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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

4,827 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,827
Reviews: 1,885
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 175
Gots: 483 | 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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Ratings: 4,827 | Reviews: 1,885 | Display Reviews Only:
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -51.7%

11-18-2011 16:36:38 | More by mariposafan
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squarebottle

California

2/5  rDev -51.7%

04-02-2012 04:29:03 | More by squarebottle
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VaporDome

New York

2/5  rDev -51.7%

12-09-2012 20:39:26 | More by VaporDome
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Jaybirdsbeer

Ohio

2/5  rDev -51.7%

02-24-2012 22:38:33 | More by Jaybirdsbeer
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Samaurer23

California

2/5  rDev -51.7%

07-29-2013 21:23:11 | More by Samaurer23
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MIrvine

California

2/5  rDev -51.7%

08-30-2013 06:30:57 | More by MIrvine
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andy1701

Florida

2/5  rDev -51.7%

06-10-2013 22:17:53 | More by andy1701
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rah1734bones


2/5  rDev -51.7%

05-21-2012 03:15:41 | More by rah1734bones
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nearengine

Arizona

2/5  rDev -51.7%

10-13-2013 09:06:51 | More by nearengine
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sunavamitch

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -51.7%

08-12-2012 15:28:09 | More by sunavamitch
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Soonerick76

Oklahoma

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

07-07-2012 20:13:28 | More by Soonerick76
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jmw4437

Ohio

2.25/5  rDev -45.7%

12-09-2012 21:07:20 | More by jmw4437
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julian1117

Colorado

2.33/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Heard great things about this beer, so I was SO disappointed. I was expecting a fruity holiday beer and was confronted by an antagonistic, obnoxiously alcoholic (read: yank-loving) stinkbomb. Smelled like rotten, fermented cherries and a musty basement in Jersey. Just awful. Tasted like pancake syrup that had been sitting at the bottom of my trashcan for a week. Thank Nature I did NOT save this for X-Mas Eve as I would have been even more disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 00:34:51 | More by julian1117
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Mitchster

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

2003 Edition. A quadrupel Belgium style ale blended with Lindemans Kriek.

Pours out to a dark brown with beautiful cherrywood accents, forming a modest poofy light tan head with good retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of rum-soaked cherries, raisins and yeast...like the nasty spontaneously fermented fruit cake my mom makes with vodka, oddly colored maraschino cherries and raisins. Suggestion of fusel alcohol, caramel...fumes of isopropyl alcohol waft through the nose and burn my eyes. Mouthfeel is spicy and brisk at first but becomes exceptionally syrupy with a medium-dense body. Taste begins with tons of clove and spice, followed by syrupy amber malts and prunes. Intensely heavy with moist cavendish tobacco in the closing, and the aftertaste is earthen and mossy. Isopropyl alcohol peppers throughout, but predominates in the finish, giving it a somewhat harsh boozy twang and alcoholic astringency. Fusels are there, but not as abundant as in Ommegang. Rotting black cherries, anise, and dark candi sugar throughout. No discrete lambique sourness, and devoid of any Kriek character. Tastes like it was fermented at 78-80 degrees fahrenheit (which is not a good thing in my book). Despite my bountiful adjectives, this beer tastes like crud.

This one can be passably sipped. It's one of Ommegangs better brews, which isn't saying anything at all. I think I taste Hemlock. To quote Aristotle..."This beer tastes like Hitler." Ommegang...philosophize my sink, or toilet.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 00:16:49 | More by Mitchster
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JDV

Texas

2.42/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks like murky sewage and V8. Reddish brown pour with no head, floating chunks, and overall not appealing. Smells like a heller bock. Sweet sour maltiness but with a hint of alcohol as well. As it warms it smells a bit more of rubbing alcohol. Not a terribly appealing smell either. Taste is really rather dry, muddy and bland actually with alcohol definitely noticeable but i've had stronger alcohol tastes in less alcoholic beers. Cherry isn't really noticeable, but maybe comes through it the tartness rather than big cherry flavor. Reminds me of a cross between beer and wine. Like a carbonated wine almost. This isn't awful, but I don't see it being anybody's dream beer as its story and creation indicates. The best thing about this to me was that it didn't have the awful belgian yeast taste and smell that I really abhor. I actually liked it better than I thought I would, and it grew on me a touch.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 22:20:53 | More by JDV
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beertastegood

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a reddish gold with a head that quickly collapses.

Aroma: woody, tart, musty, earthy, peppery, fruity (cherries of course), but solvent. As it warms, a caramel-like sweetness comes out, along with a slight chocolate note.

Taste: intense phenolic notes, candied fruit (think fruitcake) pervades the palate with a slight mustiness. Alcohol comes on quite strong here, and not the good alcohol either - I'm talking fusels. Fermentation seems to have been run a mite too hot. The cherry essence is there, but it gets buried under an astringent, pepper-and-clove mess of flavors that leads into a finish that is surprisingly tolerable. Almost wine-like, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation. Slick on the tongue (fusels again?)

Drinkability: Not so much. And by not so much I mean not really at all.

Disappointing - I have been looking forward to this beer and was happy to hear it had landed in Texas. It *could* be a good beer - IMO it just needs more attention to fermentation of the base (98%) beer and blending.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 01:34:01 | More by beertastegood
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Jwaks

Connecticut

2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving 12 oz bottle.

Pours a very hazy deep maroon boasting little carbonation feeding a lasting half finger thick head with fine red-tinted froth and very little if any lacing to speak of.

Vinous dark stone fruit (think cherries, plums, grapes) dominates the nose with caramel malt, interesting medicinal phenols and some sugary apple. lingering in the background. Sweet fruit seems a bit overdone on the nose.

Dark vinous fruit, cherries and candied apple take hold and maintain their prescense throughout revealing moderate tannins and lemon zest on the finish and aftertaste. After a bit of acid on the entry light dark malts come into play on the mid palate dissapearing back into a sea of ripe vinous fruit. Why does this taste so artificially sweet and fruity, it's way overdone for a quad with little caramel malt to balance so much sweet fruit.

Cloyingly sweet and drying on the aftertaste it's not a dream, I'll give it kudos for a very smooth, neat and thick mouthfeel. A bit of warming alcohol comes through on the off-dry finish. Drink it quickly because this only gets worse as it warms.

I can hardly stand to finish just one. For those who like sweet fruity beers, this is for you but it isn't my cup of tea nor it is a good quad. It is far to sweet, fruity and artificial; contrived is a good word to describe it. Give me a real quad like Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12 or any other quad out there, this can't even being to approach them.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 00:57:23 | More by Jwaks
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Arbitrator

California

2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Chilled 750mL bottle into a glass. 2008 vintage.

A: Pours a slightly murky amber / maroon body in my 1L Hofbrau mug. The first pour is literally more than half foam, with a fluffy 5-finger-thick cap enveloping most of the mug. It retains for over a minute, crackling and snapping all the while, leaving a few wispy trails of lacing in its wake.

S: Cherry up front, but in that artificial manner of Wild Cherry Pepsi; spices, toast, figs, and herbs.

T: Yup, definitely Wild Cherry Pepsi. Not a solid example of cherry flavor, but it's there, nonetheless. Caramel, brown sugar, rummy figs, light spices (cloves), chocolate. Cherries linger well into the aftertaste.

M: Medium-full body with a chewy feel to it. Slightly on the sticky side, with the seemingly artificial cherry giving it a syrupy aftertaste. Well-disguised ABV.

D: I kind of have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, it's a pretty solid mid-range quad. On the other hand, a few more bucks will get me a MUCH better beer. The heft of this body (and relatively affordable price) makes me want to use this for food pairing or cooking, but for plain ol' drinking, I think I'll stick with something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 00:29:24 | More by Arbitrator
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trbergman

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Cloudy, tawny-garnet body with a dense, half-inch taupe head.

S - Aromatic with hints of brown sugar and cherries. Complex malt profile includes nuts and toast, with yeasty dried fruit esters.

T - Somewhat harsh on the palate with hot alcohol, and perhaps a bit phenolic. Tastes of dried apricots, raisins, and dried apples, with a touch of cloves.

M - On the one hand, smooth and creamy with full body and round mouthfeel - on the other, rather biting.

D - The look and smell are there, but in the mouth it's a boozy mess of a beer. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 01:58:04 | More by trbergman
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jstein89

New York

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

06-01-2012 19:42:41 | More by jstein89
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MouthfulOfchris

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

05-05-2012 22:48:30 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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Fermenticusrex

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

01-03-2012 03:22:02 | More by Fermenticusrex
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haazer

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Ok, my fourth Ommegang review, maybe I poured it too slow? There was relatively no head whatsoever. The puny amount left dissapeared quickly. Good amount of carbonation. A nice hazy, maroon color.

S- Cherries, raisins, grapes. Very fruity. Pick up the alcohol after the aromas. Hints of malts, no hops evident.

T- The alcohol is not masked well at all. Very evident upfront. Warming. A slight hint of grapes and berries, but the alcohol is almost over bearing.

M- Very pungent, almost feels like drinking a wine. Does have a slight bready mouthfeel.

D- Deffinitely a sipper. The alcohol does mellow out very slightly as the beer warms. My mistake was probly serving it cold. But compared to other quads this one does not mask the booze well at all.

Notes: I feel like I need to review this one again. My other Ommegang experiences were good, I waited to try this one last because I love Quads. I gotta say, it looks like a quad, it smells like a quad, but it did not taste like one, or have the same mouthfeel. Maybe I poured it wrong and it lost a lot of the elements because this one had no head whatsoever. I have another one that I might age for a few months and review again. I refuse to believe this score, but it will have to do for now.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:20:55 | More by haazer
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OneLastDisguise

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

04-08-2012 00:29:54 | More by OneLastDisguise
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Jeb37

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

12-01-2013 18:41:26 | More by Jeb37
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 4,827 ratings.