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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale

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very good

430 Ratings

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.45%
Wants: 41
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Reviews by EPICAC:
Photo of EPICAC
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Bière de Garde. It came in a standard 750mL brown glass bottle. The cork was held in place by a metal bracket that I had to pry off with a pair of needle-nose pliers, the cork then had to be removed with a corkscrew. I let the beer warm for about 45 minutes (ideal serving temp 45-50ºF), but closer to 40ºF. I served the beer in my two New Belgium snifters, which I felt were a reasonable substitute for the recommended tulip, or oversized wine glasses.

Appearance: It pours a hazy golden color, with a champagne-like carbonation. A thick white head tops the beer, and slowly diminishes to a thin layer.

Smell: A sweet aroma with a very subtle hint of apple.

Taste: Spices upfront, with a light bready sweetness at the center. The sweetness carries to the end. A warming sensation from the alcohol is also evident at the end. There's a mild bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Has an initial prickliness that gives way to a smooth, medium bodied feel.

Drinkability: Smooth, and refreshing. This beer would be easy to drink a lot of.

Overall: This is my first Bière de Garde. I think the bottle might have been a little old. Maybe I would have been more impressed with a fresher bottle. I do like the complexity that isn't present in other styles of golden beers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man what nice looking beer poured a brilliant yellow with huge rocky head,watching it come down right now,smell was yeasty and slightly fruity.the taste started out a little yeasty with some slight fruity notes ending mineral like.Nice complex ale even better than what I thought it would be.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a light, delicate, and gorgeous off-yellow in color with a brilliant pure white head that came up just right. The light and airy nature of this beer's appearance is exactly on point.

Smell - The aroma is just as light. It's a bit hoppy with some of the most wonderful grassy notes that I've ever smelled. The malt is equally delicate and rightly balances the nose. There's nothing overpowering here just a lot of harmony going on.

Taste - The spices that I missed at the nose are prominent at the taste. The cardamom in particular is well done as is the pure white pepper. The hops are much sharper as well, I'd actually say big for the style, with some light grapefruit and maybe like a pear but without the sugar if that makes any sense. It reminds me actually of some of the dry fruity white wines you find in drier regions.

Mouthfeel - This is not light-bodied but falls short of medium. The dry character though is very sharp and in fact may be too much for some. The carbs are aggressive.

Drinkability - Talk about a good drinker. It's hard to sip this beer which is too bad because it deserves a careful pace. It defines crisp and clean. Well done.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.91/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Watery yellow. Attractive, thin lacing clings well.

N: Faint malts, light sweetness, alcohol.

T: Not very exciting. Sweet malts, hints of citrus. I want more.

MF: Watery. Extremely light body. Good carbonation.

D: One bottle pretty well made me drunk in a dirty way. I wasn’t much interested in any more after that.

Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.6%

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle, no freshness date. On the back label are some history, how to serve and suggestions to pair with the beer.

Appearance: Sparkling golden hue, the dregs that made it into the second glass did not cloud the brew much and stayed in clumpy flakes. Tiny bubbles are champagne like and hold the white lace together.

Smell: Big spicy aroma of clove, anise and some odd herbal phenols. Touch yeasty with a sweetness that comes from both the alcohol and malt. Mild solvent aroma with fruity undertones of pineapple and pear. Needless to say the aroma is all over the place, in a good way.

Taste: A flowing medium body with a churning carbonation that rolls through the crisp mouth feel. Big bursting spicy and alcohol flavours. Spiciness is a mix of clove, anise with a backing of phenolic flavours that drawn on to an herbal front. Hints of wood crop up from the cork like flavours. More complex flavours of nutmeg, vanilla and earth bring this beer to a higher level. Hops run along the spicy herbal route. Alcohol flavours run with a touch of spicy solvent and sweet fruitiness. Trace of dry nuttiness, similar to walnut, come from the yeast. The malt character is dry on the palate and seems to let everything else do most of the leg work until the end when it throws a graininess out there when things dry up.

Notes: This is a pretty special brew, so complex and is better off pairing with a hearty meal. Grilled kielbasa with sautéed yellow squash and zucchini (butter & 3 Monts) was a perfect match.

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has an unusual metal clip holding the cork. Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden body that is topped by a large and billowy vanilla head. Good retention and lots of clumpy lacing.

Pastoral aroma has some perfumey florals, herbal hops, sweet honeydew, green apple peels, a hint of coriander, and freshly cracked white pepper.

Medium body has a spritzy carbonation and an earthy feel.

Taste opens with dry herbal hops and an array of light spices. White pepper and corisnder are obvious. There is a nice subtle fruity sweetness like kiwis or not fully ripe strawberries. Grassy and earthy hops impart a pleasant musty outdoorsy character. Drys out nicely toward the finish and leaves a dry herbal hops aftertaste.

Very good for the style, the kind of beer that makes me bolt outside and enjoy the meadow and hug sheep.

Photo of Weizenmensch
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750mL corked light brown bottle which makes the beer look browner than it really is. Best before 22.12.07, presumably brewed on that date in '04. My first biere de garde, to my memory.

Appearance: Surprisingly pale - I didn't realise it would be such a nice pilsenery pale gold colour. Looks good in a Tripel Karmeliet glass, the closest one I could get to the modern 3 Monts glass shown on the website. Lots of effervescence - medium to small bubbles, with incredibly fine ones forming from the scoring on the bottom of the glass. Interesting to see the two sizes at the same time. Good head retention, lots of creamy lacing. I was going to give it 4.5 but I decided its appearance is remarkable among beers of its kind. The best thing of all is that could almost be a cheap lager but holds so many mystical secrets within, not least its 8.5%abv.

Smell: Lots of components to it, but hard to separate them into their individual smells. I'm finding it hard to distinguish the scent of my beer from the brie and wholemeal crispbread I'm eating with it (the crispbread is very bran-like and adds to the rustic appeal of the brew). Rather grassy, pilsener-like hops are the first to be identified. A very light malt smell is pleasing, because it almost smells like the light beer/low alcohol beer unfermented malt smell, only without the nastiness - that unfermented malt smell has a nice sweetness to it, but also a harsh astringency which makes it undrinkable. This has that sweetness, a kind of innocence, even though the beer is strong. The brewer has cleverly designed the wort so that it contains a high concentration of those chemicals which give light beer a modicum of charm, and yet also has lots of fermentable sugars. Smell is overall pleasant, organic-smelling (free from adjuncts, obviously), but hard to distinguish.

Taste: Very pleasing. It's been a long time since a beer like this has got me this excited. Makes me want to go out and party - perhaps that's the alcohol creeping up on me. Flavours: aforementioned toasted malt, bitter yet fascinating hops, sweetness but sourness at the same time, alcohol numbing the taste buds. There is something that makes me think this beer is almost a dud, like a cheap lager - maybe that's the way it looks and its ease of drinking. But it's incredible. I'm giving this beer a good review so far, but that's probably because it's really what I felt like, and it exceeded my expectations. I don't know if this beer is my friend or my enemy. If I didn't love it, I'd hate it, but that doesn't go for everyone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: If only I could have another one.

Complaints: The lip of the bottle drips while pouring it. Otherwise, this beer is difficult to fault.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of ant1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of innominat
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ADR
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, fine/frothy head. Big estery aroma, some grass and earth notes mixed in. Lots of banana. Really exceptional smell. Vinous flavors, fairly complex and wine-like with other notes of earth and rum-raisin spice. Complex at the swallow. Real notes of bittering are notable in the acidic side of the brew. A little over-carbonated to my tastes, it becomes more pleasant if allowed to sit about 10 minutes. I'm sure fans of the style love it and I'm making an effort to extend my appreciation as well, but not a favorite. Hail to beer diversity, however.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden color. Champagne-like carbonation. Thick white head.

Smell: Apple, flowery, and sour bread.

Taste: Spices hit the tongue first followed by a nice apple sweetness and then followed by sour bread and yeasty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. Light and refreshing.

Photo of rastaman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well, i am never dissapointed by this brew, robust, yet subtle at the same time, amazingly round palate, bitter, savoury, a regular in my fridge!!! Original rating (well it was actually a re-rate of a original rating) starts here: i'm growing hopelessly addicted this beer. which probably isn't good for my bank balance. Light gold in colour with little head. Aroma is of oak, malt, wet paint, kerosene and also a vinous smell aswell. Quite a full body, salty, bittter, oaky and vinous flavour. Theres one thing for shore though this beer is awesome, sit back and enjoy.....

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow body with a sea of tiny bubbles that race to the surface to support a spongy snow white head that turns creamy and sticks to the glass in a heavy meniscus.

S- The faint wet pale malt note has a slight floral aroma and a honey hint in the finish, but otherwise it is pretty clean.

T- The dry clean flavor has a light yellow apple hint that takes on a tart note and some light fruity apricot flavors fades to a soft green note in the finish and a bitterness that lingers which is not distinctly from hops. As the beer warms, there is a floral bubblegum note that comes though aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a full fizz that scrubs the tongue at the end of each sip and turns creamy as it warms.

D- This beer is very light and subtle but the fizz starts to make it a bit to bland as it washes out the flavor and it also boost the bitterness which dominates the finish.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm still working through some notes with this one.

This is somehow both brilliant and pale, a medium yellow in color and obviously unfiltered, as there's both haze and sediment plentifully evident. A white cap forms nearly two fingers of height and proves sturdy. Lacing is left in soft patches and legs snaking down the glass.
From the aroma, I understand immediately that this is a Belgian style, as the clove, lightly and inoffensively dusty and light fruits/subtle bubble gum sweetness of the yeast mingle. There's a bit more to it as well, as something gently herbal and a bit more spiciness also come in.
Less of the character that told me this was a Belgian in the aroma is present in the flavor, as more of the underlying characteristics come out from underneath. The spiciness pulls through and alcohol creeps out a bit more. There's something like a gentle mix of spices in there as well, and a more complex sweetness than I realized initially also peeks through, particularly (along with pear and light fruits flesh) some vanilla and perhaps toffee. This really is more complex than I could have realized at first.
The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth, riding off a rolling carbonation that isn't simply filler and building of a gently nipping crispness. This feel really pulls it all together.
This is still a fairly unfamiliar style to me, but I get what they're doing and this one does it very well.

Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of biboergosum
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml solidly structured bottle, best before date: 25-07-11. Weird stapled cork enclosure - when I finally popped off the staple, it actually flew straight into the waiting glass!

This beer pours a rather clear, effervescent pale straw colour, with lots and lots of thinly foamy, lily-white head, which melts away quite slowly, leaving random strands of pock-marked painted lace around the glass.

It smells of clean cereal grains, damp hay, meadow clover, a touch of floral yeast, softly spicy hops, and a mild alcohol twang. The taste is biscuity, wheaty grain, dry, edgy white pepper, spicy phenols, a mildly acidic fruitiness, a few creamy nutty notes, tame earthy yeast, and an oh so softly enveloping booze warming.

The carbonation is rather moderate, and seemingly pillow soft, those tiny, tiny bubbles gently caressing the tongue, the body a decent medium build, and duly smooth, with an attendant creaminess. It finishes not quite dry, the heretofore, and still indeterminate hops pressing their case, in cahoots with the equally shy alcohol, all to the ephemeral chagrin of the lingering cereal wheat sweetness.

An interesting and pretty tasty beer, with a nice, rounded Belgian quality, what with the pale malts, yeast, spice, and very well obfuscated, elevated ABV running the show. Given the style description, this hits it bang-on, in all the right ways, and remains eminently drinkable.

Photo of rubysoccer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1st review on BA:

Bottle bought from local wine and craft beer store, same metal staple easily removed with knife part of wine opener, then used corkscrew to remove fairly moist cork. Served in Rodenbach tall tulip glass, almost champagne flute-like which I believe helps with carbonation.

Appearance: Wow! So light! Bubbly! Pours extremely light with good foam, some lacing.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, excited to taste!

First taste: That's it? really? Tastes like the miller lite I downed last night...Hmm...let me taste again. Ohhhh...<swishes around mouth>..

Second taste: There's that fruitiness and spiciness I smelled. Oooh and it gets better with each taste as it coats my mouth. The carbonation keeps it light though, so it doesn't feel like the beer sits in my mouth for too long. Each taste gets better. Last taste may be the best, as have a perfect mix of foam (10%) and beer (90%) that has warmed and breathed a bit.

About to go after the 2nd glass....can't wait!

Photo of Anonmatel
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was golden in Colour, great froth 'trying to hide up your nose' kind of head.

Smelt of honey, spice, fruity, earthy.

Tasted of pear, spices, malty, all the things you'd expect me to say.

This is just one of those beers you wish you could afford more often. I picked it up for $13.95 for 750ml which is a little too much for one beer in my humble opinion.
A very solid beer though.

Photo of MaevaS
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of GilGarp
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle with cork, metal strap, and gold plastic wrap. Dated 11 20.

Served cold into a goblet, 3 Monts Classic Golden Ale is a very pale golden yellow color with good clarity and great towering head. The head has good retention and actually seems to grow for a few minutes before it starts to settle.

Aroma is sweet and funky with a definate biere de garde yeasty character.

Alright, the head is so prolific, I now need to spoon it out so that my first few sips aren't entirely foam.

Flavor is entirely unique and intense. If you handed this to the unknowing beer drinker, they might not speak to you again. The first impresion is that it's mild and sweet but it soon shows it's funky side with a healthy dose of French yeast and barnyard musk. It's actually very nicely done and enjoyable. Balanced and sipable.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and appropriately carbonated. The huge head was most likely a result of my etched bottom glass.

Overall another impressive beer from Saint Sylvestre although I enjoyed their Grande Reserve better.

Photo of Mar02x
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really nice clear classic Golden color with a large fluffy head that retains real well. There is some carbonations visible.

S - Nice fruit like aromas with plenty of hop and grain.

T - Nice and fresh, bits of spice up front (cardamom, coriander and orange-apple), Yeast is very noticeable in a nice way. A real thirst quencher.

M - Medium body and medium to full carbonation. Real bitter after taste. The fluid gets a bit sticky when the temperature rises. Some belching can occur.

O - A good beer but not enough body to be a winner, but if you compare it to other blond beers....

Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold with swimming particles capped by a puffy and clinging white froth.
Plenty of funk on the nose. Farmy and dry, with notes of sourdough, alluminum, pastures, lemon peel and black pepper.
Taste is intricate and ever-changing. Initially (and cold) it begins cracker-dry with an assertive herbal hop lean and plenty of biting yeasty spice. Unfolds further as it warms, Cameos from white grapes, black liquorice, vanilla, lime, cherry skins, and pears. It retains its peppery dry yeast component, bringing with it traces of horses and fallow fields. Fruitier still as it approaches room temperature. More honey with a white rum alcohol sensation.
It maintains a delicate balance between creamy and spritzy. Gloriously gulpable, but show some control and savor this one.

Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They told me this was a blond, Mondiale 2005. Light yellow colour, with Significant foamy head, easy drinkability, yeasty composition, hops, bit too much carbonation leading to drying. Apple juice, herbal, grassy, alcohol, touch of ginger, medium mouthfeel.

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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
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