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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6,518 Ratings
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:
Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, it's opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

The complexity of this beer make it a good candidate for ageing gracefully, as spicy sherry and port notes should intensify.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,493
Reviews:
2,121
Ratings:
6,518
pDev:
11.57%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
Wants:
390
Gots:
1,669
Trade:
22
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Ratings: 6,518 |  Reviews: 2,121
Photo of Branlott42
3.86/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyber_phoenix
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of TerryMills
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared set 2013,14,15 and this is the start of 2018, so ,they have some decent age..

The oldest is very very mellow, mostly sweet raisin taste , not so much yeast or cherry flavor ..

From there they basically get a brighter fresher flavor with more pronounced fresh cherry flavor..

The 2013 is my favorite , these (like all quads I'm sure) are great beers to age.. I would say another couple years easily .

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Photo of JohnW1
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely phenomenal offering from a phenomenal brewery. Eclipsed only by one other of their masterpieces. A rich, very complex taste with strong notes of cherry and toffee that lingers deliciously on your tongue after drinking. A well balanced head tops it’s dark, deep amber hue.

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Photo of GratefulFC
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great balance of carmel and malt; alcohol is well hidden

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Photo of Keeling
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FannYu
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewnme
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigMFDaddy
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Paul_Andrews
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ccjeff
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If you like the higher ABV's then this is a must drink.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the original three philosophers things did not end well, but for me, this was definitely good...

Nice dark caramel color, a light boozy taste to go with a medium body and some carbonation of note. I enjoyed the caramel notes, hints of nutmeg, and even some spice. A very good beer with a very good foundation, certainly will look for these moving forward.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwilcox767
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark hazy pour, good finger or so of head that sticks around.
S - Full of spices and cherries. I won't be surprised if it ends up tasting a kriek than a quad.
T - Just like the nose, full of nice spices, dark fruit, and a lot of cherry. It verges on sweet, but not quite.
M - Medium bodied with med/high carb. Excellent mouthfeel.
O - Yep, I feel like it's a kriek by a different name. No matter, I really like this beer. Very well blended. I see that other people did not like this as much as I did, but my palate is less sensitive so I think flavors get muted to the point that I find them pleasing. Get more for sure.

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Photo of uspmdmc
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gabrielcolom
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerucee
3/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my favorite style.

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Photo of Jrosso
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biointen
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Elvis_on_Bass
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is bottle conditioned, so naturally it is a little hazy. In terms of smell it is spice and cherry. It is a blend of quadrupel and cherry kriek so that is understandable. It is definitely a sipping beer. In terms of taste a get a little spice, banana, prune, and a lot of cherry, it is too much cherry for my liking. It feels like it should. Overall, it doesn't quite feel balanced to me. I can pick apart the blend and both are really good, however to me it leans too much towards the kriek.

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Photo of Fitzy01
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,518 ratings