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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
Backlog. Sweet with loads of fruit, apples, cherries and a hint of chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
flying_pig (913) - SCOTLAND - MAR 4, 2014
355ml Bottle from BeersOfEurope.co.uk (£5.39):
Sweet with a solid fruity aroma that is dominated by cherries yet doesn’t overpower the senses. There is some spice with lots of darker, ripe fruits. Dates and some figs feature and there is plenty of sugary sweetness & the alcohol is very well hidden too.
Amber with brownish red tinges throughout the body and topped with a decent sized, foamy beige head that is nice considering the abv. but sadly is doesn’t hold all that well, turning to a single patch in the centre of the surface after a little under a minute.
Sweet with the lambic style cherries & some spice, a little sugar and various other sweet fruits and malts plus a touch of yeast. The alcohol comes through a little stronger here but again it doesn’t overpower or spoil the taste.
Sweet & very well balanced with the alcohol hidden quite well, coming through just enough to give the beer a nice feel to it. The finish is dry but not overly whilst carbonation is good and the beer is smooth, creamy and frighteningly easy to drink.

Very nice beer that starts off excellent and seems to get better and better after it’s had a little time to settle and open up. It’s smooth, well balanced and bursting with flavour. An incredible beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickel (243) - - FEB 28, 2014
After Avere Reverand (my first meeting with quadrupel) I expected this beer to be one of the best beers ever. And it was like this, indeed. Anyway, Reverand remains quadrupel etalon for me. Kind of first love never-2-forget.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BlackHaddock (3515) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
Finally got my hands on a bottle of this on 31st Jan 2014: had to share it though. Someone very kind (unknown) had brought it to a bottle exchange in De Bierboom, lucky me (I had two medium sized samples, which came to about half a pint). Loved it. Deep amber with a slight haze (been poured a few times before I grabbed it), tanned head on both my pours. Malty molasses hit the nose and taste buds straight away, this is a true malty brew, but there is so much more to it than just a heavy hand of maltiness. Dark berries, chocolate and cherry hints are easy to find in the mouth, some people will pick up other notes with the flavours but my taste buds were aching from all the wonderful beers I was gorging on during the bottle swap and I most likely missed a few subtle esters and tastes. I need a bottle all to myself!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GIJOE (600) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bright yellowish-golden beer with a thick, foamy white head. Nose is like spunky apple cider with a hint of must. Taste is mildly sweet. Medium body. Lively carbonation. Very tasty and refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sinfull (796) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Deep chestnut color , nice beige head with good lacing. Rich aroma of malt, dark fruits , cherry and chocolate. Taste is malty with notes of fruits , belgian yeasts , chocolate. Full body , medium carbonation. Light cherry notes in aftertaste. Great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScottWallace82 (64) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - FEB 13, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014 Bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium to dark brown color with a light tan head. Smells of cherry, malt, and fruity esters. Thick, pleasent mouthfeel. Tastes of cherries, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits. Excellent balance between the yeast, the malt, and the alcohol. Amazing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
devman171 (912) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2014 Bottle pours murky brown with low head. Aroma is dark fruits and alcohol, taste is similar , pairs well with chocolate pudding

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (338) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
.75cL bottle poured into a goblet. Right off the bat, there’s a very sweet aroma, mostly manifesting itself as cherry, raisin, and cranberry. As it mellows, the cranberry aroma becomes the most prevalent, the cherry takes a back row seat, and the raisin disappears. There’s also a doughiness that pops up while there’s still a big fluffy head, but when the head disappear, so does the doughiness. There’s also some trace notes of banana, vanilla, caramel apple, candy corn, and cinnamon on the nose. I even thought I picked up some metal / dirty penny smells. The hazy amber / copper beer is topped by a fluffy white head that recedes slowly. It leaves a decent amount of cloudy head that laces the glass in abundance ... but it’s a runny lace that doesn’t stick.It’s a medium to medium-high amount of sweetness, but not overwhelming by any means. More of a fruity sweet than a sugar sweet - although there’s definitely some sugar present. There’s a light bitterness towards the finish with a subtle, fruity tartness. This complex, full bodied beer has lots of fizzy carbonation in the mouth which lends itself to a smooth, sticky, and relatively thin texture (for the style at least). The tongue is greeted initially by roasted nutty and dark cherry combined with cranberry. There also seems to be some chocolate in there, and some hints of cinnamon from time to time. It finishes with a mellow burnt bitterness, but this fades and quickly turns to a sweet canned cranberry taste. I say canned cranberry only because there’s a slight metal taste; it’s well hidden, but just enough to be noticeable. A nice, mild alcohol warming comes through late - it doesn’t last long enough to be called the aftertaste, but it appears after I set the glass down. The aftertaste is that of a cran-apple-like juice with some fig and/or raisin notes. I definitely gave this one some extra points on aroma, taste, and palate simply due to the complexity - took me awhile to really fell confident that I knew what was going on with this one, and definitely in a curious way ... I think I just figured out the philosopher part of this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VoodooBear (46) - San Juan, PUERTO RICO - FEB 8, 2014
Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle served in an oversized wine glass. Appearance: It has a dark, deep amber color and develops a tan, one finger head. Eventually it dissolves into a ring that sticks around. The lacing is incredible, it covers the whole glass and slowly drips down. Smell: A sweet malt scent dominates, complemented by a strong ripe fruit note. There’s also an alcohol sting in the background. Taste: Basically a mirror image of the nose. A strong and sweet malt taste dominates, and is accompanied by ripe fruit and cranberry notes. Mouthfeel: It’s creamy and smooth, very drinkable. It finishes dry and despite the sweetness it is not cloying whatsoever. Overall: An amazing beer, with a lot of sweetness from the malt and fruit notes, but so well balanced that it’s not cloying. Despite the high ABV and the fact that it is a bit strong, it’s surprisingly easy to drink.

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