Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

BA SCORE
92
outstanding
6,414 Ratings
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
Ratings:
6,414
Reviews:
2,095
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,599
For Trade:
24
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Ratings: 6,414 |  Reviews: 2,095
Photo of Jaisell
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

750ml bottle into snifter. best before "03/10/2021", consumed feb 2 2017. clear reddish brown with a head full of fine tan bubbles. both nose and flavour are full of chocolatey cherry, but with those rich brown-sugary quadrupel characteristics somewhere in the back. ample dryness. the fruity flavours linger all the way to the aftertaste. medium feel with bubbly carbonation as the beer is colder. pleasant, fruit-forward stuff

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DonIII
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bsk295
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spursfaninla
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Expensive at $13 a bottle.
Awesome but overpowering flavors.
Nothing subtle here. Rich, strong. It seems thick going down but that is more again from the punch it packs.

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Photo of SenorBiggles
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The tiny amount of kriek successfully balances out the sweetness of the quadrupel without distracting too much from its aroma and flavour. Not that there's anything wrong with a sweet quadrupel, but this style succeeds magnificently in itself. The flavours are definitely in line with good Belgian examples of the styles. The carbonation doesn't taste quite as 'bottle-conditioned' as the Belgian quadrupels I'm used to - maybe they gave it a bit of a head start? Regardless, this is a top-tier beer in my book, and if I didn't rate this a 5, I don't know what beers I _could_ give a 5 to.

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Photo of Rooshops
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chris1411
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Briggsy43
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy ruby red with a creamy frothy beige colored foam head. Smells like rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cherries, plum, grapes, bubblegum, banana, peppery clove spice, toasted bready malts, slight roasty chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart cherries, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, plum, grapes, some bubblegum, banana, clove spice, slight roasty chocolate, toasted bready malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice quadrupel with cherries.

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Photo of Fusion7777
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of opieo
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A creamy, rich, strong brew. Deep cloudy rust color with thick tan head. Complex flavors well balanced slight cherry after taste. Slight hop bitterness but the malty taste is primary.

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Photo of edzo22
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brewfocker80
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass

A-reddish brown with big thick khaki head
S-dark fruits
M-Full body with great carbonation
T-The fruit really comes through on this quad. It's very much the same as a traditional belgian quad but the fruit is more pronounced in this american version.
O-I would drink this one very often. Alcohol is hidden well by the fruit, the yeast peaks through the malt well to give this beer the perfect complexity to keep you wanting more. Every sip makes you taste something different.

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

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a muddy reddish brown color with a rocky one and a half finger beige head that retains for a time but leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Probably one of the best smelling Quads I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Lots of red licorice and candied plums. Tamarind, peat smoke, rye bread, banana, clove, dates and figs.

Flavor: At first I tasted this chilled, the taste was a little muted so I had to let it warm up.

Served at room temp, this beer really opens up. I'm getting lots of fruit, like red figs, dates, raisins, plums, tamarind, apples, cherries, cranberries... even pomegranate. There are also delicious tones of red licorice candy throughout.

Restrained yet complex notes of caramel and chocolate dance in the background, as well as yeasty belgian flavors of banana, clove, bubblegum and white pepper... it's understated but provides an excellent contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.

Feel: Creamy, heady and smooth. Dry and estery; sweet but balanced by a mild floral character. Heavy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is there, but you will only notice it once if you really search for it.

Overall: This is one you really want to take your time with and sip over the course of an hour or so. It's so complex and decadent you don't want miss a beat.

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Photo of theBubba
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh, where to start. This brew is amazing. A bit pricey, but rightfully so. Color? Nice but not important. You can see it in all these BA positive reviews. 3 Philos is a crisp, tasty, complex brew with a nice head and lace that lasts. The kriek imparts a subtle dry bit of cherry to the flavor that adds to a unique Quad. Unlike any I've tasted. And the high ABV never shouts at you. Ommegang scores again.

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Photo of Denmar24
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Three Philosophers may be one of my favorite Quad's, and you should most certainly try it if you have not.

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Photo of pineapple_playa
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SStein
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,414 ratings.
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