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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) - Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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4,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 4510
Reviews: 1870
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 11.84%

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Brewery Ommegang visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  9.80% 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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/red, nice highlights, big offwhite head, but it goes quick however leaves some nice lacing. Smell is malty sweetness, hops, apple skins, cherry. Taste is spice, maltiness, alcohol is apparent though muted, sour cherries near the end, and yeast. The carbonation was nice, medium, body was great. Tasty beer. Thanks DrJay.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 21:12:14 | More by Viggo
Photo of Bighuge


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet brown color. Just a thin film of a head, but a nice collar. Light brown in color. Lacing is spotty. Nose is thick. Chewy molasses, rum, raisin, dates, figs, black cherries and alcohol. Very nice. Form the first sip, I can tell this is the kind of Belgian style beer that I really like. Subtle bready, yeasty tones kick it off. Rum soaked raisins come and go. Alcohol is a presence, but it fits in a good way with this beer. Prunes, plums, wood, cherry, dates, figs......damn this is a tasty concoction. Carbonation is low, but fitting. Body is about medium full. Great beer.

Thank you cokes for expanding my philosophical horizons with a little Plato, a little Socrates and a little Aristotle.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 19:54:40 | More by Bighuge
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Poured a dark mahogany-cola color with a creamy beige head which fell slightly to a thin pancake layering leaving a moderate lacing. Some sediment was noticed suspended in the medium carbonation.

S: The nose yielded fresh ripe fruit, cherries being the most prominent with some supporting aromas of plums, candi-sugar sweetness and dates. Some alcohol fusels were also present.

T: The beer starts out with nice burnt carmalized sugar notes with light smoky hints. Some dried cherries, dates, alcohol fusels (cinnamon) and a good yeasty character rounds things out. There was a nice bitterness and some chocolate notes detected before the finish which was dry and velvety.

M: thick and viscous, with a light-medium carbonation with a very smooth texture. Slight alcohol presence but otherwise well hidden for such a high content (9.8%).

D: Very nicely done bursting with dried fruit flavors and a easy drinking quad despite its abv and thick viscous nature.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 22:35:13 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Served on tap at Bocktown.

Snifter glass, mahogony in color with a large off white head that kept well and had a fine lace.

Nose was of ripe fruit, apples and malts. Bourbon like booziness.
Drinks very smooth and is a sipper for sure. Nice apple and malt, with a nice roasted edge. Alcohal is certainly present, and I believe this to be a fresh batch, so that is to be expected.

Very tasty and glad I got to try this, especially on tap. Would love to try cellaring this. Reccommended.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 01:30:11 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrJay


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep reddish brown colour. Light tan head with some lacing and good retention. Bready malt and apple skin/pear fruitiness dominate the aroma. Starts with malty sweetness, some spiciness shows up in the middle, followed by light cherry fruitiness at the end. Some yeastiness throughout. The finish has a light alcohol warmth and is mostly dry. Moderately low carbonation, medium body with a creamy texture. I really enjoyed the aroma and the alcohol is hidden well. Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 22:45:17 | More by DrJay
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a golden brown color with a foamy two-finger off-white head. There's a little bit of suspended yeast and the head dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a thick ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells mostly of molasses and Belgian sugar, but as it warms the cherries become more apparent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Molasses and Belgian sugar up front, with a very slight cherry taste coming in at the end. There's a dry finish with little bitterness and a hint of the ABV at the end.

Mouthfeel is good. This beer has a good thickness and grainy carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The slight cherry flavors make this one interesting. It's certainly a solid quad with or without the cherries, and I didn't have a problem finishing the bomber.

Overall this is a good Belgian ale. There are better ones out there, but this is certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 01:27:48 | More by glid02
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a pretty shade of ruby with an inch of fizzy, beige head. A lot of cherries in the aroma, followed by Belgian yeast. Smells malty. The flavor is fairly sweet, with prominent cherry juice. Yeast takes a backseat to the sweet cherry flavor. Booze emerges more as I progress through the bottle. Overall, a good beer and one I would have again. That said, this is best only occasionally and in small doses. Cherry flavor becomes a bit cloying midway through. Interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:35:34 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Gusler


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer after releasing its grip on the 750ml corked and wired brown bottle sets in the glass a somewhat hazy mahogany color, the head stupendous in size, spumescent in texture and the color a winsome light tan, the lace after decomposition of the head forms a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose is laced with black cherries, caramel, a hint of musk, clean and crisp, with the start ambrosial, nice malt profile and the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops forceful but not overpowering, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a great beer from a long time favorite brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 22:12:01 | More by Gusler
Photo of Slatetank


4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 23:04:05 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brad007


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured a decent brown color into my Schlitz chalice. Not much head. Aroma is very strong, malty with definite raisin smell to it. A bit of chocolate essence but not much. Taste is very strong with a coffee/caramel essence and alcohol in the background. The alcohol is subdued here, which is nice. I really like the taste though. It's also roasty with a black coffee edge to it. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 20:02:42 | More by Brad007
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hard to believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.... Picked up the 750 from Bier Thirty in Bown over the weekend... Paid a very reasonable $9 and change... Pours with a long lasting tan head... great lacing. The brew is hazy amber.

Big Belgian malt bomb on the nose... deep malt and caramel... dark fruits with apple and hints of cherry... Peppery with a background sweet clove.

Cherry presence is much bigger on the palate... it is pretty bright almost immediately and then moves quickly into the maltiness and then resides primarily as a tart kriek essence. Malts are not nearly as complex as the aroma... light raisin and dark toast. Personally I would like a slightly sweeter malt complexity mid palate to balance the kriek acidity and make the Belgian phenols bloom.

Body is light/medium with the expected great carbonation.

Very well done... Ommegang does Belgians right and this is no exception.


Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 06:22:55 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of smakawhat


3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Vintage 2011.

Same appearance as it's younger abbey ale sibling. Body color is a great dark ruby and somewhat clear. Snapping noises come from the bubbles of the head. Seems to leave a good puck as well on the top.

Mild cherry, malt muted, very similar to regular abbey ale but seems a little thicker... perhaps bolder. I was hoping for something more pronounced but it's just not happening.

Taste is virtually nearly identical to it's sibling, with maybe a hint of chocolate milk on the finish. I am missing or not getting the fruit background off this at all, or a big malt caramel back bone for a quad. Somewhat milkshake like in body with a little fizz which is a classic touch, but missing the flavor punch I think needed for this style.

Overall I am not really that impressed by this quad, but it's certainly a good passable brew. Not for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 01:10:51 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a moderate head that sticks around but leaves no lacing.

Smellis complex and winey, but with a sharp stewed sour cherry smell in the background. This isn't unpleasant, but it could be more well integrated.

Taste is better, and more balanced. Here the fruit is more subtle and doesn't predominate. Instead you have a nice layered malt profile with sweet sour underpinning of cherry and some slight hops to give a little spiciness.

Mouthfeel is also quite balanced somewhat crisp, somewhat creamy, nice carbonation level.

Quite drinkable- refreshing, but just complicated enough to keep your interest.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 22:09:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 17:35:14 | More by mothman
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:46:23 | More by superspak
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:05:46 | More by dbrauneis
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

2005 Vintage.

A: Amber-chestnut with a light tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: A well-rounded nose that's reminiscent of fruit-cake with a little spice and a slight hint of funk.

T: Christmas cake (raisins, dark fruit, cherries, rum), caramel, brown sugar, spice, slight sweetness is balanced with a light bitterness.

M: Moderate body has a touch of residual sweetness.

D: I've had this fresh & thought it was a little boozie... but with 3 years in the cellar it's quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 00:55:06 | More by Derek
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 20/9/11

A nearly clear bright reddish amber with lots of bubbles but only a long lasting film for head and not much lace

S fruity spice with a little booze and some brown sugar, I don't think I smell cherry but I smell some fruit but I just can't place it, I may be losing it but it may be very bruised banana

T I'm not finding the 2% Kriek other then faint tartness that shines through the sweet malts if that makes any sense, some yeast and spice to go with what I smell

M creamy from the bubbles with a slick feel left in the mouth, slightly sticky on the lips and a little heat

O worth a try but I wasn't blown away by this one, its a good beer but perhaps it needs some age

I'd drink this again but maybe I'll wait a few years, pretty fresh Quad but I'm stoked to see this on the shelves in Alberta

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 22:35:16 | More by wordemupg
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 2005 750ml bottle into an Ommegang cervoise, the quad is a deep mahogany that has a bottled conditioned cloudiness, although I didn't purposely swirl the yeast. A vigorous pour produced a large tan head with medium bubbles, that quickly subsided to a 1 finger collar, leaving some thick, sticky lace. The aroma is very rich and complex, earthy and vinous and mainly sour cherries. The taste is sweet, rich malt, caramel, prunes and yeast, reminiscent of Gulden Drak, but with a very pleasant tartness from the Cherry lambic and brett. that really takes it to the next level, before fading to a boozy and slightly dry finish. The 3 Philosophers had a moderate mouthfeel and a great flavor profile that takes a while to unlock, but is a bit rich to drink more then a bottle or too of...that said, it is choice for enjoying with a robust cigar, such as a Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real # 2 Belicoso, which is suburb.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 07:58:27 | More by ccrida
Photo of dirtylou


4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottles, post "pop the cap" in Raleigh

appearance: dark brown, great ruby highlights, foamy head that laces

smell: dark fruits, cherry, slight alcohol

taste: mildly chocolately, dark cherries, alcohol is present, sugary, heavy malt, brown sugar, plums soaked in alcohol. Tis pretty tasty if i do say so.

mouthfeel: full, bubbly carbonation

drinkability: more than drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 02:09:21 | More by dirtylou
Photo of beertunes


4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into sturdy chalice. Poured with a thick, light caramel colored head. After the head dissipated there was minimal, but pretty lacing. A medium-deep brown with a slight reddish tint. A welcoming aroma featuring fruit and spice notes. The flavor follows the lead of the aroma closely, but the fruit flavors have a stronger presence. Enjoyably so. A well balanced, continually interesting flavor that opens up more and more as time goes on. The body is pleasingly full, smooth and and well-rounded. Very drinkable, but because this beer hides its alcohol so well, be aware of what you're involved with. A long time favorite from a well respected brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 01:22:56 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 1/2 inch head with slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong malt, high alcohol content, and some pungent fruit (possibly cherry). Definitely fits the style. Crisp and slightly thick mouth feel. High carbonation levels and a tartness from the fruit. Tastes of an earthy malt mostly with some of the fruit flavors and a noticeable hop kick. Overall, really tasty and I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 18:28:53 | More by Tone
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2004 Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a medium thick dark beige head. Thin, slippery lacing. The aroma is fruity and spicy, with a pinch of malt. Medium-bodied with a tart but subtle cherry character. Sweet malt, spice and yeast flavors are offset nicely by the added Lambic. The finish is lively and long and fruity. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 22:04:14 | More by Dogbrick
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Pours a dark brown with a 3+ finger off-white head that subsides to minimal after sitting a bit. Maintained nice lacing throughout. The only aromas I could pick up on were fruit wtih a trace of alcohol. The flavor followed the smell with only fruit and alcohol showing up. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not bad for a quad. It was very smooth and drinkable. I would definitely purchase more and drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 19:56:20 | More by thagr81us
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3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head and not much lacing on a cloudy amber with yellow hues body. Sweet and maple syrup like smell with dark fruit notes. Initially this one is very boozy and bitter but it mellows out some. Still too boozy. Takes away from the dried fruit glavor in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall just too much alcohol taste.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 00:41:26 | More by kylehay2004
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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