Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Ratings: 6,454 |  Reviews: 2,106
Photo of Shade1951
3.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit of a disappointment. I had one of these a couple years ago and recall liking it more then. I don't know if IT changed or if I changed.

It's good! Not memorably good, but good. Dark brown appearance and a delicate aroma, meaning not a whole lot to smell. I do get mild cherry notes... and alcohol.

Flavor is similar. A tad sour, but not off-putting. Carbonation is on the heavy side - a little too tickly.

I might give this a try again, but won't go out of my way to look for it.

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Photo of StormAles
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of runeatdrink
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmeraldMist
3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours dark amber color with a short off white head, a few rings of lacing.
Aroma - Spice forward, cherry, leathery and mineral-like.
Taste - Sugary up front, toast and caramel notes, cherries are present and lightly tart, finish has a bit of spice and very faint cocoa powder.
Feel - Medium bodied, ample carbonation, a small amount of alcohol warmth.

Overall - A fair bit lighter than most quads I've had but enjoyable.

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Photo of Rufus1
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured medium into a fifteen ounce mug the same temperature as the beer. Pours a reddish brown with small caramel head that lasts. Hazy to opaque. Sticky lacing. Some legs.

Blast of cherry and sweet malts on the nose with an underlying whiff of apricot. Alcohol. Prune?

Taste follows the nose closely. First up is a mixture of cherries and sweet malt. Followed by apricot and dark fruit. Again the prune. Hardly any bitterness at all. The hops are there but not a major flavor component. Boozy.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel with some warming alcohol on the palate. Sweet in the beginning. Ends sweet as well.
Definitely hits the Quad mark. A very complex brew. Extremely hard to review. I'll have another go with this later. Cheers!!

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Photo of dubnation
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark brown body with light edges near the bottom, one finger foamy off-white head with some light clingy lacing that eventually spider webs a bit. The smell had cherries up front with plums, sugar, Belgian yeast, malts, light booze really faint in the background, cherries continue to dominate as the beer warms. The taste was sweet through all of the previously mentioned flavors and combined eloquently together. The palate was about a medium, not sessionable - good sipper over a period of time, sticky sweet cherry aftertaste and a dry finish. Overall, one of my all time favorite quads brewed by an American brewer.

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

Photo of NelCet
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MilaMila
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveCash
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Curt3
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dankacheese
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of cwkash
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic brew given to me from Kevin whom I trade beer with---Thank you VERY much!

Poured into a snifter from the 750 ml bottle. This fine ale pours a deep and moderately murky
ruby tinged brown with a fantastic head of pale tan foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer,
and showcases some nice sudsy lacing. Nose of brown sugars, rich cherries, leather, dark fruit notes
of raspberry, and strong phenol alcohol. Flavors hit the perfect notes with warming cherry and brandy
notes touched with raisin and raspberry flavors that are steeped in brown sugars and finishing
with a subtle flowery hop flavor mingling with leather and tobacco notes. Excellent medium body,
lightly slick warming middle, medium high lively carbonation, and a lightly tart and subtly dry finish
with warming booze.

An excellent example of the style done right---rich, layered, warming, and inviting. A SERIOUS ale
drinkers find.


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Photo of Coffeeist
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Bkoenig641
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jtee
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml bottle served at 18 degrees Celsius into a chalice. Best before date 03/10/2021.

Look: An excellent looking beer. It pours a clear, dark brown with red highlights. Nice head with 2 fingers of tan head that settles into a cap after two minutes.

Smell: Layered and medium-strong in intensity. Malt-forward with notes of caramel, milk chocolate, dark fruit (raisins and plums), almonds (amaretto-ish), cherries, bready/toasty pale malts, and yeast funk. Moderate alcohol presence.

Taste: Delicious and complex. Strong and sweet with a faint tartness. The malts and esters dominate the palate. Notes of dark fruit (raisins and plums), caramel, bready/toasty pale malts, cherries, and banana. Some subtle floral and earthy hop-character. The finish is long and well-balanced.

Feel: Medium body with lively carbonation. Creamy with significant alcohol warming and prickliness. Medium-dry and mildly astringent. The mouthfeel had me swishing around the beer for an extra few seconds.

Overall: An all-around fabulous beer that steps slightly out of the box. Complex and malty-rich displaying excellent craftsmanship. Definitely worth a try as it is an absolute pleasure to drink.

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Photo of bret717
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Very gentle pour yields a huge tan soapy head that recedes to about 1 finger and never quite goes away. soapy lace coats the glass after each sip. Liquid is a beautiful opaque deep amber

Aroma- light cherry up front followed by prunes, sweet figs and a little booze.

Taste- starts with the figs and prunes then some tart cherry sneaks in at the end. A slight booziness is there too.

Feel- on the light side of medium, very soft and smooth

Overall- this is a nice sipper that improves as it approaches room temperature. The flavors really start to intensify as it warms. Very complex flavors, yet nothing is overwhelming or too in your face. Put together very well.

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Photo of kovfer
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ruddy red color. Great flavor. I wouldn't have thought it had cherries in it if I hadn't read the bottle. Tastes like a great quad. Good crisp and yet malty feel.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 88.6% out of 100 with 6,454 ratings
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