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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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Reviews: 2,008
Hads: 6,026
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 342
Gots: 1,307 | FT: 21
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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 ljbonadonna92
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color with a thin silk like head that follows the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell is a very fragrant and has notes of dark or dried fruit. This quadruple ale tastes like cherries and other dark fruit with a significant alcohol taste.

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Photo of Slack
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maroon to brown in color with no head.

Smell is sweet fruit with cherry distinguishable. Also picking up notes of caramel, fig, and alcohol.

Taste is sweet fruit, cherry but no plum followed by a mix of malt, subtle hops, and boozy warmth.

Mouthful is medium to heavy with low carbonation and a lingering finish.

Overall a wowzer of beer. Very complex but very easy to drink. Definitely an after dinner sipper.

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Photo of cloverdaddy
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A deep maroon, brown with a beautiful lacey head that doesn't go anywhere. No head retention.

S: Dark, dried fruits. Malt and biscuit

T: Much the same as the smell with a subtle hit of alcohol. Just the right amount of carbonation to pair with the fruity finish.

O: One of the best quads made in the States. A great example of this classic belgian style.

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Photo of Rango_the_Beer_Guy
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Brewery – Cooperstown, NY
Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale – 9.7% abv
Belgian Dark Strong Ale (BJCP 18E)
Bottle Inspection – packaged 12/14 – 4-5 mo. Old

Aroma (11/12)
Wonderfully complex aroma, with dark cherry and sweet malty goodness up front. A lot of dark fruit aromas contribute to the sweet smell – plum, raisin, prune? Date? Very low perceieved bitterness with potentially some floral hops contributing to boquet, but not very apparent. Strong fruity esters are fairly powerful and mask the alcohol well – a slight alcohol presence (med-low) noted. No noticeable ‘breadiness’, no diacetyl. No off scents detected. Heavy inhales catch the high alcohol that is otherwise subdued.

Appearance (3/3)
Beautiful Medium Brown/Chestnut hue with a slight maroon tincture. Large luscious light tan head that persists, great clarity, can see the underside of the head from below. The head sheets very well along the side of the glass as it retreats.

Flavor (18/20)
The beer’s full range of flavors are released as soon as it is moved about in the mouth. The many dried fruit scents noted in the aroma manifest as a backbone for the malt-balanced but alcoholic flavor left on the tongue. Again, the dark plum and cherry flavors, along with the high alcohol content balance the maltiness out. Not much apparent bitterness, potentially a floral addition somewhere in the complexity. The finish is moderately sweet maltiness with apparent alcohol which dissipates to leave the sweeter fruit notes. The very complex flavor is hard to describe but definitely malt balanced with some very slight astringency. No other off-flavors apparent.

Mouthfeel (5/5)
High carbonation is apparent with no stinging bite, very smooth but alcoholic bite comes on fairly strong toward the finish. Body is fairly full, malty, and creamy.

Overall Impression (9/10)
Overall, this is a very complex aromatic quadrupel which masks it’s alcohol well. The beer has a beautiful appearance in both color and head and dances around the mouth. A complicated mixture of aromas and flavors will keep you delighted and guessing all the way through. A wonderful sit-down beer for beer lovers to contemplate the way others will study a glass of scotch. Top notch quadrupel I would drink any day of the week.

Total (46/50)

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Photo of mtvolkens
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian glass. Huge head on it. About 4in and probably poor on my end. Aroma of sweet figs and caramel. Tastes like it smells. Front end has a sweet fig taste. Absolutely delicious. Ends with a slight alcohol taste and a malty caramel finish. Delicious quad.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy/murky; chestnut colored, but the lighter (almost orange) accents at the edges; 1 finger light amberish head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: dark fruit first, then cherry with a hint of chocolate; a little sharpness to it - not smooth; as it warms, it softens and very ripe bananas are noticeable;

T: licorice and dark fruit up front; licorice sticks around, but dark fruit is replaced by cherry at mid-palate; the combination is a little cough syrupy; that stays through the finish; very light bitterness; as with the aroma, as it warms, ripe banana comes forward, bitterness is more noticeable, and the finish is drier;

M: rich; medium bodied - a little syrupy; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish; alcohol is warming;

O: very complex aromas and flavors;

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Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, slightly murky. Poured slowly. Still a moderate sized head that recedes quickly. Leaves a milky ring of lacing around the edges.

Aroma is a complex mix of caramel malts, fig, dark licorice, and booze.

Taste follows the nose. Leads wig fig, cherry and dark licorice. Joined by the caramel malts. Sugary. A slight hint of lightly roasted chocolate. A little bit of fruitiness. The fruit combined with the carbonation gives it a bit of a lambic feel to it. Taste transforms a bit after it warms. Dark fruits and sweetness start to come on a lot stronger.

Silky and creamy, like a good quad. Not much bite from the alcohol. Medium bodied, fairly easy the drink.

Overall, not he best quad I've had, but still very good. Would've liked to have seen a slightly larger malt presence.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Instructions say to pour this slowly, and you need to do that, or else you're going to be left with one giant head. I did it very slowly, but there was still significant head to it. I let it sit for a bit, and once it settled, the head was a beautiful brownish-white layer of fluff. It retained itself throughout the drink, and provided the ale a nice creamy element. Lacing was superb. The ale is smooth, with the cherries providing a very nice touch. This is overall a tremendous beer, and I think absolutely a top-ten quad.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured in to a tulip.

a: A hazy hazelnut tea like color. Finger and a half beige head. Lacing all down the glass. Cloudy like the yeast was jostled because in this particular bottle there was no caky sediment at the bottom.

s: malt, licorice, pumpernickel, medicinal herbs like a Ricola, caramel

t: Fruity and sweet malts. Earthy with slight grain.

mf: thick and smooth...swished around it becomes light and soothing with a slight bite from the alcohol.

o: I love all the offerings from Ommegang and this is one of my favorites. Comforting in its familiarities and exciting in it's differences.

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Photo of dhfreak
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another great Belgian example from Ommegang. The mouth fell felt a little light and champaign, but I'm still learning how to discern subtle nuances. Overall, great quad!

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Photo of cujocon
2.78/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

9.7% ABV
750ML Brown Bottle $11 State Steet Northampton MA
Appearance: Tea color, considerable sedimentation in the bottle
Small head dissipated pretty quickly leaving bubbles on rim
Smell: bright and sweet maybe a little fresh wood and caramel - fantastic aroma
Flavor:very unique, foamy with a bit of alcohol bite. A little too much tannin for me.
Kind of a licorice flavor late in the swallow
Overall: 2.5/5 The bottle says that it is a blend of Belgian Ale with Kriek and Cherry Ale, but I don't get
any cherry at all. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't pick it up again.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a big creamy head. Smells of dark fruits like cherries, dates, and raisins, and at almost 10% alcohol it makes an appearance aswell. Taste is essentially the same as the smell would imply, very sweet, fruity and the alcohol packs a punch but is still enjoyable. Has a very thick mouth feel, it kinda leaves a film coating your mouth, and it has fairly low carbonation. Overall pretty good beer, but is a bit on the pricy side.

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Photo of Jgolian
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pissed off how much I paid for it. I'm a cheap batard. But oh my! It hasn't been this good since I was in Brugge. Their making this in New York! Lordy, we might find some monks out of work!

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Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with some red hints.

S: Sweet malts, fruity esters with some cherry.

T: Sweet, residual sugar, some cherry and a hint of chocolate.

M: Full bodied. Full mouthfeel. High carbonation cleans out some of the residual sugar giving it not a dry finish but not overly sweet.

O: Complex, layered. On the sweeter side - definitely a dessert drink.

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Photo of BigRedBrewFan
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sight: Dark amber brown color with some hazyyness. nice head on the pour with large bubbles.

Aroma: fruity notes that remind me of prunes and dark cherries. cooked sugar is a predominant aroma.

Taste: bitter sweet and rich. full body feel with ample carbonation.

Overall: Great beer that is complex and full of flavor. Had fun with this one.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 9, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – About an inch-plus of light tan, moussy foam head, with moderate-long retention, sits on top a somewhat hazy deep amber to mahogany liquid. Appears a bit thick, with some viscosity, and some light lacing in the glass.

S – Bready, toasty malt, some toffee there as well, with some fruity esters of pear, and residual brown or candi sugar. A very light touch of cherry, and a bit of barnyard funk. Some dried raisins and plums in the background. Hops seem to be low, a somewhat woodsy or herbal impression from what I could find. No bitterness on the nose. Some impression of alcohol.

T – Very malty, again bready and toffee notes, and very sweet, with a lot of residual sugar, possibly dark candi sugar. The slightest hint of bittersweet chocolate. Very light impression of dark fruit, like plums or cherries, and little lambic/Brett character here. Hop flavor is basically non-existent, a touch of bitterness comes through in the finish.

M – Very high carbonation helps to offset the residual sweetness, actually lending some dryness on the palate and finish despite the sugar. A very light hop bitterness is present, but not very notable. Moderate-full body.

O – A complex, layered beer, a lot going on here, the residual sweetness needs to be balanced out a bit, but an excellent sipper.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.64/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: dark brown look, with great head. The foam dissolved after a little bit and became thin lacing, but still looked nice nonetheless.

Smell: Great smell of dark fruits and malt. Very yeasty also. Sweetness from the grain, this can most be felt by getting some of this godly nectar into your nostril (as I did so accidentally)

Taste: Masking alcohol less well than other quad such as St. Bernardus or Rochefort 10. Taste of prune, and dark fruits. Did not have any tobacco smells. Some bitter taste at the end, together with a little bit of tartness from the cherry kriek on the palate, which is an excellent addition.

Overall: A great blend and brew. I would definitely have it again once in a while.

Type of serving: from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay glass

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2014 vintage bottle into pint glass. Thick tan head, quickly reducing to spotty lacing. Dark amber in color, kind of murky. You gotta pour carefully to avoid decanting the sediment. Not the best-looking beverage, but hey - you don't buy 'em to look at 'em. And I do believe this is typical for the style.

The first thing that hits you is the malt, but immediately an almost equal burst of fruit - cherry, maybe raisins, some other stuff that I can't identify. Funkiness, too. Carbonation is perhaps a bit on the light side, producing a really thick, sticky mouthfeel. Sweet, fruity finish. The 9.7% ABV makes its presence known. No bitterness at all.

My first quadrupel so I don't have a standard of comparison. It was OK, but too fruity/malty for my taste.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$4.49 single poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Steady pour into the glass gave a finger of a creamy, tan head. The rest of the beer doesn't look so sexy, but it looks like I figured it might -- a very murky orange/red/brown color with tons of floaters in there. Regardless, looks very good for the style.

Smell: Awesome. Belgian funk that's so potent it makes this smell like a sour... well actually, it almost makes it smell like a wine with all the grape/dark fruits I'm smelling. Little bit of malts in the background to let you know you're about to drink a BEER. The bottle says this beer has cherries, but I'm really getting a wine-y red grape character that I love.

Taste/feel: Does not taste like it smells -- it tastes more like I would expect a Quad to. While the aroma is surprisingly "bright" with a fresh grape juice kind of aroma, the taste brings a wallop of malt with more of a raisin or date flavor as opposed to fresh grapes. There's also a fair amount of alcohol in the flavor -- which I actually love in the style -- and just a little bit of heat. The finish is dry and warm, yet Three Philosophers leaves a syrupy residue in the mouth. The feel is good, but I think a little more carbonation or a touch less thickness would really make this beer shine. As it stands now, I feel like the thick body with only a little carbonation keeps from getting all the flavor I could get from this beer.

This is a marvelous beer. Pricy no doubt at $4.49 a single, but it's easily World Class in the style. Big fan of this one.

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Photo of Matonika
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: is a clear copper orange color with a big bright white head.
S: caramel, candied orange peel, bergamot. A touch of winter Christmas spices.
T: is through and through a clean Belgian quad. It is reflective of the smell. Big candied orange flavor slight bitterness light caramel malt flavor. So smooth
F:medium high body high carbonation. Not cloyingly sweet. Does not leave a film.
O: this is a awesome e example of a Belgian quad. It does not overtake any particular aspects of itself just very well balanced. It would go good with plenty of kinds of food. For the price point it is a great beer.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Dark brown appearance with amber hues. It's obvious this is heavy malt beer.

S-A full bouquet of aroma with vanilla and cherry notes.

T-Rich earthy tones, heavy malt presence. I am detecting some earthy and vanilla tones. It also has a fruity and sweet character yet puts in a balanced finish.

M-Smooth and pleasant

O-A unique full bodied that displays a lot of complexity.

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Photo of Henderbeer
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have a question. This may sound dumb but it's just a little confusing to me. Well....first of all, I love this beer. One of my favorites. Anyway, when I'm rating a beer.....let's say the color......is the "color" rating based on how light or dark it is? Or is it based on how pretty or ugly it is? With the smell, is it how good or bad it smells? Or how potent or non potent it smells? Do these questions make sense or am I just a stupid dummy? Pardon my ratings......again, I don't know what they mean. I'll change them once I know.

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Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 Vintage

Poured into chalice

A: Pours a deep, hazy mahogany with a tight, fine, khaki colored head and lively carbonation.

S: Oak and cherries on the nose. The cherries blend with dates, raisins and baking spices in aroma and with a slight hint of barnyard funk.

T: Rich and fruit forward, with the Kriek strongly representing itself in the blend. The belgian candi sugar and intense dark malt wrap around your palette like roasted, fruity silk. Rustic yeast flavors pick up in the finish to remind you that this is no Trappist creation.

M: Velvety, with typical Ommegang strong carbonation.

O: Three Philosophers is a Quad away from the pack. The addition of true Belgian Kriek give this brew a really unique twist that makes this beer feel like luxurious desert in a glass. While not strictly true to style, this beer if a must try if you're a fan of all things strong, dark, and Belgian.

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Photo of DBosco
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generally I have found Ommegang beers less than expected, but this one was good although not great. A hint of cherry, not as dense and malty as most quadrupels.

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Photo of Pete_IV
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 750 into a goblet. A reddish brown beer fills the goblet offering a hearty cream colored head. It smells just like a belgian quad, dates raisins? defiantly fruits of that nature. I get the cherry straightforward upon sipping, not overwhelming just the right amount of blend with the kriek. Slight carbonation in the mouth. A real nice quad from Ommegang.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 2,008 ratings.