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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2005
US Brew Rating #666! This is definitely what the doctor ordered after having forcefully ejected a family of raccoons from ones attic... It pours a handsome clear reddish-brown color with intense beading, lazy carbonation bubbles, and a fizzy light brown head. The nose is sweet malt and dark sugar, the addition of the lambic asserting itself in a fruity aroma with an iron-like afterthought. The flavor is sweet malt, alcohol, a light fruitiness, and a hit of bitterness from ..?.. Oddly, a dry yet sticky, alcohol laden finish. Tomorrow, the squirrels!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Sweet malty aroma. Dark body with tan head and plenty of lacing. Flavor was rich and sweet and good on the palate. A decent beer,

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Bottle poured a dark brown amber with a nice thick head and lacing. Flavor is sweet and teasty. Very good!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2005
Pours a purplish-brown with an aroma of spice and yeast. Palate is thick and laced with dull raisin and yeast. The alcohol is barely detectable in the finish. A nice quadruppel. Thanks, Bierbauch!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Dark brown beer with a thick fluffy tan head. Purplish tint. Beautiful malty aroma, brown sugar, sweet malt, plums/prunes and a sweet cherry character as well underneath all of that. Warming brings out a nice lactic acidity and sourness. Flavour is quite sweet on the front, spicy yeast and peppery alcohol in the middle. A bit leathery and earthy toward the finsh. Lots of lingering complexity in the finish. Fairly bitter finish. Very nice quad.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2004/750 ml bottle. Hazy crimson-brown color under a dense, creamy tan head. Aromas of caramel, raisin, fig, black cherry, sour dough and yeast. Mouthfeel exceptionally smooth and silky. Initial sweet flavors of dark fruits, caramel, plum and very restrained cherry. Could have used a bit more cherry influence.Finishes with a late hit of some mildly harsh bitterness. Maybe would benefit from some further ageing in this regard. Overall a well done, classy Quad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 This one pours a pure, dark amber-brown with a massive, creamy tan head. Really, this head is the real thing - it is surprisingly not "Belgian bubbly", but truly creamy and fine. The nose is clearly of alcohol and floral hops. The taste is a bit bitter up front with prevalent alcohol, with a lightly sweet raspberry middle, the end actually has a little bit of a buttery roastiness that trails off into a light dryness. The only weakness is the obnoxious prevalence of alcohol in the beginning.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Very aromatic with strong fruits and cherry. Creamy palate with good individual flavors of cherry, caramel and dark fruit, but not well mixed. Maybe this bottle was too young (1 year).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 12, 2005
A beautiful glowing amber brown color with a thick beige head. The smell is sweet malt and cherry. It feels creamy in the mouth. The taste is honey-malt and cherry with a peppry spice. The alcohol does not overpower the other flavors, but you can definitely taste it. The balance is nice in this Quadrupel. I will look for it again in the local bars and stores.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 10, 2005
A very strong opener--an onslaught of quadrupel scent with a faint but noticeable cherry scent. Overall its good stuff, but there isnt enough cherry lambic to carry the tune over the course of a beer. Theres no such thing as a bad quadrupel--but the beer promises a little more than it delivers


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