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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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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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Reviews: 2,066 | Ratings: 6,295
Photo of CoreyC
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good but still not great for me. I know people really like aging this beer, and I love quads, but the soury/sharp taste I don't like fresh is still there after four years.

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Photo of PhillyB
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ommegang has done it again. A very tasty beer that I really enjoy.

Look: Dark brown with reddish hues around the edges of my glass. Thick and lasting head.

Smell: Deep fruit, hints of malt and an anise tail.

Taste: Much bolder than the aroma. Same flavors as the aroma with the addition of a slightly sour note.

Feel: Thick, slightly creamy with a sight alcohol bite.

Overall: I am very impressed with this brew. Yet another in the great line of beers this company produces, even if they are slightly over-marketed.

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Photo of LeRose
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cork popped quite loudly, so was prepared for a foam fountain on the pour, but not so much. The liquid is a red/brown almost mahogany color with a dense tan head that subsided quickly. There was some lacing, but not much. About 1/8 inch of foam persisted.

Smell - felt it a little weak for such a big beer. Cherry with a whiff of vinegar, yeasty, a brown sugar/molasses component, sweetness, and it stops.

Taste - much bigger taste. It is very wine or cognac like in character. Clearly fruity with the cherry kriek, but ever so slightly sour balanced by a moderate level of sweetness. A bit of peppery spice on the finish, breadiness from the malt. As I drank more, it seemed go further into the wine/cognac experience.

Feel - a little hot kick from the alcohol, a bit tingly on the carbonation. Seemed to feel think initially, but actually ended up quite thin, so will go with a medium body. A bit dry but not overly so.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that is worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Moleshire
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color, authentic Belgian head. Taste is magnificent for a Belgian craft brew, Actually I was quite surprised when I cracked the bottle. Not much for smell surprisingly. I purchased a 4 pack and they are not corked. The bottle image is also different. This is my first review and if I can upload a current bottle photo I will. Overall, one of my new favorites. This review comes from one who's base and all time favorite beer is Bass Ale.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When a beer comes with a cork stuffed in it's top I'm immediately impressed. I wasn't disappointed with this one. An excellent quality beer, this was very good for a belgian and not overly "fruity" as I find most belgians. I found the taste to be a bit bland, but that might be the actual reason I enjoyed it so much.

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Photo of Jgreen100
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A strong Belgian beer at almost 10% alcohol. You will feel it. Pours brown but clear. Tastes a little thinner than it looks. Good flavor with some fruity and cherry notes but not overpowering. Better than Chimay but it as good as Affligem and Karmeliet Tripel.

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Photo of Nferry2
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red brown with a tan/off white head. Strong aromatics on this one: cherries, red apples, hints of vanilla, and candies. Taste is super sweet, hints of chocolate, grape, and the with warmth alcohol. Mouthfeel syrupy with bubbles and tingles all over despite being very lightly carbonated. Finishes malty and sweet with residual fruit remaining on the palate. A fine example of a Belgian style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(single bottle, purchased last week off a room temp shelf - 2015 on neck label... poured into a teku glass)

L: crystal-clear liquid, beautiful shade of ruby... some foam builds on the pour but crumbles into a sad, spit-y collar... gave final mark because of the gorgeous color... final pour dumps in a light sediment dust, neither adds nor detracts

S: powdery cherry bubblegum, moderate port-like booze... perhaps some chocolate malt poking through... suggestion of a thick, almost syrupy sweetness, however, against the other aromas it's not a potential outlying flaw, one can understandably anticipate boozy richness... subtle hint of banana peel later

T: the core is surely thick malt/sugar, highlighted by a sharply-spicy, phenolic, perfumy-alcohol, which along with the fruit skin aftertaste, seems to cut any depth or definition in the malt - so the malt, though thick, candyish and wort-like, comes off rather bland and arguably one-dimensional... little bit of chocolate and cherry (w/ pit) essence in the aftertaste...

F: medium-thick wave up front, whoosh of moderately-hot booze follows, mostly glassy finish with less residual matter than expected... so it ends up being slightly top-heavy, weightless, and dry (and sort of altogether dull)... could use a bit more warmth toward the back (instead of 'tween my side teefs)... based on drag, one could drink as many as 3-4 in a row and not slouch... I wouldn't protest a higher rating on this element, but it does end up feeling flat

O: I've had this a handful of times over the years - it always leaves a little to be desired, for me, primarily in the malt department... for the blend it is, it's not necessarily bad (it's still one of the better domestic quads I've had), but I'm quite curious to try the quad part by itself, not that it gives the impression of matching the quality and character of say a La Trappe or Abt 12

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Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have Had this quad with many desserts ranging from very chocolate cake to dark fruit pies to bitter-sweet chocolate chunks and too much in-between. Three Philosophers goes well with rich desserts.
I also bought a 4 pack and Had one a winter. Three Philosophers improves with age, carbonation mellows and the fruity flavors meld.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It opened with the most pathetic little pop. Pours a hazy golden brown with a surprisingly large light tan head. Lots of malty goodness scents the air. Plenty of flavor here, malt, yeast, cherry fruitiness with a hint of tartness& oak & vanilla. Very nice, and the carbonation that didn't bother to push out the cork tickles the whole mouth. Excellent!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 06/2020...whew just made it.

L-The beer pours a clear cola brown with a full 3 inch frothy off white head. The towering head quickly recedes to a thin ring. Lacing is absent.
S-The beer smells of caramel, charr, and alcohol. Just behind the initial wiff, the faintest hint of the kriek's cherries can be detected.
T-The taste is similar to the nose, with the cherries being slightly stronger in the taste vs the nose. The cherries get stronger as the beer warms, but never become the dominant flavor. They serve to take some of the alchohol edge off the beer as well as toning down the charr. Overall the kriek added to the beer has made it easier drinking than I was expecting for a quad.
F- The carbonation is prickly, but not overly strong for the style. The mouthfeel is thinner than I was expecting.
O-A good, but not great beer that I'm glad I tried. Still it's probably not something I would shell out the cash for again.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

smell: cherries, wood
taste: nutty, toasty, roast, slight cherries, hint of clove
feel: medium body, well carbed, slight booze

interesting blend

very good

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Photo of JPNesker
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would be perfect if it wasn't so boozy. It's the widow maker. Also would prefer more Kriek in the blend. Served on tap at millers pub in Chicago, which is kind of a beer Mecca.

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Photo of SirLoopsAlot
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is spicy with lots of cherry and slight Belgian yeast.

Tastes almost more like cognac or wine than an ale. Cherry is very prominent, with malt breadiness and strong bitterness. Very complex flavor, you'll get more after each sip. Lots going on with this ale.

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Photo of Toemuh
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a nice thick mahogany with a dark reddish hue. Initially displaying a medium sized tan head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: A very distinguishable cognac smell at first that slowly transitions into a dark-cherry finish.
Taste: Immediate berry fruit notes balanced with an earthly caramel full bodied taste. Followed by a strong toffee finish with hints of molasses.
Feel: A rich, creamy finish but surprisingly not thick.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of rypkr
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super dry mouthfeel. Nothing in particular to write home about. Basically the staus quo per style yet recognized as a go to because of the volume of this beer on the market. Certainly not a great if even good quad IMO.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage poured into a Dogfish Head snifter L: cloudy orangish brown appearance with a decent head and no lacing A: wonderful balance of sour Belgian yeast and sweet cherry juice T: incredibly balance blend of a quad and a kreik M: medium with just the right carbonation O: this one took me by surprise. I'll definitely be buying more

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Photo of jmasher85
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes! One of the pinnacles of American quads, this truly defines the "meal in a bottle" characteristic of the style. Spicy, sweet, and savory, this beer offers some stone fruit, fig, nutmeg, peaty scotch, licorice, bubblegum, and all sorts of other cool things on the nose. So much going on! The taste is similar, but with a few more sweet notes than expected. Can't tell if the 1.5 years of aging in my cellar has made it better or not, but it's a glorious beer no matter when you drink it. And yeah, you can definitely taste those cherries. Smooth and refeshing enough that it doesn't just make you thirstier when you drink it, and it can even pair well with salty foods, which I normally recommend with paler ales - impressive considering it's close to 10% abv.

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Photo of EMH73
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a ruby hue, minimal head that is poorly retained and almost no lacing. Smells of malt and cherry. Tastes as it smells along with a slight sweetness and yeast flavor. Very slight bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonated, creamy feel to it. An excellent beer.

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

2015 355ml
Awesome quad Belgian style Ale. Doesn't get enough praise as its Belgian counterparts receive.
Pours with a beautiful ruby hue. Excellent malt nose with pleasant, modest cherry and caramel taste. The 2015 seemed lighter vs. previous years, particularly 2012, 2013..but I did pick this bottle up at bulk commercial store in Florida named Total Wine...have enjoyed controlled pours at beer venues that tasted much better.
Overall, I have consumed this beer many times and it never disappoints.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml 10th anniversary bottling (2007) poured into a matching glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear ruby to mahogany color with a khaki cap.

Aroma is cherry medicine with slight toasty grain. Herbal and slight solvent alcohol kick.

Tastes herbal to medicinal with cherry pit/skin flavors. Some yeastiness, earth and slight spice and herbal character before getting a solvent feel in the finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A solid brew but starting to show its age.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pretty, cloudy wood varnish. Fine bead thick beige head. Minor lacing. Yeasts. 4

S - complex. Wood. Leather. Spicy. Herbal. 3.75

T - fantastic initial tastes sweet thick caramel . Quickly faded to something reminding me of hoppy birch leaves and campfires. 4

M - again great. Thick sparkly and creamy. Like champagne and melted butter. 4.25

D - sweet like a kriek malty like a quadruple. One of the best non Belgian belgian-styles I can remember. 4.25

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Photo of C_Solodkin
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours a nice Ruby Brown. Very little head retention and not much lace. It has a great scent with notes of sweet malt and a hint of cherry. Excellent flavor as the cherry comes through but doesn't overwhelm letting the creamy malts steal the show. Love the crisp mouth-feel. A bit boozy on the finish but its understandable at 9.7%.

Overall - I'd drink this again... and again...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a brownish amber with a small head, quickly dissipating and leaving only a ring around the top of the beer. I possibly served the beer too cold. Sweet malt and fruit in the nose. Enjoyable taste. Alcohol not really noticeable until...

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Photo of Cjstoutlover
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black tea color(Irish) carbonation is micro bubbles at a constant speed straight up. The smell is very slight which is a hint of yeast and a yeast of hops. Drinking this at slightly less then cold will give the best result. The taste is almost exactly like the smell except with a hint of sweetness ! The strength of this beer, you don't taste, which is a good traight! 4 pack at my local beer distributor 20$ ! Great choice, if your on a budget, treat your self! Salute!

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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