Three Philosophers
Brewery Ommegang

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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #16
ABV:
9.7%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,835
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 11.24%
Reviews:
2,191
Ratings:
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Notes: Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, it's opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

The complexity of this beer make it a good candidate for ageing gracefully, as spicy sherry and port notes should intensify.
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Parmesan from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a dark cherry red purple with a small tan head and no lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of sweet caramel and toffee, intermingle with cherry and other dark stone fruit. Some plum and raisen, smells like a quad.

L: Lots of sweet cherry, mixes with caramel and toffee, plum and dark stone fruit. A touch of acid in the background. This is a very tasty quad.

F: Body is a touch watery, but higher carbonation.

O: This is a classic quad that everyone should have at least once.

May 17, 2020
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 11/12/23. Great Lakes tulip.

A: pours a slightly turbid brown with two fingers of sandy, foamy head.

S: classic belgian quad aroma. Sweet, phenolic, cherries, plums, raisins.

T: arrives fruity and sweet, but not excessively sweet. Raisins and fresh plums, not prunes. Big booziness on the end. Bigger alcohol and phenols than Abt. 12, my only other experience with a true quad. Lingering phenolic finish.

M: this is where these quads amaze me, sweet, phenolic and boozy, but they are crisp, clean, and effervescent.

Overall: I’ve waited a long time to try this beer, wanted it for a while. A bit of a let down. Bigger beers are just not my thing. Clearly a great example, but I like Abt. 12 more.

Apr 11, 2020
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BigWheelz from New York

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was hoping to really like this beer, but I'm not a fan of the Belgian style and I found too much of the "Belgian" taste. If you like the Belgian style, this is probably a good beer for you. But this is not a rich dark beer.

Mar 15, 2020
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Jaysauras from California

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Really have always loved the quad look. Enjoyed in a tulip glass with a wonderful deep red clay color. Looks dark, but deceives in a way with the flavor. Head was creamy, island-like, evident but not excessive, dissipated quickly.

S: Sweet liquor, wood, and cherries. A wonderful mixture.

T: This is such a complex and enjoyable beer. It's a combination of the booze you'd expect from a quad, the sweet cherry flavor you'd expect from a novelty beer, but the craftsmanship of a finely brewed barrel aged. There's also a surprising malt and chocolaty finish to the beer that puts a nice bow on everything. You get sweet up front, you get woody oak middle, and a great malt and chocolate finish.

F: I don't give many 5s because it's hard to believe a "Perfect" score exists, but for a 9.7% beer, this is artisan level. It smells and feels like a lighter beer despite it being a near 10% BA quad. It's drinkable in all of the best ways. The fruit isn't overpowering, it's crisp, it's somewhat lighter in feel, but it's a complex finish that urges further drinks without being too heavy to bog you down with any sort of overpowering flavor or feel.


O: Just a wonderfully crafted beer. Hits on a lot of traditional quad beer feels without the downside of a boozy high % belgian. It adds cherry and a delectable complexity of flavors without letting one thing dominate, nor go unnoticed. It's one of the most drinkable BA Quads i've ever had, with a flavor that is up there with one of the most simple, yet complex and well executed ones I've ever had.

Mar 05, 2020
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notjaredlouche from New Jersey

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle received as a workplace Secret Santa gift probably in that same year. Opened this on Super Tuesday 2020. Served at winter room temperature (67F currently), not 50F as recommended on bottle, and in Ommegang large snifter-type glass included with gift box that the bottle came in.

Pours easy (slowly, but not too slowly per bottle recommendation), less carbonation than expected, tiny one-finger head that vanishes quickly. Lacing is very slight at the top of the liquid when swishing, but dissipates almost instantly. Looks dark, but deep red when held up to the light.

As for smell, I don't exactly have a golden nose, but it's a pleasant, vaguely fruity smell. Little to no alcohol smell.

Tastes vaguely of cherries, sweet, mild tartness, a little bourbon-y too on the back end.

Smooth in the mouth, low but noticeable carbonation. No alcohol burn, goes down almost too easily. Sweet enough to make your lips sticky.

First time trying one of these, always heard this talked up as the pretentious but amazing quad to end all quads, but never tried it in 10 years of being old enough to drink. Was trying to save this bottle for a special occasion, but figured a disappointing Super Tuesday was good enough reason to bring it out. Would be curious to compare to a fresh bottle, or one aged even longer, like I see in some of the other reviews (2007, wow).

Mar 04, 2020
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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
For the love of God, respect the label on the side that says "pour slowly".
Look: Cherry sunburst on a Les Paul when held up to a weaker light source, but looks pretty dark - almost stoutlike to the unaware consumer. Big pieces of sediment floating in the haze. Sediment is lifted by strong carbonation. Hefty, dark yellow caps on waves of head.
Smell: Definitely a strong cherry aroma but with a certain sweetness, like a cherry DQ milkshake. Caramel and brown sugar malt tones peek through I suspect. Strong alcohol scent the further you get into it.
Taste: There's a pronounced sweetness, but in a different way than I expected. It's more malted sweetness dominated than fruity sweetness dominated, so it's more representative of raisin than cherry when tasting. Definitely, spices push through as well. Sweet in a way where you would end a night on this beer, rather than start one. Although the bottle itself is maybe a pregame to a pregame.
Feel: It's got a nice, gentler carbonation on the mouth, but is certainly present. Has a tingling, numbing sensation that is pleasant from the alcohol and carbonation.

Really interesting complex brew that also appeals to other fruit beer lovers. Kind of wish I was eating pancakes with this beer. I might just be drunk, though.

Feb 19, 2020
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TheGent from New Jersey

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

Look: Murky and translucent. Deep and dark amber - light brown color with a ton of sediment as I drained the entire bottle into my glass. Khaki colored head settles to a thin layer across the top of the beer and a thicker ring of foam around the edge of the glass. A small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: Estery yeast Aromas of pear, raisins and apple. Some rotten fruit too. Dark bread.

Taste: On the tip of the tongue you get sweet some sweet sugary notes that carry through to the middle. The fruits are similar to the aroma, but getting more of the raisin and some light fog flavor. The sweet fruitiness has a little bit of a caramel apple thing going on. The yeast contributes greatly to the flavor. Some overly ripened banana. A touch of woody bitterness in the middle and on the finish. I think there are some cherry notes but they really come through as something like a brandied cherry. Nothing about this beer says kriek, if that’s what you’re looking.

Feel: Medium bodied, semi dry, prickly carbonation. The 9.7% ABV warms the palate perfectly.

Overall: A classic beer. And a great introductory beer for someone new to Belgian style beers. It’s not the most complex of Belgian style beers, but it’s really good. It’s also priced well compare to imports.

Feb 15, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle to the chalice, pours a deep brown color with a nice tan head that falls to a thin cap. Really lively carbonation keeps popping up to the top. Aroma of cherry and other pitted fruit, spicy phenols. Taste is sweet, rich cherry, candi sugar, and spice. A bit of alcohol heat in there too. Pretty clean finish. Feel is medium with decent carbonation that just keeps coming. Overall, I've always enjoyed this beer. I wish the flavor was a bit deeper, but that is a minor bit of personal preference. I'll continue to drink this one with no hesitation.

Feb 02, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

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

For some reason I kind of came into this beer with different ideas than what it is. Once I read the words “cherries” and “Kriek,” well, I was thinking exactly that. Something more sour and tart. Which is completely the opposite here. I mean, it’d be like if Kim K made a Tinder profile back when she was blonde and not as thick. Then when you show up... wowzer! What a difference. I mean, both versions are worthy, but they just ain’t the same, ya feel me? And right here, we have an almost straight up Belgian Quad with hints of Kriek. It is straight up huge, yet composed like a sailor during a sobriety test. We are talking smooth. It’s super rich, but very earthy. It has some dark fruits, and maybe just a touch of cherry. It’s so beautiful that I would actually put a ring on it (even if it came with a lil soldier from a prior relationship). Think about that. I am willing to “step daddy” this beer.

Yep!

Jan 21, 2020
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spdemon91

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went to Tanczos looking for an alternative to my favorite beer, Chimay Grand Reserve. Love that beer but don't love the cost. I don't drink that much and don't know that much about beers. Asked for help at the front and the guys there were wonderful. They explained that the reason Chimay is expensive is because of the brewing style being a quadrupel belgian. They listed several others and to my surprise most of those were more expensive than Chimay. Then they referred this one which was about 40% cheaper than Chimay. I gave it a shot and loved it! It is not Chimay but similar. One noticeable difference is that this beer while it only has 0.75% more alcohol than Chimay, it definitely has more of an alcohol smell and taste to it than Chimay. And for me anyway, there was definitely a harder kick to it versus Chimay which goes down so smooth. Still very good and for the price, I would definitely buy again!

Jan 17, 2020
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 12/18/11: Pours a hazy prune juice color producing 1.5 inches of tightly bubbled, very short-lived, light tan head that leaves little lace. Aroma is vinous with notes of cherry, caramel malt, brown sugar, something medicinal and a hint of alcohol. Taste is cherry tarts, plum, caramel, yeast bread, dark fruits and red wine with the medicinal note heaviest in the sweet, almost syrupy finish. Alcohol spice and warmth throughout. Complex, strongly flavored and heavy bodied with low carbonation.

Dec 28, 2019
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PorterPro125 from Canada

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 750 mL Bottle (Dated 2015)

L- Pours a reddish-amber hue with an off-white head. 1/2 finger head, quickly dissipates to a thin cap.

S- Bready malts, dark fruit, slight cherry sweetness on the tail end.

T- Mostly the same as the aroma. The faint cherry sweetness is very nice and adds a lot of depth to the flavour. Cherry becomes a little more prominent as the beer warms.

F- Medium body, low carbonation but crisp body

O- Found this 2015 Bottle in my cellar and decided to pop it for a taste. Delicious beer with lots of character, will definitely need to buy a fresh bottle to compare.

Dec 05, 2019
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CrushDaley from Washington

3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It’s very complex. Sweet yet dry. Malty yet tart. Fruity and yet tanic. Lots of dark malt/fruit notes but lots of sour/ sour fruit overtones. Raisin, sour cherry, date, toffee. I’m just getting into Belgian style beers so take my review w/ a grain of salt. Not the best quad I’ve had but maybe the most complex I’ve had. Very tart.

Nov 23, 2019
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Mrbob558 from New York

4.67/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had a sample at a Chocolate Show here in NY. Its taste is excellent, smooth and full bodied. Color was nice, but not as deep as it could have been. Of the three samples of different Ommegang brewery beers, this was the best.

Nov 18, 2019
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Crowheadhopper from New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle aged. 2007. Rotated bottle every 3 months. 45-50 degrees, dark environment. Popped the cork oct. 2019. Divided it 3 ways and we were all overwhelmed how pungent and extremely well balanced this beer had aged. A perfect belgian in every sense. I have 20 of their beers aging in my studio as I write these words and I thank Dionysius for the privilege.

Nov 16, 2019
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into Goblet. Best by date: September 5th, 2021.

L: Dark russet. Slightly cloudy. finger width head of tan color, has decent retention.

S: Slight bready note up front, with some dark fruit in the middle ground. Ending aroma is some sweet brown sugar and molasses. No cherry here.

T: Dark fruit takes up the foreground here, sugary notes in the middle, and an ending of breadiness. I don't taste a whole lot of cherry, it's there, but quite subtle. Nice flavor.

F: Medium bodied, crisp, lingering malt on the tongue.

O: A very well crafted beer. High quality. Good flavor.

Oct 29, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper with a 1/4 inch tan head. Minimal lacing. Hazy. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a bit sour, sweet and fruity.

Taste of raisins, currents, cherries, molasses, chocolate, roast malt. Sweet with slight tartness.

Medium bodied, dry finish.

Decent, almost sherry-like. Would be great by a crackling fire on a cold winter night.

Oct 18, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ommegang Three Philosophers, 9.7% ABV. Pours dark murky red, with a 2+ finger foamy tan head that left no lacing. Nose is sweet cherry, taste follows, plus caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar, no bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. Can't believe I've never tried this one before.

Sep 25, 2019
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TO me, tastes more like an old ale or even a barleywine than a quad. Cherry is good bit a little too understated. I only got a hint of cherry about every 4-5 sips. Agree with the idea of aging it. It will improve. Also drinks much better as it approaches room temperature. IT is a great beer, but at the $16.99 I paid for a 4-pack there are better on the market.

Aug 25, 2019
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branham1989 from Texas

4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewery Ommengang’s Three Philosophers 9.7% ABV 19 IBU. This Belgian Quadruple Ale pours a nutty cherry brown color slightly opaque due to the carbonation streaming up the glass it’s top with a thin tan colored head that dissipates almost immediately. The aroma is of Belgian yeast intertwined with tart cherry and toffee notes the tartness of the cherries balance the sweet aroma of the malt nicely. The flavor is rich and complex subtle cherry flavor mixed with malt hints of dark fruit like dates ripe figs plums of dark cherries also prunes or raisins there’s also some brown sugar and molasses flavors it almost comes across as a barrel aged quadruple in that you get a little bit of brandy or some type of barrel aged alcohol notes it all finishes with a slight bitterness which is welcomed to balance out what would be a overly sweet beer if it wasn’t there. 4/5

Aug 20, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with fluffy cream-colored head. Roasted malt and cherry smell. Medium feel with prickly carbonation. Bready, roasted malt flavors with some tart cherry. Excellent!

Jul 14, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Part of a variety 3 750ml bottles Sam;s Club $19.99
Aged 3 years. 2016 bottle drank in 2019
Smell of cherries
Dark reddish brown color
Medium-heacy mouthfeel
Light-medium carbonation
Cherries, roasted malts, caramel flavors.
Overall a really good beer. Very smooth, but complex flavors. First beer I ever aged. I read that 3 years is optimal for aging beers. Would buy again and try it at different aging.

Jul 05, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cola colour, nose is faintly like a cherry juice. Taste is a sweet/bitter taste, much like a see-saw in the mouth. Some carbonation, finish is short but powerful. Definitely cherries in this one!

Jul 01, 2019
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Humanusfermentum from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice reddish-brown pour with a decent, foamy tan head. Head dissipates into a soapy ring that remains throughout from active carbonation. Smell is sweet, roasty, a little fruity and some dark bread. Fairly mild nose, though. Taste is roasty and bready up front. Dark, sugary malt base shines with a distinct layer of sherry notes. Some dark fruit qualities in the middle. Finish is yeasty, with continuing, strong, belgian qualities and a hit of brandy. Lots of complexity as it warms, even if off-balance. Nice, zippy mouthfeel and plenty of carbonation. Too tasty and complex to quibble. I'd bet aging smooths it out.

Jun 21, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Serve at 50F"

Sorry, this is America.

The bottle I have is labelled 2017, I'm drinking it June 15th, 2019. The bottle has been abused, subjected to wild temperature variations and exposed to sunlight, but I'm not scared.

The bottle is shaped like it's a quad. The labelling says "98% quad, 2% ale with cherries added, 9.7% ABV" So it's honest. It has the appearance of being a sophisticated, but pretentious brew. Pressing on.

Opaque amber in color. I gave it a mild pour, not reading about the yeast sediment until too late. There was some head dissipating into a rim of lacing.

It smells boozy, like a Cabernet Sauvginon. Tangy yeast, possibly cleaved by mishandling. Not to suggest it's hard on the nose, but you don't come across it every day. Onward.

The flavor is dark and delicious. Toasty Roasty malt, molasses, brown sugar, brandied raisins, chocolate, tart cherry. Do I need to continue?

Just read the commercial description, it's spot on. They aren't just making things up. This is for real.

Perhaps, as suggested, such a complex brew, will leave you something to contemplate during a lapse in conversation.

10/10, would recommend, this brew rivals, maybe even surpasses, Stone Arrogant Bastard. I would say that two bottles, for the average person, will get them to their destination.

Jun 15, 2019
Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6742 ratings