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RATINGS: 2557   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2004
Nice brew. Really enjoyed the maltiness, and some hints of the kriek. Some pleasant yeastiness and great mouth-feel. This stuff is delicious and dangerous because it hides its alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Huge head who’s color most reminds me of french vanilla ice cream. Body is dark brown at the top and slightly red at the bottom of my Chimay glass. Aroma is sweet and bready with apples, nutmeg and pepper. The taste is fairly dry. It is like dried apples that have a ton of cinnamon poured on top of them. Also has notes of anise. I had trouble pulling out the cherry notes from the kriek. A little drier than the other quads I have tried. Still, this is solid and think it would be even better with some aging to mellow out the spiciness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2004
8/4/04: Bottle.
Garnet-brown body with a thick, clingy, malted-tan head. Small lace spots. Yeasty nose with a little fruit. Roasted malt flavor, hard raisin, touch of licorice with hints of black cherry. Tart, dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance: dark plum to eggplant in color, with visible "floaties" swimming about, a bit lighter near the bottom and around the sides, so far a very good approximation of the trappist abbey dubbel look, with a small, dunnish head, settling swiftly into a negligible collar. Aroma: sheer intoxication, the first sniff brings such myriad complex flavors that I have to reel back from it...rustic, raisins, cured meats?, dark spices and fruits, soft leather, moss...deep, dank, and transendently indulgent..oh, goodness, oh, WOW!...so much going on here, that’s it’s extraordinarily difficult to pretend to be detached or objective, this beer unfolds and envelops me, it knows it has me where I want to be had! ..now, how about a taste of it? Simply amazing! A sweet, treacly dose of fruit (grapes, plums, cherries) welcome hops, and a thick, powerful malt backbone, pulling it all together. Can’t quite taste the "dried apricot in the nose" and "pear on the palate" as noted on the label, at least I can’t claim to have discovered it on my own. I now relax, sit back, sip, savor...full-bodied as can be, long, rich, residing finish...no, "finish" is incorrect, for it never leaves the mouth, and I would never wish it to! A beer so powerful and seductive it consumes every sensory receptor, every inch of the head, all across the brain, down the fingers and toes...I nearly want to "cut & paste" my review of Westveleteren or St. Bernardus, for this experience so closely resembled that which I had with those fine Trappist ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Hazy reddish/orange color with a thin tan head. Slightly musty aroma of cherries, alcohol and toffee. Smooth flavor of cherries, caramel and other sweet malts. The finish is very sweet and reminiscent of cherries and the sweet malts. Very creamy mouthfeel and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (3568) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2004
750mlBottle Pours a hazy dark redish brown with a very nice creamy light tan persistant head. Aroma is old oak, musty, slight cherry and alcohol. Flavors are of caramel, oak and the cherries are just lurking in the background. A bit dry, and the feel is a nice, lively sensation. The aftertaste is of old wood barrels. Very interesting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2386) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2004
High alcohol, Belgian aroma that is sweet and fresh. Dark, red nectar appearance. The deep cloudy red must come from the cherries. Very cloudy and muddy with a small, light tan head. Excellent lace. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a high alcohol presence. Cherries are evident yet masterful in their subtlety and offering a very nice finish. Some caramel notes. Warming. Overall, a little too much caramel, but a quality, enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boto (2065) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 1, 2004
750ml bottle (2003 vintage): The beer pours a dark ruby tinged brown color. There was quite a bit of an off-white, but it subsided quickly. Big nose full of different fruits, with mainly cherries coming through. Also a yeasty breadiness to the nose. Some sweet caramel in there also. The initial taste is tart cherries, with a hint of sweetness also. There is a somewhat chocolate aftertaste that finishes a touch dry. Some spiciness comes through also. Definitely full bodied. A very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottled 2004. Deep, orange touched red, cloudy, sparkling body topped by a huge orange-hued cream head, fluffy and leaving thick lacing. Strong aroma of fruits, clove, cherries, prune, raw yeast, oats, caramel, honey...almost chocolatey hints. Smells very nice, like a rich dopple or even reminiscent of a dopple//oat stout mix. Body is full and dry with lots of velvety, foamy carbonation. Flavor is richly malt-laden, caramel, prunes, cherries with a fairly harsh bitter, acidic, alcoholic middle that finishes with roasted oatmeal, clove, hints of milk chocolate and vanilla. Nice finish. Aging this will fix the middle, which is related to the carbonation which is related to all of the unreacted yeast...give it a year or three! Very nice beer, fairly drinkable, although powerful...complex, enjoyable. Will rerate at a much later date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2004
This beer has a nice rich Ice Tea appearence.Slightly cloudy with little head and a few fizzies.the aroma of this was not very detectable,slight at best.Some malts and sweetness.The flavor is much stronger than the aroma.Full flavors of fruits amd malts blending together nicely.Cliche’ or not,it has that nice Belgian flavor.Nice enough finish.

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