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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Photo of phenomenologian
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This has that screw on thing, with a cork on it. It pours with a one finger off white head that retains pretty well and then laces nicely. The body is translucent and you can see bubbles rise to the top.

It smells of figs, cloves, bananas, cherries. It has a deep complex flavor where at smelling it it smells very fruity and heavy.

At first taste it is very very complex as it is a quad. As you continue to taste it you can taste cloves and bananas and figs that dissect and come out on their own. It also has cherries and other fruits as flavors that come out.

It is carbonated but not a whole lot. It feels heavy which makes it one of those beers that you drink a bit of and wait a bit and drink some more. Its not one of those that goes down smooth and quenches thirst. Its a complex thing to be tasted and evaluated.

Overall, its not one of those everyday beers but one of those every once in a great while. I like the tastes but the fruitiness is not something Im used to so I have to get used to it, but overall its good and enjoyable.

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Photo of Romulus141
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 3-Liter bottle (wax-sealed and corked) into a clear pub glass. I received this as a Christmas gift, and the presentation was nice. I opened it for New Year's Eve to share with my family.

Appearance: Pours a deep, beautiful red with a fluffy white head. The warmer the beer, the better the head is retained. Lacing stains the edges of the glass, and will not let go. The glow of this beer when held up to a light is a sight to behold. Truly a wonderful looking brew.

Smell: A nice malty smell intermixed with grains (particularly a sweet wheaty aroma). This reminds me of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel, but even better in the smell department. The smell is quite present, and easy to detect, and delightful. You cannot smell the alcohol. All around one of the best beers I've smelled.

Taste: This is some great stuff. Very complex, and it would be tough to list all the different flavors I experience. There is the wheaty taste, which is followed up with an almost chocolately sweetness. The finish is crisp and smooth. I even detect some citrus style flavors in here from time to time. This beer also goes great with food. Pair it with cheese and crackers, or spicy food. Very versatile.

Mouthfeel: It has a good weight to it, and the carbonation balance is just right. Like a proper ale, it is thicker than most lagers, but not on the degree of a stout. It really caresses the tongue, and is incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: I needed to check the bottle again to remind myself that the ABV is almost 10%. You can't taste the alcohol at all! This is a sipping beer, but if you respect it, it can last you the entire evening, along with a nice meal. You'll probably reach for more afterwards, as I did.

I can't recommend this enough. Definitely one of my favorite beers, and probably the best I've reviewed thus far. For complexity and versatility, you can't beat this.

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Photo of fightingirishcmk
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber/copper in color. Poured into a Duvel glass, and a great amount of long lasting creamy head was obtained.

S: A slightly subdued yet beautiful bouquet of sweet smelling malts mingled with a cherry, raisin, alcohol, dates, and reminded me that yes, this is a quadrupel style ale.

T: Quite tasty, sweet, with notes of cherry, plum, alcohol, and malt.

M: Slightly chewy and creamy, and very smooth.

D: Quite strong. The taste was ever so slightly subdued which I believe actually promotes its drinkability. I would drink it again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of talkinghatrack
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - Pours nicely into a goblet, revealing a deep clear red that ranges to orange at the tapered neck of the glass. Three finger beige head.

s - It's al yeast,l malts, and cherries in there with a lingering hint of spice and the slightest touch of alcohol.

t - A peppery sweetness with a bit of cherry in the mildly bitter aftertaste. The carbonation hits in the right spot to mask the 9.8% ABV. Warming on the throat. A little numbing on the palate.

m - Good stuff. Malty, almost syrupy as it arrives but mellows after the swallow.

d - Great Belgian ale for a cold winters day. Hearty with a warming sensation. The only downside is that it seems to be a little bit over carbonated but I'll try a pour a little rougher to see if I can take care of that. Probably not a session beer but a fine sipper for its style. Seems to deliver its ABV pretty quickly - maybe the high carbonation helped? Nice touch with the 2% cherry lambic without overdoing it.

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Photo of ale1
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

we found this at Moe's beer store ,center st. Jupiter fla

having Ommegang ale's in the past we knew we would be impressed and we were.
this came in a 4 pak of 12oz bottles slightly different than the usual large bottles

served in a malt glass,pours with a 4" head that lingers ,fine carbonation and nice ruby, red colour

nose:malt ,fruity yeast nose ..way it's supposed to be !
taste: belgian candies, almost a cherry lambic flavor and malt with a clean finish hops or bitters ...just right
exceptional flavor the brewer here knows his stuff and continue to make fine ales

if i were to convert a budweiser drinker to a real beer this is the one
all time favorite

the beer of the working class --

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Photo of alexkeil
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the label here...its classic and simple. Pours a pretty reddish amber color. It is somewhat cloudy but that doesn't affect the overall experience for me. The head is off white and a little frothy. The aroma is a little bready and also the cherries come through. The flavor is complex: cherry, biscuit, apricot, raisin and ripe fruit in the backend, a hint of of toffee? The finish is bold and lingers for a bit, and maybe there was just a hint of strawberry? I think this beer is a classic and I'm so proud it is from NY. I especially like it when barrel aged in caves.

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Photo of Mypintishalffull
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So looking forward to this one. Was built up for me by friends and hype. Here we go. Poured with a crazy cream head like a cappuccino. Smelled like raisins. And rum. And fruit. Plums and cinnamon. Spices. Almost tasted like a fruitcake or raisin toast. Unreal and sublime. Wow, what a delicacy.


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Photo of jayb
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy amber, brownish almost. 2 fingers of khaki colored foamy head that settles to a thin film, but sticks around. Lacing is a bit of a letdown. plenty of carbonation.

Yeasty, bready, tangy with a tart cherry undertone. Of course its going to smell like cherries! obvious statement. smells like fruity pizza dough.

peppery, cloves, sour, warming alcohol at the roof of my mouth. cherry isn't as apparent in taste as it is in smell. sharp carbonation. perceptible bitterness, but welcome. hard for me to grasp, its sweet, as i expected, but the sourness combats it.

medium bodied and pleasantly smooth. bitterness hangs around for a bit. maybe its the sourness coming from the lambic. Doesn't feel like it, but i don't want to rule it out.

very sipable. i don't think i could have more than a couple glasses, but one glass is enough and very enjoyable. A blend, but well blended. Nicely done.

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Photo of jenbys2001
4.88/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of those beers that makes me smile when I see a bottle of it. It's one of the brews that ignited my passion for good beer. Anyways, what I enjoy about Three Philosophers it that it's a heavy complicated beer, but it's so balanced and drinkable. It pours a deep mahogany color, which most closely resembles a dark tea, with a foamy light tan head. It has a very subtle scent, with slight cherry notes and a maple sweetness to it. The flavor ranges from a caramel nuttiness to an oaky barrel character. The finish is crisp and brings home the cherry undertones. All around this is just a great beer and one of my favorite domestic selections.

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Photo of BigDRS
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads "PKG on 2/22/11"

Appearance - Pours a deep reddish/brown with about a fingers worth of head. Retention and lacing are both sub-par. Carbonation isn't very visible.

Smell - Dark cherries, brown sugar, and a bit of chocolate come through. The nose is a bit medicinal though ... a bit off from what I'm expecting.

Taste - Really thick tasting and the cherry flavor comes across pretty strong throughout each sip. It starts out really deep with strong malt and fruit flavors, then towards the end it really opens up and the alcohol reveals itself. Although the alcohol does show up, this beer does a really good job of hiding the fact that it's nearly 10%. It also leaves a bit of a tart/dry taste after each sip which I find to be really nice.

Mouthfeel - Again, this is really thick tasting. Carbonation is excellent.

Overall - A really great beer. This brew had the pleasure of being my first quad a few years back ... always a nice treat whenever I drink it.

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Photo of carpezytha
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber, decent foam (poured vigorously), which fades.
S: Raisins and other dried dark fruit, roasted nuts.
T: Warm tincture of raisins, earth, cherry pits, even citrus and pepper.
M: Great mouthfeel- turbulent yet finishing smooth, not overly hot, enough barb to continue to bring forth new flavors.
D: Very drinkable on special occasions.
Delicious, syrupy concoction.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and Caged 2009 Vintage. Poured into a chalice on Oct 12 2009.

A: Pours a muddy red, very cloudy. One finger of head on the initial pour, but settles into nothing. A quick swirl of the glass leaves no lacing on the sides.

S: Cherries are the first to hit, as I expected. Tobacco and alcohol round it out to make it very pleasant on the nose.

T: Taste of cherries and raisins. The more I drink, the darker malts come out. Finishes with a little alcohol burn on the throat, sweetness on the palate, and a desire to drink more.

First of the Ommegang beers that I have tried, the others are soon to follow. 3P definately lives up to the hype that surrounded it's arrival to Oklahoma. The cherries aren't exactly "my thing" but I can appreciate this beer for exactly what it is... A very well done Quad with a unique twist.

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Photo of jsausley
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%

First rating under the new system, so let's try this out...

This beer pours a nice dark brown. It has a strong presence and a nice full body. Its flavours are of molasses and toffee, but it also carries a strong sweet flavor like a Belgian. It is full bodied but well rounded and is easy to drink considering its strength. Overall it is another strong offering from Ommegang, but not my favorite.

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - its a golden brown color, a very interesting color

Smell - a malty roasted smell

Taste - sweet and malty with a roasted flavor, its very interesting and different. this is the first quad I've had but have loved all the Belgian beers I've tried and this is no different. its very interesting and delicious. i want to try more quads now.

Mouthfeel - very smooth with good carbonation, with a great after taste that leaves this beer crisp

Drinkability - very drinkable, i'm about to drink this entire 750 and will def want another...

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

Okay, normally I just go step by step here, but I'm gonna switch it up and start with taste and mouthfeel. The first thing that popped into my head, after the first swig mind you, was WINEBEER. That is quite obviously a noobish statement, but guess what, chicken butt.

Okay. The most appealing aspect to this quad is the cherry-esque color, fantastic head/retention and lacing, and overall appearance. Really a great looking beer.

The smell is a strange and difficult entity. At first sniff it's slightly potpourri, medicinal....a bit like a red wine. Definitely alcoholic in smell as well. It's powerful, decadent and alluring.

Wow. I just can't stop thinking wine. Taste, like smell, has a bite of medicine. Strong fruity taste; cherry. Cherry cough syrup. Obviously far more complex.

Aftertaste lingers, and it actually makes you recall and pin-point the taste. Smooth, creamy and not as boozy as you would think; but it is a warming beer.

Drinkability surrounds the evening's activities. Not a session beer, and two of these beers is more than enough. Take my advice, if you have friends that don't like beer, but enjoy red wine....bring this to your next snooty box social.

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Photo of nmbr0ne
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in goblet.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown color with thick off-white head. Good retention.

Smell: Spices like cinnamon and cloves. Bananas, apples, cherries. Smells tarty.

Taste: The bananas, apples, and cherries are definitely present in the taste too. Not too sweet, which I like. Dry, hoppier finish that is only the slightest bit bitter. Good flavors overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

Overall: A delicious quad indeed. I really enjoyed the mixtures of the different fruit flavors that balanced off with the light-bitterness finish.

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Photo of SeamusDoyle
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear dark red-brown body. Excellent two finger light khaki head forms. Very dense and creamy in appearance, a swirl produces some nice lacing and retention as well as some alcohol legs. Aroma of cherries initially, then comes a wave of rich malts, caramel, dark candied fruits, toffee, brown sugar and spicy yeast. A touch of warming alcohol on the finish. Smooth and rich. Taste is ripe cherries, caramelized dark fruits, oak, brown sugar, and a yeasty finish. Incredibly delicious and smooth with all the right Quad notes. The finish has a light lactic twang, almost in the form of oxidation, but its very pleasant and complimentary. Mouth feel is creamy and medium bodied with the alcohol very well hidden. Overall this is hands down the best American made quad I have personally tired. It really does compete with the big Belgian quads.

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Photo of heidelbeerg
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours out a rich brown color with a hint of red when held to the light. Nice creamy head that falls fairly quickly and leaves nice lacing. The smell is malty sweet with dark fruits. Some of the alcohol can be noticed in the nose also. Very complex taste. Slightly medicinal, very malty. Dark cherry flavors too. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish. Hops a just barely in the mix but balance everything out nicely. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy but does not have any stickiness to it. I love this beer. This is a great after dinner sipper.

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Photo of Cedromar
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, 2007 Vintage

Figured I would drown my sorrows at not going to the The Mars Volta NYC show with this brew after seeing them three times in four days.

A: A nice ruddy brown with a quickly dissipating head
S: Alcohol and cherries overwhelm the nostrils
T: Overall bland, even after warming up slight cherry taste, but nothing impressive.
M: Good carbonation and smooth feel.
D: Would have again, but wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Still wish I was in NYC, but found out the boys beer of choice is Heineken, I knew I should have offered them a Double Bastard from the trunk of my car.

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Photo of jpiper
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 2007 (not my cellar) 12oz into a water glass at fridge temp... I'm on vacation.

Dark amber brown with an offwhite head which quickly turns to a tiny bubbly lace with several areas of slightly larger bubbles.

Smells of spices, mint, bubble gum, licorice, and alcohol.

Lots of sweet malt, some dried fruits, caramelized sugars.
Spices and bananas - some yeasty notes as well. The flavor is a bit thinner than I'd like, at least given the mouthfeel. There's some bitterness. The finish is too sweet and carries that bubblegum flavor with it.

Hit immediately with a cloying, sticky mouthfeel. Plenty of
carbonation, but it didn't clean up the feel on this.

This will get old before the bottle is done. A bit too sweet to be
terribly drinkable on this nearly 10% ABV sipper.

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Photo of ken2cart1
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

poured into my 16 oz sam adams perfect pint glass

A- brown with reddish could call it mahogany if you will. small 1/2 inch head that quickly dissipates.

S- boozy malty sweetnes, cherrys in the forefront with other dark fruits

T- WOW, can you say dessert? this is a drinkable cherry cream pie. very sweet malt profile with cherrys in the forefront and throughout the whole beer...cherrys all over...everywhere..ahhh. i can taste the subtle sweet belgian candi sugar and the dark fruits. alcohol very well hidden. slight toasty and chocolate taste is very subtle. finishes with a lingering tart sweetness. TART and CHERRIES are the key word in describing this beer. I am telling you this is dessert in a bottle. Almost too sweet for me.

M- very SMOOTH AND CREAMY through out

D- 1 beer for me. Its like having 2 pieces of cherry cream pie for one does that. 1 piece only please...much too sweet for 2.

If you had to choose between port wine or three philosophers for dessert go with the three philosophers.

To be honest not my style of beer but i gave it a 4.5 cuz it gave me a slight buzz and no other dessert that tastes like cherry cream pie can do that

Also, this beer is the 2009 version. If aged for a year or so, I believe it would bring out a lot more of the chocolate, toasted, and dark fruit flavors. Less of a cherry bomb.

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Photo of dhfreak
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another great Belgian example from Ommegang. The mouth fell felt a little light and champaign, but I'm still learning how to discern subtle nuances. Overall, great quad!

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Photo of AbePhroman
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle for $4.50. I love Ommegang; quality Belgian styles brewed in the USA. The only quad I had ever had was Weyerbacher so I wasn't too familiar with the style. Poured a reddish-amber color and left a head that lingered till I finished the glass. Strong fruitiness abundant in the aroma. And it tastes oh so sweet. Not as strong as other quads but 9.8% nontheless. But you BAs are responsible fellows HAHA!

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Photo of TheBigE5
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Half a finger of head, very dark amber coloring. Lacing sticks to the glass for quite a while after sipping.

S - Pronounced cloves and malt. Dark fruits and a little yeast. Appropriate and consistent for a quadruple.

T - Bold malts. Not as sweet as i expected from the nose. Lots of other flavors in the background, complex. Spices, breads and a slight alcohol finish.

M - Heavy mouthfeel and pretty carbonated. More of a sipper.

O - Awesome beer. Very complex and has a ton of flavors to savor. I will look forward to drinking this again.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle served in an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: It has a dark, deep amber color and develops a tan, one finger head. Eventually it dissolves into a ring that sticks around. The lacing is incredible, it covers the whole glass and slowly drips down.

Smell: A sweet malt scent dominates, complemented by a strong ripe fruit note. There's also an alcohol sting in the background.

Taste: Basically a mirror image of the nose. A strong and sweet malt taste dominates, and is accompanied by ripe fruit and cranberry notes.

Mouthfeel: It's creamy and smooth, very drinkable. It finishes dry and despite the sweetness it is not cloying whatsoever.

Overall: An amazing beer, with a lot of sweetness from the malt and fruit notes, but so well balanced that it's not cloying. Despite the high ABV and the fact that it is a bit strong, it's surprisingly easy to drink.

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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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