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RATINGS: 2498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I tried this with my wife tonight. She just fell asleep in my son’s bed while putting him away for the night. She said she loved it, and judging by the snores I think it loved her back. The color of an old walnut table; not lustrous, but rich mahogany tones. A tan froth quickly dissipated to a milky way in the middle of a foam ringed glass; a faint sizzle of carbonation just swirling there like a reflection of the big bang in my chalice. A fruit wine nose: fruit blossoms in the distance, dried fruit compote dancing on the vapors of alcohol. Cherry chocolate truffle with brandy. Quite a lot of fizz, and oak, cabernet, roasted coconut, upside-down pineapple cake with scorched cherries... Mama and papa like this, and mama and papa could drink lots of this in front of the fire place.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
This is by far the best quadruple ale ive had in my life. I think the key to this quadruple was not making it too strong. This beer contains only 9.8% alcohol which is quite modest for quadruples. This beer is alittle bit thicker and more flavorful compare to most and all the elements combined produces a winnner. If you ever want a quad ale go for three philosophers and you wont be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1741) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Dark plum with a thick head. Apple, plum sugar brown nose. Sweet, spiced rum fruit cake taste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Stumbled upon this brewery while visiting Cooperstown. The people were really nice and they had a good selection of beer spreads and really good cheeses. The three philosphers is their ale mixed with an imported belgian lambic. Cherry, plum. I enjoyed the beer and even brought a few bottle home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2903) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2004 edition, bottled. A dark, creamy head that helps unleash a hypnotic Belgian candi sugar smell. Taste came up with a bit of Curaçao liquer and cocoa. All I get from the kriek blend is a light sourness. Very good and an intriguing blend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep rustic burgundy in color with a full dense Ommegang head. The head is dying but is leaving a dense moss of foam completely covering the liquid. Lacing is very very sexy. A thin layer sticks after each sip. Wa hoo! Nose is full. Sweet dark malts, plums, raisins and lots of cherries. First things first, the alcohol just hit my palate hard which is very disappointing. I really am trying to like this but I just can’t. Some red licorice and plum flavors but where is the black cherry from the Kriek? A nice malt backbone but damn this is hard to finish. Finish is dry, leathery and lingering but very unpleasant. I really thought this would be my brew but oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Dark hazy amber with a rich sticky light brown head. Rich, deep and fruity aroma of pears, dark plums, caramel, cherries and pepper. Rich flavour of raisin, plums, rasperry stones, rum and dark chocolate. Thick and almost vinous mouthfeel. Peppery and fruity aftertaste of cherries and earth. Light acidity in the back of the throat. Excellent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2004
big bottle from slikwily. burgendy red colorlittle head. an interesting beer smooth drtinkin has flavors of slight cherry, some chocolate not as sweet a s a straght lambic. whoever’s idea this was had a good one but how many othe r"dream beers " are there?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Wow! I do not like lambics or fruity drinks but this is an exception. It is not sweet, and the cherry flavor is quite subtle, it is more along the lines of a strong belgian and a port, rather than a lambic. Smooth and mellow and not over-powered by the alcohol either. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2004
This is a dark amber blend of strong ale and a Belgian Cherry lambic. You can note a little coffee or chocolate in the nose and the taste, but the whole drink is overpowered by the cherry. If you like fruity drinks, this is for you. If you like the caramel and dark flavors of a stong ale, avoid this.

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