Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
2,090 Reviews
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,090
Ratings:
6,401
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
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382
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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is quite boozy with sugar coated raisins. Taste starts sweet and fruity with raisins and dried berries. Finish has some cardboard and rag notes but not too intense. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but it has its flaws.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a murky, ruby red with a big, tan head that dissapates quickly.
S- Sick so I cant smell but my wife says it smells like cherries.
T- Not overly malty. Lots of dark fruits. Cherry and clove comes in at the end.
F- Nice boozyness.
O- W9nderful after dinner.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a rich mahogany, nearly black once in the glass. Opaque. Light brown head with course bubbles, quick to dissipate.

Smell- Plum, licorice; dark fruit aromas. Notes of toffee and molasses as well.

Taste- Plum with hints of grapes. Sugary as well, candy like but not overpowering. Cherry tartness progressively builds. Cherry notes abound through the finish which ends a bit bitter with a clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body. Medium carbonation. Boozy.

Overall- An outstanding quad. Hits the dark fruit notes just right, sweet but not too sweet. The cherry addition really compliments the plum/grape/licorice subtleties.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It pours a nice maroon with a tan head and a ton of floaties. The aroma is vinous, with some cherries and a hint of booze. The taste is mildly sweet with more cherries and some late bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. This is one tasty quadruple.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork-and-cage bottle from the LCBO; this is the 2016 edition. Best before 03/10/2021 and served slightly below cellar temperature.

Pours a clear, deep-hued amber, taking on a considerably redder tinge when held to the light. The two fingers of loose, soapy, off white-coloured head generated require a few minutes to melt down to a creamier-looking cap and collar about half as high. A classy-looking glass of beer. The nuances of the aroma are subtle, and challenging to identify with specificity - boozy, overripe dark fruit (mostly cherry) is the closest I can muster, with a fair amount of sweet demerara sugar in there, too. Plum, fig, raisin and spicy yeast add depth beyond the cherry - it's a warming, inviting aroma, and the temptation to take a sip is difficult to resist.

Just a superb sipper all around. Candi sugar sweetness is a consistent presence from the start, as a mélange of dark fruit flavours excites the taste buds. Of course, cherry is the most prominent culprit - imparting a subtly tart quality that helps to blunt the saccharinity of the base quad - but I'm also getting hints of raisin, plum, and rich date sweetness by mid-sip, as well as suggestions of banana esters. The spiciness of the yeast begins to assert itself towards the finish, mostly in the form of clove, while a mild dusting of earthy, herbal hops simultaneously settles upon the palate - up until the ethanol starts to warm (and eventually numb) it up. Boozy, fruity, yeasty aftertaste that lingers. Medium-full in body, with sharp carbonation that seems unnecessarily aggressive and, at times, foamy.

Final Grade: 4.25, an A-. Ommegang's Three Philosophers is truly satisfying to sip, and that's good enough for me. The underlying quad is satisfactory, but the addition of the kriek blend is what really cements it as a quality Belgian dark ale. While its mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect, all in all this is still a high quality beer that I highly recommend. Probably the best North American quad I've tried to date - and while I'd still say that all of the top-tier Trappist imports handily outperform it, Three Philosophers is at least beginning to approach that same hallowed ballpark. I'll definitely be grabbing a second bottle for the cellar.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottled Nov 2013 best by Nov 2018. Nice reddish cherry look. Flavor has cherry clove that is spot on for a quad. Clarity is perfect and not cloudy...did age well. Placed the 2011 in the fridge to drink next....

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Photo of omolemio
1.78/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not at all rich as I expected. Likely ignorance of the style yet no perceived flavors as described in other reviews. Very disappointing and wasted money.

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Photo of kevinlater
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into snifter. best before "03/10/2021", consumed feb 2 2017. clear reddish brown with a head full of fine tan bubbles. both nose and flavour are full of chocolatey cherry, but with those rich brown-sugary quadrupel characteristics somewhere in the back. ample dryness. the fruity flavours linger all the way to the aftertaste. medium feel with bubbly carbonation as the beer is colder. pleasant, fruit-forward stuff

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Photo of spursfaninla
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Expensive at $13 a bottle.
Awesome but overpowering flavors.
Nothing subtle here. Rich, strong. It seems thick going down but that is more again from the punch it packs.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tiny amount of kriek successfully balances out the sweetness of the quadrupel without distracting too much from its aroma and flavour. Not that there's anything wrong with a sweet quadrupel, but this style succeeds magnificently in itself. The flavours are definitely in line with good Belgian examples of the styles. The carbonation doesn't taste quite as 'bottle-conditioned' as the Belgian quadrupels I'm used to - maybe they gave it a bit of a head start? Regardless, this is a top-tier beer in my book, and if I didn't rate this a 5, I don't know what beers I _could_ give a 5 to.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy ruby red with a creamy frothy beige colored foam head. Smells like rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cherries, plum, grapes, bubblegum, banana, peppery clove spice, toasted bready malts, slight roasty chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart cherries, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, plum, grapes, some bubblegum, banana, clove spice, slight roasty chocolate, toasted bready malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice quadrupel with cherries.

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Photo of opieo
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A creamy, rich, strong brew. Deep cloudy rust color with thick tan head. Complex flavors well balanced slight cherry after taste. Slight hop bitterness but the malty taste is primary.

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Photo of Brewfocker80
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass

A-reddish brown with big thick khaki head
S-dark fruits
M-Full body with great carbonation
T-The fruit really comes through on this quad. It's very much the same as a traditional belgian quad but the fruit is more pronounced in this american version.
O-I would drink this one very often. Alcohol is hidden well by the fruit, the yeast peaks through the malt well to give this beer the perfect complexity to keep you wanting more. Every sip makes you taste something different.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a muddy reddish brown color with a rocky one and a half finger beige head that retains for a time but leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Probably one of the best smelling Quads I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Lots of red licorice and candied plums. Tamarind, peat smoke, rye bread, banana, clove, dates and figs.

Flavor: At first I tasted this chilled, the taste was a little muted so I had to let it warm up.

Served at room temp, this beer really opens up. I'm getting lots of fruit, like red figs, dates, raisins, plums, tamarind, apples, cherries, cranberries... even pomegranate. There are also delicious tones of red licorice candy throughout.

Restrained yet complex notes of caramel and chocolate dance in the background, as well as yeasty belgian flavors of banana, clove, bubblegum and white pepper... it's understated but provides an excellent contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.

Feel: Creamy, heady and smooth. Dry and estery; sweet but balanced by a mild floral character. Heavy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is there, but you will only notice it once if you really search for it.

Overall: This is one you really want to take your time with and sip over the course of an hour or so. It's so complex and decadent you don't want miss a beat.

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Photo of theBubba
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh, where to start. This brew is amazing. A bit pricey, but rightfully so. Color? Nice but not important. You can see it in all these BA positive reviews. 3 Philos is a crisp, tasty, complex brew with a nice head and lace that lasts. The kriek imparts a subtle dry bit of cherry to the flavor that adds to a unique Quad. Unlike any I've tasted. And the high ABV never shouts at you. Ommegang scores again.

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Photo of Schoeni
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Red Cooper colour with floating crystals.Small Head.Smell of strawberry and cherry. Dark fruits. Real...Good mothfeel. Full body. Not tastIng the High amount of alcohol. Taste is like liqorice and Fruit Bowle. Good one!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know for sure, but I have this feeling that reviewers tend to rate a non traditional beer market's attempt at a traditional beer without direct comparison. So for example, here is an American attempt at a Belgian style and wow, that is pretty good for a US attempt, so 4.25. As I said, I don't have proof of this but I have read that type of review and I must say that it is rather unhelpful.
Allow me to compare this to St. Bernardus, Rochefort or Westvleteren and no, this one is not even close. Of course elements are there, of course it is a fantastic attempt but this is not among the great Quadrupels, no matter how we want it to be. It is strong and yet watery, missing the full body and all its intricacies.
It is absolutely worth a try, but for me here in Toronto, why would I pay the same amount (for an extremely limited time at that) for something that costs as much as St. Bernardus (available year 'round)? That would be ridiculous.
So if Three Philosophers is all you can fetch in this style, go for it, this is decent. If you have access to the real deal, don't bother after an initial trial.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: its a murky dark copper color with some amber and ruby red notes. lots of floaties in the glass, and pours a 2 finger, fluffy off-white head

s: dark cherries, plums, figs, caramel, raisins, strawberries, prunes, a touch of earthy dirt. the Belgian spice is slightly mild - but i'm picking up clove, cardamom, and a touch of coriander

t: plums, raisins, fig, and sweet cherry are dominant upfront. sweet caramel, a touch of oak and candie sugar behind that. raisins and strawberries round out the flavor, with big sweet malts

m: its a heavy mouthfeel with a high carbonation level. just what you want from a quad

o: great beer. flavor is complex without being confusing (dark fruit heaven), mouthfeel is perfect, and the aroma adds that extra to make it a full experience

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Photo of Greg_ehr
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. The aroma is awesome and the flavor is very complicated.
Mixture of fruit and dates.
Theres also a kick that makes you very warm.

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Photo of Jraiona
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2016 750ml.

A- A dark amber bordering on mahogany with a full frothy head with very nice lacing

S- Aroma of dark malt and currants

T- A pronounced sweetness but not cloying with the taste of cherries becoming more discernible as the beer warmed while drinking. Very slight hoppiness on the finish provides a nice balance. Despite its higher ABV it is not boozy or overpowering

F- Very rich with a smooth creamy texture and good carbonation.

O- If you're a fan of Belgians, especially quads, this is a must try. One of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of anon
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown/red, head stands two fingers tall with excellent retention accompanied by spotty lace.

Dark fruit and caramel malt dominates the nose with the alcohol coming through just a touch. Taste is dark fruit heavy; cherry, plum, fig, raisin and nectarine. Caramel malt and toffee sweetness followed by some yeasty baked bread.

Finishes dry and chewy with a good amount of carbonation. Excellent blend of flavours making an interesting but excellent take on the style.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A number of years ago, when I had lost hope on ever drinking anything but the latest "IPA" or another over-hopped beer from an American micro-brewery, a friend of mine recommended Three Philosophers from Ommegang. He told me it would make me happy about the state of American independent brewing again. He was right. The added 2% blend of cherry ale in this amazing blend won me over right away--and so began my infatuation, nay, obsession, with Belgian style ales. Thank you Ommegang!

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Photo of c014572
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a glorious dark ruby cor from a 12 Oz bottle. Half-inch of head with great lacing.

Nose hits instantaneously of dark fruits and Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is "complex" to say the least. Heavier (but wonderful) than most Belgians at this ABV I've had. But a good thing. This is a wonderful beer to be enjoyed, not quaffed, as I usually do...

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Photo of Fee
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly exceptional beer. Appearance is beautiful and smell adds to the experience. Three Philosophers has an extremely smooth feel, and tastes malty without being overbearing.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in a snifter. 12oz bottle.

Appearance: dark ruby with a creamy tan head. Clear and delicious looking.

Nose: massive dark fruits, cherries, raspberries, currants, prunes and plums. The depth of fruit character doesn't seem to have an end.

Taste: follows the nose, a bit of alcohol but it is not distracting. No age oxidation at all. That could be because of the Brett in the 3% Kriek added.

Overall: this is one of the best American Quads on the market. It is year round, cheap and world class. Buy this now.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,401 ratings.
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