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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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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of smalenberg
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown with a slight touch of red when held to the light. Nice head during the pour that reduces to a slim ring very quickly.

S - Surprisingly subtle, even when allowed to warm for several minutes. Dark fruits, no noticeable malt or bitterness, which is a bit disappointing, but no alcohol either.

T - Sweet and filling, with a stronger hoppy/ester character than the nose would lead you to expect. The cherry takes on many characteristics throughout the sip - at times sweet, late in the bottle and in the back of the throat, it can become more tart. That change can be very interesting, but it is subtle. The fruitiness of a fortified wine. Alcohol comes through more in the aftertaste than in the first taste.

M - Significant alcohol bite blends well with the carbonation as the luxuriously thick liquid flows over the tongue. The best characters of the taste remain in the mouth after swallowing without leaving the feeling that it has coated your mouth.

O - Used a brandy snifter (closest proximity to the right glass - something I need to remedy). This is a very enjoyable slow quaff, but I'm glad I took the time to update my "had it" to a full review, because I believe I was too generous. There isn't as much going on here as I'd expect - it is very good, but it isn't as complex as you might expect from this style. I'd like to try the Kriek base beer sometime.

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Photo of tbeck
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in color with no clarity. Develops a thick brownish head that does not dissipate, but slowly develops into a nice collar. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, slight hints of alcohol. Taste is good and complex. Very strong alcohol unlike other Belgain quads with a tart finish. Good texture and body. The taste was good and I would recommend this as a good session beer. If I had a choice I would take other quads over this one, but it was not bad at all.

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Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured outta the bomber into the Abbey Ale-appropriate chalice. 1.5 finger head of pearly bubbles atop an amber body. A hue of light shyly smiles through the bottom of the glass.
Mulchy malt whiff that gets sweeter the harder I pull--cherry and red-apple. I smell that Ommegang yeast, which rings up fond memories of many-a-visit to the brewery.
The longer it sits in the open air, the more the fruit comes out and the alcohol dies (fruit's not as present in the taste as the smell, however). Sweet on the front of my tongue, a hop bark on the back, and toffee all over.
Although it takes a while to oxidize, the balance of its parts levels after about 15 anxious minutes. A bomber is the right size, much more would be forced consumption. That being said, I would prefer a generous glass-full with cherry/blueberry/strawberry pie during holiday dessert.

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Photo of Etan
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2011).

A: Pours a deep reddish-mahogany with a frothy tan head.

S: Syrupy cherry and grape, dark grain and a heavy deep maltiness. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla, buttery sweetness, more dark fruit, mild sweet spice.

T: Complex yet slightly harsh. Juicy cherry and grape esters as expected from a quad with a bit of kriek in it. Brown sugar, prune, and anise. Slight unpleasant roasted note and a harsh yet quick bite of alcohol. Buttery and fruity in the finish.

M: Lively carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Pretty complex but has some flaws in the flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very fine quadrupel. Mine was from a smaller bottle with no cork, so I'm wondering if the company may have downsized the quantity from the 750 ml. It pours a very dark brown, hazy color with a reasonable head, decent retention and some lacing. You can almost see the candied sugars in the glass. This is a medium to full bodied beer and has the carbonation to go along with it. This is a Belgian style for sure. The smell is sweet malts, some raisin, some caramel, maybe other fruits as it warms a bit. The color seems to mellow as it warms as well. The taste is strong malts, warming alcohol tones, some raisin, cherries, and some caramels. There were some pepperish snaps, but these seem to fade as the beer mellows. The down side is that the alcohol is too prevalent. The after taste is mild, and the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It is just the overly strong alcohol tastes that compromise this beer for me. It's good, but not brilliant. L'Chaim

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky, fig brown color. A thin layer of tan foam covers the beer and the sides of my tulip.

Smell: Light and fruity. Crisp scent brings to mind green apples, cherries, and ripe plums. Slightly chalky, earthy hints of yeast.

Taste: Heavy on dark malts. Smooth caramel sweetness up front, with some fruity notes. Prunes, dark fruit. The foundation is sweet and a little earthy. Lightly sweet, tangy flavors of cherry and sour apple clash with the heavy, chewy richness of the dark malts. The alcohol is subdued in the middle, but it provides some explosive warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch light-bodied for the style; it doesn't have the heavy, sticky feel of a St. Bernardus or a La Trappe. It has more body than the average beer, but it's lighter and a little crisper than the average quadrupel.

Verdict: I can't hate anything from Ommegang. I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't fully come together for me. The alcohol isn't as well hidden as it is in other quads, and I didn't think that the lighter fruit flavors were an ideal match for the rich caramel flavor of the malt. A good beer, but not my favorite Ommegang offering.

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Photo of roan22
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This beer I tried for the first time at my tasting club's 'Belgian Night.' I remarked that it tasted like root beer a little, with a little bit of cherries. It is soda-ish, and I appreciated its effervescent qualities, as the alcohol content is so high. A quad would be a beer I can't handle well, so I had about two shot glasses worth. I would drink this again, in a small glass nonetheless, but I am proud of myself for at least trying different and bigger Belgian beers .

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark red body that almost looks brown. Orange around the edges. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. About a finger and a half of off-white head that doesn't last long at all. Doesn't really leave behind any lacing.

This one isn't sporting a big aroma by any means. There is some sugary sweetness and a good dash of cherry is also noticeable.

Not a bad tasting brew. Some dark fruits mixed with candied sugar and a very slight earthy hop flavor. A good splash of kriek-tasting cherry comes through also.

On the light side of medium body with a solidly medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, really sweet though.

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one the other day while waiting for my food at Mad Mex in Monroeville. Served in a wine glass... lemme dig out my cell phone so i can read my notes

poured a dark ruby color with very little, if any, head. not much aroma to it either... i could detect the alcohol, but not much else.

balanced flavor with malt up front and hops and alcohol on the back.

a heavy beer, not very drinkable in large quantities. reminds me of the Sprecher scotch ale i had in vegas in terms of heaviness. tasty, though and Id probably have it again.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited for the right moment to share this 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle of Ommegang "Three Philosophers" with my wife and son on another cold night this winter. We drank the ale at slightly under room temperature (maybe 60 degrees). The ale poured in an initially deep, almost blood, red, but the later pours were significantly cloudier due to much evident sediment. The foam was a light caramel color, which sustained a good body for much of the drink. This ale clearly signifies its high alcohol content (9.8%) on first smell--almost like wine. Anyhow, there is also a sweet aroma, but that sweetness is not at all evident by taste--the alcohol definitely overpowers most everything else--not something I am fond of, frankly. If you want to warm up quickly, this is the brew, but the taste is not quite up with the best of them.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3P finally arrived in southern California after much anticipation. It pours a glowing red with a foamy head that lingers, leaving little mounds of bubbles all over the top of the beer. The cherry smell is very subtle at the start but becomes more pronounced after sitting a while. It tastes nice but never seems to go quite where it seems it should. The cherry is just hiding in the background and never makes a full appearance. It's tantalizing in its tartness but just remains tantalizing. All in all, it's an interesting and enjoyable beer; it's just a bit disappointing after the wait.

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Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a solid two finger tan head. Great head retention from the abundant carbonation.

Tart cherries on the aroma along with other dark fruits. Some licorice along with wood and a faint whiff of alcohol. Some sherry qualities as well.

The flavor, to me, is a little bit of a let-down. Some dark cherry along with a bit of an oxidized sherry character that clashes a little bit. Lots of dark fruit; dates and figs and a little wood. Alcohol is present throughout and I am a little disappointed it has not mellowed in all this time. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel makes this one a sipper.

Overall, not as good as I remember this beer being when I had it several years ago. It just seems like the flavors don't meld well. A decent beer but I will probably skip over it for some Belgian quads in the future.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into watou chalice.

Appearance: Dark red brown, whitish tan head.

Smell: Belgian yeast fest, some cherry hues.

Taste: I can't say the taste is everything I hoped for. I think this has kriek mixed in with a quad, so I expected a more interesting mix of flavors. Nonetheless, this had a decidedly Belgian style bent to it.

Notes: OK, actually very good for the price (<$5.00 for 750mL). Probably will buy again.

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Photo of HopNelius
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving:served from a 12 oz bottle into a small tulip glass.
Appearance: dark amber color with a nice head.
Smell:immediate heavy notes of cherry and lighter notes of fig, also a malty smell.
Taste: earthy, heavy notes of fig, cherries, dates. Great beer.
Overall- A great Belgium style beer, not too shabby considering it is made in the heart of NY state.

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Photo of Mazeraski
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a dark, opaque mahogany brown with a thin, foamy light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bit of sticky lacing.

S - Ripe cherries, sweet malt, hints of phenolic character and a tad bit of licorice on the nose initially, also accompanied by a bit of a general herb-like character.

T - Sweetness of the malt mixed with ripened cherries hit the palate first. This is followed by a bit of licorice and tiny hint of alcohol that combine with a small hit of phenols which leaves a sweet, dry cherry finish. Quite a taste that challenges the palate.

MF - On the lighter end of full-bodied with a smooth feel punctuated only by a twinge of the combination of slight alcohol and a higher carbonation.

D - Relatively drinkable although the ABV is on the higher side.

Notes - A good tasting Quad-blend and quite interesting with the addition of cherries, however I feel that this aspect would get too sweet too quick. Granted, I would really only have this as an aperitif or to compliment a cheese or chocolate. All in all though, a pretty tasty brew that shows the amount of craftsmanship of Ommegang and a definite recommendation to any fan of Belgian-styled beer.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004... Poured a hazy brownish red color with a thin tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart cherry and caramel malts, spices, and light alcohol. Taste of pepper, caramel, some cocoa, cherries and some yeast as well. Reminds me of a candy apple.

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Photo of rypkr
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super dry mouthfeel. Nothing in particular to write home about. Basically the staus quo per style yet recognized as a go to because of the volume of this beer on the market. Certainly not a great if even good quad IMO.

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Photo of Jgreen100
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A strong Belgian beer at almost 10% alcohol. You will feel it. Pours brown but clear. Tastes a little thinner than it looks. Good flavor with some fruity and cherry notes but not overpowering. Better than Chimay but it as good as Affligem and Karmeliet Tripel.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a huge amount of head which appears to have equally good retention. The head is a light to medium beige/tan that has a little rosiness to it. The body is a muddy mix of chestnut and maroon which appears as a medium to dark amber with hints of maroon when held up to the light. Some wisps of lacing and some spots.

Nose- Starts off with a rounded front of banana and cloves when slight notes of cherry peek in. Some caramel and honey. Light raisins. Hints of brown bread but very light. Swirling gives the slight cherry of the background a tiny tartness. Lacks some presence but still nice.

Taste- Starts off with raisins and brown bread while a faint tinge of cherries linger in the background before it moves into slightly abrasive cloves. A little too phenolic for me at the moment. There's a bit of woody bitterness that combines with the cloves to make this beer a little more harsh than I like. Hints of bittersweet chocolate around the edges. Some vinosity which ranges from white to red grapes. Lots of dark fruit flesh but not enough combat the ashiness of the cloves on the finish. Because of that, this beer is just a solid, good beer in my opinion. The phenols definitely prevent me from considering it a really good beer. Some molasses and brown sugar. Perhaps even a slight amount of heat. Some spice which tends toward pepper and cinnamon. Fairly complex but at points, it seems the balance could be better. Touches of honey as this begins to mellow a bit.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Light carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability- A little messier than a lot of the quads I've had but still pretty drinkable. Slight notion of heat may just be the astringent nature of the cloves and spices. Glad I spent 4.75 on a small bottle instead of the 12, 13 bucks that a 750 can be. Probably would not buy again.

Overall- Solid, good beer that has slight inclinations toward being a really good beer. The cherries really go a long way to smoothing this beer out. Not the biggest fan of the style but this is fairly faithful to it. Definitely worth a try but this is probably not a repurchase

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Photo of phisig137
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 bottle pours a murky mahogany color, with a one finger head and nice retention. No lacing, and only a small ring of bubbles are left behind.

Aroma is massively aromatic and complex. cherries, both sweet and sour, malt, toffee, caramel, roasted grains, and other dark berried dominate the nose. Smells fairly sweet, and has a faint hint of alcohol to it as well.

The flavor is also hugely complex. Very well balanced and blended, not allowing either the malt or the cherries to overpower one another. Slightly sweet up front, with a dry finish, the flavor lingers for quite some time. Nice to have a fruit flavored beer that doesn't taste artificial.... quite hard to do in my opinion. No alcohol present on the palate. Mouthfeel is very heavy, coating and smooth. Drinkability is decent, but I think it could improve with a bit more carbonation to lift the heavy flavors from your tongue.

Quite good overall, as are all of the Ommegang products. I'll be curious to see how the other bottle turns out after a couple years in the cellar.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 label. As fresh as I'm going to taste this beer I'd imagine.

To note - I'll review this beer to style based on the 3 beers I've had in the style. Rochefort 10, St Bernardus abt 12, and Judgment Day. This is my 4th. So all you BAs can take this with a grain of salt if I admit my experience isn't up to par.

From the others I mention, I love that the dark fruits are the base, loving the plum forward, alcohol soaked raisin and brown sugar flavors intertwined together beautifully with a smoooth mouthfeel. Complex. Obviously Judgment Day's profile is moseso lighter fruit forward with pear and plumish apple if that makes sense.

Three Philosophers is much less complex substituting black cherry for the plum and raisin, although the plum and raisin are there if you really look for it. Leaves you wondering a bit "did I miss something?" Solid but bland for a Quad. Raisin and Cherry forward and a bit medicinal as explained in other reviews. Very dry. You can tell this beer is a Quad but very average for the style that I've experienced so far. Don't get me wrong...this beer is enjoyable. Grew on me some as I finished the bomber.

Here is where this beer shines. Drinkability for the style. Finishes bone dry leaving you OK being able to finish a second bomber if this beer is your bag.

I'm happy I finally pulled the trigger and bought this beer. No regrets. However, I won't be buying this one again but would never turn it down if offered to me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark burgundy in color. Little head & lacing. Kind of a spicy caramel oder with a slight wiff of alcohol. Taste is strong and complex. Spicy and Fruity. A bit too strong and complex for me, but some may love this. For such a strong taste mouthfeel is thin, but well carbonated. This beer really sneaks up on you. I like that. Certainly not a beer I would buy everyday, but maybe one purchasing for that special occasion or to age in the cellar.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fluffy off white head great bubbly lace brown amber with red tones hue in the body.

Smell: I thought the smell was odd it was sort of like soda like scent.

Taste: Slight cherry flavor but more spicy. No doubt a fruity beer but not as fruity as I thought it would be but that was good thing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full.

Drinkability: Nice desert beer or night cap

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