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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,401
Reviews: 1,932
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 232
Gots: 743 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002)
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

stript, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml 2004 edition...Belgian ale blended with Kriek Lambic

A-Hazy, murky orange color with straw yellow head formed of tightly packed carbonation from the bottom.

A-Sweet, dried orange aroma is dominant. Yeasty, fruity esthers fill the nose very nicely. I can tell this is going to be sweetened by the kriek lambic

T&M-Sweet up front followed by an intense malt backbone. A huge belgian yeast characteristic punches through past the lambic sweetness. The overall kriek presence is a bit cloying for my taste.

D-Very interesting to say the least. I have not come across anything like this before and I think the concept is very unique. This can be interpreted either way, but for me, I will probably go for others over this. Probably my least favorite from Ommegang, but that is still better than most.

ALESwhatCURESya, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

erlenmeyer, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of blastoderm55
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

blastoderm55, Nov 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Schmoog, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of BierReise
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle brewed 2003. This Quad poured a cloudy reddish brown with a head that settled down to a thin tan layer just like others in the style.Underneath the bready malt aroma lies subtle notes of cherries giving this a fantastic malty fruitiness that is a delight to the nose. One of the best aromas I can remember at the moment. The body is soft and full with a crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. The flavor has everything you'd expect in the style. Fruit, malt, yeast and an asortment of spices that all add up to a complex and completely satisfying ale. Overall I found this ale an exceptional example of fine craft brewing that I highly recommend giving a try.

BierReise, Mar 08, 2004
Photo of arguemaniac
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich oaky tannins, sour brett character, a robust dark malt backbone and a rounded fruity sweetness all blend exceedingly well in this superbly crafted and somewhat unusual treat. Now, because of the rich maltiness and fairly assertive brett flavors, this brew, like all "sour" or "wild" beers, is not one I can see myself drinking all the time. But it's a welcomed change of pace and, when I'm in the mood for it, I really enjoy beers like this. Three Philosophers, in particular, is especially drinkable given the added fruit sweetness, as that element adds an extra bit of balance to a malt-heavy style. The fruitiness also rounds off the edge of the intense brett flavors.

Highly recommended...

arguemaniac, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of photomike
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL 2006 bottle poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Pours an ugly-lookin brown with a small, quickly dissipating, pillowy yellowish beige head that dies down to lumpy little leprosy-like patches of yeasty bubbles. Its so patchy, in fact, it is rivalled only by my moustache in patchiness.

Smell is nice though; Good amounts of cherry on the nose, sweet malts, hint of clove. Actually smelled really sour until it warmed up a bit.

Taste is great. Drinkable and smooth without showing the 9.8% ABV. Definitely a good amount of cherry from the blended lambic in there, but also some molasses or caramel and maybe even cinnamon, but malts are the real star here.

Mouthfeel is pretty darn smooth. Maybe the age has lightened up the effect of the alcohol sting other reviewers mention, because I really don't get much at all. A slight gummy feeling on the back of my tongue that is not altogether unpleasant.

Will buy again.

photomike, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of dgallina
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with bronze highlights. Moderate head which leaves a good film of lace on top and lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nose is lightly toasted malts with strong candied fruits, subdued sour cherries, and alcohol spice. The taste starts with light toasted malts, develops slight lambic and cherry sourness, turns into sweet candied fruits and alcohol spice, and finishes with nice drying hops and very long-lasting sour kriek finish. Nice medium body with good creamy feel and carbonation. Very tasty and relatively easy to drink. Superbly complex and compelling.

dgallina, Nov 13, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

OleDixie, Feb 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

switzer, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

WoodburyMN, Sep 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jeffwright, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of ultralarry2006
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle. Left a one finger head that was colored like espresso foam, that is, it was a biege-brown foam that receded after a while into surface skim that lingered until the end. Not really much in way of lacing. The body was deepest brown, maybe deepest maroon, almost black. Can see through it though, if you hold it up to the light.

Aroma - sweet candied fruit, chocolate, and phenols upfront, some bready malt, some caramelly malt even, in the middle and both some ester and alcohol solvency at the end.

Taste - exactly as nose indicates. Sweet dried and candied fruits ( think dates, plums, raisins ) Add to that a rich hearty sweet bread containing all those dried, candied fruits. The finish is of phenols and the tinyest hint of the high abv of almost 10%. No hop flavor to speak of. Aftertaste of raisiny, date-y, sweet rolls with a little hint of lemon ( there's the hops after all; maybe? ), and yet more of this taste if you lick your lips. Leaves you sweet and dry at the same time, with no bitterness at all, or parching dryness either, nor any kind of cloying sweetness at all. That hint of the alcohol from the high abv I mentioned?, well you kind of have to look for it, or just be aware that it's there to really taste it at all, which I think is always an excellent thing in a beer. Just well balanced deliciously rich ( but not nauseatingly so ) sweet malts and candied, dried fruits.This is excellent beer.

Mouthfeel - very full, moderately chewy, with very little carbonation. Slight hop oil coating. Finishes very dry, but not parchingly so, but does leave your mouth watering for the next sip.

Drinkablity - this goes down very easy, and is delicious! High abv limits it to one 750ml ( or two 12 oz.'ers ) per sitting. I was going to ding it a half point on this trait, but I just can't - it gets the full 5 -just excersize due diligence and repsonsilblity, you'll be wasted in no time flat after two 750's without seeing it coming because this excellent ale completely hides, and I mean completely hides, the potency of its high abv.

ultralarry2006, May 03, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

sneezye, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured tawny brown with about 1-2 fingers of white head which dissipated into a thin layer that rimmed the glass.

S: Initial smell is dark raisons, figs and cherries with yeasty bread followed by molasses and dark honey.

T: Dark dried fruits, raisons, figs and plums, together with sweet malts. Finishes with a warming alcohol presence, smooth, not biting. Very similar to a good port.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel with good level of carbonation.

O: This is a great sipping quad, very warming and cozy - perfect nightcap. The alcohol is warming but not biting. Very drinkable and well worth seeking out.

FondueVoodoo, May 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of tviz33
4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, served in a goblet.

A- Pours a slightly hazy brownish red covered by a dense one finger off white head.

S- Not an overpowering nose, but enjoyable, filled with dark fruits and of course, cherries. The alcohol peaks in here.

T- Any alcohol noticed in the smell is not present in the taste. The mouth is filled with an awesome complex of sweet dark fruits, cherries, caramel, and Belgian yeast spice. I love this, plain and simple.

M- Mouthfeel is spot on. Full-bodied with a small amount of carbonation, but just enough to tickle the tongue. Creamy and delicious.

O- My favorite quad and one of my overall favorite beers in general. Simply a wonderful way to end a night.

tviz33, Nov 25, 2012
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4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured into a Chimay chalice. Color is predominately brown, with various strains of gold and ruby. Murky look to it, but with bright colors along the edges when held to light. Little to no lacing, but maintains a thin head that lasts for nearly the full glass.

S - Nice mixes, nothing stands out. Mostly what you might expect with a vague sweetness and a slightly funky yeasty smell. I'm looking for cherries here but not really encountering them.

T - Here is where the cherries show up, but not really so much in cherry flavor, as an up-front tartness. It's not strong, but it's definitely present, and gets rolled in with the sweet malts, a clearly Belgian-style yeast that has an ever-so-slightly sour note to it, and light bitterness.

M - Rich and medium-full bodied. The carbonation adds a lushness to it.

O - Very flavorful and enjoyable. Split this bomber with my wife and we both enjoyed it. We had it after dinner. I would probably recommend that you drink it before dinner so that you fully enjoy all of the rich characteristics and subtle flavors.

Andrew041180, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

nodder, Sep 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tvghost, Jan 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

robear, May 24, 2014
Photo of demcorhip
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A medium brown coloured ale with reddish hues. Nice compact 1 finger light tan coloured head. A well, medium laced, spritzy carbonated brew.

A treacly toffee with cherries, some sour funk, a touch of oak and vanilla.

Buttery and almost nutty treacle toffee. Almost vineous in character sour cherry which goes great with the touch of barnyard funk. A touch of oak and vanilla, and a wonderful earthy character.

This is an amazingly drinkable and balanced big beer. The touch of cherry lambic wonderfully compliments and adds amazing depth to the dark ale. Slight alcohol warmth is the only clue of the high alcohol content. A rich earthy feel with a hint of spice, along with the sour cherry and barnyard funk are a great counterpoint to the rich malts in this fine ale.
What an incredibly drinkable big beer full of subtle and substantial flavours. What a decadent session this would make, and also quite accessible for something with so much depth of flavour.

Was very happy to find this one almost locally. Will be a staple in my beer cupboard.

demcorhip, Oct 13, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

tyleeis, May 11, 2014
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,401 ratings.