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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 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. Don’t really get any cherry lambic - it’s not very sour and there aren’t any noteworthy cherry flavors. Alcohol presence is noticeable, warming. Lacks the subtle complexity of a top-tier beer in this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7919) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Had this at HBF from 750 ml bottle. Poured amberish. Aroma of cherries, malt, fruit, peat, spice, candi sugars. Tastes like a Belgian quad with a little cherry in the flavor. Good complexity and nice balance. Well hidden alcohol. It’s a good think the Ommegang booth was one of my first stops at the HBF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
HBF out of a bottle. Nice deep brown with wierd orange highlights in the head. Head lasts and leaves nice lacing. Great complex malty and yeasty flavors with some fruitiness in the aroma and left over in the aftertaste. Raisons and plum left over from some dark belgian malts - probably spec. B. Gives a nice kick at the end. Very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Finally ariived on the desert shores in Arizona. 12 oz bottle. Brown cherry-like color. Sweet caramel aroma. The cherry lambic is quite subdued. A tangy alcohol presence. Somewhat bold, smooth, mellow taste, not overwheming. Aftertaste shines through with a nice fruit flavor on the palate. A hint of dry cherries does come out in the end. A nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2004
SLightly sweet aroma and flavor which carries well throughout. Caramel and fruit flavors dominate. Finishes somewhat dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Nice brown color with redish tones and a large off white head which leaves great lacing. The aroma is very complex, containing noticable cherry, and earthy port, and some faint alcohol notes. There is an early cherry sweetness immeaditely followed by a sharp burst of alcohol then some more cherry and ending with a strong dry bitterness. This beer is quite complex on several levels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 I was eyeing this beauty at the supermarket (where would I be if supermarkets didn't sell special micro brews in my area?) for a few days now and finally bought it and drank it today. Quick dissipating head, nice lacing. The cherry lambic is nicely accentuated but not too overpowering. Nice balance of complex flavors bitter, sweet and tangy. Smooth and nice on the palate although a bit of alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2004
330ml bottle at Toronado. 05.22.04 This was the last beer of the night at Toronado, so I must take my notes with a grain of salt. Mahoganey brown, minimal lace. aroma is lax, tinny, malty but no cherry...perhaps the flavor of licking an empty cherry pie tin.....okay maybe more cherry as it warms. Not terribly impressed but definitely terribly drunk while sampling this beer. I have a 750 at home I’ll have to try and then re-rate. I was really looking forward to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2274) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark ruby caramel in colour. Aroma was of a candy sweetness, caramel, some yeast and alcohol. The flavour had tons of alcohol upfront, caramel malt and very sweet. Medium body. Finishes really sweet, huge alcohol burn. I thought that there was way more alcohol in it then there actually was. This is an in your face beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 750 ML. This was bottled in 2003 and I tasted it June 2004. I am not sure how it was stored. Pour was a deep deep red. It wasnt nearly what I expected. Alcohol aroma and taste was a little too much. Odd mouth feel, not the carbonation I expected. Pretty thin in consistancy. Maybe cherry isn’t my thing, but I was not impressed. I would take a Allagash Quadrupel over this ANY day.

750ml bottled in 2006, consumed 2008. The cork released with a healthy <i>pop<i/> and there is no hint of oxidation. The sour cherry aroma is the primary bouquet with some vinous quad elements there as well. I am still not overly impressed with this beer, but I can understand the appeal. 5/3/6/4/14

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