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 fromage
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 Bottle

Frothy tan head coming out of the bottle with a mahogany hue. Head was soon gone and left with a mere trace of lacing.

Very complex. Smells of leather, burnt caramel, a bit of alcohol, perhaps a hint of cherries and raisins, grass.

Taste begins with leather and grass, quickly fades to warming fruits, but has an acrid, vegetal finish. Really only the aftertaste brings out the spice of the yeast matched with toffee. Alcohol is not too noticeable

Nice, full mouthfeel, well carbonated. A bit sticky.

Good drinkability for the style. It's not often I drink a whole bottle of this

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Photo of expatsteve
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 2005 bomber with my wife.

Appearance: Rich mahogany ruby with medium visibility. Poured a big 1 inch head that subsided slowly over the course of a glass, living thick sticky lacing and liberal suds cover. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Fresh nose of grains, grass and a background suggestion of cherries. Fairly robust but refreshing, with mild raisin notes and a little alcohol spice developing as it warms.

Taste: Fantastic. Restrained chocolate, raisin, and apricot malts upfront, with a burst of cherries on the middle palate. Alcohol is pretty well masked, with just a slight vegetal finish in the throat. Mild grainy finish throughout the mouthful balances the sweet finish from the malts. Perfect balance of all flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, with medium but subdued carbonation. Easy in and easy the whole way down.

Drinkability: A great offering from the folks at Ommegang. Had the opportunity to drink this on-tap a few times at Zeno's in State College, PA, and enjoyed just as much now as I did then. Drinkable, well-balanced example of the style. Not as much of the fruit burst on the front palate as I expected, but the cherries on the middle palate provide an interesting and welcome twist. I'll definitely be buying this again in the not-too-distant future.

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Photo of crwills
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a standard 12 oz bottle -- my only one -- into a wine glass. Colour reminds me a lot of the Red Rocket Ale I had the day before... dark reddish brown. This one has some pinkish notes to it, though. Decent head sticks around, with lots of lacing.

Aroma is all dark fruits and caramel, but with some 'spritziness' to it, like someone squirted a bit of fresh lemon in it.

Taste is roasted malt, fresh cherries, and espresso. Really, really nice. Mild cough syrup notes as it warms, but that's ok. Medium body that avoids being syrupy (regardless of the flavour). Sweet chocolate-like aftertaste.

This was really good, and would be worth keeping a few bombers around... that's what I"ll be looking for next time.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer kicks absolute ass.

Pours a tight, compact, creamy head which stuck around a good long while. The color is an earthy dark brown with plenty of bubbles and even some tiny floaters.

Leathery smell comes on strong at the forefront, followed by dark fruits, also cherry and raspberry. Nice round maltiness in the nose. Good depth to the aroma, though quite subtle.

Oh yeah. Tastes sort of like an old ale, but sweeter. The leathery aroma also comes through in the flavors, adding a subtle dirtiness, or earthiness. Also strong cherry, smooth caramel and creamy milk chocolate. Slightly tart in the finish. Alcohol is superbly well-hidden. This is dessert-y, but the mouthfeel isn't thick or heavy. It's buoyant and bubbly while also being full-on creamy, which perfectly complements the wild and wonderful flavors dancing around.

Hard to pin down, but easy to love. Definitely on the sweet side, but you almost don't realize it because the flavors have so much depth. There are many sides to this one. Utterly enjoyable, a fantastic piece of work. Easily one of the best non-Belgian Belgians that I've had. This tends to be said a lot about Ommegang, and with good reason.

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Photo of Gregorious
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750cl bottle poured into chalice

A - Really really pretty...hazy brown with crimson highlights when held up to the light...2-fingers of head on pour...dissipated rather quick.

S - O dear lord this is aromatic...the smell is so delicious. Sweet, smell of cane sugar and dried fruits. Malty overtone and just so mouth watering....I could have enjoyed this beer by just smelling it all day...

T - Yum yum...Cherries is the first thing I think of... Nice complex flavor though so it brings to mind many different flavors that meld together quite nicely. Spicy hops, dark chocolate. Ends a bit tart because the beer is mixed with lambic (which i love alone enough.)

M - Nice medium weight to it...not overcarbonated...yum

D - Very drinkable...The high alcohol content may make it a bit less drinkable when sitting down for a session (or atleast I would hope so). Very very tasty and I plan to buy another and enjoy it thoroughly.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours out a rich brown color with a hint of red when held to the light. Nice creamy head that falls fairly quickly and leaves nice lacing. The smell is malty sweet with dark fruits. Some of the alcohol can be noticed in the nose also. Very complex taste. Slightly medicinal, very malty. Dark cherry flavors too. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish. Hops a just barely in the mix but balance everything out nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy but does not have any stickiness to it. I love this beer. This is a great after dinner sipper.

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Photo of oloughlinrj
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hoosick St. Discount Beverages, Troy, NY. 750 mL bottle.

Pours out dark brown, slightly red. Head disipates quickly.

Very sweet, fruity aroma. Can smell a hint of the alcohol, gives it a slightly medicinal smell.

Strong malt and very prevalent cherry flavors, with undertones of chocolate. Finishes slightly tart, but balanced by just a touch of hops and the warmth of the high alcohol content.

Very creamy, not too high carbonation. A lot lighter than the appearance and smell would seem to predict.

A very drinkable beer. Complex, rich. Not to be missed.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany brown with moderate carbonation and a nice fluffy head.

Smell is dark fruit, chocolate, and sweet malt.

Taste is dominated by dark fruit, predominately cherries. Very strong chocolate notes as well. Nice caramel maltiness and spicy yeast. Finish has mild bitterness, sour cherry, and strong brandylike alcohol qualities that linger.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

This beer is similiar to regular ommegang, but there is definitely a stronger cherry taste. Very nice and highly reccomended.

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Photo of bashiba
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a 2005 dated bottle.
Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights and a thick dark tan head.

Smell is very fruity with hints of plums, raisons, and cherries with a slight bit of oak and a touch of sourness.

Taste starts with a fruit explosion, strong hints of slightly sour cherries and dates quickly blending into a creamy malt flavor with toasted grains and a slightly sweet oak flavor. Finish turns slighlty back towards the fruity sourness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and tingly.

Easily drinkable and enjoyable, ommegang only seems to make winners.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2005 edition

Pours dark burgundy red into my Chimnay goblet with a 3 fingers tan head. Great "Belgian" lacing & very good head retention

Smell: Sourness & then woody, lactic notes.

Taste: Sour oaky notes up front, hints of cherry & choclate follow. Finishes tart & a vanilla oakyness

MF: Medium with a slight spritzyness.

Drinks pretty good, I think this is one to lay down for years. Worth it ($9.00 a bottle)

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Photo of Lupin
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was going to get my friend a 1.5l magnum of duvel for a housewarming gift, but as I walked into New England Beverage Company, my eyes were diverted by a three liter magnum of this brew for $43. I'd had the abbey ale in the past and have some respect for that brew, but had always wanted to try this one.

Served, chilled, into highball glasses. Head on the first pour was monstrous. I actually had to interrupt my friend and show him how to properly pour a beer of the caliber, namely, with the assistance of a friend to hold the glass at a proper angle. Once poured correctly, the head was ideal. The magnum pours were absolutely filled with yeast. This stuff was murky, and dark splotches of caramel-colored yeast were the reward for the last pouree.

Upon redrinking this brew, it is not nearly as murky out of a 12 oz. bottle, but the same tasting notes still apply.

The malt hits you first, as does an almost sour/tangy hint of cherry. If they had chosen any other of Lindeman's Lambics, this would probably be too sour or too sweet. It's definitely not juicy, but perhaps a bit too yeasty. Very refreshing in the Boston sun nonetheless. Ambiguous fruity yeast is dominant, though. A little syrupy, but definitely not thin.

I like balance in beers, but drinking this one out of a 3l magnum was quite an experience. I've never seen so much yeast floating around in a beer without it bothering me. It actually tasted thicker out of a 12 ounce bottle with a far clearer pour.

This brew definitely needs to be tried if you like quadrupels for its fruity nuances. I would add .5 to both taste and drinkability if you could get this in a magnum.

Otherwise, there are plenty of other beers to explore if you're not into something as meaty as a quarupel. This isn't a proper introduction.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber color with a tan white head that sustains itself nicely and leaves some lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is rich a full of dark carmel malts
The flavor begins with an excellent blend of sweet dark malts and dark cherries. The flavor segues into a dry crisp finish that has a warm alcoholic finish but isn't too hot or unpleasent at all. This is a red wine drinkers beer, I don't know how else to phrase what i am experiencing.
The mouthfeel is crisp and full but it has a bit of a warm finish.
Very drinkable this beer is very rich and full of flavor, I think that this beer would both be an excellent pairing with rich foods as well as a great beer to cook with.

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Photo of k75
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

reddish brown w/ slight haze from the pour

light brown head - moderate length (good for the %)

medium to full mouthfeel - complex flavors of fruit pit acidity and dryness to background notes of biscuit and sweet malts

strength is evident in the stomach, but subdued on the palate

cherry lambic character is subtle and serves as support rather than the main event

finish is moderately long and slightly drying

a modern classic of blending A+

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Photo of andythejerk
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The least head I've ever seen on any belgian-style beer, but a beautiful dark, mahogany colored brew. Smells tight and pointedly fruity--kind of a flat and musty fruit. It's actual taste is not as fruity as I expected, especially since I still cringe at the thought of sickly-sweet lambic style, and I figured it would be a moderated version of that. Really, it's more of a sour, compromised version of a fairly good belgian ale. It's pretty good and definitely worth trying and enjoying, but it wouldn't be a priority for my personal future purchasing schedule. It's very different and interesting, and the 9.8% in this bomber is going to knock me out for the night. Judged for style against other belgians/quadrupels.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very wonderful complex beer.
Deep amber with a firm tan head that melts to a beautiful sticky lacing.
Smells like raisins and candied fruit and bright oranges.
The tongue gets hit with sweet fruits and then the bitter drying of the cherry lambric.
Wow...wonderful combination...wonderful mouthfeel of rich carbonation.
Just a completely enjoyable complex brew.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) pours a dark brown with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I can smell some cherry in the aroma. The taste has a little bit of cherry in it, malt is also noticeable. There are some medicinal type flavors as well. This is an interesting beer, it's definitely pretty good, but not particularly to my liking. Your mileage may vary.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle corked and wired- brewed in 2005

Pours into the snifter a hazy garnet-brown color, deep plum in color when held to the light. Head started as a half finger of biege tiny bubbles, fades to a wispy cap with a halo ring around the glass. Lace was spotty.

Smell is sweet malts with plenty of fruity esters, raisin, apricot, and faintly earthy. Alcohol is well hidden from the nose.

Taste starts faintly sweet, malts, yeast, a cranberry-like tartness and alcohol.

A wine-like mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

It must be drinkable. I finished a 750ml during this review.

Evil Keith
June 12, 2006

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Photo of SethB2
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chalice.

Beer pours a deep brown, bordering black, with ruby tinges around the edge of the glass. The head is a tad on the small side, but other than that, this is a good looking beer. Smell is like a quad, but a bit more sour. Ripe fruits with a tart bite. Taste is much like the smell. The beer starts out with a fruity sweetness, but toward the end of the drink, transitions smoothly into a sour note (in a good way). Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied, but a little alcoholic. Drinkablity is pretty good too. Nice beer.

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Photo of maek228
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a well murky, cloudy amber/ruby with a head that retained wondefully and minimum lacing...which would make sense due to the lack of hops

Smell: the bottle tells me that cherry lambic was added to this nose tells me this is the truth. the lambic mixed with the sweet malts is an inviting smell.

Taste: what a mess, how do i describe a taste so unique? this beer tightly maintains the characteristics of a quadrupel....the malts be sweet, the phenols be present, and the alcohol is there...but that touch of cherry lambic just puts this over the top. I love quads, i love strong beers, and i love unique beers. this taste captures these three criteria with honors.

Mouthfeel: somewhat thick and juicy...above average carbonation

Drinkability: you might have to call the paramedics if i got my hands on a case

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Photo of BitteBier
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An interesting pour, characteristic of Ommegang. Cloudy apple cider amber color with some copper red present too. A relatively small amount of tan head that nonetheless sticks around for a while and clings pretty well. Nose improved noticeably as this one warmed, with sweet but complex malts (reminding me of Scotch ales) tinged with sour cherry, spices, and a bit of alcohol. The taste too improved as the beer (and I) warmed. That malty-cherry-spicy blend faded nicely into a slightly warm and nicely lingering finish. The mouthfeel is intriguingly soft and full with a lasting crispness. While I will stick with some of Ommegang's other offerings, this one is worth another go. I look forward to pairing it with some appropriate chow.

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Photo of jettjon
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Appearance, nose
Lows: A bit too bitter and too much alcohol presence

Pours a caramel brown, translucent, nearly opaque color, quite attractive. Head is initially large, thick, creamy, and a yellow-brown tannish color that fades very slowly leaving little lacing behind. Nose is excellent, heavy with dark fruits including dark cherries—pretty standard for a quadrupel or dark ale. Taste is similarly characteristic: plums, apricots, and a strong dark cherry presence. There’s also quite a bit of alcohol at work here, and sadly, it detracts. There’s also an annoying bitterness, but both the alcohol and bitterness are diminished if the beer is sipped rather than gulped. Mouth is creamy, thick, and smooth—very smooth. Mouthfeel is excellent and adds to the enjoyability of this ale. Finishes up on an alcohol/bitter note, sort of a bitter fruit rind flavor that detracts from the overall flavor. Drinkability is good *as a sipping beer* but other than that is only a bit above average—this is an acerbic beer to be sure.

Overall: An interesting take on the quadrupel—they claim to mix with a cherry lambic, and it shows, yielding a bittersweet, nearly syrupy concoction much better sipped than gulped, especially at 9.8% ABV. Not my favorite quadrupel, but worth a try.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from caged and corked 750ml(2005-room temp) a deep amber with a huge head of foam that dissipates slowly leaving a fine layer with nice lacing.

The smell is a wonderfully sweet malt and cherry that explodes out of the bottle upon opening and continues from my New Belgium goblet.

The taste is a mix of caramel sweetness and cherry tartness, an unusual combination for my taste buds but the more I sip, the more I realize that this brew is quite enjoyable and the near 10%abv? I don't find it in the taste at all and after swallowing, there's just a slight warming. Good stuff!

Bottom line: This is a fine brew that I *know* I'll be trying again. I recommend it.

Edit, Nov 2 1010: My first bottle since my review, a 12ozer. As deliciously cherry tarty and with the same caramel sweetness as the 750ML bottles. It lost nothing going down from the large format bottle at all. A real treat to drink!

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

Pours an amber cloudy brown with good head and minimal lacing. Smells of dried fruits, dates, caramel and fig notes as well a strong hop presence. Tastes like much of the same. Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter but smooth overall. Drinkability is limited by high AC but this is sweet enough to power over the stong alcohol taste.

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

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. This beer had a brownish amber appearance with a huge light tan head that lingered in the glass. Aroma was malty and caramelly with hints of fruit in the nose. Taste was a wonderful mix of sweet malts, dark fruit, cherries, chocolate and alcohol. I could taste a little bit of sour wineyness in the finish. This is a very rich and warming brew that is very easy to drink despite the heavy body. I polished off the entire bottle in about an hour and enjoyed every drop of it. An excellent beer for the money($5.99).

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Photo of custardcb
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany and red color. Even when held up to the light the body is so rich hardly any light comes crawling through. The head is a bit foamy then settles down to a nice thin head that retains is structure the entire time it is being consumed.

The nose has notes of stone fruit and sweet alcohol. The yeast comes through nicely as well. The mouthfeel is incredibly smoothe and rich. The cheeries are prominent and go well with the rest of the blend.

This should be enjoyed sparsly with friends and would be fantastic at the end of a good meal.

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