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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a thick, frothy beige head. Cherries, yeast, and chocolate malt aroma. Sure can taste that alcohol. Reminds me a bit of a cherry bomb with some carmel flavor. The lambic really does help this beer. It helped boost my rating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2004
strong notes of cherries bread, carmel alcohol and chocolate. i rich deep reddish pour with a off white creamy head. taste like a cheery covered in chocolate and carmel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2553) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Bottle @ Toronado. A dark brown mahogany color with al aced light brown head. Cherry, wood, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt flavors. Smooth and creamy with a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2004
Reddish-orange-brown color, small bubbles in head, tight lacing. Slight sour cherry in the nose and taste. Finishes dry and a bit sour, woody. A little rough, the flavors do not blend well at this stage, may need some cellaring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Deep burgandy color with a moderate tan head. Cherry, yeasty, malty, mildly spicy aroma. Malt, caramel, candy, astringent spiciness. Flavors not "married" very well. Nice body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Dark cherry brown color, decent head, spicy sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet cherry, some sourness with alcohol not hiding. A bit too sweet but I suppose no one would apologize. A very different and quite enjoyable experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Nice medium thickness tan head that fades slowly. A brown - orange and crimson color. Very slightly bubble gum component in the aroma also woody, musky, malty, and yeasty. Middle of the road belgian abt base flavor, but enhanced very nicely by the lambic addition. In no way overpoweringly lambic like. A slightly more than subtle addition. Nice level of carbonation. Finishes crisp and moderately bitter. Overally, I appreciate the addition of the lambic. It lends an uniqueness to this brew. Otherwise, without the addition, my opinion would be lower.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2372) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2004
Thin head of fine bubbles which lasts the duration of the drink. Wonderful carbonation density. If you blow across the top of the trappist glass some fascinting patterns and textures are created. Back to the beer. Great aroma. Sort of port like. Sweet with dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. Very rich aroma. Color is a dark ruby/brown. Flavor is not as rich as the aroma. Roasted malts, a touch of fruit and some alcohol. Hard to place the flavor. Finish is slightly sour and dry with some wood notes. Must be the lambiec influence. A good beer but the finish might scare some people off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2004
Ruby red. Malt aromas. complicated flavors of roast malt, cherries and other dark fruits. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2004
Deep amber (ruby-red in the light) with a thin, but enduring, light tan head. Fresh, yeasty nose. Smooth and creamy up front; tingly and effervescent toward the finish. Malts had big notes of toasted bread and cooked caramel, and milder notes of fig and raisin. Hops were spicy, bitter and drying. Tart -- almost tannic -- cherries were subdued and in the background, contributing a sharpness to the beer. Glad to find this beer not sweet (just a pinch of sweetness in the background). Some curious woodsy and oaky notes surfaced here and there (especially in a burp at one time). Bitterness seemed to build and linger on the tongue (with some lingering wood notes). Really nice alcohol sensations blended well and gave it a nice edge, as well as more depth.

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