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RATINGS: 2502   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 15/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2005
750 mL bottle. Poured a deep reddish brown with a small, quickly dissipating head. Seemed very effervescent. Left pretty decent lacing. Aroma was full of brown sugar and raison and cherry (both fresh from the Kriek and dried) and spiciness. Flavor was malty sweet and fruity: cherry as described above, other dark dried fruits, and a bit of banana. Also very spicy: clove, allspice, and pepper. The kriek was very subtle and complemented the beer well. The malt profile also had a bit of roasted nutiness as hinted by the deep brown color but very slightly. No real noticable hop presence other than a mellow bitterness that I’m sure is from some early addition hops that balance the beer out some. Finishes dry with lingering spice. Mouthfeel is quite full for a Belgian and well carbed. Lovely beer with a subtle lambic kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2005
Thick opaque choclatey brown with a thick tan head. Smells sweetly of cherries and malt, with a hint of spice. Woof! Tastes like rumsoaked fruitcake.. heavy, spicy, complex, and bordering on cloyingly sweet $5/22oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
750 mL Brown pour with reddish hints when held against the light. Nice yeasty aroma. Flavor is fruity Belgian yeast, sweet, sweet malt, spices -- cloves dominate, alcohol is present but not as noteworthy or overpowering as in other 10% beers. The kriek in the background stays in the background and just gives the beer a very subtle cherry overtone. Very delicious, but not my dream beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirchris (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Reddish-brown body with a tan/light brown head. Complex aroma with fruits, malt, and yeast. Taste of spices, malt and alcohol, with a slight fruit taste blended underneath. Fizzy carbonation gave a wonderful mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1557) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2005
The appearance starts off as a cloudy brown then blossoms into a beautiful glowing ruby red with a fluffy beige head. Aroma of clove/spice, cherry, floral hops and yeast. Flavor has the same characteristics as the aroma plus a strong caramel malt base, banana, alcohol, berries, brown sugar, plum, raisin and a hint of chocolate. Pleasantly sweet. Some hop bitterness comes in at the end. No sour notes detected. The body is medium, a little thinner than I expected with lively, fine bead carbonation. Overall, really nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Bottle. Aged from 2004. My god does this stuff smell good. Very alcoholic and a hint of fruitness mixed in with the malt aroma. It tastes a lot more bitter than I expected. Good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This had a strong alcohol component, mixed with dark fruits and spices. other than the alcohol burn giving me heartburn, lol, this was an excellent brew. thanks to capn cougar for bringin this over for the housewarming :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This is a hot Quad thanks to the abundance of alcohol burning your nostrils and palate with every sampling. Following my tour there I tried some more at a local Cooperstown pub and thought it tasted better there. You could taste the fruit coming out more on the palate with not as much of a burn that was preesent with a fresher bottle. I bought 4 bottles and will b cellaring them for the next couple of years to see how the beer hangs.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ron (3057) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Who wants their ’dream beer’ to have the heavy smell of alcohol? Yea, the body was rich, full and complex, but the alcohol smell and taste overpowered the good aspects of the beer. I would like to thank JB for letting me sample some of his bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2005
copper with some reddish highlights, thick creamy off white head, moderate aroma of cherries, nothing like new glarus belgian red, but cherry nonetheless. flavor is like a thiner quad, not very rich, not very malty, again with the cherries in as an subdued element of the flavor. very dry finish, a little tinny, with a noticable taste of the abv, and a little warming on the way down. i liked it, but when i’m in cooperstown, i’ll stick to hennepin.

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