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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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5,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 1,904
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 206
Gots: 615 | FT: 15
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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 objectivemonkey
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL bottle bought straight from the source on a cool autumn day, carted carefully home with 11 bretheren, a beautiful bottle and label, a 2005 vintage thats been sitting patiently in my cellar for two years. Here we go!

Into an Ommagang chalice, pours from the bottle like a golden elixir, settling to a dark brown to deep ruby red with a light tan quarter inch head, very soft looking, receding to a lovely thin film. There is light bubblies floating steadily up from the bottom, lacing falls in sheets, leaving little but shine and a few bubbles left on the sides. I remember the head being a lot better at a younger age, but this is quite lovely.

Aroma is a lovely and beaurtiful thing, figs and raisins and other dark fruits, the spices are delicious and the herbal qualities are just great. The lambic seems a little downplayed here, and the cherry is faint if anything.

Taste near perfect, all of those great dark fruits, the sweet malts, the herbs and spices, the lambic sour coming out to play... really, I wasn't getting too much out of the cherry lambic in aroma, but here in taste its out in force and a wonderful thing paired with a quad. So many fruits, plum, cherry, apricot, fig, different feel with each. The finish is sooo long, sweet, sour, fruity, the spices sticking around, just delicious.

The mouth is absolutely perfect, the body is perfect, carbonation perfect, alcohol warms and soothing, feels good going down. Just great. A great beer, I take my time with it, slow down life, think about it, ponder, philosophize, wonder at such great thing man can achieve. Beers like this, and this brewery, are a testiment to all things good. It does well right out of the brewery, great at a year, and great at two years. Well done, well done.

Now, I usually don't go talking about prices for beers, but at five bucks a pop, this is just an unbelievable deal. And now that my Ommegang stash is winding down, I'll have to jump over to Sconnie to grab some more.

objectivemonkey, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of roughsax
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this on-tap and in bottle a few times now. One of my girl friends absolutely loves it. Bottles @ $5.99 are a good deal. This review is on-tap @ Capital Ale House, Innsbrook. Served in a goblet.

A- Deep amber brown, lacy head

S- Cherry, caramel, earth, sour funk

T- Sweet, tart, cherry, dark fruit, pepper, caramel, chocolate?, boozy, vinous, lingering dry peppery finish

M- Medium to full, coating

D- Pretty good. While not in love, I do enjoy it, which is good since the afformentioned friend loves it. The alcohol needs to tone down a bit, perhaps go sit in the corner and think about what he's done.

roughsax, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Porued from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber-brown with a big fluffy head. I pick up sweetness of caramel and malt and a hint of tobacco. The taste is solid; molasses and a bit of cherries. Finishes with slight lambic sourness.

I have only had a few quadrupels, but this American brew held its own with its Belgian counterparts. If it was not $7 per bottle I would have one everyday.

IPAcraig, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown color with at thick head and pretty lacing. The smell is a bit sour and perhaps malty. The taste is malty with definite sour and sweet notes – a hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel is full, but not chewy. Overall, this is a well balanced ale that I’d recommend.

barefootbrewer, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really dark brown with off-white suds that quickly dissapate. Some lacing on the tulip is noted.
Smell is cherry brandy. You can detect the alcohol but it isn't very strong. Chocolate cherry cordial centers.
Taste is citrusy but with a cherry coke flavor to go along with it.
Dark chocolate cherrys with a little coffee bean thrown in there.
Alcohol is very present in the taste.
Aftertaste is sugar. Can I loose weight drinking this one? I think not. I just bet the calories are out the roof.
Mouthfeel is oily and sugary.
High % means it's not a session brew but it is still a very nice quad and worthy of another go in the near future.

peabody, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my dad out of a 750 ml caged, corked bottle. Paired with lamb chops and asparagus tips in hollandaise sauce.

Appearance: Garnet colored in the glass, smaller than expected head with not much in the way of retention or lacing. A bit disappointing in this respect.

Smell: Lots of cherry character in the nose. Alcohol and slight caramel, but to me at least mostly cherry.

Taste: Again, lots of cherry character but not a lot of anything else... Wishing there was more complexity here... Somewhat tart, with some flavor reminiscent of a dubbel here, too... Not surprised this a blend. I get the feeling I would have liked each of the constituent parts more than the whole...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Fairly creamy in mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lacking in complexity, I thought, but good overall if you know what you're getting into.

hunteraw, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving 12 oz bottle.

Pours a very hazy deep maroon boasting little carbonation feeding a lasting half finger thick head with fine red-tinted froth and very little if any lacing to speak of.

Vinous dark stone fruit (think cherries, plums, grapes) dominates the nose with caramel malt, interesting medicinal phenols and some sugary apple. lingering in the background. Sweet fruit seems a bit overdone on the nose.

Dark vinous fruit, cherries and candied apple take hold and maintain their prescense throughout revealing moderate tannins and lemon zest on the finish and aftertaste. After a bit of acid on the entry light dark malts come into play on the mid palate dissapearing back into a sea of ripe vinous fruit. Why does this taste so artificially sweet and fruity, it's way overdone for a quad with little caramel malt to balance so much sweet fruit.

Cloyingly sweet and drying on the aftertaste it's not a dream, I'll give it kudos for a very smooth, neat and thick mouthfeel. A bit of warming alcohol comes through on the off-dry finish. Drink it quickly because this only gets worse as it warms.

I can hardly stand to finish just one. For those who like sweet fruity beers, this is for you but it isn't my cup of tea nor it is a good quad. It is far to sweet, fruity and artificial; contrived is a good word to describe it. Give me a real quad like Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12 or any other quad out there, this can't even being to approach them.

Jwaks, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Classy corked and caged big ass bottle. A monsterous four finger plus tan head of creamy foam rises above a cloudy reddish-brown brew. Lots of fine bubbles rise to the top and tons of sticky dry arcs of lace are left on the glass. The head eventually diminishes to a thin tan cap.

S - Honey, whole honeycomb, pancake syrup, Bit-O-Honey candy, caramel, powdered sugar, oatmeal cookies, raisin studded scones.

T - Again, honey and syrup along with dark fruits and rum. Also, a very sour flavor can be detected (cranberry?) (Note: I didn't read the bottle before drinking....this flavor I detect must be the cherry lambic added...this adulteration must also be the reason that this isn't as good as I thought it was going to be). This has Champagne-like vinous qualities that I often detect in Belgian beers. A touch of outdoorsy yeast flavors are there too. Grassy hops are there in the background and they come out a little more in the aftertaste. Really shines as it warms....I would recommend letting this sit out at room temp for half an hour or so before uncorking.

M - Full bodied with a lively carbonation, but not as thick as I expected it to be. Gets more syrupy towards the end of the glass as the carbonation dissapears.

D - Excellent...except for the price. My parents got this for me as a gift and they paid eight or nie bucks for the big bottle. Honestly, this is good stuff but I wouldn't buy it again for this price.

pmcadamis, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of auntfloyd
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml corked bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a deep, rich, mahogany red, with a huge light tan head.

The smell was slightly bready and malty, with touch of cherry.

The flavor is sweet at first, with malts and dark fruits predominating, but follows with the taste of bitter cherries, and a slight yeasty undertone. All in all, rather pleasant, with a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is substantial, as you'd expect from this style of ale, but not overwhelming. Drinkability is rather high as well, especially for so strong a brew.

Overall, very nice. Highly recommended to fans of Belgian-style ales. Also good for cherry fans who are put off by sour ales. This is a popular ale in my house, and I will definitely be picking it up again.

auntfloyd, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a goblet a rich dark amber almost brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. There was a beautiful two-finger head that was slow diminish and left great lacing on the glass. The aroma was very strong of cherries and carbon-dioxide, almost like Cheerwine! Taste was absolutely wonderful. The vibrant cherry flavor was accented with a complex malt flavor and very subtle hops that were almost unnoticeable, but they did their job. This beer was vibrantly carbonated, once again, almost feels like Cheerwine in the mouth. It is very hard to tell that this is 9.8% alcohol. I'd have to say, this is almost certainly my favorite beer made with fruit. Very enjoyable any time of year.

atsprings, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of ttfreek
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite beer. Strong, yet sensitive. Brash, yet reluctant. A high alcohol beer, strong on malts and hops but also a very strong dark cherry aftertaste. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed, but also wanting a little more. Pours a dark red/mahogany. You only need one for a night, if that. It is heavy and filling, but the taste is very complex and surprisingly smooth.

ttfreek, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of dieselboy914
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer, looking to somehow celebrate the raise I'd just received from work. This gem was the latest arrival on the shelves of my supermarket, so I jumped at the opportunity.

The bottle is fun to look at, as you can tell by the supplied pic here. It makes you look smart just by carrying it.

Poured it into a glass goblet, and boy did the head grow! Very quickly, indeed, considering the fastest I've seen to date was a Duvel. But then again, I'm new at this...
The color was a beautiful amber, dark and opaque, with the foam think and receding very slowly. Wait 5 minutes...
The taste is somewhat predictable, very malty, with caramel and apple undertones. The alcohol breaks through immediately, and disturbs the pleasure that you were experiencing from that breif second there.
The mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation that you can barely see, give the beer an exciting feel, and makes you want to finish the whole pint yourself. But the taste, again, is slightly discouraging.

A pretty decent beer in the end, but would need a good reason to drink it again. Maybe with a good food pairing?

dieselboy914, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of isaac
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle to chalice.

A - Amazing, cake of a head sits on top of a dark brown, sort of reddish body. head never fades and coats the glass on the way down.

S - Herbal and boozey in the nose with complex layers of bready malts, hinting at caramel and dark fruits.

T - Creamy, sweet, and bready - this beer starts on the herbal side of things, then fades into a more savory, almost soy-sauce like finish with strongly warming alcohol.

M - Smooth and full bodied, a wonderful coating sensation in the back of the mouth and throat.

D - a little too sweet to want a lot of this, but overall a very nice brew!

isaac, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass. Appears a dark mahogany with a finger of dark tan foam. Smells of dried fruits and sweet caramel malt. Tastes of dried sweet dark fruits such as cherry and plum. Spicy notes and then the sweet malt comes through. Moderate carbonation and slightly heavy on the tongue. This is a great dessert beer, one of the best. Definitely one to sip. Cheers.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 09, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared the 750 ml bottle with a very good friend of mine (actually it was his beer that I gave him for Christmas). This is the 2005 batch. Appearance of a golden-tan cider/straw color. Very thin head - great retention. Wonderfully complex smells: brown sugar, cider, cherry, apple, molasses, bread. Overall smells like a delicious apple crumble or apple pie. Tastes of the apple, with tangy cherry in the center and aftertaste. I really enjoy the addition of the cherry lambic to the quadrupel - it complements the apple and sugar flavors without overpowering them. Good thickness to the mouthfeel - like a thick cider. Overall, a wonderful beer. Lots of light, complex flavors and aromas. Would gladly buy another for my friend so I could split it with him (just kidding!)

ndekke39, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2005 750ml bottle into an Ommegang cervoise, the quad is a deep mahogany that has a bottled conditioned cloudiness, although I didn't purposely swirl the yeast. A vigorous pour produced a large tan head with medium bubbles, that quickly subsided to a 1 finger collar, leaving some thick, sticky lace. The aroma is very rich and complex, earthy and vinous and mainly sour cherries. The taste is sweet, rich malt, caramel, prunes and yeast, reminiscent of Gulden Drak, but with a very pleasant tartness from the Cherry lambic and brett. that really takes it to the next level, before fading to a boozy and slightly dry finish. The 3 Philosophers had a moderate mouthfeel and a great flavor profile that takes a while to unlock, but is a bit rich to drink more then a bottle or too of...that said, it is choice for enjoying with a robust cigar, such as a Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real # 2 Belicoso, which is suburb.

ccrida, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of eberkman
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful mahogany red into a snifter with a one-finger light-tan head that diminished in a couple of minutes, but produced a healthy, clingy lacing.

The nose produced a sweet-sour aroma of dark cherries and plums with a strong alcohol finish.

The taste was a complex blend of malty sweetness with notes of sour cherry in the background all the way through. Some slight alcohol warming on the way down with a lingering medicinal finish. Very sour, tart aftertaste.

It felt fairly assertive in the mouth with good carbonation.

OK drinkability for 9.8% ABV, but I'd probably want this one in limited doses.

A bit of a poor man's St. Bernardus Abt 12 but at a pretty nice price for a decent quadrupel.

eberkman, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of Kudashov
3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in my trusty Stella Artois glass ...

A-Dark brownish / red color with nice vanilla head , lacing is lasting ,

S- Cherry , Fruity ....Citrus ...

T- after smelling the brew I thought it would be overly sweet which it is not . Not being a fan of my last quad I was apprehensive . This brew fills my mouth with flavor .

M- pleasant , good .

D- Wonderful , will have again ..

Kudashov, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of koolchas
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle brewed in 2006 poured in a goblet.

a: rosewood color, not much of head, ample carbonation with bubbles racing to the top of the goblet.

s: yeast, malt, with a hint of cherry. more spicy than fruity/floral.

t: hint of bing cherry in the background. the taste of this is complex with noticeable cherry flavor lingering. a bit tart but, more like a cherry tart vs. bitter.

m: carbonation galore. champane like. flavorful spices. i finish drinking this about an half an hour ago with nothing else in my mouth. the aftertaste is somewhat like i bit into a hostess cherry pie.

d: very drinkable. goes down very easy that you would not know this brew is 9.8% abv.

overall a solid brew but, not one of my favorites. this brew may be much better if in the cellar for a year or two.


koolchas, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of torchedpunk
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came across this guy while in a store I only heard about and wanted to see what they offered. I picked up cause I never got my hands on a quadrupel before and I was dying to give it a try.

Appearance- pours dark and solid, I didn't expect much of a head, and there wasnt much to offer. But looked beautiful in a nice wide mouth glass.

Smell- Contained what seemed to be an endless amount of aroma. I was hardly able to put my finger on anything but really just enjoyed the full blend of it all. The most noticeable that i could catch was the dark malt, subtle but bold from its strengh.

Taste- Sip it real slow. It took a good 5 seconds before all the flavor developed. Strong malt taste of different kinds, definetly some fruit mixed in it. Resembled a barley wine.

Mouthfeel- Not extrememly thick, but definetly heavy. Slow and steady is best. Personally I spent a little less then an hour enjoying this guy.

Drinkability- I would love to bring this with me to a bring your own restaurant. This easily takes the place of a wine when accompanied by any high end meat. Beautiful for long romantic nights, or a very quiet elegant sitting. Really is a mood maker. I'll buy it again when I have an occasion for it.

torchedpunk, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of alysmith4
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Excellent, excellent beer. Tried it on a whim at RFD in downtown DC. Saw it listed on tap, and selected it because it was the most expensive one on the menu! Was pleasantly surprised.. it was very smooth and rich. Complex in taste, with lots of sugar, caramel, apple, pepper, honey, cinnamon, and anise coming through. Had another glass just to make sure I liked it as much as I had initially thought.. and oh yeah, it's an excellent, excellent beer.

alysmith4, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of Atron67
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle, into an oversized wine glass,

A- This is one dark beer, slightly red note around edges, creamy foam forms upon pour, head stays well but not as long as hoped for such a heavybodied quadrupel, but still good

S- The caramel and bread-like qualities adding pleasing complexity. the 10% acohol is well hidden in this deeply scented beer.

T- very complex, multiple different scents noted with each new sip, warms very nicely. the intense taste of caramel and cherry lambic (as stated on bottle) make you stop and ponder, slight spice noted however tough to work out.

M- very intense creamy bodied, lingering warming sensation throughout, carbonation is well noted.

D- great beer to sit around and sip on, and think, encourages to drink whole bottle all at once

makes a great afternoon by sitting around sipping the whole bottle.

Atron67, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Infamous7100
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am new to this site and also to the art of beer reviewing, so please forgive this review if it is a bit rudimentary. Three Philo's, quite simply, is outstanding. It is a full bodied, dark and very tasty. This brew also packs a 10%ABV punch, so be careful. It tastes so good, you tend not to realize that once glass of this potion equals about 3 of your domestic beers. The main reason this beer strikes my fancy is the intense taste that it brings to the table. It's not something that you can just drink and not give it a second thought. It makes you stop to realize the quality of beverage that is flooding your palate. It makes you sit up and recognize that this is not just another beer. Thats all for now!

Infamous7100, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of kaimcm
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from 2003 poured into a Caracole tulip. Huge thanks to Jamie for this bottle. Reviewed 1/17/06

A: deep brown body, edges of dark garnet. a ruby hue but this is one dark brew. a light dusting of dirty beige head and even a nice lacing for a brew with this much age. agitation brings back a momentary but creamy 1/2 inch.

S: let me preface by saying im pretty stuffed up...but here goes. butter and raw pastry dough. spent cigarette filters, smoke, and some over ripe fruit. im searching for the cherry but it seems to have melded into the overall aroma. lingering malt, sugar.

T/M: soft and creamy, very smooth. medium bodied, rich malt, a blend of smashed almost rotten fruit (in a ripe way, not a bad way), and even some of that cigarette filter. lots of vinous qualities, grapey, reminiscent of 2 day old wine. back pallete presents a little bitterness, a touch of booze, and some toffee sweetness. sugar is nicely balanced and the finish is long enough to be interesting, but nothing spectacular.

D: goes down so soft and easy. a little dangerous at nearly 10%. allow this to warm up a bit and its one nice presentation. cheers.

this bottle has been preserved very well. i would prefer all my 3 philos to have a few years on them.

kaimcm, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 50 degrees.

A - Pours a deep ruby red with a medium white head; foamy, but didn't take too long until it became a small white ring that followed the brew all the way down the glass. No real lacing along the glass, but the color stayed intact as it got warmer.

S - Powerful aroma; black cherries and malt dominate the initial whiff. The more I drank (also, as it warmed up), more of a spiced scent came through, with traces of alcohol. For a higher ABV brew, I expected to smell more of it up front, but it blended very well with the stronger scents. A very enjoyable aroma.

T - Black cherries with some pretty intense malt and a touch of honey. Alcohol begins to poke through the bittersweet flavors. Noticed some plum and a little peppery spice. I'm struggling to find the words to express the complexity of flavors, but they elude me. There is a wonderful warming sensation that combines the flavors extremely nicely and makes the experience much more enjoyable.

M - Creamy and medium in body...finishes very strong with a long-lasting warming sensation. Alcohol lingers for a little while, which I was hoping for.

D - This is my first time trying an entire bottle of this, and as expected, Ommegang nailed it again. I consider them a great alternative to wine for those special occasions, but they also make for a great relaxation beer...I sampled this one after a pretty rough day at work, when I just wanted to relax. An excellent Quad from a great brewery. I'm going to pick up some more to cellar them, because I'm sure this ages beautifully!

JohnnyM2002, Jan 12, 2007
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.