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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale - Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre

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BA SCORE
89
very good

420 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 39
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001)
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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.7%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of WWWade
1/5  rDev -74.7%

WWWade, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of gKnow
1/5  rDev -74.7%

gKnow, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of Fettpopps
1.5/5  rDev -62%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.53/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours yellow with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows bready malt, wheat, lemon hints, soft apple and funky notes.
Pretty full-on flavours, loads of booze, metallic notes, grainy notes. Very harsh.
Crazily over-carbonated.
Too boozy and too grainy/metallic.

CrazyDavros, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Gmann
2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale straw color with a big pure white head that dissipated into a solid cap.

The aroma is grainy, very much like an American pale lager. There is a floral honey sweetness and a bit of a metallic/sulfur note. Not that impressed with the aroma.

The taste is grainy as well. A light honey sweetness with a metallic note and sulfur. There are some hay and grassy flavors as well. The flavor is quite clean, I was definitely expecting more from the yeast. There is a light floral note that tries to bring this beer to style but it can't.

The feel is light with spritzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but finishes dry. Drinks clean and is crisp.

Wow, disappointed in this beer. I expected a BSPA or Biere de Garde flavors but all I got was American adjunct lager. The beer is well made, no signs of infection or anything else, the flavor is just not close to what it should be. Curious to see what this tastes like as it warms. I don't think this is a biere de garde as the malt doesn't suggest it. This reminds me of a strong euro lager. The yeast is boring. What happened here?

Gmann, May 15, 2011
Photo of smitty2717
2.73/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer was unavailable for a while. Had a distirbution problem? Seems to be somewhat flat and lacking some flavor. I remember there being some floaties, or it being unfermented. Does anybody know if they changed the recipe? If so, I was unimpressed!!!!

smitty2717, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of ShreddedThumb
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

ShreddedThumb, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of weeare138
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a transparent, light gold with vivacious co2 rising up towards the small, white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is skunky, earthy weeds, honey, apricot, golden raisins, and sunflowers.
Taste is of the same aromas with some funky skunk and dandelion with sweet honey up front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, funky, earthy, with a mineral and spice finish.

weeare138, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

75cl bottle of brown glass with a rather curious cork with a metal swingtop-esque support holding it down as a top. I've never seen a top like it. Reviewed live in Belfort, France. Served into a Westvleteren goblet.

A: One finger head of decent thickness and okay cream. Retention is pretty good considering the high ABV and wide-mouthed goblet. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Light scent of cream and barley.

T: Cream, lemon of depth and character, and a full barley foundation. Simple but quite refreshing. Well balanced and built, with emphasis mainly on the lemon.

Mf: Sharp, lightly coarse, and wet. Refreshing.

Dr: Price is pretty high for the limited quality, but it's pretty drinkable. I wish it were more complex.

kojevergas, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of SeanChouffe
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle.
The appearance is a golden yellow with a quantity of fine effervescence, a nice creamy white head and smooth/sticky lacing. Quite an active initial encounter. The aroma is fruity, bubble gum with undertones of apples (somewhat tart). The flavor is slightly sweet with a tart middle and progresses to a more bitter finish. The MF is smooth (almost watery) with a dry finish. As the beer warms the body and mouthfeel deteriorate.
IMHO: Normally, higher alcohol beers improve with a lowering temperature. This one however, begins to show all of its weaker characteristics. Not a flattering contrast of what are usually a good combination of flavors and textures. It is what some American breweries have done to pale ale—taken away all subtlety.

SeanChouffe, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of DawnL
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden hue with lovely head that disspiates to fine lace.

Lactic acid, milky-sake like nose - some wheat characters

Graphite on the palate. Almost German Pilsner-like. It's drinkable, but not the favorite of the night. Hacker-Schorr-esque - a bit of a urea thing going on as it warms. More banana and clove character evident - German Lager now. Not sour. Not sweet. very dry beer.

This would pair well with chicken shwarma.

DawnL, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of MaevaS
3/5  rDev -24.1%

MaevaS, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of beerluvr
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An old favorite revisited, pours with a pure white head leaving lace on the sides of the glass even before the first sip. Clear gold brilliance, tightly collared & finely carbonated and evidenced by the small bubbles.

Smell is not to much to talk about...a light malt/lager-like aroma, not really as I remember it. Taste is a thinnish mouthfeel and slightly tart then some hoppiness. Finishes quickly..I remember this being much better years back. The bottle is fresh and in good condition, dunno..maybe it's the trained palate I've attained in the years since last sampling.

beerluvr, May 28, 2012
Photo of dgallina
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a deep yellow-gold with very minimal head and nearly no retention or lacing. Lots of carbonation, however. Smells extremely sweet and vinous; sugary white wine with lots of fruit. Tastes approximately like it smells. Sugary, wine-like and fairly strong, with very little hop presence or dryness. Syrupy in the mouth, but fairly light due to carbonation.

Easy to drink, but not especially compelling. It's possible that this bottle was old considering the lack of head and overly-developed sweetness.

dgallina, May 21, 2005
Photo of matjack85
3/5  rDev -24.1%

matjack85, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Noelito76, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Gaisgeil
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really expected a lot more from this one, seriously.

Pours a light gold in color with a fluffy and thick white head. Nose is a bit sweet with a slight yeast character. Taste is quite astringent with alcohol quite present. There is a varied herbal quality present, slightly spicy. There is a slight hop character present as well with a decent amount of carbonation. Finish is quite dry and underwhelming.

Overall I was not impressed by this brew at all really. I doubt I'll be seeking this one out again.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -24.1%

t0rin0, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -24.1%

kelvarnsen, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of thebeerprincess
3/5  rDev -24.1%

thebeerprincess, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of ThaCreep
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold color. Fort effervescent. Nose a little arbitrary, almost devoid of flavor. Taste nearly as great as claimed. No dominant flavor, just a little spice in the mouth but not really persistent and really does not taste the hops.

Of course, this is a nice product to drink but far from great beer and far from deserving all the praise it receives on French territory.

ThaCreep, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of mjc410
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I think I've had two of this type before this, and this rare style has always drawn me since it comes from France and it's beer. Any ale from the land of wine has extra appeal...

The pour into my La Moneuse glass a fizzy off-white head, two fingers high. It falls gracefully to surface lacing, with a bit of cling on the glass. Swirling the glass leaves some slow-moving but slick lacing. The body is translucent gold.

The nose smells a bit like a saison, but less spiced - grass, apple, sweet malt like cereal. A bit of berry too. Nice.

The taste is a bit acidic and definitely grassy. Much drier than the nose would have you believe. As it warms, it opens up, and the acidity seems to mellow. Perhaps a white wine thing, too. Alright, but I'd like more maltiness. Kind of plain.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin, but with too much carbonation for my taste.

Oh well, I've had better, but this isn't terrible in any way, just not my taste.

mjc410, May 09, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've read reviews which claimed this was up there with the best beers in the world so I was thrilled when me mate Dave pulled a bottle of this out his fridge. On pouring we got a huge white head that was fine and delicate. There was very active carbonation like champagne however, for all this activity there was no aroma off the head other than a faint citrus whiff. On tasting I found some estery citrus and mild maltiness. It was quite tart like a blend of citrus fruits and not much bitterness except for balance. It was a bit of an anti-climax actually so I'm a bit let down. I'm not even a huge Belgian fan so this number from Flanders is probably a once-off for me. I's not that I thought it was bad but it was a bit boring.

A second pour gave me residual yeast but no extra flavour. A lively mouthfeel but the same citrus and grass. In wine you'd say it was herbaceous. You say this when you can't pinpoint the flavour. This is too delicate a beer to really dissect so I'll say it's herbaceous with a twist of lime.

rjimlad, May 20, 2007
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3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
89 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.