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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Pours a brownish red in color, with a krieklike pinkish head. Aroma is a tad sour, almost guezish; a slight fruity, cherry, almondy ale smell. Tastes sweet with a hoppy undertone, lots of cherries and citrus flavors involved. A light finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle 2004: Pours deep ruby/brown in color with and off white head that doesn’t last. Aroma has cherries, malt, yeast, raisins and plum. It does have a nice dry taste, but its flavors didn’t really impress. This beer was sweet with notes of dark fruit, spices, licorice, cherry, malts, and some alcohol presence. Had a great palate and excellent carbonation. To be fair, I had a new bottle of beer and I think this beer might improve markedly with age. With cellar and re-rate later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9322) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
cherry colour, good lacing. Like a good wine in appearance. Good yeast aroma. Bit of plum- more action in sediment at end. It is undeniably fresh yet found it bland. Thank you IPFreely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pours a deep amber with a frothy off-white head. Very malty aroma with only a hint of cherries. Flavor is somehwat dry and bitter with only a hint at cherries, but it marries well with the abt style brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2004
a good beer. cherries come through in the finish..some alcohol tasted..warming beer. solid!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2004
Dark ruby/brown color with a large tan head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar and alcohol. Sweet flavor of dark fruits with a hint of cherries. Nice warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10608) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2004
Bottled 2004 Vintage: Brown red coloured. Unclear. Huge brownish lasting head. Aroma and flavour is loaded with sugar, liqourice and spices. A bit too much for my likings. Flavour has a heavy alcaholnote. Is very warming and sweet in the end. Quite nice. Thanks to <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 for this, which happened to be my rating nr. 900.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkover (1524) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2007 2004 Version: Dark cloudy red color with a big light brown head. Sweet suger/candy aroma. Flavor is very sweet, with toffee and dark fruits. Full bodied Finishes with sour cherries and alcohol warmth.
2007 Version: Dark red/brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of yeast and spices. Flavor of yeast, spices, candy sugar and dark fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Dense reddish appearance, excellent head formation. Sweet perfumey aroma, settling to candy sugar. Malty dark fruits and treacle. Sweet candyish palate, intense fruitiness, hearty and warming, puckers slightly in the finish. Hugely satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2004
Dark crimson hue with a large creamy light brown head. Citrus and pear nose. Orange and yeasty flavour with a citrus backbone and a crisp toasty taste of maly. Excellent and complex beer with little evidence of its high alcohol content. A great copy of a Belgian quadrupel.

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