Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine and get 12 issues / year of fresh beer content delivered to your door each month.

Already subscribe? to manage your subscription.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

Not Rated.
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,990 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,990
Hads: 5,937
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 322
Gots: 1,231 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,990 | Hads: 5,937
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy copper with a large head.
Aroma can be described as rum and raisin chocolate fudge, with some rose-like perfumous notes too.
Flavours are not as complex or rounded. Some sultana notes, brown sugar and peppery phenols and booze. Pretty hot. (250 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with lasting tan foam. Rich malt and yeast aroma with some yeast and alcohol. Flavors of near-wine grape, with less sweet than the style typically, with bitterness and tartness starting mid-sip and lasting with a dryness. As this warms, the cherry is detectable, but it seems more detrimental to the style than beneficial. I'd like to try exactly this without the kriek. (382 characters)

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that got me into beer. had it at an upscale downtown pub, and i've been trying micro brews ever since.

this beer defines "good beer" for me.

perfect balance of sweet beginning and hop finish. thick, but not syrupy. typical color of an abby (262 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Oliver's in Madison, Wisconsin.

Appears medium brown with a purple hue, half finger white head that dies down quickly. No retention, no lacing. After a while, it looks quite still. Smell is of plums and figs, sweet toffee, yeasty esters bringing forth banana and clove. Minerals. Sugary sweetness, caramel. Flavour is pronounced dark fruit, of figs and plums and dates; sugary sweet toffee, banana, cloves, spices, a slight bit of sulfur. Mild ground peppercorn. Mild dry tobacco. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, sticky, lower carbonation, a bit hot, nice intense sweetness and dark fruit flavours on the backend. Overall, a solid Quad that packs a lot of flavour and complexity. If I was more into Belgian ales, this would be a staple beer, although I don't think it compares favourably to Westy 12 and Rochefort 10. (831 characters)

Photo of EMV
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a dark mahogany, cloudy/opaque with a moderate creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Mild lacing of the glass.

S: Belgian yeasts and dark fruits on the nose. Cherry and plum... sweet and alcoholic.

T/F: It tastes like it smells... dark fruits and toasted bread. Complex yeast flavors abound, and there's a nice warmth from the alcohol. Moderately carbonated. Thick and smooth... very nice on the palate.

O: A very nice quad from Ommegang and a solid American interpretation of the style. It's not a trappist offering, but it doesn't need to be in order to be a great beer. I'd seek it out again. (678 characters)

Photo of MacMalt
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into IPA glass. This is a lovely, honey-colored beer with a thick, creamy white head. Very fragrant, with abundant fruit. The taste is complex with cherry, spice. Quite tangy and slightly sour. Medium bodied and pleasant to drink. Overall, this is a very interesting beer. I'm not very familiar with this style and cannot readily compare Three Philosophers to other Belgian quads but I enjoyed it and would drink it again as a change of pace. (455 characters)

Photo of Meganomiidae
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: ruby brown with a thin, pale head. Moderate lacing and quick dissipation of the head.

S: dark cherry and plum, with a slight medicinal aspect. Very similar to the smell of buckwheat honey, with the same strength and bold character.

T: medicinal dark cherry up front, filled out by caramel and toasty malt notes.

M: medium bodied, with accurate carbonation levels for the style. Can't complain, but not particularly noteworthy either.

O: not a fan of the medicinal, buckwheat honey-esque theme; but then again, also not a fan of buckwheat honey. Not bad for what it is, just doesn't suit my palate. (605 characters)

Photo of bborche
4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome quad. Best american quad i can find. A little better than boulevard sixth glass. This is definitely a sipper. Very fruity and perfect for a spring night. (172 characters)

Photo of Andymac28
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best Quad outside of Belgium hands down. Def the best quad made in the U.S. IMO. Depth and complexity throught and love the cherry undertone flavor it gives. Solid! (169 characters)

Photo of ljbonadonna92
3.57/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brown in color with a thin silk like head that follows the beer all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell is a very fragrant and has notes of dark or dried fruit. This quadruple ale tastes like cherries and other dark fruit with a significant alcohol taste. (265 characters)

Photo of Slack
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Maroon to brown in color with no head.

Smell is sweet fruit with cherry distinguishable. Also picking up notes of caramel, fig, and alcohol.

Taste is sweet fruit, cherry but no plum followed by a mix of malt, subtle hops, and boozy warmth.

Mouthful is medium to heavy with low carbonation and a lingering finish.

Overall a wowzer of beer. Very complex but very easy to drink. Definitely an after dinner sipper. (416 characters)

Photo of cloverdaddy
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: A deep maroon, brown with a beautiful lacey head that doesn't go anywhere. No head retention.

S: Dark, dried fruits. Malt and biscuit

T: Much the same as the smell with a subtle hit of alcohol. Just the right amount of carbonation to pair with the fruity finish.

O: One of the best quads made in the States. A great example of this classic belgian style. (362 characters)

Photo of Rango_the_Beer_Guy
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang Brewery – Cooperstown, NY
Three Philosophers Quadrupel Ale – 9.7% abv
Belgian Dark Strong Ale (BJCP 18E)
Bottle Inspection – packaged 12/14 – 4-5 mo. Old

Aroma (11/12)
Wonderfully complex aroma, with dark cherry and sweet malty goodness up front. A lot of dark fruit aromas contribute to the sweet smell – plum, raisin, prune? Date? Very low perceieved bitterness with potentially some floral hops contributing to boquet, but not very apparent. Strong fruity esters are fairly powerful and mask the alcohol well – a slight alcohol presence (med-low) noted. No noticeable ‘breadiness’, no diacetyl. No off scents detected. Heavy inhales catch the high alcohol that is otherwise subdued.

Appearance (3/3)
Beautiful Medium Brown/Chestnut hue with a slight maroon tincture. Large luscious light tan head that persists, great clarity, can see the underside of the head from below. The head sheets very well along the side of the glass as it retreats.

Flavor (18/20)
The beer’s full range of flavors are released as soon as it is moved about in the mouth. The many dried fruit scents noted in the aroma manifest as a backbone for the malt-balanced but alcoholic flavor left on the tongue. Again, the dark plum and cherry flavors, along with the high alcohol content balance the maltiness out. Not much apparent bitterness, potentially a floral addition somewhere in the complexity. The finish is moderately sweet maltiness with apparent alcohol which dissipates to leave the sweeter fruit notes. The very complex flavor is hard to describe but definitely malt balanced with some very slight astringency. No other off-flavors apparent.

Mouthfeel (5/5)
High carbonation is apparent with no stinging bite, very smooth but alcoholic bite comes on fairly strong toward the finish. Body is fairly full, malty, and creamy.

Overall Impression (9/10)
Overall, this is a very complex aromatic quadrupel which masks it’s alcohol well. The beer has a beautiful appearance in both color and head and dances around the mouth. A complicated mixture of aromas and flavors will keep you delighted and guessing all the way through. A wonderful sit-down beer for beer lovers to contemplate the way others will study a glass of scotch. Top notch quadrupel I would drink any day of the week.

Total (46/50) (2,322 characters)

Photo of mtvolkens
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Belgian glass. Huge head on it. About 4in and probably poor on my end. Aroma of sweet figs and caramel. Tastes like it smells. Front end has a sweet fig taste. Absolutely delicious. Ends with a slight alcohol taste and a malty caramel finish. Delicious quad. (280 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy/murky; chestnut colored, but the lighter (almost orange) accents at the edges; 1 finger light amberish head that receded to a thin collar; very little lacing;

S: dark fruit first, then cherry with a hint of chocolate; a little sharpness to it - not smooth; as it warms, it softens and very ripe bananas are noticeable;

T: licorice and dark fruit up front; licorice sticks around, but dark fruit is replaced by cherry at mid-palate; the combination is a little cough syrupy; that stays through the finish; very light bitterness; as with the aroma, as it warms, ripe banana comes forward, bitterness is more noticeable, and the finish is drier;

M: rich; medium bodied - a little syrupy; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish; alcohol is warming;

O: very complex aromas and flavors; (804 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of BuccoFan
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of PatrickCT
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of dhfreak
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (171 characters)

Photo of cujocon
2.78/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

9.7% ABV
750ML Brown Bottle $11 State Steet Northampton MA
Appearance: Tea color, considerable sedimentation in the bottle
Small head dissipated pretty quickly leaving bubbles on rim
Smell: bright and sweet maybe a little fresh wood and caramel - fantastic aroma
Flavor:very unique, foamy with a bit of alcohol bite. A little too much tannin for me.
Kind of a licorice flavor late in the swallow
Overall: 2.5/5 The bottle says that it is a blend of Belgian Ale with Kriek and Cherry Ale, but I don't get
any cherry at all. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't pick it up again. (578 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber body with a big creamy head. Smells of dark fruits like cherries, dates, and raisins, and at almost 10% alcohol it makes an appearance aswell. Taste is essentially the same as the smell would imply, very sweet, fruity and the alcohol packs a punch but is still enjoyable. Has a very thick mouth feel, it kinda leaves a film coating your mouth, and it has fairly low carbonation. Overall pretty good beer, but is a bit on the pricy side. (461 characters)

Photo of Jgolian
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pissed off how much I paid for it. I'm a cheap batard. But oh my! It hasn't been this good since I was in Brugge. Their making this in New York! Lordy, we might find some monks out of work! (195 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with some red hints.

S: Sweet malts, fruity esters with some cherry.

T: Sweet, residual sugar, some cherry and a hint of chocolate.

M: Full bodied. Full mouthfeel. High carbonation cleans out some of the residual sugar giving it not a dry finish but not overly sweet.

O: Complex, layered. On the sweeter side - definitely a dessert drink. (356 characters)

Photo of BigRedBrewFan
4.66/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Sight: Dark amber brown color with some hazyyness. nice head on the pour with large bubbles.

Aroma: fruity notes that remind me of prunes and dark cherries. cooked sugar is a predominant aroma.

Taste: bitter sweet and rich. full body feel with ample carbonation.

Overall: Great beer that is complex and full of flavor. Had fun with this one. (350 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

February 9, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – About an inch-plus of light tan, moussy foam head, with moderate-long retention, sits on top a somewhat hazy deep amber to mahogany liquid. Appears a bit thick, with some viscosity, and some light lacing in the glass.

S – Bready, toasty malt, some toffee there as well, with some fruity esters of pear, and residual brown or candi sugar. A very light touch of cherry, and a bit of barnyard funk. Some dried raisins and plums in the background. Hops seem to be low, a somewhat woodsy or herbal impression from what I could find. No bitterness on the nose. Some impression of alcohol.

T – Very malty, again bready and toffee notes, and very sweet, with a lot of residual sugar, possibly dark candi sugar. The slightest hint of bittersweet chocolate. Very light impression of dark fruit, like plums or cherries, and little lambic/Brett character here. Hop flavor is basically non-existent, a touch of bitterness comes through in the finish.

M – Very high carbonation helps to offset the residual sweetness, actually lending some dryness on the palate and finish despite the sugar. A very light hop bitterness is present, but not very notable. Moderate-full body.

O – A complex, layered beer, a lot going on here, the residual sweetness needs to be balanced out a bit, but an excellent sipper. (1,360 characters)

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,990 ratings.