Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,064
Ratings:
6,276
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
20.15%
 
 
Wants:
365
Gots:
1,508
For Trade:
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Reviews: 2,064 | Ratings: 6,276
Photo of JPNesker
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Would be perfect if it wasn't so boozy. It's the widow maker. Also would prefer more Kriek in the blend. Served on tap at millers pub in Chicago, which is kind of a beer Mecca.

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Photo of SirLoopsAlot
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is spicy with lots of cherry and slight Belgian yeast.

Tastes almost more like cognac or wine than an ale. Cherry is very prominent, with malt breadiness and strong bitterness. Very complex flavor, you'll get more after each sip. Lots going on with this ale.

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

Look: Pours a nice thick mahogany with a dark reddish hue. Initially displaying a medium sized tan head that quickly dissipates.
Smell: A very distinguishable cognac smell at first that slowly transitions into a dark-cherry finish.
Taste: Immediate berry fruit notes balanced with an earthly caramel full bodied taste. Followed by a strong toffee finish with hints of molasses.
Feel: A rich, creamy finish but surprisingly not thick.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of rypkr
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super dry mouthfeel. Nothing in particular to write home about. Basically the staus quo per style yet recognized as a go to because of the volume of this beer on the market. Certainly not a great if even good quad IMO.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2014 vintage poured into a Dogfish Head snifter L: cloudy orangish brown appearance with a decent head and no lacing A: wonderful balance of sour Belgian yeast and sweet cherry juice T: incredibly balance blend of a quad and a kreik M: medium with just the right carbonation O: this one took me by surprise. I'll definitely be buying more

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Photo of jmasher85
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes! One of the pinnacles of American quads, this truly defines the "meal in a bottle" characteristic of the style. Spicy, sweet, and savory, this beer offers some stone fruit, fig, nutmeg, peaty scotch, licorice, bubblegum, and all sorts of other cool things on the nose. So much going on! The taste is similar, but with a few more sweet notes than expected. Can't tell if the 1.5 years of aging in my cellar has made it better or not, but it's a glorious beer no matter when you drink it. And yeah, you can definitely taste those cherries. Smooth and refeshing enough that it doesn't just make you thirstier when you drink it, and it can even pair well with salty foods, which I normally recommend with paler ales - impressive considering it's close to 10% abv.

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Photo of EMH73
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a ruby hue, minimal head that is poorly retained and almost no lacing. Smells of malt and cherry. Tastes as it smells along with a slight sweetness and yeast flavor. Very slight bitterness. Medium bodied and carbonated, creamy feel to it. An excellent beer.

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

2015 355ml
Awesome quad Belgian style Ale. Doesn't get enough praise as its Belgian counterparts receive.
Pours with a beautiful ruby hue. Excellent malt nose with pleasant, modest cherry and caramel taste. The 2015 seemed lighter vs. previous years, particularly 2012, 2013..but I did pick this bottle up at bulk commercial store in Florida named Total Wine...have enjoyed controlled pours at beer venues that tasted much better.
Overall, I have consumed this beer many times and it never disappoints.

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Photo of stakem
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml 10th anniversary bottling (2007) poured into a matching glass. The brew appears a perfectly clear ruby to mahogany color with a khaki cap.

Aroma is cherry medicine with slight toasty grain. Herbal and slight solvent alcohol kick.

Tastes herbal to medicinal with cherry pit/skin flavors. Some yeastiness, earth and slight spice and herbal character before getting a solvent feel in the finish.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. A solid brew but starting to show its age.

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

A - pretty, cloudy wood varnish. Fine bead thick beige head. Minor lacing. Yeasts. 4

S - complex. Wood. Leather. Spicy. Herbal. 3.75

T - fantastic initial tastes sweet thick caramel . Quickly faded to something reminding me of hoppy birch leaves and campfires. 4

M - again great. Thick sparkly and creamy. Like champagne and melted butter. 4.25

D - sweet like a kriek malty like a quadruple. One of the best non Belgian belgian-styles I can remember. 4.25

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Photo of C_Solodkin
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle it pours a nice Ruby Brown. Very little head retention and not much lace. It has a great scent with notes of sweet malt and a hint of cherry. Excellent flavor as the cherry comes through but doesn't overwhelm letting the creamy malts steal the show. Love the crisp mouth-feel. A bit boozy on the finish but its understandable at 9.7%.

Overall - I'd drink this again... and again...

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a brownish amber with a small head, quickly dissipating and leaving only a ring around the top of the beer. I possibly served the beer too cold. Sweet malt and fruit in the nose. Enjoyable taste. Alcohol not really noticeable until...

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Photo of Cjstoutlover
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black tea color(Irish) carbonation is micro bubbles at a constant speed straight up. The smell is very slight which is a hint of yeast and a yeast of hops. Drinking this at slightly less then cold will give the best result. The taste is almost exactly like the smell except with a hint of sweetness ! The strength of this beer, you don't taste, which is a good traight! 4 pack at my local beer distributor 20$ ! Great choice, if your on a budget, treat your self! Salute!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is very dark with a big thick head.

Strong malt aroma with a rich dark fruit note. Lots of cherry and maybe some currants/ dates.

Taste is much better than the smell. Very balanced not too strong on the dark fruit. Lots of rich malt. Nice thick creamy texture.

Delicious beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful ruby color with brown tints and a rocky off white head that persists. Aroma is not overly robust, but shows sweet malt, fruit, toffee, cherry and a hint of belgian candi sugar. Taste follows with huge flavors of dark fruit, cherry, plums, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, and belgian candi sugar. Mouthfeel is smooth but nicely carbonated. Overall, this is a terrific beer and a wonderful sipper. Great blend of belgian quad and kriek.

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Photo of mark5692
4.97/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, still not a craft beer expert by any means but I had to try this. My other experiences with Ommegang were fantastic and Cooperstown is fairly close. Popped the cork and took a sniff. Smelled fruity and sweet and poured darker than you'd expect just from the smell. Taste of fruit and some malt, maybe caramel. The sweetness of the fruit is more subtle when tasting but it was very carbonated which I loved! If I had the money I'd sip on this 24/7. Definitely recommend to those like me who are newer to craft beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice ruby brown color with a beige head that doesn't last and leaves no lacing. The smell is cherries, yeast, caramel, honey and a sour smell from the cherries that is vaguely reminiscent of vinegar. The taste is sweet and peppery. There is bread, cherries and caramel along with the sour that was present in the nose. The beer finishes with a tart bitterness. The beer has a medium mouthfeel and a decent amount of carbonation that stings the tongue slightly.

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Photo of Lunchboxhead
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle from 2010 in my liquor cabinet. Chilled it and opened it today 1/2/2016. This is a seriously complex beer. A ton going on from the spicy opening through to the almost sour finish. This is a beer to be savored as it changes as it warms and oxidizes. This reminds me of almost of a prosecco with the grape overtones but the alcohol reminder at the end elicits a nice warm fuzzy that will keep you coming back until the bottle is empty. I do not know how often I would drink this but I am particularly happy I am doing it now. Consider this a beer you should try at least once. I am very interested in how a fresher one would present.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have just begun my exploration of Belgian style beer and am not very familiar with this type. I've been wowed by their double, but this Quad is more difficult to embrace. Wonderful color and nose. A very malty taste with funky layers of spice and nut. Maybe its the strength, or the warmth it creates, or perhaps Three Philosophers is too deep a beer to contemplate on a hectic New Year's Eve. It is worthy of further study and I do have one more.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reddish/copper color with off white head; Spices in the aroma, and I'm picking up a hint if gingerbread, brown sugar and caramel, very complex. Lots of carbonation initially, but it disappears after about five minutes. Sort of reminds me of an old ale.

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

L: Poured into a Chimay chalice. Body is dark brown with mild visible carbonation and floaters. As I drank the beer, the body color became more red over time (most likely due to more light going into the beer). The head is a creamy brown that started as one finger width and slowly reduced to a thin film.

S: Amazingly fruity yeast aroma full of cherry, plum, raisin, dark malt, caramel, and spices like cinnamon and allspice. I wish I could rate it higher than a five, it's that good.

T: Starts with spicy malt and caramel, then transitions to tart dark fruits, and ends with an alcoholic kick.

F: Medium / full bodied and really foamy with medium carbonation. There is some warmth as it rolls across the tongue.

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Photo of KettleBellFreak
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown/auburn color. Smells nutty and kind of like stone fruit.

This is an excerpt from a review below that describes the taste exactly as I tasted it.

this beer is quite nutty and the dominant flavor profile is malty. It has a medium-full body that definitely doesn't leave you wanting more body, which is to say there is something in this glass that your tongue can get a good grip on. It is moderately carbonated with a light hint of cocoa, and after a swig, there is a noticeable but unhindering amount of bitterness that rests on the back of the tongue.

However, the bitterness was too much for me to handle. Absolutely awful. Ruined the rich mouth feel and malty/chocolate notes. Could be a great beer if I grab an previous year's bottle.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours either a dark auburn color with some real red highlights that shine through the edges. A smooth khaki colored head resolves itself back into the beer fairly quickly.

Aroma is of wood, cedarwood predominantly, alcohol, tart cherries, and red cabernet wine.

The flavor reminds me much more of wine than it does anything else. Red wine, most likely either cabernet sauvignon or pinot noir. I'm not a big wine person so I'm not sure which one to call it. Alcohol is present in the flavor, as is some kind of grain. Occasionally has a slightly bready aftertaste. Oak, or some other kind of wood is also present. In fact, the flavor profile here is mostly oak, alcohol, and red wine. The flavor REALLY has a strong barrel-aged or oak-aged presence, yet I don't see that noted anywhere on the beer's label so I'm assuming it's not. Hard to imagine.

I just don't think this is my favorite style. If you have a significant other who loves their wine and you're trying to sway them to the other side, this would be a lovely introduction beer for that person.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 2015 bomber and poured it into a snifter. it is an amber color with a little head but a very nice lace. While the beer has a sweet smell of spice and apples with cherries.... it is not sweet it has tart kriek taste that is different. Overall it's different from most quads with the tart taste and a must try.

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Photo of EricChaseandEli
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three Philosophers:

This beer was poured from a 750ml bottle at 4:00pm at roughly 45 degrees Fahrenheit. The beer pours with moderate head, releasing a nutty aroma. Upon whiffing the beer, A malty sweetness with a mild toasty scent was noticeable. Sitting in the glass, the beer is copper red with low-medium head retention.

Authors note: One of our expert tasters is dealing with allergies at the time of this review.

Eric believes he can taste the high abv. What isn't up for debate is that this beer is quite nutty and the dominant flavor profile is malty. It has a medium-full body that definitely doesn't leave you wanting more body, which is to say there is something in this glass that your tongue can get a good grip on. It is moderately carbonated with a light hint of cocoa, and after a swig, there is a noticeable but unhindering amount of bitterness that rests on the back of the tongue.

Overall, this is a great beer that we've been coming back to for years!

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