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RATINGS: 2523   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, 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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3.8
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 18, 2006
Happy Day after St. Patty’s Day! After finishing up at the Smokehouse last night, we meandered over to the Winking Lizard. This was my fourth brew of St. Patty’s Day. Interesting nose of fruit & berries, cherry & wheat, and after maturation and breathing for a bit, a heavy toffee presence was easily detected. The brew pours with a nice stout-ish cascade that blooms into a tall frothy tan head with excellent retention and good lace. The brew is a cloudy dark ruby. The flavor has such nice depth and balance that the high ABV is totally incognito. The flavor is again somewhat different for the style probably because of the infusion of lambic that provides a noticeable tang at the finish. The medium body is creamy and lively yet feels dry at the finish.

3.3
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 16, 2006
this one threw me for a loop. I’m thinking you konw some big cherry flavors and nose. reminisent of a great belgian. na, not really. more of a malty , dark fruit deal going on here, some tobacco and wood laden fluids. not really a fruit beer that i thought it would be. however, good in its own right with little to no alcohol burn.

3.7
chicagobears (474) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2006
2005 bottle. Dark burgandy with beige head and lively bubble. Brewed with Kriek, but is not as detectable as I thought it would be. This tastes of sugar coated plums, chocolate, and smokiness. At 10% alc., t is hardly noticable. This isn’t overly complex but it hold a robust flavor.

4
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
2005 vintage. This beer offers a sweet yet sour aroma of malt, caramel, vanilla, and toffee. It is a mahogany colored solution that resides under a decent sized opaque head and has good lacing. This moderately thick bodied beer has a bitter sweet taste. The flavors of yeast, malt, caramel, and fruit can be detected. The mouth is left a little dry from the alcohol.

4.1
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2006 this is a very good beer definetly buy an older bottle if you can and drink not too cold for full enjoyment. nice head, dark color. lambic noticeable after a few sips, frothy very nice beer.

3.7
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.

3.5
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.

4
beerbomb (228) - 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

4
hayduke (5571) - 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.

3.9
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.


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