Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)
6,462 Ratings
Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel)

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of minterro
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single 12oz from Spartan Spirits for about 5 bucks.

A&S: Very pretty lively deep brown colored beer with a dark reddish hue. Fizzy light brown head of substantial size, that settles very creamy some lacing. The smell is mostly tart and clean fruits (cherries like they advertise but also hints of prunes). The aroma also contains pungent yeast. Not much unfiltered elements.

T&M: crisp and clean. Extremely well-hidden abv, but the burning in my belly says differently. Not really much of a malty palate. Similar to the smell as far as the dark fruit elements along with some slight sourness. High carbonation, medium body. Very low bitterness bit of sweetness in the finish. Not as complex as I was expecting.

Overall: Pretty delicious beer overall. I think there are some lacking elements to this beer, but nothing that is boldly wrong with it. A bit on the pricey side, but worth at least a try.

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Photo of NWHopinator
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Quad style is not one I am not massively familiar with. I've been keen to delve in so here goes. Three Philosophers pours a deep brown-amber mix with a light redness in there, looks like it should hold a mosquito being used for dna samples in a Jurassic Park franchise movie. It is a seriously fine looking beer. The aroma has a waft of sherry in there. Carbonation is fast and bulbous, tight also. Enjoying the cherry and fig notes that come through as this beer warms. English bonfire toffee and an element of clove come through. The complexity is outstanding, each sip opening something new up, much like listening to one of your favorite Kraftwerk albums on vinyl. The high ABV does not so much give you a burn as much as a warming sense. I wish I had a fireplace to enjoy this next to but to be honest I would drink this anywhere. Top notch.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FanofHefe
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice presentation dark reddish brown with a big head and great lacing.

Very light aroma of sweet malt and a hint of cherry.

Solid flavor. Good quad tastes with some caramel and light on the cherry. Glad since I'm not a fan of cherry. But, it didn't detract from the flavors at all.

Not too harsh or bitter on the palate. Great brew.

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Photo of Premo88
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into goblet (packaged 5/21/13; best by 5/18)

L: brown; murky caramel with darker orange-red-amber highlights; nice 1/4- to 3/8-inch head of thick tan foam that sticks hard; typical Belgian all the way around, murky, opaque, big head that pushes up almost all on its own

S: fruity, yeasty -- thick sour grapes/wine smell; a friend suggested "pumpkin", and while I'd have never thought of it, she's right -- there *is* a marked similarity to pumpkin

T: follows nose pretty closely with lots of fruit, darker-dried fruits (dates, cherries ... not exactly raisins but getting there); loads of yeasty notes; wine

F: so much wonderful carbonation ... these Belgians (and Belgian-inspireds) know how to use it without the big carbonation ripping off your tongue; full

O: Ommegang is a good thing ... my quadrupel experience is very limited, so it's hard for me to place an accurate to-style number on this thing, BUT it's good -- the cherry kriek addition supposedly only accounts for 2% of the brew, but it is present. you can taste dark cherries in there, and it mixes just fine with the dark-fruity/yeasty taste of the quad.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.47/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just don't think I am a fan of Belgian beers. I can appreciate that this was a good representation of the style but the smell and taste are just not for me. I got a very yeasty and bread-like smell. The taste had these same components but also a sour, fruit-like taste. I think this is what exactly what they were going for but like I said, I just don't enjoy this style. I shared a bomber of this with my brother in law and I am glad I did. He likes this type of beer so he got to enjoy it and I didn't have to go through an entire bomber of this by myself.

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Photo of Twal
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kkazemi
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of vandemonian
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ommegang Three Philosophers is a good quad that could have been great. The alcohol is very poorly hidden and kinda unpleasant.

A: Lovely clear red colour and a 8 mm head that lasts very well. 4.5

S: Alcohol and banana esters. There is a bready aroma with some upbeat raison notes. 4.5

T: Malty with yeast and a some noticeable alcohol. Some sweet candy flavours are mixed in too. Kinda harsh alcohol in the aftertaste too (the only negative). 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zbodnar1
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Philosophers

A: Pours a walnut brown with a supple tan head. Light lacing throughout the beer.
A: Cherries & malt are most prominent, with yeast and other dark fruits.
T: Great malt, cherries, and perhaps caramel and bread.
M: Great character, lighter than I'm used to for the style and excellent carbonation.
D: Very Nice. Easy to drink with a little kick on the back of the throat.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Three Philosophers poured a dark red/brown with a nice 2 finger foam head.

The smell was brown sugar, malt and cherries. The taste was nice as you were hit with a smooth maltiness and the cherries kicked in. The mouth feel was similar to a stout, real comforting. You get a good spiciness in the drink. It is a real interesting drink, it reminds me of Belgian Strong Dark Ale. I found it to be very enjoyable and will most likely buy one of these a year.

It would be a good one to enjoy around Christmas as it has that sort of feeling.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L- Pours a murky, ruby red with a big, tan head that dissapates quickly.
S- Sick so I cant smell but my wife says it smells like cherries.
T- Not overly malty. Lots of dark fruits. Cherry and clove comes in at the end.
F- Nice boozyness.
O- W9nderful after dinner.

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Photo of KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep ruby-red in color. Dark...with very thick and long-lasting off-white head. Very nice lacing of the glass. Aromas are bursting with cherries soaked in yeasties. Flavor is cherries doused with bittersweet chocolate. Some licorice at the very end? Finishes with the chocolate-cherry aftertaste. Full and creamy mouthfeel. Great flavor and finish. Nothing too dominant and very well-balanced. One that, while I wouldn't drink it all the time, I would certainly not pass up.

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep almost cloudy cider color with a head that quickly dissipates except for a ring around the chalice and some wisps in the interior surface. The aroma is dark ripe fruit, the cherries perhaps, and seductive alcohol over a malt background. Exceedingly smooth but not syrupy. The flavors are similar to the aroma with sweet malt, dark complex fruit, some sugary character as well. It finishes warm from the alcohol. This beer is warmly inviting, like the crackling of a fireplace on a cold winters eve. A sipper indeed, but do sip.

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Photo of themind
3.51/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Over all I thought this was a let down for me. I think that I prefer BPA and the double. For the style this brew has a decent mouthfeel and taste. Pours a very small head and is a little thick for my liking. Overall it is a quality beer but not my cup of tea.

Bottom line: Not a fan

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Photo of Jonada
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a goblet. 2011 bottle

Appearance: Murky reddish brown in color with a finger of a light tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell: Dark fruit, plum, raisins, cherry, banana bread. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Taste: Cherry, dark fruit, Belgian yeast spiciness. Starts out sweet but is balanced nicely with a tart cherry finish. Alcohol is bit more present in the taste, but still masked very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is on the lighter side of medium. Really nice mouthfeel.

Overall: One of the best American quads I've had. Doesn't quite reach the level of some of the authentic Belgian offerings, but it's not too far behind. Definitely worth picking up a bottle.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 6,462 ratings
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