RATINGS: 2529   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 Bottle. Poured a nice rich murky brown with a large frothy light brown head that lasted throughout and had some really excellent lacing that remained on the glass until the end. The aroma was nice and enticing with a moderate dose of sweet malts, a smidgen of resin hops and a nice sweet yeast with notes of caramel and dried fruit and a mild alcohol tinge. It tasted quite sweet and a little acidic with a note of caramel and maybe a little brown sugar at first and finished with a nice sweet-bitter flavor and had hints of dried fruit and a slight alcohol flavor at the end with the flavor staying with you for a nice enjoyable duration. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry yet slightly oily in texture with a mild carbonation. Overall a superb Belgian Ale with the sweet flavors meeting the bitter ones very nicely with just a hint of alcohol. Not one flavor in this brew overpowers another, giving you a tremendous taste.

Bill Becker (1367) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From May 2006 Poured from caged and corked 750ml(2005-room temp) a deep amber with a huge head of foam that dissipates slowly leaving a fine layer with nice lacing. The smell is a wonderfully sweet malt and cherry that explodes out of the bottle upon opening and continues from my New Belgium goblet. The taste is a mix of caramel sweetness and cherry tartness, an unusual combination for my taste buds but the more I sip, the more I realize that this brew is quite enjoyable and the near 10%abv? I don't find it in the taste at all and after swallowing, there's just a slight warming. Good stuff! Bottom line: This is a fine brew that I *know* I'll be trying again. I recommend it. Edit, Nov 2 1010: My first bottle since my review, a 12ozer. As deliciously cherry tarty and with the same caramel sweetness as the 750ML bottles. It lost nothing going down from the large format bottle at all. A real treat to drink!

GarageBrewer80 (594) - SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2017
Flaska från NY. Brunröd kulör med smutsbrun skumkrona. Sötknäckig doft med mosade äpplen och belgojäst. Smak av torkade dadlar, tall, knäck, körsbär och rostad malt. Söt med avslutande torr och lätt besk munkänsla. Värmande och rund smak av alkohol.

Breezy4life (73) - - OCT 7, 2017
Color is deep, dark amber. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and yeast. Malt smooth with heavy alcohol on the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Beautiful Belgian. Balanced.

DonGregorio (507) - POLAND - OCT 6, 2017
Bottle. Unclear dark amber / copper colour, average tan head with good duration. Aroma of dark fruits, dried fruits, raisins, cherries, light caramel, esters, some spice. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter, of dark fruits, dried fruits, cherries, light caramel, prunes, some spices, a bit vinous. Medium body and carbonation. Tasty and interesting, but not great.

higgsbison (261) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2017
May 2016. Not my favorite quad. But easily drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden. Notes of rum soaked raisins and figs ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ogivlado (7955) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 14, 2017
Bottled 355ml. -from Beergium. Clear amber coloured, medium sized off-white head, brown sugar in the nose. Sweet malty, dried fruits, brown sugar, discreet touch of cherries and noticable alcohol with touch of dates. The finish is rather sweet. Nothing more nothing less than ok, expected much better one.

beern (175) - Alabama, USA - AUG 31, 2017
Pours dark amber with a 2-finger tan head and an aroma of malt & a hint of wood. Tastes of malt and chocolate with a sweet hint of banana from the yeast. It's medium bodied with lively carbonation and well hidden alcohol. It's a slightly sweet chocolate banana ale with a dry finish. There is also a hint of sour/bitter cherry.

kryon (3805) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2017
Pours murky brown with low bronze head Aromas of caramel, oak, marinated cherries, brown sugar, some phenols, some spices, fudge, raisins Taste has notes of raisins, oak, marinated cherries, caramel, bron sugar, som dark fruits, molassess, hints of chocolate Mouthfeel is average carbonation, medium sweetness with a hint of sticky alcohol and almost no bitterness

Pintofjoe29 (63) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2017
Pours a nice reddish bronze with a fluffy head. Aroma of dark fruits, cherry, candied malts, and booze. Taste is initially astringent alcohol forward but gives way to very complex cherry, plum, caramel malty flavors. Better as it warms. Slick carbonated mouthfeel. This is definitely a winner

KansaiBeerLvrs (5305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2017
2015 bottle via Rakuten. In color it is a deep brown with a beige head that dissipated super fast but it also has some pretty ruby highlights. The aroma is candied plums and stone fruits with a hint of berries. Full bodied which I like but sharply carbonated which I don’t as I prefer a smoother mouthfeel. That being said it is very common for the style.
The taste is rich malty sweet caramel with big berry and stone fruit notes plus some sharp booziness. Paired with the Caramel Tokyo Banana the beer really shines with the caramel becoming a chocolatey toffee like flavor and the beer’s sharp edges getting softened. Really good but I’d say you really should pair it with food for maximum enjoyment.

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