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RATINGS: 2560   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 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 (2554) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Sweet malty aroma. Dark body with tan head and plenty of lacing. Flavor was rich and sweet and good on the palate. A decent beer,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle poured a dark brown amber with a nice thick head and lacing. Flavor is sweet and teasty. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours a purplish-brown with an aroma of spice and yeast. Palate is thick and laced with dull raisin and yeast. The alcohol is barely detectable in the finish. A nice quadruppel. Thanks, Bierbauch!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Dark brown beer with a thick fluffy tan head. Purplish tint. Beautiful malty aroma, brown sugar, sweet malt, plums/prunes and a sweet cherry character as well underneath all of that. Warming brings out a nice lactic acidity and sourness. Flavour is quite sweet on the front, spicy yeast and peppery alcohol in the middle. A bit leathery and earthy toward the finsh. Lots of lingering complexity in the finish. Fairly bitter finish. Very nice quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2004/750 ml bottle. Hazy crimson-brown color under a dense, creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, black cherry, sour dough and yeast. Mouthfeel exceptionally smooth and silky. Initial sweet flavors of dark fruits, caramel, plum and very restrained cherry. Could have used a bit more cherry influence.Finishes with a late hit of some mildly harsh bitterness. Maybe would benefit from some further ageing in this regard. Overall a well done, classy Quad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 This one pours a pure, dark amber-brown with a massive, creamy tan head. Really, this head is the real thing - it is surprisingly not "Belgian bubbly", but truly creamy and fine. The nose is clearly of alcohol and floral hops. The taste is a bit bitter up front with prevalent alcohol, with a lightly sweet raspberry middle, the end actually has a little bit of a buttery roastiness that trails off into a light dryness. The only weakness is the obnoxious prevalence of alcohol in the beginning.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Very aromatic with strong fruits and cherry. Creamy palate with good individual flavors of cherry, caramel and dark fruit, but not well mixed. Maybe this bottle was too young (1 year).

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