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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)
6,475 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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Ratings: 6,475 |  Reviews: 2,112
Photo of nukem5
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerdedEric
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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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Photo of justingreenwood
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I'm always feeling pretty fantastic after drinking a bottle of this one. I want to be the fourth Philosopher.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber hue nice creamy tan head leaves uneven coats of lacing. Aroma: Strong vinous alcohol infused malts with semi tart hints of Lindemann's Kriek that will only mellow with time. Tones of honey wrapped in mild chocolate this is beautiful, finishes with brown sugar awesome stuff. Taste: The taste is a bit rough shows some signs of being young needs to be put away for a few years, the alcohol shines through pretty bright with chocolate covered cherries. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied effervescent Belgian style. Drinkability: Pretty good stuff, by about next year this is going to be so smooth watchout for the 9.8 abv.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle and into the glass with a long-lasting head, medium tan in color that settled over lightly hazy deep ruby red liquid. The nose is heavy on fruit, cherries most dominant, mellow and inviting to the senses. The taste is semi-dry cherry, light maltiness, a great hoppiness and perfectly potent alcohol flavors, each melding wonderfully each other. Pleasantly bitter without the sometimes cloying malt sweetness sometimes associated with this style of ale. Finshes on a almondy-dry bitterness and a palate teasing dance between the sweet and the bitter, cherry notes abound throughout the taste...a wonderful, wonderful ale, buy 2 bottles if you see it, one to drink now and throw the other one in the cellar for a spell!

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Photo of AricGresko
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Bogdawg
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Queequegtashtego
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Mack
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jraiona
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 2016 750ml.

A- A dark amber bordering on mahogany with a full frothy head with very nice lacing

S- Aroma of dark malt and currants

T- A pronounced sweetness but not cloying with the taste of cherries becoming more discernible as the beer warmed while drinking. Very slight hoppiness on the finish provides a nice balance. Despite its higher ABV it is not boozy or overpowering

F- Very rich with a smooth creamy texture and good carbonation.

O- If you're a fan of Belgians, especially quads, this is a must try. One of the best I've had to date.

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Photo of canudoa9
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Photo of bangmaker747
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of domtronzero
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007; I have a 2006 in the cellar that I've never got around to trying. How is it that I went this long without trying it? Its gonna be hard saving it for very much longer. I'll try to hold out...

Deep ruby brown beer with a 2 finger creamy tan head. Little lacing. Aroma is of cherries and malty sweetness. Taste is pleasantly tart and cherry sweet up front, with a nice bitterness balancing out the background. Mouhtfeel is rather spritzy due to the carbonation, but is rather heavy on the palate. Much thanks to the Ommegang folks for another fabulous brew.

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Photo of brother_rat
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at St Augustines in Vancouver.

A: slight cream colored head over hazy brown liquid.

S: Cherries and yeast aromatics of figs and pears.

T: Caramel, wood, cherries, raisins and plums.

M: Medium and thin viscosity simultaneously with a creamy mouth feel.

O: This blended beer is an interesting creation and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Alex93
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Dionysus777
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am writing this based on memory if it serves me well. Poured into a tulip from a bottle from 2014 and a Best By date of 2020. Smells of dark fruit. Taste is identical to the nose except I found the alcohol to be more up front. It was a little too hot for my palate and it took away from the other flavors. Would love to taste this after a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HugoGrim
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - 2007 vintage.

Poured into a chalice, a body of deep ruby with a nice head which dissipates rather quickly. A thin wisp remains with dots of bubble clusters stemming from a central spot of remaining foam, looking oddly like a fractal. Lace is spotty.

Aroma is excellent. Sweet fruits including cherries and creamy banana. Subdued Belgian spices accent toffee and nutty malts. Black cherry clings to the only slightly noticeable alcohol.

An exquisitely complex flavor. Sweet and sour dark fruits blend with an Earthy nuttiness. Spice lingers on the tongue after swallowing. Richly bitter hints of black coffee in the finish. Flavors become darker and malt richens as it warms. This is apparently a blend of 98% Quad and 2% Cherry Lambic, which is interesting. The cherry flavor is perfectly subtle, adding another layer to the as previously stated vastly complex flavor.

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Photo of Huffs
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.44/5  rDev +7%

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,475 ratings
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