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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 15, 2004
Nice brown color with redish tones and a large off white head which leaves great lacing. The aroma is very complex, containing noticable cherry, and earthy port, and some faint alcohol notes. There is an early cherry sweetness immeaditely followed by a sharp burst of alcohol then some more cherry and ending with a strong dry bitterness. This beer is quite complex on several levels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2004 I was eyeing this beauty at the supermarket (where would I be if supermarkets didn't sell special micro brews in my area?) for a few days now and finally bought it and drank it today. Quick dissipating head, nice lacing. The cherry lambic is nicely accentuated but not too overpowering. Nice balance of complex flavors bitter, sweet and tangy. Smooth and nice on the palate although a bit of alcohol aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 10, 2004
330ml bottle at Toronado. 05.22.04 This was the last beer of the night at Toronado, so I must take my notes with a grain of salt. Mahoganey brown, minimal lace. aroma is lax, tinny, malty but no cherry...perhaps the flavor of licking an empty cherry pie tin.....okay maybe more cherry as it warms. Not terribly impressed but definitely terribly drunk while sampling this beer. I have a 750 at home I’ll have to try and then re-rate. I was really looking forward to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2462) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Dark ruby caramel in colour. Aroma was of a candy sweetness, caramel, some yeast and alcohol. The flavour had tons of alcohol upfront, caramel malt and very sweet. Medium body. Finishes really sweet, huge alcohol burn. I thought that there was way more alcohol in it then there actually was. This is an in your face beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1970) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 750 ML. This was bottled in 2003 and I tasted it June 2004. I am not sure how it was stored. Pour was a deep deep red. It wasnt nearly what I expected. Alcohol aroma and taste was a little too much. Odd mouth feel, not the carbonation I expected. Pretty thin in consistancy. Maybe cherry isn’t my thing, but I was not impressed. I would take a Allagash Quadrupel over this ANY day.

750ml bottled in 2006, consumed 2008. The cork released with a healthy <i>pop<i/> and there is no hint of oxidation. The sour cherry aroma is the primary bouquet with some vinous quad elements there as well. I am still not overly impressed with this beer, but I can understand the appeal. 5/3/6/4/14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Deep mahogany, beige creamy head. Nose is cherries jubilee drenched in toasted brown sugar. Flavor is well balanced, bittered, with shots of caramel, dark cherry, raisin, and a hint of fuzzy fruit. Full bodied, lively carbonation, smooth fruit finish. Another winner from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 4, 2004
aroma of carmel, port, very light lambic whifts, a dull sweet cherry, also a bit of raison comming through. Light brown with hints of red and orange, lots of lace with an ultra thin head, starts out with cherry, lots of raiso underneath, a good bit of bitterness, a bit of port, lots of carmell, well balanced, a light bitter chocolate, light cherry throughout, very nice, lambic is there kind of late.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - JUN 3, 2004
750 ml. brown bottle. Corked and caged. Brewed in 2004 on front label. Loud pop as the cork is wrestled from the neck of the bottle. It put up a fight, but I finally got it out. Poured out a deep amber / chocolate brown color, with a huge tan colored head. Huge lacing on this beer as it slowly slides down the sides of the chalice. Aromas are of lactic wheat, mascerated cherries, yeast, malts, and alcohols. Effervescent carbonation makes it easy to keep a head on it. Almost champagne like, but not too carbonated. Just right for the style. A little bit of Belgian funk is present as well. Rich, chocolately notes in the beginning of the beer, with a smooth mouthfeel coming in right behind it. Finishes rich, smooth, and chocolately. Odd combination in a Belgian beer, if you ask me. Slight lambic quality brings up the rear, and it finishes with a slight tang as well. A decent effort from Ommegang.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2004
Received a bottle of this for my birthday and I love it! Cherry and spices and malt and goodness come together in this excellent brew. Drank the whole thing out of the bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2004
2nd beer of Montreal Mondiale 2004. Red-brouwn, small tan head. Nutty aroma, some tomato sauce and fine herbs. Flavour is large: caramel, grainy nuts, red wine, whiskey. Scotch-like finish. Filling, had trouble finishing 4-oz sample. Thick creamy sticky palate. Outstandingly good.

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