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RATINGS: 2529   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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Smoke3Smokes (72) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - AUG 15, 2005
very sippable. it would be hard to chug 14 of these bad boys. at 9.8% Alcohol, you can’t beat it. I guess i will finish’er off and have another. God bless alcohol.

4
larsga (7625) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 14, 2005
Big beige head, very fine foam. Dark red colour. Sourish, mahogany aroma. Taste heavy, like a dark Belgian, but with hints of something sourish, mahogany-like. Very good, but more sippable than drinkable.

3.9
jrob21 (3772) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2007 good beer. good head, nice color, sweet, malty finish.medium sweetness, medium bitterness, caramel, chocolate goodness. earthy, gritty flavor and experience. i know that doesn’t sound good but it really was.

4.4
CamdenD (1197) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2005 This beer was fantastic. Even my pet duck enjoyed when I did not hit it on the way home because i was illuminated by not 1 or 2, but 3 damn philosophers. Whoever they are; they are f’n smart. And, for that matter, make a good beer. Full of roots, ginger, and mousepads.

3.7
NachlamSie (3534) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2006 bottle. Pours a dark amber with a fine tan head. The aroma is sweet and semi-vinous with some peat, grape, light cinnamon, and bready notes.It’s a little sticky with barely noticeable alcohol and a tiny sour finish of dry wine. Raisins and plums ring throughout with a bit of pumpkin bread flavor. Nice quad, but maybe not as over-the-top savory as some of its peers. Fantastic, none-the-less.

3.4
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with big, foamy, light tan head. Head retention is above avg and light lacing is left behind. Body is hazy with bits of sediment and lots of miniscule bubbles present. Nose is caramel, malty, with a slight hint of apples or maybe plums? A very dry, bitter taste up front. Then turns to light caramel, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and some alcohol. The finish leaves your palate very burnt and dry.

3.9
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
pours and hazy orangish bronze color, with a large off white head with good retention in proper glassware, aroma of alcohol, belgian style spices, citrus, and sweetness, all of which is also present in the flavor, damn good brew.

3.6
blankboy (7780) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & tupalev -- courtesy of tupalev. The 2nd to last beer sampled during a large tasting so my notes are sparse. Pours reddish-brown with an average size fizzy off-white head. Sweet aroma and flavour of caramel malt, alcohol/wine and spices. The flavour is quite bitter, a tad sour and the alcohol was a little too present. Aged for a while this would be fantastic, as it is it’s pretty good.

4
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2005 Poured from a bottle. Aroma is subdued at first but it’s obviously going to be a fairly sweet beer. I didn’t pick up any of the cherry lambic in the aroma. Flavor is incredibly fascinating. Very malty with hints of brown sugar and only the very slightest hint of cherry. Very sweet beer and yes, the alcohol is also present in the taste but not too bad. Maybe this isn’t my dream beer but it ’s a damn good beer and an interesting take on one of my favorite styles.

4.2
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 31, 2005
Robe auburn aux reflets rougeâtres et surmontée d’une mousse beige qui s’estompe. Arômes de cerises, de caramel, de café, de prunes et de miel. Saveurs d’alcool, de cerises, de vin, de prunes, de café. Très très bien!


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