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RATINGS: 2534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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, it’s 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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jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2006
750ml corked bottle: Aroma is a nose full of cheries, dark malt, alcohol. pours a dark brown with a fine bubbly head. Flavor is of cheries, caramel malt, rasins, plum, and wood on the back of the tongue. nice mouth coat. can feel the frothiness of the fine bubbles. overy all a very nice beer.

4.1
Eladerman (82) - Newburgh, Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2006
A good Americanized Belgian strong ale or Quadruple. Has hints of dark fruit and a nice caramelized sweetness with a lot of flavor depth in there. It’s not Chimay Blue Grand reserve.. but it is a good brew for an Americanized quad!

3.6
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2006
750ml bottle. 2005 vintage. Ruddy brown color with thick light brown head. Assertive malty caramel nose with a dash of spice. Flavors include dried fruit, caramel, and a strong alcohol accent. Moderate effervescence with a touch of sweetness. Decent beer.

3.6
OKBeer (1175) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 24, 2006
Bottle shared by GiBrew. Red with a creamy diminishing tan head. Cherry, malty, raisin, and orange aroma. Cherry, oaky, woody, raisin, and citrus flavours. Full bodied and smooth.

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Beerdedone (3452) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus at work, he was so messed up he broke his thumb working. Pours a hazy bronze color, with an off-white head. Aroma of alcohol, spices, and citrus. Sweet flavor, carbonated, smooth, citrus, and fruit.

3.5
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2006
75 cl into Duvel tulip, sometime in 2004 (just found my notes). Smells of orange peel, malted milk and burnt sugar cane, all blending together for an appetizing quaff. Hazy orange-brown in the glass, with a huge beige head of fluffy foam; patchy lacing. Tastes sourish; doesn’t have the full creamy maltiness of St. Bernardus or Westy, but does have a nice level of sweetness and a velvety texture. The finish sports a corky woodiness late, which is nice. Medium to full bodied. Solid.

3.9
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2009 2003 750 mL Bottle Flickr(http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Pour of clouded ruddy amber brow, with a touch of haze and a tawny cream head. Aroma of heavy vinous notes, with some pear, rich bread and light phenolic fruit. Flavor very similiar, but with some orange zest and lime peel over a warm fruit concotion of fermented pound cake. Warm, but not unpleasently so. Fairly one dimensional, with a straightforward presentation. More fruit and a touch of port. Distant sourness and like oak. Finishes of silky raisins and cream. Sugary sweet, and it leaves a coating of dryer dark belgian chocolate on the tounge. Towards the end, a flavor develops of apple cider like sourness, with a touch of cork and funky yeasts. Almost as if a lambic quality has developed with time. There’s certainly a factor of age in this particular sample. Tasty and quite drinkable.

4.5
teachgerman (5) - Hickory, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2006 does not count
Great aroma. Nice, smooth, not a bitter smell. Reminds me of fresh baked bread. Nice dark amber color with a light carmel head. Head is dense and holds up well.. The beer is a fairly dark amber, but there is a fine carbination present. The flavor is a good blend of sweet and tart. There is a definite bite when you first taste this beer. I’d have to say this is a full, creamy beer with a nutty aftertaste. I would definitely compare this to a hearty red wine like a merlot. The aftertaste, while nutty, also hints at other earthy tones such as tobacco.

3.9
thornecb (6060) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 20, 2006
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Date, fig and cherry notes. Consistent conglomerate head. Full and fizzy with upfront caramel and a distinct lingering cherry finish.

4.3
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.....


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