problem is for me it tasted a little... well the only way I can describe it is watery. Other than that I thought this beer was great, it felt good in the mouth and even with a high ABV I felt it was more drinkable than other strong ales.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freebee when we started carrying this beer at work. 2009 vintage.

A: Cloudy dark copper with a one finger head that's off-white and has bubbles of all sizes. The head dissipates fast leaving the beer glowing orange in the light.

S: Cherries, Belgian yeast, malt, toasted biscuit. No hops but mild alcohol. Could be more potent, but what's there I like.

T: Very cherry. Yum. Great cooked cherry pie/cobbler taste with a little caramel. Maybe a little bit of metal if you look for it (as I did when someone thought they tasted it) but still very very good.

M: Smooth and surprisingly light.

D: Good, though I'm not surprised by the ABV, it could have been smoother.

Photo of fairdinkum2
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Cherry Garcia of beers. Poured in to a tulip glass, this beer formed a creamy, off white head that lasted the entire time it took me to finish the beer. Every time I tilted the glass, the head literally blanketed the glass.
What I liked most about this beer was its balance. Really nice sour cherry aromas and cherry, chocolate flavors with almost perfect acidity.
I would rate this beers drinkability as very high. Nice carbonation - just right - and that balance of sweet, sour. Excellent

Photo of Kaiser81
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Stone RIS snifter

A - Mushroom cork with cage. Removing the cork was very easy. I put a little pressure on it, and then POP, the cork shot up and hit my ceiling. Shortly thereafter, the bottle fizzed over a bit. Guess this bottle has plenty of carbonation.
Pours a deep, dark amber color with cherry red hues. There is a 2 finger width layer of head.

S - It smells like faint sour cherries mixed with some oak, other mixed fruits (perhaps dried?). The belgian yeast also comes through.
As it warms, the smell turns to medicinal in quality, and there is definitely an alcohol aroma going on.

T - There are some cherries and raisins present in the taste, dark fruits (don't ask me to tell you which ones), belgian maltiness, and other complex flavors I have no idea to describe. There's also a kind of boozy/harsh aftertaste that lingers. it's all complex and good, just hard for me to describe.

M - Creamy with LOTS of carbonation. I seriously need to check for dents in my ceiling.

D - Not sure I'd want to drink more than a serving of this, but I have a 750 mL bottle to get through. I'm no quad expert, but I think this should be aged for a couple years.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jan 6, 2008

750ml 2007 bottle. They say to serve at 50 degrees, I think it's better even warmer as the head and mouthfeel especially really improve as the temp goes up. I like this brew a lot, this is my 3rd (1 '06 & 2 '07's) and the price is right too @ $6.50.

A wonderful blend of all the Belgian Quad yeasty, fruity, malty goodness with a touch of cherries that is most certainly noticeable but not overbearing or overpowering in any way. The aroma is a little subdued but the flavor is quite intense.

The body gets more and more rich, full, and creamy as times goes on as this last glass I'm having now is the cream of the crop. The alcohol is hidden well vs. most other 10% beers, but it's impact is most certainly felt! Haven't met an Ommegang brew I didn't love.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th beer review! I've been very busy with work and finally got around to catching up on some of my reviews. I love Quads and thought it would be appropriate as my 100th review and first beer in the new year.

Pours from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip a beautiful amber/mahogany with a tight ivory colored cap with immense retention and lacing.

The nose is both heavenly and delicate. Soft scents of raisins, cherries, figs, yeast and brown sugar can be found punctuated by a nice pungent earthy/herbal aroma.

Taste begins with prickly carbonation on the tongue up front quickly giving way to a dazzling array of cherries and raisins. About mid palate caramel, and light toffee notes begin to really shine through the fruit along with a medicinal cloves. Finishes quite smooth leaving the flavors to linger for a long time on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium body. The initial pour and ABV had lead me to believe that this would be a thicker beer, but is infact misleading. Despite that, it still very good for the style.

Drinkability is superb. Quads need to be sipped and appreciated, but this one could be taken to different heights because its so smooth medium bodied and just damn delicious.

Photo of cavedave
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a thick but clear reddish brown, topped by a nice one finger head of beige foam. The head relaxes to a floating island and persistent ring. Light refracts shimmeringly in the thick brew. Nice.

Smell is full of rounded notes of yeast, a tart fragrance, raisin, hints of citrus, earth, caramel, and alcohol. It's a medium aroma, and quite tempting.

Taste is a marvelous blend of caramel, candy sugar, raisin, plum, yeast, and it crests with notes of soft spice, herbosity. The finish is juicy, full of sweet and tart, with a wonderful bitterness sneaking in to make it a clean and wonderful sip. As it warms the sweet and fruit flavors become more prominent, the tart starts to mingle, and so does the herb and bitter to balance. Alcohol, which was present in the nose, is undetectable in the flavor. Yumm.

It looks thicker than it drinks, it's actually medium body, and has a very tasteful (read low) carbonation. This mouthfeel presents the flavors well, and promotes a truly excellent finish.

Drinkability is very good. While this is a sipper, I found myself taking larger gulps and multiple swallows because it tastes that good.

Impression: This is one of a stable of fine beers made here in NY by Ommegang, and it is one that should not be missed by lovers of Belgian ale styles. Marvelous, fairly complex, delicious, and satisfying.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped the cork on a 2009 bottle to toast the new year. Goodbye 2009; welcome, 2010!

Poured from a 750-ml bottle into a New Belgium globe.

Pours a deep cherrywood hue with a finger of beige foam that shows moderate retention and leaves behind a few legs of lacing on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is quite complex, showing a bouquet of spicy notes, dark, sweet maltiness, and cherry-and-plum fruitiness.

Body and mouthfeel seem light with a high effervescence. Dark, sweet malt notes show their presence up front, with toffee, chocolate, and prune notes, all being swept away as the bright spicy body takes center: pepper, ginger, clove, and anise meld with the distinct character of dark cherries and alcohol before moving into a spicy-sweet finish with a lingering malt-and-cherry fade. There's a lot going on, and a bit of age would probably help calm things down and bring forth a smoother, richer nature.

With its high ABV and depth of character, and 750-ml volume, there's certainly enough here for three philosophers to share and contemplate. The three of us decided this New Year's Eve not to contemplate so much as celebrate, and Three Philosophers fit the bill nicely.

Photo of JoKo
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in a Christmas gift set. Poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Very dark cherry with off white head. Carbonation seems to be strong. Very stout-like thick appearance, even held up to a dim light you cannot see through it.

Smell: Cherries up front. Reminiscent of red wine.

Taste: Malty sweetness up front, strong cherry notes present, little hoppy bitterness in the background. Taste lingers around on the palate for a little bit after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: High drinkability, very high considering it's such a rich, complex brew. Especially high for having a ABV of 9.8%. Overall, very well done, a real king of beers.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml cork and caged bottle into a snifter. Pours a brownish color with a huge frothy head that slowly dissapates and laces beautifully.
Aroma is very strong and sweet. Lot's of raisins, over-ripe fruit, roasted sweet malts, Belgian yeast, and booze.
Flavor, at first was a little hidden by carbonation...but sweet none-the-less. As the beer warms, very complimenting sweet malts and dark dried fruits mixing with a slight warming booze. Somewhat complex and a very tasty quad.

Photo of irishking1977
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Three Philosophers is an interesting blend of a Belgian quad and cherry lambic. I haven't had too many quads nor have I had too many lambics, but it seems the combination of the two might be interesting.

A: A deep amber/ebony with an immense head that leaves tons of lacing. This is a fine looking brew.

S: Malt and cherries with a hint of alcohol. No surprise; this one clocks in at a hefty 9.8% ABV.

T: Malt at the forefront along with mild cherries and other dark fruits. In addition, alcohol can be slightly detected, but hidden fairly well. On one hand that is good, since a heavy alcohol profile can detract from enjoying a beer (who really likes the taste of alcohol?) but it is quite sneaky.

M: Smooth, thick and creamy with good carbonation.

D: This one is somewhat complex, and also has a somewhat heavy feel to it. The malt and cherry aspects might wear a bit after two. I think I could drink a maximum of two of these before I would want to move on to something else. Nonetheless, a good and interesting brew.

Photo of Kallessin
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle (12oz):

Pours a deep hazy brown color with dark amber highlights. Has a somewhat smallish off-white head. A little sediment made it into the glass.

Has a fruity and spicy aroma with the cherries being the most prominent. Very malty and the alcohol is present along with some oakey/woody aromas.

Has a very rich, malty flavor with lots of cherries, with some molasses and brown sugar. The alcohol is not as prominent as the aroma would suggest and is very well hidden. This really has a fantastic flavor with the cherries pairing very well with the maltiness.

It's a lot lighter body then I expected, but it works very well. Smooth up front, followed by tingly carbonation. It has almost a juicy feel to it.

A really amazing beer. Very rich and flavorful. A perfect combination of cherries and full flavored malt. One of the those rare experiences with beer that makes you say wow when you taste it.

2009 Bottle (22oz):

This pours very similar to the 2008, but has much more of a head. A foamy cream color that stuck around for a short time.

It has much more grainy malt and sweet caramel in the aroma. The alcohol and the oakiness are still there, but the cherries are not as obvious.

The cherries are not as prominent in the flavor either. This flavor is much more fleeting. The malt is much more prevalent with some bready flavors and more bitterness.

It's a little more dry in the mouth, but otherwise it's much the same.

I happened to have both a 12oz bottle from 2008, which came in a mixed 12 pack and a 22oz bottle of 2009 from another gift pack that I received this Christmas (2009). I have to say the 2008 was much better. I'm thinking the extra year of aging much improved the flavor. My rating is based on the 2008 bottle, but both were great beers.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan foamy head and good lacing.

Some nice deep sugary malt aromas, with some herbal notes.

A bit more dry than expected, but still has great brown sugar and booze-soaked frui elements. Nice toasty malt, tons of herbal notes, and no real chemical alcohol bite. Very nice.

Not as full bodied as expected. Some decent carbonation lightens this one and makes it quite drinkable. Not as heavy, complex, or dense as other quads, but worth the try.

Photo of boatshoes
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a 2005 vintage from Brewfan in a recent BIF. Not my first experience with this beer, but it is my first experience with a four year old vintage. Interested to see what cellaring does to this one. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a ruby brown with a huge three finger beige head rising off of a very mild pour. Lots of beading and great head retention, with about a quarter finger sticking around throughout the entire drink. A small amount of lace left on the side of the glass as well.

Smell- Smells of bread and caramel malt dominating. A bit of tart character and dark fruit remain in the background despite four years in the cellar. Reminiscent of chocolate covered cherries and dates.

Taste- Very malt forward with sweet malt and dark candy sugar up front on the palate. A strong breadiness is retained in the flavor profile for me as well, along with more sweet, dark fruits. Some minor tartness remains from the addition of the Lindemans Kriek, though in combination with the malt and having mellowed out in the cellar the cherry flavors come out more in the dark fruit profile. Very nice and mellow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is great with excellent levels of carbonation, being both smooth and effervescent. Carbonation retained very well despite length of cellaring. Drinkability is a touch lowered given the sweetness of this one but still quite good for a quad.

Overall, a very good interpretation of a quadrupel. Also very reasonably priced for the style as well.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,670 ratings.