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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,401
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 232
Gots: 743 | FT: 17
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a tulip glass for a dark brown body that included a constant one-finger tan head that left laces as it dropped. A mix of malts in the smell, caramel, maybe something like honey (think sweet), a touch or roasted malt and possibly some figs. They say cherries on the label, and you can pick up a hint of them. A heavy malt taste, kind of sweet, has a dry finish but there's only a hint of roasted malts. ABV hidden well in this medium-bodied beer as there is no alcohol burn or warming sensation, just a smooth passing that contains said sweetness along with dark fruit taste. I couldn't session this because it's a sipper, but that doesn't mean it isn't a great Quad that everyone should try once.

clayrock81, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of JBuff41413
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cherry Wood color with a beautiful sand colored 1 inch head. Lacing is very good.

S- Very malty with dried fruit and cherries and you can smell a fair bit of alcohol.

T- Malty with great dried fruit flavor and the perfect amount of cherry. The only downfall is the alcohol in my opinion is quite harsh, a year or two of aging would be great for this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

D- With the great flavors but harsh alcohol this is a great beer to share with a friend (25oz bottle). It is also very good with a pairing of sharp cheese.

Overall, a good beer. Maybe my taste buds are not avanced enough for this Belgian brew, I don't know but you should buy it and try.

JBuff41413, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured from a corked and caged 750mL bottle into a Chimay chalice, this beer pours an opaque deep-amber color with a decent amount of head that resembles the color of sand. The head settles to a thick layer that leaves some thick sheets of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet malts and sugary dark fruits are supported by a moderate amount of alcohol with a trace of dark cherries off in the distance.

T- The taste is primarily of bready malts, Belgian yeast and candied dark fruits like raisins, dates, figs and dark cherries. The medium-dry finish yields a fruity flavor coupled with a malty sweetness. The cherry aspect of the flavor is beautifully understated.

M- The mouthfeel is generally full-bodied and smooth, but it's just a tad thin for the style and the carbonation is fairly aggressive. Everything evens out quite a bit as the beer hits room temperature though.

D- The 9.8% ABV is well-hidden. Nothing gets in the way of enjoying a couple goblets full of this beer.

My favorite beer from Ommegang thus far and definitely a must try for those who are a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of deanhead
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle- consumed May 2008

Highly carnonated, it poured a rich garnet color with a healthy head, and a brilliant lace of bubbles on the glass.

Aroma is that of cherry cola, no hop nose whatsoever. Right on the money for the style.

Taste of cherries, currants, raisins. Almost rummy. Rich, but not overbearing. Malty ayet well balanced.

Very smooth medium bodied beer that has aged well. Not so chewy but very warming.

It's highly drinkable, but not something to over indulge in!

deanhead, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of buffettfan
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the 22oz bottle, into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark red, almost ruby, with a head so thick, looks like you could walk across it!

Smells almost like a brandy, a sweet, fruity smell, with what my wife said "you can smell the booze!"

Taste- WOW! A sweet, malty taste. Taste some of fruit in the finish as well. Man, this one surprised me. Awesome beer! I will make sure if I can, to always have some of this in the house! If I can keep a bottle long enough without drinking it!

A very drinkable, flavorful beer, one of my instant favorites!

buffettfan, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of schoolboy
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I get on a Belgian kick, this is my staple. It is such a nice blend of flavors, and they pre-age it for you. I have not aged any of this any further (there may be some in my storage, but I have not drank any really old ones). I would guess that it smooths out a bit with age, as it can be a little harsh and boozy. But this is definitely one of my favorites. I buy it over and over!

Revision - today, 11/1/2014, I am drinking a 2010. It seems a little less interesting - a little too mellow. I think this means one year is enough. They don't seem to be pre-aged any more either.

schoolboy, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of DeepSix
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, unfortunately don't have the best glassware for this style. Large head, with great retention. Don't know if the glass or my pour was bad but a very large head. maybe 2in length. The color a nice dark amber. Its laces pretty well and the head has stayed with me through most of the beer.

The smell is quite awesome, the smell of sweet fruits/cherries is quite abundant. The alcohol is noticeable as well.

Very sweet and malty. Don't let that fool you, you can taste some hops in there as well, along with that alcohol kick. A thick and syrupy mouth taste, rich indeed.

Quite a tasty Quad here, this ain't no session beer though, a enough of these and they'll knock you off your bar stool.

DeepSix, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pours up a cloudy amber with a dense creamy head.

S - Dark fruit notes like raisins and plums, with alcohol aroma in the background

T & M - Lots of Malt sweetness, with that tart cherry, kriek flavor. Very seductive. Alcohol is there, but not overwhelming. Thick mouthfeel.

D - I liked it, but it was a little too strong for two.

hiikeeba, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of Deus1138
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally hailing from not far from Cooperstown, I figured it was time to give this a try.

Pours a dark, ruby red. Smell is of dark fruits and alcohol. Somewhat medicinal. Tastse: there is quite a bit going on here! The alcohol is quite present, especially for on a 9% abv. It doesn't detract from the enjoyment though. Dark fruit sweetness, cherry and raisin, come through as well as some caramelish candy sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good. This is a sipping beer among sipping beers. Not my favorite quad, but a good one. I may buy again just for variety, but it won't be a regular purchase for me. Don't get me wrong, it's really good, I just think there are more enjoyable quads.

Deus1138, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured outta the bomber into the Abbey Ale-appropriate chalice. 1.5 finger head of pearly bubbles atop an amber body. A hue of light shyly smiles through the bottom of the glass.
Mulchy malt whiff that gets sweeter the harder I pull--cherry and red-apple. I smell that Ommegang yeast, which rings up fond memories of many-a-visit to the brewery.
The longer it sits in the open air, the more the fruit comes out and the alcohol dies (fruit's not as present in the taste as the smell, however). Sweet on the front of my tongue, a hop bark on the back, and toffee all over.
Although it takes a while to oxidize, the balance of its parts levels after about 15 anxious minutes. A bomber is the right size, much more would be forced consumption. That being said, I would prefer a generous glass-full with cherry/blueberry/strawberry pie during holiday dessert.

tonytuffnuts, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of jisom123
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegangs best beer in my opinion. 98% Quad, 2% Kreik.
Poored from 75 cl bottle into Ommegang chalice. Darker than Abbey Dubel. Slightly better taste. Fresh flavors. You can tell they used a great base water. Tastes better slighlty colder than you would expect.
One of the Best beers I have had.

jisom123, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Thunderball
4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Chimay goblet this beautiful red,amber liquid produced a one finger head. The smell was of the promise of just what this beer is, a rich Belgian ale mixed with a cherry Lambic. The mouth feel is creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it interesting. The taste is heavenly. I love the sweet malts,caramel, and the cherry-vanilla finish. Just enough of the Lambic coming through to end on a sweet note. Where the 9.8% abv is hiding, I can't tell. This is by far one of the best drinking experiences I have encountered. The "breast milk" of beer!

Thunderball, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of JRed
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber nights with a cloud of off white head, a delicious looking beer. Smells of black licorice mixed with some chocolate kisses. Exquisite tastes of slight malt and dark chocolate with medium body. Midway through the experience comes a landslide of cherries that has an alcoholic punch at the back. Finishes much like a liquor with a touch of dryness and alcohol coating. A blend of great taste makes for an original personality in a beer, a fine specialty of brewing.

JRed, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml bottle into 2 large chalices to split with a friend. It poured a cherry/caramel color with a very thick white head. The head retention was decent with moderate lacing. My first impression of the aroma was of cherry soda, but later smells detected medicinal and alcohol notes. The first taste is a mix of alchohol and cherries, followed by a mixed bag of fruit. This is a full bodied beer that needs to be sipped, not quaffed. This brew is good, but definitely not something I would want every day.

bonkers, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Right from the start of the pour, massive off-white/tan head. Clear red-amber body with lots of carbonation running around. Impressive sheet lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Malty sweet, distinct bitter Belgian sweetness. Dark fruits, cherry, alcohol right behind.

T: Once you get through the head...just a tinge of alcohol up front, which is quickly cut by the expansive malts, candied sugars, like caramelized fruits, dates, plum, cherry, light chocolate.

M: Even bodied, smooth throughout.

D: Not an everyday beer, but a treat.

phantomwyse, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of changeup45
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy mahogany color topped with a nice creamy tan head. Subtle hints of cherry in a malty tangy aroma. A tangy, winey mouthfeel. A nice rich complex flavor consisting of malts, brown sugar with a sweet and sour alcoholic rush. Subtle hints of cherry. Bottle states that this is "98% Ale with 2% Ale with cherries added" so I was concerned about a dominant cherry flavor. That was not the case as it blended in quite well. The beer is more enjoyable the more you get through the bottle. A sour presence constantly lingers. Even at 3/4 through the beer there is still a thin frothy lacing present on top. This is a top notch beer.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of matty
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark ambered colored ale with a rapidly fading head.Smell is sour cherries.Taste is malt,cherries and alcohol.Alcohol is definitely noticed in the aftertaste.This is not your bbq or football watching beer!It is good however for someone like me who was curious to try.I would recommend and buy this ale again.

matty, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Grimbergen Chalice from a 12oz bottle.

A.1 and 1/2 finger head that dissipated extremely fast. Lots of carbination, dark brown, but crimson when held to a light.
S.Lots of cherry but not overwhelming. subtle hues of cough syrup. Red wine, and a little bit of candy.
T.Cherry, sweet but not to overwhelming. alcohol is slightly noticable.
M.Carbination, a little thin and a little creamy.
D.I enjoyed every bit of my bottle but I fear a bomber would be to much.
I enjoyed with a nice steak and it paired excellent.

alovesupreme, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of tkeHijacker
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Reddish Brown, Tan Head dissipates quickly (very pretty in the goblet).

S:Cherry Candy, Slightly Yeasty Notes, Alcohol in the nose but does not overwhelm, caramel sweetness.

T: Deep caramel notes present with a little bit of wild sour cherry. Alcohol present but again not overwhelming. Aftertaste reminds me of a Jolly Rancher, sweet and sticky.

M: not as full bodied as I expected, makes it go down much more smoothly than I expected. Great carbonation that helps keep the body smooth and light.

D: Great for sitting around and sipping and catching up with a friend. Looking forward to more.

tkeHijacker, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of mbenthall
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged from 2006 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful, full head with true staying power and nice lacing. Poured cloudy ruby/brown.

Smell: Malty and fruity, subtle tones of cherry and alocohol.

Taste: Wonderful sweet malt taste, and undertones of cherry. balanced just right with hops so sweetness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth and full bodied. Finishes creamy.

Drinkability: I absolutely love this beer and usually have a bottle on hand for when I get a craving. I've had this both fresh and then lightly aged. After 2 years the alcohol flavors and aromas tend to subside and not be as strong but still noticeable. I love how the cherries are not overpowering adding to the rich complexity of the beer. Another great beer from Brewery Ommegang.

mbenthall, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible three finger tan head. Great retention of tiny bubbled cap, very stubborn. Aroma of carmel malts and raisins. Appearance is a little hazy with ruby hues in an otherwise Grade A Maple brown. Incredibly rich and deep with multiple layers. Some broken lacing. Figs, brown sugar, oak, currants, black cherries (clearly from the 2 % lambic they added). Tart but not puckering. Very drinkable for a quadruple but still not for the faint of heart. Long sweet finish with a touch of alcohol nip (heat) at the very end.

thekevlarkid, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium carbonation buried in a dark red ruby color... Swirling lace on top... Coats glass well...

S - Cherry... Malt... Pear... Alcohol... Well blended mix of scents...

T - True to the label this is a blend of Belgian ale and lambic... I would say from taste, it's 80% Belgian Ale and 20% Lambic... Oak... Alcohol... Hints of tart cherry...

M - Thick and medium bodied... Oily... Fits the beer well...

D - Complex and enjoyable... Big beer, bit still very drinkable... I'm typicallyn not a big Quad person, but this was very enjoyable...

philbe311, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of arguemaniac
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich oaky tannins, sour brett character, a robust dark malt backbone and a rounded fruity sweetness all blend exceedingly well in this superbly crafted and somewhat unusual treat. Now, because of the rich maltiness and fairly assertive brett flavors, this brew, like all "sour" or "wild" beers, is not one I can see myself drinking all the time. But it's a welcomed change of pace and, when I'm in the mood for it, I really enjoy beers like this. Three Philosophers, in particular, is especially drinkable given the added fruit sweetness, as that element adds an extra bit of balance to a malt-heavy style. The fruitiness also rounds off the edge of the intense brett flavors.

Highly recommended...

arguemaniac, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brownish red in color with two finger foamy head.

S- Nice wonderful smells of dark fruits, dates and figs. The smell is slightly sweet in smell.

T- I taste a very strong maltyness up front, with the darker fruits mixed in. In the background I'm getting a subtle cherry taste, it is very slight and not always there.

M- Feels good in the mouth, like a good solid quad should.

D- I enjoy drinking this. I started off sipping and toward the end I find that I'm just taking full on gulps.

Wetpaperbag, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Stonebreaker
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a three finger head, dark amber color and good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet belgian aroma...

Taste: Malt sweetness and hot alcohol, cherries, chocolate with just a touch of bitter chocolate in the finish. Complexity is not there like I'd hoped. Still no disrespect to the brewers it's a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: My first quad, and it's thick and rich but not comparable to the Old Rasputin from last night.

Drinkablity: 7.99 at a local liqour store which is cheaper than I normally see it at 9.99 very tasty, but at practically 10% alcohol it's a sipping brew. However I'm going to enjoy the rest of this 750 in the bath and probably after. Prost!

Stonebreaker, Aug 08, 2008
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,401 ratings.