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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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5,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,668
Reviews: 1,986
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 263
Gots: 971 | 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 Deus1138
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally hailing from not far from Cooperstown, I figured it was time to give this a try.

Pours a dark, ruby red. Smell is of dark fruits and alcohol. Somewhat medicinal. Tastse: there is quite a bit going on here! The alcohol is quite present, especially for on a 9% abv. It doesn't detract from the enjoyment though. Dark fruit sweetness, cherry and raisin, come through as well as some caramelish candy sweetness. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and creamy. Drinkability is good. This is a sipping beer among sipping beers. Not my favorite quad, but a good one. I may buy again just for variety, but it won't be a regular purchase for me. Don't get me wrong, it's really good, I just think there are more enjoyable quads.

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured outta the bomber into the Abbey Ale-appropriate chalice. 1.5 finger head of pearly bubbles atop an amber body. A hue of light shyly smiles through the bottom of the glass.
Mulchy malt whiff that gets sweeter the harder I pull--cherry and red-apple. I smell that Ommegang yeast, which rings up fond memories of many-a-visit to the brewery.
The longer it sits in the open air, the more the fruit comes out and the alcohol dies (fruit's not as present in the taste as the smell, however). Sweet on the front of my tongue, a hop bark on the back, and toffee all over.
Although it takes a while to oxidize, the balance of its parts levels after about 15 anxious minutes. A bomber is the right size, much more would be forced consumption. That being said, I would prefer a generous glass-full with cherry/blueberry/strawberry pie during holiday dessert.

Photo of jisom123
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegangs best beer in my opinion. 98% Quad, 2% Kreik.
Poored from 75 cl bottle into Ommegang chalice. Darker than Abbey Dubel. Slightly better taste. Fresh flavors. You can tell they used a great base water. Tastes better slighlty colder than you would expect.
One of the Best beers I have had.

Photo of Thunderball
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Chimay goblet this beautiful red,amber liquid produced a one finger head. The smell was of the promise of just what this beer is, a rich Belgian ale mixed with a cherry Lambic. The mouth feel is creamy, with just the right amount of carbonation to keep it interesting. The taste is heavenly. I love the sweet malts,caramel, and the cherry-vanilla finish. Just enough of the Lambic coming through to end on a sweet note. Where the 9.8% abv is hiding, I can't tell. This is by far one of the best drinking experiences I have encountered. The "breast milk" of beer!

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

Dark amber nights with a cloud of off white head, a delicious looking beer. Smells of black licorice mixed with some chocolate kisses. Exquisite tastes of slight malt and dark chocolate with medium body. Midway through the experience comes a landslide of cherries that has an alcoholic punch at the back. Finishes much like a liquor with a touch of dryness and alcohol coating. A blend of great taste makes for an original personality in a beer, a fine specialty of brewing.

Photo of bonkers
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 750 ml bottle into 2 large chalices to split with a friend. It poured a cherry/caramel color with a very thick white head. The head retention was decent with moderate lacing. My first impression of the aroma was of cherry soda, but later smells detected medicinal and alcohol notes. The first taste is a mix of alchohol and cherries, followed by a mixed bag of fruit. This is a full bodied beer that needs to be sipped, not quaffed. This brew is good, but definitely not something I would want every day.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Right from the start of the pour, massive off-white/tan head. Clear red-amber body with lots of carbonation running around. Impressive sheet lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Malty sweet, distinct bitter Belgian sweetness. Dark fruits, cherry, alcohol right behind.

T: Once you get through the head...just a tinge of alcohol up front, which is quickly cut by the expansive malts, candied sugars, like caramelized fruits, dates, plum, cherry, light chocolate.

M: Even bodied, smooth throughout.

D: Not an everyday beer, but a treat.

Photo of changeup45
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy mahogany color topped with a nice creamy tan head. Subtle hints of cherry in a malty tangy aroma. A tangy, winey mouthfeel. A nice rich complex flavor consisting of malts, brown sugar with a sweet and sour alcoholic rush. Subtle hints of cherry. Bottle states that this is "98% Ale with 2% Ale with cherries added" so I was concerned about a dominant cherry flavor. That was not the case as it blended in quite well. The beer is more enjoyable the more you get through the bottle. A sour presence constantly lingers. Even at 3/4 through the beer there is still a thin frothy lacing present on top. This is a top notch beer.

Photo of matty
3.47/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dark ambered colored ale with a rapidly fading head.Smell is sour cherries.Taste is malt,cherries and alcohol.Alcohol is definitely noticed in the aftertaste.This is not your bbq or football watching beer!It is good however for someone like me who was curious to try.I would recommend and buy this ale again.

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

Served in a Grimbergen Chalice from a 12oz bottle.

A.1 and 1/2 finger head that dissipated extremely fast. Lots of carbination, dark brown, but crimson when held to a light.
S.Lots of cherry but not overwhelming. subtle hues of cough syrup. Red wine, and a little bit of candy.
T.Cherry, sweet but not to overwhelming. alcohol is slightly noticable.
M.Carbination, a little thin and a little creamy.
D.I enjoyed every bit of my bottle but I fear a bomber would be to much.
I enjoyed with a nice steak and it paired excellent.

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

A: Deep Reddish Brown, Tan Head dissipates quickly (very pretty in the goblet).

S:Cherry Candy, Slightly Yeasty Notes, Alcohol in the nose but does not overwhelm, caramel sweetness.

T: Deep caramel notes present with a little bit of wild sour cherry. Alcohol present but again not overwhelming. Aftertaste reminds me of a Jolly Rancher, sweet and sticky.

M: not as full bodied as I expected, makes it go down much more smoothly than I expected. Great carbonation that helps keep the body smooth and light.

D: Great for sitting around and sipping and catching up with a friend. Looking forward to more.

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

Aged from 2006 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful, full head with true staying power and nice lacing. Poured cloudy ruby/brown.

Smell: Malty and fruity, subtle tones of cherry and alocohol.

Taste: Wonderful sweet malt taste, and undertones of cherry. balanced just right with hops so sweetness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth and full bodied. Finishes creamy.

Drinkability: I absolutely love this beer and usually have a bottle on hand for when I get a craving. I've had this both fresh and then lightly aged. After 2 years the alcohol flavors and aromas tend to subside and not be as strong but still noticeable. I love how the cherries are not overpowering adding to the rich complexity of the beer. Another great beer from Brewery Ommegang.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible three finger tan head. Great retention of tiny bubbled cap, very stubborn. Aroma of carmel malts and raisins. Appearance is a little hazy with ruby hues in an otherwise Grade A Maple brown. Incredibly rich and deep with multiple layers. Some broken lacing. Figs, brown sugar, oak, currants, black cherries (clearly from the 2 % lambic they added). Tart but not puckering. Very drinkable for a quadruple but still not for the faint of heart. Long sweet finish with a touch of alcohol nip (heat) at the very end.

Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium carbonation buried in a dark red ruby color... Swirling lace on top... Coats glass well...

S - Cherry... Malt... Pear... Alcohol... Well blended mix of scents...

T - True to the label this is a blend of Belgian ale and lambic... I would say from taste, it's 80% Belgian Ale and 20% Lambic... Oak... Alcohol... Hints of tart cherry...

M - Thick and medium bodied... Oily... Fits the beer well...

D - Complex and enjoyable... Big beer, bit still very drinkable... I'm typicallyn not a big Quad person, but this was very enjoyable...

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

Rich oaky tannins, sour brett character, a robust dark malt backbone and a rounded fruity sweetness all blend exceedingly well in this superbly crafted and somewhat unusual treat. Now, because of the rich maltiness and fairly assertive brett flavors, this brew, like all "sour" or "wild" beers, is not one I can see myself drinking all the time. But it's a welcomed change of pace and, when I'm in the mood for it, I really enjoy beers like this. Three Philosophers, in particular, is especially drinkable given the added fruit sweetness, as that element adds an extra bit of balance to a malt-heavy style. The fruitiness also rounds off the edge of the intense brett flavors.

Highly recommended...

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

A- Dark brownish red in color with two finger foamy head.

S- Nice wonderful smells of dark fruits, dates and figs. The smell is slightly sweet in smell.

T- I taste a very strong maltyness up front, with the darker fruits mixed in. In the background I'm getting a subtle cherry taste, it is very slight and not always there.

M- Feels good in the mouth, like a good solid quad should.

D- I enjoy drinking this. I started off sipping and toward the end I find that I'm just taking full on gulps.

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

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a three finger head, dark amber color and good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet belgian aroma...

Taste: Malt sweetness and hot alcohol, cherries, chocolate with just a touch of bitter chocolate in the finish. Complexity is not there like I'd hoped. Still no disrespect to the brewers it's a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: My first quad, and it's thick and rich but not comparable to the Old Rasputin from last night.

Drinkablity: 7.99 at a local liqour store which is cheaper than I normally see it at 9.99 very tasty, but at practically 10% alcohol it's a sipping brew. However I'm going to enjoy the rest of this 750 in the bath and probably after. Prost!

Photo of koolk
4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2004. Purchased in Dec 2004 on a trip to the US. Caged and corked, have had this stored upright in a dark cool place just as the back label suggests for going on 4 years.

Opens with a decent "pop" and pours a dark caramel colour with a decent tan head that lingers.

Beautiful nose, rich and complex: Strong dark fruits like cherry and prunes mix wonderfully with cacao, leather, orange peel and other spices. Just gorgeous. As it warms/airs it changes, developing stronger fruit flavours.

Strongly flavoured palate that is a top mixture of chocolate, anise, cherry and fruitcake. So luscious, with a delicious bittersweet chocolate malt feel. As with the aroma, it shows it dark cherry side as time goes on.

Great texture, really round and full. Fantastic balance, so drinkable. A real creeper that is ever changing.

What a great beer. One can only imagine how far this could go in the cellar. A brilliant lesson in ageing beer. I am convinced - More quads required in the cellar. Another reminder of how far ahead the micro/premium beer scene is in the US. If only I had the foresight to send a box of these to Australia four years ago....

Philosophy begins in wonder...indeed.

Photo of grandq
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into my Pabst goblet (yup) a hazy dark caramel topped by a fluffy cream head. Smells malt heavy with some fig and cherries, a faint touch of licorice and pumpkin spice. Tastes heavily of bing cherry with a bit of cocoa and fig behind. Fairly vinous with a very faint oaky bitterness in the finish. In the end, I find the mouthfeel a bit too thick, lacking the effervescent lift I like in most Belgian versions of the style. It has some prickle but feels too syrupy. Quite good quad, but not exceptional and not so much cheaper than some offerings from abroad.

Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red with a one finger sticky head.

S- Sweet, ripe dark fruits and a little bit of chocolate. not as much cherry as i thought id be smelling.

T- Slight cherry and a bitter dark chocolate. The cherry taste became more pronounced as the glass warmed up.

M- A little thin and leaves the mouth feeling dry. oddly, this adds to the overall experience.

D- An interesting twist on a classic style. Not sure id buy it again, as there are several i have liked more. i did enjoy it however.

Photo of jake87
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look. deep red with an inch thick head
Smell. moderate maltiness and intrinsic fruitiness
Taste. malty and sweet with cherries and slight hoppiness
Feel. smooth like drinking cream or whole milk, definately filling

mmm, good beer think I need another, had some sharp cheddar that complemented it very well

Photo of auxiliary
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark brownish amber color. Small head does form when poured.

smell - Fruits like cherries and orange, some malt present.

taste - Taste of citrus, cherries here. Some bitterness at the end. Goes down easy, smooth.

mouthfeel - Nice smooth feel and carbonated.

Drinkability - One my favorite beers, surprised I never reviewed it. I have cave aged one, and all the bottles gong back the past 4 years. I have done a flight of these through the years last summer. The older they get, the more complex the taste. Go put these away man.

Photo of kinger
4.77/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmmm, mmmm, good! This is one of the best all around beers I have ever had the honor of drinking. A complex blend of flavors creates a wonderful taste that can't be completely described. Bought a 750ml bottle and poured into a merlot glass. This beer pours a nice color that resembles a fine mahogany. The head is like a fluffy cloud that sits atop a cherry sky. The aromas are chock full of malty sweetness, cherries and raisins can be detected along with caramel and other sweet malts. The aroma alone is enough to satisfy. The intense flavor is bursting with sweet malts complimented by cherries. Overall this beer is very smooth and drinks easily with much satisfaction. I can't wait to get another bottle, this is a must have.

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

From large bottle poored into a snifter glass.

Its a light burgandy in color with a nice foamy kacky colored head that leaves a little lace but does manage to stick around for quite some time. Smell is malty with dark spice and candied fruits. Some alcohol in the nose as well, but I was unable to pick out the cherries. Taste is very nice, Raisins, plumbs and pears make an appearance with the roasted malt flavor and some back end spice. The cherry flavor is there as well. Mouth feel is thick but well carbinated. It took a while to finish this bottle, not because it was hard to drink, but because I was savoring it.

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

Pours a reddish brown with a thick tan head with lots of lacing.

Smells of plum and cherry. Also very sweet and malty. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.

Heavy alcohol flavor to start. I can also detect the plum and cherry. A little bitter at the end but not bad. Not as sweet as I was expecting.

Mouth feel was good. Carbonation was light and fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Worth a try for all quad fans out there.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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