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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
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
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 it’s good stuff, but there isn’t enough cherry lambic to carry the tune over the course of a beer. There’s no such thing as a bad quadrupel--but the beer promises a little more than it delivers

4.3
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a light tan head. Head quickly dissipates but it has lots of lace. Rounded cherry aromas, malty sourness and baked apple. Taste is lightly sour with some underlying cherry sweetness. Eases into a fruity maltiness with alcohol flavors underpinning all of this. Some port flavors in there too. Lots of flavor and complexity. Almost like two beers at once (oh yeah, it is!) Lots of sour/sweet cherry up front finsihed with a strong belgian dark ale in the finish. very nice and a great candidate for aging. It’ll be even better in 6 months I’ll bet.

4.1
sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2005
(Bottled) Dark brown/amber color with a medium, beige head. Sweetish, strongly malty, somewhat port-wineous rye-pudding aroma with some dried fruit, cherries and a hint of alcohol. Very fruity, sweetish-malty flavor with quite bitter hops and a long, warming and sweetish, sticky cherry finish. Alcohol is noticeable, but very well hidden. Quite full-bodied, warming palate with balanced, but foamy carbonation. A very nice and tasty, world-class quadrupel. Not quite as balanced as Ommegang, though.

3.8
davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - APR 28, 2005
Poured a dark amber color, and had big tan head. Aroma was of cherries and maybe some caramel malts, not overwhelming. The flavor wasnt too bad, but I wish there could of been a more cherry taste in there. I say it went down pretty smooth, but wasn’t too great.

3.6
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2005
If nothing else, this is an interesting brew. Definite cherry in both aroma and taste, but not overwhelming. The high alcohol content is fairly well hidden, except maybe towards the end. All-in-all, I liked this.

3.9
ivan9856 (191) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2005
Corked and caged 750 ML variety bottled 2004; pours dark amber in a tulip glass with a large tan head with some decent lacing. The nose is all caramel malt, cherries and fruit esthers, with alcohol peaking through as this ale warms. Underlying malt base sweetness is almost immediately tempered by the tart dark cherry lambic supplement; but mid-palate reveals other flavors such as raisin, ripe banana and dry port wine. The long finish features a pleasantly escalating tart dryness and warming alcohol polish. Very drinkable, smooth and appropriately carbonated.

3.9
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
Bottled in 2004. Reddish hue with excellent lacing. Thought I had already rated this one but I guess not; surprise, surprise! Definitely have enjoyed it before though. Classic estery belgian-style nose where fruits and yeasty pleasure is abundant. Sweet cherry and a touch of alcohol in there as well. I dig the light, subtle use of cherry lambic in the flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin but the slight sourness and dryness give it some flair. Yeasty. Pretty damn good. Very pleasant and drinkable. Alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms.

3.7
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2005
Upside: this beer has a nice cherry aroma and it does a decent job blending Ommegang with Cherry lambic. The alcohol is more present in the aroma than in the taste which feels like a complex mix of spices, malts and yeasts. Downside: the finish is a bit too dry for my tastes, there is not much cherry aspects in the flavor and the beer is primarily composed of throwing two beers together. Overall, its a good beer and worth a try.

3.9
JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2005
Aroma of malt and light fruit that is clearly an influence of the added lambic. Misplaced sweetness of a dunkel, but there is complexity with raisins, malt, carmel, and red wine. Heavy, but thinner than I would like. Almost no head. Very good, but I prefer the original Ommegang.


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