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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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5,731 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,731
Reviews: 2,003
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 275
Gots: 1,032 | 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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Ratings: 5,731 | Reviews: 2,003
Photo of thekevlarkid
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredible three finger tan head. Great retention of tiny bubbled cap, very stubborn. Aroma of carmel malts and raisins. Appearance is a little hazy with ruby hues in an otherwise Grade A Maple brown. Incredibly rich and deep with multiple layers. Some broken lacing. Figs, brown sugar, oak, currants, black cherries (clearly from the 2 % lambic they added). Tart but not puckering. Very drinkable for a quadruple but still not for the faint of heart. Long sweet finish with a touch of alcohol nip (heat) at the very end.

Photo of philbe311
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium carbonation buried in a dark red ruby color... Swirling lace on top... Coats glass well...

S - Cherry... Malt... Pear... Alcohol... Well blended mix of scents...

T - True to the label this is a blend of Belgian ale and lambic... I would say from taste, it's 80% Belgian Ale and 20% Lambic... Oak... Alcohol... Hints of tart cherry...

M - Thick and medium bodied... Oily... Fits the beer well...

D - Complex and enjoyable... Big beer, bit still very drinkable... I'm typicallyn not a big Quad person, but this was very enjoyable...

Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich oaky tannins, sour brett character, a robust dark malt backbone and a rounded fruity sweetness all blend exceedingly well in this superbly crafted and somewhat unusual treat. Now, because of the rich maltiness and fairly assertive brett flavors, this brew, like all "sour" or "wild" beers, is not one I can see myself drinking all the time. But it's a welcomed change of pace and, when I'm in the mood for it, I really enjoy beers like this. Three Philosophers, in particular, is especially drinkable given the added fruit sweetness, as that element adds an extra bit of balance to a malt-heavy style. The fruitiness also rounds off the edge of the intense brett flavors.

Highly recommended...

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brownish red in color with two finger foamy head.

S- Nice wonderful smells of dark fruits, dates and figs. The smell is slightly sweet in smell.

T- I taste a very strong maltyness up front, with the darker fruits mixed in. In the background I'm getting a subtle cherry taste, it is very slight and not always there.

M- Feels good in the mouth, like a good solid quad should.

D- I enjoy drinking this. I started off sipping and toward the end I find that I'm just taking full on gulps.

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a snifter with a three finger head, dark amber color and good carbonation.

Smell: Sweet belgian aroma...

Taste: Malt sweetness and hot alcohol, cherries, chocolate with just a touch of bitter chocolate in the finish. Complexity is not there like I'd hoped. Still no disrespect to the brewers it's a very tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: My first quad, and it's thick and rich but not comparable to the Old Rasputin from last night.

Drinkablity: 7.99 at a local liqour store which is cheaper than I normally see it at 9.99 very tasty, but at practically 10% alcohol it's a sipping brew. However I'm going to enjoy the rest of this 750 in the bath and probably after. Prost!

Photo of koolk
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vintage: 2004. Purchased in Dec 2004 on a trip to the US. Caged and corked, have had this stored upright in a dark cool place just as the back label suggests for going on 4 years.

Opens with a decent "pop" and pours a dark caramel colour with a decent tan head that lingers.

Beautiful nose, rich and complex: Strong dark fruits like cherry and prunes mix wonderfully with cacao, leather, orange peel and other spices. Just gorgeous. As it warms/airs it changes, developing stronger fruit flavours.

Strongly flavoured palate that is a top mixture of chocolate, anise, cherry and fruitcake. So luscious, with a delicious bittersweet chocolate malt feel. As with the aroma, it shows it dark cherry side as time goes on.

Great texture, really round and full. Fantastic balance, so drinkable. A real creeper that is ever changing.

What a great beer. One can only imagine how far this could go in the cellar. A brilliant lesson in ageing beer. I am convinced - More quads required in the cellar. Another reminder of how far ahead the micro/premium beer scene is in the US. If only I had the foresight to send a box of these to Australia four years ago....

Philosophy begins in wonder...indeed.

Photo of grandq
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into my Pabst goblet (yup) a hazy dark caramel topped by a fluffy cream head. Smells malt heavy with some fig and cherries, a faint touch of licorice and pumpkin spice. Tastes heavily of bing cherry with a bit of cocoa and fig behind. Fairly vinous with a very faint oaky bitterness in the finish. In the end, I find the mouthfeel a bit too thick, lacking the effervescent lift I like in most Belgian versions of the style. It has some prickle but feels too syrupy. Quite good quad, but not exceptional and not so much cheaper than some offerings from abroad.

Photo of jwinship83
3.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby red with a one finger sticky head.

S- Sweet, ripe dark fruits and a little bit of chocolate. not as much cherry as i thought id be smelling.

T- Slight cherry and a bitter dark chocolate. The cherry taste became more pronounced as the glass warmed up.

M- A little thin and leaves the mouth feeling dry. oddly, this adds to the overall experience.

D- An interesting twist on a classic style. Not sure id buy it again, as there are several i have liked more. i did enjoy it however.

Photo of jake87
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look. deep red with an inch thick head
Smell. moderate maltiness and intrinsic fruitiness
Taste. malty and sweet with cherries and slight hoppiness
Feel. smooth like drinking cream or whole milk, definately filling

mmm, good beer think I need another, had some sharp cheddar that complemented it very well

Photo of auxiliary
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark brownish amber color. Small head does form when poured.

smell - Fruits like cherries and orange, some malt present.

taste - Taste of citrus, cherries here. Some bitterness at the end. Goes down easy, smooth.

mouthfeel - Nice smooth feel and carbonated.

Drinkability - One my favorite beers, surprised I never reviewed it. I have cave aged one, and all the bottles gong back the past 4 years. I have done a flight of these through the years last summer. The older they get, the more complex the taste. Go put these away man.

Photo of kinger
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmmm, mmmm, good! This is one of the best all around beers I have ever had the honor of drinking. A complex blend of flavors creates a wonderful taste that can't be completely described. Bought a 750ml bottle and poured into a merlot glass. This beer pours a nice color that resembles a fine mahogany. The head is like a fluffy cloud that sits atop a cherry sky. The aromas are chock full of malty sweetness, cherries and raisins can be detected along with caramel and other sweet malts. The aroma alone is enough to satisfy. The intense flavor is bursting with sweet malts complimented by cherries. Overall this beer is very smooth and drinks easily with much satisfaction. I can't wait to get another bottle, this is a must have.

Photo of jordoo
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From large bottle poored into a snifter glass.

Its a light burgandy in color with a nice foamy kacky colored head that leaves a little lace but does manage to stick around for quite some time. Smell is malty with dark spice and candied fruits. Some alcohol in the nose as well, but I was unable to pick out the cherries. Taste is very nice, Raisins, plumbs and pears make an appearance with the roasted malt flavor and some back end spice. The cherry flavor is there as well. Mouth feel is thick but well carbinated. It took a while to finish this bottle, not because it was hard to drink, but because I was savoring it.

Photo of meatmallet
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a thick tan head with lots of lacing.

Smells of plum and cherry. Also very sweet and malty. Hope it tastes as good as it smells.

Heavy alcohol flavor to start. I can also detect the plum and cherry. A little bitter at the end but not bad. Not as sweet as I was expecting.

Mouth feel was good. Carbonation was light and fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Worth a try for all quad fans out there.

Photo of scottg
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours an amber/brown color with a one finger tan, creamy head with good retention and spotty lacing. Aromas of sour cherry, vanilla, malt, and chocolate. Sweet malt, chocolate and sour cherry up front leads to citrusy hops and alcohol with a dry bitter coffee finish with some lingering bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, there is a creamy mouthfeel. While the alcohol can be tasted, the drinkability is still very nice.

Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fluffy off white head great bubbly lace brown amber with red tones hue in the body.

Smell: I thought the smell was odd it was sort of like soda like scent.

Taste: Slight cherry flavor but more spicy. No doubt a fruity beer but not as fruity as I thought it would be but that was good thing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full.

Drinkability: Nice desert beer or night cap

Photo of roadhouse
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle dated 2007 into a snifter.

Appears a deep red mahogany with a two finger off-white head that sinks to a nice cap.

In the aroma I'm getting sweet caramel malt, raisins, cherries, spicy yeast tones, and a bit of tartness and alcohol.

Flavor - woah! - didn't expect it to be that sweet. After a few sips the sweetness subsides a bit and it's coming through as caramel malts, spice, and a touch of cherries. Finishes nice and tart but with a slight residual sweetness right before it.

Mouthfeel is in the medium range. Not as much carbonation as some Belgian ales, but it is still very soft on the palate.

This is simply a great beer. The addition of kriek really seems to lend this one an interesting touch. Highly recommended.

Photo of adamette
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A Large bottle with cork and gold metallic twist tie around it. Very impressive presentation. 3 finger light brown head, golden brown body.

S Fruitty, nutty, malty, inviting, interesting

T Complex, pleasing, alcohol not obvious. Really great!

M Smooth, full, great!

D Great but high alcohol ...which is not obviously apparent... means that I can only drink one or two of these.

Notes: An excellent beer, one of my favorite.

Photo of Pencible
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy dark cherry brown with quickly dissipating tan head. It smelled like sour cherries and light floral hops, with Belgian lemon grass yeast. It tasted like sour cherry and floral hops with wild Belgian yeast and some molasses malt. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a tart aftertaste. Overall this had an interesting flavor, and was very delicate and well balanced. The flavor hid the alcohol well, making this surprisingly easy to drink. All in all, this was a very good Belgian.

Photo of tmitch75
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle received as a gift from my brother... Cheers Adam! 2006 vintage I noticed after I cracked it open. No idea how well it was cared for where he bought it so I am interested to find out.

Reddish brown color, thick off-white head of big bubbles. Tons of sticky lacing.

Caramel and toffee sweet malt smell with dark cherries. A slightly sour smell.

Sweet malt up front followed by tart cherries with notes of apples, plums, and raisins. Alcohol is well-hidden for 9.8% ABV. Definitely sour in the finish.

Medium body, or a little over, smooth and crisp at the same time.

A damn fine beer, it has clearly held up well. I am pleasantly surprised.

Tasted on 6/23/08.

Photo of nrbw23
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark red color. A creamy white head, that has a decent retention and left a good amount of lacing.

S- Rich malt aromas, still somewhat yeasty as well, bready, with cherries, (black cherries). Also comes off a bit boozy.

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

M- Medium to full in body.

D- A good brew just don't think I could have a few of this in one night.

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark brownish/amber color with a creamy beige head. The head takes a minute to recede and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Lots of malt and fruits (banana, orange, apples and cherry). Some doughy yeast aroma. Also some alcohol as the aroma lingers.
T: Again, lots of malty and fruity flavors. Mostly a big apple and cherry sweetness. Tart and just a bit of alcohol tingle with a metallic aftertaste.
M/D: Syrupy sweet and very creamy with a medium body. The alcohol comes through more as the beer warms up, but for the most part a very smooth and easy drinking 9.8 ABV beer. A beer to sip and savor.

I really enjoy this. I am not that familiar with Quadruple's, but it seems spot on from what I have tried. Something I would recommend.

Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smell is one of the most pleasing of any beer I have had. Chocolate, cherry, soy sauce, smoke, coffee, brown sugar, fruit esters, alchohol, and more. Taste had very similar aspects as the smell. It was sweeter than the smell hinted at but not too sweet. Nice bitterness. Very delicious. Finish is long lasting and bitter.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured a nice amber color with a nice off white head. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell - Huge smells present. Orange, lemon cherries and spices. The fruit smells dominate. Also a hint of alcohol.

Taste- Man this is a good beer. Great spices and fruits clearly present. I do get a sour cherry taste along with citrus fruits as well. Very complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - Incredible beer. Not something I could drink on a regular basis and would love to taste this aged. I'm glad it came in a 12oz bottle also because the 750ml would have been a bit much.

Photo of bigchiefbc
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice from a 25.4 ounce corked bottle, purchased from Liquor World in Milford, MA. Deep chestnut brown, not-too-thick head, no lacing but good retension.

Aroma is spicy and slightly sweet. Initial taste is immediate cherry, followed by good malt and spice, either nutmeg or cinnamon. You can definitely taste the alcohol, but it is not intrusive. Fantastically satisfying taste, but you're not going to have more than one or two glasses.

One of my favorite Belgians

Photo of TheDragonTony
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a walnut brown with a nice off white lacing that sticks around throughout. The smell is mostly malty as I drink this, though it is summer and the cut grass outside can't be helping my nose any.

This is delicious, and smooth and full bodied and creamy. I get very little alcohol from this beer, which makes it quite deceptive at nearly 10%. This is spicy and malty with a little hop bitterness at the end.

This beer is delicious and very refreshing on this rainy summer evening, I'm glad that I gave this beer another chance (I tried it once not knowing at all what it was or what to expect and was sorely disappointed...).

I recently purchased this in a Magnum as part of an Ommegang 10 year anniversary pack (with commemorative glass), so this is at least one year old.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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