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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
This is one of the best beers I’ve tasted--the cherry lambic is detectable but subtle and not too sweet. Strong enough to bring out the flavors. Ommegang does some great beers but I think we have a winner. Goes very well with cheese or dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Well done. Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy head which disintigrates rather quickly. This beer resembles the St. Bernardus 12 but has less of a head. The aroma is very malty with chocolate, cherry and toffee. The taste is fine but the cherry medicine like taste is a little overdone. You also get this nice champagne feel which works better here then in the Avery Reverend. This beer is interesting because it is similar to the Victory V12. A good brew which I am glad I picked up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
Pours an amber brown color with no head. Aroma of rich malt with cherries and alcohol. Flavor of cherries with rich malt and alcohol, sweet and rich, I like that ! Light to medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Very good !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5424) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is malty and fruity with a some cherry in the background and some chocolate. Pours a real dark hazy red with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Malty, fruity, chocolate and a slight sour cherry that is barely noticeable in the finish. Something about this is really detracting though. Almost like a stale fruit taste,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 750ml bottle. Cloudy orange/red pour with a small brown head. The aroma is caramel and dark cherries. Medium bodied mouthfeel and smooth, light carbonation. First taste is caramel, toffee, brown sugar and raisins. The sweet start leads to dark cherry flavors that finish with a sour bite. Little bit of yeast and not too spicy. Maybe not quite as much lambic taste as I had expected and too much of an alcohol profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Aroma:cherry and caramel. Appearance:Reddish brown small head. Flavor:Caramel,molasse,raisins and dark cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle. 2004 Bottling. I can see how this could easily be a love or hate it beer. While I don’t hate it, I don’t find it all that interesting. It’s an experiment that dosn’t quite come together. Dark brown-reddish beer witha huge beige head. Sour cherry aroma with yeast and a sweet malt backing. Cherry and cotton candy flavor with spicey yeast elements that end in some cocoa-like flavors that leave a strange flavor in the mouth. I wish the lambic blend stood out just a little more to let there actually be something to it, but instead its a dull playdough backing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2005
from the bottle poured a muddy brown with a big light brown head. aroma dark cherries, malts, bitter sweet chocolate, raisins, dark fruits. aroma a slight suorness that gives way to the dark cheeris and chocolate and the fruits. nice smoth mouth feel. very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
temporrari (387) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2004 Bottle. I’m not all that impressed by this beer. Deep amber pour. Off white head diminished quickly. Aroma of malt and subtle cherries. It has an aroma very much like a wheat beer that I homebrewed with some added cherry notes. Nothing to get excited about. Flavor is boring mostly. It gets better with some warmth, but it never materialized into anything I’d consider top shelf. It doesn’t have what I want in a quad and, unlike other Ommegang products, it doesn’t feel all that Belgian. It’s a decent beer, but I expect more from this style. Certainly not on St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10’s level.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Man, this is good beer. Could look kind of nasty with all the chunks floating around in it but I prefer to think of it as looking "authentic." Pours a thick, hazy, dark brown with chunks of cherry floating around the body. Head is small, light brown and settles quickly. Huge bursts of sweet malt dominate the nose while notes of cherry nicely settle this beast. A playful sour lambic character dances through both the aroma and the palate creating a remarkably diverse beer drinking experience. Flavor starts off typical for a Belgian style ale, lots of peppery notes and malty goodness. Cherry, sour notes, and alcohol quickly take over and steer the palate towards a mind blowing lambic-style finish. Overall, I can describe this beer in one word...OUTSTANDING! (Please forgive the caps, I just finished the bottle.)

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