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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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Ratings: 5,605
Reviews: 1,968
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 256
Gots: 911 | 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 Bowdoinbeerboy
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours deep amber color with good head retention. Carbonation is moderate and gives the beer an active look.

Smell- Sweet candied fruit and alcohol really jump off the nose, quite pleasant.

Taste- Begins with a sweet fruit-malt flavor that spreads a lot of warmth through its alcohol. As the expirience progresses the alcohol begins to really assert itself as the sweetness begins to subside. Sweet, fruity and delicious.

Mouthfeel- Fairly good palate coverage, very smooth over the mouth and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

Drinkability- A most drinkable beer, reasonably priced and not overpoweringly complex but with interesting notes, buy again.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, non-translucent, with a creamy uneven off-white head. Head reduces but stays with the brew, leaving nice foamy trails down the glass.

S: Rich, complex malts, mostly caramel. Dark sweet fruit smells too like fig or prune, and a sweet hint aroma of candied brown sugar.

T: Interesting malt flavors, sort of a mix of pale and caramel malts. It's interesting that the the flavors start out a little stronger and fade to quickly to something a bit less, but no less complex. A little fruity, but not really sweet. There is a mostly dry finish and a some warming during the linger.

M&D: Relatively heavy mouthfeel but less than most dark Belgian styles, especially of this ABV. Carbonation is relatively light, which lends well to the creamy texture. Goes down smooth. I enjoyed the brew but I don't know if I could drink more than one at a time. Good stuff overall.

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

This was the 3rd brew from Ommegang that I've tried... so far so good... a very solid brewery. Big bottle, 2007 edition... wonderful bottle... corked. *3 finger frothy head pours and refuses to disappear... Dark burgondy, some visible sediment... perfect carbonation. Impressive looking. Yeasty nose... nice malt, dark fruits... sweet. Taste is quite complex... malty.. (Ommegang beers all share a similar malt backbone... kinda a brewery signature I suppose). Cherries stand out more and more the deeper you get into the glass. The alcohol warms you up, and the fruits really start to show their face. 9.8% abv is noticeable, but adds character. Medium body, with a creamy finish. Delicious brew... quite drinkable for such a strong beer.

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

Poured from a bomber into a glass.

A: Mohagany colored Ale with a thick white/brown head.

S: Big cherry smell, with hence of other fruits, raisins, plums, etc.

T: Very smooth, with just a little bite of after-taste of wine flavor.

M/D: Overall very good Ale, I would definitely buy this again, enjoy.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard about this until I went into the Pittsford Wegmans' beer center, for $4.99 I couldn't resist... and I was not disappointed!

A - poured a lovely clear reddish brown copper color with a creamy white head that kept well until the last drop from the wine glass.

S - like many other reviews, I concur with a distinct initial cherry aroma, but I also get a hint of malts, grapes, and yeast, all adding towards a complex mixture with a touch of spices and burn of alcohol

T - where to begin?! The malty tartness is complemented with a dash of cherries and a kick of alcohol that is actually well hidden in the flavor. You get more of an alcohol "texture" than an alcohol "taste". Complex and bold.

M - medium bodied, texture is well emphasized especially by the generous carbonation.

D - I feel that this is a beer that we should consider for quality, not quantity. With that said, I daresay this is a most drinkable beer that is not for the faint of heart, nor is it a beer for the chugger. This is a classy beer that should be treated with respect and care.

Overall - After the first bottle was emptied, I bought another 3: 2 for cellaring and 1 for immediate use. This beer was the first Ommegang product I've had the pleasure to try and I was not disappointed. I hope their other brews are as good, if not better!

btw, I found this to go well at cellar temperature (or room temperature too!) with a light dinner (perhaps some Greek food or a chicken caesar salad) and mild cheddar cheese :)

Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a new addition to the local liquor store here so I picked some up.

Pours a beautiful reddish copper color with a fizzy cream colored head that is very persistent...

Aroma of dark sweet fruit and yeast with a definite cherry influence. A bit like a Belgian but then again, there is a bit different aroma going on here.

Sweet and fruity with a bit of a booziness present that even the sweet tang of those cherries can't hide. The cherries add a nice sweet tartness to it that isn't present in other quads so this one is unique.

I'm not the biggest Belgian fan so I can't say that this is one of my favorites but it is nice and I actually enjoyed this bottle.

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

Wonderful, all-around.

A strong beer, no question, but with a complex flavor, smooth and light mouth feel, extremely pleasant aroma, and very drinkable, provided you know how to appreciate a beer of this strength and style.

It's strong, which is evident in every aspect, but the flavors do not let the alcohol take over. Reddish-brown in color, with a minimal head and carbonation make this a fine sipping beer.

This particular bar serves it in its official glass, which is a small 9 oz. wine glass. All aspects of drinking this fine brew are a treat, without question.

If you have the opportunity to enjoy this beer on tap, by all means take it. It's worth it.

Photo of IBUnit63
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black cherry/copper color with thick, bready head. Well-carbonated; allows light to shine through.

Smells of heavy yeast and malt with stewed cherries. Aroma is bountiful and pleasant.

A little tight at first; alcohol is present with a little breadiness. Needs time to open up. Alcohol, coffee and malt come along with warmth.

Brings about great warmth and a little pucker from the cherries.

A well-made effort; definitely a sipper.

Photo of DIM
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This is a clear golden amber color. It pours with a big fizzy light tan head.

s: Cherry smells dominate. Some strong alcohol smells pop up at times. Also, some earthy, sour grains emerge.

t: Quads often have sour fruit flavors, courtesy of the yeast, without the addition of 2% cherry lambic. I'm not sure why the addition was necessary. It blots out the subtlties found in quads, and it lacks the kick of a full-blown lambic. I found myself constantly trying to see beyond the cherries, but it was difficult. I did find some sour apples, mild candied sugar, and alcohol. It does have a nice sour, dry finish.

m: Good syrupy body, but the carbonation is a bit fizzy.

d: This is by no means a bad beer, I'd just rather have a quad OR a lambic, not both. This combination diminishes both styles, I think.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Vintage 750ml.

Poured a deep reddish brown with a fluffy off-white head. Smelled of sour tart cherries and some other fruit esters and a slight alcohol astringency. The taste is malty with a sour tart cherry flavor. This is the best year I have had of this but the first time I have reviewed. The cherries really come out in this. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with great carbonation that plays on the tartness very well. I have one other 2006 bottle and two 2007 to taste in the future. Hopefully the "06 will keep the amazing complexity it has right now.

Photo of rajendra82
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The neck label indicated a 2007 bottling date, and the pouring instructions on the side of the label were helpful. It didn't take much vigor to create a luxurious head as suggested there. The body was deep red and brown, and the head was quite stable and frothy. Quite a bit of lace formed each time the glass was tilted. The smell was floral sweet with a ton of dark fruit character showing through as well. The taste wavered between sweet and dry and finished spicy. The blended nature of the beer was apparent in a mellow smoothness that muted some of the edgier and earthier tones found typically in Quadrupels. The alcohol was more of a factor in the taste than I initially expected it to be, and the warmth was quite noticeable after each sip. This was a well built Quadrupel with a lot of good facets. None of the qualities was really best in class, but the sum was greater than the parts, as it was a nice cohesive whole.

Photo of faernt
2.63/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2003/750ml. I've saved this for a while. I guess that late Winter is when I deliberate over my aged stock. It pours well. It has a decent head and looks like a good one. The smell is not that revealing to me. The taste is somewhat bitter. Bitter? I then get too sweet and bitter. The carbonation is right but the metallic bitterness is quite a distraction. I wouldn't buy this again.

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

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head which fades quickly

S: Citrus and caramel/toffee malts hints of alcohol (surprise!)

T: The malty characteristics predominate... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... nice... smooth finish

M: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation... clean and crisp flavors pass shortly after finishing the sip

D: For a quad, this is good.. its no St. Bernardus 12... but its a good alternative

Photo of mnstorm99
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just when Ommegang was starting to lose me, I but one of these bottles.
Nice clear burnt orange pour, nice white head that doesn't go away easily.
Beautiful, spicy, sweet aroma, and a great floral hop arrangment to round it out.
Taste is a little different, a little less sweet, and a little more boozy but well managed. spices are nice, citrus, and floral hops round it out.
This is a great beer, and the first one that lived up (for me) from Brewery Ommegang, well done Quad, and I am a little more picky when it comes to big beers.

Photo of hdofu
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a bottle of this with my brother and cousin at a christmas party. It had a purplish red appearance with a white head. The taste was complicated like a fruit cake having tastes of wheat, fruits and spices. It felt creamy to the toungue and was quite pleasent going down. I found it exceptionally drinkable, however I don't think I could drink an entire 750 of it on my own.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: Dark golden brown, cloudy, 1-2 finger tan head, stays till finish
S: couldn't pick up much, malts, earthy
T: lots of maltyness the whole way through, unique alcohol flavor, a very very small hint of cherry on finish
M: tongue is coated with maltyness even through aftertatse, not thick but a full beer
D: decent, wouldn't be able to throw this one back, but a good sipper

Good beer. One problem. The price.
I won't be getting it again, but just becuase of that.

Photo of Asher1982
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was a nice cloudy brown in color with a strong earthy fruit smell. The taste of cherries is very subtle yet still notable. Mildly sweet with a slight bitterness, possibly from the almost herbal notes. You can definitely pick up on the alcohol but it is not out of place for this beer. It provides a nice warmth in the sip. This is a very enjoyable beer as I've come to expect from the Ommegang Brewery.

Photo of BeerLover729
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Off white, fizzy one finger head on this light brown dark copper brew.

S: Caramel maltiness fills the nose with a distinct sourness finished out with a faint cherry fruitiness. Nice, although subtle, complexity.

T: Big sweet malty taste that fades to a mild creaminess while it transitions to a lightly sour finish.

M: Suprisingly less heavy--light medium, medium--than expected. Fizzy but soft carbonation. Light smooth texture.

D: Despite sweetness and sourness there is minimal cloyingness. Goes down well.

Notes: Mix a Kriek and a Quard, great!

Photo of davidt
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour brought forth a rich mahogany liquid with an off-white head that dropped fairly quickly. The aroma of cherries was at the forefront along with some other dark fruits and sweet malt. The dark cherry flavor comes out initially, followed by the rich, sweet malt backbone of a Belgian dark ale. It was slightly tart, and somewhat astringent. The 9.8% ABV can be faintly detected in both the aroma and taste.

Photo of Atch
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, muddy red. Very small head that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Has a mild sour smell,plums,apricot.

Taste: Malty up front, and aour cherry finish. The alcohol is disguised well.

Mouthfeel: Thick, abrasive(in a good way) minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good. These guys from out east know their stuff.

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a number of times now and each time it is a little different. Not sure if they've been abused or what but some of them didn't impress me. I'll review the newest one that I've tried.

The beer pours a brown color, there are hints of red but its mostly brown. Nice head retention and some lacing. Relatively clear.

The smell is of dark malts, sugar, and cherries. Theres also some alcohol present in the nose. The taste is a little bitter but thats intentional (from the kriek). Theres some nice cherry flavor as well as a ton of sweetness coming from all the malt. As the beer warms more and more alcohol comes out. But if its too cold then you can't taste the cherries. There is definitely an optimum temperature at wich to drink this beer,

The body is heavy and I can feel it in my stomach. Not exactly a low calorie beer or anything but its great if you take care not to ruin the beer.

Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful mahogany hue under a healthy two finger beige head.

Smell: All sorts of maltiness, as well as dark fruit and some spiciness, and a little bit of the hops.

Taste: Good and complex. Rich dark caramel malt and dark fruit hit up front, with some raisin and herbal notes mixed therein. The hops finish nicely, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy, with lots of sweet, tart, and spicy notes dancing around. Very low carbonation. The floral hops give a pleasant dry finish, and the alcohol warms well.

Drinkability: Yay for complex beers. This is a good and worthy adaptation of the Belgian quad style, and meant for slow enjoyment. I paired it with some rosemary & olive oil bread and a couple of mild Italian cheeses, and was quite satisfied.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Covers the glass in lacing. The thick tanned head holds up well. Has a dark brown color with glimmers of ruby.

Smells of caramel, fruits, yeast, spices, sugars and must.

Tastes of caramel malts, dark fruits, a sting of bitterness and some alcohol for warmth. This was one hell of a treat.

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

A: Pours a dark amber body with a thick, tan head. Excellent retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts were very evident in the smell with some alcoholic undertones.

T: A strong, alcoholic taste with a hint of malts and banana esters in the aftertaste. hints of burnt caramel were evident as well. About halfway through the beer, the taste started to smooth out and became sweeter. Notes on the bottle acknowledged that there was a bit of a kriek taste to it, so I guess that was what was showing up.

M: A nice, smooth and silky mouthfeel. Did a great job to compliment the taste.

D: Definitely pretty drinkable. Alcohol was a bit too evident in the beginning, but after it smoothed out, definitely became a good beer with a nice taste and a complimentary mouthfeel.

Note: I recently tried the cave-aged verison of this beer and it is like a totally different beer. Definitely worth the try if given the opportunity.

Photo of EliteDigger
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear ruby-brownish color with a long lasting, finely bubbled tan head.
S-Smells of wine, cherries, earthy oak, maybe some sweet toffee/caramel.
T-Tart cherry, dark fruits, lemon, caramel, wood, brown sugar, toffee all make an appearance and then disappear quickly under a drying tart, yet semi-sweet, finish.
M-Good carbonation, fairly smooth with a good medium thickness.
D-It's a little strong to drink too many of these, but it's good tasting and pleasant. Easy to have more than one of the smaller bottles.
Overall a tasty beer. I'm not a big fan of belgian beers, but this one is alright. Glad they have smaller bottles of this. Threw a couple down in my cellar to see how they do in a year or two....

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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