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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: 5,679
Reviews: 1,988
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 267
Gots: 983 | 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 sweemzander
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. 2009 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a cloudy reddish mahogany color that produced a thick and billowy orange-ish tan head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Ripe fruits; primarily cherries. A rich banana breadiness with clay.

(T)- Rich banana biscuits up front with some dark grape-like fruits. Finishes with tart, almost sour cherries & more banana biscuity-ness Earthy, yet fruity.

(M)- Great carbonation level that fizzes to life on the tongue. A great balance & complexity. That small % of Kriek added really makes this interesting with its sour finish.

(D)- A great quad that is made even better by the addition of Kriek. Crisp & refreshing with that sour bite just at the end. Great stuff.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is a 2009.

Pours a nice brown with a decent head that sticks around for a little while. Some lacing is also present.

Nice aroma. Smells of cherries, grapes, honey, and a little Belgian funk. Very complex.

Just as nice in the mouth. Lots of complex fruit and a little funk. I hate the fact that Belgians often have an underlying taste of onions to me, but I blame that on myself and not the beer.

In the mouth it has a ncie consistency, not too thick, not too thin. Great for the style.

This one is pretty damn drinkable. It was also my test bottle to see if I invest in the mini vertical I stumbled upon. Looks like that got a green light.

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

Poured from 25oz bottle into oversized wine glass.

A - Dark red/copper body with huge head.

S - Dark chocolate with cherry and some other fruits.

T - Predominantly malts with hint of cherry and raisins. Very complex flavors with little bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth with a lot of carbonation.

D - Definitely not a session beer but great beer because of its taste and complexity.

Photo of mcann2pu
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with about two fingers worth of a rich tan head,

Smell:I get a dark rich cherry and some yeast in this one,

Taste:dark fruit taste, mostly like a cherry, good strong taste come through for this one,

Mouthfeel: great feel, the feel provides an enjoyable experience

Drinkability: very high drinkability,

Photo of microbrew52
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange and brown. Once out of the glass, the head is not billowy but sticks around till the end. It has a sour cherry smell from the lambic that is used with a little chocolate mixed in. I pick up a malt, bread, chocolate, cherry, and caramel. It has a nice long finish.

Photo of bump8628
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

Poured into a chalice with a deep mahogany color and two fingers of tan head.

The aroma is of rum-soaked dark fruits, spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, and toffee.

The taste is again full of dark fruits like plum, raisin, figs, and cherry. There's also fruity/spicy yeast and rich malts reminiscent of caramelized sugar, toffee, and molasses. Hop bitterness is low resulting in a semi-sweet finish. Some rummy booziness lets you know this ale has plenty of strength.

Overall, a nice American attempt at Belgian Quad. It falls short of the classics like Westvleteren and Rochefort, and even Chimay Grande Reserve for that matter, but it's easy on the wallet and still delivers plenty of enjoyment. It's excellent paired with cured meats, homemade mozzarella cheese, and olives.

Note: At 2 years, the 2% cherry ale really begins to stand out. I should buy this more often.

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

2009 vintage. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Huge tan head. Beautiful red/brown body. Decent head retention considering the abv.

Smell: Dark fruits and cherries. Rich and complex.

Taste: Slick, fruity, minty, and malty. In my opinion it's kind of tastes like a Scotch ale that's been fruited.

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

Poured a hazy deep brown color. It has a highly carbonated head that dissipates quickly. The aroma contains light hints of malt and fruit. On the front end of the first sip immediately noticed the higher carbonation of the beer. The flavor has a malty sweetness with a slight cherry flavor. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. Overall a decent beer. I was hoping for a little more, but definitely something I will get again. Look forward to trying more quads as I have only had a few.

Photo of gravytrain
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a mahogany color with a nice head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Has a very fruity smell with almost a pruney aroma.

Taste is of raisens or prunes with a nice alcohol ending.

Mouthfeel is a very dry sweet taste almost that of a dry wine.

Drinkability is very nice. Have no problem putting away a 750.

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

Enjoyed straight from a 12oz.

Cherry smell is very dark & syrupy with notes of ethanol, almost like liqueur.

Full bodied feel and taste: like a stronger version of the Abbey dubble, featuring moderately toasty malts and lots of yeast. Cherry comes through, of course, but never makes the flavor overtly cloying nor tart.

Mouthfeel is less bubbly than other Belgians but makes up for it with an oily, almost sticky coating.

Drinkability remains pleasant but clearly not as easy as others, even among strong beers of comparable ABV.

Photo of flannelman808
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours an opaque mahogany color and has an off white head. The beer has good head retention keeping a frothy layer on top.

S: I pick up aromas of toffee and dark chocolate and cherry. It has notes of bread as well.

T: wow sooo much happening in the beer, layers of complexity. Starts with a spicy nutmeg/cinnamon flavor which turns into a coco powder sprinkled cookie like flavor. This beer has a long and fingering mouthfeel. There is a chocolate covered cherry finish on it as well. Im very impressed with this beer and at a stunning 8 dollars and 49 cents a bottle its a hell of a deal.

M: Long and fantastic finish on this beer. It has a prickly beginning and a creamy finish... quite a feat!
D: very drinkable, the alcohol is well masked with a multitude of flavors.

Photo of craftaholic
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a magnum to a snifter. Has a very appealing copper brown that has a nice tinge of orange when held to light. The head is a nice 2 finger length that has a nice retention and leaves a soapy foam.

Smell: Has a nice candied fruit chocolatey malt that is somewhat bready but all together pleasing. There is a slight amount of esters and alcohol but it isn't overpowering.

Taste: The nose was a great precursor for this one, there is a great deal of sweet dried dark fruits. There is touches of each from some figs, plums and even raisins. The breadiness really is a backbone to this one its almost like a fruitcake of the aforementioned ingredients. The phenols are present and although it isn't very strong for an almost 10% abv it's fume-like qualities make themselves known. Theres nothing bitter in sight from hops to any lingering off aftertastes. Throughout its a great complex flavor thats rich and balanced and nothing seems out of place. The finish is a nice sweet cherry touch to round it out.

Mouthfeel: Has a moderate carbonation that tickles the throat with each sip but is also robust enough to be a bit 'chewy' basically a few steps down from a stout but incredibly smooth. It coats the mouth with a slickness and leaves your mouth wet as it waters for the next sip.

Drinkability: Can't taste the alcohol at all in this one, and with an exceptional 'ability to drink' it means you should be able to limit yourself because it won't warn you.

Overall: Never been disappointed from Ommegang and it makes me proud to be a new yorker and have them as a home state representation. Is a homerun hit in its belgian style representation and as a whole. Is quite delicious and really is an example of a perfected craft that makes craft beer what it's known for.

Photo of nas5755
3.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A wonderful deep reddish-brown with massive tones of red copper shinning out this wonderful looking beer as I hold it up to the light. The head is impressive, it maintains a solid 1/8 inch foam surrounding throughout my duvel glassware.

A very light cherry tinge added to a ranging aroma of herbivorous goodness.

Absolutely wonderful as this beer overtakes the mouth, the first wave of flavors reach into the mouth with a very thick, medium carbonated, herbal back-drop of light sweet cherries that extenuates the malts of this beer. The alcohol is crash of this beer is the main weak-point. Once the beer reaches back into the throat a slight burn begins to overtake the amazing first wave. I love the taste of this beer, but I wish it was finished with a stronger flavor profile that extended the wonderful complexities of this brew.

Again the thickness and carbonation of this beer are fantastic. It is thick with a strong kick of medium carbonation that brings out the wonderful complexities of this brew(I just wished they hung-out on the palate). A great feel in the mouth.

Solid, this beer doesn't beg me to drink it nor does it deter my sip rate.

Overall this beer could be one of my all-time favorites if it was able to finish. The first wave of taste combined with the mouth-feel are absolutely fantastic, it just lacking a smooth finish. The alcohol burn is a little much, but not enough to destroy this beer.

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a 2007 vintage poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: thick, brown, opaque with a one-finger tan head. Nice lacing.

Smell: somewhat subtle; sweet tree fruit and nutmeg. Quite like apple pie, really.

Taste: sweet with huge malt and tons of fruit flavors: pear, apple, plum, raisin, cherry. This reminds me strongly of an English barleywine, but slightly more approachable. This would make a fantastic dessert beer.

Mouthfeel: thick but with nice carbonation; not quite syrupy but definitely going down that road.

Drinkability: this is a delicious beer, but definitely a sipper. Extremely tasty, but it suffers in this category from its strength.

Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy ruby red color with a decent one finger off white head that retained very well.

S - Malty sweet smell with a bit of an alcoholic ester. Also some fig or raisin in the nose.

T - Malt and dark fruits, the raisin or fig taste I smelled came through with an alcohol warmth that seemed to linger for a while in my throat. 9.8% ABV is not very well masked but this is still one tasty brew. The cherry taste was very minute to me, but as the brew warmed it seemed to become a little more pronounced.

M & D - Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with a medium to full body. The ABV and cost preclude it from being highly drinkable, but overall this is a solid offering from Brewery Ommegang. One I will definitely recommend to all my friends.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid, relatively complex- if a bit too fizzy - US quad.

Presentation: 750 ml corked bottle. Classic iconic design with subdued old fashion fonts and classic aiming icons. Side displays serving notes, brewery references, and a brief brew description. Shows brewing date as 2009 on the neck label, and Alc. by Vol. (9.8) Poured into a snifter.

A - Amber brown - deep scarlet hue, with a large smooth head that shrinks softly to a stubborn cap and small touches of lacing.

S - Sweet malt with some fruitiness, it might be the noted cherries but it is not clear to my nose. A Belgium distinctive blend takes the last and persistent presence.

T - Malty sweetness with an interesting mix of fruitiness that comes like one package, not too subtle but is there in a straight forward form: figs? raisins? Maybe eve the cherries? Maybe, but in the most distant of notes.

M - Medium body and carbonation, although with the way it comes together it feels a bit fizzy and asking for more body, or flavor, or both... Pleasing but a bit soft for the style.

D - Goes down well but it is actually nothing that extraordinary and since it is a nicely crafted brew it requires no effort it also feels a bit dull the more one progresses.

Notes: Hmmm, this is a good approach to a great quad but for me it falls a bit short of the extraordinary. A bit too fizzy, and unfortunately in my palate the range of notes that would make it really memorable do not show up. Better than most US attempts at the style I´ve tried but still not reaching the source of original inspiration. On the other hand the type of quality offered by Ommegang at the range of prices compared to the imports is tremendous so they have a totally deserved spot in cellars across the US, and in that context I am sure I´ll be revisiting sometimes in the future.

Photo of kylejohnson03
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and Caged 2009 Vintage. Poured into a chalice on Oct 12 2009.

A: Pours a muddy red, very cloudy. One finger of head on the initial pour, but settles into nothing. A quick swirl of the glass leaves no lacing on the sides.

S: Cherries are the first to hit, as I expected. Tobacco and alcohol round it out to make it very pleasant on the nose.

T: Taste of cherries and raisins. The more I drink, the darker malts come out. Finishes with a little alcohol burn on the throat, sweetness on the palate, and a desire to drink more.

First of the Ommegang beers that I have tried, the others are soon to follow. 3P definately lives up to the hype that surrounded it's arrival to Oklahoma. The cherries aren't exactly "my thing" but I can appreciate this beer for exactly what it is... A very well done Quad with a unique twist.

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

On tap at the Sierra Grille, amazing beers and prices. Pours a dark blood red with a half finger head that leaves almost no lacing. A nice cloud coats the beer. Smells of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol bite. Taste is dark fruits, malts, citrus, raisins, alcohol and cherries keep coming to mind. Mouth feel is moderate bodied, low carbonation, a good warming and a real nice oily coat of flavor on the tongue. Drinkability is good, good taste, decent price, alcohol may kill this one over time, a very nice twist on a quad.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet :

A: Pours a dark red color with a cream coloured head, lots of molecular lacing and big head retention - WOW !!

S: Smells of dark fruits like raisins and plums and walnuts

T: Little tart with loads of raisins, plums and cherries. Really big and complex taste here.

M: Very silky and optimal carbonation

D: A great beer, to savour - can go on and on - nice and slow. This is a big favorite

Photo of rootbeerman
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

caged corked bottle, dated 2008

A: Poured dark ruby red into chimay goblet. 1-1/2 finger head
S: Sweet malt. light cherry aroma.
T: light tart cherry, sweet malt slightly bready like a sweet bread.
M: very smooth, light carbonation, a light syrup feeling as well
D: will be finishing by myself, not the first time Ive had this beer.
would reccomend this. This was also my first craft beer i ever drank, I had it on tap on my birthday.

Photo of HopBacchus
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage

A: This Pours a murky ruddy brown color, very little head, very little lacing

S: Smells like it should, dark red fruit spices and rich malt. Alcohol presence is strong in the nose.

T: Caremel, Toffee, Cherry RICH MALTS and ALCOHOL

This medium bodied beer becomes a sipper because of its lack of ability to conceal its abp this does thin the body a bit however this beer is certainly less drinkable than it should be

ehhh this beer was extremely overpriced if its offered to you for free i wouldn't say no to it, however i won't be ordering this beer again

Photo of allboutbierge
4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage

Rich deep mahogany color with reddish hues and lots of fat sticky lace. Lots of malt in the aroma..some raisin, lots of dark cherry malted, very rich. Flavor is much the same with the malted cherries taking the forefront and the raisin, fig notes sticking more in the back. Some Belgian yeastiness comes through but its faint. Theres just a lot of rich malt flavors going on here and its wonderful. Id only expect this one to get better after a few years as the cherry would probably round out and the raisin notes would come more firmly through. Alcohol is not detectable.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 3P's pours with a light dissipating foamy head. At first glance, it appears mahogany, but a little backlighting shows its true ruby tones

S- Malty with a tartness that is similar to notes in a sweeter chardonnay

T- I taste so many flavors they are hard to pick out. Definitely a high gravity beer, the alcohol hits you upon first sip. I can pick out raisons, and cherry (not sour more like the cherries were mulled). I would call this beer sweet AND savory

M-Very light but not thin

D- I could not see myself drinking more than one at a time. Just the abv% alone would wipe me out but the flavor too I find is better in smaller doses

Notes- Amazing creaminess with warming qualities, the lacing is consistent throughout. I want to wait a few months until it's cold and I have a fire going to retry this one.

Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark brown with random hues of red. Poured slowly, as instructed on the bottle, and a two-finger dirty white head appeared quickly and skeddadled. A few fat fingers of lace jut upwards and a few dots speckle the perimeter of the glass. The complex aroma involves big dark fruits, sweet malts, grain, spice and bubblegum. Closer inspection reveals some diacetyls, faint hops and a note of distant caramel. Taste isn't quite as complex, but big and bold just the same with a graininess up front followed by ripened dark fruit (cherries and plums) some sour fruit, a welcomed hop hit, some sweet malts and spice. Goes slightly rough with a ubiquitous alcohol heat, which never bothers me. It's a bit airy with a good amount of carbonation, and the mouth-feel lies right between medium and heavy.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

A: Deep copper color, almost no head at all, probably due to the danty pour as indicated by the bottle. No lacing.

S: Deep, complex aroma. Hit by the alcohol first off, then the dark fruits - cherries and plums. Third, the malt, which in combination smells absolutely fantastic.

T: Very rich and vinous, cherries and alcohol are at the forefront. The cherries give off a slightly sour taste. The malt is subtle and gives a bit of sweetness. Alcohol definitely leaves a warming sensation in the aftertaste.

M/D: Alcohol comes in strong, fitting to the style. Carbonation is spot on. Medium to medium-full body.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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