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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Yeasty, fruity aroma. Almost no hops. BIG alcohol, excellent malts of toasted nuts, some cherry flavor (presumably from the lambic) but not overpowering. Luxurious light brown head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Wow! Strong initial aroma of cherries, mahogany color, solidly laced head, stout body. Subtle yet complex tastes of Belgiam yeast strains, tart not over-sugary cherries. Good on the palate & a great American Belgian style quad. Still ... must admit I was expecting just a pinch more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimweebs (163) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 20, 2005
Dark brown, slight sweetness (probably due to the cherry) but it was very full and well balanced by the malt and alcohol flavor. Very complex and full bodied. A very good beer. I would buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
clifford0163 (93) - Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2005
dark brown color nice body had a little sweetness to it but not overpowering had a nice finish and just the right amount of warming to it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2005
2005. Dark brown/ruby. Big, bubbly, tan head. Profound appearance. Dark dried fruit, yeast, malt, subtle kriek, subtle alcohol-aroma. Ready for some taste traveling. Caramel, toffee, cherry, malt yeast, alcohol-heavy stuff-how many degrees Plato? Full body. Complex. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mephisto (1275) - TAIWAN - SEP 13, 2005
cloudy dark amber. fruity aroma w/ note of plum and yeast. sweet, too sweet perphaps. full bodied w/ a complex mix of spice and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gatorbeer (148) - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 Mahogany with tan head. Layers of flavor. A little sweet and a little bitter. Taste and aroma of cherries. A good American version of a Belgian beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
I really wish I had sat down w/ this one, but it was still very much enjoyed. The color was amazing- I like the ’mahagony’ description. A very well rounded beer. The berry influence was obvious, cherry yes, but wild berry for sure. Sweet and alcoholic like a cheap brandy, but not in a bad way.?. A really great idea, would love to get another bottle. ’05 Ed. from Keller’s IGA, like $8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 5, 2005
Just from lifting the cap off the bottle I could smell the Lindeman’s lambic. Once in the snifter, lots more cherries plus ripe plums and grapes. Tangy and tart to the nose, lucious fruit aromas, caramel and toffee. Body is dark brown, though red becomes very apparent when held to the light. The head is tan khaki, beginning as very thick, then receding to about 4-6 mm. Taste is hugely malt centric, with dark grapes, figs, plums, sugars, tootsie roll and some clove. Cherries arent as apparent as they are in the aroma, but there still is a tad of sourness to the palate. Alochol, too. Aftertaste is good, but there are a few pesky esters and odd flavors, most noticibly nyquil and anise, on the palate. Nice beer, and I believe its style percentile ranking of 60% is deserved. Nice beer to have for #600! Purchased at Chevy Chase Wine & Liquor in Washington, DC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeckenroth (121) - Reading, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Cloudy drak brown with little or no head. Smells sweet with whisps of sour cherry. Medium bodyied with an oily texture, medium carbonation with a cherry and alcohol finish. SPicy with a malty backbone and again, cherry flavors mixed in. Not bad, very chimay like feel.

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