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RATINGS: 2599   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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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2004
for a person who doesnt traditionally like quads, this was a freaking incredidlbe beer. The cherry touch was very nice. The flavor was well balanced and solid. Im impressed.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004
This one was a pure treat, lightly smoked cherries, sweet almond, with subtle flavored chocolate flavoring, combined with light carbonation make this an incredibly smooth and delicious masterpiece. The pour and smell were top notch. Increasibly enjoyable with every pour, drinking this again only serves to highlight unique and immensely superior qualities. Excellent.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This came in a nice looking 750ml corked bottle. This appears a nice brown color with dark red hues in the light with a nice sized beige head. While receding down to a collar of bubbles there are nice sheets of lace left clinging to the glass that stay for the duration. A very complex aroma rises out of the glass the smells of sweet fruits, caramel malt and the cherry lambic can be detected as well more so when it warms. There are also trace amounts of alcohol and spice in the nose as well. The taste starts of with the sweet caramelized malts with fruits such as apples and cherries coming through. The finish has a good earthy hop flavor, slight alcohol with a lingering cherry taste. There is so much going on in the taste I will need to pick up a few more bottles to fully appreciate this tasty brew. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with a coating light fruit sweetness that is amazing. This is defiantly a sipper but I could sip this all day provided I had no plans. This is defiantly one of my new favorite beers, great job by Ommegang.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2004
very impressive beer. beautiful bottle, i like the wire top and cork. very brown, flavor becomes better as it sits/warms. the slight cherry is essential

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fly (1466) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Quite enjoyed this. Got philosophical. Stared at the label. Pulled my tongue out and stared at it. Avoided my navel though. While I seem to be one of the few that lacks the appreciation of Qulquechose - I LOVE the subtle cherries - okay, perhaps amped up from subtle, but will say well used for my taste - along with the obvious Belgian style. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
flemdawg (561) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2004
2004 Bottle. Brownish read/mahagony color with a tan head that was there the whole time i was drinking it. Oak wood aroma with a faint hint of cherries. The cherries were so faint, I might not have picked them up if I hadnt known they were part of the beer. The cherries didnt stand out all that much, but became more noticable as the beer warmed. The overall taste was much more of a quad taste. Some oak wood bitterness, and maltiness as well. The alcohol was hidden for the most part, but made more of an apperance as it warmed up. The finish was lingering dry and bitter. A very good beer.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 Rerate 6/29/05:

2004 Bottle. Pours almost black with a tan thin head. The first scents to pop out are grapes, figs, cognac and some woody elements. As the beer warms up some nutty scents start to liven up. Tastes of figs, raisins, prunes, with a light cherry note. Finish is warming and nutty with a slight celery finish. The alcohol is masked quite well for a 9.8% ABV beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maxwellplum (54) - USA - NOV 15, 2004
Nice head, orange to red color, not at all sour. Plenty of cherry in a real nice ale, a great change of pace. Best once it warms a bit, the end of the pour is best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Has a very darl brownish/orange color with a small off with head. Smell is of cherries/carmel/yeast/spice. Taste is full bodied of cherries/yeast and finishes lke a malted cough drop. If there is such a thing... Overall a pretty good quadrupel with a lot going for it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2194) - Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2004
beautiful pour, looks like a combo of ice tea and big red soda, dark red with a tan head. sweet cherry aroma with a yeasty belgian tang. taste is reminiscent of cherry cough drops, but is very dry. this flavor is hard to get used to, much more enjoyable flavor near the bottom of the glass. fruity notes throughout. this taste gets much cleaner as it warms.


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