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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,599
Reviews: 1,967
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 255
Gots: 908 | 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 iceviper22
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a real deep brown with a reddish tint to it. One to two finger head that seemed to stay around for most of the glass.
It smells of some sour cherries and other fruits like raisins or dates.
The taste starts with a strong sour fruitiness but quickly becomes full of bold complex malt and fruit tastes. It then ends with a slight warming sensation with the strength of the alcohol. As it warms a bit, the alcohol taste seems to come through a little more and bit more of the sour cherry taste sneeks in at the end of each sip. It consists of a nice full bodied mouthfeel that isn't real thin but not to overly thick either. Overall, it is a very good, full bodied complex and tasty brew that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. 2005 Vintage. Poured into an over-sized wine glass

Pours a nice, slightly murky, dark brown mahogany in color with just a half finger of tan head. Smells generally sour with cherries, caramel, chocolate and a bit of spiciness are present. Taste is complex. Big and malty with caramel and dark fruits, such as figs and dates. There are also some spices and esters (pepper, clove, coriander) in the background. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer. I found it interesting and complex and the flavors really had melded together well in the ~3 years since it was brewed. I will recommend this one with enthusiasm.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Incredibly smooth beer. Aroma of black cherry and alcohol. Taste lacks an initial presence, but you're soon hit with another strong cherry flavor tinged with sweet, dark malt. Color is very dark and murky, slightly rosy when held up to the light but the center of the beer remains dark. Goes down incredibly easy with a silky mouthfeel. Would definitely buy again in the near future.

Photo of rye726
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'06 vintage poured at 50F into a snifter.

Rich brown color with some glowing orange and red tints. Tan head that produces good lace.

Dark cherries and sweet malts with classic Belgian yeast. Some carmelized sugars and vanilla as well.

An exposion of caramel malts and tart cherries. Some spicy pepper and earthy alcohol tones in the finish.

Thick texture with lots of carbonation. Nice and crisp.

Very unique brew based on an exellent Abbey Ale. Huge complexity yet balanced enough to drink with many pairings.

Photo of Abita45
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured into a tulip glass to a ruby/copper color and no head to speak of, but nice lacing. The aroma is excellent with a sweet, malt and fruit smell. Similarly, the beer is sweetly malty and with a slight cheery flavor (as advertised), but the sweetness arrives first, but the rest of the finish carries the maltiness of the beer. Eminently drinkable with a medium mouthfeel, slightly carbonate, and a smooth texture. This beer actually meets expectations. Excellent.

Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep caramel color with red highlights and has a two finger head that lasts forever. Lace almost coated the entire glass. Smells of caramel and dried fruit. Has that yeasty estery taste as well as the caramel and cherries. Has a high level of carbonation. Very nice sipper. I would have liked the cherries to be up front a little more, but still a very nice brew.

Photo of ppoitras
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle from BeerTruth via trade. Thanks for the opportunity. Cave-aged, corked and caged, 2006 vintage.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" tan head above the vigorously bubbling reddish brown brew. Very dense head stands tall, with sporadic chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet ,alts, sour cherries, and alcohol. Taste mirrors the nose, although the alcohol is brash at the end, in a rubbing alcohol sort of way, and shouts down some of the flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quashed for me due to that alcohol character as noted. Not quite what I expected this time around.

(5/4/4/4/4, 4/4/04)
750mL bottle from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Presentation corked and caged, as illustrated in accompanying BA file photo.

Poured into an Ommegang gold-rimmed chalice, formed a dense inch tall tan head above the deeply reddish-brown brew. Aroma is quite yeasty, with it's other main essence being the whiff of the cherry lambic. Excellent lacing as drinking commenses, and the taste is pretty much as expected, with a heartier mouthfeel than you would expect and also a lessening for the tart mouthfeel that you would expect from the cherry lambic. It seems the quadrupel ale tastes are upfront, with the cherry flavors wandering along afterward, giving the aftertaste an interesting change. A novel product from Ommegang, and worth the trouble to obtain, for occasional enjoyment, but not an everyday in my book.

Photo of rmcnealy
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Three Philosopher's - Belgian Style Blend

Pours dark cola color with a light mocha head. Head remains with a consistent lace that lasts. Smell includes a honey richness. Small hints, minimal, cherry that appears after consumption. Is a thin mouthfeel, not heavy like other Quad's I've tried. Definitely a US interpretation of a Belgian quad. The high ABV is masked by a light taste. Overall decent. May try other Ommegang brews.

Bought at Binny's in Elmwood Park, IL

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded ruby with a light tan head. Nose is heavy with sugar and alcohol. Flavor is extremely sweet. Pungent cherry tones. Strong quad tones with that very noticeable cherry lambic presence. Feel is thin. Lacks body and grace. Drinkability stays low due to extreme mix of flavors. Overall it is an “okay” brew IMO. I don’t feel as though it holds any character that helps it stand out against the rest of those of its kind. Ommegang is good, but this time for me they are not good enough to warrant a return to this one.

Photo of brewQ
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperarance is deep burgundy/brown w/red highlights.
generates a steady and substantial lacey head.

Aroma is not as intense as i might have expected.
Raisin/date aroma.

taste is delicious fruits

finish is Fine- nice for a winter night.

at 9.8% this is too easy to enjoy!
smooth,sublime .

this IS a Belgian made ale .

... and a good value.

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

From the sight and the smell I expected much more.

It pours a very nice brown red with good one to two finger head. head has decent retention. The nose is nice, smells like it came from belgium. dark fruits with the slightest cherry hint. Taste is quite thin. The dark raisin flavors are there and the candy sugars are there but kind of weak. The finish is ok and has a very coppery taste. The taste does not linger well. Mouthfeel is quite thin for a quad. A very good shot, but just not belgian! The cherries dont add alot of flavor. Drinkability is ok, and the sugar residue does hang on the lips. I recommend trying it, but there are certainly better quads out there.

Photo of dogger6253
3.89/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Well, this is dark, sort of a ruby brown. The mocha head is incredibly resilient. Lace hangs behind, very pretty. After settling a bit, the body looks like a glass marble or something, layers of colors swirling inside - gorgeous.

Strong alcohol in the nose, coupled with cherries. It's almost like cough medicine, sort of a turn off. Almonds come in, bits of dates and raisins hide among hops and more alcohol. There are bits of cedar and pine buried in here. Sort of smells like my musty cellar, which I would love, but that alcohol is just too much. There are bits of lemon zest and oranges inside this too.

The taste is a step up, less alcohol, but still very much a part of the flavor. Cherries are major, raisins and hops, dates, cedar, almonds, chocolate and tobacco. Nice.

This is silky smooth, great feel. Moderately carbonated, slightly sticky. There is a great warming feel to this. This is my kind of beer. Highly enjoyable, but a bit too boozy for many.

Photo of deapokid
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even though I was a Central New York resident for 99% of my life, I never really got a chance to try too many of the local brews. I've done Middle Age's Syracuse Pale and Wailing Wench, but I only tried Ommegang once and I was 19 and more interested in getting drunk than enjoying the Abbey Ale's subtle nuances. Seeing the Three Philosophers sitting on a shelf at Wegmans, I figured it was finally time to give Cooperstown's favorite brew serious consideration.

A bold smelling drink with a sweet fruit aroma juxtaposed with an obviously high ABV, this quad coats the tongue like caramel featuring just the right amount of hoppy zest. I was absolutely amazed by the complex taste and feel, noting its alcohol power while sensing roasted nuts and cherries. The coloration was also pretty profound, initially looking brown and murky, but turning to a festive red under bright light.

This beer was a total delight from beginning to end and it got me really excited about the great beer scene going on in the CNY.

*Update from 1/22/2010:

Just tried the 2009 edition and was equally amazed. It's good to see this Belgian ale stay in my highest regard, even as my tastebuds mature.

Photo of superswing123
4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


Dark chocolate color very inviting. Good head upon pour dropping to a thin coating. Lacing throughout.

Smell: Complex. As are all quads. With all the goodies in this one, even more complex. Very pleasant though. Inviting. Full of flavor and complex multiple smells. A good deal of alcohol involved here. Cherries, loads of dark malt, chocolate, raisens, a treat.

Taste: Predominatley... smooth. So smooth. Silky. The style of this beverage has been embraced by this brewer, and they have done well. So the rating is (5!) Can't get any better!

Mouth: Again, smooth. silky. Glides along the way like a feather with so many exceptional flavors along the way..I couldn't imagine anything better, so the rating is (5).

Drinkabilty: "Sessionable" to an extent. Hold onto your seats due the high alc rating. But if your drinking quality beverage like this you're not likely to be one to be silly or stupid. Do not attempt to drive anything short of a lawn tractor. You'll get busted. This is one of those "two's too many" beers. Exceptional quality involved with this brew.

Highly enjoyable, drinkable beer, well qualified of my (5) rating.

Kind of like being at the "top" of the beer world, when you find something like this beverage.

Get some, try some. Enjoy. Congrats to the brewmaster on this one.

...WIlly.. outa Wanaque, NJ

Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004 - Opened on December 1, 2007

After holding onto this gem for a few years, I decided to pop it open tonight. This is a wonderful treat and I have thoroughly enjoyed sipping on this through dinner and onto dessert. I had a steamed artichoke with mayo and worcestershire sauce as an appetizer. Dinner consisted of crusty french bread, brie, and a touch of slow roasted garlic olive oil. I am going to top off my evening with some liqueur-filled chocolate covered cherries. My advice is that this ale is best served with food.

The initial smell is a subtle funk. It pours a medium, opaque brown with a bit of a rusty red tinge to it. Minimal head, but with nice lacing in a St. Bernardus chalice.

The taste is out-of-this-world mellow, malt heaven. Dried fruits and a soft "leathery" note. The lambic holds its presence in the finish, with a tart, juicy hint of dark cherry juice. Some phenols float around to give some spice and fullness on the palate. Earthy, smooth, and warming to the belly. Carbonation sustains and prevents this from tasting too syrupy or having any cloying effect. Outstanding.

I love that this is a domestic selection. Ommegang has hit the mark with this Quad. Classy and classic. I suggest that you buy a few and cellar; this will be well worth your effort and patience.

**2007 Vintage -- Opened on November 12, 2010. I have aged this in a cool, dark place for almost three years.

Pours a deep, rich, dark burnt amber with a thin, but tightly-bubbled, head. Notes of rum-soaked cherries (or how I imagine them) and a whiff of alcohol up front.

Good God -- this is delicious. Smooth and deep. Rich flavors of dark rum and fruit. Slight sour note in the finish. Sour cherry. This drinks like a tawny port. Alcohol is completely hidden, which makes it dangerously good. A fabulous example of the Belgian Quad -- straight from Cooperstown.

This ale does wonderfully aged, as my previous review shows. I've actually yet to try it "fresh," and maybe need to put that task on my list. And for the price, this beats most wines, hands down.

I can drink this alone by the fireplace with my sweetie cuddled up next to me. Great with Flemish beef stew. Venison would go nice. I can also imagine it with dessert courses as well.

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

Poured into Ommegang's beautiful 10th anniversary glass. Body is UPS truck brown, with 2 fingers of dark tan head. Lacing abounds as the head recedes into a thin cap.

Quite a complex aroma, with a nice strong maltiness and very evident kriek influence. Standard quadrupel notes of dark fruits like raisin and prune.

The kriek manifests as a very dark black cherry flavor with a little bitterness to it. Again, the other 98% of the beer is quadrupel, so you get the standard raisin, prune, plum, dark strong malt, currant, and chocolate notes.

Smooth mouthfeel, good carbonation. Rich and luxurious body. Not a lot of booziness despite the high alcohol. Very easy to drink.

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

Pours a brown with a deep reddish tint. A large white head forms with very large bubbles that slowly fades to a ring. The lacing was rather spotty after consumption.

The smell is dark malt, cherries and other dark fruit, and alcohol. Really inviting aroma.

I was surpised how evident the alcohol was in this beer. I think it dominates with the malt and fruity elements only noticed in the background. It does have a bit of a wild funky taste that makes this beer rather unique. Medium bodied with good carbonation ease consumption but the alcohol warming may be a little too much. Definately a sipper.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently put on tap at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Attractive argyle-pattern tap handle is recognized immediately as Ommegang, a slightly different color scheme than Hennepin, very classy. Pours with a small head into a tiny 3 Philosophers chalice. I'm guessing 10 oz., but wouldn't be surprised if it was 8 oz. Color glints ruby red through a chestnut body. Some lacing as this kiddie goblet is drained.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, and stewed cherries. Kind of funky, it's restrained but nice enough.

Caramel toffee flavors, black cherry, low bitterness in the finish is the only indication of hops in the finish. Medium bodied with perceivable drying alcohol. It's about what I remember from the bottle I had a year or so ago. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but worth trying if you find it on tap.

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

“Philosophy Begins in Wonder”

When poured I quickly took notice to the dark burnt orange, brown color. Hazy not allowing much light to penetrate thru the glass. A decent off white head fades rather quickly, however good sticky lacing. It looks so inviting.

After admiring its beauty I must take a long draw thru the nose. Not disappointed in the aroma, even after the magnificent view. It smells of dark fruits and sugars, I am also getting hints of licorice. A few more sniffs and I pick up on the alcohol aroma. Subtle hints at the yeast are also present.

Very smooth, full-body. Semi-sweet again with the dark sugars and fruits. The malts are very pleasant and the hops are on the mild side. The cherry-Lambic is present but very subtle. The balance is phenomenal. Along with the marvelous flavor you get a throat warming feeling from the 9.8% Alc./vol.

The mouthfeel is excellent as one should expect. It is so silky smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is low to moderate but complements the warmth very well. It is very pleasant to sip on.

Very very easy to drink. I was very impressed with this beer. I would not think twice on purchasing another bottle of this fine brew. Highly recommended to any BA. This Quadruple is cultured yet wild, curious yet wise.

Photo of Black7Blue
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium dark color, light head. Little froth on the head. Not very clear, but brown color was very original.

S - Light smell of cherries. Stong aroma. Very appetizing smell.

T - While my girlfriend felt it had an aftertaste of soy sauce, I felt the traditional Belgian ale flavor came through well. The taste of cherries came through only slightly, but the light carbonation made the flavor enhancement of the cherries come though a little more than usual.

M - the beer felt amazing. It was't too heavy. A light feel of the beer was great in the mouth and went down very easy.

D - It's a great beer to sample and try. A night of Three Philosophers would be tough to do, but a glass every know and then won't only be enjoyable, but reccomended.

Photo of roblowther
2.98/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a ruby black-brown with a thin tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is leather, baked cherries and phenols. Very different. The taste is bitter up front, then tart cherries, then a rum-fruit flavor. There are some raisins in there. Interesting but very odd. The finish is dusty dry. I love quadrupels and I really like lambics. This....is just not for me. The mouthfeel is silky and carbonated, right on the money. The drinkability is limited by the acidic leather taste up front and the dry dry finish. Nice try but I'd have to recommend several of their other beers over this one.

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

I love these guys' beers! This one's less my style than some of their others but enjoyable nonetheless.

A - Pours dark red/brown. Nice creamy head.

S - Raisins, Malt, cherry.

T - Nice blend of malt & cherries, hint of caramel. Just the right combination of sweet and tang. Both linger on the palate.

M - A little too bubbly for me initially, but mellows as it warms a bit in the glass.

D - I won't be gulping this down at tailgate parties, but it's a nice after dinner beer. Or two.

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

A - Poured a dark hazy amber with off whit head that leaves lacing

S - Cherry up front with some malt and alcohol

T - A cherry taste at first with some sweet malt and a little bit of alcohol

M - Theres a lot of carbonation but it goes with this beer it works out

D - A little high on the abv to drink a lot of but this is my second night with the bottle and its a great sipping beer to have and relax with

Photo of BWH3
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers Quadrupel Brewery Ommegang
Large Corked 750mL Bottle from a Goblet at 50 F

Interesting concept of 98% Belgian Dark Strong Ale and 2% Lindeman's Kriek (a classic cherry lambic directly from Belgium) blended and bottle conditioned.

A: I have to give it to Ommegang the aesthetics of their beers are amazing. The beer pours a beautiful hazy amber brown ale with moderate carbonation creating a medium sized beige head. The head dissipates at a steady rate into gorgeous clinging ring and stable island of foam (5.0)

S: This beer has terrific aroma. The Special B is unmistakable. The raisin scent dominates the initial sniff. The cherry and sour aromas breathe up from the depths of the beer accompanied by a mineral/earthy note. A touch of caramel/bread-like sweetness rounds out the scent. Some detectable spiciness from the yeast or notes of Munich malt would make this beer more complex. Overall malt aromas could be bigger from a Quad. This seems to have the malt aromas of a Dubbel. (4.0)

T: Great translation of the scent to the palate. The prune/raisin and caramel sweetness hits the tongue first followed by the sour cherry note. The bitterness of the hops comes to neutralize the sweetness. The finish is not really strong. It is neither dry like the Trappists nor sweet like the Abbey styles. Bitterness perfectly balances sweetness. Again the overall strength of flavors could be stronger for a Quad. (4.0)

M: This is how a Belgian Ale should be. Good carbonation, accompanied by a light body compared to the sweetness and alcohol content. Well done. (5.0)

D: I really enjoyed this beer. I find this more in line with a Dubbel with a special twist than a Quad or Belgian Dark Strong in terms of richness of flavors. Everything is well balanced and very enjoyable. At less than ten dollars a bottle this is a terrific deal. (4.5)

Photo of Gehrig
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply one of the best beers I've ever had. This creamy, smooth flavorful Quadrupel from Ommegang comes in a 25.4 oz. as part of a pack that included Rare Vos and Hennepin, as well as a complementary 12 oz. Ommegang glass. What a delight. It pours a beautiful, rich, three-fingered head with a cloudy reddish amber body--gorgeous. The aroma is a melange of fruit and spice, mainly cherry and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is an excellent balance of the fruitiness of a Quadrupel, with modest spiciness. There is a slightly roasted flavor to it as well, yet nothing overbearing. Cherry is prominent, as is orange, and the fruit blends expertly with a modest amount of pepper. Its creamy texture makes for an easy beer to consume, though its high ABV (9.8%) is something of which to be mindful.

With Ommegang, this is my favorite product from the Cooperstown-based brewery. It does not disappoint, packs a smooth punch, and is right at the top of domestic Belgian-style beers. It's also great for sharing and sampling, and easy to make converts to it. Nearly perfect, in my humble opinion.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,599 ratings.