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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1451) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
Very high marks for originality here. I thought the complementing characterisitics of caramel and cherry blended well in all four rating areas of the beer, including color. Subtle fruit notes of cherry and tangerine alongside a caramel toastiness enhance the flavor throughout the palate. The only failing here is the mouthfeel of the beer -- somewhat grainy, uneven and thin. But still a great beer I would definitely order again.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
thesnark (1) - USA - APR 13, 2005 does not count
Decent tasting but not overly complex. Lambic hints are subtle, perhaps too subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Odd beer, but I like odd beers. Very complex, an interesting mix of tart and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours rube red/brown with beige head that fades fast. Aroma is sour cherry with some light malt and a strange yeast. Flavor is very yeasty with only a little sour cherry. Very strange yeast in here, hurts the score a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8965) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
2004 Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a medium thick dark beige head. Thin, slippery lacing. The aroma is fruity and spicy, with a pinch of malt. Medium-bodied with a tart but subtle cherry character. Sweet malt, spice and yeast flavors are offset nicely by the added Lambic. The finish is lively and long and fruity. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours dark brown, somewhat cloudy with tan head. Nose is somewhat vinous, malty and yeast-like. Flavor is spicy, plummy and tart-like. Cherry character is very subtle in the finish. A very good Belgian style beer brewed here in the US of A.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
earendil (3) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2005 does not count
A good Strong Belgian, with a little bite from the lambic, the cherry was practically indescernable, however.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (3891) - - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 malty nose with some spices. brownish red with a small orange colored head. great lacing. tastes of malt and spices. dont taste much cherry which is probably good. also masks its alcohol content well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Poured red brown and hazy with lots of yeast chunkys floating around and a very dissapointing head.Strong Malt and alcohol nose some fruitiness very mild cheery essence,some earthy spiciness and cork.Taste was strong alcohol ,very dry,cherries are masked by the malt but are present in the swallow .Lots of spice (subtle five spice) and fruitiness. Good beer for the price but probably overwhelms the uniniciated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2005
This beast pours a cloudy red/brown, very murky, with a medium white head. Very sweet and spicy aroma with hints of cherry, corriander, chocolate, and yeast. Starts with a rich sweet malt base, the lively carbonation breaks up the heaviness a bit and allows the cherry flavor to bring in just a touch of tartness, followed by lots of fruity yeast esters and finishing with a great belgian spice ending.

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