Three Philosophers | Brewery Ommegang

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4.15/5
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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:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,556
Reviews:
2,132
Ratings:
6,549
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
393
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1,683
Trade:
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Ratings: 6,549 |  Reviews: 2,132
Photo of Chilmer
2.9/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gambyt20
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pontzie
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought from the alewife store in a 4 pack.

L: Pours a dark brownish amber. Opaque. Solid golden head rhat lasted fairly long. Didnt leave any lacing.

S: Yeasty bread and alcohol scented. The sourdough smell had me excited for the first taste.

T: hits that palatte flat and sort of bitter in a stale way. After a few sips and some warming up I start to see more appeal. It holds the high alvobol content well and does start to display a bit of heartiness.

F: The first sip hit all up front and didn't maintain any structure to the back of the palette. Finish is weak and not noteworthy. It does wotk better as it warmed up a bit

O: It is ok. probably not worth going back to as there are other options at this price that have more appeal to me.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy dark brown with orange and red highlights, short tan head fading quickly, no real lacing.

S - Strong fruit, pear and sugar, bubble gum and raisins. A bit of funk, grass and phenols.

T - Brown sugar and oversteeped tea to start, bread and honey in the center, and a trailing bitter bite in the close.

M - Moderate carbonation, slightly sticky on the tongue, but a scrubbing dry finish keeps the palate clean.

O - Delicious punchy Quad, with lots of great flavor notes, and a well-integrated whole. Superb.

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Photo of chiefz1
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samlover55
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Libbey Tulip
BB 5/2022
L- pours a dark red almost brown with light brown head
S- brown sugar, dark fruit, cherries
T- brown sugar, cherries, and yeast
F- medium-bodied, overly carbonated
Overall it's interesting how the Kriek added changes the dark fruit characteristics of the Quad and makes it all cherry

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Photo of MoreBeer4me
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, rich and toasty. This one is pretty much comfort food in a bottle.

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Photo of QuentinDishaw
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Paul_Apsley
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elohim
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samples 12oz bottles of the 2016 vintage in 2018. Highly carbonated; 2.5 finger head. Very fruity beer. While I do get the expected cherries in the taste there seems to be a lot of apple as well. Woody and smoky undertones. Alcohol is hidden very well and this brew is very drinkable despite the relatively high ABV

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Photo of Paoloboston
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jamesefleming
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ommegang's best. Drinking this quad in a restaurant in New York changed my life and launched me on a lifelong quest for quads.

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Photo of qjholler
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A) Pours an opaque mahogany with traces of red here and there. Decent tan head recedes quickly, leaving little lacing.

S) Sweet, malty, and somewhat sharp. The smell of cherries is a bit hidden beneath the stronger scents of malt, spices, and booze, but it's certainly there. A very pleasant, inviting smell.

T) Bready and sweet at first, followed by cherries and a slight hint of alcohol. The final notes are not unlike a fine port wine. Each successive sip sees a new flavor brought to the fore, and the interplay between all of them is fantastic.

M) Not quite thin, but very smooth. The carbonation helps the sharper components of the beer prick at the tongue, providing an enlivening combination of sensations. The feel fits perfectly with the rest of the beer.

O) A wonderful quad that I would buy again a lot sooner if it weren't $11 a bottle. Its quality cannot be doubted, but this is one that will have to remain as a rare treat for someone without an abundance of money to spend on beer.

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MinerBob
3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of pirateclem
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really great Quad with carmely sweetness and depth. The cherry flavor on the end is great, it's not sweet or fake tasting, just like some home grown sour cherries were lightly brewed with it. Just really wonderful.

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Photo of DrBass
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dave2234
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours out a great reddish brown color and has a light tan/khaki colored head. The crown is bubbling vigorously for about a minute until it calms down and completes into a very dense, tightly formed land of very small bubbles.
The smell is cherries with some esters. Some banana as well. Almost like a banana cherry milkshake.
The taste is very much the same. Beautiful cherries mix well with banana notes.
The feeling is well carbonated making the cherries bounce. Slightly tart from the cherries as well.
Overall, good representation of the style. I like it a lot.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pizzabutt
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a stout glass.

appearance: a nice reddish brown with about 1-finger tan head. head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a thin layer on top with a ring. leaves a bit of lacing that rapidly falls down the sides of the glass.

smell: dark cherries and a bit of spice. a hit of brown sugar.

taste: cherry is the first flavor i get. follows the nose pretty well with some slight spiciness. a bit of a brown sugar/molasses taste, with a touch of sweetness.

feel: light-to-medium bodied, well carbonated. a little bit of a sting. dry.

overall: a nice take on a quad. i wasn't expecting the fruitiness of it but i can certainly say it was enjoyable. i would buy this again.

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Photo of zaardvark
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,549 ratings