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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 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 it’s 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 :)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2005
VERY rich, high octane, gut-filling stuff. To be sipped slowly and carefully on a cold winter’s night. Beautiful color. Strong presence of raisins, sherry, alcohol and coriander.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 1, 2005
A dessert in itself. Everything from the packaging to beer itself asks for your silent contemplation. Looks beautiful in a Trappist glass. An impenetrable cloudy brown, with a steady upward flow of carbonation. After the bubbles settle, it looks like chocolate milk with reddish edges. The strong cherry aroma hit me even as I poured, overwhelming my ability to detect much else. Strong taste of cocoa, cherries, and raisins. I agree with the reviewers who mention plumbs, too. There’s a complicated dance of bitter and sweet. I expected the lambic would lighten it, but no, it’s a full bodied heavy weight. Creamy, has a really nice feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 very nice beer. poors a deep brown color with a cream colored head. full of fruity flavor, very winish. sweet but not too much so.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
2philosophers (16) - Ridgewood, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
This is one of the best beers I’ve tasted--the cherry lambic is detectable but subtle and not too sweet. Strong enough to bring out the flavors. Ommegang does some great beers but I think we have a winner. Goes very well with cheese or dark chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Well done. Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy head which disintigrates rather quickly. This beer resembles the St. Bernardus 12 but has less of a head. The aroma is very malty with chocolate, cherry and toffee. The taste is fine but the cherry medicine like taste is a little overdone. You also get this nice champagne feel which works better here then in the Avery Reverend. This beer is interesting because it is similar to the Victory V12. A good brew which I am glad I picked up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
Pours an amber brown color with no head. Aroma of rich malt with cherries and alcohol. Flavor of cherries with rich malt and alcohol, sweet and rich, I like that ! Light to medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation. Very good !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is malty and fruity with a some cherry in the background and some chocolate. Pours a real dark hazy red with an off-white head that lasts a minute or so. Malty, fruity, chocolate and a slight sour cherry that is barely noticeable in the finish. Something about this is really detracting though. Almost like a stale fruit taste,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johnyvt (158) - West Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2005 750ml bottle. Cloudy orange/red pour with a small brown head. The aroma is caramel and dark cherries. Medium bodied mouthfeel and smooth, light carbonation. First taste is caramel, toffee, brown sugar and raisins. The sweet start leads to dark cherry flavors that finish with a sour bite. Little bit of yeast and not too spicy. Maybe not quite as much lambic taste as I had expected and too much of an alcohol profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2005
Aroma:cherry and caramel. Appearance:Reddish brown small head. Flavor:Caramel,molasse,raisins and dark cherry.

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