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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Bottled in 2004. Reddish hue with excellent lacing. Thought I had already rated this one but I guess not; surprise, surprise! Definitely have enjoyed it before though. Classic estery belgian-style nose where fruits and yeasty pleasure is abundant. Sweet cherry and a touch of alcohol in there as well. I dig the light, subtle use of cherry lambic in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin but the slight sourness and dryness give it some flair. Yeasty. Pretty damn good. Very pleasant and drinkable. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
Upside: this beer has a nice cherry aroma and it does a decent job blending Ommegang with Cherry lambic. The alcohol is more present in the aroma than in the taste which feels like a complex mix of spices, malts and yeasts. Downside: the finish is a bit too dry for my tastes, there is not much cherry aspects in the flavor and the beer is primarily composed of throwing two beers together. Overall, its a good beer and worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (4586) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
Aroma of malt and light fruit that is clearly an influence of the added lambic. Misplaced sweetness of a dunkel, but there is complexity with raisins, malt, carmel, and red wine. Heavy, but thinner than I would like. Almost no head. Very good, but I prefer the original Ommegang.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1417) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
Very high marks for originality here. I thought the complementing characterisitics of caramel and cherry blended well in all four rating areas of the beer, including color. Subtle fruit notes of cherry and tangerine alongside a caramel toastiness enhance the flavor throughout the palate. The only failing here is the mouthfeel of the beer -- somewhat grainy, uneven and thin. But still a great beer I would definitely order again.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
thesnark (1) - USA - APR 13, 2005 does not count
Decent tasting but not overly complex. Lambic hints are subtle, perhaps too subtle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Odd beer, but I like odd beers. Very complex, an interesting mix of tart and sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours rube red/brown with beige head that fades fast. Aroma is sour cherry with some light malt and a strange yeast. Flavor is very yeasty with only a little sour cherry. Very strange yeast in here, hurts the score a little.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
2004 Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a medium thick dark beige head. Thin, slippery lacing. The aroma is fruity and spicy, with a pinch of malt. Medium-bodied with a tart but subtle cherry character. Sweet malt, spice and yeast flavors are offset nicely by the added Lambic. The finish is lively and long and fruity. Very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours dark brown, somewhat cloudy with tan head. Nose is somewhat vinous, malty and yeast-like. Flavor is spicy, plummy and tart-like. Cherry character is very subtle in the finish. A very good Belgian style beer brewed here in the US of A.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
earendil (3) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2005 does not count
A good Strong Belgian, with a little bite from the lambic, the cherry was practically indescernable, however.


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