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: 5,867
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 306
Gots: 1,155 | FT: 22
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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 brewskifan55
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: opaque, amber; 1 finger head that dissipates; decent lacing

Smell: heavy cherries; funky Belgian fruity goodness.

Taste: cherries dominate; figs, raisins, Belgian yeast. Alcohol creeps in. Chewy finish.

Mouthfeel: heavy; sits on the tongue and carbonates like a bubble factory.

Overall: smooth, warming. A great dessert beer. Those 3 philosophers really put their heads together for this sublime taste.

Photo of microbrew52
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange and brown. Once out of the glass, the head is not billowy but sticks around till the end. It has a sour cherry smell from the lambic that is used with a little chocolate mixed in. I pick up a malt, bread, chocolate, cherry, and caramel. It has a nice long finish.

Photo of cdizinno
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml brown magnum. PKG ON 08/06/09 and BEST BY 08/2014.

A: Mahogany brownish-red with light tan head. Almost blood red when held to a light. Medium lacing.

S: Light medicinal/herbal/licorice in the aroma. Heavy malt sweetness.

T&M: Smooth within a full body. Mild cherry, but heavy licorice up front to an ending that is bitter cherry and alcohol. Thick sweetness of dark malts, nothing roasted. Bitter phenols balance well with the hops. Very herbal.

Very complex. I usually love cherry flavors, but this one is kind of odd. If you like dark belgian styles, this one may be for you.

Photo of rand
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to Duvel tulip glass

A: The pour creates a huge, foamy, two inch head, which is slow to recede, while the beer displays a beautiful dark amber-red color. Surprisingly little lacing traces the glass.

S: Fruity esters are noticed first, ripe cherries and plums. Plenty of alcohol burn, the volatiles carry grainy malts and an assortment of other scents, banana peel, leather, bubble gum.

T: Ripe fruity esters up front, as the cherry notes bash up against the phenolic undertone. A touch of hop bitterness balances the sweet, fruity nuances. It's layered and complex, but more singular in flavor than I expected. The alcohol bite is there throughout the sip and helps to dry the palate.

M: Rich and creamy. Really smooth, as the carbonation nicely rinses the palate between each sip.

I could name a few Quads I like better, but Three Philosophers has a unique and trademark flavor. It tastes distinctly Belgian, but unlike many US attempts at this style, it doesn't just taste like a "Quad". And for such a young brewery, this ale might as well come from a recipe passed down for 200 years. A great holiday sipper - I rarely bitch about weather, but it's in the freaking 30's in San Diego right now - this is hitting the spot.

Photo of TXTider
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Serving in a snifter gave a half finger head which rapidy dissipates. It was tobacco colored with some deep reds showing in the light.

S - Sweet, molasses, dark fruit maybe plums or cherry

T - malt, dark fruit, light alcohol, molasses

M - moderate carbonation with a full but well balanced character

O - This beer really grew on me as I got through it. I'll definitely be drinking this again with some holiday meals.

Photo of jhu1995
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed in 2005, caged cork bottle.

Was given this one as a gift and could not wait to try, so I opened it up and gave it a whirl. I absolutely loved the color, a beautiful dark red, cherry wood color that was very crisp and clear. Outstanding. A sweet cherry aroma that was very subtle and smooth. Also noticed a slight medicinal smell, but did not think it was very overpowering or consuming. Taste was a bit rough, and would probably be better with a year of aging. Cherry taste was very noticeable and was quite interesting since it did not have the lambic-like tartness. I would purchase this one and probably let it age a year or two to smooth out some of the rough edges and let some of the malt characters come though. Overall, a very interesting and original beer that I would recommend.

Photo of ewpgolf2
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 355 ml. bottle into a fishbowl chalice. This Qaud presents itself w/ a deep ruby hue and off-white foamy head that settles quickly to a 1/8" film. You get a waft of sweet fruit compote followed by a hint of the booze. first impression w/ taste was that of sugared caramel-like well-done toast with butter and sugar on it-less the cinnamon. Throughout the rest, you get fruit teasings (not necessarily the 2% added cherries though?) This finishes strong; and as usual, you get more alcohol towards the end. The best part about this brew is how well the mouthfeel adds to the drinkability. The aftertaste keeps you wanting more-even more than the taste itself! This can get syrupy after a few but doesn't sit heavy. The 9.8% ABV is a sneaker so watch out. I would have liked this to offer a little more on the front end but overall, I enjoyed just drinking this one!

Photo of sevopie
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Thick muddy brown with faint hints of red, light brown head thats somewhat rocky.

Smell - Dark roasted malts with some brown sugar smells, and faint fruity aromas.

Taste - The malts take over here, caramel and chocolate notable. The lambic barely shows its head on the finish with a slight tart. A few spices mull around as well, namely cinnamon and ginger, as well as the alcohol showing its head on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a moderately light amount of carbonation for a Belgian-style brew.

Drinkability - This won't be a staple as something doesn't quite sit right, but its definitely tasty. Bottle looks like a one and done though.

Photo of birdyone
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A creamy hazel brown. Nice head. Very opaque. How I think a good beer should look.

Fruity and warm aroma. Very inviting.

Taste is better than some Belgian Quads I've had, but not the best. The best ones were ones I had on tap, had too many of, and can't remember the names of. . . I've had this beer cellared for about 2 years and that was really good. Fruity notes, which are typical to the style.

It's very smooth for a 9.8% beer.

Drinkability suffers from price, and a little from alcohol content. I enjoy Belgian Quads, but their high alcohol and smooth taste are a deadly combination. . . Best part about this beer is the availability.

Photo of Jmoore50
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last beer of the Belgian tasting night with myself. This was the last beer of the night, and by far the best. This is a 2008 Vintage. The first thing that I thought of when I tasted this was that it would be delicious as a sour. Just at some Brett, Pedio and Lacto and this could be amazing.

The appearance is dark amber with lighter edges. It has a gradient of dark to lighter ambers which is pretty. The head has a really nasty tan-green color that is really disturbing. It doesn't last long and turns into a few bubbles hanging on to the sides of the glass. No lacing.

The smell is faint, but what is there is good. Cherries is a big one, and with this being two years old that is impressive. Yeasts are very strong, as well as other fruits like peaches and apricot.

The tastes in this one are pleasant, and after being two years old I believe some tastes have faded and given way for the dominant tastes. Cherries, strong grassy yeasts, caramel malts, and peaches. This thing is pretty tasty.

The mouthfeel is carbonated aggressively, but it has died down enough for it to just push the flavors out perfectly. Still not really thick on the palate as I would like it to be. Maybe a little higher gravity would do this thing wonders. The cherries and fruits bring a great sweetness to it. This is a good brew that I would buy again. Granted I bought the 2008 version, and it has been aging in the dark parts of a fridge for two years, I still would buy another. I enjoyed this.


Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, 2008 vintage,

A: Pours red-brown with a solid off-white head with excellent retention, some lacing.

S: A lot of sweet molasses with a hint of cherry.

T: Nice light brown sugar mixed with a lot a dark malt. The kriek, while being only 2% of the beer plays a more substantial role, adding a bit of fruit and medicinal character.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side for a close to 10% ale, off-dry finish, not bad.

D: Another quality ale and blend from the fellows at Ommegang, I wish it wasn't so pricey, it's good stuff. One of the very first beers I ever had, back in '05 I had it without knowing what it was and it really opened my eyes up to Belgian styles along with Orval, so I'm very thankful.

Photo of alexgash
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Popped off the cap and immediately smelled that Ommegang smell. Pours a dark, russet brown. Light doesn't penetrate. Head is big and creamy and tan with a hint of red. Smellwise...I'm picking up dark cherries, oak, leather, alcohol, and yeast. Not overly aromatic, but nice and vinous. Dark, rummy fruits kick off the palate. Cherries, raisins, maybe plums in there. Slightly sweet, but slightly tart. Alcohol hits mid-palate, along with some leather, and a little oak. Bitterness backs its way in, but its a very herbal, tangy, and almost medicinal bitterness. Yeast is notieceable throughout. The finish has a tart apple taste to it. Warming. Full-bodied, but with a rather fluffy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the "too much" side. Overall, a decent beer, but not my favorite Ommegang product.

Photo of aleckpa
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Murky brown, like a dark iced-tea. slight head at first, looks like egg shell white. goes away shortly, and leaves a nice lacing throughout.

S- I smell raisins, figs, and a whiff of a granny smith green apple.

T- Sweet matly flavors. I taste raisins, sugar, caramel, with alcohol. It's not overwhelmingly sweet, however.

M- Creamy and full. Lot's of carbonation that tingles the tongue and throat. But, very very smooth.

O- I was expecting this to be sweeter and more distinct flavors. However, this wasn't the case, in my opinion. It isn't as sweet as say, Rochefort 10. It's a good beer in the end.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 release acquired with the help of howl1309, so a big "Thank You" goes out him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of cherries, caramel, brown sugar, some spice, roasted malts & Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise has a strong burst of sour cherries that is tempered by the sweetness of caramel & brown sugar. There's a good Belgian yeast background and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild as to be expected any beer that's 5-years-old and particularly in this style. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good high-powered Belgian that adds the tartness of a lambic. Five years might have been a little too long for this one, but it's still worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of GreenCard
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep auburn, quite hazy, layer of light tan spongey foam that flattens to a crown, OK head retention

Aroma: dark caramel malt, sour dough bread, cooked cherries, alcohol, almagnac

Flavor: dry maltiness with a mellow background of cooked cherries; cork, yeast, almond, caramel, peppery alcohol; sharp bitterness at the back of the tongue; finishes dryish with a caramel/cherry/alcoholic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth

Other comments: A nice idea for Ommegang to blend one of their "Belgian-style" beers with a true Belgian beer: cherry kriek. The result is a comforting, warming, flavorful concoction. Reminds me a bit of Rare Vos from the cafe of the same name in Schepdaal, Belgium.

Photo of bplabernie
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Not sure why they felt the need to blend in cherries. Would be much better as a stand alone quad

Photo of beerbully
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured into snifter from bomber

A-dark amber with reddish hue. big off white head thick clinging lacing (4.0)

S-dark sugars, molasses, raisins, (3.75)

T-sweet and boozy. flavors of molasses, dark cherries, figs, raisins, and some burning booze (3.75)

M-some carbonation, full bodied, (3.75)

O-not one of my preferred styles as it is a bit too sweet for me with a boozy punch. The sweetness lingers which makes it less drinkable for my tastes. (3.75)

Photo of dabarton
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

While good, I was indisputably disappointed by this beer because of how substantial the hype is. Dark, rich, and smooth with a slight alcohol burn and beautiful presentation, this beer is unmistakably a fine piece of craftsmanship. However, to my taste it was not complex enough to be world class in this style.

I also should note that my rating reflects my preference for dark, malty beers with minimal hop character. Three philosophers finished too hoppy for me to buy it again.

Photo of ManekiNeko13
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice full head, definite complex aromas, bitter but a tolerable to me sort of bitter (if it's not Manischewicz, I generally don't like it). I picked up on some nice coffee hints, and actually did try mixing some with milk to cut the bitterness (don't judge me). It was pretty good with the milk added, believe it or not. I didn't get any of the kriek, but since it's only 2% of the formula, I'm not surprised.

Very attractive dark brown color, again not unlike coffee. Smell was similar to a strong lager--basically hoppy and maybe some malt, but again, no lambic-ness detected. Nice mouthfeel--good carbonation, good body. Since I haven't yet tried an actual Trappist ale, I can't compare, but I believe that's what they were going for.

All in all, a pretty good ale, one I'd probably try again after I get some more tasting experience.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a chalice glass.

pours a deep reddish brown with a finger of beige head... middling retention; strong lacing. aroma is of cherries, plums, yeast, alcohol. taste follows the smell, except - and maybe this is me - you lose some of the yeast characters evident in the nose. some caramel and muted spice notes. mouthfeel is medium bodied with prickly carbonation. pretty drinkable and worth trying - interesting take on the style with the lambic addition - but imo not on par with the upper echelon (i.e. belgian/trappist brews).

Photo of cradke
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown with deep plums and caramels when held to light. Light fine head the dissipates rather quickly. Some sediment.

Smell: Raisins, cranberry and other dark fruit. Mild alcohol, and full malt. Very little hop profile is evident.

Taste: Bitter, cherries and plum first with some malt notes. A lasting malt profile. Finishes with evolving sweetness from the cherries and dark notes.

Mouthfeel: Light and thin for a quad. Spreads quickly across the palate with light to medium carbonation.

Overall: A very different take on the Belgian quad. The cherries make for prominent fruit notes and a much more bitter taste. Not enough sweetness to balance out the bitter. Certainly not my favorite but a very interesting take on the quad.

Pouring type: Bottle into chalice.

Photo of koolchas
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber bottle brewed in 2006 poured in a goblet.

a: rosewood color, not much of head, ample carbonation with bubbles racing to the top of the goblet.

s: yeast, malt, with a hint of cherry. more spicy than fruity/floral.

t: hint of bing cherry in the background. the taste of this is complex with noticeable cherry flavor lingering. a bit tart but, more like a cherry tart vs. bitter.

m: carbonation galore. champane like. flavorful spices. i finish drinking this about an half an hour ago with nothing else in my mouth. the aftertaste is somewhat like i bit into a hostess cherry pie.

d: very drinkable. goes down very easy that you would not know this brew is 9.8% abv.

overall a solid brew but, not one of my favorites. this brew may be much better if in the cellar for a year or two.


Photo of BabyBastard
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked out one of my '09 bottles to review. Cork and caged, pours into chalice very dark brownish red, hazy with not much head and spotty lacing. Given, this was the initial pour, and it is slightly chilled.

This has a strange, sour smell, predominately cherry in nature. Surprising considering the 2% addition, but it is very pronounced. Too me, this has a hard liquor scent, very strong alcohol in the nose, though it is still slightly chilled. Who knows, this may calm itself as it warms a bit. We will see. Dark malts and cherries, slight bit of sugary sweetness also present in the nose, though it's overwhelmed by this hot alcohol nose.

Taste has that odd cherry front, followed by a nice, malt backbone. Not overly sweet on the palate, though a bit of sweetness can be detected on aftertaste. This sweetness seems to be washed away with the alcohol burn, shortly after consumption. Not a major burn, more like a gentle, warming of the stomach once it hits. Still, crazy how the 2% of cherries can add such a pronounced, cherry flavour to this brew. Not unpleaseant, if you like cherries, but may be a bit too much for some who are not used to the whole "cherry" thing. It is good, in my opinion.

Feel is very unlively. Not much carbonation to be had, and agitation of the brew does not seem to help much. Feels a bit flat on the palate, though it may just be my bottle. Still, this is smooth, not sticky or oily in the least, and a very easy drinker, if you can get past the up front cherry characteristics of the ale. Drinkability is slightly above the average for me, though I'll keep the rest of my bottles for evaluation further down the road. My opinion, if you see this one, give it a shot.

Photo of pbr85
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalis.

Appearance: Pours a nut brown with a small off white head with little to no lacing.

Smell: Mango and alcohol combine for a strong smell.

Taste: Fruit and alcohol flavors dominate. There is a lot of carbonation that masks much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, which masks the flavor. Not terrible but doesn't amaze.

Drinkability: Its pretty drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. Though I couldn't drink alot, I would not shy away from it if it was offered. A decent North American replication of a Belgian style.

Photo of Fatduck
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this bottle on a whim, it was only $7 and I voted today, so I deserve it.

It pours a dark copper color, much darker than I expected. A fully tan head that lasts for years. 2% Blended with a cherry lambic style, its great, you can really taste they tartness of the cherry. Its a very malty chewy beer, smooth and rich all the way down, this bottle would have been hard to finish without my drinking partner.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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