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RATINGS: 2527   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monty (39) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Ommegang Three Philosophers (v.2003). 10.23.05. Luscious thick head, considering that it’s a quadrupel. (It doesn’t last, but there’s more here to begin with than any other quad i can remember.) The fruits in this really ask for your attention: cherries, cider apples and raisins all clamor. The alcohol introduces itself inconspicuously as it warms. Lots of nice lace, very fine. Only two (admittedly minor) complaints: a hint of sourness in the finish (can this really come from 3% lambic...?), and it could use a little more heft in the mouthfeel. Still - well above average, better than par for the course (even for Ommegang), and deilghtful for a chilly fall evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
UPDATED: APR 16, 2010 Hazy reddish cherry brown. Aroma of dark chocolate, cherry, even a slight bit of tootsie roll. Slight peanut and hazelnut. Flavor has some sour cherry, mulled cider and brown malt. Subdued yeast character. High carbonation levels, but it works well here. Slightly muddy, earthy bittnerness to round it out. Very nicely done. Perhaps a little too sour in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2005
750 ml corked and caged bottle brewed in 2005 pours a bright hazy reddish brown with a nice creamy light brown head that leave nice sheets of lace in my glass. Aroma of baked apple, plums and raisins. Chocolate, cherry and caramel flavors, full bodied with a creamy soft mouthfeel, finishes sweet and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2005
Pours a nice mahagony (redish-brown) color with a quickly dissipating dark tan head. Love the fruit in the aroma - dark cherries, spiced apples, and caramel come through strong. Wow, this beer has an incredible taste! I really like what the addition of the cherry lambic does for this beer. It gives it a very complex full bodied taste with just a hint of cherries. This quad has just the right amount of malts and sweetness and the alcohol isn’t overpowering. Maybe not quite as complex as some of the really good belgian quads, but I really like it. It feels wonderful in the mouth as well - lively carbonation, smooth and creamy, and nice dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. Only negative is a slight sourness in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2005
the addition of cherry lambic really sparked my interest, but the end result seems to have turned out a bit on the side of gimmick. Pours out a light scarlet with an interesting bubblyness that continues through the entire brew. The nose is flowery and very tempting. The beer itself tastes of spice and fruits. The addition of the lambic, and most notably the finish of a lambic makes this brew at the very least a high quality exercise in the eclectic. All in all, this beer was a good one and upon sampling it again I would smile. Also, as an addendum, DC jack’s comparison of this beer to mescaline frightens me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevin62 (267) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2005
Bottle-It poured out red with anice bubbling head.There was definetly hints of cherry and the beer was also sweet.All in all it was an ok beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCJack (182) - Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2005 Sweet, but not too fruity. Bold, but not offensive. This is a sipping beer with a powerful wallop. More like a fine wine than a beer. It should be in a class by itself. The 12 oz size is the same as the larger bottle, unlike the Unibroue beers which vary quite a bit by bottle size. The head effect is remarkable. A smooth, mellow delerium, like being on mescaline. I laugh out loud and feel in love with everything. I did just meet an amazing redhead and she is flirting with me, which could have something to do with it, but which came first - the redhead or the high? You be the judge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours a brown/red color. Head is thick and fluffy tan. Leaves great lacing. Aromas of cherry and apple with some spice, yeast and malt. A lot of carbonation up front. Tastes of sweet fruit and finishes a little sour and slightly bitter and spicey. A fairly easy drinking brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cathcacr (644) - Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Ommegang Trois Philosophes. Very strong cherry flavoring. Big head, dark cherry color. Odor even has a tartness in it. Mild in the flavor, crisp in the mouthfeel. Isn’t quite in the same experience class as Rochefort 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
A deep, deep, rich red color with a dark tan, almost brown head that is untraditionally fat bubbled and sounds like soda pop fizzing. Aroma mainly of a good belgian dubbel (spicy, sweet, dark, fruity). Very nice cherry flavored cotton candy malt flavor. Slightly too much carbonation at first but as it drives off the palate accentuates and fattens nicely. Great balancing bitterness, dark rum-like alcohol flavors lightens the palate but is not harsh.

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