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RATINGS: 2574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, its opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (190) - 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 (5808) - 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 (1656) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2005
Courtesy of Pailhead. Pours rube red/brown with beige head that fades fast. Aroma is sour cherry with some light malt and a strange yeast. Flavor is very yeasty with only a little sour cherry. Very strange yeast in here, hurts the score a little.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (11614) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 3, 2005
2004 Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a medium thick dark beige head. Thin, slippery lacing. The aroma is fruity and spicy, with a pinch of malt. Medium-bodied with a tart but subtle cherry character. Sweet malt, spice and yeast flavors are offset nicely by the added Lambic. The finish is lively and long and fruity. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2005
Pours dark brown, somewhat cloudy with tan head. Nose is somewhat vinous, malty and yeast-like. Flavor is spicy, plummy and tart-like. Cherry character is very subtle in the finish. A very good Belgian style beer brewed here in the US of A.

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