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RATINGS: 2600   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2005
A brilliant belgian. The cherry tones blend in with the malt and nut flavors perfectly. 1 big bottle by itself is a happy night.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Strong belgian style ale with a hint of cherry. Thought the cherriness would be a little more noticable. I will have to retry as I enjoyed it so much, though cant comment much on it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
After reading the description I almost expected a more sour cherry influence from the lambic in the blend. Wow, not so. The lambic actually enhances this Belgian-style beauty by balancing out the malty sweetness and adding a refreshing element not found in Abbey styled beers. Wonderful nose of malt with a hint of dried cherries. Smooth mouthfeel with lambic up front followed my malty goodness mid-palate. Outstanding effort.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnp22 (698) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained at Freds market in Berkeley CA. Tasted in trappist glass. Appearance is muddy brown / red, with a thin white sustained head. Aroma is sweet, molasis, slightly bitter yet fragrent. Flavour is well rounded with hints of cherry, nuts, almond and bready yeast. Palate finishes with a slight alocohol burn, which is not at all offensive.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arnoud (35) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2005
On draught at Tria in Philadelphia, PA. Huge rocky head. Reddish brown. Nose is cherry, yeast, vinous. Thick luxurious mouthfeel. Taste is complex with lots ot Belgian characteristics: slightly sour, malty, yeasty, cherry and other fruits. Long finish. Glad to see this appears to be part of the regular Ommegang line and not just the limited edition they advertised.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 bottle said brewed in 2003. I had this beer at Beer on the Pier in NYC. I liked in there but not here. Maybee I got a badly aged bottle. Strong alcohol flavor very little cherry scent or flavor. It actually made me wince. Ill give it another try another time.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rhapsouldize (174) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a decently sized off-white head. Aroma predominantly comprises notes of cherries--smells a lot like red wine. I actually just, at this moment, read the bottle and realized that this is part cherry lambic. Quite unusual. There is a nice balance of hops and malts, and its drinkable in a wine-sense, but the alcohol is a bit too present for my liking. However, the bottle will make a nice addition to our bottle collection :)

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 7, 2005
VERY rich, high octane, gut-filling stuff. To be sipped slowly and carefully on a cold winters night. Beautiful color. Strong presence of raisins, sherry, alcohol and coriander.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
droomyster (14) - USA - MAR 1, 2005
A dessert in itself. Everything from the packaging to beer itself asks for your silent contemplation. Looks beautiful in a Trappist glass. An impenetrable cloudy brown, with a steady upward flow of carbonation. After the bubbles settle, it looks like chocolate milk with reddish edges. The strong cherry aroma hit me even as I poured, overwhelming my ability to detect much else. Strong taste of cocoa, cherries, and raisins. I agree with the reviewers who mention plumbs, too. Theres a complicated dance of bitter and sweet. I expected the lambic would lighten it, but no, its a full bodied heavy weight. Creamy, has a really nice feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 very nice beer. poors a deep brown color with a cream colored head. full of fruity flavor, very winish. sweet but not too much so.


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