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RATINGS: 2557   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 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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ron (3422) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Who wants their ’dream beer’ to have the heavy smell of alcohol? Yea, the body was rich, full and complex, but the alcohol smell and taste overpowered the good aspects of the beer. I would like to thank JB for letting me sample some of his bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2005
copper with some reddish highlights, thick creamy off white head, moderate aroma of cherries, nothing like new glarus belgian red, but cherry nonetheless. flavor is like a thiner quad, not very rich, not very malty, again with the cherries in as an subdued element of the flavor. very dry finish, a little tinny, with a noticable taste of the abv, and a little warming on the way down. i liked it, but when i’m in cooperstown, i’ll stick to hennepin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2783) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2005 Orange hazy beer. Off white head. Not much of one because of the 9.7 alcohol. Fruity aroma. Smelled the alcohol and tasted it a bit. Also yeast in the body. Dry finish. My first of this style. Will be looking for more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Cork realeses with a loud pop. Color is a dark ruddy sort. Aroma is slighty sweet and fruity. Some alcohol seems to be present. Smells kind of spicy to me. Flavor right of the bat is dark and roasty, almost a nutty quality about it. The richness and the complexity of the fruit and spices keep the sips coming. Rich and full bodied. Slight alcohol sensation upon swallowing, but it doesn’t affect the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Pours an auburn red/brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, spicy and yeasty. Flavor is sweet malt, cherry, plum and a heavy alcohol flavor that lingers. I would definitely call this a smooth drink, but not bad either. I suspect that a year or two cellaring would do this beer a lot of good. I know the bottle I drank was brand new on the store’s shelf and the harshness of it showed. Overall, worth a try, but not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2489) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Pours a brownish red color, rather thick. Difficult to see through my glass. Quite a bit of head. Aroma is plums, alcohol, and malt as well as cherry lambic galore. Fruit and yeast is also detectable. Flavor is fruity - cherries and alcholic. Enjoyable but nothing amazing either. There is too much alcohol in this one. If this was around 7% it would be amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
US Brew Rating #666! This is definitely what the doctor ordered after having forcefully ejected a family of raccoons from one’s attic... It pours a handsome clear reddish-brown color with intense beading, lazy carbonation bubbles, and a fizzy light brown head. The nose is sweet malt and dark sugar, the addition of the lambic asserting itself in a fruity aroma with an iron-like afterthought. The flavor is sweet malt, alcohol, a light fruitiness, and a hit of bitterness from ..?.. Oddly, a dry yet sticky, alcohol laden finish. Tomorrow, the squirrels!

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