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Three Philosophers is a remarkable limited edition strong ale brewed by Brewery Ommegang in response to a home brewerís description of his dream beer. Realbeer.com, the internetís largest beer website, hosted a contest called ďCreate a Great Beer.Ē 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 ďdream beerĒ would be like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dense reddish appearance, excellent head formation. Sweet perfumey aroma, settling to candy sugar. Malty dark fruits and treacle. Sweet candyish palate, intense fruitiness, hearty and warming, puckers slightly in the finish. Hugely satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2004
Dark crimson hue with a large creamy light brown head. Citrus and pear nose. Orange and yeasty flavour with a citrus backbone and a crisp toasty taste of maly. Excellent and complex beer with little evidence of its high alcohol content. A great copy of a Belgian quadrupel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2004
4th of July night cap: Pours with a large head, somewhat dimishing and leaving some nice lacing; heavy caramel, chocolate and toffee malt aroma with a little citric herbalness, some pretty heavy doughy yeastyness, too; flavors include dark fruits, wood, toffee, licorice and sour cherries; full bodied and pretty alcoholic tasting; soft carbonation and moderate bitterness; the flavor leaves a long lingering unpleasantly sour and alcoholic aftertaste that detracts from the otherwise tastey flavor background. Maybe needs to age a little more, but I canít see me liking this too much more; a bit disappointing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle@Spiesys. I never had a beer like this. Smelt like freshly cut hair, old spice, shaving cream. In other words it smelt like a barber shop, very odd indeed, they were the only aromas i could pick up, didnít smell like beer at all. Quite sweet, yeasty and creamy, very soft, with none of the 9.8% alcohol showing, some caramel and toffee. Couldnít get past the barber shop thing, tasted like i was drinking hair that been put into a blender with shaving cream, with a sprinkle of old spice. Yes there was some beeryness about the flavour, but i couldnít get past how odd this beer was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2004
Bottled. Dark cherry wood coloured body. Old spice aroma (Duff) but not quite as old man-shaving as I think he was saying. Didnít particularly notice the alcohol which is a plus for a beer of this strength. [London gathering: Spiesy, Duff, chris_o, Marty-D and SilkTork]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2004
Beer #17 at Spiesyís. Another in our run of strong US-made beers. Itís playing havoc with my tasting capabilities. The alcohol is very evident at all stages in this one. The aroma has a lot of volatile acidity, a bit of licorice and a tang of acetone. The flavours include, treacle toffee, toffee apple and candy sugar. Pretty reasonable, but a bit short of complexity, I thought. And the alcohol burn in the aftertaste became a bit off-putting. Bottled (bottle conditioned).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
otaku (5) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2004 does not count
Aroma: Sweet, yet herbal. Somewhat mysterious. Slightly medicinal. Appearance: Cloudy dark brown, decent head with beautiful sparkling lacing that never seems to fade. Flavor: Pleasantly sweet and malty. Very smooth until the finish when the alcohol sneaks through. Palate: Full, creamy body that tickles the palate wonderfully. Overall: Outstanding brew, very complex. Pairs very well with food. Something I would definately consider cellaring. Highly Recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2004
The beer after releasing its grip on the 750ml corked and wired brown bottle sets in the glass a somewhat hazy mahogany color, the head stupendous in size, spumescent in texture and the color a winsome light tan, the lace after decomposition of the head forms a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose is laced with black cherries, caramel, a hint of musk, clean and crisp, with the start ambrosial, nice malt profile and the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops forceful but not overpowering, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a great beer from a long time favorite brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5231) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Spiesyís gaff. Bottle conditioned. Another American brewer Iíve been wanting to try - and another sad disappointment. Itís nice, but not the oomph Iíd been expecting. The aroma is certainly fully packed, though difficult to pin down. Cherry, paint and, as Duff says, a gentlemanís barber shop aroma. Certainly interesting, if not precisely pleasant. Colour is a murky dark cherry. Aged oak and vintage alcohol. Alcohol dominates over an otherwise fairly decent ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Light fruits, spicy alcohol notes in the aroma, Clear ruby color, barely any head formation. Rich malt flavor, quite spicy, moderate fuitiness. Donít really get any cherry lambic - itís not very sour and there arenít any noteworthy cherry flavors. Alcohol presence is noticeable, warming. Lacks the subtle complexity of a top-tier beer in this style.

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