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RATINGS: 2618   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, 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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear ruby red color with a gorgeous fluffy white-tan head thats maintained by swarms of small bubbles. Dulled, woody cherries, toffee and chocoalte in the aroma. Bit of a yeasty, candi sugar kick at the end. Similar flavor with the cherry sweetness in lockstep with wood and toffee/chocolate matl. Theres a nice bitter kick at the end which seems to be a combination of three things, oak, alcochol and plain old bitter hops. My only qualm about this beer might be that while it resides on the sweet side of things (even w/ that woody bittereness) the mouthfeel is a bit too thin to suit it well. I recall some Flemmish Sours (R. Alexendar for sure) that had a nice substantial mouthfeel to go along with their sugary sweetness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle. Sweet chocolate, cherry and nut aroma that turns into a rubbing alcohol smell as it warms. Opaque reddish brown color with small head. Initial sweet dried cherry flavor that fades quickly into a strong alcohol and bitter hops finish. Leaves a burning sensation on the lips and tongue. The alcohol flavor is too strong and overwhelms the more subtle flavors of this beer making it less enjoyable for me.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 4, 2005
Another killer beer from OG. This is tremendous...not too thick or sweet, and you can taste the faint flavor of cherries. And it only goes for $5 for a 25 oz bottle! A superior value.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Dark red pour with a big thick head. Aroma is nuts and black cherries. The blend of this beer is very thick but full of flavor. Bittersweet up front, then moves into the fruity sweetness of the lambic, and ends together in an sour malt. Everything seems to compliment each other in what is a very different and very good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brownaler (620) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Sour cherry aroma with a bit of mint with a dark burgandy appearance. Amazing flavor differances within this beer. Has a choclate flavor with sourness upfront. Mouthfeel is like velvet. A bit of peppercorn is in the back. Unlike anything I have tasted before.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ancherrera (162) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2005
Aroma reminded me right away of root beer. Beautiful red color and nice head. The flavor however was ALL alcohol too me. I liked everything about the beer up until the moment I put it to my lips. I did not tast any of the fruit or malt or anything except alcohol. Very disappointed.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 29, 2005
This quad lives up to the billing of a rich euro-dominated tradition. The nose is immediately rich with malty sweet tones of dark fruit dominated by kriek. It manages to walk that difficult line of carbonation, strong malt, powerful alcohol, and hop finish in a careless way. The sweetness is never overdone lending this brew a mature, complex character very much in line with its Belgian forebears.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lovelacm (48) - Niceville, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2005
US Bottle Pour - Beautiful red-brown body with a large, lasting light-brown head. The cherry lambic definately comes through in the aroma and flavor departments. Medium-Full body with flavors of nuts, plenty of fruits, and malt. Slightly sour/bitter finish & aftertaste, but very enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Bottle 2005 Looks super with its reddish brown pour and deep tan head that leaves great lacing. The Kriek asserts itself mostly in the aroma and a touch of sourness in the finish. Very nice quad, altough it lacked a bit in the depth.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2005
750 ml 2005 bottle. Another great Quad. Poured golden brown whe a very decent head that lasted for a long time and left great lacing. Aromas of brown sugar and dark cherry and other dark fruits. Flavors were very similar with some banana in there too. Very good stuff.


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