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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Poured a deep reddish brown. Aroma was malty and yes, cherry. Some cream in the taste and some cherry underneath with a definite cherry in the aftertaste and some hops. The cherry goes underneath and is present but not overpowering and the creaminess comes through more with the cherry adding a little bite to it. As the beer goes on the cream becomes more prominent with the cherries fading a bit but still providing a secondary layer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Deep red-brown color with a large tan head. Aroma of slight sour cherry and malt. Alcohol, cherry, and ripe fruit up front. Still a little young, but the flavors blend well even at this stage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
Sweet and malty, marzipan-like with subtle cherries and yeast in the aroma. Dark amber with thick, tan head that lasts nicely and recedes with some lacing. Sweet chocolate and cherries on big malt base with strong roasty, dry finish and a hint of alcohol. Body is medium with creamy mouthfeel. Bottle (2004 edition).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 11, 2004
12 oz bottle. Pours an odd red-brown color I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Nice thick head, great lacing and duration. Yeasty, slightly astringent, slightly cherry aroma. After my first sip, I’m thinking I may pick up a bottle to mellow for a while, the alcohol is quite up front and makes it hard to sort out the other flavors...I get some strong belgian and a slight bit of cherry. Beautiful creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a thick, frothy beige head. Cherries, yeast, and chocolate malt aroma. Sure can taste that alcohol. Reminds me a bit of a cherry bomb with some carmel flavor. The lambic really does help this beer. It helped boost my rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (200) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
strong notes of cherries bread, carmel alcohol and chocolate. i rich deep reddish pour with a off white creamy head. taste like a cheery covered in chocolate and carmel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2525) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle @ Toronado. A dark brown mahogany color with al aced light brown head. Cherry, wood, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt flavors. Smooth and creamy with a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Reddish-orange-brown color, small bubbles in head, tight lacing. Slight sour cherry in the nose and taste. Finishes dry and a bit sour, woody. A little rough, the flavors do not blend well at this stage, may need some cellaring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Deep burgandy color with a moderate tan head. Cherry, yeasty, malty, mildly spicy aroma. Malt, caramel, candy, astringent spiciness. Flavors not "married" very well. Nice body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Dark cherry brown color, decent head, spicy sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet cherry, some sourness with alcohol not hiding. A bit too sweet but I suppose no one would apologize. A very different and quite enjoyable experience.

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