Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 1,981
Hads: 5,902
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 312
Gots: 1,188 | 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 Foxtrot
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th beer review! I've been very busy with work and finally got around to catching up on some of my reviews. I love Quads and thought it would be appropriate as my 100th review and first beer in the new year.

Pours from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip a beautiful amber/mahogany with a tight ivory colored cap with immense retention and lacing.

The nose is both heavenly and delicate. Soft scents of raisins, cherries, figs, yeast and brown sugar can be found punctuated by a nice pungent earthy/herbal aroma.

Taste begins with prickly carbonation on the tongue up front quickly giving way to a dazzling array of cherries and raisins. About mid palate caramel, and light toffee notes begin to really shine through the fruit along with a medicinal cloves. Finishes quite smooth leaving the flavors to linger for a long time on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is medium body. The initial pour and ABV had lead me to believe that this would be a thicker beer, but is infact misleading. Despite that, it still very good for the style.

Drinkability is superb. Quads need to be sipped and appreciated, but this one could be taken to different heights because its so smooth medium bodied and just damn delicious. (1,206 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, is this a Belgian strong dark? This is blended with a lambic! But anyways...
Goddamm, now that’s how a beer should look. Pours a magnificent amber red, almost like a red wine, except for the darkness, cloudiness, and exceptional foamy, thick, everlasting head. One of the strongest, thickest beer smells I've ever smelled! When opening the bottle, i smelled it right away...complex and malty, sweet and spicy, a plethora of smells.
Taste is very, very good. Malt overrides all, yet I can still detect cherry flavor from the lambic, coffee flavor, sugar flavor, bitterness of the lambic, carbonated spice, and a very underlying hint of hops. What can I say that hasn't already been said? An exceptional combination brew, and one of the best I've ever had! (771 characters)

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

A- Barely translucent and nearly opaque with many active streams of little bubbles HEAD- Big, tan, and active. Interesting, sporadic lacing. COLOR: Deep purple/brown color common to darker Belgian sugars.

S- Fruity and herbal. Medicinal flavors like menthol, licorice and alcohol in the background. MALTS: Aromatic Belgian malts.

T- Very complex. Dark fruit, berries, light fruits, candi sugar. TONGUE: Sweetness balanced with tart herbal characters and a low level of bitter hops.

M- BODY: Medium and slightly alcoholic. CARBONATION: Active and tingly with many small bubbles.

D- I gotta say, I didn't think I'd be able to taste the "2% ale brewed with cherries"(LAMBIC), but it was really brought out by the simplistic yet complex, "dark quad" base. The 10% alcohol makes me happy. Worth it at 9.29$ for a 750ml. (818 characters)

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

This is great stuff. Poured from a 750ml corked bottle: dark clear amber with a light tightly lace head. Did not stir up the sediment from the bottom. Aroma is light with caramel, banana and hops. Taste is complex with malt, hops, toast and some citrus and yeast. An expensive beer but well worth it. (300 characters)

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

Appearance - Cloudy, dark cherry color with a thin head.

Smell - Cherries, molasses, and bread.

Taste - Unexpected smoothness for a Quad. Well-balanced. The sweetness never overwhelms the ale. The warmness of the alcohol is noticeable after a few sips.

Mouthfeel - a little syrupy. Coats the palette well.

Drinkability - High for a Quad. I usually feel full after one but I could enjoy a couple of these. The high carbonation helps this ale go down easier than expected with the 9.8% ABV. (492 characters)

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

A taste of Belgium from the good old USA! Nicely done quad from Ommegang. Chocolatey brown with thin beige head, and rich, tangy flavor. Nice aroma greets you at the pop of the cork. Makes me miss Brussels.... (209 characters)

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

nice, opaque dark ruby pour with a tight, thick oatmeal head.
smell is of a dark fruit and, of course, cherries, but very malted and strong.
candy taste up front, alcohol and fig(?) with other dark fruit tastes (and cherry) as it slides past the palate.
thick and heavy feel in the glass, and overall this is a brew that will fill you up and feel good doing it. it definitely has the belgium tendency, and the addition of the kriek was a stroke of genius. at 9.8% abv, though, you should be prepared before you pop the cork. it is a journey, and while you dont need to drag it out, it is a great brew to savor and appreciate. (625 characters)

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

2009 bottle
Poured deep, dark coppery brown with a slight red hint around the edges of the glass. The thick head was a bit fleeting, but laced my glass nicely. Spicy Belgian yeast smell with sour cherries in the background. Nice alcohol and cherry flavor at first, then you get the bready sweet malts. Damn, this stuff is good! Very drinkable despite the ABV. Luckily, I only had one 750, because if more was at my disposal it would have been downed as well. (458 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California.


Beautifully deep, opaque mahogany body. If you turned it up a few shades darker, it would be black. The head is tall, two inches deep, a creamy tan color that almost has a touch of red, or orange, when I squint my eyes. As the head deflates, a nice coat of lace still grips the glass.


Big burst of candied fruits -- dark fruit: plums, raisins, prunes -- followed by some juicy apple notes: green apples. Some grapes come through, too -- fermented grape juice. A nice spiciness, peppery, plays in the background, along with a nice, fresh doughiness.


Opens with a very deep and slick kick of bitter-sweetness straight across the bow of my palate -- cherries, grapefruit rinds, brown sugar -- rapidly pursued by a nice meaty wack of musty yeast and a more pronounced bitterness overhead. The aftertaste consists of a lingering, spinning spiciness on the center of the palate, and a fading fruit cake flavor -- really lovely.

I couldn't detect the alcohol at all in the taste, but I feel it warming my stomach.


A nice heavy feel -- creamy -- backed by just the right amount of carbonation.

A very enjoyable beer and perfect for a cold night like tonight. Comforts and consoles. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Zippie9999
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served: 750 ml. bottle brewed in 2006 and cave aged in Howe Caverns in upstate New York from 1/07-9/07.
A: Hazy with a mahogany, brown/garnet red color. No head with minimal lacing, almost no carbonation.
S:Dark fruits, cherries, figs, and bready aromas
T: Port, dark fruits, figs, cherries, and undertones of chocolates.
M: Full to medium creamy mouthfeel. The minimal carbonation gives this almost a cordial feel.
O: Holy shit! I can't believe how well this beer ages. A fucking treat for sure! Almost five years in the making! Seeing one of my all time favorite quads aged for almost five years is completely mindblowing. Age one and see for yourself. I hope I don't offend too many people with the f-bombs. This is an absolutely amazing revelation! (752 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 Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Dark copper in color with two fingers of thick head. Lace in the glass is whispy and last the entire beer.

Smell is malty and tart like cherries. Taste follows the smell well with a bit of molasses added to the malt and cherry. Not much hop bitterness in my glass.

Really smooth for a abv almost 10. I could drink this all day if it weren't so strong.

From a bottle into a pint glass. (391 characters)

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

This quadrupel pours an amazingly deep amber/burgundy, nearly black when settled with small bubbles. The off white head thins but lasts with great lacing.

The aroma is sweet and bitter with strong cherry notes. Pleasurably sharp to the nose; very aromatic.

The flavor includes an appetizing fruitiness: apple, citrus, and obviously woody cherry. A great and unexpected hoppiness is present during the finish.

A smooth texture is lightened significantly by a mellow epervesent carbonation. Very complex in flavor and high in drinkability. Better than I expected, an awesome beer. (590 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 CaptJackHarkness
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Aroma of dark fruits and breads. Pours ruddy brown clouded body with a more than generous beige head. Head lasts and produces a lacing that lingers all the way down the glass. Taste is sour cherry, a touch alkaline very alchoholic. Unique. (239 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours out to a thick buff head and deep amber color. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is sour cherries with a bit of aged hops, sugar, spice and bubblegum. Flavor is complex and deceptively easy to drink. There is a good dose of sweet and sour, berries, bubble gum and other fruity-spicy esters. Mouthfeel is medium and sugary. Overall, an exceptionally tasty and enjoyable beverage. (375 characters)

Photo of Aiptasia
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last beer of a four beer tasting evening. Poured at home into a 16 oz. glass pint.

A: The pour of this beer was perfect. Just the right amount of beautiful cotton head (1") at the top of the glass. Body is a frosty deep cherry red. Incredible cling to the lacing. Very creamy head. Very pleased.

S: Smells of ripe bing cherries and rich caramels with hints of chocolate, cocoa and cloves.

T: Excellent dried cherry taste with a well balanced mix of fruity hops. No bitters. Succulent sugars that end with a dry finish. Lush with dryness. Yum. That's all, yum.

M: Creamy, full bodied. Micro carbonated and alcohol is well balanced with the hops. Very good beer.

D: If it wasn't for the alcohol you could drink these all night long. Pair with pork dishes, vanilla ice cream or panna cotta. (795 characters)

Photo of Pete_IV
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 750 into a goblet. A reddish brown beer fills the goblet offering a hearty cream colored head. It smells just like a belgian quad, dates raisins? defiantly fruits of that nature. I get the cherry straightforward upon sipping, not overwhelming just the right amount of blend with the kriek. Slight carbonation in the mouth. A real nice quad from Ommegang. (364 characters)

Photo of RTEdmunds
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this for a while, finally decided to splurge and get it for my birthday.

Pours an extraordinarily dark amber color. A thick, robust, and foamy forms.

Cherries and sourness up front. Some grainy and musty aromas also make themselves known, but they are more subtle.

Tastes of dark fruit (more specifically, cherries), and is quite yeasty. A mild spiciness is in the background, but it is still pretty grainy/sweet. Great complexity here.

Extremely well balanced. The alcohol is masked, but the warming quality is still there. Good carbonation lends a crispness to the beer, but it is still full bodied. The mouthfeel is the best aspect.

I had high expectations, and was not disappointed. This is a fine product and I definitely recommend it. (764 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 4-pak. Glad to be able to use my Ommegang goblet.
A - Dark, hazy amber with a thick head that dies down quickly.
S - Yeasty with hint of malt.
T - Good solid belgian quad with just a little bit of the cherry and alcohol.
M - Medium mouth feel, fairly high carbonation.
O - Very enjoyable beer. It's only 2% cherry lambic and I would suggest they push the cherry a little more and see what happens. This beer tasted so good I drank almost the whole glass before I started my review. Of course I have 3 more cooling in the fridge... (546 characters)

Photo of Gregorious
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750cl bottle poured into chalice

A - Really really pretty...hazy brown with crimson highlights when held up to the light...2-fingers of head on pour...dissipated rather quick.

S - O dear lord this is aromatic...the smell is so delicious. Sweet, smell of cane sugar and dried fruits. Malty overtone and just so mouth watering....I could have enjoyed this beer by just smelling it all day...

T - Yum yum...Cherries is the first thing I think of... Nice complex flavor though so it brings to mind many different flavors that meld together quite nicely. Spicy hops, dark chocolate. Ends a bit tart because the beer is mixed with lambic (which i love alone enough.)

M - Nice medium weight to it...not overcarbonated...yum

D - Very drinkable...The high alcohol content may make it a bit less drinkable when sitting down for a session (or atleast I would hope so). Very very tasty and I plan to buy another and enjoy it thoroughly. (939 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served close to room temp in a chalice, poured from a 750 ml. The appearance was excellent, dark ruddy brownish red. More brown than red really, but it certainly had a reddish hue that pointed to the lambic blended in. Medium tannish head which left nice rings of lace after each sip. Also a nice healthy dose of yeast coating the bottom of the bottle. The smell was exceptional. The usual banana like Belgian yeast fragrance but accompanied by the cherry scents of the lambic. The smell reminded me almost of the cherry soaked cigars that my uncles and cousins used to make when I was a kid. Also some solvent odors that hint of the 9.8 abv. The taste was excellent as well. Sweet, banana like, and earthy hints of cherry. Very complex. I did not experience the medicinal taste that others have spoken of. In fact the warmer it got the less solvent like it became. As it warmed the cherry flavors became more apparent almost like cherry soaked cedar wood. The mouthfeel was rich and thick. Very filling. Drinkability was good, I drank the whole 750 over the course of a few hours. All and all an excellent experience and one I will try again. I'd like to cellar one of these. (1,176 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 750mL bottle bought straight from the source on a cool autumn day, carted carefully home with 11 bretheren, a beautiful bottle and label, a 2005 vintage thats been sitting patiently in my cellar for two years. Here we go!

Into an Ommagang chalice, pours from the bottle like a golden elixir, settling to a dark brown to deep ruby red with a light tan quarter inch head, very soft looking, receding to a lovely thin film. There is light bubblies floating steadily up from the bottom, lacing falls in sheets, leaving little but shine and a few bubbles left on the sides. I remember the head being a lot better at a younger age, but this is quite lovely.

Aroma is a lovely and beaurtiful thing, figs and raisins and other dark fruits, the spices are delicious and the herbal qualities are just great. The lambic seems a little downplayed here, and the cherry is faint if anything.

Taste near perfect, all of those great dark fruits, the sweet malts, the herbs and spices, the lambic sour coming out to play... really, I wasn't getting too much out of the cherry lambic in aroma, but here in taste its out in force and a wonderful thing paired with a quad. So many fruits, plum, cherry, apricot, fig, different feel with each. The finish is sooo long, sweet, sour, fruity, the spices sticking around, just delicious.

The mouth is absolutely perfect, the body is perfect, carbonation perfect, alcohol warms and soothing, feels good going down. Just great. A great beer, I take my time with it, slow down life, think about it, ponder, philosophize, wonder at such great thing man can achieve. Beers like this, and this brewery, are a testiment to all things good. It does well right out of the brewery, great at a year, and great at two years. Well done, well done.

Now, I usually don't go talking about prices for beers, but at five bucks a pop, this is just an unbelievable deal. And now that my Ommegang stash is winding down, I'll have to jump over to Sconnie to grab some more. (1,993 characters)

Photo of PCmofo
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have seen Ommegang beers in my local Wegmans for quite some time now and just passed them by. This may be due to their obscure location in the cooler or maybe my unwillingness to explore outside of the standard 12oz and pint servings of beer. My friend turned me on to this company and wow is this beer amazing. No, its not the every day drinking beer but rather something you can sit down and enjoy a bottle of with a friend, it also goes great with a cigar as the potent aroma and taste still make their way through the smoke to your taste buds. In the same way that good scotch is great after being aged this beer gets better and more flavorful with age. Only downside really is its a bit gassy of a beer. (710 characters)

Photo of jahred
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sooo glad I picked up 3 bottles of this brew while back east, even though carrying them around was a huge pain.

The beer is a beautiful reddish dark brown color, with a nice very lacey head. Smells of malt and dark, sour cherries. This beer could be interesting.

Tastes mostly at first like a dark brown ale, not necessarily Belgian in style (though I don't mind). I get malt, caramel and chocolate. Quite, quite rich. And then, there it is, in the aftertaste. It is. Sour cherries. That is amazing. The cherry taste gets a bit stronger as the beer warms, but always exists only in the aftertaste.

I could drink this stuff for hours and hours. I'd be really toasted by the end of the evening, but quite happy. (722 characters)

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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