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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

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5,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,163
Reviews: 1,912
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 210
Gots: 636 | FT: 15
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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

AlMarzo, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of cubedbee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

cubedbee, Sep 19, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In October 2005 I purchased a couple mixed cases of 750 ml bottles of each of Ommegang's four "main" beers when I camped overnight at the Waffles and Puppets event. Most of those beers have since been drunk or given as gifts, but of those that remain there are three specimens of the 2005 bottling of Three Philosophers "Belgian Style Blend." This bottle has sat quietly with its Ommegang brethren since then, and now seems like a good time for a review. The bottle was opened at cellar temperature. A careful pour into a Three Philosophers bulb yields a slightly murky burnt-orange glowing brew with a steady, densely-bubbled light brown head. Slightly boozy, almost medicinal aromas of prunes and cherry juice, along with brown sugar and faint canned-pineapple notes. Very noticeable cherry flavor rings the edges of the first sip, surrounding a caramel-drizzled spiced poundcake center. Spicy alcohol prickliness subsides toward the finish. Clean, fruity (plums, cherries) flavors in the aftertaste. Slightly tart, almost vinous, but mostly a caramel-fruit melange. Vaguely funky "farmhouse" yeasty esters in the burps. Moderate alcohol slickness, medium body. The year and change this has spent sitting tight in the cellar has brought the Lindemans Kriek out from the shadows -- or maybe I've just had a difficult time discerning it in the past. As of now, this is drinking fine, but I've got two left to try for the next couple of years, and it should be interesting to see what additional time will do to this beer.

orfeu, Dec 20, 2006
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4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another great beer from Ommegang. This one's very complex: lots of fruit, lots of spice, including cloves and nutmeg. Extremely drinkable. A nice head that lasts a while and smells wonderful. Take plenty of time to enjoy the aroma. You cannot go wrong with this.

gfreed, May 05, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
Brewery Ommegang
Style: Quadrupel (Quad)
ABV: 9.80 % ("98% Ale - 7% Cherries")
Reviewed 11/11/08, bottle>dimpled mug
A 4.5 - dark malty cloudy brown - opaque. Awesome head, retention and lacing.
S 4.0 - sweet malts, hints of spice and minor hops.
T 4.0 - Malt dominates on palate. Semi sweet with cherry notes, they creep up you as you sip this ale.
MF 4.0 Medium+ body, high carbonation
D 4.0 - note a session beer, a sipper for sure. If I was in the mood for a fruity Quad, this would cure the itch.

unclejimbay, Feb 20, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Satan70, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

DMarlinJ, Oct 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
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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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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Coldsnack, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

blastoderm55, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured into my Duvel goblet. Murky chestnut brown with some ruby highlights with a nice 2 finger head, OK longevity but very nice lace. Smell of big caramel, brown sugar, candy and dried dark fruit. Slight coffe aromas as well. Coffee like taste mixed with some chocolate and dried dark fruit, no roastyness though. Caramrl and dark brown sugar tastes. Rich creamy and sticky. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste which also contains a fair amount of bitterness. Definately one to sip. Very complex. A nice brew.

sabrills70, Feb 19, 2006
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75ml poured into a chalice

appearance is a deep mahogany brown with beige head that lasts

aroma - i'm picking up caramel, cherries, malt,

flavor - cherries, malt, caramel, tobacco

mouthfeel - good carbonation on this full bodied, smooth, sweet but not overwhelmingly so

drinkability - at nearly 10%, one bottle should suffice

keithmurray, Apr 18, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

mattboyer182, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 1 pint 9.4 oz bottle into my Duvel.

A - Nice deep cherry brown pour. Big creamy head with a solid amount of sticky lacing that stays throughout the duration.

S - Nice herby smell with definite cherry in it. I get some black licorice smell as well.

T - Nice warming beer. She is very creamy. Also a smooth ale indeed. You get a hint of cherry but less then the smell. A bit dry.

M - Medium to full bodied. Creamy and just damn tasty. Carbonation is just right.

D - Yes but don't think you are going to have a few. This is a great sipping beer. I wish it got colder in Florida. My ass would be outside getting a chill and chasing it away with the warmness this provides.

GallowsThief, Nov 26, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

fsck, Sep 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

rspauldi, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

robear, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

UncleAddie, Jul 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

dugly2ugly, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of ngandhi
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vintage 2003

Heady smells of kirsch and cherries stewed beneath a layer of dead leaves. Alcohol. Chocolate covered cherries and wheaty yeast on the palate; maybe a touch of iron. Thin raspberries; the lambic component is reminiscent of Rose de Gambrinus in that respect. Old dryer lint.

The integration of kriek and quad is strange to say the least and one does not accentuate the other. Though challenging, this beer still needs some time to calm down. The parts might ultimately each be greater than the whole.

Relax, relax.

P.S. I paired this with plain bittersweet chocolate wedges and it turned into ten times the beer it was on its own. The cocoa balances the quadruple part of the beer, the sugar and fat cancels out the alcohol, and the soft, luscious kriek element shines on through as well as an interesting Westy-inspired grape bubblegum finish. As a pairing, the Three Philosophers would merit at least a 4-point score, but it is indeed weak on its own.

ngandhi, Nov 25, 2004
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a goblet from a 750mL bottle.

This beer pours a deep copper-brown with a frothy off white head that dissipates to a ring with wisps of foam across the top of the beer. The beer leaves just a little lace. The smell is full of caramel and cherry notes. There is a lingering aroma of sherry as well. The taste is up front with sweetness initially, caramel and cherries. This is followed by a bit of hop bitterness and some phenolic and alcoholic flavors. The mouthfeel is nice for the style, medium-full bodied. Overall, a great beer. Maybe not a perfect quad, but an amazingly drinkable beer. While not as complex as some others, it brings enough to the table to keep you coming back for more.

MSchae1017, Jan 21, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

KornWallace, Dec 01, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a ruby garnet color with a finger of light tan head. Pour retention.

S- rich doughy bready malt with a note of sticky caramel. The Belgian yeast imparts alot of dark fruit that brings to mind raisin and plum. Finishes with a hint of cherry and spicy phenolic alchohol.

T- starts out with a foundation of doughy malt and sticky caramel. Soft Belgian yeast that imparts raisin and plum. The cherry gives a touch of tartness with a cherry pit character. A rum like alchohol brings some warmth and some spicy notes. Finishes with a Belgian candy and a dry caramel that lingers on the palate.

MF- rich smooth mouthfeel with a full body and fine but bubbly carbonation.

D- above average drinkability.

Overall a style that American breweries have trouble doing. Ommegang does quite an excellent job! Great brew.

Viciousknishs, Dec 08, 2011
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 5,163 ratings.