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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Aroma had some interesting yeasty and fruits smells, but I also got a hint of something off/sour. The appearance was dark amber and cloudy with a white head that collapsed into a rolling terrain. Interesting flavors, including caramel. At the end of the day, though, it just didn’t quite come together for me into a steller brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1393) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Joke: what do you get when you put three philosophers together? A confused treatise? A sophisticated debate? Clash of ideologies? No, no, and no. You get a horribly transmogrified beer whose utter lack of flavor blending leaves the drinker in stylistic revulsion. The Three Philosophers beer from Ommegang is some kind of Frankesteinian beast, with half of a sweet Kriek like taste hanging from the left and a bread compound of flavors dangling, pendulous, on the right. One could garner the same effect by sipping an Oude Kriek and then sipping an IPA. No, I don’t want the two of them in a single beer. And even if I did I’d want to see them blended together and mixed to make something new. Instead, Ommegang took two distinct flavors and put them on either side of a plexiglass wall to gawk at each other. Mary Shelley’s book is getting a bit old…maybe we need to find a new Modern Prometheus. The dirtied red color of this beer would be a nice change of pace from the stereotyped macabre green of your marketable Frankenstein, and the smells of cherry mixed with an odd “temperate rain forest aroma” would be a refreshing turn from the monstrous stenches common in movies. Best yet, the bifurcated and divided flavors perfectly reflect the image of a hideous monster, sewn together by a crazy (and ultimately unimaginative) mad scientist: Dr. Ommegang. This beer isn’t so wretched that it can be given a trip to the drain, but the disappointing and nebbish attempt to blend flavors inures the palate. In other words, you learn to live with the abomination. As for me, I won’t be going out (with pitchfork or what have you) hunting for this beast anytime soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Bottle at Kellys in Dunedin. Poured a dark-reddish brown..minimal off-white head. This place doesn’t go through a lot of these so this was has been around quite a while. Aroma initially was all bottle, but a sweet maltiness prevailed....fruity sweet malts at that. Full-bodied as I let it warm a bit. Better than anticipated. There’s some underlying bitterness, but I had to dig deep to find it. I enjoyed this ale...nice fruits and sweet brown sugary malts carry on with a nice dry slight hop finish. I’ll get this again when I visit Kellys...none of the locals want it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13163) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bomber corked bottle. Poured an amber color with a medium light brown head that diminished quickly. Good sweet fruity aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Full fruity toffee flavor with a long bitter sweet finish. No alcohol bite at the finish. Very good holiday brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Rather tasty, full bodied quad. Spicy cherries on the nose. Soft as silk in the mouth, perfect blend of rich brown ale and tangy sweet cherry lambic. This was gone fast.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
750 mL brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. Bottled 2005. Described on label as a Belgium-style ale blended with Lindeman Kriek lambic. Clear amber having small diminishing light brown head with spare lacing. Aromas of fruity (cherry) esters and toffee. Medium bodied that starts dry with sweet malt and sour cherry flavors. Finishes dry with tiny lingering bitterness. Though not my favorite Belgium-style ale, this is a good drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Hazy brownish brick color with a foamy head. Lightly sweet aroma funky, fruit. Crisp and interesting. Strange-yummy mix. Cherry lambic and Quad…I actually like this business. Cherry, oak, alcohol, leather. I like the initial taste better than the aftertaste. Lightly syrupy body, lingering. Overall I’d say this was enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Had this one bottled. Oh. My. God. This was outstanding. Very dark milky pour with an extremely thick head that dissipated very slowly, nose of pretty much everything, including roses, taste is mildly sweet, and for something with a high alcohol content, it’s hardly noticable. This is a genius brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Amator (29) - USA - NOV 26, 2005
I wanted to like this beer, really I did. I loved the name and the label. Unfortunately, an acquantence present at the opening of the bottle remarked that he had had this beer before and that it tasted like bad sushi, and damned it that was not what it tasted like! Perhaps I had a bad bottle. From all of the positive reviews here, I’ll give it another chance someday.

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