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RATINGS: 2524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2934) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2004 edition, bottled. A dark, creamy head that helps unleash a hypnotic Belgian candi sugar smell. Taste came up with a bit of Curaçao liquer and cocoa. All I get from the kriek blend is a light sourness. Very good and an intriguing blend.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Deep rustic burgundy in color with a full dense Ommegang head. The head is dying but is leaving a dense moss of foam completely covering the liquid. Lacing is very very sexy. A thin layer sticks after each sip. Wa hoo! Nose is full. Sweet dark malts, plums, raisins and lots of cherries. First things first, the alcohol just hit my palate hard which is very disappointing. I really am trying to like this but I just can’t. Some red licorice and plum flavors but where is the black cherry from the Kriek? A nice malt backbone but damn this is hard to finish. Finish is dry, leathery and lingering but very unpleasant. I really thought this would be my brew but oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Dark hazy amber with a rich sticky light brown head. Rich, deep and fruity aroma of pears, dark plums, caramel, cherries and pepper. Rich flavour of raisin, plums, rasperry stones, rum and dark chocolate. Thick and almost vinous mouthfeel. Peppery and fruity aftertaste of cherries and earth. Light acidity in the back of the throat. Excellent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2004
big bottle from slikwily. burgendy red colorlittle head. an interesting beer smooth drtinkin has flavors of slight cherry, some chocolate not as sweet a s a straght lambic. whoever’s idea this was had a good one but how many othe r"dream beers " are there?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Wow! I do not like lambics or fruity drinks but this is an exception. It is not sweet, and the cherry flavor is quite subtle, it is more along the lines of a strong belgian and a port, rather than a lambic. Smooth and mellow and not over-powered by the alcohol either. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2004
This is a dark amber blend of strong ale and a Belgian Cherry lambic. You can note a little coffee or chocolate in the nose and the taste, but the whole drink is overpowered by the cherry. If you like fruity drinks, this is for you. If you like the caramel and dark flavors of a stong ale, avoid this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 29, 2004
If Dorthy lost her ruby slippers she might mistake the spakle from this beer as a hint to their whereabouts. Huge thick head follows as the aroma of cherry candy floats up from the glass. Medium to heavey mouthfeel with bitter/sweet finish. Flavors of cherry, yeast, malt, and a bitter quality like cherry stones. Not bad though maybe it needs some time to mellow out and come together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
This is one of the better offerings from Ommegang. The problem with all of their brews is that they have to much yeast and alcahol bite. There's really not much complexity to this. I had a St. Bernardus 12 earlier today and it absolutely blew this away. Maybe I'm not in a great mood, but Ommegang has to be one of the most overrated breweries ever. Thisbeer really does suck

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2004 bottle; color of CocaCola, but a firm, finely-bubbled tan head; estery, ethanol nose; flavor of alcohol is almost overpowering anything else, but warm into a malty,raisin twinged brew. Very dry finish. I had expected more in the yeast, complex flavors and lambic, but don’t really taste it. Big beer, no doubt... maybe too big to leave much intersting behind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2003 bottle Redish Bruin color, I got the second glass from the bottle and it was yeasty, head faded fast, unimpressive lace. Estery, cherries and figs malt nose. Cherries are dominant. Cherries and malt. I don’t detect any Brett. or lambic-type funk, just an overbearing cherry sweetness. Cloying. I’d rather try this w/o the Lindemans cherry syrup in it. Couldn’t finish my glass.

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