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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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:
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

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep, murky, amber brown color with a tan, decently creamy head of 2.5 fingers. Retention is decent. Pretty much what was expected.

S - Candied sugar, raisins, tart cherry, spice, and reserved malt and yeast tones. It's a modest strength aroma, if a bit reserved, but nice all together.

T - Spicy and tart fruits open. Dark cherries and raisins build over sweet malt and candy. Yeast comes through near the climax, with a bit of tart funk. The well handled alcohol peeks through near then end, but it's far from obtrusive. Well built, and the addition of the kriek is a nice compliment to the beers understated complexity.

M - Medium bodied, surprisingly creamy, and smooth.

D - My first brew from Ommegang, and it didn't disappoint. A bit timid, but quite complex and highly drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I look forward to more beers from Ommegang.

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

An outstanding Quad...Probably the best American take on this style that I have encountered. Pours a hazy brown color with a big off-white head. Surprisingly good head retention.

Great smell...dark cherries, belgian yeast, other dark fruit and malts.

Rich taste of dark fruit, spiciness, Belgian yeast and a little candi sugar. A great blend of flavors. Mouthfeel is rich and there is a warming alcohol presence.

Overall a solid Quad..a style that usually attracts high expectations. A great winter experience.

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

pours a dark brown cinnamon red, with a tan small head that dissipated quickly.

First thing I notice when I smelled this, was that it was unlike the other Belgian quads I have tried. That yeast smell was not the same. However, that spice and malt with the cherry was very nice. The yeast is in there, just subdued.

Taste is fruity, cherry, raisin, spices, malt is there to carry it, but the fruit and spice are the big tastes.

Texture is smooth and rich, great to drink. Bubbly with out being over carbonated, and slightly boozy in the nicest way.

I liked this beer, it lives up to it's claim to have cherry. I tried Rochefort 10 in the past couple of days too, yet the philosophers were definitely was better for me. The alcohol is more controlled and the mouthfeel is almost perfect.


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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Three Philosophers is a good quad that could have been great. The alcohol is very poorly hidden and kinda unpleasant.

A: Lovely clear red colour and a 8 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Alcohol and banana esters. There is a bready aroma with some upbeat raison notes. 4.5

T: Malty with yeast and a some noticeable alcohol. Some sweet candy flavours are mixed in too. Kinda harsh alcohol in the aftertaste too (the only negative). 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish-amber hue with a huge 4-finger white head after a violent pour. Head last forever, leaves a great trail down the whole glass, and ends in a solid persistent lace.

S: Sweet Belgian candy aroma with a yeasty background. Hints of cherry and licorice in the background.

T: Sweet smooth flavor with a solid toasted malt backbone. There are hints of cherries here but not much – I would have liked to see them add a little more to see what happens. There are a lot of complex flavors here that meld well together.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and heavy carbonation.

O: This is by far the best quad of I’ve had in a long time. The aftertaste lasts forever in my mouth and makes me want more.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a dark ruby/brown with a one-inch white head. Very good retention, thin rings of lacing.

S: Tart cherries, grapes, brown bread, cocoa powder, faint cinnamon and mocha, and cedar chips.

T: A wave of tart cherries washes over the palate, but is quickly driven out by tastes of cinnamon raisin bread, black pepper, faint grape candy, cocoa, and vague spices. Finishes with cocoa, spices, brown bread, and faint fruity notes.

M: Medium bodied, silky with a moderate level of carbonation that cuts through just enough. There's also a little bit of that wheaty type fluffiness.

O: An interesting blend. The tart fruitiness of the kriek cuts through the rich, malty taste and body of the quad in just the right places. A contemplative beer.

Notes: Why aren't blends like this done more often?

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

Four pack brought back from the brewery by a good buddy of mine. Been enjoying them over the course of the holiday season - this one is the last!

Poured into a chalice. Dark tawny-ruby, with a billowing head of lively foam. The lacing on this is quite spectacular. Serving temperature is absolutely essential for this one, which for me was just a few degrees below room.

Nose is herbs, caramel, brown sugar, a bit of booze.

One tasty brew that opens up exponentially as it warms. Rich malt, notes of brown sugar, herbal hops and warming alcohol. A bit of grape, chocolate and a few other goodies tantalize the tastebuds. Lively carbonation, slightly creamy body. Lingering dryness from the warming alcohol. A fine brew for one of the coldest nights of the year.

An excellent quad. Ommegang consistently proved to me their ability to brew quality Belgian-style ales that compare with the best from across the pond. This one is no exception.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from 2 12 oz. bottles on a 20 degree F night, perfect weather.
Appearance: Dark red I cannot see light through the glass when held up to the light.
Smell: Raisans or over-ripe fruit.
Taste: Is perfect for a cold winter's night.
Mouthfeel: Heavy not overly carbonated
Overall: A perfect beer for a January night in upstate NY.

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