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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,447
Reviews:
2,105
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Matt2509
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jworkman
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

My favorite beer from Ommegang. Poured from a 750ml into a chalice glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with about 1/2 inch of head. Smell is of ripe fruits and alcohol. Taste is rich, malty, slightly sweet up front with a slightly sour finish with some definite warming from the alcohol present. Ripe fruits and sugars are present. This is one of the best US produced Belgian style beers I've had, and I'd put it up there with other Belgian quads and strong ales out there. Pretty drinkable, even though it has a high ABV and the alcohol is definitely apparent. Also, don't be shy about cellaring this one... The bottle I just consumed was cellared for about 9 months and it aged quite nicely.

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Photo of JoeBloe
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i agree with all of the good points here -i recognize the lambic flavor and aroma from, dare i say, sam adams cranberry lambic -
although the flavor balance here is far superior - certainly better as it warms, the 3rd glass from this bomber was the best -
it's pairing nicely with the pecan log roll i'm munching on now.
in front of the the fireplace on a snowy afternoon.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of bultrey
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a beer... it pours a murky brown with a nice, foamy head that sticks around for the long haul. When I smell this beer, it almost seems like it's gone bad...in a good way, because there is alot of sour aroma, like sour cherries and vinegar, mingling with the faint sweetness of the malt.
The taste, however is a different story. This is an incredibly complex beer. There is such a great balance struck here between the kriek and the quadruple... The overwhelming taste, to me, is of chocolate-covered cherries, but without any of the cloying sweetness. But then there is a lip-smacking tanginess and relatively dry finish, which does it's best to push aside the malt monster. But then the malt comes back, and some of the cherry, and the two have a little skirmish in your mouth for a while. There is also a bit of that funky barnyard characteristic.
And then the beer nears room temperature, and you ain't seen nothing yet.
Oh yeah, be forewarned... there are plenty of floaty yeasties in this puppy, so watch that last pour...
What a versatile beer. Slightly chilled, I love it with Old Amsterdam aged gouda cheese. When it warms up, it can stand up to some nice dark chocolate, or I suspect, even a nice cigar.
Superb.

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Photo of cracgor
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark brown to black with tawny/ruby edges. Nice velvety head with retention that lasts forever. Smells fruity and grassy. A little like cherries. But just a little to sour for my smell. Tastes remarkable. Charred malts, like coffee, chocolate, and pie cherries. Quite good. Could be stronger in my opinion though. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium to full body. Very drinkable. Complex. Light, no huge alcohol flavor. Can drink this very well...even if I shouldn't.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ommegang is easily one of the premier American-Belgian style brewers. I have had a few of their brews in the past, and was not too impressed. They were okay, but nothing to write home about. Here is my review of their Quad.

A: Pours a murky brownish red. Head fizzes away rather quickly. No lacing present.

S/T: Smells like a typical dark Belgian Ale. Dark fruits, spice and alcohol. Taste is actually a little too harsh for my taste. Not a smooth beer at all. Alcohol is quite prominant in the taste. There is also quite a bit of malt. Caramel and toffee. Cherry and cherry pits along with an oaky and woody character. A touch of banana in there as well. Flavors do not seem very well blended it is just a bit too unremarkable overall.

M/D: Medium bodied with a very fizzy and bubbly mouthfeel. Quite a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Definetly a sipper. Too harsh to gulp.

I will admit, I am not the biggest Quad fan. But compared to others I have had, this one is pretty middle-of-the-road. Flavor needs more refinement and the alcohol presence needs to be more masked. Probably not one I would drink again. I recommend it if you are a big Belgian Quad fan. If not, then you might want to pass.

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4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Bottled in June of 2010. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Ruby hued body with excellent clarity and head retention. A thick moderately creamy cap of tan foam presents very well in the glass.

Smell - The aroma is a rich mix of raisins, fig, a touch of cherry, and a deep brooding malt sweetness. Everything is rounded off by Belgian yeast notes. Wonderful pinch of spice.

Taste - Spicy clove up front with rich waves of malt sweetness that is accented by a lightly tart touch of cherry. The cherry blend is perfectly balanced and adds just enough character. As this beer warms, the dark fruit become deliciously complete and the complexity of the malt leads into a long sweet finish with cherry and spice lingering for a long time. Fig and raisin are the most prominent fruit tones.

Mouthfeel - Light fluffy carbonation accent a medium body. Really pleasant as it warns and becomes a bit more juicy and full.

Overall - This beer is a great dessert by itself. Very rich, complex, sweet, and interesting. Ommegang does a great job with this beer and the nearly two years of age have brought the raisiny sweetness even more to the forefront. The yeasty spice is the perfect accent to this sweetness and really helps this beer shine. Simply fantastic!

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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

Brewey Ommegang never ceases to impress me.

This beer is a deep red color like the dark cherries that went into it. Curiously if you're like me and lift your glass above your head you see that from this angle the beer looks to be a bright red color.

When I smelled this beer the first thing I got was big dark fruit aroma most likely from the cherry ale component. Following that there was some malt sweetness and then familiar Belgian yeast aromas.

Taste wise it is very similar with dark fruits and sweetness. The Belgian yeast is not nearly as prominent as it is in the smell.

Being a quadruple and 9.8% ABV you should enjoy this over a long time.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psuKinger
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1/6 barrel keg downstairs in my kegerator poured into my Ommegang snifter glass. I've had this beer numerous times, and I know I like it a lot, but I've never gone through the formal "review process" with it, so I'm excited to see how this goes.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy reddish-brown with a thick 2 finger head on top. The bubbly head looks like pancake batter in the middle. Perfect.

The lacing clings to the glass with each sip I take.

S: Yeasty smells of dark fruits and candied sugars are of near-ideal amplitude here.

T: Sweet creamy flavors of candied sugars, figs, and prunes balance out subtly and perfectly. This beer starts warm with the candied sugars before the dark fruits rush in to say hello. It finishes with a nice balance of yeasty-flavors and a nice touch of sweet cherry syrupy flavors.

M: Light, creamy, and bubbly initially, but this beer finishes dry, with the sugars and the cherry syrup coating the tongue nicely.

D: High. Thoroughly enjoy this beer, and would gladly quaff it all evening long.

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

09 vintage poured into goblet.

Pours a very slight redish brown with a thick looking tan head, great lacing. Smells slightly of cherries and sweet malts. Taste is right on for a great quad, some sweet caramel like malty taste with darker sweet fruit aftertaste. None of the cherries really come through in the taste. Mouthfeel and carbonation are pretty spot on.

Overall i did not like this beer when i tried it fresh a few months ago but this bottle i have been sitting on for 2 years has turned from an overly sweet mess to an amazing beer.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,447 ratings.
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