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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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2006 A full and creamy khaki head of majestic proportions sits gracefully on a deep and dense ruby hued body. The aroma begins with dried cherries, figs and prunes and expands to encompass a rich glass of real cocoa, right down to the lactic aroma of warmed milk. Malty graham cracker and sweet bread elements peak through. Vinous, oaky qualities seem to arise late in the game. Bananas, blackberries, brown sugar are a few of the other sweet treats that find their way in the aroma. The flavor is somewhat of a departure from the aroma, providing more sourness from start to finish than is anticipated. Upfront dark fruits and hints of chocolate take lead. Mid-palate is where the lactic sourness really finds its strength, combined with that quirky tang of blood oranges. The finish exhibits sparse bitterness and instead provides a slow warming alcohol note, some clove and cardamom spices and a sweet aftertaste reminiscent of tawny port. Mouthfeel is big and chewy throughout and this one never dries out, staying firmly sweet and maybe a touch sticky all the way. Fortunately, the carbonation is formidable and keeps everything moving along in the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (5142) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Reddish copper, nice tan head. Rich malty candyish aroma, with brandy, cherrym alcohol flavors. The alcohol seems a bit too prominate, unfortuneately. Wll made beer, but.it left me a bit cold. Sampled at Ratebeer Southeastern Gathering, Atlanta, 2004

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2004 Poured Medium/Dark Brown with a transparent burgundy glitter. Flavor is of pit fruit and maple. I picked up the kriek mostly in the aroma. High malt/low hopped. I wonder if the nice bottle should make me increase the "appearance" rating? ;)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2004 A great beer. Reddish brown appearance with a medium head and good lacing. Flavor is complex with plums, cherries, nuts, and oranges. Very malty. Too bad I can't this around these here parts. UPDATE : Now it's around these parts. Very warming and flavorful and a steal for $5 a 24oz. I taste that splash of lambic they threw in. An excellent example of the abt/quad style. What an awesome beer. Up goes the rating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Pours a mahogany color, with a quickly-dissipating head, turning lacey. Initial smell is of alcohol, but there are nutty/fruity undertones, mostly of raisins, plums, figs. The taste is a little too alcoholic, but good, wine/brandy-like. Malty & smooth. The only problem is that I think the beer is too "alcoholic," but overall pretty enjoyable for sipping.

   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 (2488) - 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.

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