RATINGS: 2579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2004
after unseating the plug on this bottle of 2003, a good hollow sounding mini-boom was heard -- not unlike the sound of dropping a large baby on formica. the foam was immense, but as uneven and dingy as a flop-house mattress, and its big frantic bubbles would only lace for a moment before scattering like pigeons. trying to sniff this much foam makes one feel like a house plant, cause its all carbon dioxide, which has a celery-like smell-- and naturally, sodapop. once the foaming action has subsided to a thin creamy wafer, i can surmise that the brewers blend of a belgian dubbel with cherries was judicious-- it is by no means overbearing: just pour a bit of kirschwasser over dutch chocolate cake, maybe strawberries dipped in warm caramel, or a cherry-vanilla ice cream shake doused with rum. and though im a vegetarian, i can appreciate the likeness to a raw beef steak smothered in a sweet orange and tamarind chutney marinade. in no time the carbonation -- to the tongue-- is almost soft enough to run barefoot over, and a smoothness of palatte is the result. you get the basses and tenors in synchronized and harmonious chorus, the dark sweet malts and clarion tinny bitters in an accord orchestrated by beethoven. a bit of yeast, but little of the grating sourness id associate with a lambic. full bodied and nearly creamy as it warms-- with an elegant buzz that will cause even us shy people to play air-conductor along with thier favorite symphony with the wild hair-tossing, insouciant ecstasy of Seiji Ozawa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2004
Rocky, tan head. Slowly diminishing head. Furious carbonation. Cherry, yeasty aroma. Dark amber color. More quad character than lambic. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Nice deep dark hue. The taste is full of spices and a bit of licorice/cherry. The beer finishes very smoothly. Excellent beer -- as are all of Ommegangs beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
guzzlemuppet (2) - new mexico desert, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2004 does not count
Was so excited about this one, it seemed like such a good idea. mahogany colour, poured to chimay glass. nose was pure abbey/belgian malt/yeast. bit darker than I thought it would be. cherry came through in the palate...and then the disapointment hit. the two flavours just dont blend. I think the brewery did the best they could with it, although ommegang is not my favorite, but I really would prefer to drink a kriek lambic and then have a quad. they just sat side by side on the palate - no interaction, no romance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Probably one of the best quads Ive had. The cherry to me was in the background and not at all intrusive. Have to agree with other raters that the carbonation needs to be toned down a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Slightly watery. Good color. Nose is also watery. Far too carbonated. Tastes more like a dark belgian strong than a quad. Nose and flavour equall each other in qualities. Bourbon and vanilla. However carbonation kills it. G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Brewed 2004: Good thick brown red color body with a nothing much of a head. Aroma is a decent earthy smell with a hint of, you guessed it, cherry. The balance is very nice on this. The Belgian strong portion gives this a good full bodied malt flavor with a strong yeast presence. Then you get the bit of the lambic bitter sweetness. A wonderful combination.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Pours a brownish red in color, with a krieklike pinkish head. Aroma is a tad sour, almost guezish; a slight fruity, cherry, almondy ale smell. Tastes sweet with a hoppy undertone, lots of cherries and citrus flavors involved. A light finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Bottle 2004: Pours deep ruby/brown in color with and off white head that doesnt last. Aroma has cherries, malt, yeast, raisins and plum. It does have a nice dry taste, but its flavors didnt really impress. This beer was sweet with notes of dark fruit, spices, licorice, cherry, malts, and some alcohol presence. Had a great palate and excellent carbonation. To be fair, I had a new bottle of beer and I think this beer might improve markedly with age. With cellar and re-rate later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11382) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
cherry colour, good lacing. Like a good wine in appearance. Good yeast aroma. Bit of plum- more action in sediment at end. It is undeniably fresh yet found it bland. Thank you IPFreely.

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