Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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6,428 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:
6,428
Reviews:
2,098
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
386
Gots:
1,604
For Trade:
24
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Ratings: 6,428 |  Reviews: 2,098
Photo of craigbelly
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cooper to amber color. Smell of figs, licorice, and cherry. Dark fruits. Nice mouthfeel. Full body. Not tastIng the high alcohol. Taste is like liqorice, cherries, clove, hint of banana. Absolutely wonderful beer.

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

Photo of foghornleghorn22
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of leitmotif
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mancavebeercouch
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma is quite boozy with sugar coated raisins. Taste starts sweet and fruity with raisins and dried berries. Finish has some cardboard and rag notes but not too intense. Medium body and carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer but it has its flaws.

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

Among the best beers I've ever had

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a murky, ruby red with a big, tan head that dissapates quickly.
S- Sick so I cant smell but my wife says it smells like cherries.
T- Not overly malty. Lots of dark fruits. Cherry and clove comes in at the end.
F- Nice boozyness.
O- W9nderful after dinner.

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

Photo of Urk1127
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SGR1220
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 9.7% abv

Appearance- Pours a rich mahogany, nearly black once in the glass. Opaque. Light brown head with course bubbles, quick to dissipate.

Smell- Plum, licorice; dark fruit aromas. Notes of toffee and molasses as well.

Taste- Plum with hints of grapes. Sugary as well, candy like but not overpowering. Cherry tartness progressively builds. Cherry notes abound through the finish which ends a bit bitter with a clove spiciness.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body. Medium carbonation. Boozy.

Overall- An outstanding quad. Hits the dark fruit notes just right, sweet but not too sweet. The cherry addition really compliments the plum/grape/licorice subtleties.

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Photo of talbotjf99
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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

It pours a nice maroon with a tan head and a ton of floaties. The aroma is vinous, with some cherries and a hint of booze. The taste is mildly sweet with more cherries and some late bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel. This is one tasty quadruple.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Biggtriksta
3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OB1Kubota
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a nice easy to drink quad. Nothing outrageous in any sense, just a fine drink that is available year round.

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Photo of greengorilla
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wajohnst
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork-and-cage bottle from the LCBO; this is the 2016 edition. Best before 03/10/2021 and served slightly below cellar temperature.

Pours a clear, deep-hued amber, taking on a considerably redder tinge when held to the light. The two fingers of loose, soapy, off white-coloured head generated require a few minutes to melt down to a creamier-looking cap and collar about half as high. A classy-looking glass of beer. The nuances of the aroma are subtle, and challenging to identify with specificity - boozy, overripe dark fruit (mostly cherry) is the closest I can muster, with a fair amount of sweet demerara sugar in there, too. Plum, fig, raisin and spicy yeast add depth beyond the cherry - it's a warming, inviting aroma, and the temptation to take a sip is difficult to resist.

Just a superb sipper all around. Candi sugar sweetness is a consistent presence from the start, as a mélange of dark fruit flavours excites the taste buds. Of course, cherry is the most prominent culprit - imparting a subtly tart quality that helps to blunt the saccharinity of the base quad - but I'm also getting hints of raisin, plum, and rich date sweetness by mid-sip, as well as suggestions of banana esters. The spiciness of the yeast begins to assert itself towards the finish, mostly in the form of clove, while a mild dusting of earthy, herbal hops simultaneously settles upon the palate - up until the ethanol starts to warm (and eventually numb) it up. Boozy, fruity, yeasty aftertaste that lingers. Medium-full in body, with sharp carbonation that seems unnecessarily aggressive and, at times, foamy.

Final Grade: 4.25, an A-. Ommegang's Three Philosophers is truly satisfying to sip, and that's good enough for me. The underlying quad is satisfactory, but the addition of the kriek blend is what really cements it as a quality Belgian dark ale. While its mouthfeel is probably the weakest aspect, all in all this is still a high quality beer that I highly recommend. Probably the best North American quad I've tried to date - and while I'd still say that all of the top-tier Trappist imports handily outperform it, Three Philosophers is at least beginning to approach that same hallowed ballpark. I'll definitely be grabbing a second bottle for the cellar.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,428 ratings.
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