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RATINGS: 2565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holdwine (1169) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Wow, a big and powerful beer. Cherries are there, but playfully hiding behind a sweet maltiness and yeast character. Pours dark ruby brown with a hint of red. Infused with a rush of pepper, this beer has it all, if you go looking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2006
My birthday beer. I went to the store and figured I hadn’t tried a Abt/Quadrupel yet so I got myself a Three Philosophers for my birthday present to myself. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a billowing white head. Aroma is fruity with cherries, and oranges most prevelent and also a nice chocolate and hop note. Taste is very full and spicy a hint of cherries, caramel, hops, and quite sweet. Palate is dry and sweet. A very nice brew I’d but it again in a heart beat. Enjoyed at cellar tempurature

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cjv85vmax (10) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 1, 2006
I am really enjoying this beer alot. It was a B-Day present which makes it even better. Smells of fruit, currants and alcohol. Tastes of raisons, currents and passion fruits. Very nice mouthfeel and beautiful head that laces wonderfully. A nice ruby dark brown color that I enjoy greatly. A very nice beer indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 A nice brown heady appearance. Cetianly heavy, and while present in the aroma, the alcohol is quite evident. Has some caramel, but I don’t notice the cherries. Alcohol prescence is too strong. Second rating 3.9 The cherries are definitely present this time, from the aroma to the finsh. Mostly a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful dark brown with a touch of red (must be the cherries) and forms a thin but lasting head. Aroma is spicy black cherry with an old spice belgian yeast character. Sweet malty licorice, cherry, rum raisin estery fruits on the tongue followed by a well balanced peppery spice and dry woody finish. Fizzy and a very pleasant and medium to full in the mouth. Brewery Ommegang has conjured up some Belgian Monk Magic in this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2005 bottle. Deep reddish brown. The hint of cherry alludes to a flavor that includes a subtle cherry tone. It is almost as if someone mixed in a small amount of New Glarus Belgian Red. The first impression is of active carbonation, cherry and dryness. The balance of flavors does not overwhelm. Overall, a nice experience that I would drink again, but not very often.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Three Philosophers is a Quadruple by style, which is a very strong, malty, rich, flavorful beer style, that was invented by Trappist monks. What makes Three Philosophers unique for a Quadruple, is the fact that this beer is blended with a portion of Linderman’s Kriek an imported Belgian Lambic beer, that is conditioned with cherries. So what you have is a very strong, very malty, complex beer, that is made even more special with the addition of some kriek. Marketed in beautiful caged and corked 750ml brown bottles, Three Philosophers retails for $7 a bottle, and is a beer that should not be missed by any beer lover. Three Philosophers pours to a beautiful, deep ruby red color, with a thick and creamy head and a lively amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with heavy aromas of sweet malt, paired with spicy yeast notes, and peppery alcohol. The palate is firm and hefty on the tongue with big sweet/candy malt flavors, paired with a touch of sweet/sour cherry flavors. This cherry character works very well with the sweet malts, and along with the carbonation, balances out the malt sweetness, that alone might be a bit cloying. Three Philosophers finishes with more malt and cherry character, then ends with a spicy/earthy yeast flavor, and alcohol heat that lingers on the tongue. This is a very, very impressive beer. Coming in at 9.8% abv, it packs a real punch and should be enjoyed in a wide mouth chalice or goblet to really enjoy the complexity of this beer. Sip and savor this one as an after dinner drink, or a nightcap to go with a good movie or book. This beer is fantastic young, and this beer will only develop and become more complex with a few years of age on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
12oz. Dark mahogany with a very thick 1 inch almost almond color head, very complex like all Quadrupel’s are, it had a good sweetness and maltiness to it and slightly roasty I really didn’t taste the cherry lambic in it, but that probably added to the sweetness, nice to switch up to something like this once in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
2005 vintage, 750mL bottle. Murky red brown with orange tinges. Large tan head. Tannic cherries, estery spiciness, and a phenolic plastic twinge in the aroma. Tangy carmelized malt flavors, followed by biscuit and raisin. Slightly oxidized, vinous notes in the finish with a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, becomes dry in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
750 ml bottle Pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a good fizzy light brown head. Very good lacing on the glass, head diminshed in average time. Aroma is of carmel and cherries. Taste has good carbonation. The sweetness blended nicely. It doesn’t overpower the beer. Has an astringent aftertaste, but a short finish. Has a sherry wine like flavor. The correct glass will help you appriciate this one. I got it in a gift pack that came with it.

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