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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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4,508 Ratings

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Ratings: 4508
Reviews: 1869
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A soft brown body pours out into a Chimay goblet; off-white, gently settling head--strong head that holds sway...fragrant, ester-laden bouquet strikes immediately--the lambic quality plays nicely in the crisp Hallertauer hops--malts are balanced well enough to hint at something amber...light, soft flitter on the lips and teeth; smooth enough to sneak through to the throat without much fanfare...definite acidic grape presence...hops keep the taste tart...the 9.8 % alcohol is present, yet overall accomplishes a mellow, malty finish; almost no aftertaste--this beer excels in its self-control... a wonderful Easter ends with this Quadrupel, and a great end at that--with the bold passion of a merlot, Three Philosophers displays body and taste sophisticated enough... the Ommegang guys miss little, and this beer could keep me philosophical with a rather clear buzz as the bottle drains...

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:58:57 | More by dacrza1
Photo of SpasticKoala

New York

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep and dark with an orange trim. The head is beautifully thick, light caramel color, that's frothy and sticky.

Smell: Surprisingly I did not get as much cherry on the nose as I expected. There's a spicy and herbal notes to it. I'm getting some other dark fruits in the background such as raisin, figs, and plum.

Taste: This is by far one of my favorite Quadrupels. There's deep complexity here that makes the beer rather difficult to figure out (and I don't think I have entirely). I'm getting heavily toasted malt, plum, figs, sour cherries, clove, rum, dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: It is well balanced on the malt thickness and stickyness with enough carbonation to keep the beer lively.

Overall I definitely love this beer. It's delicious and I'll recommend it to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:22:30 | More by SpasticKoala
Photo of purplehops


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Philosophers poured a deep rosewood color with plum highlights. The head was light tan frothy and quick to disperse with little or no lacing. Aroma was fruity and malty with smells of fig, plum, raison, cherries, mace, caramel, and some pear and alcohol in the background. The taste starts with flavors of caramel and toffee mixed with black berries and plums. This is quickly followed by a rush of soft alcohol flavors and black cherries with hints of fig and allspice and pear. The finish keeps the complexity moving with notes of green tart apple blending with a dry maltiness and some earthy and citrus flavors. Aftertaste is a smooth warmth of dried fruits and spices and alcohol. As it warms it becomes more and more port like in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a medium full body and a very faint effervescence.
Overall an interesting and complex offering from Ommegang. Would one expect less? This is a special occasion beer that should cellar nicely and bring joy and warmth for years to come. The best part is that it is to become a regular part of the brewery line up instead of a specialty product. Thank you Mr. Duvel.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 22:20:00 | More by purplehops
Photo of TastyTaste


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark maroon body, with lots of red highlights visible. Head is very large on the pour, which fades slowly to a solid creamy layer of foam. Lots of alcohol and cherries in the nose, other dark fruits and rum also present. Very rich and malty, witth dark chocolate covered cherries the showpiece. This is a very big beer, very interesting beer, the cherries play a big aprt of the experience. I like it a lot.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 23:22:31 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown in color with very nice head and loads of lacing. Medium alcohol smell with dark fruit smell (kinda raisiny). Great smell for a quad. HUGE taste. Very sweet with distinct graininess. Strong alcohol flavor without the burning. I'm not sure why that is. Slight toffee flavor. Ridiculously smooth mouthfeel. This brew is great. A bit dry on the palate. Still lots of dark fruits in the finish. This is a great brew. I can't wait for the bottle in the cellar to get some age on it. Grab a bottle of this or I'll hunt you down. Not seriously but you need to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 02:40:17 | More by timtheenchanta
Photo of beertunes


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured with a thick, light caramel colored head. After the head dissipated there was minimal, but pretty lacing. A medium-deep brown with a slight reddish tint. A welcoming aroma featuring fruit and spice notes. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma closely, but the fruit flavors have a stronger presence. Enjoyably so. A well balanced, continually interesting flavor that opens up more and more as time goes on. The body is pleasingly full, smooth and and well-rounded. Very drinkable, but because this beer hides its alcohol so well, be aware of what you're involved with. A long time favorite from a well respected brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 01:22:56 | More by beertunes
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional. I picked this one up after having tried Ommegang's Abbey Ale a few weeks ago. And being a fan of krieks and cherry-based beers, I couldn't resist the curiosity of just what "2% ale with cherries added" meant.

A - Poured out of a 750ml capped and corked bottle into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Shades of ruby, blood and garnet, holding up to the light, it turned solid red with a layer of orange on top. Minimal head retention, but great lacing throughout.

S - Smells of a true Belgian. Tart, fruity banana aroma that's typical of the style/origin. Appetizing, sweet, it smacks of great taste and better things to come.

T - Carbonation first crashes against the palate, but is almost immediately overwhelmed by a big, fat, alcoholic cherry. I love that effect! Tart notes of alcohol come first, but are instantly settled by tones of cherry, biscuit malts. Again, exceptional. Alcohol on the high notes, sugary complex cherry in the middle, biscuits and undertones of toast on the bottom. Imagine crushing a soothing brandy-soaked cherry between your tongue and upper palate.

M + D - Alcohol settled quickly along my tastebuds, it's still a Quadrupel so I'm not knocking it. Wonderful drinkability for this style.

One of the best beers I've ever tried. I'm very satisfied and will return to this one very soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 03:23:51 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of Kallessin


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle (12oz):

Pours a deep hazy brown color with dark amber highlights. Has a somewhat smallish off-white head. A little sediment made it into the glass.

Has a fruity and spicy aroma with the cherries being the most prominent. Very malty and the alcohol is present along with some oakey/woody aromas.

Has a very rich, malty flavor with lots of cherries, with some molasses and brown sugar. The alcohol is not as prominent as the aroma would suggest and is very well hidden. This really has a fantastic flavor with the cherries pairing very well with the maltiness.

It's a lot lighter body then I expected, but it works very well. Smooth up front, followed by tingly carbonation. It has almost a juicy feel to it.

A really amazing beer. Very rich and flavorful. A perfect combination of cherries and full flavored malt. One of the those rare experiences with beer that makes you say wow when you taste it.

2009 Bottle (22oz):

This pours very similar to the 2008, but has much more of a head. A foamy cream color that stuck around for a short time.

It has much more grainy malt and sweet caramel in the aroma. The alcohol and the oakiness are still there, but the cherries are not as obvious.

The cherries are not as prominent in the flavor either. This flavor is much more fleeting. The malt is much more prevalent with some bready flavors and more bitterness.

It's a little more dry in the mouth, but otherwise it's much the same.

I happened to have both a 12oz bottle from 2008, which came in a mixed 12 pack and a 22oz bottle of 2009 from another gift pack that I received this Christmas (2009). I have to say the 2008 was much better. I'm thinking the extra year of aging much improved the flavor. My rating is based on the 2008 bottle, but both were great beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:22:57 | More by Kallessin
Photo of DrewS667


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle to a 24oz wide mouthed mug...

A - poured to a luscious 2 1/2 finger head, consistent lacing throughout. Color is dark, chocolate brown to cherry amber, truly a sight to see...

S - rich malts, caramel toffee, cherry, grassy and choppy

T - amazing rich deep and complex, really get the beautiful combination of cherry and toffee.

M - Smooth as silk, wonderful yeasty wheat bite

D - The taste allows you to drink it all day, but the 9.8% abv will definitely hold you back.

All in all an exceptional brew and one that on one should miss

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:03:32 | More by DrewS667
Photo of BudHater111


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am not much for words, this I can hardly call a beer though. It is incredible, I truly love the smell and how smooth this beer is to drink. Definitely a sipping beer, not something you will want to drink down as fast as you can. Take your time and enjoy...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 15:48:32 | More by BudHater111
Photo of shand


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a chalice. 2008 vintage.

Boom! Uncorking this bottle, the cork absolutely flew all the way across my apartment. There was no gushing though, guess the yeast has done plenty of munching over the past four years. This brew pours a hazy deep ruby color with a modest head that quickly drops down to a ring around the edge of the glass. The aroma is big on sweet and dark fruits, and not too much else.

The taste is excellent, this bottle progressed very well. The sweet fruit flavors, especially cherry, are still dominant, but lacking their sharp edge. The dark fruits and chocolate get their chance to shine on the finish. There's a nice backing provided by the yeast. The alcohol sometimes present in fresher bottles has now completely mellowed, this is now a super-easy drinker. The mouthfeel is solid, it's lightly carbonated and goes down very smoothly. The drinkability? Off-the-charts. This brew just goes down so easily, any hint of alcohol this beer presented is completely gone, making this one very dangerous. Overall, I'm very happy with this beer. It's just straight-up delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:22:29 | More by shand
Photo of YieldToNothing

New York

4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an ommegang chalice
dark brown with a creamy white head of about a half inch.
dried fruits in the smell, maybe a slight hint of caramel.
i get a little note of caramel in the taste as well, with that little quad "bite" in the aftertaste.
delicious, extremely well crafted quad. not quite as good as heavy hitter belgians, but certainly in the same ballpark.
definitely a winner an a beer i return to quite often.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:52:28 | More by YieldToNothing
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark plum to eggplant in color, with visible "floaties" swimming about, a bit lighter near the bottom and around the sides, so far a very good approximation of the trappist abbey dubbel look, with a small, dunnish head, settling swiftly into a negligible collar.
Aroma: sheer intoxication, the first sniff brings such myriad complex flavors that I have to reel back from it...rustic, raisins, cured meats?, dark spices and fruits, soft leather, moss...deep, dank, and transendently indulgent..oh, goodness, oh, WOW!...so much going on here, that's it's extraordinarily difficult to pretend to be detached or objective, this beer unfolds and envelops me, it knows it has me where I want to be had!
..now, how about a taste of it? Simply amazing! A sweet, treacly dose of fruit (grapes, plums, cherries) welcome hops, and a thick, powerful malt backbone, pulling it all together.
Can't quite taste the "dried apricot in the nose" and "pear on the palate" as noted on the label, at least I can't claim to have discovered it on my own.
I now relax, sit back, sip, savor...full-bodied as can be, long, rich, residing finish...no, "finish" is incorrect, for it never leaves the mouth, and I would never wish it to!
A beer so powerful and seductive it consumes every sensory receptor, every inch of the head, all across the brain, down the fingers and toes...I nearly want to "cut & paste" my review of Westveleteren or St. Bernardus, for this experience so closely resembled that which I had with those fine Trappist ales.
Another beer after this would be a tremendous let down, so that's it for tonight...(Notes taken in mid-August)
Abundant gratitude to purplehops for breaking this out of his cellar for me...it was magnificent!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 18:41:04 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of kinger


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 15:29:21 | More by kinger
Photo of LeftonJackman


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this Quad! At first I thought that a Quad from New York would not be worth it. In my history, any attempt at a Belgian beer without being from Belgium was a flop.

This one pours a deep brown with glimmers of red and orange. The billowy head is very reminiscent of a Belgian. A whispy lace dances around the glass, just the right amount!

Strong cherry and roasted spice in the nose! Lovely presence in the nose that makes me start to salivate.

The cherry is very evident and just keeps this from being perfect, sadly. But what a taste! As excellent a Quad as I have had!

Just the perfect balance and body in the mouth and goes down with a kind warmth. An absolute gem of a beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 23:49:16 | More by LeftonJackman
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4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Copper and hazy with an off-white head with moderate retention and little lacing.

S: Great malty character (and perhaps some chocolate notes). Spicy phenolic clove. Dark fruits.

T: Great malty richness. Dark fruity esters like dried cherry and plum. Alcohol warmth is balancing. Finish is sweet. A perfect fall offering.

M: Some carbonation tingle on the tongue. Full bodied.

Notes: YES!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 02:07:48 | More by kevinjosephlee
Photo of Jamstone714


4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle Poured into a cognac snifter.

Appearance: Outstanding lacing, dark mahogany in color

Smell: Sweet, herbal, boozy and sweet dark fruity smell. Hint of roast and a malt sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Heavenly full body. Thickly sweet of dark malts, Deceiving alcohol leaves little warmth until the finish. A trace of hop help to balance. Herbal & earthy as well.

Notes: another amazing brew by our friends in Cooperstown

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 21:11:31 | More by Jamstone714
Photo of francisweizen


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 Vintage: Corked and Caged 750ml brown glass bottle with a vintage date printed on it. This brew is phenomenal. It pours out a dark, rustic caramel colour with some hints of burnt mollasses. The aromas are all across the board, and consist of lovely ripe kriek notes, harsh spicy alcohol notes, belgian malts, belgian yeasts, candy sugar, slight floral and almost citric hops and more!

The taste echoes the aromas, but is even more blended and wonderful than the aromas hint at. Almost 10% alcohol. A quadruple!? This stuff is a far cry from the other quads I have sampled that are up there in abv like this one is. The mouthfeel is lovely and lush in the mouth....like silk and the drinkability is excellent for a near 10%abv brew!

This is quite possibly my new favorite from Ommegang. Good job guys!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 17:56:19 | More by francisweizen
Photo of soper2000


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really struggled with the cork on this one. The beer apparently wanted to be aged instead of consumed. Oh well, I eventually won the battle. Pours a little lighter than I would've expected. A milk chocolate brown sits underneath a 1 finger creamy head with a slightly tanned twinge. Aroma is very rich with plum and roasty malt sweetness and a subtle earthy hint. Taste is very different from other quads that I've enjoyed. The usual dark fruit/malty goodness is there, but man does that kriek jump out at the finish. That cherry bite really balances out the earthy character of the brew. There's a slight acidity that comes along with the cherry that really shocks me and makes this beer so much more refreshing than a normal quad (Very dangerous at almost 10%). I don't remember Lindemans having this kind of slightly acidic punch. A slight bit of wood is present in the aftertaste. Unique beer which i can see being polarizing. Really really really well done. Quite possibly my favorite of the Ommegang lineup. I'll be enjoying this one on many more evenings to come.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2005 22:45:34 | More by soper2000
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown, bottle varies from super clear to hazy and cloudy.. big amoebalike lacing left but not much head.. hazy with small bubbles on the surface. quad, hell yeah!

nose is pure belgian candi sugar, candied plums and dates. cherry comes across in a real essential way.. not the tangy fruit aspect, just a raw fruit sweetness with wood notes and natural acidity. my nose sticks to the glass. a serious brew.

slightly cooler than room temp, this exudes caramel sweetness with a musty age tweak.. crystalline dried dark fruits and a smoothly malted scotch. alcohol is present, but so infused with the flavor that its savoury.. not a road block here. smooth sipper. a true quad despite blending, gets the sugars reeking a fake complexity.. however they do it, its friggin great.

staple beer. 750ml 2004 bottle, this will flourish with a year to melt that blend into beer fondue. ommegang, i love you.

**EDIT** thought my review would be at the top of the heap when sorted by score.. it's #21. another true testament to the quality of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 14:27:19 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of ski271


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a large, light tan, foamy, thick head with very good retention. Some light lacing all the way down. The smell is a marvelous blend of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, herbs, alcohol and fruit esters, and light bubble gum. The taste is sweet, with huge malts, prune, cassis, tobacco and a late sting of fruit. The finish is long, warming and sweet. It has a medium body, and the silky texture and effervescent carbonation give this a spectacular mouthfeel. This is one outstanding Belgian! A must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 18:17:17 | More by ski271
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a well murky, cloudy amber/ruby with a head that retained wondefully and minimum lacing...which would make sense due to the lack of hops

Smell: the bottle tells me that cherry lambic was added to this ale....my nose tells me this is the truth. the lambic mixed with the sweet malts is an inviting smell.

Taste: what a mess, how do i describe a taste so unique? this beer tightly maintains the characteristics of a quadrupel....the malts be sweet, the phenols be present, and the alcohol is there...but that touch of cherry lambic just puts this over the top. I love quads, i love strong beers, and i love unique beers. this taste captures these three criteria with honors.

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick and juicy...above average carbonation

Drinkability: you might have to call the paramedics if i got my hands on a case

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 05:53:10 | More by maek228
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a beautiful reddish-brown. When I first popped open the bottle, the aroma was very strong and malty with an alcohol nip - it said "Drink me!" very clearly. Flavor is rich, mainly malty with some hop bitterness and hints of cherry and caramel with just a touch of sweetness. Smooth and mouth-filling, this is one delightful ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 01:33:35 | More by Cyberkedi
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark red color. Not too much head. The smell give hints of the sweetness to follow.

Lots of malt taste here and then sweetness. The cherries make their presence felt along with hops in wonderful balance. The mouthfeel is very good with the proper amount of carbonation for the style.

All in all a great sipper with a lot of complexity to hold your interest. Lots of alcohol but it is well hidden.

Very, very nice!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 17:07:42 | More by jsapunor
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this one at Uno in Langhorne PA.The bottle was 2008.Poured into a pint glass. Pours an auburn color with an off white colored heading that disapates quickly. Lacing globs throughout the tasting.

Smell is very rich malts a little chocolate and a heavy sweet fruitiness.

Taste is big with malt with a again a heavy fruity taste that quickly turns to booze. A subtle hop right in the middle.

Mouth is a little bit harsh on the palate.Creamy, Full bodied and ridiculously carbonated.

Drink is very easy going and a nice bubbly warm feeling in the gullet.

All and all a great beer !!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:18:59 | More by TheFightfan1
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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