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 beerguy101
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Winner of the Brew your dream beer contest. Dark brown color, smallish head, lacy with some arabesques. Figs and apricots in the nose. Very complex flavors. Malts, spices, figs, earthy and fruity. Well balanced. Very smooth taste, a slightly alcohol bite at 9.8%. Great mix of complex subtle flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth and smooth. Finish is very clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and sweet. WOW. Great beer from a great brewery. Please make more of this.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a half-liter beer mug for maximum head enjoyment.

Appearance: Pours a rich mahogany (nearly-ruby) color with a lot of darkness. Head reaches the top of the glass, then recedes to about a half-finger remnant that is sure to stay throughout the drinking process. Lightly dimpled head. Moderate lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Heavy solvent odor which fares well against licorice, clove, nutmeg, etc. The hops are largely floral and hidden against the blanket of spices. Smells like a good autumn beer. Light-syrupy sweetness is also moderately perceivable.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Piney, tingly flavor. The beer comes alive on the tongue, as earthy tones explode into citrus- or banana-like flashes of flavor. Only slightly sweet, with a medium-level of bitterness. Moderate carbonation allows for maximum enjoyment.

Drinkability: I could easily drink one every night. Two on weekends.

I first had Three Philosophers out of a 750 mL bottle, and wasn't cultured enough at the time to actually enjoy it...but even then, it tasted amazing. I bought a four-pack of 12-ounce bottles for about $16, and I think that was a pretty good deal for this brew. I think I might try aging one or two of the bottles, just to see what would come of that.

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Photo of nukem5
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the reason for drinking beer! Exceptional brew. From the time you here the cork "Pop" till you see it pour... You start to feel giddy like Christmas. I recieved this and two others in a gift box set with nice glass. When poured its like a deep cherry waterfall into your glass. The smell that comes from the glass is like Heaven on Earth. When the taste first hit the tongue you get that bubbly belgian classic tast and then cherry flavors wash the palate.Mouth feels like its full of micro bubbles washing around. Overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Beige head with a bloody red body with sporadic yeast sediment. The head fades into thick ring around the glass. Carbonation is noticeable.

Strong bananas, cloves and some cherries. The aroma is in your face. I'm also thinking raisins.

Cloves, bananas, cherries are there,grapes, raisins and some alcohol. Very complex flavors in here and is quite delicious.

Carbonation is on the spritzy side, some alcohol warmth as it goes down, it leaves a dry feeling in the mouth, light to medium body.

I've only had a few Quads before. I'm trying to get into the Belgian Style of beers; most of my focus has been on American brews, so I decided to branch off a little. I have to say, I'm impressed with this style. Very complex and it exercised my palate -- it made me wonder -- what are all these flavors that I'm indulging? I have tried my hardest to describe them, since they are so different than the typical American Style beer; although, this is brewed in America, this has a genuine Belgian taste.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tough-to-describe rusty tan color that is a striking ruby red when held in the light. Has a healthy yeast haze and topped with a fiercely effervescent tan head that pours big, but eventually lowers to an inch or so. Good retention; beautiful but sparse lacing.

Nutty and subtly boozy smells on the whole. Jerky, oak, nuts, overripe cherries.

Earthy and woody up front with a progressive sweetening with some tart cherry flavors and a long warm finish.

Dry and subtly sticky. Medium to full body with a prickly feel but a soft and creamy coating mouthfeel. Lingering alcohol finish, but no shuddering it is quite nice.

Fabulous beer.
Let me preface by saying that not 30 minutes ago I was lamenting the fact that I don't believe I have ever had what I would consider a Belgian style that was "up to snuff" brewed in the US.
This is a whole nother game. The beer pours looking just like a Quad should. The nose is the most peculiar part for me. The overall smell is rich and has a lot going on, but it kind of smells weird. Real smoky and something I can't put my finger on (their yeast, perhaps). Pleasantly, the taste is completely different from the smell and further fleshes out the beer. A pleasure to loosely swish in your mouth, this brew is a fine one for sipping on a winter's night by the fire. Share with friends.
Will find again; worth seeking out.

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Photo of JayNH
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a deep burgundy with a solid frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- Sweet, raisins and cherries. A noticeable alcohol scent.

T- starts sweet slightly cherry. There also seems to be a somewhat smokey/coffee taste that follows. Leaves a mild grassy hop aftertaste. Definite alcohol warmth...

M- full bodied and creamy. The alcohol gives a little zip to the tongue and throat. A little less carbonation would be a plus.

D- This goes back smooth but is definitely a "sipper".

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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 rhizomatic
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown -- ruby red when held to the light -- with a medium-small head that quickly thins to a wispy film of bubbles.

The aroma is more or less as expected, but no less impressive because of the fact: raisins, brown sugar, cherries, slight alcohol.

Taste is fairly similar to the aroma: brown sugar, dark malts, lots of dark fruit (raisins and figs in particular), a bit of cherry, a fair amount (albeit not an unpleasant amount) of alcohol warmth. Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation.

Overall, a wonderful beer that certainly stands up to its elder Belgian siblings.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was initially reviewed on 7/15/11 in Bad Genie Lounge in Milwaukee--the bottle is dated 2011.

Pours a foggy, semi-translucent burnt sienna. Held to the light, it's a nice plum color. Begins with a decent 3/4 inch head that falls to a resilient lace that clings well. It has a cherry-forward nose--with additional notes of yeasty wheat and caramel malts--but it seems a fairly muted bouquet, overall. The taste is cherry right out of the gates, hitting the front of the tongue with a reserved yet potent sweetness. From here, the flavor meanders around the palate with a nice toasted malt sweetness and an ever-so-subtle sourness that reveals wonderful balance and craftsmanship. The feel is medium-bodied, creamy, effervescent, slightly syrupy, and very well balanced.

This beer is quite impressive: It has a balance, feel, and flavor that are very engaging and, almost contradictorily, very comfortable. I can't imagine a way they could have brewed this quad differently that would have improved the final taste. I think that's one of the marks of a really great beer, which this certainly is. It should not be missed.

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

Pours out a dark brown to black with tawny/ruby edges. Nice velvety head with retention that lasts forever. Smells fruity and grassy. A little like cherries. But just a little to sour for my smell. Tastes remarkable. Charred malts, like coffee, chocolate, and pie cherries. Quite good. Could be stronger in my opinion though. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, medium to full body. Very drinkable. Complex. Light, no huge alcohol flavor. Can drink this very well...even if I shouldn't.

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

A wonderful beer. It went over big on Valentine's Day. It poured a dark brown/black with a thick coffee-colored head. Some nice lacing. It had a sweet caramel odor with some fruit in the background. . It had a coffee/chocolate/dried fruit taste, with a lingering of the coffee. Very warm and complex in the mouth, lots of fun to drink.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2011 Bottle.

Appearance: A cloudy, deep tea like brown with a hint of red. Lots of bubbles stick to the glass. Some floating sediment can be seen. Solid three fingers of lightly tan head that fades into a small thin layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: Belgian yeast with a big aroma of cherries and dark fruits. Some raisins, plums, prunes, and brown sugar. Also some hints of clove spice, bananas, and caramel malts. Smells fairly balanced with none of the fruits dominating the others.

Taste: Spicy Belgian yeast up front with a full flavor of cherries that are sweet and lightly sour. The dark fruits follow with notes of raisins, plums, and prunes blending in. Also some caramel malts and hints of banana and clove. Cherries stand out the most in the flavors but they are mild enough to blend in with everything else and avoid being too tart or sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth and the alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very nice take on a Quad. Full flavored and well balanced.

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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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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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