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RATINGS: 2621   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1635) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 14, 2005
2004 bottle. Pours a hazy red color with thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is of yeast and fruit. Taste is dominated by alcohol. Begins somewhat sweet and fruity and finishes predominantly of alcohol and on the bland bitter side. Not a good bitter. Gets warming toward the end. Thought this would be much better since I love the Lindemans lambics.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Poured a rather dramatic deep amber, with lots of sediment and carbonation. The head followed suit with tiny tan bubbles clinging together in a tight formation. Caramel is dominant, with cherry, a touch of chocolate, and alcohol present throughout. A bit tart. Very enjoyable, and an excellent value.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
run20six2 (123) - USA - JAN 5, 2005
A very good tasting beer. A bit bitter, not a noticeable taste of alcohol. Overall very smooth finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Happy New year-My first beer of 2005: Dark brown with a ruby tint. Head is medium and cocoa froth color. Fruity aroma (apple and pear) with a hint of chocolate fudge pudding. Flavor is tangy black cherry, a little chocolate, some sour grape tartness and the hint of alcohol. Palate is champange like. Right up there with the ales from Belgium.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2005
bottle. dark brown with a little bit of a red tinge. fluffy white head. lots of carbonation. aroma of pears, apples, yeast, and sweet malt. flavour is complex, loads of malt flavour and a low hop profile. As it warms up there appears to be some notes of chocolate. A good Quad, at a relatively high price of $3.60 USD.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
it looks like im the second person to rate this in 2005.the quad poured a ruby red with a 1 inch thick frumpy head.it was hard to get a nice wiff due to the foam resting atop the body.although i did catch some cherries,and caramel.i took a sip off the side of the chimay glass and picked up a wonderful mix flavors.belgian yeast,candy,malts,and cherries all rushed to my lips.although the body and overall complexity were a little light for a quadrupel.the 3 philosophers did not disapoint.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Bottled 2004 and a fine way to say goodbye to 04 and ring in 05! Pours a fizzy mahagoney with a small but thick and frothy tan head. A brilliant copper shows up in good light. Some fair lacing that falls rather quickly. Complex aroma of caramel malt and hops with a nose of raisins and sweet alcohol. Smooth flavor of caramel malt with a mild hoppiness in the middle and finally finishing with alcohol and tart dark cherries. What an intriguing flavor! Palate is full-bodied and warm.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
riordan93 (14) - USA - DEC 31, 2004
Small head. Aroma is appropriately yeasty with a slight cherry tartness. The cherry is nice but not overpowering. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2004
2004. Very complex aroma of yeast, sugar cookies, malt, plum, multi vitamin, a bit of tart cherry, and a hint of cocoa. Gorgeous looking deep red with a pillowy, thick, sustained tan head. The vitamin flavors come out strong for me in the flavor and it is a little oxidized. Quite light bodied for such a large ale. Kind of a muddled flavor profile with some dusty chocolate, some sourness, earthiness and very little cherry. Somewhat bitter for the flavors also. Doesnt come together great IMO. Maybe after some aging.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
Draught Blind Tiger NYC A great beer. Soft mouthfeel. Quite fruity and powerful. I love this beer. Bitter finish. Extremely complex and refreshing.


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