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 Birdiebeagle
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle Pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a good fizzy light brown head. Very good lacing on the glass, head diminshed in average time. Aroma is of carmel and cherries. Taste has good carbonation. The sweetness blended nicely. It doesn’t overpower the beer. Has an astringent aftertaste, but a short finish. Has a sherry wine like flavor. The correct glass will help you appriciate this one. I got it in a gift pack that came with it.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the name and design of this beer. I picked one up a few weeks ago and invited two old friends over hoping we could drink it and emulate the name. Instead one friend got wasted on two Warsteiners and the other brought his girlfriend who talked all night while they both drank all my beer. Oh well.
Dark, attractive color with a ruby tinge and a thick head that eventually dissipates to a cap. Nose is thick with chocolate malt and alcohol and has a spicy, heavy, aroma.
Dark and rich taste that hides the alcohol as well as it can, but 9.8% cannot be completely hidden, methinks. This beer compares favorably with most other dark Belgians I've tried. I taste the lambic and think it mellows the taste but the malt and the depth of texture is what defines this brew for me. If you like Belgian style beer, you'll almost indubitably enjoy this offering from Ommegang.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.6 oz. corked and caged bottle poured into a goblet.

medium amber brown that shines pure ruby against the light. fairly clear with a fizzy carbonation and half an inch of noisy tan head that bubbles and falls quickly.

dark cherries and caramel in the nose, just like the label says. also has some belgian yeast, champagne-like dry aromas, and a little cidery tartness.

very smooth and light with high carbonation. sour and earthy with bitter cherries, a touch of plummy caramel sweetness and a dry alcoholic finish. complex and subtle; a nice quiet beer to sip and enjoy. this one would definitely age well.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slighty cloudy brown with about half a finger of fizzy brown head that quickly fades. Smell is sweet, brown sugar mainly, with some yeastiness and a hint of cherry. The yeastiness is sharp in the flavor with some roasted nuts and a slightly sweet aftertaste. The cherry flavor increases as it warms. The mouthfeel is a little sticky with lots of carbonation. This is a pretty good beer to relax with, very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark-chocolate brown with light brown and ruby highlights into my FABulous new Trappiestes Rochefort gold-rimmed goblet; It forms a fluffy, bubbly centimeter head of tawny tan head that soon fades to a light skim and a very thin ring around the big, deep chalice's rim. Dark, gently brooding.

The scent is dark, dark fruits, a slightly alcoholic medicine with slight fresh greenery notes, maybe a little bit of mint or floral spice. Slight notes of fantastically rich butterscotch.

A heavy flavor kicks off each sip of this (be sure to allow proper time to warm to truly appreciate the rich, hearty flavors!) - Rich, decadent malts are a deep, lustrous, smoky caramel; A delicious alcohol middle is chock full of deceiving flavor, and the finish is doubly complex, full of tart fruits at first, and then a distinct twinge of cherries - You can, if you pay attention, taste the cherry lambic. The description of this brew is strange, never heard anything like it, but if you want to think about it hard enough, you can taste it. If you don't think about it, this beer is simply a good-tasting, very interesting Belgian that does nothing wrong. I wonder how much they had to pay Lindeman's to use their Kriek in the creation of this beer? I don't see any real connection between the two oceans-apart brewries other than this single beer, so it's quite a unique concoction indeed.

The mouthfeel is creamy, with a gentle carbonation that can go completely unnoticed if you're not payint attention. It's enough to create a very tiny tingle on the tongue, bringing out the flavors. A medium body is lightened by the warmth of alcohol. It's easy and enjoyable to drink.

I remember, several months ago, being afraid to try this because I didn't know what the heck 'cherry lambic' was, and I thought 'fruit beers' were some kind of evil hybrid style that should be denounced at all costs. Simply stated, how wrong I was.

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Photo of Luigi
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby brown with a light brown head. Great lacing. The aroma is slighty fruity and alcoholic. Some hints of licorice. The taste is full of dark malty flavors. Kind of sweet and sour from the cherry lambic blended in the ale. Has a herbal bitterness as well. The finish is slighty dry with a touch alcoholic sweetness. The smooth full body makes for easy drinking. To sum it up, a great sippin beer full of flavor.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. It went over big on Valentine's Day. It poured a dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Some nice lacing. It had a sweet caramel odor with some fruit in the background. . It had a coffee/chocolate/dried fruit taste, with a lingering of the coffee. Very warm and complex in the mouth, lots of fun to drink.

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Photo of sabrills70
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. Poured into my Duvel goblet. Murky chestnut brown with some ruby highlights with a nice 2 finger head, OK longevity but very nice lace. Smell of big caramel, brown sugar, candy and dried dark fruit. Slight coffe aromas as well. Coffee like taste mixed with some chocolate and dried dark fruit, no roastyness though. Caramrl and dark brown sugar tastes. Rich creamy and sticky. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste which also contains a fair amount of bitterness. Definately one to sip. Very complex. A nice brew.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice. A small, half finger head forms. Beer is maroon/purple/brown in color and cloudy in nature. No lacing is left down the side of my St Berny chalice.

Aroma seems earthy. Wet soil and dried leaves are evident. Bubble gum and yeast as well. Not a whole lot of candi present which is okay by me.

Interesting taste. Nutty flavors. Sweet candi and yeast. Overripe cherries or strawberries. A spourness is present as well. Maybe that is what contributes the earthy/dirt smell. I dont know.

Pretty big bodied and sticky mouthfeel. A bit cloying. Leaves a resin on the tongue and teeth.

Drinkable. Not entirely impressed but I will give it another chance in the future.

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Photo of Ego
3.29/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ andy's corner bar, bogata, nj, $8 for a tulip full
(they served it a bit cold, I let it warm up)

dark ruby, perfect one finger of head holds and holds in the tulip, the consistency was excellent throughout, the lacing was sticky as it should be for something with the ABV this boasts, it was picturesque as served.

mild kriek tones, very subdued compared to the original version. Lambic notes bordering on mild, slight yeast detected, no funk perse but just some dry tones as per the yeast working the quad. hard to judge something that is a blend.

taste etc...
a bit too thin, but the carbonation was right on, on first sip it seemed like a total kriek but it yields to the yeast... to detriment ? There is zero sourness of the lambic side and not enough assertiveness on the quad side to satisfy a fan of either style. It drinks rather easy but if that is all you want you can drink high end vodka. It seems to be a beer hedging its bets, sure, it has kriek notes and quad notes but it doesn't accomplish either in a fashion that makes you say wow. So both style wind up tasting average as a blend...

had to try it on tap as presented... but I won't be searching this out again. It wasn't great in bottles (the idea is) and it wasn't great on tap... it was worth trying, but there were better offerings on tap.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

Pours a dark reddish brown with a fluffy tan head that maintains. Thick patchs of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly bready with dark fruity tones. A slight cherry smell looms in the back.

Taste is slightly sweet and bready upfront followed by a very sweet yeasty fruitiness. There is a hint of cherry mixed in, but very subtle. Finishes with a lingering fruitiness.

Body seems a bit thin.

Pretty drinkable, but my least favorite Ommegang to date.

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Photo of Phatz
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The presentation is a classy 750ml corked and caged bottle. Cleary dated 2004 across the top label.

Appearance: Pours a dark orange brown plumby color. It is hazy in appearance. A little light might squeak through but it not transparent at all. I'd call it barely translucent to nearly opaque. A light tan head fades quickly.

Smell: Sugary! Dark! The smell is really good. The first thing that hit my nose was a brown sugar followed by a dark fruit smell. There is a subtle yeast hint in the aroma and in the taste as well.

Taste: As in the smell the taste is sugary sweet but not over sweet. It’s just right. After the brown sugar maple syrup flavor there is a fantastic plum mango apricot sweet fruit taste that slides so incredibly smoothly across the palate. There are also hints of yeast, apples, caramel, black cherries (and dark fruits in general). The malt character is very bold and defined and the hop character is pleasantly gentle and barely showing itself through the sweet sugar aftertaste.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: This is remarkably smooth and enticing. The mouthfeel is a medium bodied somewhat slippery and superbly easy to swallow. It is a highly drinkable beer. Each sip is such a treat for the palate (taste) and the mouth (texture). However you must be careful! The 9.80% ABV will sneak up on you like an evil bastard and next thing you know the bottle is empty and can't remember you own phone number :)
That problem is not always a bad thing but wow this is a freaking awesome beer! I highly recommend!!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown in color with very nice head and loads of lacing. Medium alcohol smell with dark fruit smell (kinda raisiny). Great smell for a quad. HUGE taste. Very sweet with distinct graininess. Strong alcohol flavor without the burning. I'm not sure why that is. Slight toffee flavor. Ridiculously smooth mouthfeel. This brew is great. A bit dry on the palate. Still lots of dark fruits in the finish. This is a great brew. I can't wait for the bottle in the cellar to get some age on it. Grab a bottle of this or I'll hunt you down. Not seriously but you need to try it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed in 2004.
A: Pouring into a large wine glass, a thin, light-tan head is produced over the dark amber liquid. The minimal head fades within a minute, leaving a few clusters of foam around the glass. Vigorously swirling and smelling allows the beer to streak lacing down the glass' sides, enhancing its display.
S: Dominating the scent is the maltiness of the beer; aside from the requisite alcohol scent, I detect little else. The Belgian yeast seems to be buried underneath and only the slightest of hints of the cherry lambic filter through. There does not seem to be any bittered fruit or plum, fig, raisin smells as one can encounter from the style, especially when mixed with kriek.
T: As foreshadowed by the smells, most of the beer seems to be focused on its malt aspects; clearly, the bulk of this beer is devoted towards its caramel malt origins. The sweetness is tempered by a mild peppery and yeast taste as one would expect from a Belgian ale. No detectable hop presence, but it does finish with a slight alcohol taste. From my perspective, the people who claim to taste cherries and chocolate are either playing up the effect or letting their expectations cloud their senses; I could detect very little. There are other quadrupels with more balance tethered to scent and flavor depth/undertones than this one, hence the average.
M: Light to medium mouthfeel with a well-designed amount of carbonation to make the beer smooth and go down pleasantly.
D: Three Philosophers did not come across as well-balanced or providing much in terms of depth or subtle flavors/smells. The malt power is just "on part" for the style. Given its high alcohol content without much reward in terms of other aspects, this one doesn't strike me as much to rave about. Perhaps 2004 was a bad year...

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Photo of Citadel82
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, deep, red-brown with a long lasting tan head. Leaves some sticky lacing and the head finishes as a thick lacy ring with a few self sustaining clouds.

Smell is rich dark dates and dried figs and the faintest of traces of dried cherries and a strong whiff of alcohol.

Taste is strongly alcoholic. Some medicine like notes. Dried sweet-tart cherries, dried cranberries, tawny port, iodine, alcohol, a little dried sweetness and a longish slightly bitter dry finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a brew of this gravity. Though overall it is a medium-heavy bodied brew.

Buy a few bottles, drink some, and cellar some for later.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a 4-pack of this locally at a wine store!! Pours a nice brown/reddish color, smell is of plums. Tastes to me a bit plummy and other fruits but not too fruity. Finishes really nice. It's a bit sweeter than expected but it's not bad at all since I don't like real sweet beers. Definetly recommended!!

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Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers pours a dark brown with ruby red highlights and a nice thick tan head.

There are sweet aromas of chocolate and cherries.

It is medium to full bodied with a crisp carbonic mouthfeel.

Taste is a balance of tart fruits, especially cherries and sweet caramel and chocolate. Slick, velvety and sticky mouth and throat coating alcohol warmth.

A very interesting beer that is a belgian style quadrupple ale blended with Lindemans cherry lambic. Overall, a fantastic and unique brew. I could drink them all night.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours orange caramel in colour with a surprisingly less than "luxurious" head. no date is visible on this twelve ounce bottle. the beer is hazy and some random yeast clumps made their way into my glass despite a careful pour. the nose is full of funked cherry that foretells of a tartness to come in the flavour. mild alcohol vapours and a scant amount of yeasty tones, most likely obscured by the rather brash cherry aroma, are notable as well. the wild appeal is quite grand. the flavour, like the nose, is dominated by the Lambic's bold character. a sturdy malt texture serves as my sole insight to the level of malt burried within the fruity tartness. a fading malt aftertaste lingers in the finish and manages to outshine the cherry for a fleeting moment. this brew is not just a cherry flavoured beer. it has some degree of complexity with its dank earthy aspects. if one can find appreciation for musty, aging, fruit tones coupled with some rich malt character look no further. if nothing else, this is interesting to taste.

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Photo of klewis
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle - brewed 2005

A: Pours a dark brown with a respectable yelowish head that quickly subsides to a ring around the glass.

S: Nice aromas of dark cherries, biscuits, and caramel with a slight alcoholic aroma. The cherries almost give this the aroma of a light red wine.

T: The brewer's at Ommegang did a nice job of blending just the right amount of kreik with this - the cherry taste is definitely present, but not overwhelming. The lambic's tart character shines through in this beer, giving it some personality that it might otherwise be lacking.

M: The tartness makes the mouth pucker (in a good way), and the alcohol has a nice warming effect. This one has a nice full body and a very complimentary amount of carbonation.

D: This is one of my favorite beer from Ommegang to date. It has an obvious Belgian character with a uniquely American twist. Very enjoyable and highly reccommended.

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

A: Pours an almost brown color with a slight red hue. Nice foamy off white head that leaves great lace.

S: Aromas of dark fruit/cherry with a heavy nose of malts. High abv is noticeable here.

T: Tastes of fruit, mostly cherry and a bit of wheatiness that finishes with dry and smooth. Aftertaste of cherries. Yum. I like the succession of taste changes with this one.

M & D: Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Cherries are noticeable, but not overpowering. High abv can be noticed when the first drop hits your tongue. Not a session beer, but a damn fine one. Brewery Ommegang continues to make stars.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is great stuff, unique flavor, great aromas, big mouthfeel, a great sipping brew given the abv. I really like to sit down and savor a three philosophers a couple times a year. The cherry undertones from the kriek add a great layer of flavor to this quad, its a really unique offering.

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Photo of numenor1
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I had this again 10/24/06. I was too kind last time.

Pours a cherrywood color with a decent enough head that dissapears to almost nothing, not what i'd expect of a quadrupel. Smells of cherry and alcohol. Taste is initially candy cherry, cough drop cherry without so much menthol. Medicinal. To be fair, this fades a bit and there are other flavors underneath, but this overwhelms them, sadly. Any subtleties are masked, and it's pretty much cherry alcohol riding through to the finish. Phenolic, fusels even? Mouthfeel is quite nice though, full, with nice carbonation. Not very drinkable at all. Slow sipping is tolerable, but why would I want to? Interesting idea, quadrupel+lambic but in the end not so good. I've had this brew a few times, didn't like it before and thought maybe i'd age it a bit to see if it improved, and it did, but only so far as to mute everything and make it less offensive. Ah well, can't like em all.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a a glassful from a 750 ml. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Deep brown color with a half inch tan head that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Love the tulip glass!

Distinctive Belgian smell, enhanced by a background scent of tart cherries. Not overpowering.

Very complex taste. Malty, yeasty, fruity, in different layers as the beer warmed up.

High ABV warmed as it went down, but the alcohol taste was well hidden.

Very interesting flavor. Great bargain for the price. I don't think I could drink a lot of these in a row, but one or two at time was good.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a beautiful looking cherry color with a centimeter of tan creamy dry looking head that left some droopy strands of lace. Smelled of cherries, cranberries, alcohol and a slight smoky dry yeast. Tasted strongly of red wine with an intense dry yeast and a subtle strawberry and cherry sweetness. Alcohol became very noticeable on the exhale. Good blend of flavors here. Mouth feel was light with lots of carbonation against my palate. A very dry and bubbly beer.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a drak reddish brown with bits of yeast floating around. The aroma about knocked me out with the initial alcohol scent. As the alcohol scent fades and the aromas of cherries and sweet malts is notable. The alcohol is the first thing that hits you when you take that first drink. Quickly following the alcohol there is a notable cherry flavor but not as strong as I thought it would be. This has got to be one of my favorite brews of all time, I have got to find this brew again.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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