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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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5,729 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,729
Reviews: 2,002
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 11.81%
Wants: 274
Gots: 1,030 | FT: 18
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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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Ratings: 5,729 | Reviews: 2,002
Photo of otoolman221
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sad_Larry
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tylivia1991
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber, slightly murky. Poured slowly. Still a moderate sized head that recedes quickly. Leaves a milky ring of lacing around the edges.

Aroma is a complex mix of caramel malts, fig, dark licorice, and booze.

Taste follows the nose. Leads wig fig, cherry and dark licorice. Joined by the caramel malts. Sugary. A slight hint of lightly roasted chocolate. A little bit of fruitiness. The fruit combined with the carbonation gives it a bit of a lambic feel to it. Taste transforms a bit after it warms. Dark fruits and sweetness start to come on a lot stronger.

Silky and creamy, like a good quad. Not much bite from the alcohol. Medium bodied, fairly easy the drink.

Overall, not he best quad I've had, but still very good. Would've liked to have seen a slightly larger malt presence.

Photo of BuccoFan
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Instructions say to pour this slowly, and you need to do that, or else you're going to be left with one giant head. I did it very slowly, but there was still significant head to it. I let it sit for a bit, and once it settled, the head was a beautiful brownish-white layer of fluff. It retained itself throughout the drink, and provided the ale a nice creamy element. Lacing was superb. The ale is smooth, with the cherries providing a very nice touch. This is overall a tremendous beer, and I think absolutely a top-ten quad.

Photo of masonstorm
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnthonyJC
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of derekgw123
3.27/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not a huge fan of Belgian or Belgian style beers, but this wasn't bad. Very bread-y and crisp.

Photo of kkazemi
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of founddrama
4.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity and bright and effervescent. With a luxurious, velvety mouthfeel. Ommegang does not disappointment here.

Photo of jpandrews
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sanitarium16
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of justingreenwood
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm always feeling pretty fantastic after drinking a bottle of this one. I want to be the fourth Philosopher.

Photo of RobTheKnob
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bung
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Epicfail97081
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of irishguybeer86
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Betajeff
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ButterBeer512
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Inglum515
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patharveybtr
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hophead723
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this one locally available in my small town here in MO. After doing some research I decided to give this one a try. I poured it from a 750 mL bottle into a claret glass. The bottle was dated 2014 so this is a relatively fresh example of the beer that has not been cellared.

Look: It pours a dark chestnut but when held to the light it shimmers a plethora of the finest amber hues, ranging from dark ruby to light clover honey. The edges shine like an eclipsed sun. I witness a lively stream of bubbles coming from the base of the glass as well as some that flutter around erratically. The lacing left distinctive and amorphous rings down the glass.

Smell: Candied banana, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, fig, and plum are present in the exquisite aroma of this high quality brew. As it warms more overripe banana becomes apparent as well as flourishes of dark rum. It is an absolutely delicious smell.

Taste: The taste is robust and full candied banana, dark fruits, lots of fruity yeast characteristics. It has a tannin rich touch of green apple tartness at the end accompanying a lingering rum sweetness. The alcohol reveals itself in flashes of warmth like sunlight peeking through the branches of a tree. Exquisite.

Feel: The texture is satiny smooth and full bodied, luscious and satisfying, luxurious and rich. There is coating that lingers as long as the taste itself does. The carbonation is there to support the richness of it all.

Overall: This is definitely the most exquisite beer I have had. It is amazingly good value and I am laughing right now because I completely forgot I was drinking a beer with Morello sour cherries added! That is quite the accomplishment then, because it shows the balance and character they have achieved in this masterful brew. Cheers.

Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured in to a tulip.

a: A hazy hazelnut tea like color. Finger and a half beige head. Lacing all down the glass. Cloudy like the yeast was jostled because in this particular bottle there was no caky sediment at the bottom.

s: malt, licorice, pumpernickel, medicinal herbs like a Ricola, caramel

t: Fruity and sweet malts. Earthy with slight grain.

mf: thick and smooth...swished around it becomes light and soothing with a slight bite from the alcohol.

o: I love all the offerings from Ommegang and this is one of my favorites. Comforting in its familiarities and exciting in it's differences.

Photo of dhfreak
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another great Belgian example from Ommegang. The mouth fell felt a little light and champaign, but I'm still learning how to discern subtle nuances. Overall, great quad!

Photo of chuckcurrin
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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