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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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5,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,483
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 240
Gots: 790 | 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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Photo of thekanna
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with ruddy hues and an ample, foamy off-white head.

S: Nutty, with hints of toffee, brown sugar, cacao powder, port, and lots and lots of warming alcohol.

T: Some dark fruits and a general nutty sweetness, followed by a very strong blast of phenols, some boozy sweetness, a medicinal hop flavor, and a diacetyl character.

M: Medium mouthfeel as it goes down that seems heavy as it settles into the gut. Carbonation is present but nothing special.

D: Decent domestic quad imitation which lacks all the niceties of a Belgian quad. I remember liking this one better the first time I tried it, but my opinion of it seems to have lessened purely based on the fact that I've tried a lot of other Belgian quads since then. Still, a solid brew.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer was quite complex. Chilled, it is not very good. As it warms up, it becomes much more pleasant. It tastes good at first, but it has something in the aftertaste which is quite off-putting. I cannot tell what that is. I am very curious what the underlying beer mixed with the lambic is. I love lambic, and I enjoy the one they used. I may or may not like the underlying ale. I may just not like the combination. The flavors didn't seem to complement each other. This is worth the try, but I will not be having this again.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this beer just sounds complex, and I have been waiting to try this brew. This beer is a dark, dark ruby with a big creamy, off-white head. Aroma is rich with cherries (obviously, since it has some cherry lambic mixed up), dark caramel and a little chocolate hint. taste is dark-chocolate covered cherries with a nice and noticeable alcohol to it. Brew has a slight bite to it as it goes down, warming alcohol, and a nice brandy-ish aftertaste to it that reminds me of some barley wines.

This is one complex brew. Very smooth, a dessert beer to just sip and enjoy. I'll make room for this brew more often.

Photo of marshmeli
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Bustersuess
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pre-wide release version bought by my cousin's boss at the brewery, sampled in a Hennepin glass. It's been sitting in his fridge for a few months.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish brown with a short lived offwhite head. Recedes to a film and a ring of bubbles. No real lacing left.

Smell: Smells a helluva lot like a nice hearty cider, and that's a good thins. Caramel malts, pepper, and coriander notes.

Taste: Robust dark malt flavors. Mildly acidic sour apple tastes. Pepper and light medicinal aftertastes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but very palate cleansing due to the acidity and carbonation.

Drinkability: Rather drinkable. I was reminded at times of a sour Maudite. Can't wait for the wide release version to make it's way down here.

Photo of azorie
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of zachary80
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of hpthebull
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of JBogan
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brown with reddish tint. Small off white head which left minimal lacing.

The aroma was of malt, cherry and alcohol.

The taste followed the smell, yet wasn't as satisfying. The cherries gave it a cloying sweetness which I found too much to take after less than half the bottle was gone.

The mouthfeel was nothing special. Somewhat thin and lifeless.

Overall I was quite disappointed in this beer. it seemed to be yet another example of a non Belgian brewer trying to make a Belgian style beer and coming up well short. I might try this again at some point, but won't be in any hurry.

Photo of Skye1024
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

Photo of metalgdog
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

Photo of dankjohn
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DaveAnderson
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Theogre83
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of ThrashMaster
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of EStreet20
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been intrigued by this beer in stores since my "Belgian craze" last year when I first got into craft beer. However I never got around to picking it up as I was busy trying all the beers from Belgium IE Trappist etc. I haven't been as crazy about Ommegang's brews as many but I'll still give em a chance because I love the fact that a brewery here in the US has the guts to go after the styles from one of THE great brewing countries in the world.

750 ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A - What a look. A reddish brown that really looks a translucent ruby red when held to light with a nice off white head sitting atop.

S - A lot coming at you on the nose. That Belgian yeasty smell leads but that cherry smell from the lambic blend, along with a caramelly sweet malt is kicking around on the nose. Very complez aromas.

T - In the taste I;m getting a lot of yeastiness along with the cherry taste coming through. Much tarter cherry taste than I expected. The alcohol tinges as well and the brew also has a spiciness that won't quit. Also a bit of a smoky flavor towar dthe finish/aftertaste. Nice overall.

M - A very chewy full bodied brew. Feels nice in the mouth.

D - A ton of complexity here, makes you want to sip and analyze. Only complaint is I;m picking up a tiny metallic tinge that I;ve noticed in all Ommegang brews, however here it's masked and/or blended with so many other flavors that it's opk with me.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured a nice amber color with a nice off white head. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell - Huge smells present. Orange, lemon cherries and spices. The fruit smells dominate. Also a hint of alcohol.

Taste- Man this is a good beer. Great spices and fruits clearly present. I do get a sour cherry taste along with citrus fruits as well. Very complex.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall - Incredible beer. Not something I could drink on a regular basis and would love to taste this aged. I'm glad it came in a 12oz bottle also because the 750ml would have been a bit much.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red color. Has a large, foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a bubbly froth on the top. Leaves nice lacing as well.

Smell: Yeasty and malty with a subtle hint of cherries. Slight hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: Starts mildly bitter with a hint of cherries. Develops a malty taste towards the back that finishes sweet, yeasty, and a bit tart. Leaves a tart aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and smooth to drink.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Ommegang. This one is certainly a sipper but definitely enjoyable and something I'll look for again.

Photo of washburnkid
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frothy light tan head over chestnut brown. Aroma is wonderfully complex, with dark fruit and a mild sour note. Berries and alcohol with a deep pull. Flavors mirror aromas, sweet and tangy and sour. Nutty and bready malt is noticeable as well. Each last sip is tangy stone fruit. Medium mouthfeel leaving a bit of a sour residue on my palate. Good carbonation, good froth retention, and good lacing. It's gorgeous to look at, it smells wonderful, and the flavors are well balanced. Ommegang does a great job with this style.

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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