maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 2/10/06. Hazy brown color with a thin light brown head. Sweet molassas aroma. Flavor of sweet molassas with hints of fruit. 8/4/8/3/16 GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2006
2011 Bottle on 02/06/2011.
Mostly clear dark brown body with a small creamy tan head.
Sweet fruit, spice, and malty aroma.
Sweet fruit, toffee, spice and caramel flavor.
Medium body with moderately high carbonation. 7/4/8/4/15
Pours a dark cherry red with a thin light brown head. Strong aroma of yeasty banana and malts. Lively body with a strong fruity finish. RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Aroma is fruity, floral, with a little vanilla and what I can only describe as banana nut bread. Reddish brown, decent head. Strong alocohol taste up front, nutty and yeasty, strong malts, complex with a fruity side, spicy finish. The palate was rather dry and felt too thin for a beer of this strength. Overall, interesting as hell, and I can tell it’s a well-crafted beer, but it’s not my thing. Holdwine (1237) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Wow, a big and powerful beer. Cherries are there, but playfully hiding behind a sweet maltiness and yeast character. Pours dark ruby brown with a hint of red. Infused with a rush of pepper, this beer has it all, if you go looking. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2006
My birthday beer. I went to the store and figured I hadn’t tried a Abt/Quadrupel yet so I got myself a Three Philosophers for my birthday present to myself. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a billowing white head. Aroma is fruity with cherries, and oranges most prevelent and also a nice chocolate and hop note. Taste is very full and spicy a hint of cherries, caramel, hops, and quite sweet. Palate is dry and sweet. A very nice brew I’d but it again in a heart beat. Enjoyed at cellar tempurature
cjv85vmax (10) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 1, 2006
I am really enjoying this beer alot. It was a B-Day present which makes it even better. Smells of fruit, currants and alcohol. Tastes of raisons, currents and passion fruits. Very nice mouthfeel and beautiful head that laces wonderfully. A nice ruby dark brown color that I enjoy greatly. A very nice beer indeed. dwyerpg (6402) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2006
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 A nice brown heady appearance. Cetianly heavy, and while present in the aroma, the alcohol is quite evident. Has some caramel, but I don’t notice the cherries. Alcohol prescence is too strong.
Second rating 3.9 The cherries are definitely present this time, from the aroma to the finsh. Mostly a pretty good beer. sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Pours a beautiful dark brown with a touch of red (must be the cherries) and forms a thin but lasting head. Aroma is spicy black cherry with an old spice belgian yeast character. Sweet malty licorice, cherry, rum raisin estery fruits on the tongue followed by a well balanced peppery spice and dry woody finish. Fizzy and a very pleasant and medium to full in the mouth. Brewery Ommegang has conjured up some Belgian Monk Magic in this brew. Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2006
2005 bottle. Deep reddish brown. The hint of cherry alludes to a flavor that includes a subtle cherry tone. It is almost as if someone mixed in a small amount of New Glarus Belgian Red. The first impression is of active carbonation, cherry and dryness. The balance of flavors does not overwhelm. Overall, a nice experience that I would drink again, but not very often. TheBeerLover (1027) - 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 Linderman’s 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.