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RATINGS: 2524   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2005
750ml bottle, brewed 2004. Served in a St Bernardus trappist goblet. Aroma is musty, nasty and hard to get past like a dead mouse in it.. Nice looking copper beer with a fizzy orange head which dissipates quickly. You can’t miss the alcohol, either in the aroma or in the taste, the booze jumps right out at you. The flavor is very good, like a high-proof Ommegang with the cherry lambic in the background and some spices. It mixes well. Gets better when the nasty aroma subsides. My wife says it tastes like sherry instead of beer. Tastes like dark rum soaked fruitcake to me, with a lot of rum. Either share a bottle of this with a friend or plan on getting blasted. Very Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2005
Very strong. It tasted too much like pure booze to me. I did like the use of the lambic but I will just drink that instead. Not bad but not good either.

   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 (1944) - 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 (1559) - 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.

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