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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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271 Reviews

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Reviews: 271
Hads: 453
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 40
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-20-2001

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Photo of Dantes
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Package: 750ml (1 pint, 9.4 oz) “stapled” & corked, heavy brown bottle. No date or ABV information. Labels differentiate this from the Grand Réserve by a gold band in place of black and by labelling this “Flanders Golden Ale.” Back labels are beige and black respectively. The “regular”back label emphasizes this as a fine companion to cheeses, charcuterie, and grilled meats (which applies to the GR as well); and includes an admonition to serve cool but not chilled. Cork stamped, “11/11.” This particular bottle was bought about 18 months ago and properly cellared.

Cost: $5.99

Presentation: tulip glass at ~50º. The heavy staple is easily removed with the blade of a waiter’s corkscrew (or a screwdriver), but the small edge of cork above the bottle’s mouth makes using a corkscrew (or pliers) recommended.

Appearance: Unlike the Grand Réserve, this is not labelled “sur lie,” but they definitely coat the bottom of the bottle. Opens with the same vigor and gunsmoke; pouring a similar if slightly paler cloudy yellow. Generates the same tight, dry head with substantial, sticky lacing.

Smell: Similarly complex if a touch heavier on the malty and floral elements and a bit less on the dry, biscuity aromas.

Taste: This starts sweeter than the Grand Réserve, with a slightly less hoppy note and a fuller, fruitier body. However, these are all fairly subtle differences and vary slightly bottle to bottle. Overall, this is probably a bit less structured than the Grand Réserve

Mouthfeel: The alcohol warmth is a bit deeper here (although I believe the Grand Réserve is slightly higher in ABV), enhanced by the extra honeyed sweetness that also lends this a greater sensation of viscosity. Displays the same superb carbonation.

Drinkability: Again, super-drinkable. It’s only a matter of taste and mood that might differentiate one over the other.

Backwash: Stands along with the Grand Réserve as one of the finest beers available. I don’t care if one calls it a pale ale, Belgian strong ale, or Bière de Garde (my personal choice); this is one of the finest bibulatory experiences you can find. The extra dryness and structure of the Grand Réserve makes it a better match overall for food, but this is perhaps better for rich hors d’oeuvres like the cheese, charcuterie, and grilled meats suggested by the label. (2,365 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an unusual beer. Definitely more of a Biere de Garde than a Belgian Strong Pale, imo. This beer poured a deep translucent golden color with a medium sized bubbly, fizzy head. Lots of bubbles rushing to the top. Good lacing. The smell is strong but it seems to be all yeast or something slightly skunky even, like a Czech pilsner. The taste is a little overwhelming at first, but as this warms I notice more intricacies in the beer. There seems to be a lot of yeast in the taste and a good amount of spices, peppery spices are noted most. I get an oak character behind the yeast and a nutty background as well. The finish is really dry and spicy but not tart or acidic. However, this beer did not wow me and I couldn't get many flavors to come out, the complexity might have been there but my tastebuds couldn't detect it. Anyways, I will definitely try this again down the line when I am more advanced in drinking ;)
P.S. This beer works amazingly with cheese and crackers. Definitely a beer to pair food with imo. (1,025 characters)

Photo of jahred
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow. It took me way too long to get this beer open - there's an odd metal staple-like object inserted into the cork. Not sure why it's needed.

In any case, pours an incredibly clear, pale yellow color with a nice white head and plenty of lace to go around. The scent is incredibly yeasty, with perhaps a slight bitter hoppy scent.

The taste is spicy and phenolic, and largely focused on the yeast. As it warms, I taste more yeast, and then alcohol, but little else. I don't even get much of a fruit, malt or hoppy taste. Just alcohol and yeast (which I normally love to detect in my beers, but only in conjuction with other flavors). Of course, yeast and alcohol and little else made for what I consider to be a rather unbalanced beer. (741 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head is thin and dense. Nice opaque golden color. The smell was disappointing as I couldn’t find anything but some skunkiness. The taste is enjoyable, fruity but mostly just enjoyable, very hard to define. The alcohol is clearly noticeable. The hops are fruity and remain subtle. The brew shows some hints of citrus and is kind of refreshing, although it’s alcohol content makes it hard to be a good session beer. Some liquor aspects, maybe cherry liquor. Somehow floury. Its good, but I think I expected more after reading other reviews. (544 characters)

Photo of govtmule
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a half inch to an inch white head. Didn't stick around long enough for my taste. It was a nice, clear golden yellow - same color as Duvel.
Smelled slightly floral, earthy and some alcohol.
Tasted some sweetness and alcohol. I thought I could taste some tobacco. It beautifully complex (maybe some subtle spices) and malty as well.
I could sit on the porch drinking this all summer, if I had the time and money. (421 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma. Spicy and peppery apple and oak flavors, more hoppy than I expected. Medium body with a crisp and snappy mouthfeel, finishes very dry. I really like this one. (264 characters)

Photo of Foxman
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a rather clear, true yellow. A moderate white head, dotted with bigger bubbles, drains away quickly to mere traces of froth. There's some minor droopy lacing.

The aroma carries a mild grain sweetness of malt. A cherry/berry note backs the malt, and melds with the yeast tartness. Overall, the smell is clean and basic.

A sip brings a brisk sweetness first, not cloying, but with a sugary character. There's an earthy, almost dusky tone flitting about the middle ground. Sweetness creeps back in, again stopping just short of being cloying. Alcohol provides a quick glimpse of itself about midway as well. A flat, flighty bitterness lingers distantly at the finish.

It's medium bodied, and rather carbonated, but it still slides away quickly, not quite traceless, but certainly not lingering.

Well, I can now say that I know the French can make beer, and it's definitely not swill. It's reasonably flavorful, but it has some flat spots in the flavor curve, never jumping out and asserting itself, seemingly content to be just OK. It doesn't offend, and it doesn't amaze. Rather, it has enough character to stimulate the palate, but not to wow it. Hey, it's better than just mediocre, actually approaching good, but coming up short. The ABV does its part in limiting the drinkability. So now I've tried it, but honestly, after this one, I'll likely look elsewhere. (1,387 characters)

Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3 Monts Biere de garde, 750mL bottle
Mild malt aroma. Bitter floral hops and a bit metallic. Sweet aroma. Fine foamy white lacing head over a drak golden clear body. Heavy watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts moderately sweet with light malts. Alcohol taste, some sugar. Finishes with good bitterness and a floral hoppiness. After is medium dry bitter with some fruitiness. (386 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was so ridiculously easy to open. I mean come on, unwrap the foil top, take a scissor and pop the staple off, and remove the cork as normal. Is that so hard genius? (lol) Anyway this beer pours out a nice light blondeish/golden colour with a big, fluffy white head of foam. The aromas are all lemon peel, various spices, french yeast, malt, hops and more. The taste is zesty, hoppy, spicy, lemony, and lovely. The mouthfeel is soft on the tongue, yet sharp and warming on the finish. The drinkability is great. Viva La France! (536 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, nobody can tell me that the french can't make beer. It takes a lot of trouble opening it. Corked with a swing top bar. I couldn't figure it out, cut myself trying. The beer was worth it. The most gorgeous thing I've ever seen. Perfectly clear golden color with a large pillowy white head that would last forever, as if I would wait that long. A little spiciness with some vanilla. Very clean tasting. Very light in body. Worthy of being one of the worlds top beers. (469 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, lovely, nice & bright, with a big, snowy white head. This beauty's in it for the long run!
Aroma: BOOM! Perfection, right from the start! Sorry, you skeptics, but when you smell it, you know it! Sugary-sweet, yet light, and fruity, and still utterly profound. Deep and dazzling.
Taste: huge hoppiness dominates the palate, dances and drizzles the senses....mmmm! That's all I'm reduced to, just...mmmm! Very tasty!
Bold, spicy, flavorful, warm, and wonderful....yum....
And this point my grasp on objectivity in discernment loosened and my spirit was let slip and surrendered itself into the very glass, creating a time when man and beer are truly one....
It was that kind of beer...you kinda had to be there...
Thanks so much to jcalbi!! (763 characters)

Photo of diablo14
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

france is much better known for its reds, but does have a couple of pretty good beers going around and this is one of them. this os also a beer sure to ignite debate about the relationship between beers and corks. this one certainly suffers as a result of them.

3 monts gives off the impression of being in the belgian style, but is a bit lighter in color and body than a belgian, dispite the AV being around the same mark. its a light golden color with a slight lime tinge to it. has a rocky head which is a fair bit thinner than most strong ales, but doesnt lack staying power. also has a strong effervesence i really liked as i watched it swirling rapidly up my glass in jetstream like motions. the nose is unfortunately dominated by the smell of cork, but there is a nice sweetness and gentle floral aromas. the flavor is quite impressive. the cork is present, giving the beer a peat like element, but then there are traces of almond, apples and a wonderful vanilla sweetness. very crisp for a strong ale, similar to duval, but not as full bodied. beautiful blend of hops that compliments the flavor and gives it recurring levels of bitterness throughout all stages of the drinking experience, particularly in the finish where it rounds itself out to a tee.

my main critizism of this beer is the cork. i can only imagine how much better this beer would be if it was crown capped, and the drinkability would go possibly a full point higher if it was without it. i think one really needs to get this beer fresh to enjoy its flavors before it gets interrupted. still holds its own with some of europes finest tho. (1,621 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Flanders Golden Ale pours a real gold color and processes a fine white head with trickle of lace. A complex aroma of spicy hops, faint hint of malt and alcohol fades rather quickly. The medium dry malt body is ever so lightly sweet is fairly grainy. The medium-high hop content is spicy with a sharp grapefruit edginess. The fine champagne-like carbonation tickles the senses. There’s some noticeable alcohol, but it fits in well with the overall flavor scheme. The flavors, separate at first, begin to blend and make for a well-rounded and smoother drinking beer, while remaining somewhat dry throughout. (611 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw-coloured, golden and clear. Beautiful foam, quite perstistent, light and soft. Herbaceous more than floreal, the smell is of dry grass, hay; the flavour is typical of a lager beer. The alcool is quite perceptible, but less than the actual ABV of 8.5°. The taste is characterized by bread, dry pasta. Well balanced, with good notes of bitterness. The body is full and the aftertaste is bitter, specially after some minutes of rest. (437 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is without a doubt the hardest cork I've ever had to remove. I advise to knead the edges of the cork with your thumbs forcing it up and working around alternating edges. Twisting it off doesn't seem to work very well. It finally popped off violently after breaking a sweat trying to get it off. The beer glows a brilliant pale gold in the glass. The flavor is very subtle. I picked up some grassy taste along with a alcohol bite. It reminded me of some of the lighter Unibroue products. Priced about the same as Unibroue too. Hints of goat's cheese? Maybe this would work well as a pairing. (595 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly unique. The cork was a pain in the ass. Pours the color of your average lager with a nice large white head. The aroma is strange. Kind of like musty old clothes with some citrus. This is the first beer I've had where I enjoy the taste but not so much the smell. The taste is really difficult to describe but I'll give it a shot. Ripe pears and sour apples dominate with a firm sweet malt backbone. It's kind of dry in the finish and has a definite wine-like flavor. The drinkability is awesome, but don't drink it too cold! It's much better as it warms up a little. Give it a try when you want something different. (632 characters)

Photo of mickstepp
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a french picnic basket. Bread, Fruit. Champagne. Despite it's innocuous pale color it packs quite a wallop. Nice frothy head and very effervescent. Rich. Complex. Enjoyable. A little bit tart and citrusy although the overwhelming characteristic is bready and yeast-like. A good food accompaniment rather than a session beer.
Very enjoyable. A nice French country ale. (373 characters)

Photo of Jon
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep golden color with a sturdy, white head that leaves giant rings of lace. Steady carbonation is present. Smell is rather yeasty with notes of white grapes and other assorted fruit. Has a champagne-like aroma. Taste is more yeast and fruit. Rather prickly and carbonated, yet creamy in the mouth. An excellent balance of the two. Drinkability is quite good for a brew of its size. This ale pairs nicely with Thanksgiving dinner, or any good food for that matter. (481 characters)

Photo of ipogios
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I asked a friend of mine to bring me a couple of bottles of this beer when he went on vacation to France. 3 Monts pours gold colour topped by a nice white head. The aroma consists of yeast and fruity hints. Taste was not what i expected. I don't know if the taste has been deteriorated dew to my friend bringing it from France. Good carbonation and feels really good when in mouth. (381 characters)

Photo of pbrian
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden yellow, dense creamy head. Sweet grains, herbal hop aroma. The beer begins slightly sweet, grainy, earthy, straw. The middle is slightly tart, lemony. Finishes drier, mild spicy bitterness. A lot of things to think about in this one. A world class French Bier de Garde for $4. Life is good. (304 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliantly clear golden in hue, topped by a creamy, rounded mountainous white head. Fluffy lace is left. Dry, bready malt and woodiness upfront in aroma, followed a subtle spicy hop nose. Trace phenol and peppery alcohol along w/ musty yeast notes round the aroma out. Mild tartness upfront in flavor yields to a combination of bittersweet alcohol and lingering light caramel malt. Mid palate dry, cracker - like graininess and understated hop bitterness contrast the light caramel sweetness. Moderately bodied, w/ a lower carbonation than the norm for style that allows for immediate enjoyment of the smooth mouthfeel. Minimal outgassing is necessary with this brew. Finishes w/ light white bread sweetness and mild clove phenol quickly fading, but otherwise is dry and clean. Although quite flavorful, 3 Monts is not particularly complex brew. This allows it to be deceivingly refreshing, however. Very enjoyable. (926 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked 750 ml bottle. Clear, golden body with a fluffy bright white head that holds well but eventually drops to a good collar & surface covering and leaves some very good lace. The aroma is earthy and slightly fruity, with a fresh grassy hop note. It's not musty, but it does have some dried straw character. The body is light/medium with a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The flavor is lightly earthy/mineral blend of sweet grainy malt and soft grassy & earthy hop flavor. There are notes of light spice and wood that appear and re-appear throughout the glass. A balancing bitterness is clear just before the finish, which is dryish with a lingering malt note. Refreshing and quite enjoyable. Lots of subtle character keeps it interesting throughout the entire serving. (779 characters)

3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale from Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre
88 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.