1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

5,480 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,480
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 241
Gots: 788 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,480 | Reviews: 1,940 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of saintwarrick
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer just sounds complex, and I have been waiting to try this brew. This beer is a dark, dark ruby with a big creamy, off-white head. Aroma is rich with cherries (obviously, since it has some cherry lambic mixed up), dark caramel and a little chocolate hint. taste is dark-chocolate covered cherries with a nice and noticeable alcohol to it. Brew has a slight bite to it as it goes down, warming alcohol, and a nice brandy-ish aftertaste to it that reminds me of some barley wines.

This is one complex brew. Very smooth, a dessert beer to just sip and enjoy. I'll make room for this brew more often.

Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a tall white foamy head. Smells sweet with cherry notes and some alcohol tones. Also has some yeasty characteristics. The flavor is pretty similar with the alcohol and cherry coming through at first with the yeasty notes to follow. It has a smooth taste with good carbonation. It has a decent drinkablilty but high ABV which makes this hard to have more than a few. This is worth checking out. Enjoy.

Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, reddish-brown color, with a moderate, quite dense white head, with thick, unbroken lacing, and small streams of fine carbonation.

Aroma: Deep fruit and alcohol notes, with hints of wood, rather like cognac, also subtle dark cherry notes.

Taste: Opens with a wave of dark cherries and wood, with a strong undercurrent of spicy phenolic alcohol. Finishes with lingering notes of mild hops and earth. The flavor is both extraordinarily complex and superbly well-balanced.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, very soft, and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Superb in its complexity, rivals the very best Belgian-brewed beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750ml brown glass Belgian-style bomber, sealed with a cork and wire cage, served in a Belgian chalice.

Photo of shererjt
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear mahogany with a dark tan head. Nose was rich and malty with a bit of a medicinal/musty quality to it. Some subtle fruit and cherries but honestly I'm not sure that I would have picked that up if I hadn't known it was in there. Medium body. Sort of tart and fruity with less Belgian character than expected. Well balanced, but oddly had little bitterness or hop flavor. Thought the mouthfeel was average as was the drinkability.

Pretty good but just seemed to be missing something. I certainly would not turn one down, but I wouldn't go looking for it again, either.

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

After hearing about this beer for so long, I decided to give it a try. Picked up a bottle and gave it a whirl....

Poured into my Chimay chalice glass.

A- Dark tan head. Mahogony brown liquid with a maroon tint- think dark chocolate.

S- Smelled like chocolate covered cherries, alcohol, dried fruits.

T- Good stuff. The cherries really come through on this- hints of vanilla- chocolate. Belgian yeast.

M- Mouthfeel was smooth. Had no problem putting this one down.

D- With the high ABV i drank this one slowly after dinner while watching a game. Wouldn't drink too many in a sitting.

Great complexity. Smooth as all hell. I really enjoyed this one and will pick some more up soon.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle, brewed in 2006. Served in a chalice.

Dark brown with a foamy tan head. Delicate lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is prune, alcohol, chocolate covered cherries, dry yeast.

Flavor is caramel and sweet tart cherries.

A little bit of alcohol heat on the finish.

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

A: Hazy amber/copper in color. Poured into a Duvel glass, and a great amount of long lasting creamy head was obtained.

S: A slightly subdued yet beautiful bouquet of sweet smelling malts mingled with a cherry, raisin, alcohol, dates, and reminded me that yes, this is a quadrupel style ale.

T: Quite tasty, sweet, with notes of cherry, plum, alcohol, and malt.

M: Slightly chewy and creamy, and very smooth.

D: Quite strong. The taste was ever so slightly subdued which I believe actually promotes its drinkability. I would drink it again if given the opportunity.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I celebrated my 22nd birthday a few nights ago with one of these. From it's 12 ounce bottle and poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Copper to red in color with a nice two finger head. In the body, a glimpse of sediment floats around. Smell reminds me of black licorish, yeast, spice, and cherries. The first thing you think when this beer hits your tongue is how much cherry is in the flavor. The beer actually has a bit of cherry lambic mixed into the receipe, but it sometimes became cloying. More black licorish, with touhes of bourbon and banana. A sweet treat to end my night.

Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a St Bernardus goblet.

A: Pours a dark brown with reddish undertones. Decent tan head forms on top leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Some malt sweetness in the form of dark fruits and brown sugar along with just the slightest hint of sour cherries.

T: There are some very interesting layers of complex flavors in this brew. It starts out tasting like a quad. Rich malt flavors (figs, toffee, etc.) but the entire time there is a slight cherry tartness lingering in the background. Towards the end is where the kriek really starts to break through resulting in a tart finish and aftertaste. The cherry lambic is really rather subtle throughout the entire sip.

M: It's creamy and smooth, just as any quad should be.

D: A very interesting experiment of a beer and certainly worth a try. I enjoyed it but not as much as I'd enjoyed pure quad's in the past.

Photo of ballenc
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a large goblet

A - Opaque with a brown/reddish hue - likely from the cherries. Towering two fingers of off-white (top) to tan (bottom), rocky head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving little to no lacing.

S - Initial fig-like sweetness. Then strong malt aroma. Not as much alcohol overtones as I expected. Additional dark fruit (plum/dates) notes.

T - Not a bold and forward as I expected - also not as overpowering from an alcohol standpoint. Similar to the aroma - malts and dark fruits such plums and figs. A slight hint of dark chocolate. Somewhat flat and lacking in carbonation.

M - More medium bodied than other Belgian Quads I've had recently (e.g. Koninghoeven/La Trappe). Not as sticky sweet as others I've tried. Overall, very smooth.

D - Although I was expecting something bolder (stronger), this is a very satisfying quad - particularly for those that prefer a less sweet, less heavy dark Belgian. I'd love to try this on tap.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the aroma I get some grapes, cherries, plums, dates, raisins and a little hint of sweet chocolate. Alcohol is obvious in the nose.

It looks dark brown with orange highlights and some haze. Big light-biege head that fades down to a thin cover quickly. The thin cover of head lasts until the end, and leaves a little bit of lace.

Tastes sweet at first with a tart/bitter finish. Alcohol is made obvious to the palate, and warms you up as you enjoy the Beer. It is vinous, and quite fruity. Fruit flavours are the same as the ones in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is good, but would be better if the carbonation was toned down a touch. The carbonation is more prickly when it first enters your mouth and then becomes softer as you hold it in your mouth. It is full bodied.

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

This brew opens with a torrent of foam ebbing out of the bottle. The beer pours a clear brownish-red color with a thick, rocky, light tan head. The aroma is of prunes, dates, and cherries. The taste is of dates, prunes, caramel, malt, and has a hint of cherry. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a high level of fine carbonation. Overall, this is a nice brew, and perhaps the best American made quadrupel I have yet had.

Photo of enfield249
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy dark rust color. Light tan 2 finger head.

S - Sweet malty smell. MMMmm...good.

T - Malty, sweet. Slight carbonation tingle. A little warming on the back end that I feel mostly in my nose, but a pleasant amount. Dark fruits, like figs a little.

M - Full bodied feel. Stays with you for a minute after a swallow.

D - A bit much for more then one pint at a pop, but oh what a pint. Very good quad, goes down smooth and leaves you with something to ponder

Photo of PCmofo
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have seen Ommegang beers in my local Wegmans for quite some time now and just passed them by. This may be due to their obscure location in the cooler or maybe my unwillingness to explore outside of the standard 12oz and pint servings of beer. My friend turned me on to this company and wow is this beer amazing. No, its not the every day drinking beer but rather something you can sit down and enjoy a bottle of with a friend, it also goes great with a cigar as the potent aroma and taste still make their way through the smoke to your taste buds. In the same way that good scotch is great after being aged this beer gets better and more flavorful with age. Only downside really is its a bit gassy of a beer.

Photo of Gmann
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 2005 corked and caged 750ml bottle. The color is a deep brown with ruby highlights, a fantastic tan head that took its time dissipating. Some spotty lacing left on the glass. The smell is of dark cherries, figs, carob. The taste has a big cherry hit due to the added lambic, the sweetness is offset with a nice roasted malt backbone, has hints of tobacco. Maybe just a hair too sweet. This is a very flavorful brew. The feel is well carbonated and well bodied. The drinkability is scary with the 9.8% ABV, this goes down way easy. Ommegang hit it out of the park with their Quad.

Photo of BlindPig
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1-2" head when poured in to my St. Bernys goblet. Sits on a cloudy brown/amber body.
S- Alcohol, toffee, dark fruits, light roasted malts, hints of citrus and grass hops, bread, and almost a lightly toasted bread.
T- Dry grape and raisin flavor. Other dark fruits are blended in there also. Toffee and light chocolate malts with some grass hops to help balance it out come through also. Some sweet caramel also hidden in there with maybe a little bit of Belgian sugar. Alcohol lightly tingles the taste buds and warms throat gently.
M- Medium/full body with medium carbonation.
D- This one actually surprised me on how much I liked it. Every other Ommegang I haven't been a fan of at all. This one is really tasty and can see myself buying it again when I am finally out of quads.

Photo of thebreadguy
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review - and I'm feeling the pressure!

I've been enjoying Brewery Ommegang's Abbey Ale for a while, and was looking forward to trying this one. I was certainly not disappointed. The beer poured a beautiful medium brown color with red highlights. The aroma was a bit more subdued than I would hope for, with some nice malt aromas and a hint of cherry way down deep. It did open up over time, though. The flavor was very pleasant and nicely balanced, but rather hard to get a handle on. Definite caramel notes, and cherry of course with a moderate but enjoyable alcohol presence. I drank a 750 ml bottle through a roast pork dinner (an excellent pairing) and the cherry flavors changed with each course - modest when alone as an aperitif... more obvious with the main course and then absolutely popping with the chocolate cake dessert. The mouthfeel was as it should be - chewy and rich, but not overly so.

All in alll, a very drinkable brew. I don't think I'd undertake more than 1 of the larger bottles at time. I'm looking forward to picking up a 4 pack of the 12 oz. bottles so I could include a smaller portion in an evening of multiple delights.

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

I decided that I needed a good choice for my 20th review. Happened to have a 12oz bottle of this (from City Beer Store) in the fridge so it seemed fitting.

It poured a wonderful dark amber. Darker than I was expecting, but still amber with golden highlights. Nice cream head after good pour but not much lacing afterward.

The smell was difficult to pin down as it is very subdued. Although it has cherry lambic added, at first the only thing I could pin down was a slight hint of pear. About half way through the glass the cherry finally started to come out with a touch of chocolate. A nice sweetness without overdoing it.

Nice taste. Caramel and malt up front with a hint of the alcohol at the end. One thing I like is that at 9.8% the alcohol isn't as present as say a strong porter or stout. It is a bit carbonated.

Very enjoyable. It seems to need to breath like a good wine; the complexity continues and changes as you drink it.

Very glad a friend from Cooperstown introduced this to me.

Photo of scarletfire79
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is quite possibly the best beer i have ever had. beautiful redddish brown with a wheaten colored head. smells like cherries and toffee. very nice. the taste is fruity upfront, but leads up to nice complexity. sweetness mixes with roasted notes and tofee flavors round out a sharpness. the finish is slightly warming in the chest. very nice. extremely drinkable. a few members have described as luxurious. in new hampshire we would said this kicks major ass. great brew.

Photo of onehomesickalien
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not the biggest Quad fan, but I do appreciate a good one when I come across it. The biggest problem I had with this one was the addition of cherry Iambic. This seemed to enhance the already existing sweetness to a level too high for me. It was also a bit too carbonated for my taste. I did appreciate the warmth of the alcohol and its beautiful ruby red appearance. Definitely not a bad beer (better than many) but there are Quads I prefer.

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

750 mL bottle.

A: A dark ruby with some darker hints of brown throughout. Good sized tan head. Eventually dies down with good lacing. Head continues to cover through out. Great looking beer.

S: Sweet smell up front, with cherries and other fruity hints. Some caramel. An unforntunate subdued nose. Seems to border on incredibly complex and incredibly mundane.

T: Sweet up front, with some cherries. A warm alcohol finish with small bitterness. Malty with hints of caramel. Another part of the brew that may seem to border on complexity and mundaneness, but for me it is really well balanced for 9.8% blended quadrupel.

M/D: Fair amount of carbonation, a little thick on the mouthfeel. Great sipper, 9.8% concealed well enough, drinkability is surprising.

Incredibly complex/ambiguous beer. Would almost certainly due well with cellaring.

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

750 ml bottle purchased back in February for around $6
Brewed in 2005

A - Clear, mostly opaque dark ruby color. Head is dark white and fades to an eighth inch with very good retention. Lacing is minimal but still there.

S - Rich, bready and caramely malts with cherry and dark grape fruits.

T - Starts fruity, both light and sweet and also a deeper oily fruitiness. The deeper oily fruitiness retains through the whole taste, but becomes slightly sour toward the end. Fruitiness shares the spotlight with the same rich and caramely malt character as mentioned in the smell.

M - Consistency is a bit thinner than I would have liked, but its not terrible. Carbonation is medium.

D - This beer can be described in one word: luxurious. Very complex, tasty beer that will leave few dissatisfied. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a decent brown color into my Schlitz chalice. Not much head. Aroma is very strong, malty with definite raisin smell to it. A bit of chocolate essence but not much. Taste is very strong with a coffee/caramel essence and alcohol in the background. The alcohol is subdued here, which is nice. I really like the taste though. It's also roasty with a black coffee edge to it. Yum.

Photo of jdubjacket
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my Stella Artois chalice.

Color was a murky brown with hints of amber.

Smell was sweet and tart. Very powerful aroma that I could smell even when the bottle was a couple feet away.

Taste starts off sweet and alcoholic and quickly disappears into a watery taste. Not much to write home about here.

Overall drinkability was average. The high ABV is masked fairly well and the beer goes down easy. However, the lack of taste doesn't make the beer particularly enjoyable or unenjoyable.

This is one of the more disappointing quads I've had. You should definitely spend a couple more dollars to get the good stuff if you're in the market.

Photo of jar2574
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. I got this beer on the first day the store put it on display. I was quite excited to see a new belgian style beer.

Had to pour this lovely beer into an oversized wineglass, it's the best I could do. Nice dark brown color. Nice head, and lacing coats the glass all the way down.

Smells great, I can smell the alcohol and some sweetness. It has a nice, warm taste that gets a bit hot if you take a deep gulp. The alcohol isn't overpowering though. A touch of sweetness, perhaps from the cherry lambic they add to this beer. A bit yeasty upfront, and if you roll it to the back of your tongue you'll get a cola flavor. That's a lot of flavors rolled into one beer!

Nice level of carbonation. Quite a chewy mouthfeel. A slight buildup in the back of the throat is my only downer with this beer.

Very enjoyable. I'll buy it again as an excellent and cheaper alternative to more expensive Belgian style beers.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,480 ratings.