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RATINGS: 2524   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Nice medium thickness tan head that fades slowly. A brown - orange and crimson color. Very slightly bubble gum component in the aroma also woody, musky, malty, and yeasty. Middle of the road belgian abt base flavor, but enhanced very nicely by the lambic addition. In no way overpoweringly lambic like. A slightly more than subtle addition. Nice level of carbonation. Finishes crisp and moderately bitter. Overally, I appreciate the addition of the lambic. It lends an uniqueness to this brew. Otherwise, without the addition, my opinion would be lower.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2468) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2004
Thin head of fine bubbles which lasts the duration of the drink. Wonderful carbonation density. If you blow across the top of the trappist glass some fascinting patterns and textures are created. Back to the beer. Great aroma. Sort of port like. Sweet with dark fruits, caramel and alcohol. Very rich aroma. Color is a dark ruby/brown. Flavor is not as rich as the aroma. Roasted malts, a touch of fruit and some alcohol. Hard to place the flavor. Finish is slightly sour and dry with some wood notes. Must be the lambiec influence. A good beer but the finish might scare some people off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 20, 2004
Ruby red. Malt aromas. complicated flavors of roast malt, cherries and other dark fruits. Slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2004
Deep amber (ruby-red in the light) with a thin, but enduring, light tan head. Fresh, yeasty nose. Smooth and creamy up front; tingly and effervescent toward the finish. Malts had big notes of toasted bread and cooked caramel, and milder notes of fig and raisin. Hops were spicy, bitter and drying. Tart -- almost tannic -- cherries were subdued and in the background, contributing a sharpness to the beer. Glad to find this beer not sweet (just a pinch of sweetness in the background). Some curious woodsy and oaky notes surfaced here and there (especially in a burp at one time). Bitterness seemed to build and linger on the tongue (with some lingering wood notes). Really nice alcohol sensations blended well and gave it a nice edge, as well as more depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Very tasty beer. Hazy amber color with medium head. Flavor of sweet berries, bananas, toffee and a little chocolate. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rauchbier (3700) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2004
Bottle conditioned. Amber brown, thin beige head and moderate condition. Good banana esters and chocolate in the nose, much the same in the mouth but a little louder and joined with some spirity alcohol notes. Long lingering chocolate powder and banana in the finish with a tough of bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 Dark mahogany body. Not much aroma, but, like someone else mentioned, what is there is kinda of like cough syrup. Thick on the palate. Flavors of sweet carmel and a little chocolate. I didn’t really enjoy the lambic presence in this one. I would like to have the same beer sans kriek, for it might be much more enjoyable. re-rate 2004 bottle: Much less medicinal than the first bottle that I had. Still has a slight syrupy flavor, but much more of the Ommegang flavor shows through here. Better than the 2003, but not exactly a showcase beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 17, 2004
This beer tastes like the cherry cough syrup I used to take when I was a kid. It seems as though a lot of people like this beer, but I was grossed out. Looks like cough syrup, tastes like cough syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2004
Very nice ruby red color with a big tan colered head that is retained. Aroma is compelling with the dominant aroma being wine soaked oak. Flavor is very tasty. Lots of of depth, hops on the inital taste with lots of dried fruit, raisins, and a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Wonderful and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2004
I was mildy disappointed in this one. Looked great - deep cherry/mahogany brown, thick looking color. Aroma was malt and alcohol. Taste - I was expecting a lot more in this department - I got chocolate, coffee (minus the roast), toffee/caramel, and a very little sweetness at the end (THAT was the kriek??? - that's all???). Every swallow ended with a thin layer of alcohol. Based on how much I like their other beers, I'd be willing to age another bottle for about a year and give it another try.

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