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RATINGS: 2569   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
nchoward (24) - Iowa, USA - SEP 30, 2004
This is a dark amber blend of strong ale and a Belgian Cherry lambic. You can note a little coffee or chocolate in the nose and the taste, but the whole drink is overpowered by the cherry. If you like fruity drinks, this is for you. If you like the caramel and dark flavors of a stong ale, avoid this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 29, 2004
If Dorthy lost her ruby slippers she might mistake the spakle from this beer as a hint to their whereabouts. Huge thick head follows as the aroma of cherry candy floats up from the glass. Medium to heavey mouthfeel with bitter/sweet finish. Flavors of cherry, yeast, malt, and a bitter quality like cherry stones. Not bad though maybe it needs some time to mellow out and come together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - SEP 25, 2004
This is one of the better offerings from Ommegang. The problem with all of their brews is that they have to much yeast and alcahol bite. There's really not much complexity to this. I had a St. Bernardus 12 earlier today and it absolutely blew this away. Maybe I'm not in a great mood, but Ommegang has to be one of the most overrated breweries ever. Thisbeer really does suck

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2004 bottle; color of CocaCola, but a firm, finely-bubbled tan head; estery, ethanol nose; flavor of alcohol is almost overpowering anything else, but warm into a malty,raisin twinged brew. Very dry finish. I had expected more in the yeast, complex flavors and lambic, but don’t really taste it. Big beer, no doubt... maybe too big to leave much intersting behind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2003 bottle Redish Bruin color, I got the second glass from the bottle and it was yeasty, head faded fast, unimpressive lace. Estery, cherries and figs malt nose. Cherries are dominant. Cherries and malt. I don’t detect any Brett. or lambic-type funk, just an overbearing cherry sweetness. Cloying. I’d rather try this w/o the Lindemans cherry syrup in it. Couldn’t finish my glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2003 bottling. A mahogany/red color, hazy, and effervescent with orange highlights. The head is a papyrus color with medium retention. Aroma is of dark fruits, esters, alcohol and cherries. Flavor is of caramel, toffee, with some tartness and a mild hop at the finish. The palate is medium bodied and effervescent, with a sweet start tart middle and a metallic finish. IMHO: an interesting interpretation of a quad and I like the addition of a the lambic, but knock my socks off it did not.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
2004 Vintage: Good Brown Coloring: Good Head. Definitly Some Warming From the Alcoholl. Malt, Bread Dough, Thick Going Down..and a Bit Dry and the End. Can Taste a Hint of the Kreik in the Very Beginning...a Little Cherry Flavor. Overall Not a Bad Brew, But Prefer the Ommegang by Itself...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
Bottled 2004 Vintage; Tasted September 19, 2004: Solid mahogany color with a medium sized head. Nose of alcohol and bread. The taste was more of the same with a good dose of malt thrown in. I really couldn’t find the cherry taste. Good, but not what I was hoping for.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2004
I really wanted my 100th rating to be something special and given the ratings on this It got my initial vote,until I tatsed this crap again. Had the 2004 fresh and thought it sucked.Now that it is around 8-9 mos old it still sucks. The best part was the look. Poured a beautiful hazy light brown. Beyond that everything about this beer is just so wrong. Mixing and ok lambic with a 2nd rate Belgian(and thats giving them credit) is not a good mix. Bad malty/dry caramally with dry cheap cherries is not a way to score. It was a fucking chore to finish this. I kept looking at it about halfway thru thinking,UUUGH,how much of this crap is left. For the same $ I coulda had 4 pints of Zhiguly Strong and a bag of chips. NEVER again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 18, 2004
My parents got this for me at premier. This is a wonderfully complex beer. IT was almost opaque reddish brown with a quickly dissipating white head. The flavour is initially brown sugar and yeast. There are hints of plums and the finish is fantastic with cherry and coacoa powder notes.

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