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RATINGS: 2548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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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3.5
thedm (6320) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Original Rating 7-4-5-2-13: This brew pours a small head of light brown bubbles and a brown body. It had a strong bubblegum and alcohol aroma with an overpowering alcohol flavor. Re-rate 5-5-8-4-17: Poured an extremely large sized head of almost all foam in my mug. Foamy light brown very long lasting finely sized bubbles. Very hazy brown with finely sized yeast particles, Poor lacing. Mild malty cherry aroma with a mild vinous note. Tingly start strong tingly vinous finish soon fades into its aftertaste. Not as overpowering as first rating. Vinous mild alcohol burn mild dark cherry malt burning hops. Little to no-lambic like tart sweetness as the label suggested.

4.1
loweredsixth (947) - Clovis, California, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Pours a dark garnet color with a medium sized, but eventually diminishing, beige head. The aroma was dominated by sweet grapes, dark fruit...with some nice wood (roasted?) tones. The flavor was again very sweet, grapes, plums, vanilla, wood, very floral/perfumey. Unfortunately, this brew had an odd watery feel on the tongue...odd because of the immense flavors present. Lively carbonation. Overall, a very finely crafted beer.

3.1
Ernest (7987) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2009 750mL 2009 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, basement), with light notes of cherry, sugar/icing/honey, gum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly watery and light-bodied for its size and professed style. Nice enough aroma, but nothing exciting.

4
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2003
This ale pours a dark, ruby red color with a thin, diminishing, off-white head. The aroma is malty with lots of fruity notes including banana. It has a full body with light carbonation. The flavor is very malty and fruity with banana, vanilla, bread, and alcohol notes. The finish is lingering sweet. Very good, almost like a stronger version of the regular Ommegang.

3.9
MartinT (10240) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2008 In Cotton Candy Meadows, a palaver of young polymaths is stimulated by sweet emanations of mulled cherry wine and red licorice...The subject is perilous yet essential, and consists of mapping the underflesh world of adult emotions...Between two arguments on the lunacy of a lunar sea, caramelized pears are greeted by lip smackings and chocolate mousses are devoured eagerly...Toasty pancakes then overflow as cognitive sparks point to a bitter twist...The prevalent mind rattling and tongue wagging at the exit of the candy store concludes as follows : delete the obsolete and salute the absolute for youthful vigor and a healthy life...

5
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2003
Dark amber color,strong head that is long lasting,and lite tan in color.Nice aroma of malt ,raisin,some alcohol and i know i'm wrong but it almost smells like there's some maple syrup in there some where IMHO.Slight wine like aroma in there but,not being a wine nut i can't say what kind of wine it could be.slight syrup feel to it.Malty taste,licorice,lots of licorice,slightly sweet some fruit tones hard to put my fingure on which one exactly but in my unintelligent opinion it seems like raisin maybe some dryed prune,with a very slight alcohol taste that is not over powering at all.It had an after taste that was quite pleasant slight alcohol with some sweet prune to it with a some what syrupy feel that make the finish of sweet malt last a long time.this is definately a brew worth keeping for some ageing to see if the flavor's come together better which i feel they will.I'm glad to say that i have a 6-pack of these and will be trying them 1 year at a time to see how they age,because a brew like this is well worth waiting for.It's not very complex but it definately has the potential to be even better with age,and i have plenty of time to wait for it to blossom into something special,For those of you who haven't tryed on yet.Eat you heart out.muhahahaha

3.5
JorisPPattyn (10219) - BELGIUM - MAR 31, 2003
Nice dark foxy-red colour, clear; slight orange-brown head. Fruity nose: sweet cherries, strawberry. Later Port or Marssala - like nose, vineous, alcoholy. Bitter-sweet taste, alternating between a nauseating liquorice sweetness and an outspoken burnt toffee&malt flavour. Fruit is reduced to a jam-like flavour (Japanese cherries-jam?). After a time, one gets accustomed, but I cannot even start to like it. Medium-bodied, diminishing effect by the alcohol, augmented by the jam-fruitiness. After a while, the vineous character from the nose reappears. But the vile burnt liquorice keeps hanging on. I'm sure this beer was on a Mission. For me, it failed. What I mostly blame it for, is for the unfullfilled promesses made by the nose, resulting in a complete unbalance between nose and taste.

3.7
mwsf (361) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Strong malt aroma. Mild alcohol. Slight hop bitterness and flavor. Crystal malt sweetness. Very creamy. Nice!!

3.6
Dougal (130) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 11, 2003
Smelled like a Tootsie Roll and tasted like one too. Vanilla characteristics burst forth. Nice caramely (sp) coloring and quite malty. I like mine malty and this carries that quality very well, but also has a underlying bitterness that forced me to rate it a bit lower than I would have cared to. C'est la vie. I waited years to try this thing and I'm still not sure if it was worth the wait.

3.2
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2003
An amber color with strong malty and alcohol aroma. Tastes of caramel and malts. Very strong malts. Too much malts for my liking.


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