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RATINGS: 2557   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Ruddy brown/red color with a fizzy head that dissapates within a min. or two. Aroma is sweet and woodsy with some cooked nuts and earthy fruit. flavor matches with a bit of chocolate and a dry finish. Very active carbonation in the mouth. drinkable beer overall but there are others of the style I would choose over it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2006
"WOW what a beer. Pour a dark brown with red highlights with a gread head with very nice lacing. Can smell and taste the alcohol but mixed right in. Tasted sweet and was very enjoyable. "

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours a clear reddish brown, almost wine like color. Tan head is bubly, but fizzles out a little fast. Nose is slightly fruity with alcohol undertones. Flavor is fruity a little sour. Would be a nice compliment with light meals.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - JAN 3, 2006
12 oz bottle. Only my second experience with Ommegang, but definately not my last. While this wasn’t my favorite beer of all time, it was a new experience that I think will grow on me over time. This beer poured a murky dark rust color with a fairly small tan head that quickly became a ring around my glass. Aroma of sour cherries, ripe fruits, caramel, and malts. Tastes bitter at first with some sweetness and the cherry flavor coming out more towards the finish. The finish is a litlte bitter and has an alcoholic cherry taste as if savoring the end of a cherry cordial. Stylistically, the beer seems a bit like a chimera, but it works. Sort of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
progrock (21) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Having practically single-handedly exhausted my local-area supply of this amazing brew I must state that this beer improves immensly with aging. Early examples have been extremely complex, on par or exceeding Rochefort 10. Newer samples have been slightly less balanced. Caramel, raisins, plum, fig, cherry-liqeur. This beer is an eye-opening experience when at its best.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehinge (290) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Pours a burgundy color with an off white head. Aroma has hints of caramel. Taste has sour fruits throughout with a little bitter hops on the finish. This is outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Pours a dark brownish red, with a short lived light brown head. A nose of port, rum, malt, alcohol, and a bit of sour fruit. Has a smooth mouthfeel with a light bite on the finish. The taste is nice, a rich mix of what I can only guess a hard wood would taste like, caramel, and sour cherries. An interesting and somewhat different blend that is good for a tasting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 25, 2005
The description got me excited to give Ommegang one more chance after two disappointing experiences with the brewery. Quadrupels and lambics are two of my favorite styles, but their combination sounded audacious. I was hoping for a good surprise, while staying suspicious of Ommegang’s unashamed demeanor. A fluffy custard head lightly topped the dark bordeaux body in an admittedly majestic fashion. The aroma of Griotte cherries emanated from the glass and with closer inspection revealed subtle notes of figs, dried fruits and pine with an underlaying sweetness of brown sugar and caramel. Quite pleasant to the nose. The flavor however is obliterating of alcohol and sourness that clashes with the bitter roasted coffee finish. While I enjoy the complexity and individual flavors, this fusion is entirely unsuccessful to me. It seems that this sour cherry flair should have been incorporated more conscientiously rather than what seems like a crude mélange of two very different beers. I dare say this might be the last nail in the coffin for me and Ommegang who continue to leave me unimpressed with their underwhelming products.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - DEC 21, 2005
I pulled the cork on this one as a little birthday present to myself. Muddy brown pour with a thick, long-lasting brown head. Nose is sweet and fruity, mostly dark fruits (as a quad should be) but with a slight overabundance of cherry. This beer gets considerably better and more complex as it warms, but the flavors seem to actually diminish in intensity. Flavor is mostly dark fruits - raisin, fig, date - until the finish. Then you get the zing of sour/tart cherry. Finish is pretty clean. This should get MUCH better as it cellars, but even now, I really like it. An interesting twist on a classic style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
I feel wiser having just had a sip, for better or worse. Orange hued, brown ale. Pleasing dark fruit flavored with more cherries than what’s palatable. Perhaps a bit too alcoholic/medicinal on the finish, then again the brew was just bottled this year. Some aging might serve it well. I have to say that I was kind of looking forward to this one; it sounded like something special. Overall, it’s not bad (which means it’s not great either and therefore nothing special). Slightly disappointed? Yeah. But it should be easy enough to get without pouring your time down the drain if you want to try it yourself.

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