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RATINGS: 2561   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2004
Bottle@Spiesys. I never had a beer like this. Smelt like freshly cut hair, old spice, shaving cream. In other words it smelt like a barber shop, very odd indeed, they were the only aromas i could pick up, didn’t smell like beer at all. Quite sweet, yeasty and creamy, very soft, with none of the 9.8% alcohol showing, some caramel and toffee. Couldn’t get past the barber shop thing, tasted like i was drinking hair that been put into a blender with shaving cream, with a sprinkle of old spice. Yes there was some beeryness about the flavour, but i couldn’t get past how odd this beer was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2004
Bottled. Dark cherry wood coloured body. Old spice aroma (Duff) but not quite as old man-shaving as I think he was saying. Didn’t particularly notice the alcohol which is a plus for a beer of this strength. [London gathering: Spiesy, Duff, chris_o, Marty-D and SilkTork]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2004
Beer #17 at Spiesy’s. Another in our run of strong US-made beers. It’s playing havoc with my tasting capabilities. The alcohol is very evident at all stages in this one. The aroma has a lot of volatile acidity, a bit of licorice and a tang of acetone. The flavours include, treacle toffee, toffee apple and candy sugar. Pretty reasonable, but a bit short of complexity, I thought. And the alcohol burn in the aftertaste became a bit off-putting. Bottled (bottle conditioned).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
otaku (5) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2004 does not count
Aroma: Sweet, yet herbal. Somewhat mysterious. Slightly medicinal. Appearance: Cloudy dark brown, decent head with beautiful sparkling lacing that never seems to fade. Flavor: Pleasantly sweet and malty. Very smooth until the finish when the alcohol sneaks through. Palate: Full, creamy body that tickles the palate wonderfully. Overall: Outstanding brew, very complex. Pairs very well with food. Something I would definately consider cellaring. Highly Recommended!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2004
The beer after releasing its grip on the 750ml corked and wired brown bottle sets in the glass a somewhat hazy mahogany color, the head stupendous in size, spumescent in texture and the color a winsome light tan, the lace after decomposition of the head forms a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose is laced with black cherries, caramel, a hint of musk, clean and crisp, with the start ambrosial, nice malt profile and the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops forceful but not overpowering, very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a great beer from a long time favorite brewery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5528) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Spiesy’s gaff. Bottle conditioned. Another American brewer I’ve been wanting to try - and another sad disappointment. It’s nice, but not the oomph I’d been expecting. The aroma is certainly fully packed, though difficult to pin down. Cherry, paint and, as Duff says, a gentleman’s barber shop aroma. Certainly interesting, if not precisely pleasant. Colour is a murky dark cherry. Aged oak and vintage alcohol. Alcohol dominates over an otherwise fairly decent ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Light fruits, spicy alcohol notes in the aroma, Clear ruby color, barely any head formation. Rich malt flavor, quite spicy, moderate fuitiness. Don’t really get any cherry lambic - it’s not very sour and there aren’t any noteworthy cherry flavors. Alcohol presence is noticeable, warming. Lacks the subtle complexity of a top-tier beer in this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9709) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2004
Had this at HBF from 750 ml bottle. Poured amberish. Aroma of cherries, malt, fruit, peat, spice, candi sugars. Tastes like a Belgian quad with a little cherry in the flavor. Good complexity and nice balance. Well hidden alcohol. It’s a good think the Ommegang booth was one of my first stops at the HBF.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2004
HBF out of a bottle. Nice deep brown with wierd orange highlights in the head. Head lasts and leaves nice lacing. Great complex malty and yeasty flavors with some fruitiness in the aroma and left over in the aftertaste. Raisons and plum left over from some dark belgian malts - probably spec. B. Gives a nice kick at the end. Very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2004
Finally ariived on the desert shores in Arizona. 12 oz bottle. Brown cherry-like color. Sweet caramel aroma. The cherry lambic is quite subdued. A tangy alcohol presence. Somewhat bold, smooth, mellow taste, not overwheming. Aftertaste shines through with a nice fruit flavor on the palate. A hint of dry cherries does come out in the end. A nice beer.

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