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RATINGS: 2605   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (4066) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 4, 2006
Bottle - 750ml. Dark brown cloudy body topped with an average brown frothy head. Enjoyable malty aroma with plummy, yeasty and spicy hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Taste is robust and complex. It has a vineous texture and carries many fruity (raisin, dark cherries, plum) and yeasty hints as well. Ends with a long warming finish. Very good choice for my 800th rating.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ghawener (1579) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JUN 3, 2006
Bottle: Could compete with any Blegian brew; complex body with spices (cloves, nutmeg, fruits) all well balanced with a present but not overwhelming alcohol presence.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (20029) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2006
Vintage 2005, corked bottle
Dark color; huge and compact head. Malt aroma, with light noble vanilla notes and very light spices. A light hop note. Subtle.
Round taste, correct soft malt, a lot of caramel (getting more bitter at the end), warming. At the end there is also a presence of roasted malt, roasted nuts and liquorice.
A very good example of Strong Belgian Ale, malty enough, with some interesting hints, and every element is well blended together.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 This is a wonderful Belgian style. A deep brown reddish color with a medium head. Super sticky lacing. A nice malty taste with a big Belgian spice mixed in. I liked it alot.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 1, 2006
This was an outstanding Belgian with an aroma that was sweet and wine-like. Nice dark brown-red color and a head that was appreciable. Head lasted throughout the drink with great lacing (can still see it at the top of the glass). The alcohol was noticeable in the flavor but blended right in. Flavor was sweet, to dry, and finished with a slight bitterness to keep the drink sharp. A great American version of outstanding Belgian brewing. Two thumbs up.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (3009) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
Bu au Mondial de la Bire 06. Belle brune, mini collet. Arome un peu pic et caramel trs plaisant. Got dpice rchaufant. Trs bon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Massive frothy tan head on a deep mahogany pour. Fruity, spicy aroma with notes of sweet caramel. Light carbonation complements a medium body. Notable flavor of cherries, but htere are some other fruit flavors of raisins, and even apple. On the sweet side, I can taste some molasses and some earthy flavors. There are some light bitter hops in the finish, but there is more of a sweet/sour character at the end. Very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheArcher (2) - Flowery Branch, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2006 does not count
750ml from 2005. Has a very deep red color with a very thin head. Slightly fruity taste with a malty aftertaste. Very good and worth a try. Strong alcohol presence in first glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redbarista (40) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Very nice reddish body in first glass; less cloudy than most from Ommegang. Good nose. Good flavor with cherries present throughout and in aftertaste. Alcohol noticeable but not overbearing, with a nice warm afterglow.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (1172) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2006
750 mL bottle from 2005. Pours a deep ruby red with a thin off-white head. I can see bits of cherry at the bottom of the glass. Nose is of malts, cherries, and alcohol. A real unique combination of flavor - the candy-like quadrupel with tart cherries and pretty noticeable warming alcohol. Cherry aftertaste lingers.


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