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RATINGS: 2514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6809) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2005
Big beige head, very fine foam. Dark red colour. Sourish, mahogany aroma. Taste heavy, like a dark Belgian, but with hints of something sourish, mahogany-like. Very good, but more sippable than drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2960) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 good beer. good head, nice color, sweet, malty finish.medium sweetness, medium bitterness, caramel, chocolate goodness. earthy, gritty flavor and experience. i know that doesn’t sound good but it really was.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 This beer was fantastic. Even my pet duck enjoyed when I did not hit it on the way home because i was illuminated by not 1 or 2, but 3 damn philosophers. Whoever they are; they are f’n smart. And, for that matter, make a good beer. Full of roots, ginger, and mousepads.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (3022) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 bottle. Pours a dark amber with a fine tan head. The aroma is sweet and semi-vinous with some peat, grape, light cinnamon, and bready notes.It’s a little sticky with barely noticeable alcohol and a tiny sour finish of dry wine. Raisins and plums ring throughout with a bit of pumpkin bread flavor. Nice quad, but maybe not as over-the-top savory as some of its peers. Fantastic, none-the-less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with big, foamy, light tan head. Head retention is above avg and light lacing is left behind. Body is hazy with bits of sediment and lots of miniscule bubbles present. Nose is caramel, malty, with a slight hint of apples or maybe plums? A very dry, bitter taste up front. Then turns to light caramel, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and some alcohol. The finish leaves your palate very burnt and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
pours and hazy orangish bronze color, with a large off white head with good retention in proper glassware, aroma of alcohol, belgian style spices, citrus, and sweetness, all of which is also present in the flavor, damn good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. The 2nd to last beer sampled during a large tasting so my notes are sparse. Pours reddish-brown with an average size fizzy off-white head. Sweet aroma and flavour of caramel malt, alcohol/wine and spices. The flavour is quite bitter, a tad sour and the alcohol was a little too present. Aged for a while this would be fantastic, as it is it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Poured from a bottle. Aroma is subdued at first but it’s obviously going to be a fairly sweet beer. I didn’t pick up any of the cherry lambic in the aroma. Flavor is incredibly fascinating. Very malty with hints of brown sugar and only the very slightest hint of cherry. Very sweet beer and yes, the alcohol is also present in the taste but not too bad. Maybe this isn’t my dream beer but it ’s a damn good beer and an interesting take on one of my favorite styles.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
Robe auburn aux reflets rougeâtres et surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de cerises, de caramel, de café, de prunes et de miel. Saveurs d’alcool, de cerises, de vin, de prunes, de café. Très très bien!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GregClow (3012) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc & tupalev - courtesy of tupalev. Hazy orange-burgundy colour with a small tan head. Aroma of sour cherries, earthly malt, anise and red wine. Flavour of fermented dark fruit, more wine, spiciness, strong alcohol notes. There’s a great beer in there, but the alcohol came through too strong, especially in the finish. I think a year or so in the cellar would do wonders for this one.

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