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RATINGS: 2579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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, 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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OxfordBeer (16) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2012
2011 Three Philosophers. 750ml bottle to snifter. Pours a cloudy dark brown with medium to high carbonation and a moderate tan head that fades quickly leaving laces on the glass. Nose is tart with spicy belgian yeast, fruity, cherry. Fruity and tart tart palate, balanced nicely; taste of alcohol is present accompanied by the warm feeling. Medium bodied with a slight syrup mouthfeel but not as heavy. Finish is lasting and sour spicy belgian yeast and alcohol is present. Great ale about as complex as it gets.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Joelly3d (48) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2016
Belgian quads are my favorite. I also love fruit beers, so naturally this is something I will love. Has a very smooth non alcoholic taste and the cherry tones are subtle. Considering it is only 2% cherry ale this makes sense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftyHare (37) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2016
355ml bottle pours dark murky brown with rich tan head. Aromas of caramel, butter, cherries and bread and cinnamon. Tastes of salted caramel, glazed cherries, bread and butter pudding, maple syrup, yeast, cognac and spice. Intense, rich and complex with plenty of sweetness and almost no bitterness. A little cherry sourness and a bit of alcohol on the finish. A decadent treat!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
biir (918) - Berlin, - NOV 7, 2016
Bottle in NYC - Clear brown color with a small, disappearing head. Aromas of rum-flavored fruits, dark malts, chocolate, liquorice. Fine mouthfeel. A bit winey. Very good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (909) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2016
1 year aged bottle. Carmel brown pour with half inch khaki head. Aroma of brandy, walnuts, raisins, orange zest, thick yeast with banana esters, definite cherries. Carbonation soft, mouthfeel a bit thin, crisp effervescent finish. Cherries mix well with the yeast flavors, caramel, plum, bit boozy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bratschepeter (56) - Abilene, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2016
12oz bottle (thanks Jeff!). Pours a mostly opaque reddish-brown with a thick yellow-white head; the head dissipates slowly to a good 4 mm, and very sticky lacing coats the glass as the beer is consumed. A fairly grainy, somewhat sweet-sour aroma has hints of tart cherries with no noticeable bitterness or hops; the taste is a bit boozy featuring semi-sweet fruit notes and a woody/wine-like quality. The body is quite frothy thanks to significant carbonation, but the texture is still fairly light with a slick mouthfeel. A malty, sweet-sour aftertaste helps to create an overall impression not unlike root beer or cream soda as the beer has a very long finish. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ehaak26 (192) - - OCT 24, 2016
Bottle from Wegmans. Aroma is a nice mix of cherries, molasses, and dark fruits. Pleasantly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
17Beer (246) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Big sour yeast and hops scents. Pours a cloudy slightly orange brown cider colored. Enormous tan head with small bubbles. Very subtle for a quad. Kircsch cherry notes of sweetness balance the sour foundation with some nuttiness and a granny smith sour tang. Alcohol is completely hidden in a fizzy, short finishing tangy. Super intriguing, balanced very well made ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2652) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2016
12oz bottle from Ridgeview Liquors in Green Bay, shared with bananabi11. Sweet malts, nuts, thick yeast. Some cherry. Lots of thick body. Solid for style, not too sweet. 13.8

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4713) - BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2016
One of the more classic American craft beers, from the Moortgat-owned Ommegang brewery that, under Moortgats instigation, came to be known as a Belgian style ale specialist in the earlier days of Americas beer revolution. From a 75 cl vintage bottle at Waagstuk (2009 so seven years old), shared with Craftmember, Olivier and Stphanie. Lacing, thick moussy, egg-white head, hazy coppery amber robe, a tad paler than average for something which is usually referred to as a quadrupel. Aroma of dried fig, grappa, orange peel, caramel, white rum, candied cherries and even cherry jam revealing that some sweet kriek beer was literally added to the mix, dried banana, dry yellow raisins, red apple, lightly toasted bread, redcurrant and onsetting but not off-putting oxidation. Dried fig, orange zest and blue plum in the onset, sweet with sourish balance, medium carbo, caramelly and honeyish malt sweet middle, smooth but already a bit thinned by age, spicy hop touch in the end clinging onto the malt sweetness and even residual sugary sweetness which sticks a little bit in the throat, but is then washed away by a warming but practically non-astringent, brandy-like alcohol effect. Pleasant enough beer, sweet and alcoholic as can be expected from a quad, thoroughly Belgian in style and graciously aged, in a similar way as e.g. a bottle of Chimay Premire would.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
billtheman (86) - milford, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Since I love dark beers, I really enjoyed this one. So dark that you cant see through the stein when you hold it up to a light. Has a delightful taste without any bitter aftertaste.


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