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: 5,868
Reviews: 2,036
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 306
Gots: 1,158 | 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 Birdiebeagle
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle Pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a good fizzy light brown head. Very good lacing on the glass, head diminshed in average time. Aroma is of carmel and cherries. Taste has good carbonation. The sweetness blended nicely. It doesn’t overpower the beer. Has an astringent aftertaste, but a short finish. Has a sherry wine like flavor. The correct glass will help you appriciate this one. I got it in a gift pack that came with it.

Photo of cabsandking
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tall cap, big tan colored bubbles that fades to something moderate. Hazy chestnut color and ruby red when held to the light. Malty nose with notes of caramel and toasty malts. Extremely carbonated, phenolic, crisp alcohol presence, very dry bitterness and tart background. Cherries and cranberries make a distinct appearance. Medium body with a watery, carbonated mouth feel like soda pop. Charred oak and nutty flavors. Losses some of its carbonated quality towards the end. This was certainly a fairly complex beer but still fell short of expectation.

Photo of Meganomiidae
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: ruby brown with a thin, pale head. Moderate lacing and quick dissipation of the head.

S: dark cherry and plum, with a slight medicinal aspect. Very similar to the smell of buckwheat honey, with the same strength and bold character.

T: medicinal dark cherry up front, filled out by caramel and toasty malt notes.

M: medium bodied, with accurate carbonation levels for the style. Can't complain, but not particularly noteworthy either.

O: not a fan of the medicinal, buckwheat honey-esque theme; but then again, also not a fan of buckwheat honey. Not bad for what it is, just doesn't suit my palate.

Photo of Dmann
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer but not as good as I was expecting. This one poured a very dark brownish red color with a small bit of lacing around the glass. The smell was not to prominant and I could only detect a scent of alchohol and malty sweetness. The flavor was allmost too sweet for my liking and it left my mouth quite dry. Lots of malts dominated the scent, a little too much domination to me. Overall, try pairing it wilh a good cigar but drink slowly and wiith caution.

Photo of dieselboy914
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer, looking to somehow celebrate the raise I'd just received from work. This gem was the latest arrival on the shelves of my supermarket, so I jumped at the opportunity.

The bottle is fun to look at, as you can tell by the supplied pic here. It makes you look smart just by carrying it.

Poured it into a glass goblet, and boy did the head grow! Very quickly, indeed, considering the fastest I've seen to date was a Duvel. But then again, I'm new at this...
The color was a beautiful amber, dark and opaque, with the foam think and receding very slowly. Wait 5 minutes...
The taste is somewhat predictable, very malty, with caramel and apple undertones. The alcohol breaks through immediately, and disturbs the pleasure that you were experiencing from that breif second there.
The mouthfeel is great. Fine carbonation that you can barely see, give the beer an exciting feel, and makes you want to finish the whole pint yourself. But the taste, again, is slightly discouraging.

A pretty decent beer in the end, but would need a good reason to drink it again. Maybe with a good food pairing?

Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a hardcore Ommegang supporter, but this is not my favorite from the brewery. Not to say it's bad... just not as great as I'd like it to be. Appearance-wise, it's lovely. Deep crimson with a sticky white head and a generous amount of lacing.

Smell is raisiny and pruney- lots of dark fruits- and sweet. Taste is not the yummiest ever- raisins and coffee with a background bitterness. A bit on the sweet side for me- perhaps this guy needed time to blend better. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth, though a tad bit watery.

Overall, fairly drinkable for the style and alcohol content. If you grab one of these guys, give it some time to age- I have a feeling that's all it needs to really stand up with it's Ommegang siblings.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark burgundy beer with a shy head retention

smell is malty with a caramel feeling that is nicely balanced

Taste is alcohol at first, then caramel with a fruity touch that ends with a sherry like flavours that come and complete the ensemble.

not bad, but I espected more

Photo of Kaiser81
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Stone RIS snifter

A - Mushroom cork with cage. Removing the cork was very easy. I put a little pressure on it, and then POP, the cork shot up and hit my ceiling. Shortly thereafter, the bottle fizzed over a bit. Guess this bottle has plenty of carbonation.
Pours a deep, dark amber color with cherry red hues. There is a 2 finger width layer of head.

S - It smells like faint sour cherries mixed with some oak, other mixed fruits (perhaps dried?). The belgian yeast also comes through.
As it warms, the smell turns to medicinal in quality, and there is definitely an alcohol aroma going on.

T - There are some cherries and raisins present in the taste, dark fruits (don't ask me to tell you which ones), belgian maltiness, and other complex flavors I have no idea to describe. There's also a kind of boozy/harsh aftertaste that lingers. it's all complex and good, just hard for me to describe.

M - Creamy with LOTS of carbonation. I seriously need to check for dents in my ceiling.

D - Not sure I'd want to drink more than a serving of this, but I have a 750 mL bottle to get through. I'm no quad expert, but I think this should be aged for a couple years.

Photo of tar
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark almost chocolate colored brown, with some red highlights. An off-white head which includes some large bubbles caps the beer and lingers for some time. As expected, a strong aroma of cherries issues forth from the glass--this is nice, but the combination of cherries with some light alcohol notes reminds me a bit of cough medicine. Smooth with some pleasant sweetness and good fruity flavors (cherries, plums and others which I can't pin down). The cherry which was so overpowering in the aroma is much more subdued in making itself known in flavor. As the beer warms, a bit of alcohol taste comes forward, although not excessive to the point of detracting from the broader, nicely complex flavor. Overall this is a very nice beer--while I probably would not want much more than a glass per session it is certainly a beer I would look forward to having again.

Photo of WckdVbz
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sorry, but this is not a quad.

Photo of nixhecks
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2003 bottle. Poured a dark mahogany color with a two-finger sized, off-white head. Head had excellent retention. Aroma had a slight red wine oakiness with cherries and malts and a alcohol presence. Cherry lambic flavors are rather upfront, leaving the sweet malts to try their best to balance it all out. Alcohol was not obtrusive and overall this blend of lambic and ale made for a warming and unique drinking experience. Mouthfeel was smooth and medium to heavy bodied with medium carbonation. This would probably be best to sip after a meal.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of pastradul
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my duvel tulip glass.

Pours deep burgundy/ruby. With about a finger of head on it that dissipates very quick.

The smell is figs, prunes and wine.

the taste is more of the same. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt. with a red wine semi dry finish.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer, is is super silky with a nice alcohol warmth that finishes.

Pretty good beer, will probably pick up some more.

Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mil, 2008 vintage

A - Dark orange - somewhere between a dark red and brown in color. Head formation is very strong and thick - at about 5mm. It is darker in color, similar to a stout. Carbonation is quite obvious. Little hazing that I can find.

S - Very yeasty - dominated by the belgian earthy yet spicy yeast. Some malt sweetness in the background, almost reminding me of cherries.

T - Starts of with a smooth sweet flavor. Starts to develop a hair of balance mid-stream with the yeast. Not very assertive. At the end is a strong bitter bite that comes way out of left field for me. Aftertaste is a acidic sour bite associated with a sort of cherry flavor.

M - Very carbonated, which is leading towards alot of bite on the tongue. The body of the beer itself is moderate to perhaps a bit light.

D - A filling beer combined with a high ABV in a 750 ml container - that speaks volumes for it being a single and special occasion beer. I believe that is the brewers intent anyway.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 9.8% ABV, 2009, Serve at 50°F.

A - Hazy, murky brown pond water color with vibrant ruby highlights. Despite the color's somewhat shady appearance, this brew has a nice bone head with good retention and lace.

S - Dark Belgian candi sugar compliments the toasted caramel and chocolate malts. Dusty cocoa and dirt come through with a Belgian yeast strain trailing behind. Medicinal notes cloud the low cherry kriek aroma.

T - Tart Kriek hits upfront followed by an alcohol kick. The rest is a mix of sweet, dark candi sugar, cocoa-like dry malts, dirt, and Belgian yeast esters. Odd it's still so hot after it's age.

M - Tart and boozy hot across the tongue with a smoothness half way through. Good carbonation level to keep it from feeling overbearing. Warming finish to the medium-full-bodied beer.

D - Not only do I know I've positively reviewed this before (one of the first great beers I shared with my Dad before he passed) I remember it being much, much better than this time around. A little boozy and cloyingly sweet, the 12 oz bottle doesn't seem to have the same greatness the 750 does.

Photo of blakelive784
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, murky, amber brown color with a tan, decently creamy head of 2.5 fingers. Retention is decent. Pretty much what was expected.

S - Candied sugar, raisins, tart cherry, spice, and reserved malt and yeast tones. It's a modest strength aroma, if a bit reserved, but nice all together.

T - Spicy and tart fruits open. Dark cherries and raisins build over sweet malt and candy. Yeast comes through near the climax, with a bit of tart funk. The well handled alcohol peeks through near then end, but it's far from obtrusive. Well built, and the addition of the kriek is a nice compliment to the beers understated complexity.

M - Medium bodied, surprisingly creamy, and smooth.

D - My first brew from Ommegang, and it didn't disappoint. A bit timid, but quite complex and highly drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I look forward to more beers from Ommegang.

Photo of HuskyHawk
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber/toffee color, decent cream colored head. Smell is bready, yeasty, a little overripe fruit and spices. Taste is nice but not overwhelming. Some fig/pear fruits, but caramel malts and Belgian yeast spices are more pronounced. This also has a green hop flavor that I find a bit unusual for the style. It provides a little sharpness, and I think this could be smoother. Overall, very solid but it didn't meet my fairly high expectations.

Photo of sholland119
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a ruby amber with a fluffy tan head and good sticky lacing. Looks nice but a bit browner than I expect a quad to be.

S-Smells good though. Sweet plum, raisin and brown sugar with a fine Belgian sugariness and yeast character.

T-Nice. Sweet and full of dark fruit. There is maybe a bit too much black cherry for my liking and the flavor is not as full as I like in this style.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

D-A pleasant drinking quad. I think that the slightly lower ABV, compared to the classics of the style may have an impact on my enjoyment overall. But this is quite easy on the palate.


Photo of bamojr
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pored into a chilled pint glass, with a red tinted color and nice white fluffy head, that holds for quite some time. the flavor is quite pleasant. The hint of cherry from the 2% Lambic makes for a great compliment to the ale they brewed. Being a fan of lambics my self, this makes for a excellent brew.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy brown color with at thick head and pretty lacing. The smell is a bit sour and perhaps malty. The taste is malty with definite sour and sweet notes – a hint of fruitiness. The mouthfeel is full, but not chewy. Overall, this is a well balanced ale that I’d recommend.

Photo of lhaqq
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a dark ruby-colored body and a large, dense, creamy white head. Almost looks like a nitro pour.
S: Smells like yeast and caramelized malts.
T: Tastes like a fruit lambic on one half. Cherries/sour cherries. On the other half it is sweeter like a dubbel or a dull quad; figs, dark fruit and molasses.
M: Kind of dull and uninteresting but fine.
D: Hides abv, but too much in flavor to make it great in the capacity of drinkability.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this bottle during the summer of 2005 and opened it Apr. 2009. I poured the beer into the tulip-ish glass that accompanied the beer when I bought it. The ale poured an apple cider color with a brief ecru head. The ciderlike aroma set the tone for the rich cherry cider like taste and feel of the ale. There is a red wine like after taste that doesn't linger. The flavors are clean and to the point with a bigh show of cherry. The 9.8 ABV is definately there but blends well. Though the lacing is faint it sticks with the brew down to the final sip. there is a good amount of carbonation in this beer, you tell at a glance but the bubbly look doesn't convey exactly in the mouthfeel. This isn't really a "knock 'em back" beer for me but went well with dessert and cheese. THe coolest thing about the beer was the relatively substanital sediment hanging out in the bottom of the glass left behind just to reinforce the Belgian in this ale.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very rich, dark brown with ruby hues to it. about a half-inch head that dissipated quickly into a tiny head that was formed just around the circumfrence of the galss, leaving behind very little lacing. Smells of ripe, dark fruits, cherries, figs, sweet, and some alcohol. Taste is also of very ripe dark fruits, figs, prunes, raisins, cherry flavors, very noticeable alcohol burn in the finish. This beer could mask the alcohol better but I guess with a beer like this, aging it would be a wise move to mellow it out. Mouthfeel is full and airy, silky, with a good amount of carbonation. I've had better quads but they are usually from Belgium. This Three Philosophers is probably the best quad coming from the USA, or at least from what I have had. Cheers.

Photo of GilGarp
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 vintage.

The cork pops on this one with almost no effort. Pours a dark redish brown with a good amount of head. The head doesn't stay long but it leaves nice lacing. There are small particles of yeast in suspension but nothing to get concerned about.

Aroma is rich and spicy with a little bit of fruit and a little bit of funk.

Flavor is big and strong, nice layers of black cherries, cloves, and raisins. There's an underlying funky flavor there that isn't familiar and makes me wonder if this is normal. It's a little earthy, a little sour, and a little unpleasant. Perhaps it's the yeast because their saison is similar in that respect.

Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style, medium-full body, good carbonation.

Drinkability is okay but not the best. High alcohol and unusual esters and funk make it a bit of a mystery. I want to like it but I'm a bit disappointed.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
A - short head atop a reddish brown clear beer.
S - a little fruity with plenty of sweetness.
T - a touch of yeasty flavors and a big dose of sweetness with a bit of cherry.
M - sticky sweetness overall.
I wasn't satisfied for the price and the hype.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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