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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dubble brown body with a soft micro bubbled layer ontop. reddish tints like a Flemish sour.

S - Flanders red notes, red and dry, sour and tart kriek bouquet. Slight syrup and malt scents. Faintly acidic, sweet and well balanced nose.

T - Warming and slightly bitter at first, with a dash of hops and malt. Muted cherry twang with a little champagne dryness. The cherry smell is stronger than the cherry flavor here. The middle and end bring an alcohol bite.

M - Full bodied, sturdy and numbing carbonation, dry and warming alcohol. Clean, effervescent finish.

O - Warming, strong quad with a hint of cherry. Im a fan of quads, krieks and sours so I liked this addition.

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

Poured from a 750ml cork and cage into a stemmed chalice, the beer is a deep, ruby-tinted mahogany coloring with a foamy, bubbly, dense, off-white head. Aromas of date, fig, tart cherry, molasses, caramel, toffee, nutty highlights, and a spice blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and all spice, all on a bready backbone. Flavors are very rich and sweet forward, with toffee and rich caramel blending with a tart and slightly sour cherry character. The old world fruit richness comes in shortly after, providing depth and layering alongside the spice blend and a slowly building booze warmth. As you continue to drink, you start to pick up some earthy tones, as well as subtle funky yeast characteristics. Heavy beer, with a full, slick feel. The aftertaste is more of the old world fruit notes, slightly cloying but very balanced, lingering on through the slick, slow finish. Great beer!

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Photo of Billolick
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed from a growler from Half time in Poughkeepsie
Growler sat in my fridge for about a month (they said it would only be good for a week, Ha.)
very dark, very flavorful, wonderful taste, mouthfeel and long finish.
Nice lingering cherry finish. Srong malt, candi sugar and burnt fruit flavors. Exceptional creation in brewing, seek this one out if youre a Belgian lover.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured into my Bruery tulip. Beer is brown to red and forms a thin off white head of small bubbles that breaks quickly and goes to the walls of the glass quickly. No lacing was left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet, caramel, mild roast, cherries.

Beer is medium bodied and pretty smooth, its almost tart. Its mostly sweet, the cherry tartness is interesting. Not my favorite beer, its odd. Not terrible just OK.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/02/05- Purchased at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle from 2004. Poured into a La Chouffe tulip.

Appearance- Top of the pour is a darker brown, while the bottom is a dark cherry red color. 3/4 inch off white head with above average sticky clinging lace.

Smell- Sweet dull caramel malt scent with dark cherry with maybe a touch of chocolate in the background.

Taste- Slight sour lambic taste. Barleywine-esque caramel flavor with super dark cherries. Medium bitter hops finish. Alcohol shows itself about 1/2 the bottle in.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, medium thickness and light warming.

Drinkability- Let this one warm to room temp before drinking. The flavors come out so much better. Haven't really had a beer that taste like this one before. This one would go great with a dessert with fruit. Will have again in the future.

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

A taste of Belgium from the good old USA! Nicely done quad from Ommegang. Chocolatey brown with thin beige head, and rich, tangy flavor. Nice aroma greets you at the pop of the cork. Makes me miss Brussels....

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

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: I really get more of a banana aroma then cherries alongside belgian yeast, brown sugar, and fruit esters. There is also a little booze presence.

T: the cherries are there on the taste but faint and the banana is still a little stronger than the cherries. The brew has the signature belgian yeast brown sugar for a quad and also has a hint of spice with slight fruit notes.

M: the brew was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet creamy and boozy finish.

D: it drank really well and was a decent quad offering that tasted legit but honestly didn't have a big kriek flavor and nose like I thought it would; it was still tasty.

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Photo of Tone
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dark brown. 1/2 inch head with slight retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong malt, high alcohol content, and some pungent fruit (possibly cherry). Definitely fits the style. Crisp and slightly thick mouth feel. High carbonation levels and a tartness from the fruit. Tastes of an earthy malt mostly with some of the fruit flavors and a noticeable hop kick. Overall, really tasty and I'm glad I had the opportunity to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The only blended quad I've had and it was interesting to same the least. I poured a dark brown with a tinge of red. As it warms, the sour cherry smell really comes out. In general I found the lambic to dominate this beer, losing some of the more subtle flavors. There were still some good dark fruit flavors, but I'd prefer more focus on them. Only actual negative is that more the longest time the beer was overcarbonated to the point of making it hard to taste.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting notes from 1-11-11
On tap at Zenos in State College, PA

A - Dark amber with red glow. Small amount of cream coloured head

S - Yeast, raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar

T - Dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, hop bitterness, strawberry, raspberry

M - Medium body, silky, smooth

D - A touch boozy but very drinkable for a quad.

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Photo of Duff27
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip.

A- Deep reddish brown. Can see the carbonation rising. Luscious foamy head with some lacing evident. Looks wonderful!

S- "Fresh" bubble gum. Hint of cherries and raisins.

T- More fruitiness...hits the spot. can taste the alcohol but not too over powering.

M- Slightly syrupy, nice and creamy.

D/O- This would be a good beer (in a bomber) to have in celebration of something big. Drinking almost should be focused on this beer and this beer alone...meaning after this one anything else would seem to disappoint.

My first Quad...thanks Kirk from work!

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

A nice quad, this beer right here. While I'd assume never to mess with a quad recipe, this blended beer is perddy good.

Pours a muddy-water brown, murky, rich. Nice thick off-brown head. Darn good looking. Filmy streaks though

Aroma is cherry and banana. Some baked caramel and dark chocolate. Some earthen spices and rich orchard fruits.

The cherry is there in the taste, but leaves the tannin quality behind. Thus we get the 'meat' of the cherry, dark and just a hint tart. The banana fades and the earthy spices come in, some nutmeg and soaked raisin. Dark plum subtleties on the end. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, but does come in on the end.

Very nice quad, perhaps a touch on the "too fruity" side--if I had to pick something

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Photo of Gavage
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a great find. The ale poured a hazy bronze color with a relatively thin head. The aroma was unique. Earthy tones, cherries, other fruits, and lovely sweetness were easily detectable in the nose.

The flavor was exceptional and complex, as sweet malt and cherries were most dominant, but some spiciness and bitterness rounded out the flavor. Alcohol was slighlty noticeable. Flavors slighlty changed while the ale warmed during the session, keeping this a very interesting beer rating session.

Very smooth mouthfeel. The malt and cherries rode the tongue after swallowing for a short time. A slow drinking ale.

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

The beer pours a dark burgandy color with an ample white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has the traditional dark Belgian aroma; malts, spices, yeast, etc., but there is a lingering aroma of cherries added by combining a Tripel with a lambic, producing a Quad. The taste is brilliant. It is a strong beer, but you wouldn't know it. It has a dark feel to it. It tastes like the regular Ommegang, but with a nice cherry aftertaste that really compliments the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with low carbonation, which suits it perfect. This is a great beer. It drinks well. I wish it wasn't a seasonal brew.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I celebrated my 22nd birthday a few nights ago with one of these. From it's 12 ounce bottle and poured into a chalice, on to the beer:

Copper to red in color with a nice two finger head. In the body, a glimpse of sediment floats around. Smell reminds me of black licorish, yeast, spice, and cherries. The first thing you think when this beer hits your tongue is how much cherry is in the flavor. The beer actually has a bit of cherry lambic mixed into the receipe, but it sometimes became cloying. More black licorish, with touhes of bourbon and banana. A sweet treat to end my night.

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

A side by side tasting of a fresh bottle and properly cellared 2009 bottle.
Poured into an Ommegang flute glass.
Pours a medium to dark red mahogany amber with a fine two finger light tan head that slowly dissipated, leaving lacing. Spicy aroma of dark and dried fruit, light caramel malt, slightly vinous. Flavor follows aroma with dark and light stone fruit, apple juice, cherry and light caramel, finishes semi-dry with residual cherry and light wood and herbal bitterness. Medium bodied, just a hint of creaminess. A very nice, well made quadrupel that was a pleasure to drink.

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.
Pours a medium to dark red mahogany amber with a fine two finger light tan head that slowly dissipated, leaving lacing. Visually very similar to the 2012 with the same color, head and the head height was identical. The head on this 2009 was much more persistent and had barely subsided to half height after 10 minutes, leaving massive lacing. Similar aroma of dark and dried fruit, light caramel malt and a little sour. Flavor with similar components of dark and light stone fruit, apple juice, cherry and light caramel, finishing with more complex dark fruit, slightly oxidized, but a bright cherry element. Body is significantly heavier, with a very nice creamy mouth feel. The flavors have dramatically integrated over the years, becoming less distinct and bright, but combining into a great cohesive, rich dark fruit flavor.

I honestly can't decide which I like better. The 2009 has beautifully aged and mellowed, but the bright fruit and cherry flavors in the 2012 are quite nice too. The scores are very similar, except the 2009 gets an extra half point each for the exquisite long lasting head and improvement in body. I will definitely age another one of these just to have this debate again. It's win-win.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a medium, clear brown color with a large cream-colored head. The aroma is a strong mix of Belgian sugar, yeast and dark fruit. The beer smells outstanding. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of dark fruit (mainly cherries) as well as some yeast, alcohol and dark candy sugar. Very sweet and fruity tasting beer. Very well balanced and very tasty. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great American-made quadruple.

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

A - This is a 2004 edition. Pours a dark red/brown color, nice carbonation, huge tan head which lasts a long time, awesome lacing throughout.

S - Scents of sweet malts, cherries, and caramel.

T - The taste is tangy and with a nice sweet after taste. Alcohol content is hidden well.

M - Medium body. This brew is well rounded with a slight carbonated feel in the mouth.

D - Very drinkable. Would recommend and buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is lots of dark fruits, some mild spices. Taste is not as good as the smell. Malts, dark fruits, alcohol is making itself known here, pretty good, but expecting better. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2009 12oz bottle into a tulip style glass in the late afternoon of a sunday. This was one of my 1st craft beers around eight years ago.

Hisss as the cap was pryed off, three philosophers pours out a mixture of muddy waters brown sprinkled with some red spots from the cherry addition. As the liquid reached 1/2 way up top a dark beige head exploded upwards looking beautiful. Straggely lace.

On first whiffs, it's apparent this quad was not made in Belgium, It's just not sweet enough for all that. There is a nice mixture of sweet malt, cherries, plums, chocolate, nuts and alcohol. This is a freshie so the alcohol I kinda expected. Seems to meld better with warming.

Im first greeted by a malt blast that's kinda sweet kinda caramele kinda whatever. After that the cherries poke their heads through giving off a cherry pie vibe. It's amazing the amount of cherries come through from just a 2% addition. A bit of chocolate but for some reason the residual sugar vibe I get out of foreign quads is lost altogether. 3P needs more sugar, preferably the turbinado kind.

Feels a bit thin for the style, I would say it's a healthy medium with a low amount of carb. Im used to low carbed quads so there is that. Small bursts of alcohol in spots depending how I swish it in the mouth, but no heat of any kind.

I think I know why I have not had this in awhile, it's just underwhelming in many area's andI remember those same thoughts from years ago. It's pretty drinkable but after 6oz's or so I was pretty much done with it. The bottle says this is ageable for up to five years, but I don't see this getting any better, it's just not that complex enough as it is.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Bocktown.

Snifter glass, mahogony in color with a large off white head that kept well and had a fine lace.

Nose was of ripe fruit, apples and malts. Bourbon like booziness.
Drinks very smooth and is a sipper for sure. Nice apple and malt, with a nice roasted edge. Alcohal is certainly present, and I believe this to be a fresh batch, so that is to be expected.

Very tasty and glad I got to try this, especially on tap. Would love to try cellaring this. Reccommended.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed 2003, Sampled February 2004
As I pop the cork I get an immediate aroma of cherries. The cork did not pop very vigorously though, so it seems that this may not be very highly carbonated. It pours though with a vigourous carbonation. It is a muddy amber-ruby color and is toppped by a light brown thick head. There are meaty, malty, cherry, and alcoholic notes in the aroma. As my nose incorporates the aroma the smell of cherries fades and one is left with a spicy Belgian ale nose.

This beer has a creamy mouthfeel to it, but it is not too thick for a Belgian quadrupel, in fact it would be on the light side for some of that designation. It is fairly sweet, and finishes with an alcoholic astringency which is not all that strong. There is definitely some cherries in this beer, but I like that it is fairly subtle and is only one component of this beer. This beer has a soft acidity to it, that is not directly traceable to the Kriek addition. There are fruit notes of raisins, plums, and fig. Though it is sweet up front it finishes with a spicy astringent dryness that is evocative of some herb/ spice that I can't quite think of.

This is a very well made beer. You can tell that a world class brewer put this beer together. Having said that it is missing something; though it is quite complex a couple of other dimensions would be wonderful here. Perhaps a bit of acidity & a bit of Brettanomyces character would be wonderful (I know this is a ridiculous request as these things are not too controllable, but De Dolle gets some of this right, at least sometimes). A very rich beer that is quite satisfying, I definitely like this best of the Ommegang products.

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

2008 Vintage.

Three Philosophers has the very same rustic tone of falu red that adorns the fences, barns and summerhouses along the Swedish countryside. The beer is also touched with the pinkish blush of English country garden rose hips. Alas, the beer is topped with a frothy bounty of never ceasing head and the most prototypical of Belgian lace.

Belgian Quad and Belgian Kriek seemed unlikely bedfellows, at least until first whiff. The spicy, sugary sweetness of the quad is underlined by the tart, juicy fruitiness of the cherries. It takes many a big sniffs to even begin to plumb the depths of this layered, multi-faceted bouquet. It is magnificent and tireless.

Each mouthful is a bustling marketplace of tastes and textures. The beer is sweet but also lightly tart. Its flavour is comprised of black cherries and an assortment of other dark fruits and berries including plum, raisin and, notably, currants.

If you wanted to pair your port-like notes of brandied raisins and juicy currants with something a little heartier and more decadent, Ommegang has you covered. The sweet malty base provides more than enough chewy chocolaty caramel to elate anyone's sweet tooth. A clove-like spiciness floats to the surface with warmth.

Time will likely invoke an eternal dance between all of the beer's different elements. I'm unsure what to expect from aging, at any stage. Will the fruitiness fade? Will the intensity of flavour increase or decrease? It will be wonderful to see what combinations emerge from its time spent in the cellar; the best may be yet to come.

I'll conclude my thoughts on the Three Philosophers Quad with a rather philosophical question: Is brewing beer a craft or an art? That is to ask, does it involve skill or artistic impression? I think it is the latter that shows the most. That said, if this beer is any indication, the answer is that it inevitably involves a great deal of both.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hard to believe I haven't reviewed this one yet.... Picked up the 750 from Bier Thirty in Bown over the weekend... Paid a very reasonable $9 and change... Pours with a long lasting tan head... great lacing. The brew is hazy amber.

Big Belgian malt bomb on the nose... deep malt and caramel... dark fruits with apple and hints of cherry... Peppery with a background sweet clove.

Cherry presence is much bigger on the palate... it is pretty bright almost immediately and then moves quickly into the maltiness and then resides primarily as a tart kriek essence. Malts are not nearly as complex as the aroma... light raisin and dark toast. Personally I would like a slightly sweeter malt complexity mid palate to balance the kriek acidity and make the Belgian phenols bloom.

Body is light/medium with the expected great carbonation.

Very well done... Ommegang does Belgians right and this is no exception.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle received as a gift this Christmas.

Pours a copper rusty red color. A fizzy short-lived 2 inch head forms. There is pretty good spots of lacing down the glass.

Smells include brown sugar, toasted bread, cherries, and Belgian yeast phenols.

The taste is similar- apparently the quad is laced with a small amount of kriek- and it shows, nice subtle smooth cherry flavor throughout. Other fruits tasted include plums and raisins. Some brown sugar and molasses here as well, with a pretty strong alcohol burn.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet mouthfeel, a slow sipper due to the alcohol.

One of Ommegang's more well-known brews. It's elegant, but a bit overstated at times- very boozy, especially as it warms. A prime candidate for aging, I'd think.

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Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend (Quadrupel) from Brewery Ommegang
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