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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

4,822 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,822
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 174
Gots: 482 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

02-03-2013 03:34:26 | More by irishgreensoda
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Danobold

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 07:50:45 | More by Danobold
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MrTinnedPEach

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.8%

02-02-2013 06:46:34 | More by MrTinnedPEach
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TheLevi4000

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-01-2013 05:57:48 | More by TheLevi4000
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago and finally got a chance to enjoy this again since I was given the Ommegang Ales gift pack for Christmas. Yes, this beer packs quite a punch and the bomber I had took quite a while to down but it was worth savoring every sip, and as so many others have commented on here, this is nearly on par with its European counterparts from start to finish.

The pour to this was quite dark, with a solid head and lacing to match. The sediment that floated in this gave it a near-amber appearance in terms of the glow and the edges just let enough light through to give this a radiance that I've never seen in a Quad before. The aroma was mostly that of sugary booze, as was expected. The fruit did not come out in the nose but was certainly felt in the taste. Lots of plum, cherry, and currant, which was quickly reinforced with the sweetness of this beer that lingered well in the aftertaste. The carbonation was spot on - visible but not overpowering and helped ease the transition into the lemony aftertaste that somehow brought out the sweetness of the brown sugar that stayed underneath the heavier flavors of this beer. It was amazing to have a beer this heavy finish so cleanly without any cloying aftertaste that lingered.

However, this booze did linger and even though I couldn't feel the warmth from this, I could certainly notice the alcohol by the time I finished the bottle off. It's here but the way this was crafted relegated the strength of this brew as an afterthought once the serving was over with. It's a testament to this beer that the teeth behind it didn't come out from the onset. Even though it's crafted here in the U.S.A., you wouldn't know it unless the bottle was in front of you. This was solid from start to finish and worth getting your hands on if you have two hours on your hands to enjoy all that this has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 09:51:23 | More by JerzDevl2000
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lKnoXl

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-30-2013 20:29:28 | More by lKnoXl
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BGsWo22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-30-2013 19:55:50 | More by BGsWo22
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sachie23

New York

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-30-2013 16:17:11 | More by sachie23
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bryseitz


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-30-2013 01:37:38 | More by bryseitz
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NYSPHophead

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-29-2013 21:44:39 | More by NYSPHophead
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MaxH

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-29-2013 04:13:12 | More by MaxH
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-29-2013 03:59:33 | More by randylangford
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TKepiro

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-29-2013 03:02:02 | More by TKepiro
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Lagerhouserules

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-29-2013 01:38:09 | More by Lagerhouserules
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DustenwithanE


4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-28-2013 20:29:54 | More by DustenwithanE
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-28-2013 18:46:12 | More by Whiskeydeez
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twentyfour01

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

01-28-2013 01:41:52 | More by twentyfour01
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a goblet. 2011 bottle

Appearance: Murky reddish brown in color with a finger of a light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Dark fruit, plum, raisins, cherry, banana bread. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Taste: Cherry, dark fruit, Belgian yeast spiciness. Starts out sweet but is balanced nicely with a tart cherry finish. Alcohol is bit more present in the taste, but still masked very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium. Really nice mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best American quads I've had. Doesn't quite reach the level of some of the authentic Belgian offerings, but it's not too far behind. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 19:42:53 | More by Jonada
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-27-2013 04:01:07 | More by matjack85
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

01-26-2013 22:20:14 | More by Jonbw
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spakman

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%

01-26-2013 22:13:12 | More by spakman
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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

A-Pours a lightly murky chestnut hue. Head is a modestly sized blanket of foam. Mild lacing speckles and dots.

S-Sweet, bready and fruity. I get some bruised bananas, banana bread and molasses.

T-More of the same. Not picking up much pure cherry elements. I get more dark fruit and banana bread. I guess there is some lingering black cherry in there? The flavor is pretty decent but I am picking up some metallic notes. Also the booze is pretty noticeable.

M-Medium-full. Massaging bubbles. Booze dries you out a bit. The feel is mostly creamy. It has nice texture. Aftertaste lingers.

O/D-Not bad. The subtle cherry nuance is actually pretty cool; I'd rather have that as opposed to a cough-syrup cherry overload. Its a pleasant take on the Quad. Probably won't be running back for more anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 18:32:09 | More by VelvetExtract
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SveinForkbeard


4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-26-2013 17:38:34 | More by SveinForkbeard
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IMSPEAKNOENGLISH

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

01-26-2013 17:23:13 | More by IMSPEAKNOENGLISH
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang - Three Philosophers - 1pt 9.4fl oz "bomber"

Look - Excellent re-branding, the pictures here on BA haven't been updated yet, but I love the new marketing. This brew pours like a dark burnt caramel with a thick, frothy head. When held up, only a faint glow is seen. When held directly in front of a light, the entire brew illuminates red.

Smell - Sweet scent of cherries with a hint of malt, smells hearty and big.

Taste - Malty bite with a smooth cherry finish, the first thing that came to mind from the bite was nicknaming it a "cherry porter".

Mouthfeel - Leaves a bit of a burnt taste, pleasing though, but depends on your preferences I would say. This brew would definitely pair well with something creamy or cheesy.

Overall - Another one of Ommegang's great brews (I don't think I have ever had one I didn't like). This particular brew is a little heartier than my usual preference, but nonetheless, if I had to choose a full bodied brew of this style, I'd pick this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 14:39:03 | More by JMScowcroft
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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