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RATINGS: 2524   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (7754) - 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 donít hate it, I donít find it all that interesting. Itís an experiment that dosnít 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 (1082) - 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 (389) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 6, 2005
2004 Bottle. Iím 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 Iíd consider top shelf. It doesnít have what I want in a quad and, unlike other Ommegang products, it doesnít feel all that Belgian. Itís a decent beer, but I expect more from this style. Certainly not on St. Bernardus 12 or Rochefort 10ís 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.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
Great beer! I could smell this beer all day. Cherry, fruit and a soft phenolic lead the way to a complex taste. Slighly alcoholic, but still very drinkable, not cloying at all. I plan to cellar some bottles to see how it matures. It is a little more carbonated that I would like. One of the best I have tasted in a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
deep ruby color and foamy/slightly creamy tan head that diminishes quickly. aroma is dried bing cherries, candi sugar, light alcohol, raisin too. a bit of yeast in the nose. fizz up the center and a few small yeast particles, but mostly clear. deep sweet malty flavor. canít really taste the kriek, some fruityness in the finish but not that much. nice funky marble pattern of lacing on the glass. a little caramel malt in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Wow, very impressive! Pours a burnt orange color with a decent head. I used a wet pint glass, which I think was a mistake. Iím going to try this again in a proper glass soon... Aroma is like brandy: dark fruits with well balanced sweetness, hints of coffee and some light spices. Very nice! Flavor is outstanding: cherries, some coffee, other fruits and some spices... Very complex and Iím having a hard time trying to place all the tastes... Palate is crisp, tart (yet sweet), and creamy. Overall, this is excellent! It doesnít quite fall perfectly into this catagory so itís likely taking a few hits in the scores here. Taken as its own, I donít think it could be any better (and should deserve almost a perfect "5"). As a whole, this is an awesome beer and you *really* need to try this. Do whatever it takes to find a bottle of this awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
One of the first brews I tried when Georgia lifted its 6% limit. Poured lightly into a trappist glass, the hue was orange and a bit murky; the aroma was that of cherries, white grape, and maybe a tad of walnut. The taste filled the mouth with mildly sweet-sour cherry, citrus, wheat, fizz, and acid (in that order.) Diminishing finish. A sweet and typical Belgian style; if the price werenít so high I might get more of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
750ml 2004 - faint aroma of cherry, raisin, and Belgian malt. Color is brownish red with a nice off white head and great lacing. My first impression was that the flavor wasnít all that great, but now that Iíve been drinkin it, it is getting better with every swallow. Like my palate needed to warm up to the intense flavor. Nice and warming, makes me wonder what a couple of years would do.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2004 bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with creamy head and lacing. Nose is of brown sugar, raisins, bread dough, and sour cherries. I get brown sugar, malt, cherries with hints of old woods and an earthiness in the background. Creamy texture with a medium body and a tannin/winey mouthfeel. Warming and tart fininsh. This is a very nice beer that will age nicely .

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