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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Pours a deep orange-read with a generous yeast (particles and chunks) suspension and a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of cherries, raisin, toffee and alcohol. Awesome flavor- the sweet, tart cherries are paired with bready yeast characteristics, caramel, toffee and warming alcohol. There is also a hint of candied orange peel. Finishes warm and yeasty. Complexity rivals the best in the style (and the best Imperial Stouts). Nothing short of awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Mahagoney color, sweet malty, dark fruit (raisin, fig) aroma, also some chocolate, malty raisin cocoa smooth taste, carbonation starts biting a little, stays smooth and sweet till the end.Best new beer I've had in the last 6 months

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2004
This beer poured a red color with a moderate head and left nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was very busy and pleasing. Smelled of sweetness/sugar, cherries, yeast, and some other fruits. The taste is great. Tastes of cherries, other fruits, sweetness (but not too sweet), caramel, and malts. Very well made beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Mahogany colored with a big frothy head dissolving to a thick sheet of lace. Nose is malty, caramel, candied fruit, cherries, cask wood. Flavour is much the same with a bit of tartness in the cherry flavour and alcohol comming through in the finish as vapors and warmth. Possibly a bit high on the alcohol, next time I must try to drink it a bit colder (quelle horreur!). - colder trial: alcohol is better hidden but the aroma is (as expected) severely diminished. - solution start colder, drink slowly and leave a bit at the bottom of the glass to sniff later.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Dark brownish color with medium large head. Aroma is sweet with a cherry malty smell.Cherries are tasted all the way with some roasty malt flavor mixed in.Finishes dry with a weird aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kshan (1) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2004 does not count
Very dark ruby color with a nice thick rocky head. Tastes include roasted malt, fruit, yeast, caramel and surprisingly only a faint taste of cherry. I expected more of the later. Somewhat harsh aftertaste. Maybe a little aging would help what I found to be an exceptionally complex and tasty beer. An excellent beer from Ommegang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAR 18, 2004
Pours brownish red with a thick tan head. Aroma is of cherries but lightly so. Taste is of cherries and some oak flavors. Finishes a little harsh with an alcohol bite. Still very good and very tasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
This beer was sampled with beerguy101 and is the 2004 version. It pours a beautiful murky brown color with a MASSIVE tan and creamy pearlish head which took a minor eternity to dwindle away. The aroma had hints of yeast, peaches and orange peels. There were also subdued hints of oak and tree bark. The taste was very pleasant with a heavy roasted malt front followed up by oak and cocoa in mid taste. Fairly dry malty finish, mildly sweet. A slight bit of coriander perhaps in the finish...very nicely done, a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2005 750ml corked bottle brewed 2003 This Quad poured a cloudy reddish brown with a head that settled down to a thin tan layer just like others in the style.Underneath the bready malt aroma lies subtle notes of cherries giving this a fantastic malty fruitiness that is a delight to the nose. One of the best aromas I can remember at the moment. The body is soft and full with a crisp carbonation that dances on the tongue. The flavor has everything you’d expect in the style. Fruit, malt, yeast and an asortment of spices that all add up to a complex and completely satisfying ale. Overall I found this ale an exceptional example of fine craft brewing that I highly recommend giving a try.Re-rate 8/05... This beer is phenomenal! Has become my favotite quad of late. Subtle cherry notes really play well to the overall flavor. Unbelievable for an American brewery!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2004
Nice vinous aroma, with spices (coriander), Hazy brown colour, sweet matl and spices wraps around your tongue, with faint hops in post taste. Rated in TO Dec. 2003.

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