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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: 2,071 | Ratings: 6,316
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 Cedromar
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, 2007 Vintage

Figured I would drown my sorrows at not going to the The Mars Volta NYC show with this brew after seeing them three times in four days.

A: A nice ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating head
S: Alcohol and cherries overwhelm the nostrils
T: Overall bland, even after warming up slight cherry taste, but nothing impressive.
M: Good carbonation and smooth feel.
D: Would have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Still wish I was in NYC, but found out the boys beer of choice is Heineken, I knew I should have offered them a Double Bastard from the trunk of my car.

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Photo of jpiper
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 2007 (not my cellar) 12oz into a water glass at fridge temp... I'm on vacation.

Dark amber brown with an offwhite head which quickly turns to a tiny bubbly lace with several areas of slightly larger bubbles.

Smells of spices, mint, bubble gum, licorice, and alcohol.

Lots of sweet malt, some dried fruits, caramelized sugars.
Spices and bananas - some yeasty notes as well. The flavor is a bit thinner than I'd like, at least given the mouthfeel. There's some bitterness. The finish is too sweet and carries that bubblegum flavor with it.

Hit immediately with a cloying, sticky mouthfeel. Plenty of
carbonation, but it didn't clean up the feel on this.

This will get old before the bottle is done. A bit too sweet to be
terribly drinkable on this nearly 10% ABV sipper.

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Photo of ken2cart1
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured into my 16 oz sam adams perfect pint glass

A- brown with reddish hints..you could call it mahogany if you will. small 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S- boozy malty sweetnes, cherrys in the forefront with other dark fruits

T- WOW, can you say dessert? this is a drinkable cherry cream pie. very sweet malt profile with cherrys in the forefront and throughout the whole beer...cherrys all over...everywhere..ahhh. i can taste the subtle sweet belgian candi sugar and the dark fruits. alcohol very well hidden. slight toasty and chocolate taste is very subtle. finishes with a lingering tart sweetness. TART and CHERRIES are the key word in describing this beer. I am telling you this is dessert in a bottle. Almost too sweet for me.

M- very SMOOTH AND CREAMY through out

D- 1 beer for me. Its like having 2 pieces of cherry cream pie for dessert...no one does that. 1 piece only please...much too sweet for 2.

If you had to choose between port wine or three philosophers for dessert go with the three philosophers.

To be honest not my style of beer but i gave it a 4.5 cuz it gave me a slight buzz and no other dessert that tastes like cherry cream pie can do that

Also, this beer is the 2009 version. If aged for a year or so, I believe it would bring out a lot more of the chocolate, toasted, and dark fruit flavors. Less of a cherry bomb.

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Photo of jsausley
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%

First rating under the new system, so let's try this out...

This beer pours a nice dark brown. It has a strong presence and a nice full body. Its flavours are of molasses and toffee, but it also carries a strong sweet flavor like a Belgian. It is full bodied but well rounded and is easy to drink considering its strength. Overall it is another strong offering from Ommegang, but not my favorite.

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Photo of dhfreak
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another great Belgian example from Ommegang. The mouth fell felt a little light and champaign, but I'm still learning how to discern subtle nuances. Overall, great quad!

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle for $4.50. I love Ommegang; quality Belgian styles brewed in the USA. The only quad I had ever had was Weyerbacher so I wasn't too familiar with the style. Poured a reddish-amber color and left a head that lingered till I finished the glass. Strong fruitiness abundant in the aroma. And it tastes oh so sweet. Not as strong as other quads but 9.8% nontheless. But you BAs are responsible fellows HAHA!

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Photo of TheBigE5
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of head, very dark amber coloring. Lacing sticks to the glass for quite a while after sipping.

S - Pronounced cloves and malt. Dark fruits and a little yeast. Appropriate and consistent for a quadruple.

T - Bold malts. Not as sweet as i expected from the nose. Lots of other flavors in the background, complex. Spices, breads and a slight alcohol finish.

M - Heavy mouthfeel and pretty carbonated. More of a sipper.

O - Awesome beer. Very complex and has a ton of flavors to savor. I will look forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It has a dark, deep amber color and develops a tan, one finger head. Eventually it dissolves into a ring that sticks around. The lacing is incredible, it covers the whole glass and slowly drips down.

Smell: A sweet malt scent dominates, complemented by a strong ripe fruit note. There's also an alcohol sting in the background.

Taste: Basically a mirror image of the nose. A strong and sweet malt taste dominates, and is accompanied by ripe fruit and cranberry notes.

Mouthfeel: It's creamy and smooth, very drinkable. It finishes dry and despite the sweetness it is not cloying whatsoever.

Overall: An amazing beer, with a lot of sweetness from the malt and fruit notes, but so well balanced that it's not cloying. Despite the high ABV and the fact that it is a bit strong, it's surprisingly easy to drink.

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

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark copper with an off white head, a fluffy two fingers of foam

S: The classic Belgian funk, sweet malt, and dried fruits as well

T: Sweet malt, with some cherry and a bit of citrus, finishes with a hint of pepperiness

F: Rather light and crisp for a quad, was expecting a bit thicker of a body

O: An interesting take on the style, the dried fruits add a nice complexion as well. Definitely worth investigating to say the least.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep red tinged amber with a lasting two finger head. Excellent lacing. Very beautiful - 4.75

Smell - Malt forward with strong notes of cereal grain on the nose. Perfect belgian spicing technique, can't tell what it is, can just detect faint aromas of spice. Excellent. The cherry remains hidden but comes out on the rear of the nose. It becomes very floral when you warm a small amount up slightly. . - 4.5

Taste - The initial attack is all malt. Strong with caramel and roasted cereal notes, that flows into a more subtle cherry long finish. Very nice. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with small bubbles that completely coat the palate. - 4.5

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Photo of mstyne
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 caged and corked bomber from Young's Pharmacy, NY 43.

Pours a really nice cloudy chestnut brown into a Unibroue goblet. Smell is sweet, yeasty and very, very 'belgian'.

Taste is fruity and malty, with a slight citrus twang. This is delicious, but definitely for sipping only. I've got to think I've tried this before, but I can't remember. I've yet to try something from Brewery Ommegang that I don't look forward to having again.

Then again, it helps when they're the home team. Well done, lads.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice hazel color from the bottle with a little haziness. A small amount of sudsy head formed only to dissipate a moment later.

S: Smell is heavy on yeasty bread dough, a little phenol and a little clove. Less fruity than I would have expected from a quad.

T: Yeasty, very much like a bread dough. There's also a little bit of lemony citrus in the background. As the beer warms to room temperature a spicier flavor comes out with nutmeg or allspice coming to mind. A little berry (cherry?) flavor comes through with the warming as well.

M: Medium body, not quite as dry as I had expected. Reasonable amount of carbonation.

D: This is a pretty drinkable draught. Nicely crafted and pretty unique in flavor. Would pick this up again.

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

This ale from Ommegang strikes me as there more subdued offering, although that isn't a bad thing. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass, it produces a thick head. Very dark red in colour, almost opaque when held up to a light. It states on the label that it's a blend of a traditional ale and cherry ale (I believe it's 96%:4%), and this shows.

The cherry scent lingers there, along with a smell somewhat akin to fragrant wood. Unlike the other Ommegang ales I've had, this one has a suitably simple taste, not as complex as the Abbey Ale or Rare Vos. Initially, it tastes like a normal ale, but after swallowing the cherry flavour comes out in full force. One thing my friends and I agree on (although I'm not sure Ommegang would want people going around saying this) is that this and the Abbey Ale have the most delicious beer burps. What I mean is, it doesn't taste absolutely vile as many brews do (Guinness comes to mind), but sort of tastes like the beer.

This ale doesn't strike as being as heavy as the others produced by Ommegang, but it does have a kick. Unfortunately, it's between $8-$9/bottle around here, so I reserve this one for occaisional purchases. Still, a fairly good ale.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this for the second time last night with much better results.
a- A reddish beer with a very thin head

s- Smells, very fruity and malty, and can smell the cherry

t- Maybe my palate has gotten better, but this went down very smooth this time. I could also taste the Cherry Lambic and it's perfect. Adds just enough sweetness to cool the alcohol

m- great taste it leaves in your mouth...sweet and sassy

d- I did a complete 360 on this beer. I absolutely love 3 Philosophers and is now my favorite beer by Ommegang

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Photo of Matonika
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: is a clear copper orange color with a big bright white head.
S: caramel, candied orange peel, bergamot. A touch of winter Christmas spices.
T: is through and through a clean Belgian quad. It is reflective of the smell. Big candied orange flavor slight bitterness light caramel malt flavor. So smooth
F:medium high body high carbonation. Not cloyingly sweet. Does not leave a film.
O: this is a awesome e example of a Belgian quad. It does not overtake any particular aspects of itself just very well balanced. It would go good with plenty of kinds of food. For the price point it is a great beer.

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Photo of stingo
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - if you're sitting here reading reviews, you're not out buying Three Philosophers, which is what anyone who appreciates good beer should be doing. It most strongly reminds me of port with its rich, mellowing, dark flavor. The addition of Lindemans' Kriek adds another level of complexity to an already tasty quadrupel - yielding dark cherry and green apple flavors among others. As the bottle indicates, it should be served slightly chilled. The alcohol is well hidden in the mix, and as a drink at winter time there's little that can beat it.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red brown; cloudy. Pours with a medium head with somewhat little retention. Though a nice thin and uniform lace lines the side of the glass throughout the drinking experience.

S: Dark dried fruits. Strong aroma of fig and malt, with cherries layered behind - while a bright acidity lays atop the overall experience. There is a funk smell of cheese as well.

T: Toasty flavor and malt richness envelop the tastebuds first - then dark cherries come through soon after, followed by a more subdued fig appearance.

M: Medium to full bodied - highly carbonated, which makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise. Surprisingly stimulating on the tongue and palate. A full mouth experience.

O: Overall a very nice creation. For the ethanol content- as well as the true richness of its flavor components, this is an incredibly drinkable beer, and surprisingly somewhat refreshing as well. Not insanely filling, as many beers with similar flavor profiles can be - and also does not scream winter warming seasonal brew. This can shine on its own, but wonderfully also accompany food as well. Definitely worth a try!! I will absolutely have this again.

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Photo of ledemie
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head

S: Citrus / caramel l/ toffee.

T: The malty characteristics predominate a little sweet... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... a hint of sweet in the finish

M: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation... clean and crisp flavors pass shortly after finishing the sip

D: this is a good quadrupel, a little expensive for what it is, I would rather have a Ommegang Abbey. but still a nice beer.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Poured a gorgeous coffee brown with red around the edges, there is just a slight haze. Head is khaki colored, three fingers large, sudsy and long lingering. Aroma was light with cherries and allspice. Flavor is ripe with raisins, sour cherries, something floral, coffee, chocolate, and musty yeast. This brew has a good balance of spicy, sweet and sour. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying, carbonation is light and prickly. Finish is dry, weak and short with a bit of alcohol showing. Overall something is missing that would make this a truly great beer, even so, it commands a lot of respect.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been so excited all day to finally have this beer, even though it was very expensive this has been on my MUST TRY list for awhile and was highly recommended to me by two friends who love good beers.

A - dark raisin in color, good fizzy head that fades quick, bubbly like champagne in the glass

S - not as sweet on the nose as I had anticipated, has a sweet undertone with light spice and malt

T - This is seriously the best beer I have ever had. It tastes like figs, banana bread, caramel, cherries, yeast...there is very slight orange in the aftertaste, mixed in with all of the subtle sweetness. This tastes like a beer you want to chew. Pure heaven.

M - Smooth smooth....carbonation is medium to high in the glass, but it really is so smooth feeling. it feels like it coated my mouth with goodness that is lasting for a very long time....(hope forever!). there is absolutely no burn of alcohol in the feel at all.

O - Best beer I have ever had. There is no way that anyone could NOT love this beer. I wish it was more affordable because I would make it my one and only. Made it 4.5 overall just because of the price factor.

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

A - Pours a murky brown with deep shades of red under light. Extremely think 2 finger tan head that is creamy in the center. Leaves wonderful lacing along the glass.

S - Getting some candi sugar, plum, raison, perhaps some figs or dates. Also smelling some phenols from the yeast as well.

T - First on the tounge I am getting the yeast. Some phenols, but not overpowering. Next comes the cherry. It has a slight medicinal flavor. Could just be the warmth from the alcohol. It leaves a spicy note on the palate. Very enjoyable.

M - Carbonation is much lower than I anticipated. Light and creamy off the bat, but ends dry. Some cherry flavors remain on your tounge.

D - Outstanding beer. I enjoyed sipping on this one for about an hour. Really comes to life once it's warmed up a tad.

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

Dark brown and cloudy in a good way. Finger width tall head.

Caramel malt with slight cherry notes. Slightly sweet the typical banana florels are subdued.

Smooth . And slightly thick leaves a great aftertaste.

Very nice beer. These quads have really grown on me and this one is great

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 2 12 oz. bottles on a 20 degree F night, perfect weather.
Appearance: Dark red I cannot see light through the glass when held up to the light.
Smell: Raisans or over-ripe fruit.
Taste: Is perfect for a cold winter's night.
Mouthfeel: Heavy not overly carbonated
Overall: A perfect beer for a January night in upstate NY.

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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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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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