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RATINGS: 2579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Three Philosophers is a unique blend of a Belgian-style dark ale and Liefmans Kriek, an authentic cherry ale from Belgium. Cherry chestnut in color, its opaque but not cloudy with full carbonation topped by a smooth, tan head. Flavors and aromas of roasted malt, molasses and brown sugar, dark fruits, brandied raisins and chocolate, Three Philosophers has notable sweetness with low hop bitterness. The mid-palate shows a soft malt center which gives way to a dry, warm, wine-like finish.

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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
calinative68 (4) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
This was my first Ommegang attempt, all I have to say is Whoa! Great beer, I highly recommend..... Have to agree with herzon; caramel, cherry, chocolate.....

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2006
Light aroma: muted caramel, touch of cherry and a touch of chocolate. Decent, but very light. Bright ruby-red with a creamy, off-white head that lasts. Flat flavors of caramel with a touch of cherries and minerals in the finish. Sort of stale tasting. Lively mouthfeel, fairly high carbonation with a lighter body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Bottle. Pours a cloudy cider brown with a very small, quickly dissipating white head. Initial aroma very sweet; condensed milk, pear, slightly funky raisins. Flavor is very sweet. Red apples, pears, blueberry, fig, date; but there is a slight bitterness in the back ground...like apple skin, or dry lemon zest. After taste is where the light bitterness becomes more assertive: Granny Smith apple skin, hazelnut (?). Feels a bit thick in the back of the throat afterward, with the mouth feels clean. Decent body, feels heavy in the glass, but not as creamy other Belgian Triple and Quadrupels Ive had before. Distinct lack of that rotten fruit kick many Belgian Abbey style beers have gives this one a distinct drinkability others lack. Like drinking an orchard. Yum.

3.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2006
Ruby, red/orange pour with a powdered sugar, cherry vanilla aroma. Smooth body with a very simple, if not unfortunate weak cherry flavor. The first sip had some metallic, mineral quality to it, but that was the only interesting part of the body. The finish wasnt complex, but there was a slight, sour yeast note on bottom. Id like to try this again at some point because I had high hopes for it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Very good strong ale. The cherry taste and aroma is very good,but not over-done. quite enjoyable with the high alcohol content pretty well hidden. Another reason to go to Cooperstown

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malakin (470) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 13, 2006
Clear very dark brown with a fluffy light tan head. Rich malty spicy cherry flavour with a lively mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2007 Originally sampled at the 4th Boulder Strong Ale Fest. Resampled from bottle more than a year later. Original rating was 6.4.5.3.11.<P> Beer is clear, medium warm-brown. Head is initally small, off-white, frothy. Diminishes quickly into a ring.<P> Malty with light-to-moderate note of toasted grain, light cookie; Hoppy with moderate notes of herb; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Trace miscellaneous notes of dried currents and stonefruit, cherry, oak.<P> The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a longer-than-average, lightly sweet, lightly acidic/tangy, slightly warm finish.<P> The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P> Appreciate it more this time around than the first, but it still isnt a show-stopper.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2006
From 750mL Bottle, 2005 Vintage. Slightly hazy, cherry brown pour with a tall, creamy tan head. Earthy, vinous aromas of caramel, black cherry liquore, raisins, and a pleasant yeasty cinnimon spice. Some fig notes as well. Leathery bouquet with a bit of a musty smell, along with some rochefort cheese. Thick, syrupy texture with some hints of brandy. Initial mouthfeel is of a finely balanced port, but that gives way to cheap brandy after the nice dark fruits give way. Alcohol is a bit too hot on the finish. Final smack of frangelico, plums, and mild green pepper. Nice and complex overall, but the alcohol is a bit stinging, and could stand to be softened up a little.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2006
12 oz bottle. Copper-pink. Kicks up a big woody head that recedes to bubbles and lacing. Smell is yeast at first and then earthy cherries. A little watery, a little sour, some scotchy alcohol. Cherry sneaks around in the back but never steps up.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
Pours a hazy glowing brown with a strange offwhite/brown head. Smells of sweet caramel. Tastes like dark fruits which apparently are cherries, very smooth, sweet bite at end. Quite enjoyable. Be careful with this one though, it is to be slow sipped, hit me hard with the weight and warmth of the alcohol.


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