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RATINGS: 2627   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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4.3
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 1, 2004
In the 12 oz bottle at Dundee Dell. One incredible ale. A warm murky brown blanket in the glass. Dark tan head of massive volume remains from start until finish leaving only foam memory rings encircling the glass. A cloud of cherry and chocolate flavor fills the nose. Sweet flavor and strong cherry taste without tartness. Rich coating mouthfeel indicating the plentiful nature of the malt wort. The alcohol, while present is subdued. A FINE BREW.

3.9
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cherries, caramel, and yeast. The flavor of cherry lambic is evident; alcohol is nicely hidden.

4
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Pours brown, big tan head, shines faintly red up to light. Aroma is faint cherry, plums, cinnimon? bit of chocolate. Taste is remarkable... chocolate covered cherries, bit sour but not much, bit woodsy at the end. Good stuff!

4
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
Pours a cloudy brown, with suspension. Medium tan head. Aroma is of plums and oak. Flavor is quite complex - there is a lot going on in this beer. Cherry lambic imparts a building tartness, which peaks in the finish. The fruitiness of the lambic does not overpower the other flavors in the least, it is surprisingly well balanced. I enjoyed this one a lot.

4
omhper (24963) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2004
Bottled. Muddy dark brown. Cherry liqueur aroma. Intensely roasty with lively mouthfeel. Notes of berries and coffee - this is chocolate covered strawberries with champagne! Oaky bière de garde-like lively finish. A complex and very interesting beer.

4.5
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2005 Dark brown color with a tan colored head. Aroma is mostly cherries. Very different from anything else I’ve had. Kriek-like in it’s taste but yet very Belgiun (Abt) as well.

4
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Bottled: Yiayias in Lincoln. Very similar to Ommegang, but this one has a sweeter fruity smell and taste. Ruby brown in appearance with a dark tan head. The aroma is of sweet dark fruits and toasted nutiness that make the mouth water. Taste is heavily yeast with dark fruit and heavy malt. Has a sweet taste that compliments the yeast and fig-esque fruits.

4.3
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Poured a beautiful creamy burnt sienna with a nice tan head. The aroma was kind of like the mixture of a dark porter or stout with a whole lot of cherry (upon warming slightly). The flavor was, wow (I am rating this as I go, so be prepared for some mid sentence exlamations), excellent. You can taste the alcohol, not in a bad over powering way, but just enough to back up the cherry hoppy maltiness. I am sorry, it is so complex it is hard to describe. The mouthfeel (with the alcohol) is very comparable to a champagne. Excellent beer.

4
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2004
On tap at the 2004 Kennett Square BF. Poured a medium to dark reddish brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of candi sugar, plums and raisins. Overall, a decent Quad.

4.4
gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2004
I tried this with my wife tonight. She just fell asleep in my son’s bed while putting him away for the night. She said she loved it, and judging by the snores I think it loved her back. The color of an old walnut table; not lustrous, but rich mahogany tones. A tan froth quickly dissipated to a milky way in the middle of a foam ringed glass; a faint sizzle of carbonation just swirling there like a reflection of the big bang in my chalice. A fruit wine nose: fruit blossoms in the distance, dried fruit compote dancing on the vapors of alcohol. Cherry chocolate truffle with brandy. Quite a lot of fizz, and oak, cabernet, roasted coconut, upside-down pineapple cake with scorched cherries... Mama and papa like this, and mama and papa could drink lots of this in front of the fire place.


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