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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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3.9
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Rather tasty, full bodied quad. Spicy cherries on the nose. Soft as silk in the mouth, perfect blend of rich brown ale and tangy sweet cherry lambic. This was gone fast.

3.4
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2005
750 mL brown bottle purchased from Home Service Beer Beverage Discount Center, Glenview, NY. Bottled 2005. Described on label as a Belgium-style ale blended with Lindeman Kriek lambic. Clear amber having small diminishing light brown head with spare lacing. Aromas of fruity (cherry) esters and toffee. Medium bodied that starts dry with sweet malt and sour cherry flavors. Finishes dry with tiny lingering bitterness. Though not my favorite Belgium-style ale, this is a good drinkable beer.

3.5
brentfeesh (1216) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Hazy brownish brick color with a foamy head. Lightly sweet aroma funky, fruit. Crisp and interesting. Strange-yummy mix. Cherry lambic and Quad…I actually like this business. Cherry, oak, alcohol, leather. I like the initial taste better than the aftertaste. Lightly syrupy body, lingering. Overall I’d say this was enjoyable.

3.7
Boutip (6628) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 1, 2005
Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of subtle sour cherries with big strong malt. No hint of yeast, which is little surprising for a Belgian style ale. Taste is sweeter then expected with a strong malt body and a hint of kriek lambic at the end. Body is above average and alcohol is well hidden. I would appreciate a bit more complexity but this is still a very enjoyable beer.

4.8
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Had this one bottled. Oh. My. God. This was outstanding. Very dark milky pour with an extremely thick head that dissipated very slowly, nose of pretty much everything, including roses, taste is mildly sweet, and for something with a high alcohol content, it’s hardly noticable. This is a genius brew.

2.3
Amator (29) - USA - NOV 26, 2005
I wanted to like this beer, really I did. I loved the name and the label. Unfortunately, an acquantence present at the opening of the bottle remarked that he had had this beer before and that it tasted like bad sushi, and damned it that was not what it tasted like! Perhaps I had a bad bottle. From all of the positive reviews here, I’ll give it another chance someday.

4.4
zdeuce (3) - USA - NOV 25, 2005 does not count
What a great beer. Pours a deep opaque brown with tan head. Smells sweet and taste is smooth. Slight cherry aftertaste is delicious. Definately near the top of my list.

3.7
NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Noel Blake, you are a genius. I love strong ales, and with lambic mixed with a strong ale like this, you can’t go wrong. It has all the characteristics of a great strong ale - the fruit, the yeast nose, the ruby brown color... but then there is that hint of cherry that makes you stop to ask "what was that?"

3.7
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Another great beer from Ommegang. It’s very smooth but very complex. Tastes of dark fruit, malt, candy, and a bit of cherry. The lambic really balances out the rest of the brew. Probably one of the best out of Ommegang.

4.3
vinella (2) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2005 does not count
Beautiful ruddy brown in the glass. The soured lambic balances the sweet quad perfectly. I’d like a bit more of a mousse but it’s absolutely silky on the palate. I especially like the fact that women seem to respond so positively to it. Several of my female customers, pale ale people, have tried it and now drink it habitually. I like being able to sell it for $6.99, too.


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