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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)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 2004.
A: Pouring into a large wine glass, a thin, light-tan head is produced over the dark amber liquid. The minimal head fades within a minute, leaving a few clusters of foam around the glass. Vigorously swirling and smelling allows the beer to streak lacing down the glass' sides, enhancing its display.
S: Dominating the scent is the maltiness of the beer; aside from the requisite alcohol scent, I detect little else. The Belgian yeast seems to be buried underneath and only the slightest of hints of the cherry lambic filter through. There does not seem to be any bittered fruit or plum, fig, raisin smells as one can encounter from the style, especially when mixed with kriek.
T: As foreshadowed by the smells, most of the beer seems to be focused on its malt aspects; clearly, the bulk of this beer is devoted towards its caramel malt origins. The sweetness is tempered by a mild peppery and yeast taste as one would expect from a Belgian ale. No detectable hop presence, but it does finish with a slight alcohol taste. From my perspective, the people who claim to taste cherries and chocolate are either playing up the effect or letting their expectations cloud their senses; I could detect very little. There are other quadrupels with more balance tethered to scent and flavor depth/undertones than this one, hence the average.
M: Light to medium mouthfeel with a well-designed amount of carbonation to make the beer smooth and go down pleasantly.
D: Three Philosophers did not come across as well-balanced or providing much in terms of depth or subtle flavors/smells. The malt power is just "on part" for the style. Given its high alcohol content without much reward in terms of other aspects, this one doesn't strike me as much to rave about. Perhaps 2004 was a bad year...

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Photo of Citadel82
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, deep, red-brown with a long lasting tan head. Leaves some sticky lacing and the head finishes as a thick lacy ring with a few self sustaining clouds.

Smell is rich dark dates and dried figs and the faintest of traces of dried cherries and a strong whiff of alcohol.

Taste is strongly alcoholic. Some medicine like notes. Dried sweet-tart cherries, dried cranberries, tawny port, iodine, alcohol, a little dried sweetness and a longish slightly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a brew of this gravity. Though overall it is a medium-heavy bodied brew.

Buy a few bottles, drink some, and cellar some for later.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 4-pack of this locally at a wine store!! Pours a nice brown/reddish color, smell is of plums. Tastes to me a bit plummy and other fruits but not too fruity. Finishes really nice. It's a bit sweeter than expected but it's not bad at all since I don't like real sweet beers. Definetly recommended!!

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Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights and a nice thick tan head.

There are sweet aromas of chocolate and cherries.

It is medium to full bodied with a crisp carbonic mouthfeel.

Taste is a balance of tart fruits, especially cherries and sweet caramel and chocolate. Slick, velvety and sticky mouth and throat coating alcohol warmth.

A very interesting beer that is a belgian style quadrupple ale blended with Lindemans cherry lambic. Overall, a fantastic and unique brew. I could drink them all night.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours orange caramel in colour with a surprisingly less than "luxurious" head. no date is visible on this twelve ounce bottle. the beer is hazy and some random yeast clumps made their way into my glass despite a careful pour. the nose is full of funked cherry that foretells of a tartness to come in the flavour. mild alcohol vapours and a scant amount of yeasty tones, most likely obscured by the rather brash cherry aroma, are notable as well. the wild appeal is quite grand. the flavour, like the nose, is dominated by the Lambic's bold character. a sturdy malt texture serves as my sole insight to the level of malt burried within the fruity tartness. a fading malt aftertaste lingers in the finish and manages to outshine the cherry for a fleeting moment. this brew is not just a cherry flavoured beer. it has some degree of complexity with its dank earthy aspects. if one can find appreciation for musty, aging, fruit tones coupled with some rich malt character look no further. if nothing else, this is interesting to taste.

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Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - brewed 2005

A: Pours a dark brown with a respectable yelowish head that quickly subsides to a ring around the glass.

S: Nice aromas of dark cherries, biscuits, and caramel with a slight alcoholic aroma. The cherries almost give this the aroma of a light red wine.

T: The brewer's at Ommegang did a nice job of blending just the right amount of kreik with this - the cherry taste is definitely present, but not overwhelming. The lambic's tart character shines through in this beer, giving it some personality that it might otherwise be lacking.

M: The tartness makes the mouth pucker (in a good way), and the alcohol has a nice warming effect. This one has a nice full body and a very complimentary amount of carbonation.

D: This is one of my favorite beer from Ommegang to date. It has an obvious Belgian character with a uniquely American twist. Very enjoyable and highly reccommended.

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Photo of bjohnson
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost brown color with a slight red hue. Nice foamy off white head that leaves great lace.

S: Aromas of dark fruit/cherry with a heavy nose of malts. High abv is noticeable here.

T: Tastes of fruit, mostly cherry and a bit of wheatiness that finishes with dry and smooth. Aftertaste of cherries. Yum. I like the succession of taste changes with this one.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Cherries are noticeable, but not overpowering. High abv can be noticed when the first drop hits your tongue. Not a session beer, but a damn fine one. Brewery Ommegang continues to make stars.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great stuff, unique flavor, great aromas, big mouthfeel, a great sipping brew given the abv. I really like to sit down and savor a three philosophers a couple times a year. The cherry undertones from the kriek add a great layer of flavor to this quad, its a really unique offering.

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Photo of numenor1
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I had this again 10/24/06. I was too kind last time.

Pours a cherrywood color with a decent enough head that dissapears to almost nothing, not what i'd expect of a quadrupel. Smells of cherry and alcohol. Taste is initially candy cherry, cough drop cherry without so much menthol. Medicinal. To be fair, this fades a bit and there are other flavors underneath, but this overwhelms them, sadly. Any subtleties are masked, and it's pretty much cherry alcohol riding through to the finish. Phenolic, fusels even? Mouthfeel is quite nice though, full, with nice carbonation. Not very drinkable at all. Slow sipping is tolerable, but why would I want to? Interesting idea, quadrupel+lambic but in the end not so good. I've had this brew a few times, didn't like it before and thought maybe i'd age it a bit to see if it improved, and it did, but only so far as to mute everything and make it less offensive. Ah well, can't like em all.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a glassful from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Deep brown color with a half inch tan head that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Love the tulip glass!

Distinctive Belgian smell, enhanced by a background scent of tart cherries. Not overpowering.

Very complex taste. Malty, yeasty, fruity, in different layers as the beer warmed up.

High ABV warmed as it went down, but the alcohol taste was well hidden.

Very interesting flavor. Great bargain for the price. I don't think I could drink a lot of these in a row, but one or two at time was good.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a beautiful looking cherry color with a centimeter of tan creamy dry looking head that left some droopy strands of lace. Smelled of cherries, cranberries, alcohol and a slight smoky dry yeast. Tasted strongly of red wine with an intense dry yeast and a subtle strawberry and cherry sweetness. Alcohol became very noticeable on the exhale. Good blend of flavors here. Mouth feel was light with lots of carbonation against my palate. A very dry and bubbly beer.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a drak reddish brown with bits of yeast floating around. The aroma about knocked me out with the initial alcohol scent. As the alcohol scent fades and the aromas of cherries and sweet malts is notable. The alcohol is the first thing that hits you when you take that first drink. Quickly following the alcohol there is a notable cherry flavor but not as strong as I thought it would be. This has got to be one of my favorite brews of all time, I have got to find this brew again.

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Photo of Edwin
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Philosophers goblet from a 750ml bottle received for being in Jaysus' wedding.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby red/brown with a nice little tan head. A beauty to behold.

Smell - A fruity, grainy blend. I think I smell a hint of banana, but that could be just me. Some caramel in there. Love it.

Taste - Awesome. Cherry-like notes with an alcohol and malty tinge. Has a bread-like wine taste to it. Sweet and bitter at the same time. I love this brew.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth. Goes down easy with some alcohol burn.

Drinkability - One or two max, but definitely high on my list when available. Gotta dock points here for the sheer power.

Overall - I loved it. An inspired brew that has a great flavor and a nice balance. I Cracked it for PSU/FSU. Go Lions!

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Photo of Hautacam
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a good frothy tan head that reduced, but lasted.
Color was dark red/brown...almost burnt orange when held up to light.
Smell..slight cherry, not overpowering...malty, earthy.
Taste , pretty complex , but balanced. Malty and sweet, cherry is there , doesn't dominate ...some other slight fruit..can't really tell what these are specifically..maybe raisans ? I don't taste any chocolate. Alcohol comes through, but is balanced with all the other flavors; and the finish was sweet,but just barely.
Mouthfeel was medium...surprizing...I thought it would be heavier.
I really like this ale, but don't think I could drink more than a glass... well maybe if you twisted my arm.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad has a deep amber red color with a ½ inch light brown head of thick carbonization in my chalice-style glass. The smell is of aromatic fermented fruit with light cherry overtones. The taste is smooth with a bit of ethereal warming qualities. The flavor is a woody and cherry experience with a hint of caramel. The mouth feel is full and slightly fizzy with that ethereal feel after the swallow. This beer was one of my early “Belgium” favorites.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby with a wispy reddish head.
the smell is very medicenical, cherrys come through, a hint of alcohol and chocolate.
the flavor is very medicenical like cough suryp, the cherry flavor is very rich, fruity, little chocolate, carmelized malt.
the mouthfeel is very thick almost surypy

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Gorgeous dark ruby color with a thick light tan head and very persistent retention.

S - Heavy fruits - raisins, prunes, and persimmons (spelling?). Molasses and caramel malt.

T - Betrayed by the smell, this one has a heavy malty character with intermingling dark fruits throughout. The Caramel/molasses characteristic is predominant to me, while the fruitiness is more non-descript and subdued. It's difficult to tell that this is infused with cherry lambic. I taste fruit to some extent ... i just can't tell which fruit without the prior knowledge from the label.

M - Thick, but not overly heavy. Balance decidedly toward the caramel malt sweetness without being cloying. Subtle alcohol warming.

D - I couldn't finish more than a single 12 oz offering of this in any one sitting ... just a little too sweet for me. It's warm and rich, but doesn't lend itself to a quantity in my opinion. Might be good warmed, with spices!

This is a good ale, but I fear it didn't meet my expectations in every regard. Perhaps they were too high, as I've been wanting to try this one for a while now. A solid offering nontheless ... I would have thought it possibly a slightly higher ABV for a quadrupel ...? If you like the heavy, malty sweetness in a Belgian style beer, then you'll likely very much enjoy this one. Very molasses-like to me. I'm sure this one is intended to be, but it's not my very favorite style. For the style, it's good ... maybe very good.

I'd try it again but am in no real hurry to do so. I'm going to try the Rare Vos next ...

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easy to manage on the pour, khaki head that is substantial. Lacing is slick.

some light candied smells but for the most part this is a licorice and alcohol bombing in the aroma.

Dark candy. aggressive carbonation, crisp finish.
buzzy buzzy. this is a fine brew.

Notes: I am putting a couple in the cellar fridge. Winner.

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Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a hardcore Ommegang supporter, but this is not my favorite from the brewery. Not to say it's bad... just not as great as I'd like it to be. Appearance-wise, it's lovely. Deep crimson with a sticky white head and a generous amount of lacing.

Smell is raisiny and pruney- lots of dark fruits- and sweet. Taste is not the yummiest ever- raisins and coffee with a background bitterness. A bit on the sweet side for me- perhaps this guy needed time to blend better. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth, though a tad bit watery.

Overall, fairly drinkable for the style and alcohol content. If you grab one of these guys, give it some time to age- I have a feeling that's all it needs to really stand up with it's Ommegang siblings.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a fantastic copper to deep ruby coloration. The head was a towering caramel coloration. The head had considerable staying power. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled of fruity goodness. There was the playful interaction of cherry and apples combined. The beer was malty sweet with cinnomin and caramel drifting about.

Taste: The beer was true to smell. The beer had an understated cherry apple combination that went well with caramel malts and cinnomin. The beer had a some spicy notes playing along.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. The sweetness is in balance with the spicy contrast. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of pbr85
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalis.

Appearance: Pours a nut brown with a small off white head with little to no lacing.

Smell: Mango and alcohol combine for a strong smell.

Taste: Fruit and alcohol flavors dominate. There is a lot of carbonation that masks much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, which masks the flavor. Not terrible but doesn't amaze.

Drinkability: Its pretty drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. Though I couldn't drink alot, I would not shy away from it if it was offered. A decent North American replication of a Belgian style.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep ruby red. A bubbling, beige colored head develops. The head seems to crawl on top of the beer. Lacing is wonderful, leaving a solid ring coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: Some caramel malts, as well as grape. The cherry presence in this beer is not as obvious as expected. The hops mask themselves well in the scent, but are evident in a subtle estery aroma. Very inviting and sensual in the nose.

Taste: An intense backbone of caramel malt and barley. Cherries are readily recognizable in taste, despite their aloofness in smell. Hops are still very subtle, but present in a kind of floral flavor. Some nectar is definitely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and warming. A pleasing sensation on the tongue. Creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability: A bit filling, but flavorful and inviting. Adequate drinkability, due to the flavor. I don't crave this one as much as I expected to. A fine brew, but not exceptional.

Notes: Definitely a surprise considering its comparing itself to a lambic. A little bland I must admit. Fine beer otherwise.

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Photo of ski271
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a large, light tan, foamy, thick head with very good retention. Some light lacing all the way down. The smell is a marvelous blend of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, herbs, alcohol and fruit esters, and light bubble gum. The taste is sweet, with huge malts, prune, cassis, tobacco and a late sting of fruit. The finish is long, warming and sweet. It has a medium body, and the silky texture and effervescent carbonation give this a spectacular mouthfeel. This is one outstanding Belgian! A must try.

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Photo of asabreed
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens glass. 2004 vintage.

Appearance: Nice electrically amber and bubble-bursting body. Lots of lacing on the glass, with a head that's amped up and really doesn't want to dissipate at all.

Smell: Yeast and sour cherries up front. Some raisin and molasses sweetness and some figs too. The craziness of sweet malts up there too. The balance is awesome but with the complexity I was hoping for more.

Taste: Yeast, sour cherries. The craziness of sweet malts up there too. Finishes with beautiful sour cherries and some slight dryness. The fig and raisin sweetness is there too. Once again, could be more complex, but the balance is awesome. And seriously, the finish is amazing, which certainly boosts it up to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stuff, carbonation levels are awesome. A thicker body, but not cloying or anything like that.

Drinkability: A very balanced and quality brew. Ommegang has never disappointed me. And, let's face it, for about $7 a bottle this is beyond a steal. Certainly pick one up. I can't wait to cellar some of these.

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Photo of Matthew
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown to almost black color with a big foamy brownish head and really sticks to the side of my glass.
Big sweet ripe fruits mainly cherry with a brown sugarish aroma and a hint of molasses.
Very smooth. Thick malty sweetness leads to a tartness and slighly fruity but not as much as some other quads I've had. There is a pleasant warming on the way down. The flavors all really work well with one another to create a great beer drinking experience.
This is a fine example of a quadrupel and is a great beer to sit and sip.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 2,050 ratings.