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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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Ratings: 5,731
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,033 | FT: 18
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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 Kaiser81
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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 -4.1%
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 +8.4%
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 -3.6%
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 -3.1%
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 +5.5%
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 -0.7%
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 -4.1%
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 +14.9%
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 -6.5%
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 -5.3%
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.

Photo of Spineypanda
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red amber and has a head that sizzles and fills a bit of the glass.
Smells of alcohol esters and cherries but barely.
Tastes a bit sweet but refreshing almost like a palette cleanser because of the taste of the cherries.
Fills the mouth with flavor but does not have a serious carbonation.

I really enjoy this! I will buy it many times again.

Photo of runningjoke
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet.
Coppery-brown color with a tightly-packed, creme-brûlée colored head that transformed into a seafoam consistency before turning into lace.
Smells of fermented cherries and malt.
Tart at first, this fills the mouth with an incredible consistancy. Slight bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste.
For what it is, this is a great beer. Incredibly filling an highly alcohlic, this beer is best when savored.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.36/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass..

A: Significant lacing. Coloring is a very dark amber.

S: Definitely smelling the toasty malts, but I'm also able to smell the heat of the alcohol.

T: Obviously, very malty, as the style would indicate. Also getting a wee bit of bitterness from the hops on the back end.

M: Very smooth and weighty on the palate. This beer does not F around.

D: This is a strong beer, so it's not going to rate highly on the drinkability scale. However, for this style, you're not supposed to throw back a bunch of them, right?

Photo of baos
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 ounces into Barrila jar.

A: Very nice to look at, deep mahogany with 4 finger ecru head on pour. Head dissipates down to nice 2 millimeter layer. Good head retention with excellent lacing.

S: Yum Yeasty pink bubble gum-cherry-banana-candi sugar yumminess. A nice caramel maltiness as well.

T: Comes on like a good strong Belgian Ale. Banana-bubble gum wheatiness. And a nice booziness that isn't overpowering. Ends with a nice wheat-straw dryness. This is a nice complex taster.

M: Very nice medium feel.

D: A strong ale but isn't that what we are made for... drink away boys

Photo of chrishart74
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage

A. Very little head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin tan foam. Deep amber/Ruby color

S. Ripe cherries with a hint of molasses and chocalate.

T. There is definitely the chocolate cherry flavor but not cloying. Great malt backbone. As it warms, alcohol is more present but very well balanced.

M. Excellent. Carbonation is low which works well with the flavor and ABV.

D. Goes down easy.

Overall, this is a fantastic brew and would pair very well with pork loin!

Photo of Pecorasc
3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz capped bottle, dated 2009. Best looking of all the Ommegang artwork. Probably drank a bit too warm and poured too much yeast into the glass.

Pours with a great looking off-white, rocky head, but receedes down to a thin layer of dense foam, void of any head in the center. A deep ruby color with some chill haze that cleared up by the time I got around to drinking it. No visible carbonation.

All I can think about when smelling this is chocolate covered cherries. Tart cherries. It also may smell of cardboard a bit, tough to tell.

Fruity at the start. Then hits you with the alcohol and finishes oxidized. Very sweet. Leaves a sugary residue and a warming sensation.

Body is juicy, with just a tingle of carbonation.

Average drinkability for a 9.8%'er. The heat really makes this beer limited. A nice, interesting beer, capable of being outstanding in the right circumstances.

Photo of duffmanrob
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got an ommegang holiday set for christmas with three beers and a glass.

poured a dark brown with a tint of red.

Very nice head. tan in color and about an inch in size. There was a hint of a cherry smell. smelled a little like a wine or champagne.
had a very dry mouth feel.

The carbonation was very nice, not too much.

very drinkable beer. it was almost 10% so one was pretty good. My first ommegang, and very impressive.

Photo of bob3701
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Cloudy dark chestnut brown with a tan head with no real lacing. Great Belgian fruity spicy aroma. Tasted even better than the scent. This is full of flavor, cherries of course but chocolate, rasins, maybe coffee and other sour type fruits are rolling around in your mouth. You also do detect the alcohol in this. Was not sure what to expect but it was a truely excellent experiance.

Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown, with a big tan head. Smells of ripe cherries. Taste is woody and earthy up front, with a dextriny, chocolatey middle, and a slightly tart finish. A hint of earthy hops in the aftertaste. You can also barely taste a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is super lush, carbonation slightly high. Drinkability is good, though not as good as some Quad's. Overall I would get this again, but only on sale.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark red color with a long lasting head. Aroma fills the immediate area with sweet scents. Smells like a red wine, slight alcoholic aroma with light cherry notes, a yeasty character and a little bit of banana. Tastes of roasted malts, with fruit at the tip of the tongue. Very dry, heavy mouthfeel. I enjoyed it.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 750mL into an ommegang tulip glass

A - Pours as a deep rich cherry with a nice foamy head. Inviting and appetizing with lacing that hugs the glass!

S - Smells great. Hints of cherry and spices and (alcohol which I like the smell of).

T - This is where I'm bowled over. A medley of spices with a touch of cherry and sweetness. There is a lot going on with the flavor of this beer. You can definitely taste that 9.8% ABV, but I'm a fan of that...especially the way it sits with the other flavors.

M - Really comes alive it your mouth and lights up your taste buds.

D - Although this is one of my favorite beers, the ABV content is a bit much to drink too much of it at one time. Typically a 750mL bottle does it just right for me.

Another fine offering from Brewery Ommegang. Have yet to find one of these that I don't love. Highly recommend everything that they brew.

Photo of julian1117
2.35/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Heard great things about this beer, so I was SO disappointed. I was expecting a fruity holiday beer and was confronted by an antagonistic, obnoxiously alcoholic (read: yank-loving) stinkbomb. Smelled like rotten, fermented cherries and a musty basement in Jersey. Just awful. Tasted like pancake syrup that had been sitting at the bottom of my trashcan for a week. Thank Nature I did NOT save this for X-Mas Eve as I would have been even more disappointed.

Photo of Kromes
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark brown with reddish/orange highlights. A thin line of bubbles rests on top.

S: Raisin, fig, molasses, brown sugar, cherry and alcohol. This beer smells great.

T:There is a very nice molasses, brown sugar, toasted malt flavor. The alcohol is present but blends nicely into the flavors of the beer. The cherry flavor comes through in the finish and blends with the other flavors to give the finish a sweetness.

M: There's a slightly spicy feel from the carbonation and warming feel from the alcohol. The beer starts surprisingly light.

D: Excellent beer. That's all I can say....

Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 vintage

I'm greeted with a rather violent popping of the cork, though it was in transit earlier today so that could have something to do with it.

Pours reddish-brown with a tan head that doesn't look promising but stays for the duration of the glass. Looks as good as a Rochefort or Chimay in my opinion.

Subtle, yet interesting nose. Woody cherry, fig, toffee, prune, and mellow alcohol.

A slap of wood on the front palate, faint sour cherries, rum-raisin, bread dough, a little perfumey, a cola note. A lot of individual flavors that distinguish themselves well.

Full bodied, a bit of a CO2 bite that I could live without.

In the end, this is a great Quad and I can't wait to revisit this vintage in a couple more years.

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