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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
750ml 2004 - faint aroma of cherry, raisin, and Belgian malt. Color is brownish red with a nice off white head and great lacing. My first impression was that the flavor wasn’t all that great, but now that I’ve been drinkin it, it is getting better with every swallow. Like my palate needed to warm up to the intense flavor. Nice and warming, makes me wonder what a couple of years would do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2004 bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with creamy head and lacing. Nose is of brown sugar, raisins, bread dough, and sour cherries. I get brown sugar, malt, cherries with hints of old woods and an earthiness in the background. Creamy texture with a medium body and a tannin/winey mouthfeel. Warming and tart fininsh. This is a very nice beer that will age nicely .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
750 ml bottle. Mmmm, this is good. Pours brown and hazy with an off white head that lingers decently then diminishes to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, molasses, spice and yeast. Flavor is also sweet and spicy with a nice fruity tartness that finishes dry and sweetly puckering. Medium body and creamy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2641) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
2004 vintage, 750ml bottle. Sweet, fruity aroma, the expected cherry apparent along with lighter notes of milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and red grape. Deep red color, hazy with plentiful sedimentation and a lasting, fine, tan head. Flavor profile is likewise fruity and sugary, a moderate amount of tart cherry throughout with some equally plentiful sugary malt, faint spiciness and peppery alcohol. Finishes with hints of cocoa and old wood as well as some light bitterness and warmth. Effervescent, lightly winey mouthfeel, full body. Unique and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
csbosox (1223) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Reddish brown, light khaki head. Lacing. Sourish smell, honey notes. Sour cherry, lots and lots of malt, and brown sugar flavors. Long lasting sweet and sour finish. Great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1368) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a hazy red color with thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is of yeast and fruit. Taste is dominated by alcohol. Begins somewhat sweet and fruity and finishes predominantly of alcohol and on the bland bitter side. Not a good bitter. Gets warming toward the end. Thought this would be much better since I love the Lindeman’s lambics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Poured a rather dramatic deep amber, with lots of sediment and carbonation. The head followed suit with tiny tan bubbles clinging together in a tight formation. Caramel is dominant, with cherry, a touch of chocolate, and alcohol present throughout. A bit tart. Very enjoyable, and an excellent value.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
run20six2 (119) - USA - JAN 5, 2005
A very good tasting beer. A bit bitter, not a noticeable taste of alcohol. Overall very smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Happy New year-My first beer of 2005: Dark brown with a ruby tint. Head is medium and cocoa froth color. Fruity aroma (apple and pear) with a hint of chocolate fudge pudding. Flavor is tangy black cherry, a little chocolate, some sour grape tartness and the hint of alcohol. Palate is champange like. Right up there with the ales from Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
bottle. dark brown with a little bit of a red tinge. fluffy white head. lots of carbonation. aroma of pears, apples, yeast, and sweet malt. flavour is complex, loads of malt flavour and a low hop profile. As it warms up there appears to be some notes of chocolate. A good Quad, at a relatively high price of $3.60 USD.

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