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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,474
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 241
Gots: 782 | FT: 17
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of PirateUlf73
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Has the year 2007 on the neck. Poured into a chalice glass. Took forever and a day to get the damn cork out. That sucker didn't want to budge!

A: Dark brown and cloudy with an off-white bordering on tan head. Retained and laced very nicely.

S: Sweet dark malts and tangy dark fruits on the nose. Hints of cherries and raisins abound. Also a soft suggestion of chocolate. Very rich aromas.

T: Rich and malty up front with lots of fruity sweetness. Cut ever so slightly by a distinct tartness. It almost like tasting a good red wine. Very rich, very deep, VERY complex.

M: Rich and meaty mouthfeel that still manages to come off silky smooth. Carbonation is low but still enough to go around.

D: Very much the sipping brew. An ideal after-dinner beverage.

I found it hard at times to describe what I was sensing, because this is by far one of the most complex beers I've ever tasted. The combination of Quad and Kriek works very well for me, especially since I'm still developing my Lambic chops. If you've yet to try this, go and buy one now!

Photo of damienblack
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, rich amber. Two finger head, frothy and peach colored. Smells hugely malty, with a bit of fruity sweetness (strawberry, cherry). Also strongly smells of belgian yests. A pleasant smelling beer.

Tastes like a fruitier version of a belgian dark, really doesn't have the complexity or depth of malt as a quad. Nice in that while it has a strong malt presence, it isn't overbearingly sweet. Smooth if not overly deep, or creamy, or alluring. I just find the depth and flavor a little shallow. A rush of dark fruit at the end provides a slightly harsh (or a little bittersweet) ending. I much prefer this to other similar belgian cherry-inspired beers, like Mad Elf. This has a medicinal, cloying aspect to it as well, but the flavor works much better. Extremely drinkable, this seems as good a place as any as an introduction to the Belgian style.

Photo of bfields4
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large three finger head. Gives way to a brown to amber hue.

Smells of rich cherries and malty sweetness.

Sweet dark malts carry over to the tongue. Some fruity notes are coupled with a mint, licorice, brown sugar spice plethora to make this beer a pleasure to drink. A medicinal crispness flows through the back of this beer.

Just flows down so smooth across the palate. I really enjoy this beer. One of the few American brewers to nail this style. Not quite as great as its Belgian brother's, but I would never turn one down.

Photo of Duhast500
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Chimay glass.

The color is a nice dark amber.

The smell is cherries, some barely flavor. Is sweet with a light malt flavor.

The taste is sweet sugar with a nice dark cherry taste. Some hints of malt, a little grain and some brown sugar.

My first Belgian quad and it was a great experience. The mouth feel to this beer was nice and light and was easy going down. Overall it was memorable beer experience.

Photo of diamondc
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been drinkin' this bad boy for a while. Time for a review.

The appearance is kind of unimpressive. There is a thick collar of foam but it doesn't stick around past a minute. Can't see that much carbonation. It's a dark, burgundy color. Head dissipates too quickly in my Chimay chalice.

The smell is more promising. Hints of licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, nutmeg, and vaguely citrus aromas lingers on. This is gonna turn out great, I bet.

Taste is so good. Very sweet of course. Chocolate is the first thing that comes to mind. A bit of hotness from the alcohol on the first sip. The aftertaste is divine. Cherries (as advertisted), maple syrup, brown sugar, black coffee. Hops are non-existant.

This one is definitely a sipper. It's better shared, of course. The alcohol rears its head when warmed up to room temperature. I still dig it though. Also, it is a bit wine-like too, which is a nice thing if you want to convert people to the wonders of beer.

The complexities of the initial taste and then the aftertaste make this one worth buying again and again (at $7.99 a bomber, who wouldn't?).

Photo of unclejimbay
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV: 9.80 % ("98% Ale - 7% Cherries")
Reviewed 11/11/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.5 - dark malty cloudy brown - opaque. Awesome head, retention and lacing.
S 4.0 - sweet malts, hints of spice and minor hops.
T 4.0 - Malt dominates on palate. Semi sweet with cherry notes, they creep up you as you sip this ale.
MF 4.0 Medium+ body, high carbonation
D 4.0 - note a session beer, a sipper for sure. If I was in the mood for a fruity Quad, this would cure the itch.

Photo of Brew33
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first Quad. 750 ml bottle, drank fresh. Very exciting. I was thrown by the explanation on the bottle but I went forward with it not really knowing what to expect.

What I got was a very complex, rich, sweet, almost vinous beer. Very luxurious head, murky brown/red color. The smell was sweet and slightly alcoholic.

I drank half of the 750 at around 40-45 degrees and the other half at around 50-55 degrees. It is much sweeter and more complex at the higher temp but also much more "boozy". I liked it much better at the warmer temp but the drinkability was punished at that temp.

Pretty tasty, I would drink it again but it's not my favorite style. A 12oz bottle would be the perfect amount, a 750 ml was too much.

I'm not a huge Belgian/Belgian style fan but this was good. I'd like to get my hands on a true Belgian example in the near future.

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

Poured into a snifter. Good amounts of fizzy light brown head that receded rather quickly with little to no lacing. The color of this beer is an almost opaque dark amber

The dark cherries seemingly jump out of the glass. Very strong and up front upon first smell. I'm also picking up on some yeasty/alcohol notes but the cherries are the star of this ale.

The taste is again dominated by the sour cherry taste. The malty backbone of this beer can also be tasted along with the alcohol taste resulting from the high ABV.

The mouthfeel is decently smooth, with a dry bite at the end.

This beer is fairly drinkable, although I might have some problem finishing off the bottle immediately, I might have to give it a little while. Either way I would try this again and recommend it for its interesting character.

Photo of dpuia
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a Ommegang anniversary glass, out of a home keg. Has a dark amber color, with little head. Smell is over the top very rich with fruity overtones. Taste is a full flavor and can clearly tell is of a higher ABV, but yet still suttle.

I would reccommend this beer over and over again.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours darker than I thought it would be with a nice tan head and no lacing. Head revives somewhat with a swirl.

S - Plenty of dark cherry, along with some alcohol, leather and a lot of yeast. Very nice actually.

T - Dark cherry that to me has a slightly medicinal quality. Clearly, a lot of effort went into this ale.

M - Slick but creamy; the ABV is obvious. Finish is dry.

D - Not my style - wife loved it. I would drink it again but it's nothing I gravitate to.

Photo of Nipitato
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark amber hue. Thin off white head with good retention. Opaque.

S: Very nice aroma. Cherry notes come across like cherry pie with some doughy character. Yeasty. Some booze. A light spice aroma is also noticeable.

T: Malty sweet. Lots of dark fruits with strong cherry character. Yeasty and boozy. Some light spiciness. Nice bitterness at the end.

MF: Chewy. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warming is obvious.

D: A very good beer from a very good brewery.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fine, creamy texture, heavy head leaves a coating of lace over this hazy red amber Quad. A ruby-red halo is apparent when the Ommegang Flute is put to the light.

The aroma is that of brandy soaked figs, raisins, plums and cherries. Very complex.

Three Philosophers' flavor follows its aroma, adding a long, dry finish and some musty earthiness. This one warms to reveal even more complexity and depth as it mellows.

Lively carbonation compliments the smooth, medium body of this beer with pleasant alcohol.

Sip or gulp as you please, Three Philosophers will reward any connoisseur. If you like the bottled version, seek out the draft as it is clearly superior.

Photo of masterhomebrewer
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice one-inch white head atop a beautiful dark rouge body. Raisins, cherries, candi sugar in the aroma. Tastes like a Belgian quad with a sour twist, which of course is exactly what the beer is. Sweet, complex, creamy up front and finishing perfectly with the light-sour bite. Smooth in the mouth with tight, intense carbonation and chewy goodness. The drinkability is above average considering the big abv -- and is a testament to the sweet/dry balance provided by the touch of sour. Good shit.

Photo of darklordlager
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Picked up from the Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire on my 21st Birthday.

Pours a big fluffy tan head, that sat there and later reduced to practically nothing. Colour is an intriguing brown.

Smell is of dark fruit, some alcohol, and candi sugar.

Taste is big brown sugar, molasses, dark fruit, caramel, faint cherry notes, vanilla. Alcohol is detectable as it warms.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability- Not something that I would drink on a regular basis, or have more than one of in a sitting. A great treat.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Vintage

A - Cherry brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that quickly changes to a ring of lace around the rim.

S - Spicy belgian yeast with tart cherries, hints of dark fruits, raisins and licorice. Slightly sweet, brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Complex and subtle at the same time.

T - Nutty with dark fruits, raisins, prunes and figs. Molasses, sweet malts and tart black cherry. The cherry is much darker in taste than aroma. Fairly sweet and seems to get sweeter as it warms.

M - Medium mouthfeel and it is sweet enough to feel a touch syrupy. Alcohol is hidden in taste but has a slight warming feeling going down.

D - Better than I remember it but the sweetness would prevent me from having more than 1 12oz bottle. A 750 might be a bit much.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 3/9/2007 (750mL bottle, brewed 2006, @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX)

Pours a dark red color ruby, light reddish head, diminishing. Some sour cherry aroma, but hard to distinguish in the bar. Sour, fizzy some cherry taste. Floral, dark fruit like plums, only some cherry, weakish. A dark heavy beer.

Photo of lamarr04
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured gently into a tulip glass

A: deep mahogany color with inch and a half pillowy off white head

S: smell is sweet sugar with a hint of sour cherry. bready yeast also comes across the nose

T: again sweet sugar, yeast, dark fruit like notes of raisin or prune, just a hint of the kirek in the backgorund

M: mouthfeel is super smooth. beer has a medium body and nice carbonation. finishes extremely clean.

D: this beer is a sipper, but an easy one. not hard to put back a glass.

Notes: paired amazingly well with 75% dark chocolate and it is probably the most successful beer and food pairing i have managed to pull off.

Photo of MerkinMan
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark opaque brown. Fluffy head that settles slowly.

S: Yeasty, cherry, and sweetness. Slightly sour scent too.

T: A strange dry spiciness stands out. The cherry flavor is noticeable in the aftertaste, and is quite sour. I am not immediately sold. A bit plainer that what I expect from Quad (hard to keep Trappist examples out of mind), but the addition of the sour lambic is nice.

MF: Light bodied, especially considering the ABV. Nice carbonation.

D: Not bad at all, but not a "wow" either. Lacks a bit of expected complexity. A good beer, but there are more preferred examples out there.

Photo of jockstrappy
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a blackberry brandy color with a thin off-white head. Aromas noticed are mainly fruit, with cherries coming through the most. Main flavors noticed are cherry, plum, clove, and a little yeast....all with sweet and sugary malt backbone behind it, with a little alcohol in the finish. Good complexity here. Alcohol warmth becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. With the exception of the alcohol, this beer is not too heavy in the mouth, but I probably couldn't drink more then one in a sitting. Another good one by Ommegang.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 12oz bottle from Total Wine while in Carey, NC.

A - Poured into a stemless wine glass, the beer is opague reddish-brown with a nice fluffy tan head of about 2 fingers. Head lasts for a very long time and settles to a nice 1/4-inch film and leaves great sticky lacing on the glass.

S - The smell of cherries hits me up front with a nice tartness followed by that nice belgian yeast and dark malt. Bready yet sweet at the same time with hints of chocolate and alcohol in the back.

T&M - Very much like the smell but with less of a cherry presence than expected. Nice and malty with dark fruits and then the sweet and somewhat tart cherries following suit. Alohol is smooth and evens out the slightly high carbonation. Nice and warming with a great flavor.

D - I could sip on this all night. A great brew and a definite sipper. I was a little wierded out when I read it was a kriek and quad blend, but it came out nice. They compliment each other well. Will definite cellar one next time.

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


Cloudy red-brown, decent light-khaki head, sifts down in short order to a tiny smattering of bubbles.

Aroma is fantastic - pureed raisins and brown sugar, fresh baked spice bread, loads of gingerbread.

Dry body, very well executed - brown sugar coated, lightly sour cherries up front, light breadcrust and spicebread notes, bit of tingly alcohol, with that effervescent, dry, ethereal lightness the best Belgian Quads & Strong Darks have. Finish lingers with perfect cherry on the tongue, just a bit of spicy brown sugar, hints of that breadcrusty bitterness. Beautifully done.

Lively carbonation, full bodied, seems to expand beautifully on the swallow, coating the throat and leaving behind some fantastic lingering flavors. Fantastic beer.

Nicely drinkable for such a huge beer, surprisingly so - a world class Quad.

Photo of fingerlaker
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little note before starting- buy a bottle of this and put it in your basement for a year. This dessert beer tastes much better after some time to mature.

Bottle is a 750 (Imperial)

Blasting the cork off 20 feet straight into the air, I pour it into a glass and get a soda-like fizz. TERRIBLE! So I give it a "top pour" and that leaves a nice, two finger head that sticks around a bit. I guess the first time around I poured it wrong. The head leaves tiny bands on the glass.

The smell is of wood, the sweetness of carmel and a little bit of medicine smell. Heavy alcohol scent. Quite nice.

Taste is a TON sweeter than expected, but still fantastic. This is a dessert beer. You have it after a meal as a treat. Taste is of a good toffee, carmel with nice spicing. A wee hop infusion in the middle- this beer wasn't designed to be bitter, so that is fine. The alcohol is VERY prominent and will kick your ass if you don't respect this 9.8% brew.

Despite it's heavy body and quite rich flavor, it's not grating or polarizing. It is very drinkable and is one of my favorites.

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

A=Pours reddish amber color with a fluffy 2-3 finger head.
S=Yeast, candy apple, and a background of cherry
T=Big carbonation with some bite/spice. Rhubarb or cherry with a tart and toasted malty followup that lingers for a long time.

This one is a bit over the top but I really like it. Very complex and not quite balanced but surprisingly drinkable. ABV and taste limits how much I pour.

Photo of bluesoul
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an odd mud color into a glass, with a monumental four-finger high tan head.

S - Plenty of cherry, along with a metallic note and quite a lot of yeast. Quite a pleasant smell.

T - First thing I taste is a muted cherry, then a yeasty heart and the finish is almost entirely alcohol.

M - Super slick, but the ABV is quite apparent in the aftertaste. Finish is dry and, again, quite a bit of alcohol present.

D - Though I feel like the alcohol is a bit out of balance with the rest of the beer it's still a good brew, and a pleasure to drink.

Photo of cleeze
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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