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 q33jeff
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

** 02/12/2012
On Tap at Jo-Jo's Tavern, Hamilton, NJ.
Cherry is prominent. Dark Reddish brown, but opaque. Ruby glow in light.Sour cherry goes well with the dark ale. A little bitter, but in a good way, tasty.good carbonation.
2.5-year old bottle opened for SEA-DET playoff game. Bottled 05/24/14.
Still lots of pop, sour cherry. Good beer for aging.


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Photo of Barnoloid
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Quad style is not one I am not massively familiar with. I've been keen to delve in so here goes. Three Philosophers pours a deep brown-amber mix with a light redness in there, looks like it should hold a mosquito being used for dna samples in a Jurassic Park franchise movie. It is a seriously fine looking beer. The aroma has a waft of sherry in there. Carbonation is fast and bulbous, tight also. Enjoying the cherry and fig notes that come through as this beer warms. English bonfire toffee and an element of clove come through. The complexity is outstanding, each sip opening something new up, much like listening to one of your favorite Kraftwerk albums on vinyl. The high ABV does not so much give you a burn as much as a warming sense. I wish I had a fireplace to enjoy this next to but to be honest I would drink this anywhere. Top notch.

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Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy brown with a finger of tan head. Somewhat muted aroma of cherries, dates and clove. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Same flavors as the nose, with cherry the most prevalent without being over-powering. There's a fair amount of hop bitterness for the style, as well as some warming alcohol and red wine and sherry notes. While not as complex as the Trappist quads, it does have a very nice creamy, medicinal cherry aftertaste.

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Photo of dd43
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great quad. I wouldn't rank it with the standard bearers of the genre such as Abt 12 or Rochefort 10 but this is damn tasty.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with a formidable fingers worth of tan head atop a hazy dark brown/bronze body.

Belgian candied sugar on the nose as well as cherry and a bit of something like dates. Flavor follows suit, but brings additional yeast esters and a spiciness that is really pleasant. Mouthfeel is full, the sweetness definitely comes through. Again not quite as rich and lavish as an Abt 12 but this is still great. Recommended.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a chalice.
The appearance was a dark hazy brown to dark purple color with a nice one finger white level foamy head that dissipated within less than about a minute. Light lacing spider webbed nicely.
The smell was full of cherries, had a light apple aroma, Belgian sweet malts, an ample amount of Belgian spices and a light cocoa flavor underneath.
The taste was blended nicely between the sweetness and the spiciness. There's the lingering sweet to spicy Belgian aftertaste.
The mouthfeel had about a medium body with that back of the throat tightness gripping my tongue I normally associate with quads. I'm not exactly sure if I described that well to anyone reading this, but I think it might be somewhat hard to explain.
Overall, with my lack of word knowledge, I might want to use the word "throaty" in the mouthfeel, maybe that's what I meant. Other than that, I still liked this one and would have it again.

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

A tasty quad, great smell and great flavour, just think if this was a touch sweeter it would be exceptional, think the cherries neutralize some of that sweetness.still very good.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 bottle, poured into goblet at a warmish room temp: This quad/cherry ale blend is a good combo. Deep, clear ruby/brown color with a persistent tan head. Boozy smell tends to overpower the other aromas, but isn't overpowering itself. Malty, wine, & quiet cherry the major flavors. Would like a heftier body, but the medium heft is smooth. Overall, it's a taste quad blend with a distinct wine profile that bears repeating.

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

The aroma is light and fruity. The flavor is anything but. Strong alcohol presence, heavy malts, and a thick syrupy texture. Definitely a sipper, but complicated and intriguing.

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Photo of Catracho5
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a reddish brown with a tan colored head, no head retention, decent amount of carbonation streaming off the bottom, no lacing, looks unfiltered.

A: Classic quad aromas, dark fruits like raisins, some sweetness and tartness, caramel, toffee, picking up a lot of booze, smells pretty good.

T: Like the nose, raisin notes with some sweetness and a hint of tartness, not as sweet as the nose, black grape forward, hint of the Belgian yeast, finishes with lots of raisin like characteristics and dry.

M: Medium body with a very dry almost wine like finish.

O: Not as impressive as other quads, lacks complexity, picking up a lot of raisin like notes, Belgian yeast does not come through as strong as I expected, and I got lots of booze. I'm wondering how this might age. A good solid representation of the style.

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Photo of stompilator
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A - Poured a deep copper, big off-white head.

S - Caramel, booze, and some unknown tartness. A foreshadowing of what was to come.

T - An immediate wave of delicious Belgian caramel malts hits hard, a multi-faceted web of caramelly flavors, followed by an increasingly intense yeast character, mainly of phenols and solventlike esters. Then, on the back, comes this oh-so subtle tartness, accompanied by a quiet sweetness from the kriek.

M - Nice and creamy, just as dry as you'd want from an ale like this.

O - Has a similar character to the classic Belgian quads, but with an added complexity from the kriek and incredibly powerful yeast character.

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

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark copper with an off white head, a fluffy two fingers of foam

S: The classic Belgian funk, sweet malt, and dried fruits as well

T: Sweet malt, with some cherry and a bit of citrus, finishes with a hint of pepperiness

F: Rather light and crisp for a quad, was expecting a bit thicker of a body

O: An interesting take on the style, the dried fruits add a nice complexion as well. Definitely worth investigating to say the least.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pour: deep brownish copper with a nice two finger creamy head that quickly dissapates and leaves a nice lace on the glass throughout the drink

Smell: heavy Belgian yeast with a hint of cherries and figs

Taste: light carbonation at the front followed by a strong kick of fig type fruits with just a hint of cherry and a slight hop bitterness. The finish is a quick hit of yeast sourness lingering.

Feel: quite smooth and almost dangerously easy to drink.

Overall: a fine example of the style, the cherries are an interesting addition.

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Photo of Jarrod_LC
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the brew that started my appreciation for beer. I can't remember what I poured it into. All I remember is that this particular brew tasted great. I was fascinated by the thick foam and aroma, as I gazed upon it. And the taste was unlike any beer I have ever had.

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Photo of 57md
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a muddy brown color with honey edges. The nose is malty with some fruity sweetness and just a touch of that ol' Belgian funk. The flavor is bready sweetness with a semi-dry finish.

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

P: Amber brown, hazy pour. Sponge toffee head that goes quickly.
A: Sweet malt, toasty bread.
T: Cherry, lemon, a bit on butterscotch and sweetness,
M: Sweet, kinda thick, well carbonated, some after taste bitterness.
O: This is a good Belgium ale. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown with a tan head which doesn’t last too long.

Smell: Spice, bread, banana, alcohol.

Taste: Moderately sweet up front. Belgian yeast - not too strong. In the middle there is a dark fruit flavor - like cherries or plumbs. Slightly more bitter at the end, just a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Good. It says on the label that this is mixed with cherry ale, but it is definitely not overdone or cloying.

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Photo of lastmango
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour was a beautiful mahogany color with a two finger fizzy head. I probably poured too cold as I was expecting a more luxurious head. Little lacing. Nose was of light malt and cherry like the old safety lollipops. Initial sweet malt with cherry on the end and almost no hop kick. Toffee and a bit of pepper in the mix. Carbonation was a bit crisp at first but mellowed later . . . or perhaps that was me mellowing. Feel was a bit thick for me. This is a very filling beer.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle states from the year 2014, poured on 8/29/2015. Pours rich amber with fine sediment, smells spicy clove and cinnamon and molasses, tastes of sharp bright yeast with slight lemongrass and clove, mouthfeel is rich with a lasting finish.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

355 ml bottle served fairly cold into a Amsterdam Bonehsaker snifter. Purchased while in the US a few weeks ago.

Appearance - a dark, hazy, muddy brown coloured beer is poured. Topped by a finger and a half of tan head, it doesn't last too long before coalescening into a small thin layer of foam that rests on top of the beer. A little sediment rests in the bottom of the glass.

Smell - butterscotch comes to mind right away. Some caramel, vanilla and maybe marshmallows too. Then the cherries bring up the rear while a subtle but steady fruity aroma. Delicious and complex.

Taste - cherries up front, cherries in the rear. A little treacle on the aftertaste with the caramel and butterscotch flavours mingled in with the cherries in the middle. Really tasty and really refined. Reminds me of a slightly different Chimay Blue with the steady cherry presence.

Mouthfeel - smooth and fairly light for a quad, nice soft carbonation, and the booze is reasonably well hidden, drinks more like a 8% ABV beer than one nearing 10%.

Overall - absolutely top notch beer here, a great quad that stands up with the best of the class, very delightful and relatively light with a huge cherry base. Really enjoyable and while pricey, worth the treat once in a while.

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Photo of Broadway
2.74/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't impressed. Kind of had a Mr. Beer taste to that lingered on the taste buds. I'll stay with the Chimay Blue when I feel like drinking a Belgium Abbey.

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Photo of Dionysus777
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am writing this based on memory if it serves me well. Poured into a tulip from a bottle from 2014 and a Best By date of 2020. Smells of dark fruit. Taste is identical to the nose except I found the alcohol to be more up front. It was a little too hot for my palate and it took away from the other flavors. Would love to taste this after a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of CorknCapSouthingtonCT
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Have stock left from the previous owner so I decided to chill a 4 pack of these and sample some 2011's. Have to say they tasted excellent. Still have more!!!

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Photo of Emersonio
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Bomber bottle into a snifter. Appearance: Hazy brown/bronze with a thick off color head. Aroma: Very malty with deep dark berry fruits present. Taste: Deep dark berry fruits...plum. Spicy with hints of clove and very malty. Aftertaste: Alcohol warming effect and spicy on the back end. Overall: I enjoyed this complex brew. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful brown/mahogany colored pour, massive foam head, soapy lace retains throughout.
Sweet malt, dark fruits and alcohol aroma. Sweet taste from the malt, phenolic, high alcohol content but masked by the flavors. Creamy and smooth. Full bodied, yet, the high carbonation makes it so drinkable. A truly great beer.

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

Bomber poured into a beer glass

Mahogany brown beer, one finger taupe foam cap

Aroma of bananas and sweet malt,

Delicious sweet malt , Toffee, plum, caramel

Taste the alcohol, smooth and delicious . Repeatable

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