Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

6,435 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This big (9.8% abv) Belgian Quadruple ale pours a stunning mahogany color with ruby highlights near the edges. A solid, off-white head provides great lace and retention. Aromas of dark fruit like figs and tart cherries meet caramel and toffee malt aromas with only a slight hint of alcohol lingering in the background. A sensation of alcohol warming is followed by notes of cherries, plum, figs, and toffee. Rich and complex, Three Philosophers is medium in both body and carbonation. An amazing brew to raise a glass to both Belgium and the Olympics!

"Op uw gezondheid"

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

2011 vintage drank side-by-side with 2003 vintage. Rating for 2011.

A- Pours amber with a 2 finger tan head. Blotches of lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet toast, yeast, and brown sugar.

T- Sweet amber malts, dark fruits, bread, and yeast.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Slight higher, effervescent mf.

O- Good quad that is a little higher carbonated but has nice flavors.

2003 vintage (1st year)

4.0 A- Dark amber with thin tan head. No lacing.

4.5 S- Sweet sherry, dark fruits and brown sugar.

3.5 T- Tannins, dark fruits, semi-sweet malts.

3.5 M- Full body and low carbonation. Not that much thicker feeling than the 2011.

3.5 O- Nice to see the difference between the '03 and '11, but I would say this beer is definitely on the downside.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nose of cherries right up front with bananas, toffee, clove, cinnamon and some yeasty characteristics. There's also some dark and dried fruits i.e. plums, currants, raisins and some walnuts buried in there too. The taste is malty toffee and caramel and strong cherries, almost a chocolate covered
cherry flavor. There are notes of tart cherry, raisins, grape, clove, cinnamon, hints of ginger. Some threads of banana bread. There's a lot going on here. I don't know why I never tried this in the past. This is a fantastic Belgian-style ale. Its a blend of a Quadrupel and a classic Kriek. I'm getting some more in the future for sure, especially for only $6.49.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Westy chalice. Murky caramel brown color with a thin, frothy head to it. Nice head retention to it as I drank it.

I get some cherry, raisin and a little grape to the aroma. The Belgian yeast gives it some earthy spice notes. It's got a great mix of lighter, crisp fruits and darker, sweeter fruits. The yeast spice brings it all together, and it comes together pretty perfectly.

The taste shows a little more of the lighter, crisp fruits up front with notes of grape and apple. The finish is where the darker fruits and malty flavors come out with some really good notes of cherry and caramel linger into the finish. The yeast spice is there throughout, but doesn't dominate. Again, the flavors really come together well.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and silky smooth. Carbonation is a little above average. Overall, it's a great version of the style. It's got a great range of flavors and they come together perfectly. Very drinkable and flavorful and a classic version of the style.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,435 ratings.
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