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RATINGS: 2560   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
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Bottle 2005 Looks super with its reddish brown pour and deep tan head that leaves great lacing. The Kriek asserts itself mostly in the aroma and a touch of sourness in the finish. Very nice quad, altough it lacked a bit in the depth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2386) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
750 ml 2005 bottle. Another great Quad. Poured golden brown whe a very decent head that lasted for a long time and left great lacing. Aromas of brown sugar and dark cherry and other dark fruits. Flavors were very similar with some banana in there too. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 Not that much of a nose. Dark cherry color with a big head that dissipates into a decent lace. Strong taste of red wine, little oak and alcohol with a slightly sour finish. I’m really not into anything sour, thats just my personal taste. I taste way too much alcohol in this too. But then again, its 9 percent. Its just ok considering the cost. Added insight: There is a certain element of this beer that tastes like the acid reflex after a large pizza and a pitcher of Killians.

   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 (185) - 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.

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