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

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A - Pours a dark, opaque mahogany brown with a thin, foamy light tan head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bit of sticky lacing.

S - Ripe cherries, sweet malt, hints of phenolic character and a tad bit of licorice on the nose initially, also accompanied by a bit of a general herb-like character.

T - Sweetness of the malt mixed with ripened cherries hit the palate first. This is followed by a bit of licorice and tiny hint of alcohol that combine with a small hit of phenols which leaves a sweet, dry cherry finish. Quite a taste that challenges the palate.

MF - On the lighter end of full-bodied with a smooth feel punctuated only by a twinge of the combination of slight alcohol and a higher carbonation.

D - Relatively drinkable although the ABV is on the higher side.

Notes - A good tasting Quad-blend and quite interesting with the addition of cherries, however I feel that this aspect would get too sweet too quick. Granted, I would really only have this as an aperitif or to compliment a cheese or chocolate. All in all though, a pretty tasty brew that shows the amount of craftsmanship of Ommegang and a definite recommendation to any fan of Belgian-styled beer.

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

2004... Poured a hazy brownish red color with a thin tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of tart cherry and caramel malts, spices, and light alcohol. Taste of pepper, caramel, some cocoa, cherries and some yeast as well. Reminds me of a candy apple.

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Photo of rypkr
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super dry mouthfeel. Nothing in particular to write home about. Basically the staus quo per style yet recognized as a go to because of the volume of this beer on the market. Certainly not a great if even good quad IMO.

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Photo of Jgreen100
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A strong Belgian beer at almost 10% alcohol. You will feel it. Pours brown but clear. Tastes a little thinner than it looks. Good flavor with some fruity and cherry notes but not overpowering. Better than Chimay but it as good as Affligem and Karmeliet Tripel.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a huge amount of head which appears to have equally good retention. The head is a light to medium beige/tan that has a little rosiness to it. The body is a muddy mix of chestnut and maroon which appears as a medium to dark amber with hints of maroon when held up to the light. Some wisps of lacing and some spots.

Nose- Starts off with a rounded front of banana and cloves when slight notes of cherry peek in. Some caramel and honey. Light raisins. Hints of brown bread but very light. Swirling gives the slight cherry of the background a tiny tartness. Lacks some presence but still nice.

Taste- Starts off with raisins and brown bread while a faint tinge of cherries linger in the background before it moves into slightly abrasive cloves. A little too phenolic for me at the moment. There's a bit of woody bitterness that combines with the cloves to make this beer a little more harsh than I like. Hints of bittersweet chocolate around the edges. Some vinosity which ranges from white to red grapes. Lots of dark fruit flesh but not enough combat the ashiness of the cloves on the finish. Because of that, this beer is just a solid, good beer in my opinion. The phenols definitely prevent me from considering it a really good beer. Some molasses and brown sugar. Perhaps even a slight amount of heat. Some spice which tends toward pepper and cinnamon. Fairly complex but at points, it seems the balance could be better. Touches of honey as this begins to mellow a bit.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with some syrup to the texture. Light carbonation with a dry finish.

Drinkability- A little messier than a lot of the quads I've had but still pretty drinkable. Slight notion of heat may just be the astringent nature of the cloves and spices. Glad I spent 4.75 on a small bottle instead of the 12, 13 bucks that a 750 can be. Probably would not buy again.

Overall- Solid, good beer that has slight inclinations toward being a really good beer. The cherries really go a long way to smoothing this beer out. Not the biggest fan of the style but this is fairly faithful to it. Definitely worth a try but this is probably not a repurchase

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Photo of phisig137
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2005 bottle pours a murky mahogany color, with a one finger head and nice retention. No lacing, and only a small ring of bubbles are left behind.

Aroma is massively aromatic and complex. cherries, both sweet and sour, malt, toffee, caramel, roasted grains, and other dark berried dominate the nose. Smells fairly sweet, and has a faint hint of alcohol to it as well.

The flavor is also hugely complex. Very well balanced and blended, not allowing either the malt or the cherries to overpower one another. Slightly sweet up front, with a dry finish, the flavor lingers for quite some time. Nice to have a fruit flavored beer that doesn't taste artificial.... quite hard to do in my opinion. No alcohol present on the palate. Mouthfeel is very heavy, coating and smooth. Drinkability is decent, but I think it could improve with a bit more carbonation to lift the heavy flavors from your tongue.

Quite good overall, as are all of the Ommegang products. I'll be curious to see how the other bottle turns out after a couple years in the cellar.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 label. As fresh as I'm going to taste this beer I'd imagine.

To note - I'll review this beer to style based on the 3 beers I've had in the style. Rochefort 10, St Bernardus abt 12, and Judgment Day. This is my 4th. So all you BAs can take this with a grain of salt if I admit my experience isn't up to par.

From the others I mention, I love that the dark fruits are the base, loving the plum forward, alcohol soaked raisin and brown sugar flavors intertwined together beautifully with a smoooth mouthfeel. Complex. Obviously Judgment Day's profile is moseso lighter fruit forward with pear and plumish apple if that makes sense.

Three Philosophers is much less complex substituting black cherry for the plum and raisin, although the plum and raisin are there if you really look for it. Leaves you wondering a bit "did I miss something?" Solid but bland for a Quad. Raisin and Cherry forward and a bit medicinal as explained in other reviews. Very dry. You can tell this beer is a Quad but very average for the style that I've experienced so far. Don't get me wrong...this beer is enjoyable. Grew on me some as I finished the bomber.

Here is where this beer shines. Drinkability for the style. Finishes bone dry leaving you OK being able to finish a second bomber if this beer is your bag.

I'm happy I finally pulled the trigger and bought this beer. No regrets. However, I won't be buying this one again but would never turn it down if offered to me.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark burgundy in color. Little head & lacing. Kind of a spicy caramel oder with a slight wiff of alcohol. Taste is strong and complex. Spicy and Fruity. A bit too strong and complex for me, but some may love this. For such a strong taste mouthfeel is thin, but well carbonated. This beer really sneaks up on you. I like that. Certainly not a beer I would buy everyday, but maybe one purchasing for that special occasion or to age in the cellar.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fluffy off white head great bubbly lace brown amber with red tones hue in the body.

Smell: I thought the smell was odd it was sort of like soda like scent.

Taste: Slight cherry flavor but more spicy. No doubt a fruity beer but not as fruity as I thought it would be but that was good thing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and full.

Drinkability: Nice desert beer or night cap

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Photo of dsa7783
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The latest brew that I've sampled from Ommegang, and this one is slighty over-the-top in terms of flavor and complexity... pours an outstanding dark, ruby-red color with immense foamy and frothy head with some staying power... smell is full of caramel malts and brown sugar... taste strongly complements the smell, with a thick and rich creaminess on the palate that hits home and is very overwhelming... taste is complete with esters, alcohol, malt, caramel, brown sugar, figs, and prunes.... extremely creamy mouthfeel with a compromised drinkability due to the rich and thick flavors and the hefty 9.8% ABV... overall, a very good brew that is definitely a sipper and should be enjoyed over a long period of my opinion, Ommegang has produced better brews, but this is still a top-notch, quality sample... Recommended...

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Photo of ledemie
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head

S: Citrus / caramel l/ toffee.

T: The malty characteristics predominate a little sweet... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... a hint of sweet in the finish

M: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation... clean and crisp flavors pass shortly after finishing the sip

D: this is a good quadrupel, a little expensive for what it is, I would rather have a Ommegang Abbey. but still a nice beer.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml cork&caged bottle – 2014 Chimay Chalice glass
Notes taken from 12/24/2014

A: Three Philosophers pours a russet brown body with some cloudy yeast haze stirring about. Smallish bubbles form a thin layer of khaki cream across the brim. Moderate stay power to this one with only a few light swaths of lace left hanging around.

S: Deep dark fruity malts invoke a mélange of darkened breads and plumy fruits with dried currants, cherries, and figs. Not super aromatic I would say but fairly pleasant and inviting. I get some weak chocolate and dark caramel or molasses like sweetness to this. Finishes with a dusty mineral quality and earthy spices. Definite clove there and more dark fruits shown in the close.

T: Bready dark crust soaked in rum and molasses with raisin, fig, and mild cherry or dark berry. The Belgian style yeast conjures up some nice clovey spice flavors with a touch of bubblegum and light smoky phenols. Earthy minerals and more spice with a moderately low amount of bitterness. Alcohol is well masked only asserting a touch in the finish. What’s here is nice but is most certainly restrained. I am not getting a real deep dive to this one at all.

M: Fairly full bodied with a moderate amount of heftiness to it. Could use to have a bit more carbonation. Rests a bit heavy on the palate for the style these are usually more bouncy and soft. Slight drying attempts in the finish. Pretty clean balance overall.

D: A nice year round offering that is easily obtainable but just doesn’t hold up to its Belgian counterparts. And I really wanted to love this one however it falls a bit short of expectations and mostly in the flavor department. Not nearly as complex or in depth as it should take you. That said I found the beer to be well crafted with nice balance and some tasty flavors. Not going to be my favorite Quad, nor will it be my last go with the Philosophers of Three.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber body with a thick, tan head. Excellent retention and lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts were very evident in the smell with some alcoholic undertones.

T: A strong, alcoholic taste with a hint of malts and banana esters in the aftertaste. hints of burnt caramel were evident as well. About halfway through the beer, the taste started to smooth out and became sweeter. Notes on the bottle acknowledged that there was a bit of a kriek taste to it, so I guess that was what was showing up.

M: A nice, smooth and silky mouthfeel. Did a great job to compliment the taste.

D: Definitely pretty drinkable. Alcohol was a bit too evident in the beginning, but after it smoothed out, definitely became a good beer with a nice taste and a complimentary mouthfeel.

Note: I recently tried the cave-aged verison of this beer and it is like a totally different beer. Definitely worth the try if given the opportunity.

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Photo of SteveLyman
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When looking at the color, there is a dark red tint.

Smelling this beer, I pick up the Belgian candy notes. It reminds me of molasses. I also get tones of dark cherries.

The taste is great! At first, this is a very sweet tasting beer.It then kicks in with a dark black cherry flavor and a slight alcohol taste at the finish.

A great after dinner beer, along with a Rocky Patel Vintage cigar.

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Photo of grandq
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours into my Pabst goblet (yup) a hazy dark caramel topped by a fluffy cream head. Smells malt heavy with some fig and cherries, a faint touch of licorice and pumpkin spice. Tastes heavily of bing cherry with a bit of cocoa and fig behind. Fairly vinous with a very faint oaky bitterness in the finish. In the end, I find the mouthfeel a bit too thick, lacking the effervescent lift I like in most Belgian versions of the style. It has some prickle but feels too syrupy. Quite good quad, but not exceptional and not so much cheaper than some offerings from abroad.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - dark chestnut brown with a big foamy egg shell head.

S - Fruity, malty, slightly phenolic.

T - malt forward, fruity, pears, banana peel, alcohol present, yeasty, bread dough.

O - This was an easy drinking brew with a nice mouthfeel and really nice malt presence. I'm a bit of a neophyte for this style, but overall this was solid. I've got an extra bottle I'm planning to age for a year to see how it ages.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby color that glows in the light, fairly hazy. Thin head disappears rapidly into a frothy ring. The aroma has light notes of fruity sweet malt, perhaps raspberry or cherry, with a slight nuttiness. The is initially cinnamon sweet malt, becoming more fruity with winey and cherry notes. The finish is fairly unremarkable, with the strong alcohol showing itself a bit. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but nice and bubbly. Decent drinkability, needs more finish to round it out, also a bit alcoholic...

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened with a nice pop. Poured a coca-cola brown with a light brown head. Head wasn't as large as I suspected. A thinner lacing but still stuck to glass till the end. I poured into a goblet and i was expecting there to be more lacing perhaps the goblet was not the cleanest it could of been. Nice champagne like bubbles

Smell: Only words come to mind are rustic, wooden and medicinal.

Taste: Complex and strong. The kind of taste you just can't put words on. I would still go with the rustic for the taste.

Mouthfeel: delicately carbonated, a nice alcoholic warmth till the end. Surprising because its not all that high in ABV.

Drinkability: defiantly a sipping beer. You have to take your time with this one. I really should of tried some food pairings with this one.

I was reading a lot of good reviews on here and I just don't see it. I wasn't as impressed with this as I thought I'd be. Perhaps I'm not down with the style as this was my first quad. I must prefer the tripple la fin du monde. Although I wasn't blown away by my beer experience I gave it good review because this beer was well-crafted, I will prob review it again at some point to see if it goes better.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Review is from notes taken on 2/10/10.

A: Poured into an over-sized wine glass. Showed a deep mahogany color with an off-white/brownish colored 2-finger head. There was a bit of a reddish tint in the body from the 2% Kriek. Light lacing on the glass disappeared after a bit.

S: Lots of raisin, fig, fig newton (tehe) with a hearty yeast character supporting the fruitiness. There was an unmistakable aroma of maraschino cherries in the background. I don't really care for maraschinos, but it was not a dominant smell, so it didn't offend me that much. A caramel sweetness was also evident, and as the beer warmed, the cherry smell faded and some alcohol notes appeared.

T: Big, rich malt taste. I have to say that the fake cherry taste was just a little too much for me. There was, however, a pretty good balance between the fruity (raisin, fig) sweetness and a spicy, clean finish from the yeast and hops. The good fruit flavors became the dominant taste as the beer warmed.

M: Nice, full, tingly feel. It really nailed all of my taste buds and warmed my palate.

D: I like a lot about this beer, but that darned maraschino cherry flavor was just too heavy in the flavor mix for me. I shared the 1 pint, 9.4 oz. with my girlfriend and I'm not sure I would want much more than that.

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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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Photo of HeavyKevy
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very large head, very nice brown color .sweet tasting, alcohol is very pronounced. at first taste, I thought it was really good, but as I drank more I found I wasn't too crazy for the sweetness.I didn't care for aftertaste, I think this is too sweet for me.

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

This was an really interesting beer. Started off too cold so I let it sit around for a while before tasting it to let it warm up. When cold, it's a bit thin and bitter, but when it warmed up, it became much more complex. Nicely spicy/yeasty and a really full cherry nose. Tartness from the kriek lambic it was mixed with was mild and only came through when warmed to the point where it should have been served. Easily drinkable and quite tasty.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brewed 2004, 750ml bottle poured into Chimay goblets.

Appearance - extremely dark amber color. When not held to light, appears nearly opaque, but is in fact translucent. Very cloudy, reasonable amount of sediment (~1inch left in bottle, un-poured).

Smell - very fruity. Almost like a wine, but with a sweet-malt smell, behind the fruit.

Taste - Grapes, then malt. Upon swallowing, cherries, then more malt. Aftertaste is also malty, with lingering fruitiness. Fruit flavors throughout are all very rich, well developed, and natural tasting, none of that 'fruit flavoring' nonsense here. The over-all taste almost reminds me of a port, if port were beer.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. The bottle was very lightly carbonated (I nearly had to yank the cork out,) so the beer lays in the mouth almost like a wine. Very silky, very smooth; also not dissimilar to port.

Drinkability - this is, without a doubt, a well made beer. It may very well be a Great Beer. But it isn't a great beer for me. Even though I am enjoying this glass, I can't imagine having another without a nice bowl of really good vanilla ice cream on the side of it. As someone who doesn't love fruit-beer, this is not the beer for me. But I would recommend it to anyone who like a good fruity beer, because for what it is, it is very nice. In my opinion, this beer might be best enjoyed with a simple desert, following a rich meal (also like a port.)

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Photo of mulder1010
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last bottle in my Denver cellar. 2010 vintage. Aged over a year now.
750 corked and caged, poured into a wine glass.

A-- Poured a deep, dark ruby color. Got a massive head that slowly died down to film. Left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. not much head retention on swirling.

S-- Candied black cherry mixed in with some bread. Cherry fruitcake might be a good description on this. Slightly syrupy quality in the nose, still quite nice though.

T-- Black cherry. Not candied at all. really sort of thin in a way. lacking the bread quality that it needs.

M-- Get a slight amount of bread in the mouth but this is about cherry and more cherry. Starts as black cherry and changes to red ruby sweet cherry with small bit of sourness. Not that it is infected or anything like that. Finishes as sweet cherry. Has a bit of an alcohol burn to finish but the cherry sweetness does hide it a bit.

O-- to me this is still the bar standard for US Quads. Like the addition of cherry to this, as it adds a fruity dimension to this. Thin taste besides cherries but the mouth does pick up the beer.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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