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RATINGS: 2630   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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3.9
matty (415) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2017
750 mL bottle. Pours a deep ruby red color with a thick tan head that eventually settles a film. Aroma is mostly cherries and dried fruit. Medium-full body, flavor matches the aroma with dried fruit and cherries and a little bit of warming alcohol. Finish is dry and sweet. Excellent!

3.9
argeru (94) - Hillsboro, Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2017
750ml. Smells like a roasted glass of moscato. Kicks off just a bit too hard, but eases down into that lovely taste we all want. It’s damn good, but just missing that trappistes mark by a hair.

4.1
KevinReddirt (165) - Midland, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Very nice try at a Belgian quad, just not the top. Great appearance, dark amber-brown body with a slight tan head. I scent spice and dark fruit, raisin and plum. The taste is more like a subdued black cherry, malt and a hint of the alcohol. Rather Chimayish, good effort at the best.

3.4
chris__hartley (445) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2017
It pours murky copper with amber highlights; the head is off white and foamy. The aroma has notes of: toffee, figs, banana, clove, and cherries. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter. The palate is medium-heavy bodied with light carbonation, and has a long finish. Overall, it’s meh, needs more body.

3.9
Freaky_tiki (1240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2017
Bottle from LCBO. Pours dining room table brown with a rather disappointing head. Interesting swirls of flavour in this one: molasses, dried dark fruit, molasses, red licorice, brown sugar & some booze. A little sharp around the edges. Wonder if cellaring would improve both the balance & flavours. But not to worry: this is a wonderful beer to sip on as my holiday draws to a slow close. Cheers.

4.1
Tranquillity (2324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2016
Bottled. Red brown hazy body, huge even brown head. The aroma is sweet with cherry, vanilla, oak, birch leaves. The taste is chocolate, vanilla, cherry with little or no bitterness except that if dark chocolate at the end. The finish is dry and the overall impression is beautiful.

3.5
jjsint (3089) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2016
Bottle from Total Wine & More, St Petersburg. Cinnamon brown, clear, a bit thin-looking. Soft plum, some warming spice, chocolate-covered cherries. Lovely sweet taste, and I have to use the word ’warming’ again. Medium to long finish, where the sweetness never fades, although there’s a spicy bitter hop lurking in the background. Raisin, plum pudding, crème brûlée in the aftertaste. Not the best Quad I’ve ever had but still very good.

4.5
crazy_cat_lady (582) - - DEC 23, 2016
Bottle from LCBO. Warm reddish brown with off-white head. Warming aromas of brown sugar, molasses, malt, brandy, hints of boozy cherries. Flavours of cherries, raisins, toffee, roasted malt, some oakiness perhaps. Quite nice.

3.8
jrodooo5 (1672) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2016
Beautiful pour, lovely aroma, & complex taste. It’s warming while the alcohol is fairly hidden. Surprisingly light mouthfeel for nearly 10%. Very nice!

4.3
cattaneopapa (391) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2016
750ml bottle from LCBO. Pours an opaque ruby brown colour with one finger of head that reduces into a ring. Complex fruity aroma with notes of cherries, figs, toffee and a whiff of banana. Taste matches the aroma with a well balanced spicy finish and notes of alcohol soaked cherries. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent quad with a cherry twist. Highly recommended if you’re a quad fan.


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