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 | website

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
Reviews:
2,064
Ratings:
6,275
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
20.15%
 
 
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle

Look--The classic dark strong look. Murky brown with ruby tinting. An initial two-finger head with khaki mottling that quickly dissipates to a persistent sticky lacing.

Smell--The phenols and alcohol are perhaps a bit stronger than I would have liked. Not off-putting, but somewhat strong compared to the "standard" of the style.

Taste--A rich blend of spice, anise, dark fruits, and a boozy/dry finish (most likely the kriek coming through). Not as malty-caramely as typically found in the style, but again, not offputting. Perhaps a bit too medicinal, however.

Feel--The carbonation does not personally bother me, but this is too carbonated to be true to the style.

Overall--I've yet to be let down by Ommegang's takes on the Belgian styles. This is a nice American take on the Belgian dark strong. It doesn't measure up to the "originals," but for the price and pedigree, it is excellent. I would compare favorably to a Sixth Glass or other superior American version of the Quad.

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Photo of cwalter
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick foamy head that sticks around for a while. Smells of sweet roasted malts. Dark ruby red in color. Slightly sweet and smooth going down but booziness is definitely noticeable. Pretty complex beer but subtle notes of cherries come through in the end.

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Photo of KEH
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent value! Imports are hard to come by in the UP, and I'm glad to have found some domestic craft brews that get the job (well) done. Three Philosophers is one of my standbys. It runs for about $16 for a four pack 'round these parts. If I could be functional while drunk, I'd drink this all day, every day!

Pour: Deep reddish brown with a thick tan head
Aroma: Yeasty and fruity
Flavor: Heavily roasted malt with a hint of fruit and sweetness. I also get some caramel and toffee

Frequently poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours a deep, hazy ruby red with a thin khaki head that recedes to a thin ring of bubbles. There's some nice silky lacing on the glass with every sip, but it doesn't stick around very long.
Smell - cherries, dark fruits, clove, bready malts, and some notes of brown sugar and booze.
Taste - cherries and raisins are strongest, but these flavors are rounded out with a sweet malt backbone and a touch of booze.
Feel - great carbonation, chewy body, rich and smooth finish.

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Photo of hman43
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a murky brown with a brown moderate head.

Smell: It has a high level of fruit with includes raisins, fig, and dried cherries. There is also a rich, bready malt aroma as well.

Taste: There are additional flavors of spice and alcohol. There are high fruit flavors blended with rich malt. The fruit flavors include raisins, plums, figs, and dried cherries. The malt is mostly bread. There is also a moderate level of spice and some alcohol.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a high level of carbonation. It has a moderately high level of bitterness with some alcohol warming.

Overall this is a complex blended beer with the fruit flavors blending well with the malt and spices.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle slow poured into a tulip glass. Comes in a 4-pack and 750 ml.

L - dark ruby red color. Lots of carbonation. Little bit of yeast floating around. Hazy hue.

S - Cherries, raisins, licorice, hint of pinot noir

T - crushed cherries, hint of cask, licorice, molasses, cranberry skin, watermelon Cabbage Patch Kids

F - thin body, smooth drinking, little bit of the booze side. No booze lingering, fruity at best.

O - this is a delicious beer. Not into the Belgians much but this one brought me back into the fold. Not dark and strong, but the blend of Kriek gives a nice tart and fruity taste around the strong malt and booze background. Must have for any beer geek. Cheers!

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Photo of jmd1978
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep red color with a little head. Nose cherry, oak, clove and some floral notes. Taste cherry, cinnamon, Apple, figs, and caramel malt. Strong finish. Very complex beer and delicious but very fruity on the palate so not great for everyday drink.

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Photo of djkman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell: cherry like mad elf.
taste: honestly like I am drinking trogues mad elf ale but a bit less boozy.
feel: as always THATS Personal !!! No way. Next question. (LOL!)

Overall: honestly, I'm drinking the Hershey mad elf ale with less booze.
(Did they steal the recipient from them???)

And that's my review
Djkman

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Photo of CoreyC
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012
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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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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