Three Philosophers
Brewery Ommegang

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Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #16
Ranked #2,066
4.18 | pDev: 11.24%
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
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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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snaotheus from Washington

3.68/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can served in a big snifter. Gift from a friend. Best By 110921. Not sure, but may have been canned on 110920.

Pours a dark amber brown with a medium to small sized head, not much carbonation. Smell is dates, cherries, yeast, a little booze.

Taste is Belgian dubbel/quad...dates/raisins, yeast, maybe a hint of molasses, with a little bit of unsweetened cherry juice added to it. Yeasty for sure, maybe a little hay or grain husk.

Mouthfeel is medium, maybe even lighter. Overall, it's interesting and not bad.

Jun 14, 2021
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hreb from Washington

4.22/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An old classic. Haven't had this in years... but how did I manage to avoid reviewing it a decade a ago? 750mL cork-and-cage topped bottle served in a Chimay chalice. Beer is deeply hued brown and forms a thick chestnut head which gradually falls. Aroma is intruiging with cherry, oak, and the distinct twang of Belgian yeast.

Flavor has an immediate fruity taste of kriek. Sweet red cherries, but also raisins and brown sugar. Complimented exquisitely by dark malt flavors, bread and treacle. The mouthfeel is outstanding, smooth and weighty, punched up more by the allspice and clove spicy flavors than carbonation.

Out of all of Ommegang's mainstay beers, I'm probably most likely to pass over this one because I'm so rarely in the mood for a cherry beer. But that doesn't detract one bit from how delicious it is.

Apr 18, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV is 9.8%. Hazy dark brown colour, moderate off-white head with an orangey hue. Unusual aroma of cellar, preserved cherries / cherry pits, marzipan and oak. Warming mouthfeel. The fairly sweet flavour has notes of malts, cherry pits, marzipan and oak.

Mar 20, 2021
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rawbraves from Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

So, I’ve had some of the best Belgian Quads in the world, Lindemans Kriek and plenty of beers on bourbon barrels and lots of good bourbon. I’d say this is a near perfect combination of them all. I can taste the raisiny character of the quad and cherry hints from the kriek. If had one complaint it would be it’s a little heavy on the bourbon barrel. Not really a complaint but wish it didn’t partially hide the excellent flavors in the other ingredients. I would not hesitate to drink again and again.

Feb 14, 2021
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guckymeister from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have ever tried. A lot like Mad Elf, but a bit less sweet, and more "beer" taste

A thick cherry beer. Hints of plum, and bourbon

A really great quad, or just simply a really great beer

Feb 03, 2021
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BeachRunner from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - clear, dark reddish brown with two fingers of fairly long lasting light tan head.
Aroma - makes me miss Abby ales. Toffee, molasses, dark fruit.
Taste - sweet , full of molasses, a bit of chocolate, complex flavor.
Mouthfeel - full and thick, nearly like a Belgian Quad.

This is my second of the Three Philosophers 4 pack and I like it much better than the Blueberry Coffee. I would drink this again.

Dec 27, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brown color with a foamy tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is roasted malts, cherries and spices. Taste is sweet and slightly tart. Dry with good mouth feel.

Dec 23, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent dark reddish brown with a large fluffy head.

Smells of belgian yeast and cherries. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast and tart cherries along with plums and raisins. Slightly bitter, spicy warm alcohol finish. I would say this beer is better when it has warmed up after coming out of the fridge.

Medium body with light carbonation. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

This is an excellent sipper!

Nov 30, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

it pours a dark cherry red
nice 1 inch frothy head
the smell of sweet cherries and hint of wood there was a
tastes of fruity cherries but not overpowering very slight bitterness and a hint of burbon
great holiday brew

Nov 30, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 070920, best by 070924. Opened 112720.
2+ finger sand colored head stretches over the rim of the glass, excellent retention.
Opaque reddish-brown. Spotty lacing.
Cherry fruit, raisin, brown sugar aromas. Some yeast with just a faint spicy clove character.
Fruity mix of sour/sweet cherry, plum, raisins and malty caramel swirled together.
Medium body, medium-high carbonation. A bit of lingering heat.
Starts off like there will be a bit of sweetness but dries out in a flavorful and lengthy finish.

Nov 27, 2020
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Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.87/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- copper and oak
Smell- cherries, heavy malt, a slight hint of hops
Taste- classic quadrapel enhanced with a cherry Martinez and a perfect balance of bitter
Feel- right on point
Overall- a great choice for fans of quadrupels or just really quality beer

Nov 20, 2020
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TheSnarkKnight from Kentucky

4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark red brown, tan head, not much lacing on the glass. If this is your first time with this one, make sure you pour it gently and leave a little in the bottle. You don't want that stuff on the bottom.

Smells like stone fruit. A little oak. Some toastiness. Caramel and chocolate.

Tastes like it smells. Not a lot of bitterness, sweet and tart cherry, plum, raisin, big alcohol almost like brandy or good bourbon.

Light, crisp, and bubbly for such a big beer.

Truly excellent.

Aug 29, 2020
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dapatriot1 from New York

4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Went up to the OMMEGANG brewery this week and saw this and had to try it
it pours a dark cherry red
nice 1 inch frothy head
the smell of sweet cherries and hint of wood was there
tastes of fruity cherries but not overpowering very slight bitterness and a hint of burbon
great fall brew and it worked it was cool up in cooperstown when i tried this!
honestly this brew has soared into my top 5 beers!

Aug 21, 2020
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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.


Jan 21, 2020
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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 (NB)

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
Three Philosophers from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 6787 ratings