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RATINGS: 2432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Three Philosophers is a remarkable limited edition strong ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang in response to a home brewer’s description of his dream beer. Realbeer.com, the internet’s largest beer website, hosted a contest called “Create a Great Beer.” Brewery Ommegang was chosen by Realbeer.com to brew the Belgian-style ale for the winning essayist. Noel Blake, a home brewer from Portland wrote the winning description for what his “dream beer” would be like.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2005
2005 - Muddled dark candy bar brown with a slight glow about the edges. Awesome cap of yellowed creamyness sits about an inch high and seats itself there for quite a long time. Once its quaffed a bit, it tends to keep a very thick, firm, and whipped creamy topping. Lacing in hole-lined sheeting. Aroma of dark floral cherrys, crisp peeled willow bark, and some caramel. Very light noting of chocolate cookie dough. Inticing taster. A flavor ride of a treat with a big malt base of dark caramel, darker toffee, and mild molasses sliced with dark cherry liquids, dates, and figs. Malty and slightly creamified doughy center with lovely wild yeast drying effects creating a fresh bark backing and green leafy floral-like spice. Dustings of chocolate float around and mingle with delicate, alluring coatings over the dark fruityness and caramel. Feel works quite well with the flavors, fairly full and rich with a bold and fluffy carbonation wrapped in a mild dryness and subtlety. Malt loaded creamyness ensues within and behind each sip making for one easy quaffable quad. Damn good stuff! The 9.8% doesn’t seem to show up anywhere but in the last areas of the 750 once you’ve finished your first glass and into the second.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5095) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014 I have had this beer a couple of times and rather liked it. For the purpose of this rating the sample was from the draft at the State College beer festival. It poured a cloudy dark chestnut color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is sweet maple syrup and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet, dark fruits, toffee a bit of tobacco and has elements of molasses and caramel. There is a noticeable alcohol presence. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2005
Had on tap at the Toronado in SF. Poured a very interesting dark ruby red-brown color. Smell is a sweet-belgian-yeasty musk with sour cherry. Taste is smoother than I expected with slight tart accent at the end. Alcohol is well hidden and the kriek is not overpowering. Another quality brew from Ommegang.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Pours a very dark ruby red, with a tan head. Smells of toffee, spices and a little cherry. Taste is a little sugary, malty and a mildly sour cherry. Really good in all. This is one of my favorites right now. I will have to keep some of this on hand all the time.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 19, 2005
Just amazing. 2004 cork finished bottle. Poured classically with tight laced belgian froth. Dark chocolate and roasted malts intertwine around a deep kirsch liqour. Everything in this beer is balanced, I could go on and on about every little nuance the beer expresses but you need to try it yourself. Not too many beers are this impressive and few live up to the hype. This is the real deal.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Hazy copper in color with a beautiful creamy tan head. Aroma is cedar wood fired, sherry and figs. Figs return for flavor, along with cherries, prunes and fire-licked pecans. Some earthiness and tobacco on the backend. Succulent, complex and enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
Bottled at Manny Brown’s in Neshanamy Mall in Trevose, Pa. Very good beer. Good malt flavor with a hint of cherries to it. Alochol was hidden rather well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
2004. Hazy, dusky russet red in the glass. Fizzy beige head vanishes in seconds, leaving a few vertical smears of lace. Aromas of yeasty bread dough, cherries, allspice, cough syrup, bubblegum, damp rotten logs, Syrah, and ashtray. Strange flavor profile as well... Dr Pepper, Tootsie Rolls, cough syrup again, anise, tobacco, burnt sugar, cocoa nibs. Mouthfeel is fluffy and tannic. At first, the aftertaste is sweet/sour with grapeskins, pit fruits, and an alcohol sting. Later, it’s more raisins and scotch. In fact, an apt all-around description for the beer would be scotch and cherry coke. Doesn’t taste at all like beer. I can appreciate the complexity, but can’t say I necessarily enjoyed it. The quad & kriek blend results in a product that is less drinkable than either on their own.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Malty aroma, small head. Dark amber coloring, with some dark middle colors. Very bright flavor, not hoppy, not sweet, but something in between, I’m still trying to place it. Sweetened with...? I dunno, but it’s very high-pitched. Very nice though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
I haven’t had any like this before. This is a very strong beer that came in something similar to a wine bottle. It has a similar taste to the Stone lineup, but a little bold. This beer makes Arrogant Bastard look more drinkable.


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