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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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3.5
richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 29, 2005
copper with some reddish highlights, thick creamy off white head, moderate aroma of cherries, nothing like new glarus belgian red, but cherry nonetheless. flavor is like a thiner quad, not very rich, not very malty, again with the cherries in as an subdued element of the flavor. very dry finish, a little tinny, with a noticable taste of the abv, and a little warming on the way down. i liked it, but when i’m in cooperstown, i’ll stick to hennepin.

4
jb (3445) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2017 Orange hazy beer. Off white head. Not much of one because of the 9.7 alcohol. Fruity aroma. Smelled the alcohol and tasted it a bit. Also yeast in the body. Dry finish. My first of this style. Will be looking for more. I have had this many times since 2005 including last night 8/12/17. It is a masterpiece. Rich nose of dark fruits, a touch of caramel and chocolate. Brilliant palate and mouthfeel, lush, but not too thick. Booze is disguised or I think differently on booze bombs now. Full ester package, good balance.

3.9
mjg74 (3199) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 29, 2005
2004 bottle. Cork realeses with a loud pop. Color is a dark ruddy sort. Aroma is slighty sweet and fruity. Some alcohol seems to be present. Smells kind of spicy to me. Flavor right of the bat is dark and roasty, almost a nutty quality about it. The richness and the complexity of the fruit and spices keep the sips coming. Rich and full bodied. Slight alcohol sensation upon swallowing, but it doesn’t affect the taste.

3.5
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Pours an auburn red/brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, spicy and yeasty. Flavor is sweet malt, cherry, plum and a heavy alcohol flavor that lingers. I would definitely call this a smooth drink, but not bad either. I suspect that a year or two cellaring would do this beer a lot of good. I know the bottle I drank was brand new on the store’s shelf and the harshness of it showed. Overall, worth a try, but not my favorite.

3.8
ABUSEDGOAT (2900) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2005 Pours a brownish red color, rather thick. Difficult to see through my glass. Quite a bit of head. Aroma is plums, alcohol, and malt as well as cherry lambic galore. Fruit and yeast is also detectable. Flavor is fruity - cherries and alcholic. Enjoyable but nothing amazing either. There is too much alcohol in this one. If this was around 7% it would be amazing.

3.8
Cornfield (5569) - 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 one’s 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
Bockyhorsey (2638) - 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
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
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
JoeMcPhee (10129) - 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.


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