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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hophead1962 (11) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2004
It is an amber/red color that pours with less carbonation than some beers, especially a lambic. The cherry flavor definitely does not bowl you over. To me it was very subtle. I truly expected it to be more obvious. I really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
defCon (19) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2004
This beer is godlike, definitely one of the best beers you can have, great aroma, easy on the palate, full body, tall, dark, and handsome. This is a great beer to introduce newbies too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Small tan/light brown head, short lived. Hazy brown/amber color. Some sticky lacing. Complex nose of malt, honey, fruit and some mustiness. Med/full body, creamy texture.Fruity notes of plum, raisins,chocolate, licorice and hints of vanilla combine to create a very complex brew. Medium dry finish of fruit and a hint of smoke to boot. Ver nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Brewed 2003, Sampled February 2004
As I pop the cork I get an immediate aroma of cherries. The cork did not pop very vigorously though, so it seems that this may not be very highly carbonated. It pours though with a vigourous carbonation. It is a muddy amber-ruby color and is toppped by a light brown thick head. There are meaty, malty, cherry, and alcoholic notes in the aroma. As my nose incorporates the aroma the smell of cherries fades and one is left with a spicy Belgian ale nose.

This beer has a creamy mouthfeel to it, but it is not too thick for a Belgian quadrupel, in fact it would be on the light side for some of that designation. It is fairly sweet, and finishes with an alcoholic astringency which is not all that strong. There is definitely some cherries in this beer, but I like that it is fairly subtle and is only one component of this beer. This beer has a soft acidity to it, that is not directly traceable to the Kriek addition. There are fruit notes of raisins, plums, and fig. Though it is sweet up front it finishes with a spicy astringent dryness that is evocative of some herb/ spice that I can't quite think of.

This is a very well made beer. You can tell that a world class brewer put this beer together. Having said that it is missing something; though it is quite complex a couple of other dimensions would be wonderful here. Perhaps a bit of acidity & a bit of Brettanomyces character would be wonderful (I know this is a ridiculous request as these things are not too controllable, but De Dolle gets some of this right, at least sometimes). A very rich beer that is quite satisfying, I definitely like this best of the Ommegang products.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6241) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Bottle (resampled with a 2004 bottle) pours a cloudy dark ruby color with a fluffy off-white head.   Aroma is of raisins, plums, figs, molasses and a bit of vinager.   Head has settled down now, almost gone, only a thin film rests on the surface.   Fantastic lacing.   I step back, only to take another whif... apples, yes, apples can be found there.   Initial sip reveals more of a burgundy wine like flavor, raisins, plums... some brown sugar.   There is a cloying raisin/vinager flavor.   Mouthfeel is smooth, but an acidic sourness kicks you at the end.   Overall, an enjoyable Quad.  Thanks goes out to herbjones & cquiroga for the trade!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
POurs a cloudy mahogany with a small bubbly 2.5cm tan head. Aroma is gorgeous--yeast, raisins, , sugars, hints of pepper, and hints of banana. STart is sweet with flavors of raisins, only to give way to a nice yeast flavor in the middle. Finish is sweet and earthy with a smoke flavor. Great aftertaste. Mouth feel is adequate. A truly amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2400) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Pours a one-fingered head that doesn't leave any lace. Light carbonation, medium bodied. Nose has black cherry overtones, starts on the sweet side finishes smooth and mellow. A very good quadrupel too bad this limited brew is no longer available. $7.50 for a 500ml bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 31, 2004
reddish amber color with a brownish tint. head is beige and lasting, albeit slightly thin. aroma is cherry, some alcohol and a little caramelly malt. flavor has a woody, earthy quality, slightly austere. there is some cherry there, but not as much fruit as i expected. the fruits that are there are mostly the darker ones. alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2004
Not my favorite Ommegang beer, but probably their most unique offering. Somewhat sour, but not at all like a true lambic, seems more like a well aged belgian dark that has developed some sourness from barrel aging. Seems like it would definitely get even better with some aging. Truly one to savor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2004
This beer will surprise you. I thought I would be able to taste the lambic but it's there certainly not up front.Dark red with very sweet nose. Dried friut in the flavor with just a hint of tartness. Pretty tasty.

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