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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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2031) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2004
Pours a mahagony color with a thin cream-colored head, no lacing but a nice cascading effect when the glass is tilted, appearance is very inviting, nose full of fruits, nice malty & fruity flavors with notes of black cherries, medium-full & strong body, tingly mouthfeel, nice warming effect, the alcohol strength is pretty well hidden but does peek through a bit in the finish & aftertaste, a very enjoyable beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2004
Poured a dark brown with a reddish hue around the edges. Chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel on the nose. Nice full and thick mouthfeel. Brown sugar, raisins, other dark fruits, cherries, and brown sugar on the tongue. Nice sour/bitter finish. I nice beer. I must drink more.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2004
Deep brown to black in color. Low carbonation with little head. The aroma reflects chocolate malts balanced with a hint of cherry. The flavor is rich, malty, slightly acidic, with a hint of the cherries. There is an increadible balance between the richness of a belgian quadruple and the light sour tartness of a kriek Lambic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Murky brown body, creamy head. Complex aroma--sour notes, caramel, cherries. Malty body, strong/rich caramel sweetness dominates initial malt flavor. Subtle notes of dark cherry develop in the finish, light sourness, very dry. This is a fairly nice brew but leaves something to be desired. Finish is nicely balanced but could be a bit more aggressive in the flavor department. Finishes slightly reminiscent of Orval with a slight medicinal feel combined with a moderately sour but flavorless aftertaste. Odd, but not altogether unpleasant.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Silphium (3167) - 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.

4.2
   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

4.2
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

4
   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.


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