Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

6,435 Ratings
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 themind
3.51/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Over all I thought this was a let down for me. I think that I prefer BPA and the double. For the style this brew has a decent mouthfeel and taste. Pours a very small head and is a little thick for my liking. Overall it is a quality beer but not my cup of tea.

Bottom line: Not a fan

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Photo of Jonada
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a goblet. 2011 bottle

Appearance: Murky reddish brown in color with a finger of a light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Dark fruit, plum, raisins, cherry, banana bread. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Taste: Cherry, dark fruit, Belgian yeast spiciness. Starts out sweet but is balanced nicely with a tart cherry finish. Alcohol is bit more present in the taste, but still masked very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium. Really nice mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best American quads I've had. Doesn't quite reach the level of some of the authentic Belgian offerings, but it's not too far behind. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a slightly murky red/brown color with a thin white head that leaves a wisp of lacing.

S- Rich dark fruits (brandied cherries, plums, dates, beet sugar) and sweet caramel malt. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be but instead they blend in with the other scents nicely.

T- Similar to the nose except the cherries pull their wight a bit more in the flavor profile. Slightly tart cherry flavor initially with lots of spice, alcohol, and sweet malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit more sprtizy for a Belgian style beer.

O- A very decent brew and one that I could see aging. A few tweaks and this could be very tasty.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of duvel1979
1.5/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

Shared with my dad out of a 750 ml caged, corked bottle. Paired with lamb chops and asparagus tips in hollandaise sauce.

Appearance: Garnet colored in the glass, smaller than expected head with not much in the way of retention or lacing. A bit disappointing in this respect.

Smell: Lots of cherry character in the nose. Alcohol and slight caramel, but to me at least mostly cherry.

Taste: Again, lots of cherry character but not a lot of anything else... Wishing there was more complexity here... Somewhat tart, with some flavor reminiscent of a dubbel here, too... Not surprised this a blend. I get the feeling I would have liked each of the constituent parts more than the whole...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Fairly creamy in mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lacking in complexity, I thought, but good overall if you know what you're getting into.

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Photo of minterro
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 12oz from Spartan Spirits for about 5 bucks.

A&S: Very pretty lively deep brown colored beer with a dark reddish hue. Fizzy light brown head of substantial size, that settles very creamy some lacing. The smell is mostly tart and clean fruits (cherries like they advertise but also hints of prunes). The aroma also contains pungent yeast. Not much unfiltered elements.

T&M: crisp and clean. Extremely well-hidden abv, but the burning in my belly says differently. Not really much of a malty palate. Similar to the smell as far as the dark fruit elements along with some slight sourness. High carbonation, medium body. Very low bitterness bit of sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as I was expecting.

Overall: Pretty delicious beer overall. I think there are some lacking elements to this beer, but nothing that is boldly wrong with it. A bit on the pricey side, but worth at least a try.

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Photo of CesarLopes
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of amvrana
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

2003. Pours a turbid chestnut color with some red highlights from the kriek infusion. Even the head is beige with a little bit of pink hue to it. Aromas of sweet malt, sun-dried cherry, and fusel alcohols. A year's aging fares this beer nicely. A little sweet; and too much cherry for my liking, but a solid quad nonetheless. Nicely carbonated, giving a creamy mouthfeel. A slight tartness in the finish keeps it drinkable, otherwise it might just be too sweet. The last glass poured seemed to have a bit more esteriness to it.

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Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004 - Opened on December 1, 2007

After holding onto this gem for a few years, I decided to pop it open tonight. This is a wonderful treat and I have thoroughly enjoyed sipping on this through dinner and onto dessert. I had a steamed artichoke with mayo and worcestershire sauce as an appetizer. Dinner consisted of crusty french bread, brie, and a touch of slow roasted garlic olive oil. I am going to top off my evening with some liqueur-filled chocolate covered cherries. My advice is that this ale is best served with food.

The initial smell is a subtle funk. It pours a medium, opaque brown with a bit of a rusty red tinge to it. Minimal head, but with nice lacing in a St. Bernardus chalice.

The taste is out-of-this-world mellow, malt heaven. Dried fruits and a soft "leathery" note. The lambic holds its presence in the finish, with a tart, juicy hint of dark cherry juice. Some phenols float around to give some spice and fullness on the palate. Earthy, smooth, and warming to the belly. Carbonation sustains and prevents this from tasting too syrupy or having any cloying effect. Outstanding.

I love that this is a domestic selection. Ommegang has hit the mark with this Quad. Classy and classic. I suggest that you buy a few and cellar; this will be well worth your effort and patience.

**2007 Vintage -- Opened on November 12, 2010. I have aged this in a cool, dark place for almost three years.

Pours a deep, rich, dark burnt amber with a thin, but tightly-bubbled, head. Notes of rum-soaked cherries (or how I imagine them) and a whiff of alcohol up front.

Good God -- this is delicious. Smooth and deep. Rich flavors of dark rum and fruit. Slight sour note in the finish. Sour cherry. This drinks like a tawny port. Alcohol is completely hidden, which makes it dangerously good. A fabulous example of the Belgian Quad -- straight from Cooperstown.

This ale does wonderfully aged, as my previous review shows. I've actually yet to try it "fresh," and maybe need to put that task on my list. And for the price, this beats most wines, hands down.

I can drink this alone by the fireplace with my sweetie cuddled up next to me. Great with Flemish beef stew. Venison would go nice. I can also imagine it with dessert courses as well.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of joecast
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit lighter in color that I expected. Deep ruby red, cloudy. Head formed quite large, filling the Bruery tulip but settles to a thin tan cap. Medium carbonation with some sediment floating about.

Decent hit of cherries (or some light syrupy sweet stone fruit) for only a 2% blend. Sweet slight cloying malt and a touch of alcohol. Being the 2010 version maybe this hasn't had enough time to really meld together. Just seems a bit rough around the edges and uncoordinated.

Taste is a bit better put together once it warms. Slight cherry adds some lightness and complexity. Pretty intense overall with lots of dark malt character without being roast or chocolate. More towards the dark fruit character which may be a fermentation influence. Still quite young though as the flavors are more independent than working together as a unit.

Mouthfeel has some room for improvement with the carbonation and yeast adding some harshness which should mellow with age.

Quite nice but yet to reach its peak. I like the cherry aged blend and hopefully that remains as the rest of the beer mellows.

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

Aroma is thick and nice....your typical quad smells, such as molasses, burnt sugar, alcohol and caramel. There's also some cherries present as well, which isn't a surprise given what it says on the label.

Pours a brown color in the glass...somewhat thin head.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for what I'd expected. Taste is an interesting mix between malts and sweetness...there's the obligatory molasses and caramel...and there's also a tart cherry taste in the background. The flavors are in pretty good harmony with one another. The sweet malt is pulled back a bit compared to other beers like this as to let the fruit show. In the finish, there's a bit of residual tartness along with a bit of brown sugar...but really, it finishes pretty clean without any astringency, bitterness or roasted character. Much cleaner than most beers like this. The cherry flavor is great in my opinion. Not overdone or fake. Alcohol very, very well hidden.

Absolutely delicious. I highly approve of this beer. Whereas some beers of this style may try to blow people away with flavor, this one has a nice harmony between two flavors which go together quite well.

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Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of aleckpa
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into my Chimay chalice.

A- Murky brown, like a dark iced-tea. slight head at first, looks like egg shell white. goes away shortly, and leaves a nice lacing throughout.

S- I smell raisins, figs, and a whiff of a granny smith green apple.

T- Sweet matly flavors. I taste raisins, sugar, caramel, with alcohol. It's not overwhelmingly sweet, however.

M- Creamy and full. Lot's of carbonation that tingles the tongue and throat. But, very very smooth.

O- I was expecting this to be sweeter and more distinct flavors. However, this wasn't the case, in my opinion. It isn't as sweet as say, Rochefort 10. It's a good beer in the end.

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

Appearance shows a rich dark brown with a strong thick head. Smell of dried cherries and sweet malt. Taste has the sweet tartness of dried cherries with spice and a slice of bread. Mouthfeel has full body to it with a good carbonation. My 1st full taste of a quad, I'd like to try others to make a comparison, but it's not bad. Makes me want a cigar.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle and into the glass with a long-lasting head, medium tan in color that settled over lightly hazy deep ruby red liquid. The nose is heavy on fruit, cherries most dominant, mellow and inviting to the senses. The taste is semi-dry cherry, light maltiness, a great hoppiness and perfectly potent alcohol flavors, each melding wonderfully each other. Pleasantly bitter without the sometimes cloying malt sweetness sometimes associated with this style of ale. Finshes on a almondy-dry bitterness and a palate teasing dance between the sweet and the bitter, cherry notes abound throughout the taste...a wonderful, wonderful ale, buy 2 bottles if you see it, one to drink now and throw the other one in the cellar for a spell!

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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