Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Ratings: 5,494
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 242
Gots: 799 | FT: 17
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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 Onslow
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a quite dark ruby colour..very smooth..has a nice amount of bitters..has a regal sweetness to it..lacing is low, but present..intriguing smell..quadrific!..cherries add a different twist...wl cross off...Had been on my wishlist for a while, and it didn't really disappoint me..

Photo of number1bum
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From NEPA BC Split #2.

750ml bottle pours into a tulip glass a very nice reddish brown with a 1/2" tan head. Decent retention and some sticky lacing. Smell is black cherries and some other dark fruits, malt and a little bit of alcohol. Also a bit of a medicinal scent. The taste begins with tart cherries, tart to the point of almost being a bit sour, then gives way to some complex malts, a nice hop bitterness to balance things out and a pleasant black cherry finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, creamy yet also crisply carobnated. Overall an enjoyable and interesting brew.

1/2/08 Edit: About a month and a half ago I had a cave aged bottle of Three Philosophers, 2006 vintage, and it was absolutely incredible. So smooth, so tasty. Today I'm enjoying a bottle, 2005 vintage, that has been in my own cellar for about 9 months, and it too has smoothed out and is really nicce. Negligible tartness and a smoother, more pleasant cherry flavor. Ratings have been upgraded accordingly. This is a great brew with some age on it.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy brown-reddish-copper color with a small, foamy light-tan head. Gradually becomes a film, but doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell: Has a nice aroma of malts (sweet), a bit of dark fruits, and some spices.

Taste: Rich and malty, but there's very little complexity or other flavors here. Has a proper amount of sweetness. The other flavors (though minimal) tend to not come out until the aftertaste with cherries and some bitterness... plus the occasional hint of alcohol. Underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is more than I would like -- it's intense, but thankfully not sharp. Medium-bodied and rather smooth.

Drinkability: Though strong alcohol-wise, it seems to be generally well-masked. The carbonation is a turn-off.

An okay attempt at a Belgian ale. Flavor is pretty lacking, but it's not bad. I was just hoping for something more. Worth trying if you're curious.

Photo of Neehan
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to chalice, with a rich dark plum-like appearance with a large head and very nice retention. The smell of good, trademark quadrupel spices with a light cherry scent. The taste begins with a thin mixing of the contents, spicy yet smooth with rich, thick dark cherry finish. Interesting how the cherries are light in the scent, but strong and dark in the taste. The mouthfeel is incredibly thick and creamy, chewy enough to bite down into. A good sipper, but the dark cherry aftertaste puts a very slight damper on the drinkability but not enough to keep me from going for this one on several occasions.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy brown brew, look quite dark but then the yeast sediment added a little lighter brown. Good head retention and lacing, pretty nice for a quadrupel.

I get some herb-earth aromas, aniseed and clove. The malt is present but nothing is overpowering, dark fruits mostly.

The flavor is quite incredible, there's milky chocolate malts which leads to a noticeable black cherry presence, creamy clove (almost weissbier-like) in finish. Also some medicinal alcohol tempered by flavors of sweet lighter fruit peel. This was served quite warm, almost room temperature when opened. I slam all the sediment in after a vigorous shake with the bottle, which may account for the bubble gum and clove flavors here, I remember it cold as having good balancing hop characteristics, popping carbonation, and being a thick but inviting kiln-malt cherry bomb - slight bitterness, a little sour, and not too much sweetness. But there's huge flavor nonetheless: it has the fruity yeast component of a tripel, the dark fruit and sweet malt of a complex Belgian strong dark, and a silky smooth hefeweiss finish for drinkability.

Wonderfully complex and drinkable beer, I would love to see this on cask and if I can put it down I'll save a bottle or two for next winter.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: c.2005 750ml wiretop bottle in an oversized crystal snifter

Poured lush & hushed, with a semi-thickness and a subtle crackle. Deep, dark nose, full of fruits like dark cherry, raisins, fig, dried currants. Malts are thickly & deeply caramelized, deeply sweet but not sugary or burnt, traces of yeast bread. Soft spice is noticeable, but no where near what one usually encounters in a Belgian style ale, or from Ommegang. A fat finger of mixed, crackled, slightly sculpted cream hued foam snapped subtly, eventually fading to a thin sheen, then a glass ring that laced faintly. The body is a deep, brassy-rudy mahogany amber, looks thicker than it is, a striking hue, made even more so with the slow dance of bubbles rising thru it. Thus far Ommegang has crafted some nice eye candy.

Its so beautifully filled with caramelized malts and lush dried fruit, bordering on the edge of a mild cordial. Many of the fruited nose qualities carry over onto the tongue - raisin, dark cherry, dried currant, even some fig and maybe a whisper of apricot hiding in that caramel. This is a malt bomb, a real lush sipper, but the slight spicy crispness (echo of black pepper) and the carbonation keep it balanced. Some faint spice is there (clove, nutmeg, ginger), but very faint. Bready, but more quick breads like a muffin or pound cake in feel, thick, not so yeasty. As it warms on the palate a wonderful semi-sweet milk chocolate quality emerges from the malts, mixing with the other tastes (now subdued but still present) in a slightly syrupy sweet elixir that can best be described as a lightly spiced, aged properly, and well "soaked" with fruit cordial Xmas fruitcake. Not that abomination full of whatever the hell those green fruit thingamabobs are, but a REAL fruitcake made months ago from a handed down recipe and aged in someone's cellar until Christmas Eve. This is like that in a glass.

It finishes as it started, but with a warm coating of the mouth in a semi-syrupy bath of all the aforementioned, only now you add in the pleasing warmth of the alcohol to "bake" everything, with a slight lean to the fruited qualities & the caramel.

Amazingly, pared with some triple chocolate cake as a match, the cake triggered a lot of the hidden spices to ROAR to the front, as well as the alcohol...not what I expected but very nice!

This was just luscious. A beauty in every respect, a true malt lover's brew and as close as you can get to a great Holiday dessert in liquid form. Outstanding. Will definitely keep a bottle or two around for special meals or a great treat. Highly recommended!

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

750 ml. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Dark brown in color with ruby red hues. Dense off white head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Sheets of beautiful lacing that cover the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts. Grain. Dark fruit. Herbs. Cherry. Asprin. Alcohol.

T: Very thick and sweet malts dominate the front end of the sample. Some spicy bitterness is followed by a soft balancing hop presence. Tea like or herbal wash is taken over by a soft touch of tart cherry and an earthy dry alcohol finish.

M: Silky smooth and creamy rich. Minimal carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A beautiful brew to behold and quite complex. A dinner beer that is to be sipped and enjoyed. Tastes flourish was the beer warms. Highly recommended.

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

A-Pours a ruddy/reddish hue with a thick creamy head that lingers. Decent lacing

S-Deep rich bready, dark cherries, almost winelike

T-Sweet maltiness, and cherries followed up by a sourness that hits you with the aftertaste along with some bitterness. Very nice.

M-Rich, viscous with a nice carbonation level.

D-Dangerously good for the %. This one is a winner and one i will revisit especially with Fresh Direct delivering.

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

brewed in 2005 – 750 ml. bottle- color of deep reddish mahogany , with a thick frothy tan head - nose of malt , dark cherries , white flowers , and assorted red fruit – taste of deep red cherries , bitter chocolate , roasted , dried apricots , slightly sour , and milky - body is medium , and well carbonated – aftertaste of sweet/ sour , red fruit , berries , and hints of chocolate

Photo of kenito799
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Bottled 2006. 98% ale 2% cherries.

Dark chestnut brown with big foamy tan head, recedes slowly leaving little wisps of lace here and there.

Nose has lots of malty sweetness, root beer/cola notes, and soem underlying winy black cherry notes.

On the palate it is not as complex as I recall from an on-tap serving I had last and malty, fairly sweet but not cloying, a solid example of a dark brown Belgian ale but doesn't thrill me. At least it's cheaper than an import.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.38/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark/red toned brown with quite a head on it, took some time to pour out a full glass of it. Smell is cherry tinged malts, with a definite sweet edge.

The flavour on this is a smooth malty quad with a touch of cherry and a bite of spice and a mild sour tone. It's not bad for the style, but not particularly remarkable either. The cherry adds some depth, but the base of the beer is not particularly remarkable.

Mouth, some bite, but not a lot. Drinkability, decent but not spectacular. Not hard to have a glass of, but more than that would be pushing it.

The bottom line: not a bad blend, but I think I would rather have a straight quad, or a straight cherry lambic.

Photo of kernalklink
3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark reddish amber, great fizzy dissipating head with sticky lace as an after effect. Nice yeasty aromas dominate- some fruity malts, a hint of spice. Notable belgian yeast flavors, fresh berries and sticky malts at first taste. Extremely well carbonated, and dry like an expensive champagne. Mild hops come through in the finish, along with a yeasty sourness that evens out the sweetness. Interesting blend- the quad style mixes well with the lambic berry flavors- a very refreshing brew with a deceptively high abv. Not my pick for Ommegang's, best but well worth a try.

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Version -- poured into a chalice
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. Left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and cherries. It also had a spicy smell. Alcohol aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted of malt and cherry. Very sweet. It also had a hint of hop spiciness.

M - Mouthfeel was soft and smooth. It is a heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a fasinating beer. I love the kriek taste added to a quadrupel.

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

Pours with a decently carbonated head; cream in color; maybe a half-inch in all. Color is a nice clean and clear brown-rose. The smell on this one is good... low on hops, high on malt, with a sweet undercurrent that doesn't overpower the smell or the taste of the beer. In all, just from the smell you can tell that this is a BIG beer. The taste... it's richer than most American Belgian style beers (which is a good thing); a tad bit too carbonated, but that's just me being nitpicky; it's got that aforementioned sweet undercurrent going without being overpowering.

If you're a Belgian Quadrupel fan, and you don't want to go all the way to Belgium to get a good Quad, then this is a pretty decent fill-in. Personally, I love quads... this one really does do the style justice. I bought this in Houston, and amongst several other Ommegang beers (which are all good in their own right) this is the only one that was depleted to just two left in the store (and, of course, I bought both).

Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of quads; and even if you're not it's still worth a try.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, brewed in 2005. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with a small tan head. It smells like cherries, pepper, and other dark fruit. The aroma wasn't very strong. It tastes spicy (pepper and cloves) and like cherries, herbs, caramel and dark fruit. Finishes bitter, peppery and sour, and a bit dry with some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is medium, with a lot of carbonation. It's also a little bit slick. Drinkability is OK, but would be better if the carbonation was lower. Overall I think it's good, but I wasn't impressed with this beer. That being said, I'd try it again in the future but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy it.

Photo of cro250klr
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first blend. After reading the bottle, I see that Lindeman's Kriek is used in the mix. Kreik isn't on my top ten, so I didn't know what to expect.

The pour is really nice, a copperish/brown with a tan head.

The smell is rather complex. Malt, cherry, banana, dirt, and a whole lot of other musty stuff. A whirl wind of aromas.

The taste is pretty much the same. It starts out on the lighter cherry side, a bit tart, then comes the malt and banana. A hint of sweetness starts then it fades to a slightly drier finish.

This has a really smooth mouthfeel but the complex blend of flavors leave me wondering, " Do I really want another one of these?" I really can not figure out what to pair this with. It's would make a for a great appertif but, to complement a meal?

This one may just be to overly complex to make it a session beer. It's not the 9.8 ABV that scares me, I've had much higher and have made a session out of them . I think this one is just a tad to complicated for my taste bubs to make me yearn for more than one.

Photo of rallison
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into my brand new Gulden Draak goblet at just under cellar temp.

A: Dark reddish brown with a 2 finger off-white head that sticks around nicely.

S: Ohhh, nice! Dark fruits, cherries, candi sugar, rum. Smells delicious.

T: Wonderful use of cherry lambic. Cherry flavor (with just a touch of tartness) is there in the background. Nice candi sweetness up front with some prune flavors. Bit of a port flavor in the too. Wonderful blend of flavors in my opinion. Ultimately, this excels at blending some nice more subtle flavors together.

M: Good, relatively full mouthfeel for a quad. Medium to highish carbonation gives the swallow a tickle. Some alcohol in the background (but it does provide a nice warming).

D: Very, very drinkable for a quad. The great balance leaves me wanting more after every swallow. Maybe I should've picked up the 750...

Highly recommended. A wonderful take on the quad style (and by an American brewer no less). I'd love to see some more quads blend in a bit of kriek - adds a nice dimension.

Photo of beertastegood
2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish gold with a head that quickly collapses.

Aroma: woody, tart, musty, earthy, peppery, fruity (cherries of course), but solvent. As it warms, a caramel-like sweetness comes out, along with a slight chocolate note.

Taste: intense phenolic notes, candied fruit (think fruitcake) pervades the palate with a slight mustiness. Alcohol comes on quite strong here, and not the good alcohol either - I'm talking fusels. Fermentation seems to have been run a mite too hot. The cherry essence is there, but it gets buried under an astringent, pepper-and-clove mess of flavors that leads into a finish that is surprisingly tolerable. Almost wine-like, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation. Slick on the tongue (fusels again?)

Drinkability: Not so much. And by not so much I mean not really at all.

Disappointing - I have been looking forward to this beer and was happy to hear it had landed in Texas. It *could* be a good beer - IMO it just needs more attention to fermentation of the base (98%) beer and blending.

Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The scent is a pleasant blend of a mild yeasty smell and sour cherries...
Pours with a nice head and lace that clings to the sides of your glass..

A tad cloudy and copper-like in color...

9.8% ALC vol

The flavor is strong, but good. Hints of the cherry lambic stay throughout, yet it is not sweet at all. The cherry essence lingers in the background.

A great sipping beer...not for everyone, an acquired taste...but a wonderful selection for those who enjoy Belgian beers.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 version bottle>Postel chalice glass

This is an amazing color, it looks like bing Cherries, it's a red-amber color, very vibrant. A smooth, even, creamy looking head, two-finger, tan colored head is also impressive. The head never dissipates fully and leaves a 1/8" in depth at all times. Pretty amazing.

A very sweet malt scent with cherries, red-grape juice, brown sugar, nutmeg, green herbs and subtle spices.

A giant candy-sugar malt, herbalized chocolate that's wonderfully sweet with some mild heat. The fruitiness is great, with Pacific Northwest Bing Cherries when they're sweet, red grapes, raspberry and a mild current of nutmeg. This has an amazingly complex flavor...allow this one to warm up closer to room temp because many subtle flavors pop out. The complex flavor is wonderful with sweet red fruits and mildly spicey, herbal hop balance. Overall: Yummy.

These Belgian-style brews have a luxurious feel, full-bodied, very smooth and with that sparkling clean, bubbly feel besides.

Highly enjoyable, a wonderful Quad and the cherries only add a nice fruit complexity. American's can Brew Belgians!!

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

750ml bottle into snifter.

Hazy deep mohogany color with a light tan frothy head that slowly settles to a foamy cap. Solid stacked lacing coats the glass.

Estery and tart fruit aromas mixed with a little bit of alcohol. A hint of cherry can be detected.

Both smooth and tart at the same time. The malts lend a toasty core along with sweeter fruit flavors. A bit of tart cherry flavor mixes in. The alcohol makes its presence known, but it is not overpowering. The smoothness is matched by the creaminess from start to finish, with little bitterness. Phenols are low.

Ultra complex and a thrill to drink. The cherry lambic adds a little tartness to the overall sweet and smooth drink. Enjoy with someone else, as this one is a bit heavy.

Photo of leedorham
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 edition. Corked and caged 750ml bottle. served ~50 deg.

Pours a deep amber with 1 1/2 inch head which sticks around. Appears to be highly carbonated.

The aroma is full with a very floral sweetness. Like rose petals and sugar. There is just a tinge of acidity.

The first taste strikes me as very spicy. There is certainly a clove character. I also get the impression of mint. The finish is sour with a bit of alcohol bite.

This one sips pretty light but burns going down until about mid glass. I can't picture drinking this regularly. It's a flavor experience but one I would take in moderation.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL bottle bought straight from the source on a cool autumn day, carted carefully home with 11 bretheren, a beautiful bottle and label, a 2005 vintage thats been sitting patiently in my cellar for two years. Here we go!

Into an Ommagang chalice, pours from the bottle like a golden elixir, settling to a dark brown to deep ruby red with a light tan quarter inch head, very soft looking, receding to a lovely thin film. There is light bubblies floating steadily up from the bottom, lacing falls in sheets, leaving little but shine and a few bubbles left on the sides. I remember the head being a lot better at a younger age, but this is quite lovely.

Aroma is a lovely and beaurtiful thing, figs and raisins and other dark fruits, the spices are delicious and the herbal qualities are just great. The lambic seems a little downplayed here, and the cherry is faint if anything.

Taste near perfect, all of those great dark fruits, the sweet malts, the herbs and spices, the lambic sour coming out to play... really, I wasn't getting too much out of the cherry lambic in aroma, but here in taste its out in force and a wonderful thing paired with a quad. So many fruits, plum, cherry, apricot, fig, different feel with each. The finish is sooo long, sweet, sour, fruity, the spices sticking around, just delicious.

The mouth is absolutely perfect, the body is perfect, carbonation perfect, alcohol warms and soothing, feels good going down. Just great. A great beer, I take my time with it, slow down life, think about it, ponder, philosophize, wonder at such great thing man can achieve. Beers like this, and this brewery, are a testiment to all things good. It does well right out of the brewery, great at a year, and great at two years. Well done, well done.

Now, I usually don't go talking about prices for beers, but at five bucks a pop, this is just an unbelievable deal. And now that my Ommegang stash is winding down, I'll have to jump over to Sconnie to grab some more.

Photo of roughsax
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this on-tap and in bottle a few times now. One of my girl friends absolutely loves it. Bottles @ $5.99 are a good deal. This review is on-tap @ Capital Ale House, Innsbrook. Served in a goblet.

A- Deep amber brown, lacy head

S- Cherry, caramel, earth, sour funk

T- Sweet, tart, cherry, dark fruit, pepper, caramel, chocolate?, boozy, vinous, lingering dry peppery finish

M- Medium to full, coating

D- Pretty good. While not in love, I do enjoy it, which is good since the afformentioned friend loves it. The alcohol needs to tone down a bit, perhaps go sit in the corner and think about what he's done.

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

Porued from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep amber-brown with a big fluffy head. I pick up sweetness of caramel and malt and a hint of tobacco. The taste is solid; molasses and a bit of cherries. Finishes with slight lambic sourness.

I have only had a few quadrupels, but this American brew held its own with its Belgian counterparts. If it was not $7 per bottle I would have one everyday.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,494 ratings.