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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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4,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,909
Reviews: 1,886
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 189
Gots: 516 | FT: 14
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% 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 99bottles


3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm somewhat torn about this beer. On one hand, I like the idea of a flavored quad, and cherry provides a good foil to the otherwise bruising power of such a malty monster. I don't really like the idea that this is essentially a quadruple and cherry flavoring black-and-tan. I'd rather see a direct product, with the fruit right in the fermenter. I also think the sweetness of the cherry lambic used (Lindemans?) detracts from the flavor. If anything, this quad needed a sour cherry. In any case, the deep brown body with ruby edges is appealing. Low carbonation. Smells of sweet figs, dates, and chocolate covered cherries. Main flavors are the same, with an unexpected viscosity (somewhat thin) and some transparent alcohol slickness. I think this could be tinkered with and improved upon. As it stands, I think it's just an average offering. Bottled versions may have more promise.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2005 02:10:38 | More by 99bottles
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a super beer. It pours a mahahony tone with some garnet highlights. There was a huge tan head that seemed to last forever. The aroma was quite complex. the sour kriek lambic was in the forfront, but the bunt-ish brown sugar was quite evident. They all played well together in the flavor of the beer also. In the palate, you get the soft and smooth sensaton of a Belgian ale, with the sour astrinency of the lambic. This was the 2005 vintage. I hope I can come across a few more bottles of this down the line.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 12:29:10 | More by tjthresh
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3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle picked up at Bev Mo.

Glassware - zig-zag tulip

Pours a deep deep red with a thick light brown head that forms up very nicely.

The smell is great...ripe cherries....apples....plums. After a bit of swirling the alchohol blasts through and almost singes my nosehairs!! Wow this is quite a quadrupel.

The taste is big on cherries with a hint of clove spice. The alchohol comes through strong like a fine brandy and warms the throat as it goes down.

Not my favorite from Ommegang, but still very good. Perfect for those cold winter nights.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 03:34:13 | More by KingSlender
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing mahogany with deep ruby highlights and a thin tan head that doesnt last but it is a nearly 10% brew so its forgiveable. Aroma is very malty with big fruit aroms of ripe plum and date as well as the obvious but still subtle cherries, candied sugar, anise, clove, chocolate and a very faint hop presence. This is my first quad so i wasnt really sure what to expect but i find it somewhat similar to a dubbel but with less spice character and a bigger sweetness and fruitiness as well as alcohol. The taste is very rich and malty, with big ripe fruit flavors or fig, plum, and cherry and a nice candied sugar sweetness, chocolate, clove and a lightly bitter phenolic taste as well as that signature Ommegang yeasty flavor. The mouthfeel is huge, rich and creamy and the finish is lightly sweet with a nice alcohol bite that isnt overwhelming.
A very enjoyable brew, but i can tell this could benefit from some cellaring and it has a somewhat raw vibe now...but still another excellent beer from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 00:31:30 | More by silver0rlead
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice

Pours a copper cherry color, the edge looks almost the color of grenidine, with a very slight head.

Smells of fruits and malts, picking up on the cherries slightly, also plums, and a hint of apple.

The taste of wheat hits you at first then the fruit tiny bubbles provide for a belgian like carbonation. Slightly medium bodied, and finishes nice. The taste of the alchohol is present but not by any means overpowering. Adds a nice warm feeling through the whole beer. Very well constructed, and a great balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 23:26:06 | More by charlottebeerguy
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-The beer pours a deep hazy brown body with a creamy tan head and a strong carbonation.

S- The dark toasted malt with caramel notes and some sweetness. A faint cherry note becomes stronger as it warms.

T- A rich toasted slightly sweet malt body with a faint cherry and alcohol warmth at the finish. This has a nice tartness to the finish but it is very faint.

M- This has a medium full mouthfeel with some slight fizz. A faint hint of alcohol warmth hangs on the mouthfeel.

D- This is a very well designed beer. It is a quad first and the cherry lambic is a very subtle flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:33:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy cherry/brown, tan collar with great retention.
aroma of cherry, sweet malts, mint.
taste was complex, and intriguing, definitely cherries, hint of chocolate, was sweet and tart at the same time, full bodied, slight chewiness, and alcohol bite on the end.
drinkability, is limited, due to the high abv, definitely a sipping beer, but not to be missed!..excellent stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 13:07:30 | More by steinlifter
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. Had a deep rich color with a lasting tan head. A nearly overwhelming variety of scents greets the nose, with a malty sweetness above all others. Has wine-like aromas at times. It is extremely smooth going down, no bitterness or bite to speak of and the alcoholic nature of this beer is masked by its complicated taste. I wasn't able to find many cherry lambic flavors in the blend, the quadrupel flavor seemed to overpower most of it, but occasionally I found a hint of oak or cherry in the background. Overall it is a beer that I would highly recommend, easily my favorite of the style. This will surely be on my shopping list from now on.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 01:46:43 | More by mhillard
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4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky, light brown with red wine highlights that are glowing. Decent, carbonated shoe brown head that clings for it’s life. Oily slick and ohhh sooo smooth and delicate. Bordering on full bodied, and full of flavors; black cherries, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are all noted in the initial sips. A near sweet and sour palate, tingly warming affect; hints of oak, raisins, figs and hazelnuts. As it warms, yeast and spicy qualities emerge, cotton candy, slightly acidic. Black licorise palate, very clean and satisfying. Tons and tons of flavorings; very tasty and ohhh sooo smooth, worthy of a Top-10 appearance in my book! Superior!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 02:35:13 | More by GeoffRizzo
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottles, post "pop the cap" in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, great ruby highlights, foamy head that laces

smell: dark fruits, cherry, slight alcohol

taste: mildly chocolately, dark cherries, alcohol is present, sugary, heavy malt, brown sugar, plums soaked in alcohol. Tis pretty tasty if i do say so.

mouthfeel: full, bubbly carbonation

drinkability: more than drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 02:09:21 | More by dirtylou
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3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition. A dark, creamy head that helps to unleash a hypnotic Belgian candi sugar smell. Taste came up with a bit of Curaçao liquer and cocoa, making it more than a little buzzworthy. All I get from the kriek blend is a light sourness. Very good and an intriguing blend.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2005 14:01:30 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, pours a dark brown with a huge creamy head. The smell is an exotic mixture of chocolates, fruits and sugar treats. The bananna roasted chocolate is unbelievable to the nose, the yeast is fruity and terriffic. The taste is complex but has everything a belgian ale should have. Smooth sweet yeast blended well with compley malts. Perfect ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 04:03:55 | More by beertaster13
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New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. This is a truely a crazy and unique brew. Nice presentation, cool ass bottle. This pours a gorgeous cloudy brown/ruby hue with a beige/brown creamy 1 inch head. The lacing is nice and sporadic. The smell is a combination of all sorta of amazing things with a sweet maltiness. Cherries, chocolate and apples(and maybe orange) were detected. In the begining I sort of felt attacked by the alcohol, the warmth actually hit me right there at the begining but as you experience it you are enveloped in amazingness. The cherry flavor seemed to fade into an excellent balance with the other flavors. The mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation that results in a really smooth ride. This is so damn tasty and complex (yet at the same time so drinkable and smooth) that my review does not do it justice, read the others. After you spend 2 or 3 minutes with this the drinkablility increases greatly. The alcohol is hidden very well. A real treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 05:15:45 | More by kbnooshay
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with ruby highlights and a thick head of beige foam; leaves a smattering of lacing here and there

Smell: Cherries jump out, with hints of chocolate and caramel; also, some rum-soaked dried dark fruit and a strand of red licorice

Taste: Starts out with a touch of caramel sweetness with the chocolate and tart cherry flavors quickly making their presence known; in the middle, the tart lambic flavors build to a crescendo; amazing how balanced this brew stays..never too sweet nor too sour; finishes with a woody tone

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation

Overall: A distinctive beer that is always worth re-visiting

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 00:17:56 | More by brentk56
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition in a 750ml bottle
Appearance: Poured a dark ruby brown that looked kind of cola like to me. Had a nice size head of foam that was tan in color that left plenty of lacing in the glass.
Smell: The smell had plenty of malts with loads of chocolate covered cherries in it. There was also some other fruits in in that I just couldn't put my finger on.
Taste: This is the part where you get to taste those chocolate covered cherries that you smelled. It also had kind of a malty aftertaste to it.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied that goes down smooth. This stuff really hides that 9.8% alcohol content. Before you know it, you really start to feel the effects of that 9.8% content.
Drinkability: Overall one hell of a tasty brew that is easily affordable at just under $5. Not bad for my first Quadrupel. Another winner from Ommegang.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 03:52:58 | More by AltBock
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4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark maroon body, with lots of red highlights visible. Head is very large on the pour, which fades slowly to a solid creamy layer of foam. Lots of alcohol and cherries in the nose, other dark fruits and rum also present. Very rich and malty, witth dark chocolate covered cherries the showpiece. This is a very big beer, very interesting beer, the cherries play a big aprt of the experience. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 23:22:31 | More by TastyTaste
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North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a tasty brew!!! Pours a nice ruby brown color. Good thick foamy head, that disapates to a nice lace around the edges. Good legs too. Smell was malty and fruity, couldn't peg either, very slight. Taste was a bang though. Belgium flavors all over, candy sugar, yeasty malts, and oh so sweet cherries. I can't believe how good this beer tasted. Not too powerful either. Great balance between malt, sweetness, and slight hop flavor. Considering it's abv, it was quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 23:57:41 | More by finepaws
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep reddish brown colour. Light tan head with some lacing and good retention. Bready malt and apple skin/pear fruitiness dominate the aroma. Starts with malty sweetness, some spiciness shows up in the middle, followed by light cherry fruitiness at the end. Some yeastiness throughout. The finish has a light alcohol warmth and is mostly dry. Moderately low carbonation, medium body with a creamy texture. I really enjoyed the aroma and the alcohol is hidden well. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 22:45:17 | More by DrJay
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/red, nice highlights, big offwhite head, but it goes quick however leaves some nice lacing. Smell is malty sweetness, hops, apple skins, cherry. Taste is spice, maltiness, alcohol is apparent though muted, sour cherries near the end, and yeast. The carbonation was nice, medium, body was great. Tasty beer. Thanks DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 21:12:14 | More by Viggo
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red, with a thick tan two finger head that gently fades away to a thick cap that leaves behind tons of lace. Smells of toffee, spices and a little cherry. Taste is a slightly sugary, malty and a mildly sour cherry. Had to keep myself from drinking it to fast with it being almost %10 ABV. Really good in all. I'll be keeping some of this on hand all the time

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 14:50:10 | More by RedHaze
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4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2005 - Muddled dark candy bar brown with a slight glow about the edges. Awesome cap of yellowed creamyness sits about an inch high and seats itself there for quite a long time. Once its quaffed a bit, it tends to keep a very thick, firm, and whipped creamy topping. Lacing in hole-lined sheeting.

Aroma of dark floral cherrys, crisp peeled willow bark, and some caramel. Very light noting of chocolate cookie dough.

Inticing taster. A flavor ride of a treat with a big malt base of dark caramel, darker toffee, and mild molasses sliced with dark cherry liquids, dates, and figs. Malty and slightly creamified doughy center with lovely wild yeast drying effects creating a fresh bark backing and green leafy floral-like spice. Dustings of chocolate float around and mingle with delicate, alluring coatings over the dark fruityness and caramel.

Feel works quite well with the flavors, fairly full and rich with a bold and fluffy carbonation wrapped in a mild dryness and subtlety. Malt loaded creamyness ensues within and behind each sip making for one easy quaffable quad. Damn good stuff! The 9.8% doesn't seem to show up anywhere but in the last areas of the 750 once you've finished your first glass and into the second.

A euphoric philosophic thanks in the dualisms or abstractions contrived of existentialism and transcendentalism goes to warriorsoul for this experience in hedonism.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 04:21:20 | More by tavernjef
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 750ml of this brew and was excited to try it based upon the addition of kriek lambic from lindenman's.

I poured this into a chalice, carefully as instructed on the bottle. It was a cloudy dark brown with a tan head of less than a centimeter after a minute of two.

The smell was typical ommegang, perhaps a bit weaker in nose than the straight ommegang. The taste was a malty darkness, followed by a middle filled with raisin/licorice sweetness, and capped off by a finish which was dry alcohol and bitter cherry.

I must say that after about half a glass I wanted to stop drinking. I was puzzled the nose on this beer was quite good if you like that Ommegang smell, and the lacing was superb, greasy clumps of bubbles sliding around the glass swirl after swirl. But the Kriek in there did not work for me. It was like trying to drink an Ommegang with a bitter aftertaste.

I did give this beer a fair shot and scored it high in some areas. Something kept me drinking to finish the whole glass. I just don't consider this world class, but based upon what it is and what it is trying to accomplish, its really not that bad.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 12:08:50 | More by andjusticeforale
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Time for a revisit, seeing as how I found a 750mL bottle for $5. One of the best brews for the money I've ever had... not to mention being one of the best brews I've ever had.
2005 vintage poured into a Chimay goblet (I'm not a fan of the Chimay brews I've had but the goblet is pretty cool).
Looks as a quad should and does it in style. Beautiful ruby color with a tan head that hangs around for a little ... laces the glass moderately.
Smells like a well made rum cake or some such; smells like dessert.
Taste wise, as far as I'm concerned, this holds its own with the other quads I've tried. Very deep and complex.. thoroughly enjoyable. Frankly, I'd like to see what this tastes like without the cherry lambic added. (Dark cherry flavor dominates the dark fruit medly in here... I get some dried figs as well, some raisins...)
It is a lovely addition but I'd like to taste it raw. I have a feeling it would be delicious without the addition.
Even this young this is a tasty, savory brew.
Lingering flavor and marshmallow texture in the mouthfeel... smooth and velvety. Very soft... appropriately carbonated.
Very, very drinkable for the style. You want to be able to drink more but the 10% alcohol makes that tricky. Then again, this isn't the sort of style where you're supposed to be able to pound bottle after bottle. A glass or two... or four.. is to be savored.
Where, oh where is cave aged Three Philosophers!??!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 04:45:01 | More by ommegangpbr
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite terrific American rendition to a Belgian Quad. Pours a viscous brown-ish red with golden highlights. Dainty white, fizzy head that fades quickly, but laces well. Smells sweetly with caramel, fruits, and spices. Tastes big on malt, and mildly caramelly, brown sugary, fig-ey, date-ey, and cherry-ey. Sweet spices of clove, corriander, pepper, and estery. Becomes more alcoholic through the body. Sweet and powdery finish. A good Belgian replica. A great buy for the buck.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 19:58:47 | More by BEERchitect
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2004 Vintage 750 ml
Pours deep chestnut brown with garnet highlights. The head is initially high, fluffy, and airy, but settles quickly without a trace of lace.

Nose is rich and malty, brimming with dark cherry, plum, and berry notions followed by hints of brown sugar and dark bubbly caramel. There's a bit of earthy dry woody tones adding to the rich melange of aromas. As it warms, the fruit becomes more apparent, as does the ABV.

Very malty flavors up front, with melted brown sugar, dark chewy caramel, and pumpernickle bread dusted with cocoa powder. There's a good measure of semi-tart dark cherry along with rasberries, dried plum, molasses, and hints of chocolate. As it warms the cherry flavor really comes out, but is balanced by a lovely woody, earthy, lightly musty cellar note. The high ABV is rather noticable, it still has a slightly harsh edge to it. A diamond in the rough. I bet this would be KILLER with at least 2 years on it. It's allready complex and would really turn into a gem.

Mouthfeel is very full, with ample big bubbled carbonation and a creamy dense texture. Definately for sipping. I fely very toasty after a 750 to myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 00:43:34 | More by AlexJ
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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