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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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1,989 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,989
Hads: 5,934
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 319
Gots: 1,227 | FT: 22
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Reviews: 1,989 | Hads: 5,934
Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from 2009

A: The pour is a hazed dark amber color with a finger and a half worth of fluffy tan head.

S: Smells like slightly tart cherries and cherry pie. There's some nice caramel and toffee notes as well. A touch of chocolate malt, raisins, and plums, too.

T: A definite alcohol taste to begin with which is followed by cherry skins, raisins, and plum skins. There's a nice maltiness that I would describe as toffee, and a bit of brown sugar. The same subtle chocolate character that was present on the nose.

M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Not quite as boozy and overly intense as I remember, but something I'd still have a bit of trouble drinking a significant quantity of. (711 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a slightly hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of tart cherries and spicy caramel malt.

T - Tart pie cherries up front with some sweet caramel. The caramel is joined in the middle by toasted grain and spicy yeast. Clove and coriander notes remain though the finish with some increasingly medicinal cherry.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This certainly isn't a drain pour, but I am kind of disappointed. I hadn't had this beer in a couple of years and I remembered it being much better than this. The aroma is spot on, but the flavor is dissonant and unpleasant. The spicy yeast character seems inappropriate for a dark belgian and it clashes with the cherry. Maybe it its just that this beer is better in the bottle or maybe it has lost something in the last couple of years, but it seems like a shadow of what I remember it as. (969 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Another brew I felt I had to revisit. It pours a ruby-tinted russet topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose is a menage-a-trois of black cherries, rye bread, and dried wheat. The taste begins with the wheat, burnt this time, then moves into a solid helping of slightly medicinal cherry. If it weren't for that bit o' cough medicine, this would have been great. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Overall, a solid outing, but falls a bit short of gem status. (548 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. A carefull pour renders a clear, reddish-brown body with crimson and orange highlights. An off-white, creamy but short-lived head leaves only very minor lace (possibly due to the high level of alcohol, or maybe the need for some more conditioning). The nose displays dark fruit (raisins, fig) and some alcohol. The medium body is lightened by a moderate, but still gently effervescent (very fine bubbled), carbonation. True to the description on the label, the flavor is rich with raisins and pears; as well as some apricot and slightly tart apple. It's mildly sweet maltiness also lends a nutty quality (hazelnut?) that becomes more obvious in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but far from intrusive. It finishes dry with some residual sweet fruity malt. Quite enjoyable. Worth trying. (824 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 release acquired with the help of howl1309, so a big "Thank You" goes out him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of cherries, caramel, brown sugar, some spice, roasted malts & Belgian yeast.

T: The taste likewise has a strong burst of sour cherries that is tempered by the sweetness of caramel & brown sugar. There's a good Belgian yeast background and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild as to be expected any beer that's 5-years-old and particularly in this style. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good high-powered Belgian that adds the tartness of a lambic. Five years might have been a little too long for this one, but it's still worth drinking for a long time. (1,038 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Attractive pour in the St. Bernardus chalice. Dark golden-tinged amber with a full head and lots of lacing. Nice foam with every splash to top up the glass. Mouthfeel is sudsy and rich, with the hot alcohol trickling down your throat.

The dark fruity flavor is definitely there, though it's not my favorite. Some very dark roasted flavors. Malty and scratchy with some non-hoppy bitterness. The long aftertaste is like burnt raisins and gets stronger as you sip. Less of the dry Belgian character though maybe that is more typical for these sweet Quads.

Intriguing, full of character, but not one for sipping more than a small glass at a time. This probably would be better with a bold-flavored snack. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Liticker's in San Diego. (761 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Prestentation - An eye catching 12oz brown bottle with a quad colored label: white/black/red/gold apropos for a unique quad.

A - Strawberry blond colored ale when backlit with an eggshell hued head the generates a moderate amount of lace from the appealing microfoam.

S - a mellifluous, unctuous blend of aromas: cherry, spice, belgian yeast, wood and caramel.

M - an extremely active and yet gentle bouyancy is felt. Sweetness steps up, as it fades creamy and bitter textures are felt in the finish.

T -- A spicy yeast flavor gives way to sweet fruit flavors as very subtle cherry tastes are surrounded with effervescence and a sweet tangy essence presents itself with a natural caramel/sugar flavor. Vanilla is another pleasant spice that is interwoven into the enticing tapestry. It is like art in a bottle-subtle shades of tart and bitter combine with hues of sweet and fruity. Only as the ale becomes warm does the alcoholic muscle stretch out and dazzle the palette. A clean but earthy woodiness is experienced which ties in well with the quote imprinted on the label: "Philosophy begins in wonder" I have no doubt of the inspiration for the splendor contained in this ale. The complexity and dexterity of Three Philosophers is a true tribute to the skill of the brewers and blending at Ommegang

D - A great pleasure for my taste buds. Sweet, strong, balanced and complex - a great example of a hybrid of styles done with inspiration and skill. A superb fruit blend with Quadruple punch. Not gentle in heft, but graceful and sophisticated all the while. Perhaps the most drinkable Quad I have had. Versatile to the extreme. Could be poured and enjoyed with desserts or a variety of main courses. A really delicious brew that can be enjoyed easily all by itself. (1,782 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe that after close to 650 beers I haven't tried this one, but here it goes. Pours a cloudy ruby red color, nice thick head.. looks great in the glass. Estery smell with some dark fruit aromas. Taste is medium bodied and super complex. It takes a couple of sips and some real patience to even dissect them all. Prunes, grapes, chocolate, coffee, cherry.. all blended together in a hearty tasty brew. Finishes super smooth a tinge of alcohol. A great sipping and night cap beer, will definitely try it again in the future, worthy getting for sure. (559 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown magnum, no freshness date but this beer will hold up for years to come. The yeast was very loose so about a third of the bottle was left and swirled into a separate glass.

Appearance: Outstanding lacing, clinging action all over the glass. The clouded brown colour leaves a bit of mystery.

Smell: Light medicinal, herbal, minty, and licorice in the aroma. Hint of solvent alcohol and a layered malt sweetness.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Heavenly smoothness within the full body, creamy from middle to end. Thickly sweet of dark malts, nothing roasted. Deceiving alcohol leaves little warmth until the finish. Bitter phenols and a trace hop help to balance. Very herbal and a bit earthy as well.

Notes: Drop dead in complexity, a sipping brew and certainly something you would want to pair with rather than drinking it alone. I varied my pairings from a creamy Danish Blue Cheese with water crackers to dark chocolate. (933 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clouded ruby with a light tan head. Nose is heavy with sugar and alcohol. Flavor is extremely sweet. Pungent cherry tones. Strong quad tones with that very noticeable cherry lambic presence. Feel is thin. Lacks body and grace. Drinkability stays low due to extreme mix of flavors. Overall it is an “okay” brew IMO. I don’t feel as though it holds any character that helps it stand out against the rest of those of its kind. Ommegang is good, but this time for me they are not good enough to warrant a return to this one. (531 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition

Pours dark burgundy red into my Chimnay goblet with a 3 fingers tan head. Great "Belgian" lacing & very good head retention

Smell: Sourness & then woody, lactic notes.

Taste: Sour oaky notes up front, hints of cherry & choclate follow. Finishes tart & a vanilla oakyness

MF: Medium with a slight spritzyness.

Drinks pretty good, I think this is one to lay down for years. Worth it ($9.00 a bottle) (418 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First had: at Philly Craft Beer Fest '07

First sampled this on tap at a beer festival. To this day, it remains one of the finest brews I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. Awesome name, awesome bottle, awesome beer. It's definitely more on the "quad" side than on the "kriek" side, as the cherry taste is more implied than infused, as opposed to other stronger/actual krieks.

Pours a hazy burgundy with a fine, small layer of white bubbles for a head. Complex aroma of yeast, spice, and fruit. Roasty malts in the taste, with flavors of cherry, plum, brown sugar, cloves, and rum. A little boozy, but not harsh. Medium mouthfeel, can be a bit syrupy. Can be enjoyed cold or closer to room temperature. Highly complex, highly recommended. (741 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass in a gastropub in Orange, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I've been pretty impressed with Ommegang in the past.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a textbook copper; nontransparent.

Sm: Caramel, milk, lovely amber hops, and incredible dark fruit - the best aspect of the aroma. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lovely candied sugar, dark fruit (albeit unfortunately light in the balance), dominant heavy amber hops, and cream. The promise of the aroma, unfortunately, is unfulfilled. I do love the dark fruit that is present, but I wish there was more. Overall, it's complex, well-balanced, and nicely built.

Mf: Smooth, pleasant, and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. A bit too milky.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Very flavourful and pleasant. Quite nice. (874 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber hue nice creamy tan head leaves uneven coats of lacing. Aroma: Strong vinous alcohol infused malts with semi tart hints of Lindemann's Kriek that will only mellow with time. Tones of honey wrapped in mild chocolate this is beautiful, finishes with brown sugar awesome stuff. Taste: The taste is a bit rough shows some signs of being young needs to be put away for a few years, the alcohol shines through pretty bright with chocolate covered cherries. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent Belgian style. Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, by about next year this is going to be so smooth watchout for the 9.8 abv. (634 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beige head with light lace. A cross between a dark amber and brown ale in color.

First impression, strong vanilla aromas. The cherry is subtle, but present, in this largely malt smelling ale.

Very strong alcohol oiliness in the taste. The malt appears in the form of mildly sweet caramel. Although a lambic was introduced to this beer, there is none of the sourness associated with that style. Moderate body for this style (which is to say that it is very, very rich) and the carbonation is relatively low.

I'm not typically a fan of this style, but this was a treat--certainly a well made Belgian style ale. (622 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark plum to eggplant in color, with visible "floaties" swimming about, a bit lighter near the bottom and around the sides, so far a very good approximation of the trappist abbey dubbel look, with a small, dunnish head, settling swiftly into a negligible collar.
Aroma: sheer intoxication, the first sniff brings such myriad complex flavors that I have to reel back from it...rustic, raisins, cured meats?, dark spices and fruits, soft leather, moss...deep, dank, and transendently indulgent..oh, goodness, oh, WOW!...so much going on here, that's it's extraordinarily difficult to pretend to be detached or objective, this beer unfolds and envelops me, it knows it has me where I want to be had!
..now, how about a taste of it? Simply amazing! A sweet, treacly dose of fruit (grapes, plums, cherries) welcome hops, and a thick, powerful malt backbone, pulling it all together.
Can't quite taste the "dried apricot in the nose" and "pear on the palate" as noted on the label, at least I can't claim to have discovered it on my own.
I now relax, sit back, sip, savor...full-bodied as can be, long, rich, residing finish...no, "finish" is incorrect, for it never leaves the mouth, and I would never wish it to!
A beer so powerful and seductive it consumes every sensory receptor, every inch of the head, all across the brain, down the fingers and toes...I nearly want to "cut & paste" my review of Westveleteren or St. Bernardus, for this experience so closely resembled that which I had with those fine Trappist ales.
Another beer after this would be a tremendous let down, so that's it for tonight...(Notes taken in mid-August)
Abundant gratitude to purplehops for breaking this out of his cellar for me...it was magnificent! (1,744 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NJ last weekend. Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip. 2011 vintage.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with two and a half fingers of fluffy light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of Belgian style yeast, spices, pepper, dark fruits, cherries, fruity malts, toasted malts, bready malts, and a little bit of molasses. Spice and yeast are up front, followed by the fruit. As it warms up, getting more cherries which is nice.

t - Tastes of spice, pepper, Belgian yeast, cherries, dark fruits, alcohol, fruity malts, molasses, caramel malts, and toffee. Also some light toasted malts and bready malts. Pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Little bit of alcohol present, but doesn't make it too hard to drink or anything.

o - Overall a pretty nice quad. It's nice that it is available all over the place and year round, though I wish it was a tiny bit cheaper. At first I enjoyed the taste much more than the nose, but as it warmed up the nose got significantly, as more fruit and cherry came out. Worth checking out, and something I would have again. May buy one to age and see what happens. (1,239 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, cherry, molasses, earth, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, pepper, earth, toast, molasses, cherry, toffee, chocolate, herbal, and yeast spices. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, cherry, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with a nice balance of maltiness/yeast spiciness. No cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Quad! Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable. (1,130 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

Pours deeep reddish-brown with ruby highlights. The thick, creamy head descends to a lasting cover.

The smell is of cherry and sweet malt. A pleasant aroma.

A sweet brown sugar coats a barley breadiness and an underlying cherry taste. Some spiciness is present, but not sharp. The sweetness is offset by a touch of tartness. A warming alcohol adds to the mild spiciness. Medium to full-bodied.

Rich and complex, it's very smooth.

This is a wonderful, unique brew. The mixture of barley malt and cherry lambic makes this one interesting and delicious. As the bottle states, this one is better to have when at room temperature or slightly chilled. It's a very nice occassional "sipping" brew. (719 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my Bruery tulip. Beer is brown to red and forms a thin off white head of small bubbles that breaks quickly and goes to the walls of the glass quickly. No lacing was left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet, caramel, mild roast, cherries.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty smooth, its almost tart. Its mostly sweet, the cherry tartness is interesting. Not my favorite beer, its odd. Not terrible just OK. (421 characters)

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

A: Pours a dark reddish brown in color with some ruby red highlights and light to moderate amounts of visibel carbonation when held up to the light. The beer has a half finger tall medium creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits (raisins and cherries) along with some spices. The smell intensifies as the beer warms and the presence of the alcohol can be observed at that point.

T: The flavor is similar to the smell but with a very strong sweet malt body. There is a heavy presence of dark fruits (raisin) as well as a strong amount of cherry flavors. Some light notes of spices can be detected as well. Unique flavor combination.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: This is a really enjoyable beer and was probably my first introduction to the style - I still really enjoy the addition of the cherries. A wonderful sipping beer but this one will sneak up on you. (1,116 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle

Poured into smokestack glass

Pours about 1 finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby copper brown.

Aroma: Fresh cherries, a lot of malts, dark dried fruits, caramel. Just a ton of malts going on here. A very nice aroma for a quad.

Taste: Cherries, malts, caramel, some heat. Very strong. Dark dried fruits. Earthy hops. Very nice, but very dry.

Mouthfeel: Mediudm, almost full bodied, decent amount of carbonation, a little low. Very smooth and creamy, a little hot. Ends with a touch of alcohol in the mouth.

OVerall, a very nice quad. Easy drinking. I loved the cherry flavors in this beer. I split this bottle, but I think I could drink this over the course of an hour or two. (739 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2010 Vintage

A: Pours a hazy, dark brown with definite red tones. A slightly off-white, one finger head formed and dissolved to a small layer of foam on top. Thick lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet cherry aroma, some caramel, and a good bit of dark Belgian yeast.

T: A definite cherry flavor, mixed with some belgian yeast, some caramel, and brown sugar. Not much hop presence as expected and a slight sourness from the cherries.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It is smooth with a slightly sticky finish.

O: A different take on a quad, the cherries change the flavor profile, but in a good way. Sort of a cross between a Belgian and a light lambic/sour. Would be interesting to see it with a few more years on it. (744 characters)

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

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with an ample white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the traditional dark Belgian aroma; malts, spices, yeast, etc., but there is a lingering aroma of cherries added by combining a Tripel with a lambic, producing a Quad. The taste is brilliant. It is a strong beer, but you wouldn't know it. It has a dark feel to it. It tastes like the regular Ommegang, but with a nice cherry aftertaste that really compliments the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with low carbonation, which suits it perfect. This is a great beer. It drinks well. I wish it wasn't a seasonal brew. (647 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a medium, clear brown color with a large cream-colored head. The aroma is a strong mix of Belgian sugar, yeast and dark fruit. The beer smells outstanding. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark fruit (mainly cherries) as well as some yeast, alcohol and dark candy sugar. Very sweet and fruity tasting beer. Very well balanced and very tasty. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great American-made quadruple. (444 characters)

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 1,989 ratings.