Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
6,462 Ratings
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a nice white head that doesn't last too long but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet carmel, licorice, cherry as well as some yeast.

Taste is sweet initially. Some carmel as well as some toffee. This quickly changes to a bitter cherry taste. There is an after taste of cherry taffy as well.

Mouthfeel is ok and I wouldn't want to drink to many of these but it is pretty good.

Definitely an interesting combo and a good one at that. However, I prefer my quad's with out anything extra in it, but this still may be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. 2005 Vintage. Poured into an over-sized wine glass

Pours a nice, slightly murky, dark brown mahogany in color with just a half finger of tan head. Smells generally sour with cherries, caramel, chocolate and a bit of spiciness are present. Taste is complex. Big and malty with caramel and dark fruits, such as figs and dates. There are also some spices and esters (pepper, clove, coriander) in the background. Mouthfeel is good, medium body with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this beer. I found it interesting and complex and the flavors really had melded together well in the ~3 years since it was brewed. I will recommend this one with enthusiasm.

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Photo of AAG
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large bottle with a cork...served in a room-temperature pint glass and paired with a couple morsels of dark chocolate...I recommend this pairing.

A - Reddish-brown, carbonation consistently streaming to the top, nice 1-2 finger head initially which dissipated throughout but laced nicely on the edges of the pint glass...looks delicious.

S - Medicinal, alcohol, malt-like, honey, and fruit.

T - Tremendous; complex; creamy throughout; very smooth; deceiving given that it is 9.8% ABV; has a slight bite but very manageable overall.

M - Smooth, creamy, very easy on the palate.

O - One of a kind; a very complex beer; I really enjoyed this belgian quadrupel; I recommend pairing with something sharp (dessert, cheese, or dark chocolate). I highly recommend this beer; so complex that it is hard for me to capture its essence in my review. Great beer...

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Photo of PCBrewski
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Highly carbonated. Poured from a corked Bomber, marked 2009, so its at least a year old but from my understanding Ommegang is all warm fermented bottle conditioned, so I wasnt worried about spoilage. The head was a tan color and very thick reducing slowly to a nicely sustained lace. Beer color is dark dark red and pretty speckled when held up to light due to all the carbonation.

Smell: Malty Cherry smell, with a very noticeable alcohol smell, almost wine like.

Taste: Malt with slight fruitiness, not too much and a deep dark cherry that lingers. You can certainly taste the alcohol at the finish as well as a lingering cherry.

Drnkability: This is definitly a sipping beer, because it will sneak up on you. But tasty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of NickLovesBeer
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Philosophers comes in a 750ml brown bottle corked and caged with no freshness date in sight.

Three Philosophers pours a rich and cloudy brown with a nice size tan head with fantastic lacing. The smell of cherries and sweet malts dominate. The taste is unbelievably complex, rich and full bodied with a distinct cherry finish. This brew masks its alcohol content incredibly well, so much so I could drink it all day.

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Photo of BMan1113VR
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I might have served it a bit colder than recommended, so the cherry taste might not have been as strong as others. The beer is beautiful, poors with a large off-white head that disappears. Cloudy color with tiny particles bubbling around, color is somewhere between amber and red. Nose is moderatly citrus-hoppy with light yeast undertones (dough). Can also smell elements of Cherry/Casis, port wine and cinnamon. Taste starts lightly bitter with elements of fruit and over the long duration finishes moderatly sweet. Wait even longer and there is a slight nutty aftertaste on the rear end. Texture is somewhere between dry and creamy (I know that sounds wierd, but it is true). Carbonation is lively on this light to medium-bodied beer. Alcoholic notes on the finish. Very refreshing, quite good!

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the best, a real unique quad. the beer pours a hazy and pale red to brown color, with a huge rising white head courtesy of the belgian yeast. the nose is very complex, some chocolate, sour cherry, funky yeast, and spices. i taste cherry first, but it isnt sweet or sour, sort of neutral in terms of feel, layered in is cocoa powder, peppery yeast, and some brown sugar. lots going on here, and i feel like this beer may have changed a little over the years. real bright mouthfeel, lots of bubbles and a surprisingly dry finish for a bigger and sweeter beer. the alcohol content is barely perceptible at all. overall this is much different than most quads ive come across, and one of the classic beers from the state of new york. id be happy to make a night on this, really tasty, and i figure more out about it each time i enjoy one. not to be missed.

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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Chris_Huston
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle, poured into goblet at a warmish room temp: This quad/cherry ale blend is a good combo. Deep, clear ruby/brown color with a persistent tan head. Boozy smell tends to overpower the other aromas, but isn't overpowering itself. Malty, wine, & quiet cherry the major flavors. Would like a heftier body, but the medium heft is smooth. Overall, it's a taste quad blend with a distinct wine profile that bears repeating.

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Photo of rhilldds
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WiggyKGB
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Kinger86
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drizzam
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy ruby red color with a decent one finger off white head that retained very well.

S - Malty sweet smell with a bit of an alcoholic ester. Also some fig or raisin in the nose.

T - Malt and dark fruits, the raisin or fig taste I smelled came through with an alcohol warmth that seemed to linger for a while in my throat. 9.8% ABV is not very well masked but this is still one tasty brew. The cherry taste was very minute to me, but as the brew warmed it seemed to become a little more pronounced.

M & D - Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth with a medium to full body. The ABV and cost preclude it from being highly drinkable, but overall this is a solid offering from Brewery Ommegang. One I will definitely recommend to all my friends.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dubble brown body with a soft micro bubbled layer ontop. reddish tints like a Flemish sour.

S - Flanders red notes, red and dry, sour and tart kriek bouquet. Slight syrup and malt scents. Faintly acidic, sweet and well balanced nose.

T - Warming and slightly bitter at first, with a dash of hops and malt. Muted cherry twang with a little champagne dryness. The cherry smell is stronger than the cherry flavor here. The middle and end bring an alcohol bite.

M - Full bodied, sturdy and numbing carbonation, dry and warming alcohol. Clean, effervescent finish.

O - Warming, strong quad with a hint of cherry. Im a fan of quads, krieks and sours so I liked this addition.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

The bubbles flow and stay,
Holding on for one more sip,
My teeth crunch in to,
Caramel apple at the carnival,
But this one gets you drunk.

A: Incredibly well carbonated with a thick creamy head that refuses to go down. Beautiful burnt toffee brown -- a little hazy but not opaque (3/3)
S: I’m gonna go with caramel apple and alcohol. Is there any better combination? (9/12)
T: Freshly picked apple at the front with a good deal of toffee/caramel in the middle and end, but the aftertaste is almost like a light coffee. (16/20)
M: Very bubbly with a medium body considerable dryness on the finish (5/5)
O: Decidedly smooth. If I had to fault it for anything it would be that: the flavors could be richer and more complex in a quad, but if I’m introducing a newbie to good beer, this is the first quad I’d reach for probably. Very approachable (8/10)

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Photo of timontheroad
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, fizzy light head that quickly faded, no lacing. Aroma was figs, plums, raisins with some tart black cherry and grassy notes. Taste was pretty close to the smell, with the tartness from the cherries melding with the candi sugar sweetness to form a nice complex mix, with just the right amount of yeasty funkiness to let you know it's a quad. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and silky smooth. Overall this was pretty good, but not quite up the stature of a Abt 12 or a Rochefort 10.

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Photo of Dpgalante
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 0x4a64
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle received as a gift this Christmas.

Pours a copper rusty red color. A fizzy short-lived 2 inch head forms. There is pretty good spots of lacing down the glass.

Smells include brown sugar, toasted bread, cherries, and Belgian yeast phenols.

The taste is similar- apparently the quad is laced with a small amount of kriek- and it shows, nice subtle smooth cherry flavor throughout. Other fruits tasted include plums and raisins. Some brown sugar and molasses here as well, with a pretty strong alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, a slow sipper due to the alcohol.

One of Ommegang's more well-known brews. It's elegant, but a bit overstated at times- very boozy, especially as it warms. A prime candidate for aging, I'd think.

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Photo of Wreckoncile
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into Chimay goblet.

A - Pours a dark chocolate so hazy that it almost completely obstructs light. A thin head leaves limited lacing, but maintains the quintessential center foam.

S - Although ale with cherries is added on this one, the fruits I get in the nose are different. A definite fig note pierces through the maltiness, and some other, more confectionary flavors, possibly caramel. A sweet scent.

T - The taste departs from the scent a lot. The cherry is out front, but sours a bit towards the end of the sip. A sweet maltiness pleasantly balances and counters the sourness of the cherry, creating an ideal compliment, and leaving the overall aftertaste as slightly grassy, but in a distinctly non-hoppy way.

M - Drinkable mouthfeel with some bite and a lingering alochol flavor. The malt softens the mouthfeel and the low overall carbonation makes it an enjoyable sipping drink.

O - A solid offering from one of America's premier Belgian style brewers. The sourness from the Kreik addition really matches well and balances the sweetness of the malt. A solid yeasty flavor, a good mouthfeel, and an excellent and complex scent make this a reliablely good brew.

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Photo of fx20736
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay chalice, served at cellar temp.

Coca-Cola Brown with a thin brown sugar colored head not much lacing.

aroma of vanilla, cherries and a slight boozy aroma.

mouthfeel is soft but full.

taste: fruity including cherries, vanilla, some oak with a burnt brown sugar taste like toffee and an alcoholic warming finish.

Notes; fruity, boozy and sweet. This is tasty but I wonder how this would taste after cellaring for a few years.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours brown with lasting tan foam. Rich malt and yeast aroma with some yeast and alcohol. Flavors of near-wine grape, with less sweet than the style typically, with bitterness and tartness starting mid-sip and lasting with a dryness. As this warms, the cherry is detectable, but it seems more detrimental to the style than beneficial. I'd like to try exactly this without the kriek.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Opaque amber brown color. Head is hard to create and falls very quickly. A bit of lacing.

4.5 S: Dark fruits (raisin is big) hit first, then dark cherries. Sweet caramel malt. No hops.

4.0 T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Plum, raisin, dark cherries, caramel. A lot of flavor, but not all of it meshes that well. Still, very good. Belgian yeastiness

4.0 M: Heavy Medium body. Good carbonation, but could be creamier.

4.0 D: This isn't boring at all, but it isn't the greatest tasting, which works out to pretty good drinkability but not great.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,462 ratings
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