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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Ratings: 6,474 |  Reviews: 2,112
Photo of beerguy101
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winner of the Brew your dream beer contest. Dark brown color, smallish head, lacy with some arabesques. Figs and apricots in the nose. Very complex flavors. Malts, spices, figs, earthy and fruity. Well balanced. Very smooth taste, a slightly alcohol bite at 9.8%. Great mix of complex subtle flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and smooth. Finish is very clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. WOW. Great beer from a great brewery. Please make more of this.

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Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful dark brown with 1" head. Settles to a nice lace. Lots of roasted mast and lots of roasted malt. There are dark cherry and fig tones. Rather astringent on the palate. Chocolate shows up later toward the end. I drink this rather warm (50F) The alcohol is in the nose fairly well hidden while drinking but the throat is nice and warm.

If I close my eyes and not read the label, I would swear this is a very fine Belgian. I let the second one age several months and it was more along the fruit profile. Still tasty.

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Photo of Jarod
4.89/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Learned that this batch was over 1 ½ years old. She aged beautifully. Connoisseur tasting, Kennett Square

This beer poured a dark ruby/mahogany color that was cloudy in appearance. The head that was produced was minimal and short lived, just a thin covering that was tan/beige colored. No lace. The aromas were intense and bold! Smells of bourbon, port wine, wooden aging barrels, big dark fruits (raisins, plums, black cherries), sweet dark caramel malts, and alcohol. After I took my first of many whiffs I hoped that the flavors would and had to be as good as the nose. And they absolutely were. Tastes of rich dark sweet malts, dark fruits, fruits macerated in alcohol, port wine and the barrels that they were aged in, caramel, spice (hints), alcohol and a wisp of granny smith apple tartness at the end. Aftertaste was filled with port wine and fruit. Heavy bodied, and thick. Big complex flavors that are rich and heavenly and the warmth from the alcohol were truly inviting. Wow what a beer truly amazing how all the flavors compliment each other so well. Glad I had the chance to experience it, several times in one day.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this beer with other Belgian style beers such as Hair of the
Dog Rose and Raison D'etre and I must say that this was my
favourite. The nose was full of fruit and spices and the colour
was a deep auburn . What impressed me the most was the
complexity of flavours yet smoothness of drinkability. Yes, the alcohol was there but it did interfere with the experience. These
guys are playing on the same level as Unibroue 11 which is available in B.C. This beer came from a buying trip to Portland.

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Photo of TheDM
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a small head of light brown moslty lasting bubbles and a brown colored body. It had a strong bubblegum and alcohol aroma with an overpowering alcohol flavor. THe alcohol flavor was so strong I couldn't get passed it to any of the other flavors than may have been present.

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Photo of purplehops
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Three Philosophers poured a deep rosewood color with plum highlights. The head was light tan frothy and quick to disperse with little or no lacing. Aroma was fruity and malty with smells of fig, plum, raison, cherries, mace, caramel, and some pear and alcohol in the background. The taste starts with flavors of caramel and toffee mixed with black berries and plums. This is quickly followed by a rush of soft alcohol flavors and black cherries with hints of fig and allspice and pear. The finish keeps the complexity moving with notes of green tart apple blending with a dry maltiness and some earthy and citrus flavors. Aftertaste is a smooth warmth of dried fruits and spices and alcohol. As it warms it becomes more and more port like in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a medium full body and a very faint effervescence.
Overall an interesting and complex offering from Ommegang. Would one expect less? This is a special occasion beer that should cellar nicely and bring joy and warmth for years to come. The best part is that it is to become a regular part of the brewery line up instead of a specialty product. Thank you Mr. Duvel.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet brown color. Just a thin film of a head, but a nice collar. Light brown in color. Lacing is spotty. Nose is thick. Chewy molasses, rum, raisin, dates, figs, black cherries and alcohol. Very nice. Form the first sip, I can tell this is the kind of Belgian style beer that I really like. Subtle bready, yeasty tones kick it off. Rum soaked raisins come and go. Alcohol is a presence, but it fits in a good way with this beer. Prunes, plums, wood, cherry, dates, figs......damn this is a tasty concoction. Carbonation is low, but fitting. Body is about medium full. Great beer.

Thank you cokes for expanding my philosophical horizons with a little Plato, a little Socrates and a little Aristotle.

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Photo of jcalabre
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Origianlly reviewed 26 January 2003. Copper/red color w/ a thick tan head. Lots of banana in the nose. The taste has Lots of complex fruits: plums, apples & others. A slightly sweet malty finish makes this an all around world class beer. I wish that this was more readily available.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazed dark brown tea color with a modest light tan head that disappears rapidly. The sweet smell of mixed fruit but predominantly raisons and light alcohol notes make up the aroma of this brew. A repeat in the taste of what made up the aroma along with a chocolate covered raison being the dominant flavor along with a light bitter and again alcohol notes. This light bodied brew is just a tad under hopped IMO, but it does go down surprisingly easy. Another solid beer from this brewery. Thanks once again for the chance to experience this McCall! Cheers!

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Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A blurred, glassy burgundy below a short-lived khaki bonnet.
Fumes of bourbon drenched cherries, bananas, permanent markers, maple and moss.
Burnt prunes yield to smoked kiwis, which succumb to charred figs, fended off by blackened raisins. Covered in toffee sweetness, sugarcane and esters of banana. Cotton candy airiness towards the center; Rum-soaked pound cake later on. Towards the finish, a chlorophyll sensation materializes. Green ponds in August, with tire swings and lilypads. Ends lightly chocolaty, rum-sweet and algae-like.
Medium-thin body with sparse carbonation, yet enough to keep this from being overly sweet or cloying. Easily, and thoughtfully consumed.

Now the only question is: Which three philosophers?
I’ll go with:
1.) Jung for the manifestation of the Belgian Dark Strong Ale archetype in the collective unconscious.
2.) J.S. Mill for Utilitarian darkened fruits.
3.) Thoreau for the essence of a pond

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

After having visited the brewery and actually reading the essay that was the inspiration for this beer I was ready to get the taste poetry in motion as it were. The philosopher poured a deep, foggy mahogony with a tan/yellow head which dissapeared quicker than most Belgians I have tried. The lace was real clingy and looked good on the cup. Several strong sweet aromas came out almost immediatly. There were cherry, raisen and maple which abounded in the nose. The taste was distinct with some notes of bannana mixed with honey, figs, pears and cloves. They tour guide at the brewery said Ommegang uses none of the spices that it adds to its other beers. I sm still a tad sceptical, but if it is true then this is truly a triumph of a beer.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet floral yeasty nose. Cherry color to the brew with a nice white lace that becomes your following friend. Sweet strong sour plum taste with banana chips and a citrus bite in the finish. Fuller mouth. A very complex beer with lots of stuff going on in there. The plum and banana chip taste really swirls in there. It's bold sweetness and tastes make this a sippin' brew that should improve with maturity.

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Photo of Suds
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this a year ago. It's been aging in the cellar, and I thought it was time to give the beer a try. Very dark brown color with moderate carbonation. The head is a tan color, but is very short-lived. I love the aroma: very strong fruit overtones....raisins, plums, apple. Intensely fruity and sweet smell, with a lot of alcohol as well. Taste is very malty with a jagged graininess. Peppery and fruity. Alcohol warming is predominant. Medium body, and very drinkable. I admit that I had higher hopes, but this is still a very nice beer.

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Photo of Marty
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber and mostly cloudy. Head dissipated fairly quickly; this beer has very little carbonation by design. Smelled and tasted of all the fruits mentioned on the label, particularly raisins and apricots. The sweetness is much more prominent than the alcohol, which you can definitely feel coursing through your veins after a full glass. This is a very good strong beer that’s surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, corked and caged. A carefull pour renders a clear, reddish-brown body with crimson and orange highlights. An off-white, creamy but short-lived head leaves only very minor lace (possibly due to the high level of alcohol, or maybe the need for some more conditioning). The nose displays dark fruit (raisins, fig) and some alcohol. The medium body is lightened by a moderate, but still gently effervescent (very fine bubbled), carbonation. True to the description on the label, the flavor is rich with raisins and pears; as well as some apricot and slightly tart apple. It's mildly sweet maltiness also lends a nutty quality (hazelnut?) that becomes more obvious in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but far from intrusive. It finishes dry with some residual sweet fruity malt. Quite enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sweet aroma of fruits and dark malts jump out of this deep reddish brown brew with a lacing of off-white foam.

Dark malts provide most of the flavor which is blended well with fruits and a very welcomed roasty taste. Alcohol comes in there at the end, but it is not overdone. This was a very unique brew. I can't say that I loved it or really liked it, but I did enjoy it.

A quote from a friend of mine: "Otto the beer afficianato (sp) who savors the taste of natty ice says that this beer is f---ing disgusting"

This one may be a little much for someone used to less complex brews. It has a lot of flavor, a lot of body, and it is pretty loud and in your face.

The '03 is much niceer than I remember last year's being. It has a nice backround of cherries that really add complexity and take away from the alcohol flavoring.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited for the right moment to share this 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle of Ommegang "Three Philosophers" with my wife and son on another cold night this winter. We drank the ale at slightly under room temperature (maybe 60 degrees). The ale poured in an initially deep, almost blood, red, but the later pours were significantly cloudier due to much evident sediment. The foam was a light caramel color, which sustained a good body for much of the drink. This ale clearly signifies its high alcohol content (9.8%) on first smell--almost like wine. Anyhow, there is also a sweet aroma, but that sweetness is not at all evident by taste--the alcohol definitely overpowers most everything else--not something I am fond of, frankly. If you want to warm up quickly, this is the brew, but the taste is not quite up with the best of them.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice big tan head and nice deep brown cloudy color. It had a very yeasty and sweet nose of dried raisens and fruits. It was strong but not in offensively. You could really tell difference from regular Ommegang in regards to alchohol strength. Had sweet malty, carmel and prune flavors from start to finish. Overall I liked but prefer Ommegang regular over this.

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

This was definitely a strong beer. Not so much in alcohol but in taste. Very complex with a mixture of dates, raisins and figs with a touch of bubble gum. Scent was raisin/caramel. Nice deep dark color. Would not be able to drink a ton but good for a glass or two. Became better after a few sips but I would not suggest it warm/room temperature. A nice beer to cellar.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update, from a 750ml bottle enjoyed today, 23NOV07, my Dad's 79th Birthday and the day after Thanksgiving. Here's to you, Dad!

Poured into my Rapscallion goblet, it has a deep, dark mahogany color, with tinges of ruby. It's a clear bier, with a frothy, light-russet hued head of about 1/4". The topping lasts well, leaving healthy lacing behind. The nose suggests dryness and "warmth" (as in high abv). Subtle hints of fruit as well as brown sugar also are present. Body is medium, but there's an abundance of carbonation which makes the bier very light and bubbly on the tongue, with some soft prickliness.
Taste has some hints of dark fruit and a flavor akin to some brown sugar which has been seared to the bottom of a pan. 3-Ps is definitely dry, with the kriek aspect lurking around but never becoming pronounced. Some candy-sugar characteristics appear, and the 9.80% abv is very well-hidden. Though a tasty concoction, and well-drinkable, it is not overly complex, and not quite as good as I originally thought 5 years ago.

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Original review, from 12MAY02. An interesting concoction.... Dark brown color, with some garnet hues to boot. Had a small, fine head, and left loads of lace. Lots of dark fruit aromas in the nose. Real good body, and even better smoothness over the tongue. Some sweetness in the flavor, loads of dark-fruitiness, and a dry, puckery finish. A pleasure to drink! (4.5/4.0/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.40)


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Photo of javier
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big beer to say the least. I tasted this at an event hosted by the owners of Ommegang. they were reluctant to say what was in it but hinted at some kinds of dried fruit (apparently Blake's description included hints of "aged fruit".) I gleefully drank as much as I could of the stuff taking from bottles not emptied at other tables. Damn waitstaff might've taken some away before I had the chance though.

If you get the chance to try/buy this, do so.

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Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sample: 25.4 oz. bottle, cellar temperature, Belgian snifter.

Aroma: Black cherries, plums, dried currants/raisins, alcohol. In three words: Ximinez Sherry Lite. Flavor: Very big - the aforementioned fruits along with some Belgian yeast flavors, a hint of bitter chocolate and oak(?), with the alcohol present in proportion. Warms you to the soul going down. Very complex and delicious. This brew made me want to have an oxblood red reading chair in a dark panelled library - that is the kind of flavor it seemed to have.

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Photo of John
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After much anticipation, my Three Philosophers arrived last Thursday directly from the brewery. I went home during lunch to wait for the UPS truck! Unfortunately for some (at least at this time), 3P will only be available at the brewery, ordering from the brewery and shipped only to NY residents and to residents of Oregon, the contest winners home state.

This brew is outstanding. Deep chesnut color with a healthy head initially, then giving way to a creamy tan layer of foam. Rich aroma of prunes, dark ripe plums and alcohol soaked raisins. More of same in flavor, along with some woody notes. The alcohol at nearly 10%, is well masked by the richness and complexity of the beer. An exceptional limited edition brew that should be sought out.

Matt, I think the style catagory is spot on.

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Photo of mattmaples
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer ROCKS!! This was the winner of the "Create A Great Beer" contest hosted by Real Beer. The winning entry was submitted by Noel Blake of Portland Oregon.

I was only given a small glass so I can't comment on the head. But it was an Amber Brown hue, had a great plum/apricot fruity ester. It had little bitterness but had a phenol spiciness that played very well with the fruitiness without overpowering.

It had an amazing drinkability for a 9.8% Get some while you can, I know I am going to be putting a few down as it should age very well.

As for the style, if you can think of a better one it should be in please change it.

Man I love my job :-)

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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