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RATINGS: 2544   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown, with suspension. Medium tan head. Aroma is of plums and oak. Flavor is quite complex - there is a lot going on in this beer. Cherry lambic imparts a building tartness, which peaks in the finish. The fruitiness of the lambic does not overpower the other flavors in the least, it is surprisingly well balanced. I enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22307) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2004
Bottled. Muddy dark brown. Cherry liqueur aroma. Intensely roasty with lively mouthfeel. Notes of berries and coffee - this is chocolate covered strawberries with champagne! Oaky bière de garde-like lively finish. A complex and very interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Dark brown color with a tan colored head. Aroma is mostly cherries. Very different from anything else I’ve had. Kriek-like in it’s taste but yet very Belgiun (Abt) as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Bottled: Yiayias in Lincoln. Very similar to Ommegang, but this one has a sweeter fruity smell and taste. Ruby brown in appearance with a dark tan head. The aroma is of sweet dark fruits and toasted nutiness that make the mouth water. Taste is heavily yeast with dark fruit and heavy malt. Has a sweet taste that compliments the yeast and fig-esque fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Poured a beautiful creamy burnt sienna with a nice tan head. The aroma was kind of like the mixture of a dark porter or stout with a whole lot of cherry (upon warming slightly). The flavor was, wow (I am rating this as I go, so be prepared for some mid sentence exlamations), excellent. You can taste the alcohol, not in a bad over powering way, but just enough to back up the cherry hoppy maltiness. I am sorry, it is so complex it is hard to describe. The mouthfeel (with the alcohol) is very comparable to a champagne. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Kennett Square BF. Poured a medium to dark reddish brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of candi sugar, plums and raisins. Overall, a decent Quad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I tried this with my wife tonight. She just fell asleep in my son’s bed while putting him away for the night. She said she loved it, and judging by the snores I think it loved her back. The color of an old walnut table; not lustrous, but rich mahogany tones. A tan froth quickly dissipated to a milky way in the middle of a foam ringed glass; a faint sizzle of carbonation just swirling there like a reflection of the big bang in my chalice. A fruit wine nose: fruit blossoms in the distance, dried fruit compote dancing on the vapors of alcohol. Cherry chocolate truffle with brandy. Quite a lot of fizz, and oak, cabernet, roasted coconut, upside-down pineapple cake with scorched cherries... Mama and papa like this, and mama and papa could drink lots of this in front of the fire place.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2004
This is by far the best quadruple ale ive had in my life. I think the key to this quadruple was not making it too strong. This beer contains only 9.8% alcohol which is quite modest for quadruples. This beer is alittle bit thicker and more flavorful compare to most and all the elements combined produces a winnner. If you ever want a quad ale go for three philosophers and you wont be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1792) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Dark plum with a thick head. Apple, plum sugar brown nose. Sweet, spiced rum fruit cake taste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ConiseurofBeer (242) - Downingtown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Stumbled upon this brewery while visiting Cooperstown. The people were really nice and they had a good selection of beer spreads and really good cheeses. The three philosphers is their ale mixed with an imported belgian lambic. Cherry, plum. I enjoyed the beer and even brought a few bottle home.

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