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RATINGS: 2525   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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4.7
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Man, this is good beer. Could look kind of nasty with all the chunks floating around in it but I prefer to think of it as looking "authentic." Pours a thick, hazy, dark brown with chunks of cherry floating around the body. Head is small, light brown and settles quickly. Huge bursts of sweet malt dominate the nose while notes of cherry nicely settle this beast. A playful sour lambic character dances through both the aroma and the palate creating a remarkably diverse beer drinking experience. Flavor starts off typical for a Belgian style ale, lots of peppery notes and malty goodness. Cherry, sour notes, and alcohol quickly take over and steer the palate towards a mind blowing lambic-style finish. Overall, I can describe this beer in one word...OUTSTANDING! (Please forgive the caps, I just finished the bottle.)

4.5
Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
Great beer! I could smell this beer all day. Cherry, fruit and a soft phenolic lead the way to a complex taste. Slighly alcoholic, but still very drinkable, not cloying at all. I plan to cellar some bottles to see how it matures. It is a little more carbonated that I would like. One of the best I have tasted in a long time.

3.8
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2005
deep ruby color and foamy/slightly creamy tan head that diminishes quickly. aroma is dried bing cherries, candi sugar, light alcohol, raisin too. a bit of yeast in the nose. fizz up the center and a few small yeast particles, but mostly clear. deep sweet malty flavor. can’t really taste the kriek, some fruityness in the finish but not that much. nice funky marble pattern of lacing on the glass. a little caramel malt in the finish.

4.2
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Wow, very impressive! Pours a burnt orange color with a decent head. I used a wet pint glass, which I think was a mistake. I’m going to try this again in a proper glass soon... Aroma is like brandy: dark fruits with well balanced sweetness, hints of coffee and some light spices. Very nice! Flavor is outstanding: cherries, some coffee, other fruits and some spices... Very complex and I’m having a hard time trying to place all the tastes... Palate is crisp, tart (yet sweet), and creamy. Overall, this is excellent! It doesn’t quite fall perfectly into this catagory so it’s likely taking a few hits in the scores here. Taken as its own, I don’t think it could be any better (and should deserve almost a perfect "5"). As a whole, this is an awesome beer and you *really* need to try this. Do whatever it takes to find a bottle of this awesome beer.

3.8
Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2005
One of the first brews I tried when Georgia lifted its 6% limit. Poured lightly into a trappist glass, the hue was orange and a bit murky; the aroma was that of cherries, white grape, and maybe a tad of walnut. The taste filled the mouth with mildly sweet-sour cherry, citrus, wheat, fizz, and acid (in that order.) Diminishing finish. A sweet and typical Belgian style; if the price weren’t so high I might get more of it.

3.8
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2005
750ml 2004 - faint aroma of cherry, raisin, and Belgian malt. Color is brownish red with a nice off white head and great lacing. My first impression was that the flavor wasn’t all that great, but now that I’ve been drinkin it, it is getting better with every swallow. Like my palate needed to warm up to the intense flavor. Nice and warming, makes me wonder what a couple of years would do.

4
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 17, 2005
2004 bottle. Cloudy reddish brown with creamy head and lacing. Nose is of brown sugar, raisins, bread dough, and sour cherries. I get brown sugar, malt, cherries with hints of old woods and an earthiness in the background. Creamy texture with a medium body and a tannin/winey mouthfeel. Warming and tart fininsh. This is a very nice beer that will age nicely .

3.7
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 16, 2005
750 ml bottle. Mmmm, this is good. Pours brown and hazy with an off white head that lingers decently then diminishes to a ring of bubbles. Aroma is sweet, brown sugar, molasses, spice and yeast. Flavor is also sweet and spicy with a nice fruity tartness that finishes dry and sweetly puckering. Medium body and creamy carbonation.

3.9
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
2004 vintage, 750ml bottle. Sweet, fruity aroma, the expected cherry apparent along with lighter notes of milk chocolate, dark brown sugar and red grape. Deep red color, hazy with plentiful sedimentation and a lasting, fine, tan head. Flavor profile is likewise fruity and sugary, a moderate amount of tart cherry throughout with some equally plentiful sugary malt, faint spiciness and peppery alcohol. Finishes with hints of cocoa and old wood as well as some light bitterness and warmth. Effervescent, lightly winey mouthfeel, full body. Unique and worth seeking out.

4.2
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Reddish brown, light khaki head. Lacing. Sourish smell, honey notes. Sour cherry, lots and lots of malt, and brown sugar flavors. Long lasting sweet and sour finish. Great mouthfeel.


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