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RATINGS: 2539   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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4.2
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
thegreenrooster (4633) - 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
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
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.

3.4
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 11, 2006
2004: Aroma of fresh, tart cherries, sweet malt, some banana, mild horseblanket. Appears a clear red-brown with a small yellow-cream colored head that lasts. Flavor is mildly bitter at the front, horseblanket in the middle, and with an alcoholic hotness in the finish that is a bit overpowering; also, the aftertaste is distinctly nutty and woodsy. Palate is medium-thick and chewy. Overall, this beer is quite a bit less than the sum of its parts. I would have liked it to be a bit sweeter with the alcohol masked a bit better.

3.6
CMUBEERMAN (458) - - JAN 11, 2006
Alcohol is very dominant and the cherry/fruity undertones don’t add to this abt at all. Not like any other abt 12 or belgian I’ve really had. Still really good.

3.4
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Ruddy brown/red color with a fizzy head that dissapates within a min. or two. Aroma is sweet and woodsy with some cooked nuts and earthy fruit. flavor matches with a bit of chocolate and a dry finish. Very active carbonation in the mouth. drinkable beer overall but there are others of the style I would choose over it.

4.4
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 10, 2006
"WOW what a beer. Pour a dark brown with red highlights with a gread head with very nice lacing. Can smell and taste the alcohol but mixed right in. Tasted sweet and was very enjoyable. "

2.8
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours a clear reddish brown, almost wine like color. Tan head is bubly, but fizzles out a little fast. Nose is slightly fruity with alcohol undertones. Flavor is fruity a little sour. Would be a nice compliment with light meals.

3.7
mrnutsnbolts (204) - anywhere usa, - JAN 3, 2006
12 oz bottle. Only my second experience with Ommegang, but definately not my last. While this wasn’t my favorite beer of all time, it was a new experience that I think will grow on me over time. This beer poured a murky dark rust color with a fairly small tan head that quickly became a ring around my glass. Aroma of sour cherries, ripe fruits, caramel, and malts. Tastes bitter at first with some sweetness and the cherry flavor coming out more towards the finish. The finish is a litlte bitter and has an alcoholic cherry taste as if savoring the end of a cherry cordial. Stylistically, the beer seems a bit like a chimera, but it works. Sort of.


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