Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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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
Ratings:
6,445
Reviews:
2,104
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
388
Gots:
1,619
For Trade:
24
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Photo of Mdaniel723
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really liked this one, just a hint of smoke to go with a good malt and slight fruit finish

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Photo of faatcase
4.66/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of safaricook
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very good quadrupel that is only second to the best Belgium examples (Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Westvleteren 12) in my opinion. The addition of the cherry ale adds nicely to its complexity with a background of very dark chocolate dipped cherries and cherry stones.

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Photo of therealJAYZ
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of briandschorr
4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers I have ever tried. As a fan of Ommegang, this selection is a home run. The taste and nose match up very well. The palate was about a medium. A great beer to enjoy slowly and you will notice a sweet cherry aftertaste and a dry finish. I did not get much of a spice in the aroma but for me, I got a cherry and leathery experience. Great balance, wonderful color. A must try for Quad fans.

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Photo of Malfunkt
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ommegang is a fine brewery and this is a complex one. Make sure to serve this one properly and be mindful of your palette. After properly airing and coming down a bit in temperature, this beer tasted great. After some salt organic nachos, not so much, but in the same sitting the taste transformed after eating some hearty stew. Suddenly the cherry notes were abundant.

Hard to say if this was the finest quad I've had, but one thing is for certain, it keeps getting better after every sip.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Crashed
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nace4
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of baldy00
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

L) Pours an opaque, hazelnut brown with an off-white head.

S) The nose is very strong on biscuit, currant, and a smidgen of molasses. Very pleasant, although I would prefer it stronger in a quad.

T) Everything in the nose is in the taste, with the addition of dark cherry, honey. and a tinge of roastiness. It is quite rich, but well balanced.

F) It has a medium carbonation, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. Not insanely silky.

O) Solid quad and the cherries are quite detectable. Would recommend.

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Photo of chadbweiner
4.92/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Shade1951
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a disappointment. I had one of these a couple years ago and recall liking it more then. I don't know if IT changed or if I changed.

It's good! Not memorably good, but good. Dark brown appearance and a delicate aroma, meaning not a whole lot to smell. I do get mild cherry notes... and alcohol.

Flavor is similar. A tad sour, but not off-putting. Carbonation is on the heavy side - a little too tickly.

I might give this a try again, but won't go out of my way to look for it.

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Photo of StormAles
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of runeatdrink
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours dark amber color with a short off white head, a few rings of lacing.
Aroma - Spice forward, cherry, leathery and mineral-like.
Taste - Sugary up front, toast and caramel notes, cherries are present and lightly tart, finish has a bit of spice and very faint cocoa powder.
Feel - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a small amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall - A fair bit lighter than most quads I've had but enjoyable.

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Photo of Rufus1
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured medium into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Pours a reddish brown with small caramel head that lasts. Hazy to opaque. Sticky lacing. Some legs.

Blast of cherry and sweet malts on the nose with an underlying whiff of apricot. Alcohol. Prune?

Taste follows the nose closely. First up is a mixture of cherries and sweet malt. Followed by apricot and dark fruit. Again the prune. Hardly any bitterness at all. The hops are there but not a major flavor component. Boozy.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel with some warming alcohol on the palate. Sweet in the beginning. Ends sweet as well.
Definitely hits the Quad mark. A very complex brew. Extremely hard to review. I'll have another go with this later. Cheers!!

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Photo of dubnation
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark brown body with light edges near the bottom, one finger foamy off-white head with some light clingy lacing that eventually spider webs a bit. The smell had cherries up front with plums, sugar, Belgian yeast, malts, light booze really faint in the background, cherries continue to dominate as the beer warms. The taste was sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors and combined eloquently together. The palate was about a medium, not sessionable - good sipper over a period of time, sticky sweet cherry aftertaste and a dry finish. Overall, one of my all time favorite quads brewed by an American brewer.

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Photo of prisdefer
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NelCet
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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