Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,502
Reviews: 1,942
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 242
Gots: 806 | FT: 17
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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 AdmiralDiaz
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber sized bottle to goblet.

A: brown in its purest form with a more copper color towards the edges of the glass. One finger of off-white head formed from thick bubbles. Small amount of lacing, but chunky and scarce.

S: malty caramel scent with a bit fruits such as cherries, oranges and apples, also an overtone of yeast/bread.

T: Very fruity mostly cherries with a bit of apple. Caramel sweetens the drink while masking some of the alcohol which is still quite noticeable. It's pretty malty and has a strong yeast flavor.

Overall this is a great beer that gets better as it warms up.. maybe around 60 degrees? the flavor enhances as it gets warmer and the carbonation mellows out a bit.

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

2006/750 ml bottle. Hazy crimson-brown color under a dense, creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, black cherry, sour dough and yeast. Mouthfeel exceptionally smooth and silky. Initial sweet flavors of dark fruits, caramel, plum and very restrained cherry. Could have used a bit more cherry influence.Finishes with a late hit of some mildly harsh bitterness. Maybe would benefit from some further ageing in this regard. Overall a well done, classy Quad.

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

pours a semi-clear dark burgundy, almost purplish with a large tan head, and really good lacing.

smell is of dark fruit, malts, burnt caramel, freshly cut firewood, a little cocoa, and cherry-cola.

taste is complex, there is a lot there, its fruity (dark pitted fruit), tingles the tongue, some roasted nuts, a cherry or two, somewhat sour, caramel, and malts, leaves the mouth dry, slightly bitter in the end.

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

i agree with all of the good points here -i recognize the lambic flavor and aroma from, dare i say, sam adams cranberry lambic -
although the flavor balance here is far superior - certainly better as it warms, the 3rd glass from this bomber was the best -
it's pairing nicely with the pecan log roll i'm munching on now.
in front of the the fireplace on a snowy afternoon.

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

From a 12oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Glendale... with a few comments from a "cave-aged" 2006 vintage tasted over the holidays

Let it be said first of all that this is a damn beautiful beer. It pours a rich ruby brown with a thick thick thick creamy head with TIGHT bubbles that claws tenaciously to the steapest of glasses. Love it.

The beer itself is a mildly sweet quad with wonderful complexity. Notes of fig and dark cherries predominate against a backdrop of candied fruit and lightly toasted brown bread. Roast is moderate.

Mouthfeel is creamy smooth and rich, moderately full.

Could drink this any time, although it doesn't inspire the devotion I feel towards some of the most superior quads I've ever tried... it's accessibility, price, and availability make it a must try, a classic, and a worthy respect garnerer. Cheers

Photo of Dirty1
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 750ml. of this a few nights ago and poured it into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a nice cloudy dark amber with a strong red tint when held to the light. 2 finger thick white head that settled rather slowly. It also left a good bit of lace around the glass.

S- It had that typicaly strong Belgian yeast smell that is so lovely. It also had a nice chocolate malt and roasted grain pressence with a nice subtle sour cherry note. It smells delicious!

T- Taste is similar to the smell. The yeast is up front with sweat chocolate malts and subtle caramel. Then comes the tart cherries and a subtle spice. The cherries become more pronounced as the beer warmes a bit. It has a wonderfull balance about it that is a thing of beauty! Some alcohol warming is present but hidden pretty well.

M- Medium body with a lively carbonation thats not over done. It has a nice crisp finish that is slightly dry with not much aftertaste.

D- This beer is great! Its a unique blend that works really well for me. Its very drinkable despite the 9.8%. It did sneak up on me a little by the end of the bottle. I will definatly add this to my frequent rotation list! Cheers!

Photo of ncstateplaya
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is typically my beer of choice when I go to 5 Star in Raleigh, its one of the few places in Raleigh I have been able to find it. This review is for the bottle I had on Saturday night.

Appearance: Wow, a beautiful hazy mahogany with an outstanding head. The head appears to be extremely soft and fluffy, upon further inspection, it holds true. The head is an oatmeal/cookie dough color and was easily an inch thick in my chalice. Of course there was yeast floating in the glass.

Smell: The cherries speak loud and clear to the senses. Dark malts and sweet caramel rush the nose. There is a yeasty funk that goes along with the alcohol esters. The smell is very inviting.

Taste: There is a dark brown sugar sweetness that pairs extremely well with the tart cherries. Through the fruit and maltiness, the alcohol sneaks by unnoticed (almost undetected).

Mouthfeel: This beer is extremely smooth and pretty chewy. Coats the mouth very soothingly. I would almost say it is biscuity, but not quite. The carbonation is great.

Drinkability: As with my earlier spill, of course I think the drinkability is high. It goes down so smooth and easy for the ABV. A little sweet, but that only detracts slightly from the drinkability of this brew.

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened a 2007 bottle this past New Year's Eve. Poured into a Three Philosophers glass that I purchased at the brewery a while back. Hazy red color. Large white head at first but that burned off quickly. Some bits of sediment noticed at the bottom of the glass. Smelled nice and spicy, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg present. Tasted very smooth. Some aging did this bottle well. The alcohol was definitely more mellow, but also, the cherry flavor was less noticeable than fresher bottles I have had. The two glasses that I got out of this bottle went down very easily. While the taste made have been smoothed out a bit more than I would have expected, some aging definitely changed this beer in a good way.

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

Picked up a single 750ml from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Approximately $8.

A: Poured with care so as to not disturb the dregs. Hazy brown/red cherry colored with an enormous off white head. At least two inches thick. Slowly recedes.

S: There is a definite alcohol characteristic with this one, slight hint of cherries and some big malty smells too, some nice apple smells, and a lot of Belgian spiciness.

T: Big hit of cinnamon and spices up front, and a slightly tart cherry flavor as well, though not as pronounced as in the nose, nice lingering coffee aftertaste, and somewhat of a buttery flavor as well. Very spicy, and quite boozey. As it warms, cherry flavor become more up front, still quite malty and alcoholic though.

M: Relatively thin, nicely carbonated, and really hot from the alcohol, this one burninates the gullet. Relatively smooth, and a nice dry finish.

D: This one is sneaky. Lots of alcohol, but it drinks quite easily, goes down nicely and I could easily see popping open another 750 if I had one on hand. Great beer.

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

Could not stop drinking these while at my parents' house in upstate NY.

Poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. A rich two finger head lingers for a minute then gives way to some decent lacing. The ruby/copper cloudiness of this brew makes me curious.

Smell is quite malty with some sour fruit (cherries) and alcohol.

The beer initially has a soda-like taste (and mouthfeel) and is almost too sweet. Letting this one warm does wonders; the cherry aftertaste really stands out and the alcohol seems to become more well hidden.

For me, this beer is somewhere in between a session beer and a sipper. Three Philosophers is a great, different take on a quad.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a snifter:

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky reddish brown. A thin white, half-finger head formed, that dissipated very quickly. A little bit of the head continued to float on the beer the entire time. Tiny bit of lacing on the sides

Smell: Sour cherries, and other fruits, against a background of malt. The cherry smell grew sweeter as the beer warmed. The 'Belgian' nature of this brew was also evident.

Taste: Cherries hit the tongue first, by a background of malt. The cherry taste is very faint, and replaces the initial 'hop bite' you might normally find in a beer. Hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Slightly bitter aftertaste, reminiscent of coffee. The aftertaste lingered for quite some time. Hides the alcohol content very well.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated, almost like soda or champagne. Also surprisingly thin bodied, which in this case, I felt was a good thing. It prevented the malt from becoming cloyingly sweet and feeling 'syrupy'.

Drinkability: I enjoyed the beer. I liked it more the more I got into it, as the beer warmed and the flavors began to come out more. Definitely a sipper, as it is fairly sweet. This is my first real introduction into Belgian beers, so I can't really compare this to any others.

Once I have more quads and Belgians, I might modify this review I would probably buy this at some point, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of oddfire
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow this beer is good! Had it in a 750mL corked bottle. The smell is nutty with a hint of fruit. The taste is very strong. You get notes of cherries and raspberries with a hint of nut brown ale. The finish is clean and refreshing but it could be the alcohol evaporating. This beer is one you need to savor the flavour with. The alcohol content will sneak up on you. Very well worth the money in either a bar or store.

Photo of lessthanhadley
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle brought home from BCTC and cellared for the past few months.

A: Amber/Dark brown in color with thin head around the edges of the goblet remaining throughout.

S: Alcohol and dark fruits primarily

T: Dead on for a quad, very malty with a carmel/fruity taste throughout with just a hint of alcohol

M: High carbonation, very bubbly on the front of the tongue but thicker and more syrupy in the back of the tongue and in the aftertaste

D: Fairly drinkable for the style but definitely a sipper as a quad should be.

Photo of jpiper
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 2007 (not my cellar) 12oz into a water glass at fridge temp... I'm on vacation.

Dark amber brown with an offwhite head which quickly turns to a tiny bubbly lace with several areas of slightly larger bubbles.

Smells of spices, mint, bubble gum, licorice, and alcohol.

Lots of sweet malt, some dried fruits, caramelized sugars.
Spices and bananas - some yeasty notes as well. The flavor is a bit thinner than I'd like, at least given the mouthfeel. There's some bitterness. The finish is too sweet and carries that bubblegum flavor with it.

Hit immediately with a cloying, sticky mouthfeel. Plenty of
carbonation, but it didn't clean up the feel on this.

This will get old before the bottle is done. A bit too sweet to be
terribly drinkable on this nearly 10% ABV sipper.

Photo of nsmartell
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 120z bottle to a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with a small off white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet with fruits and alcohol dominating.

Taste: Very sweet with a strong alcohol presence that dominated this beer for me.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very good brew despite the dominance of the alcohol. Would seek out again.

Photo of JayNH
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep burgundy with a solid frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet, raisins and cherries. A noticeable alcohol scent.

T- starts sweet slightly cherry. There also seems to be a somewhat smokey/coffee taste that follows. Leaves a mild grassy hop aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth...

M- full bodied and creamy. The alcohol gives a little zip to the tongue and throat. A little less carbonation would be a plus.

D- This goes back smooth but is definitely a "sipper".

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

found this at a holiday gathering located at a "wine" bar, paid $12 for the 750mL bottle which isn't that much more than the local stores if I recall properly
poured a light copper/amber color with a nice head that hung around
smell was sweet with a bit of malt
taste was sweet, cider/champagne like very pleasant slight bite at the end and as the beer got warmer the alcohol began to make its appearance
mouthfeel was smooth
could sit around and drink this all night
will do a more sophisticated review at a later date in the comfort of my home, I was in a bar trying to be social with more than my glass

Photo of tbeck
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in color with no clarity. Develops a thick brownish head that does not dissipate, but slowly develops into a nice collar. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, slight hints of alcohol. Taste is good and complex. Very strong alcohol unlike other Belgain quads with a tart finish. Good texture and body. The taste was good and I would recommend this as a good session beer. If I had a choice I would take other quads over this one, but it was not bad at all.

Photo of beefbait
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

3P's Quad has a dark amber color similar to whiskey. It tastes just like it smells, sweet and malty, not as sweet as St. B's or Rochefort, which, to this reviewer, is a positive (StB and Roche are fine). Upon tasting, it starts off with a maltly flavor and full bodied mouthfeel, immediately becomes delicately sweet, very cider-like--fruity, apples come to mind, then finishes subtley with a twangy sweetness on the palate. The bottle does contain sediment, so the last pour is cloudy, but the flavor and body are not affected. I drank it out of a crystal goblet and, later, a pint glass, preferred drinking it from the pint. What I write next is probably a heresy, but I made a batch of beer using that "cheesy" beer making kit--"senor cerveza" Recipe: 1 can r*d ale and m*llow a*ber, 1 pk of b**ster, 2 cups honey and 4 wks fermenting and 2 wks conditioning in bottles, 7.8 abv--and it had a similar smell, taste, appearance, and mouthfeel as 3P's Quad. Heresy? Probably, but both make me want to guzzle them down, not sip, and guzzle some more!

Photo of yesyouam
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a muddled haze of red-orange-brown topped with a thin white head that quickly vanishes. (SRM: 17?) The aroma is of smooth sweet grain and malt-- a tight and solid smell. It is quite full-bodied and very smooth! It is a lightly sweet roll of grain with a delicately bitter bite that finishes roundly with a subtle sour cherry. Nice!
(rated Feb 5, 2007)

Photo of RunDWP
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Took the cork off this bottle and immediately hit with the great smell of brandied cherries. Tilted the bottle carefully into the tulip poured the golden brown brew. A slight tan head fizzed up, and stayed there for a few minutes. Great flavor of brandied cherries, with some clove and some other earthy spice notes I couldn't quite identify. I liked the slight sweetness level. Slight alcohol presence, but I did not consider that a bad thing. A decent amount of malt in there as well, and gave the brew a slight biscuit or bread dough character. Nice, substantial, slightly velvety mouth feel.

Great sipping brew, although would probably pair well with strong cheeses....have three or four of these, and you'll be spouting out some great philosophy!

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have seen this for just about forever at Binny's and have always ignored it for some reason, but it seems that I'm well overdue to knock out a few Quads before 08 ends.

Says it's brewed with cherries and from an appearance standpoint I would agree with that statement. Deep and dark cherry to be exact, like the kind of dark reddish brown you get from cooking up old fashioned cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving. A vigorous pour yields a dime thick head that fades into a thin, but creamy looking cap.

Smells heavily of sweet cooked cherries, brown sugar reduced in butter so everything gets nice and caramelized, but its not all sweet, the cherries impart a slight acidity to balanced

Tart and sweet, slightly woody and even a bit smokey. Seems like the amalgamation of a Kriek and a Quad and it sort of seems like they don't belong together at first. Complexity gets a little higher, flavors become less muddled, when the beer gets a chance to warm up and breathe. Maltier, warm alcoholic heat keeps the back of the throat feeling like its wrapped in blankets. Tart cherry and sweet brown sugar and an earthy spiciness make this beer a definite sipper, this is where the beers tartness works in the beers favor and keeps an already sweet beer from becoming mind bendingly saccharin.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby red, with a solid head ring around the glass, mostly filled with a solid cap of head. Heavily malted from the beginning with a light a burn to the back of the throat, finishing exceptionally clean with a hint of dark cherries and brown sugar. The finish then echoes around the back of the mouth, bouncing from the roof of the tongue and back, with lingering and added nuttiness. Enjoyable, if only for the unique combination of flavors, but not wholly so, but I can't put my finger on why. As I near the end of the glass, it continually numbs the mouth like shots of completely wonderful liquid novacaine.

Photo of afoersch
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into the world of Ommegang - I've heard good things of the brewery, and I was excited for this beer.

This fine beverage appeared a dark red-orange-brown, fairly hazy, with a thin, light tan head that looks almost sandy, but stuck around until the finish with a little bit of splotchy lacing - plenty inviting. Looks, indeed, like a quad blended with a bit of some sort of cherry brew; not strikingly beautiful, but far from ugly.

There is some cherry up front in the nose, but a very dark cherry. Other familiar Belgian fragrances drift in and out, mostly sweet but there's a cold sense to them - as if one were to smell spring and summer flowers and vegetation during the middle of winter. Maybe that only makes sense to me, but it's what I felt consistently after a few whiffs. A strange sensation, and one I'm not sure I like. However, there's definitely a sense of both styles in the smell.

The taste of this beer is subtle but not complex. The cherries have almost all gone (to be expected, when only 2% of the ale was brewed with cherries), but haunt a little bit from the smell. A bit too sweet overall, but surprisingly not in a very fruity way. I taste some pecan pie and pastry dough in there, along with raisins and green tea (with honey, maybe?) and a tiny bit of sweet lemon flavor, and nothing quite balances out. Some of the most unique malty flavors I've had yet, but they don't really jibe with each other.

Mouthfeel gets good marks because this beer has just the right amount of weight and cohesiveness in the mouth, which then leads to good drinkability. The beer just feels like it's not complete - it lacks balance and depth, but I'm hoping for good things from future batches, perhaps.

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

A very good blended beer that flirts with greatness. Three Philosophers is a delightful quad blended with a cherry lambic. This worried me a bit as I'm not the biggest fan of fruit blend lambics, but then I haven't sampled the heights of that style. On the other hand, my feelings for quads are not so complex as they are almost entirely positive.

At any rate, this beer pours a deep red brown and looks brilliant in the chalice. The head is a touch foamy. The cork came off with a solid kick. The smell is fantastic. Sour cherries combine with earthy, fruity and spicy Belgian notes. There are bananas, plums, cloves, peppercorns, deep woody tones and slightly funky earth flavors all over the taste and nose. Now, I will say that I like the Ommegang yeast flavor but I don't love it. It doesn't have the character of some of the Trappists, but that's the sort of criticism that should be good to hear. My main problem with the beer is the cherry lambic. It's a very interesting flavor, but I would prefer it not to be there if I were to choose. It's just a little puckery and a little sweet fro the quad. It's a very interesting thought and I really liked it at first, but over the course of even just a full Chimay goblet, I started to just want the quad without the cherry noise. That said, Ommegang did a tremendous job with this beer. I bet that I could easily introduce this beer to non-craft beer crowds. It's a little expensive for that, but the big quad flavor and the cherry hook would help grab a crowd.

I would love to age a bottle. I would enjoy a less carbonated feel and a more blended flavor. We'll see about hiding one from myself. Always a challenge. I paired this beer with some creamy cheddar, which was ok but I didn't really have much else around at the moment. (Time delay edit) I just remembered that I had a Specialty's Direct thick rich semi-sweet chocolate chip cookie. It pairs quite well with the chocolate. It brings out more of the fruitiness of the yeast rather than the cherry. I imagine the beer would go well with good rich food, maybe a braised pork tenderloin or something. The sour cherry could really cut a rich flavor well and the quad is a joy anytime.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,502 ratings.