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RATINGS: 2498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Rocky, tan head. Slowly diminishing head. Furious carbonation. Cherry, yeasty aroma. Dark amber color. More quad character than lambic. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Nice deep dark hue. The taste is full of spices and a bit of licorice/cherry. The beer finishes very smoothly. Excellent beer -- as are all of Ommegang’s beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
guzzlemuppet (2) - new mexico desert, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004 does not count
Was so excited about this one, it seemed like such a good idea. mahogany colour, poured to chimay glass. nose was pure abbey/belgian malt/yeast. bit darker than I thought it would be. cherry came through in the palate...and then the disapointment hit. the two flavours just dont blend. I think the brewery did the best they could with it, although ommegang is not my favorite, but I really would prefer to drink a kriek lambic and then have a quad. they just sat side by side on the palate - no interaction, no romance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Probably one of the best quads I’ve had. The cherry to me was in the background and not at all intrusive. Have to agree with other raters that the carbonation needs to be toned down a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Slightly watery. Good color. Nose is also watery. Far too carbonated. Tastes more like a dark belgian strong than a quad. Nose and flavour equall each other in qualities. Bourbon and vanilla. However carbonation kills it. G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Brewed 2004: Good thick brown red color body with a nothing much of a head. Aroma is a decent earthy smell with a hint of, you guessed it, cherry. The balance is very nice on this. The Belgian strong portion gives this a good full bodied malt flavor with a strong yeast presence. Then you get the bit of the lambic bitter sweetness. A wonderful combination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Pours a brownish red in color, with a krieklike pinkish head. Aroma is a tad sour, almost guezish; a slight fruity, cherry, almondy ale smell. Tastes sweet with a hoppy undertone, lots of cherries and citrus flavors involved. A light finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle 2004: Pours deep ruby/brown in color with and off white head that doesn’t last. Aroma has cherries, malt, yeast, raisins and plum. It does have a nice dry taste, but its flavors didn’t really impress. This beer was sweet with notes of dark fruit, spices, licorice, cherry, malts, and some alcohol presence. Had a great palate and excellent carbonation. To be fair, I had a new bottle of beer and I think this beer might improve markedly with age. With cellar and re-rate later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9553) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
cherry colour, good lacing. Like a good wine in appearance. Good yeast aroma. Bit of plum- more action in sediment at end. It is undeniably fresh yet found it bland. Thank you IPFreely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
Pours a deep amber with a frothy off-white head. Very malty aroma with only a hint of cherries. Flavor is somehwat dry and bitter with only a hint at cherries, but it marries well with the abt style brew.

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