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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)

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Reviews: 2,066 | Ratings: 6,298
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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Photo of Edwin
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Philosophers goblet from a 750ml bottle received for being in Jaysus' wedding.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful ruby red/brown with a nice little tan head. A beauty to behold.

Smell - A fruity, grainy blend. I think I smell a hint of banana, but that could be just me. Some caramel in there. Love it.

Taste - Awesome. Cherry-like notes with an alcohol and malty tinge. Has a bread-like wine taste to it. Sweet and bitter at the same time. I love this brew.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth. Goes down easy with some alcohol burn.

Drinkability - One or two max, but definitely high on my list when available. Gotta dock points here for the sheer power.

Overall - I loved it. An inspired brew that has a great flavor and a nice balance. I Cracked it for PSU/FSU. Go Lions!

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Photo of Hautacam
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with a good frothy tan head that reduced, but lasted.
Color was dark red/brown...almost burnt orange when held up to light.
Smell..slight cherry, not overpowering...malty, earthy.
Taste , pretty complex , but balanced. Malty and sweet, cherry is there , doesn't dominate ...some other slight fruit..can't really tell what these are specifically..maybe raisans ? I don't taste any chocolate. Alcohol comes through, but is balanced with all the other flavors; and the finish was sweet,but just barely.
Mouthfeel was medium...surprizing...I thought it would be heavier.
I really like this ale, but don't think I could drink more than a glass... well maybe if you twisted my arm.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Quad has a deep amber red color with a ½ inch light brown head of thick carbonization in my chalice-style glass. The smell is of aromatic fermented fruit with light cherry overtones. The taste is smooth with a bit of ethereal warming qualities. The flavor is a woody and cherry experience with a hint of caramel. The mouth feel is full and slightly fizzy with that ethereal feel after the swallow. This beer was one of my early “Belgium” favorites.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark ruby with a wispy reddish head.
the smell is very medicenical, cherrys come through, a hint of alcohol and chocolate.
the flavor is very medicenical like cough suryp, the cherry flavor is very rich, fruity, little chocolate, carmelized malt.
the mouthfeel is very thick almost surypy

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide-mouth goblet from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Gorgeous dark ruby color with a thick light tan head and very persistent retention.

S - Heavy fruits - raisins, prunes, and persimmons (spelling?). Molasses and caramel malt.

T - Betrayed by the smell, this one has a heavy malty character with intermingling dark fruits throughout. The Caramel/molasses characteristic is predominant to me, while the fruitiness is more non-descript and subdued. It's difficult to tell that this is infused with cherry lambic. I taste fruit to some extent ... i just can't tell which fruit without the prior knowledge from the label.

M - Thick, but not overly heavy. Balance decidedly toward the caramel malt sweetness without being cloying. Subtle alcohol warming.

D - I couldn't finish more than a single 12 oz offering of this in any one sitting ... just a little too sweet for me. It's warm and rich, but doesn't lend itself to a quantity in my opinion. Might be good warmed, with spices!

This is a good ale, but I fear it didn't meet my expectations in every regard. Perhaps they were too high, as I've been wanting to try this one for a while now. A solid offering nontheless ... I would have thought it possibly a slightly higher ABV for a quadrupel ...? If you like the heavy, malty sweetness in a Belgian style beer, then you'll likely very much enjoy this one. Very molasses-like to me. I'm sure this one is intended to be, but it's not my very favorite style. For the style, it's good ... maybe very good.

I'd try it again but am in no real hurry to do so. I'm going to try the Rare Vos next ...

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Photo of DogFood11
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Easy to manage on the pour, khaki head that is substantial. Lacing is slick.

some light candied smells but for the most part this is a licorice and alcohol bombing in the aroma.

Dark candy. aggressive carbonation, crisp finish.
buzzy buzzy. this is a fine brew.

Notes: I am putting a couple in the cellar fridge. Winner.

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Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm a hardcore Ommegang supporter, but this is not my favorite from the brewery. Not to say it's bad... just not as great as I'd like it to be. Appearance-wise, it's lovely. Deep crimson with a sticky white head and a generous amount of lacing.

Smell is raisiny and pruney- lots of dark fruits- and sweet. Taste is not the yummiest ever- raisins and coffee with a background bitterness. A bit on the sweet side for me- perhaps this guy needed time to blend better. Mouthfeel is very, very smooth, though a tad bit watery.

Overall, fairly drinkable for the style and alcohol content. If you grab one of these guys, give it some time to age- I have a feeling that's all it needs to really stand up with it's Ommegang siblings.

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

Poured from the bottle into a wide mouthed goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a fantastic copper to deep ruby coloration. The head was a towering caramel coloration. The head had considerable staying power. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: The beer smelled of fruity goodness. There was the playful interaction of cherry and apples combined. The beer was malty sweet with cinnomin and caramel drifting about.

Taste: The beer was true to smell. The beer had an understated cherry apple combination that went well with caramel malts and cinnomin. The beer had a some spicy notes playing along.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. The sweetness is in balance with the spicy contrast. Alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of pbr85
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalis.

Appearance: Pours a nut brown with a small off white head with little to no lacing.

Smell: Mango and alcohol combine for a strong smell.

Taste: Fruit and alcohol flavors dominate. There is a lot of carbonation that masks much of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, which masks the flavor. Not terrible but doesn't amaze.

Drinkability: Its pretty drinkable for how much alcohol is in it. Though I couldn't drink alot, I would not shy away from it if it was offered. A decent North American replication of a Belgian style.

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Photo of clabaugh
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep ruby red. A bubbling, beige colored head develops. The head seems to crawl on top of the beer. Lacing is wonderful, leaving a solid ring coating the inside of the glass.

Smell: Some caramel malts, as well as grape. The cherry presence in this beer is not as obvious as expected. The hops mask themselves well in the scent, but are evident in a subtle estery aroma. Very inviting and sensual in the nose.

Taste: An intense backbone of caramel malt and barley. Cherries are readily recognizable in taste, despite their aloofness in smell. Hops are still very subtle, but present in a kind of floral flavor. Some nectar is definitely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full-bodied, and warming. A pleasing sensation on the tongue. Creamy and satisfying.

Drinkability: A bit filling, but flavorful and inviting. Adequate drinkability, due to the flavor. I don't crave this one as much as I expected to. A fine brew, but not exceptional.

Notes: Definitely a surprise considering its comparing itself to a lambic. A little bland I must admit. Fine beer otherwise.

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Photo of ski271
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep reddish-brown with a large, light tan, foamy, thick head with very good retention. Some light lacing all the way down. The smell is a marvelous blend of caramel malt, Belgian yeast, cherry, herbs, alcohol and fruit esters, and light bubble gum. The taste is sweet, with huge malts, prune, cassis, tobacco and a late sting of fruit. The finish is long, warming and sweet. It has a medium body, and the silky texture and effervescent carbonation give this a spectacular mouthfeel. This is one outstanding Belgian! A must try.

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

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle poured into my Delirium Tremens glass. 2004 vintage.

Appearance: Nice electrically amber and bubble-bursting body. Lots of lacing on the glass, with a head that's amped up and really doesn't want to dissipate at all.

Smell: Yeast and sour cherries up front. Some raisin and molasses sweetness and some figs too. The craziness of sweet malts up there too. The balance is awesome but with the complexity I was hoping for more.

Taste: Yeast, sour cherries. The craziness of sweet malts up there too. Finishes with beautiful sour cherries and some slight dryness. The fig and raisin sweetness is there too. Once again, could be more complex, but the balance is awesome. And seriously, the finish is amazing, which certainly boosts it up to a 4.5.

Mouthfeel: Creamy stuff, carbonation levels are awesome. A thicker body, but not cloying or anything like that.

Drinkability: A very balanced and quality brew. Ommegang has never disappointed me. And, let's face it, for about $7 a bottle this is beyond a steal. Certainly pick one up. I can't wait to cellar some of these.

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

Pours a dark brown to almost black color with a big foamy brownish head and really sticks to the side of my glass.
Big sweet ripe fruits mainly cherry with a brown sugarish aroma and a hint of molasses.
Very smooth. Thick malty sweetness leads to a tartness and slighly fruity but not as much as some other quads I've had. There is a pleasant warming on the way down. The flavors all really work well with one another to create a great beer drinking experience.
This is a fine example of a quadrupel and is a great beer to sit and sip.

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Photo of jaluria
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque, murky-looking black with a brown colored head that stays put and leaves behind intricate lacing. Aromas of alcohol, grapes, and leather are apparent, but the alcohol definitely dominates. The taste is a bit more 'porter' or 'imperial stout' like than is typical for this style. An interesting combination of fruit, candy sugar, and drying bitterness. In my mouth, this beer feels like liquid leather in that it is overly viscous and sticky. It felt like I was drinking something I shouldn't be; motor oil, discharged broth from a fermentation tank, etc. But that is the beauty of this beer, it combines two styles so well that is absolutely unique. I enjoyed the taste of this beer very much and was interested in more even with the high ABV.

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled: 12.03.05

A thick creamy head of foam rests on a ruby highlighted bronze liquid; very little lacing results.

The first smell you get is the cherries from the blend of the lambic. Under that is some darker flavors of molasses and brown sugar. Some familiar Belgian malts are also present. The whole aroma is capped by a slight winey smell, very enticing and impressive overall.

The flavor is immediately tart and sour cherries, but soothed by rich, dark malts. More Belgian familiarity lurks in the deep dark taste. The tartness up front never really takes over and is really balanced by the maltiness. I’m extremely impressed, as I must’ve been in some mind-numbing vortex when I purchased the bottle and completely missed the Cherry Lambic part of the ‘Blend’. So, finding that it didn’t over power the brew was a great thing. The beer is light despite its type and some oily resins are left behind. Not much alcohol really apparent considering its heft.

This is pretty damned easy to drink at 9%. The flavor is great and should be savored. But I will definitely go back for more of this on occasion.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, ruby red/brown with no head to speak of. Smells like deep chocolate...but not that horrible, fake, burnt smell. It's much more subtle. I think it's the presence of a milky-ness. There's a pleasant subtle grainy taste (along with the smooth chocolate), and a pleasant hoppy bite. A delicious beer!!!

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Photo of barknee
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3P's pours with a moderately chunky head, settling to a sturdy 1/8" chunky slick with staying power. Color of slightly less than opaque cola with visible carbonation and generous sediment suspended throughout the glass. This I have no issue with. Agitation aerates the surface resulting in good creamy foam on top and coats the glass nicely. The Nose offers some chocolate, Belgian yeast and cardamom. The spicy notes are held in slight abatement giving this brew a classy character rather than being totally off the wall flamboyant. The flavor is rich and buttery, malty and reminiscent of lightly roasted hazelnut. The flavors linger for a minute + with essence of sticky molasses, ground cherry, (aka Physalis pruinosa) and lightly roasted nuts and a pleasant saltiness on the lips. Creamy and expansive in the mouth, this is another fine product from Ommegang. Finishes just short of dry with drinkability being surprisingly great. Very well done!!

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Photo of jamesdergen
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark, cloudy almost opaque amber/burgundy with a small tan head that sticks around for the duration.

Smell: Big sweet almond aromas mixed with the dark fruits. Excellent.

Taste: Dark, dried fruits with sweet bread and oak in the background. The alcohol is very well-hidden. I'm not really picking up any of the cherry lambic flavors here.

Mouthfeel: Light and well-carbonated, maybe a bit much.

Drinkability: This one goes down easy, maybe too easy... The alcohol is almost undetectable and it's the cost of the beer that is keeping me sipping.

This is one of my favorite brews of all time. I would drink it every day if I could afford to and if it was available locally. If you like the darker Belgians, you owe it to yourself to hit this up.

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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 sinistrsam
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was shared between a friend and myself, and that was certainly a good idea. I poured half of this 750 mL bottle into each snifter (as indicated on the back of the bottle) and observed a beautiful huge tan head rise form the dark, almost ruby body.
The lacing was phenomenal, and the head took minutes to dissapate. When it finally died down, the aroma was of dark fruits, perhaps sour cherry, malts, yeasts and subtle hops. The taste was certaily Belgian, with extremely complex flavors, a lot of alcohol (yet not overpowering) and yeasts. the feel was somwaht carbonated as it pased the tongue, and slightly acidic and puckering, but overall very pleasant. I recommend this one ot anyone and everyone.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers poured from a 750 ml brown bottle that read "brewed in 2005" (I know... I know... but the girlfriend and I couldn't wait and we have access to more). Nice detailing on the back of the bottle explained the best way to pour this bottle-conditioned ale, which I poured into a snifter.

Three Philosophers poured a very dark brown with an inch or so of tan, large bubbled head. The head retained well and left big, holey lacing on the side of the glass. The beer's nose was of a doughy smell along with undertones of fruitiness: a truly excellent smelling beer. A complex flavor with some sourness to the medium body that predominated with malt and cherry. Pretty drinakble, although a sipping beer for sure.

Notes: I paired mine with some havarty and sesame things, which was a decadent treat. I salute the Bros for those selections on the Three Philosophers page, dead on.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml 2004 edition...Belgian ale blended with Kriek Lambic

A-Hazy, murky orange color with straw yellow head formed of tightly packed carbonation from the bottom.

A-Sweet, dried orange aroma is dominant. Yeasty, fruity esthers fill the nose very nicely. I can tell this is going to be sweetened by the kriek lambic

T&M-Sweet up front followed by an intense malt backbone. A huge belgian yeast characteristic punches through past the lambic sweetness. The overall kriek presence is a bit cloying for my taste.

D-Very interesting to say the least. I have not come across anything like this before and I think the concept is very unique. This can be interpreted either way, but for me, I will probably go for others over this. Probably my least favorite from Ommegang, but that is still better than most.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,298 ratings.
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