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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

2,059 Reviews
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Brewed by:
Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Reviews: 2,059 | Ratings: 6,257
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
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | 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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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful dark brown color with a tannish three finger head that quickly dissapates with zero lacing. Smell is sweet, malty and pastoral. Flavors are rich, roasty, malts, the perfect notes of hops. Perfect balance of sweet and bitter, the complexity of this beer is on par with a fine wine. Fantastic brew on all levels, never heard of it and decided to give it a go. High abv is completly overshadowed by the depth of flavor. Definatly reccomend drinking at 50 degrees F as the bottle suggest to fully appreciate the beer. First class.

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Photo of mlockman
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Granted, my sense of smell is rather poor, but this didn't have much aroma. Overall, crisp and refreshing without much of a lengthy finish to speak of though the mouthfeel is supremely creamy. Reminds me a bit of Unibroe's Maudite.

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Photo of bonesTdog
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Yum! Dried plum, anise, cinnamon with a long toffee finish. I love the layers of flavor! Beautiful nut brown and cloudy color with a nice body. Love this brew!

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this beer several years ago on tap, but it was in a different era in which the artful act of drinking and reviewing beers had not yet been found upon me. Per the request of my dear brother, I have renewed my enthusiasm in this Quadrupel ale by one of the greatest brewers around which is, of course, Ommegang. It boasts a powerful 9.7% ABV and a rather rare one at that, as it is not even. It promises depth and beauty, it tells tales of flavors unspoken, and qualities rare to find in the world of beers dominated by tree-swinging monkeys with zero palate and even less brains (hello Coors, Bud Light, Miller, and Milwaukee).

Look-This beer pours an enigma of color. This means to me that it has a plethora of hues available to those who wish to gaze upon the beauty of this brew. In its natural state, it has a cola-dark and brown ale primary hue. However, in different lights, it will shimmer with a variety of flavor colors. You get copper and amber and also dark freckled beauty with hues that make you want to jump into a syrup tree in Vermont. It leaves thick foamy off-white lacing on the glass that is so heavy that it droops under its own weight.

Smell-I get toffee, nutmeg, spices, brown sugar, and of course a smokey oak and cedar. I get a malt-forward aroma that is laced with a smokey pleasantry that shows up again in the flavor. The smell tells no tales of any alcohol content to speak of. This spins silky tales of deception, for the tongue picks up a different story in the alcohol department.

Taste-The flavor is dynamic and dynamite and complex. It has no hops that are discernable, and a malt-forward medium-bodied complexity that does well on the palate. It plays a game with your nose, but the flavors can be captured by the following description. It has a candied cherry, sherry wine, molasses, smoked cedar, brown sugar, candied plum, red wine like a pinot noir, an earthy pepperiness, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, fruit, and for the holidays a strong note of fruit cake. It was not overly sweet nor distractingly syrupy.

Mouthfeel-The feel is creamy and sweet with a tinge of tartness. It has a high carbonation content that results in a perfectly effervescent component that plays well with the variety of flavors. If you have no tongue to taste, then don’t even bother with this one because it will only tease you.

Overall-This brew is absolutely off the hook. If you normally drink the beer of a moron, then don’t even bother for you are not even close to worthy. If you want a beer that is drinkable and crisp, then this one is for you, but give it a chance and a cold glass to pour into. I think that this one will give a different variety of flavor in each sip so treat her well and pay attention. Cheers!

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
92 out of 100 based on 2,059 ratings.
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