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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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Rerate 6/29/05:

2004 Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan thin head. The first scents to pop out are grapes, figs, cognac and some woody elements. As the beer warms up some nutty scents start to liven up. Tastes of figs, raisins, prunes, with a light cherry note. Finish is warming and nutty with a slight celery finish. The alcohol is masked quite well for a 9.8% ABV beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
Nice head, orange to red color, not at all sour. Plenty of cherry in a real nice ale, a great change of pace. Best once it warms a bit, the end of the pour is best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Has a very darl brownish/orange color with a small off with head. Smell is of cherries/carmel/yeast/spice. Taste is full bodied of cherries/yeast and finishes lke a malted cough drop. If there is such a thing... Overall a pretty good quadrupel with a lot going for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2098) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2004
beautiful pour, looks like a combo of ice tea and big red soda, dark red with a tan head. sweet cherry aroma with a yeasty belgian tang. taste is reminiscent of cherry cough drops, but is very dry. this flavor is hard to get used to, much more enjoyable flavor near the bottom of the glass. fruity notes throughout. this taste gets much cleaner as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Bottle. Slightly red with a good creamy head. Slightly cough syrup like aroma. Cherry taste. Sour cherry, ginger, allspice, apple, and yeast notes come out. Sweet lingering finish. The aftertaste is just like a cherry cough drop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2004
bottle. holy sweet wonderous brew, batman! a cloudy garnet/brown color that matches the chocolate covered cherries flavor... sweet syrupy aroma... unique and just plain sexy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 1, 2004
In the 12 oz bottle at Dundee Dell. One incredible ale. A warm murky brown blanket in the glass. Dark tan head of massive volume remains from start until finish leaving only foam memory rings encircling the glass. A cloud of cherry and chocolate flavor fills the nose. Sweet flavor and strong cherry taste without tartness. Rich coating mouthfeel indicating the plentiful nature of the malt wort. The alcohol, while present is subdued. A FINE BREW.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, and yeast. The flavor of cherry lambic is evident; alcohol is nicely hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Pours brown, big tan head, shines faintly red up to light. Aroma is faint cherry, plums, cinnimon? bit of chocolate. Taste is remarkable... chocolate covered cherries, bit sour but not much, bit woodsy at the end. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown, with suspension. Medium tan head. Aroma is of plums and oak. Flavor is quite complex - there is a lot going on in this beer. Cherry lambic imparts a building tartness, which peaks in the finish. The fruitiness of the lambic does not overpower the other flavors in the least, it is surprisingly well balanced. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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