Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

6,446 Ratings
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 OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -4.9%
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 -14.8%
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 cswhitehorse
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Jonada
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of projectflam86
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a slightly murky red/brown color with a thin white head that leaves a wisp of lacing.

S- Rich dark fruits (brandied cherries, plums, dates, beet sugar) and sweet caramel malt. The cherries aren't as pronounced as I thought they would be but instead they blend in with the other scents nicely.

T- Similar to the nose except the cherries pull their wight a bit more in the flavor profile. Slightly tart cherry flavor initially with lots of spice, alcohol, and sweet malt in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with ok carbonation. I was expecting it to be a bit more sprtizy for a Belgian style beer.

O- A very decent brew and one that I could see aging. A few tweaks and this could be very tasty.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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 hunteraw
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my dad out of a 750 ml caged, corked bottle. Paired with lamb chops and asparagus tips in hollandaise sauce.

Appearance: Garnet colored in the glass, smaller than expected head with not much in the way of retention or lacing. A bit disappointing in this respect.

Smell: Lots of cherry character in the nose. Alcohol and slight caramel, but to me at least mostly cherry.

Taste: Again, lots of cherry character but not a lot of anything else... Wishing there was more complexity here... Somewhat tart, with some flavor reminiscent of a dubbel here, too... Not surprised this a blend. I get the feeling I would have liked each of the constituent parts more than the whole...

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Fairly creamy in mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lacking in complexity, I thought, but good overall if you know what you're getting into.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2003. Pours a turbid chestnut color with some red highlights from the kriek infusion. Even the head is beige with a little bit of pink hue to it. Aromas of sweet malt, sun-dried cherry, and fusel alcohols. A year's aging fares this beer nicely. A little sweet; and too much cherry for my liking, but a solid quad nonetheless. Nicely carbonated, giving a creamy mouthfeel. A slight tartness in the finish keeps it drinkable, otherwise it might just be too sweet. The last glass poured seemed to have a bit more esteriness to it.

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Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Casterbridge
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of nyrblue2
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Zraly
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2004 - Opened on December 1, 2007

After holding onto this gem for a few years, I decided to pop it open tonight. This is a wonderful treat and I have thoroughly enjoyed sipping on this through dinner and onto dessert. I had a steamed artichoke with mayo and worcestershire sauce as an appetizer. Dinner consisted of crusty french bread, brie, and a touch of slow roasted garlic olive oil. I am going to top off my evening with some liqueur-filled chocolate covered cherries. My advice is that this ale is best served with food.

The initial smell is a subtle funk. It pours a medium, opaque brown with a bit of a rusty red tinge to it. Minimal head, but with nice lacing in a St. Bernardus chalice.

The taste is out-of-this-world mellow, malt heaven. Dried fruits and a soft "leathery" note. The lambic holds its presence in the finish, with a tart, juicy hint of dark cherry juice. Some phenols float around to give some spice and fullness on the palate. Earthy, smooth, and warming to the belly. Carbonation sustains and prevents this from tasting too syrupy or having any cloying effect. Outstanding.

I love that this is a domestic selection. Ommegang has hit the mark with this Quad. Classy and classic. I suggest that you buy a few and cellar; this will be well worth your effort and patience.

**2007 Vintage -- Opened on November 12, 2010. I have aged this in a cool, dark place for almost three years.

Pours a deep, rich, dark burnt amber with a thin, but tightly-bubbled, head. Notes of rum-soaked cherries (or how I imagine them) and a whiff of alcohol up front.

Good God -- this is delicious. Smooth and deep. Rich flavors of dark rum and fruit. Slight sour note in the finish. Sour cherry. This drinks like a tawny port. Alcohol is completely hidden, which makes it dangerously good. A fabulous example of the Belgian Quad -- straight from Cooperstown.

This ale does wonderfully aged, as my previous review shows. I've actually yet to try it "fresh," and maybe need to put that task on my list. And for the price, this beats most wines, hands down.

I can drink this alone by the fireplace with my sweetie cuddled up next to me. Great with Flemish beef stew. Venison would go nice. I can also imagine it with dessert courses as well.

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Photo of DamageCase76
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber to the trusty ol tulip. Have had this one several times, can't believe I've forgotten to review until now.

The cork pops easily, with pressure from inside the bottle helping. I wait for the gush, but it doesn't come. The carbonation, however fills the glass. An easy pour still provides several inches of rocky head,which (eventally) becomes a small cap. Attractive rings of sticky lacing are left after each sip.
Ruby brown and cloudy, the aroma is bread, carmalized sugars, dark fruits (plum, raisin), with a bit of booze as it warms. Never too boozy, though.
Taste follows : sweet,dark fruits and toasted malts. Booze is extremely well hidden. Feel is smooh and silky

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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Griggsy
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of joecast
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quite a bit lighter in color that I expected. Deep ruby red, cloudy. Head formed quite large, filling the Bruery tulip but settles to a thin tan cap. Medium carbonation with some sediment floating about.

Decent hit of cherries (or some light syrupy sweet stone fruit) for only a 2% blend. Sweet slight cloying malt and a touch of alcohol. Being the 2010 version maybe this hasn't had enough time to really meld together. Just seems a bit rough around the edges and uncoordinated.

Taste is a bit better put together once it warms. Slight cherry adds some lightness and complexity. Pretty intense overall with lots of dark malt character without being roast or chocolate. More towards the dark fruit character which may be a fermentation influence. Still quite young though as the flavors are more independent than working together as a unit.

Mouthfeel has some room for improvement with the carbonation and yeast adding some harshness which should mellow with age.

Quite nice but yet to reach its peak. I like the cherry aged blend and hopefully that remains as the rest of the beer mellows.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
4.12 out of 5 based on 6,446 ratings.
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