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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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Reviews: 1,990
Hads: 5,937
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 321
Gots: 1,229 | FT: 22
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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,990 | Hads: 5,937
Photo of cracgor
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown to black with tawny/ruby edges. Nice velvety head with retention that lasts forever. Smells fruity and grassy. A little like cherries. But just a little to sour for my smell. Tastes remarkable. Charred malts, like coffee, chocolate, and pie cherries. Quite good. Could be stronger in my opinion though. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium to full body. Very drinkable. Complex. Light, no huge alcohol flavor. Can drink this very well...even if I shouldn't. (479 characters)

Photo of scriabin
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a decent head and a dark amber color with a hint of cherry red. The smell is very nice, sweet with very strong cherry overtones. The cherry flavor is not quite as strong in the flavor although it is certainly front and center. There also hints of caramel and an aftertaste of bitterness that makes it interesting. A very nice begianish style beer that is a treat on a friday night after a long week. (410 characters)

Photo of burnstar
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a 25 oz bottle at Zeno's. Pours a deep red with a nice head which leaves some very good lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and cherries. Taste is sweet and tart with lots of cherry flavor with much complexity hidden underneath. Also a bit of alcohol is detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. This stuff is pretty drinkable. Almost like a fine wine (but better)- would be fantastic with a big homemade dinner or around the holidays. Very good beer. (468 characters)

Photo of frazbri
4.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Philosophers from Ommegang poured a deep ruby/mahogany in body topped by a very tall cream colored head. Aromas of chocolate, cherries, and vanilla emerged. Flavors of cocoa, cherries and vanilla were also joined by dark rum and a moderately bitter finish. There was just a hint of tartness from the lambic, but it was just a hint. It had medium body and carbonation. A very slight alcohol warmth came in the finish.

I enjoyed this very much. Brewery Ommegang delivers high quality at reasonable prices. They might be the biggest bargain in craft beer. (561 characters)

Photo of Fish113d
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~brewed in 2005 and served from a chilled 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass~

L- Dark maroon color with 1 1/2" of a pretty, tan, fluffy, & clingy head. Pretty clear to look through (clean). The head settles to a thin surface layer.

A- Lots of oak aromas to me strike first. Cherries come through as well along with some caramel and lots of alcohol that tingles my sinuses a bit.

T- Lots of cherries! WOW! Up front lots of cherries, and as it moves across my palate the caramel malts come through. On the swallow more cherries hit my tongue and a drying alcohol finish in which chocolate comes through as the aftertaste.

F- Wonderful for the style. Maybe a bit much alcohol...stingy carb up front and a nice full body...warming!

D- A very nice warming brew. I've had this one before in a smaller bottle, but this is the first time I've had a chance to review it. Recommend! (887 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 version picked up across the border. Thank you Wisconsin!
Hmmmm...a Belgian ale with cherry lambic. Sounds interesting.
Aroma presents with a sour fruitiness backed by a malty sweetness. Nice complexity and mix.
Appealing cherry red admists a brownish amber. Full, somewhat dense head that leaves pretty weakly.
Flavor is less intense than the aroma and not quite as pleasing. Sourness is stronger, but with less of the fruitiness or sweetness. Yeasty quality is strong and not blended as well as I'd like. Alcohol flavors are low, but non-exsistent.
Full carbonation that's fairly soft and not quite effervescent. Medium body.
Pretty intense drink. As Jason noted it really calls for something to be eaten with it. I think I tried a piece of cheese and/or dark chocolate. (783 characters)

Photo of jmz62565
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark reddish color with a one finger head make this offering from Ommegang a very good looking beer.A real malty fruit smell,cherry,apple,and maybe pear.This is very earthy.This tastes very much like the smell.Full of fruit and malt this also has a warm alcohol finish.A medium m/f,this isn't too sugary or thick.This is very drinkable a I would love to have another one or two. (380 characters)

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

Got this a Julio's in Westboro, MA, about 4 months ago and I've been waiting for a good time to drink it. Well, Scooter Libby just got indicted and hopefully Rove is on the way, so I'm celebrating.

Coloring is a dark, amber-rose. Light passes through the hazy body. Soft, frothy head has good retention , which you'd expect from a well-made quadrupel

Nose is sweet, spicy overripe fruit. Apples and Pears and cherry, tempered just a little by a hint of alcohol.

Taste starts out with an open, tart sweetness that quickly reveals just a hint of cherries. Tartness and the sharp alcohol edge give way to a subtle smokiness that lingers around for quite a while. Lots of undulations happening here, but not as many as some of the more complex belgians. In fact, I was expecting a little more complexity.

Full chewy mouthfeel. Soft with little pricks of alcohol and carbination. Carbination may be just a bit more than ideal.

Overall a very accomplished belgian. I really appreciate the fact that the people of Ommegang have been able to produce beer of such quality.

Next day note: Upon finishing this thing I was pretty well down for the night. Quite a lot of alcohol, it would seem. (1,202 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle brewed in 2005 pours a bright hazy reddish brown with a nice creamy light brown head that leave nice sheets of lace in my glass. Aroma of baked apple, plums and raisins. Chocolate, cherry and caramel flavors, full bodied with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes sweet and sour. (306 characters)

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

I got this as a single at Peconic Beverage in Southampton, L.I., N.Y. Had 2005 on the label. I drank it in a goblet.

Pours a hazy mahogany/red with a one finger head of tan foam. The head falls to islands and a ring, with decent lacing. It looks effervescent.

Aroma is dark cherries, sweet, yeasty caramel, rich and slightly phenolic. As it warms, the alcohol presents itself.

The flavor is incredibly rich and luxurious, with notes of dark, dusty cherries and raisins, dark caramel candy, yeast, phenols, and some solvent-like alcohol in the aftertaste. These flavors increase as it warms.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, sweet, and tingly from carbonation. This beer is a mouthfull. Finish is long and hot and sweet.

This is a damn tasty brew, somewhat diminished by the solvent-like quality of the finish. At 9.8%, it'll knock your dick in the dirt, but it would be worth it. A very fine beer, well designed and well made. If you look up the style profile, it is right on. (984 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty potent beer. I had it poured into a glass. It was a dark color with hints of red. It had a fruity smell. The taste reminded me of wine. I don't think I could drink this every day but I may try it again in the future. This is a fairly complex beer. (264 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the first High Gravity beers I bought in NC since they popped the cap. So much better than the Chimay I purchased a few weeks back. I was disappointed with the Lindeman's Kriek by itself, but mixed in works for this Quadrupel is great, both for the taste and overwhelming smell. Great combination of cherries, caramel, and malts with one of the best mouthfeel sensations out there. A touch of alcohol in the aftertaste but nothing to back away. (459 characters)

Photo of Hunter
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A deep, red caramel colored beer, with some degree of haze and a dense head of average longevity.
Aroma: Impressive. notes of fruit, chocolate and wine underscore sweet malt and grassy hops. Subdued, not overly aggressive, but still nice.

Taste: Sharp on the tonuge, high notes of alcohol and some bittersweet fruit/molasses notes. Aftertaste is more of the same, only intensified with kickbacks of molasses. Not terribly smooth or pleasant. It's complex, deep, and interesting...but somewhat stale.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, a little chewy like dried fruit. It has character, I'll give it that.

Drinkability: I don't know. I'm inclined to want to score this low, but I wonder whether the sourness of lambic and the sweetness of the malt are incompatible. (771 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed amber mahogany hue with the yeast pour. A creamy tan head rises above three fingers, then very slowly turns to sticky lace. Burnt chocolate malt and dark fruit aromas, followed by a light floral hops in the back. A toasty malt-driven palate; baker's chocolate upfront, with phenolic date and raisin tartness pulling through that balances the noble hop bitterness. Rich flavor cloaks the high alcohol, and mild german hops in the aftertaste dry the mouthfeel leaving a semi-residual finish. tasted very-well attentuated and rich with complexity. Fine, medium carbonation and a thick, chewy body enhance the mouthfeel. This pairs exceptionally well with chocolate-covered cherries, especially when aged for a few years. Slight alcohol warmth and pleasent inebriation, an outstanding quadrupel. (814 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been cellaring this for some time. Pours a deep mahogany color with a very tall tan head that has a strong retention but ever so slowly fades into thick rings of lace. Nose is rather complex with aromas of sweet fruity malts, a black cherry tartness, a touch of lambic sourness, and rummy alcohol in the background. Fairly full-bodied and rather creamy in texture. Taste begins with sweet plumy fruit and candied sugar (with just a hint of vanilla) followed by bready yeasts and a bit of liquorish. Some herbal notes follow as well as warming alcohol with a touch of rum-soaked raisins. Quite smooth despite the level of alcohol. Very nice—you could certainly do some wonderful cheese pairings with this brew. Thanks to Carmen for the sample! (749 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged. Brewed in 2005, with cellaring instructions clearly listed. Described as a malty belgian mixed with Lindemans Kriek.

Appearance: Dark brown with bright red around the edges. Nice head at first that fades away to leave a decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of yeast and candi sugar, with some caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with candi sugar and raisins. Finish comes on with more chocolate and just a hint of cherry. Just a hint of alcohol.

Overall impression: Nice belgian style ale with some added complexity from the kriek. Very enjoyable. (608 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/02/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle from 2004. Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Top of the pour is a darker brown, while the bottom is a dark cherry red color. 3/4 inch off white head with above average sticky clinging lace.

Smell- Sweet dull caramel malt scent with dark cherry with maybe a touch of chocolate in the background.

Taste- Slight sour lambic taste. Barleywine-esque caramel flavor with super dark cherries. Medium bitter hops finish. Alcohol shows itself about 1/2 the bottle in.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, medium thickness and light warming.

Drinkability- Let this one warm to room temp before drinking. The flavors come out so much better. Haven't really had a beer that taste like this one before. This one would go great with a dessert with fruit. Will have again in the future. (871 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark burgundy in color. Little head & lacing. Kind of a spicy caramel oder with a slight wiff of alcohol. Taste is strong and complex. Spicy and Fruity. A bit too strong and complex for me, but some may love this. For such a strong taste mouthfeel is thin, but well carbonated. This beer really sneaks up on you. I like that. Certainly not a beer I would buy everyday, but maybe one purchasing for that special occasion or to age in the cellar. (449 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into watou chalice.

Appearance: Dark red brown, whitish tan head.

Smell: Belgian yeast fest, some cherry hues.

Taste: I can't say the taste is everything I hoped for. I think this has kriek mixed in with a quad, so I expected a more interesting mix of flavors. Nonetheless, this had a decidedly Belgian style bent to it.

Notes: OK, actually very good for the price (<$5.00 for 750mL). Probably will buy again. (466 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beige head with light lace. A cross between a dark amber and brown ale in color.

First impression, strong vanilla aromas. The cherry is subtle, but present, in this largely malt smelling ale.

Very strong alcohol oiliness in the taste. The malt appears in the form of mildly sweet caramel. Although a lambic was introduced to this beer, there is none of the sourness associated with that style. Moderate body for this style (which is to say that it is very, very rich) and the carbonation is relatively low.

I'm not typically a fan of this style, but this was a treat--certainly a well made Belgian style ale. (622 characters)

Photo of qcitydarkstar
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the 2005 release of Three Philosophers (Brewery Ommegang) in a 750ml bottle.

The best way to describe this beer is that it has the palate, nose, and character of classic Belgian Strong Ales, without the import price. I think I paid $6.59 for the 750ml bottle.

One comment I would like to make that I find odd about this beer is that it is unlike any Belgian Quadrupel I've ever had before. The color is dark and murky like a Dubbel and does not have the alcohol sting that I associated with the Quadrupel style. With that said, this beer is quite enjoyable, with a pleasant cherry finish.

One question: Does anyone know what percentage of this ale is Kriek? (685 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750 ml bottle at AJ's back in May for $4.39.

Pours a nice deep red color accompanied by a nice long lasting head. Nose is heavy of cherry, reminds me of a cherry based dessert. First taste was a blast of alcohol but that has blended into a predominately cherry malt flavor with subsequent sips. Mouthfeel is nice and full and well carbonated. Overall drinkability is OK but the high abv and the cherry is a bit much. (431 characters)

Photo of LucaBrasi
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 OZ bottle poured into a tulip glass.
This appears reddish brown in color with a nice tan head.
This beer smells of cherries, fruit and some alcohol.
The taste is sweet and of cherries and a hint of alcohol
The mouthfeel is rich and smooth with a nice crispness added by the carbonation.
Drinkability is good but because it is sweet and higher in alcohol I couldn’t see drinking more than 1 or 2 in one sitting.
I would recommend you pick one up next time you get the chance. (485 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Poured into a tulip, dark brown with some hints of red, large two fingers of cofee-colored head. Nice lacing on the glass. Smells a lot like cherry cough syrup, more alcohol and a little more natural kind of cherry, but still similar. Some other sweet notes of candi sugar, prunes, and figs, and a hint of spices. Taste is more of the same sweetness, with all the fruitiness coming in again, especially the cherry, over a sort of caramelly malt base. Some cinammon spiciness comes into play towards the end. Alcohol is noticeable from the first sip, but it blends in pretty well with the flavors, and doesn't ever get to the point where it takes away from the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth somewhat slick coating feel. Overall this is another good beer from Ommegang, a good example of the style, but a little too strong and in your face to drink more than 1 or 2. (896 characters)

Photo of ichigodisaster
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a very dark garnet into my glass with a head that fades to a very lovely lace like the surface of the moon (have to agree with hyuga there).

The cherry scent is almost assaulting with a hint of green apple and maybe some brown sugar.

This really tastes like alcohol soaked fruit cake.Very sweet initially from the cherry lambic, slightly woody with a bit of tartness on the finish. The alcohol is warming, but is kind of heavy in the mouth. It's not necessarily a horrible thing, but a bit much. It really is kind of medicinal. This is my 2nd try, and better than I remembered it to be. I really don't know if I'll be buying more anytime soon, but it's worth a try none the less...especially if you like cherry flavor. I couldn't have more than one in a sitting. (776 characters)

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.