Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

6,436 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of TrilliumFan
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thecasehead
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dsimenson
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottled Nov 2013 best by Nov 2018. Nice reddish cherry look. Flavor has cherry clove that is spot on for a quad. Clarity is perfect and not cloudy...did age well. Placed the 2011 in the fridge to drink next....

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Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, cloudy dark amber/brown with a one finger-off white head that receded leaving a bit of lacing. Very true to form for a quad, quite nice. Scents of bubblegum, Belgian yeast spiciness, candi sugar sweetness, cherry, caramel, sweet spices, raisins, dark fruit, prunes and a hint of alcohol. A very rich, complex aroma, fitting a Belgian Quad. Flavor begins with Belgian yeast spiciness, tart cherry and candi sugar, sustaining spice and tart cherry throughout the sip. The middle moves into raisin, plum, sweet spices, peppery spiciness in the background, some apricot pit-like bitterness, dark fruit and dark chocolate. There is faint alcohol towards the finish, which also has a yeasty, spicy and dark fruit quality. Very rich, sweet, spicy and complex. A well done mix of flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, with low carbonation and semi-drying finish. Very good for sipping, though almost smooth enough to gulp. Excellent feel. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Quad. The usual flavors are there and the addition of cherries during fermentation add a nice tartness in the back of the aroma and flavor that is quite pleasant. Its a very good beer that is rich, warming and complex. This is one to go out for.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2007 version bottle>Postel chalice glass

This is an amazing color, it looks like bing Cherries, it's a red-amber color, very vibrant. A smooth, even, creamy looking head, two-finger, tan colored head is also impressive. The head never dissipates fully and leaves a 1/8" in depth at all times. Pretty amazing.

A very sweet malt scent with cherries, red-grape juice, brown sugar, nutmeg, green herbs and subtle spices.

A giant candy-sugar malt, herbalized chocolate that's wonderfully sweet with some mild heat. The fruitiness is great, with Pacific Northwest Bing Cherries when they're sweet, red grapes, raspberry and a mild current of nutmeg. This has an amazingly complex flavor...allow this one to warm up closer to room temp because many subtle flavors pop out. The complex flavor is wonderful with sweet red fruits and mildly spicey, herbal hop balance. Overall: Yummy.

These Belgian-style brews have a luxurious feel, full-bodied, very smooth and with that sparkling clean, bubbly feel besides.

Highly enjoyable, a wonderful Quad and the cherries only add a nice fruit complexity. American's can Brew Belgians!!

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Photo of Sangmin
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wedge
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2005 - Poured from a 750ml.

Foggy reddish-brown with a large frothy tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Estery dark fruit aroma (raisins and cherries) with some phenols - smooth light yeastiness and spice - pleasantly complex and sweet. Big, thick, and smooth in the mouth - rich sweet malts, more dark fruits...mmm...chocolate covered cherries. Creamy and a bit warming.

Another very well crafted belgian-style from Ommegang. So rich and substantial...a truly awesome beer.

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Photo of RiverheadBev
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dark amber/red with a very light tan head that hangs out for a while. Smells of cherries up front followed by malts and alcohol. This is a truly well-balanced beer. The alcohol is there (and it packs a punch), but the drink managed to stay smooth and not too sweet. The cherry lambic does add a bit to the sweetness, but when later revisited discovered the tartness it brings to the table. This beer will warm you up. This is easily one of my favorites, though it's out of my comfort zone of dark brews, I'll be coming back to this one until its pulled off of the market.

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Photo of bultrey
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one hell of a beer... it pours a murky brown with a nice, foamy head that sticks around for the long haul. When I smell this beer, it almost seems like it's gone a good way, because there is alot of sour aroma, like sour cherries and vinegar, mingling with the faint sweetness of the malt.
The taste, however is a different story. This is an incredibly complex beer. There is such a great balance struck here between the kriek and the quadruple... The overwhelming taste, to me, is of chocolate-covered cherries, but without any of the cloying sweetness. But then there is a lip-smacking tanginess and relatively dry finish, which does it's best to push aside the malt monster. But then the malt comes back, and some of the cherry, and the two have a little skirmish in your mouth for a while. There is also a bit of that funky barnyard characteristic.
And then the beer nears room temperature, and you ain't seen nothing yet.
Oh yeah, be forewarned... there are plenty of floaty yeasties in this puppy, so watch that last pour...
What a versatile beer. Slightly chilled, I love it with Old Amsterdam aged gouda cheese. When it warms up, it can stand up to some nice dark chocolate, or I suspect, even a nice cigar.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crazyfoMostout
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of iTunesUpdates
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Needs some age

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Photo of HopkingGonzalo
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JEdmund
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Unique plumb color; small head forms then fades

S: Light brown sugar and a tart cherry and other stone fruit presence; pretty nice

T & M: Immediately struck by the mouthfeel--definitely Belgian level of carbonation and is light and airy, doubly impressive for a big beer. Taste is like brown sugar biscuits and cherries, but in a light enough way it's not too much of anything and is surprisingly balanced. Can't believe this beer is nearly 10%!

O: Such a pleasure to drink! What a unique beer. It's satisfyingly rich but isn't cloying or heavy. Lives up to the hype. Curious how it will age. Can't imagine it getting better actually, as I like how the flavors are now and don't see them improving with time.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.45/5  rDev +8%
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 Jiveturkey75
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lauthaha
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer mug for maximum head enjoyment.

Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany (nearly-ruby) color with a lot of darkness. Head reaches the top of the glass, then recedes to about a half-finger remnant that is sure to stay throughout the drinking process. Lightly dimpled head. Moderate lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Heavy solvent odor which fares well against licorice, clove, nutmeg, etc. The hops are largely floral and hidden against the blanket of spices. Smells like a good autumn beer. Light-syrupy sweetness is also moderately perceivable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Piney, tingly flavor. The beer comes alive on the tongue, as earthy tones explode into citrus- or banana-like flashes of flavor. Only slightly sweet, with a medium-level of bitterness. Moderate carbonation allows for maximum enjoyment.

Drinkability: I could easily drink one every night. Two on weekends.

I first had Three Philosophers out of a 750 mL bottle, and wasn't cultured enough at the time to actually enjoy it...but even then, it tasted amazing. I bought a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles for about $16, and I think that was a pretty good deal for this brew. I think I might try aging one or two of the bottles, just to see what would come of that.

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Photo of mobrado
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nukem5
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the reason for drinking beer! Exceptional brew. From the time you here the cork "Pop" till you see it pour... You start to feel giddy like Christmas. I recieved this and two others in a gift box set with nice glass. When poured its like a deep cherry waterfall into your glass. The smell that comes from the glass is like Heaven on Earth. When the taste first hit the tongue you get that bubbly belgian classic tast and then cherry flavors wash the palate.Mouth feels like its full of micro bubbles washing around. Overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of thetravelguy01
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerdedEric
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Beige head with a bloody red body with sporadic yeast sediment. The head fades into thick ring around the glass. Carbonation is noticeable.

Strong bananas, cloves and some cherries. The aroma is in your face. I'm also thinking raisins.

Cloves, bananas, cherries are there,grapes, raisins and some alcohol. Very complex flavors in here and is quite delicious.

Carbonation is on the spritzy side, some alcohol warmth as it goes down, it leaves a dry feeling in the mouth, light to medium body.

I've only had a few Quads before. I'm trying to get into the Belgian Style of beers; most of my focus has been on American brews, so I decided to branch off a little. I have to say, I'm impressed with this style. Very complex and it exercised my palate -- it made me wonder -- what are all these flavors that I'm indulging? I have tried my hardest to describe them, since they are so different than the typical American Style beer; although, this is brewed in America, this has a genuine Belgian taste.

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Photo of lewk556
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tough-to-describe rusty tan color that is a striking ruby red when held in the light. Has a healthy yeast haze and topped with a fiercely effervescent tan head that pours big, but eventually lowers to an inch or so. Good retention; beautiful but sparse lacing.

Nutty and subtly boozy smells on the whole. Jerky, oak, nuts, overripe cherries.

Earthy and woody up front with a progressive sweetening with some tart cherry flavors and a long warm finish.

Dry and subtly sticky. Medium to full body with a prickly feel but a soft and creamy coating mouthfeel. Lingering alcohol finish, but no shuddering it is quite nice.

Fabulous beer.
Let me preface by saying that not 30 minutes ago I was lamenting the fact that I don't believe I have ever had what I would consider a Belgian style that was "up to snuff" brewed in the US.
This is a whole nother game. The beer pours looking just like a Quad should. The nose is the most peculiar part for me. The overall smell is rich and has a lot going on, but it kind of smells weird. Real smoky and something I can't put my finger on (their yeast, perhaps). Pleasantly, the taste is completely different from the smell and further fleshes out the beer. A pleasure to loosely swish in your mouth, this brew is a fine one for sipping on a winter's night by the fire. Share with friends.
Will find again; worth seeking out.

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Photo of JayNH
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep burgundy with a solid frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet, raisins and cherries. A noticeable alcohol scent.

T- starts sweet slightly cherry. There also seems to be a somewhat smokey/coffee taste that follows. Leaves a mild grassy hop aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth...

M- full bodied and creamy. The alcohol gives a little zip to the tongue and throat. A little less carbonation would be a plus.

D- This goes back smooth but is definitely a "sipper".

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,436 ratings.
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