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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,397 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,397
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 233
Gots: 737 | FT: 16
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Byeast
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a very deep , dark, ruby red color , clear , with a small powdery tan head.

Smell: some light cherry cobbler mixes with some crusty malt to make a bit of a cherry pie nose , slight must , yeast and light herb.

Taste: A hefty amount of dark malt flavor with a hint of nuttiness , some candied sweetness , plum , black cherries that leave just a hint of tart flavor in the finish , bit of powdery yeast , very smooth and complex taste that changes quite a bit throughout the sip.

Mouthfeel: smooth , full bodied , soft but mouthfilling carbonation.

Drinkability: This is 9.8% ABV? Cannot taste the alcohol at all. The mixing of the cherry lambic and quad makes for an interesting and nice flavor. Different tastes dart in all over in flashes , some of which stay for awhile in the long lingering finish , complex - but delicately so.

Byeast, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. Better than average all the way around. The appearance especially was very nice, indeed. Poured a wark cooked plum colour with a very pretty sand coloured foamy head that stayed in place for a very long time. This looks fantastic! Smell was warm brown sugar, stewed dark fruit and candied cherries, a touch of vanilla bean and a slightly noticeable trace of warm alcohol hiding in the background. Very nice. Taste was sweeter than I was anticipating. Cooked fruit up front, brown sugary sweetness in the middle which seemed to be followed up rather quickly with warm alcohol, and then a mild bitterness on the finish.
CO2 level seemed to be just right for this brew, and mouthfeel was smooth and very drinkable. A fantastic quad that is so easy to acquire, I cannot believe that this is my first time trying it.

SilentSabre, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep cloudy reddish burgundy with a big head and thick rings of lacing.

S - Fresh cherries, faint toffee malt and alcohol.

T - Cherries and malt with a powerfully bitter malty aftertaste.

M - Smooth, pretty refreshing and thick.

D - Good. It is a very enjoyable quad. I've had it before and I will have it again.

mrasskicktastic, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label indicates 2005. Let this set for about 30 minutes after removing from the fridge. Healthy "pop" and pours with about a 2 inch pink head into my tulip. Nice deep brown color. Head diminishes into fair lacing. Head and lacing is the same for each subsequent pour. Nice looking beer. The cherry comes through heavily in the smell, as well as in the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and on the mark for a quad. Thick and chewy, alcohol was not very noticeable at first, but began to assert itself about halfway through. As this warmed, the dominant cherry flavors began to take on a more medecinal taste - cherry cough syrup. At this point, the beer lost its appeal for me. Drinking the entire bottle became a bit of a chore. Score for taste would have marked higher if I had just had a small glass. By the end of the bottle, it was becoming offensive, so I had to score somewhere in the middle.

If someone offered me a 12 oz, or a glass of this beer, I would gladly accept, but nothing more. I'd like to revisit this beer again sometime, but only in a smaller portion.

Onibubba, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of jdg204
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked a 4 Pack of this bad boy up on a trip to the Hudson Valley a few weeks ago, after hearing some much about the famed Ommegang brewery.

Appearance - Wonderful Deep Brown/ Red Ruby color with a nice white head. Also had the wheat particles that Ommegang is famous for.

Smell - A deep roasted malt and cherry flavor comes through most prevelantly.

Taste - STRONG flavor, the cherries and roasted flavor is almost overpowering. The complexity is amazing, but as said earlier it might come on a little strong.

Mouthfeel - Very thick texture, you definetly won't be gulping this bad boy down in a hurry, a sipping beer if there ever was one.

Drinkability - Definetly a unique brew that I'm glad I tried, though a bit too strong/ meaty to have on a regular basis. Have this one on an empty stomach as it is very filling. Definetly a brew all serious beer drinkers need to try and one I look forward to trying again a year or 2 from now.

jdg204, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of BurnsTau
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber/brown, nice foamy head, good lacing.

Aroma is sweet, fruity. Taste is malty up front, candy like, slightly cherry. Good medium body, a little creamy, nice dry alchohol finish. Overall this is a pretty good brew, as far as belgian style beers go though there are many that are better. Worth a try at the very least.

BurnsTau, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Romulus141
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 3-Liter bottle (wax-sealed and corked) into a clear pub glass. I received this as a Christmas gift, and the presentation was nice. I opened it for New Year's Eve to share with my family.

Appearance: Pours a deep, beautiful red with a fluffy white head. The warmer the beer, the better the head is retained. Lacing stains the edges of the glass, and will not let go. The glow of this beer when held up to a light is a sight to behold. Truly a wonderful looking brew.

Smell: A nice malty smell intermixed with grains (particularly a sweet wheaty aroma). This reminds me of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel, but even better in the smell department. The smell is quite present, and easy to detect, and delightful. You cannot smell the alcohol. All around one of the best beers I've smelled.

Taste: This is some great stuff. Very complex, and it would be tough to list all the different flavors I experience. There is the wheaty taste, which is followed up with an almost chocolately sweetness. The finish is crisp and smooth. I even detect some citrus style flavors in here from time to time. This beer also goes great with food. Pair it with cheese and crackers, or spicy food. Very versatile.

Mouthfeel: It has a good weight to it, and the carbonation balance is just right. Like a proper ale, it is thicker than most lagers, but not on the degree of a stout. It really caresses the tongue, and is incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: I needed to check the bottle again to remind myself that the ABV is almost 10%. You can't taste the alcohol at all! This is a sipping beer, but if you respect it, it can last you the entire evening, along with a nice meal. You'll probably reach for more afterwards, as I did.

I can't recommend this enough. Definitely one of my favorite beers, and probably the best I've reviewed thus far. For complexity and versatility, you can't beat this.

Romulus141, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of ghostmech007
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Awesome 1 pint bottle with very handsome labeling and my first corked brew. When you pop that cork it smells great. I don't have a snifter or tulip available so it went with an extremely flared pilsner.

Very dark brown with no head at all. Kinda disappointing. You can really see the yeast though.

Lots of different smells to sort through. Mint, herbs, and wine like aromas. Very overbearing.

Very smooth but definitly a sipper. Has a nice creaminess from middle to end. Sweet malts and lots of alcohol. Hops level out the brew. Tastes a little bit like communion wine.

You really can't take this one in a half hour. Need to pair it with something, cheese of any variety I think will do.

ghostmech007, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of cheers2beers
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage served from a 750ml bottle into a tall wiesen glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby bronze hue with a two finger head that died down to a half inch layer within a few minutes. Slightly cloudy with a medium amount of beading.

Smell: A waft of sour tartness is observed along with a rose like malty sweetness. Bready and floral notes are all mixed into the aroma, different but nice.

Taste: The flavor reminds me of a sour cherry mead with an almost sharp alcohol bite. It has a fresh homeade banana nut bread taste, but without the bananas. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation with a medium body. A smoothness flows throughout with a bubblely finish. Almost has a spritzy mouthfeel but it may have lost this character with age.

Drinkability: This is a good beer in my own opinion.It's not on my tops list, but it is well worth a try. Top to bottom.


cheers2beers, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Will46andbrew
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm very new to Belgian style beers and I don't know too much about them, but I know that I really like this one! It's a Quadrupel mixed with a cherry lambic. It is on the sweet side, but not too sweet, it's a nice blend.
This is one of my personal favorites and I usually have a 750ml in my fridge at all times. A great buy, if you get a chance, try it!

Will46andbrew, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish color with good clarity. Smell is sweet, malty with hints of cherry. Flavor suffers from an excessive sweetness that is rather cloying. This was a 2006 bottling, so maybe it was still too young, but the flavors just didn't seem to meld together well.

LarryV, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Freshie
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Philosophers Glass at the Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Dark amber color with cloudy texture. Beautiful head with effervescent lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty with warming alcohol phenols stinging the nose.

The taste is smooth. Fruity sweetness (Cherries) lends itself well to the warming alcohol in the aftertaste. This is a sipping brew, as the petite Three Philosophers glassware hints to. There are also some spicy herbal overtones to the taste, that become more apparent as you drink.

Very complex brew, but was enjoyable to drink. I was the DD when I drank this. It was my only drink, and it lasted me over an hour, and I still got a slight buzz. O so delicious on a cold December night.


Freshie, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep auburn, quite hazy, layer of light tan spongey foam that flattens to a crown, OK head retention

Aroma: dark caramel malt, sour dough bread, cooked cherries, alcohol, almagnac

Flavor: dry maltiness with a mellow background of cooked cherries; cork, yeast, almond, caramel, peppery alcohol; sharp bitterness at the back of the tongue; finishes dryish with a caramel/cherry/alcoholic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: A nice idea for Ommegang to blend one of their "Belgian-style" beers with a true Belgian beer: cherry kriek. The result is a comforting, warming, flavorful concoction. Reminds me a bit of Rare Vos from the cafe of the same name in Schepdaal, Belgium.

GreenCard, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In October 2005 I purchased a couple mixed cases of 750 ml bottles of each of Ommegang's four "main" beers when I camped overnight at the Waffles and Puppets event. Most of those beers have since been drunk or given as gifts, but of those that remain there are three specimens of the 2005 bottling of Three Philosophers "Belgian Style Blend." This bottle has sat quietly with its Ommegang brethren since then, and now seems like a good time for a review. The bottle was opened at cellar temperature. A careful pour into a Three Philosophers bulb yields a slightly murky burnt-orange glowing brew with a steady, densely-bubbled light brown head. Slightly boozy, almost medicinal aromas of prunes and cherry juice, along with brown sugar and faint canned-pineapple notes. Very noticeable cherry flavor rings the edges of the first sip, surrounding a caramel-drizzled spiced poundcake center. Spicy alcohol prickliness subsides toward the finish. Clean, fruity (plums, cherries) flavors in the aftertaste. Slightly tart, almost vinous, but mostly a caramel-fruit melange. Vaguely funky "farmhouse" yeasty esters in the burps. Moderate alcohol slickness, medium body. The year and change this has spent sitting tight in the cellar has brought the Lindemans Kriek out from the shadows -- or maybe I've just had a difficult time discerning it in the past. As of now, this is drinking fine, but I've got two left to try for the next couple of years, and it should be interesting to see what additional time will do to this beer.

orfeu, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of Tawnos
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours in a reddish haze, and leaves a persistent head that doesn't seem to want to leave any time soon.

The smell is the best part of this beer. It's sweet and fruity, and within it holds everything I love about the belgian beer styles.

Taste is good, a bit of sweet tartness, almost no alcohol, which is surprising for such a strong brew.

Feels slightly tingly (beyond the normal carbonation), likely from the cherry. Overall, not unpleasant.

It's drinkable, but not something I'd do over an over. A decent beer to sip on for a while.

Tawnos, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of monkeybutler
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby-brown, with a 1 finger head, moderate lacing and steady carbonation.

The smell is fantastic: complex with notes of fruit, spice, yeast, malt, and even a twinge of caramel.

Taste is a bit too sweet from the cherry lambic, but also nicely crisp, with a nice malt backbone and a long tart finish. My one complaint is that it does not quite exhibit enough of the abbey yeast flavor profile to balance with the lambic.

Mouthfeel is thick and gummy, with some astringency from the cherries.

Drinkability: good not great. This beer puts the palate through the wringer.

monkeybutler, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lovely mahogany-hued ale with cherry lambic added, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Subtle, pleasant cherry aroma, with vanilla-oak undertones. Underlying presence of raisins and dates as well, which bouquet nicely as it warms.

I was afraid the cherry lambic would overwhelm but it doesn’t. This is a mostly malty ale with a fruity finish, though all in all, there’s nothing overly distinctive that I can say about the taste. In fact, as the label states, the sweet caramel malt and dark cherries do in fact “confound” my tongue – just not in the best way.

Smooth mouthfeel is achieved with a mild carbonation balanced with a nice creaminess.

Glad I had a chance to sample it. I might like to try this with a nice fruit tart or truffle some other time.

TheLiterati, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip and a La Chouffe tulip.

A: Pours an opaque dark ruby brown. Huge head on initial pour that eventually calms down to a tiny skim of foam. Minimal lacing.

S: I detected notes of oak, vanilla, and black cherries.

T: Spiced plums, black cherry, brown sugar, toasted malt, and a slight orange rind-like bitterness round things out here.

M: Well rounded creamy-ness with a hoppy, spicy bitterness that adds great balance.

D: Quite drinkable. Best served slightly cooler than room temp.

Interesting blend of two completely different styles of Belgian beer.

GbVDave, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of longarm
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2006 edition, reviewed in December 2006:

Appearance: Solid carbonation with decent lacing. Excellent dissolved carbonation. 2 hours after popping the cork, it still pours a solid head. Deep amber color with a hint of rose.

Aroma: Initial hint of cherry followed with resemblances of cotton candy. LET IT WARM!!!! As it warms, more aromas become apparent, including toffee, chocolate and hints of port.

Flavor: On a most basic assessment, cherry lambic flavor mixes with toasted malt. Inexplicable complexity and esters abound. Somewhat tart...perhaps from cherries or plums. Even something resembling peach or apricot occasionally appears as a complement. This is a delightful and complex beer. Little spice, negligible hops...the masterful balance of malt, fruitlike flavors and esters is unbelievable.

Mouthfeel: Slightly acidic and well balanced, smooth, coats well but isn't cloying. Enticing carbonation but not explosive. The finish starts sweet and finishes moderately dry. I wish I had cheesecake with a fruit compote to work with this.

Drinkability: Drinkability is unmatched. This beer holds its own exceptionally well, but it would mix well with many desserts.

longarm, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of srrn
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml caged corked bottle.

A deep ruby brownish color with the obligatory 'funky' smell of a Belgian style ale, with cherries, plums and a bit of raisins and spice.

A bit of fizz on the mouthfeel and nice lacing on the glass.

Taste of spice cake, raisins and plums, cherries more in the aftertaste. Slight bitterness in the finish too. If you can go a bit between sips this beer leaves a wonderful taste in the mouth for some time. Smells so good too.

Highly reccommended, this is one of my desert island beers.

srrn, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JasonA for this 2005 vintage

A: So thick light can't pass thru it. Color is like dark maple syrup. Head is a nice roasted marshmallow color made up of medium sized bubbles. The head has fallen to what I can only compare to what pond scum looks like (and I mean that in a good way)! Various streams of bubbles raise to the surface from the depths of the glass.

S: Smores, cherry, caramel, banana, some vanilla and butterscotch.

T: Begins like a refined cordial; dried cherry, vanilla and caramel are the front runners. From there I get sort of a coffee cake with underlying powdered cocoa. Some marshmallow in there with cherry cream candy moments. Finishes with some butterscotch and a tad of bitterness with evident alcohol on the tip of the tongue.

M: Full body and smooth with a bit of carbo fluff.

D: I think I like this beer more fresh opposed to aged. The cherry isn't as apparent but it does get more caramel personality. Regardless, delicious.

Westsidethreat, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy deep crimson with modest head that dissipates quickly.

Malt and cherries to the nose.

Taste is complex, seems every taste brings a little something different out. All smooth, initial taste brings plums, raisins and dates to mind. Subsequent tastes show more of the malt and cherry. The cherry never is overpowering.

Fairly full-bodied and well carbonated, a marvelous brew.

So drinkable, the alcohol is well hidden; except for the buzz. One 750ml and I'm not driving a firetruck anywhere. Opened this now to celebrate being packed and ready for a cruise. Sailing tomorrow for Key West and points south.

techdiver, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been sitting in my fridge for several weeks. It began to look lonely, so I decided to liberate the brew.

The body really isn't much to look at. It's nice... a muddy brown beer with a reddish hue when held to the light. But the head... wow! Great head on this beer. Thick, foamy and long lasting.

The smell is sweet and fruity with a bit of tartness and banana in the background.

Taste is really unique. The beginning is a great sweet belgian dubble, then a transition into a sour lambic. The transition is extremely smooth. Much smoother than expected. This is a really fine tasting brew. For 9.8%, the alcohol is superbly hidden. I'm tempted to give this thing a 5 for taste. Should I? (gulp)
5 it is!

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Fairly highly carbonated with a bit of bite at the end, but a nice heavy mouthfeel that supports that bite.

This is a really nice beer. The only thing that slows down drinkability is the alcohol percentage and the huge bottle!

DaveFL1976, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of geetlord
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a coppery amber in color with a very large foamy head that remained for quite a while.
The aroma carried spices, some alcohol, and cherries.
The flavor was very complex, flavors changed rapidly and smoothly from one to the next making it dificult for me to give specific descriptions of each. I tasted spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves), dark molasses and brown sugar, some hints of tart citrus. On top of this the blended cherry lambic was very prominent adding sweet cherries, and some red wine like qualities to taste. The finish very dry and carries a bit of an alcohol kick.
I enjoyed the flavors and complexities of this beer a lot, however the lambic blending added a slightly disjoint set of flavors, that while good, would have been much better had they blended better.

geetlord, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of IdentityAles
3.2/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma of sweet malt, coco bitterness, some spice and clove hints from the yeast and a tart cherry fruitiness. A firm, lasting, off white head tops the brown body interlaced with red highlights. Malty sweetness up front, followed by cherry cough syrup, and a hint of mustiness. Left a candy coating in my mouth. A interesting beer... would like to see more sourness and less sweetness though.

IdentityAles, Dec 03, 2006
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