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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2002

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours hazy ruby red with a creamy frothy beige colored foam head. Smells like rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, cherries, plum, grapes, bubblegum, banana, peppery clove spice, toasted bready malts, slight roasty chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tart cherries, rich caramel, toffee, molasses, brown sugar, plum, grapes, some bubblegum, banana, clove spice, slight roasty chocolate, toasted bready malt, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice quadrupel with cherries.

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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 Brewfocker80
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass

A-reddish brown with big thick khaki head
S-dark fruits
M-Full body with great carbonation
T-The fruit really comes through on this quad. It's very much the same as a traditional belgian quad but the fruit is more pronounced in this american version.
O-I would drink this one very often. Alcohol is hidden well by the fruit, the yeast peaks through the malt well to give this beer the perfect complexity to keep you wanting more. Every sip makes you taste something different.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a muddy reddish brown color with a rocky one and a half finger beige head that retains for a time but leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Probably one of the best smelling Quads I've ever had the pleasure of sampling. Lots of red licorice and candied plums. Tamarind, peat smoke, rye bread, banana, clove, dates and figs.

Flavor: At first I tasted this chilled, the taste was a little muted so I had to let it warm up.

Served at room temp, this beer really opens up. I'm getting lots of fruit, like red figs, dates, raisins, plums, tamarind, apples, cherries, cranberries... even pomegranate. There are also delicious tones of red licorice candy throughout.

Restrained yet complex notes of caramel and chocolate dance in the background, as well as yeasty belgian flavors of banana, clove, bubblegum and white pepper... it's understated but provides an excellent contrast to the sweetness of the fruit.

Feel: Creamy, heady and smooth. Dry and estery; sweet but balanced by a mild floral character. Heavy body with low carbonation. Alcohol is there, but you will only notice it once if you really search for it.

Overall: This is one you really want to take your time with and sip over the course of an hour or so. It's so complex and decadent you don't want miss a beat.

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Photo of theBubba
4.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Oh, where to start. This brew is amazing. A bit pricey, but rightfully so. Color? Nice but not important. You can see it in all these BA positive reviews. 3 Philos is a crisp, tasty, complex brew with a nice head and lace that lasts. The kriek imparts a subtle dry bit of cherry to the flavor that adds to a unique Quad. Unlike any I've tasted. And the high ABV never shouts at you. Ommegang scores again.

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Photo of Schoeni
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Red Cooper colour with floating crystals.Small Head.Smell of strawberry and cherry. Dark fruits. Real...Good mothfeel. Full body. Not tastIng the High amount of alcohol. Taste is like liqorice and Fruit Bowle. Good one!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't know for sure, but I have this feeling that reviewers tend to rate a non traditional beer market's attempt at a traditional beer without direct comparison. So for example, here is an American attempt at a Belgian style and wow, that is pretty good for a US attempt, so 4.25. As I said, I don't have proof of this but I have read that type of review and I must say that it is rather unhelpful.
Allow me to compare this to St. Bernardus, Rochefort or Westvleteren and no, this one is not even close. Of course elements are there, of course it is a fantastic attempt but this is not among the great Quadrupels, no matter how we want it to be. It is strong and yet watery, missing the full body and all its intricacies.
It is absolutely worth a try, but for me here in Toronto, why would I pay the same amount (for an extremely limited time at that) for something that costs as much as St. Bernardus (available year 'round)? That would be ridiculous.
So if Three Philosophers is all you can fetch in this style, go for it, this is decent. If you have access to the real deal, don't bother after an initial trial.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

a: its a murky dark copper color with some amber and ruby red notes. lots of floaties in the glass, and pours a 2 finger, fluffy off-white head

s: dark cherries, plums, figs, caramel, raisins, strawberries, prunes, a touch of earthy dirt. the Belgian spice is slightly mild - but i'm picking up clove, cardamom, and a touch of coriander

t: plums, raisins, fig, and sweet cherry are dominant upfront. sweet caramel, a touch of oak and candie sugar behind that. raisins and strawberries round out the flavor, with big sweet malts

m: its a heavy mouthfeel with a high carbonation level. just what you want from a quad

o: great beer. flavor is complex without being confusing (dark fruit heaven), mouthfeel is perfect, and the aroma adds that extra to make it a full experience

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

This is by far my favorite beer. The aroma is awesome and the flavor is very complicated.
Mixture of fruit and dates.
Theres also a kick that makes you very warm.

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

Poured a 2016 750ml.

A- A dark amber bordering on mahogany with a full frothy head with very nice lacing

S- Aroma of dark malt and currants

T- A pronounced sweetness but not cloying with the taste of cherries becoming more discernible as the beer warmed while drinking. Very slight hoppiness on the finish provides a nice balance. Despite its higher ABV it is not boozy or overpowering

F- Very rich with a smooth creamy texture and good carbonation.

O- If you're a fan of Belgians, especially quads, this is a must try. One of the best I've had to date.

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

Deep brown/red, head stands two fingers tall with excellent retention accompanied by spotty lace.

Dark fruit and caramel malt dominates the nose with the alcohol coming through just a touch. Taste is dark fruit heavy; cherry, plum, fig, raisin and nectarine. Caramel malt and toffee sweetness followed by some yeasty baked bread.

Finishes dry and chewy with a good amount of carbonation. Excellent blend of flavours making an interesting but excellent take on the style.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A number of years ago, when I had lost hope on ever drinking anything but the latest "IPA" or another over-hopped beer from an American micro-brewery, a friend of mine recommended Three Philosophers from Ommegang. He told me it would make me happy about the state of American independent brewing again. He was right. The added 2% blend of cherry ale in this amazing blend won me over right away--and so began my infatuation, nay, obsession, with Belgian style ales. Thank you Ommegang!

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Photo of c014572
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a glorious dark ruby cor from a 12 Oz bottle. Half-inch of head with great lacing.

Nose hits instantaneously of dark fruits and Belgian yeast funk.

Taste is "complex" to say the least. Heavier (but wonderful) than most Belgians at this ABV I've had. But a good thing. This is a wonderful beer to be enjoyed, not quaffed, as I usually do...

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Photo of Fee
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly exceptional beer. Appearance is beautiful and smell adds to the experience. Three Philosophers has an extremely smooth feel, and tastes malty without being overbearing.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage served in a snifter. 12oz bottle.

Appearance: dark ruby with a creamy tan head. Clear and delicious looking.

Nose: massive dark fruits, cherries, raspberries, currants, prunes and plums. The depth of fruit character doesn't seem to have an end.

Taste: follows the nose, a bit of alcohol but it is not distracting. No age oxidation at all. That could be because of the Brett in the 3% Kriek added.

Overall: this is one of the best American Quads on the market. It is year round, cheap and world class. Buy this now.

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

brown/ruby with a tan head, good retention and a few patches of lace. big on the nose, sweet cherries, sugar, caramel, subtle toffee. palate is bready malt, carmel, cherries, definitely some booze.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single-serve bottle

Look--The classic dark strong look. Murky brown with ruby tinting. An initial two-finger head with khaki mottling that quickly dissipates to a persistent sticky lacing.

Smell--The phenols and alcohol are perhaps a bit stronger than I would have liked. Not off-putting, but somewhat strong compared to the "standard" of the style.

Taste--A rich blend of spice, anise, dark fruits, and a boozy/dry finish (most likely the kriek coming through). Not as malty-caramely as typically found in the style, but again, not offputting. Perhaps a bit too medicinal, however.

Feel--The carbonation does not personally bother me, but this is too carbonated to be true to the style.

Overall--I've yet to be let down by Ommegang's takes on the Belgian styles. This is a nice American take on the Belgian dark strong. It doesn't measure up to the "originals," but for the price and pedigree, it is excellent. I would compare favorably to a Sixth Glass or other superior American version of the Quad.

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Photo of cwalter
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick foamy head that sticks around for a while. Smells of sweet roasted malts. Dark ruby red in color. Slightly sweet and smooth going down but booziness is definitely noticeable. Pretty complex beer but subtle notes of cherries come through in the end.

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Photo of KEH
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

An excellent value! Imports are hard to come by in the UP, and I'm glad to have found some domestic craft brews that get the job (well) done. Three Philosophers is one of my standbys. It runs for about $16 for a four pack 'round these parts. If I could be functional while drunk, I'd drink this all day, every day!

Pour: Deep reddish brown with a thick tan head
Aroma: Yeasty and fruity
Flavor: Heavily roasted malt with a hint of fruit and sweetness. I also get some caramel and toffee

Frequently poured into a tulip glass.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - pours a deep, hazy ruby red with a thin khaki head that recedes to a thin ring of bubbles. There's some nice silky lacing on the glass with every sip, but it doesn't stick around very long.
Smell - cherries, dark fruits, clove, bready malts, and some notes of brown sugar and booze.
Taste - cherries and raisins are strongest, but these flavors are rounded out with a sweet malt backbone and a touch of booze.
Feel - great carbonation, chewy body, rich and smooth finish.

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Photo of hman43
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a murky brown with a brown moderate head.

Smell: It has a high level of fruit with includes raisins, fig, and dried cherries. There is also a rich, bready malt aroma as well.

Taste: There are additional flavors of spice and alcohol. There are high fruit flavors blended with rich malt. The fruit flavors include raisins, plums, figs, and dried cherries. The malt is mostly bread. There is also a moderate level of spice and some alcohol.

Feel: It has a moderate feel to it with a high level of carbonation. It has a moderately high level of bitterness with some alcohol warming.

Overall this is a complex blended beer with the fruit flavors blending well with the malt and spices.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle slow poured into a tulip glass. Comes in a 4-pack and 750 ml.

L - dark ruby red color. Lots of carbonation. Little bit of yeast floating around. Hazy hue.

S - Cherries, raisins, licorice, hint of pinot noir

T - crushed cherries, hint of cask, licorice, molasses, cranberry skin, watermelon Cabbage Patch Kids

F - thin body, smooth drinking, little bit of the booze side. No booze lingering, fruity at best.

O - this is a delicious beer. Not into the Belgians much but this one brought me back into the fold. Not dark and strong, but the blend of Kriek gives a nice tart and fruity taste around the strong malt and booze background. Must have for any beer geek. Cheers!

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Photo of jmd1978
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep red color with a little head. Nose cherry, oak, clove and some floral notes. Taste cherry, cinnamon, Apple, figs, and caramel malt. Strong finish. Very complex beer and delicious but very fruity on the palate so not great for everyday drink.

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Photo of djkman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell: cherry like mad elf.
taste: honestly like I am drinking trogues mad elf ale but a bit less boozy.
feel: as always THATS Personal !!! No way. Next question. (LOL!)

Overall: honestly, I'm drinking the Hershey mad elf ale with less booze.
(Did they steal the recipient from them???)

And that's my review

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

Good but still not great for me. I know people really like aging this beer, and I love quads, but the soury/sharp taste I don't like fresh is still there after four years.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,403 ratings.
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