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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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States
ommegang.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,071
Ratings:
6,317
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
20.15%
 
 
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Reviews: 2,071 | Ratings: 6,317
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 Nferry2
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours red brown with a tan/off white head. Strong aromatics on this one: cherries, red apples, hints of vanilla, and candies. Taste is super sweet, hints of chocolate, grape, and the with warmth alcohol. Mouthfeel syrupy with bubbles and tingles all over despite being very lightly carbonated. Finishes malty and sweet with residual fruit remaining on the palate. A fine example of a Belgian style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(single bottle, purchased last week off a room temp shelf - 2015 on neck label... poured into a teku glass)

L: crystal-clear liquid, beautiful shade of ruby... some foam builds on the pour but crumbles into a sad, spit-y collar... gave final mark because of the gorgeous color... final pour dumps in a light sediment dust, neither adds nor detracts

S: powdery cherry bubblegum, moderate port-like booze... perhaps some chocolate malt poking through... suggestion of a thick, almost syrupy sweetness, however, against the other aromas it's not a potential outlying flaw, one can understandably anticipate boozy richness... subtle hint of banana peel later

T: the core is surely thick malt/sugar, highlighted by a sharply-spicy, phenolic, perfumy-alcohol, which along with the fruit skin aftertaste, seems to cut any depth or definition in the malt - so the malt, though thick, candyish and wort-like, comes off rather bland and arguably one-dimensional... little bit of chocolate and cherry (w/ pit) essence in the aftertaste...

F: medium-thick wave up front, whoosh of moderately-hot booze follows, mostly glassy finish with less residual matter than expected... so it ends up being slightly top-heavy, weightless, and dry (and sort of altogether dull)... could use a bit more warmth toward the back (instead of 'tween my side teefs)... based on drag, one could drink as many as 3-4 in a row and not slouch... I wouldn't protest a higher rating on this element, but it does end up feeling flat

O: I've had this a handful of times over the years - it always leaves a little to be desired, for me, primarily in the malt department... for the blend it is, it's not necessarily bad (it's still one of the better domestic quads I've had), but I'm quite curious to try the quad part by itself, not that it gives the impression of matching the quality and character of say a La Trappe or Abt 12

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Photo of Beginner2
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have Had this quad with many desserts ranging from very chocolate cake to dark fruit pies to bitter-sweet chocolate chunks and too much in-between. Three Philosophers goes well with rich desserts.
I also bought a 4 pack and Had one a winter. Three Philosophers improves with age, carbonation mellows and the fruity flavors meld.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It opened with the most pathetic little pop. Pours a hazy golden brown with a surprisingly large light tan head. Lots of malty goodness scents the air. Plenty of flavor here, malt, yeast, cherry fruitiness with a hint of tartness& oak & vanilla. Very nice, and the carbonation that didn't bother to push out the cork tickles the whole mouth. Excellent!

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by 06/2020...whew just made it.

L-The beer pours a clear cola brown with a full 3 inch frothy off white head. The towering head quickly recedes to a thin ring. Lacing is absent.
S-The beer smells of caramel, charr, and alcohol. Just behind the initial wiff, the faintest hint of the kriek's cherries can be detected.
T-The taste is similar to the nose, with the cherries being slightly stronger in the taste vs the nose. The cherries get stronger as the beer warms, but never become the dominant flavor. They serve to take some of the alchohol edge off the beer as well as toning down the charr. Overall the kriek added to the beer has made it easier drinking than I was expecting for a quad.
F- The carbonation is prickly, but not overly strong for the style. The mouthfeel is thinner than I was expecting.
O-A good, but not great beer that I'm glad I tried. Still it's probably not something I would shell out the cash for again.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

smell: cherries, wood
taste: nutty, toasty, roast, slight cherries, hint of clove
feel: medium body, well carbed, slight booze

interesting blend

very good

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Photo of JPNesker
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would be perfect if it wasn't so boozy. It's the widow maker. Also would prefer more Kriek in the blend. Served on tap at millers pub in Chicago, which is kind of a beer Mecca.

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Photo of SirLoopsAlot
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is spicy with lots of cherry and slight Belgian yeast.

Tastes almost more like cognac or wine than an ale. Cherry is very prominent, with malt breadiness and strong bitterness. Very complex flavor, you'll get more after each sip. Lots going on with this ale.

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Photo of Toemuh
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a nice thick mahogany with a dark reddish hue. Initially displaying a medium sized tan head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: A very distinguishable cognac smell at first that slowly transitions into a dark-cherry finish.
Taste: Immediate berry fruit notes balanced with an earthly caramel full bodied taste. Followed by a strong toffee finish with hints of molasses.
Feel: A rich, creamy finish but surprisingly not thick.
Highly recommended!

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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 MJSFS
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage poured into a Dogfish Head snifter L: cloudy orangish brown appearance with a decent head and no lacing A: wonderful balance of sour Belgian yeast and sweet cherry juice T: incredibly balance blend of a quad and a kreik M: medium with just the right carbonation O: this one took me by surprise. I'll definitely be buying more

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Photo of jmasher85
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes! One of the pinnacles of American quads, this truly defines the "meal in a bottle" characteristic of the style. Spicy, sweet, and savory, this beer offers some stone fruit, fig, nutmeg, peaty scotch, licorice, bubblegum, and all sorts of other cool things on the nose. So much going on! The taste is similar, but with a few more sweet notes than expected. Can't tell if the 1.5 years of aging in my cellar has made it better or not, but it's a glorious beer no matter when you drink it. And yeah, you can definitely taste those cherries. Smooth and refeshing enough that it doesn't just make you thirstier when you drink it, and it can even pair well with salty foods, which I normally recommend with paler ales - impressive considering it's close to 10% abv.

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Photo of EMH73
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a ruby hue, minimal head that is poorly retained and almost no lacing. Smells of malt and cherry. Tastes as it smells along with a slight sweetness and yeast flavor. Very slight bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonated, creamy feel to it. An excellent beer.

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

2015 355ml
Awesome quad Belgian style Ale. Doesn't get enough praise as its Belgian counterparts receive.
Pours with a beautiful ruby hue. Excellent malt nose with pleasant, modest cherry and caramel taste. The 2015 seemed lighter vs. previous years, particularly 2012, 2013..but I did pick this bottle up at bulk commercial store in Florida named Total Wine...have enjoyed controlled pours at beer venues that tasted much better.
Overall, I have consumed this beer many times and it never disappoints.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml 10th anniversary bottling (2007) poured into a matching glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear ruby to mahogany color with a khaki cap.

Aroma is cherry medicine with slight toasty grain. Herbal and slight solvent alcohol kick.

Tastes herbal to medicinal with cherry pit/skin flavors. Some yeastiness, earth and slight spice and herbal character before getting a solvent feel in the finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A solid brew but starting to show its age.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pretty, cloudy wood varnish. Fine bead thick beige head. Minor lacing. Yeasts. 4

S - complex. Wood. Leather. Spicy. Herbal. 3.75

T - fantastic initial tastes sweet thick caramel . Quickly faded to something reminding me of hoppy birch leaves and campfires. 4

M - again great. Thick sparkly and creamy. Like champagne and melted butter. 4.25

D - sweet like a kriek malty like a quadruple. One of the best non Belgian belgian-styles I can remember. 4.25

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Photo of C_Solodkin
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours a nice Ruby Brown. Very little head retention and not much lace. It has a great scent with notes of sweet malt and a hint of cherry. Excellent flavor as the cherry comes through but doesn't overwhelm letting the creamy malts steal the show. Love the crisp mouth-feel. A bit boozy on the finish but its understandable at 9.7%.

Overall - I'd drink this again... and again...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a brownish amber with a small head, quickly dissipating and leaving only a ring around the top of the beer. I possibly served the beer too cold. Sweet malt and fruit in the nose. Enjoyable taste. Alcohol not really noticeable until...

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

Pours a black tea color(Irish) carbonation is micro bubbles at a constant speed straight up. The smell is very slight which is a hint of yeast and a yeast of hops. Drinking this at slightly less then cold will give the best result. The taste is almost exactly like the smell except with a hint of sweetness ! The strength of this beer, you don't taste, which is a good traight! 4 pack at my local beer distributor 20$ ! Great choice, if your on a budget, treat your self! Salute!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is very dark with a big thick head.

Strong malt aroma with a rich dark fruit note. Lots of cherry and maybe some currants/ dates.

Taste is much better than the smell. Very balanced not too strong on the dark fruit. Lots of rich malt. Nice thick creamy texture.

Delicious beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful ruby color with brown tints and a rocky off white head that persists. Aroma is not overly robust, but shows sweet malt, fruit, toffee, cherry and a hint of belgian candi sugar. Taste follows with huge flavors of dark fruit, cherry, plums, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and belgian candi sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth but nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a terrific beer and a wonderful sipper. Great blend of belgian quad and kriek.

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Photo of mark5692
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, still not a craft beer expert by any means but I had to try this. My other experiences with Ommegang were fantastic and Cooperstown is fairly close. Popped the cork and took a sniff. Smelled fruity and sweet and poured darker than you'd expect just from the smell. Taste of fruit and some malt, maybe caramel. The sweetness of the fruit is more subtle when tasting but it was very carbonated which I loved! If I had the money I'd sip on this 24/7. Definitely recommend to those like me who are newer to craft beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice ruby brown color with a beige head that doesn't last and leaves no lacing. The smell is cherries, yeast, caramel, honey and a sour smell from the cherries that is vaguely reminiscent of vinegar. The taste is sweet and peppery. There is bread, cherries and caramel along with the sour that was present in the nose. The beer finishes with a tart bitterness. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation that stings the tongue slightly.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle from 2010 in my liquor cabinet. Chilled it and opened it today 1/2/2016. This is a seriously complex beer. A ton going on from the spicy opening through to the almost sour finish. This is a beer to be savored as it changes as it warms and oxidizes. This reminds me of almost of a prosecco with the grape overtones but the alcohol reminder at the end elicits a nice warm fuzzy that will keep you coming back until the bottle is empty. I do not know how often I would drink this but I am particularly happy I am doing it now. Consider this a beer you should try at least once. I am very interested in how a fresher one would present.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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