RATINGS: 2604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Poured very dark with medium tan head. A sharply sweet aroma. I found lots of plum/raisin and could sense the cherry lambic that was added in. seemed to be quite dopplebock like in flavor overall. Very robust, wish I had bought a second Bottle when I was in Georgia.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Likeburning (149) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2006
A very sweet aroma. One pour had no head, and the second had tons of thivk light tan head. It had a cloudy medium red color. Heavy hints of bold colored fruits, with some yeast finly roasted together. Kind of like a doppelbock/barleywine cross. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbomb (225) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 3, 2006
2005 bottle-Pours with big head, large bubbles-aroma is definitely belgian-like with some fruity background--flavor changes a lot as bottle gets warmer-initially, cold, not a lot of the cherry or alcohol comes out but there is a strong, bold malt overtone with dark fruits--later, the cherry starts to come out with a tart flavor and slightly sharp, bitter palate--overall id say this is definitely well rounded-i liked it a lot more on the warmer side, minus the heavy, short lasting carbonation-the cherry lambic really rounds out the pungent quad malts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (5093) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2006 750 ml Corked bottle. Red Brown with big, long lasting tan head. Nose of cherrys, malt,and a hint of carmel. Big rich taste. Smooth mouthfeel considering the amount of alcohol. A whole bottle of this is powerful, and the alcohol is very obvious. I enjoyed this a lot. This is an update to my earlier rating based on bottle served at a local restaurant. I did not notice a date on the bottle so maybe this one has been around for while. Nose seems even better so I am raising my rating there a point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2016 Pours a medium dark reddish amber color. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, and some spice. Flavors are sour cherries, and some spice. Alcohol really dominates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - MAR 1, 2006
The aroma is a combination of caramel malt and dark cherries with some spice. The color is black with some reddish hues. The head is a creamy tan. Flavor is a mixture of caramel sweetness, cherry and other dark fruits, and chocolate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
A deep, dark red hazy from the yeast. The aroma is dominated by nasty belgian yeasty: bready, with a touch of plum and cherry. The cherry really comes through in the taste. Some chocolate, plum, raisin, even coconut. This was my first high gravity beer about 3 years ago. I hated it then, and I can see why I would. Its a complex and enjoyable brew but still not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2006
750ml corked bottle. Deep brown, thinning to ruby at the edges, with a creamy tan head. Nose of rich dark malt, molasses, various dark fruit, yeast, and tart cherry. Malt focused flavor, slightly sweet, very full and rich, with a nice drying bite in the finish. Incredible balance and just a delight to drink and, well, ponder....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (2433) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2006
From the bottle.

Pours a relatively dark red-brown; the beer offers a nose of cherries, vinegar, vanilla; like cotton candy. Some alcohol comes forth in the aroma too, of course, and the tiniest hint of bitter cocoa flirts on the nose. the flavor is darker, chewier than the aroma suggests, rich with molassas and raisin, winter spice and belgian yeast, like Swedish glog. Cherry liqueur comes on late and is then a reasonably dry woody whiskey finish given the sweetness of the initial flavor. Rather to my initial surprise, the beer lacks anywhere near as much of the sour fruit lambic flavor complex as I had expeceted. The alcohol is highly prominant throughout.

Not a bad beer, but nor is it one that redefines the style for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2006
From bottle. Deep reddish brown with quickly disapaiting tan head. Nose is of dark fruits, plums and cherries. Flavor is of sour cherries with a dry bitter finish. Palate is a little too carbonated.

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