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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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Three Philosophers is a Quadruple by style, which is a very strong, malty, rich, flavorful beer style, that was invented by Trappist monks. What makes Three Philosophers unique for a Quadruple, is the fact that this beer is blended with a portion of Lindermans Kriek an imported Belgian Lambic beer, that is conditioned with cherries. So what you have is a very strong, very malty, complex beer, that is made even more special with the addition of some kriek. Marketed in beautiful caged and corked 750ml brown bottles, Three Philosophers retails for $7 a bottle, and is a beer that should not be missed by any beer lover. Three Philosophers pours to a beautiful, deep ruby red color, with a thick and creamy head and a lively amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fantastic with heavy aromas of sweet malt, paired with spicy yeast notes, and peppery alcohol. The palate is firm and hefty on the tongue with big sweet/candy malt flavors, paired with a touch of sweet/sour cherry flavors. This cherry character works very well with the sweet malts, and along with the carbonation, balances out the malt sweetness, that alone might be a bit cloying. Three Philosophers finishes with more malt and cherry character, then ends with a spicy/earthy yeast flavor, and alcohol heat that lingers on the tongue. This is a very, very impressive beer. Coming in at 9.8% abv, it packs a real punch and should be enjoyed in a wide mouth chalice or goblet to really enjoy the complexity of this beer. Sip and savor this one as an after dinner drink, or a nightcap to go with a good movie or book. This beer is fantastic young, and this beer will only develop and become more complex with a few years of age on it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2006
12oz. Dark mahogany with a very thick 1 inch almost almond color head, very complex like all Quadrupels are, it had a good sweetness and maltiness to it and slightly roasty I really didnt taste the cherry lambic in it, but that probably added to the sweetness, nice to switch up to something like this once in a while.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2006
2005 vintage, 750mL bottle. Murky red brown with orange tinges. Large tan head. Tannic cherries, estery spiciness, and a phenolic plastic twinge in the aroma. Tangy carmelized malt flavors, followed by biscuit and raisin. Slightly oxidized, vinous notes in the finish with a slight tartness. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, becomes dry in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
750 ml bottle Pours a cloudy dark amber brown with a good fizzy light brown head. Very good lacing on the glass, head diminshed in average time. Aroma is of carmel and cherries. Taste has good carbonation. The sweetness blended nicely. It doesnt overpower the beer. Has an astringent aftertaste, but a short finish. Has a sherry wine like flavor. The correct glass will help you appriciate this one. I got it in a gift pack that came with it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2006
this was quite a beer....a nice brownish burgundy appearance with small, thick off-white head...aroma of malts, cherries, nuts, wood, alcohol, and raison...flavor is very nutty, with notes of chocolate, toffee, leather, wood, cherry, and somewhat tart....nice palate, and a great beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nejhleader (1475) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
2005 bottle. Slightly cherry taste mixed with a kinda of sweet roast. body is good, a bit thick. Gives a dry aftertaste. Overall a really good brew, not sure if its worth the money though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2006
Superb. A Deep-brown/ruby color in the glass, pours almost still. Initial slight sweet cherry flavor which holds up well until the complicated sour/bitter finish with apparent alcohol. The lambic character doesnt dominate as much as I expected. A nice bottle to split with someone on a cold night.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4096) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pour is a dark brown with some red in there when held up to the light. Aroma is of cherries and some malts. Flavor is a bit tart with notes of wood and malty earthyness. Finishes very bitter and the alcohol leaves a warming sensation as it goes down. Overall this this satisfies on a cold winter night but i was looking for more of a mustyness and a little less of the tartness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ezra456 (39) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 14, 2006
poured a rich burgundy color with a thick head that dissipated quckly. little lacing. nose consisted of wood, roasted almonds, earthy undertones. palate consisted of raisens, ripe plums, and a hint of caramel. very nice job. i prefered to drink this around the 60-65 degree mark. nice for a relaxed drink during a cold winter night.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - JAN 13, 2006
poura a slightly transparpent brownish color, with a nice head. alcohol flavor a apparent at first, but goes away after a few sips. some savory plum flavors and sweet malts. makes you feel nice a warm inside. good stuff.


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