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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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2005
(Bottled) Dark brown/amber color with a medium, beige head. Sweetish, strongly malty, somewhat port-wineous rye-pudding aroma with some dried fruit, cherries and a hint of alcohol. Very fruity, sweetish-malty flavor with quite bitter hops and a long, warming and sweetish, sticky cherry finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but very well hidden. Quite full-bodied, warming palate with balanced, but foamy carbonation. A very nice and tasty, world-class quadrupel. Not quite as balanced as Ommegang, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
Poured a dark amber color, and had big tan head. Aroma was of cherries and maybe some caramel malts, not overwhelming. The flavor wasnt too bad, but I wish there could of been a more cherry taste in there. I say it went down pretty smooth, but wasn’t too great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
If nothing else, this is an interesting brew. Definite cherry in both aroma and taste, but not overwhelming. The high alcohol content is fairly well hidden, except maybe towards the end. All-in-all, I liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2005
Corked and caged 750 ML variety bottled 2004; pours dark amber in a tulip glass with a large tan head with some decent lacing. The nose is all caramel malt, cherries and fruit esthers, with alcohol peaking through as this ale warms. Underlying malt base sweetness is almost immediately tempered by the tart dark cherry lambic supplement; but mid-palate reveals other flavors such as raisin, ripe banana and dry port wine. The long finish features a pleasantly escalating tart dryness and warming alcohol polish. Very drinkable, smooth and appropriately carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Bottled in 2004. Reddish hue with excellent lacing. Thought I had already rated this one but I guess not; surprise, surprise! Definitely have enjoyed it before though. Classic estery belgian-style nose where fruits and yeasty pleasure is abundant. Sweet cherry and a touch of alcohol in there as well. I dig the light, subtle use of cherry lambic in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin but the slight sourness and dryness give it some flair. Yeasty. Pretty damn good. Very pleasant and drinkable. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
Upside: this beer has a nice cherry aroma and it does a decent job blending Ommegang with Cherry lambic. The alcohol is more present in the aroma than in the taste which feels like a complex mix of spices, malts and yeasts. Downside: the finish is a bit too dry for my tastes, there is not much cherry aspects in the flavor and the beer is primarily composed of throwing two beers together. Overall, its a good beer and worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (5628) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
Aroma of malt and light fruit that is clearly an influence of the added lambic. Misplaced sweetness of a dunkel, but there is complexity with raisins, malt, carmel, and red wine. Heavy, but thinner than I would like. Almost no head. Very good, but I prefer the original Ommegang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2005
Very high marks for originality here. I thought the complementing characterisitics of caramel and cherry blended well in all four rating areas of the beer, including color. Subtle fruit notes of cherry and tangerine alongside a caramel toastiness enhance the flavor throughout the palate. The only failing here is the mouthfeel of the beer -- somewhat grainy, uneven and thin. But still a great beer I would definitely order again.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
thesnark (1) - USA - APR 13, 2005 does not count
Decent tasting but not overly complex. Lambic hints are subtle, perhaps too subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - APR 4, 2005
Odd beer, but I like odd beers. Very complex, an interesting mix of tart and sweet.

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