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RATINGS: 2395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2011 I’ll start by mentioning I’ve been wanting to try this beer for a long time. Medium to deep brown, very nice, long lasting tan head. Malt focused aroma with notes of caramel and dark fruits, almost like blackberry syrup. Thick malty flavors dominate in the mouth, with hints of molasses and a myriad of berry oriented flavors. I truly cannot pick out the cherry lambic flavors, which really surprised me as Lindeman’s Kriek is a beer I know fairly well. There is a bit of a bite at the finish that I think would probably fade with some aging (2003 bottling sampled). The alcohol is evident but integrated in the manner of a good port. Nice job. Superior to the New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek experiment. RERATE: 12/26/11 - No change to rating. I think I was a better rater description-wise back in 2004 than I am now. Still a great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2004
Nice looking rich brown w/minimal creamy head. Strong but integrated cherry aroma lead the way for this malty woody bready plummy caramely ale topped with cherries. Nice finish but not outstanding.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2004
hazy brown/amber body. Ripe, alcoholic and intense. woody (oak) mellow and warm. Astringent and dry. Rummy notes, licorice and some phenolitic character. Soft front, aggressive finish. Complex and strong, this is pretty solid stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2004
Poured a dark rubyish brown, with a nice lasting medium head. nice earthy malt aroma, with hints of raisins and other dark fruits. medium bodied and with a moderate sweetness. fairly malty with dark chocolate, licorice, raisins, dark fruits present. Alcohol is well masked, cherries are there but quite subtly, with a nice pleasant finish. Basically this is one damn good beer, and one that will probably be even better with some cellaring. Highly recommended

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2004
In a chimay chalice, 3P is deep brown with a light brown smallish head, fully diminishing. Bottle-conditioned with a few yeast particules. Deep malt aroma, most herbal from our ABT lineup (sage, basil). Malt profile is caramelic, but also fruity. Now I know this is made with cherry lambic and I can find the cherry aspect to it, but I'm not confident I would've without searching it. On the other hand, there's a definite peachy profile into this, together with bready yeast and maple. The body is outstanding, better than any ABT from belgium I've had, decadent creaminess and perfectly mouth-filling. Finish is chocolatey and malty. A fine-tuned desert beer, a most excellent rendition by Ommegang, who would have thought a New York State brewer could make a beer to match the monks' legendary big guns. 2 thumbs up Martin!

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2004
dark amber in color. raspberry and raisin aroma. tastes like raisins with a malty finish

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 Re-Rate: Looks great but tastes like sour cherries (in a bad way) soaked in rubbing alcohol. My original rating was 4.4 so I expected much more. 2004 SE Gathering: Pours a brownish red with a distinct port wine aroma and flavor. Texture is thin and smooth. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2004
Smooth and malty, with some spices - slightly sweet, molasses and fruits. Alcohol is warming but is mostly masked behind the other flavors. Very very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Excellent beer sampled at the Southeastern Gathering...Dark ruby in color nice tight head with good retention...Flavor was dark fruits raisins and plums with some heavy licorice tones. A great beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Nice and rich. Deep ruby/burgundy, decent head. Nose very figgy, lots of raisins, bit of alcohol, rich and strong. Lots of dark fruit in the flavor, figs, raisins, and dark cherries. Bit bright fruity, apple or peach possibly? Anyways, quite good.


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