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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2004
Attractive pour featuring a red-brown thick body, with a lacy white head and a good bit of carbonation. The fruity, complex aroma of cherry, alcohol, and sweet malts prepared me for an equally rich and complex set of flavors. Good thick mouthfeel, and a really well-balanced set of flavors for something so complex. Very Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (983) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 RE RATE 01/2010 - Poured from big bottle. Aroma of brandy, vanilla cream, oak. Solid mahogany, thin tan head persists. I taste roasted malt, molasses, barrel wood, with cherry and alcohol in the aftertaste. Quite drinkable, considering the alcohol %. Flavors blend well as it warms. I’m also noticing a hint of Ovaltine too. An excellent brew especially on a cold, winter day

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Very good. Reminds me of an old ale that is a few years old. Will also please the Lambic lover. Cherry is not overpowering. Very nice blend.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - AUG 20, 2004
RUby red color, medium sized whited head. Creamy, belgain like aroma, with candi sugar, almost bubble gum like aroma. Flavor has cherries, dark fruits, malts, slightly sweet, creamy, sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2004
Nice pour with a tight white head. Smell of fruit with a tart smell interlaced. First sip brings out the lambic of tart cherry. Good warming drink for winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JenT (10) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2004
An amazing beer with a dark cherry finish and dark body (with a nice red hint). The flavor is perfect, a bit of fruit with a very slight smoke. Goes excellent with chocolate cake for dessert. Highly recommended for stout and porter lovers who’ve always dreamed of mixing it with dark cherries (yet refused to mix it with Lindemans). Contemplate this beer as a dream come true.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
after unseating the plug on this bottle of 2003, a good hollow sounding mini-boom was heard -- not unlike the sound of dropping a large baby on formica. the foam was immense, but as uneven and dingy as a flop-house mattress, and it’s big frantic bubbles would only lace for a moment before scattering like pigeons. trying to sniff this much foam makes one feel like a house plant, ’cause it’s all carbon dioxide, which has a celery-like smell-- and naturally, sodapop. once the foaming action has subsided to a thin creamy wafer, i can surmise that the brewer’s blend of a belgian dubbel with cherries was judicious-- it is by no means overbearing: just pour a bit of kirschwasser over dutch chocolate cake, maybe strawberries dipped in warm caramel, or a cherry-vanilla ice cream shake doused with rum. and though i’m a vegetarian, i can appreciate the likeness to a raw beef steak smothered in a sweet orange and tamarind chutney marinade. in no time the carbonation -- to the tongue-- is almost soft enough to run barefoot over, and a smoothness of palatte is the result. you get the basses and tenors in synchronized and harmonious chorus, the dark sweet malts and clarion tinny bitters in an accord orchestrated by beethoven. a bit of yeast, but little of the grating sourness i’d associate with a lambic. full bodied and nearly creamy as it warms-- with an elegant buzz that will cause even us shy people to play air-conductor along with thier favorite symphony with the wild hair-tossing, insouciant ecstasy of Seiji Ozawa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Rocky, tan head. Slowly diminishing head. Furious carbonation. Cherry, yeasty aroma. Dark amber color. More quad character than lambic. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Nice deep dark hue. The taste is full of spices and a bit of licorice/cherry. The beer finishes very smoothly. Excellent beer -- as are all of Ommegang’s beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
guzzlemuppet (2) - new mexico desert, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004 does not count
Was so excited about this one, it seemed like such a good idea. mahogany colour, poured to chimay glass. nose was pure abbey/belgian malt/yeast. bit darker than I thought it would be. cherry came through in the palate...and then the disapointment hit. the two flavours just dont blend. I think the brewery did the best they could with it, although ommegang is not my favorite, but I really would prefer to drink a kriek lambic and then have a quad. they just sat side by side on the palate - no interaction, no romance.

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