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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,245
Reviews: 1,919
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 216
Gots: 667 | FT: 15
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of klewis
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - brewed 2005

A: Pours a dark brown with a respectable yelowish head that quickly subsides to a ring around the glass.

S: Nice aromas of dark cherries, biscuits, and caramel with a slight alcoholic aroma. The cherries almost give this the aroma of a light red wine.

T: The brewer's at Ommegang did a nice job of blending just the right amount of kreik with this - the cherry taste is definitely present, but not overwhelming. The lambic's tart character shines through in this beer, giving it some personality that it might otherwise be lacking.

M: The tartness makes the mouth pucker (in a good way), and the alcohol has a nice warming effect. This one has a nice full body and a very complimentary amount of carbonation.

D: This is one of my favorite beer from Ommegang to date. It has an obvious Belgian character with a uniquely American twist. Very enjoyable and highly reccommended.

klewis, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost brown color with a slight red hue. Nice foamy off white head that leaves great lace.

S: Aromas of dark fruit/cherry with a heavy nose of malts. High abv is noticeable here.

T: Tastes of fruit, mostly cherry and a bit of wheatiness that finishes with dry and smooth. Aftertaste of cherries. Yum. I like the succession of taste changes with this one.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Cherries are noticeable, but not overpowering. High abv can be noticed when the first drop hits your tongue. Not a session beer, but a damn fine one. Brewery Ommegang continues to make stars.

bjohnson, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of edchef1850
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great stuff, unique flavor, great aromas, big mouthfeel, a great sipping brew given the abv. I really like to sit down and savor a three philosophers a couple times a year. The cherry undertones from the kriek add a great layer of flavor to this quad, its a really unique offering.

edchef1850, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of numenor1
2.85/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I had this again 10/24/06. I was too kind last time.

Pours a cherrywood color with a decent enough head that dissapears to almost nothing, not what i'd expect of a quadrupel. Smells of cherry and alcohol. Taste is initially candy cherry, cough drop cherry without so much menthol. Medicinal. To be fair, this fades a bit and there are other flavors underneath, but this overwhelms them, sadly. Any subtleties are masked, and it's pretty much cherry alcohol riding through to the finish. Phenolic, fusels even? Mouthfeel is quite nice though, full, with nice carbonation. Not very drinkable at all. Slow sipping is tolerable, but why would I want to? Interesting idea, quadrupel+lambic but in the end not so good. I've had this brew a few times, didn't like it before and thought maybe i'd age it a bit to see if it improved, and it did, but only so far as to mute everything and make it less offensive. Ah well, can't like em all.

numenor1, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of doppelmeup
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a glassful from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Deep brown color with a half inch tan head that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Love the tulip glass!

Distinctive Belgian smell, enhanced by a background scent of tart cherries. Not overpowering.

Very complex taste. Malty, yeasty, fruity, in different layers as the beer warmed up.

High ABV warmed as it went down, but the alcohol taste was well hidden.

Very interesting flavor. Great bargain for the price. I don't think I could drink a lot of these in a row, but one or two at time was good.

doppelmeup, Jan 15, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a beautiful looking cherry color with a centimeter of tan creamy dry looking head that left some droopy strands of lace. Smelled of cherries, cranberries, alcohol and a slight smoky dry yeast. Tasted strongly of red wine with an intense dry yeast and a subtle strawberry and cherry sweetness. Alcohol became very noticeable on the exhale. Good blend of flavors here. Mouth feel was light with lots of carbonation against my palate. A very dry and bubbly beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of rebel1771
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a drak reddish brown with bits of yeast floating around. The aroma about knocked me out with the initial alcohol scent. As the alcohol scent fades and the aromas of cherries and sweet malts is notable. The alcohol is the first thing that hits you when you take that first drink. Quickly following the alcohol there is a notable cherry flavor but not as strong as I thought it would be. This has got to be one of my favorite brews of all time, I have got to find this brew again.

rebel1771, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of Edwin
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Philosophers goblet from a 750ml bottle received for being in Jaysus' wedding.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby red/brown with a nice little tan head. A beauty to behold.

Smell - A fruity, grainy blend. I think I smell a hint of banana, but that could be just me. Some caramel in there. Love it.

Taste - Awesome. Cherry-like notes with an alcohol and malty tinge. Has a bread-like wine taste to it. Sweet and bitter at the same time. I love this brew.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth. Goes down easy with some alcohol burn.

Drinkability - One or two max, but definitely high on my list when available. Gotta dock points here for the sheer power.

Overall - I loved it. An inspired brew that has a great flavor and a nice balance. I Cracked it for PSU/FSU. Go Lions!

Edwin, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a good frothy tan head that reduced, but lasted.
Color was dark red/brown...almost burnt orange when held up to light.
Smell..slight cherry, not overpowering...malty, earthy.
Taste , pretty complex , but balanced. Malty and sweet, cherry is there , doesn't dominate ...some other slight fruit..can't really tell what these are specifically..maybe raisans ? I don't taste any chocolate. Alcohol comes through, but is balanced with all the other flavors; and the finish was sweet,but just barely.
Mouthfeel was medium...surprizing...I thought it would be heavier.
I really like this ale, but don't think I could drink more than a glass... well maybe if you twisted my arm.

Hautacam, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad has a deep amber red color with a ½ inch light brown head of thick carbonization in my chalice-style glass. The smell is of aromatic fermented fruit with light cherry overtones. The taste is smooth with a bit of ethereal warming qualities. The flavor is a woody and cherry experience with a hint of caramel. The mouth feel is full and slightly fizzy with that ethereal feel after the swallow. This beer was one of my early “Belgium” favorites.

TheEclecticGent, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby with a wispy reddish head.
the smell is very medicenical, cherrys come through, a hint of alcohol and chocolate.
the flavor is very medicenical like cough suryp, the cherry flavor is very rich, fruity, little chocolate, carmelized malt.
the mouthfeel is very thick almost surypy

plaztikjezuz, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Gorgeous dark ruby color with a thick light tan head and very persistent retention.

S - Heavy fruits - raisins, prunes, and persimmons (spelling?). Molasses and caramel malt.

T - Betrayed by the smell, this one has a heavy malty character with intermingling dark fruits throughout. The Caramel/molasses characteristic is predominant to me, while the fruitiness is more non-descript and subdued. It's difficult to tell that this is infused with cherry lambic. I taste fruit to some extent ... i just can't tell which fruit without the prior knowledge from the label.

M - Thick, but not overly heavy. Balance decidedly toward the caramel malt sweetness without being cloying. Subtle alcohol warming.

D - I couldn't finish more than a single 12 oz offering of this in any one sitting ... just a little too sweet for me. It's warm and rich, but doesn't lend itself to a quantity in my opinion. Might be good warmed, with spices!

This is a good ale, but I fear it didn't meet my expectations in every regard. Perhaps they were too high, as I've been wanting to try this one for a while now. A solid offering nontheless ... I would have thought it possibly a slightly higher ABV for a quadrupel ...? If you like the heavy, malty sweetness in a Belgian style beer, then you'll likely very much enjoy this one. Very molasses-like to me. I'm sure this one is intended to be, but it's not my very favorite style. For the style, it's good ... maybe very good.

I'd try it again but am in no real hurry to do so. I'm going to try the Rare Vos next ...

beerphilosopher, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easy to manage on the pour, khaki head that is substantial. Lacing is slick.

some light candied smells but for the most part this is a licorice and alcohol bombing in the aroma.

Dark candy. aggressive carbonation, crisp finish.
buzzy buzzy. this is a fine brew.

Notes: I am putting a couple in the cellar fridge. Winner.

DogFood11, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a hardcore Ommegang supporter, but this is not my favorite from the brewery. Not to say it's bad... just not as great as I'd like it to be. Appearance-wise, it's lovely. Deep crimson with a sticky white head and a generous amount of lacing.

Smell is raisiny and pruney- lots of dark fruits- and sweet. Taste is not the yummiest ever- raisins and coffee with a background bitterness. A bit on the sweet side for me- perhaps this guy needed time to blend better. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth, though a tad bit watery.

Overall, fairly drinkable for the style and alcohol content. If you grab one of these guys, give it some time to age- I have a feeling that's all it needs to really stand up with it's Ommegang siblings.

scooter231, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a fantastic copper to deep ruby coloration. The head was a towering caramel coloration. The head had considerable staying power. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled of fruity goodness. There was the playful interaction of cherry and apples combined. The beer was malty sweet with cinnomin and caramel drifting about.

Taste: The beer was true to smell. The beer had an understated cherry apple combination that went well with caramel malts and cinnomin. The beer had a some spicy notes playing along.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. The sweetness is in balance with the spicy contrast. Alcohol is well masked.

nlmartin, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of pbr85
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalis.

Appearance: Pours a nut brown with a small off white head with little to no lacing.

Smell: Mango and alcohol combine for a strong smell.

Taste: Fruit and alcohol flavors dominate. There is a lot of carbonation that masks much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, which masks the flavor. Not terrible but doesn't amaze.

Drinkability: Its pretty drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. Though I couldn't drink alot, I would not shy away from it if it was offered. A decent North American replication of a Belgian style.

pbr85, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of clabaugh
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep ruby red. A bubbling, beige colored head develops. The head seems to crawl on top of the beer. Lacing is wonderful, leaving a solid ring coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: Some caramel malts, as well as grape. The cherry presence in this beer is not as obvious as expected. The hops mask themselves well in the scent, but are evident in a subtle estery aroma. Very inviting and sensual in the nose.

Taste: An intense backbone of caramel malt and barley. Cherries are readily recognizable in taste, despite their aloofness in smell. Hops are still very subtle, but present in a kind of floral flavor. Some nectar is definitely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and warming. A pleasing sensation on the tongue. Creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability: A bit filling, but flavorful and inviting. Adequate drinkability, due to the flavor. I don't crave this one as much as I expected to. A fine brew, but not exceptional.

Notes: Definitely a surprise considering its comparing itself to a lambic. A little bland I must admit. Fine beer otherwise.

clabaugh, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a large, light tan, foamy, thick head with very good retention. Some light lacing all the way down. The smell is a marvelous blend of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, herbs, alcohol and fruit esters, and light bubble gum. The taste is sweet, with huge malts, prune, cassis, tobacco and a late sting of fruit. The finish is long, warming and sweet. It has a medium body, and the silky texture and effervescent carbonation give this a spectacular mouthfeel. This is one outstanding Belgian! A must try.

ski271, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens glass. 2004 vintage.

Appearance: Nice electrically amber and bubble-bursting body. Lots of lacing on the glass, with a head that's amped up and really doesn't want to dissipate at all.

Smell: Yeast and sour cherries up front. Some raisin and molasses sweetness and some figs too. The craziness of sweet malts up there too. The balance is awesome but with the complexity I was hoping for more.

Taste: Yeast, sour cherries. The craziness of sweet malts up there too. Finishes with beautiful sour cherries and some slight dryness. The fig and raisin sweetness is there too. Once again, could be more complex, but the balance is awesome. And seriously, the finish is amazing, which certainly boosts it up to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stuff, carbonation levels are awesome. A thicker body, but not cloying or anything like that.

Drinkability: A very balanced and quality brew. Ommegang has never disappointed me. And, let's face it, for about $7 a bottle this is beyond a steal. Certainly pick one up. I can't wait to cellar some of these.

asabreed, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of Matthew
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to almost black color with a big foamy brownish head and really sticks to the side of my glass.
Big sweet ripe fruits mainly cherry with a brown sugarish aroma and a hint of molasses.
Very smooth. Thick malty sweetness leads to a tartness and slighly fruity but not as much as some other quads I've had. There is a pleasant warming on the way down. The flavors all really work well with one another to create a great beer drinking experience.
This is a fine example of a quadrupel and is a great beer to sit and sip.

Matthew, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of jaluria
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, murky-looking black with a brown colored head that stays put and leaves behind intricate lacing. Aromas of alcohol, grapes, and leather are apparent, but the alcohol definitely dominates. The taste is a bit more 'porter' or 'imperial stout' like than is typical for this style. An interesting combination of fruit, candy sugar, and drying bitterness. In my mouth, this beer feels like liquid leather in that it is overly viscous and sticky. It felt like I was drinking something I shouldn't be; motor oil, discharged broth from a fermentation tank, etc. But that is the beauty of this beer, it combines two styles so well that is absolutely unique. I enjoyed the taste of this beer very much and was interested in more even with the high ABV.

jaluria, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12.03.05

A thick creamy head of foam rests on a ruby highlighted bronze liquid; very little lacing results.

The first smell you get is the cherries from the blend of the lambic. Under that is some darker flavors of molasses and brown sugar. Some familiar Belgian malts are also present. The whole aroma is capped by a slight winey smell, very enticing and impressive overall.

The flavor is immediately tart and sour cherries, but soothed by rich, dark malts. More Belgian familiarity lurks in the deep dark taste. The tartness up front never really takes over and is really balanced by the maltiness. I’m extremely impressed, as I must’ve been in some mind-numbing vortex when I purchased the bottle and completely missed the Cherry Lambic part of the ‘Blend’. So, finding that it didn’t over power the brew was a great thing. The beer is light despite its type and some oily resins are left behind. Not much alcohol really apparent considering its heft.

This is pretty damned easy to drink at 9%. The flavor is great and should be savored. But I will definitely go back for more of this on occasion.

GolgiIPAratus, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of Opethsprite
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, ruby red/brown with no head to speak of. Smells like deep chocolate...but not that horrible, fake, burnt smell. It's much more subtle. I think it's the presence of a milky-ness. There's a pleasant subtle grainy taste (along with the smooth chocolate), and a pleasant hoppy bite. A delicious beer!!!

Opethsprite, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3P's pours with a moderately chunky head, settling to a sturdy 1/8" chunky slick with staying power. Color of slightly less than opaque cola with visible carbonation and generous sediment suspended throughout the glass. This I have no issue with. Agitation aerates the surface resulting in good creamy foam on top and coats the glass nicely. The Nose offers some chocolate, Belgian yeast and cardamom. The spicy notes are held in slight abatement giving this brew a classy character rather than being totally off the wall flamboyant. The flavor is rich and buttery, malty and reminiscent of lightly roasted hazelnut. The flavors linger for a minute + with essence of sticky molasses, ground cherry, (aka Physalis pruinosa) and lightly roasted nuts and a pleasant saltiness on the lips. Creamy and expansive in the mouth, this is another fine product from Ommegang. Finishes just short of dry with drinkability being surprisingly great. Very well done!!

barknee, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of jamesdergen
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy almost opaque amber/burgundy with a small tan head that sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Big sweet almond aromas mixed with the dark fruits. Excellent.

Taste: Dark, dried fruits with sweet bread and oak in the background. The alcohol is very well-hidden. I'm not really picking up any of the cherry lambic flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Light and well-carbonated, maybe a bit much.

Drinkability: This one goes down easy, maybe too easy... The alcohol is almost undetectable and it's the cost of the beer that is keeping me sipping.

This is one of my favorite brews of all time. I would drink it every day if I could afford to and if it was available locally. If you like the darker Belgians, you owe it to yourself to hit this up.

jamesdergen, Dec 02, 2005
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,245 ratings.