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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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of wikk3d
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Darker than I thought it would be for a Belgian Style brew. Dark amber body with a very light tan foam head that fills the glass pretty thick. The lacing was also very "wet" for a Belgian style. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Aroma - Very robust smell, hint of fruit, cherry, and alcohol. I almost got a hint chocolate, although it's very subtle.

Taste - Very sweet for it's color and smell, cherry is noticeable as well as the strong alcohol taste. Almost bitter like a red wine. There was also a slight woodyness that lingers as it goes down.

Mouth - Much like a wine, this tasted a little dry as I sipped on it. Very full bodied flavor however. You can tell once you pour it by the color that it's going to be a heft beer. The after taste lingered for a while on my tongue. Again the bitter and woody flavors come out the most.

Drinkability - This is a very good beer that has a style of it's own as far as most other Belgian style beers I have had. The dark body and taste give it a very rich, full bodied flavor that lingers for a while. This is a good beer to sip on, but I'm not sure if it's something I could drink a whole bottle of in one sitting.

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Photo of cheers2beers
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2005 vintage served from a 750ml bottle into a tall wiesen glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby bronze hue with a two finger head that died down to a half inch layer within a few minutes. Slightly cloudy with a medium amount of beading.

Smell: A waft of sour tartness is observed along with a rose like malty sweetness. Bready and floral notes are all mixed into the aroma, different but nice.

Taste: The flavor reminds me of a sour cherry mead with an almost sharp alcohol bite. It has a fresh homeade banana nut bread taste, but without the bananas. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium to high carbonation with a medium body. A smoothness flows throughout with a bubblely finish. Almost has a spritzy mouthfeel but it may have lost this character with age.

Drinkability: This is a good beer in my own opinion.It's not on my tops list, but it is well worth a try. Top to bottom.


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Photo of CorknCapSouthingtonCT
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Have stock left from the previous owner so I decided to chill a 4 pack of these and sample some 2011's. Have to say they tasted excellent. Still have more!!!

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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 Extrajoker00
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

reviewed: 4/29/14

Three Philosophers (Quadrupel) by Ommegang
poured from a 12 oz.bottle into a 1l mug

P- kind of a busy silhouetted label kind of James Bond opening sequence 3.5

A-hazy orange with a medium beige head some lacing 4.25

S- yeast some caramel and burnt malt 4.0

T- yeasty bread alcohol slight roasted malt, 3.75

M- surprisingly light body, slightly bitter and warming 3.5

D- not really the right combination to be a great drinker 3.75

O- New to this style, this one is good but doesn't amaze me 3.75

Had very high expectations for this one, need to try some other versions of the style then try again ---- J

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

She pours a coppery color with little head to speak of that goes away a bit too quickly. I would say that this beer was a bit old, but given the style I wouldn't think that would be a bad thing.
The smell is strong cherries and alcohol, with some yeasty esters lingering in the back.
The taste is cherries at first, which quickly fades into a yeasty malty balance that is quite nice.
The mouthfeel is nice, a bit thin, but layered quite nicely between the cherry and the malt.
The drinkability is a little low, this is a definite sipper to be shared with a couple of people.
A nice example of a strong fruit beer, the cherries blend quite well with the overall flavor of the beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a slightly hazy, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of tart cherries and spicy caramel malt.

T - Tart pie cherries up front with some sweet caramel. The caramel is joined in the middle by toasted grain and spicy yeast. Clove and coriander notes remain though the finish with some increasingly medicinal cherry.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - This certainly isn't a drain pour, but I am kind of disappointed. I hadn't had this beer in a couple of years and I remembered it being much better than this. The aroma is spot on, but the flavor is dissonant and unpleasant. The spicy yeast character seems inappropriate for a dark belgian and it clashes with the cherry. Maybe it its just that this beer is better in the bottle or maybe it has lost something in the last couple of years, but it seems like a shadow of what I remember it as.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, non-translucent, with a creamy uneven off-white head. Head reduces but stays with the brew, leaving nice foamy trails down the glass.

S: Rich, complex malts, mostly caramel. Dark sweet fruit smells too like fig or prune, and a sweet hint aroma of candied brown sugar.

T: Interesting malt flavors, sort of a mix of pale and caramel malts. It's interesting that the the flavors start out a little stronger and fade to quickly to something a bit less, but no less complex. A little fruity, but not really sweet. There is a mostly dry finish and a some warming during the linger.

M&D: Relatively heavy mouthfeel but less than most dark Belgian styles, especially of this ABV. Carbonation is relatively light, which lends well to the creamy texture. Goes down smooth. I enjoyed the brew but I don't know if I could drink more than one at a time. Good stuff overall.

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Photo of tone77
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is lots of dark fruits, some mild spices. Taste is not as good as the smell. Malts, dark fruits, alcohol is making itself known here, pretty good, but expecting better. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of joecast
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit lighter in color that I expected. Deep ruby red, cloudy. Head formed quite large, filling the Bruery tulip but settles to a thin tan cap. Medium carbonation with some sediment floating about.

Decent hit of cherries (or some light syrupy sweet stone fruit) for only a 2% blend. Sweet slight cloying malt and a touch of alcohol. Being the 2010 version maybe this hasn't had enough time to really meld together. Just seems a bit rough around the edges and uncoordinated.

Taste is a bit better put together once it warms. Slight cherry adds some lightness and complexity. Pretty intense overall with lots of dark malt character without being roast or chocolate. More towards the dark fruit character which may be a fermentation influence. Still quite young though as the flavors are more independent than working together as a unit.

Mouthfeel has some room for improvement with the carbonation and yeast adding some harshness which should mellow with age.

Quite nice but yet to reach its peak. I like the cherry aged blend and hopefully that remains as the rest of the beer mellows.

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Photo of JBuff41413
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cherry Wood color with a beautiful sand colored 1 inch head. Lacing is very good.

S- Very malty with dried fruit and cherries and you can smell a fair bit of alcohol.

T- Malty with great dried fruit flavor and the perfect amount of cherry. The only downfall is the alcohol in my opinion is quite harsh, a year or two of aging would be great for this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

D- With the great flavors but harsh alcohol this is a great beer to share with a friend (25oz bottle). It is also very good with a pairing of sharp cheese.

Overall, a good beer. Maybe my taste buds are not avanced enough for this Belgian brew, I don't know but you should buy it and try.

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Photo of smalenberg
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown with a slight touch of red when held to the light. Nice head during the pour that reduces to a slim ring very quickly.

S - Surprisingly subtle, even when allowed to warm for several minutes. Dark fruits, no noticeable malt or bitterness, which is a bit disappointing, but no alcohol either.

T - Sweet and filling, with a stronger hoppy/ester character than the nose would lead you to expect. The cherry takes on many characteristics throughout the sip - at times sweet, late in the bottle and in the back of the throat, it can become more tart. That change can be very interesting, but it is subtle. The fruitiness of a fortified wine. Alcohol comes through more in the aftertaste than in the first taste.

M - Significant alcohol bite blends well with the carbonation as the luxuriously thick liquid flows over the tongue. The best characters of the taste remain in the mouth after swallowing without leaving the feeling that it has coated your mouth.

O - Used a brandy snifter (closest proximity to the right glass - something I need to remedy). This is a very enjoyable slow quaff, but I'm glad I took the time to update my "had it" to a full review, because I believe I was too generous. There isn't as much going on here as I'd expect - it is very good, but it isn't as complex as you might expect from this style. I'd like to try the Kriek base beer sometime.

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Photo of tbeck
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown in color with no clarity. Develops a thick brownish head that does not dissipate, but slowly develops into a nice collar. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, slight hints of alcohol. Taste is good and complex. Very strong alcohol unlike other Belgain quads with a tart finish. Good texture and body. The taste was good and I would recommend this as a good session beer. If I had a choice I would take other quads over this one, but it was not bad at all.

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Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured outta the bomber into the Abbey Ale-appropriate chalice. 1.5 finger head of pearly bubbles atop an amber body. A hue of light shyly smiles through the bottom of the glass.
Mulchy malt whiff that gets sweeter the harder I pull--cherry and red-apple. I smell that Ommegang yeast, which rings up fond memories of many-a-visit to the brewery.
The longer it sits in the open air, the more the fruit comes out and the alcohol dies (fruit's not as present in the taste as the smell, however). Sweet on the front of my tongue, a hop bark on the back, and toffee all over.
Although it takes a while to oxidize, the balance of its parts levels after about 15 anxious minutes. A bomber is the right size, much more would be forced consumption. That being said, I would prefer a generous glass-full with cherry/blueberry/strawberry pie during holiday dessert.

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Photo of Etan
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2011).

A: Pours a deep reddish-mahogany with a frothy tan head.

S: Syrupy cherry and grape, dark grain and a heavy deep maltiness. Notes of brown sugar, vanilla, buttery sweetness, more dark fruit, mild sweet spice.

T: Complex yet slightly harsh. Juicy cherry and grape esters as expected from a quad with a bit of kriek in it. Brown sugar, prune, and anise. Slight unpleasant roasted note and a harsh yet quick bite of alcohol. Buttery and fruity in the finish.

M: Lively carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: Pretty complex but has some flaws in the flavor.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a GameWorks shaker pint glass.

Another brew I felt I had to revisit. It pours a ruby-tinted russet topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose is a menage-a-trois of black cherries, rye bread, and dried wheat. The taste begins with the wheat, burnt this time, then moves into a solid helping of slightly medicinal cherry. If it weren't for that bit o' cough medicine, this would have been great. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a somewhat sticky feel. Overall, a solid outing, but falls a bit short of gem status.

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Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very fine quadrupel. Mine was from a smaller bottle with no cork, so I'm wondering if the company may have downsized the quantity from the 750 ml. It pours a very dark brown, hazy color with a reasonable head, decent retention and some lacing. You can almost see the candied sugars in the glass. This is a medium to full bodied beer and has the carbonation to go along with it. This is a Belgian style for sure. The smell is sweet malts, some raisin, some caramel, maybe other fruits as it warms a bit. The color seems to mellow as it warms as well. The taste is strong malts, warming alcohol tones, some raisin, cherries, and some caramels. There were some pepperish snaps, but these seem to fade as the beer mellows. The down side is that the alcohol is too prevalent. The after taste is mild, and the mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. It is just the overly strong alcohol tastes that compromise this beer for me. It's good, but not brilliant. L'Chaim

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Murky, fig brown color. A thin layer of tan foam covers the beer and the sides of my tulip.

Smell: Light and fruity. Crisp scent brings to mind green apples, cherries, and ripe plums. Slightly chalky, earthy hints of yeast.

Taste: Heavy on dark malts. Smooth caramel sweetness up front, with some fruity notes. Prunes, dark fruit. The foundation is sweet and a little earthy. Lightly sweet, tangy flavors of cherry and sour apple clash with the heavy, chewy richness of the dark malts. The alcohol is subdued in the middle, but it provides some explosive warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A touch light-bodied for the style; it doesn't have the heavy, sticky feel of a St. Bernardus or a La Trappe. It has more body than the average beer, but it's lighter and a little crisper than the average quadrupel.

Verdict: I can't hate anything from Ommegang. I enjoyed this beer, but it didn't fully come together for me. The alcohol isn't as well hidden as it is in other quads, and I didn't think that the lighter fruit flavors were an ideal match for the rich caramel flavor of the malt. A good beer, but not my favorite Ommegang offering.

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Photo of roan22
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

This beer I tried for the first time at my tasting club's 'Belgian Night.' I remarked that it tasted like root beer a little, with a little bit of cherries. It is soda-ish, and I appreciated its effervescent qualities, as the alcohol content is so high. A quad would be a beer I can't handle well, so I had about two shot glasses worth. I would drink this again, in a small glass nonetheless, but I am proud of myself for at least trying different and bigger Belgian beers .

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark red body that almost looks brown. Orange around the edges. There is a small amount of sediment in the bottom of the glass. About a finger and a half of off-white head that doesn't last long at all. Doesn't really leave behind any lacing.

This one isn't sporting a big aroma by any means. There is some sugary sweetness and a good dash of cherry is also noticeable.

Not a bad tasting brew. Some dark fruits mixed with candied sugar and a very slight earthy hop flavor. A good splash of kriek-tasting cherry comes through also.

On the light side of medium body with a solidly medium carbonation.

Pretty drinkable, really sweet though.

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Photo of perfectkaos
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this one the other day while waiting for my food at Mad Mex in Monroeville. Served in a wine glass... lemme dig out my cell phone so i can read my notes

poured a dark ruby color with very little, if any, head. not much aroma to it either... i could detect the alcohol, but not much else.

balanced flavor with malt up front and hops and alcohol on the back.

a heavy beer, not very drinkable in large quantities. reminds me of the Sprecher scotch ale i had in vegas in terms of heaviness. tasty, though and Id probably have it again.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
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 mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3P finally arrived in southern California after much anticipation. It pours a glowing red with a foamy head that lingers, leaving little mounds of bubbles all over the top of the beer. The cherry smell is very subtle at the start but becomes more pronounced after sitting a while. It tastes nice but never seems to go quite where it seems it should. The cherry is just hiding in the background and never makes a full appearance. It's tantalizing in its tartness but just remains tantalizing. All in all, it's an interesting and enjoyable beer; it's just a bit disappointing after the wait.

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Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. Poured into an Ommegang tulip.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a solid two finger tan head. Great head retention from the abundant carbonation.

Tart cherries on the aroma along with other dark fruits. Some licorice along with wood and a faint whiff of alcohol. Some sherry qualities as well.

The flavor, to me, is a little bit of a let-down. Some dark cherry along with a bit of an oxidized sherry character that clashes a little bit. Lots of dark fruit; dates and figs and a little wood. Alcohol is present throughout and I am a little disappointed it has not mellowed in all this time. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel makes this one a sipper.

Overall, not as good as I remember this beer being when I had it several years ago. It just seems like the flavors don't meld well. A decent beer but I will probably skip over it for some Belgian quads in the future.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 750ml bottle into watou chalice.

Appearance: Dark red brown, whitish tan head.

Smell: Belgian yeast fest, some cherry hues.

Taste: I can't say the taste is everything I hoped for. I think this has kriek mixed in with a quad, so I expected a more interesting mix of flavors. Nonetheless, this had a decidedly Belgian style bent to it.

Notes: OK, actually very good for the price (<$5.00 for 750mL). Probably will buy again.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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