Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

6,414 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 Phoneguy
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The first time I tried this was almost 2 years ago when I drank 1 bottle and put another in my cellar. Poured into a tulip glass a beautiful copper brown with a 1" head. Amazing aromas of molasses and cherry cordial. Notes of sour cherries with a slightly bitter and dry finish. I don't know if this improved in the last 2 years or if I just have more appreciation for a good beer, but I enjoyed this beer more 2 years later.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark hazy brown to dark purple color with a nice one finger white level foamy head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Light lacing spider webbed nicely.
The smell was full of cherries, had a light apple aroma, Belgian sweet malts, an ample amount of Belgian spices and a light cocoa flavor underneath.
The taste was blended nicely between the sweetness and the spiciness. There's the lingering sweet to spicy Belgian aftertaste.
The mouthfeel had about a medium body with that back of the throat tightness gripping my tongue I normally associate with quads. I'm not exactly sure if I described that well to anyone reading this, but I think it might be somewhat hard to explain.
Overall, with my lack of word knowledge, I might want to use the word "throaty" in the mouthfeel, maybe that's what I meant. Other than that, I still liked this one and would have it again.

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Photo of DMZern
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattbk
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Wow! Super junky. Did NOT expect this. I know this is naturally carbed, but this is not yeast. I do not know what is in this bottle. Otherwise, fairly clear deep brown, not much head or carbonation.
S: Aroma is completely normal. Super bubblegum. Raisiny fruit. Not much alcohol. Very nice.
T: Very nice. A little alcohol warming here. Rich malty sweetness. A bit tart actually. Slightly cherry. Plum fruit. Very good. Slight papery/sherry oxidation - I aged this in my fridge for about 9 months. Fairly sweet, but not cloying. Not overwhelmingly amazing. But very, very good.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Sweet, but also fairly dry. Very good, completely appropriate.
O: Very, very good, solid, tasty, complex. Knocked down a hair for the appearance flaw.

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Photo of Brian15
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear dark amber color with two fingers of off white head.

S: Strong prune aroma in this beer - dark fruits really dominate the smell. As i keep smelling, i get some dark cherry and a hint of sour cherry with the prines. I get a bit of clove and orange bitters in the background, but it's faint.

T: Prunes are still quite strong in the flavor, but the beer is a bit brighter than I expected based on the aroma. I get dark cherries, a bit of toffee, and a nice, subtle sour cherry finish. Spices are fairly restrained until the finish, where I get a nice clove flavor to add some complexity and balance. As the beer warms up, I get more and more spices - cloves, cardamom, and orange bitters. No hint of ABV.

M: Medium thickness for the style with strong carbonation.

O: Age has done this beer well. I got no boozy taste whatsoever, and the yeast brought out some nice spiciness, particularly in the aftertaste. This is the best American Quad I've ever had, but I don't think that's as good of a compliment as most would.

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Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown with a billowy tight head.

S - Cherry, candy, caramel and alcohol. Good but I'm not blown away.

T - Wow. Strong alcohol blends in and is mellowed out by candy, cherry, caramel, mild bitterness and a hint of sourness. Its definitely exciting and varied.

M- Somewhat reminiscent of a Scotch ale in terms of feel with high alcohol and yet moderate thickness and a good dose of creaminess.

D- Its exciting and different but far from the best I've had. And it certainly doesn't take many of them to feel it.

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Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a mountain of thick, dense, fizzy, brownish head that has great retention. The nose has notes of apples, Belgian yeast, faint cloves, and some subtle cherries. The flavor is spicy with some clove-like spice, there are some malty qualities that are close to chocolaty, and there is a faint bitterness in the finish. The cherries are noticeable throughout but are very subtle. The mouthfeel is warm, full bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is a pretty solid Quad all around. It's flavorful and drinkable. I return to it again and again.

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Photo of tkeHijacker
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep Reddish Brown, Tan Head dissipates quickly (very pretty in the goblet).

S:Cherry Candy, Slightly Yeasty Notes, Alcohol in the nose but does not overwhelm, caramel sweetness.

T: Deep caramel notes present with a little bit of wild sour cherry. Alcohol present but again not overwhelming. Aftertaste reminds me of a Jolly Rancher, sweet and sticky.

M: not as full bodied as I expected, makes it go down much more smoothly than I expected. Great carbonation that helps keep the body smooth and light.

D: Great for sitting around and sipping and catching up with a friend. Looking forward to more.

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Photo of goldbot
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep reddish brown with thick, active tan head that sticks around with plenty of lacing on the glass.

Plenty of malt aroma and a prominent fruit character from the kriek. Spicy Belgian yeast notes are noticeable as well.

Rather malty flavor without much sweetness to speak of. Lots of spice notes and complex, yeasty flavor. Fruit notes are more subdued, but some tartness and a bit of funk are certainly noticeable. Dry finish.

Velvety texture with nice, crisp carbonation. A deep, rich, and complex beer. A sipper, although any alcohol character is quite subdued.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Snifter

A-Deep brown with a redish tint and a nice creamy head that stay the entire time in the glass

S-Cherry dominates the nose with some richer malt and sugarey sweetness

T-The lack of cherries in the flavor was suprising more dominated by spices and a rich fig flavor. Cherries in the middle and finish

M-Medium body but I did find it a tad over carbonated. Is very smooth and a good nice finsih

D-Not something I would have alot but I will for sure have this again. High alchol makes it a little harder to drink on a regular basis

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Photo of screamking
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-pours a deep red-orange with nice two finger khaki head, nice lacing but it doesn't stay on glass very long. 4

Aroma-very fruity smell up front. Cherry and banana. Some overripe orange, clove, black pepper, bubble gum, hints of cinnamon. 4.25

Taste-the taste follows the aroma very well. Very sweet and fruity. Bubble gum and banana charge forward early. Then cherry comes through strong. Nice bit of sour after the sweet. 4.25

Feel-lighter then I thought coming in, but still medium. Coats palate very well. Nice carbonation. 3.75

Overall-This beer is making me look forward to trying others of this type. I love the sweet and sour mix in this. Price for this is reasonable, I would like to try the 12oz bottles next time, seems the better deal. 4

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kbwalters
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ChugsMugs
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass at close to 50 degrees.

A- Pours deep amber brown, nontransparent, with a thick 1-2 finger offwhite/yellow creamy head. Minimal carbonation up the sides with fantastic full coat lacing.

S- Sweet, very mild toffee and earthiness in the final moments of inhalation. Slight sourness from cherries, strong presence of astringent/rubbing alcohol scent. As it warmed cherry smell became more prominent.

T- Presence of alcohol but blended and finished nicely by the sweet/sour cherry flavor. A good presence of malts, not roasty but the slightest hint of semi sweet chocolate. Licking the lips is full of candy sweetness.

M- especially smooth, not thick. Bleand of frothy head gives creaminess with loads of residue left in the mouth to stimulate the mind to pinpoint the complexity of the taste.

D- not a style of beer I usually drink but am trying to expose myself to. Enjoyed the smoothness and complexity, high alcohol was blended well in the taste and detectable by my fuzzy feeling face after consumption. It worked as a great slow sipping compliment to my slow paced reading.

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Photo of RMKaylor
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Photo of cbutova
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sierra Grille, amazing beers and prices. Pours a dark blood red with a half finger head that leaves almost no lacing. A nice cloud coats the beer. Smells of dark fruits, malts, and an alcohol bite. Taste is dark fruits, malts, citrus, raisins, alcohol and cherries keep coming to mind. Mouth feel is moderate bodied, low carbonation, a good warming and a real nice oily coat of flavor on the tongue. Drinkability is good, good taste, decent price, alcohol may kill this one over time, a very nice twist on a quad.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice ruby brown color with a beige head that doesn't last and leaves no lacing. The smell is cherries, yeast, caramel, honey and a sour smell from the cherries that is vaguely reminiscent of vinegar. The taste is sweet and peppery. There is bread, cherries and caramel along with the sour that was present in the nose. The beer finishes with a tart bitterness. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation that stings the tongue slightly.

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Photo of Marina
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mousebeer
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of auntfloyd
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml corked bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Pours a deep, rich, mahogany red, with a huge light tan head.

The smell was slightly bready and malty, with touch of cherry.

The flavor is sweet at first, with malts and dark fruits predominating, but follows with the taste of bitter cherries, and a slight yeasty undertone. All in all, rather pleasant, with a good balance between the sweet and bitter flavors.

The mouthfeel is substantial, as you'd expect from this style of ale, but not overwhelming. Drinkability is rather high as well, especially for so strong a brew.

Overall, very nice. Highly recommended to fans of Belgian-style ales. Also good for cherry fans who are put off by sour ales. This is a popular ale in my house, and I will definitely be picking it up again.

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Photo of KeefD
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter. Hazy dark brown in color with a beige colored 1 inch head that leaves no lacing. Aroma of dry yeast and funky tartness. very strong alcohol presence as it warms. Taste is much better than the smell. The hint of tart cherry lambic is the first thing to notice, but it's not overpowering. Followed up by some nice dark fruity malts, dry Belgian yeast character and a little bit of funkiness. Hop character is in the background with only a slight hint of bitterness in the finish. Apples, cherries, and a small amount of candy sugar and dry chocolate are present. Strong alcohol heat becomes present as it warms. Highly complex and delicious. Mouthfeel is slick and well-carbonated. Excellent brew, and fairly easy to drink despite the high ABV. Another winner from Ommegang.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ommegang Three Philosophers poured deep cloudy copper with a thick bubbly tan head. It left rings of slippery lace on the glass. The color was fascinating as it seemed to change with the lighting, from near-black to copper to pale orange.

The smell was acidic and full of alcohol, while the taste was typical "Belgian," with sweet alcohol-soaked fruit, eventually dominated by dried tart cherries, with a slightly metallic finish. The feel was fantastic, as it exploded in the mouth with bubbles and bitterness and a long-lasting presence on the tongue.

Three Philosophers adds a nice cherry finish to the sweet malty feel of a Belgian Quadrupel. It's delicious, aggressive, and a great warmer.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.08/5  rDev -1%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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