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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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5,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,472
Reviews: 1,940
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 239
Gots: 779 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
93 out of 100 based on 5,472 ratings.