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RATINGS: 2573   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, itís 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 30, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 malty nose with some spices. brownish red with a small orange colored head. great lacing. tastes of malt and spices. dont taste much cherry which is probably good. also masks its alcohol content well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Poured red brown and hazy with lots of yeast chunkys floating around and a very dissapointing head.Strong Malt and alcohol nose some fruitiness very mild cheery essence,some earthy spiciness and cork.Taste was strong alcohol ,very dry,cherries are masked by the malt but are present in the swallow .Lots of spice (subtle five spice) and fruitiness. Good beer for the price but probably overwhelms the uniniciated

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2005
This beast pours a cloudy red/brown, very murky, with a medium white head. Very sweet and spicy aroma with hints of cherry, corriander, chocolate, and yeast. Starts with a rich sweet malt base, the lively carbonation breaks up the heaviness a bit and allows the cherry flavor to bring in just a touch of tartness, followed by lots of fruity yeast esters and finishing with a great belgian spice ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
A brilliant belgian. The cherry tones blend in with the malt and nut flavors perfectly. 1 big bottle by itself is a happy night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Strong belgian style ale with a hint of cherry. Thought the cherriness would be a little more noticable. I will have to retry as I enjoyed it so much, though canít comment much on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
After reading the description I almost expected a more sour cherry influence from the lambic in the blend. Wow, not so. The lambic actually enhances this Belgian-style beauty by balancing out the malty sweetness and adding a refreshing element not found in Abbey styled beers. Wonderful nose of malt with a hint of dried cherries. Smooth mouthfeel with lambic up front followed my malty goodness mid-palate. Outstanding effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained at Fredís market in Berkeley CA. Tasted in trappist glass. Appearance is muddy brown / red, with a thin white sustained head. Aroma is sweet, molasis, slightly bitter yet fragrent. Flavour is well rounded with hints of cherry, nuts, almond and bready yeast. Palate finishes with a slight alocohol burn, which is not at all offensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
On draught at Tria in Philadelphia, PA. Huge rocky head. Reddish brown. Nose is cherry, yeast, vinous. Thick luxurious mouthfeel. Taste is complex with lots ot Belgian characteristics: slightly sour, malty, yeasty, cherry and other fruits. Long finish. Glad to see this appears to be part of the regular Ommegang line and not just the limited edition they advertised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 bottle said brewed in 2003. I had this beer at Beer on the Pier in NYC. I liked in there but not here. Maybee I got a badly aged bottle. Strong alcohol flavor very little cherry scent or flavor. It actually made me wince. Iíll give it another try another time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a decently sized off-white head. Aroma predominantly comprises notes of cherries--smells a lot like red wine. I actually just, at this moment, read the bottle and realized that this is part cherry lambic. Quite unusual. There is a nice balance of hops and malts, and itís drinkable in a wine-sense, but the alcohol is a bit too present for my liking. However, the bottle will make a nice addition to our bottle collection :)

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