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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3160) - 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 (1030) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2003
2003 edition: Nice dark brown colour, light brown head. Taste is initially malty, but the cherry flavours sneak up on you. Bitter, dry finish. Good stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 Deep red-brown color with a tan head. Aroma of a big Belgian with a slight fermented cherry note. Slightly sharp flavor with a mix of alcohol, cherry, raisin, and mixed dry fruit. In many ways, has the character of a St Bernardus 12, or Rochfort 10, or several other of the big Belgian strong ales. I will be cellaring several of these and I look forward to future tastings. YUM

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2003
2003 bottle: hazy brown, beige head. nice aroma with jelly candy, liquorice, icing sugar, yeast, dark bread and cherry. big chewy malt up front leading to complex toffee and yeasty notes. finishes with a bit of alcohol and bitterness. very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2004 2003 bottle. A masterwork. Pours clear deep red with thick head. Malty aroma, and malty flavor with distinct cherry and chocolate base. Alcohol is noticeable, but in the background. Aroma upgraded on March 15, 2004

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
Absolutely excellent--a beautiful fruity ale. Deep red color with a bit of head. rich and warming. There is alcohol there but a vital cherry undercurrent, port-like grape flavors, and that wealth of malt. Frothy, foam palate. A hint of bitterness is there in the end, but as JoeT said at the time, it's a lesson in finding phenols. (Sampled at Southern Ratebeer Gathering, Austin, TX, December 6, 2003)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2003
Slightly hazy auburn beneath a light foamy tan head. The nose is alcohol with fruity red licorice. Candyish, peppered with fruit - maltily sweet. The body is really quite sweet, yet manageable, cherry notes behind a solid malt backbone. Warming alcohol with a touch of yeast that finishes the beer. Complex, manageable, sweet ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Bottle, consumed at the point where my handwriting is getting quite sloppy. Amber, big head. Deliciously sweet, a cornucoupia (yes, I wrote that while drunk) of fruit! Nice. Prominent tangerines, peaches, a bit of grape. Some hints of alcohol, and sourness that add to the deliciousness (I must have been really inspired). ..nice. (That's two "nices") A little tobacco, but it's not crappy like a normal tobaccoish beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2003
I like the sour fruityness. Very little head (probably because of the high ABV) but pours a dark cola. Mostly fruit and bready tastes.

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