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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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5,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,722
Reviews: 2,000
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,025 | FT: 19
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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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Ratings: 5,722 | Reviews: 2,000
Photo of lhaqq
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a dark ruby-colored body and a large, dense, creamy white head. Almost looks like a nitro pour.
S: Smells like yeast and caramelized malts.
T: Tastes like a fruit lambic on one half. Cherries/sour cherries. On the other half it is sweeter like a dubbel or a dull quad; figs, dark fruit and molasses.
M: Kind of dull and uninteresting but fine.
D: Hides abv, but too much in flavor to make it great in the capacity of drinkability.

Photo of Rayek
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 2007 vintage bottle that I'd been cellaring for the last year.

A: Deep garnet red with good clarity for a bottle conditioned ale. Very active carbonation is present. Rocky eggshell colored head has good retention and leaves a generous amount of lace.

S: A very complex set of aromas lets you know this will be a good experience. Cherries, chocolate, pepper, coriander, red oak and a whiff of alcohol great the nose in almost perfect balance.

T: The aroma carries over into the taste. Almost wine like up front. Dark fruits dominate the initial rush of flavor. Bakers chocolate creeps in from behind. Bitterness hits with a sharp peppery bite. Finishes with a pleasant alcohol warmth going down.

M: The heavy body feels thick, syrupy and bready as it literally coats the inside of the mouth. Carbonation level is spot on.

D: Wow. Definitely a beer to drink in small doses with the company of friends and family. Sits well on its own, or as an accompaniment to chocolate and soft cheeses.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bocktown.

Snifter glass, mahogony in color with a large off white head that kept well and had a fine lace.

Nose was of ripe fruit, apples and malts. Bourbon like booziness.
Drinks very smooth and is a sipper for sure. Nice apple and malt, with a nice roasted edge. Alcohal is certainly present, and I believe this to be a fresh batch, so that is to be expected.

Very tasty and glad I got to try this, especially on tap. Would love to try cellaring this. Reccommended.

Photo of ericlawton007
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a Ommegang gift package and poured into the Ommegang glass. Deep red in color with quickly diminishing head. The cherry real comes out in the aroma, as does the distinctive Ommegang yeast strain. This was the first Belgian Quad that I've tried and could not really distinguish it from many of the Strong Belgian Dark Ales that I enjoy. Cherry is apparent in the taste, but not as strong as in the aroma, and this is a good thing. The beer is quite drinkable, with a pleasant slow warming sensation much like you would get from a bottle of red wine.

Photo of TLove
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance is a brownish, light red that reflects well.

Smells of cherry and raisins, with a bit of a bite.

The high ABV is clouded with tastes of cherry and birch, with a little sweetness and a little bitterness, but no dominant, overwhelming flavor component. This beer is extraordinarily well-balanced with a little bit of everything and perhaps even thought-provokingly so. The finish is light and welcoming, though not smooth or refreshing. The mouthfeel and drinkability derive from the beer's fruit component, though allows for a bitterness rarely matched with fruity beers. It, above all, tastes like an Ommegang brew, though it possesses a flavorful and balanced bouquet that far surpasses Ommegang's other brews.

Photo of Douglas14
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, dark ruby color with an off-white head that leaves a little bit of lace but keeps a centimeter layer of head above the beer. Knowing that a Kriek is blended in, the first thing that hits my nose is sour cherry. I acutally couldn't help but let out an audible "fuck yeah!" Other dark, sweet and sour fruits hit my nose as well, along with a definite funk and outdoors-like character. The taste is also remarkable, but I was expecting a little more sour kick. There is definite sour cherry upfront while the beer is in the mouth. Dark fruits come through midway and wood and earth-like flavors appear at the end. This beer is one of the more unique I have tasted. I am glad that I am able to get it within a couple of blocks of where ever I am!

Photo of Traquairlover
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into snifters.

A = Dark cherry amber liquid with a small frothy yellowish head.

S = Pipe tobacco, leather, piquant spices including mixed peppercorns, balsamic vinegar. Very complex and enjoyable.

T = The cherries really show through, they are in the background but very distinctive. Strong flavors of black licorice and leather with a small amount of black pepper at the back of the tongue and some sour candy starts at mid-palate and lasts well into a long finish. A very pleasant beer that I could see going well with dessert.

M = Heavy body, decent mouthcoating, carbonation and alcohol sting just a bit too much.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep almost cloudy cider color with a head that quickly dissipates except for a ring around the chalice and some wisps in the interior surface. The aroma is dark ripe fruit, the cherries perhaps, and seductive alcohol over a malt background. Exceedingly smooth but not syrupy. The flavors are similar to the aroma with sweet malt, dark complex fruit, some sugary character as well. It finishes warm from the alcohol. This beer is warmly inviting, like the crackling of a fireplace on a cold winters eve. A sipper indeed, but do sip.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle. Pours a murky brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of a sweet cherry lambic...ah, I could smell this beer all day! Flavor of sweet cherries, raisin, dark fruits, raisin bread, soda. Smooth mouthfeel. Excellent quad and probably the best of the American versions that I've had so far.
Aroma: 9/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

Photo of bhalter8
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wide, but light head on top that quickly dissolves into the deep, hazy, brown beer. Only faint light comes through the goblet. A nice looking beer, indeed. The smell is not very strong, but a nice fruity, sweetness, though. The taste is excellent, a sweet, but surprisingly light quad. All this adds to the smooth, and deceiving considering the alcohol, drinkability. I could very easily drink too many, its almost like a candy goodness with its sweetness

Photo of elricorico
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2007 vintage. Clear and deep ruby brown colour. One finger of tan head that is supported by some visible carbonation. Takes some time for head to recede.

Sweet and malty aroma, with a hint of cherry. Suggests candy sugar and red licorice.

Sweet to taste, but not as sweet as it smelled. Up front is a little spicy while sweetness is strongest through the middle, a mix of big malt and musty cherries. Finish is just slightly warming. Overall it has a smooth, complex flavour.

Medium to full bodied with subtle carbonation. Smooth and pleasant to the mouth.

For 9.8%, I can't think of many beers as drinkable. It goes down far too easily. I'd buy this again in a second.

Photo of auburngrad82
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass because my wife had used my goblet. Three Philosophers pours a beautiful brown with a nice tan head that sticks around. Nice lacing remained after drinking the beer. The smell was a pleasant hoppy smell but the taste is what strikes you about this ale. It's plenty hoppy and there's the tartness associated with a Belgian style ale, but the taste is an ale version of a chocolate covered cherry. Very flavorful and very drinkable.

Photo of Likeburning
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep translucent woody maroon brown color with a thich tan creamy head. The aroma is a bit fruity (cherry aroma) The aroma is reminiscent of chocolate covered carries, like when you break open a chocolate covered cherry and the filling pours out. Just like that. The flavor is similar to other Belgian style strong ales but significantly darker with a distinct hint of cherries. Memories of pleasant Valentine's days past come to mind with the first taste. Definitely a beer to be savored.

Photo of 2LBrew
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber from Bev Mo.

The appearance was reddish brown with a dirty white head that disappears rather quickly.

The smell is of fruits, but also has hints of molasses.

The taste has a lot of sugars and malt miced together. Also cherry, and a hint of tastness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated.

The drinkability of this beer is an awesome adventure. I could definitely only drink about one of these but I enjoyed every drop of it. I also enjoyed it more as it warmed up and released more of the cherry flavor.

Photo of sevopie
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Thick muddy brown with faint hints of red, light brown head thats somewhat rocky.

Smell - Dark roasted malts with some brown sugar smells, and faint fruity aromas.

Taste - The malts take over here, caramel and chocolate notable. The lambic barely shows its head on the finish with a slight tart. A few spices mull around as well, namely cinnamon and ginger, as well as the alcohol showing its head on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a moderately light amount of carbonation for a Belgian-style brew.

Drinkability - This won't be a staple as something doesn't quite sit right, but its definitely tasty. Bottle looks like a one and done though.

Photo of dino213aa
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish brown with a tan rocky head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Toasty fruit aromas with the Kriek being most notable.

T&M: Starts off with cherry fruitiness of the Kriek and slowly melts into a warm maltiness. Medium mouthfeel.

D: This is one my favorite colder weather brews.. warm and inviting. However, at 9.8% ABV not sure I'd call this a session brew. A little patience helps with this one, but overall one of the better offerings from Ommegang.

Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brownish amber with a creamy two-finger head that shows very good retention and lacing.

The aroma is very sweet with candy sugar and caramel malts dominating. There are generous amounts of dark fruits as well, raisins and the like.

The taste is as sweet as the aroma suggests, tons of caramelized sugar, dark fruits and caramel malts. Cherries are in there as well, with a hint of sourness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation. It may be just a tad thin.

This is a decent example of a quad despite not being extremely complex. Very drinkable.

Photo of Fatduck
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle on a whim, it was only $7 and I voted today, so I deserve it.

It pours a dark copper color, much darker than I expected. A fully tan head that lasts for years. 2% Blended with a cherry lambic style, its great, you can really taste they tartness of the cherry. Its a very malty chewy beer, smooth and rich all the way down, this bottle would have been hard to finish without my drinking partner.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 4 finger head that dissolves to 1 finger very quickly. Hazy nectar brown, with no light coming through

S Brown Sugar, some apricot, lots of cherries, peaches, very fruity and sweet.

T Very tart all around. Smooth start, fruits kick in with cherry being the most prominent. The apricot and peaches come through but very subtly. Kind of bite to it, but not in a pleasing way.

All in all, I really can't recommend this beer. I didn't enjoy it very much from the get go do to its lack of smoothness and semi tart flavors. I really felt as though it was being forced down half way through.

Photo of Jyubei
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Pours a cherry wood color with a 1 in. head.

S. Creamy lambic aroma with undertones of malt, hops, and cherries.

T. Definite cherries with a strong almost ale taste behind. Other fruits and spices are hinted at in the aftertaste.

M. Syrupy and a wonderful bit of carbonation at the back of the throat.

D. Not a session beer, but great as a brew to be enjoyed slowly and with contemplation.

Photo of itcomesnpints
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pretty pour of copper and ruby topped with a tan head. Fine retention but minimal lacing.

Smell consists of dark fruits, cabernet, molasses, spicy yeast.

Taste is cherry, plum, whiskey, brown sugar and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel doesn't hide the abv very well but the warming alcohol adds to the taste. Full and smooth.

Another great beer from Ommegang. This is one hell of a quadrupel from an American brewery. It's big, warm and tasty. Perfect for this odd cold spell in Houston (42˚ today!)

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a golden brown color with a foamy two-finger off-white head. There's a little bit of suspended yeast and the head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly of molasses and Belgian sugar, but as it warms the cherries become more apparent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Molasses and Belgian sugar up front, with a very slight cherry taste coming in at the end. There's a dry finish with little bitterness and a hint of the ABV at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness and grainy carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The slight cherry flavors make this one interesting. It's certainly a solid quad with or without the cherries, and I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber.

Overall this is a good Belgian ale. There are better ones out there, but this is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage,

A: Pours red-brown with a solid off-white head with excellent retention, some lacing.

S: A lot of sweet molasses with a hint of cherry.

T: Nice light brown sugar mixed with a lot a dark malt. The kriek, while being only 2% of the beer plays a more substantial role, adding a bit of fruit and medicinal character.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for a close to 10% ale, off-dry finish, not bad.

D: Another quality ale and blend from the fellows at Ommegang, I wish it wasn't so pricey, it's good stuff. One of the very first beers I ever had, back in '05 I had it without knowing what it was and it really opened my eyes up to Belgian styles along with Orval, so I'm very thankful.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy brown with a mixed head of tan foam. Not particularly long lasting.

S - Definite fruity cherry with rich toffee, vanilla, and molasses. Touch of funky Belgian yeast.

T - Sweet, rich and fruity. Cherry isn't that prominent, with much of the flavour being caramelized sugars and molasses. Not overly tart, but with a hint of acidity. Malt is huge and works well with the kiss of hop bitterness in the back end. Alcohols well hidden.

M - Medium bodied with a slight chewiness and mild carbonation/

D- Heck yeah. Probably not sessionable, but I wouldn't mind trying. Huge flavours and well balanced. Very complex.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany-cola color with a creamy beige head which fell slightly to a thin pancake layering leaving a moderate lacing. Some sediment was noticed suspended in the medium carbonation.

S: The nose yielded fresh ripe fruit, cherries being the most prominent with some supporting aromas of plums, candi-sugar sweetness and dates. Some alcohol fusels were also present.

T: The beer starts out with nice burnt carmalized sugar notes with light smoky hints. Some dried cherries, dates, alcohol fusels (cinnamon) and a good yeasty character rounds things out. There was a nice bitterness and some chocolate notes detected before the finish which was dry and velvety.

M: thick and viscous, with a light-medium carbonation with a very smooth texture. Slight alcohol presence but otherwise well hidden for such a high content (9.8%).

D: Very nicely done bursting with dried fruit flavors and a easy drinking quad despite its abv and thick viscous nature.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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