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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3667) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2004
2003 -- Dark red with a persistent tan foam ring around the edge of the glass. Dark sugar fumes in the nose. There is a sour/sweet mix in this beer with lots of dark sugars but with berry, currant and a musty cherry note. Interesting combination. I wonder what it tasted like before the lambic was added.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Extreme Beer Fest '04: Dark brown with thick head and a sweet malt aroma. It was an excellent dark Belgian with a warming malt taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 18, 2004
750 ml; corked [2003 version: ale with Cherry-Lambic added]: pours dark burnt orange mahogany with a thick creamy light brown head that persists with help from the etched Chimay glass. A deep maltiness clings to the tongue, with plenty of thick, juicy fruits: plums, prunes, pears, and ripe bananas. Before a sweet finish there is a significant dry bitterness with some interesting caramel, anise, and chocolate notes. . . here is where the alcohol is the strongest and most overwhelming. The sweet finish has caramelized brown sugar, toffee and red apples. A very solid beer, that could only mellow out and be better with a bit of age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5455) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Brewed in 2003. A gift from Mike at Bon Vivant. Thanks Mike! Pours a deep ruby with splashes of brown. Medium tan, seemingly everlasting, head. Nose is sweet. Malt, fruit, some sugar tones, and spice. There is definite alcohol notes during the taste and finish. The tongue is also met with a dry fruit taste, spice, some earthiness and a little tartness. There is a dry feel on the palate at points as well. This is pretty good. Like a Beglian Strong with a Cherry Lambic mixed. Seems to have characteristics of both in the taste and palate. Will need to get a few to cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5507) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Poured a hazy brownish red color with a thin tan lace. Aroma of tart cherry and spice. Taste of pepper, caramel, cherries and some yeast as well. Reminds me of a candy apple.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Surprisingly dark in the glass and rather toffeeish to smell and taste. Massively metallic and if you hadn't told me there were supposed to be cherries in it, I'd not have known. The alcohol burn is overwhelming - truly a misfire from Ommegang in my opinion. Syrupy and rich, but again, the metallic nature of this alcoholic beast leaves much to be desired. Sad that the maker of Rare Vos, which I love so much, has laid such an egg as this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2004
Dark aged, fermented sweet cherries. Rich - like a toffee pudding. Tastes a bit roasted with some cinnamon-type spice. Quite a lot of "iron" essence as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Brown with reddish tint, thick tan head. Sweet aroma with plenty of yeast and banana. Full body, too sweet for my taste, cherry comes out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2004
Beautiful ruby body with tan head. Aroma had touches of fruit and caramel. Great mouthfeel. Thick, syrupy, smooth. Delicious frutiness to the flavor. Excellent drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2004
dark brown medium brown frothy head. Lots of nuts with some alcohol in the nose. Wheaty rich malty nutty taste that finishes with cherry. Full body and very satisfying.

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