Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

6,435 Ratings
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of cooler4life
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

'10 Bottle

A: Spicy brown, rustic overtones. Poured a beautiful one finger head that very slowly settles. Lacing is extreme with nice retention. The micro bubbles are a standout.

S: Dominates the nose with brown sugar, plum, raison, dark fruits, touches of oak. The cherries aren’t at the forefront for me. Nevertheless, intoxicating.

T: Right up front, hoppy, bitterness. Transitions to a double punch. First, I'm hit with the black cherries. Then the sweet finish takes over which tastes of maple, caramel, toffee, and smoke. The warming undertones of the ABV is really nice.

M: Up front a whirl of flavor, speaking to this beer's complexity. Carbonation is perfect; it matures to almost a creaminess with the fineness. Sticky.

O: I could only wish I lived in Belgium. This bottle needs to be shared with a friend.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Reddish Chestnut color. Poured a 2 finger beige head with good retention to a thick skim. Laced the glass in wide rings.

S: Rich, dark fruits; dark cherries, raisin, plum, prune. Carmel malt in the background. Clove and spice. Alcohol tingle. Deliciously complex

T: Like the nose with sweet malt character and candi sugar p front. Finishes with a sweet black cherry flavor that transitions very quickly to licorice and drying alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Slightly sweet then very dry and warming.

O: Super Quad. Lots of malt and yeast character.

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Photo of heysuz
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 750ml bottle shared with a friend in a tulip glass

Appearance: Full head, with micro bubbles, that recedes to a cap that seems to last and good lacing that stays. It is reddish rusty color like an Irish Setter. It looks the same as my favorite quads like Rochefort 10 or St. Benardus 12.

Smell: Subtle dark fruit smell like a date, fig or even a plum with a minor alcohol smell as well.

Taste: More like a Rochefort 10 than a St. Benardus, more of a tart citrus than a rich spicy flavor, this is more crisp and closer to Rochefort 10.

Mouthfeel: Overall good mouthfeel, but there is a flat aftertaste with this beer. Other than that I would compare this beer to Rochefort in its smooth and rich feel/

Overall: For the value minded BA, this is very close to a Rochefort 10, but at a third of the price. I would rate this very close to Rochefort 10 and St. Benardus, of the different quads I have had, this would be my third favorite. This actually has a better head and lacing than the previous mentioned beers, the coloring is closer, maybe a little bit more ale-ish, clearer than the those two. But it does not have the same depth of flavors as a St. Benardus or Rochefort, still a great bang for the buck.

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Photo of alohaspicoli
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Brownish red/amber. Not much of a head or lacing.

S: Sweetness via dark fruits. Not sure I'm picking up cherry exactly but I could definitely see it being in the mix.

T: A nice, full flavor... sweet but a little tart. I can pick up the cherry flavor but it's very faint. But overall it's a nice balance of the sweetness and spice.

M: Medium body and moderately carbonated. Dry finish without much alcohol burn.

O: A solid quad that's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy, deep tea like brown with a hint of red. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Some floating sediment can be seen. Solid three fingers of lightly tan head that fades into a small thin layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a big aroma of cherries and dark fruits. Some raisins, plums, prunes, and brown sugar. Also some hints of clove spice, bananas, and caramel malts. Smells fairly balanced with none of the fruits dominating the others.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast up front with a full flavor of cherries that are sweet and lightly sour. The dark fruits follow with notes of raisins, plums, and prunes blending in. Also some caramel malts and hints of banana and clove. Cherries stand out the most in the flavors but they are mild enough to blend in with everything else and avoid being too tart or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very nice take on a Quad. Full flavored and well balanced.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber red too brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dark fruit, but more cherry than anything. In the taste, dark fruit, cherry, and a pinch of alcohol. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry dark fruit and sweet cherry in the aftertaste. Very easy to get lost in this one, sweet cherry makes it not as abrasive as some quads.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 750 mL bottle shared with friend in belgian glassware.

This pours a hazy copper color with a very small quick fading head and plenty of carbonation left in the aged bottle. Smells of plums, malts, raisins, and sugared molasses. Strong smelling beer. Taste is very nice up front with a somewhat alcoholic finish. Lots of dark berries and plums on the palate with a nice malt backbone. Slow drinking beer but very good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall this is a great quad. Aged very nicely but think it could go a few more years to mellow out further.

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Photo of plfahey
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (2011 vintage) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Ruby-amber-brown in color with a slight cast of haze. A moderate dollop of tan foam sits contentedly atop the surface and clings to the sides of the glass when swirled.

Aroma-Alcohol soaked cherries with a sort of rum raisin note close behind. Absolutely redolent of dark and dried fruit, with plum, prune, and black currant all coming to mind, with an occasional whiff of caramelly malt and rich bread pudding peeking through. Banana and slight clove spice appear for an instant, and spicy alcohols round out the profile. Smells fantastic.

Flavor-Lightly sweet up front with caramel and dark candi syrup leading the way. Flavor moves quickly through some rummy raisins and prunes before being consumed by licorice and drying alcohol. Finishes with a burst of black cherries and sweeping alcohol. Dry and almost acrid in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full mouthfeel is tempered by typical, moderate to moderately high carbonation, which lifts the beer from the palate. Hefty alcohol warming on the palate hints at how devastingly boozy this beverage can be.

A strong example of an American-brewed Belgian-Style quad-in fact, this does a decent job of standing up to its Belgian counterparts, and I can't think of another American brewer that does it better, at least not as part of their standard line-up. Great stuff.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper, bordering on a ruby brown with a thin, but quite dense head. Sweet cherries, candi sugar, big malts, light wine hints in the nose. Very light hops.

Kriek takes the forefront in the taste, but there's still a very nice quad style ale in there. Sweet cherries that turn lightly sour. Malty, light wine hints, raisins, faint spice. Light bitter aftertaste. Very mild alcohol presence.

Nice, smooth body. Alcohol presence is light, but you can feel it. A really nice beer, but the bottle size and alcohol make this a one off.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a roasty amber brown with a 1.5 finger vanilla ice cream head.

Nose is barny, sweet, honeyish, and smells of red berries.

Taste is medicinal, oaky, chocolatey, cherryish, and peat-like.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and crisp. Lots of complex flavor that changes during and after drinking.

Overall a very interesting beer that I'm glad I was finally able to try. Very complex - I definitely will drink it again!

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Photo of soju6
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mahogany color with a small creamy head and nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of spice, dark fruits hint of coffee and chocolate.

T: taste of dark fruit and a bit of alcohol. There is a mild coffee and chocolate in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth, velvety texture. Very well balanced. Nice character.

O: First Quad, really enjoyed it. Will have to add this to my shopping list.

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Photo of tewaris
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2011 bottle poured into a Duvel glass. Pours rust brown with a dark tan colored big, creamy head. Medium retention, medium lacing.

The aroma is dominated by Kriek than anything else in my opinion. Some malty/caramel-y/candi sugar goodness dances in the background. Nowhere as massive as the best examples in its malts or spices though.

I loathed the taste initially but it seems to be growing on me. I am still having a hard time deciding whether the addition of Kriek works or not and I am leaning more towards the idea that it does. Still not sure if I would want Kriek in my Rochefort. Sweet caramel, slightly tart, definitely too bitter and appropriately tannic. A bit boozy at times.

The mouthfeel is certainly good with low carbonation and good presence on the palate, as one would expect from a bigger beer. All in all it's a pretty mediocre Quadrupel but then it's priced right. I doubt if I will drink it again.

4, 3, 3, 4.5, 3

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Photo of projectflam86
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a slightly murky red/brown color with a thin white head that leaves a wisp of lacing.

S- Rich dark fruits (brandied cherries, plums, dates, beet sugar) and sweet caramel malt. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be but instead they blend in with the other scents nicely.

T- Similar to the nose except the cherries pull their wight a bit more in the flavor profile. Slightly tart cherry flavor initially with lots of spice, alcohol, and sweet malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit more sprtizy for a Belgian style beer.

O- A very decent brew and one that I could see aging. A few tweaks and this could be very tasty.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-cloudy dark chestnut with a nice thin light cream colored head

S-strong scent of dark fruit and caramel malts. dark belgian sugars as well. this is a really good smelling beer.

T-comes in with a dark, warming, and sweet taste of dark fruits. the taste starts as strong and good but quickly dies down and starts an odd bitterness. the after-taste of fruity caramel taste. its a good but underwhelming taste.

M-medium to high carbonation with a very dry finish

O-not an outstanding quad, but it is a very good beer. i'm enjoying this a lot. its a little more cleaned up than many of the Belgian quads, though maybe not as complex. it doesn't have too many negative qualities. overall, this is a decent cheaper alternative to many quads.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark red amber with a big creamy off-white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass.

The aroma caramel malts, dark fruits and sweet cherries and some alcohol.

The flavor is toffee malt, figs, and some cherry with a little roast bitterness and some noticeable alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a bit pricey ($16 a 4 pack), but I like. It's a decent quad with added fruitiness from the kriek.

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Photo of maleman
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass (sorry, didn't have a clean chalice). The pour was dark amber, almost red with a creamy, tan-colored two-finger head. Lacing was thick and clingy. The nose was leaning heavily to the malt side with some phenol notes detectable. The taste included some subdued clove with a touch of cherry. Not malty at all as I would have anticipated from the smell. I didn't detect any alcohol in the taste, either. It was medium bodied with higher than average carbonation. Overall, not as much punch as I had expected from a quad, but not bad.

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Photo of aquaderek
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer into a tulip Duvel glass. The appearance of this beer is very nice. It looks like a hearty reddish brown, with noticeable yeast and large bubbles of carbonation. The nose is complex, and changes as the beer the warms. It is sweet and spicy, figs and nutmeg, with the slightest bit of caramel. The alcohol and bitterness is up front followed by a balanced spiciness. Definitely some ying and yang, going on here. Good beer, will drink a few this winter.

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Photo of nppeders
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - murky, brownish, and hints of purple.

smell - cherries, bready malt, raisins and fruity belgian yeast

taste - caramel, dark fruit, plums, fairly sweet.

mouthfeel - nice carbonation, thick mouthfeel, syrupy, with a ton of spritzy carbonation on the end.

overall - tons of dark fruits, caramel, bread, and toffee. Haven't had many quads but this is fantastic. Extremely complex. You gotta love when the smell of a beer is similar, yet different then the flavor. This beer works on all levels for me.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/rust brown/red body. Kind of sweet tea colored. Tan lingering head with moderate looking carbonation.

S: Mildly sweet but kind of faint. Wine-like smell. The alcohol is apparent.

T: Sour up front with sweet dark cherries. Slight spices, and the alcohol comes through heavily. Heavily roasted malt and some fruity hops come out. Yeasty.

M: Heavy and warming. A cold day kind of body. Just enough carbonation to stay interesting.

O: A great beer for sure. It's unique and unbalanced. Different from any other quad I've ever had...but quads are all pretty different.

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Photo of Cresant
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a New Belgium balloon glass. 2009 vintage. The beer was a rich, deep amber color with a modest, fine, tan head. Minimal lace.

The smell was of aluminum and raisins. Walnuts and dark bread. Cherries as it warmed.

The taste was fruity and syrupy malts. Brown sugar notes but not too sweet. Muted cherries. Finishes a bit lighter/dryer with some fruits and a bit of tartness. Well hidden alcohol.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fine, understated carbonation. Easy to drink, not too sweet and far from boozy.

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Photo of Callaghan
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay chalice. I got two full glasses out of this bottle, and both were excellent.

A: Pouring gently yielded a nice off white head, about 1 finger height. A rusty colored brew, with hints of ruby around the edge. Cloudy and almost translucent, it intrigued my wife. The head dies after a few sips, leaving moderate, sticky lacing. I have become accustomed to this, but others that haven't (present company) called it "beautiful."

S: Confectioners sugar, Sweet fruit like cherries and , more smells really sweet. Digging deeper, I get some floral hints, and a malty sweetness, giving me the impression of chewy bread. An alcohol scent keeps everything in check. I've had this beer before, so I know it doesn't taste this sweet, but if this was my first time, I would think I was in for a sip of Kool-aid.

T: Cherries, like a Kriek. But then the ale overpowers, and this I prefer. It pushes the cherry to the background, but it's still present all the way to the end. I get lots of caramel malts, a little alcohol, and then that familiar Belgian yeast. I would not guess this was 9.5%...but then again, most Belgian styles seem to hide the alcohol well, in my experience. On the aftertaste, it resembles a good Dark Belgian Ale, mixed with a Kriek. Apparently, this is what is stated on the label, and it certainly tastes like it. The alcohol is there, but mild, bringing everything together.

M: At first it seemed like it coated my mouth and tongue quite heavily, but I think this is a result of the sugar. After a few seconds, that feeling went away, and it became silky smooth, with a decent amount of carbonation. I would like just a little more bubbles. It almost feels too smooth, as if it is missing some bite, however; this may be due to the fact that I poured it cold, and let it warm in the glass.

O: Another good brew from Ommegang. I have enjoyed this beer thoroughly. It is a simple beer in some aspects, but is complex enough to capture your attention. It does not overwhelm your senses, and pack quite a punch. If you are not careful (or if you like it that much...) it can get you pretty tipsy by itself. You can pair it with a hearty meal, or drink it by itself.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
A - short head atop a reddish brown clear beer.
S - a little fruity with plenty of sweetness.
T - a touch of yeasty flavors and a big dose of sweetness with a bit of cherry.
M - sticky sweetness overall.
I wasn't satisfied for the price and the hype.

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Photo of BeerManDanNYC
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the home of the baseball hall of fame comes this exquisite and unique rendition of a Belgian ale. A really caramel-sweet aroma leads to an extremely complex flavor with a full mouth-feel and finishes in grand fashion. Careful though...this beer packs a punch to the tune of 9.5% ABV so definitely not for the light-weights!!

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Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 bottle (750 ml). Consumed on 9/24/11.

A: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is slightly hazy dark amber with mahogany hues when backlit. A 1-finger tan head is on top, settles fairly quickly.

S: Caramel malt and toffee or brown sugar is noted. Lots of fruit too - raisins, plums, berries and cherries are all there. Waft of alcohol at the finish.

T: Nice fruity and sweet maltiness up front - cherries, berries, toffee and caramel malt all do battle for the general impression, but play nicely together. Finishes with a bit of alcohol warmth, but I suspect it would've been stronger had this one not been laid down for over 4 years.

M: Call it medium-to-full in heft. Moderate carbonation with a nice fizziness.

O: Not as boozy as I remember from past experiences with fresher bottles; I think the age mellowed this one nicely. Went amazingly well with a steak from the grill.

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Photo of KMcG
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep brown iced-tea color with tan head. The head disappears quickly and the remnants are lacey.

S: The aroma is black cherries, molasses, woody.

T: complex, rich, semi-sweet, alcohol is your face, dried cherry, ends with a Belgian yeast

M: Full body, rich, surprising fine carbonation.

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