3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
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Reviews by doktorhops:
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
For today's tasting I spied an odd presented cork bottle at the back of my local 1st Choice Liquor. It seemed to cry out "Drink me, I look like a fancy Belgian trippel", and having both fond (Duvel, Chimay, Orval) and not-so-fond (Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior) memories of them I decided to take another chance.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into some sort of a fluted chalice that is actually a cocktail glass however it does the job.
A: Pours and looks like a typical Champagne: 4cm gassy white head and nice golden body, however with the addition of haze from the bottle conditioning. Pleasing enough thus far.
S: Similar aroma to Duvel (though not quite as pronounced), the dry fruitiness of a Pinot Gris, a nice crisp apple peel tempers throughout, with that hint of yeast on the nose.
T: It's alright. 3 Monts has made a comparable brew to a Belgian tripel, without much of the finesse the Belgian brewers bring to the art. It has an up front double malt flavour, think barley/grain/caramel, which is followed by some astringent and acidic crisp apple, not unlike a good dry cider, and a dry finish. This one actually improves in flavour as it gets warmer and I would imagine the ideal drinking temp to be around 5 degrees celcius (I have a fridge with a broken thermostat that freezes everything in winter). If you can imagine cider, lager and Champagne together this is what the outcome might be.
M: Very excited, Champagne bubbly mouthfeel. Carbonation is reasonably high and the body is medium.
D: This is a beer that gets better as you drink it. Yes it's not Duvel, but it is half the price of it's Belgian cousin and half price is the right price for this... and Duvel could be about $5 cheaper per 750ml bottle too. It will get you drunk as quickly as Duvel, and it has many similar characteristics as well, but somehow it just doesn't hit the same high point in the flavour department and sadly that is the only thing holding 3 Monts back from a near perfect score. If there was an interesting hops flavour in there then maybe it could be a 5/5. As it is I can say one thing: Duvel for the masses.
Food match: With a brew of such vinous characters I would recommend a food match similar to a like-minded wine, Pinot Gris; Bouillabaisse, Peruvian ceviche, Paella or Spaghetti aglio olio e peperoncino.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2012 07:06:01 | More by doktorhops
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3.51/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Continued tour of French beers. Bought in Lyon, poured chilled in ale glasses, chez buzzlitebeer
A: bright; light, like a champagne/prosecco; foamy head; good lacing
S: like a dry white wine or prosecco; grape aroma
T: bright, pilsner-like quality; apple cider in the body; the yeast (champagne?) is a strong element; very much like a fruit or cider beer
Really nice, well worth a trip.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 20:22:11 | More by Arithmeticus
3.54/5 rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale
Appearance: Lovely deep gold color, little bubbles of carbonation rising to meet the fluffy head. The head is full of tight foamy bubbles, and lasted for a few moments. Lacing was nothing special, just a few patches around the glass rim.
Smell: Definitely has some sweet malt blended with fruity lemon and orange esters. Light spices, coriander and hints of clove. Very subtle and delicate aromas.
Taste&Mouthfeel: Very nice. The medium body is light but has the depth of spices. The malt seems to have hints of wheat, and is cut by the spices. There is a little heat on the back end from the alcohol, which surprised me because it's not a particularly strong in ABV beer. I wanted slightly more citrus, though the beer had sharp acidity, it still lacked the flavors of orange and lemon my nose had led me to believe would be present. Good carbonation is a major plus in this brew.
Overall: It is refreshing as a brew, esp after drinking so many IPAs lately. I passed my glass around and it was a crowd pleaser. Personally, it was a little sharp in heat and acid with not enough esters to mellow out the flavor of the malt and coriander. Still, as I said, the others in the room gave it higher marks than I.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 22:21:25 | More by ToriBug13
3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
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