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 | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of fairdinkum2
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Cherry Garcia of beers. Poured in to a tulip glass, this beer formed a creamy, off white head that lasted the entire time it took me to finish the beer. Every time I tilted the glass, the head literally blanketed the glass.
What I liked most about this beer was its balance. Really nice sour cherry aromas and cherry, chocolate flavors with almost perfect acidity.
I would rate this beers drinkability as very high. Nice carbonation - just right - and that balance of sweet, sour. Excellent

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Photo of bditty187
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

“Brewed 2004”

Dark amber-ruby in hue with some brown coloring in the mix. The color of the liquid is very attractive. It is mysterious. The head was beige in color; at the apex the foam was two-fingers in height. Head retention was fair; it steadily faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty and not widespread. This is a damn pleasing beer to look at.

The nose is a tropical array of luscious malts and dark fruits. I love the strong blend of dark cherries, dates, figs, raisins, and the very appetizing maltiness. There is great power in the nose, plus there is plenty of depth. There are hints of wood, clove, pepper, and a smattering of medicinal qualities and even a hint of tobacco leaf. I’ve smelled this beer many times and I enjoy every sniff… every time. Lovely. Inviting.

The palate is fun. It is like a really good summer blockbuster. No, this beer is not Oscar worthy but it is something you’d see in the theaters two or three times and then buy the DVD. It is fun. It is enjoyable. So is this beer. The nose cued me in and the palate delivered on a strong malty blast that holds up to the firm and deep dark fruitiness. The flavors pop… dark cherries, oaky, cloves, band-aids, figs, dates, apples, rum, and a kiss of candy sugar, brown sugar, and chocolate. This is a very well constructed beer. This is a real gem from Ommegang. You know… maybe… this beer is Oscar worthy after all, now that I really think about it. Yeah, it is that good.

Medium in body, active carbonation, the bubbles are compact and tiny but jumpy. It is plenty firm and healthy. Long aftertaste. This beer begs to be paired with complex cheeses and rich, creamy foods.

What a wonderful beer. Wonderful. It could be improved but I’m not sure how, exactly. Its not lacking… I drink this beer often but not often enough. This bottle has been in my cellar for a few months. My 750ml bottle was purchased in Milwaukee, MN. Now the smaller bottles are available in Omaha. Hell Yeah!

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

Poured out of a 2005 corked and caged 750ml bottle. The color is a deep brown with ruby highlights, a fantastic tan head that took its time dissipating. Some spotty lacing left on the glass. The smell is of dark cherries, figs, carob. The taste has a big cherry hit due to the added lambic, the sweetness is offset with a nice roasted malt backbone, has hints of tobacco. Maybe just a hair too sweet. This is a very flavorful brew. The feel is well carbonated and well bodied. The drinkability is scary with the 9.8% ABV, this goes down way easy. Ommegang hit it out of the park with their Quad.

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

I have had this beer many times but this is my first review of it.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Ommegang chalice. Reddish brown with bubbles and some cloudiness as expected.

Smell of sweet malt,alcohol,cherries but subtle

Less sweet than the smell. A little sour,a little malt,a little cherry,a little alcohol- I love it

Very refreshing for such a flavorful strong beer. Not as thick a many others.

About as good as it gets from a balance standpoint- I enjoy warm as sipper or a bit more chilled as a drinker. It is also very predictable. Maybe being located relatively close to the brewery helps

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

Tasted from 750ml bottle stating brewed in 2004.

Appearance: Dark toffee colour with glints of ruby and mahogony. Bubbles that rise from murky depths. Fluffy white head that never really goes away, just covers and slides around the top of the brew.

Smell: Beautiful complex aromas, Dried cherries, malt, spice show up first along with a whiff of alcohol. Then come notes of banana, plum, vanilla, all with an underriding earthiness.

Taste: Cherry and mocha, brown sugar, oak, yeast, caramel. nicely dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A little aggressive on the carbonation, but otherwise creamy and full.

Drinkability: Given the 9.8% abv, it sneaks up on you only after you've had several snifters, by then it's far too late. Just call me a happy guy.

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

2009 vintage

A Dark reddish brown. fairly opaque.

S Strong. But sweet. a hint of cherries.

T Like the smell just a hint of sour. very sweet for 9.8% still you can feel the warmth from the high alc.

M substantial, perhaps a little oily I guess due to the high sugar content

D for a 9.8% this is very drinkable. But more than a couple bottles would put you on your ass.

This is my new favorite beer. It was $12.50 for a 4 pack in bellevue, ky @ the party source, aug 2009.

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

A- thin 1 fing head that slowly recedes. Ruby color, nice sediment.

S- Fresh cherry, light alcohol, raisin, fresh apple, spiciness, and hop bite.

T- Delicious authentic unibroue beer infused with a nice belgian lambic (kriek really, but it tasted lambic-esque), nice tart sour cherry, big funk and a bit of chocolate.

M- Nice tart sourness from kriek and very impressive funk.

D- Definitely need to split the bottle as it hides the 9.8% really well.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle, 2011 version into a Ommegang tulip, I can't read the bottles date. This pours a hazy dark tea color with a massive tan head which doesn't last. The smells are of funky and sweet Belgian yeast esters, a hint of cherries, some dark fruit and loads of malts. The feel is medium with tons of carbonation which give it a tingling creamy feeling. The taste is how it smells and it'd excellent, a little dry but full of sweetness, cherries and dark fruit and a tad alcohol burn.

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

Poured into a glass, unfortunately don't have the best glassware for this style. Large head, with great retention. Don't know if the glass or my pour was bad but a very large head. maybe 2in length. The color a nice dark amber. Its laces pretty well and the head has stayed with me through most of the beer.

The smell is quite awesome, the smell of sweet fruits/cherries is quite abundant. The alcohol is noticeable as well.

Very sweet and malty. Don't let that fool you, you can taste some hops in there as well, along with that alcohol kick. A thick and syrupy mouth taste, rich indeed.

Quite a tasty Quad here, this ain't no session beer though, a enough of these and they'll knock you off your bar stool.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%

A- Hazy amber brown with a thin slightly tan head.
S- Smell is of dark fruits, cherries and figs particularly, some sweetness coming from the malt, and a bit of alcohol coming on through. Something about the alcohol didn't integrate well though.
T- This is an absolutely phenomenal flavor. Sweet of malt, but not overdone. The fruit aspect is spot on, with enough cherry, plum, and fig to make it super complex, without becoming distracting. Alcohol warmth in the finish.
M- Super smooth. A bit sticky and syrupy at first but a creamy smooth finish make the mouthfeel thoroughly enjoyable.
D- An absolutely top notch beer. This is one of my new favorites. The complexity of this one just propels it. A well made beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I already know that I'm a fan of this beer and this is the first Quad I ever had.

Appearance-Murky brown with a 3 finger french vanilla ice cream head. Small tight bubbles that slowly reduces to a thin film atop the swamp.

Smell-Sweet, but not overly sweet. Dark fruits with some sourness. Black Pepper. Whats great about the aroma is that it's not overbearing, just very inviting.

Taste-Tart cherries up front. Sweet malts along with some pepper. Towards the end you still get some cherries along with the other dark fruits and some nice spices from the yeast. The sour cherries definitely adds an extra element I really enjoy.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, light booze. Medium bodied with lower carbonation that I prefer.

Overall-I prefer this over St. Bernardus. The light tartness adds that extra ummmphhh that I like. The lower carbonation level really lets the flavors shine as well. Great beer.

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

Lovely dark amber color but the head was not as creamy as I anticipated (this may be due to tap settings). Nevertheless, wonderful complex flavor! I was afraid the Belgian Kriek (cherry lambic) would be overpowering, but it was present with wonderful subtlety.

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

A: Caramel with ruby glow.

S: Faint sweet fruit.

T: Starts rich, fades to sweet and ends a bit tart. Flavors include toasted caramel malt and cherry. Improves as it warms.

M: Starts smooth, then forms a nice carbonation with warming alcohol.

O: Complex, unique and enjoyable.

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

A- About a 1-2" head when poured in to my St. Bernys goblet. Sits on a cloudy brown/amber body.
S- Alcohol, toffee, dark fruits, light roasted malts, hints of citrus and grass hops, bread, and almost a lightly toasted bread.
T- Dry grape and raisin flavor. Other dark fruits are blended in there also. Toffee and light chocolate malts with some grass hops to help balance it out come through also. Some sweet caramel also hidden in there with maybe a little bit of Belgian sugar. Alcohol lightly tingles the taste buds and warms throat gently.
M- Medium/full body with medium carbonation.
D- This one actually surprised me on how much I liked it. Every other Ommegang I haven't been a fan of at all. This one is really tasty and can see myself buying it again when I am finally out of quads.

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

Murky brown, raisiny in color with a minimal off-white head. The aroma is of dark fruits, raisins, and dates, with a boozey, cherry smell. The flavor is malty and full of the dark fruits of raisins and dates and also a nice cherry flavor in the back. A very solid and tasty beer. I could drink this one over and over again if only they would come back to my hood. Top notch.

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

08 vintage
Pours dark brown, hazy with a nice level of carbonation.
Immediately the cherries and the spicy belgian yeast is apparent. the head gives off a great aroma, i can tell this is gonna be tasty
heavy carbonation hits the tongue and slowly backs off to subtle cherry, leather, oak and earthy notes. very dry finish.
the alcohol is not really evident until way after you've finished your sip and a warming sensation comes over you.
the time i've let it sit in the cellar may have led to it's dryness which is really enjoyable and the subtle yet complex cherry flavors are really nice with the belgian yeast coming through.
this is my most successful attempt at cellaring.
it would be great with duck and its great with a good dark chocolate.

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

A- Sweet cherry and ripe grape. Minimal pepper and clove. As it warms I get some of the alcohol sweetness I smell in sherry.

A- Deep red tones, almost like a burgundy. Thin yellowish head. Good lacing in the glass.

F- Complex to say the least. Upfront there's a grape and wine-like flavor. Also some mild pepper and perhaps a little clove. No perceptible bitterness. The fruit sweetness is really present, but not totally dominant, such as you see in the Lindeman's Kriek. The malty base beer is here as well. The finish does have a touch of warming alcohol, but no harshness is present.

M- Bright high carbonation. Very full body, but not cloying.

O- A fun beer to experience. A sipping after dinner beer. This could really sneak up on you otherwise. I like having one every once in a while. Certainly a beer that expands horizons.

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

A: Deep amber, decent foam (poured vigorously), which fades.
S: Raisins and other dried dark fruit, roasted nuts.
T: Warm tincture of raisins, earth, cherry pits, even citrus and pepper.
M: Great mouthfeel- turbulent yet finishing smooth, not overly hot, enough barb to continue to bring forth new flavors.
D: Very drinkable on special occasions.
Delicious, syrupy concoction.

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

Deep russet brown color. Just a thin film of a head, but a nice collar. Light brown in color. Lacing is spotty. Nose is thick. Chewy molasses, rum, raisin, dates, figs, black cherries and alcohol. Very nice. Form the first sip, I can tell this is the kind of Belgian style beer that I really like. Subtle bready, yeasty tones kick it off. Rum soaked raisins come and go. Alcohol is a presence, but it fits in a good way with this beer. Prunes, plums, wood, cherry, dates, figs......damn this is a tasty concoction. Carbonation is low, but fitting. Body is about medium full. Great beer.

Thank you cokes for expanding my philosophical horizons with a little Plato, a little Socrates and a little Aristotle.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into beer glass - No best by date visible -

Served at 50'F

Poured a deep dark amber with one finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lace - decent amount of carbonation.

Smell was of toffee,caramel hints , cherries , toasted malts.

Taste was like the liquid center of a chocolate covered cherry - The cherry taste was just enough to give you hints of sweet hand picked cherries but not to overpowering,The malt really brought a nice toasted taste that blends the beer together nicely.

Drinkabilty - Not a beer that you would want to drink with a quickness - The more it warms the more the caramel toffee notes come out - very drinkable

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


Cloudy red-brown, decent light-khaki head, sifts down in short order to a tiny smattering of bubbles.

Aroma is fantastic - pureed raisins and brown sugar, fresh baked spice bread, loads of gingerbread.

Dry body, very well executed - brown sugar coated, lightly sour cherries up front, light breadcrust and spicebread notes, bit of tingly alcohol, with that effervescent, dry, ethereal lightness the best Belgian Quads & Strong Darks have. Finish lingers with perfect cherry on the tongue, just a bit of spicy brown sugar, hints of that breadcrusty bitterness. Beautifully done.

Lively carbonation, full bodied, seems to expand beautifully on the swallow, coating the throat and leaving behind some fantastic lingering flavors. Fantastic beer.

Nicely drinkable for such a huge beer, surprisingly so - a world class Quad.

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

What a super beer. It pours a mahahony tone with some garnet highlights. There was a huge tan head that seemed to last forever. The aroma was quite complex. the sour kriek lambic was in the forfront, but the bunt-ish brown sugar was quite evident. They all played well together in the flavor of the beer also. In the palate, you get the soft and smooth sensaton of a Belgian ale, with the sour astrinency of the lambic. This was the 2005 vintage. I hope I can come across a few more bottles of this down the line.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been sitting in my fridge for several weeks. It began to look lonely, so I decided to liberate the brew.

The body really isn't much to look at. It's nice... a muddy brown beer with a reddish hue when held to the light. But the head... wow! Great head on this beer. Thick, foamy and long lasting.

The smell is sweet and fruity with a bit of tartness and banana in the background.

Taste is really unique. The beginning is a great sweet belgian dubble, then a transition into a sour lambic. The transition is extremely smooth. Much smoother than expected. This is a really fine tasting brew. For 9.8%, the alcohol is superbly hidden. I'm tempted to give this thing a 5 for taste. Should I? (gulp)
5 it is!

Mouthfeel is right where it should be. Fairly highly carbonated with a bit of bite at the end, but a nice heavy mouthfeel that supports that bite.

This is a really nice beer. The only thing that slows down drinkability is the alcohol percentage and the huge bottle!

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

This is the beer that got me into beer. had it at an upscale downtown pub, and i've been trying micro brews ever since.

this beer defines "good beer" for me.

perfect balance of sweet beginning and hop finish. thick, but not syrupy. typical color of an abby

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

Served in a Three Philosophers Glass at the Publick House in Brookline, MA.

Dark amber color with cloudy texture. Beautiful head with effervescent lacing.

The smell is sweet and malty with warming alcohol phenols stinging the nose.

The taste is smooth. Fruity sweetness (Cherries) lends itself well to the warming alcohol in the aftertaste. This is a sipping brew, as the petite Three Philosophers glassware hints to. There are also some spicy herbal overtones to the taste, that become more apparent as you drink.

Very complex brew, but was enjoyable to drink. I was the DD when I drank this. It was my only drink, and it lasted me over an hour, and I still got a slight buzz. O so delicious on a cold December night.


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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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