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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) | Brewery Ommegang

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

L: Poured from a 750 mL into a tulip, pours a dark copper with an off white head, a fluffy two fingers of foam

S: The classic Belgian funk, sweet malt, and dried fruits as well

T: Sweet malt, with some cherry and a bit of citrus, finishes with a hint of pepperiness

F: Rather light and crisp for a quad, was expecting a bit thicker of a body

O: An interesting take on the style, the dried fruits add a nice complexion as well. Definitely worth investigating to say the least.

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Photo of CochonKing
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a deep red tinged amber with a lasting two finger head. Excellent lacing. Very beautiful - 4.75

Smell - Malt forward with strong notes of cereal grain on the nose. Perfect belgian spicing technique, can't tell what it is, can just detect faint aromas of spice. Excellent. The cherry remains hidden but comes out on the rear of the nose. It becomes very floral when you warm a small amount up slightly. . - 4.5

Taste - The initial attack is all malt. Strong with caramel and roasted cereal notes, that flows into a more subtle cherry long finish. Very nice. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with small bubbles that completely coat the palate. - 4.5

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

2010 caged and corked bomber from Young's Pharmacy, NY 43.

Pours a really nice cloudy chestnut brown into a Unibroue goblet. Smell is sweet, yeasty and very, very 'belgian'.

Taste is fruity and malty, with a slight citrus twang. This is delicious, but definitely for sipping only. I've got to think I've tried this before, but I can't remember. I've yet to try something from Brewery Ommegang that I don't look forward to having again.

Then again, it helps when they're the home team. Well done, lads.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a nice hazel color from the bottle with a little haziness. A small amount of sudsy head formed only to dissipate a moment later.

S: Smell is heavy on yeasty bread dough, a little phenol and a little clove. Less fruity than I would have expected from a quad.

T: Yeasty, very much like a bread dough. There's also a little bit of lemony citrus in the background. As the beer warms to room temperature a spicier flavor comes out with nutmeg or allspice coming to mind. A little berry (cherry?) flavor comes through with the warming as well.

M: Medium body, not quite as dry as I had expected. Reasonable amount of carbonation.

D: This is a pretty drinkable draught. Nicely crafted and pretty unique in flavor. Would pick this up again.

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Photo of Shikitohno
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale from Ommegang strikes me as there more subdued offering, although that isn't a bad thing. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass, it produces a thick head. Very dark red in colour, almost opaque when held up to a light. It states on the label that it's a blend of a traditional ale and cherry ale (I believe it's 96%:4%), and this shows.

The cherry scent lingers there, along with a smell somewhat akin to fragrant wood. Unlike the other Ommegang ales I've had, this one has a suitably simple taste, not as complex as the Abbey Ale or Rare Vos. Initially, it tastes like a normal ale, but after swallowing the cherry flavour comes out in full force. One thing my friends and I agree on (although I'm not sure Ommegang would want people going around saying this) is that this and the Abbey Ale have the most delicious beer burps. What I mean is, it doesn't taste absolutely vile as many brews do (Guinness comes to mind), but sort of tastes like the beer.

This ale doesn't strike as being as heavy as the others produced by Ommegang, but it does have a kick. Unfortunately, it's between $8-$9/bottle around here, so I reserve this one for occaisional purchases. Still, a fairly good ale.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this for the second time last night with much better results.
a- A reddish beer with a very thin head

s- Smells, very fruity and malty, and can smell the cherry

t- Maybe my palate has gotten better, but this went down very smooth this time. I could also taste the Cherry Lambic and it's perfect. Adds just enough sweetness to cool the alcohol

m- great taste it leaves in your mouth...sweet and sassy

d- I did a complete 360 on this beer. I absolutely love 3 Philosophers and is now my favorite beer by Ommegang

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Photo of Matonika
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: is a clear copper orange color with a big bright white head.
S: caramel, candied orange peel, bergamot. A touch of winter Christmas spices.
T: is through and through a clean Belgian quad. It is reflective of the smell. Big candied orange flavor slight bitterness light caramel malt flavor. So smooth
F:medium high body high carbonation. Not cloyingly sweet. Does not leave a film.
O: this is a awesome e example of a Belgian quad. It does not overtake any particular aspects of itself just very well balanced. It would go good with plenty of kinds of food. For the price point it is a great beer.

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Photo of stingo
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow - if you're sitting here reading reviews, you're not out buying Three Philosophers, which is what anyone who appreciates good beer should be doing. It most strongly reminds me of port with its rich, mellowing, dark flavor. The addition of Lindemans' Kriek adds another level of complexity to an already tasty quadrupel - yielding dark cherry and green apple flavors among others. As the bottle indicates, it should be served slightly chilled. The alcohol is well hidden in the mix, and as a drink at winter time there's little that can beat it.

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Photo of Birdmarg741
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark red brown; cloudy. Pours with a medium head with somewhat little retention. Though a nice thin and uniform lace lines the side of the glass throughout the drinking experience.

S: Dark dried fruits. Strong aroma of fig and malt, with cherries layered behind - while a bright acidity lays atop the overall experience. There is a funk smell of cheese as well.

T: Toasty flavor and malt richness envelop the tastebuds first - then dark cherries come through soon after, followed by a more subdued fig appearance.

M: Medium to full bodied - highly carbonated, which makes it feel lighter than it would otherwise. Surprisingly stimulating on the tongue and palate. A full mouth experience.

O: Overall a very nice creation. For the ethanol content- as well as the true richness of its flavor components, this is an incredibly drinkable beer, and surprisingly somewhat refreshing as well. Not insanely filling, as many beers with similar flavor profiles can be - and also does not scream winter warming seasonal brew. This can shine on its own, but wonderfully also accompany food as well. Definitely worth a try!! I will absolutely have this again.

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Photo of ledemie
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Copperish and somewhat clear with an eggshell white head

S: Citrus / caramel l/ toffee.

T: The malty characteristics predominate a little sweet... caramel powering though with some spice and alcohol giving it a bit of heat... a hint of sweet in the finish

M: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation... clean and crisp flavors pass shortly after finishing the sip

D: this is a good quadrupel, a little expensive for what it is, I would rather have a Ommegang Abbey. but still a nice beer.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Bevmo. Poured a gorgeous coffee brown with red around the edges, there is just a slight haze. Head is khaki colored, three fingers large, sudsy and long lingering. Aroma was light with cherries and allspice. Flavor is ripe with raisins, sour cherries, something floral, coffee, chocolate, and musty yeast. This brew has a good balance of spicy, sweet and sour. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying, carbonation is light and prickly. Finish is dry, weak and short with a bit of alcohol showing. Overall something is missing that would make this a truly great beer, even so, it commands a lot of respect.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
4.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been so excited all day to finally have this beer, even though it was very expensive this has been on my MUST TRY list for awhile and was highly recommended to me by two friends who love good beers.

A - dark raisin in color, good fizzy head that fades quick, bubbly like champagne in the glass

S - not as sweet on the nose as I had anticipated, has a sweet undertone with light spice and malt

T - This is seriously the best beer I have ever had. It tastes like figs, banana bread, caramel, cherries, yeast...there is very slight orange in the aftertaste, mixed in with all of the subtle sweetness. This tastes like a beer you want to chew. Pure heaven.

M - Smooth smooth....carbonation is medium to high in the glass, but it really is so smooth feeling. it feels like it coated my mouth with goodness that is lasting for a very long time....(hope forever!). there is absolutely no burn of alcohol in the feel at all.

O - Best beer I have ever had. There is no way that anyone could NOT love this beer. I wish it was more affordable because I would make it my one and only. Made it 4.5 overall just because of the price factor.

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

A - Pours a murky brown with deep shades of red under light. Extremely think 2 finger tan head that is creamy in the center. Leaves wonderful lacing along the glass.

S - Getting some candi sugar, plum, raison, perhaps some figs or dates. Also smelling some phenols from the yeast as well.

T - First on the tounge I am getting the yeast. Some phenols, but not overpowering. Next comes the cherry. It has a slight medicinal flavor. Could just be the warmth from the alcohol. It leaves a spicy note on the palate. Very enjoyable.

M - Carbonation is much lower than I anticipated. Light and creamy off the bat, but ends dry. Some cherry flavors remain on your tounge.

D - Outstanding beer. I enjoyed sipping on this one for about an hour. Really comes to life once it's warmed up a tad.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown and cloudy in a good way. Finger width tall head.

Caramel malt with slight cherry notes. Slightly sweet the typical banana florels are subdued.

Smooth . And slightly thick leaves a great aftertaste.

Very nice beer. These quads have really grown on me and this one is great

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

Served from 2 12 oz. bottles on a 20 degree F night, perfect weather.
Appearance: Dark red I cannot see light through the glass when held up to the light.
Smell: Raisans or over-ripe fruit.
Taste: Is perfect for a cold winter's night.
Mouthfeel: Heavy not overly carbonated
Overall: A perfect beer for a January night in upstate NY.

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Photo of k75
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

reddish brown w/ slight haze from the pour

light brown head - moderate length (good for the %)

medium to full mouthfeel - complex flavors of fruit pit acidity and dryness to background notes of biscuit and sweet malts

strength is evident in the stomach, but subdued on the palate

cherry lambic character is subtle and serves as support rather than the main event

finish is moderately long and slightly drying

a modern classic of blending A+

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Photo of Maerzen
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided that I needed a good choice for my 20th review. Happened to have a 12oz bottle of this (from City Beer Store) in the fridge so it seemed fitting.

It poured a wonderful dark amber. Darker than I was expecting, but still amber with golden highlights. Nice cream head after good pour but not much lacing afterward.

The smell was difficult to pin down as it is very subdued. Although it has cherry lambic added, at first the only thing I could pin down was a slight hint of pear. About half way through the glass the cherry finally started to come out with a touch of chocolate. A nice sweetness without overdoing it.

Nice taste. Caramel and malt up front with a hint of the alcohol at the end. One thing I like is that at 9.8% the alcohol isn't as present as say a strong porter or stout. It is a bit carbonated.

Very enjoyable. It seems to need to breath like a good wine; the complexity continues and changes as you drink it.

Very glad a friend from Cooperstown introduced this to me.

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Photo of melagnus
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Three wise men (1. two finger-thick sudsy off-white head that sparkles in the sunlight, 2. Ruby Brown hue [SRM 24] with murky (turbid mashing?) look, 3. carbonic activity medium-high). The beer settles down to a fine film after a good minute; amazing head retention! Lacing on the glass forms, as the lactic cherry glues itself to the side of the snifter.

S - Purely intoxicating! A yeasty (Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Acetobacteria, or all three?!?) smell rises with mixes of acidic cherries into the nasal canals. An undertone of sweet booziness makes it way through, but at 9.8% ABV this is to be expected; it is a Quad after all!!

T - Unbelievable complexity! Sourness coming most likely from the Pediococcus yeast, slight earthiness in the finish from probably the Brettanomyces, which creates a drier finish. Slight acidity from the Lactobacillus, with that blend of sweet cherry. The body comes through as medium on the palate with a slight syrupiness to it. The alcohol definitely hits the head in a soothing way, though it just adds to the incredible nature of this beer. Lastly, a spiciness via the hops tickles the palate and leaves a slight lasting impression, but only through licking the chops does one re-experience this! Overall, a nice clean, dry finish with little aftertaste.

D/C - Drinkability is a tossup. On one end the mind quickly alters to another realm with the high toxicity of this brew and yet on another end the palate is left with a feeling of not only desiring more, but being able to handle more. Polishing off a 750ml bottle of this brew would be possible, though after just 354ml of the stuff I question the logic in proceeding forth. Knowing how amazing their Cave-Aged Abbey Ale is, I feel as though I truly missed out on the cave-aged variant of this beer.

In closing, there's no need to question if it's worth the try, this beer is one of the best out there!


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Photo of Jayman931
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Tap 42 in Fort lauderdale

A- Dark reddish brown with an off white lingering perfect head.

S- Banana Esters....very mild light caramel

T- Hmmm malty....lil sour...nice light malt...good carb..I'm not that experienced all that much with Belgians
Trying my best with this review

M- Light crisp...feel the carbonation

O- Again I'm not a big Belgian fan but this was on draft so I had to.
I enjoyed it more than most Belgians

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

Aged from 2006 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful, full head with true staying power and nice lacing. Poured cloudy ruby/brown.

Smell: Malty and fruity, subtle tones of cherry and alocohol.

Taste: Wonderful sweet malt taste, and undertones of cherry. balanced just right with hops so sweetness is not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully smooth and full bodied. Finishes creamy.

Drinkability: I absolutely love this beer and usually have a bottle on hand for when I get a craving. I've had this both fresh and then lightly aged. After 2 years the alcohol flavors and aromas tend to subside and not be as strong but still noticeable. I love how the cherries are not overpowering adding to the rich complexity of the beer. Another great beer from Brewery Ommegang.

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Photo of WildTurkey
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle. Dark ruby color; clear. Thick tan head. Smells like toasted bread, yeast, sweet fruit, and a little bit of the cherry. Taste is very malty. Caramel, and yeast. Some fig and raisin. The fruit flavor is a cross between cherry and apple cider, a little bitterness but also pretty sweet. Some of the alcohol comes through as also. Big body; kind of sticky. Very nice drink.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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