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RATINGS: 2523   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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4.2
SlackerMads (3405) - DENMARK - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a large tan head with good retention, lace and regeneration. Intense nose with dark fruits, brown sugar, light sherry and fruit. The flavour follows. Brown sugar, dark fruits, dark wood, caramel, light sherry, dust and mild fruit. Full body, sweetness is balanced by bitterness and warming alcohol. Soft fluffy carbonation. Long warming finish with dark fruits. Very nice.

4
martjoobolut (4471) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 8, 2017
Bottle, 2016 version (from beergium). Pours dark amber-copper with beige head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, Belgian yeast, malt, caramel. Flavor is sweet, malty, fruity, citrus, cherry, even bit acidic, yeasty. Finish is dry bitter, fruits and caramel. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: great. I’m a big fan of quads and this is really good one, it is not as complex as the best Belgian quads, but the sourness makes it less cloying and more drinkable that is common to the style. I also like that they have not overdone the alcohol, 9.7 is low by quad standards, but this is well covered in this beer.

3.5
Turboninja (784) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 24, 2017
[email protected] Castle, NYC, USA. At last, a good US belgian-style quad. Cherry and a bit of plastic and rye butter cookies.

4.5
OsuStu (269) - - FEB 18, 2017
Bomber. Murky brown with an orange hue. Mahogany color once it settles. Big off white head. Aromas of red licorice, prunes, raisins, cherries, wood, yeast. Similar flavor profile with plums, toffee, cola, leather, berries, and significant spiciness. Malts balanced with tartness. Medium body, good carbonation.

3.4
Kauge (1976) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle, LCBO. 2016. BB 03.10.2021. Darkish murky coppery amberish colour with modest creamy head. Malty sweet and ripe autumn fruits aroma, some dark dried fruits, caramel; flavour likewise, strong toffee notes. Tastes rather sweet with a slightly spicy bitterness. The cherry is rather subdued, I almost guess I wouldn’t have noticed any if I didn’t know it was part Liefmans Kriek... Weirrrrd. Alcohol is rather well covered but the mouthfeel is rather thin, carbonation fine and nearing flat. Not among the best Quads I’ve had.

4
jksipa (956) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2017
Bottle from the LCBO. Murky dark coppery brown under a fluffy khaki coloured head that lingers. Nose is cherry forward, with plum, brown sugar, yeast and light spice. Front is quite sweet but roast smooths it in the middle and leads to a lightly tart fruity finish. Mouth is medium+ and chewy with soft carbonation and a lingering vinous finish. Alcohol is quite warming. Nice sippe. 8/4-/8+/4/16

3.6
ametras (1646) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2017
750ml bottle. Burgundy with a foamy beige head. Flavors are alcohol, raisins, cherry and toffee with spicy notes. Medium to full body, moderate to good carbonation, smooth texture.

4.4
chadski (145) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Beautiful mahogany color. Cherry aroma. Bold sweetness of currants and berries. One of my favorites.

4.2
meccahh69lol (246) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - FEB 12, 2017
I hadn’t had this one in a few years so I was curious to see how it holds up. The aroma is very nice with a fruity, plumy zing to it. It pours a pleasant dark red-brown with a thin head. It has a sweet, fruity (once again plums come to mind) taste that isn’t cloying or overpowering and is well balanced with the Belgian yeast. It feels very nice going down with a lovely sensation on the tongue and a nice long finish. This is quite a keeper and one definitely worth checking out for any occasion. I imagine it would be a good wine replacement for a fancy meal!

4.3
SvanteL (569) - SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2017
Vackert rödbrun, något oklar, med ett tätt fint beiget skum. I doften finns en fin blandning av söta och syrliga dofter av en mängd olika slags bär och frukter, körsbären känns tydligt, romdränkta russin och plommon. När det gäller smaken är fruktig bara förnamnet, lite syrliga körsbär plus en massa torkad frukt,, mycket russin och plommon i rom, sötman och syran balanserar perfekt. Som en La Trappe Quadrupel med extra fruktsting, suverän. Denna flaska är från 2009 och jag tror att den har blivit rundare i smaken sedan jag testade samma årgång 2011.


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