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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Ommegang is a great belgian house - this partcular version has real "blood" taste - iron oxide like. Nice color (blood red?) - wonderfully rich - the candi sugar is really muted and the cherry lambic is well-blended. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lowner (19) - astoria, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Three words to describe this; Belgium, chocolate, and cherries. Absolutely wonderful stuff. I was wayyyyy suprised considering I am from upstate NY and while Ommegang's other products are good, their not great. Long live the 3 philosophers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Again, props to Slikwily for this one! Coppery brown with orange and reddish highlights under a lasting tannish head. Caramel malts, bananas, and and raisins are the most notable aromas at first. A moderate buttery aroma (diacetyl) appears as it warms slightly, as well as a lightly bready yeasty aroma and toasted malt and alcohol. Malty flavors and bananas start out the flavor as it does in the aroma. Good think I like bananas! Then a vinous raisin character with the same toasted malt notes as in the aroma. The buttery flavors don't seem to be as predominant in the flavor as in the aroma, but it's there in just a hint. A slightly solventy alcohol flavor creeps into the finish of this very well balanced beer. Aftertaste is of raisins and toasted malt. Medium bodied with surprisingly moderate carbonation for a Belgian ale. There is a slight astringency that I'm not terribly keen on, but it seems to be one of the few flaws this beer has. Alcohol is warming and adds nicely to the complexity. This is a bitter sweet beer for me. Sweet because I like and have gotten the chance to taste it. Bitter because it will probably not be available for very long!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - DEC 25, 2003
Holy-moly. Heavy sweet malt body laced with dark fruits like figs and raisins. A sweeter ending than I normally enjoy but that didn't matter - this is a very successfully balanced beer. Lovely, attractive red-brown color. Complex and just delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Dark garnet. The dark beige head rises to magnificent heights and then subsides abruptly. Nose is black cherries, raisons and alcohol. Taste is dark fruits and port wine, with a hint of black cherry soda.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Deep and dark red in color. Smooth tasting beer. Tan head. Strong ale. Very pleasant. Very good. Mix of alcohol and fruity flavors, including raisins, and some dried fruit. Good beer to lay away for a few years. Would really be good aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Nice raosted malt with fruit tones. Medium red amber with a little layer of a head. Malty figs taste, smoked in the middle, alcohol comes slightly through. Kicks on the tip of the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Aroma remins me of cherry cough drops with zinc added - weird. Color is reddish-brown. Flavor is slihtly sweet/tart up front with an overly hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is ok. I don't like the hop character of this mixed with the cherry flavors - seems off. Had this one at the Southern Ratebeer Gathering in Austin, TX on December 6, 2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3115) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2003
This was an really interesting beer. Started off too cold so I let it sit around for a while before tasting it to let it warm up. When cold, it's a bit thin and bitter, but when it warmed up, it became much more complex. Nicely spicy/yeasty and a really full cherry nose. Tartness from the kriek lambic it was mixed with was mild and only came through when warmed to the point where it should have been served. Easily drinkable and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1021) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
strong brew, could tell a little bit - not too good in masking alcohol. a little thin, yeasty, dark tart cherries over a bit of smooth caramel chocolate. a little sweet. it's subtle. i enjoyed it. a bit of a gimmick though, egh that's my opinion.

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