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RATINGS: 2574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, it’s opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riordan93 (14) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
Small head. Aroma is appropriately yeasty with a slight cherry tartness. The cherry is nice but not overpowering. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
2004. Very complex aroma of yeast, sugar cookies, malt, plum, multi vitamin, a bit of tart cherry, and a hint of cocoa. Gorgeous looking deep red with a pillowy, thick, sustained tan head. The vitamin flavors come out strong for me in the flavor and it is a little oxidized. Quite light bodied for such a large ale. Kind of a muddled flavor profile with some dusty chocolate, some sourness, earthiness and very little cherry. Somewhat bitter for the flavors also. Doesn’t come together great IMO. Maybe after some aging.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
Draught Blind Tiger NYC A great beer. Soft mouthfeel. Quite fruity and powerful. I love this beer. Bitter finish. Extremely complex and refreshing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
NYMojoMan (12) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Wow an amazingly complex and unique brew from Ommegang. Dark amber Color with a strong quickly dissapating head. Absolutely my favorite American Beer as of yet. Very complex falvors blend to cover up it’s high alcohol content. Absolutely AWESOME!! Right up there almost with Westvleteren 12 for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2006 There is much anticipation for this brew. I have not been disappointed with anything from ommegang. Poured a brownish tan with off white, frothy head. Aroma of roasted malts and cherries. There are so many flavors here. Of course there is the alcohol, but the cherry taste fills my nasal septum(nose). The carbonation is pleasant and refreshing. This is followed by sweet malts, caramel and flowery lingering aftertaste. This is great, I have not been disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Small rusty head on a opague rusty brown pour. Can definitely smell and taste the cherry in this, but it is a tastefull amount mixed with some smooth malts that sweeten the whole brew as it warms. A slight hop kick follows. Effervescent and medium bodied palate. Nice brew with an interesting story.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Poured reddish brown with minimal tan head...smell is entirely malty cherries...taste is nice up front...cherries and several subtle malts, but that changes quickly...vomiting bitter cough syrup grew and grew until this was utterly impossible to finish...huge disappointment...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2004
This beer is a brown, cloud beer toped by a nice tan head. Aroma is strong and plesant with significant alcohol, cherries and malt present. Mouthfeel is nice, lively with carbonation, slightly asrtringent. Flavor is intensely malty with copious amounts of berries and alcohol. Decent beer, a little unusual but with the quad base it works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Another great beer from Ommegang. I have been waiting to drink this for a while, and I wasn’t dissappointed. Poured a deep maghogeny with a ruby dark ruby tint. Cloudy body with a large foamy bourbon colored head. Good lacing. Nice very sweet fruity, slight cherry aroma. Nose really became better as the beer warmed up, with slight alcohol and malty scents. Full flavor that explodes into your mouth with sweet cherry, malty taste. Strong flowery, alcohol aftertaste. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Definitely a fine beer. I’m not really a fan of sweet beers, but I did expect a little more sweetness to the Three Philosophers. More sweet maltiness would create a better balance.

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