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
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:
6,414
Reviews:
2,095
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
385
Gots:
1,599
For Trade:
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Ratings: 6,414 |  Reviews: 2,095
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 Stevenw7474
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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Photo of Mousel
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Loved it! Looking forward to having it again. Maybe add it to a stew.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2013 bottled Nov 2013 best by Nov 2018. Nice reddish cherry look. Flavor has cherry clove that is spot on for a quad. Clarity is perfect and not cloudy...did age well. Placed the 2011 in the fridge to drink next....

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

Photo of cmcquirk
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of al2913
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of omolemio
1.78/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Not at all rich as I expected. Likely ignorance of the style yet no perceived flavors as described in other reviews. Very disappointing and wasted money.

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Photo of Timtac
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
1.5/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

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

750ml bottle into snifter. best before "03/10/2021", consumed feb 2 2017. clear reddish brown with a head full of fine tan bubbles. both nose and flavour are full of chocolatey cherry, but with those rich brown-sugary quadrupel characteristics somewhere in the back. ample dryness. the fruity flavours linger all the way to the aftertaste. medium feel with bubbly carbonation as the beer is colder. pleasant, fruit-forward stuff

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DonIII
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,414 ratings.
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