Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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Reviews: 1,982
Hads: 5,904
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 313
Gots: 1,190 | 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 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)

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

Served in my Trois Pistoles chalice - a very dark red, but still noticeably red brew with a thinning off-white head that, as it goes down, kind of looks like the surface of the moon if I look straight down from above into the chalice.

At first it smells a little like cough syrup and reminds me in a way of cherry-chocolate ice cream. A bit of lambicky wildness comes out with further inspection. Fruitcake and yeast spiciness are in there too. Chocolate cherry is ever-present.

Dark fruits abound on the tongue, certainly fruitcakey. A bit spicy, but harshly sweet. Cherry is big in the middle, not so much lambic character as the aroma suggested, but certainly a lot of cherry. Kind of medicinal. Bitterness in the finish, leaving syrupy cherry coating behind.

Carbonation cuts the syrupy sweetness of this beer, which is a good thing. Allows the spiciness to come out more, also good.

This is the second time I've had this beer, and I'm not sure I'm much of a fan of it. First of all, I am no fan of most cherry-flavored things, and this reminds me too much of the negative aspects of a lot of those things. I'm also not a fan of sweetened lambics. I think I'd like it better if it had a chance to mellow out some, maybe for a year or two. (1,254 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark brown, bottle varies from super clear to hazy and cloudy.. big amoebalike lacing left but not much head.. hazy with small bubbles on the surface. quad, hell yeah!

nose is pure belgian candi sugar, candied plums and dates. cherry comes across in a real essential way.. not the tangy fruit aspect, just a raw fruit sweetness with wood notes and natural acidity. my nose sticks to the glass. a serious brew.

slightly cooler than room temp, this exudes caramel sweetness with a musty age tweak.. crystalline dried dark fruits and a smoothly malted scotch. alcohol is present, but so infused with the flavor that its savoury.. not a road block here. smooth sipper. a true quad despite blending, gets the sugars reeking a fake complexity.. however they do it, its friggin great.

staple beer. 750ml 2004 bottle, this will flourish with a year to melt that blend into beer fondue. ommegang, i love you.

**EDIT** thought my review would be at the top of the heap when sorted by score.. it's #21. another true testament to the quality of this beer. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A unique brew in the Quadrupel style. Poured out to a dark and cloudy red, with a large cream colored white foamy head. Good lacing was noted around the glass. Aromas of cherry, roasted elements, and some brown sugar was noted. Taste was heavy and filling, with complex flavors abound. Flavors of cherry, dark chocolate, some weak malt, and a hint of sour tartness on the finish. The higher alcohol level is well masked, but still present. Very heavy mouthfeel, like having cherry extract moshing around in your mouth. I'm not sure if I would have this again, it was like having fermented cherry juice. Not many of the a-typical quadrupel characteristics were here. I really don't know if i'm going to finish this... (716 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750 at Riley's here in Madison for my 100th beer reviewed. My fourth beer from Ommegang, haven't tried the Rare Vos yet.

Pours a murky, sludgy mahogany brown with a frothy tan head that the alcohol quickly erases. Smell has layers ans layers of complexity, as does the flavor. Standard Belgian dark fruits - plums, dates, figs, a funky/sour cherry kick along with some vinuous notes, strong malts, strong alcohol, and some faint chocolate/toffee. This is some heady stuff. Almost too complex. So many flavors and so much alcohol make this a seriously big beer. Mouthfeel is thick and bubbly. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but still had a hard time finishing the 750. Could use some refinement, a little time to mellow out perhaps. This was the 2004 vintage. My first Quad, and not a bad one to start me off. (820 characters)

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

Philosopher's pours a deep, deep brown with amber hues on the edges and some copper tones. Very cloudy and looks great. The head is about 1/4" and hasn't moved in the near 10 minutes since the pour... sticks to the chalice very well.

Big aromas all over. Complex as hell. Cherry notes in the nose with molasses and large maple. Malt and alcohol. Brown sugar. Anise and cinnamon. A note: I walked out of the room for a few minutes... when I returned the room smelled slightly of the beer.

Excellent flavor. Alcohol and malt up front followed by a small rush of cherries and finished with tiny hops. A smooth beer, easy on the palate. Sugary. Syrupy. Terrific. (665 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2004, aged approximately 9 months. I bought two bottles about a year ago when Ommegang products first hit the California market, a 375 ml (?) smaller bottle and a 750. I tried the 375 first, and to be honest, was not excited by the beer. But I decided that maybe some age would help this along (besides, I wasn't really in a hurry to drink the second bottle). In summary, I think the aging helped, and it is a solid, enjoyable beer, but I still am not overly excited by it.

Pours a dark, murky brown typical of Quads/Belgian Strong Dark Ales, with a slight reddish tinge. The head is espresso-crema colored that isn't all that big to start, drops, quickly, but the thin cover of minute bubbles last a long time.

Aroma is rich, heavy sweetbread malts, with lots of heavy-syrup fruit aromas, including sweet cherries. Maple syrup, pears, caramel.

Flavor is rich and complex, but not nearly as inviting as some of my favorite quads. The alcohol ending is still overly strong, but not as harsh as a year ago. For me, this is a flaw that keeps me from really enjoying the beer. High ABV needs to be hidden to have full balance in a beer.

Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, but actually on the thin side. Drinkability is still a problem for me, because of the alcohol profile. (1,285 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm somewhat torn about this beer. On one hand, I like the idea of a flavored quad, and cherry provides a good foil to the otherwise bruising power of such a malty monster. I don't really like the idea that this is essentially a quadruple and cherry flavoring black-and-tan. I'd rather see a direct product, with the fruit right in the fermenter. I also think the sweetness of the cherry lambic used (Lindemans?) detracts from the flavor. If anything, this quad needed a sour cherry. In any case, the deep brown body with ruby edges is appealing. Low carbonation. Smells of sweet figs, dates, and chocolate covered cherries. Main flavors are the same, with an unexpected viscosity (somewhat thin) and some transparent alcohol slickness. I think this could be tinkered with and improved upon. As it stands, I think it's just an average offering. Bottled versions may have more promise. (884 characters)

Photo of tjthresh
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a super beer. It pours a mahahony tone with some garnet highlights. There was a huge tan head that seemed to last forever. The aroma was quite complex. the sour kriek lambic was in the forfront, but the bunt-ish brown sugar was quite evident. They all played well together in the flavor of the beer also. In the palate, you get the soft and smooth sensaton of a Belgian ale, with the sour astrinency of the lambic. This was the 2005 vintage. I hope I can come across a few more bottles of this down the line. (513 characters)

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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