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RATINGS: 2630   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
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours a brown/red color. Head is thick and fluffy tan. Leaves great lacing. Aromas of cherry and apple with some spice, yeast and malt. A lot of carbonation up front. Tastes of sweet fruit and finishes a little sour and slightly bitter and spicey. A fairly easy drinking brew.

3.9
cathcacr (647) - Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Ommegang Trois Philosophes. Very strong cherry flavoring. Big head, dark cherry color. Odor even has a tartness in it. Mild in the flavor, crisp in the mouthfeel. Isn’t quite in the same experience class as Rochefort 10.

3.7
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2005
A deep, deep, rich red color with a dark tan, almost brown head that is untraditionally fat bubbled and sounds like soda pop fizzing. Aroma mainly of a good belgian dubbel (spicy, sweet, dark, fruity). Very nice cherry flavored cotton candy malt flavor. Slightly too much carbonation at first but as it drives off the palate accentuates and fattens nicely. Great balancing bitterness, dark rum-like alcohol flavors lightens the palate but is not harsh.

3.9
TerryR (391) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2005
Mahogany color with a nice tan head. Complex aroma of sweet malt, fruit, yeast and spices. Flavor starts sweet but quickly turns slightly sour with some cherry notes and a spicy finish. An excellent beer at a very reasonable price.

4.3
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Fabulous! Without a doubt one of my all-time favorite beers. Very dark and complex with red fruit and a nice measure of sweetness.

3.7
Gachupines (1252) - USA - OCT 3, 2005
Dark appearance with a reddish tinge and a thick head. Taste is malt with a spice hint and a slight cherry flavor. Not bad, but not my favorite example of the style.

4.6
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2005 Bottle. Brownish-red appearance with medium off-white head. Malty, sweet aroma, with a hint of spice. Flavor is quite full, caramel, yeast, spice. Quite a malty flavor, and very smooth while also complex. Excellent beer. Re-rate. I had this again, and the cherries really came out in the end in a beautiful subtle way. This beer gets better every time I drink it!

3.3
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
This is a very interesting beer. I assume that it has a Belgian Strong base, and I know that Lindemanns(?) Kriek was added? Although I don’t prefer Lindemanns straight up I do seem to enjoy this. The kriek/gueze flavor is nearly completely absent. I would have preferred some more funk in the aroma and sourness.

4.2
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Yeasty, fruity aroma. Almost no hops. BIG alcohol, excellent malts of toasted nuts, some cherry flavor (presumably from the lambic) but not overpowering. Luxurious light brown head.

3.6
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Wow! Strong initial aroma of cherries, mahogany color, solidly laced head, stout body. Subtle yet complex tastes of Belgiam yeast strains, tart not over-sugary cherries. Good on the palate & a great American Belgian style quad. Still ... must admit I was expecting just a pinch more.


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