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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)
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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
Ranking:
#1,460
Reviews:
2,114
Ratings:
6,482
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
390
Gots:
1,644
Trade:
22
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 6,482 |  Reviews: 2,114
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color with some red highlights. The head was a bit foamy at first but settles quickly. The smell of the beer was lightly acidic but had a sweet fruity quality too. The the taste was a little tart upfront but then shifted into a yeasty dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was decent and and drinkable. Overall I would drink it again, especially now that it comes in 12oz. bottles.

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Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

From a bottle, pours a dark ruby/copper color with a light than head. Very carbonated, lots of active bubbles. The head is airy and very fizzy. It dissipates similar to how soda does.

The nose is citrus and dark fruit, belgian yeast, and molasses. A little toffee and rustic funk. Personally, I get raisins instead of cherries, but could be just my nose. The flavor is much more tart than I anticipated and the kriek blend really is present here. More dark fruit, plums, grapes and moderately sweet molasses. This is a great blend, enjoying the sour element to it. The only negative for me is the over carbonation. Great beer, just less fizz.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe that after close to 650 beers I haven't tried this one, but here it goes. Pours a cloudy ruby red color, nice thick head.. looks great in the glass. Estery smell with some dark fruit aromas. Taste is medium bodied and super complex. It takes a couple of sips and some real patience to even dissect them all. Prunes, grapes, chocolate, coffee, cherry.. all blended together in a hearty tasty brew. Finishes super smooth a tinge of alcohol. A great sipping and night cap beer, will definitely try it again in the future, worthy getting for sure.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a number of times now and each time it is a little different. Not sure if they've been abused or what but some of them didn't impress me. I'll review the newest one that I've tried.

The beer pours a brown color, there are hints of red but its mostly brown. Nice head retention and some lacing. Relatively clear.

The smell is of dark malts, sugar, and cherries. Theres also some alcohol present in the nose. The taste is a little bitter but thats intentional (from the kriek). Theres some nice cherry flavor as well as a ton of sweetness coming from all the malt. As the beer warms more and more alcohol comes out. But if its too cold then you can't taste the cherries. There is definitely an optimum temperature at wich to drink this beer,

The body is heavy and I can feel it in my stomach. Not exactly a low calorie beer or anything but its great if you take care not to ruin the beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of metter98
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured dark reddish brown into a snifter glass with a generous creamy brownish head. The head died down and became lacy. The beer is very dark, and I had to hold it up to a light to confirm that there was a moderate level of carbonation.
S: Light, pleasant aroma of cherries with raisins, spices, and other dark fruits. The aroma increases as the beer warms up, after which you can start to smell some of the alcohol.
T: Cherries are very apparent in the taste along with hints of raisins and spices. There's a nice malty sweetness in the finish. The taste isn't very complex, but it's an interesting combination of cherries and malt unique for this particular style.
M; It feels smooth, creamy and well balanced. A medium-bodied beer.
D: The alcohol isn't very apparent in the taste but it definitely hits you later on.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quite terrific American rendition to a Belgian Quad. Pours a viscous brown-ish red with golden highlights. Dainty white, fizzy head that fades quickly, but laces well. Smells sweetly with caramel, fruits, and spices. Tastes big on malt, and mildly caramelly, brown sugary, fig-ey, date-ey, and cherry-ey. Sweet spices of clove, corriander, pepper, and estery. Becomes more alcoholic through the body. Sweet and powdery finish. A good Belgian replica. A great buy for the buck.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked, solid-ass bottle, 2011 edition.

This beer pours, after an ethereal snaking of post-pop ethereal smoke, a dark, hazy, and red-brick amber colour, with one finger of loosely foamy off-white head, which wisps away rather quickly, leaving a few specks of wayward clouds in the way of lace around the glass.

It smells of sweet bready malt, with hints of cherry cough syrup, a sturdy dark fleshy black fruitiness, some middling crackery breadiness, and soft notes of salty licorice. The taste is caramel/toffee malt, one readily consumed by a wallop of sassy dark fruit (plums and prunes, mostly), all mildly sour in their bearing, a subtle yeastiness, more Halls-esque medicinal cherry, and some almost hidden clove notes, with the big-boy ABV quite well obfuscated.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just an updraft here and there, the body a plucky medium weight, and innocuously smooth. It finishes rather off-dry, the fruity malt the life of the party, and Big Cherry the ringleader.

Well, at only 2% of the blend, the cherry Kriek component does well to represent, spurring other thoughts of comparatively low number, high value providers in our cultural midst - I only somewhat kid. I sense here a decent ode to a strong Belgian dark ale, but going all upstart colony with the cherry juicing gag. Once past the academic firsties, I can say that they've succeeded in their melange of traditional Belgian flavours - as my oblivious initial confusion slowly turns to gentle appreciation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass in a gastropub in Orange, California. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I've been pretty impressed with Ommegang in the past.

A: Pours a half finger head of nice cream, fair thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a textbook copper; nontransparent.

Sm: Caramel, milk, lovely amber hops, and incredible dark fruit - the best aspect of the aroma. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lovely candied sugar, dark fruit (albeit unfortunately light in the balance), dominant heavy amber hops, and cream. The promise of the aroma, unfortunately, is unfulfilled. I do love the dark fruit that is present, but I wish there was more. Overall, it's complex, well-balanced, and nicely built.

Mf: Smooth, pleasant, and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. A bit too milky.

Dr: Extremely drinkable. Very flavourful and pleasant. Quite nice.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently put on tap at Four Moon Tavern in Chicago.

Attractive argyle-pattern tap handle is recognized immediately as Ommegang, a slightly different color scheme than Hennepin, very classy. Pours with a small head into a tiny 3 Philosophers chalice. I'm guessing 10 oz., but wouldn't be surprised if it was 8 oz. Color glints ruby red through a chestnut body. Some lacing as this kiddie goblet is drained.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, malt, and stewed cherries. Kind of funky, it's restrained but nice enough.

Caramel toffee flavors, black cherry, low bitterness in the finish is the only indication of hops in the finish. Medium bodied with perceivable drying alcohol. It's about what I remember from the bottle I had a year or so ago. Not my favorite from Ommegang, but worth trying if you find it on tap.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy russet color with ruby highlights and a thick head of beige foam; leaves a smattering of lacing here and there

Smell: Cherries jump out, with hints of chocolate and caramel; also, some rum-soaked dried dark fruit and a strand of red licorice

Taste: Starts out with a touch of caramel sweetness with the chocolate and tart cherry flavors quickly making their presence known; in the middle, the tart lambic flavors build to a crescendo; amazing how balanced this brew stays..never too sweet nor too sour; finishes with a woody tone

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate level of carbonation

Overall: A distinctive beer that is always worth re-visiting

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Version -- poured into a chalice
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. Left a little lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and cherries. It also had a spicy smell. Alcohol aroma was present, too.

T - It tasted of malt and cherry. Very sweet. It also had a hint of hop spiciness.

M - Mouthfeel was soft and smooth. It is a heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is a fasinating beer. I love the kriek taste added to a quadrupel.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, 2011 vintage. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big apple, pear, raisin, prune, toast, toffee, chocolate, biscuit, cherry, molasses, earth, and yeast spices. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of big raisin, prune, pear, pepper, earth, toast, molasses, cherry, toffee, chocolate, herbal, and yeast spices. Lightly tart earthiness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, cherry, pepper, herbal, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with a nice balance of maltiness/yeast spiciness. No cloying flavors on the finish at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Quad! Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 vintage, poured into an oversized wine glass.

A - Burgundy-colored, with a formidable head that dissipates into a light cake on the surface.

S - Spicy/sweet alcohol, chocolate, and cherries of course. Kind of reminds me of those alcoholic chocolate covered cherries (go figure).

T - Exceptionally mellow and smooth, like a nice cognac. The cherry lambic is pretty subdued in this bottle; it's there in the background, adding a bit of tart sourness, but it's blended evenly with flavors of dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. I'm curious to see if the kriek is more prominent in fresher bottles. I would guess that aging mellows out the lambic and blends the flavors a bit.

M - On the fuller side of medium-bodied. The long-lasting head gives it some creaminess. This is a rich, heavy, filling beer.

D - Surprisingly good considering how rich and alcoholic it is, largely thanks to the rather mellow flavor.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle

Poured into smokestack glass

Pours about 1 finger of light tan head. Fades to a thin layer. Not a lot of lace. Color is a ruby copper brown.

Aroma: Fresh cherries, a lot of malts, dark dried fruits, caramel. Just a ton of malts going on here. A very nice aroma for a quad.

Taste: Cherries, malts, caramel, some heat. Very strong. Dark dried fruits. Earthy hops. Very nice, but very dry.

Mouthfeel: Mediudm, almost full bodied, decent amount of carbonation, a little low. Very smooth and creamy, a little hot. Ends with a touch of alcohol in the mouth.

OVerall, a very nice quad. Easy drinking. I loved the cherry flavors in this beer. I split this bottle, but I think I could drink this over the course of an hour or two.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,482 ratings
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